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 décor, 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.

Vendor Spotlights (Days 8-14)

The following artisans can be found selling at our upcoming event, the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience, to be held November 15th & 16th in Fort Worth, Texas! There will be over 120 artists, crafters, designers, & food makers selling at the FREE family AND pet-friendly event. We hope to see you there!

Previous Previews: Days 1-7

Cutie Cart Covers - Sarah Brown is a stay at home mom with two boys who loves CRAFTS.

Cynthia Patterson Pottery - Cynthia Patterson makes functional pottery with an eye toward the artistic. Her work is designed to be used and enjoyed every day.

D'ArtScapes Designs by Diane - Diane Miller is an artist from Garland who creates collage art using tissue paper as her palette to illustrate whimsical views of life and nature.

David Kinsey Yard Art - Durable, creative metal yard art decor!

Deco Beading - Jessica Burns is a bead artist who designs all of her pieces from scratch. She never uses patterns making each piece truly one of a kind.

Dirt and Glitter - A mother and daughter team that loves to design and create unique items for you, your home or office.

Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank - The mission of Don't Forget to Feed Me is to supply pet food to local food pantries in support of pet owners. By providing pet food for those in need during challenging financial times, DF2FM offers an option to surrendering, or worse, abandoning a family pet. DF2FM helps to ensure that no pet owner ever has to make the decision between stay or go.

Donteatbeads - Danielle Murphy is passionate about animal rescue & creates accessories to fund her rescue & foster work.

Dp-art Gallery - Diana Prickett has been painting since she was a child & started working with recycled items about 5 years ago.

Dragonflies and Daisies - Sharon Davis loves creating & selling handmade baby items made out of fabric.

Eagle Mountain Pottery - Sandy Tucker is passionate about art in all forms. She enjoys using clay to create both functional and artistic pieces that the viewer with be able to enjoy on a daily basis.

ecoFashionistas - Sisters, Karla Schafer and Katrina Peebles, collaborate to create unique up-cycled products turning trash into treasure!

Elle Furch Decor - Lauren Furch strongly believes in recycling and does her best to provide a variety of glass products with customizable colors and accessories.

EME and Lou - Elaine Ellington partnered with her children & grandchildren to create unique accessories.

Emma Alison Designs - Heidy Henke has been making jewelry for nearly 15 years. Her jewelry tends to be delicate and feminine while showcasing natural gemstones.

E's Unique Glass Creations - Eileen Horton is a glass art who loves creating unique decor!

Forget Me Nots - Kristen Dinh, a student at UTA, has always been a crafter at heart and loves sharing her hobby with others. She began making soap when her younger sister needed a soap that was more sensitive on her skin.

Fragrance 4 Every Mood - Jessica Perez creates designer type fragrances for men & women, as well as other bath & body products.

FUSED GLASS - Christine Pincemin-Johnstone was born in France, lives in Texas, & creates new items using various techniques with fused glass.

GamiWorks - Chiyogami Gifts + Accessories - Erin Sansoucy doesn't consider herself a girly-girl, but she does appreciate feminine and classic looks...never trendy. She loves to create a hodge-podge of things, keeping her mind and hands busy.

Glassyboop GlassArt - Betty White is a glass artist specializing in functional glass items who has 30 years experience working with different glass mediums.

Green Dog Chic - Lora Dougherty creates unique pet clothing & accessories using recycled materials, such as thifted prom & wedding dresses. She donates a portion of all sales to local animal rescue groups.

Gypsy Rhetoric - Kimberly Bacon is a crafty Texas girl who loves the Lord and is happiest when she's sitting in the middle of piles of craft paper, scissors and glue.

Gypsyharte - Joyce Hazlerig has been creating art all her life. Her current passion is felting wool allowing her to take wool and fiber and shape and create it into something new and different.

Hambone and Dogs Pet Treats - Creating high-quality pet cookies & treats using only human quality ingredients.

Healthy Earth - Healthy Earth brings the people healthy ways to look and feel revitalized while nourishing the body with essential vitamins and minerals.

