Alana Lilie Designs

Austin-based designer Alana Lilie creates beautiful custom sterling silver photo jewelry. The photo charms make perfect gifts for mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and more. Other photo gifts created by Alana Lilie include photo key rings and cuff links, two items that make perfect gifts for men. And the sterling silver bookmarks allow you to save your place in your books with style. Alana Lilie Designs is the perfect place to find custom gifts that will be cherished for years to come.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Win a custom photo charm necklace from Alana Lilie Designs. Visit Alana Lilie's website and leave a comment on this post noting a favorite item of yours. Giveaway ends at Midnight CST, Wednesday, February 4.

Show Some Love

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! Show some love with funky handmade items I've found for you & your love.

1. Ao Designs offers a beautiful garnet love necklace complete with two sterling silver hearts with hand-stamped initials. A thoughtful customizable gift!

2. Chloe Boutique has several pieces of jewelry perfect for Valentine's Day. I love the damask heart & the vintage sweetheart dangle earrings.

3. The Cupid's arrow and Hugs and Kisses tote bags from Bags Plus by Miss Bea are fun accessories for February.

4. I love hedgehogs and what better way to show it than by carrying a hedgie purse from BAM Designs!? The Be Mine sock monkey purse is also fantastic!

5. Bricolagelife offers unique handmade cards that are perfect for showing some love.

6. Mary Had a Little Party offers Sweetheart Toppers that are perfect for your Valentine soirée.

7. Love Valentine's Day sweets, but not the calories? Treat yourself to some fat-free plush sweets from The Little Bitty Bakery.

8. Salvagenation has lots of lovely vintage Valentines to choose from. You "auto" be my Valentine!

9. Decorate your space this Valentine's Day with felt garland from Really Bad Kitty Creations.

10. Celebrate the season of love with a wearable mix tape featuring all the classics from "Feel Like Making Love" to "I Can't Fight This Feeling" from Every Little Counts.

11. Little girls will look precious in the Valentine's-themed bows created by Tip-Tops Designs.

12. NKP Designs has created a lovely natural hearts stoneware coffee mug you can celebrate love year-round with.

Natural Selection Studio

Natural Selection Studio features beautiful pieces created by craftsman Greg Gallegos. NSS features wooden home décor that is both useful and organically beautiful. All of the items have been lovingly handcrafted in Greg's Michigan studio. The maple wood goblets are unlike any drinkware I've come across. I also love the bowls available in various types of wood. Greg says he uses found or reclaimed wood because he believes in fostering respect and stewardship of all living things. Those of you who enjoy being close to nature and wishes to have your home reflect this sentiment will be delighted with vessels such as these.

Spunky Sprout

Spunky Sprout, a site full of wonderful items for children and parents, has a great promotion currently running. Get 30% off plus free ground shipping on orders over $50 on items in the Spunky Picks section. *Discount Code spunkypicks30 (expires February 7)* The six-pack of organic wash cloths makes a great gift for new parents or for your own family. I love the humorous children's tee claiming "I'm kind of a big deal around here," too! I also want the monkey wrapping paper, although I don't think I'd be able to part with it. This section also features great items, such as books, adorable backpacks, and much more. And, of course, you should browse the rest of the site for more funky finds!

Dori Jenn

Dori Gothelf is a jewelry designer that creates funky and unique pieces. Her shop, Dori Jenn, features signature designs such as the Galaxy Necklace made up of Ring O'Links that form a lovely symmetrical design. The Love Locked necklace is especially uncommon as the chain is actually made up of various chains in different metals. The heart locket and key make it the perfect accessory and gift for Valentine's Day. The Sparkling Black Cherry necklace is another eye-catching design and I'm surprised it hasn't been snatched up yet! Dori also creates beautiful bracelets and earrings, such as the gorgeous pair of ring toss earrings.

my lil tees

My lil tees is the result of two best friends and their labor of love. Jennifer Lawrence and Nadine Savino's baby apparel company specializes in affordable embroidered onesies, tees and hats. All products are exceptionally soft, heavy weight and available in long or short sleeves. Baby boys will be absolutely adorable in onesies embroidered with frogs, monsters or personalized pieces. There's lots of precious designs to choose from for the little girls, too. Lil cupcake and lil sister are two of my favorite designs. And don't miss the adorable knotted caps that can also be embroidered & customized.

The Little Shop Of...

