Monday, December 31, 2007

Join a couple of kooky kids for their awesome art opening!


Featuring B&W photography by Ericka Bailie-Byrne


black, white & red tapestries by S.E.D. ( all new pieces that won't be revealed until the opening)

Opening Reception Friday, January 4, 7-10PM

Exhibit runs January 4 - February 1, 2008

The Beat
1414 W 28th St
Mpls, MN 55408
(around the corner from KinhDo at 28th & Hennepin in Uptown)

Erica is an EtsyMN Street Team Member and owner of the fabulous Etsy Shop ELBfoto

See more of her work at &
Questions & comments can be directed to Ericka at

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gift Guide by Minesota 2020

Includes many MN Etsy Street Team Members. Yay!

The gift guide is a companion to an article "Made in MN: The Value of Buying Local this Holiday Season"

Along with online offerings, many of us sell in brick and motor locations, at craft fairs, and home shows. Thus we offer a variety of ways for Minnesotans to buy local. So whether you prefer to pick up and touch a product before purchase or if you prefer to shop from your home, the members of Etsy MN make buying local easy.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

First Friday Art Events in Bemidji

Way up north, there is much going on in the world of hand made. Kerri, Emotional Oasis, is one of the Gallery North artists and next door at Grandma's Attic: Antiques, Collectables, Gift Mall, Jane, Glorious Hats, is one of the vendors. You will often find both Kerri and Jane at the Gallery North Art Center enjoying the music on the Forest Stage. They are always happy to take you on personalized tours of Gallery North and Grandma's Attic and to show you their work up close and personal, too.

Now here is the official information on all of the events to be found this Friday, December 7, 2007 in Bemidji, MN. If you are in the Bemidji area, drop on by.

Gallery North Art Center Open House , Join in on the fun as Mary Knox-Johnson demonstrates one of her interesting paper art projects and artist Terri Honstead shares painting techniques. The Minnesota Forest Stage will feature guitarist and singer Bob Bildon playing great old time songs and for the first time on the Minnesota Forest Stage, Chrissy Allen and Friends. The Christmas Boutique continues with great gift ideas now through December. The Open House is from 2-5:30PM. Enjoy art, music, demonstrations and refreshments to get you in the holiday mood. 502 Third St. NW. Across from the Bemidji Woolen Mills. For more information 218-444-9813.

Bemidji Community Art Center You are invited to the BCAC First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception on Dec 7th from 5 to 7pm featuring an Artist Lecture at 6pm by Natalia Himirska. Main Gallery: “Still Life – Running Life” by Natalia Himirska dedicated to Pacita (this exhibit is made possible in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. Gallery X2 “Variations” by students of Natalia Himirska and Gallery X3 “Drawn to Water” pastel, painting and mixed media work by JoAnn Hovet. The BCAC is free and open to the public. For more information on the BCAC visit us at our new Web Site at Gallery hours are Tues. through Fri. 12 to 5 pm., Sat. 12 to 4pm. Visit us at 426 Bemidji Ave N (Carnegie Library on 5th St) or call us at (218)444-7570

Public Library for December. Bemidji Public Library and Gallery North Art Center presents artist Pam Robinson. Pam continues exhibiting her delightful mixed media art work through the month December. For more information call 219-368-3032.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House Nov. Opening Reception Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse proudly presents Bemidji native Mali Mattson, Dec. 7th. Mali will present tendriled and gestural mobiles and sculptures, formed of metal and colorful handmade paper. She currently lives and works as an artist and massage therapist in Menomonie, WI. and relishes every journey home. Join us for the opening reception Fri., Dec. 7th, 4:00-6:00 pm. Exhibit runs through Jan 3rd. 523 Minnesota Ave, Downtown Bemidji. For more information call (218) 444-5282

Great River Gallery Open until 6pm on Dec 7th. The Great River Gallery has set up shop for the Holidays now through Dec 18th at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. Great gift ideas featuring jewelry, glass, ceramics, cards and more...just in time for the Holidays! Hours are Mon to Fri – 11am to 5pm and Sat - 11 to 2pm.

