Quirk Books has been publishing unique reads since 2002 with a line-up includes books in the following categories - crafts, fiction, food & drink, games & sports, home & garden, humor, pets, pop culture, and more. I have previously reviewed the awesome book Craft-a-day by Sarah Goldschadt featuring 365 simple handmade projects. Now I am thrilled to have the opportunity to review & give away two copies of Pom-Poms! by Sarah Goldschadt & Lexi Walters Wright featuring 25 awesomely fluffy projects!!!

I love the aesthetics of this book. It is so colorful & the size is very manageable (7.5"x8"). Many of us remember making pom-poms as a kid for various craft projects. Pom-Poms! provides a modern take on a simple craft that can make a bold statement. While the book does instruct the reader on how to create pom-poms with several different techniques, the meat of the book is composed of projects in which you can use pom-poms. The first section features projects that are for the home with the first project showing how to make a flower bouquet.

The additional sections feature projects you can wear, as well as projects perfect for parties followed by pom-pom 101, materials, wrappable methods, wrapping & trimming styles, and more. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it shows how to make pom-poms out of various materials, including yarn, coffee filters, tulle, fabric, felt, tinsel, cupcake liners, twine, and more. Obviously, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating fabulously funky pom-poms!!! Joe and I had tons of fun creating a pom-pom garland to go with our Christmas decor (pictured).

On the Quirk Books website, you will find exclusive content showing how to create a glitter pom-pom ornament using cupcake liners. The site also features affordable apps for the Craft-A-Day project (summer, spring, fall AND winter editions), and more! Odds are they also offer a book that's perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list. And the Pom-Poms! book is super affordable at just $14.95. It truly is a go-to resource for crafters, DIY fashionistas, party planners, parents and kids, and anyone who finds delight in these cool, colorful, and insanely cute balls of fluff.

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats to Jess & AmbreRose! ***

PRIZE: Two lucky winners will receive a copy of Pom-Poms!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post noting why you would like to receive this book (for you or as a gift)?

EXTRA ENTRY (optional): Follow Quirk Books on Facebook, then leave a comment on this post noting you have done so.

ENDS: Monday, December 16th at 6pm CST.

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade in NYC

WHEN: Saturday, December 14th & Sunday, December 15th, 10am-5pm
WHERE: The Space, 50 N. 3rd St. (between Kent/Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn • Directions

The Handmade Cavalcade is a bi-annual craft fair in New York City organized by a group of local crafters & Etsy sellers. Joe and I were lucky enough to attend the holiday event in December 2010 & I can tell you first-hand that it is a top-notch event that showcases tons of talent! At the event, you will find everything from hand-crafted pet clothing by 46 South Designs to hand-knit necklaces by Yana Rodin. Don't forget to stock up on hand-illustrated greeting cards by Porcupine Hugs, as well! (pictured: Green Floral Denim Dog Coat by 46 South Designs)

The group is giving away a bag of goodies donated by participating vendors via the Etsy New York Facebook page. The giveaway features beautiful jewelry from Sarustar, Prairiefunk, and J. Topolski, art from Tamara Garvey, an infinity scarf from Bshorr Handmade, tea towels from Jenn Eng Studio, and more! Giveaway runs through the event on December 14th & 15th with the winner being announced on Monday, December 16th.

If you attend the event, please stop by & say hi to Lauren of Lolafalk Designs. She used to live in Texas & actually participated in our first Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth, Texas! Plus, she makes crazy cool leather handbags, satchels, travel bags & more! Definitely worth a look!!! (pictured: The Francis Wallet by Lolafalk Designs)

Charity Report - Funky Finds Event

The Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience was a success!
And, as always, it flew by in a flash! Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting some of the fabulously funky artisans that participated in the event. In the meantime, I wanted to provide a charity report from the event.

Ten dogs were adopted at the event which allowed The Humane Society of North Texas to raise $600.00 ($60 per dog).
Attendees also gave cash contributions totaling $237.00.

