Monday, May 31, 2010

Inspire Me

by Cheri of From Out of the Cracks

"Be optimistic. It feels better." ~ the Dalai Lama

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

Today we have featured aromatherapy artist Andrea Badgley from Sacred Suds sharing how she creates "Soap with Soul". I have tried Andrea's soap, love the softness of my skin and the lingering fragrance, it all adds up to a wonderful experience Andrea has created! You can check out Andrea and her soap with soul on her Etsy Shop, Twitter and Facebook.


Andrea says, "My Aphrodite soap was born soon after I finished nursing my second child. When my daughter weaned, I mourned the loss of intimacy that breastfeeding brought, but I also rejoiced that I could finally have my body back (any other moms out there who relate to that?). I had been pregnant or nursing for four (loooong) years, and I felt frumpy, haggard, and like I had no identity of my own anymore. Someone else always needed something from me, and I felt I would have nothing left to give if I didn't give myself what I needed.

And what I needed was to feel beautiful, and sexy, and womanly in a non-Mom way. I was tired of feeling like a maid and a sherpa, wiping up spit-up and dragging babies and diaper bags and sippy cups everywhere. I wanted to feel radiant, like flowers bloomed everywhere I walked. I wanted to feel like a Goddess! So I turned to Aphrodite, "the lover's goddess, beautiful, gold-crowned, a blossom riding the seafoam... She is our darling, she who under the wheeling stars makes all things blossom and bear fruit" (Homeric hymn to Aphrodite). To me, Aphrodite (or Venus) represents the energy that we as women feel when we are confident in our femininity and beauty, and I wanted to channel that energy."

Andrea says, "After admiring paintings and sculptures of Aphrodite, and reading poetry and invocations to her, I had a wonderful image of this radiant goddess - what she looks like, how her skin might feel, and even the sound of her voice. But, because I think scent can reveal the essence of a person, or place, or moment in time, I wondered, "What would Aphrodite, the goddess of feminine beauty and sensuality, smell like?" I began blending oils, sniffing, adding, counting proportions until I crafted a fragrance blend that captured my interpretation of Aphrodite's essence: rose for love (especially self-love and appreciation), amber for sensuality, and ylang ylang for beauty. I then formulated a combination of nut butters and oils that would produce a silky, rich bar of soap. Three years later, and with a collection that has expanded to more than 25 different soaps, the Aphrodite soap still makes me feel radiant, like beauty blooms all around me."



Sunday, May 30, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Evie's Tool Emporium

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 a $20 Gift Certificate from Michelle of Evie's Tool Emporium! Evie's carries a wide variety of tools for all your crafting needs... metal stamping sets, jewelry pliers, hammers, vises, bench tools, jewelry tools, craft tools and more!






How to Enter:

Visit Michelle's shop, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it.

Open to US and international residents.

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 Michelle on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

8. Follow Michelle'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, June 12, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ May Birthstone ~ Shades of Emerald

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

May Birthstone
Shades of Emerald
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Fourth Row (Left to Right): kellybot, regansbrain, Owlshop, MaryFosterCreative

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Hot and Cold of Minnesota

by Rita Wetzel, RitasCreationsOnETSY and AndMoreBags

Do you remember earlier this month when the temperature dropped dramatically and we were concerned about evening frosts? We covered our plants, moved the patio inside, and turned on the furnaces once again.

Well, today (May 24) we have just the opposite. We are experiencing record high temperatures - they are in the 90's - for May and mugginess that we expect in July/August but never in May. We're watering the gardens. We're concerned about heat exhaustion and we've turned on the air conditioners and fans.

Do you ever wonder what Minnesotan's do to amuse themselves during the hot and the cold?

Well, Mary Foster enjoys the beauty of Minnesota's winter and captures all of our beautiful seasons with the camera. Just look at these Frosted Rose Hips!



Ann and Katie of Kitschy Knits and Embroidery worry about our kids and make sure they stay warm with their hand knit slippers.


And, MaryEllenCrafts will take care of you during the summer with her Cooling Neck Bands.


Fishing is a huge part of Minnesota summers! This has not escaped WesternArtGlass by any means. Just check out this walleye that he "caught."


And raise your hand if you have ever been to Lake Harriet for a run, a walk, or a concert at the bandshell! The bandshell is awesome up close and personal, as well as, in these notes cards from Cindy Lindgren.



I hope you've enjoyed this insight into why Minnesotans love Minnesota whether it is hot or cold!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Featured Shop - Plushroom Soup

By Sara of Auntie B Online

Jessica of Plushroom Soup is "stewing strange softies." Strange indeed, and yet so loveable. Plushies are a wonderful thing, and Jessica not only can create them with bits of fabric, some thread and a needle, she actually designs the patterns herself. Her creations are inspired by fantasy and her shop not only offers the cute plushies she has in stock, but also custom work. Let's see what's stewing in the pot...

