Regular Business Hours:
MONDAY- TUESDAY Closed (except for summer camp and appointment only)
Phone number: 636-724-7337
As many of your know Greg, the owner, is an Iraq War Veteran.
After his return from Iraq in 2008, life was different. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was diagnosed and medical retirement was
determined by the United States Air Force. Yes, a retirement at the age of 33. So, the question was asked by the
psychologist at Scott AFB, what do you want to do with the rest of your life? Greg's response was art. (He is a man of
FEW words.) So we opened My Handyworks on Main. Greg has been hospitalized for the PTSD twice since the opening
of the storefront on Main Street. Heather took care of business while he was "getting better".
The last stay took Greg to 4 different hospitals from July 10 until October 21st. One of the hospitals he was admitted in
actually closed it's doors while Greg was inpatient... Imagine the stress added on Heather to find another placement.
Heather manages the business, personal lives, two school age daughters, a dog and a bird while fitting in time for
herself, which usually includes running.
Wives of men who have PTSD (especially suicidal veterans) can develop secondary PTSD. The cumulative traumas of
living with the rages,
intimidation, blame, irritability, hyper-vigilance, paranoia, persistent anxiety, job instability and social difficulties can
severely impair the wives’ ability to function. (taken from www.theveteransvoice.com)
Here is another link to help explain Secondary PTSD.
Many will say I should not write this and to keep my dirty laundry to myself. ... I say It is not dirty laundry, if Greg
were missing a leg his injury would be obvious, I say it's my duty to be a reminder that we are a nation still at WAR.
The United States of America has troops in Afghanistan...and are acting as advisors (again) in Iraq. I feel it my duty
to bring awareness about Veterans with PTSD. I love my husband, he is kind, caring, loving. Has the war messed him
up a little? Yes. But I am thankful for him and cannot change our life's experience. I can only praise Jesus he is alive,
we are not divorced, and I can help educate others with my experience.
Greg is ready to live the retirement life. . .
So, here is the announcement:
Greg and Heather Miller sold My Handyworks to Brian and Bonnie Matthews as of July 1st.
Brian and Bonnie come to us excited to see My Handyworks succeed. They plan to keep most of the artwork the same, just add a few more things, such as, spray paint art. They also plan to have more open hours... meaning earlier in the day and more days per week.
This will be a seamless transition, Brian and Bonnie will continue to send E-mail, so be sure to read these to see what he has to offer!! If you have a Groupon, it will be honored. If your child won a week of summer camp, it will be honored.
We want to thank everyone for the time and patience you have put into our home-grown-veteran-owned business. We will miss your smiling faces and the smiles we create on your children's faces. If we hadn't opened the studio we would have missed out on meeting so many nice people. We have cried with children with cancer as we got their hand impressions to make plaques for their parents. We have helped fundraise for cancer, mission trips and pet rescues groups. All have deep meaning to Greg and Heather as Greg's mother died of cancer in 1999, we are Christians, and we have a rescued dog, named Eden.
A response to the question "What will you do now?" is a hard one to answer. As noted above, Greg is medically retired from the Air Force, Heather is Greg's caregiver, so we do not need jobs. God has blessed us in this area. So we will do whatever, whenever... we will breath, we will swim, bike, run (Heather's answer) we will heal, we will re-energize, we will volunteer at church and other various places, we will travel, we will have the VA claim examined again, we will catch up on our taxes, we will bike the Katy Trail, we will spend quality time with our daughters. We are at peace about this decision, when we think about the rest of the summer we do not feel anxious, like we would if the sale did not go through.
For the runner friends out there... I'll see you on the MO' Cowbell Half Marathon course in October!!
Much Love to our fans!! Thank you for the past 4 years!
Greg and Heather Miller
To see the STL Sprout ad for our summer camp click here.
Monday, June 23-Friday, June 27th. Monday, July 7-Friday, July 11th. Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18th. Monday, July 21-Friday, July 25th. Monday, July 28th- Friday, August 1st. Monday, August 4th-Friday, August 8th.
Cost: $100.00 per student per week for the 3 hour blocks. Ages 5 and up. Or choose the day with activity you want and pay $25.00. Take $10 off for 2 siblings. $20 off for 3 siblings.
Cost: $50.00 per student for one hour long (12-1pm). Ages 3 and 4 yr. Choose a single day for $15.00.
