HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Self-described "kooky girl friends," Dina Sciortino and Rosie Vadella, each with her own professional career, are creating and building the crafts business Glitter & Grime together.
Settled in under a small tent at the Hastings Flea last week, the longtime friends and Hastings residents sold an assortment of their creations -- jewelry, picture frames, tie-dyed kids clothing, flower head pieces -- and seemed to enjoy each encounter with new customers.
Vadella, who works at an outpatient substance abuse facility and as a part-time babysitter, focuses on her creative side doing arts and crafts and face painting events at camps, birthday parties. She also contributes time to raise awareness for non-for-profit foundations.
"Dina and I have been friends since, like, 1995," she said. " We grew into being kooky girls together and I truly can't imagine my life without her. I have been making crafts for as long as I can remember, I have always given things like hand-painted collage jewelry boxes, bedazzled picture frames or flower crowns as gifts."
Scortino, a journalist and social media expert, grew up in Mount Pleasant but moved to Hastings in May.
Vadella calls Glitter & Grime's creations "the weird things I do in my kitchen in the middle of the night".
"Dina, my boyfriend, and some of the ladies who I babysit for pushed me to share my stuff with a larger audience about six months ago," Vadella said.
While Vadella was creating kids t-shirts and "phrase bracelets," Sciortino designed and created Rivertowns tote bags, phrase cell-phone cases, flower headbands and rhinestone-embellished mirrors. She also used her media-savvy to figure out Etsy (on-line sales venue for hand-made items), design a logo and put together a website for the team.
The Glitter & Grime girls, with a brand new website up and running , have embraced their community and have placed some of their items in local stores like the Merry Owl in Dobbs Ferry.
"We love Hastings, so doing the Hastings Flea was a great first choice of outing for us to get our bearings," Vadella said. "We found everyone to be really warm, receptive to and interested in what we are doing."
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