Funky Five: Autumn

1. Fabric Covered Pumpkin Magnet Board by Half Moon Orignials

2. Hand-blown Glass Pumpkins by Allison Kreft

3. Argyle Chipmunk Autumn Yarn Wreath by KnockKnocking

4. Autumn Pumpkins Pillow by Three Sheep Studio

5. Tiny Maple Dangles by Dandelion Blu

Baby K’tan

Baby K’tan recently introduced the new 3-IN-1 K’tanCloth, a nursing cover, burp cloth and blankie all in one. The K'tanCloth attaches to all baby carriers & slings enabling discreet nursing while on the go. Boasting a streamline design, it is smaller than most nursing covers while providing just the right amount of coverage. The K'tanCloth also promotes successful breastfeeding by reducing distractions while allowing mom to leave baby in the carrier. The unique open-pocket burp cloth design remains open when hanging vertically over your shoulder. This feature protects your clothing by catching messy spit-ups. Also, it will Velcro to your baby carrier, car seat, diaper bag or similar straps so you never lose your child’s favorite blankie while on the go. Baby K’tan, LLC, was developed by two couples, each raising three kids in Florida. One family has a child with Down syndrome and the other has a child who required heart surgery when he was four weeks old. Having children with special needs gave these four parents the push to band together and create a company that would provide parents with quality products that suits their babies’ needs. The Baby K'tan team proudly devotes a percentage of its proceeds to the American Heart Association and to organizations that assist individuals and families living with Down syndrome.

Hip Fusion Designs

Hip Fusion Designs features hand-crafted jewelry created by Neida Joseph-Abel. Using precious metal clay Neida creates personalized pieces, including front toggle bar tag necklaces. I have one of these necklaces featuring mine & my husband's name and it is such a special & unique piece. The floating disk tag necklace is another beautiful design. Neida also offers made-to-order jewelry allowing you to custom order your jewelry by picking out what you like best including glass & leather color, bead type, and more. Of course, this talented designer offers many ready-to-go accessories, as well. I love the brown pearl & silver charm necklace made using brown pearls, beads and small silver discs. Check out all the unique & stunning pieces Hip Fusion Designs has to offer.

Weekend Events

WHAT: InLiquid 10x10 Benefit
WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 5:30-10pm
WHERE: Ice Box Project Space Crane Arts Building, 1400 North American St., Philadelphia, PA

WHAT: Sugarloaf Craft Festival
WHEN: October 2 through October 4
WHERE: Maryland State Fairgrounds; Timonium, MD

WHAT: Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming; Washington, DC

WHAT: Portland Hallowe'en Bazaar
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 11am-7pm
WHERE: The Lloyd Center DoubleTree Exhibit Hall, 1000 NE Multnomah Ave., Portland, OR

WHAT: Stitch Rock
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 12-6pm
WHERE: Old School Square, Vintage Gymnasium; 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL
ETC: Event proudly sponsored by Funky Finds! Admission is $5 (children 12 and under free with adult)

WHAT: The Freret Market
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 12-5pm
WHERE: 5030 S Liberty St., New Orleans, LA 70115

WHAT: 37th Annual Festifall
WHEN: Sunday, October 4, 1-6pm
WHERE: West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, NC is the leader in start-to-finish party planning. Their free website allows you to infuse your own personality and creativity into designing your customized online invitations & eCards. What's more, many come with matching online envelopes that look like actual paper! From an elegant, sit-down affair to a high-energy, crazy kid's birthday party, gives you the opportunity to design to your own unique invitations with your own special pizzazz. Unlike other party planning sites that start and stop with the invitation, brings your entire party to life with party ideas, favors, gift registries, even photo & video sharing. You can also track RSVPs, coordinate a Potluck list, poll guests, easily import guest lists and more. Say good-bye to clip art & generic verbiage, all the while saving you on gas driving to the post office, and of course, saving trees and the environment!

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Things With Wings

I learned to be crafty & creative from my mother & grandmother, which lead me to believe art is a family affair. Laura, Jill, Connie, and Emily solidify my belief as they are a Mother and three daughters who create lots of beautiful pieces together. As stated on their blog, their mixed media artwork is full of hope, humor and whimsy created using their creative talents that are precious gifts from God. Everything seen on their blog is available for purchase, and they also have a couple of Etsy shops, Greengirl Design and Paper Prayers. Some of the designs, such as Live Life on Purpose, are inspirational which is always nice. There are several beautiful canvases that I would love to display in my home, too. Many of the items, such as Mama Connie's whimsical art dolls, incorporate recycled & vintage materials. If you happen to be in the Iowa area, be on the lookout of festivals and open houses these ladies are participating in.