The Little Shop Of... is a funky little shop based out of Australia. Bec Albinson is a "craftrepeneur," a term which is based on the fact that she quit her well-paying day job to focus solely on her creative crafting. Bec's jewelry designs are whimsical and uncommon meaning they are definitely funky finds! The All Wapt Up pendant features a big bow made from black laser cut acrylic. I love the Little Nerd necklace that has an adorable pair of glasses front & center. Her Shop also showcases a nice selection of skull and pirate ship necklaces for the more rebellious crowd. And you do not want to miss the kooki cuckoo brooches that are captivating accessories!

Illustrated Ink

Illustrated Ink features artwork inspired by old school tattoo design and "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) created by Austin-based artist Leila Hijazi. The Wicked Beauties rockabilly tattoo postcards are an edgy, yet fun, way to send a note. I also love the variety pack that includes a magnet, notepad and postcards all featuring high-quality prints of Leila's work. You can also purchase a print of the hauntingly beautiful piece titled Sugar Skull Beauty & Swallows. Visit Illustrated Ink's main website for more information and samples.


Grippies are the perfect solution for preventing slips and falls in slick socks and stockings. Available in iron-on and stick-on, a package of Grippies create a non-slip surface on the bottom of 2 to 4 pairs of socks. Kids will love the fun shapes that are available, including stars and teddy bears. Oval-shaped Grippies are also available. The best part is that these adhesive pieces create a lasting solution. Once applied, the non-skid surface will last even after washing. Try Grippies today and prevent unnecessary accidents.


Wintergarden is a lovely shop where flowers bloom all year long. Glenda Garbutt creates beautiful hand-knit accessories. She says her creations are inspired by friendship, nature and some of the most beautiful yarns ever spun in America, Japan and Peru. Her goal was to blend two of her great loves, yarn and jewelry, with fun and surprising results. The floral corsages are miniature works of art that weave & spiral to create eye-catching pieces. The Chrysanthemum brooches are also terrific designs. And my favorite items Glenda creates are the wrist corsages that make lovely accessories that liven up any ensemble.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Enter to win a hand-knit wrist corsage from Wintergarden. Visit Glenda's shop and leave a comment on this post noting your favorite item. Giveaway ends at Midnight CST, Friday, January 30.

Buisjes en Beugels

Kellie Smits graduate from the Design Academy in Eindhoven The Netherlands then founded her own designer kids clothing label called Buisjes en Beugels. According to the designer, her collection is characterized by its originality and unique details on the one hand and its sophisticated functionality on the other. It didn’t take long before Kellie began adding guest labels she discovered abroad to her online shop. Wovenplay creates unique costumes kids will love to dress up in. The label Hikje features items that are handmade by Dutch designer Janneke Zantinge. The limited edition cranes are made by winding cotton thread around a cardboard frame. Don't miss the discount section that features lots of lovely pieces for boys and girls alike.


While I generally post about funky handmade goods, sometimes I come across a great product that I just have to share. The Tassi is one such product. Tassi solves the problem all women have when they wash their face, put on makeup, get a massage, or do any kind of skin care or treatment - what to do with their hair! Their motto is Keep Your Hair Outta There! It's great because it won't flatten, twist or mess up hair like headbands, clips & ponytails will. The short video on their homepage quickly demonstrates how easy to use the Tassi is and exactly what it is for. I have enjoyed using mine while soaking in the tub, washing my face and putting on makeup. This affordable product is available in twelve colors and when you order two or more you receive free shipping. This is one fun(ky) product you are sure to enjoy.

Funky Finds Spring Fling

On April 25, Funky Finds will be hosting a fantastic indie craft fair. The Funky Finds Spring Fling will feature tons of terrific items created by various artists, crafters & designers. Many of the vendors are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area; however, we have a nice mix of "out-of-towners" participating, as well.

We have a couple of opportunities for those of you who are looking to promote your work. We will be giving away 50 handmade swag bags full of goodies. If you would like to contribute items to be included in the bags, please contact me.

Also, we will be printing 5,000 full-color glossy booklets to be handed out at the event, as well as locally and through special mailings. If you would like to advertise in the booklet, you can view all ad rates & sizes on our site. You can also purchase your ad space online.

It is going to be a wonderfully funky event right in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. The venue is a very cool industrial type building that is perfect for housing all the funky artisans who will be there.

We hope to see you there on April 25!!!

