Hand Picked Pumpkin

Allison Case began Hand Picked Pumpkin with two things in mind - utmost comfort and some fashion standards. She wanted cute knit pants for her wee one, Pierson, that wouldn't constrict his movement while learning to crawl and walk. In her quest, she developed a modern line of limited-edition and custom baby clothing. The customization is an easy three-step process. You simply pick the garment you'd like, choosing from various signature outfits, bottoms, and more. Then, choose the appropriate size. The third step, customizing, is where the fun comes in. If you aren't feeling very creative & prefer to purchase ready-made pieces, Hand Picked Pumpkin offers those as well. Check out the Hand Picked Pumpkin blog, Notions, for information regarding sales & more.

Zestee Fashion

Holly Bar is a New Zealand artist that creates one-of-a-kind jewelry using non-traditional materials from the hardware store, such as washers, nuts and other interesting items. Zestee Fashion showcases items that are original and unique pieces of art. I love the Blossom Necklace, as well as the Daisy Necklace. And the layered pendant featured on the Rose Necklace is an innovative beauty. Holly also designs T-shirts that are printed on eco-friendly organic cotton and Bamboo shirts using a Direct to Garment printing technology. This process utilizes environmentally-friendly water-based inks, making them very 'green.' I especially like the deep purple Lakes Plant artistic shirt. Check out all the eco-friendly pieces Zestee Fashion offers.

Southern Brand

I've been out of Texas for about a month now & I have really come to appreciate some things you find in the South. You'll be hard-pressed to find biscuits and gravy up North, and people aren't too big on 'yes ma'am' and 'no sir.' Don't get me wrong, I am loving the experience of living in Pennsylvania, but my roots run deep in the South. Perhaps that is why I like Southern Brand so much. This company offers unique products like limited edition Cowhide Slip Covers, perfect for your iPod or cell phone, and cowhide koozies. Little ones will look adorable in tees declaring that they're a lil' bit country. Personally I have a long wish list that includes the Country and Southern Belle tees that have been through a vintage wash process. Of course, gentlemen have several great options available, as well.

Blue Nostalgia Jewelry

Blue Nostalgia Jewelry features beautiful designs created by Ohio-based designer Ashley Davis. I love the Whisper earrings that are created using aqua chalcedony faceted pear briolettes on hand-forged and antiqued pure copper swirl ear wires. I also like the pieces featuring sparrows, such as the Fly Away and Pretty Bird necklaces. And how gorgeous are The Darkness in the Light earrings? Receive a 10% discount on any order by entering the code "FunkyFinds10" in message to seller at checkout. The 10% discount will be refunded after completed payment via PayPal.

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a $20.00 gift certificate to use toward anything in the Blue Nostalgia Jewelry shop (shipping included). Simply visit Blue Nostalgia and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway is only open to US and Canada residents. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Tuesday, August 4.

Pet Finds

Our Yellow Labrador, Beau Bradley, hasn't been feeling 100%, so pets are on the forefront of my mind. I know many of my readers are pet lovers, so I decided to share some of my favorite finds for pets & those who care for them.

1. Bumble Belly Designs offers leash holders that are just as cute as their shop name! I also love the Woof pillow.

2. 2 Dog Studio features wonderful dog portraits by mixed media artist by Wendy who has a passion for painting ~ a passion for painting dogs!

3. Sweet Harvest Farms offers decadent, all-natural soap for your pooch.

4. PretaPawte is a great source for funky cat and dog collars. I especially like the Pink Hibiscus print.

5. Freekibble.com's primary mission is to provide good, healthy food dog and cat food to those shelters who are working so hard to see that none of them go hungry. Buy a box of GOOD BUDDY® Mimi's Favorite Mac & Cheese Dog Cookies & Castor And Pollux Pet Works will donate a meal to freekibble.com.

6. Dress up your stylish pet in a Humorous Hounds tee. Your dog is fearless, so tell everyone your dog meets!

7. I Heart Dogs Studio is another great source for pet portraits. Of course, you may find some that have a bit of a humorous twist, such as Barcchus, the canine god of wine!

