Miss Do-Gooder

Miss Do-Gooder is a hip new San Francisco-based fashion company whose mission it is to fight the world’s injustices one t-shirt at a time. Led by a spunky and precocious young superhero with tall boots and a cape (AKA Miss Do-Gooder), the company will launch a super cute new t-shirt several times a year, each one tackling a specific cause. Fighting poverty, illiteracy, domestic violence, intolerance and global warming are all on her to-do list. Miss Do-Gooder's first target is animal cruelty, with 20 percent of net proceeds going to the ASPCA. T-shirts cost $25 and are available on the website. Susan Wildes, founder and chief do-gooder at Miss Do-Gooder, said, "The Miss Do-Gooder line of t-shirts fuses fashion with philanthropy, and allows people to wear hip, fun t-shirts that make a statement they can be proud of. We all need to find our inner Miss Do-Gooder and do more than just support our favorite charities: we need to fight for the causes we believe in." Sounds perfect to me! Enter the August giveaway before Midnight CST for your chance to win one of these fabulous tees.

Bag Green

Bag Green creates produce bags that are reusable, eco-friendly & all natural. This terrific company makes it easy to "go green" while doing your everyday grocery shopping. All the bags are made of 110% all natural cotton, a fiber that is sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable. The bags are available in a variety of styles, such as the retro-esque Phyllis. Wilma Viola is another 50s style design that is available. Of course, it's also a great idea to encourage others to BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bag, while you're out shopping for produce. Enter the August giveaway before it ends tomorrow night for your chance to win a 4 Pack of Large Produce Bags from Bag Green.


AAITSKI! is a hip company that produces a hot brand of coolafied tees that are manually silk-screen printed in Belgium. The AAITSKI Bros., Bruno Seys & Filip Vandewiele, create apparel that people of all ages will enjoy. I love the new Roxygirl design. And the Wall Russki is terrific! Enter the August giveaway before it ends for your chance to win an exclusive Aaitski! T-shirt.

Doll Face Jewels

Melanie of Doll Face Jewels hand-selects top of the line materials to create high-quality accessories that are cool and sassy. There's lots of fun and funky earrings to choose from, as well as bracelets & necklaces. Melanie also creates terrific vintage style jewelry which I love. Her double & single bows are perfect for little girls, as are the clippies. And for the bigger girls Melanie designs silk flower hair clips. Enter theAugust giveaway for a chance to win a Flower Hair Clip from Doll Face Jewels. Hurry! Giveaway ends at Midnight CST Sunday, August 31.

Yellow Fence

As an avid scrapbooker, I absolutely love the t-shirt designs at Yellow Fence! How great is the tagline "Smile. Laugh. Scrapbook."? And "They grow up fast. Scrapbook." is one mothers can especially relate to. Yellow Fence also has great designs available in maternity sizes, as well as for babies & kids. Of course, every scrapbooker needs a nice tote bag to carry all their supplies in, as well. And, if you like surprises, check out the $5 grab bag t-shirt. Enter the August giveaway for a chance to win your choice of tee from Yellow Fence.


Tigerlilly features jewelry designer Mandy Greenan's fabulous work. Specializing in couture bridal jewelry & hair accessories, Mandy creates pieces that will make any bride feel like Cinderella on her special day. The hair jewels are a terrific alternative for brides who opt not to wear a veil. The Poppy hairpin is a work of art & I love the petal hairpin. Tigerlilly also has a great selection of bridal jewelry, including earrings & bracelets. It can be a bit tricky finding appropriate bridesmaids gifts, but Tigerlilly also has a nice selection of unique gifts. Enter the August giveaway now for your chance to win a fabulous Fiona 10 strand convertible headpiece.


WilloToons features the fantastic illustrations of Willo O'Brien. Her designs are reminiscent of those carefree childhood days when our imagination knew no boundaries. Her shop has a wide variety of products, including those for children, as well as adults. I especially love the onesies and baby bibs featuring Willo's artwork. The embroidered Cat Power tee for women is adorable & I absolutely love the whale! The WilloToons website has a terrific gift ideas section including the Splash embroidered tee & matching onesie combo. Enter the August giveaway for your chance to win a Splash set for yourself!