The charitable raffle raised $1,504.00. We split that money evenly between HSNT and Toys For Tots.

Attendees & vendors donated four large boxes full of toys for
Toys For Tots & donated $360.00 in cash!

We raised an additional $618.00 through event tee sales at the event for HSNT! Many thanks to event sponsor Quackerbox Creations, Ltd. for donating the shirts & printing at cost.

This was the first Funky Finds event in which Cowtown Loves Animal Shelter Pets (CLASP) participated. We allowed them to set up at the event & sell some of the hand-crafted items made by volunteers & they raised $623.00 for their organization!

Don't Forget to Feed Me was another charitable organization at the event & they collected 250 pounds of pet food & raised $1,100.00.

All in all that is $5,042.00 raised for local charities! Thanks to all who donated raffle prizes, swag items, bought raffle tickets & donated to these terrific groups.

Please visit the Funky Finds Facebook page to see
photos from the event.

GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Funky Finds swag bag!

GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Carly Valdez!:  Enter to win a full swag bag from the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience!

Includes Funky Finds tote bag, two pairs of earrings, BUST Magazine, Tea in Texas Magazine, a wonderful craft book "Pom-Poms!", biscotti, and MUCH MORE!

Help us spread the word about the Funky Finds Facebook page! 

To enter, share our Facebook page, then like this photo.

Ends Monday, November 25th, 2013.

Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience

Event Dates & Times:
Saturday, November 9th, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 10th, 11am-4pm

Will Rogers Memorial Center, Small Exhibits & Poultry Barn

100+ Artists, Crafters, Designers, Authors & Food Makers
Selling Unique Hand-Crafted Items!!!


On-Site Pet AdoptionsToy DriveSwag BagsCharitable Raffle 
And Much More!

Preview all the funky artisans that will be selling
unique items at the event!

We're on Instagram @funky_finds!
If you take photos at the Holiday Shopping Experience,
please use #funkyfindshse.

PARKING: All parking lots at the Will Rogers Memorial Center will be on the following variable rate scale during the event. You may receive a $2.00 discount on variable rates in the Harley Lot when you present the following coupon upon exiting.

You are welcome to park in any lot during the event; however, the $2.00 discount will only be valid in the Harley Lot. Feel free to share the coupons with your friends & family who are attending the event.

Click here to download the HARLEY LOT coupon in PDF format for printing.

• Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots & receive a FREE raffle ticket!

• Donate pet food to Don't Forget to Feed Me (booth #404) & receive a FREE raffle ticket!

The Humane Society of North Texas will be facilitating on-site pet adoptions all weekend!

Event tees will be available at the event for a $10.00 or more donation. ALL PROCEEDS benefit The Humane Society of North Texas.

6th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling
March 8th & 9th, 2014
Vendor Apps Open November 1st through January 8th

Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience
November 15th & 16th, 2014

Both events to be held at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX

Funky Finds Event Sponsors

 We are so lucky to work with the following businesses that have generously supported & are sponsoring our upcoming event, the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience!

Quackerbox Creations, Ltd. screen prints t-shirts & other promotional items. They have been the best & most reliable screen printers we've ever worked with. They have great prices, great service & great quality! Quackerbox generously donates event tees to each of our event vendors. They also donate the printing on additional t-shirts that we sell at the event to raise money for The Humane Society of North Texas. Check out their Facebook page for samples of their awesome work. (photo: Spring event tee printed by Quackerbox)

Creative Collective Fort Worth is basically a year-round Funky Finds! You walk into the Creative Collective store to find hundreds of hand-crafted & vintage items from various artists, crafters, designers & pickers. They are currently in the process of renovating their new space that will feature 18,000 square feet of collaborative co-op space providing micro boutique, co-working and co-business opportunities. If you are interested in selling your wares at Creative Collective, you can submit a vendor application online. Visit their Facebook page for current updates.