Kiimö Factory

Kiimö Factory features the work of textile designer & artist Seiko, a Japanese artist that is currently living in Italy with her husband, two dogs and a turtle. She opened her shop last year & has created a mini tote collection for the upcoming season. The Dress Up Mini Totes are made using unique textiles and ornaments which you can enjoy every day. Most of the bags are made using original fabrics which are printed or woven for limited amount. I love the hand-printed fabric tote featuring skeleton winter cherries on a beautiful cotton canvas. Another favorite of mine is the tote with an upcycled leather bottom. Check out Seiko's personal website that is currently published only in Japanese. Receive a 20% discount when you mention Funky Finds in the message to seller area at checkout. The discount will be refunded once payment is complete. Offer expires October 16.


Liz Goh, the designer & namesake behind gohgirl, creates a collection of tees with a secret twist. On the surface, the tee illustrations are cute and harmless, but what lies beneath? Meet the cast of secret agents that hail from all over the world including Japan, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, and the USA. Each extraordinary agent possesses a curiously strange gift. Meet Manila from the Philippines. When confronted, Manila squeezes its shoulders up towards the sky and green goo comes spraying out of its ears. Five sprays and you'll be immobilized with super slimy, apple-flavored goo! Agent S., an avid recycler from San Francisco, has a dress that doubles as a huge net to capture non-recyclers lurking around the city. gohgirl tee's encourage you to giggle while encouraging environmental awareness. Some people find resemblances of the agents to themselves, a co-worker or friend. Which one are you? Receive a 50% discount with coupon code 50%off510093688. Expires September 30.

*GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a 6-12 months Cairo onesie from gohgirl. Simply visit the gohgirl website & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Sunday, September 27.

Weekend Events

WHAT: Clutter City Market
WHEN: Saturday, September 26; 10am-4pm
WHERE: Norwich, UK

WHAT: Old Pecan Street Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, 11am - 10pm; Sunday, Sept. 27, 11am - 8pm
WHERE: Austin, TX

WHAT: Strange Folk Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26 & Sunday, Sept. 27, 10am - 6pm
WHERE: O'Fallon, IL

WHAT: Market SF: iB Crafty
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26, 12-6pm
WHERE: San Francisco, CA

WHAT: Marburger Farm Antique Show
WHEN: Tuesday, September 29 - Saturday, October 3
WHERE: Round Top, TX

Stephanie Levy

Artist Stephanie Levy is currently having a "Countdown to 100" sale. To date, she has made 91 sales through her Etsy shop. For the next nine sales - until her shop hits 100 sales - she will enclose a free print of the customer's choice with each purchase. Stephanie offers a great variety of artwork, including several autumn-inspired prints. And her new series of "floating" collages is inspired by places she has been or would like to visit. They are called "floating" because the panels are attached to small wooden supports on the back, which make them appear to "float" on the wall when hung. Everything in these collages is one of a kind and handmade, yet still quite affordable at $60-$85 USD. I love the Paris Wedding piece!

Designer Call - The Pin Show

The Pin Show is back and looking for local talent to take the stage in 2010. Wanted: Emerging designers who have an original take on style & a knack for creating innovative garments & accessories. The annual Independent Fashion show is taking over downtown Dallas' Union Station on February 25, 2010, and will feature more than 25 independent designers.

The Pin Show celebrates the works of myriad "slow fashion" designers whose blood, sweat & tears go into the work they produce. This is a great opportunity for designers that combine marketable garments with ideas of sustainability & social responsibility. Impacting their local workforces and economies by paying a fair wage and creating a smaller quantity of garments in higher quality is the ultimate goal of independent designers.