8. Barkology features fashion tees, embellished head ware, totes and more. The Sleeps With Dogs tee is very appropriate in this household.

9. I love Pup-Pup Designs' customizable PupID! collar. You can also customize a coordinating lead.

10. Dog lover or not, you don't want to miss the hilarious poodle cards offered by Haley's Handmades. You can even color your own calendar full of different poodle scenes.

Clutch That!

Clutch That! features beautiful clutches by talented seamstress Rosemary. It's impressive enough that she has seven children ranging in age from 5-34 years old. Add to that the energy & talent to create such lovely designs & I'm super impressed! The Burgundy Red clutch is a luxurious accessory that is made using high-end, upholstery-grade velour with a unique braided and tassel detail. The Peacock Clutch Purse in teal and gold silk is an eye-catching piece that will definitely add pizazz to your wardrobe, as will the clutch featuring a real Peacock feather. Brides will certainly love the Blushing Bride and Timeless Rose designs. These clutches also make wonderful gifts for bridesmaids, hostesses, and others.

Weekend Events

WHAT: The All Austin All Handmade Bash
WHEN: Friday, July 31, 7-11pm
WHERE: The Beauty Bar Austin, 617 E. 7th St., Austin, TX
ETC: $2 cover benefiting Austin Dog Rescue; More info on the Electric Promotions blog

WHAT: Amy Rice Solo Exhibition Opening Reception
WHEN: Friday, July 31, 5-9pm
WHERE: Art Star, 623 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA
ETC: Free & open to the public. The show will be on display through September 13th.

WHAT: Friday Night Crafts
WHEN: Friday, July 31, 5-9pm
WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 929 South St., Philadelphia, PA
ETC: BYOT - Bring your own table! No fee. For more info call 215-733-9788. Next events are on August 28 & September 25.

WHAT: Urban Craft Uprising
WHEN: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2; 11am-5pm
WHERE: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
ETC: Free Admission, Swag Bags, Giveaways Every Hour!

WHAT: Craftwerk
WHEN: Saturday, August 1st, 1-5pm
WHERE: St Aloysius Social Club - 21 Phoenix Rd, London NW1 1TA
ETC: Free SWAG packs for the first 50 entrants courtesy of Funky Finds!

WHAT: Handmade Nation Screening
WHEN: Saturday, August 1st, 6-8 pm
WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, RM 103 - 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
ETC: Public admission is $5 at the door. Seating is limited. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Art Star. Director Q&A following the screening.

WHAT: Crafty Balboa
WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 12-5pm
WHERE: Around the fountain at the intersection of Tasker and Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA
ETC: The craft market will be held in conjunction with East Passyunk Business Improvement District's 4th Annual DooWop. Passyunk Ave will be closed to traffic from McKean St. to Dickinson St.

WHAT: Crafty by Nature
WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Shupp’s Grove in Adamstown, PA (Lancaster County)
ETC: Event takes place every first Sunday through October

Kitten Lab

I am always amazed at the innovative nature of so many crafters. Kitten Lab is no exception. This shop features funky earrings created using plastic vintage IBM Selectric typeballs. The typeballs are combined with colorful enamel and beads to create unique recycled accessories. If you find the balls to be a bit intimidating, Kitten Lab also offers earrings made using sections of the typeballs. These are definitely eye-catching pieces that will set you apart from the crowd.


Every Mom, Granny and other relative treasures each piece of children's artwork they receive. But sometimes the pieces are large and bulky and aren't exactly easy to display or store. PrintArtKids solves this issue and makes it easy for your to share your child's artwork with friends and family everywhere. Simply choose a favorite from your kid’s art collection, a favorite photograph, even your own artwork, and scan it or take a digital photo. Then, select the item(s) you wish to order and follow the step-by-step directions to upload your image. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? I received print samples of a variety of products, including a notepad, holiday card, and notebook and can tell you that the print quality is excellent. You can also add a custom message to the notecards and postcards making them even more special. This is a wonderful way to turn your child’s artwork or favorite family photos into unique and useful items that honor their talents. Join the PrintArtKids email list to receive special announcements & offers.