Walking into The Artful Bead stores is like walking into Heaven for those who love to make jewelry! With locations in Fort Worth and Carrollton, Texas, The Artful Bead offers a one-stop shopping destination for jewelry making supplies including quality beads, wire, chain, findings, and tools. Each store also offers a wide variety of classes almost every day for every skill level. Their staff is amongst the best, both friendly AND knowledgeable, so stop in asap!!! Visit their Facebook page for more info & photos.

Tea in Texas Magazine is a truly unique publication. Billed as a cultural travel publication designed to enhance the enjoyment of unique travel & fine living in the Lone Star State, Tea in Texas offers information regarding tea, craft events, and travel information. I always look forward to reading about the featured destination in the bi-monthly magazine. You can view their latest issue (Sept/Oct '13) online. This issue is a real treat as it is their annual quilting issue!
*Each swag bag at our event will include a Sept/Oct '13 issue!*

Keep Fort Worth Funky is THE place for all things local & funky! Founder James Zametz is dedicated to promoting local happenings, local bands, and other funky things in Fort Worth. Keep FW Funky was born from the fact that the city is rapidly becoming a Music, Art, and Cultural Mecca for like-minded people who want to support local, live more sustainably, and eat healthy, toxin-free food. By saying "Keep Fort Worth Funky" you are saying: You support Local Business, Local Art & Artists, Local Farmers, Local Music, Local Activists, Local Activities, and all things that are unique to this city!!! Follow Keep FW Funky on Facebook to learn about all the funky things happening in your back yard.

BUST Magazine provides an uncensored view on the female experience. Each magazine is filled with interesting articles & interviews that aim to empower women. BUST shows that being a feminist is not a negative thing. It's all about celebrating strong, smart women whose rights are equal to those of men. BUST also celebrates hand-crafted & often includes modern craft tutorials, recipes & other awesome goodies! BUST also hosts craftaculars in New York & London. Smart. Fierce. Funny. Proud to be female. *Each swag bag at our event will include a full issue!*

Founded in 1976, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. offers quality crafting products, such as Mod Podge and Martha Stewart Crafts amongst others. The Plaid website & blogs are filled with tons of craft projects & inspiration, as well as frequent product giveaways.
*Each swag bag at our event will include a full-size bottle of Martha Stewart paint!*

Quirk Books is an independent book publisher based in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 2002, Quirk Books publishes 25 strikingly unconventional books every year. Their book list includes lots of terrific craft books like Pom-Poms! and Craft-a-Day. The website also features apps and exclusive content you can download for FREE!  
*Each swag bag at our event will include a copy of Pom-Poms!*


Our sister company, Right On! Graphics, offers graphics & print media that are high-quality AND affordable. Our product list includes business cards, vinyl banners & much more. We NEVER use templates - all graphics are custom-designed to fit your needs.

Petticoats on the Prairie

Joe and I recently trekked out to West Texas, where I am originally from, and attended a wonderful event called Petticoats on the Prairie. I have wanted to attend one of these events for quite some time & we were lucky enough to squeeze in a quick family visit along with attending the event held in Colorado City, Texas. I don't think people around the world, as well as many Texans, realize how vastly different the landscape throughout Texas is or how quickly it changes. We drove from the Piney Woods of East Texas, which is lush with trees, through the Metroplex (lush with concrete & traffic), to West Texas featuring mesquite & wind turbines, finally to arrive in the cotton-dotted Western Plains (ie: so flat you feel you can see for 100+ miles)! As a born & bred Texan, it still blows me away to see the different landscapes. (photo from Petticoats on the Prairie Facebook page)

We opted to attend the event on Friday & arrived right at noon when general shopping began. I am glad we did as I have a feeling it was slim pickings come Saturday! The event was held at the Mitchell Co. Fairgrounds which seemed to me to be the perfect setting for this event that had a strong Western flair. The vendors sold a wide variety of things that included hand-crafted items, vintage & new items. We saw so many gorgeous displays throughout. I wanted to highlight a few of the many terrific vendors we had the pleasure of meeting. (That's me on the right; Joe down below)

Outside near the entrance was an Airstream trailer that the Rhinestone Gypsie's Vagabond Boutique started out in. These ladies offer a wide variety of on-trend clothing in sizes small to 3X which is pretty rare. They offer a number of Texas-based artisans' jewelry, art & other treasures. It's so wonderful to see women entrepreneurs helping out other female business owners! They have two store-front locations in Texas (Merkel and Abilene), but also sell online through their website & Facebook.

