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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!

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The Greatest Thing On Earth.

In case you haven’t heard-Wait, who are we kidding? Of course you’ve heard!-we’re having a sale, right this very second. 20% off everything in the shop….a super sweet deal, if you ask us. But what you may not know is that we have some new bagz in the shop as well. Could it get any better? Probably not, which is why we’re proclaiming this THE GREATEST THING ON EARTH. You may have a few better candidates for that title, but in any case, we’re very pleased to introduce a few of our new favorites (which are ready to become yours). Check ’em out!

This Awesometown Extra Large Backpack had us at hello, and even though we tried to fight it, it has made us backpack converts. Think of it as the backpack version of our Weekender-so roomy you can fit anything you’ll ever need into it, so stylish you’ll be the envy of everyone you come across, and so perfect you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. And at $50 (minus that handy sale we were just talking about) you really can’t afford not to have this bag.

We can’t lie-we were pretty pleased with ourselves when we came up with this new design for these great vintage Czech bags. Pete Seeger, his banjo, and just letting the world know that you’ve got your own song to sing are all happy things, and this bag is just the cherry on top. $40, peeps. Grab ’em now, because they won’t last long.

Another day, another new design, and another new bag. Score across the board! Vintage typewriter keys spelling out “BE TRUE” across a splash of black makes a strong statement on this vintage bag. Not too big and not too small, it will get you where you’re going while making sure you won’t get lost along the way. $35.

Meanwhile, we have other new bagz in the shop, so be sure to stop by and check them all out!

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.

Sale, Sale, SALE!!

We couldn’t wait until our usual blogging day tomorrow, so we’re doing it today! That’s right, folks, we’re having a SALE in the shop! 20% off of EVERYTHING-back to school bound or not!-so take advantage with the coupon code 2COOL. Just enter the code at check out and watch the savings roll on in.

Ah, aren’t sales wonderful things?

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).

 

The Good and The Bad

You know, it seems like now that we live in this virtual world of ours we should spend our days in constant amazement. We have the ability to meet new people, learn anything imaginable, and experience-even if it’s just virtually-the world as others see it. It can be-and, ideally, should be-an absolutely amazing thing.

And, for the most part, it is.

Through Meatbagz we’ve gotten to be far more socially outgoing than we would be/are in real life. Instead of a couple of broads in a small, upstate New York town (where everybody knows us-or at least thinks they do-already), we’ve gotten to be the gals from Meatbagz. We’re purveyors of cool bagz, designers of awesome accessories, and, even better, we get to get to know-again, even if it’s just virtually-some really amazing people. And honestly, that’s what makes our day even more than making a little money.

Over the last month or so we’ve heard from a few separate customers and folks we’ve featured on our Shout Outs who have been so absolutely lovely it’s made our day. One artist thanked us for featuring her work on the Shout Out by forwarding us a free printable product. Do you know how great that made us feel? Not just because of the freebie, because we never would have looked for or expected that, but because of the genuine and wonderful sentiment behind it. It made us grin from ear to ear that we could give this lovely woman a little of well deserved recognition, and it was so great to have a chance to get to know her a bit in our e-mail exchanges.

We had another woman who thanked us for featuring her and expressed gratitude because lately she had been feeling like Etsy, and the world of the handmade craft, had been becoming a negative influence in her life. For whatever reason, she fell into our view (and our Shout Out) at the exact right time, and she wanted to let us know how much she appreciated being appreciated. And we were so, so happy that we could fill that role for her.

We’ve met tons of other amazing people, too. Some of whom we’ve come to count as friends, even though we’ve never met in person. (Trust us, for a couple of gals from the country, that seems like a weird thing to say even if kids these days would think we’re nuts for even making a note of the difference.)

But with all of the positivity, we’ve also been exposed to some of the negatives as well. We had a potential customer contact us last week about purchasing a bag. They had been burned by a bad purchase with another seller, and things did not end well. Obviously we weren’t a part of the interaction and we wouldn’t want to call anyone out or take sides without knowing the full story, but in any case, the customer purchased a vintage bag from someone and ended up being extremely unhappy with the sale but was stuck with it. Despite our best efforts to communicate with them about the vintage bag of ours that they were interested in, in the end they decided that they had been burned too badly in the past, assured us it was nothing personal, but said that they lacked confidence in buying anything from Etsy again.

A one time customer and amazing photographer who we’ve worked with posted on facebook the other day about how her photographs, as well as the artwork of others, were being stolen by an Etsy seller and printed onto cheap iphone cases. The seller apparently has had other shops shut down in the past but he or she just keeps opening up a new shop after new shop and continues this completely disgusting practice. We can only imagine how infuriating and frustrating this must be for the artists whose work is being stolen from them, and it saddens us to think of people’s work being stolen and sold without their permission.

Our point is this: There’s good and bad that comes with Etsy, the internet, or hey, just interacting with people in any form. It makes us sad to think of the people we’ve come across who have had a hard time, even if that hard time is not of our making. And it makes us so incredibly happy and grateful to have a positive impact in people’s lives just by a Shout Out feature, getting them a bag that makes them feel great, or even just letting them know that we care what they have to say. So as you head out into that real or virtual world today, do us a favor, peeps: try to make it a good day for everyone you meet. You better believe that we’ll be trying to do the same.

Be nice to people. BitsoTruth. $12.

 

 

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.