Sunday, January 31, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Cindy Lindgren

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

Today we bring you this beautiful set of Poppy notecards from illustrator Cindy Lindgren!



Poppies are nostalgic in the sense of their history not only in gardens and in textile designs but in their association with Veterans. They seem to say, "Remember me." Their distinctive flower head is easily recognizable and hard to forget. There are 2 designs in the set, one of a red and orange Poppy trio and one of an orange and cream Poppy pattern, both drawn in a flat graphic style.

These notecards are 5-1/4" x 3-3/4" printed on a high quality uncoated stock with a matching white envelope. They are blank inside so you may add your own message. They are individually packaged in acid free sleeves. These would make an excellent gift, or an elegant addition to your stationery collection.

How to Enter:
Visit Cindy's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments, or just click here.)

Open to US residents Only.

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:
Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

5. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

6. Become a HandmadeMN Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

7. Become Cindy's Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.


Contest ends Saturday, February 13, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ From HandmadeMN with Love

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

From HandmadeMN with Love(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): ModernMeetsWhimsy, one9designs, birdfromawire, dmalia
Third Row (Left to Right): cayennepeppy, waternymph, XOSupplies, BathNBeads
Fourth Row (Left to Right): bearlovesbella, westernartglass, JustAnotherDay, catchastarcreations

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

8 Questions with...Regan Saunders

By Kat Lewinski


Meet Regan Saunders. Regan lives in South Minneapolis near the Institute of Arts with her husband and hamster Ziggy. Her immediate family is all in Minneapolis as well. She works part time at a paper store and also as a valet. Valeting used to take up 5 nights of her week but she's recently changed companies so that she can spend more time on her Etsy shop. You can find Regan on her Etsy store, Regans' Brain.

1. What types of items do you sell in your store?

Pillows, Paper goods, Headbands, and Vintage Items - Anything my "brain" comes up with!

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Mainly from my husband, but really everywhere. I usually walk into a store, see something that grabs my eye and think, "What can I do with this?". Odd objects tend to interest me most and get my wheels turning. My favorite recent purchase is a faux fur Fox figurine!

3. Do you have a specific space where you do most of your work?

I have a sewing room in our apartment. I use a sewing table that my grandma recently gave me. It was one of the collapsible sewing tables that my great-grandpa used to sell.

4. When did you first start crafting?

I've been crafting as long as I can remember. My earliest memories of crafting go back to when my Mom, Dad, Sister, Grandparents and I used to spend a week at a cottage on Lake Minnewaska every August. I remember going to the local Ben Franklin and getting beads, yarn and other goodies. We would sit around making things throughout the week. I always loved the time we spent together and I know it influences me to this day.

5. Do you do any crafts or art beyond what you sell?

Currently I am taking my second photography class at the U of M. I also make things while working at the paper store.


6. What are your favorite places to buy supplies?

For fabric I love Craftyplanet in North East - they are also online. Currently I buy a lot of my supplies at JoAnn Fabrics, The Paper Source and Paper Depot, but I am always on the lookout for local shops that have odds and ends.

7. What is the best thing you've ever done to promote your etsy store?

Nothing. Seriously! Somehow someone picked up one of my pillows and put it on their blog. It was then re-blogged on multiple blogs, tripling the views I received on that pillow in one day! That was sort of a fluke, and I wish I knew of good ways one could promote their shop. I am hoping to learn a lot about promoting my shop from other HandmadeMN members!

8. What other etsy store(s) do you really like?

missbrigette's shop - She is responsible for my avatar!
thesmallobject
therunnybunny
lucyslocket
crankbunny




Sunday, January 24, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Wynzia

By Toni of Wild Dog Studio

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

Today we bring you these great little flower bobby pins from Dana of wynzia!




Three dainty 1" satin flower bobby pins in this spring's hot colors of turquoise, coral and fuschia. Wear them together or one by one, in a fancy up 'do, or with casual ponytails. So very pretty.


How to Enter:
Visit Dana's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments, or just click here.)

US and international residents welcome!