Aside from the astounding runway show, designer's works will be the subject of live photo shoots on two styled sets and, in a rare opportunity, event goers favorite runway looks will be available for purchase at the pop-up, on-site boutique PINS. With over 1,200 people in attendance, The Pin Show gives up and coming and designers a chance to their showcase original lines to the masses, and provides a launch pad and introduction into the Independent Fashion industry, as many in attendance are regional boutique owners and potential buyers. In addition to the emerging designers and top students The Pin Show has promoted in the past, the new show will also be featuring independent style makers already in boutiques - locally and nationwide - with a runway event to showcase their latest collections.

Independent Designers Rachel Nichelson and Julie McCullough Kim founded PINS in 2007 with hopes of connecting emerging and independent slow-fashion designers with those prevalent in the Dallas Fashion Industry. All fashion industry designers, photographers, artists, stylists are encouraged to apply for various opportunities.

The Pin Show Spring 2010
WHEN: February 25, 2010 - Runway Event at 8pm
WHERE: Union Station Dallas | Wolfgang Puck - 400 South Houston St., Dallas, TX


Ex-Boyfriend is a Baltimore-based apparel company featuring original illustrations by artist Matt Snow. The tees, available in a rainbow of colors for men, women, children & infants, feature illustrations that are inspired by nature, urban living and classic pop art. The designs range from humorous to flirty. Since 2009, the collection has expanded to offer sturdy, unisex, 100% cotton canvas messenger bags. Matt is a passionate supporter of local animal rescues and donates a portion of Ex-Boyfriend profits to local animal rescue organizations. Receive a 15% discount through November 1 with coupon code FUNKYFAN15.

Garden Adornments

Aimee Boschet recently closed her Home & Garden Boutique to focus on her lovely pillow collection, which has garnered lots of attention. With retailers in multiple states and in British Columbia, as well as wide-spread attention from print and online media, Aimee has remained quite busy! Garden Adornments showcases her screen printed French-inspired pillow designs. My favorite designs are the Romantic French Dress Form and the Paris Flea Market. This talented designer is also planning to branch out into furniture upholstery. Since her blog post titled My Renovated Studio and things I love to Create, Aimee has had a lot of interest from customers wanting to have their chairs and stools recovered with her Burlap Pillow Designs. Aimee is a very talented designer and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.

Jay McCarroll's Class @ Spool

This Saturday, September 26, Jay McCarroll will be teaching a Mystery Bag Class at Spool in Philadelphia. You may remember Jay, a Philadelphia native, as the first season winner of Project Runway. Spool currently carries Jay's fabric lines Garden Friends & Woodland Wonderland and his third line, Germania, is due in the shop in early October. When you come to class, Jay will hand you a "mystery bag" full of materials to make a top secret project. He will then guide you in creating a one of a kind piece, sharing his methods of color and fabric selection. It promises to be a wonderful class in creativity and color, so come prepared to experiment and have fun! Class size is limited, so call the shop to reserve your space.

Spool, 1912 South Street, Philadelphia, PA; (215) 545-0755
Saturday, September 26: 2-6PM. $80
Mystery Materials included. You will need to purchase or bring one yard of fabric & thread.

Marjorie Weiss

New York-based artist Marjorie Weiss creates vibrant & bold silhouette paintings. Her work, which has appeared in galleries throughout the United States and in Germany, has evolved over the years from “photo-realist” style to the graphic style seen here. Marjorie recently debuted several new greeting card designs that feature unique, intriguing and fun images. I love all the dog artwork, especially the Chihuahua. Our household is also blessed with a wonderful Yellow Labrador, and Marjorie has created a Yellow Dog profile card, as well. Her greeting card collection also includes artwork showcasing people and flowers that are beautiful.

Catchall Jewelry

Sonia of Catchall Jewelry creates wire-wrapped, Indian-inspired jewelry. The Citrus earrings are festive pieces featuring jade teardrop beads, honey jasper and red aventurine. I love the bold red Bombay Earrings and the interesting Copper Coral earrings. If you're looking for a pair of earrings that are a bit simpler in design, you may like the organic Mod Sprout pair. Sonia also designs intricate bracelets & necklaces that are works of art themselves.

