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Fit for a Queen! New pendants at FOUND in Kerrytown

hairnet The package claims these Royalty vintage hair nets are "fit for a queen!".   At FOUND, the latest editions to our charm and pendant collection are what we think a queen or your mother might want more. But, whether you have a use for a real hand-made human hair net or not, the packaging is classic vintage beauty shop kitsch.  And so they are displayed right along-side some of our new jewelry collection. From left to right are a few of the new pendants: an hourglass, Eiffel Tower, lucky shamrock, mini birdcage and teeny tiny magnifying glass (which really magnifies!).  These pendants are only $14 each.  They come with a well designed easy release clasp toggle. The miniature hourglass and magnifying glass might be just be perfect for our fairy-sized friends as well.... pendants Other pieces from the same company include letters to form initials or special words. We spelled out LOVE on a charm bracelet. pendants.letters   pendants.mixed We still have Nunn Design Patera findings to make your own customized charms and pendants.  And found little word charms to add to your jewelry. The necklaces below are complete and ready to wear, but we also got the component tiny word charms for those of you who prefer to assemble your own. pendants.words As always, FOUND is open 7 days a week, in the historic Kerrytown Market & Shops.  407 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan.   P.S.  broken watch parts are back in stock if you like to craft with them. watchparts Continue reading

Vintage Valentines cards & gifts at FOUND

You can find plenty of vintage Valentine's gifts and goodies at FOUND in Ann Arbor this week.  I especially love the sweet images on vintage valentine cards circa 1930's and early 1940's: vintage.valentine Laurie from Stories & Divinations brought in a wonderful selection handcrafted valentine.   We have a half dozen new styles of valentine cards from her this year. Love the one signing L-O-V-E! valcards I love it when we have little gifties that are made right here in Ann Arbor - like these hand-stitched hearts made with vintage felted blanket wool.  Great to attach to a package with a little present for your sweetheart on February 14th! hearts.felted I always look for old skeleton keys.  They are getting harder to find these days.... but I found some!  Just in time for Valentine's Day. Tie a key to your heart with a red ribbon to a handwritten love  note.... keys.valentines A mother and daughter bought spoon rings at FOUND and texted this photo - what a great Valentine's gift idea! spoon.rings Spell out messages with scrabble letters - who wouldn't love to be greeted by this at breakfast? scrabble.valentine The last few weeks, we've been restocking the shop and have lots of great jewelry and gifts for your sweetie.  Our fresh batch of cashmere scarves made from recycled sweaters will keep your valentine cozy and warm.  Another thing I especially like are the stamp sets with hearts - great for making your own cards or decorating gift wrap any time of year.  Our new order of red sealing wax and heart shaped stamps arrived in time for Valentines Day, too. found.valentine When I was in Illinois last month, the owner of the Fairbury Antique Mall gave me the valentine postcard above.  She'd set it aside, knowing  that I would appreciate it.  I do!  That sweet gesture reminded me that valentine's day is a great time to pass around the love with little unexpected surprises. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you from FOUND!         Continue reading

Quick photos of weekend show - ends April 22

FOUND's Eco-funky Earth Day weekend Art Show is almost over.... ends at 5:00 Sunday, April 22nd.  No time to write now, but are a few photos: Above: Cre Fuller's robots with admirer - photo compliments of Charlene Plagens.  Below: Sarah Stanton metal wall art. Above: Bingo Twin wooden dolls.   Below: Fashion collage. Both by Marsha Filipiak. Mirror (2 views) and cottage assemblages by John Gutoskey.   Below: Jewelry made from watches by Rena Hopkins.   Below: bags constructed from vintage neckties and handstitched heart pillows by Celibeth Donnelly.   Below: more robots by Cre Fuller.       What a fun show!  Next post will announce winner of our $50 FOUND gift card drawing.     Continue reading

Unique cards at FOUND

Our A2 artist friend, Celibeth Donnelly, aka Celerybreath, turned her funky fabric animal doll concept into a line of notecards and we're thrilled to have them at FOUND! Featuring collaged dogs and cats, some of them traveling the world to exotic locales, these just make me grin! Another Ann Arborite, Laurie Longo, aka StoriesDivinations brought in a big stack of handmade Valentine cards, but I'm on the road and forgot to take photos of them - I'll do a Valentines post and include her cards next week.  In the meantime, here are some other new arrivals from another Ann Arbor company that sells throughout the country, but these cards are made just down the street.   We love robots! typewriter jewelry at found Isn't this card great for valentines or just to send a friend?  Check out our recycled typewriter key jewelry - made in Michigan.  Rings, bracelets, earrings and cufflinks in stock.  Think of FOUND the next time you need a card that's a bit different! Regards, Mary       Continue reading

FOUND Workshop Photos - Chris Roberts-Antieau

  It's been a busy summer for workshops at FOUND.  I'll use the next couple posts to show photos from the series. We were thrilled to host textile artist Chris Roberts-Antieau earlier this month.  Lots of creative sketching, planning, cutting, ironing and sewing took place in those two days! (Thanks to Pat Johnston who took these photos) The workshop started with sketching and drawing.  Then the fun of selecting colorful fabrics began!  Numerous tables throughout the room were STACKED with textiles of every color and pattern.  At the beginning of the workshop, they were all arranged by color in very neat piles.  By the end of the workshop, they looked like this.  Lots of creatve textile combinations happened in the meantime.   Chris pulled out her scissors - instruction in cutting, fusing and layering commenced!  Slowly, but surely, fabric "pictures" began to evolve.   A good iron is essential in doing art the Roberts-Antieau way! On the second day, the sewing began!         I was amazed as I watched everybody interpret their initial concepts onto fabric.          Two days wasn't nearly enough time to finish - work will continue at home.   The variety and lively use color and pattern in these projects was amazing.  We need to schedule a reunion for  this creative group of women in the autumn - after the finishing touches are completed.   We send a HUGE heartfelt THANK YOU to Chris (with help from Chris, Celibeth and Sylvia).  We're so fortunate to know you!         Continue reading