Class Size: 10 per class. Sign Ups begin now! Snack provided each day
Choose either 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm; or 5:30pm-8:30pm daily. 12pm-1pm for 3 and 4 yr. old
Monday- Wax Art/Tie Dye T-Shirts.
Tuesday- A Day in Outer Space.
Wednesday- A Day in the City .
Thursday- A Day on the Farm.
Friday- A Day at the Ballpark.
Click Here to see Greg featured in St. Louis Kids Magazine.
“Like” My Handyworks on Facebook. More pictures and inside information are
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My Handyworks offers a 50% Military Discount all day every day. Please have your ID with you at time of purchase. If you know someone currently deployed with children state side, please contact us as wewant the children to complete a hand print painting at no charge to be sent to the parent overseas.
My Handyworks began with specializing in handprint and footprint paintings, but now with a permanent location are able to complete more creative art work. Listed are many different means of artwork.
We have several options for birthday parties at our art studio. Please see the Birthdays / Groups Tab for more information or call 636-724-7337.
HANDPRINT / FOOTPRINT PAINTINGS:Great Project for...
My Handyworks allows you to choose a design, pick out the colors used, and we will even personalize your masterpiece at no extra charge. Simply place your hands into washable paint, place them onto an acrylic tile, and we will do the rest. With the paint sealed inside the picture, it only takes about five minutes to complete from start to finish.
For a view of the designs offered, check them out on our gallery tab. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT.
From beautiful beach scenes to light houses, and American flags to outer space landscapes, Brian Matthews Studios creates them…all without using a paintbrush! His tools? Spraypaint cans, free-handed stencils, bowls and newspaper. He can even personalize each painting. Or, bring in your favorite picture and you can bet he will duplicate it! NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT.
A mold of your hand is made in wax, dyed from one solid color up to 6 colors of the rainbow, and add glitter if you like. Couples enjoy holding hands while children enjoy other signs such as hang loose, peace and I love you. (Must be 4 and older to participate in this activity due to the need of keeping the hand still). NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT...UNLESS YOU ARE WITH A SCOUTING GROUP OR BIRTHDAY PARTY.
Handprint only: $5.00
Handprint and Name: $8.00
Handprint, Name and Snowman Fingers: $10.00
FILLED WAX HAND:
The filled wax hand gives more stability to the hand as it will no longer hollow. There are more details on the Rates Page of this website. We fill the hollow hand with a mixture of non melted wax chips and liquid wax.
HAND PRINT FLOWER POTS:
Each child will choose a flower pot to decorate. We will help place the hand prints on the flower pot. The children can then place thumb prints around the pot or decorate with the use of a paint brush. Three sizes of flower pots will be available. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY FOR THIS PROJECT. COME WHEN WE ARE OPEN.
CRAYON WITH YOUR NAME:
Crayons are about 12 inches in length. Can color, but are meant for decoration as they are not the solid color through the entire crayon. Any Color Any: $10.00 plus tax. No Appointment Needed
We will have the hard part completed, you will have to decorate the pinata by adding handprints, hot glue guns, paper, etc. Turn your pinata into a fish or any other creative thing you would like. Don't forget to bring the candy. $8.00.
Crayons are hot glued together to form a lion, which boasts around 6000 crayons.
Yoda was made with 2944 crayola crayons.
Greg has taken the art of spraypainting and transformed it onto wood, then glued marbles on top of the scene.
Greg also does fine artwork with marbles on wood.
Each handprint for every month is turned into something different. You tell us what animal or pictures you want created with the hands for each month.$45.
Funky Crayon Art. Melting Crayons.
Participants glue crayons onto a white board. Students choose a desired design, such as a duck holding an umbrella, ship, two penguins making a heart, a man and woman facing each other, or a palm tree etc. Then your design is placed on the board for the melted crayon to flow beside the design. 3 sizes from which to choose.
6 inch by 12 inch = $10.00. 1x1 foot = $18.00. 1x2 foot = $25.00.
These delicate roses are made out of birch wood shavings and are airbrushed in a variety of colors, and finally scented with a rose oil to look and smell like the real thing. The perfect gift for any occasion. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY TO PURCHASE ROSES.
Tie Dye T-SHIRTS:
Pick your favorite swirl and colors to create a favorite t-shirt.
CANDY ART/SKITTLE ART:
First choose the design you want made out of candy. For example: Butterfly, Football, Cardinal, baseball bat and ball, etc... We draw the design on the 11 by 11 inch tile then frame it. Separate the candy and glue them onto the design forming your own masterpiece.
