Friday, December 31, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Handmade Vintage

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Handmade Vintage
(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): fromoutofthecracks, SweetGracies, lindenleafSteampunkVintage 
Second Row (Left to Right): wayfaringart, XOHandworks, jackielehmann, ekate 
Third Row (Left to Right): Omooreart, AHandmadePrincess, RiyahLiDesigns, bodicegoddess 
Fourth Row (Left to Right): penguinpalace, waternymph, UpcycledAndFound, greensquirrel

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Are you ready for 2011?

by Toni Kuffel of Wild Dog Studio

It's hard to believe a new year is just around the corner!

We can't start a new year without a new calendar! So many to choose from...


Here's a beautiful fine art photo calendar from SLGdesigns


Or a wonderful flower calendar from Mary Foster Creative


And don't forget a little one for your fridge! From TC Witchcraft Factory



Throw in a wooden holder from The Red Goose, and you're set!



Sunday, December 26, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Twilight Soaps

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 Amy Lauria of Twilight Soaps is giving away this Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Scrub and Vanilla Shea Butter Lotion set. 



This is a wonderful gift set with holiday scents.  Perfect for healing dry skin during these cold winter months!
Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Twilight Soaps 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 Amy's 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.


6. Follow HandmadeMN on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.
7.  Follow Twilight Soaps on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twiter link.  Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here. 

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

9.   Become a Facebook Fan of Twilight Soaps.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ White

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

White
(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): kellybot, yothreadworks, SuzAndRoo, JennyBunny
Third Row (Left to Right): Dovecotedesign, STELLAandHODGE, JenMDesigns, Crafterall
 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pantone Announces the 2011 Color of the Year


" 'Honeysuckle is a captivating,
stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going –
perfect to ward off the blues,' ”
explains Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®."

"Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow
when worn by both men and women."

"Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned
pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.
Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home?
Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy
in the family room, kitchen or hallway."


Click on this link to read more from Pantone:
http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/Pantone.aspx?pg=20821&ca=4


Here are a few Honeysuckle items from some of our members:

Links:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Crafting with Kids - Homemade Candles


by Michelle of Gotthold Glass Studio

My kids, ages 4 and 8, are making their holiday gifts this year. We decided to make rolled beeswax candles as family and teacher gifts. I was trying to find a craft project that would be both something 1) the kids could complete (mostly) on their own and 2) useful for the recipient. This met both goals! We all had fun with this craft, and the kids are so proud of their creations! The picture above shows all the candles they created. Below, I have some photos of the steps they went through to make these candles.

Supplies Needed: We used 8"x10" colored sheets of beeswax, cotton string for the wick, a hairdryer to warm the wax, and small cookie cutters & scissors to shape some designs.


Step 1: We folded up a 1/4"edge of the wax sheet to have a valley to lay the wick in. I removed a small bit of wax (about 1/2") from the bottom of this edge so the wick would not go all the way to the bottom of the candle.


Step 2: The kids rolled the wax sheet around the wick. It took some practice and patience to roll the candle evenly! I helped by frequently warming the wax with my hairdryer so that is wouldn't crack when it was rolled (our craft room was quite chilly from the recent MN cold snap!).


Step 3: Once the candles were rolled, we trimmed the wicks to the correct size and wrapped the ends with the bit of leftover wax torn off the edge in step 1. The kids used small cookie cutters and scissors to cut designs from other sheets of wax to decorate the candles. (I cut about a 2" strip off the wax sheets before we began rolling the candles so we could have extra wax for this personalization!)


Spiral Candles: We also made a few spiral candles by cutting 2 sheets of beeswax into triangles and then laying them, slightly overlapped, on top of each other. We then followed the above steps to roll them up; here's a picture of the resulting candles:


Happy Crafting!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - mncmoon

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 sweet, sterling silver, pendant necklace from Cisco of mncmoon!

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

This sweet, sterling silver, pendant necklace has a beautifully hand forged bird on a branch design, hand stamped on a small charm, then permanently soldered to a 3/4" sterling silver oval charm that reads 'sing'. Your choice of font and sterling silver chain is included. Your pendant will vary slightly from the above picture as each piece is made by hand and therefore no two are alike.

