Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teacher Gift Ideas

How is it possible that we only have 6 days of school left??? Yikes! End of the school year means a couple of things - beginning of summer and the "I'm bored..." comments starting... and End of the Year Teacher Gifts.
Since I shared a ton of Christmas craft ideas with you back in December, I have been compiling a few ideas for teacher gift ideas over the past few weeks. A few of these, I made during Teacher Appreciation Week a few weeks ago, and a few are ideas I am saving for next year!

My all-time favorite idea - I have done this one several times. This makes a very special gift for the teacher - sweet sentiments from their students, and cold, hard cash!

Here a couple pics of ones that I made a few years ago...

Tying it with fun ribbon is a great way to present it.

I got this idea from an incredibly creative blogger, and she gives great instructions on how to make it here! Go check it out, you will love it, I promise!

I love this idea (although I haven't made this one yet). Cute clipboards!

This idea can be found here!

Here is another that I did a couple of years ago - crayon monograms!

This was my version - I printed the name on cardstock, and then added the crayons with hot glue. The frames were from Ikea.

These were super easy to make, but you can find some instructions here.

I made these for teacher appreciation week this year - totally easy and cute! I picked up the wooden spools at Micheals and spray painted them, and didn't use any special paper punches, I just cut some things free hand. Instructions here.

You can also find these cute ideas on the same site -

Here is another little project I did for Teacher Appreciation Week this year - snazzy scissors! (What can I say, it was a crafty week for me this year)

You can find the tutorial for these scissors here. I didn't ever find the type of modge podge they called for, so I just used what I had and it worked out fine! I picked up 3 packs of scissors from Big Lots for $2!

Another really cool thing I ran across this year was Teacher Appreciation Subway Art! The printable is free and can be located here. I love the way it looks on a clipboard, but I found some canvases at Big Lots, cheap. So, I took some scrapbook paper I had on hand, and modge podged the quote on top of the paper on top of the canvas.

Some other equally fantastic ideas from eighteen25's blog:

This one is totally awesome - I would have loved to have received this when I was a teacher (in my past life I taught high school - crazy, huh?)

You can see how she did this here.

Once you are all finished with your teacher gifts, next you can whip up this awesome Summer To-Do List!

Happy Summer!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendars for some upcoming Sweet Funky Vintage events!

- Saturday, May 21st, we will have a vendor booth at the San Pasqual School Carnival - come out and see us and register to win a fun giveaway!http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

- Tuesday, May 24th, stop by our "Sip and See" and get some great deals on cash and carry items and samples. 3056 Sprucewood Lane, from 3pm to 8pm.

- Fall 2011 Trunk Show season begins mid-July. So, book your show for July or August and jump start your back to school shopping. What is more fun that hanging out with your girlfriends and having refreshments? Much better way to shop than bravhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifing the crowds at the mall. And, the last time I checked, you can't custom order anything at the mall!! :) Email us to see if there is a trunk show in your area, or sign up to host one and earn free clothes!

If you have your Sweet Funky Vintage bird magnet (delivered in each and every trunk show and online order this season) handy, check the number and see if you are the winner of some Sweet, Funky swag!

The winning numbers are: 117, 220, 262, and 326

Email us if you are a winner!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Meet Jessica

Most of you know that Sweet Funky Vintage was started by Missy (me) and Liz, several years ago. We had a blast growing our little idea into the company it is today. Last year, Liz bought a local embroidery business in Tallahassee, FL, and just wasn't able to continue with Sweet Funky Vintage. She is now busy making her new business venture into just the most fantastic gift go-to store! So, if you are in her neck of the woods, be sure to stop in and shop at M&M Monogramming and Gifts. We were sad to part ways at SFV, but wish her the very best of luck!
Liz was able to turn over her part of Sweet Funky Vintage to a wonderful new addition to SFV - Jessica Lane.
Jessica and I knew of each other and had a few mutual friends through the selling of custom children's clothing on Ebay. When I found out that I was moving to San Diego, I started asking around for more information about the area and that sort of thing. One friend mentioned that she was pretty sure that Jessica lived in the neighborhood I was moving into! Small world! I reached out to her by email and she said that it was funny, but she was pretty sure that she had read my daughter's name on the class list of the preschool in which she was teaching. Smaller world! As it turns out, not only did we live in the same neighborhood, and she was my daughter's preschool teacher, but our husbands were also both Marines! So, Jessica and I have been friends for the past three years, and now we are also partners in Sweet Funky Vintage.