Dunn Bros Coffee November / December Exhibit. Dunn Bros Coffee would like to invite you an Artist Reception for their featured artist Pam Nelson on December 7th from 4 to 6pm. Pam’s show entitled "Through the Seasons" exhibits original watercolors and Geclee's of original watercolors. “Living in Northern Minnesota, I feel definite rhythms of the seasons, which inspire my work. There are a variety of subjects and my objective is to treat them each in an empathetic way.” Also available for purchase at Dunn Bros Coffee is Levandowski Pottery by Aron and Jena Levandowski. Stoneware and Raku pottery made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes. “Pottery designed with you in mind.” Visit us at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. or Call (218) 444-5252

Beltrami County History Center Open House, 10AM to 4PM – The Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Winter Scenes" an artwork exhibition on display now through January 31st at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW. For more information please contact Wanda Hoyum at 444-3376 or at

Neilson Place First Friday Opening Reception 5:30 - 7pm The North Country Health Services Art Committee is pleased to host a new art exhibit featuring work by Marlon Davidson and Don Knutson. The public is invited to join us at the opening reception on Friday, Dec. 7th from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. at Neilson Place in Bemidji. A brief presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the exhibit, refreshments and conversation with the artists. Having worked for together for decades, Davidson and Knudson’s collaborations have evolved and become a way for the two artists to “express their deep appreciation for nature, for wilderness, for northern forests and an intense interest in the progress of modern art.” Their work will be displayed through the Holidays for the pleasure of residents, staff, families and the community at large. Their work is for sale, and a price list will be available at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidj. Any questions, email

Saturday December 8th

Mask & Rose Women's Theater Collective invites you to a concert on Saturday Dec. 8th featuring the Nothin' Flatt Band led by Hank Reitan ( they play each summer at the Wood Tic Theater ) and comedian Ms. Lena from Up North “doncha know”. Located in the Masonic Temple at 501 Bemidji Ave Tickets are $10 at the door and the concert is from 7-9 :00 PM . For more information contact Catie Belleveau at


Monday, December 3, 2007

Handmaidens Craftmas Spectacular!

On Sunday, December 9th, a few fellow Etsy shops will be selling at the The Handmaidens' Minneapolis Craftmas Extravaganza. Click the postcard for more information:


The sale will be held at the Ballentine VFW from 10am-6pm. 2916 Lyndale Ave So, Minneapolis, MN. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

No Coast Craft O Rama!

It is finally here this weekend! Come check out 105 vendor's hand crafted goodies!
The show is Friday, Nov 30th from 3-8 PM AND Saturday 9 AM-5 PM.

Be there OR be square!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Minnesota Inspiration

There is nothing better than being inspired by your surroundings. Especially when they are as great as Minnesota!

The sketchbook is designed using pictures that Courtney (Just Another Day Designs) shot while downtown Minneapolis & the envelopes are created using a Walker Art Center brochure...

So Jot down some notes and doodles in this sketchbook
Send a few fashionable recycled notes snail mail style!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wax Tree

Wax tree
I started working on a new series of paintings using collage and wax on wood panel. I got two in the series complete. I really like the way the wax becomes opaque or transparent depending on how much heat is applied.

I ended up starting my work bench on fire with the hotplate I was using to melt the wax with. The two in this series thus far probably will be the only ones for a while.

The other one is here: Knot In a Tree

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Excelsior & Grand Craft Show!

If you are itching do do some christmas shopping, come on over to the Excelsior and Grand Craft Show in St. Louis Park this weekend! There will be quite a few vendors (many of us from the etsy street team!) AND it is a free event to the public! So if anything, just pop on over and chat with us! Nothing is better than supporting your local artists!

What: Excelsior and Grand Craft Show
Where: 3820 Grand Way, St. Louis Park
When: Saturday Nov. 10th 10 am- 4pm
Why: Because you LOVE handmade!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I've been working on some retro game graphics lately, here's my take on pacman.
Check then out here

November Challenge Entries

The November Challenge for the team was to create something with feathers. Here are the entries:
Participants- XOHandworks, INTERIORGLASSDESIGNS, capturedtimebooks, unblinkingeye, and fuzfrenzy.

The October Challenge entries that weren't around for the last post can be checked out here, too!
Participants- LefthandOriginals, westernartglass, kattghoti, 8thday.

December's challenge is Snow & Ice! Brrrrr....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

EtsyMN October Challenge

The Street Team challenge for October is to create something that falls within the parameters of Halloween/Spooky/Creepy. Entries for the challenge can been seen on Etsy when you search for OctMN07. All entries are due on September 30th, so check back often to see the new additions.

Here's a sneak peek!

