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Appreciation

 

 

 

Appreciation post to everyone who has sent me a picture of my creations for them. I really love seeing where they end up. My goal has always been to spread good vibes, and receiving pictures like these makes me feel like I am succeeding. ♡

 

 

 

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Audrey’s Alternatives Company History

Fall 2015 – Audrey Grace Lahman takes an Organic Chemistry Lab Class at Queens College, sparking her interest in creating natural bodycare products.

Christmas 2015 – Audrey bottles her handmade lavender and grapefruit lotion as gifts for friends and family, receiving great feedback. (She eventually does the same for Christmas 2016, expanding her recipe with new scents including cedarwood and blood orange.)

Summer 2016 – Audrey salvages around 30 of the 45rpm vinyl records and starts making dreamcatchers as a way to reuse and recycle them. Originally giving them away as gifts, Audrey got positive feedback and tons of inquiries.

March 31, 2017 – AudreysAlternatives Instagram page was up and running

April 2, 2017 – Audreys Alternatives made its first sale as an Etsy shop

January 2018 – Audrey sells her first commissioned paintings and has postcards printed of her paintings inspired by Rochester NY

     

March 11, 2018 – AudreysAlternatives.com website officially launched, eliminating the need for an Etsy shop.

October 2018 – Through instagram posts and word of mouth, Audrey starts baking at home on commission for friends and family.

graduation cupcakes

November 2018 – Through work, Audrey completes training and is certified as a Food Safety Manager by the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

December 2019 – Audrey is gifted an Xyron Creative Station, allowing magnets and stickers to be added to the product line.

April 20th 2020 – Audrey registers as a home processor to sell food products from her home kitchen.

April 26th 2020 – Audrey is listed as a local artist on RocMadeGoods.com

April 28th 2020 – Audrey’s Alternatives is registered with the IRS as a business with an Employee Identification Number.

April 30th 2020 – Audrey registers with NYS for a Sales Tax Certificate of Authority in accordance with local business laws.

May 2020 – Audrey’s Alternatives starts offering baked goods and Audrey starts taking commissions for cooked meals during the covid-19 pandemic.

May 4th 2020 – Certificate of Individual Doing Business Under Assumed Name / Sole Proprietor form notarized.

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Vinyl Dreamcatchers : How They’re Made

One of my first dreamcatchers

Photo by Alexis Richey

A few years ago my grandmother moved into a smaller house and was getting rid of some old 45 vinyls. I grabbed them knowing I would come up with some kind of art project for them.

My first completed dreamcatcher

3 little birds

To make the dream catchers, I start by making holes in the vinyl. I do this by heating up a drill bit with a lighter until it’s hot enough to push through the record. It’s important to do this part in a well ventilated area because it smells awful and the fumes should not be inhaled.

I make one hole at the top, 5 to 7 holes at the bottom and 6 to 8 holes around the inside circle.



It took me a while to figure out how to get the actual dream catcher part right. I tie the string in one of the holes and thread it through the rest until I come back to my first knot.

Then I loop the string through each of the loops I just created. With the 45s I can usually go around 3 to 5 times.

I’ve added beads and experimented with different strings.

Now would be the point to add glitter or decorate the middle.

When I first started making these dreamcatchers, I cut out feathers and other shapes from felt.

Now I mostly use faux feathers I picked up from the craft store.

I hot glue string or hemp cord to the feathers or shapes. I add beads and tie the ends into the holes I made at the bottom of the vinyl.

I’ve had so much fun making these. I’ve given most of them out as gifts and gotten great feedback. I love being able to turn something that was headed for the trash into something beautiful that people can enjoy.

I am always taking custom orders for these. Message me with a theme or color and I will handcraft a personalized dreamcatcher using an old vinyl 45rpm record.