3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling - Application Deadline - January 9, 2011

Just a quick reminder that the vendor application deadline for the 3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is January 9, 2011. All detailed vendor info can be found here (at bottom of page is a link to the online application).

WHAT: 3rd Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling, a 2-day family and pet-friendly event showcasing hip, unique handmade goods created by 100+ artists, crafters & designers

WHEN: Saturday, March 12 (9am-4pm) & Sunday, March 13 (11am-4pm)

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Small Exhibits Building (Poultry Bldg.), 3409 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76104

VENDOR APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 9, 11:59pm CST.

Ghostlove

Dawn Rozakis of Ghostlove infuses modern & vintage elements to create fresh new looks with a ton of personality & just the right amount of sass! This accessory brand consists of pieces that can be classified as Steampunk, Gothic, Victorian, Kawaii and more. The Pirate collection is a unique, nautical-inspired series that is sure to turn heads. I especially like the Octopus Brooch. The Lady Fetish bracelet is a very feminine accessory that is another fav. And, if you're looking for accessories that are a bit more whimsical, don't miss the Fairytale themed jewelry. The magical seahorse is divine!

*GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Emily R.! Ghostlove is giving away one $20 gift certificate. To enter, visit Ghostlove & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at 9pm EST, Sunday, January 2nd. Please leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!

Funky Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

funky gift guide: stocking stuffers

1. Hand-knit Socks by Prudy's Country Crafts

2. Pocket Mirror by Miss Snappy

3. Vintage Dictionary Pendant by Robbie Jenkins

4. Handmade Soap by Soap Addict

5. Six-pack of Magnets by Kate Grenier Designs

6. Chandelier Tags by Astonishing Handmade

7. Archie Pendant by Handmade Hooligans

8. Pocket-size Presents at Maker Shed

9. Bookmark Belt by You-Niquely Created

10. Hair Wrap by Vintage Rose Wraps

Funky Gift Guide: Pets

funky gift guide: pets

1. Doggy Soap by Sweet Harvest Farms

2. Pet Tees by Humorous Hounds

3. Dog Collar by lizziebees

4. Treats by Pawty Time Treats

5. Placemats by The Muttley Crew

6. Holiday Collar by Crazy for Collars

7. Strawberry Bed by Prima Dog

8. Make your own Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

9. Make a Pet Bed with an Old Suitcase

10. Ellie Mae's Doggy Soap by Weeds & Wildflowers

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 15 - Thursday, December 23
Brooklyn Flea Gifted, 11am-7pm
1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.), Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, December 16
New Orleans Craft Mafia’s Last Stop Shop, 6-10pm
The Big Top, 1638 Clio St., New Orleans, LA

Friday, December 17
BrisStyle Indie Designers Market, 5-9pm
King George Square, Brisbane City, Qld

Noisician Coalition Alternative Holiday Art Market, 6-11pm
Desperado’s Pizza, 801 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA

Cleveland Handmade Last Minute Market, 10am-6pm
Lake Erie Bldg. at Templar Industrial Park, 13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood, OH

The Philadelphia Designer's Market, 11am-6pm
First Baptist Church, 123 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, PA

Holiday Mittenmade, 11am-6pm
Blue House, 1026 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Handmade Promenade, 5-9:30pm
Pure Eatery, 1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 3, Indianapolis, IN

The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market's Holiday Show, Noon-7pm
2424 STUDIOS, 2424 East York St., Philadelphia, PA

Travulous & Friends Spread Cosmic Cheer, Holiday Market & Musical, 7pm-Midnight
The Bubble (IWAN Gallery), 810 NE 4 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Indie Craft Bazaar: Winter Wonderland, 1-6pm
Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, 11am-5pm
Covered Parking Lot Behind Cafe Brazil, 2820 Indiana Blvd., Dallas, TX

Manchester Craft Mafia Christmas Fair, 10am-4pm
Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd., Manchester M15 6ER UK

A Make Christmas, 11am-9pm
Ida Red, 3336 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK

Friday, December 17 through Thursday, December 23
The Big Social Holiday Market, 11am-8pm
Open House Gallery, 201 Mulberry St., NYC