FENNOfashion, formally MEWfashion, features the work of Texas-based designer Megan Wiesman-Fenno. Her goal is to create trendy, upscale fashion accessories that accentuates the wearer's look, style and personality through unique accessories. Megan's eco-concious line of handbags is called U.R.E.C. which stands for upcycled, recycled, eco-concious. The bags are created using recycled parts of vintage purses that are on their last leg utilizing Megan's own original patterns. Her most popular line is the Acai jewelry that is created using seeds of the amazing Brazilian fruit. 10% of sales from the Acai line are donated to the MORE project benefiting Brazilian residents living in poverty. I love the pink Acai cuff and the Brazilian Silver Leaf Set is stunning. Be sure to browse through all of Megan's fashionable jewelry designs so you don't miss great designs like the Attention-Getting Chandelier Earrings I want! Receive a 15% discount with coupon code Funky15. Valid through August 10.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Enter to win a one-of-a-kind blue translucent necklace and earring set (pictured) from FENNOfashion. The winner will also have the opportunity to add a pair of earrings of their choice! Simply visit FENNOfashion and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Wednesday, July 29.

Booby Trap

Booby Trap Children's Apparel is a young brand that has been star-tested and parent-approved. Based in Los Angeles, this company has designed glow in the dark one-zzzs, jumpers, rompers and tees for little bats (boys) & sweet cupcakes (girls). Little ones will be comfy and stylish in the Battitude Sweet Pea onsie featuring an original illustration by Marco Rached, Jr. The rompers look especially comfortable...too bad they don't come in adult sizes! Booby Trap also offers crib shoes that look like fashionable adult shoes that are heelarious. I also love the absolutely adorable Sadie cowgirl boots.

Viva La Chic

Viva La Chic is a great place to find chic handmade accessories to adorn yourself with & highlight that perfect outfit. The new Carnival In Bloom Collection features lovely earrings, such as the Sunrise Surprise pair. The Pretty Young Thing Earrings are reminiscent of old-fashioned doilies but with a new spin. And I love the funky color combo seen on the Jasmine Kiss Earrings. Viva La Chic also offers chic yet affordable hair combs and cameo necklaces. Viva La Chic is in the process of setting up a Shop @ Funky Finds, so check back soon. Receive a 15% discount on your order with coupon code FFJULY15.

Asha Patel Designs

Asha Patel Designs brings symbols of meditative peace, intuition and hope through accessories. Jewelry designer Asha Patel designs with symbolism and sentiment in mind. Branded on a leather bracelet the calming effect of the Eastern symbol OM is a reminder for peace through the balance of mind and meditation. The eye-catching labradorite bracelet promotes self-control and inner peace. Strung on a leather cord, the powerful stone is meant to delicately stand for clarity of insight and intuition. The Get Tagged Collection, my personal favorite, allows you to wear your heart around your neck. The tags are especially unique in that they are a modern-day locket with an opening for a photograph on the reverse side.

Chicago Craft Social

Mark your calendars for the next Craft Social taking place on August 14 in Evanston, IL. The event will run from 7-10pm at the Evanston Vineyard Church located at 2495 Howard St., Evanston, IL 60202. The second Chicago Craft Social allows you to meet other creative types, enjoy some dessert, and spend an evening whipping up a nifty project to take home. Sounds perfect to me!

Dozens of tables will be set up in the giant lobby of the Evanston Vineyard Church & each one will feature a different project theme ranging from decoupage to jewelry making. You can bring your own project* to work on and sit with other people doing their own thing, or pick a table and join a project leader who will show you how to make something cool. Another cool aspect is that guys are welcome! If you sell your handmade goods online, run a craft store, or have a creative business you'd like to promote, you can bring promo items to place on a designated table. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

- Admission: $5 to help cover costs. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

- Bring: Your own supplies, if you like. A list of project choices and supplies will be listed on the blog closer to August 14.

*If you bring your own project, the organizers ask that it not involve fire, electricity, or messy stuff like aerosol sprays.