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:
Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

5. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

6. Become a HandmadeMN Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

7. Become Dana's Facebook fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your facebook name here.

8. Follow Dana's blog. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

9. Follow Dana on twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

Contest ends Saturday, February 6, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say
Banana?
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): ChickaDeesigns, harvestmoonbyhand, rainydayyarnshop, MaryFosterCreative
Second Row (Left to Right): greensquirrel, Sbdesign, SuzAndRoo, turnarounddesign
Third Row (Left to Right): cayennepeppy, maryellenscrafts, appleberryink, notapotato
Fourth Row (Left to Right): pickleberries, sacredsuds, auntiebonline, musicalkitten

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January Challenge Winner

By Toni of Wild Dog Studio




Congratulations to Jessica of Plushroom Soup for winning January's HandmadeMN monthly challenge!

Thanks to all who participated in this month's challenge, and stay tuned for some great "Fiery" entries in our next challenge!



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Inspire Me

by Cheri of From Out of the Cracks

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Where does that creativity come from? What was the inspiration, the spark? Do you go somewhere to get inspired?

Here is our featured HandmadeMN artist Kathy Van Schepen from Vantastic Designs where she creates a little of this and a little of that. You can also check Kathy out on her Blog, Twitter and Facebook fan page.

Kathy says most of her inspiration comes from brain storming with her friend and mentor, Brenda, but it could be something as simple as a screen saver or a view out her window. “I have found that I am a very visual person and more often than not it is something I have seen that inspires me. As an example I will tell you about my wall hangings "Agapanthus". I was working on my computer one day and out my window I could see one of my gardens. It was a warm summer day and there was a slight breeze. The blooms on my Egyptian Nile lilies were bobbing their heads to the movement of the breeze saying good morning to me. For the next several days, whatever I was doing, the purple blooms were still in my head bobbing away, they just would not settle down! I finally cleared off the kitchen table, got out all my wet felting supplies and laid out the two wall hangings and Voila!”


“The wall hangings were laid out with Merino wool roving which had been carded with a small amount of cotton. On top of the white roving I laid out the flowers that I had cut out from wool prefelt. The stalk is Ozark homespun and the leaves are Merino roving. On top of the flower display I laid a small amount of the white roving. I added a rod pocket on the back so they would be easy to hang. Then the fun began...warm water and soap to felt the design! A little muscle and elbow grease and the wall hangings were complete, just needed time to dry and they were done!"





Monday, January 18, 2010

Featured Shop - Sacred Suds

By Sara of Auntie B Online

Now is the season of our dry winter skin. The cold, harsh wind makes us cry out for some relief, and my sanctuary during winter is none other than the bathtub. A nice warm soak is the perfect remedy to remove the chill from your bones.

Your bath is drawn, the candles are lit. To make the experience truly heavenly would be some Sacred Suds. Andrea has concocted the most divine soaps to make your weary body come alive and to soothe irritated skin. Make no mistake, while I push these soaps during the harsh winter months of Minnesota, they are just as heavenly anywhere else on earth, in any climate.

Sacred Suds is inspired by the Goddesses and Gods of ancient mythology and provide excellent skin care and aromatherapeutic properties. Here is just a small peek at what is offered:




Aphrodite, Goddess of Love is a delicious mixture of rose, ylang ylang, and amber, along with rich oils to soothe the skin. As "rich and sensual as Aphrodite herself."



Cernunnos, Celtic Nature God has been created to pay homage to a more virile and animal nature. Scented with pine, fir, rosewood, musk, and clove, this soap will bring you back in touch with the natural being that you are.



Shakti, Goddess of Creative Energy, a compilation of patchouli, ylang ylang, orange, and clove, will most certainly invigorate the senses as well as the body.

Go visit Sacred Suds and get the inside scoop on what could be the most luxurious soaps you have ever encountered. The shop is lovely and includes many glowing testimonials from those who have experienced the effects of these rich and beautiful soaps. Also in the offerings are gift sets, as well as seasonal fragrances. Positively heavenly.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Angel Ellie

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

Today we bring you this great set of personalized tile coasters from Ellie of Angel Ellie!

The Fleur de Lis was the symbol of Kings representing purity, wisdom and honesty. This set of 4 travertine tile coasters can be personalized with your first name or last. Each 4x4 tile has been hand stamped in brown. These are travertine tiles from Turkey. Ellie uses this specific type of travertine tile (ravini beige) because of their smooth texture with only minimal cracks and dents (mainly around the edges). They are strong and sturdy tiles that will last a lifetime. She hand stamps and hand paints each design. These coasters are absorbent, and the design is heat set in so the painted design will not smudge when wet will absorb moisture from your glass or cup. Each tile has 4 felt pads on the bottom so they will not scratch table top finishes.

