Monday, November 29, 2010

No Coast Craft-O-Rama, Dec. 3-4

Here's another opportunity to check out many HandmadeMN members in person!


No Coast Craft-O-Rama
Friday December 3, 3 pm - 8 pm
Saturday December 4, 9 am - 5 pm
Midtown Global Exchange building
2901 Chicago Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN



HandmadeMN artists you'll find at the show:

Julie Meyer
Lunch Bags, Reusable Bags, Hand Bags and Kitschy Cleaning Gloves



Kellybot
Handmade, vintage, recycled, jewelry



Clay By Clay
Metal Clay Jewelry Inspired by Nature



My Friend London
Handspun yarns, handdyed yarns, spinning supplies, soy votive candles



Uptown Urban Craft
Couture bridal accessories, stylin' baby & toddler apparel, and soft home goods




Just Another Day Designs
Stationery, Invitations, and Prints



Sunday, November 28, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Light Reading

By Michelle of Evie's Tool Emporium

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

This week Brenda of Light Reading is giving away this beautiful Paris World's Fair Map Lampshade.


Paris World's Fair Map Lampshade

This is a beautiful 5x9 hex lampshade made of paper on styrene. It is a Paris Expo map laced to the frame with organza, and the shade is a clip top. The gorgeous paper is by Cavallini - textured image, vintage map of 1889 Paris Expo and Eiffel Tower.

How to Enter:

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

Open to US 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 Brenda's Facebook Fan. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Brenda's blog Light And Paper. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

Contest ends Saturday, December 11th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ On SALE!

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

On SALE!
(Click on the image to enlarge)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Third Row (Left to Right): pinswithfury, waternymph, LollyBopBaby, mncmoon
Fourth Row (Left to Right): wildheart515, JuJuBeesBoutique, ijbe, annprintz

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Featured Shop ~ Sue Pariseau Pottery

By Sara of Auntie B Online

Now is the time we start thinking about holiday gift giving, and what better place to shop than from a Minnesota seller on Etsy.  Sue Pariseau Pottery is a good place to find beautiful things.

I like to give (as well as receive!) gifts that are useful.  Sue has some lovely works of art that are also useable and durable.  

One of the coolest inventions ever created is the butter bell.  Sue Pariseau Pottery offers a butter keeper that will not only keep butter fresh and creamy, but will also look classy on the dinner table.


How about this stunning burt-red serving bowl?  The detail is amazing and any hostess would love to serve her delicious veggies from a vessel like this.


I really like this next piece.  An apple baker!  Place a cored apple in the baker and voila, a delictable treat.  Sue even provides a recipe card!


Think food.  Think gift giving.  Think entertaining.  And when you think of these things think of Sue Pariseau Pottery for handmade pottery that is pretty and useful.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vintage Love

by Jen, Painted Fish Studio



I am obsessed with vintage/retro chairs. Thankfully, I’ve managed to keep my obsession under control by choosing to focus on photographing them, rather than buying them. (Otherwise I’d be the crazy lady with piles of chairs artfully stacked in her back yard!) When I have a weekend that’s full of boring chores and errands, my little creative treat is to hop in the car with a camera (preferably an instant camera of some sort), and drive down University Avenue to see what some of the stores in the St. Paul Retro Loop have out for me that day. And I’m usually not disappointed, even in the dead of winter!

My trips aren’t always of the drive-by variety. I will occasionally step inside, and marvel at the mid-century goodness. One day I bought the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, circa 1968, at Succotash, thinking that it’d be a great source of collage material. But I just cannot bring myself to cut up this treasure-trove of fifties and sixties interior decoration: the palette (including tarnished old gold and brown!), the textures (wood paneling, faux brick walls, velvet davenports!), the apparent lack of interest in windows and natural light (depressing!). And there’s an ashtray on every table for Pete’s sake! I’m not cutting that baby up.

I digress… If you need a vintage pick-me-up, check out the St. Paul Retro Loop. There are 5 stores (Lula, Succotash, Up Six, Classic Retro @ Pete’s and Swank) that are stocked with tons of inspiring goodies!

Happy hunting!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Warm Hugs Corn Bags

By Michelle of Evie's Tool Emporium

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 fun family set of All Natural Corn Bags from Margie of WarmHugsCornBags!


Family Set of All Natural Corn Bags

Corn Bags are an all natural way to relieve stress, tension, muscle aches and pains. They are made with 100% cotton fabrics and filled with only the highest quality clean whole corn. Corn Bags can be used for both warm or cold therapy. Heat your bag in the microwave and they will stay warm for up to an hour or store it in the freezer and use it as an ice pack.

Fun, easy and completely portable! Use on aches and pains, as a bed warmer, stomach aches, cramps, stress and tension pain relief. Feels great after outdoor winter activities like sledding and skating or use as a cold pack to ice injuries, fevers or little bumps and bruises.

