Craft-A-Day apps on sale!

Quirk Books has a special treat for you as we creep
closer to the holidays.

Through January 8th, their four seasonal Craft-A-Day apps are specially priced at a mere $0.99 each!

The four seasonal Craft-A-Day iPad apps offer daily inspiration based on seasonal themes to kickstart creativity. With easy-to-follow instructions, free downloadable patterns, links for supplies, and fun animations, Craft-a-Day challenges you to make something special every day!

Craft-A-Day Winter: Decorate your home with a Felt Snowman 
tree ornament; visit family in style with a Mini Snowman Gift Tag;
or make your own Plush Fox.

Craft-A-Day Spring: Craft an adorable Bunny Finger Puppet; Paper Butterfly Mobile; or keep your books dry in a Rain Drop Tote Bag.

Craft-A-Day Summer: Celebrate the harvest with a Strawberry Garland; brighten your fridge with a Turtle Magnet;
or work-from-home outside with a Dog Gadget Sleeve.

Craft-A-Day Fall: Make a Pumpkin Garland; Leaf Gift Tag for Thanksgiving travel; or show off with a Witch Hat Barrette
for Halloween.

With any or all of these apps, you can:

• Find new ideas for making craft projects each day of the season
• Browse loads of simple seasonal crafts anyone can make
• Follow handy patterns, how-to photos and animations
• Print free downloadable craft patterns and templates
• Share your crafts with friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and email
• And much more!

You can learn more about the Craft-a-day book here!

7th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling

We are currently accepting vendor applications for the
7th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling!

Application Deadline: January 4th, 2015
Handmade applicants only, please!

Event Dates: Saturday, March 7th, 10am-5pm and
Sunday, March 8th, 11am-4pm

Location: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Shop Local • Shop Handmade • Shop Funky

The 7th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is a FREE 2-day family AND pet-friendly handmade shopping event!

Bring the family and be a part of the funky fun featuring over 120 Artists, Crafters, Designers, Authors & Food Makers selling their unique hand-crafted items! Attend Both's that FUNKY!

* 100+ Makers Selling Uniquely Hand-crafted Wares
* 150 Swag Bags & Charitable Raffle
* Pet Adoptions by HSNT
* Funky Finds Balloons for All
* Event T-shirts for Charity & More!

Find items in the following categories: Accessories * Art * Authors
Bath, Body & Candles * Ceramics & Pottery * Clothing * Food
Holiday & Seasonal * Home Goods & Decor * Jewelry
Kids & Parents * Stationery & Paper Goods * Pet Goods
Photography * Plants

Etsy NY Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

Shop for creative gifts and support
small businesses this holiday season!

The Etsy NY Street Team is back this year to serve as your holiday elf with the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade! More than 60 makers from the tri-state area will gather to sell their unique creations providing the community with the opportunity to support local & purchase unique gifts. The event will feature a vast selection of handmade goods including clothing, jewelry, paper goods, body products, eco-friendly finds, and so much more.

Preview the vendors’ offerings by visiting the Etsy Local page for the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade. There, you’ll be able to check out who will be selling at the event, start creating those shopping lists, and even take advantage of some Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals ahead of the Cavalcade!

Other event highlights include goody bags for the first 100 shoppers each day, several raffle packages that will be up for grabs and Cavalcade sponsor Etsy will be on hand to offer free gift wrapping for any purchases made at the event. Also, Kiva Zip will also be on hand to answer questions about person-to-person lending.

Please note that shoppers will have the opportunity to give back to their community by donating gently used coats for the New York Cares 26th Annual Coat Drive!

WHEN: Saturday, December 13th &
Sunday, December 14th, 10am-8pm

WHERE: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. (btwn 15th & 16th St.),
New York, New York (In the pop-up space across from Amy's Bread)


MORE INFO: Facebook Event PageWebsite

Funky Finds Event Recap

Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience a success! We greatly appreciate all attendees, vendors, and sponsors! Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event!