These coasters are not dishwasher safe and can be cleaned with a damp towel. Add these hand painted tile coasters to your next party table setting for a special look and have the guests keep their tile coasters as a special party favor.

How to Enter:
Visit Ellie's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments, or just click here.)

Open to US residents Only.

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:
Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

5. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

6. Become a HandmadeMN Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

7. Follow Ellie's blog. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

8. Follow Ellie on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

Contest ends Saturday, January 30, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Our Little Animal Kingdom: Series I

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Our Little Animal Kingdom
Series I
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): ALineofHerOwn, kellybot, tinab76, StarglowStudio
Second Row (Left to Right): greensquirrel, DangerKittyDesigns, JulieMeyer, westernartglass
Third Row (Left to Right): glorioushats, jackielehmann, AngelEllie, SteampunkVintage
Fourth Row (Left to Right):Fandangled, wildheart515, harvestmoonbyhand, XOHandworks

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2010 ETSY Goals

by Rita Wetzel


As we head into the second week of the New Year, I thought I would share some thoughts on goal setting. More specifically, goals for ETSY shops!

I opened RitasCreationsOnETSY in the spring of 2009. I didn't have a party or fire works or big announcements. Nor did I have much of a plan to move forward. Then in the fall of 2009 I opened a second shop, AndMoreBags, thinking I needed a separate storefront for my bags, purses, wristlets and snack bags – again, without much of a plan on how to move forward.

As 2009 wound down, I started noodling about 2010 goals. I chatted with some fellow Etsians from Minnesota about how they handled 2009 goals. Suzanne Anderson of Suz and Roo set goals resulting in 50 ETSY sales! As a member of HandmadeMN, she feels the information she gets from this group is very valuable. Her beautiful jewelry line was also popular at many local craft shows. Did you know that Handmade MN keeps a current list of shows that our members participate in?


Courtney of Modern Meets Whimsy: Artisan Jewelry also set 2009 goals. One of her primary goals was to separate her stationery shop, Just Another Day, from her jewelry line. She listed or renewed items twice a day to get more exposure. The result: 120 sales during 2009!

And what about 2010? Suzanne believes goals keep her on track and motivated. It answers the question “Am I successful?” Her goal for this year – 100 sales. How will she achieve this? The answer: List more - Get more exposure - Do more wholesaling. Courtney believes goals “are a great way to stay focused. Through goals you can visualize where you want your shop to be in the present, in the long run, and how to get there.” Courtney plans to create collections with different price points to build a core of repeat customers!

Taking all of this in, I did some more noodling about my 2010 ETSY goals. I now have them set and here they are:
-To maintain exposure to my shops, list or relist 5 items weekly in each of my shops.
-To maintain exposure to my creativity and shops, blog 3 times a week. (Did I mention I have a blog for each shop and that they automatically feed to Twitter and Facebook.)
-To stay sane, keep a good inventory of product.
-To stay connected with my ETSY teams, participate in a team sponsored event at least once a quarter.
-Between the 2 shops, I had an average of 13 sales each quarter in 2009. In 2010, double that in 1Q, triple that in 2Q and 3Q, and quadruple that in 4Q. That will be over 150 sales during 2010!

So there it is - my goals for 2010! Do you have your goals set?


Monday, January 11, 2010

A HandmadeMN winter

You know it when it's here.

It could be the grinding, squeaking, crunch of frozen, sub-zero snow beneath your feet. Perhaps the shocking intake of breath when you first step out the door and gulp in that icy oxygen. Or the feeling of fingertips gone numb and raw from seconds of exposure. It's really cold. But you already knew that.

As most veteran Minnesotans (or midwesterners :) would tell you, this cold is no novelty. And yet, although I've lived through them each year of my life, there are still some sub-zero stretches that have me dreaming of warm sun, cool grass, and that far away dreamland - summer. It's during these times that I need a boost; something to make me smile, laugh, sometimes appreciate, or at least survive, these frigid winter days. Here are a few of those things, in no particular order:

1. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
A friend got me hooked on this show a few months ago, and now I can't stop watching. I'm especially smitten with Charlie and his antics, and have the "kitten mitton" infomercial down by heart. I even bought a pair of these handy feline paw silencers from fellow HandmadeMN crafter, regan's brain, as a Christmas gift for a friend. My friend loves them; the cat is not so sure. Check them out in her shop!



