Monday, November 18, 2013

Featured Business: StudioPM Guided Art Socials :: Small Business Saturday #shopsmall

Featured Business: Studio PM - Johnstown, PA
Coordinators: Natalie Poldiak Cheek and Karen Mesaros
Product: Guided Art Socials (all skill levels welcome)
Facebook Fan Page:

The story behind the business...

Natalie and Karen met when working together on a gallery show at the Venue of Merging Arts (V.O.M.A.), Johnstown, PA. Two artists trying to fulfill their creative calling found themselves in a brainstorming conversation one day (having each their own program concept) only to find out their ideas were identical! On that day StudioPM was born. Natalie is a fine artist and certified art educator. Karen is an artist, visual communications, graphic design and social media/marketing professional who has also worked in higher education as an art and design instructor.

Why StudioPM? The letter "P" represents Poldiak and "M" for Mesaros. And although Natalie (a recent newlywed) is now Mrs. Natalie Cheek, Karen is strict on image branding and refuses to change the logo.

*** Remember to shop small and support local businesses this holiday season! ***

~| A Mesaros Marketing Promotion #shopsmall

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Featured Business: Pampered Chef w/ Erica :: Small Business Saturday #shopsmall

Featured Business: Pampered Chef with Erica
Owner/Independent Consultant: Erica Fetsko Crum
Product: High quality kitchen and entertaining products
Facebook Fan Page:

The story behind the business...

" I always loved Pampered Chef products and needed some new things. I decided to share my love with others. It's a win/win! I enjoy sharing recipes and ideas with people and love having parties - especially Facebook parties where it's much easier for a host to be able to have a great party, without having to worry about schedules and cleaning!"

*** Remember to shop small and shop local this holiday season! ***

~| A Mesaros Marketing Promotion #shopsmall

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Featured Business: Clementine (Designer Jewelry) :: Small Business Saturday #shopsmall

Clementine - Designer Jewelry
Clementine - Designer Jewelry

First in a series of small businesses campaign leading up to Small Business Saturday (November 30, 2013).

Featured Business: Clementine
Owner: Alisa Pavick Barnhart
Product: Handmade Designer Jewelry 

The story behind the business...

"After the sudden death of my husband in 2006, I began to bead. It gave me something to obsess on, therapy of sorts. As I gained more skills, I began giving my pieces as gifts. Folks loved my work with requests to buy. 

Why the name "Clementine?" It's a nod to my late husband, Marty, who enjoyed those little citrus fruits. He would request that I bring him home a box of "oh my darlin's" from the market.....just my way of subtlety incorporating him into this venture."

*** Remember to shop small and shop local this holiday season! ***

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Small Business Saturday - Virtual Online Market #shopsmall

A virtual online market promotion for small businesses, vendors and shoppers to connect. Campaign begins Wednesday, November 13 and ends Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2013. #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday To learn more, join the event here or message Mesaros here for details.

As a featured small business or vendor, you'll receive the following during the promotion.

  • Logo and listing on the event cover photo
  • Introduction posting (tagged and with paid ad boosting)
  • Repeast posts during the campaign 
Campaign begins Wednesday, November 13 and ends Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2013. Remember this holiday season to #shopsmall.

Monday, November 4, 2013

New MESAROS online fine art and photography gallery!

Order from the Abstract Flower collection  here.
Available in paper, canvas, acrylic and metal prints (with framing options); also greeting cards and iPhone cases.

I've just opened an online gallery with featuring my signature abstract flower. In the next few weeks I will be adding new art and photos collections in time for the holiday shopping season. While visiting my galleries, don't forget to sign up for the mailing list for updates -

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkins aren't just for Halloween.

 StudioPM Johnstown has a few seats left for Friday's BYOB guided art social at the Venue of Merging Arts. This month will feature pumpkin painting. Enclosed are a few designs to inspire your take-home masterpiece or come up with one of your own!  Event is also BYOP (bring your own pumpkin), all other materials supplied.
Registration required here:


Pumpkin art (top): Folk Art inspired pumpkin by Karen A. Mesaros; (second row left to right) Spring/Irish and breast cancer awareness themed pumpkins by Karen A. Mesaros; (third row left to right) Pittsburgh sports theme pumpkin by Karen A. Mesaros and Festive Pumpkin by Natalie Poldiak Cheek; (bottom) Embellished Blue pumpkin by Karen A. Mesaros

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Things have been just ducky in Pittsburgh.