Saturday, December 18 & Sunday, December 19
Brooklyn Craft Central's 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Market, (Sat.) 11am-6pm, (Sun.) 11am-6pm
Textile Arts Ctr., 505 Carroll St.; Littlefield Performance Venue, 622 Degraw, Brooklyn, NY

Blue Goat Holiday Bazaar, (Sat.) 2-7pm, (Sun.) Noon-5pm
The Community Yoga Ctr., 310 Mary St., San Marcos, TX

Holiday Artist's Market, 11am-7pm
Gueros Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX

City of Craft, (Sat.) 11am-6pm, (Sun.) 11am-5pm
The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Renegade Craft Fair, 11am-7pm
Concourse Exhibition Center’s East Hall, 620 7th St., San Francisco, CA

Yule Bazaar, Noon-6pm
the VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd., Austin, TX

Arts Market of New Orleans, 10am-4pm
Palmer Park (corner of Carrollton Ave. and Claiborne Ave.), New Orleans, LA

Holiday PUCES POP d'Hiver, 11am-6pm
St-Enfant-J├ęsus, 5039 St Dominique, Montreal, QC

Sunday, December 19
Blim Monthly Community Market, 11am-4pm
Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 E. Pender, Vancouver, BC

The Wandering Winter Craft Show, 10am-4pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON

Formal Holiday Artisans Fair, 11am-5pm
Acadian Ballroom, 1829 Northeast Alberta St., Portland, OR

Third Meaning Jewelry

Third Meaning Jewelry features accessories designed by Dana Bell that are a sacred exploration of everyday iconography. Bell's collection offers a contemporary, earthly take on the traditional milagro, a religious folk charm used for healing purposes within the Spanish-speaking Americas. Bell exquisitely casts seemingly commonplace objects as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, & rings. The result includes silver & gold symbols perfect for meditation & reflection. The necklace collection includes charms, such as a dress & a slice of pizza that could mean a number of different things to various people. Third Meaning also highlights charm bracelets that are made up of three various icons. All of Dana’s designs are cast in 100% recycled silver & gold and commissions are welcome. All orders placed before December 16, 2010, will receive free priority mail shipping.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats The Messy Crafter! Third Meaning Jewelry is giving away a $50 Gift Certificate. To enter, visit the website & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite design. Giveaway ends at 9pm EST, Sunday, December 19.

Funky Gift Guide: Men

funky gift guide: men

1. Slanted Cross Pendant by Mark Kalen Designs

2. Wooden Liquor Gift Box by Dolan Geiman

3. Beware Me Long Nine Tee by Blackbead's Treasure Chest

4. 'Indecent Exposure' Belt Buckle by Devils May Care

5. Fleur-de-Lis Men's Necklace by Acai Jewelry

6. Robots from the Grave T-shirt by Sketch Customs

7. GMC Pickup Drawing by A Shade Better Than Stick Figures

8. Stainless Steel Book Ends by Hammer It Out

9. Recycle Bike Tube Wallet by Handmade Store On A Bike

10. Fat Tire Beer Bottle Clock by Green Glass Designs

11. Bicycle T-shirt by NoodiN

12. I Love My Brother Plate by Three Sisters Plates

13. Black Tree Toiletry Bag by anotherjamiedavis

14. Ferro Opposite Watch by Mistura Designs

15. Stained Glass Mosaic Peace Sign by For The Birds Mosaics

Funky Gift Guide: Teens

funky gift guide: teens

1. networkn bag by ezduzit by elliott

2. Flower Bottle Capz Necklace by Bottle Cap Girlz

3. "Twilight" Bella/Edward Necklace by Sassy to Classy

4. Owl Ring by Melissa Stumbo Designs

5. Justin Bieber Bottlecap Necklace by J&K Kreations

6. Humorous Tees by Miss Wit Designs
(Receive a 10% discount with code FunkyFound - Expires Dec. 16)

7. Coffee Bean Bag by Textile Fetish

8. Hair Wrap by Two Hills Designs

9. Chunky Bangles by eye on the sparrow designs

10. Hand-painted Tank Top by Gynx Designs

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade - NYC

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On Sunday, we had the opportunity to attend the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade in New York. It was a wonderful event produced by The {New New}, a group of crafters in the New York metro area. We were so excited to see Lauren of Lolafalk, an extremely talented handbag designer that used to live in Dallas. We had not seen Lauren since our first Funky Finds Spring Fling in 2009. She has added leather handbags to her impressive line of accessories & they are so well-made & absolutely gorgeous! Below are a few of the participating artisans I wanted to direct your attention to. And all participating vendors can be found here.