Baby Print Art

Baby Print Art offers unique keepsakes for the entire family. Children now have the opportunity to make a permanent, unique & adorable “impression” on the lives of those who care about them. Baby Print Art, the new home of personalized baby print art, is offering a very personal & customized way of preserving childhood memories. They employ a “stamping” process for a child’s feet and/or hands that can be integrated into a unique piece of artwork chosen by the customer. All backgrounds are fully customizable and can include a photo of the child or any other picture the customer chooses. The result is a one-of-a-kind, museum-quality canvas with a permanent impression capturing the quintessence of a child & is the perfect way to chronicle a child’s growth year after year. The Baby Print Art process is simple. You simply choose your style, color & size and place your order. Within a few days, you will receive your complete baby print collection kit. You then take your baby's print using the provided easy-to-use ink strips and collection cards. Send your collection card back in the pre-addressed stamped envelope (included in your package). Baby Print Art works their magic & sends you an art piece that is fantastically unique.

Sassy to Classy

Janet Peck of Sassy to Classy creates affordable casual & dressy accessories perfect for any occasion. The Blue & Clear Bead Earrings are simple, yet very eye-catching. I love the red ball necklace that incorporates a vintage chain. Also available is a coordinating red ball bracelet. If you're looking for something a bit funkier, there's the cool black & yellow typewriter key earrings and, my favorite, purple & olive earrings. And Twilight fans will LOVE the Twilight necklaces and key rings. The perfect accessory for the upcoming release of New Moon!

Straws by Carli

With the growing concern for our environment, many have been cutting out unnecessary items like drinking straws. But what about those of us who really, really like drinking our soda with a straw? Straws by Carli features reusable glass straws that are guaranteed FOR LIFE with normal usage. There's a beautiful set of cobalt blue straws that are made of borosilicate glass, which is the exact same glass that Pyrex cookware is made out of. If you're like me and prefer a bended straw, Carli creates those as well. What's great, besides the lifetime guarantee, is the fact that these straws are dishwasher safe. Other available colors are tea green and a beautiful amber.

Retro Campaigns

Retro Campaigns recently added several new designs to their catalog of vintage-style classic political tees, including - by popular demand - more Ronald Reagan, Robert Kennedy and more. These designs recall memorable characters and moments from American political history. Retro Campaigns now offers their most popular designs in childrens apparel, including baby onesies, infant tees and child tees. Check out all the vintage-style apparel featuring icons of American politics, memorable characters from the past.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Want to win a t-shirt of your choice? Simply visit Retro Campaigns and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Monday, September 21.

Kitsch Café Vintage

Drew Steinbrecher of Kitsch Café Vintage offers items that are fun, unique and stylish. However, he admits some items are so bad that they've come all the way back around to cool, hence the term 'kitsch.' The vintage paper packs Drew offers have been very popular & provide crafters with unique materials for various projects. The Faux Bois Porta File is perfect for storing different goodies. I also love the retro coffee carafe and warming stand. Drew participated in the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago over the weekend, so check back soon for more of his handmade items that incorporate vintage fabrics and paper ephemera. Receive a 10% discount (excluding shipping) by entering the code FUNKY! in the notes to seller section. Drew will refund the 10% via PayPal.

New Hampshire Wood Creations

Fall is definitely in the air here in Pennsylvania. The trees are already changing colors, the weather is cooler & the smell of nutmeg & cinnamon is strong - at our house anyway. My favorite part of autumn is decorating with the fall palette. New Hampshire Wood Creations offers beautiful dried flower wreaths & arrangements, as well as other natural decorative items. The fall centerpiece is a beautiful arrangement of of dried flowers in a birch bark vase. I also love the autumn leaves wreath that was made using real oak leaves. If you're looking for natural pieces that can be used year-round, the birch bark mirror and white birch desk set are great choices.

Weekend Events

WHAT: DIY Street Fair
WHEN: Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20
WHERE: Ferndale, MI

WHAT: Skating With Scissors
WHEN: Saturday, September 19th, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, OR

WHAT: We Make, music & fashion event
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 7pm-12am
WHERE: The Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St., Austin, TX
Admission: $6 at the door
ETC: Live music, fashion show, skateboard demos, make 'n takes, & more!

WHAT: Bywater Art Market
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 9am-4pm
WHERE: Markey Park, New Orleans, LA

WHAT: stART on the Street Festival
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 11am - 5pm (rain date Sept. 27)
WHERE: Worcester, MA


Artloop is an organization working to support and promote arts education in new ways. Currently, the group is running their first project, a fundraiser that offers various forms of student artwork in exchange for donations. The designs and art being offered are really fun & interesting, and anyone who goes in for an item will be helping two NYC arts programs fund future art projects. All of the art in the project comes from full partnerships with two NYC public schools. The group offers tote bags & tees that are screen printed with original student work, as well as desktop wallpapers, framed prints, and original pieces. The group is trying to raise $1,000 by September 21, so check it out as soon as you can!