What is a 3D handprint Plaque?
A mold of your family’s hands is used to create family trees, wreaths, animals, or sports themes. You choose the colors from the leaves to tree trunk from the hands to the background color.
How young can you be?
We have made impressions with one week old babies. No one is too young or too old.
Can my pet be part of the plaque?
Yes. We have incorporated impressions of dog’s paw prints into family trees. Please let us know you are bringing an animal in as we have Eden (our dog) at our studio most days.
NO Appointment Needed. 3D WAX HAND PLAQUE: A mold of the hand or baby’s feet are taken inside our art studio. We professionally mount the wax hands on the plaque with personalization such as name, date, date of birth, etc. No Appointment Needed, but there is a bit of a turn around time. 1'x1' Example Blues Note.
1'X2' MOTHER'S DAY, FATHER'S DAY, WEDDING HAND PLAQUES, FAMILY TREE, OR ANIMALS, SUCH AS SEA TURTLES, FLAMINGO OR BUTTERFLY.
3D 1'X2' Plaque. We add wooden rose petals (painted to the color of your choice) as teh leaves of the tree and rope as the trunk.
2'x2' Plaque. Family Tree, Family Wreath, Wedding Guest Signature Plaque, or family animal hands. Personalized to your liking. The family tree leaves and trunk are painted onto the board.
3D 2'x2' Plaque. We add painted (your choice in color) wooden roses as leaves and rope as the trunk to create the family tree and wreath. Personalize how you like.
2'x3' Plaque. Famly Tree, Family hands as animals, such as ducks, elephants, sea turtles. Personalized how you request.
3D 2'x3' Plaque. Family Tree. We add the painted (your choice incolor) wooden rose petals and rope as the leaves and trunk for the 3D effect.
MORE DETAILS (Rates and Dates) on the ART CLASSES Tab PAGE. Greg teaches art lessons using different mediums.
Recreate Monet. The class replicates the work of Monet. See Art Classes tab at the top page for dates.
Recreate Van Gogh. A class on replicating the work of Van Gogh. See Art Classes page for more details.
Introduction to Pencil/Charcoal class the students learn proportions, shading techniques, coloring with pencil and charcoal with a 3D effect.
Pencil/Charcoal Landscapes. Students will learn to draw landscapes ranging from sunsets over the Missouri River to mountain scenes.
Mixed Media Exploration Class. Greg guides the class in a variety of different mediums such as wire art, relief art, crayon art, etc.
Cartooning. Students will learn to draw their favorite cartoon characters using various cartooning techniques. Cartoons will be illustrated using oil pastels, markers, colored pencils.
Watercolor Class. The class will focus on landscapes and still life while teaching students how to mix watercolors. Portraits will be taught the last week of class.
Figure Drawing. The focus will be on “quick sketching technique” while maintaining correct proportions. The class will also pay close attention to specific details, such as, eyes, nose, ears and hands. Students will learn how to proportion the face drawing age ranges from new born to a one full of wrinkles.
Intro to Painting class Greg instructs the student on color choice, then explains how to create still life with watercolor, acrylic, and oils.
Painting with Purpose is a guided painting class which lasts 2 hours per session. Students will choose a work of art in which to replicate. Wonderful Girls Night Out Activity or Date Night.
Mosaics Made Easy Class. Students will create a beautiful mosaic piece of art using a unique medium. The creation is directed by the participant from light houses to palm trees; dolphins to mountains; there are no limitations to your mosaic piece. This is a two hour one time class.
Tempera Tots Class. Fridays at 11 am toddlers 18 months and older will explore with paint. This is a pay by the month class. See the Art Classes tab for more information and current activities.
3D WAX DESIGN CLASS.
Create A 1’ by 2’ wax 3D design on wood using molds of butterflies, flowers, palm trees, dolphins, and shapes such as hearts, circles, squares and triangles etc...to create your design. The customer will fill the pre-made molds with the wax color of their choice to create their own individual scene on the wood. CLASS TIMES ARE LISTED ON THE RATES PAGE.
Mommy and Me/Parent and Me.
Activities vary week per week. See Rates page for activity and rates.
After School Art Exploration.
Students will learn to create with marbles, crayons, candy, cardboard, etc. using various techniques to create picture of choice. On-going monthly rates.
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