Welcome to Funky Frog…
African beads and more!

Funky Frog is thrilled to welcome you to your very own African Market! Funky Frog travels to Ghana, West Africa to search for gorgeous African beads, baskets and more. The beads are either from Ghana’s awesome Bead Markets where traders from all over Africa come or from the Bead Artisans themselves. Africa handcrafts beads out of glass, metals, bone, tree resin, wood, seeds, clay, shell, even rocks and stones!!! So for those of you who are looking for unique beads to incorporate into your own jewelry check out Funky Frog’s page called – Beads.

Funky Frog creates jewelry using the gorgeous African beads … Not only is each piece created lovingly by hand in Montreal, each bead is unique and handcrafted in Africa. You can see the jewelry on Funky Frog’s page called – Jewelry. Funky Frog jewelry can also be found in two wonderful shops – Boutique Sisi: under the pink awning at 361 Victoria in Westmount and Pure Art: a wonderful Fairtrade store in Hudson. These two stores also carry Funky Frog’s G-lish Baskets … the shops are worth checking out!

Baskets + Curios

Baskets are handcrafted in a region in Northern Ghana called Bolgatanga. There are the traditional Bolgatanga baskets weaved out of elephant grass that have a myriad of colours , designs and shapes. Funky Frog brought home some and they went quickly… While in Bolgantanga Funky Frog discovered an awesome new basket and is now introducing the G-lish basket which is made of recycled plastic, fabric and the traditional grass to Canada…..And the curios are all the fun handicrafts that Funky Frog wants to show you.. masks, metal sculptures and more… All handcrafted in Africa. You can check them out on Funky Frog’s page called Baskets + Curios

Visiting Funky Frog

If you are in the Montreal area you are welcome to visit and browse through Funky Frog’s many drawers and jars full of African Beads of all shapes, colour and sizes. . . . you can check out the African baskets, the assortment of African figures, or the African masks… all kinds of stuff waiting to be discovered . . Come, browse, shop or even to sit down and create a treasure of your own . . . . just Contact Funky Frog to make arrangements. We would be delighted to hear from you. But no matter where you are in this wide beautiful world you can browse through Funky Frog’s African Market on line!

Funky Frog hopes you enjoy your visit! We are always adding new African Beads, Funky Frog Jewelry or something so come back and visit often. If you would like to follow us on Facebook we would be delighted. Come for a visit and like us! Whenever we add something special to the site we will post it there as well. And for those Pinterest fans Funky Frog is there too!

Funky Frog’s Blog

Funky Frog’s Blog is where you can read about adventures hunting for beads, baskets and curios…. Or about how various beads are made … Like Recycled Glass Beads … did you know this is recycling at its best? … bottles are collected and used to make gorgeous beads … the beads can be translucent or opaque, the colours coming straight from the colour of the glass or added or hand painted… you can read about this and more…you can read about the Recycled Glass makers here …and here

But, what is quickly evident when you read the Blogs, the beads and baskets that Funky Frog brings to Canada are just a part of the whole story. This story is also about people just like us but living in circumstances that we cannot even imagine … Things we take so for granted can be used to reach out across the globe and every little sustainable bit is worth it!

Think
Out Side
the Box

Mainstream … looking up this word i found these synonyms: normal, conventional, conformist, accepted, established. Vegetarianism has been mainstreamed. i know as i have been a vegetarian for 46 years. It is the new norm and this is great. Foodies now look for ‘biological’,’vegan’ … However there is a flip side to something being mainstreamed. We no longer question it, we accept it as it is. We no longer think or even look outside the box.

I use vegetarianism as an example because it is something that is close to home for me. When i first became a vegetarian way back it seemed so ‘right’ to me i thought everyone would follow very soon. This notion faded after 10 years or so … But suddenly being vegetarian has become hip and so a new marketing tool … slap ‘vegan’ on it and suddenly it is trendy! But you can’t be a vegetarian because it’s trendy … Being vegetarian is a way of life … you must think and look outside the box.

It is the same thing with ‘Fair trade’, ‘Eco-friendly’ and the latest ‘Zero waste’ … these philosophies are not simply trendy marketing tools but deeply felt inspirations to live a certain way. If you want to include ‘Fair trade’or being’Eco-friendly’ or ‘Zero waste’ into your life it takes a lot of thinking outside the box.

And thinking outside the box takes a lot of commitment… it takes a leap. Leapfrog is Funky Frog’s recognition of this. I first went to Africa for a deeply personal reason. I was born there and wanted to see my homeland … but i found much more than i bargained for.

Going to Ghana, West Africa had me leaping out of my box! And outside the box as a leapFrog I have met so many wonderful people who are working quietly and selflessly to make a difference……

In Ghana there is a wonderful ngo called Village Exchange. Women are still a vulnerable group world wide but in Ghana their position is made more precarious by poverty and because of old cultural ‘habits’. Village Exchange was started by a woman, Christiane Milev who saw this vulnerability and wanted to do something about it. Christiane started by studying teenage pregnancies. This led to educating these young women about health issues and family planning…. which led to finding ways to alleviate their poverty and empower them through small loans and employment. And so Lady Volta today has seamstresses, batikers and beaders working together to make a better future for themselves.

G-lish Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Ghana, West Africa. They support rural communities to make sustainable, hand-made baskets and wall art that generates incomes and choices for families. G-lish is run from Ghana and shows that locally-led efforts can break poverty cycles and create lasting prosperity. They work with over seventy producers and impact over four hundred people in three villages in some of the poorest communities in the country. The founders are Godwin Yidana and Gayle Pescud.

In 2005, together with their five boys, Brigitte & Robert McKinnon embarked on a humanitarian trip to the jungle town of Pucallpa, in the Peruvian Amazon, to connect with two young girls they had sponsored to attend school. An eye opening experience, the family recognized a community in dire need of help, limited by a lack of access to education, housing, & healthcare. Returning home conscious of what felt like a forgotten community, the McKinnons & their five boys decided there had to be more they could do to help. Their solution came through the creation of the Pure Art Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, that would work to empower this community through health & education programs.

You too can be a leapFrog and take a leap into helping out! Be part of this circle that ripples outward…

Thank you for visiting.... This is a good time to stock up on gorgeous African Beads as Funky Frog will be traveling starting March 6 all the way til July 14 ... We will send last parcel out March 5th :) Dismiss