Kaya's Kloset

Johanna Parker of Kaya's Kloset recently released a new line of organic children's shoes. The products are made usine unbleached organic cotton fabric with reclaimed corduroy soles. The shoes are even sewn with organic thread & are hand-painted with designs especially created for Kaya's Kloset by Boston-area artist Miranda Greenhalgh. Custom orders are also welcome & all available fabrics can be viewed online. All the Kaya's Kloset products can be purchased via Etsy, including the organic line. Enter FunkyFour in the "Notes to Seller" section when checking out & you will receive a revised invoice for $4 off your order (good through 2/28/09).

Hand-Crafted Hope Chests

Hand-Crafted Hope Chests features pieces that are handmade by Amish artisans and come in solid wood of either cedar, oak, maple or cherry. Originally, hope chests were to hold all the things a young woman needed to start a household: embroidered linens, crocheted doilies, dresser scarves, hand-decorated pillow cases, quilts. Eventually it would be a place to store for her wedding gown, baby clothes and other family memorabilia. These days many people use chests for extra storage for things such as linens. Regardless of what you use your chest for, these pieces are beautiful & will add to your home's dècor rather than detract from it. Hand-Crafted Hope Chests also offers solid wood jewelry boxes available in a variety of colors. These make wonderful gifts that are timeless.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Enter to win a small wooden chest from Hand-Crafted Hope Chests. Simply visit their website then leave a comment on this post with a comment about their offerings. Please include name & email address so I can easily contact the winner. Giveaway ends at Midnight CST, Sunday, January 25.


VivaLaModa is a new online magazine focused on showing the world that handmade goods are high-quality and unique. The magazine primarily covers handmade fashion, but will include features on various subjects such as designers, bath & body products, recipes, toys for kids, and more. The next issue will be published online in February and will cover dècor, as well. What's even more exciting is that The Shops @ Funky Finds will be advertised in the next three bi-monthly issues! Funky Finds' mission has always been to promote independent artists, crafters, and designers and it is great to see a wonderful publication with the same mission. The editor, Ainhoa, has done an exceptional job at pulling together lots of great editorial content for the online magazine. Check it out today & stay tuned for future publications every other month.

Teresa Flowers

Teresa Flowers is a talented artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her paintings and photographs have been shown in London, LA, San Francisco, and New York. And now you can view her work online at Sleepictures. Teresa also has a nice selection of products, including apparel and accessories, listed under Sleepictures Products at the bottom of the site. I love the women's tops that feature her imaginative artwork. The art pendants and belts feature Teresa's paintings, my favorite being the snail. You can learn more about Teresa's work on her MySpace page.

Project TransAction

Most Valentine's gifts and sales I find focus primarily on girly things no man would really want to receive. That is why I was so happy to learn of Project TransAction's Valentine's Day Sale that begins today (January 19). All leather goods are 20% off and new items are being listed daily. Project TransAction now offers a wider variety of hand-tinted, eco-friendly leather dyes. Men will like the red/black target cuff made of recycled thick oxblood colored branded leather. I love the screen printed cuffs, such as the typewriter and periodic table cuffs. The Mariposa Studded Cuff is a feminine cuff featuring thinner leather, screen printing, and a mix of brass, steel, and black steel studs. The new design crisscrosses over the wrist for a less rigid look. And for those who are seeking a unique V-Day gift experience, Project TransAction is offering His/Hers cuffs with personalized inscriptions.


Beth Cummings of Diffraction recently contacted me regarding her unique designs. Once I saw the bacon bracelet there was no denying that this was definitely a funky find! The shop also showcases pendants featuring Beth's photographs that are printed on thick plastic and transformed into wearable art. I especially love the photo of a real pink elephant sculpture she photographed on a Roadside America road trip last summer. The zesty and sliced pendants are also fun accessories. Other funky items I really like are the Cat's Eye tee and the sock monkey nightlight. And, if you mention you found Beth's shop on Funky Finds, you will receive a free gift with purchase!


Personally I am not too big on gothic clothing or accessories; however, I am definitely down with what Spanish designer Inés calls cutiegoth. Pendientuda features tees created to complement her illustrations. I like the punkish Broken Doll tee that is available in black or violet. And the Lollipop is a wonderfully carefree design. Inès also creates kokeshi brooches featuring illustrations that resemble Japanese geishas. To see a wider variety of Pendientuda offerings, visit the main website.

Blossom Accents

Blossom Accents features artistic handmade wedding invitations created by Agnes Szlapka. Her lovely artistic designs will add a unique touch to your special day. There's a wide variety of floral-themed invites to choose from that can be customized to fit your needs. I wish I had found the Blossom Accents prior to our wedding. The colors and design are absolutely beautiful. The flower power invites are fun and funky with a touch of bling. Of course, you can also order coordinating save the date cards to send out prior to your event. There are plenty of options for wording and fonts offered, as well.