Through the charitable raffle, t-shirt sales, photos with Santa, and monetary donations, we raised $3,000.00 that has been split evenly between The Humane Society of North Texas and DFW Toys for Tots.

Many thanks to all the vendors, sponsors & other generous donors for providing raffle & swag bag items and to everyone who purchased raffle tickets!!!

Attendees generously donated over $500.00 in cash donations to Don’t Forget to Feed Me who also collected 181 pounds of pet food!!!

Also, TWELVE dogs were adopted at the event!!!

THIS WEEKEND! Funky Finds Event

 It's finally time for the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience,
a FREE two-day family AND pet-friendly handmade shopping extravaganza! Join us for a fun-filled handmade weekend!!!!

WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 16th, 11am-4pm

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive,
Fort Worth, TX 76107 • Directions

Shop Local Shop Handmade Shop Funky

Bring the family and be a part of the funky fun featuring over 120 Artists, Crafters, Designers, & Food Makers selling their unique hand-crafted items! Attend Both's that FUNKY!
* Over 120 Artisans Selling Unique Items
* Charitable Raffle benefiting HSNT and Toys for Tots
* Pet Adoptions by HSNT
* Toys For Tots Drop Off
* Photos with SANTA CLAUS - Families & Pets Welcome!
* Funky Finds Balloons for All
* Event T-shirts for Charity
* Much More!

Find items in the following categories:
AccessoriesArtBath, Body & Candles 
 Ceramics & PotteryClothingFood
 Holiday & SeasonalHome Goods & DecorJewelry 
Kids & ParentsStationery & Paper GoodsPet Goods
PhotographyPlants & Arrangements

Funky Finds Event Sponsors

We are so fortunate to work with the following businesses who are generously sponsoring our upcoming event, the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience!

Vendor Previews: Days 1-7Days 8-14Days 15-21

Quackerbox Creations Ltd. is a full-service, family-owned screen printer located in Dallas, TX. They have been printing wearables & accessories since 1982. Quackerbox generously sponsors each Funky Finds event, donating event tees to each vendor & sponsor, as well as donating the printing on the additional tees we sell to raise funds for the Humane Society of North Texas. Their team prints quality products at affordable prices.

The Arful Bead is the most popular retail bead store in Fort Worth & the surrounding North Texas area. They are your one-stop shopping destination for jewelry making supplies including quality beads, wire, chain, findings, and tools. The Artful Bead also offers classes for every skill level, as well as custom jewelry design for weddings, proms, quinceaneras, and other special occasions.

Flossie Scrapper is a premiere craft store located in Joshua, TX. They offer scrapbooking, crafts, and teaching supplies from all the top designers, including Heidi Swapp, American Crafts, Tim Holtz, and much more! Flossie Scrapper also offers regular classes featuring a wide variety of craft projects. Products are also available for purchase through the website.

Quirk Books has been publishing strikingly unconventional books since 2002! They offer a wide variety of books ranging from award-winning cookbooks to craft books to non-fiction. Quirk has generously donated awesome books to be included in each of our swag bags. Visit their site for free sampler downloads & more!

PLAID is home to all your favorite craft brands - FolkArt, Bucilla, Mod Podge, Martha Stewart, and more! This well-known company generously provides full-size products to be included in our event swag bags, as well as a huge raffle prize consisting on brand new products. Visit their website to explore your ideas & inspiration for painting, needlecrafts, decoupage & other favorite crafts.

The Artful Village is a monthly handmade market held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Located in the River Oaks area of Fort Worth, Texas, The Artful Village provides area residents with an opportunity to enjoy live music & the chance to visit with a number of artisans & purchase their unique goods.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio is an online-only fabric store with lots of gorgeous fabrics from all the major manufacturers, such as Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Riley Blake, Moda, and many more! Their extensive site also offers sewing notions, books & patterns, craft kits, and the Friday Bundle Batch!
Right On! Graphics offers quality promotional products & custom graphic design at affordable prices. ROG never uses templates & stands by each of their products. They offer digitally-printed vinyl banners (no stick on lettering), business cards, postcards, yard signs, and much more!

