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Thursday Shout Out: Back To School Cool

It’s true-back to school time is upon us. Whether your kiddo (or you!) have already started or you’re watching the days fly by until September, there’s still time to get yourself prepared. Lucky for you, we’ve got a solid collection of crafters who can help us all out.

Mini Cards Lunchbox Notes by TwoPaperAddicts. $3. Young or old, your favorite girl will smile when she sees one of these beautiful notes tucked in her lunch. Granted, she’ll probably hide it from her friends in embarrassment and roll her eyes at you when she gets off the bus, but still-you know she loves it. What better way to let her know that you’re thinking of her, even while she’s away stuffing her brains with all sorts of important information? She’ll never admit it, but it will make her day.

Back to School iPad Cover by Botene. $32.99. As much as it pains us to admit it, we realize that kids these days are more likely to haul around an iPad than a bag full of books. Sigh. But if we’re forced to embrace technology, we’re going to wrap it in handmade goodness-and this gorgeous cover from Botene fits the bill. Padded and lined with velvet, this will keep you looking stylish, your iPad safe, and yeah, we guess we have to admit it-you’ll be pretty smart, too.

Vintage School Poster “Always Do Your Best” by vintagegoodness. $11.95. How many times have you heard it? Mom always said, “Just do your best, and that’s all that matters.” Well, we’ve finally figured out she was right, so it just figures that this awesome vintage print from 1959 is around to remind us when she’s not. Whether you want it for your classroom, your home, or your office, the simple graphics and awesome sentiment will keep you doing your best-and that’s what matters.

Back to School Shirt for the Ultra Cool Kid-Kindergarten Rocks by Revolution46R46. $16. Scary but true: we have three (count them three) kids headed to kindergarten in a few short weeks-and they’ll all be in the same class! Obviously, as the offspring of the Meatbagz Broads, they are required to represent-and we’ve found the shirt to make sure they do. This T is seriously rockin’, and cool enough for even the most hesitant kid to get excited about. Look out kindergarten, here come the Meatbagz kids! Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

Thursday Shout Out: Thank You For Being Our Friend

We happen to be insanely lucky-we have the extreme good fortune to know a solid number of talented folks who inspire us, make our jaws drop at their awesomeness, and otherwise make us happy to know them. And even better news, some of them even have Etsy shops, so you can get to know them too. So today’s Shout Out is all about people we know, and people we think you should know too.

Clay bird by REvolutionMadeByHand. $10. What can we say? Our friend Jeromy happens to be a regular old Renaissance man. He sculpts, he photographs, he sews, he paints, he designs…the list could go on. But one of our favorites from his shop right now is none other than this sweet little red bird. Forget the bluebird of happiness, put this little clay songster on your desk, a shelf, or anywhere else you’ll look when you’re in need of a smile. This birdy will deliver.

Cranberry Brown and Red Leather Watch with Rivet Detailing by malamoosebeadery. $40. Bethany of Malamoose Beadery has a way with watches. What could be a throwaway accessory turns into a piece of art in her hands-and, if you’re lucky, on your wrist. We love the thick and thin leather straps on her Cranberry watch, not to mention the rivet detailing and beautiful touch of color. It is simple and yet makes a big statement…which, really, is pretty darn impressive.

Bean’s Big Bag in Sea Leaves and Slate Dots by thetinybean. $45. Listen, we know bags. And when we saw this beauty in our friend Kristi’s shop, we knew we liked what we saw. Generously sized to lug around what you need but stylish enough to keep you from feeling like a pack mule, this bag will be your BBF (best bag forever, in case you were wondering). Pinky swear.

Large Yellow Porcelain Serving Bowl by LittleGoatsPlay. $40. Do you know what’s awesome about Anna? Well, pretty much everything, really, but we were thinking more specifically of how her absolutely stunning pottery reminds us of learning to bake with our Grandmas. They always had the most beautiful, functional, and simple pottery-sturdy enough for every day but so pretty sitting on the table for Christmas dinner. Anna’s serving bowl, with it’s graceful, organic lines and soft yellow glaze would fit right in at Gram’s farmhouse table…and that’s pretty much the highest compliment we can give.

