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Mother's Day Cards and Button Flowers

  Sweet little button flowers in our bud vases from upcycled silverware make a perfect Springtime pairing!  Emily has been busy at FOUND making lots of these colorful button bouquets for Mother's Day.  It's an easy project - just thread thin guage foral wire through the button holes, then hold the flower "head" while you twist the wire tight. If desired wire several together and add ribbon leaves for a vintage bouquet.  It's a great project to do with kids.  Small vintage bottles make great vases, too. You'll find charming Mom's Day cards at FOUND (handmade in Ann Arbor) that incorporate vintage story book images.  What Mom wouldn't love these?     This week, all  jewelry and candles are 10% off at FOUND. And  Saturday morning (May 12), we'll have a drop in button flower making session for kids between 10 a.m. and noon.  We'll help them make a couple flowers and wrap them up for Mommy or Grandma.  Happy Mother's Day from FOUND!     Continue reading

FOUND Eco-funky Art Show poster

Earth Day 2012 is April 22nd.  FOUND has a special eco-funky art show planned for that entire weekend.  We believe artists who use recycled materials are doin' their part to save the earth.  Here's a quick preview of our poster! Earth Day Art show I'm really excited to be featuring these 6 artists - all of them use recycled, found or vintage materials in ways that make me very happy!  Watch this space for details about the artists and what they're bringing.     Continue reading

Jewelry gifts at FOUND

This holiday season, FOUND has a fun selection of jewelry for gifting!  The clever cuff bracelets above are made by 3 Sisters, using recycled license plates - and are very affordable at only $14 each.    Our friend Katina sent in more of her popular woven bracelets (shown below) which sell for $12 - $18. The artist making our recycled wine cork jewelry incorporates her handmade pottery hearts and swirls into many of the necklaces.   Wonder how many friends it takes to supply her with all those corks... Also made in the USA, the peace sign necklaces below features 4 interchangable disks that fit into the magnetized base - giving you 4 different colors for the price of 1. Button jewelry by 3 local artists are always favorites - this year is no exception.   Laura at Bottled Up Designs has a new "cage" style with recycled bottle chips in it.  On her labels, she always includes the bottle history.  In the case of this red glass, it came from ruby red beer bottles that Schlitz used at one point.  Laura is also turning bottoms of bottles into votive candle holders (shown below with earrings in them) and melting complete bottles to form flat bottle-shaped cheese or hor'douvre trays. recycled bottle earrings   Who knew paper could be made into such lovely jewelry?  These from Flying Paper Designs are made with maps and sheet music - with some silver mixed in. If you prefer to make your own jewelry - we can help you with that, too!  Check out our selection of blank rings that you can use as a base to create your something special. Browse through this blog for more gift ideas.  Then hurry on over to FOUND!  If you see something you like, but it's not listed for sale on the website and you live far away - give us a call and we'd be happy to ship it to you.  734-302-3060.     Continue reading

Mid August Finds at FOUND

Lots of things have come into FOUND this week. In Wisconsin, I found several dozen vintage metal tags that were used on a dairy farm to identify the cows.  Emily scrubbed them clean and they would be neat for jewelry or altered art projects. Cuff style bracelets made from recycled license plates!  A big selection of these fun accessories is now in stock.  Just $12 each.  My 5th grade nephew is now a FOUND finder, too - he found me a set of pool balls this week.  If you want the 8 ball, better hurry in! Vintage plastic piggy banks.  In a half dozen styles. Handcrafted earrings made of recycled paper - from Michigan artist Sue Rosengard.  The earrings below are another new arrival from Sue. More robots arrived.... More things are coming in almost every day.  And I love to head out on vintage treasure hunts this time of year.  Hope you can stop by soon and see what else we've found. Regards, Mary owner & finder   . Continue reading