Thanks to Shellyann, capturedtimebooks, StoneyMistDesign, eyecandycreative, fuzfrenzy, and DancingJems for their contributions!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Street Team Challenge August 2007: PURPLE

Have a look at what this months challenge participants came up with. It really shows how diverse and truly talented our group is! The only rule was to include PURPLE.

Shops are listed from top to bottom, left to right.


Thanks to all those who participated!! I can't wait to see what we come up with next month!!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Featured Seller: Artistic Edition 7/26/07

Jenna Halek started selling her goods in February of 2006 after coming across She was impressed with the look and function of Etsy which opened the doors to selling online. Artistic Edition, Jenna’s shop name, comes from a combination of being artistic and ongoing trial.

“ARTISTIC comes from me feeling/being artsy. EDITION comes from the process for coming up with one of my idea. A lot of the time it takes me a lot of “editions” until I get the perfect end result.”

Jenna’s favorite material is obviously Swarovski Crystals. She makes unique hair snaps at a quality and price that is just unbeatable.

When Jenna’s not busy creating you can find her at her day job as a Graphic Designer/Advertising Director for a Quilting Wholesale Distributor. Not to mention coordinating meet ups for our lovely little Minnesota Street Team.

You can find Jenna’s hair snaps and other goodies at her Etsy shop and you can join her on myspace to be friends.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Featured Seller: You Go Girl! 7/19/07

Stacie Branson started selling You Go Girl! (soaps and more) products at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis. Since then she has sold at craft shows, her website and most recently, The whole thing started up when her daughter learned how to make lip balm at a camp and wanted to start selling them... Stacie wanted to help form a company for her and did a lot of research. In the process of researching she came across soap making and fell in love with it. So they opened You Go Girl!.

You Go Girl!’s products are unique because of the wide variety of scents they carry and specialized look. Packaging is half of making an outstanding product...You Go Girl! does an exceptional job and often receives compliments on theirs.

Stacie’s favorite creation is her Sugar Scrubs. She claims to be not the greatest cook, but loves mixing up scrubs and lotions. She enjoys seeing the response of people who try them. They notice the difference right away and it makes Stacie proud of her work!

When she doesn’t have her hands full of Sugar Scrubs you can find Stacie working on her web site and spending time with her family. She enjoys being a Minnesotan and taking advantage of long soothing walks around Lake Harriet.

Be sure to visit Stacie’s shop on etsy for great soaps, scrubs, balms and more... and be her friend on myspace.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Featured Seller: Upon The Waters Jewelry 7/5/07

Kristin Larson started selling her jewelry after she became addicted to making it. A co-worker taught her how to make earrings, and she was immediately hooked. Her husband was always been interested in doing a small business, and it seemed like a good way to learn some of the ropes.

Kristin believes that what makes a persons crafts uniques is simply the personality that goes into them. Her work is inspired by many aspects of her personality – her love of music, literature, nature, and scripture. Her primary inspiration is nature surrounding the Lake Superior region, where she grew up and stills feel a profound connection to. Kristin’s business name Upon The Waters Jewelry even comes from her true love for Minnesota and it’s lakes.

As a teacher by day, Kristin enjoys coming home to craft because it gives her the chance to see the fruits of her labor. She finds so much satisfaction in finishing a beautiful piece of jewelry.... it’s also the perfect way to relieve stress after a long day of teaching 6th through 8th graders and jokes that “beads don’t talk back”.

You can purchase your own special piece of jewelry from Kristin in her etsy shop. Also don't forget to stop by her blog to say hi :D

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Featured Seller: Minecreations 6/28/07

Growing up Julia was always an artistic and creative person. Throughout school she focused mostly on fine arts, but never felt that it was quite her cup of tea. She wanted to be able to use that creativity to make something more practical. Crafts has become her outlet... allowing her to continue being creative without being so technical.

The doors to crafting opened wide up for Julia Davidson when her boyfriend gave her a sewing machine (her proclaimed favorite tool) for her birthday. After spending about six months learning how to use it and perfecting her skills she discovered Etsy in a Readymade Magazine. From there she started selling cards that she appliqu├ęd fabric onto in her etsy shop minecreations.

While Julia is somewhat of a newcomer to Minnesota, she is already feeling at home in Minneapolis where she enjoys the great community vibe and down to earth folks.