I wanted you all to get to know Jessica a little bit better, so I had her answer a few questions for us!

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’d probably describe myself by my family: mom to 2 beautiful kids, and wife to 1 handsome Marine. I’d like to say I’m creative and caring. That I love color and fabric and crafts. I love to create new things and make people happy!

2. How you first got involved in with children’s clothing?
I’ve been sewing most of my life~ both of my Grandmothers were quilters, so sewing was always a part of family culture. When my nieces were little I made them dresses and clothes, and when I had my own kids, my love for sewing was rekindled. I love heirloom sewing and classic styles, but also love to use bright colors and funky twists.

3. What do you do when you aren’t working at Sweet Funky Vintage?
Usually I’m running my two kids around~ church, sports, after school activities and play dates (“hang outs” they say~ thank you Diary of a Wimpy Kid!)

4. If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed one luxury item, what would it be and why?
Oh my…. A refrigerator filled with a never ending supply of Diet Coke. I’m an addict, what can I say?

5. Do you have any phobias?
Spiders. And I’m not fond of other creepy crawlies. But spiders I have the kids put outside for me… I can’t kill ‘em (even though my husband says, “You’re a thousand times bigger than it!” But I don’t really want to kill them… I just don’t want them inside!)

6. Who inspires you and why? So many people! My Mom~ for her unconditional love and guidance. So many of my friends~ each for different reasons. Historical figures~ usually the ones who defied convention and changed their world!

7. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Selfishly~ probably to be able to fly, just for the sheer joy of it!
For World Peace maybe super strength? Or the ability to stop time? Whatever would cause people to pause and really join together. Is there any ability to do that???

8. Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise people who know you?
Most people are surprised to learn that I went to a military academy (go USAFA!) and was in the Air Force for 5 ½ years. It always shocks people to learn that! And that I was a chemistry major~ that shocks people too! Maybe I don’t radiate “nerd” like I thought I did.

Jessica's fun facts include……
-(fact about your family)~ I love to play games! We don’t do it often enough, but I love games.

-(what you spend most of your time doing)
These days it’s probably work and Mom-taxi. I’m trying to enjoy it though, because I know soon enough I’ll miss it!

-Ferocious reader, when it includes ________.
Science Fiction. I love sci fi! LOL

-________ makes her weak in the knees.
My hubby. Rofl… is that too cheesy? Really? Someone who makes me laugh, is caring, loving, and kind. Before hubby~ a foreign accent! LOL I’m a sucker for a foreign accent.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Be a Sweet Funky Vintage Consultant!

Be a Sweet Funky Vintage Consultant

We create designs and pour love into every detail. We choose the best quality fabrics, use vintage inspirations, and create fun, fresh, funky styles for our customers to personalize and customize to create garments that are truly original and unique.
Becoming a sales representative for Sweet Funky Vintage lets you earn the income you want with the flexible schedule you need. You can set your own goals and work your business from home part time or full time. As a Sweet Funky Vintage Sales Representative, your primary role is to sell irresistible clothing! You'll offer private trunk shows for our exclusive Sweet Funky Vintage clothing line in a casual, no pressure setting. We've got the support you need to run your business. Come one, come all. No special skills required. Our consultants start by doing as much or as little as they want, so it works when you do. They earn about $50 an hour if they want to just sell the clothing and earn commission on their sales.
The trunk show is the heart of our business and the perfect environment for selling our clothing. Instead of having to drag your children to the mall or the boutique to try on clothing, you can relax at home, children can play and try on the clothing while their Moms decide on fabric combinations and help their friends find styles they like – all while enjoying a glass of wine!
We are utilizing technology because we can help our consultants grow their businesses efficiently. We help them sell more and in less time! We take a lot of the cost and risk out of it. We design the products, carry the inventory, ship directly to the customer. And, our step by step training program rocks! It includes everything from a social media marketing plan to tips on time management.
As the mothers of young children, we understand that flexibility is critical. We built a business that would work even if you had only 5 hours one week, and 10 hours the next. You can be a part time consultant who only sells a few weeks each season, or a full-time consultant and really be successful!
This is a smart business. Your $150 starter kit launches you toward success. You’ll get $200 worth of clothing, all the marketing materials and training you need to succeed. In just a couple of shows, you could have earned well over your money back and be earning toward success.
What will you get out of Sweet Funky Vintage? Its fun, its being passionate about something, friendships, individual accomplishments and professional growth – a way to style your own life!