Fantastic Bonanza

Fantastic Bonanza is the brain child of three t-shirt connoisseurs, Joe, John, and Greg, who hail from Illinois. The shirt enthusiasts strive to create the most fantastic t-shirts possible. Their irreverent and quirky designs, such as The People's Condiment, are sure to appeal to a large audience. The Birthday Party tee is a humorous way of looking at how many view their birthday on a yearly basis. And being from West Texas where pump jacks are very prevalent, I really like the Toothache tee. You still have time to enter the August giveaway for your chance to win a Fantastic Bonanza tee of your choice.

Kate Garey

Kate Garey's designs are exactly the type of designs I wish I was talented enough to create myself. Her handbags feature fabulous images, including a happy muffin and Mr. Banana. These terrific handcrafted bags are all fully lined with pretty floral lining and have a zip pocket and phone pouch inside. Made from strong durable canvas, these bags will stand the test of time. Kate also creates coordinating wallets that have slots on both sides for cards and cash and a middle zipper compartment for coins, as well as cosmetic bags. And who wouldn't want one (or all) of the fantastic brooches? Audrey Apple is absolutely precious! Kate is currently offering special summer prices on her bags, wallets and make-up bags until August 31st. Enter the August giveaway NOW for your chance to win a Melvin Mushroom Tote Bag.

Bin Hog

It seems like these days everyone traveling has the exact same suitcase (small and black). It can take forever and a day to find your suitcase at the luggage claim while sifting through the sea of cases. But what if you had an eye-catching way to mark your suitcase? Look no further! Bin Hog's embroidered luggage ID handle wraps wrap around the side and top handles of roller bags and suitcases. I love the wraps that declare this bag is "Not Yours" and the Got Sushi wrap is fantastic. Being a dog lover I would also love to sport an animal-themed wrap. Don't miss out on the August giveaway for your chance to win four luggage handle wraps!

My Lip Stuff

My Lip Stuff features over 400 flavors of natural lip balm, as well as other bath & body products. Their products are NEVER tested on animals & contain natural ingredients that are good for your skin. There's a great selection of Charitabalms - lip balms that benefit a variety of charities. And the mood balms are intriguing, as are the horoscope products. I would love to try all the body products, especially the body butter sticks & My Smelly Stuff sprays. You'll also find products for men & children at My Lip Stuff. Enter the August giveaway for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to this fabulous shop.

Focus Friends Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Patti Holcombe! You won the terrific book Joy is the Greatest Gift from Focus Friends. Thank you to all who entered the giveaway.

Michabella Creations

Michabella Creations strives to create high-quality jewelry without the high price tags. Friends Cindy & Michelle share a love for beading & handcrafting jewelry that is apparent when browsing through their designs. The duo creates accessories ranging from anklets to watches. Some of my favorite designs are in the brass section, like the gorgeous Pretty in Pink necklace. There's also a large selection of necklaces & earrings created using Swarovski Crystals. The Fairy Tale Chandelier earrings are gorgeous...and look at the affordable price tag! Michabella Creations also has a terrific Cancer Awareness section featuring many beautiful pieces. Enter the August giveaway today for your chance to win your choice of an anklet from Michabella Creations.

Love, Lulu Mae

I often wonder why women seemed to stop wearing hats when they were so prevalent in the past. Love, Lulu Mae creates gorgeous "ARTcessories" that are sure to entice more women to sport hats once again. I love the Marianne bucket hat made of black cotton fabric with an iridescent purple/blue ribbon. The "Amourette" Felt Hat, bold blue feathers, white netting, and multi-color flower appliqués, is nothing if not a work of art. If you prefer hair accessories to hats, Love, Lulu Mae also has available unique headbands and hair clips. Receive a 15% discount with coupon code LOVE when ordering. And don't forget to enter the August giveaway for your chance to win an Earth Headband.