Broken Hallelujah

Broken Hallelujah specializes in fashionable crochet accessories that are sure to set you apart from the crowd. The mini crochet coin purses that are available in many bright, fun colors are perfect for keeping your purse a bit more organized. I especially love the tropical sunset color combo pictured here. Brandy also creates lovely Mary Jane slippers that will keep your tootsies warm this winter. I especially love the Grape slippers, not to mention the affordable price tag. And how beautiful is the pink & black wool scarflette? This shop has no shortage of beautifully made accessories, so take a moment & browse through them all.

The Poster List

The Poster List is a great source for unique, affordable home dècor. Their pop art posters, like Keep Calm & Rock On, are cool AND affordable. Cycling enthusiasts will definitely love the Bike or Die design available in several color combos. Amongst my many favorites are the Pink Butterflies and the Old School Phone. These designs are also available in postcard form. Check out all the funky designs The Poster List has to offer today!

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Enter to win three posters of your choice. Simply visit The Poster List and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Tuesday, September 15.

Squid Jewelry

If you're looking for accessories that are simple, yet unique, check out Squid Jewelry's creations. The cloth pendants are hand-embroidered and available in various color combinations. I love the powder blue circular pendant that features neon red stitching. There is another powder blue pendant, this one embellished with grass green stitching, that reminds me of a day at the beach. Check back soon for more additions.

I Love Cookie Party

I Love Cookie Party aims to provide the DIY crowd with hard-to-find notions and supplies. Billing her shop as a DIY Fashion Design Supply Store, Brandi Bowman offers a variety of items ranging from fabric to trims. I love the hot pink stretch lace trim pictured here! I know there's lots of button lovers out there, like myself, that will want the adorable vintage sparrows & sugar high collection. Check out the gallery to see some great projects and receive 20% off with coupon code funkycookie. Expires September 30, 2009.

The Trendy Tot

Jen Dimler of The Trendy Tot creates unique, fashion-forward children's clothing. The black & white & red all over elephant jumper is absolutely adorable! Moms will love the fact that the dress can later be worn as a top once your little one isn't so little. Jen also creates peasant tops, , such as the Oh Deer top, that are available in a variety of colors. And who isn't going crazy for the pink whale jumper? Of course, The Trendy Tot isn't all about girls clothing. There's several great items boys can enjoy, including the T-Rex tee. Receive FREE SHIPPING by entering the code FUNKY in the notes to seller section at checkout. Expires September 21, 2009.

Weekend Events

WHAT: Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 11, 1-6pm; Saturday, Sept. 12 & Sunday, Sept. 13, 10am-6pm
WHERE: 125 Spruce St., Toronto, Ontario

WHAT: Handmade in Bloom
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 11, 6-9pm; Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Yarralumla Woolshed in Yarralumla ACT

WHAT: Buffalo Indie Market
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12 & Sunday, Sept. 13, 12-5pm
WHERE: Erie Canal Harbor, Buffalo, NY

WHAT: Craft-Sale
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am-3pm
WHERE: St Andrew's Church, Chase Side, Southgate N14 6BE

WHAT: The {NewNew} Fall Handmade Cavalcade
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Main St. & N. Cedar St., Beacon, NY

WHAT: Bang for the Buck Bazaar and All-Day Concert
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am-8pm
WHERE: Cedar Street Studios, 3211 Cedar Street, Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, PA
ETC: Bands playing all day; $5 entry fee.

WHAT: Crafty Balboa
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Passyunk Fountain, Philadelphia, PA

WHAT: Texas Metal Arts
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 12 & Sunday, Sept. 13, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Gruene, TX

2nd Annual Fall Handmade Cavalcade

The {NewNew} is an eclectic group of independent handmade artists, designers, makers and crafters in the Metro New York area who are devoted to fostering a creative and supportive environment among its members. This Saturday, September 12, the group is hosting the 2nd Annual Fall Handmade Cavalcade in Beacon, NY. The event will take place at the corner of Main Street & North Cedar, where the group has partnered with the Hudson Valley Etsy Street Team to bring you unique handcrafted jewelry, kitschy housewares, handmade soaps, one-of-a-kind paper goods, children’s toys, as well as fashion-forward apparel & accessories. With over twenty vendors the show will be an intimate shopping experience where you are bound to find something for everyone.