Enjoy a career that is independent, flexible, FUN and unlimited in potential!

Receive 10-20% commission on Trunk Show sales!
Earn free apparel, accessories and gifts!
Receive a 40% Representative discount!
Win bonuses and prizes with seasonal incentives.
Continue to receive commission throughout the season with additional sales!

We have two consultant options:

Option 1: $50
Your consultant kit includes:
- Consultant Design Guide Binder
- Fall 2011 Fabric Swatch Ring
- Sweet Funky Vintage Logo Tote Bag
- 25 Look Books
- 50 Order Forms
- 10 Trunk Show Brochures
- 25 Postcards
- Access to Consultant Only portion of SFV website (includes training materials and ordering of additional optional business supplies)
- 2 consecutive trunk show period bookings
- Priority access to end of season sample sale

Option 2: $150
Your consultant kit includes:
- 4 garment styles selected by our design team for that season’s kit- consultant can choose the fabric and size
- Consultant Design Guide Binder
- Fall 2011 Fabric Swatch Ring
- Sweet Funky Vintage Logo Tote Bag
- 25 Look Books
- 50 Order Forms
- 10 Trunk Show Brochures
- 25 Postcards
- Access to Consultant Only portion of SFV website (includes training materials and ordering of additional business supplies)
- 2 consecutive trunk show period bookings
- Priority access to end of season sample sale
- Access to purchase sample kit add-on garments
*Sample garments will arrive within 6-8 weeks of sample kit order placement. Once samples are shown and worn, they cannot be returned.

For more information and to sign up as a Sweet Funky Vintage consultant, please visit our website!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Now Booking Fall 2011 Trunk Shows!

I know that you are just now getting ready for the end of school year Hoopla and if you are like us, you are organizing children's summer programs and schedules. But, it is also time to book your Fall 2011 Trunk Show!
Here is a sneak peek from Fall 2011:

Our trunk show season begins mid-July and ends in October. So, please email Sydney now to have your choice of trunk show dates. Go ahead and let us get you on the schedule and then you can forget about it for a month or so. We will get back in touch with you and give you postcards and custom evites and all that jazz to get your ready for your show in plenty of time!
Hosting a show is super easy! You can send out (or hand out) postcard invitations as well as email a custom evite graphic and post the graphic on facebook. There is no formal presentation at all, just fabulous clothing and accessories for your friends to enjoy! Your trunk will arrive to you via your friendly neighborhood UPS delivery guy (gotta love the brown!) a day or so before your show period begins. Your trunk will be with you for approximately 3 days (some trunk show periods are longer) and then you will pack it back up and leave it on your doorstep for the UPS deivery person to pick it back up. Easy Peasy! We pay for all the shipping.
If you book now, you guarantee your choice of dates and make sure that you and your friends will get to select from all of our fabulous and funky fabrics. We sold out of several prints this past season, and probably will again this Fall - especially our Christmas fabrics!
So, think about hosting a show in July or August, and get a jump start on your back-to-school shopping - shopping you can do from the comfort of home without having to brave the mall! Your back to school clothing purchases will arrive on your doorstep, packaged in our pretty wrapping!

Email Sydney to book your dates!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What's Shakin' Bacon?

Okay, so the title of this post has absolutely nothing to do with anything, it just popped into my head as I began to type! So, forgive me for being a tad silly this morning.
We had an absolutely fabulous time at the Queen Bee Market this past weekend. We met some of the most darling people, experienced a room just bursting with creativity and were surrounded by beeeee-utiful things. Oh, and we might have done a tiny bit of shopping too! Here are a few of the beautiful things I purchased...

