Rori of Paper Monkey Press, one of my favorite stationery design firms, informed me about a huge closeout sale they are currently running. In preparation of the launch of their new website, PMP has decided to discontinue their note card line. As long as the cards last, they will be 50% off. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with the quality & design of these products - they are fabulous! And as a special treat for Funky Finds readers, you will receive an extra gift by typing funkyfinds in the "notes to seller" box on PayPal when checking out. Check back for the launch of their new site that is sure to be phenomenal.
The children's tees by Rainbow Swirlz Kids are divine. My Entire Life is Being Blogged is a fabulous tee for any blogger's child. I love the smart aleck baby fat tee, too. There's also a great deal that allows you to order six onsies for one low price. Have fun shopping!
In my quest to find a new wallet, I discovered the goods by Tinymeat. I really dig the Birds Nest cardcase featuring artwork by the lovely Emily Martin of The Black Apple. The Hell Yes design by illustrator Helena Garcia is also appealing. And there's cool iPod & checkbook covers you'll want. Don't miss the designs by ever-popular Ashley G either.
Fellow Texan Tara Levitin is a jewelry designer who started her own business, Leviticus Jewelry. Her one of a kind pieces incorporated antique items with other interesting design elements. The clever bracelet designs are perfect for many people I know, including an equestrian, a writer & a photographer. Don't miss the equally fabulous earrings and necklaces.
Anyone that knows me well knows that I have a major fear of live birds (except penguins - they have personality!). But I have to admit that I really like the cute little birdie brooches by Zabelou. You'll find plaid birdies, striped birdies, and even little pink birdies. The colorful koi little bird clips are cool, too.
Katherine DeJarnette Babin began creating her own accessories & transforming basic ensembles into unforgettable outfits at an early age. Her love of fashion & interesting elements is evident in her jewelry designs found at DeJarnette New Orleans. I love the accessories that incorporate vintage pieces with modern elements, such as the lovely purse locket. The stained glass pendant is also beautiful. The contemporary jewelry designs are equally stunning. These wearable works of art would appeal to just about anyone I would imagine.
Candis of Paper Shop Ink is currently selling a lovely set of notecards to raise money for the American Cancer Society. A year ago Candis lost her grandfather who battled cancer for a year. If you would like, you can request custom text to be printed on the inside of the notecards. The cost is $18.00 for 10 cards and envelopes & there is no shipping cost to anywhere in the USA. At this time payments can be made through paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candis mentioned on her blog that these cards will be added to her store later on this month.
Susanne of A Susi creates a wide array of lovely handbags & totes. I love the small canvas bags that are adorned with materials from vintage tea towels. And the disco bags are funky & fun! I am also drawn to the Asian blossom prints on bags & coordinating zip bags. And I ask you, who wouldn't want an adorable kangaroo bag? I sure would! Don't miss the terrific silk screened notecards either.
I originally discovered Olivia Diane's charms on AfricanKelli's blog. Since then she opened up an Etsy shop called 3 Yellow Birds. Positive sentiments such as Love & Happiness are reinforcements we could all use at times. Or how about a charm necklace that says imagine & sports an old school peace sign? Love it! Check back for updates or contact Olivia directly for custom orders.
Mairzey Dotes baby blankets are unique & stylish while remaining functional for your wee one. The collections include blankets made of flannel, cotton & vintage materials. I love the yellow chenille & l'il monkeys blanket or you can choose custom fabrics to suit your style. The vintage gift sets make lovely gifts for new babies. Have a look at all the fabulous items Mairzey Dotes has to offer.
Leigh-Ann Keffer is the creative force behind Freckled Nest & she makes the most amazing photo albums. I love the albums that have binding adorned with vintage glass buttons. The photobooth and polaroid albums are a great way to display your unique photos. Leigh-Ann is also very talented in the ways of embroidery & she has created these wonderful tote bags. You can also request a personalized design. What a great way to store & carry your goods! Have a look at the Freckled Nest blog for more information.
As I've mentioned numerous times before, I am a dog lover. I was thrilled to discover the eco-chic dog & cat food dishes by Whiner & Diner (love the name, too!). These unique & stylish luxury pet accessories are hand-crafted from recycled wooden wine crates of prestigious European and Californian vineyards. It's very interesting to see the crates before they are transformed into these beautiful pieces. Whiner & Diner also has luxury pet beds made out of the same materials. Talk about pampered pets!
PREgo Rules (the PRE stands for Postpartum resolutions expected) was created by Rosie Hernandez while pregnant. She says the company was "born out of the need of cheering myself up during those days I feel like...pregnancy is taking over my mind, body & soul. These simple rules help me to re-ensure that there it is still ME somewhere... between my baby and...I." Here you will find many categories that you potentially fit into, such as coffee lover. These items are fun stating "I'll catch up with you shortly" and other clever phrases about your beloved, but temporarily off limits activities & loves. I love the workoutaholic tee which exclaims "I'll be sweating like I mean it...in no time." As Rosie says, "Pick your own motivational t-shirt and hang in there. Celebrate your life as a new mom, without losing it."
