Friday, December 30, 2011

Fun Friday Finds — time for thank yous!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

Writing thank you notes doesn't have to be a chore with so many fun cards available, handmade in Minnesota, of course.


(Click on the image to go to the Etsy Treasury)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): Red Shoes 26 Design, Marilyn Lamoreux, CIndy Lindgren, A Line of Her Own
Third Row (Left to Right): Oodles of Color, STELLA and HODGE, Created by Kristin M, Bryanica
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Crafterall, Painted Fish Studio, The Mad Stamper, Saturated Palette

Sunday, December 25, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Julie Meyer

By Jessica of Clay By Clay

Happy Holidays and 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 Julie Meyer.  She is giving away a a great Kindle Sleeve.  


This Kindle Sleeve for Kindle Fire is made with water resistant brown vinyl that Julie machine stitched in a woodgrain faux bois pattern. It's lined with a white vinyl and a zipper top to keep your gadget safe and scratch free.

Open to US and International residents.

How to Enter:

Visit Julie Meyer, 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 Julie Meyer.  Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, January 7, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Baby, it's cold outside

By Mara Olden ~ Dragonfly Adornments

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more: 
Click on any of the names below 
First Row (Left to Right):
Second Row (Left to Right):
Third Row (Left to Right):
Fourth Row (Left to Right):

Sunday, December 18, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Trigo

Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

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 Renae of Trigo. Renae is giving away this fun little monster.
Renae of Trigo created this monster out of an upholstery swatch. His mouth big enough to fit an ipod or a smart phone, but he can also hold your ID, business cards, cash, keys ect. He has safety eyes and a zipper for a mouth. She gave him a little felt tongue, but don't worry, it won't get stuck in his teeth. He measures 5.25"x4" (10cm x 13.4cm).

Open US and International.

How to Enter:

Visit Trigo, 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 Trigo. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Contest ends Saturday, December 31, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Last Minute Shopping

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie


The clock is running out, folks!
Time for some last-minute gift ideas for the whole family.




(Click on the image to go to the Etsy Treasury!)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): TCWitchcraftFactory,tinyhandsregansbrainJulieMeyer
Third Row (Left to Right): paintedfishstudioXOHandworkswesternartglassArielSimone

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Getting to Know You: Dragonfly Adornments

By Anna from Seedling Design


This is a chance to get to know some of the members of HandmadeMN and a little bit more about what they make and do in their own words.

Today we are getting to know Mara Olden from Dragonfly Adornments who lives in Coon Rapids.




What do you make and why? I make jewelry with natural gemstones. I think natural things are most beautiful. I fuse glass because I am fascinated by anything that is glass. I started creating my own pieces because I wanted to make my own beads and accessories.

Where do you do your making? I have a studio in my home. It is very small and I can only work on one type of project at a time.


What is your favorite part of the process or a favorite tool? My favorite tool is my kiln.

What do you listen to or watch while you are working? I have a television in my studio. I love listening to talk shows. I also enjoy listening to Click and Clack from Car Talk Radio.



Tell us something else we don't know. I dream about mining for gems.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - KEPTFRESH

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 Erica of KEPTFRESH.  Erica is giving away this cute painting.    



This giveaway is for Erica's original painting of Dog Thinking of Bone.  It is acrylic on canvas, 9" x 12", and includes a handmade black wood frame.  You can visit the KEPTFRESH website here

Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit KEPTFRESH, 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 KEPTFRESH.  Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.  Follow Erica on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.
Contest ends Saturday, December 24, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fun Friday Finds — A different shade of green and red

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

A little twist on the familiar Christmas colors . . .


(Click on the image to go to the Etsy Treasury)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): The Hobby Room, Artistic Edition, Faith Soaps and Love, Cindy Lindgren
Third Row (Left to Right): Foxy Squirrel, Painted Fish Studio, Cayenne Peppy Bags, Natural Beauty Jewelry
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Penguin Palace, Knits in Class, Mary Foster Creative, Auntie B's Wax

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Getting to Know You: Amve Jewelry

By Anna from Seedling Design

This is a chance to get to know some of the members of HandmadeMN and a little bit more about what they make and do in their own words.
Today we are getting to know Andrea Marit Erickson from Amve Jewelry who lives in Burnsville.


What do you make and why? I make jewelry and rosaries.  It all started six years ago as a hobby which developed into a business after my first craft sale.  It was a successful sale and it occurred to me that I could sell my items on Etsy.  This year I learned to make rosaries and have added those to my site too.
Where do you do your making? My temporary workspace or office, as I like to call it, is the dining room table.  I need to clear it off for thanksgiving dinner, but it took days to arrange my space just right and it’ll take days to dismantle it all!  Someday I’ll get my own office- a proper office, but for right now the dining room table will do.


What is your favorite part of the process or a favorite tool? My favorite part of the process is choosing my beads.  I love going to my favorite bead stores and letting the beads “inspire me”.  So many pretty colors, shapes and textures!  I love them all!  My favorite materials are Dichroic glass, freshwater pearl and lampwork beads.  They all inspire me to create my jewelry and rosaries.  My second favorite part is when I complete a project and find that it has turned out perfectly.