Keeta Collection

Keeta Collection bags are the perfect accessory for students, moms, and everyone else who has lots of items to tote around. The large All Day bags are a stylish way to haul lots of goods. I especially love the patchwork designs, such as the Pink Posies bag. For those who prefer a smaller handbag, there are many terrific petite designs, including sling bags and wristlets. Moms are sure to appreciate the Oh Baby collection featuring bags available with matching burp cloths, diaper wristlets & changing pads. Enter the August giveaway for your chance to win a beautiful sling bag from Keeta Collection.


PeaceLoveMom is an awesome place to shop for back-to-school apparel & accessories. I love the Rock'n Roll Kid tee, as well as the Happy Girl tees. If you purchase any PeaceLoveKids tee between now and September 1 you will receive a PeaceLoveKids tote FREE. (Use Back To School in the coupon code at check out.) Of course, it isn't all about the kids as Mom deserves some love, too. The soft jersey Mom tees are awesome & are available in a variety of designs. Vote For Mom is one election year tee I would be happy to purchase. And how cool are the thermal tees? I love all the bright, fun colors! Enter the August giveaway for your chance to win a Mommy Tee from PeaceLoveMom.

August Giveaway

Today kicks off the August Adult Apparel, Accessories & Skin Care giveaway! This month we have tons of exciting items to giveaway.

Giveaway Guidelines:

Visit each of the businesses listed on the August giveaway page. To enter, leave comments ON THIS POST including a link to one of your favorite items from each shop (one link per comment, please). You may enter multiple times by linking to a product by a different designer in each comment. Be sure to leave your name AND email address or website link so I can contact the winners. If you are chosen as a winner & there’s no way to contact you, a new winner will be chosen.

Winners will be chosen on September 1 using a random number generator & will then be notified by email & announced on Funky Finds, as well as Funky Town. If you haven’t joined our new interactive site Funky Town, do so now! Users can interact with other users & post content including specials, events, images & much more.

The August giveaway begins today, August 25, and ends at midnight CST Sunday, August 31. Feel free to spread the word to all your friends so they too will have a chance at winning these terrific prizes, too!

Enju Modern & Handmade

Julie McCollough Kim is one busy lady. Between running the Make Shop & Studio in Dallas and creating her own line of accessories, Enju Modern & Handmade, it's a wonder she has one free minute. I've had the pleasure of seeing Julie's designs in person & I am continually impresses with the quality of her products. The handbags are beautiful & are available in a wide array of patterns & colors. The red & black Hobo bag is perfect for the fall season. Julie also creates clothing, such as the Texas organic cotton dress with obi belt. If you are in the Dallas area & would like to take a sewing, screen printing or other type of crafting or design class, be sure to take a look at the Make class schedule. The August giveaway kicks off tomorrow. Be sure to enter for your chance to win a handbag from Enju Modern & Handmade.

Betty Jo Designs

Betty Jo Designs features jewelery that is hand-crafted by Betty Jo herself using recycled and re-purposed materials. Betty Jo is passionate about recreating unwanted & discarded items by making quirky & unique characters. Her pieces are made by utilizing funky vintage lino, gorgeous pre-loved buttons and pretty embroidered doilies. I love Pip the Pony who is made from vintage lino, buttons and a press stud. The pendant hangs on an antique finish nickle chain & is packaged with a vintage playing card. The Oscar Owl pendant is another fun piece that utilizes lots of great decorative buttons. Enter the August giveaway for your chance to win a brooch or pendant of your choice from Betty Jo Designs.


Peachypan is a wonderful place to find unique accessories, especially tsumami kanzashi. According to Fee's bio, Kanzashi is the Japanese word meaning "hair ornament" and tsumami refers to the"pinching of fabric." After living abroad in Japan for a year, she was inspired by the craft, cuteness and color of such designs. I love the multi-colored hair clips & the elaborate kanzashi pieces are stunning. The accessories section of the shop is stocked with great pieces ranging from earrings to stockings. I love the microphone charm necklace & the mushroom hair clip is a must-have in my book. And you don't want to miss the fantastic Peachypan tees either! Check back Monday for the August giveaway for your chance to win a pair of Peachypan earrings.