Enjoy delicious snacks from The Groovy Baker and explore the inside & outside spaces brimming with unique handmade wares from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up through the Hudson Valley. Be sure to come early, as the first 40 people will receive a limited-edition silk screened tote bag full of goodies! (Event Times: 11am-7pm)

Claudine Hellmuth

Claudine Hellmuth is an extremely talented mixed media artist, author and illustrator. Her quirky collages, or Poppets, are a fun way to have your own custom artwork. Claudine recently teamed up with Feterie to offer mommy cards, calling cards and greeting cards created from custom artworks. This allows the client to have both the artwork, as well as functional cards. Another affordable & fun way to have your own custom artwork are the new custom magnetic paper dolls for just $25. These make the perfect novelty gift for friends and family! In addition to all this goodness, Claudine also teaches workshops around the country AND she has a great line of artist products called Claudine Hellmuth Studio. Stop by her blog for tips, techniques, & more. And tell her Funky Finds sent ya!

Mykonos Shop

Mykonos Shop has a mixture of jewelry, supplies & other crafts that all have a great vintage feel. Freda Cheung creates lovely accessories, such as the Flying Humble Bee necklace, showcasing miscellaneous trinkets. The Audrey necklace is a throw back to the golden days of glamor and romance. This shop is also a great source for collections of craft supplies. The pink goodies box is filled with bits perfect for scrapbooking, mixed media projects and more. Halloween is right around the corner, so why not snag some orange, black & white supplies? On top of all that fun stuff, Freda also creates original works of art like the adorable Pink Octopus.


Heather Price hand-makes cupcakes. But these aren't your typical cupcakes, even though they do look good enough to eat. Bomblicious features treats for your bath, not your tummy! This is a great way to treat yourself without stressing over extra calories. I love the cupcakes topped with a faux diamond ring that make fun bridal gifts. If cupcakes aren't for you, there's milkshake or sundae glasses filled with three scents of your choosing. There's also decadent Chocolate Cupcakes that are NOT for the faint of heart!

*GIVEAWAY: Enter now to win a $20 gift certificate. Visit Bomblicious and leave a comment on this post noting the product(s) you'd most like to try. Giveaway ends at Midnight EST, Wednesday, September 9.


Relicbox features custom-made cabinets, wunderkammers, and display cases created using salvaged barnwood, rusty relics, and other found materials. What better way to display your fantastic bits of this and that? The black, white & green salvaged cabinet is a distinctive piece incorporating over-sized fence pickets that serve as doors. A commercial baking pan acts as five inside shelves. Even more unique is the Barnwood Steel Bone cabinet that utilizes bones that serve as handles & are also at the crest on top. My favorite piece is the Glass Steel Copper Custom Barnwood Cabinet that is comprised of various salvaged beauties. See more Relicbox designs on Flickr.

Fairytales and Post it Notes

Once upon a time I stumbled across...Fairytales and Post it Notes. Taking inspiration from all that is vintage, romantic and mischievous, London-based designer Aartthie focuses on creating trinkets that really appease the eye. From real working telescope necklaces to "Once upon a time" rings and even hair bracelets for your lovely locks - you'll find many pieces to covet. If you're looking for pieces that are unlike any you've come across before, the Divers Helmet necklace just might fit the bill. And the Mirror Mirror necklace will make you feel like a beautiful girl in a fairytale.

A Very Mary Design

Mary Ann of A Very Mary Design is currently having a Buy One, Get One half off sale exclusively for friends of Funky Finds! Simply enter "FF" in the notes to seller field for 50% off a second item of equal or lesser value (not including s/h). That means you can snag these great cowboy boots and lovely Strawberry Fields travel bag for a fraction of the listed price! Offer ends September 30.

2010 Funky Finds Spring Fling

In April, we hosted the Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth, Texas. The event was a huge success, featuring the work of more than 120 artisans from Texas and Oklahoma. Over 2,500 attendees came out for the event and we raised over $900 in our charitable raffle. Also, eight dogs were adopted from the Humane Society of North Texas at our event!