What do you listen to or watch while you are working? I listen to Gregorian chant (chanted prayers in Latin) when I make rosaries.  Sometimes I listen to classical music.  I find it soothing to listen to music like that when I am working.


Tell us something else we don't know. I love to collect coins.  Every time I get a new coin from a cashier at a store or the bank or where ever: I always check to see if it’s a new quarter. In addition to collecting the new quarters, I’ve collected coins from every country I’ve visited: France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - dmalia designs

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

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

This week is Dawn of dmailia designs is giving away this gorgeous set of Sterling Silver earrings.



Dawn Hutton of dmalia designs created these delightfully organic sterling silver leaf-shaped earrings. The free formed silver was hammered to bring shine and texture to the simply stunning earrings. Dawn created the earrings by forming and hammering sterling silver 18 gauge wire. She tumbled them for hardness and shine. The total length of the earrings is approximately 1.5 inches.

How to Enter:

Visit Dawn'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 a Facebook Fan of dmalia designs. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, December 10, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Topaz and Turquoise

By Mara Olden ~ Dragonfly Adornments
It's my sons birthday today so I am thinking about him while I create this beautiful compilation of Topaz and Turquoise. If you were born in December then you are considered honest, lively and have a great sense of humor. If you weren't born in December, you can enjoy these handmade goodies anyway!
(Click here to go to the Etsy Treasury!)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): UniqueArtPendants, ArtisticEdition, CheriCMeyer, PassionToCreate
Third Row (Left to Right): BelieveJewelrySupply, knitnax, jangeisen, sparkflight
Fourth Row (Left to Right): Crafterall, regansbrain, BeatificBijoux, CindyLindgren

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Challenge — Warm and Cozy

by Lori Lee Sampson
Twistmo Decals & Starglow Studio Pet Art

This month's challenge theme is Warm and Cozy.
Check out the great entries below, then scroll all the way to the bottom to vote for your favorite! Voting ends at midnight on December 15th.



 
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Vote For Your Favorite Now!

The Linden Tree

The Linden Tree at 4404 Beard Ave. S. in Linden Hills, Minneapolis.



Wine stoppers by Woodchuck's Wood
 by Cindy Lindgren

Nestled in the Linden Hills neighborhood in Southwest Minneapolis is the Linden Tree.  Just a year old, the shop is filled with handmade goods by over 60 local artists, many who are HandmadeMN artists, including me.  Owner Melissa Pederson saw a need in her neighborhood for a fun, creative place to shop and a place for local artists to sell their work.  She provides an opportunity for new artists to experience the confidence boost of finding buyers who value their work.  Kids and teens (ages 7 to 19) can apply to be Junior Artists in Residence.  Half of the sale of each of their items goes to the Junior Artist and the other 50% goes to the charity of their choice.  The Linden Tree is a place for new and experienced artists to network together.  Customers get a chance to meet the artists at Trunk Shows or by chance if they are dropping off new items. Melissa always makes a point to introduce them to customers in the store.
     The Linden Tree is a warm and friendly shop to find unique handmade items from head (adorable hats) to toe (equally adorable slippers).  There are beautifully sewn clothes, aprons, totes, handcrafted jewelry, doll clothes, hair accessories and holiday items.  For your home you can find glass art, framed art in several medias, table linens, wood crafted items as well as candles, cards and soaps.  Shoppers can purchase these unique gifts as well as become inspired to create their own items.  That is accomplished by the sewing classes they offer.  Melissa, in addition to being the shop owner, describes herself as a weekend seamstress and clothing designer.  Half of her shop is devoted to specialty designer fabrics that inspire people and their children to sew to learn to sew.  Even Mayor Rybak took a sewing lesson!
     Make a point to stop in to see all the wonderful handmade art and be inspired by the surroundings.  Additional information about the store hours and classes are on this link.

Owner, Melissa Pederson
Beaded accessories by Cataluna Designs

Hand painted silk scarves by Palette Passion

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Getting to Know You: Passion to Create

by Anna from Seedling Design

This is a chance to get to know some of the members of HandmadeMN and a little bit more about what they make and do in their own words.

Today we are getting to know BarbAnn Pappas of Passion to Create who blogs at passiontocreate and lives in the Minneapolis area.


What do you make and why? Currently I am making Shawl/Hair sticks out of gemstones and fallen carved wood.  I am a big knitter and I just couldn't find nice shawl sticks to compliment my hand knit garments – “Sticks and Stones” were born.  When I showed them to friends, they loved them and encouraged me to make more and sell them.

Where do you do your making? I am so lucky to have a studio in my home, since I work in many mediums and I dabble in lots of things; I need lots of storage and a work space that can be left undisturbed until I return. The walls of my studio are lime green and they make me smile when I walk in the room. I have attached a picture when it is neat and tidy – not often.

