GIVEAWAY: Claudine Hellmuth Printables

When I entered the wonderful world of blogging eight years ago, one of the first artists I connected with online was the talented Claudine Hellmuth. I have been a fan of her whimsical artwork & illustrations since first discovering her work. As noted on Claudine's website, she combines her drawings with happy patterns to create retro-whimsical artworks. Her unique work has been featured on Martha Stewart's show Martha, the Home Shopping Network, HGTV, and more. She has also published a number of creative books & DVDs, as well as her own line of craft supplies!

Claudine started out creating unique paper dolls & artwork featuring photographs that were then illustrated to depict fun & funky scenes. As with most artists, Claudine's work has evolved over the years & she recently began offering custom-designed printables that can be downloaded instantly. The printable artwork is designed in such a way that you can cut them out & easily turn them into three dimensional gift card holders, gift boxes, party favor boxes & more!

The best part is that you can create something totally unique without having to leave your home! I absolutely love the retro cassette tape gift card holder and the retro oven treat box is adorable! Another favorite of mine is the retro camper available in yellow, blue, green and pink. Each kit includes written instructions, as well as links to how-to videos with handy assembly tips & ideas making the creative process painless!



SPECIAL OFFER: Enter code FUNKYFINDS to receive 10% off your entire order!


*** GIVEAWAY ***


PRIZE: Three winners will be chosen and awarded one of the following downloads FREE of charge:
ice cream truck, retro camper, and retro oven.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post noting one of your favorite items from Claudine's Etsy shop.

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

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Subscribe to Claudine's newsletter, then leave a comment noting that you have done so. Subscribers receive FREE party printables and are the first to know when new items are added to her shop!

ENDS: Giveaway ends at 6pm CDT, Tuesday, JULY 8th, 2014.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices

Black Dog Publishing is a unique publisher that specializes in producing beautiful books that represent a fresh, eclectic take on contemporary culture. Their subject matter includes art, architecture, design, fashion, music and environmental concerns. (pictured at left: The Cosmeticist - Katie Fisher, Honest Skinscare © photograph by Carolyn Carter)

I recently received a copy of Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices to review. The book is described as a visual survey of some of the world’s finest hand makers, the spaces they work in and the products they create. Made by Hand is a remedy to mass-production and a celebration of the return to artisan craft. Definitely fits right in with Funky Finds' mission to promote handmade worldwide!!!

The book is a beautiful collection of photographs featuring real-life "makers" in their element. Readers will learn about the shoemaker, the bicycle builder, the neon sign maker & much more. I love the introduction that talks about how handmade products have grown in popularity in recent years due to ecological reasons, financial reasons, and the feeling one gets from engaging with makers & their products. This is something we stress at Funky Finds by promoting handmade & artisans of all types, as well as producing events at which shoppers can interact with makers. (pictured at left: The Sartorialist, For Holding Up the Trousers © photograph by Martin Pedersen)

Each section features a specific maker, such as the shoemaker, along with interesting photographs & biographical information. It's especially interesting learning about each maker's take on handmade & why they chose to pursue their current profession. (pictured at left: The Woodworker, Nic Webb © photograph by Nick Warner)

One of my favorite sections is about Chris Bracey, the United Kingdom's foremost neon sign maker, featuring photographs that are especially colorful & interesting. And the textile maker, glassworker, and bladesmith are amongst the most interesting sections. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to those who are interest in learning about makers who take pride in their trade & work hard to preserve the handmade tradition. 

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Carmen N ***

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices courtesy of Black Dog Publishing.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post noting one thing you love about handmade.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Like Black Dog Publishing on Facebook & leave a comment noting that you have done so.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Follow Black Dog Publishing (@BDPublishing) on Twitter, then leave a comment noting that you have done so.

ENDS: Giveaway ends at 6pm CDT, Monday, June 16th, 2014.

The Artful Village


Mark your calendars for the next Market Dayz at The Artful Village!

The event features a Friday night sneak peek on June 13th from 7-10:30pm. Admission is free & there will also be free refreshments! There's no extra charge for vendors to set up on Friday.

Saturday's market will run June 14th, 10am-5pm. Indoor & outdoor vendor space available. Interested vendors call Darren at 817-692-8496.

The Artful Village also offers occasional painting parties, so check their calendar often!


The Artful Village • 1005 Yale, Fort Worth, TX
Behind Roofing Solutions on the corner of Meandering Rd. & Yale
Every 2nd Saturday, 10am-5pm • Facebook

Be sure to subscribe to the Funky Finds monthly newsletter to learn about other upcoming handmade events around the globe! 

8th Anniversary & Giveaways!


Eight years ago today, I started this blog. What began as a hobby, creative outlet & way for me to spread the word about cool handmade stuff I discovered, unexpectedly blossomed into what is now my full-time job! I am so thankful for the opportunities Funky Finds has afforded me & my family, as well as all the funky artists, crafters, designers, authors & food makers we have met over the years. Thank you so much for your continued support of Funky Finds and handmade!

We recently hosted the 6th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling, our tenth art & craft show held in Fort Worth, Texas. Quirk Books, one of our generous event sponsors, donated Quirk DIY tote bags & copies of Sprinkles for our swag bag giveaways. We received eleven additional copies of Sprinkles to giveaway on the blog! We also have some other goodies we're giving away as part of our anniversary celebration.

Sprinkles is full of beautiful photographs of desserts that somehow incorporate cake sprinkles. There's also instructions & projects showing you how to swirl sprinkles into waffles, “embroider” them on cookies, and bake them into pretty pie crusts! You’ll find dozens of creative, colorful, super-fun recipes, plus quick-and-easy projects (ideal for little kids), holiday treats, and party-perfect edible gifts.

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 PRIZES:
 
Six winners will receive a copy of Sprinkles courtesy of Quirk Books.
Congrats to intensev5, Tina Reynolds, Sky Evans, Jean R., jdine & Craftylas

One winner will receive a FULL swag bag from our recent event (includes Sprinkles).
Congrats to Sunday Afternoon Housewife

One winner will receive a large "Crafty Minds Love Funky Finds" t-shirt,
as well as a Quirk DIY tote bag & copy of Sprinkles.
Congrats to Made to Lather

Two winners will receive an extra-large "Crafty Minds Love Funky Finds" t-shirt,
as well as a Quirk DIY tote bag & copy of Sprinkles.
Congrats to Kittykill & Slick Vickie

Two winners will receive an extra-large "I'm a Funky Find" t-shirt,
as well as a Funky Finds tote bag & copy of Sprinkles.
Congrats to Anne & Heidi V.

TWELVE WINNERS IN ALL!!!!!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post. Please include t-shirt size & email address.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Like Funky Finds on Facebook & leave a comment noting that you have done so. Please include t-shirt size & email address.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Subscribe to our monthly email newsletter, then leave a comment noting that you have done so. Please include t-shirt size & email address.

ENDS: Thursday, April 10th, at 6pm CDT.