Star Hitched Wagon

Star Hitched Wagon showcases the quality bath and body products and jewelry Stacey Curry creates. There is not one necklace in her collection that I am not dying to own. April is a beautiful design with lace agate rondelles in the center of a hammered sterling silver circle. There's also many gorgeous earring designs including the Hope Floats pair. If you or someone you know is getting married or going to be part of a wedding, Stacey's wedding collection is also full of terrific pieces. I have never used Emu Oil (that I know of), but the salve sounds like the perfect thing to soothe dry, rough skin. And right now the salt soak sounds heavenly! Enter the August giveaway beginning on Monday, August 25, for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Star Hitched Wagon.


In 1999, Randi Lamb opened her boutique Randoons. Dealing primarily with smaller companies and artists ensures that she stocks unique items you won't find in every shop. Randi also donates a percentage of her "Dog Corner" sales to animal shelters and rescues, and holds an annual fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Randoons carries lots of great items for babies and toddlers, such as the adorable Crib Rock Concert tees. There's also a wonderful selection of doggie tees! The Enchanted Wardrobe consists of hand-painted sweet & funky pieces. How cute is the Sweet Pea Tank? The Lillian's Lace tanks and tees are also fabulous. You could win your choice of a Lillian’s Lace Tank in the August giveaway beginning Monday, August 25!


SnarfDogZ is an awesome site that specializes in unique t-shirts. Based out of Daytona Beach, Florida, this shop features tees that men, women & children will love. The vintage tees are my favorite because they remind me of so many things I loved growing up like Beverly Hills 90210 and Mighty Mouse (odd to put those two in the same sentence). And I'm sure many women reading this would love to dress their man in a true-to-life Mr. Messy tee! Don't miss out on the August giveaway for your chance to win two tees of your choice.

Mom O Matic's Automat

Tanya Svoboda of Mom O Matic's Automat creates unique pieces using vintage materials that are often one of kind or in limited supply. There's a wide variety of lovely rings to choose from, such as the Irish bouquet ring & the Sweet Whip vintage button ring. I love bright pops of color so the Juicy Cowboy earrings are right up my alley. I also love accessories that add a touch of humor to an ensemble & the Casual Cowboy vintage Cracker Jack charm necklace will do just that. The August Funky Giveaway begins on August 25th & you could win a button ring from Mom O Matic's Automat for yourself!

Groovy Goddess

Groovy Goddess founder Corinne Wayshak wanted to create a line of statement clothing that would support and encourage the social and cultural evolution going on around us. Inspired by the timeless messages and stories of empowerment of goddesses, Corinee has developed clothing that impacts women while maintaining an air of fun in a contemporary way. I think any modern woman can appreciate the humorous, but truthful, depictions seen on the Groovy Goddess products. Each of the designs can be printed on a variety of products including short sleeve tees and baby onesies. The August giveaway begins Monday & you could win a Ladies' baby rib short cap sleeve tee with any Goddess Design in any color!


These days more people than not carry a laptop with them on a regular basis. But who wants to lug around an unattractive computer when you can dress it up? Electricbaby is a great place to find funky cool designer laptop sleeves. The zippered laptop sleeves have extra padding so that your laptop will be protected in transit. The puffy quilt designs are very chic and could perhaps be mistaken for a nice handbag. The sweater sleeves are a unique design that fits snuggly around your computer. And men will appreciate the simple yet cool brushed canvas bags. Electricbaby also creates designer cord bags perfect for carrying computer accessories in. Be sure to enter the August giveaway beginning on August 25th for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Electricbaby.

Out Ease Struts

Out Ease Struts by Daryn are a terrific product that eliminates the problem of pant hems caught between your heel and shoe when taking a step wearing backless shoes. They are easy to use and can be quickly attached to any pair of pants. The disposable Struts use an environmentally friendly PLA film by Earthfirst that is made from 100% corn. I love wearing mules and sandals with pants and jeans & Struts make it so much more comfortable & easy to do. Don't miss out on the August giveaway where I'll be giving away fifteen pairs of Struts!