2. Hot Cocoa.
Maybe it's cliche, but sometimes there's nothing better than warm, comforting, chocolately, milk. I'd love to hold some in this mug I've been coveting from HandmadeMN member mepottery. I love how the scribbles will become revealed as you sip your yummy drink. Check out her shop to see the whole "scribble" line.



3. Ironic, quirky, cold weather events.
A friend relayed this experience to me: As she got into the car one morning, her coffee sloshed out of her mug, and right onto the steering wheel. Rather than spilling onto her lap, it froze solid onto the steering wheel immediately - no need to change outfits and be late for work! Ha. However, she did need to scrape off "iced coffee" from the wheel for the remainder of her drive. For those other hard to clean spills, try these fun pot scrubbers from Mary Ellen's Crafts of HandmadeMN. They come in a rainbow of bright colors; see them all in her shop.



4. Hoarfrost.
No, I'm not being inappropriate. While visiting my Mom in Madison over Christmas break, I woke up, looked out the window, and saw everything covered a beautiful, sparkling, white frost. Here's the exchange that followed:
Mom: "Ohh, hoarfrost. Pretty."
Me: (with skeptical look on face): "What?"
Mom: "You know, hoarfrost."
Me: "No, I don't know hoarfrost."

As I didn't believe her, she got out her trusty dictionary to confirm that hoarfrost is actually the term to describe "frost whitening the surface on which it is formed". What do you know? This gorgeous photo from Mary Foster Creative captures a lovely frost on a rosehips plant. See more of her photos at her shop.



Well, I'm sufficiently warmed up, and I hope you are too. These winter days aren't so bad, and, as a bonus, they make us look tough. I'd love for you to leave a comment about what makes you smile during these cold, dark days.

Cheers,
Corrin


Sunday, January 10, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Sue Pariseau Pottery

By Toni of Wild Dog Studio

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

Today we bring you this awesome wheel thrown mug from Sue Pariseau Pottery!



This stylish handmade mug has been wheel thrown from stoneware clay and glazed with a sapphire blue and glossy white combination of glazes. Mug is white on the inside. On the outside overlapping the sapphire and white glazes creates the lighter blue color on the top portion of the mug. This mug holds 16 oz of your favorite beverage.

The stoneware and glazes are non-toxic, making this mug food, microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. I recommend using a mild dishwasher detergent which is better for your dishes and the environment.

Dimensions: 5.25” across lip to handle
4” tall


How to Enter:
Visit Sue's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments, or just click here.)

Open to US residents Only.

Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:
Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

5. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

6. Become a HandmadeMN Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

7. Become Sue's Facebook fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your facebook name here.

8. Follow Sue's blog. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

Contest ends Saturday, January 23, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ January Birthstone Shades of Garnet & Red

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

January Birthstone
Shades of Garnet & Red
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): cayennepeppy, palettepassion, rainydayyarnshop, turnarounddesign
Second Row (Left to Right): athenaslittleowl, MaryFosterCreative, waternymph, greensquirrel
Third Row (Left to Right): SweetGracies, tinab76, regansbrain, one9designs
Fourth Row (Left to Right): kellybot, ArtisticEdition, Sbdesign, glorioushats

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Minnesota Hot Dish

by Cheri of From Out of the Cracks

This is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes that is very tasty and full of good protein. Served as a main dish or with you favorite meat dish, its bound to be your new vegetarian favorite!




Sweet and Sour Lentils with Fine Noodles

1 cup lentils, rinsed
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce)
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup rice or white vinegar
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
6 oz ramen or other raw fine egg noodles
2 Tbl dark sesame oil
1 Tbl hot chili sauce
Two garlic cloves, minced
One large carrot, thinly sliced
Half medium green pepper, finely chopped
Two bunches green onion, chopped

Combine the lentils and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 min minutes, or until the lentils are tender but still firm. Drain and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the Braggs, honey, vinegar add ginger, mix well and set the sweet and sour sauce aside.

Cook noodles al dente (watch them carefully because they cook very quickly), drain and set aside.

Heat the sesame oil over medium heat in a large skillet. When it is hot, add the garlic and carrot and sauté over moderately until the carrot is tender crisp. Add the green pepper and onion and sauté just until the onion wilts a bit.

