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FF33: Etsy Love

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1. What Would Beyonce Do? Gold Foil Print by Charm & Gumption
2. Cat Face Earrings by The Pink Samurai
3. Wire-wrapped Amethyst Ring by Condensed Star Stuff
4. Blogger Badge of Honor by Stoic and Pariah Handmade
5. Daisy Rag Doll by Riley Construction
6. Retro Doughnut Wooden Sign by Slippin’ Southern
7. Wooden Meadow Flowers by Anna Wiscombe
8. Clueless Fashion Buttons by Butt’n Booty
9. Missy Elliot Votive Candle by Flaming Idols
10. Amethyst Point Pendant by Fable and Lore
11. Gentle Reminders Pencils by Amanda Catherine Designs
12. Personalized Initial Charm Necklace by Villa Designs

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve really been feelin’ the handmade love lately, so I decided to share some recent Etsy faves today. :)

I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend at home. Next weekend some friends and I are road tripping down to Springfield for a girls’ party trip, so I’m conserving my energy. ;) I might try to wake up in time to hit a few estate sales or go for a bike ride on Saturday. This week I tried a new trail and rode 8 miles–that’s an impressive feat for lazy ol’ me! I’ve never really paid attention to my mileage while riding before, so putting a number on it like “wow, I can ride 8 whole miles!” feels great. I might even try the whole back-and-forth next time. 16 miles! That sounds crazy but I know I can make it! Wish me luck, y’all. I hope you have a lovely weekend yourself. xo


Handmade Happy Hour: Summer in the City

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I had more fun at Friday night’s Handmade Happy Hour than I’ve had at a show in ages! The setting was amazing–a cozy side street downtown with trees, lively patios, lights, and a full stage. The weather was lovely and we had a fabulous, energetic crowd that was bustling all night. My booth neighbors on all sides were some of my very favorite ladies and we all just had a blast. :)

I’m trying to get my ass in gear for the rest of the summer and work on revamping my craft show set-up in time for Strange Folk. I got some free hand-me-down photo display walls and I have some jewelry display DIYs to work on finishing up. I want to expand past the traditional table and explore my retail display options! It’s time for an upgrade.

Photos courtesy ALIVE Magazine 


OOTD: Something Special

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Peplum Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: Levi’s | Heels: Target | Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger | Bangles: Kate Spade

When we took a trip to Arizona for Andrew’s step brother’s wedding last month, I took it as a perfect excuse to indulge in a pretty new something to wear to one of the wedding-related events. My dress collection has more than enough options, but who doesn’t love a reason to collect something new?

I hunted wildly for a dress, but just couldn’t find anything I loved that also fit well. Barely anything was catching my eye and what did was either too tight around my hips or awkward around the arms or did that awful boob-smush thing… you know what I mean. I was getting really frustrated and grumpy, but decided to check out the sales rack at Anthropologie–the only way I can afford anything from there–and lo and behold! I found this gorgeous peplum top. The only one, returned, and in my size. An unprecedented turn of events! It wasn’t a dress, but I had to try it and once it was on, I was in love.

Everything about this piece just feels special. The stitching makes the top feel heavy and high-quality and the layers of fabric underneath are stiff and sturdy, holding its dramatic, poofy shape. I feel like a fluffy cupcake and I LOVE IT! It makes me feel very “cute” and that’s my favorite fashion feeling. :) I’ve worn already worn it for multiple special events and it’s perfect.

Sometimes you can be hunting for a specific thing and think you’re being a critical, smart shopper, but when something that you really love and makes you feel great appears, you have to seize the opportunity and change your plans! I’m trying to become a person who makes those shopping decisions more often and fewer “oh this is on sale for really cheap and I like it just fine so I’ll buy it” impulses.

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I own and love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.


Help The Foundrie Open Location #2!

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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard me showering The Foundrie with praise. It’s a beautifully curated, local, independent shop that sells handmade and vintage goods–I’m always so proud to say that my work is sold there!

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After 5 years in their first storefront at Chesterfield Mall, they recently downsized to a more practical location there and are currently working on opening location #2 in West County Mall! I’m so in love with the idea of this gorgeous little handmade shop in a huge shopping mall in the suburbs, attracting a clientele that might otherwise never think of going to a craft show or to a local boutique in the city.