Book Giveaway! Focus Friends

Lisa Marks and Janet McBride, both mothers, recently created a new brand of books and products for young children based on characters call Focus Friends. Their company is producing a series of high quality children's picture books and related products for children ages 2-9. The debut title, Joy is the Greatest Gift, features character Joyann who shows children ways of celebrating joy every day, through the beauty of the world around them, by having fun, in time spent with loved ones, and by spreading joy to others. The book’s message is one that helps children to develop positive thought patterns and emotions, strengthen relationships, enhance creativity, and practice important life skills. Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Eris Klein, Joy is the Greatest Gift, is a superb book with an inspiring message. And at the end of the book there is a "Joy List" activity for the child to complete, actively applying the concept of living joyfully to the child's life. Focus Friends also offers framed artwork perfect for children's bedrooms and playrooms. Their second book, Appreciation Party, is to be released this fall.

Lisa & Janet would like to give one lucky Funky Finds winner a copy of Joy is the Greatest Gift. Simply leave a comment including your contact information on this post. Contest ends at Midnight CST, Saturday, August 23.


A BellySock is a simple nursing or maternity accessory that slips over your belly with no buttons, snaps, or hooks to deal with. The perfectly sized band slips over your belly creating an extra layer of fabric to provide coverage while nursing. The great thing is that BellySock works with non-maternity clothing, as well as maternity clothing, to give you a unique look and style. Another bonus is that it provides the additional support you need to help keep your belly from pulling too hard on you back during those final months of pregnancy. Stay tuned for the August giveaway for your chance to win one of two BellySocks.

The Show Pony Show Recap

Sunday Joe and I attended The Show Pony Show in Dallas, Texas. We were especially excited about this show as it was our first event to sponsor. The Dallas Craft Mafia did a fantastic job of organizing & promoting the show and the venue, The Continental Lofts, was great. In addition to many of the vendors I have featured before, it was lots of fun meeting many new designers.

Ashley Akers is a talented jewelry artist who combines contrasting colors and textures with simple, modern designs. Her portfolio showcases her unique designs, such as the Pebble collection. The Starburst pendants are another personal favorite.

Lolafalk (pictured left side) creates beautiful handmade bags using unique fabrics that are very eye-catching. We loved the iridescent fabrics that are incorporated into many of the pieces. It was very interesting speaking with Mary of FancyFibers (pictured right side) who creates knit socks using a World War I era hand-cranked circular sock machine. Mary had a huge selection of beautiful, multi-colored yarns to choose from so that custom pieces could be easily created. She also creates fabulous hats, shawls, shirts & more.

Whitney Ludiker (pictured) is the creative force behind Brokn Doll. Her softies & plushies are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes & themes. Whitney recently began crafting "pillow pals" that were a big hit at the show.

Madison Mae Handbags is a wonderful source for beautiful accessories. Krystal Mae Dodson has a knack for pairing interesting fabrics together to create unique pieces. And the Mini Mae collection features matching handbags for moms & their children.

It was also a pleasure meeting Helena of Dark Candles. She had a terrific display and we could not resist the Vicious Vixens votive collection. Helena also creates terrific Halloween packs featuring scents like Dark Carnival and Jack O Latte.

Other great shops to check out include:

katScrath Designs - Handmade cards & more
Krafty Munchkin Designs - Kitschy jewelry, accessories, and more
Taranehs Bazaar - Very cool wristwarmers, Purses, etc.

Show Pony

Wow, it feels like forever since I have posted on Funky Finds! I have missed you all very much, but Joe & I had a beautiful wedding and a terrific honeymoon in Las Vegas. Don't forget that tomorrow is the Show Pony Show in Dallas, Texas. There will be over 35 artists & craftsmen with their handmade goods including apparel, jewelry, handbags, housewares, glasswork, candles, childrens items, and more! Also, a REAL pony will be available for photo opps from noon to 2pm. Hopefully we will see you at the Continental Lofts located at 3311 Elm Street in Dallas from 11am to 7pm Sunday!!