Joe & I were both drawn to Old Sole Boot Company. They offer high-quality vintage boots for both men & women & there were some real beauties for sale! We also loved the hand-crafted custom furniture offered by Canon's Custom Furniture. Cody Canon is a real talent when it comes to hand-crafting gorgeous sturdy pieces. Basement Creations, featuring unique jewelry & accessories, had a great set up. I loved her bright creations & really appreciated that everything was displayed in such a way that it was easy to view each piece. I also loved the beautiful children's goods created by Espee Trading Co. out of Midland, Texas. The luxury nap mats looked so comfy & I LOVED the quilted bronc! Texas Trash and Treasures was also a definite funky find. This couple's whimsical art pieces looked to be a hit with many customers. And I couldn't resist purchasing the Monkey Farts soap by Made to Lather!

If we had to pick our favorites though, Joe's would definitely be In a Pickle Foods based out of Fort Worth. I don't know how we haven't come across these delectable treats before, but thankfully we discovered them at Petticoats! I was busy shopping at the booth next to In a Pickle so I didn't get to sample all the goodies, but Joe purchased the Sweet & Spicy Pickle Chips and the Bread & Butter Pickle Chips. Both are DELICIOUS!!! Joe has been rationing them out & is already talking about getting more!

(photo from the In A Pickle Foods website)

While Joe was taste testing 'til his heart was content, I was sniffing away at the Screen Door Vintage booth. Austin-based friends Charity & Jen (pictured) offer a wide variety of scented candles in various vintage containers. I loved their products because, hey, everyone loves a candle, right? And also because once the candle is used up, you are left with an adorable vintage container that can be repurposed. The duo had created a special scent aptly named Colorado City that smelled like Autumn which I loved! Screen Door Vintage also has a Facebook page with more info & photos.

Thank you to the wonderful event organizers & all the talented vendors who set up at Petticoats on the Prairie!
We had a delightful time in West Texas!!!

GIVEAWAY: Kast Concrete

Kast Concrete features concrete knobs created by Grey Hensey, a full-time furniture designer in Atlanta. The knobs are cast in rubber molds resulting in a smooth finish. Grey was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying, "Everyone is using raw materials like metal, wood and concrete, but by creating a glassy look, I'm trying to expand people's perceptions of what concrete can be. It doesn't have to look like a sidewalk, it can be delicate and refined."

According to Kast Concrete's ScoutMob Shoppe, Grey's endeavors started with a simple project in school, designing and making concrete tiles. But Grey became fascinated with the utilitarian material and began experimenting with concrete, perhaps a little obsessively.

Kast Concrete makes a straight-forward commitment that I believe we can all get behind.

Kast Concrete is committed to modernizing timeless design, through exquisite concrete decor.

Kast Concrete is committed to its unique customers, through timely, friendly service.

Kast Concrete is committed to American handmade, through each 'hand-kast' product.

Kast Concrete is committed to the planet, through concrete recycling.

Sounds pretty great, doesn't it!? Check out the four styles of knobs Grey is currently offering, each available in your choice of light grey or charcoal color.


*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Serenap95! ***

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a set of six Kast Concrete knobs in the style & color of their choosing ($48-51 value).

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post noting which style of knobs you like best.

EXTRA ENTRY (optional): Follow Kast Concrete on Pinterest, then leave a comment on this post noting you have done so.

EXTRA ENTRY (optional): Follow Kast Concrete on Twitter, then leave a comment on this post noting you have done so.