We recently announced that we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling on March 13, 2010, in Fort Worth. We are now accepting applications through November 15.

If you are not in the area, you can still support the event & promote your business by sponsoring and/or advertising in our high-quality event booklet. We will also be accepting swag for the swag bags given to the first 50 attendees to purchase $5 worth or more raffle tickets.

I invite you all to join our Facebook group and/or subscribe to our Funky News so you will receive updates & additional information.

The WonderCraft

This month, The WonderCraft will be mixing it up with their Mix & Make Happy Hour events all around Austin. The WonderCraft is an innovative, community-centered mobile craft studio offering classes to students of all ages in Austin, Texas. Classes are offered through partnerships with local businesses, community groups, and schools. The WonderCraft offers customized crafting parties, crafting demonstrations with "make and take" projects, DIY craft kits created by local artists & handmade products. The WonderCraft's mission is to sustain a creative lifestyle for their staff, students, & local artists while supporting the local economy and greater Austin community. In addition, The WonderCraft strives to provide artistic outreach programs with local schools & organizations that serve at-risk students & children in need such as The Helping Hand Home for Children & The Ronald McDonald House.

September 4th @ Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave.; 4-7pm - Make 'n Take Project
Admission: $15 early sign-up; $18 at event. Includes class, materials, entry into a giveaway, & two drinks (Cosmos, Margaritas and Wines by the glass).

September 14th @ Cuba Libre, 409 Colorado St.; 4-10pm
Drop in, grab a tasty appetizer and drink & work on making your own drink/wine charms with The WonderCraft.
Admission: $18 early sign-up; $20 at event. Includes class, materials, entry into a giveaway, one drink (Drafts, Wine by the glass, or Cosmopolitan Martinis) & your choice of chicken or cheese quesadillas.

September 17th @ Imperia, 310 Colorado St.; 4-7pm
Drop in, grab a cosmo and a California roll & work on making your own upcycled hats and scarves with The WonderCraft.
Admission: $18 early sign-up; $20 at event. Includes class, materials, entry into a giveaway, one drink (Specialty Martinis) & a California roll.

September 26 @ Jerry's Artarama, 6010 N.IH 35
Stop by Jerry's Artarama for a day filled with DIY fun. On-site demos by The WonderCraft, including a special appearance of "Stella," The WonderCraft's mobile crafting unit/Airstream trailer. Also enjoy the in-store watercolor demos by Kathleen McElwaine and tasty refreshments by NadaMoo! Featuring music by student band The Rotators lead by instructor Ross Carnes of the Sri Atmananda Memorial School. This is a day of fun for the whole family, so be sure to bring out the kiddos! Admission is free.

Weekend Events

WHAT: Artist Reception & Exhibit for Leanne Venier
WHEN: Wednesday, September 2; 4:30 - 6:30 pm
WHERE: Hyde Park Bar & Grill South, 4521 West Gate Blvd., Austin, TX

WHAT: Opening of Hello Bluebird
WHEN: Thursday, September 3
WHERE: 609 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA
ETC: Show & Tell art exhibit runs September 3 through November 4

WHAT: The Vixens of Vaudeville Revue
WHEN: Thursday, September 3; 10pm
WHERE: Cold Fusion Lounge, 212 E. Hickory, Denton, TX
ETC: $5 over 21, $7 under

WHAT: Opening reception for Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen "In the Kitchen"
WHEN: Friday, September 4; 5-8:30pm
WHERE: 252 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA
ETC: Show runs September 4 - October 3

WHAT: Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival
WHEN: Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7
WHERE: Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

WHAT: Pittsburgh Craft Collective's Crafts N'At
WHEN: Saturday, September 5; 10am-6pm
WHERE: The Union Project, 801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

WHAT: Austin Screening of Handmade Nation
WHEN: Saturday, September 5; 1:30pm and 4:10pm
WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Austin, TX

WHAT: Salty not Sweet Indie Craft Show
WHEN: Saturday, September 5; 11am-7pm
WHERE: Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH

WHAT: First Saturday Opening Reception for Gregory Labold
WHEN: Saturday, September 5; 6-9pm
WHERE: Square Peg Artery & Salvage, 108 South 20th St., Philadelphia, PA