Day two of the Hissyfits Hullabaloo review. Just a reminder – these are the recovered pics from a dying camera. Please offer the camera (photographer and pics) the respect due and offer a moment of silence rather than complaints about quality. I was just glad it stayed on long enough to take these.
You’ve probably noticed by now that a lot of these business owners are moms who, like many of us, are looking for ways to contribute to their families’ financial welfare. From what I could see at the Hullabaloo, they all offered high quality, creative and useful items. Why not consider foregoing the big box stores for a least a few of your holiday gifts this year and spending your money with one of these businesses? You’ll probably get a higher quality item for the money and one that’s indubitably more hip. Most of all, your buying local contributes directly to Arizona’s financial success and helps someone just like you provide for his or her family.
Flowergirl – Tammy R. Mendoza, 602-617-9226
I fell in love with the work of our next artist, Tammy Mendez. Tammy got her start making simple flower hair barettes for her own daughters. As she kept making them, the designs became more elaborate. The pieces she creates for Flowergirl are anything but plain. Her romantic pieces bloom with beautiful flowers and glimmer with “jewels” and other lovely embellishments, some of which have a vintage feel.
Tammy’s headbands and barettes make the perfect accessory to nearly any outfit. And, don’t think these hair adornments are just for little girls. They’re elegant enough to look appropriate on an adult as well. Who among us grown up girls doesn’t need a little shimmer now and then? Now if I could only get my little girls to keep them in their hair!
Tammy’s table was crowded with people who wanted to get one of the gorgeous pieces – so I could only get one decent shot. Don’t worry. Just call her if you want a chance to own one of these.
Flipped Bird – flippedbird.com
I can’t confirm or deny the origin of the name of this vendor and it’s possible association with the gesture commonly referred to as a Flipped Bird. Ok, I actually can, but you’ll have to read their website to find out if your guess is right. I will tell you that owner Marci McDonald’s husband calls her “bird” – so that’s part of where the name started. You’ll have to figure out the rest yourself. However, let’s move on to her product.
Marci sent a friend to represent her because she had multiple local events to attend the day of the Hullabaloo. Once you see her bags and hats, you’ll understand why. Her handmade bags come in fabulous colors and patterns and are designed to flip inside out so you can wear them in the reverse! These cloth bags are so cool, they’ve been sighted near such famed teen sensations as – Justin Bieber. Haha!
Sadly, by the time I got to Marci’s bags, my camera had died completely, so I reverted to my cell phone – which does NOT take good quality pics. Be sure to check out her websites for the best representation of her work. By the way, the friend Marci sent to represent her bags was super friendly and not a Phoenix native. However, she survived the summer and is excited about the local feel she’s finding here. Yay, Phoenix!!
Here’s one of the Flipped Birdbags with it’s reverse side…
A visit to Holy Pinata’s facebook page is also good for a laugh because they post pics of sightings of the holy pinata (their red, paper-mache mascot) visiting locations all over Arizona. Best of all, $2 from the proceeds of each sale can be designated toward a local charity.