Bisou Boutique is a great source for unique gift items. You'll find everything from barware to candles in this shop. Currently all bags are on sale for $20. This is also a great place to find wedding & party favors, such as these adorable flip flop key chains. Check out all the fun items Bisou Boutique has to offer.
I am a very bad blogger. Last week the sweet Savvy Momma awarded me with a Rockin' Girl Blogger award. My only obligation in receiving this honor was to nominate five equally rockin' girl bloggers. I apologize that it has taken me this long to do so. I know hundreds of rockin' bloggers, but here are five (okay, six!) I know you will enjoy. Thanks again Savvy Momma!
AfricanKelli - A wonderful friend, woman & human being. This gal continually inspires & encourages me to be a better person. Also, her parents live in the Lone Star State like me! (had to throw that in there Kelli)
Autumn - One of my first blog buddies. She too is a pet lover & has an adorable chihuahua (hi Toby). Also, on Fridays she posts makes a point to post "Gratitude Friday," a wonderful reminder to be greatful for the little things.
Fototiller - Karina posts tons of awesome finds that have to do with photography and displaying photographs. She hasn't been posting as much lately because she is preparing for the arrival of her second child. Very understandable! Lots of great archives though.
Ellia - A super talented paper artist. This woman creates the most fabulous designs you will ever see. And she does so while raising two beautiful children with her husband. Check out her work! She also hosts wonderful Sweetpea Swaps that I love.
Sulu Design - Susan is a very talented jewelry designer. I have bought several pairs of her earrings & they are divine. Make wonderful gifts, too (if you can bear to part with them!). She regularly posts phots that inspired her to create. Great eye candy can be found here.
I have to draw your attention to one more blog, Trail Mix Designs. Karyn is a super-talented Canadian seamstress. She posts great photos of her latest designs. I always envy her work. She's super-sweet, too!
Now fellow Rockin' Bloggers, all you have to do is:
-Place the badge on your blog
-Give credit to Roberta (She started the Rockin' blogger awards)
- Check out the latest list she has on her site
-Pick 5 rockin' girls of your choice and tag em'
Posted by Funky Finds at 7/22/2007 05:49:00 PM
Turtle Papers is a fabulous Etsy shop based out of Seattle, Washington. Here you will find several limited edition gocco prints, such as the Lily Pads piece. I also love the pink & green Lost in the Woods print. However, the most adorable items are the screen printed children's apparel. Any wee one will be precious sporting an octopus or hippo tee.
I Shop With Mom is the joint venture of iHanna & her mother Yvonne. Here you'll find lots of great handbags & totes created by these crafty women. The carrier bags are perfect for replacing your plastic grocery bags. There's also several Amigurumi figures that are adorable & my favorite item, the doggie baby blanket. I also like the beautiful, handmade pot holders. Have a look at all the fabulous wares I Shop With Mom has to offer.
I have recently gotten that rejuvenated excitement for crafting & have finally started getting my space set up in my new place. I would love to have one of the adorable bulletin boards by The Cupcake Girls to hang up by my table. And how freaking cute are the colorful plush felt mushrooms? The desk chair images are also very visually appealling. And perfect for any crafter is the mushroom sewing kit perfect for use while traveling.
Today I was excited to read about Rosewebs on a newly discovered blog Crafty Pod. The products at Rosewebs are created out of lawn chair webbing. Talk about a great way to recycle those cheap lawn chairs! I absolutely love the messenger bags and colorful clutches. There's also the coolest wallets created out of this unique material. I desperately NEED the red & black striped bag to sport at Texas Tech football games this fall (school colors!). Check out all the unique items Rosewebs has to offer.
Sweet Pea Handcrafts offers a full line of kitchen accessories with a retro twist. If you thought aprons were a thing of the past, think again. Stylish aprons have made a big comeback in the last couple of years & the beautiful designs by Sweet Pea are no exception. The retro dishtowels would make a lovely housewarming gift, or a wonderful new addition to your own kitchen space. This week my friend Kelli has been talking about ways to consume less. One suggestion was to use cloth napkins. Sweet Pea has some beautiful ones to choose from, including sets of cocktail napkins. Have a look at all the fabulous products this company has to offer.
Un elephant rose is a new Etsy shop featuring awesome apparel. I love the use of animal designs, such as the lover whales. There's also a cute pink un elephant rose you can sport in honor of this new biz. And of course every great apparel shop catches my eye when there's monkeys incorporated into their pieces!