This family set includes:
2 Lil Hug Boo Boo Bags
2 Kidz Cuddlers
1 Small/ Large Set

How to Enter:

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

Open to US 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.

Contest ends Saturday, December 4th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Seafoam Mint

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

 Seafoam Mint
(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): redshoes26design, kav122, Kellybot, STELLAandHODGE
 Second Row (Left to Right): BathNBeads, mirasolfarm, cayennepeppy, JulieMeyer
Fourth Row (Left to Right): appleberryink, Hiddenjewel, sacredsuds, MaryLittfin

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HandmadeMN Market - Baskets and Bags

by Rita Wetzel, RitasCreationsOnETSY

November 20th is fast approaching and that means you're in for an exciting day of shopping at the HandmadeMN Market at the Ballentine VFW. Our vendors are madly performing their magic transforming fabric, wire, beads, paper, photos, paints, tiles, wool, and all other kinds of raw materials into fabulous handmade products!


Not only are our team members busily preparing for the market but they have also been very generous in donating their handmade goodies for our Giveaway Baskets and Swag Bags. Take a look at these donations!


The TCWitchcraftFactory creates "everything and anything that improves your home life and outlook!" You will find these hand-carved stamps in the Gift Baskets and the mini cards in the Swag Bags - the 1st 25 visitors will receive a Swag Bag full of assorted handmade creations from our team members.


These amazing rings and pendants are fashioned by KellyBot! Buttons have never been in better hands - Kelly's creations are so very beautifull!


LittleBigPants delights all with her handmade creations for the sophisticated child! These fabric ornaments and postcards will be making an appearance in our Gift Baskets and Swag Bags!!




SacredSuds makes divinely inspired handmade soaps! The mission of SacredSuds is to "provide soulful soaps that help channel positive energies into your life". And, just take a look at these hand and shower bars that will be making an appearance in our Giveway Baskets and Swag Bags. Awesome!




You may also want to check these previous sneak peaks to see what you might win in the HandmadeMN Giveaway Baskets and/or Swag Bags...
-http://etsymn.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-goodies-for-handmademn-fall-market.html
-http://etsymn.blogspot.com/2010/10/handmademn-market-gift-baskets-and-swag.html



Hope to see you at the HandmadeMN Market:
-Saturday, November 20
-10:00 am - 6:00 pm
-Ballentine VFW at 2916 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis

Sunday, November 14, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Created by Kristen M

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 Kristen of Created by Kristen M is giving away this lovely set of cards


This is a set of ten assorted greeting cards, all done in a similar color scheme of browns, blues, and pinks.  The fun set includes one anniversary card, one thank you card, one wedding card, two sympathy cards, three birthday cards, one congratulations card, and one baby card. Most of the cards are blank inside, ready for your personal message.


Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Created by Kristen M and 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. Become a Facebook Fan of HandmadeMN. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

7.   Become a Facebook Fan of Created by Kristen M.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, November 27 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Something to Talk About

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

 Something to Talk About
(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): Twistmo, claybyclay, mermaidsdowry, UpcycledAndFound
Second Row (Left to Right): ChickaDeesigns, TheCozyCorsetCuff, Owlshop, XOHandworks
Third Row (Left to Right): redshoes26design, ShaggyBaggy, ljbe, mncmoon
Fourth Row (Left to Right): XOSupplies, SuzAndRoo, TCWitchcraftFactory, RiyahLiDesigns

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Nokomis Urban Craft Fair, Nov. 13

Here's another opportunity to check out many HandmadeMN members in person!


Nokomis Urban Craft Fair
November 13, 9 am - 2 pm
Nokomis Community Center @ 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN



HandmadeMN artists you'll find at the show:


redshoes26 design
greeting cards, original drawings and prints, framed illustrations, and Rockin' Roll'er Coasters

MaryLittfin
Handmade Dinner Napkins, Oven Mitts & Potholders, Pillow covers



Julie Meyer
Lunch Bags, Reusable Bags, Hand Bags and Kitschy Cleaning Gloves



cayenne peppy
hot. spicy. handcrafted jewelry & bags


Mary Foster Creative
flower photography and crocheted accessories


Just Another Day Designs
stationery + invitations


Skylark Dawn
FLIRTY FASHIONABLE FUN
Fingerless Gloves & Accessories

Bella Boogie
Bath and Beauty


Locust Street
Handmade Journals and other papercrafts


roundbottombaby
cool stuff for hip kids


Riyah-Li Designs
Eclectic Indie Craft


Sakura Design
Handmade Japanese Kokeshi Doll Greeting Cards and More


SB Design
fine silver and resin jewelry


pinswithfury
fabric accessories for the color-obsessed


Choosing Beauty
original mixed media collage, handmade cards and fine art giclee prints





Chicka Deesigns
handmade resin jewelry and accessories


Kellybot
Handmade, vintage, recycled, jewelry