Lark + Loon

Lark + Loon literally makes artwork wearable by commissioning original pieces from artists across the country and turning them into unique, carefree clothing for children. Their pure cotton pieces are printed with water-based inks and made in the USA. The drops are a comfortable design that look adorable paired with leggings or capri pants. The Home Sweet Home design is a beautiful piece created in appealing colors. Drops are also available in long sleeve and tank top form. The flare pants are a modern take on bell bottoms that children will look great in while still being able to run around & play. There are plenty of designs that boys will love, as well. This great company donates five percent of profits to Americans for the Arts, a foundation that among other things supports art in public schools.


Fliggity is a unique clothing company that is inspired by a child's active imagination. The products are playful and include something for just about every child. As a child my brother absolutely LOVED capes and dressing up. He would have been Fliggity's biggest fan, as they have shirts that fliggity fly. There's plenty of designs to choose from that will capture the imagination of boys and girls alike. The colorful flying flower power shirt is my personal favorite. The stylish superhero tees are also very fun designs. The section titled How old am I? features appliquèd tees that allow kids to show off their age. And the tiggity tie dye pieces have reinvented tie dye for the newest generation including custom embroidered names or phases. Receive 15% off your entire purchase by entering code "15fliggity" when checking out. Offer good through August 31.

Lucky Accessories

Lucky Accessories showcase beautiful designs created by Dutch native Kiona van Rhee-Wilson. Her shop also includes hair accessories and a variety of fabric and paper accessories. I absolutely love the earrings that incorporate vintage wallpaper remnants, as well as the rings. And the collage pendants are miniature works of art you can wear any time. Kiona's Etsy shop includes many beautiful pieces such as the peapod necklaces made of delicately wrapped wire and colored fresh water pearls. The Made of Money necklace is another terrific piece - one that would make anyone feel lucky while wearing it. And you definitely don't want to miss the sale section!

Sandbox Threads

I so often write about stay-at-home moms turned entrepreneurs. It's a nice change of pace to write about a stay-at-home father who has begun his own enterprise. Andy, father of two, started Sandbox Threads specializing in cool baby clothes, onesies and t-shirts. His designs are original & fun as demonstrated by the Steve Martin design. There's a wide variety of styles ranging from humorous to artistic. Some parents may be drawn to the apparel featuring imagery of vintage toys & advertisements. As a child I loved my Wonder Woman Underoos, so I would definitely be dressing my child in a Wonder Woman tee! Of course, Say Anything is also very reminiscent of my childhood.

ETA: Andy has generously set up a promo code for Funky Finds readers! Receive 20% off your order with the code funkyfinds. Expires September 30th.

Minor Mail

I was excited to receive the announcement that Minor Mail is back online with a brand new mini store. This company sells a fabulous range of unusual stationery & paper goods by various amazing designers from around the globe. The women's section features enchanting cards including the Beast Wishes collection by Umpen Editions. It can be very hard finding appropriate cards for men. That's why I love the men's section Minor Mail has. Designs such as Blue cut out by Anthony Hall are artistic without being girly. And if you have a particular occasion you'd like to send a greeting for, look no further. Send a toast or a chirp today.

Melanie Hazen

Melanie Hazen is a talented lampwork glass artist, metal worker and jewelry designer. Her shop consists of a cool mix of simple, modern jewelry designs that are eye-catching & appealing. The empty bowl bracelet is made up of copper bowls that are cut, drilled, hammered, domed and tumbled, then heated to bring out vibrant rainbow colors. The Siam Twinkle necklace is another terrific looking piece. I would love to have the matching earrings, as well. Melanie also creates lampwork bead sets that allow you to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces.

Black Eyed Susan Artworks

Black Eyed Susan Artworks features mirrors & frames created using found driftwood, mosaic items, and jewelry. It is amazing to see such natural works of art turned into useful items such as clocks. The driftwood frames are very unique and make terrific gifts for any occasion. I also love the mosaic glass picture frames that are embellished using beach glass found on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, MN. My favorite jewelry designs are the Circus Dangle earrings. The pounded Copper looks elegant when paired with colorful Czech Glass Beads. Black Eyed Susan Artworks is a shop you do not want to miss!