GIVEAWAY: BraveMouse Books

BraveMouse Books is a small book publisher that creates magical books that children AND adults will love! These terrific readers are all available in English, with some available in Spanish, French, Arabic, German, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, and Portugese. It is fascinating to see how the lovable creatures featured in the books are created by hand. The video below shows how children's book author & illustrator Molly Coxe creates a character & then shoots photos of miniature sets as she works on Wet Hen: A Short Vowel Adventure.

I am in awe of Molly's talent in creating these stories & characters, including Benjamin Middlemouse, Sir Pouncealot, and Posie Pantrymouse. These fun adventures are sure to hold the attention of the little ones while entertaining the ones reading the stories to them. Another great thing about these early readers is that the phonics focus is designed to help beginning readers build skills & confidence. Rat Attack highlights the “short a” sound and Princess Pig is filled with “short i’s”.

One of the missions of BraveMouse Books is to encourage children to see themselves as creators, and to help them share that creativity with others. This is so perfectly in line with what we at Funky Finds believe that it's as if a partnership between us was inevitable! The BraveMouse Books website includes a blog full of great information, as well as a great project showing how to make your own mouse. This page features a printable and video instructions for creating mouse heroes (or villains) using simple household items.

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Judy Hunting! ***
PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive copies of the two new Short Vowel Adventures, Rat Attack and Princess Pig, as well as Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue, a hardcover picture book that won the Nautilus Award and is full of handmade mice & one handmade cat.

TO ENTER: Like BraveMouse Books on Facebook and leave a comment noting you have done so.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Share this giveaway on Facebook or another social media site, then leave a comment noting that you shared.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Leave a comment noting why you would love to win these fabulous books!
Giveaway ends at 6pm CST, Wednesday, November 19th, 2014.

Vendor Spotlights (Days 22-30)

We hope you have been enjoying the vendor previews leading up to the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience! Be sure to make your shopping and wish lists so you don't forget to purchase anything at the event.

Previous Previews: Days 1-7Days 8-14Days 15-21

Paper and Place - Erica Taylor expresses her passion of creating with a collection designed to connect adoptive parents, humanitarians, world travelers & military families to special places & their loved ones.

Patty's Perfect Pocket LLC - A pocket available for many uses - hold cell phone, iPod, insulin pumps, and more! The perfect accessory for any occasion whether you're at work, at the beach or kicking up your heels!

Peculiar Pieces - A talented sister duo who collaborates to provide diversity in style, creativity and originality. Their one-of-a-kind pieces are as unique and individual as you.

Playing With Wood Country Style - A family owned and operated affair featuring hand-crafted items using new and/or repurposed wood.

Potter's Cove - Rachael Swink creates pottery that is functional and can be used by everyone. She provides pieces for both people AND their much loved pets.

Productive Knits - Kiki Alusick designs her own patterns that she knits and assembles by hand. She likes to keep things simple, warm and natural, as well as functional.

Rockin Rhinestones - Kristi Cross designs unique jewelry and accessories that are a great addition to any style.

RockNRose Creek - Victoria Gassett has been redesigning lost treasures for many years. She enjoys creating many different items, including home d├ęcor, furniture restoration, birdfeeders, and windchimes.

S&S Creations TX - A Mother/Daughter duo that work together to create one of a kind treasures from largely "re-claimed" items. Ninety percent of their product line has come from someone's discards resulting in their motto of "We don't fulfill a need, we fulfill a desire." - This creative duo is comprised of a stay-at-home-mom and a retired school teacher who enjoy going to craft fairs and are having a wonderful time meeting new people.

Savannah Hoffman Designs - Felicia Akop creates a line of jewelry in a style she refers to as retro modern. She finds beauty in ordinary things, such as bus tokens and keys, and loves to mix them with pearls or something else unexpected.

Saved SALVAGED Sewn - Stacey Stastny creates refillable Leather Journals, Sketchbooks, Notebook Covers and more. Every item is handcrafted using scrap and salvage leather and old cowboy boots.