Zouzou Design

Kokeshi are Japanese dolls originally from northern Japan. While they are typically handmade from wood, one crafter in particular has begun creating Kokeshi & putting her own spin on them. Zouzou Design features lovely handmade fabric Japanese Kokeshi dolls that are stuffed with lavender or polyester filling - your choice. Caroline also creates fabric Russian Matryoshka dolls in the same way. If you aren't really looking for a plush doll, but like the style, you might like the Russian doll bookmarks. They are very colorful and feature Caroline's own digital photo montage designs. She also creates fun brooches featuring similar digital Kokeshi Dollface images. I especially love the pink-haired doll on a houndstooth background!

Weekend Events

WHAT: The Ruidoso Art Festival
WHEN: July 24 - 26
WHERE: Ruidoso, New Mexico (various locations)
ADMISSION: $5 for Adults, $1 for children under 16; Two Day Passes are available for $8 and Three Day Passes for $12

WHAT: Handmade Market at Memphis Taproom
WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 10am-3pm (Rain date Sunday, July 26)
WHERE: Side lot at Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia
ETC: Be sure to check out the artwork by Lauren Rossi in the back of the dining room

WHAT: Sowa Open Market
WHEN: Every Sunday through October 25 (excluding Sept. 6), 10am-4pm
WHERE: 540 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
ETC: Free Admission & Parking

Normal Watches

Normal Watches features funky, affordable watches designed by two biker dudes, Matthew and Shayne. The duo currently has 14 watches out right now, including four that debuted last week. The watches are available for purchase through several retailers, such as Tailtap and Urban Outfitters. I'm sure you are with me in wanting to tell everyone I am in fact a Golden Girls fan. And, for those with a flair for the dramatic, there's the Facebook Ruined My Life watch. Personally, I dig the purple Love is the New Hate design. Joe Rockhead has a great selection of Normal Watches, including my favorite one to wear, Social Networking. As you can see, these watches are super affordable & super fun. Why not add a little Normal to your life?

Etsy Trashion Team Summer Sale & Giveaway

To promote environmental awareness, the Etsy Trashion Team is having a summertime sale and giveaway this week (July 20 - 27). The Trashion Team is a group of artists that creates art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from materials that were leftover, discarded, or found, and sells them on Etsy. Trashion members will run promotions in their Etsy shops, and the giveaway winner will receive a goodie bag filled with Trashion treasures submitted by the participants. To enter the giveaway, visit and comment on the Etsy Trashion Team blog and make purchases in participating shops, such as Re-Maker who is offering 20% off all products and Rikrak, a shop offering 15% off various items. The prize winner will be randomly selected at the end of the sale. Help promote environmental awareness by visiting the Etsy Trashion team blog and participating shops during the Summer Sale Event. Trashion is all about bringing out the beauty in unconventional objects and materials. For team members, recycling is an art and an ideal.

Zedena Designs

Melissa Williams of Zedena Designs creates unique jewelry using enamel, glass & metal. She says that her love for jewelry has been apparent since she was a young girl. The designer recalls playing Home Shopping Network with her grandmother, Zedena, raiding her jewelry box and then "selling" her her favorite pieces. Melissa's designs began by wrapping multi-colored telephone wire into rings and bracelets. Her designs have evolved since then to include enamel, copper, sterling & fine silver and genuine Swarovski crystals. I love the enamel pendants Heart of Glass and Flutter. She also does custom work for Brides and Bridal Parties or any special occasion.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Enter to win an enamel pendant titled Itty Bitty Enamel Heart. Simply visit Zedena Designs and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Thursday, July 23.

Maptote & J.Crew

Today J.Crew and Maptote announced the immediate availability of its new tote featuring the Tribeca neighborhood. The tote is being sold exclusively at J.Crew's recently opened Mens Shop at the Liquor Store located at 235 West Broadway & White St. The shop combines J.Crew's classic look with a well-edited and curated selection of men's clothing and accessories. According to sales associates at the store, locals are buying these totes and sketching landmarks and other locations that they love in their neighborhood. Designed in collaboration with J.Crew to highlight Lower Manhattan's popular area, this new tote not only features the location of the company's Men's Shop at the Liquor Store, but also local icons and popular landmarks in the Tribeca neighborhood. In addition to its new bag featuring Tribeca, Maptote recently released seven new hand-silkscreened totes, all of which are designed and manufactured locally in Brooklyn, New York, including the following locals: The Bronx, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, San Diego, Seattle and Toronto. I look forward to snagging a Philadelphia bag for myself.