Be sure to help support local artists like Julia! You can see more of Julia’s work at her etsy shop or see her goodies in person at I Like You and Crafty Planet (both in Minneapolis). And don’t forget to stop in and say hi at her blog!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Featured Seller Silver Dragon Rescue 6/21

Amanda has been artistically inclined all her life. She opened her Etsy shop Silver Dragon Rescue in March 2007 to help support her cause Silver Dragon Rescue, which is a no-kill animal rescue center she runs out of her own house. 100% of every purchase from her shop (except her mother-in-law's stuff) goes towards her animal rescue center. You can find out more about Silver Dragon Rescue here.

Amanda grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota and still resides there with her husband, three children and her rescued animals. She has strong family ties in Brainerd, and to have the ability to up and visit grandma and grandpa just about any day is really a blessing. Her husband’s parents also live in Brainerd, so their kids really get a great deal of family time and support. She loves Minnesota in the spring, summer and fall, but when it comes to winter she would rather hibernate. :)

Amanda’s current projects include hemp, monofilament fishing line and beads (glass, lampworking, plastic, clay, natural stones, etc.), and paint. She is now trying out decorative birdhouses, and has discovered up-cycling. She will work with just about any medium. Her favorite tool is definitely her hands. She loves to make things by hand and takes great pride in her work which is very evident in her Natural blue Sodalite stone chip earrings, Orange Monarch Butterfly Necklace Bracelet and Earrings Set, and Sunflower Birdhouse.

When she’s not crafting she’s a full-time mom to three small children (all under the age of 6). She enjoys playing with her kids and showing them how to make art of their own. You will find some of their creations here: Baby Onsies & ACEO Cards. She believes every experience can be a learning experience. Every question is answered and if she doesn’t have the answer, they look it up together. She truly loves being a mom. As stated before she runs a no-kill rescue from her home, so there are always things to do.

Check out Silver Dragon Rescue where you find her specially crafted creations.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Featured Seller Lil Fish Studios 6/14

Lisa has been dreaming about starting Lil Fish Studios for 15 years and officially brought that dream to life in September 2006. She would ultimately like to continue to create, but would also like to create a venue in which she can represent the work of others as well as host classes with guest teachers and speakers.

Lisa has been an Etsy member since last March and made the move from Chicago to Brainerd last October. She now lives on 10 wooded acres with lots of room to run and raise chickens, and hang out the wash. She says it’s a different sort of life compared to Chicago; quieter and beautiful.

Lisa has yet to meet a power tool she didn’t like and a material she couldn’t physically manipulate. Her motivation for crafting is pretty simple. She HAS to. It’s her release that needs to come out and it does in her wonderful creations. She finds inspiration in the color, textures, and patterns it provides her and she’s moved to use as many recycled or re-purposed materials as possible in her craft work. Birds nests, ladybugs, leaves, and natural tones are all common in her work.

You can find calm - turquoise eggs - birds nest pin, brown egg candle, and brick - original ACEO painting through her Etsy shop LilFishStudios.

When Lisa isn’t working on her creations she’s chasing her boys, digging around for rocks, or taking her turkeys for walks in the woods! You may also find her cooking up some deep dish, looking at Etsy or blogging on her blog Lil Fish Studios News.

Check out Lil Fish Studios where you will find her one-of-a-kind creations.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Featured Seller MirandaRanda 6/7

MirandaRanda is the lovely Miranda Andrews from Southern Minnesota. Miranda has a background in child development and it shines through in her work. Many of her items are activities for you to share with your kids. Puppets, collage kits, and fun soaps are some of the items she offers. Her soaps have fun surprises in them like rings and frogs to help children enjoy bath time. Don’t forget to get something for yourself too as she also offers some cool natural glycerin soaps for the kid at heart .

The first piece Miranda actually sold was a fiber arts sample to an art teacher in eighth grade. She was so excited that she would have given it away for free... but the lesson of placing a value on art was invaluable. Today Miranda sells mostly as a hobby, but would love if she could someday make a living from her craft.

To see Miranda’s shop CLICK HERE!! Also make sure to stop by and say hi on Myspace:

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Featured Minnesota Seller 5-31

Pam Loudy started her craft career like many of us by selling handmade items to her co-workers. She expanded her business by selling through consignment shops and selling via Etsy.

Pam has been a fixture on Etsy since 2005 selling her one-of-a kind pendants and belt buckles. Pam has a unique eye for fusing glass. She comes up with fresh ideas and stays one step ahead of her competitors.