Sawdust & Bullets - Diana & Charla love to create unique pieces of functional art with a one-of-a-kind flair. Items like ice cream scoops can be created with an acrylic, wood or 50 caliber shell handle.

Seymour and Sons Woodworking - Thomas Seymour & his family strive to create items that are pretty, usable and affordable. Each family member has a role in creating each one-of-a-kind item.

Sisters Sew A Lot - Sisters Carolyn & Janice have been sewing since they were children. Having created & taught techniques for years, the retired sisters started this adventure to satisfy their creativity and to present quality items for people.

Soulflame Pottery - Husband & wife team, Roy & Cindy, teach introductory & advanced ceramics classes for adults & children of all ages. They also create beautiful ceramic pieces!

South Austin Gallery - Husband & wife team, Jennifer & Joseph Worth, began their business in 2005 while traveling throughout 19 different European countries. Their goal is to highlight the artistic essence of various cities, while capturing the memories of their customers.

Sycamore Sticks - Kim Brown learned to create jewelry as a result of her love for rocks, stones and beautiful glass. She strives to create jewelry that appeals to all age groups while remaining affordable.

Sylva Pagana - A husband & wife team living in a country cottage where they hand-craft their all-natural bath & beauty products. They specialize in beard care, solid and spray perfumes and colognes, and alchemy arts.

TabbyCat & Co. - Teresa Meredith uses fabric to create desirable handbags, totes, coasters, and much more!

Tasteless Designs - Amanda Sims is a Texas native who has been crafting her entire life. A tight budget made her accustomed to reduce, reuse, and recycle as a budget issue and later for moral and environmental reasons. Currently, she's focusing on spinning and dying yarn, but still makes things for those that cannot knit or crochet yet.

Texas Hill Country Olive Company - A family-owned business located in Dripping Springs, TX committed to supplying the highest quality olive oil produced in the United States. Their certified organic olive orchard features a Tuscan-inspired mill house, a state-of-the-art Italian olive press, and a large tasting room.

Texas Night Light - A family-owned and operated small business that is all about setting the mood with candles that are "hand-poured, the real Texan way."

The Creative Caterpillar - Mandy Duncan is a busy mom trying to make the most of her time with her kids by crafting, creating and selling! She currently sells in Canton at First Monday Trade Days.

The Letter Lounge - Founded by Mike Clem, Letter Lounge operates as an independent family business in Dallas, TX. Mike carefully considers each reclaimed book's story as he transforms it into a custom piece of typographical art.

The Little Yellow Chair - Julia Moore loves color & redesigns all of furniture with this in mind. She strives to provide the public with solid pieces at affordable prices that will brighten up any space.

The Silver Craftsman - Sheldon Roy is a teen entrepreneur who enjoys offering many different hand-crafted items made from re-purposed silverware.

Tipsy Glass - Unique Handmade Gifts created by Rebecca Ahumada.

Vertically Verdant - Lauren Overzet started Vertically Verdant in February of 2014, designing and crafting her own unique vertical gardens. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband and two dogs, and gardens constantly.

Vischer Ferry Stained Glass - For more than 30 years, Dan & Bonnie Carlson have enjoyed designing and creating stained glass works of art. Each of their pieces is handcrafted using the traditional copper foil technique.

Vivian Williams - Vivian Williams is a retired 86 year old artist who has been making recycled plastic bag hats for five years.

What's My Future - Jennifer Hadley-White loves making stationery that is pretty, yet fun & creative. She recently began incorporating fabric, wood, embroidery, and paper clay to create unique sculptures.

Wicked Whatnots - A husband & wife team that have a love for graphic arts & repurposing all sorts of things. The duo creates altered art designs & uses the images to create unique & funky fun to wear jewelry & flasks.

Wonders of Wood by Bill - William Garrett & his wife build rustic custom wood bird houses (Wood Tweets), custom wood accent pieces, and custom wood children's pieces (Wood for Tots).