Philadelphia Designers Market

Funky Finds recently relocated from Texas to Pennsylvania. We are now in the Philadelphia area and have been learning of many upcoming indie art & craft shows, local boutiques that focus on handmade goods and talented local artisans. We look forward to attending The Philadelphia Designers Market this Saturday, July 18. The event will take place at The Broad Street Ministry located at 315 S. Broad Street from 11am to 6pm & admission is FREE. Those who arrive early in the day will receive a FREE Shopping tote featuring the Philadelphia Designers Market logo, too. Check out the event blog to learn more about the talented designers participating in this event.

Smile for Suzy

Suzanne Elizondo of Smile for Suzy discovered shrinky dinks as an adult and fell in love with making things out of them. She now utilizes the "shrinky" material to create off-beat earrings that interact with each other. Fresh out of college, Suzy tries to tell a funny or unusual story with her designs. Chubby rodents are always on the look out for a nice chunk of cheese. And knitters know their ball of yarn is never safe with a feline around. The delicious cupcakes and bacon & eggs are two appetizing designs. Of course, you know what they say...the early bird gets the worm! As you can see, Suzanne's designs are playful & will add a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe.

Deb Taylor

Deb Taylor is a Texas gal that is very talented in the way of photography. Born & raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Deb has lived all over the world only to return to her roots. She now enjoys her life as a Bed & Breakfast owner, artist and photographer. She hosts a variety of art retreats for women at Heritage Haus Bed & Breakfast and her work has been published in several magazines. Deb's blog showcases her wonderful photographs, as well as details of her crafty endeavors and upcoming workshops. One of my favorite projects posted on her blog is the Pockets of Dreams dress featuring Deb's photographs of young girls in Isla Mujeres where she lived in Mexico. The dress pays homage to innocent victims that were murdered and did not have a chance to grow up. View more of Deb Taylor's photography on Flickr.

Hello Bluebird

Crafty by Nature is a monthly indie crafts market held at Shupp's Grove in Lancaster County, PA. Every first Sunday of the month through October, Crafty by Nature will showcase up-and-coming indie designers, crafters, artists, and makers. Organizer Alex McCarty recently announced that she is opening an indie brick and mortar gallery/boutique in West Reading this August named Hello Bluebird. If you are interested in submitting to sell in the shop, you can send your submissions via email to alex.allmimsy@gmail.com. Please include photos or a link to your online shop. Alex will be scheduling reviews and drop offs every Thursday until the opening, as well as Saturdays by appointment. Although the shop is opening in August, Alex will continue accepting submissions as an ongoing part of the business.

No Intention of Giving Up - Katie Brown Fundraiser

While reading the Craft Mafia blog recently I learned of a very intense situation. Katherine Brown, the founder of the San Antonio Craft Mafia, is fighting glioblastoma. In layman's terms, that's stage 4 brain cancer. The San Antonio group has been touched deeply by her illness and they are holding a benefit for Kat and her children. If you live in the San Antonio area, or know someone who does, please inform them about the the event. For more information about Kat and her illness you can read articles in the San Antonio Express News and The Handmade News.

WHAT: NO INTENTION OF GIVING UP - Katie Brown Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, July 26, 4-8 pm
WHERE: Tiki Lounge at El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave., San Antonio
ETC: Music by Austin's Turbo 350. Free refreshments and pay-as-you-go bar (all proceeds go to the Trust Fund). Kat's art and jewelry will be for sale - take this chance to get an original piece of assemblage art. Donations for Kat and her children also accepted. Every penny counts.

Weekend Events

WHAT: Artscape Baltimore
WHEN: July 17-19; Friday: 12-10pm, Saturday: 12-10pm, Sunday: 12-8pm
WHERE: Mount Royal Ave. & Cathedral St. / Charles St.
Bolton Hill neighborhood & Station North Arts & Entertainment District
ETC: Artscape week kicks off tonight with a free screening of Handmade Nation, a documentary about the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design. The film's creator, Faythe Levine will be on hand to answer any questions.