Holly's Handmades - Holly Runyon enjoys unique crafts, including handmade drink coasters, tote bags, and more! No two items will be exactly the same!

HOT TAMALEZ - Mary Samudio has been in the tamale business for 19 years. What began as a temporary job has gone continued long-term as a family-owned and operated business.

Vendor Spotlights (Days 1-7)

We are currently previewing four vendors each day on Facebook who will selling their uniquely handmade items at the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience! Mark your calendars for November 15th & 16th and join us in Fort Worth, TX!!!

2hartscreations - Leila Gill left her corporate job to follow her dream of creating one of a kind items for others to enjoy.

38Stitches - Rachel Davis counts herself lucky to be wife & mom with a business doing what she loves!

A Wing And A Prayer - This talented family creates original artwork on canvas and vintage tags.

All Dolled Up By Kathy - Kathleen Alusick is an avid sewist & needleworker who learned a lot of her skills from a tailor she worked for when she was in college.

All With Love - Beautiful accessories handmade by the mother and daughter team of Evelina and Tiffany Nappier.

Anything Goes - A creative duo who enjoys sewing, crafting, reading, & volunteering.

Artistic Solutions Ink - Julie McCall left the corporate world to slow down to a manageable pace and get back to being creative.

Art's Mesquite Source - Blasa Chapa is a wood worker who handcrafts all his items.

Artwork by Kristy Jarvis - After rediscovering her love of drawing and painting, Kristy began brining to life all these characters in her imagination.

Astria Legends - A.S. Reaves has had a passion for the arts since she was a young girl. Aside from bringing the Astria Galaxy to life in writing and art, she is a dance choreographer and director of her own style of live dance productions.

Bearsley & Bumski - Jotters made fresh! Crass stationery! Original artwork! Home Decor!

Bling on the Charm Bracelet Boutique - Amy DeGray founded her business after noticing there weren't many items available in way of "blingy" & fun personalized accessories for kids.

Bobkat Metal Creations - This husband & wife team enjoy welding small metal creations that are unqiue.

BoG Productions - Shaun Mullin puts the FUN in Functional with dabblings in pottery, polymer and paper.

buckshotinc - Christy Hundley is an artist in love with all kinds of mediums!

Bunki's Originals - Bunki Lego has been an avid crafter ever since she got her first sewing machine as a child, over 50 years ago.

Cahoots Handbags - Cahoots Handbags are handmade from vintage textiles such as 1940s feed sacks and 1960s velvet upholsteries in tiny limited editions.

Candace Cline has been an artist and seamstress all her life. She enjoys creating one-of-a-kind clothing pieces for others to enjoy.

Carol Bradley Designs - Carol A. Bradley has been creating jewelry from gemstones, sterling silver, copper and vitreous enamel for over 20 years.

Clarich Mill - Richard Harple has been creating & selling at events for the last thirty years.

Coinucopia - Edwin Peet & his wife enjoy traveling & collecting coins as souvenirs resulting in this company. He hand-paints coins from over 100 countries which are used to make many items.

Cowboy at Heart - Cowboy at Heart is a company built on Christian and Cowboy ways of life featuring quality home décor and pet luxuries.

Crafty Hands - Kathleen Czepiel is a self-taught weaver who views her creations as a legacy that can travel to the future.

Craftylas Creations - Functional yet crafty items!

Craven Crow - Elizabeth Hollingsworth makes creative and colorful floral hair accessories showcasing hand-sewn flowers from satins, cotton, felt, and other texturally interesting fabrics.

Creations by kimber - Kimberly A. Fenili is a self-taught doll artist who must do something creative every day.

Crochet Creations By Autumn - Autumn Guillory creates fun and funky crochet items from her own patterns. She makes her own recycled t-shirt yarn and uses locally spun or dyed yarn whenever possible.

Crosses and Such - Tammy Minter has participated in several craft shows in the DFW area with her crosses & bible boxes over the past 5 years, as well as Canton First Monday Trade Days.