Bella Figura

Bella Figura is a fantastic source for stylish sustainable letterpress invitations. Based in Syracuse, NY, Bella Figura was launched in 2002 by Debbie Urbanski and Harold Kyle. Their stunning work has been featured in Modern Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Bride's magazines, and their portfolio includes work done for many big name clients. Their commitment to the environment plays a big role in their business, as well. One of the greenest letterpress shops in the country, Bella Figura is 100% wind-powered and carbon neutral. They also donate one percent of sales to environmental causes via 1% for the Planet. I received a very nice box of samples and was impressed with the luxuriously thick 100% cotton paper made from reclaimed fibers that is exclusively made for Bella Figura by a historic European paper mill. This shop is currently running a great deal on sample packs. You receive five letterpress invitation samples for $10 with 100% of the proceeds being donated. Check out the other promotions that this terrific letterpress company is currently offering.

Lily Pottery

Earlier this summer Funky Finds signed on to be a sponsor of Girl Indie's first annual Designer Chick contest. Amongst tons of great prizes, we donated a free 125x125 month-long ad spot for the winner. The contest was open to independent designers in various categories with readers voting for their favorite. This year's lucky winner is Lily Pottery. Lily Stratton creates wearable pieces of art that are hand-crafted using one-of-a-kind stamps and customized glazes she designs herself. I love the pendants that are hand-crafted using earthenware clay. The mermaid pink modern earrings are simple, yet elegant design. Lily also creates mugs, planters and other vessels that are equally beautiful. Congratulations again on winning the Designer Chick contest!

Missy Ballance

Missy Ballance is one of the founding crafters behind Pimp Stitch, a new site featuring funky, original embroidery patterns. Her blog, Crafty Carnival, showcases all of Missy's latest & greatest projects along with tutorials and patterns. She recently released a trio of e-patterns so you too can create adorable rag dolls. Mohair Circus is yet another one of Missy's ventures. This site focuses on the stunning mohair animals she hand crafts. All of the animals are absolutely adorable & I would love to adopt each & every one of them! Missy is one talented woman who obviously balances quite a lot. Check out all her sites for more information.

Gala Glass

Some consumers may be skeptical about buying glass products online because they want to see the craftsmanship in person before making a purchase. I can tell you first-hand that Angelo Tiozzo & his associates at Gala Glass create superb items that are beautiful, elegant and timeless. I was thrilled to receive one of the unique spiral glass rings that are surprisingly affordable. Also available are complimentary pendants and earrings. The glass figurines are fabulous & will make wonderful gifts for a wide variety of people. Of course I am very partial to the glass dogs that are absolutely adorable! The glass wine bottle stoppers are also terrific gift items. Check out all the great pieces Gala Glass has to offer.

July Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the July Giveaway contest! The winners of each of the fabulous goodies are listed below. Stay tuned for the August giveaway beginning on August 25th & preview all the great prizes here! I will be contacting each winner via email to get your mailing address. Cheers!

Claudia - Initial Blanket from Two Tinas
Doreen - Plushie Hand Warmer Rabbit from Jeynreyn
Jeanette - Sock Monkey from The Craftsty Shop
Giada - The Softies Kit from Weekend Kits
Rainy - Bitsy Bear of your choice from Bitsy Bear
Stacysews - "Poloko" from Fluffels
Sharmaine - Peg Bear from One Red Robin
Amanda Ann - ArtLab Fashion Studio from Passed Presents
Katy - Mini Pooki from Pooki & Co.
Greetingarts - Woolyhoodwink of your choice from Fawn & Forest
Oona - Vintage Pillowcase Monster from A Very Mary Design
Ricki - Soft Olive Green Fluffy Bunny Toy from Whimsy Kisses
Bunny B - Toy Strap from Pippalily
EB - Felt Food Set of your choice from Sam McLean Designs
1 News Subscriber - ArtLab Car Design Studio from Passed Presents