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The owner, Shelah, has been sharing photos on Facebook of herself, her husband, and daughter Stella working hard giving their two new spaces make-overs and fresh new displays with salvaged materials. This shop is such a labor of love and a total gem in our city. When Shelah announced an indiegogo campaign to help with all the costs of opening new doors(computers, fixtures, displays, flooring, signage, insurance, etc), I knew I had to share it with you guys!

The Foundrie is running a flexible funding project on indiegogo, meaning they receive all donations even if they don’t reach their goal, so each dollar you can spare is so so important and will mean so much. Expanding to West County will broaden their reach and customer base and get independently produced goods into the hands of an even greater number of shoppers!

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The perks for helping fund the project include the chance to get your name on a one of a kind statement wall in the new location as well as limited edition stickers and t-shirts designed and printed exclusively for The Foundrie by local artists. You can proudly say that you played a part in helping a small, independently owned business grow in hopes of becoming a St. Louis institution that creates jobs and opportunities with the ability to give back and make a difference in our community.

Even if you guys aren’t locals, just take this as a plea to at least support your own local entrepreneurs! A couple weeks ago I asked friends on FB where I could buy button-making supplies. I had been calling Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and all the usual big chain craft stores with no luck. Turns out that buttonmakers.net is local and has a brick and mortar! I stopped in and had the best experience–the owners were SO nice and helped me with all my annoying amateur questions, suggested better solutions and the prices were great! Just goes to show that you never know what kind of hidden gems your city can have! :) xo

Photos courtesy Shelah McClymont/The Foundrie


GIVEAWAY: Winner + 15% off discount code

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Punchdrunk Panda giveaway! I picked Jenny as the winner today and sent her a notification email.

I also wanted to share that Punchdrunk Panda has generously offered a 15% off discount code to Creature Type readers! Use the code CTxPDP15 at checkout through August 31, 2014! 


Drawn: Strange Folk

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I was flattered and so happy when Autumn asked me to make the promo artwork for Strange Folk Festival this year! I finished this baby a few months ago but wasn’t sure when the best time to share it would be–also, it’s very horizontal, so I knew sharing it on the blog would be a bit wonky.

Strange Folk’s art theme is usually gnomes, so I knew I had to include some. Autumn said she was hoping for a whimsical foresty theme. When I think of SF I think of tons of activity, music, and happy people so I knew I wanted a lot of energy and thought playing with a bunch of different characters in almost a repeating pattern kind of way would be fun. Also, the illustration has to be flexible and able to work on a wide variety of promo materials–web ads, banners, print ads, and even a billboard(!!!)–so I thought going the pattern route would make sense.

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I don’t think I’ve really ever drawn gnomes before, but I liked to think of them as little fat bearded hipster dudes. 8)

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I liked the idea of gnomes and animals hanging out and partying together in the woods.

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Hehe, these guys are my favorites. I want to go dance with them!

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I know I sing its praises often–I’ve shared my experience visiting in 2012 and a video when I vended in 2013–but Strange Folk really is a fantastic event! Autumn is truly a wonder and has been running this shit for years and it’s a well-oiled machine. Two days of 100+ artists, crafters, artisans, food vendors, live music, and kid’s activities and the place is HOPPIN’. The crowd is always huge and enthusiastic and it’s definitely one of my yearly highlights.

Vendor applications are open until July 4th so if you’re an ambitious maker from the midwest, you should definitely think about applying! See you in September! xo


GIVEAWAY: $30 Giftcard to Punchdrunk Panda

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Yesterday I shared a review of my gorgeous Colorful City Headphones by Punchdrunk Panda and today I’m super excited to host a giveaway! You can enter to win a $30 electronic gift card towards anything in the Punchdrunk Panda shop! Here’s some of my personal faves:

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This giveaway runs until next Tuesday, July 1! Thanks for entering! xo


Product Review: Punchdrunk Panda

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Happy Monday, everyone! Today I’m sharing my experience with Punchdrunk Panda, a brand of accessories focusing on great design and strong artist collaborations. Tomorrow I’ll be hosting a giveaway with them so make sure to check back!

Punchdrunk Panda describes themselves as a team of Filipinos that funkify the world with passionate, like-minded people by creating functional graphic-designed products and happiness-inducing events. Sounds like a pretty fun group, right? I’m always attracted to brands that openly collaborate with designers and illustrators. I love that they have a section on their site where you can meet their artists. Clearly they form healthy relationships and treat their collaborators well!

