Monday, November 22, 2010

handmade monday: funky vintage kitchen

Here we are again. Another Monday Handmade Monday and another sweet handmade shop for me to share with you. This week, we're all about Funky Vintage Kitchen. This shop hasn't been on my radar for very long, I will admit, but I am making up for lost time drooling over everything in it. 

Aprons, necklaces, chalkboards, rings, earrings, pillows, dessert stands...this shop has it all. It's all so bright & colorful ((and you know how i love bright & colorful...i think Funky Vintage Kitchen & oh, sweet joy should be best friends)) and every item has a vintage feel to it. 

If I could pick a favorite item in her shop, it would be these necklaces. 

Especially the grey one on the right and this robin's egg blue one!

Here is April's fun interview. 


What inspires you most?
With regard to product....definitely color and texture. I love to browse fabric shops, estate sales and shops looking for colors and textures that make my insides feel alive. I am drawn to anything with layers. 
With regard to life....people sharing real life stories inspire me. Talking about the tough stuff. Sharing honestly. I believe strongly in sharing the good + the bad. When only the good is shared we tend to feel like we can never measure up, that we aren't good enough. But guess what I have long as we are trying our best, we are good enough. Our best is good enough. And our best differs every day. And, is good enough.....even if some days our best is Wendy's Apple Pecan salad, tossed at home and brought to a girlfriend's 40th birthday luncheon! 

What is your favorite color and/or color scheme?
As much as I hate admitting it because it isn't necessarily a girly color, my favorite color since I was little was blue. The shade has varied throughout the years, but it started when I was young. I had a light blue blanket and would declare that my favorite color was blue because of that blanket. Shhhh...don't tell anyone, but I still sleep with a blue baby blanket in my bed. For a few years now, my favorite color has been turquoise, but this season it is leaning to a darker form of teal. I love it mixed with mustard, gray or red. 

What is the most gratifying part of having your own handmade business?
Definitely the opportunity to be able to do what I love, help with the family finances and still be home full-time. Also, Dave + I have been teaming up on some of my new product. That is fun working side by side with my hunk! We have two children. Kaia is 13 and Blake is 8. Blake, was born with Spina Bifida. He requires nursing needs every few hours and I love that I have been able to be his primary caretaker in his early years. Now that he is in school full-time, I still love that I am home for times when he needs me or when Kaia needs me.


If you haven't already, click on over to April's shop, Funky Vintage Kitchen and also check out her blog



  1. cute shop! I like the little chalkboards!

  2. That turquoise chalkboard is gorgeous... I've been wanting one for a while! :]

  3. April's shop and blog are some of my very favorites! Glad that you featured her! I loooove those necklaces!

  4. Thank you so much for the intro Kim! I recently added her on twitter, but hadn't check out her goodies yet! I love it!!

  5. Ooh, Kim, I like your style!
    Such pretty things, and a good, interesting interview. I like her genuineness :)

  6. Thank you so much, Kim! That was fun. Maybe Funky Vintage Kitchen and oh, sweet joy should have a play date sometime in the future!!

  7. ohhh what a fun shop!! love that last ring! :)

  8. Cute shop! Love the chalkboards!!

  9. What sweet pieces-I'm partial to her "Keep Calm and Carry On" ring!

  10. Yay! Such a great interview! I had the pleasure of finally meeting April in real life at the Queen Bee Market recently! She is truly talented and sweet. I'm still wanting to get one of her cake stands. Can't wait till I get to see her again next year! I'm so glad you like her too Kim ;)


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