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TODAY is Etsy817 Day: Craft Show at the Downtown Arlington Farmers Market

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I have been slacking on the blog… Please forgive me. I am trying to prepare for my first show with Etsy817. If you haven’t heard me mention it before you haven’t been listening. I am excited to be a part of this event. We should have 25 artists plus some of the Farmer’s Markets regular vendors. This means that not only can you buy tons of great handmade items but you can also purchase some delicious baked goods and produce.

The event will be bike friendly, dog friendly, kid friendly, elderly friendly, hipster-dufus friendly… You get the picture. We want EVERYONE to come out and have a good time. There will even be a musical performance or two. Tell your friends. You will find the market on 215 E. Front Street, Arlington, Texas.

Here is a sneak peek of what you may see on Saturday:

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This is by NO means everyone that will be there. Stay tuned for more vendors to be listed within the next day or so.

Hope to see ya Saturday!

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ABOUT: FunkyFeisty and Me, Cheryl Navalinsky

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You may be wondering who I am and how I got involved in this blog… Even if you aren’t, I’m going to tell you.

I started blogging a couple of years ago at 1 Crafty Mom and 2 Ornery Kids. It was about a little bit of everything. I found I was scattered so I decided to focus which is something that’s not easy for me when there are bright shiny objects around. That’s where FunkyFeisty comes from.

The name comes from my crafting business Funky & Feisty Home Decor and More. I like to play with glue and paper and found objects to create things for people’s homes. I do a lot of custom work and gift items.

Back to the blog: FunkyFeisty is my way of sharing the things I love about the arts and crafts world. I will share book reviews, artist information, how-tos, tips, show updates and reviews and a lot of stuff about my Etsy Team, Etsy817. I will also share some of my work. There will be more. It’s a work in progress. I’m discovering new things to cover all the time.

As for me: I am a mid-western girl living in Arlington, Texas. I am married and have two young kids. I have one that is still at home so I spend my days with her. I do work part-time for a major bookstore. My crafting business grew out of not only my love of creating but out of my cheapness and the need to come up with kids’ birthday presents week after week. I started with cute personalized picture frames for everyone. The next year I couldn’t give picture frames any more so I moved on to treasure boxes re-purposed from old cigar boxes.

As I mentioned I am a member of Etsy817. I am also a vendor at the Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s Market in IL. That’s a summer gig. I share a space with the very talented Lauren Lowell of loved again…. Coming up I hope to become a regular vendor at the Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market here in Texas.

I love to do the face to face stuff and am working on doing better with my on-line shop. If there is anything else you want to know please don’t hesitate to ask. I also would love your comments and feedback on my posts.

If you like what you see don’t hesitate to tell your friends. Thanks!

Buy Handmade this Holiday

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I love the holidays because there always seems to be an onslaught of craft fairs and other art events. I love perusing a craft fair almost as much as I enjoy being a part of one.  I love seeing all these artists and what they come up with. Most of the time I am in awe of what I see and then there are other times that I’m just plain flabbergasted. I did a show a million years ago, back when I worked with polymer clay, and was stunned by the fact that the lady next to me who had hot glued lace to some light bulbs to make holiday ornaments sold out in only a couple of hours. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some truly amazing things done with light bulbs… I regress…

Any way… I want to encourage everyone to hit some craft fairs and see what you can find. It is one of the best ways to get unique gifts. If you don’t notice any craft fairs in your area go on-line. Sites like etsy and ArtFire are treasure troves of amazing things. Some of my favorite things are handmade.

 

Scrabble Tile Pendants by Sunday Afternoon Housewife

 

ANYTHING made by loved again… Her clothes and dolls are made from upcycled materials.

 

Makayla Creations creates some absolutely ADORABLE clothes for little girls.

 

Original Youth never disappoints with her marvelous art work.

OH Yeah! And don’t forget Yours Truly!

This is obviously just a very small sampling of what is available out there. I hope you will check out the above artists simply by clicking on the pictures and move on from there. Keep watching because I will be sharing more later this week.

I’m New Here

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Hello world! I am a craft-aholic. I love to make things and search out cool things that other people make. I know what I like even if it sometimes seems to have no rhyme nor reason. I have recently started a business called:

Funky & Feisty Home Decor and More.

My goal is to make some money and to put smiles on people’s faces. There is definitely a learning curve. With every thing I make, every show I do, every show I attend, book or magazine I read, artist I meet, You get the picture, I learn something new.

Recently I opened an etsy shop and applied for membership in a local etsy group. I didn’t get in. It really stung at first; especially when the two women I talked into signing up got in.  Here are their etsy shops: www.fluffygirlboutique.etsy.com and darcylucilly.etsy.com .   As you can see both of these ladies are very skilled and talented. They have a certain polish to them that I hope to gain. I am working towards that.

This blog is going to be about my trials and errors in the craft world. I will share with you the ups and downs. I will also share with you book and magazine reviews, favorite artists, shows I am in or attending, favorite websites and e-shops. I also hope that you will share with me your hints, tips, joys and frustrations.

My guess is that you will also see changes in this blog as I go along and learn a bit more about wordpress. My first order of business is to figure out how to customize it a bit more but for now the hubby has taken the kids for a couple of hours and I have some special orders to make.

Here are some pictures of things I do…

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