Jeanne Cherry of juNxtaposition wrote in about the current blowout sale she is running on her typewriter key bracelets. These wonderful accessories are available at a "pre-holiday" special price of $30! Check out all the fabulous goods juNxtaposition has to offer.
I have lots of great Halloween links I haven't had a chance to post about. Here's a hodgepodge for your enjoyment.
Adorable Jack-O-Lantern baby hat knit by Trina Brielle
Wonderful crochet patterns of finger puppets & gourds by Eternal Sunshine
I love all the scrapbooking kits & supplies at Scraps of Time
Festive Halloween tags created by Good Morning Sunshine
Miskellaneous' plush Halloween Frankenstein brooch
Paper Valise is one of my all-time favorite funky finds. This shop is stocked with tons of fabulous Halloween provisions to be used in numerous crafts.
Little Pretty Studio has a terrific Halloween platter kit. I would love to make this to have on hand next year!
Indie Collective has put together an excellent holiday gift guide. You will find tons of discounts to many wonderful online shops, as well as a guide to giving broken down by recipient type. Check out this great resource for buying handmade this holiday season.
Fossa Designs features lots of unique metal jewelry. The Little Tree earrings sit both in front & behind your ear lobe. The Songbird earrings are another very interesting pair. And I really like the coordinating Tiger Eye Bird pendant. This wonderful designer also does custom design work if you are interested.
All I Want for Christmas is an awesome site that allows you to create your own holiday wish list. You are able to link up to everything you'd like to receive this year, as well as writing a comment. This is particularly helpful in listing sizes, color preferences, etc. Friends & family can search for your list using your email address. Start your list today!
Wildwear is a wonderful Etsy shop featuring handmade, eco-friendly clothing & accessories. In honor of being a featured seller, Wildwear is currently offering many specials listed in the sale section. I really like the Zeljka hooded sweater that was created using interesting combinations of new and recycled sweaters. The pink & black top is another favorite. This shop also offers stylish arm warmers, scarves, and bags. Also, don't miss the wonderful skirts and children's apparel.
Since Halloween is next week, I knew lots of you would be interested in the fabulous items at Splendid Designs. And you won't believe this, but all the Halloween goodies are already 50% off! The orange & black crocheted cupcake is adorable, as are the party hats. And aren't the fabric collage brooches wonderful? I want!
In my pledge to buy homemade this holiday season, I've been thinking more about handmade ornaments. Lark, an English company launched in 2005 by Allison Jones, features a wonderful collection of handmade Christmas decor. The crochet Rudolph toy would make a lovely gift for any small one (or me!). There's also a number of crochet ornaments to choose from, as well as the adorable embroidered snow babies. Lark also has a wonderful collection of children's items and grown-up gifts. There's numerous items featuring the popular slogan 'Keep Calm & Carry On.' And I love the My Best Toy greeting cards. Check out all the fabulous whimsical items Lark has to offer.
OMG! I am so thrilled to announce the opening of the Winemaker's Sister Etsy shop. It is so odd that I came across this today on Flickr, as I am wearing one of the awesome Hogwarts bracelets today! Let me tell you firsthand, this bracelet is so awesome. I love mine! I am also adoring the pumpkin bracelet & the wine country notecards. This crafter is so talented. I can't wait to see all the brilliant things this shop will offer in the future!
HomeGrownMarket.com, the place to buy and sell all things handmade in America, proudly presents the first annual Great American Craft Off! This unique contest, which begins on begins on Nov. 1st, calls for American crafters to present a one-of-a-kind creation that exemplifies their personal vision of what America is all about – whatever that may be. The winner will be awarded a prize package valued at over $6,000! There’s never been a better time to buy American, and the Great American Craft Off lets everyone support and encourage those creative, artistic, motivated crafters that make it all possible! Find all the details on the Craft Off website.
Cathy's Sweet Shop is a fabulous Etsy shop especially perfect for cat lovers. The clever kitty tee is too cute! There's many variations of kitties, ranging from pirates to sweet black & white kitties. Crafty Kitty would be perfect for the crafty cat lover you know. There's many other wonderful items, including the lovebird notecards and the creamsicle stationery set. Cathy also creates lovely custom artwork upon request.
Planet Mom was created by friends Eileen & Elise. Their stylish apparel & accessories are embroidered with irreverent expressions geared toward women, especially moms. Some of the hilarious phrases you can find embroidered on their tees, hoodies, pants, hats & more include Mother Superior, Nanny Deprived, PTA Reject, and Star of my own Reality Show. Emmy award winning reality star Kathy Griffin wore her "Whine? No. Wine? Yes." and "Botox Free" tees on her Bravo series My Life on the D List. You'll even find fun gifts for men in their shop! These creative women capture the humor that is necessary for mothers to maintain throughout life.
Bayberry Cove features lots of unique goods ranging from holiday decor to gifts for any occasion. I would like to have one of each of the fabulous Halloween pieces. And Dee Foust's Thanksgiving collection is superb. I also love the gold & copper leaf & acorn ornaments. It takes some time to sift through all the loveliness on this site, but I promise it is worth it!