WHAT: Pasadena Bead and Design Show
WHEN: July 20th through August 2nd
WHERE: Los Angeles at the Pasadena Hilton

WHAT: 2nd annual Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco
WHEN: JULY 18 & 19, 11am – 7pm
WHERE: Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion

WHAT:Candyfloss summer craft fair
WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 10am - 4pm
WHERE: Millennium Gallery in Sheffield City Centre

WHAT: Red Rabbit Arts & Crafts Market
WHEN: Sunday, July 19, 9:30am-3:30pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Arboretum


Hatastic! features an eclectic range of unique handmade hats, fascinators and hair accessories created by Chloe Haywood. She uses vintage jewelery, fabric remnants and second-hand items to create one-of-a-kind original pieces that will add interest to your wardrobe. Hatastic! showcases everything from somewhat simple hair clips to over-the-top fascinators that are nothing if not eye catching. I especially like the dusky pink vintage sequin comb and the romantic purple and green butterfly fascinator. And the Glittery Black Poppy Fascinator is a vintage-inspired beauty. Chloe also provides a bespoke service providing pieces that are custom-made to the buyer's specification.

LuEl Designs

LuEl Designs offers custom handbag design, as well as already-designed handbags and accessories. This well-established company has been providing customer's with quality products for six years. In three easy steps, you can order your very own custom handbag. You simply choose your style, choose your fabric, and submit your order. A couple of my favorite styles are the Kelly and the Jane. If you'd prefer to purchase a ready-made accessory, there are plenty of fantastic pieces to choose from. These bags are perfect for work, everyday use, and Moms will love the roomy baby bags. And, for your hot night on the town, you definitely want a LoLa wristlet to carry. LuEl Designs also has a Shop @ Funky Finds - visit today!

*GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Kelly bag in Watermelon. Simply visit LuEl Designs and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Friday, July 17.

Julia Bristow Jewelry

Julia Bristow Jewelry features hand-crafted, nature-inspired pieces that are unique & elegant. All jewelry pieces are hand-wired or woven and meticulously pieced together by designer Julia Bristow. Her offerings include a variety of beautiful necklaces, such as the flower necklace that is made with a special Gumamela shell flower pendant, yellow jasper beads, glass beads and gold plated findings. The blue & white vintage-style necklace is another lovely design. One of my favorites is the Hippie blue cool beaded necklace that incorporates wood beads, gemstone beads, & other elements. Julia also offers a variety of bracelets, little girl jewelry, and more. Perhaps the most intriguing items she creates are the beaded guitar straps. These intricate pieces are stunning works of wearable art. Visit Julia's blog for updates, including upcoming events & specials.


ManHandled is run by a super cool couple, Emily & Matt Adams. I first met Emily when she was teaching a scrapbooking class I took at the Arlington Scrapbooking convention years ago. She is high energy & so creative. I was thrilled when Emily & her husband Matt started ManHandled, as well as The Bookie. The duo's latest offering are 1" buttons that can be worn in a whole new way - as earrings! There are pairs of earrings that will suit everyone from anime-niacs to proud Texans to crafty b*tches. Not only do they have over 40 sets listed on their site, you can also request your own set based on any combination of all the button designs on the site. Of course, ManHandled also offers the standard 1" pinback buttons in a variety of styles & combos. These are perfect for adding flair to your tote bag or sending to friends. And Twilight fans will love the cool buttons & earrings showcasing images from the books, as well as phrases from the stories. If you're in the Dallas area, visit ManHandled at the White Rock Local Market between 9am & noon this Saturday, July 11th.

Mention Funky Finds at checkout & receive FREE domestic shipping through July 19th! Also, sign up to receive all of Emily & Matt's indie brand newsletters to receive special discount information & announcements.