How to Enter:

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

Open to US and internataional 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 StampedMoon on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

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

9. Follow Cisco's blog Stamped Under The Moon The Blog. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

Contest ends Saturday, January 1st, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Rings & Things

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Rings & Things
(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): JenMDesigns, fromoutofthecracks, kellybot, Sbdesign
Fourth Row (Left to Right): mermaidsdowry, ModernMeetsWhimsy, SteampunkVintage, Ivorymoon  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Still Shopping?

~Toni of Wild Dog Studio

What are you waiting for?!? Here are a few ideas to get you started. For more great gifts from our team, simply search Etsy for HandmadeMN.


This great leather journal from Wayfaring Art is perfect for the writer on your list.



This pretty mirror from Meredith Dillman would make a great stocking stuffer



How about these awesome soaps from Sacred Suds?!



Who couldn't use an insulated lunch bag from Julie Meyer?



And for that little one, a super cute Minnesota onesie from round bottom baby!


You know you need a fabulous new ring for that Christmas party, right?
This one from Kellybot is perfect!




Monday, December 13, 2010

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

'Handmade in Minnesota!' by christinebyhand

Christmas gifts from a Winter Wonderland!


$17.00

$26.00

$18.00

$44.00

$28.00

$35.00

$2.50

$95.00

$25.00

$25.00

$6.00

$25.00

$15.00

$26.00

$17.00

Sunday, December 12, 2010

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Christine by Hand

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 Christine by Hand is giving away this lovely pendant.


This embossed oval pendant is made with white bronze precious metal clay-also known as PMC.  PMC is an artistic clay-type medium that fuses into a solid piece of metal once it is fired in a kiln.  The pendant looks and feels very much like sterling silver, but it is actually solid bronze.  Like sterling silver, it is a quality piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.


Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Christine by Hand 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.  Follow Christine by Hand on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twiter 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 Christine by Hand.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

9.  Follow Christine by Hand's Blog.  Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

Contest ends Saturday, December 25 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fun Friday Finds ~ Red & White

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition


Red & White
(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): StarglowStudio, kellybot, FantasticToys, cayennepeppy
Second Row (Left to Right): wildheart515, TCWitchcraftFactory, JustAnotherDay, JenMDesigns
Third Row (Left to Right): JulieMeyer, STELLAandHODGE, GottholdGlass, westernartglass
Fourth Row (Left to Right): greensquirrel, oodlesofcolor, catchastarcreations, Crafterall

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

HandmadeMN Market Highlights

Woo-hoo!!! Our recent HandmadeMN Market was a smashing success! Thanks to all who helped and to all who came out and shopped!

There were people WAITING to get in when we opened the doors, eager to get their hands on one of our swag bags. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we were able to hand out 34 bags to the early birds! Traffic was great most of the day, and the shoppers were excited for the opportunity to buy local handmade goods.



Here are a few pictures, and some highlights from our members. All photos are courtesy of Brenda and Jess Irwin of Light Reading.


Light Reading



Toni Kuffel of Wild Dog Studio




"I have to say the highlight of my day was when a woman rushed up to my table and said, "Are you the soapmaker?! My brother saw your soaps on TV and told me I had to come here and get him some!" ~ Andrea of Sacred Suds




Future artists?





"A repeat customer from spring - she was looking for more of my hand-chenilled potholders and bought a big bunch of them" ~ Rita of Rita's Creations on Etsy




Jen Swift of Bird From a Wire



Terra K LaChance of Little Big Pants



"I also really appreciated all the customers who came and said how much they liked the show. I had many people remark about the quality of the artists and the variety of merchandise." ~ Sarah of SB Designs




Busy shoppers



Courtney Nielsen of Just Another Day Designs




Monday, December 6, 2010

Women's Art Festival December 11th

Another opportunity to check out HandmadeMN members in person!

Women's Art Festival
Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Midtown YWCA
2121 E. Lake St., Minneapolis


Featuring HandmadeMN Artist:

Mary Foster Creative
Flower photography and crocheted accessories




Meredith Dillman Fantasy Art
Fairy Tale inspired watercolors, matted art prints, cards and more








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



PickleBerries
fused glass jewelry, primarily using millefiori





Sarah Bober - SB Designs
Jewelry specializing in resin and fine silver designs





Jodee Fiedler - Palettepassion
Hand painted silk scarves and accessories





Gemnorde
Statement necklaces, brooches, and bracelets from vintage beads and findings






Kim Barron - BaronessColor
Hand dyed clothing and accessories