Thursday Shout Out: Cool It

Pretty much everyone, everywhere in the U.S. is pushing through a heat wave, whether it’s the normal summer sun or the crazy weather that’s hitting the middle of the country (many people suffering through  without power, no less). But the good news is, the weather peeps assure us that the heat is headed down to more manageable levels in the coming days, and until then, we havesome sweet finds to cool us off.

Westinghouse Electric Fan by MyLittleThriftStore. $50. There’s a lot to be said for looking cool while being cool, and this awesome vintage table fan easily fits both of those bills. In perfect working order, this baby will keep that you comfortable in even the hottest of weather, and hey, when the humidity finally breaks, the good news is this Westinghouse fan will still function: by being a conversation piece and the envy of all the cool cats in the neighborhood, as it sits on your shelf waiting for the next go round.

20 Wooden Ice Cream Spoons with Trellis Pattern by sucreshop. $8. We still remember the wonder of those little cups of ice cream with wooden spoons from when we were kids-was there anything better?-and with these adorable spoons from sucreshop we can capture that feeling again. Updated with a super sweet  raspberry trellis pattern, these spoons bring the simplicity of being a kid having a treat off the truck to even the most sophisticated (not to mention earth friendly) party.

Silk Sari Maxi Dress by JacknBoots. $68. What could feel better on a scorching day than a silk dress? And this dress is so gorgeous you’ll be begging the weatherman for record highs, just for the excuse. In great vintage condition, a beautifully unique print, and in size M/L (but fitting smaller sizes as well, for that bohemian look), this dress is simply amazing.

Four Martini Glasses-Hand Engraved “Reaching Branches” by daydreemdesigns. $98. What could be better after a hot day at the office than an ice cold martini? We love the engraved “Reaching Branches” design-it brings to mind cold winter nights, and fingers of ice creeping up the classic martini stemware-perfect for a refreshingly cold beverage (with a twist).


Thursday Shout Out: Activity Time

When we were kids, summer vacation meant lazily sitting around with a good book, playing in the backyard with each other, and drinking cold lemonade during swim breaks at the lake. When we’re adults, it basically boils down to trying to keep the kids from killing each other out of boredom. Finger paints only keep the kids excited for so long, so we looked to some fellow crafters and artists to help us out.

Paper Doll & Envelope-Miss Candy Pink-Printable PDF by todi. $8. Let’s face it-a rainy summer day is every parent’s nightmare. The good news is, this adorable (and totally original) paper doll set is ready to come to your rescue…and you don’t even need to wait for shipping, just open that e-mail and get the printer ready! The amazing hand drawn and watercolored artwork is sure to impress even the oldest fashionista, and the collection of paper doll clothes will keep them busy for hours. And that, friends, is priceless.

Build Your Own Ant Colony-1970’s Irwin Toy Kit by TheArtofSalvage. $25. Keep your budding scientist busy and the ants (hopefully) in their place with this awesome vintage ant colony kit. It comes with everything you need to create your own ant metropolis…except for the ants, of course…but hey, send the kiddos out into the yard to find some and that will equal even MORE quiet for you!

Needle Felt Kids Craft Kit to make 3D Multicolored Hedgehog by artfeltuk. $35. Kids whining about getting a new pet? Also whining about being bored? Kill two birds with one stone (and save money on all those vet bills) with this super sweet DIY kit that will allow them to make their own funky hedgehog. It comes with everything they need to get a fuzzy new pet as well as an appreciation for the art of felting. And while it won’t play fetch with them in the back yard, just remind them that it’s way better than a pet rock.

Peas in a Pod Mancala Game and Craft Kit by jackbenimbletoys. $38. Not to overload on the whole felting thing, but we couldn’t resist this mancala set! Not only is it totally adorable, but the kiddos even get to get into it by making some of their own pea game pieces! Sure to get them interested in this fun (and dare we say it-educational), they’ll be working on problem solving and math skills while building up some fine motor skills to boot. And you, dear parents, will reap the benefits of beautifully well rounded, creative, quietly content, and super smart kids alllll summer vacation long. You’re welcome.

Thursday Shout Out: Time for a Picnic!

Summer is OFFICIALLY here-hooray! And while we’re busy in the gardens, taking dips in the lakes, and taking long drives with the top down, we’ve got another favorite activity: PICNICS. Young or old, dude or broad, you know you love it too…so be sure to stock up on supplies, toss the basket in the trunk, and go enjoy this summer sunshine!