LyLou Design

Fun, funky, and thoroughly functional, LyLou Design bags are the must have accessory for the modern woman. These bags are suitable for everyone, including a mom on the go, a career woman on the rise, or simply the girl-next-door. Bags like Pink Floral are constructed of the finest, most durable fabrics in patterns ranging from country chic to retro mod and everything in between. Designer Lynn Louise Larson personally selects top-quality vintage and new upholstery fabrics with a keen eye for innovative color combinations, unique pattern, and exquisite texture, as displayed by the Golden Age bag. The Royal Blue design (pictured) is another favorite of mine. If you're looking for a bag that is hand-crafted with a passion for beauty, form, function, and durability, LyLou Designs is the place for you. Receive 20% off your order with coupon code FF2009. Good through July 2010.

Austin Fashion Week

Next week marks Austin Fashion Week, a week-long series of fashion events hosted by participating boutiques and salons. Between July 13 and 19, many Austin designers will be displaying their work in gallery formats within various boutiques and salons. This is a great opportunity to discover new, up-and-coming labels coming from Central Texas. Also, be sure you check out each participants’ work and VOTE for your favorites to win Austin Fashion Awards. And, of course, you don’t want to forget to SHOP! Buy a Passport to Fashion to receive 10% off all of your purchases and get a chance to win a $5,000 SHOPPING SPREE every time you visit a new boutique or salon!

Also, on Thursday, July 16, from 8:00-11:00pm, Austin Handmade will be celebrating the Grand Re-opening of its new store location at 2009 S. First St. The party will offer special in-store discounts, along with giveaways from participating sponsors such as the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls, select Austin based artists and a membership for a free year of classes provided by The WonderCraft. Party guests will be able try out the new Austin Handmade Do-It-Yourself Room using simple kits created by Austin artists with instructions and basic supplies available for purchase at the event. Continue with the on-site DIY fun with make n' take projects provided Austin's newest creative craft-force, The WonderCraft. There will also be entertainment provided by local band Lost Werks and DJ Beef Eigler "Hot Britches" of High Society. Enjoy drinks from Austin's favorite, Sweet Leaf Tea and Treaty Oak Platinum Rum. Rum truly made in the spirit of Texas. Texas's first & only distillery that both brews and distills locally, using only Texas ingredients.

Visit the Austin Handmade online store to find an array of Austin's talent with a wide diversity of art including screen printing, book binding, candle making, fabric art, graphic design and more, including detailed information on upcoming featured monthly artist events and the bi-weekly local Handmade Market.


Pequitobun is so popular that their accessories have been featured on the popular show Gossip Girl, most recently on the season finale. Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny Humphrey, rocked the Crown Jewels necklace in the episode titled The Goodbye. Obviously the wardrobe editors really like Pequitobun's designs & it's easy to see why. The website has recently been stocked with new items, including various pairs of Victorian rocker earrings. The Summer 2009 collection is full of glamorous & exotic designs, such as the unique rock by stitch necklace. Are you a fan of Pequitobun on Facebook? Fans receive special promo codes, announcements of specials, and more.

Artists & Fleas

Artists & Fleas creates weekly markets featuring emerging artists, designers, vintage collectors, and handmade crafters. Established in 2003 in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Artists & Fleas has created unique destinations for the community of artisans, collectors and cool-hunters to come together in a dynamic, vital retail setting where buyers and sellers can meet from around the world. The current markets include the Indoor Artists & Designer Market, The Vintage Market, and the Market in McCarren (May 2009).

Established in 2003, the Indoor Artist & Designer Market is a place where emerging and independent artists, designers, collectors and makers of everything handmade can showcase their wares. New vendors are always welcome so be sure to visit regularly to discover new items. Located at 129 N 6th St. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8pm.

The Vintage Market, located next door to the current Artists & Fleas Indoor Market, is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8pm. You will find collections of furniture, clothing, housewares and decor, accessories and more.

