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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!

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FBF: Our Vintage Czech Bread Bag

What can we say? We’re not purse people. It’s true. But the beauty of Meatbagz is that they’re perfect bagz for peeps like us: they carry all the crap we need to drag around with us and never feel like purses…they just feel like awesome bagz, unique fashion statements, and they’re so comfy that we barely notice them. That’s pretty much a win/win in our book.

Our vintage Czech bread bag fits right in to those categories, too. The super wide strap (which, yes, is fully adjustable) is always comfortable across our shoulder, no matter how heavy the bag gets. (Trust us-we’ve packed these suckers full, carried them for hours on end, and not a sore shoulder yet.) But in all honesty, our first thought when we got these for the first time:

“Oooooh, look at the sweet little wooden toggle buttons on these babies!!!”

Yeah, the great, worn in canvas, the perfect dimensions, the wonderful printing surface all meant nothing to us, because damn, we love those toggle buttons. We’re nothing if not practical when it comes to our fixations. You see, in our humble opinions, those buttons are what make what would otherwise be an ordinary (granted, still cute, but ordinary) bag a super cool candidate for the Meatbagz Hall of Fame ™.

And honestly, it makes an awesome dude bag to boot-after all, anything that’s vintage military was designed to be a dude bag at the beginning! Just ask Sam, our resident male model: even he admits they’re “pretty sweet”-high praise, if you ask us.

Our vintage Czech bread bag is most definitely one of our Favorite Bagz Forever. Check out the shop for one of your own, or, find your OWN favorite bag and let us know what you think of it!

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.

Newport Folk Fest, Here We Come!

Big news, peeps-we’re crazy excited to announce that ye olde Meatbagz Booth will be at the Newport Folk Festival this summer! We’ve been looking for a larger show to add to our summer repertoire (preferably one with sweet tunes) and Newport seems like a perfect fit. Two days of folk, fun, and Meatbagz by the sea…if you’re going to be there be sure to swing by and see us!

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: 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!