ENDS: Sunday, October 27th at 9pm CST.

4th Annual Trick Your Pumpkin Contest

ETA: Voting is now open through October 30th, 12pm EST. Check out the fabulously funky five finalists & vote now!

One of our fall event sponsors, Plaid Crafts, is hosting the 4th Annual Trick Your Pumpkin Contest! Will yours be spooky, boo-tiful or frightfully fun? Submit a photo of your most creative pumpkin by October 25, 2013, and you could win a $250 gift card to Michaels along with a Mod Podge and FolkArt Prize Pack, and bragging rights of winning the 4th Annual Trick Your Pumpkin Contest! Find all the details on this page of their website.

Receive $10 off your $45 purchase with the following promo code: 1045SEP13. Shop here!

GIVEAWAY: Weekend Kits

Weekend Kits has been a longtime funky find! Over the years, Weekend Kits has continued to offer quality craft kits that cover many categories & appeal to crafters of all ages & skill sets. The biggest benefit of purchasing through Weekend Kits is that all the supplies can be found on one site versus wasting time driving around to multiple stores hunting for project supplies.

The new items section is a perfect example of the versatility & selection the site offers. There is a great selection of jewelry making kits for kids, as well as multiple quilt kits for beginners to name just a few. Weekend Kits also offers a large selection of Sublime Stitching embroidery patterns and plush animal sewing kits which I love! (Pictured: Klutz - Jewelry Making Kit for Kids - Dot Jewelry)

And, while it may seem way too early to start thinking about holiday crafting, December is less than six months away. This means that there is no better time than the present to start working on holiday projects. Thankfully, Weekend Kits makes it a bit easier with the numerous Christmas Craft Kits, such as the stocking kits and card making kits. (Pictured: Felt Pillow Kit - Christmas Craft - Colorful Tree)

I think it is so important to encourage the creativity in children. Weekend Kits makes it easy to provide youngsters with all the tools they need to complete a great project. The Beaded Bands Bracelet Kit by Klutz Jewelry is one of the site's best sellers. Order one today...and while you're at it, treat yourself to a project kit, too! Happy crafting everyone!!!

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats JC! ***

Weekend Kits Giveaway

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a Tree Crewel Embroidery Kit, a 5-Inch Embroidery Hoop, and a pair of Mundial Embroidery Scissors from Weekend Kits.
(items pictured above)

TO ENTER: Visit Weekend Kits & leave a comment on this post noting at least one craft kit you would like to have.

EXTRA ENTRY: Like Weekend Kits on Facebook,
then leave a comment on this post noting
that you have done so.

ENDS: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6pm CDT.

BUST Magazine 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

BUST Magazine is celebrating 20 terrific years with a Brooklyn birthday bash! The event will be hosted by Julie Klausner & will feature Cibo Matto, Har Mar Superstar, DJ JD Samson, Amber Tamblyn & more. The party will also feature The BUST Golden Bra Awards and a Late-Night Dance Party with DJ Jonathan Toubin!

WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 2013 • 7:30 PM - 1:30 AM
WHERE: The Bell House • 149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Tickets $35 - Includes free birthday cupcake and BUST subscription

VIP Packages $125 - Includes three complimentary drinks, a special seating area and a super-special swag bag!

Upcoming Event: Vintage Style by Melissa Frances

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WHEN: September 13-16, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Whitworth Ranch Retreat, 11582 Willis Ln.,
Scurry, TX 75158
Sign-up Deadline: August 1st, 2013

***********Updated Information!!!!!!!!!*******************
There are some big changes to this event, first of which is a change of venue! The organizers have decided to make this a more intimate event and also due to some scheduling conflicts with the hotel, they have chosen to keep the entire event at Whitworth Ranch Retreat. What this means is the cost has gone way down!