The A & F Market in McCarren is a weekly outdoor independent artist and designer market in Brooklyn's McCarren Park in partnership with the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn. The Market features independent designers of clothing, jewelry, accessories and handmade crafts and includes an array of traditional and non-traditional visual artists. The Market also includes a cafe with organic, locally produced food, highlighting community non-profit partners and provides a variety of entertainment and themed weekend activities. Open Saturdays from 10am-6pm. Located in the North end of McCarren Park, adjacent to the McCarren Field House and near the year-round Saturday Green Market. (photo from Artists & Fleas website)

From Sarah, With Love

From Sarah, With Love stocks a mix of funky, vintage, feminine and quirky items. Since so many people enjoy receiving picture frames, mirrors and jewelry boxes as gifts, Sarah Oren decided to start a business creating such items in a colorful, exciting way. The Colors Galore Mirror is a unique design featuring decoupaged photographs. The Shady Picture Frame is perfect for displaying your wild summer photos. The various decoupaged wood pieces incorporate pressed flowers, acrylic paint and magazine/photograph clippings. Receive 25% off one item when mentioning Funky Finds in the Notes to Seller at checkout.

Weekend Events

What: The first ever Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles
When: July 11 & 12, 11am - 7pm
Where: California Market Center
Over 200 artists are traveling from all over the country and abroad to participate and sell their handmade goods at Renegade Craft Fair – Los Angeles.

What: The Big Crafty
When: Sunday, July 12, 12-6pm
Where: Pack Place, Asheville, NC
100 indie crafters, music, food & drink - What more does one need?

What: Texas Pottery & Sculpture Guild’s biannual “Sizzling Summer Sale”
When: July 10th, 5-9 PM & July 11th, 10 AM-4 PM
Where: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street
Participating artists from North Texas featuring functional and decorative artwork. Included in the activities will be a silent auction benefiting TPSG and the Emergency Artists Support League. In addition, on Friday night there will be a special “meet the artists” wine and dessert reception.

Chloe the Hot Dog & Friends

Jessica DeJohn is a dog lover like myself. Her work is primarily influenced by her Dachshund Chloe, hence the name of her shop, Chloe the Hot Dog & Friends. Jessica's paintings portray adorable pooches & exude love, which I think we could all use a daily dose of. Doxie Love Floating Hearts is a fun original painting featuring two adorable tan dachshunds in love. Dachshund Love is another great love-filled piece. I also like the pieces that incorporate funky retro flowers, such as Retro Flower Doxie with Bird. And Retro Long Doxie is a super bright painting that features retro flowers ON a long Dachshund! Check out the Chloe the Doxie Love blog to see Jessica & Chloe's many adventures.

*GIVEAWAY: Enter to win an 8"x10" print of the painting titled Chloe the Dachsund. Visit Chloe the Hot Dog & Friends and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite piece. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Saturday, July 11.

Upcoming Events

Meet Your Maker
July 3rd, 5-8 pm
The Broadway Winebar - 200 W. Broadway - Eugene, Oregon
Meet Your Maker is an indie craft show bringing Eugene the best of local handmade goods in the support of the Buy Local movement. There will be wine tasting, a raffle, and the event is held alongside the First Friday Artwalk! Open to all ages and free admission.

Chalkboard China will be debuting "Chalk it for the Cure" at the upcoming Dallas Home & Gift Market, June 24th – 30th at the Dallas Market Center. "Chalk It For the Cure" launch parties will be held in the John R Walker Showroom, World Trade Center #209. All buyers are invited to participate in "Chalk It For the Cure," by signing their name in chalk on one of Chalkboard China's new Pink Ribbon Cylinder vases, signifying their support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer awareness. Donations collected in the vases at the Home & Gift market will be a great start to the many dollars that Chalkboard China plans to raise. Part of the proceeds from every PINK RIBBON vase sold will go to the foundation.

About Chalkboard China: Express yourself again and again on our sleek, slate canvas. Chalkboard China is a product line founded in 2008 by Candace Neff Randolph and the creative design team at Cooper & Brinkley's. Personalize every occasion on our tabletop and home accessory pieces, finished with a tasteful black slate.

4th of July Crafts

With the 4th of July on the horizon, it's time to get busy creating some great holiday crafts and decorations. Better Homes & Gardens has some great resources you are sure to love!

4th of July Crafts for kids and adults, including how to make fun flags for your home and yard.

Decorating ideas with red, white and blue color schemes for just about everything in your home.
Happy Independence Day, America!