Monday, January 16, 2017

Learn a Craft

by Cindy Lindgren

Winter is a great time to take classes. Maybe you want to try something completely different this year. We have some HandmadeMN members who can teach you a thing or two.

The Vintage Shop holds a variety of jewelry making classes you can find on their Facebook page.
Or gather your friends and book your own event with them.They teach resin layering, cold enameling, epoxy clay and faux druzy classes but are open to whatever you want to learn. They are located in Oakdale, Minnesota. 

Jerico Mineke of Mienkosmoccs on Etsy teaches how to make your own deerskin moccasins. They look similar to the photo below. Her next class in River Falls, WI in February is unfortunately already full, but she is interested in teaching more classes. Contact her via Etsy or her Facebook page, Mienko's Moccasins, if you have a group of 6 or more and a place to host a class. Do check out her adorable baby moccasins in her Etsy shop.

Mienko's Moccasins
Sarah Bober of ReFind Design Jewelry on Etsy has upcoming classes in February at The Edina Art Center. Her Copper Clay Creations class will teach you how to form, stamp, cut and manipulate copper metal clay that is then fired to create jewelry. It's a 6 week class, Wednesdays 6-9pm, Feb 15th -March 22nd.  Here's a link from her website for more information and how to register.

Sarah has many additional one day classes coming up this year that are listed on her website.

Check out local classes at Textile Center in Minneapolis. There you can sign up for a Fabric Art Workshop, Create a Felted Seamless Cowl, or Learn to use Sergers amongst many other offerings here.

If you enjoy learning skills online, here's some to check out. 
Craftsy where you can explore everything from quilting, knitting to woodturning. In addition to classes, they offer kits for sale.

Skillshare offers craft classes online including weaving, knitting, textile design, sewing and beyond that to include Health and Fitness. They run a special for 3 months for $.99. That should almost get you to Spring.

Feel free to suggest other classes in the comments section.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Heartfelt Thank You

by Cindy Lindgren

Plays Nicely with Paper
Our holiday shows are wrapping up, we're sending out last minute packages you ordered and now it's time to stop, breathe and tell you thank you.

 "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward
Thank you to my loyal customers...Eve Brown Special Occasion cards

Thank you for supporting our handmade businesses throughout the year. For some of us, it is our sole income and what brings us the most joy. To hear back from you by email, or meeting you in person at art events, and hearing your positive comments truly deepens our commitment to our craft.  It also helps boost morale when loading up our art booths on frigid, snowy weekends.

"Nothing better then receiving an order from someone that really appreciates handmade quality items. Their kind words really put a smile on my face!" 
Thank you from MetalingSusie handmade metal jewelry.

We appreciate that you take the time to search out meaningful gifts at the holiday that can't be found in big box stores. You take "Shop Local" to heart and support our community. You recognize that 'something special' in our craft that holds a piece of us as artisans. 

"Thank you from Light Reading! Our customers are amazing, Jess and I are grateful for the opportunity to work with so many nice people. Making something meaningful, like lamp shades from family slides, is a treat. Many of our customers are like old friends now, what fun to see them at shows or see an upbeat comment on Facebook. Minnesota really is the nicest place!"  Brenda Irwin

Your support of our small businesses helps others, too. We often use other local businesses in creating our goods, like local printers, fabric stores and frame shops. 

"I am thankful for all the people who make the extra effort to seek out and purchase unique handmade items from independent makers. It allows us to follow our creative calling, to hone our skills, and to have meaningful interaction with those who value what we make. Thanks!" from Sharon Parker of Sharon's Compendium.

All of us at HandmadeMN appreciate your support this past year and look forward to creating new arts and crafts to dazzle you in the New Year. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Local handmade gifts for teachers that you can buy online

By Sharon Parker
Sharon's Compendium

Looking for a unique gift for your child's teachers? Yet, feeling a little frazzled and challenged to find the time to seek out something special? No worries! HandmadeMN is here to help, and you can buy these handmade local creations online! 

For the eco-conscious teacher who wants a little glam in their life, this silver tote by Susie B. Handicraft made from recycled Mylar bags serves as a fun reusable gift bag. What would you put inside it? Read on for great ideas. 

For a teacher who may or may not be a geologist, they can use these natural rock card holders to display cards, Word of the Week, Star Student, menus and more. From Naturally Unique Rock.

For the teacher who always thinks of others and never herself, Metaling Susie suggests some rustic copper earrings, with turquoise.

For the teacher who teaches finance or economics, a money clip from Chatter by Hammer.

For the teacher who likes to stay organized — with a touch of whimsy! — a ladybug wristlet from MinneBites. 

For the teacher who enjoys Twin Cities' landmarks and local art, this set of note cards by Cindy Lindgren would be just the thing.

From Emily Ruth Designs (whose shop will be back online Monday), here's a name badge reel for the teacher who likes to accessorize and add a pop of color! 

For the teacher who loves science, nature, and useful beautiful things, how about this gift set from Sweet Bee Honey.

To help your teacher through the cold winter months, here's a unique soy candle with a charming surprise inside, from Gemstone Talisman.

For the teacher who loves to support the local teams, how about a T-shirt infinity scarf in your school's colors, or those of one of our pro teams, by Palette Passion (visit the shop for more color choices).

What teacher doesn't need to corral some clutter from time to time? This mini fabric bin (which is on sale, btw) can be filled with gifty things, then used at home or in the classroom after. From Shaggy Baggy.

You can find still more gift ideas from Minnesota makers by clicking on the topics at left, which will take you over to Etsy and a selection of items from members of the HandmadeMN team. Happy shopping!