2 Days of classes are now 175.00 + tax per person
VIP package is now 600.00 + tax per person
This however also means, we no longer have a one day class option.
This event still includes lunches and beverages during the classes and the VIP guests still get the private dinner with Melissa Friday night and an exclusive class on that night as well.
Attendees are still getting the same value as far as product. Retail value for all the product, not including the class for the VIP attendees is over $250! For those of you that have already sent in payment, the difference will be refunded.

Visit this page for all the details!

Fall Event - Vendor Apps Now Open!


The Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience is a FREE 2-day family AND pet-friendly handmade shopping event to be held November 9 & 10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Funky Finds events showcase artists, crafters & designers selling items they have hand-crafted.

Vendor applications are being accepted
online through August 12th.

* Handmade Shopping Extravaganza
* 150 Swag Bags & Charitable Raffle
* On-site Pet Adoptions by HSNT & Toys For Tots Drive
* Funky Finds Balloons for All
* Event T-shirts for Charity & More!

Bring the family and be a part of the funky fun featuring artists, crafters & designers selling their hand-crafted items in a variety of categories!

Accessories Art Authors Bath, Body & Candles
Ceramics & Pottery Clothing Food Holiday & Seasonal Home Goods & Decor Jewelry
Kids & Parents Paper Goods Pet Goods Photography Plants & Arrangements

Attend Both's that FUNKY!

Other ways to get involved:

Quirk Books Entertains Your Kids

I have written about Quirk Books a few times in the past as they publish a variety of unique books, including modern craft books. It is summer here in the States, which means there are lots of kids at home needing to be entertained! Regardless of the time of year or school calendar, it's always nice to find activities that kids (and parents) enjoy. With that in mind, Quirk Books has released a free fun sampler with excerpts from a number of their cooking, crafting, and parenting books, chock full of fun summer activities. There are 39 fun-filled pages featuring activities such as Little-Bitty Fudge Puppies and How to Keep a Family Happy During Car Trips. I have many fond memories of crafting & creating with my Granny using a thick craft book & supplies my aunt thoughtfully provided. So why not check it out & find a few activities to do with the kiddos? They are sure to enjoy a number of these activities! And, if you are unable to hang out all day & create, pass it along to the babysitter who is sure to be looking for ways to entertain the young-uns, as well!

Pinkalicious Prom & Vintage Show

Pinkalicious Prom & Vintage Show 
Joe & Jessica (Me) • Embroidered Vest

Friday we hopped in the car & headed to Anna, Texas, for the Pinkalicious Prom & Vintage Show produced by Ashley of Texas Trash Jewelry! We thoroughly enjoyed the drive through Northeast Texas & scouted out several thrift stores we visited on our way home Saturday.

Joe and I had a blast dressing up for the prom!!! I didn't want to waste time waiting to see if I would be crowned Prom Queen, so I wore my own tiara. I also wore a thrifted denim vest that I had embroidered by Embroidery by Andrea. She embroidered a Texas & two pink pistols that I created on the back. I paired that with two vintage slips I layered, as well as my Cowgirl boots & I was ready to go. Joe scored a great vintage Western shirt at a nearby thrift store & paired it with his Cowboy hat & boots along with one of his Dad's bolo ties & belt buckle.

Pinkalicious Prom & Vintage Show
Ashely, the birthday girl! • Junk Ju Ju

Prior to the prom, we had the opportunity to do some Early Bird shopping. There were tons of great handmade & vintage vendors on-hand, including Texas Trash Jewelry, of course, Blossom Shop, Dee Dee Style, and more. It was a lot of fun seeing all the vendors dressed in their prom attire & they all had great set-ups.

Ashley & Jessica (Me) • Me with a lovely pink bike!

The weather was perfect allowing us to enjoy a fun-filled evening under the Texas stars. We enjoyed some Barn Red wine by Grayson Hills Winery & some great country tunes by the band. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit with some veteran Funky Finds vendors & meet some new folks. Also, the prom raised over $900 for the Anna Food Bank, too! Many thanks to Ashley for organizing such a wonderful event!