For a look at some of the beautiful items Pam has in her Etsy shop, check out Loved in Red, Brown Swirl and Fishy Fishy which are pictured items above (and 2 of which are already sold).

When she is not working on her craft business you will find her enjoying Minnesota outdoor activities such as canoeing, golfing and volleyball. She also enjoys walking her dogs at Minnehaha Falls Park while eating ice cream and walking with her husband.

Check out Pam Loudy’s Etsy Shop and check out her beautiful one-of-a-kind pendants and buckles.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Featured Minnesota Seller 5-24

Like many artists Shelley Ann "fell" into her craft. When she was given the opportunity to show off her goods in a local store she jumped at the chance.

Shelley Ann's Etsy shop is full of FIBERS! You will find radiant wall quilts, quilted post cards, barrettes, and coffee cuffs. Check out Shelley's fused glass night lights for a grown up way to chase away the dark. Almost every item is a one of a kind piece so you don't have to share your incredible find with anyone else.

Using a self discovered technique Shelley's wall quilts are something to behold. They are comprised of thousands of individual pieces of hand dyed fabric that have been fused down and then stitched down with decorative thread. Shelley also used crystals and fabric paint to add movement and a sparkle to these elaborate works of art.

Be sure to stop by Shelley Ann's Etsy shop to get a closer look at her works and visit her blog to read more about this fabulous fiber artist we are proud to call a Minnesotan!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Featured Minnesota Seller!!

Brian Western of Western Art Glass has been cutting glass and applying band-aids since 1978, and has been a part of etsy since January 2007 selling his gorgeous glass. It all started with the help of his older brother and mentor. Now his stained-glass sun catchers light up windows and add a fun, glowing organic feel to your home.

The most astonishing part is that Brian works without any of the modern luxuries available to glass artists these days. Everything is done by hand with a Fletcher 07 glass cutter and a couple of grozing pliers. His materials of choice? Glass, lead, copper foil, copper tubing, solder, wires, and duck eggs.

This Minnesota man... a self-proclaimed “non-reformed Hobbit” loves being able to slink around in the background.... but his eye-catching work calls for attention.

You can check out more of Brian’s work at

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Links on the left

I see that a lot of our members are represented with direct links on the left of this page. How can I get my link on there?

Shelley Ann

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I'm going crazy!

Here's the deal...I work, I have kids, I am married, I have friends, I have a dog and a few relatives I still speak to. I paint, make jewelry, do cut paper collage and some photography. There is myspace, facebook, flickr, etsy, ebay, google blogs, typepad, sxc (photo sharing site, really cool), art fairs, and promotional materials...and I do all of it sort of half a**ed (in case there's kids in the room!) The fam wants me to make dinner, the teachers want me to hover over the kids while they do their mind-numbingly boring homework (middle school and high school), I'm supposed to exercise, pay bills, do laundry and I really, really need a hair cut.

So, what am I doing? I just printed some pictures, filled out all the forms and ran an application for the Eagan Art Festival to my mailbox before my crabby mail lady came. The app was supposed to be in on the 16th, but the festival lady said I could apply if I got it in TODAY!!! I was supposed to also have a photo of my exhibit booth, which I don't own...maybe they won't notice. Oh, and I had to pay an extra 30 bucks too, which seems a bit punitive.

How do you art divas do all this stuff? If you're doing something, there's like 50 other things you're not doing! If I don't make stuff I'll go crazy, but I really want to sell it so people quit asking me where I sell my art. (Why does selling it make it valid, anyway?)

Did I mention I write poetry and am in the middle of writing a book on the Song of Solomon?

I gotta focus...but I'm not sure what on.

Here's my sister's website...Frog Dog Art

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Magickal Realism Reviewed

I just heard that Di from Magickal Realism was featured in a great online review!

Check it out here~ Magickal Realism Naturals

And while you are there, scroll down to the bottom right. They have a very handy pocket/purse sized guide you can print out on what paper product brands to avoid when shopping to help save trees. :)

MM ~ Fragrance Fanatic and Treehugger

Saturday, March 31, 2007


Big things are on the horizon for MN etsy artists and it's an exciting time to be a part of the street team!
If you would like more information about MN Etsy Street Team please convo our fearless leader Jenna through her shop at Artistic Edition.