Woods Unique - Jeff Ralston, owner and artistic craftsman, established Woods Unique based on the belief that the customer's needs are of the utmost importance. Jeff doesn't use computer-operated machinery, laser guided shapers, or other "factory" type production methods. Each piece is individually handcrafted so there will be differences between pieces.

Yvonne4eyes Card & Art Manipulations - Yvonne Wilson is a self-taught artist who wore her 1st pair of glasses at the tender age of eight. Her charts, sketches, & need to cut are a reflection of what she has seen behind glass as a child and what she sees daily.

GIVEAWAY: Kellie Stamps

Established in 2012, Kellie Stamps features original stamp designs created by Australian-based designer Kellie Winnell. Offering clear and wood-mounted stamps, Kellie Stamps is a great source for creatives who enjoy a wide range of crafts. Kellie's blog is a great source for inspiration & a wonderful way to learn about new designs she is offering. The Cheer clear stamp set (pictured) is perfect for creating holiday cards or documenting all your holiday happenings, as is the Joy clear stamp set.

Follow Kellie on the following sites to learn of new products & more! FacebookPinterestInstagramBlog

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Susan Dougill ***

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a collection of retired stamps from Kellie Stamps (pictured above).

TO ENTER: Like Kellie's Facebook page and leave a comment noting you have done so.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Share this giveaway on Facebook or another social media site, then leave a comment noting that you shared.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Leave a comment noting your favorite type of craft to participate in (ie: scrapbooking, card making, etc.)!

Giveaway ends at 6pm CST, Saturday, November 8th, 2014.

Vendor Spotlights (Days 15-21)

I hope you have been enjoying the previews of all the wonderful artisans who will be selling at the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience! If you are able to attend the event, this is a great opportunity to get an idea of the items you may want to purchase or take a closer look at when browsing at the event. If you are unable to attend, most of the participants sell online, so you can still find some terrific funky finds!!!

Previous Previews: Days 1-7Days 8-14

Houchin's House of Wizarding Wares - Husband and wife team Erin and Keri Houchin who work together to create products that bring imagination to life and inspire.

House of Kerri - Kerri Lavery Sterin has found purpose and a new beginning through creating. She uses patina, dye-oxide, and gilders paste to create pieces that are full of color, depth, and texture.

Hymn Drop Shoppe - Brooke Wright is a singer/songwriter who works hard to create designs that are hopefully used as conversation pieces for others to share their faith & their favorite verses or hymns.

Jabberwocky Graphix - Brad Foster is an artist who uses pen and ink to create unique & interesting pieces.

JaHanna Martinez - JaHanna started her headband line six years ago because she was unable to find comfortable & fashionable headbands that actually stayed in place.

Jazz It Up - Accessories by Sarah - Handcrafted accessories by Monica Spychalski.

jgrumbling handmade jewelry - Although Janet came late to jewelry-making, opening her business in April 2009, she has a background in crafting and creative endeavors, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree earned at the University of Texas at Arlington and time spent as an advertising layout artist.

KLW's Beaded Jewelry - Kathie Ward is a 72 year old self-taught beader who creates beautiful accessories.

Kristin Victoria Designs - Kim Shorman is not your typical teenager! As a 2011 Texas Youth Entrepreneur finalist, she enjoys being fun and creative, but when it comes to business she gets serious. Currently a Texas A&M junior Economics major, Kim stays busy making and selling unique jewelry and gifts, studying, and working as a medic on campus which help pay for her schooling.

La Casita Hot Sauce - Based upon a family recipe, Veronica Westlake uses fresh produce & traditional spices to create an authentic Tex-Mex hot sauce that will please the entire family.

Laughing Crafter Studio - Buffy Hall creates beauty out of mud and broken glass, with muddy fingers and a grateful heart.

LemonGlaze - Carmen Aberasturi enrolled in a ceramic class at a local college and has since been unable to stop creating pieces with clay.