Fernando is furious, or so his title says. How can one creature be so ferocious and so friendly at the same time? I love his squiggly arms.



Stella is precious and almost vintage-looking. She's so cheerful! This froggie design will simply steal your heart.



This is the wise, old owl. I like the coordinating fabrics and knowing look in his eyes. What a delightful addition to a child's collection of "friends."


Such squishy wonderfulness. Jessica's choice of fabrics and talent with a needle and thread is sure to delight you, and that says nothing for her unique and imaginative designs. Visit Plushroom Soup and pick up a little cutie for yourself. They make great gifts too!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Sacred Suds

By Jessica of Clay By Clay

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

This week's giveaway is from Andrea of Sacred Suds. Andrea is giving away this Yoga Gift Set containing two of her handmade soaps.


Help your favorite Yoga-lover achieve joy, connection, and asana success with this Yoga gift set of all natural handmade soaps. Inspired by Ganesha, the Hindu Lord of success and remover of obstacles, and by Om, the sacred Hindu syllable that connects our deepest self to the All, these soaps are perfect accompaniments to any Yoga practice. Both are scented with pure essential oils, including joyful sweet orange. The gift set includes Ganesha and Om soaps, wooden soap dish, and comes gift-wrapped in beautiful cotton fabric. I smelled Andrea's soaps at the recent HandmadeMN show, and they were wonderful.


Open to US and International residents

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

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

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

8. Become a Facebook Fan of Sacred Suds. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

9. Follow the Sacred Suds 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, June 5, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Challenge Winner

By Toni of Wild Dog Studio




Congratulations to Sabrina of Riyah-Li Designs for winning May's HandmadeMN monthly challenge!

Thanks to all who participated in this month's challenge, and stay tuned for some great "True Love" entries coming soon!



Friday, May 21, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Black & White Series II

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Black & White
Series II
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Black & White Series I

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Fourth Row (Left to Right): LollyBopBaby, wynzia, ALineofHerOwn, michelephoto

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Farmers Market

by Rita Wetzel of RitasCreationsOnETSY and AndMoreBags

May is the beginning of the Farmer's Markets here in Minnesota. A weekend trip to a local market has become a ritual over the years. The locally grown, fresh vegetables and fruits remind me of growing up with all of the wonderful, tasty produce that we grew in the garden. Although, I must say I enjoy them much more now than I did as a kid!! And what is my favorite vegetable from the garden? Fresh peas - oh, they are so yummy out of the pod - they rarely make it into the veggie steamer! And my favorite fruit - raspberries!

My trip to the farmers market this past weekend yielded me fresh rhubarb for rhubarb crisp and marigolds for the flower garden!

So all of this got me to thinking about our Minnesota Etsians. What kind of Farmers Market could we come up with? What kind of produce and what kind of flowers would our market have? Well, here's a few of offerings....

We would turn to Tinab76 for the peas in the pod that I so dearly love:


And Michelephoto will bring the brussel sprouts, radishes, eggplant and more:


And we'll find more radishes at The Green Squirrel:


Like pomegranates? Well look for Cindy Lindgren!


And we certainly have to pick up our apples from Julie Meyer:


You will be able to find roses and many other flowers from Mary Foster:


Like daisies? I love them! Then stop by and visit Penguin Palace:




So visit your local Farmer's Market soon! And remember these delicious offerings from HandmadeMN!!







Monday, May 17, 2010

Eight Questions with...Sue Pariseau

Meet Sue Pariseau. Sue lives in a the south metro suburb of Farmington, but she also spends a great deal of time at her farm in SE Minnesota near Lanesboro. If she didn’t have a day job in the metro area, she'd be at the farm all the time. Sue & her husband Kevin have four adult children & three grandchildren. Kevin helps Sue tote all her heavy pottery around & calls himself her roadie; without his assistance she would not be able to participate in the quantity of shows she currently does. And he works cheap – all she needs to do is buy him pie or ice cream and let him take a nap in the shade and he’s happy. When not making pottery or selling at shows, Sue is a project manager for an electric utility. You can find Sue on her Etsy store, Sue Pariseau Pottery, & her blog of the same name.


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

My Etsy store features a sampling of the wheel thrown and hand built functional pottery pieces I create. Most items are available immediately. However, some items, like dinnerware place settings, are made to order listings. Because pottery is so heavy, shipping costs are pretty high so I see more sales of smaller items and try to keep a greater inventory of small items in my store compared to larger items.


2. Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from many sources. One of the foremost is necessity. I make pottery for people to use in their everyday lives rather than something to be collected and used as art pieces. So, when I think of something I could really use to make my life easier, I consider if it is something I could make from clay. If I have a need for it, someone else probably does too.

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

Making pottery takes up lots of space and is messy. I am very fortunate to have studio space in two locations. At our house, my studio shares a portion of our garage with daughter Gabby’s work space, two vehicles, all the usual garage storage stuff and a pet or two. It’s a little crowded and my husband mourns the loss of his “man cave”. At the farm, we’ve built a studio space called Old Crow Studio and a separate shed for a wood fired kiln. Old Crow Studio is my preferred workspace and I hope one day soon, it will be my primary studio.



4. When did you first start crafting?

I don’t remember not crafting. My Mom was a crafter and crafting was always an integral part of our lives. I first remember selling crafts in elementary school when friends and I would make chokers with ribbon and buttons and sell them to other students. Does that statement date me?

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

Working full time and being a studio pottery part-time, I don’t have a lot of extra time left for other crafting. But I try to do a little of anything that sounds like it might be enjoyable. Does Christmas decorating count? – I love Christmas decorating.

6. What are your favorite places to buy supplies?

My favorite place to buy clay supplies is Continental Clay in Minneapolis , their employees are extremely helpful and friendly. They also have a great display area in the store featuring hundreds of donated pots from other artists which show how different clays and glazes can be used. Seeing all the various shapes and purposes is very inspirational. After that, I’d have to say my favorite place to buy pottery making tools is any kitchen store. My favorite tools are repurposed kitchen items; pastry cutter, turkey baster, wooden bowls and a strainer all make great pottery tools.



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

I don’t think I can nail down a “best” thing yet. To me promoting your store is about finding a good combination of efforts rather than one really good one. I’ve found membership in HandmadeMN and Etsy Mud Team to be invaluable. Every communication tool I use (e-mail signature, business cards, Etsy purchase thank you cards, etc) have my Etsy store address on them so people can find my store again. Like many Etsians, I use Twitter and Facebook social networks where I promote my store and my blog. And then I use Google Analytics to see what is effective.

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

My daughter’s store, Cannibal Candies, Scrub Your Butt Soap Co, because you've gotta love the name. Margotbianca because batik bandanas keep the mud out of my hair .


Saturday, May 15, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Athena's Little Owl

By Rita Wetzel of RitasCreationsOnETSY and AndMoreBags

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 bold, gorgeous flower ring from Corrin of Athena's Little Owl!




The bloom is hand shaped and arranged, giving the rosey pink petals a shabby chic, rustic look. It is secured on a sterling silver plated adjustable ring. This ring will add whimsical romance to any outfit!


How to Enter:
Visit Corrin's shop, pick your favorite item, and leave a comment on this post about it.

Open to US and International residents.

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 Corrin's Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.


Contest ends Saturday, May 29, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Very Cherry

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Very Cherry(Click on the image to enlarge)

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How-to: Geocaching

By Kelly, aka kellybot

One of my favorite outdoor activities is
geocaching, which is kind of like hide and seek with a GPS. With all our wonderful weather lately, I start itching to get outside and go for a good hunt. I documented one of my trips in St. Paul, MN -- it might help you get started on this super fun activity!

First we arrived using the GPS via car. I switched the GPS to pedestrian mode, with off-road navigation, which should enable us to walk straight to the spot. We were at a city park with paved trails so we started down the path.


The next photo is a close-up of the GPS. The start point is where we parked the car and the checkered flag marks the coordinates. The blue arrow in the middle shows where we are and the direction that we are heading. We're on a paved path so we're not making a direct line - we kept thinking that the path would curve back towards the flag. In the bottom right corner of the GPS you can see that we're .1 miles away. Once we get within about 40 feet, it will tell us we've arrived. Then we watch the time in the bottom left corner and try to get it as close to 0 seconds as possible. The GPS is supposedly accurate only to within 30 feet, but if we get it below 5 seconds, we're usually on top of the cache.


We got to a point where we were getting farther away from the flag and we found a little trail off the paved path, so we took it. We walked along the hiking trail, running into big pieces of metal and getting assaulted by mosquitoes.


The GPS led us to this area and a more experienced geocacher probably would've made a beeline for this downed tree. It took me a few minutes to look in there, which is where we found the cache.



It was tucked way into the hollow branch and covered with another piece of wood.


Here's what the container looked like. Depending on the size of the container, there is usually a log and pencil inside. Being so large, this one held a bunch of trinkets. The idea is that you are free to take something from the cache, and should replace it with something of equal or greater value. We keep a sack of plastic toys and such for exchanging.