Tim Foster is a one-man operation that designs a line of limited edition jewelry. Tim’s company, Pennyroyal Silver, features his handcrafted jewelry made from pure silver. According to Tim, these pieces have "just enough rock n roll to make your favorite dirty shirt look even more awesome." The I'm with the Band pendant is the perfect gift for any music lover. And I love the pieces Through the Keyhole & Learning to Fly. Check out all the awesome custom pieces Tim has designed & created, as well.
I recently received a fabulous swap package from Barbara, the creative force behind The Craftsty Shop. The term "craftsty" isn't nearly indicative enough of this woman's talents. I received one of the Halloween ribbon spools & it is adorable, as are the decorative clothes pins. The needlefelted little birdie is also fabulous! Have a look at all of Barbara's fabulous creations & be sure to tell her that you found her via Funky Finds!
Earth Expressions showcases many original handmade jewelry designs. I am especially loving the Halloween pendants, such as the adorable Halloween Greetings. The bat and funny skull pendants are also wonderful. Amongst all the great pieces you will find great Christmas designs, as well as various other designs perfect year-round.
Lauren Smash's Etsy shop Super Cute Toys is aptly named. This young artist is very talented & creates wonderful softies that are too cute for words. I love the ricrac adorned tiny gingerbread man, as well as snuggly Grizzly bear Day. Of course, the dog plushies are my absolute favorite. Lauren displays her talent using other mediums, too. Her illustration paintings, such as Little Red, are very endearing. Take a moment & check out all the lovely creations this shop offers.
Pink Sugar Dots, a stationery company that specializes in chic custom paper goods, recently announced the launch of their online store. This collection has a fresh & unique take on personalized stationery. They are edgy, chic and loaded with elements of fashion. Owner Delina Breeding said, “Being in the fashion industry for many years, I have always longed for paper goods that reflected my sense of style.“ Always on top of fashion trends, Breeding plans to continue to update and expand the collection with the introduction of exciting new products that compliment the current collection. The retro designs are too much fun & the holiday cheer collection is perfect for the upcoming holiday season.
Maryink is an awesome resource for graphic tees, which I am always on the lookout for. I love the French ad copy tee, as well as the lace medallion long-sleeved tee. And I nearly had a fit when I discovered the adorable hedgehog tote bag! So cute. Have a look at all the fabulous designs Maryink offers.
I can't say it is exactly starting to feel like autumn or winter in this part of the world, but I know it's getting pretty chilly in other parts. For those cold days & nights, you may want to invest in a pair of arm warmers by KitMit. I could definitely use some wrist warmers to keep from freezing to death in our office that feels much like a meat locker at times. The purple & lavender combo is beautiful! This shop also features lovely reversible headbands and handmade jewelry.
These days everyone is aware that plastic bags are naughty & wasteful. If you want to be eco-friendly, but can’t stand the thought of carrying those dowdy reusable grocery totes, check out the latest designs by R. Nichols. This fabulous company has come to the rescue to help make a difference...with style. You will WANT to use these stylish bags that are created using 100%-recycled fabrics. They are large and strong with long black handles for easy carrying. Also, an all-woman manufacturing company makes these machine washable bags in the USA. And these totes are not just for groceries. You can tote them to the library, to the beach, anywhere. The adorable squirrel tote is my favorite!
Posted by Funky Finds at 10/17/2007 02:21:00 PM
Etsy shop Beckarahn features beautiful enamel pendants perfect for the autumn season. This shop also stocks lots of wonderful sewn & knit goodies. The sewing machine ornaments are the perfect gift for any crafter this holiday season. And the coffee lover coasters are perfect for your morning cup of java. I also love the felted wool octopus cozy...too cute!
The hip shop My My now offers fabulous items for children. Their kid's section is stocked with apparel, gifts, accessories & more by lots of talented crafters. The crocheted Mary Janes & high tops have to be the cutest thing ever! And the adorable clothing, such as this owl onsie, will make wonderful gifts. What little one wouldn't want a small but scrappy tee featuring an adorable pooch? My My also has these cool baby wipes cases I've never seen before. Check out all the fabulous plush toys & other products My My now carries.
I am a big fan of whimsical Japanese design. I especially love the fun patterns used in so much of Japanese fabrics. Maluhia Designs offers many handbags featuring these fun prints & patterns. The moles & mushrooms bag with red trim is adorable. And I love the cheerful bubblegum pink panda bag. I think my favorite design is the jungle Kawaii bag - so cute! Have a look at all the wonderful handbags Maluhia Designs offers.
The Cupcake Girls are a fabulous, creative group of friends I have posted about before. Their shop was updated today with tons of wonderful goodies you have to check out! I absolutely adore the small house bulletin boards. And the hand-knit ski bunny would be an adorable addition to your family this winter. I could definitely use one of the small, attractive tampon case, too. This shop is the perfect place to do your early holiday shopping.