Navy Blue Picnic Dress (size 4) by StyleApparel. $35 CAD. First step for a successful picnic? Dress the part, of course! With this absolutely adorable dress with totally classic styling in an oversize gingham print, nobody will be paying attention to the food: all eyes will be on you, my dear. Pair it with a pair of cute red pumps (or even flip flops) and you are good to go.

Lemon Meringue Picnic Basket by KazamCreations. $65.95. Come on now, have you ever seen a more picnic worthy basket? We know we haven’t. Described as a “refurbished and upcycled ” picnic basket, it’s been lined with adorable Lemon Meringue and yellow polka dot vintage inspired fabric. It’s got pockets for plates and utensils, room to spare, and dare we say it? Your name written all over it.

Outdoor Rustic Wine Bottle and Glass Holders by MountainManArts. $40. All right, so this may not be a picnic necessity, but you’ll get SO MANY points for style!! We love the rusty finish of this gorgeous set-rugged enough for the manliest of picnickers while classy enough for the broads. Simple, stately, and darn it, pretty much perfection. Can you afford to picnic without them? (Hint: No, you can’t.)

Eco Friendly Waterproof Picnic Blanket in Teal by SewnNatural. $130. You’re almost set, but nobody wants to sit on bare dirt, grass, or sand, so you know what you need: A super awesome blanket to sit your buns on. And lucky for you, we’ve got one for you: Three quilted layers so it’s super comfy on uneven ground, and without any of that nasty (not to mention toxic) PVC or denier polyester which contain all sorts of chemicals you don’t want to sit on (or eat off of). The chevron print is super on trend but also completely classic-just like a picnic!

Thursday Shout Out: Happy Birthday To…!

Let it just be known that June 7th just so happens to be the birthday of one of the coolest broads on the planet. That’s right, folks, today’s Shout Out is dedicated to our very own Mackenzie, and today’s picks are all awesome items that she deserves to have wrapped up with a fancy bow. Not to get too sappy, but Meatbagz wouldn’t exist without her, so if you happen to be proud owner of one of our bagz, rock it a little extra today and send Mack some happy birthday vibes.

it takes courage Linocut Print by PerlaAnne. $20. ee cummings definitely had a way with words, and Stacey Bradley of Perla Anne captured his sentiment perfectly. This hand cut and hand pulled linocut print is simple and sweet, and yet strong and bold at the same time. Kind of like a chick I know….and hopefully you know someone this fits too.

Vintage Ceramic Stoneware XXX Jug Pitcher and Six Mugs by MyOhMiles. $49.95. Here’s a relatively little known fact: Mack happens to be one of the finest makers of Apple Pie Moonshine around these parts. Sure, only the lucky few get to sample her wares and those of us who do usually drink it from good old Mason jars in the back yard, but if she had this set she’d be running a flat out classy establishment. We love the classic brown and white stoneware, we love the “XXX” markings, and darn it-we pretty much love the whole deal.

Red Converse Limited Edition Glicee Print by josartcorner. $30. When I first met Mack she pick pocketed me in the hall by my locker. There’s of course a long story behind this, but I decided that we were going to be friends as I watched her run off, her cons flashing, her hysterical laughter bouncing off the walls. (She wasn’t a particularly good pick pocket.)  Wouldn’t you know it, it’s been many a-long year and she still cracks me up…and I can’t see converse without thinking of her. So it stands to reason that this beautiful glicee print of an original oil painting of red cons deserves a place of honor in this shout out. The strong colors, the comfy slouch of that canvas, and, of course, the classic star logo evokes the glory of the all star in every way.

Hand Stamped Bracelet with Secret Message by WyomingCreative. $15. It’s a simple fact that when you’re lucky enough to have an amazing person in your life you should remind them of just how amazing they are on a regular basis. When you can’t be there in person, let this bracelet serve in your stead. With a hammered textured exterior it is beautiful on its own-with a hidden message (fully customizable, if you have some super secret code you want to utilize to make it even more covert) to make it perfection.

So, Mack, happy birthday. I am crazy lucky that you’re my friend, and you, my dear, are amazing.

Thursday Shout Out: Folk Yeah!

We’ve been longtime fans of folk, and with the recent passing of a few greats we decided this Thursday was a good one to step back, listen to some good pickin’, have a few sips of moonshine, and check out some handmade goods that honor the tradition of folk in tribute.