Add the cooked lentils and the sweet and sour sauce; simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the noodles and simmer just until they are heated through

Serves 4 – 6


Now we need a tile trivet to set the vegetarian hot dish on. Visit Angel Ellie's shop for some fun trivets!


Monday, January 4, 2010

...a few of my favorite things...

by Christine of Prayerbedes




Sunday, January 3, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Crazy Busy

Congratulations to our latest giveaway winner! Thanks to all who entered and we wish you good luck with this week's giveaway!

Today we bring you this awesome purse from Stena of Crazy Busy. Check out Stena's shop on Etsy for more great bags, scarves and artwork!



This bag is for the everyday angel and devil in all of us. It was created using an old pair of denim pants and a tie for the handle, and has a heavy duty snap closure just behind the original pants button. The Stafford tie is hand sewn to the bag and is extra long. This purse has 5 exterior pockets, and is embellished with an angel/devil patch and a small charm which was specially made for this bag! Stena has also included a mini Capri sun business or credit card holder and a larger Capri Sun bag. The card holder is lined with orange fabric, and has a velcro closure. The larger Capri sun bag is made from 4 pouches zigzaged together and has a zipper closure. This unlined bag has a place for all of your treasures!


How to Enter:
Visit Stena's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments, or just click here.)

US and international residents welcome!
Please make sure we have a way to contact you!

For Bonus Entries:
Please leave each in a separate comment, as each comment is an entry (To qualify for extra entries you must do step one above).

1. Visit other HandmadeMN team members shops (listed in the sidebar here) and leave a comment(s) here with your favorite pieces.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a visible link back to this posting and comment here with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment(s) with a link to your tweet(s).

4. Follow our blog (you want to do this anyway to learn about upcoming giveaways!). Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower. If you are already a follower, leave a comment anyway, as each comment is an entry.

5. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

6. Become a HandmadeMN Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, January 16, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January Challenge - Winter

By Toni of Wild Dog Studio

This month's challenge theme was "Winter". Check out the great entries below, then scroll all the way to the bottom to vote for your favorite! The winner will receive an advertising spot on our blog.

Voting ends at midnight on January 17.



Buried Acorn - 8 x 10 Photograph


Submitted by:
manda marie designs





Winter Blues

Submitted by:
KomfyKozy












Snow Angel

Submitted by:
dmalia









Mr Snow Ornament

Submitted by:
embe







Winter Mint Soy Candle

Submitted by:
hjjonsgaard







Cotton Candy Yeti

Submitted by:
Plushroom Soup












Snowbound Rose Hips 8x10 photo

Submitted by:
Mary Foster Creative







Falling Snow Reusable Lunch Bag with Sandwich & Snack Bags

Submitted by:
And More Bags













Vote For Your Favorite Now!




Friday, January 1, 2010

Upcoming Shows

By Toni of Wild Dog Studio

Make 2010 a HandmadeMN year!

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Artisan Holiday Boutique
Nov 19 - Jan 1
5619 Manitou Road (next to Hazellewood Grill)
Excelsior, MN

Featuring:
PickleBerries - fused glass jewelry, primarily using millefiori

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Gifts in the Gallery
Dec. 8-22
Bloomington Art Center
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Featuring:
Sarah Bober - SB Design - Jewelry specializing in resin and fine silver designs.

PickleBerries - fused glass jewelry, primarily using millefiori

Kitty Rogers Photography - whimsical fine art photography

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Holiday Open House
December 18th, 8 – 5 pm
Time Out Studio
6001 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Featuring:
Cheri Meyer - From Out of the Cracks - Free Form Bead Work and Wire Wrapped Jewelry

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Art @ West End
Dec. 18
11a.m.-6 p.m.
394 & Hwy 100, St. Louis Park, MN

Featuring:
redshoes26design - Greeting cards, art prints, and gifts

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Afton Holiday Artists Market
December 18 & 19
3290 St. Croix Trail S
(Next to Baglio's, across from the Afton House Inn)
Afton MN 55001

Featuring:
Inti Jewels - modern, feminine jewelry made from precious metals and gemstones

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YazBerry Fashion Trunk Show
December 17 - 30
500 Division St. Ss
Northfield, MN 55057

Featuring:
YazBerry Fashion - Vintage inspired clothing, purses & jewelry.

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Fun Friday Finds ~ Baby New Year

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Baby New Year
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below