The Peach is an adorable Etsy shop featuring vintage & handmade goodies. I'm always drawn to items featuring images of Vespas, and the pink & black scooter clutch is no exception. I also love the scooter mini skirt & the fabulous party dress! So fun & unique. Some of my favorite vintage items include the mod frosted tea glasses and the glass table set. And wouldn't any wee one be adorable in the polka dot doggie onsie? I think so!
I mentioned previously that I am now a part of Leigh-Ann's Freckled Nest design team. It has been so much fun getting to know this amazing group of creative women. Each month a new "chick" is in charge of our design team blog. I had the honor (or honour as my Canadian friends would say!) of being crowned Miss.October. Learn more about ME here!
Posted by Funky Finds at 10/12/2007 07:28:00 AM
Rabbit's Moon features some of the most fabulous pin cushions I've come across. The gingham deer and colorful owl are delightful. But my absolute favorite are the twin chairs. The orange & blue combo is so cheerful! Some other favorites of mine are the adorable doll quilt and Harry night owl.
Jan Thomason is a fabulous mixed media artist. Her work is featured in her Etsy shop The Polka Dot Barn. I've always admired artists who create interesting pieces such as Jan's Circus Circus shadow box. It seems like any time I've tried to create such work it ends up looking like a pile of junk. But Jan's work is captivating. It's a Girl's World is another piece that I'd love to have for myself. You can see more of Jan's work on her blog.
Robyn Klauer, owner and prima designer for Georgie Designs, recently launched the Ring of the Month Club. You can purchase three or six month subscription for as little as $105 USD. Wouldn't it be fabulous for someone special to think of you when that pretty gift wrapped bauble shows up in the mail? Or, send it to yourself! It is so exciting to receive a surprise in the mail instead of bills & junk. Head on over to Georgie Designs to see what the commotion is all about.
Today I received the most fabulous thing ever...a hand embroidered tote designed by Leigh-Ann Keffer of Freckled Nest fame. You can order your very own tote with a personalized design for yourself or a loved one. And believe me, any loved one with any sense would fall all over themselves if you treated them to one of these babies! Check out all of Leigh-Ann's other wonderfully creative work in her Etsy shop and on her blog. Thanks girlfriend!
Posted by Funky Finds at 10/09/2007 09:12:00 PM
I first discovered Rita's fabulous work on Flickr. She recently opened up an Etsy shop, Pistachio, & I am thrilled! Rita's albums are beautifully decorated & would make lovely gifts. I love the floral design on this mini album. She has also created cool brooches & jewelry boxes. Check back soon for updates!
Shoshona Snow is a fabulous ceramic artist based in New York. Her colorful graphic designs are gorgeous. I especially love the mod red, black & white pouring vessel, as well as the small porcelain bowls. The snowflake ornaments are perfect for the upcoming holidays. And aren't the terracotta clay garden markers delightful? Don't miss all the wonderful items Shoshona currently has on sale.
Deb McGovern creates fabulous hand-stamped jewelry which she sells in her Etsy shop Accessory à la Mode. This line of artisan jewelry is inscribed by hand for the dreamer within. The personalized pieces are blended with sterling silver & vintage metals & include meaningful messages, such as Never Say Never. You can choose from a variety of styles ranging from rings to bracelets. Some of my favorite pieces are Increase the Peace, personalized key chains, and the key charm pendant. These unique & individual designs make wonderful gifts for any occasion.
When you visit the Etsy shop With a Twist, you will see lots of delicious eye candy. All the product shots are so bright & vibrant. This shop features lovely ribbon & flowers, perfect for many crafting projects. You'll also find sets of pink carnival tickets, tags & handmade buttons. And I absolutely love the beautiful mixed media pieces, such as Glamour Queen. Have a look at all the fun & fabulous items With a Twist has to offer.
I am a big fan of the Love, Elsie fabric paper. Karaintx incorporates this cool medium into her apparel sold on Etsy. The star tee is fabulous! I also love the baby onsies featuring the fabric paper designs. Check out the cool sushi bracelet, too!
SnuggleBug Baby Boutique offers custom one of a kind baby items, perfect for your wee one or as gifts. How cute is the elephant tee & striped skirt? And the ruffled leg onsies would be precious on any baby girl. I also love the unique onsie dresses. There's plenty of wonderful designs for the boys, as well. My favorite is the navy blue chopper hoodie. Amongst all the adorable apparel, you'll also find other great gift items, such as baby blankets & bibs. So cute!
The Junk in My Trunk features lots of fun, kitschy pieces fashioned from vintage buttons & other items. The Hoot Owl vintage button ring is adorable, as is the Mushroom Love hair pin. Another favorite piece of mine is the Red Squirrel brooch. Take a look at all the unique items The Junk in My Trunk has to offer.
Lucky Fiona is a wonderful Etsy shop featuring vintage inspired dogwear for spoiled pets. The Boo collar is perfect for Halloween - it even comes complete with an adorable pumpkin charm. Cherry Jubilee is perfect for any female doggie & the cool tattoo be doo collar is tough enough for any male. Ric Rac Paddy Whack, Give the Dog a Bone is a personal fav as I am a ric rac fanatic. Check back for the upcoming holiday collection & don't miss the $7.77 sale.