Medium Folk Yeah Ladies Crew Neck by DowdyStudio. $29. Whiskey, banjos, and some serious folk style, all rolled into one! This t-shirt will proudly (and stylishly) proclaim your love of folk, whether you’re kicking back or out on the town. We love the hand drawn lettering, the totally comfortable fabric, and the flat out awesomeness of this shirt. Earl would be proud.

Woody Guthrie Tribute Linocut Print by HorseAndHare. $15. Hey Woody Guthrie, we made you this print. Well, actually, the awesome peeps over at Horse And Hare did, but you get the idea. A hand pressed linocut, this print exemplifies one of Guthrie’s most famous sentiments perfectly. Simple and strong, we firmly believe that this idea and this piece of art really can kill facists. And that’s a pretty awesome thing.

Oval Serving Plate with Banjo Playing Badger by jimbobart. $150. It seems like banjos are everywhere these days, so why not on your table too? Especially if they’re being played by badgers. In red underoos. Hand drawn on bone china, this guy is Wes Anderson meets Martha Stewart (with a twist). He’s happily pickin’ away on his strings while you’re pickin’ away at your food, and the best part is when you’re done eating, you still get to admire this kick ass little guy (and his red undies).

Pete Seeger “Pete Seeger Sings American Ballads” Original 1975 Record by DropTheNeedle. $29.95 plus 15% off! All right, enough of this talk, now it’s time to listen. Turn off the computer, drop the needle on this vintage vinyl, sit back with some buddies, and enjoy every note of this amazing record. Pete Seeger has always been a-okay in our book, and it’s time to spend some time appreciating him-and others like him-who have helped make our world, both musical and otherwise, what it is today.

Thursday Shout Out: It’s Grill Time

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things to do in the summer is hang out in the back yard, watch the kiddies spray each other with the garden hose, and grill up some good eats. Whether your old school charcoal or all stainless steel and propane, we think we can all pretty much agree: the weather is warm, the sky is blue, the grass is cut, and it’s grill time, baby.

BBQ or Pig Roast Invite by bbinvitations. $2.25. The first thing you need for a successful bbq? Well, that would be meat, really. And a grill. But after that you need peeps to enjoy that meat (that you cooked on your grill). Whether you’re going hardcore with a pig roast or just throwing on some burgers, these invites will get your friends to where they need to be: your back yard. The colors and wording are completely customizable, and please-you need to check out the back of these awesometown postcards, which may be even better than the front. No matter what, these are a definite win, and your guests will be talking about them long after the beer and heartburn have worn off.


The Grill Guru Gourmet BBQ Blends by purposedesign. $16.25. Come on now. Just looking at these amazing rubs is making our mouths water. With killer spice combinations such as Memphis BBQ, Java Love, Southwest Chipotle, Tropical Citrus, Ancho Chili, Creole Shrimp, Tuscan Rub, and Cafe Pasilla Rub, you’ve beaten the Jones’ at the grilling game before the meat even hits the grate. Each rub is hand blended, and if they taste even a fraction as good as they look, you know you’re in for a treat. (And PS-the set totally comes with serving suggestions, so if you’re freaked out that you’ll somehow ruin things, no worries. You’re covered.)

25 Silverware Pouches by LeilaAndLace. $12.50. A truly memorable bbq needs to have style too, you know. We love the print of the fancy silverware in contrast to the rustic brown bag, and these adorable silverware pouches are an unexpected but absolutely perfect touch. Make sure your guests have everything they need, right on hand-fork, spoon, knife, napkin-so there’s no running back to the buffet table while your potato salad gets hot in the sun.

BBQ Chef Apron Vintage Gasoline by PointGraphicInk. $34. Don’t let the founder of the feast go unnoticed-or unprotected. This kickass full length apron will not only protect the head chef from spills, splatters, and spices, it will let everyone know without a word that things around this grill get hot, hot, hot! (In case the flames didn’t tip them off.) The worn vintage graphic is modern and yet retro, making this bbq apron a cut above all the rest.

Thursday Shout Out: For the Love of Mom!