What is your favorite part of the process?
  I just love making something from raw materials.  I enjoy the creative process and get energized by it.  I like to see where the process will take me.  I am often stunned to realize that I could do it. I love fibers, beads, paper, wood, metal, and clay to name a few; and I use multiple materials at the same time.
What do you listen to or watch while you are working? I am a voracious audio book listener.  I listen to fiction and mainly historical fiction.  I loved the Outlander series, but also crime mysteries like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

Tell us something else that we don't know about you. I am an educational administrator in my “real life” but I will be retiring in June 2012 and I can’t wait to unleash the pent up creativity! I currently am working in fiber and beads, but I have done decorative painting, I love to spin, and weave and I make dolls. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Smiling Tree Toys

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 Justin and Kathleen from Smiling Tree Toys.  They are giving away this adorable toy car.   

This giveaway is for one Classic Racer in your choice of color.  Your little one will cruise in style in a Smiling Tree Toys' Classic Racer!   Available in any of three colors, this gem is teething safe, silky smooth, and drives like a charm. Whether baby's first toy or a special addition to your preschooler's fleet, it's simple, safe, and super duper fun!  The toys are handcrafted in Smiling Tree Toys' family woodshop in southwestern Minnesota using local and sustainably sourced hardwoods. It's hand sanded to perfection and finished with our very own blend of beeswax and organic camelina oil (a relative of flaxseed), both grown on their family's land. It doesn't get any more Minnesota local than that!  Justin and Kathleen donate to Peace Corps youth development projects for every toy they sell. Your support helps them circle the earth with smiles.

Open to US and International residents.

How to Enter:

Visit Smiling Tree Toys, 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 Smiling Tree Toys.  Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.  Follow Smiling Tree Toys' 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, December 10, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Black Friday Edition!

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie


Time for Black Friday!
All of the items in today's Fun Friday Finds are discounted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
Check out our Black Friday post for more information.





(Click on the image to go to the Etsy Treasury!)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Third Row (Left to Right): MissBaccessories, earthgrowncrayons, Twistmo, JulieMeyer

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shop from HOME and SAVE this weekend!

by Toni of Wild Dog Studio

Don't miss the HandmadeMN Team Holiday Sale this weekend!

Spend your Black Friday weekend away from the crowds and the malls. Go shopping in the comfort of your own home, and most importantly Buy Handmade!

Many of our team members are participating in this weekend's Holiday Sale, with an incredible array of great gifts just waiting for you!

The sale runs from Friday through Monday. Here's a list of participating shops for your shopping pleasure...


Harvest Moon by Hand
Waldorf-inspired window stars; and hand-embroidered and eco-friendly felted toys
Sale Details: 15% off all items with coupon code MNsale


Wild Dog Studio
Fine Silver, Fused Glass and Recycled Glass Jewelry
Sale Details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNSale!


HandmadeBits4u
Microwave Bowl Potholders, Hand-Chenilled Potholders, Quilts, Bags, Totes, Wallets
Sale details: MNsale for 10% discount


Twistmo Wall Decals
Quick and easy way to decorate with a TWIST!
Sale Details: Up to 30% Off my original designs and wall words! No coupon needed.


Scissor Savvy
Journals, sketchbooks, albums, all made from vintage and recycled books
Sale details: 20%off with coupon code MNsale

Palettepassion
Hand painted silk scarves and accessories
Sale details: Free global shipping with coupon code MNSale


Glass Garden Designs
Handmade fused glass and beaded jewelry
Sale details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale, except Clearance items

Beatific Bijoux
Romantic, vintage-inspired jewelry
Sale details: 20% off with the coupon code MNsale


Miss B Accessories
Handcrafted hair accessories and belts for children
Sale details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Ododo Originals
Beaded flower hair clips and brooches
Sale details: 15% off, no code required

Earth Grown Crayons
Handmade Soy Crayons
Sale details: 15% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Mary Foster Creative
Flower photography prints, note cards, 2012 calendar
Sale details: Free US and reduced international shipping

Shaggy Baggy
Totes, handbags, buckets
Sale details: 30% of with code MNsale, Free shipping (no code needed)

Kept Fresh
Prints and Cards
Sale Details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale

Cheri C Meyer
Free Form Bead Weaving & Wire Wrapped Jewelry
Sale details: Free Shipping - no code required



KomfyKozy
Handmade jewelry and accessories
Sale details: Free shipping with coupon code MNsale



Light Reading
lamp shades
Sale details: 10% off with coupon code MNSALELR



A Handmade Princess
Knit goods
Sale details: 15% off all items with coupon code MNSALE20



Shanti Designs
Handmade yoga mat bags and accessories
Sale details: Free shipping and lavender sache with coupon code MNsale



Peas and Carrots Too
Aprons, bags, napkins, capes and more!
Sale details: Free shipping with coupon code MNsale



BathNBeads
Bath & Body Products, Jewelry
Sale details: 15% off use coupon code MNsale



Dragonfly Adornnments
Beaded gemstone jewelry and fused glass pendants
Sale details: 20% off all items with coupon code MNsale