June Pfaff Daley

June Pfaff Daley is an artist and designer that creates whimsical artwork & craft kits. The Love Birds print is a colorful piece that would liven up any space. And who doesn't know at least one woman who lives by the mantra if the shoe fits, buy it? I especially like the screen printed tote bag featuring a nest image created by June. And this Valentine's Day treat someone to a fun retro frustration craft kit. Look at that funky hair!

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Win a pack of glittery birthday cards & a retro frustration pencil kit from June Pfaff Daley. Simply visit her shop & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite item. Giveaway ends at Midnight CST, Tuesday, January 20.

Salvaged Beauty

I have always admired artists that weld and create interesting metal sculptures. Greg Knipe of Salvaged Beauty is one such artist. He creates whimsical sculpture and garden art from found objects and scrap metal. All pieces are at least 90% post-consumer recycled, and all scraps, cutoffs and grindings are captured and recycled. The dachshund is an adorable creation, as is Iggy the Iguana. The pieces that are inspired by the ancient Oriental art of Ikebana flower arranging are especially intriguing and would be very cool in any garden. And the salvaged fish sculpture would be fun to display indoors or out. If you're looking for an interesting piece to adorn your space or somebody else's, take a gander at Salvaged Beauty's offerings.

Chloe Boutique Jewelry

Chloe Boutique Jewelry features a wide variety of accessories created by Amanda Daniel. I love the apple tart dangle earrings made with Granny Smith apple colored puffed rectangle beads. And the AAA Sparkling Nutmeg necklace is a stunningly beautiful design. Amanda also has a great Think Pink section and 25% of the proceeds from sales from this section are donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. All of the designs are so nice it's hard to choose a favorite. But, I am especially partial to the Rosey Bell Flowers for the Cure earrings. And, with Valentine's Day right around the corner, don't miss the Vintage Sweetheart Dangle earrings.

Glamourpuss Creations

Glamourpuss Creations is a terrific source for hip jewelry and accessories made from the neatest vintage materials. I love the Cranberry Caramel Delight earrings created using teardrop lucite beads & cranberry vintage ribbed rondelles. The butterscotch and teal baubles necklace is another eye-catching design. I find the delicate vintage gunmetal filigree chain to be especially interesting. And the Venetian violet ear danglies are so fun and funky! Glamourpuss is currently running a terrific after Christmas sale. You buy a necklace and get a FREE pair of earrings of your choice! Treat yourself today!

Idea + Ink Graphic Design

Idea + Ink Graphic Design features the creativity of artist Rhani Capobianco. Her graphic design business specializes in unique artwork to be displayed in a variety of spaces. If you’re looking for a rich collection of original pieces to compliment your home, office, restaurant or café it’s time you checked out Idea + Ink. She began by creating canvases for kids of her friends. The demand grew & so did her venture. Her canvas art selection consists of colorful graphic imagery, including birds and floral arrangements. Rhani will also paint a variety of graphics on your wall upon request. I would love to have a variety of circles painted in my craft room! This artists has a range and mix of styles and subjects that are diverse ensuring that there is something for every taste and space.

The Shops @ Funky Finds

Have you looked around The Shops @ Funky Finds lately? Our online marketplace is an easy to use and funky place to buy and sell handmade goods. We have some of the funkiest artisans who have opened Shops since we launched the site last July.

JD Star creates cool handwoven bracelets that are made with the same 100% Cotton DMC brand embroidery floss that we used as kids. My favorite is the green and brown Happy combo.

Lolafalk is another one of my favorite artisans. Lauren creates a wide variety of beautiful handbags and totes. The Urban Lola Tote is a roomy and versatile bag that any woman on the go will love.

Purple Toes is a great shop featuring handmade jewelry created by Donna Ryan. I own several pieces of Purple Toes jewelry & love them all! The deco ruby red glass drop earrings are some I would love to add to my collection.

And, speaking of cool accessories, you don't want to miss Tara to the T's fabulous hats and hair accessories. There's many more Shop owners that have great offerings listed on The Shops @ Funky Finds. Our advanced search page allows you to search by zip code, city or state to find artisans in your area. What are you waiting for? Get to shopping!