Only a few more days until this golden cutie will leave the shores of Point State Park in Pittburgh. For the last month flocks of locals and tourists have made it to Three Rivers to take selfies and show their best "duck face" with this art installation courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Although this 40 ft guy has been seen around the world, Pittsburgh was the first in the U.S. to honor its presence.

Friday, October 11, 2013

StudioPM Pumpkin Painting - OCT 25 (BYOB Guided Art Social)

Sample pumpkin I painted as an example.
Other patterns and color palettes will be available.

StudioPM - A creative studio experience to create art, play, drink and socialize. 

October Take-Home Masterpiece: Painted pumpkins!
Friday October 25, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.$35 admission includes guided instruction and ALL materials and supplies.  

TWO TICKET PRICES: Option to bring your own pumpkin for a $5 discount otherwise StudioPM will provide a real pumpkin for you. NOTE: Reservations for StudioPM to provide pumpkins is Monday October 21, 5 p.m. Bring your own pumpkin reservations close Thursday, October 24, 10 p.m.

This session's instructor: Natalie (Poldiak) Cheek
Advance reservations ARE REQUIRED for this event. Click here to reseve your seat.

Seating is limited to 20 guests. Payment options include credit (online), or check and cash (at the door). StudioPM welcomes all skill levels. No artistic experience necessary! Take home masterpiece: your own hand-painted holiday pumpkin.

This is an BYOB event for 21+ w/ID. Bring your own beverage of choice. IDs will be checked at the door. Light snacks will be provided, other savory or sweet treats are welcome to share but not required.

Event admission includes:

  • Step-by-step instruction of select artistic inspiration.
  • Advanced skilled levels will given inspiration to explore their own creativity
  • Sip your beverage of choice (BYOB) and socialize with friends
  • Take home your art masterpiece at the end of the session

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Buccos' season comes to an end but the possibilties only begin.

Thank you Pittsburgh Pirates for a wonderful season and bringing back so many good memories. You see this keychain. It's from 1988. I carry it everyday. It was from the last Pirates game my Dad and I attended before he was diagnosed with cancer. One of the first childhood memories of my Dad was him playing baseball and the last memories of him was of us watching the Pirates during the '92 season. He passed away that July and never saw the playoffs.

This season lifted the spirits of many fans like myself--in a time when a lot of unsettling things are going on in this world, ...for this you should be proud. Looking forward to 2014! #thankyoubucs #Buctober2014

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Boys of Buctober, let's do it! Bring it back home to the Burgh!

I was sorting through some of my photos from a 2012 Pirates home game and this one caught my eye. Wanting to capture the spirit of the fans, I didn't realize I had our World Series years in the frame. And yes, I mean "our" World Series years. That's one thing I've always admired about the Pittsburgh Pirates (even more so this year) how much the fans mean to the team and vice versa. Whether the Pirates make to the final series this year or not, the fans are behind you either way and appreciate the positive spirit the team has brought to this season after so many years.

So tonight in St. Louis, Boys of Buctober, LET'S DO IT and bring it home to the Burgh riding the Cole Train. Generations later, we still believe. Let's go Bucs!

© Copyright., 2013 All Rights Reserved. Karen A. Mesaros

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Quick and Tasty Breakfast Taquitos

Knowing I had a jammed packed day ahead of me I was looking for something more substantial for breakfast so it was Pinterest to the rescue and found this taquitos recipe under "quick breakfast" search. As usual, I had to modify the recipe according to ingredients on hand but was thrilled to be using up the last of my tortillas. Modifications were: filling included scrambled egg and caramelized onions, fresh diced tomato from my garden and sharp cheddar cheese, seasoned to taste sprinkled with a little bit of Hungarian Paprika.

Okay confession time, mine turned out more like burrito size but hey, I was hungry and divided the filling proportionally to tortillas I had left. :) Accompanied by my homemade applesauce, it was exactly what I needed this morning! Check out the full recipe here: Breakfast Taquitos by Damn Delicious.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Generations later, we still believe. No bandwagon fan here.

Lovin' the energy of the Pittsburgh fans! Took this photo a few weeks ago. Reminded me of watching the games with my Dad back in '92 every night during his battle with cancer. Unfortunately he passed away before the Pirates made the play-offs. Wish he was here. #Pittsburgh Pirates fans, it's finally #Buctober, ....#LetsGoBucs!