THIS WEEKEND: 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling


Saturday, March 9, 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 10, 11am-4pm

Admission is FREE!

Event is Family AND Pet-Friendly

Over 120 talented artists, crafters & designers will be selling a wide variety of hand-crafted items!

PARKING: Print this coupon to receive the discounted rate of $5 per day in the Harley Avenue lot. Spread the word! Map here.

The first 75 attendees EACH DAY to purchase five or more $1.00 raffle tickets will receive a swag bag filled with magazines, product samples & coupons!

The Humane Society of North Texas will be facilitating on-site pet adoptions all weekend!

Bring a pet food donation for Don't Forget to Feed Me & receive one FREE raffle ticket!

Event tees are $10 each & all proceeds benefit The Humane Society of North Texas!

Visit the event website for even more information!!!

GIVEAWAY: The Silver Craftsman

We first met Sheldon Roy of The Silver Craftsman at the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience in November (booth photo below). He's a personable & talented teenager with a strong support system (ie: his family & friends). Funky Finds events are a family effort, so we thoroughly enjoyed seeing a family who so obviously works together to create something special. The Silver Craftsman offers unique jewelry & accessories that are made using silver flatware. Amongst my favorites are the stamped silverware cuff bracelets (pictured) that can be customized. The silver napkin rings are also terrific!

March marks The Silver Craftsman's one year anniversary. Since beginning last Spring, Sheldon has added a variety of new products to his line that will be debuted at the 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling next month. New items include earrings, a new bracelet style, wind chimes & wedding accessories. If you happen to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, you can also find The Silver Craftsman at the Fort Worth Herb Society's 26th Annual Herb Festival in May.

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Valerie! ***

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from The Silver Craftsman.

TO ENTER: Visit The Silver Craftsman's Etsy shop & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite item.

EXTRA ENTRY: Like The Silver Craftsman on Facebook, then leave a comment on this post noting that you have done so.

ENDS: 6pm CDT, Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

SPONSORS: 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling

We are always so thankful to our generous sponsors who help make Funky Finds events successful! Please show some love to the following businesses who are sponsoring the 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling to be held March 9 & 10 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Quackerbox Creations Ltd. - Printing Wearables & Accessories Since 1982

BUST MagazineThe magazine for women with something to get off their chests

Cabbage Rose Quilting & Fabrics - Offering over 8,000 Fabrics, Kits, Workshops & More!

The Artful Bead - The the most popular retail
bead stores in North Texas!

Creative Collective Fort Worth - A collective of local artisans, craftsmen & vintage "pickers" sharing their wares in a micro boutique setting.

Plaid Enterprises - Craft Supply Brands include FolkArt, Martha Stewart, Mod Podge & more!

World of Wellness - A group of medical offices specializing in functional medicine, natural
wellness and prevention.

Green Mountain Energy - The nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer.

Right On! Graphics - Graphics & Print Media
that are Right On!

5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling


On March 9 & 10, we will be hosting the 5th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling! This will be the ninth indie art & craft show we have held in Fort Worth, Texas. The event is free to the public and is family AND pet-friendly. With over 120 artists, crafters & designers participating, there is certainly something for everyone!

Free Admission * Family And Pet-Friendly * Charitable Raffle benefiting The Humane Society of North Texas & CASA of Tarrant County * Swag Bags * Much More!

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 10am-5pm and Sunday, March 10, 11am-4pm

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Small Exhibits Bldg., 3409 Burnett-Tandy Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107 (Directions)

The event will feature swag bags for the first 75 attendees each day to purchase a minimum of five $1.00 raffle tickets. Raffle features items donated by all participating artisans & sponsors, and all raffle proceeds benefit CASA of Tarrant County & The Humane Society of North Texas who will be facilitating on-site pet adoptions all weekend. Don't Forget to Feed Me will be accepting pet food donations & each donor will receive one FREE raffle ticket. I look forward to seeing you there!