Groundsel features unique accessories created using recycled & upcycled materials. I especially like the Vintage Convertible Tie Clutch.

Fisk & Fern creates silly & strange paper and household goods. My favorites include Howdy and the Banana Fantastic (pictured) cards!

Courtney Webb of webbedware creates an eclectic mix of jewelry & accessories using various fabrics. I love the cuffs covered in vintage fabrics.

Perhaps the most practical, yet unusual product we were introduced to was the harf (LOVE the name!). It is a hat with an attached scarf which would come in so handy in cold cities like New York. Then you only have to keep up with one accessory! And they are made from imitation fur...not real fur.

I really liked Better Than Jam's unique clothing. The dresses and skirts are so funky & eye-catching! (Long Sleve Pink Jersey Dress pictured)

Felt It had tons of adorable creations, including a plush owl in the cutest yellow birdcage that I just had to nab for myself! I also love the monkey in fez tissue cozy.

My Zoetrope is a great place to find bright, happy illustrations. There's also lovely ornaments perfect for gift giving.

I also love Virginia Kraljevic's illustrations, including New York, New York and the quirky For the Love of Toast.

Funky Gift Guide: Children

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1. Wooden Piggy Banks by Anderson Woodworks

2. Craft Kits & Art Supplies by Creativity for Kids

3. Personalized Plates by Cosmic Bebe

4. Cowboys Tie Shirt by Lil Squirts Boutique

5. Customized Polka Dot Pillow by PR Designs

6. Soft & Delicious Apple Hat by Tiny Tog Knits

7. Robot Tee by Cal & Bram

8. Cutie Pie Onesie by Shirt Girls

9. Toddler Tote by All Decked Out Boutique

10. Paper Dolls by LVK Paper Dolls

11. Zebra Beanie by girls, giggles, & curls

12. Onesie Cupcakes by The Curious Cake Shoppe

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 8 through Sunday, December 12
NYCreates’ Holiday Crafts Fair, (W-F) 11am-7pm; (S/S) 10am-5pm
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, December 9
Indie Mart DIY & Design Holiday Show, 6-10pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA

mind.body.soul Holiday Market, Noon-8:30pm
22 E. 30th St., Floor 2, New York, NY

Friday, December 10
Crafter's Holiday Market, 5:30-8:30pm
The Find, 3504 Bodega Ave., Petaluma, CA

Saturday, December 11
Hercules Market Hall Holiday Craft Bazaar, 10am-5pm
Hercules Market Hall, 4000 San Pablo Ave., Hercules, CA

Kringle: An Art & Crafts Show, 7pm-1am
Pearl at Commerce, 2038 Commerce, Dallas, TX

[Art/Heart], 8pm-1am
Pompano Citi Centre, 1955 N. Federal Hwy. #104, Pompano Beach, FL

Tarte, Noon-5pm
S. Olive Community Ctr., 345 Summa St., W. Palm Beach, FL

Last Minute Gift Fair, 10am-4pm
Paper Crane, 401 W. 6th St., Bloomington, IN

Freret Market, Noon-5pm
Intersection of Freret St. & Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA

Second Saturday Holiday Craft Fair, 11am-4pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA

6th Annual Holiday Craftacular, 10am-5pm
East Side Club, 3735 Monona Dr., Madison, WI

Tiny Expo: Arts & Craft Fair, 11am-8pm
Braun Court, 314 Braun Ct., Ann Arbor, MI

Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar, 11am-5pm
Centennial Building, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, OK

Second Saturday Art Fair, 10am-4pm
Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano, CA

Holiday Boutique & Alpaca Open House, 4-7pm
Silver Sun Alpacas Ranch, 3030 Baseline, Santa Ynez, CA

Saturday, December 11 & Sunday, December 12
Holiday Artist's Market, 11am-7pm
Gueros Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX

Liverpool's Big Vintage & Fashion Fair, 9am-5pm
Metquarter, 35 Whitechapel, L1 6DA, Liverpool, UK