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Punchdrunk Panda offers a great little collection of accessories including camera straps and iPhone and iPad cases, but for my review, I chose the slick looking headphones. I got the Colorful City Headphones, designed by Dan Fajardo. Earbuds can be convenient, but I never find them very comfortable and always prefer this style when I’m working at my computer. Besides the comfort factor, they help me block out everything else and really get focused on my work.

I’m really pleased with my experience with these guys so far! The padding on the ears fit perfectly around my whole ear and each piece adjusts really well to fit my head. The padding underneath the headband is a nice touch! The cord is detachable which is another nice detail. The quality of the artwork seems great too–bright colors and a clean wrap design.

I must admit that I usually expect the worst from the quality of electronics that focus on design. Form over function is unfortunately a constant battle. I’m totally satisfied with the sound quality on these! I’m no audiophile, but my music sounds rich and full and my podcasts sound perfect. Definitely an improvement on my usually cheap pairs of headphones. Plus, Punchdrunk Panda offers a 30 day money back guarantee and a 1 year replacement warranty.

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I also have to note how amazing the customer service was! My communications with co-founder Gail have been so friendly, easy, and quick. I got shipping notifications after making my order and received my headphones packaged super safely and they were delivered surprisingly fast. All around it was a fabulous experience and I recommend checking out their goods. I especially love the Sea Camera Strap and would’ve definitely ordered some headphones with that design if they were available!

Disclaimer: I was given free product in exchange for a review. All opinions honestly reflect my experience with the brand and product. 


FF32: Full-Range Fashion at ModCloth

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One of my favorite online retailers and affiliate partners to spotlight here on the blog is ModCloth(duh!) and I’m really happy to share that this week marks the one-year anniversary of their official plus-size clothing launch!

I often ride that awkward line between straight sizes and plus sizes. I can usually fit into something at most straight size stores, but knowing that only one or two sizes up is considered a ~special interest~ is just ridiculous. I only really feel comfortable openly endorsing and collaborating with stores that offer clothing for a wider range of sizes than just S, M, or L. Our bodies are not that basic, y’all.

ModCloth has expanded their product catalog with more items fitting more body types. They actively use models of all different sizes, and of course have their lovely style gallery where you can see their products on everyday people.

This anniversary isn’t the only thing to be excited about–ModCloth’s sale section is up to 30% off on adorable dresses, shoes, accessories, & more until June 29! Trust me, the good stuff often sells out so go for it! Here’s a little collection of some of my current sales section faves:

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1. Coastal Break Skirt $54.99 $37.99
2. Like, Tote-ally Mini Backpack $54.99 $37.99
3. Tea and Tassels Flat $49.99 $34.99
4. You’re the Palm Overalls $89.99 $62.99
5. Test the Watermelon Skirt $54.99 $37.99
6. Doo-Wop Your Thing Dress $99.99 $69.99
7. Premium Picnic Spot Shorts $54.99 $37.99
8. Quirk It Sneaker $39.99 $27.99
9. Best Suds Shower Curtain $29.99 $20.99
10. Sculpture Park Picnic Dress $59.99 $41.99
11. Arbored Entrance Dress $52.99 $36.99
12. Coast with the Most One-Piece Swimsuit $128.99 $89.99
13. Spritz a Wonderful Life Bag $44.99 $30.99

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.


INDIEana Handicraft Exchange

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Tomorrow evening I’m packing up the car and truckin’ it to Indianapolis, IN to sell at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange on Saturday! I’m really excited to check out this HUGE event. It’s so well curated–I was beyond flattered to even make the cut! You can check out all the vendors ahead of time here.

There will be over 100 artists, crafters and makers on site selling contemporary handmade goods in addition to local craft beer and cider, ice cream, live music, food trucks, a photo booth and food craft demos! This is definitely one of those shows where I almost wish I wasn’t vending just so I could walk around and actually see and enjoy everything!

Here’s some photos from past years, c/o the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange website:

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If any of you guys live around Indy, please come say hi! A few other talented STL crafters are also making the trip and we’re sharing a hotel, but I’ll be by myself at the booth all day, so I’d love to meet people! xo






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