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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!

Crafty Superstar: Book Review

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I work for a bookstore so I get to see all of the groovy art and craft books that come in. Some look really great on the first flip through but then once I purchase them and get them home it’s not nearly as relevant as I had hoped.

Then there are books like:

CRAFTY SUPERSTAR by Grace Dobush.

This book is a real inspiration for me.  My Southwest Meets Midwest crafting BFF, Lauren Lowell of Loved Again, and I used this this past summer when we did our first Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bloomington, IL. You will get to see more about that when I get my ‘ABOUT’ page finished.

The blurb on the back of the book reads “If the church-basement sale isn’t quite your scene, Crafty Superstar is your go-to resource for selling your crafty goods part-time. Packed with ideas for setting up and selling out, the book includes loads of advice from experts like Faythe Levine, Jenny Harada and Jenny Hart.”

The book contains check lists & questionnaires such as: ‘What Drives Your Craft?” , “Quiz: What Kind of Crafter are You?” (I am a DIY Butterfly) , and my favorite “Day-of-Show Checklist”. That last one has come in handy on more than one occasion.  Grace Dobush also shares secrets for selling on Etsy and at craft shows. She helps sort out what is considered ‘Indie’. You will find all sorts of worksheets and spreadsheets to help keep you organized. Organization is soooo not my strong point so everything helps!

In this book you can also find out how to set up your OWN craft show. Lauren and I actually did that this past summer. I will fill you in on how that went in a later post but very soon.  Stuck on how to display your items? It’s in there.

I want to go over every section in this book but then there would be nothing left for you to read. I will tell you though that the language is easy to follow and nothing, not even her price calculator template, made my head hurt and just about ANYTHING dealing with numbers makes my head hurt.

I love this book and hope you will at least pick it up and flip through it. I think you will find that it may be perfect for you or a friend. Let me know what you think.

Do you have a favorite crafting book? What is it? I’d love to know. I’m always on the look out.

You can also find Crafty Superstar on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Crafty-Superstar/164380741405

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.