The Degenerate Craft Fair, (Sat.) Noon-9pm; (Sun.) Noon-8pm
DCTV Firehouse, 87 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale, 11am-5pm
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, (Sat.) 11:30am-4:30pm / 6pm-Midnight; (Sun.) Noon-5:30
Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL

Unique LA, 11am-6pm
California Market Center’s Penthouse, 110 E 9th St., Los Angeles, CA

Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland, (Sat.) Noon-9pm; (Sun.) Noon-6pm
78th Street Studios, 1301 W. 78th St., Cleveland, OH

Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco, (Sat.) Noon-5pm, Party 7-10pm; (Sun.) Noon-6pm
Fort Mason Center (Herbst Pavilion), San Francisco, CA

Cherrywood Art Fair, (Sat.) 10am-6pm; (Sun.) Noon-6pm
Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin, TX

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale, 10am-5pm
Los Angeles State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, December 12
Craftaluma 2010: "The Usual Suspects" Holiday Show, 11am-5pm
Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., Petaluma, CA

The Holiday Show, 10am-5pm
Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL

Handmade Holiday Craft Show, 11am-5pm
Plant Zero, 0 East 4th St., Richmond, VA

PEEP*ACCESSORIES

PEEP*ACCESSORIES is a family-run business featuring lovely accessories designed to bring a smile to your face & add a dash of fun to your wardrobe & home. This online accessories boutique includes a line of sachets that are hand-knit & crocheted. They are available in wonderful scents, such as cupcakes, candies, & Christmas treats. The sachets make stand-out gifts, too. These crafty gals also create the cutest zipper pouches and tote bags. And don't miss the signature PEEP pouch!

*GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Oksana! PEEP*ACCESSORIES is giving away one crate of pumpkin sachets & one orange pomander sachet (pictured). To enter, visit PEEP*ACCESSORIES & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite item. For an extra entry, "like" PEEP*ACCESSORIES on Facebook, then leave a comment noting you have done so. Giveaway ends at 9pm EST, Sunday, December 12.

Hunky Dory

Diana Morrow is an artist and graphic designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, along with two cats, one Cockatiel and a Chihuahua named Nigel. Her creativity is inspired by many things, but at the top of the list are traditional tattoo design, going antiquing & thrifing in search of mid-century modern finds, and the work of other artists including David Bowie, Cy Twombly, Elizabeth Peyton, and the Cocteau Twins. Diana has settled into a creative process that suits her best, combining collaged computer graphics and painting. Her Etsy shop, Hunky Dory by Diana Morrow, features original one-of-a-kind mixed media creations mounted on re-purposed vintage plaques. The result is a variety of unique pieces that will liven up any space! I love the piece titled Friends (pictured), as well as the vibrant Life on Mars. The piece titled Rainy is another personal favorite. Mention "Funky Finds Free Shipping" in the notes to seller to receive free shipping on all orders placed before December 25, 2010.

Funky Gift Guide: Women's Jewelry

Funky Gift Guide: Women's Jewelry

1. Picasso Lentil Ring by Don't Eat Beads

2. “BeCharmed” Collection by HipFusion Designs, Inc.

3. Sacred Heart Necklace by Acai Jewelry

4. Tequila Sunrise Bracelet by Fitzy Sparrow

5. Polar Earrings by Freeforged Jewelry

6. Pink Zebra Cross Pendant & Earring Set by Laughing Crafter Studio

7. Hand-blown Glass Pendant by Solstice Glass

8. Athereal Feather Necklace by Revel Designs

9. Fleur Earrings by Emma Alison Designs

10. Lady Peacock Necklace by Release Me Creations

Funky Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

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1. Embroidered Apron by Let Me Make U Smile!

2. Fan Pulls by Lady Grace

3. Zebra Wine Keeper by Sweet Potato Pie Creations

4. Fused Glass Star by Sundancers Studio

5. Wine Koozies by Sassy Thangs

6. Clay Tile by Tilesmile

7. Pie Candles by Shayz Scentz

8. Personalized Floating Frame by The Crafty Geek

9. Custom Wine Glass Charms by Spunk & Sass Designs

10. Sachet Sets by PEEP*ACCESSORIES