We ended up taking a travel bug and left a large fluffy pen. The travel bug has an ID number on it and if you take it, you need to log it on the geocaching website and then deposit it in another cache. We also log our day's activity on the geocaching site, which gives us a record of how many caches we've found and keeps us from searching for the same one twice.



Have you ever been geocaching? Are you feeling inspired now? Let us know in the comments!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Wild Dog Studio

By Jessica of Clay By Clay

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

This week's giveaway is from Toni of Wild Dog Studio. Toni is giving away this adorable fused glass pendant.


This adorable little puppy was hand drawn by Toni, then scanned and used as a decal in this wonderful little fused glass pendant. The pup sits atop a light blue base, and is topped with clear glass. She’s drilled a hole and added a simple hand formed sterling wire bail from which to hang him. He will bring a little fun to your day!

Open to US and International residents

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

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

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

8. Become a Facebook Fan of Wild Dog Studio. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

9. Follow Toni'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, May 22, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

HandmadeMN Spring Market - Today!!

By Toni Kuffel of Wild Dog Studio

Today’s the big day! HandmadeMN is holding our first ever Spring Market from 10 to 5 today. Over 45 artists and crafters will have booths set up at the Ballentine VFW in Minneapolis. Come out and shop with us for Mother’s Day! Find jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, photos, paintings, notecards, quilted items, and much, much more.

And two lucky shoppers will win these fantastic gift baskets full of handmade goodies! Aren’t they fabulous?



Special thanks to these contributing team members:

Art of Jane * Athena's Little Owl * Bird From a Wire *
* cayenne peppy * Cindy Lindgren *
* Egret Effects * Fennel Studio * From Out of the Cracks * Kat Corrigan *
* Kellybot * KellyLynne Designs * Little Louie’s Crafts *
* LilyKat Studio * ljbe * Michelle’s Minnesota Made *
* Penguin Palace Photography * Rita’s Creations *
* Riyah-Li Designs * Sacred Suds * SB Design * Starglow Studio *
* Steampunk Vintage Design * Suz and Roo * Sweet Gracie’s *
* Sweet Possibilities * The Foxy Squirrel * Trigo * Vintage Recreations *
* Wild Dog Studio * wynzia



Here's where you can find us:
Ballentine VFW
2916 S Lyndale Ave
Minneapolis
10am - 5pm






















Friday, May 7, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ HandmadeMN Spring Market 2010

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Saturday, May 8th
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click on the HandmadeMN Spring Market Banner for more details!
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(Click on the images to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): kellybot, roundbottombaby, pinswithfury, AndMoreBags
Second Row (Left to Right): CBino, RitasCreationsOnEtsy, regansbrain, Trigo
Third Row (Left to Right): SweetGracies, ShaggyBaggy, ModernMeetsWhimsy, AngelEllie
Fourth Row (Left to Right): kellyjhanson, XOHandworks, claybyclay, ElizabethHurley

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Fifth Row (Left to Right): pilotdesign, FennelStudio, JustAnotherDay, katjojo
Sixth Row (Left to Right): foxysquirrel, fromoutofthecracks, ArtisticEdition, RiverBird
Seventh Row (Left to Right): TheCozyCorsetCuff, WildDogStudio, cayennepeppy, LittleLouieCrafts
Eighth Row (Left to Right): GottholdGlass, penguinpalace, scissorsavvy, damonique

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Ninth Row (Left to Right): DangerKittyDesigns, CindyLindgren, KellyLynneDesigns, sacredsuds
Tenth Row (Left to Right): athenaslittleowl, MissBaccessories, swnancy, Sbdesign
Eleventh Row (Left to Right): FlairAffair, SuzAndRoo, ChickaDeesigns, egreteffects
Twelfth Row (Left to Right): amberlerouxdesigns, JuJuBeesBoutique

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

HandmadeMN hits YouTube!

by Toni Kuffel of Wild Dog Studio

Thanks to team member Liz Hurley and her super hubby, HandmadeMN has created our very first tutorials on YouTube. Check them out here, or go to our "Channel" on YouTube.

Enjoy!

First, Liz from Elizabeth Hurley Illustrations shows how to create your own decorative wall hangings by stretching designer fabrics onto wood frames.





Here, Kat from Katjojo shows how to create your very own Frankensweater - cardigans made from secondhand wool, cashmere, angora, and acrylic sweaters.





And Christy from CBino gives a brief introduction to needle-felting.





Lindsay from ChickaDeesigns shows how to use a crimp tool for creating your own jewelry.




I hope you've learned a little something today! We'll try to have some more for you soon!



Monday, May 3, 2010

May Challenge - Sassy

by Toni of Wild Dog Studio

This month's challenge theme was "Sassy". 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 May 19.