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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Artist Feature!!! Lisa at Modifyd

Who is behind that adorable etsy? Here is where you find out! Meet Lisa of Modifyd.

Get to know Lisa: My friend, Candice, and I started talking about starting a business together
ages ago. She used to work in the fast paced NY garment industry and was always disappointed with all the waste.

I'm a mixed media artist and I've always had a love of fashion [started my own t-shirt business once]. I also moonlight as a graphic designer and a professor. You can see what I do artwise on my website:

Neither of us sit still very well - so we're always doing something. We make a good pair!

What makes Lisa tick: We've both become more and more aware of what we have around us, where it came from, how much trash and waste we are contributing to the world. We both decided if we were going to start a business we wanted it to be as "green" as we could.

So last year we started collecting samples and leftovers from Candice's friends in the business and we began the process of up and re/cycling things. We've made hats, gloves, dog beds, pillows, endangered species stuffies - whatever we can think of.

We are also committed to giving back - so 10% of our proceeds goes back to
an environmentally involved charity. Right now we're giving to the NRDC.

Lisa's inspiration: For us the garment we are working with itself is inspirational. Some have
amazing buttons, a great cable, some kind of knit detail, or a cool closure that we want to include.

The colors are also incredibly inspiring.

Since we are working with materials that have had another life and have their own original use, it's really fun to try and alter that in someway.

Why she loves etsy! We are TOTALLY and completely new to etsy. We decided to try and use etsy instead of a shopping cart on our own website. I have to say the best thing is the community. People have been so welcoming to us - and so friendly. I had no idea it would be like this.

I also like the ability to search for things with a few keywords. It's always a surprise what comes up.

Dreams: We're totally taking it as it comes. We're hoping to officially launch and announce our business really soon and we're really hopeful that people like what we are doing!

We'll be adding more stuff to etsy soon - and we'd love to hear what people think!

Thanks Lisa! You rock!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Something Blue Wedding Company

Check out Something Blue Wedding Company's Blog for a sweet post about MimiBird Jewelry and Accessories!

In the mean time, follow her fabulous blog for inspiring ideas, images, and information about weddings and beyond.

Thanks Abby!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Favorites!!! Buttons!

During the week when I am shopping etsy, I come across so many amazing items! I want to share a few of my favorites with you on my favorite day of the week!

Of course we all know I LOVE buttons, especially vintage buttons, so I am always curious to see who else out there shares my interest in these special little treasures. Sure enough, buttons are everywhere. Mix it with a little teal and I'm a happy girl!

click the photo for the item, the etsy store name for the shop.

I enjoyed not only these items, but shopping around these shops was inspiring! Such great items! Shopping through etsy is one of the best ways to shop!!

I'm heading to New York City this weekend! So you can expect some future posts that are NYC inspired!

xoxo - Mimi

Sunday, July 18, 2010

One Of My Items Made Front Page!

My item was listed on the front page of

Vintage Found Object Collage - Fly Away

This collage sign is one of a kind made from only vintage objects, hand printed letters, vintage sheet music, vintage photo, button, and necklace. The wood used was from a barn in Adair County, OK that was built in the early 1900's.

Let me tell you about my Collages!

The special thing about my found object collages is the story behind them. Each sign is handmade starting with a piece of oak from a barn that my own father tore down. All of the pieces that I currently have up came from a barn that was built before statehood in the 1900's in Adair County Oklahoma. The next step is finding old sheet music, newspapers and other special papers to lay down as a background. The words and sayings are hand printed using a vintage letter press set and written out on, you guessed it, vintage paper. After all the 2-D work is done I dig through all my old odds and ends; buttons, trinkets, stamps, photos, marbles, toys, jewelry, etc to find the perfect piece of a memory to make the sign complete. All of the papers and objects that I have come from auctions, estate sales, garage sales, and even from people I personally know and love. These pieces have a heart connection that is worth sharing, I hope you enjoy decorating with one or giving one as a gift as much as I enjoy making them. If you ever would like one to be even more personal to you with a special saying or special objects used don't hesitate to contact me on my etsy page, through this blog, or email me at

Thanks for letting me share the joy! Mimi

Saturday, July 17, 2010

OmieGraceVintage :: from my heart to your home

Omie, a young graphic designer from Birmingham Alabama has opened a vintage etsy shop. If you have ever stepped foot in her house you immediately know her decorating style is above and beyond, her secret... vintage treasures! Where can you find her? Estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, and her grandmas closet.

Now she is sharing her fabulous finds with us!! I've already bought something myself and want more.

A few of her treasures: click the photo to get to the item!

Add her shop to your favorites so you can keep an eye on her!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mimi Bird - Featured in the Des Moines Register!

Not only are MimiBird items being sold in stores and written about on blogs, it is getting attention from the Des Moines Register!

The word is spreading!!! You can't beat these prices and the story behind the product and the quality, all worth checking out!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Items on my etsy!!!

New Items listed on my etsy!!!
ALL UNDER $10.00!!!

Stop by often! New items added daily!!!