BLOX is a line of contemporary geometric jewelry created by San Diego designers Magdalena Kubik and Lori Reynolds. Their line consists of accessories made from glass and metal tiles with sterling silver. I love the combination of wood and silver used to create the wood necklace. There's lots of cool square, rectangle and circle shaped necklaces to choose from. The white and turquoise circle necklace is another favorite of mine. This creative duo has also created many other beautiful items, including earrings, bracelets and rings. If you like unique stylish accessories, then BLOX is for you.

ReannaLily Designs

Jen Eskridge earned a degree in Apparel Design in 1998 from Louisiana State University. She quickly began working in interior design and ultimately began quilting and sewing for her own company, ReannaLily Designs. Her site features many different patterns, some for sale and some available free of of charge. Seamingly Accurate is a new product allowing you to sew hems, apply trims, quickly make half-square-triangles and more without permanently altering your sewing machine. Her Etsy shop features completed products ranging from beautiful aprons to unique handbags. And the clothing Jen has created for girls are absolutely adorable!

Through Mari's Eyes

Through Mari's Eyes features exceptional jewelry handcrafted by Mari Keating Schofield. To create her pieces, Mari uses components made of glass, ceramics, and semi-precious stones, as well as vintage elements. There are many beautiful necklaces to choose from, including the pink & black piece comprised of various charms & beads. I especially love the necklace that is made up of yellow vintage beads and Japanese glass & retro resin. All of Mari's bracelet and earring designs are equally eye-catching. The stiletto and sandal charm earrings are fabulous! Additional items are available, including beaded belts and bookmarks. Receive 15% off when you mention Funky Finds at checkout (expires May 1st).

Heatherly Designs

Heather Chang is the talented owner and designer behind Heatherly Designs, a unique stationery and greeting card company. The lovely wedding collection includes cards perfect for asking someone to be your Maid of Honor and for congratulating the bride & groom. I love the birthday cards featuring colorful imagery, such as cupcakes and ice cream cones. And, when you need to send out a thank you note, do it with style! The colorful patterned birdies are absolutely adorable. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, be sure to attend the Spring Fling where you can meet Heather Chang in person. Receive 10% off any order from Heatherly Designs with coupon code funkyfinds. Offer good through April 1.

*GIVEAWAY - Closed: Win a set of 12 assorted thank you cards from Heatherly Designs. Simply visit the website & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite card design. Giveaway ends at Midnight CST, Thursday, January 15.

Miss Do-Gooder

Our favorite heroine, Miss Do-Gooder, is back with a hip new T-shirt. This time Miss Do-Gooder is partnering with First Book to fight illiteracy. Each sale raises $2.50 which equates to one new book for a disadvantaged child. The nonprofit organization has a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The tees are available in Athletic Grey and Heather Lake Blue and cost $25.00. Other causes on Miss Do-Gooder's to-do list include poverty, intolerance, domestic abuse, global warming, AIDS, unfair trade and anything else that makes this world a shadow of the place it could be. Stay tuned for upcoming designs!

Andie Olive

Andie Olive creates curiosities for curious lovelies. Perhaps the funkiest curious items are the 2-d and 3-d coat trees that trick the eye and give new meaning to functional art. These space-saving racks are actually functional SurfaceScape stickers complete with powder coated aluminum hooks to hang your items on. There's plenty of other cool stickers to choose from that will fancy up your space quickly & easily. I like these because it's much easier than painting a room when you're in need of a change. If you're looking for unique home dècor, Andie Olive has lots of fun designs to choose from. Receive 25% off all merchandise with discount code "solstice" until the 1st day of spring on March 21st.

This Charming Girl

This Charming Girl stocks quirky handmade and vintage jewelry ranging from chunky lockets to animal pendants and everything in between. These pieces are sure to appeal to girls who enjoy being fashion forward but value their individuality and enjoy wearing unique jewelry. The Top Sellers section showcases ten wonderful pieces, my favorite being the Bow Beautiful cameo necklace. You will find all kinds of fun pendants like Hercules the bear and Luscious Lips, too. And any girl who has been blessed with the gift of gab will surely love the telephone earrings. This Charming Girl also has a fun selection of brooches to choose from that are affordably priced.

Crayon Monster

Crystal Smith of Crayon Monster has a very unique project she calls Shoe Animals. You guessed it...they are animals made out of shoes. Kid's shoes to be exact. The Pink Rabbit is made out of a child's pink shoe and lots of pink fur salvaged from a pink rabbit costume. Crystal's second project is her animal assemblage pieces that include small plastic animals and a host of other items. Some other pieces I really like are The Long Goodbye, an original digital painting, & the circus carnival notebook journal comprised of unique odds & ends.

