The Littlest Bean: felt love & a giveaway!


I’m a felt lover…I admit it. If there were a 12 step program for felt addicts, I would have to join. If I’m out and I see something made with felt, I have to buy it.  I’m sure that you can guess that I totally love The Littlest Bean then, right?

The Littlest Bean is the super felt talented Jen  Menkhaus’ line of accessories, jewelery and other lovelies which are created  from felt (of course), fabric, beads & other found objects.  Jen is a multi-talented lady and has worked in some crafty capacity or other for the last 16 years—from selling in galleries to doing displays for Anthropologie, and most recently as the Exhibitor Services Director for the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft. She is also the co-founder and leader of BEST, a Baltimore-based craft collective.

You can see more of her work on her website, in her Etsy Shop & on her flickr page (where I just got lost for about an hour).

Jen has also very graciously offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to one very lucky reader! Lucky devil!

 To win!

Visit the The Littest Bean website, Etsy Shop and/or flickr page, choose your favorite piece(s) and leave a comment on this post with them. You may share each of your faves, but please leave a separate comment for each one…that will also increase your chances of winning. One random commenter will be chosen to win a $50 gift certificate to the The Littlest Bean Etsy Shop. This giveaway will end Friday, October 23rd at 11:59 pm EST.

*** The Arcane Arts winner will be announced as soon as I hear back from the winner.


  1. My favorites on flicker were: new mobile, for sherry and ooak flower brooch, color study brooch, apple silhouette was sweet… just so many nice things!

  2. I also dig the initial brooches. I want to get an L, even though my name starts with D, so I can be Laverne!

  3. I LOVE your banner pictures! So eye catching!
    All of the items are super cute… but I really like custom initial broaches and the felt barrettes with the vintage flowers.
    Very creative!!

  4. Ok, this will be my last one, haha, the one of a kind necklace No.47. I love it.
    I also love the bitsy brooches and the initial brooches and the…oh well, hope I win!

  5. My favorite item is the raindrop necklace. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

  6. Last one…. From Flickr, the vintage plastic and felt brooches are charming. I love the way she combines the vintage finds and the new craft. Beautiful

  7. One of a kind necklace would be so
    outstanding that everyone would want to borrow it when you tell them that this was the only one.

  8. The felt barretts W/vintage flower and beads in sets of two.
    What more could someone ask for.
    They would really brighton your day.

  9. The custom flower barretts are so adorable and cute.
    The grand daughters would feel
    like little princesses going to school wearing these.
    And you can choose them to go with their favorite school clothes.

  10. Mini flower brooch.
    Again the colors choosen are so very nice.
    It is so gloomy and dreary in the fall when it rains and is so cloudy a splash of color on your shoulder will really brighton your day.

  11. Sets of 3 bitsy brooches.
    Love the colors that Jen has put together.
    It would be really hard to choose
    which colors to pick.
    They would look really nice on a jacket,sweater or coat.

  12. I’m also a huge fan of the vintage hoop and cabochon necklaces… The hardest part would be picking the color I want!

  13. I just keep finding more and more that I like! The initial brooches are just precious. I could totally see myself using them at my wedding!

  14. I love the felt brooches! Such perfect little stiches and cute color combos! I would love pinning a bunch of those to handbags…

  15. The barettes! For my daughter and I to share! yay! green, blue. and orange our definately our colors.

  16. so bright and colorful! I would love to have one of those pretty flower headbands. Or a necklace. Or everything!

  17. I LOVE everything, the colors, the BIG pile of felt flowers… okay… the necklaces and flower pins are my MOST favorites. (fingers crossed!)

  18. I dont know how I have missed this shop,it is love at first site, how can you pick a favorite?!?!? I do love though her feathers necklace so pretty!

  19. Wow! Just gorgeous and vibrant work! I loved looking through the Flickr photostream! Really love the felt flower brooches! Gorgeous!

  20. I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with headbands lately- so naturally I love her felt flower headbands! The colors are so vibrant and beautiful!

  21. LOVE the autumn leaf necklace on her flickr! The mini brooches are adorable and my daughter who is 14 would love the barrettes!

  22. A weeks supply of barrettes would be great. My new hairdo needs something like this and I could have a new color everyday. Gotta love it.

  23. I was just thinking while scrubbing the floor how much better it would be with one of Jen’s headbands. So that’s my pick a pretty headband ala Cinderella.

  24. I am a big fan of Day of the Dead so of coarse my fav is The Day of the Dead Day Skull Brooches.
    I was inspired by all the beautiful colors. Thanks for letting me know of your site.

  25. I love the felt flower barettes on Etsy because they just look so polished for felt, and are simple enough to add a pop of color for every day wear.

  26. I love the raindrop necklace. It’s elegant in it’s simplicity. The colors are gorgeous and it seems like it would be comfortable.

  27. What a great giveaway my fingers are crossed I’d love to win. I adore the felt flower brooches they are sooo pretty but everything in the shop is adorable. Thanks for the great giveaway.Helen

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