Jamie Zollars' artwork tells stories of people & places far away. I love the piece Reluctant Neighbors which depicts a girl & bear sharing a ski lift. You can purchase prints of Jamie's work in her shop, as well as other goods. The card sets are a very affordable way to share these lovely works of art with others. Or proudly wear a button featuring one of several interesting images.
Feltland could also be called Funland. I think you will agree when you see the adorable toys & pincushions! I love the sweet animals, such as Nan the Kangaroo and the purple snail. The pocket dolls are equally adorable. And who wouldn't love a smiling chestnut magnet? I am also completely smitten with the cute monkey sachet.
The mission of Bunny and Bee is to design, create and deliver joyful pieces of children’s clothing that represent a sophisticated funky style while remaining whimsical and innocent. I think that's a fabulous mission, and one they have obviously achieved. The floral graphics adorning the infant girls clothing are wonderful & the ice cream camoflauge onsie is adorable. And I honestly wish the toddler designs came in my size! Unfortunately there is no adult clothing; however, there are many wonderful home goods, note cards & bags to choose from. Don't miss the edgier Little Thieves collection either which is perfect for little boys.
Damboise Designs is a fabulous source for lots of great crafty & decorative pieces. The letters and shapes made of sturdy MDF are perfect for customizing & hanging in your creative space. The dresses would be an adorable touch to any girly space, too. And I must have a whale to put in my nook! You'll also find cool paper packs, adorable onsies & much more at Damboise Designs. And don't miss the giveaway that is currently being held on the Say It With Letters blog.
ISH Designs is a cool Etsy shop featuring unique Japanese design. You'll find lots of cool pendants, my favorite being the Sakura Lilac pendant made of Mother of Pearl and Japanese Yuzen paper. I also love the pendants that are so uniquely shaped, such as the flower and bamboo designs. Have a look at all the beautiful pieces & check out how you can win a free shell necklace.
And, I'm back! After reading through all the emails I received while on vacation, I decided to post about Alli Grosberg's shop. Alli's Originals specializes in made-to-order hand-stamped, personalized sterling silver jewelry. My favorite item is the pet id tag you can have created for your special pooch. Of course, I also love the hand-cut silver heart pendants, as well as the beautiful earrings. There's also wonderful pieces that are perfect for wedding & anniversary gifts. And don't miss the unique glass bead collection.
Deciduous Soul has lots of stylish items to spruce up your summer wardrobe. The black & white linen hat is perfect for shading your face during the heatwave called summer. There's also lots of great pendants, such as the little house on the French countryside. And I absolutely love the domino earrings & the unique fabric charm bracelet. Don't miss the fabulous skirts either.
To say the porcelain work by Folded Pigs is unique would be a gross understatement. The super juicy brain bowl may remind you more of Halloween, but the workmanship of these products looks to be superb. And the zombies love brains plate is just downright clever! If you'd prefer something a tad more mainstream, check out the lovely pop arty pieces.
A Very Mary Design features a wide array of items. You'll find everything from vintage buttons to beautiful brooches. Some of my favorite items include the magnets made using vintage dictionary images, the fabric & paper notecards, & the great collages. A Very Mary Design is a very good source for unique gifts.
Broke Down Barn showcases the handmade lampwork glass bead and sterling silver jewelry created by artist Ashley Watson. Her designs are so unique & she's using her talents to raise funds to hopefully one day save her family's historic farm in Frankfort, Kentucky. Ashley's Etsy shop is full of interesting artwork, such as the Squirrels with Guns plaque. There's also lots of fabulous earrings, like the black & white dot earrings. The owl earrings are also delightful. Purchase some of Ashley's wares & help her achieve her dream of one day opening an animal sanctuary.
VMJESS is a cool Etsy shop featuring handmade camera straps. These unique straps will turn any camera into a stylish accessory. These durable straps come in a variety of prints & patterns, as well as adjustable lengths. You can also request a custom strap made exactly to your liking. And don't miss the most adorable girls' tees.
I can't ever seem to get enough of cute softies & the ones by Strawberries and Cream are no exception. The Dachshund and Yuji the dog are adorable. And everyone needs a hedgehog pin cushion to brighten their day in my opinion. Snatch up one of these cuties today!
I was just telling a friend yesterday how much I love gnomes, so I had to post about the tees by Almightee Clothing Company. And this is the perfect time to introduce you to this shop as they are currently having a $10 4th of July sale! I seriously NEED a You Don't Gnome Me tee. I also like the 70s feel of the Just Fondue It tee. Check out the great pink volcano designs, too.
Tracy Chong creates the most amazing hand-cut pop-up cards. These intricate designs are themselves works of art. Tracy also creates gorgeous handmade earrings with similarly detailed designs. Have a look at all of Tracy's fabulous work.
Michelle Caplan, one of my favorite artists, is currently having a major summer sale. All pieces are 25% off as marked. The online sale ends at midnight July 3rd, or you can purchase a piece in person at the Ventura Street Fair.