Room Threads

Room Threads offers a very unique product called R.E.D. Totes. The acronym stands for Reversible Endless Design. What does that mean exactly? It means that there is no need to change the contents of your handbag when you want to change purses. You simply change the cover of your bag to suit your mood. The covers are machine washable and can be used on any of the Room Threads totes. I love this idea because it allows you to create your own bag at any time. There's a variety of beautiful covers to choose from that are made using high-quality fabrics such as Amy Butler, Heather Bailey and more. I think this is an fabulous gift idea for someone who has it all. Also available are interchangeable straps that allow you to adjust the length of you tote bag. I think this handbag maker has thought of it all!

Shades of Violet

Shades of Violet, a wonderful card company, recently released many new designs for 2009. The card designs are focused on happy, fun imagery like the new circus themed birthday line which is sophisticated enough for adults, but fun enough for the younger crowd. Valentine's Day is right around the corner and the Chester Crab card is perfect for your honey. Shades of Violet offers wonderful designs for many special occasions, including anniversaries and baby showers. The best part is you can rest assured that this company is one that is green, using a printer who uses FSC certified papers, soy based inks, and powers their entire plant on wind and water power.

Special Offer: BUY 4 CARDS, GET 1 FREE when you enter coupon code FREECARD at checkout!

Detroit Sprinkles

Detroit Sprinkles, the brainchild of three Detroit natives, is a funky cool source for screen printed tees. Each piece is designed and screened by hand ensuring that no two shirts are the same. The hoodies feature colorful retroesque graphics that are nothing if not eye-catching. One of my favorite designs is Keys, a tee featuring various vintage looking keys. The mens and womans sections show previews of several cool designs that are coming soon.

smART quotes for kids

smART quotes for kids offers inspiring designs for young minds. Creator Laura Sheehan Kallen creates pieces of art with hip, cool designs that appeal to kids while carrying with it a life-affirming, inspirational message. There's a wide offering of designs produced on archival-quality canvas insuring that there's something that fits every child's interests. I like the pirate canvas showcasing Mark Twain's quote "Explore. Dream. Discover." The Happy canvas is appealing to me because it features an adorable and whimsical girl playing dress up, as well as an inspiring Anne Frank quote. Personally I would be proud to display several of the canvases for myself, including the Confucius bird piece and the Kindness heart piece. Also note worth, a portion of proceeds is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Bestiary Ink

Blair Lambert is an artist and designer from the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. Among other items, she recently began making & selling handmade cards featuring her original watercolor illustrations. Bestiary Ink showcases Blair's original works, as well as prints. I love the card set Mice Like featuring cute little mice in silly situations. These adorable cards are perfect for those who like a serving of the whimsical, light and sweet. The Mid-Century Cat cards are also lovely. Animal lovers may be interested in commissioning this artist to create a custom portrait of their pet. Have a look at her sister shop for unique tote bags & purses. I *need* a Platypus tote!

Chics & Stones

Cindy Manning decided to follow her passion in the creative arts by offering women an eclectic mix of unique artisan-crafted jewelry at a great value. Chics & Stones showcases beautiful accessories, including earrings, necklaces and bracelets. I especially like the earrings created using assorted fresh water pearls in green and bronze, as well as the Southwestern Style necklace. Cindy also creates Celebrations bracelets that make special gifts for various occasions. And don't miss the lovely handmade pewter bookmarks for avid readers & book lovers.

Winemaker's Sister

Heather Price is the sister to a talented wine maker, so it's no wonder that she chose to name her Etsy shop Winemaker's Sister. When Heather isn't managing a winery she is busy crafting up a storm. I was lucky enough to have her as a swap partner a while back & can tell you first-hand that she creates high-quality fabulous goodies. Winemaker's Sister features handmade cards perfect for a variety of occasions, hand-carved stamps, and much more. I love the thank you cards featuring an Airedale dog and gift. And the gnome is absolutely delightful! Heather also creates unique accessories, such as the adorable mushroom & flowers bracelet. As you can see, Winemaker's Sister is one talented crafty lady!

GIVEAWAY - CLOSED: Enter to win a $25 gift certificate from Winemaker’s Sister! Simply visit Heather's shop & leave a comment on this post noting your favorite item. Giveaway ends at Midnight CST, Thursday, January 8.