Little Bunny SueSue - Carol Camp was inspired by the birth of her granddaughter who gave her a reason to pull out the sewing machine and start creating again.

Lynnlee Layne Boutique - Natalie Wyatt has been sewing for over 30 years & specializes in quality handmade children's and ladies clothes and accessories.

m.a.d.mishka designs - Michele Dietrich is a zookeeper by day...artist by night who loves paper crafting and sharing her creations with others.

Mad Dash Mixes - Sherri Leal manufactures and sells declicious mixes of dried dip, soup, dessert and pasta salads.

Magpie's Trick - A husband & wife collaboration of jewelers, dreamers, and gypsies. Using traditional methods, the duo creates wearable art from sterling silver, silk, and natural gemstones.

Main Street Soap Co. - What began as a hobby has evolved into a successful family business featuring hand-crafted soap for the past three years.

Marigold Trading Company - What started out as a way to earn a little extra Christmas money has come a long way. The Southall family cuts and paints all of their products that are truly lovingly homemade.

Mary's Madness - Mary Davenport recycles & up-cycles found items creating one-of-a-kind accessories. She also provides a wonderful selection of antique & vintage supplies for crafters!

Maude C.& Co - Lauryn Bray is a Designer, Blogger & Wardrobe Stylist who established Maude C. & Co. in 2007.

Mimi's Gift Closet - Julene & Donna have been seamstresses, pattern engineers, designers & more for many years. As the love of their grandchildren started filling their hearts, they felt the need to fill up the gift closet.

Mistura Timepieces - Mistura specializes in natural watches, handcrafted with South American sustainable wood and 100% genuine leather.

Ms Becky's Holiday - Rebecca Conklin started her own holiday ornament business after being downsized at work. Her personal goal is to create a holiday memory for her customers that is unique and unusual.

My Dearest Danae - In an effort to shy away from a Christmas focused on material items, Katie Ellis & her husband took on a major challenge to go back to a simpler, purer time and hand-make all of the gifts for their friends and family. Their soap-making adventure has evolved into a wonderful business!

Noe's Hot Sauce LLC - A Hot Sauce like no other featuring a 25 year old home recipe. This hot sauce has NO onions, NO cilantro, NO bell peppers and NO whole tomatoes.

p.s. Paper Shoppe - Pei Sim focuses on simple, charming designs that are sprinkled with a little bit of whimsy. All products are made with integrity, quality and fun!

Painted Pennies - Having taught art within the Keller ISD for ten years, Penny Tandy is currently a stay at home mom who enjoys painting and crafting.

GIVEAWAY: Creating With Sketches V3

I love promoting handmade, as well as doing crafts of my own. My favorite hobby is scrapbooking, which I've been doing since 1997. Sometimes I sit down ready to create a scrapbook page, but I have a creative block & can't think of a unique layout on my own. That's why I was so excited to discover Creative Scrappers when looking for inspiration online. Kristine Davidson is the founder and coordinator of Creative Scrappers, a site started six years ago. Since then, the site has featured over 250 Sketch reveals!

A few months ago, I saw that Kristine was preparing to release her third version of Creating With Sketches, a book featuring 120 never before posted sketches with examples from 60 international designers. She was also looking for scrapbookers who might be interested in creating a layout for publication based on one of the sketches, so I emailed her expressing my interest. I absolutely loved the sketch Kristine provided me with, so much so that I created a couple of different layouts!

Creating With Sketches V3 is available in both digital and printed formats. The digital download is just $10.00 and the printed version is $18.00 plus shipping. Pre-order for the printed version is open until October 15th, so be sure to get your order in ASAP.

Receive a 10% Discount using coupon code V3funky at checkout! Expires November 1st, 2014. Click here to order.

* GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Holle England! *

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a printed copy of Creating With Sketches V3! *US and Canada residents only, please.*

TO ENTER: Comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address if it's not easily accessible through your profile.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Like Creative Scrappers on Facebook & leave a comment noting that you have done so.

Giveaway ends at 6pm CDT, Monday, November 3rd, 2014.