This necklace was so pretty, and pink! I just had to have it. I needed it. Really, I did. If you want one of your very own, it is by Allora Handmade.
I also bought a new checkbook cover from The Pleated Poppy. From our favorite things giveaway, you already knew I was in love with everything from The Pleated Poppy. I was still carrying around a cracked plastic freebie from the bank, so it was definitely time to pretty up that checkbook cover!

This isn't a picture of my cover, but of another very similar to it. Of course mine has pink on it!!
I also did quite a bit of shopping with Funky Vintage Lovely. She has the most divine things! And so much more fabulous in person. Beyond fabulous really! I bought the most adorable magnetic recipe card holder, and a wonderful vintage frame that I am going to put chicken wire in and make into a message board (like a cork board with clothespins instead of push pins).
I also bought a headband with flowers on it from Whippy Cake. I have been coveting some Whippy Cake for quite some time. Squeeee - now I have one of my very own!

Here is a picture of the flowers I bought. They have clips on them to clip to a blouse or whatever (like shown here), but also velcro to attach to a headband. I bought a thin elastic headband to give it a try and was really excited to find one that didn't slip back on my head - it totally stayed in place!

Okay, back to business... Sweet Funky Vintage has a lot of exciting things going on right now. We are busy getting ready for our Fall 2011 season - Around the World! We are already shipping out samples to our photographer for our 3rd catalog. Have you booked your trunk show yet? You want to book early to get your choice of dates! Our Christmas collection will sell out and I promise you will want SFV in your closets this holiday season! To book a show, just email Sydney!

Upcoming SFV events:

Thursday, May 12th - Facebook Sale!
We have created ready-to-wear items of our fabulous fabrics and they are ready to ship! Lots of mix and match pieces in lots of sizes!

Wednesday, May 18th - Sample Sale for Consultants and Hostesses Only - Our hostesses and consultants get first dibs on unreserved samples from our Spring 2011 trunk shows. Ladies, you must be registered on our website in order to access these items in the password protected portion of our website. Check your email inbox for an email from Sydney on how to do this!

Friday, May 20th - Online Sample Sale - All unsold Spring 2011 trunk show samples will be online and available for sale and immediate shipping. Did you want an additional piece from our collection? Now is the time to pick that up!

Saturday, May 21st - San Pasqual Carnival - If you are local to Escondido, CA, stop by the San Pasqual Carnival for some SFV shopping and tons of fun - bring the whole fam-dam-ly! The hours are from 10am to 4pm. Look for the SFV booth for some of our gift items and styles not in our regular trunk show line.

Tuesday, May 24th - Sip and See Sale - Come join us for a refreshing beverage and an evening of shopping - Sprucewood Lane in Escondido, CA. Drop in any time between 3pm and 8pm for some shopping fun!

Also, we have some bird magnet winners to announce. We are going to choose double the amount this week. Hope you win!
102, 152, 213, 228, 274, 326.

If we chose your number, please email us and let us know so we can send you something special!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Favorite Things Giveaway Winners!!

Yahoo! We have winners! I used the random number generator to select winners for each of the wonderful and generous prizes!
I don't have contact information for the winners, so I need you all to email me (missy@sweetfunkyvintage.com) with your email address by this Friday, if I don't hear from you, I will redraw a new winner.

Laurie's Lagniappe - #13 - Erin
My Sweet & Sour - #57 - Sheri
Mine for the Making - #5 - Lene
Lima Bean Kids - #20 - Nila Listiana
Our Charming Party - #7 - Kirsten Eitreim
The Pleated Poppy - #42 - Jan Schluter
Anders Ruff Designs - 2 - Christen
Kathi's Kreations - #16 - tcapps96
BariJ - #45 - Tami Ruffner
Jolie Marche - #44 - Silly, Sillier & Silliest
Paper + Cake - #37 - Anonymous (Jessica)
Sweet Designs Boutique - #36 - Justin & Misti Bryant
Sweet Funky Vintage - #50 - Monika

So, if you are one of the lucky winners - send us an email asap!! :)

For those of you who love our crazy facebook sales, mark your calendars - we are going to have an impromptu facebook sale this Thursday, 8pm Eastern time. We will also have a spring 2011 sample sale next Friday, May 20th.