Where would we be without our moms? We’ll tell you one place we definitely wouldn’t be: on Earth. Because we wouldn’t be born. Because like it or not, you need a mom to birth you. And feed you. And clothe you and teach you to say “please” and “thank you” and “excuse me”. That’s all pretty important stuff, and even though we need to let our moms know how much we appreciate everything they’ve done for us far more often than once a year, this Sunday isn’t a bad day to give her a little reminder of just what an awesome job she did for you.

Mom Coffee Mug with Love Tattoo by hughespottery. $30. Moms-even hardcore moms-need caffeine. That’s a fact (just ask her and watch her struggle to keep her eyes open long enough to answer). And while those mugs you made in art class in grade school are cute and all, this is a grown up mug for an awesometown mom. Beautiful green glaze, unexpected heart tattoo touch, and plenty of room for her energy juice of choice, you’ll make sure Mom knows how much you love her-and how kickass you think she is.

Gemstone Stacking Rings Set of Three by OhKuol. $155. Mother’s rings are everywhere these days, but we’ve never come across any as stylistically unique and striking as these before. Available with twelve different stones and up to four different cuts all framed in absolutely stunning in vermiel gold settings (some also in sterling silver!), it’s easy to put together a set as individual as your family is. So get those lay-about siblings of yours, get them to pick one out, and put a set together for your mom. You know she deserves it (after all, WHO did all your dirty laundry for the first 18 years of your life?) and she’ll appreciate you all the more every time she looks at these on her finger.

Mom Rock Ticket by a favoritedesign. $4.50. You know who rocks? YOUR MOM. (And seriously, if you didn’t guess the answer to that question, you haven’t been paying attention.) What better way to tell your mom that she rocks than with her very own rockin’ ticket that says as much? Whether you frame it for her or slip it into a card, she’ll cherish it as much as her ticket stub from that AC/DC concert she went to before you were even born.

Initial Heart Necklace by untie. $27. This is so simply sweet and understated, it kind of makes us tear up a little bit. Listen up, boys-nothing-and we mean nothing-will make your mom cry faster (in a good way) than if you present this to her on Mothers Day. Same goes for you, husbands-with your babies (however old they are) initial stamped in beautiful script on this little heart, your lady will never doubt your intelligence, taste, or good looks. And girls-as long as you can manage to part with it and give it to Mom on her big day, she might even let you borrow it once in awhile. No promises, though.

Thursday Shout Out: Be Craft Fair Prepared

Whether you’re a craft show pro or a newbie, you know that being prepared is half the battle. Or maybe that’s if you’re GI Joe and you’re talking about knowledge. In any case, you need to have yourself together, have all the right supplies, and at least look like you know what you’re doing before you can sell all of that fabulous product you’ve worked your fingers to the bone on. While this Shout Out won’t get you everything you need, it will give you a start, and hey, let’s face it-buying handmade to sell handmade just makes good karma all around.

Craft Show Boot Camp E-Class For Beginners by moonlightjourney. $4.99. Headed for your first show? Not sure what you need to bring? We may not have gotten this e-class ourselves, but hey-any tips for your first show are good tips. The .pdf includes seven pages of advice on everything from how to get licenses to sell, to where to find shows, to how to set up displays. Sounds like it’s worth five bucks if you ask us!

Tangerine and Smoke Damask Utility Half Apron by Foodphyte. $26.95. With six pockets, style to spare, and double lined so it can take a beating, this apron is all about being smart while looking smart. Ditch the bulky cashbox and keep your change, receipts, pens, business cards, and, well, pretty much anything else in there as well. Instead of digging around behind your table, you’ll have what you need on hand-and you’ll have those customers lining up.(And by the way, you seriously need to check out the rest of Foodphyte’s shop because there are approximately a gazillion other fabric options to choose from. Just sayin’.)

Business Card Holder by ArtisEverything. $21.90. Cute? You bet. Eye catching? Yup. As unique as your product, perfect for your booth, your table, and your business cards? Nailed it. This business card holder is anything but ordinary, which means it’s exactly what you need. And the best part? There are plenty of designs to choose from so it will fit you and your set up perfectly. The end.

Two Custom Canopy Banners 12″x 9′ by SquierDesign. $150. We all know that the first impression is a pretty darn important one, and what better way to grab the attention of potential customers than with two super sweet, professional looking custom banners. Get your name out there, get those peeps into your booth, and get ready for an awesome show!