Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Getting to Know You

by Hanna ~ 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're getting to know Shasta Feltman from The Traveling Cabinet who lives in Roseville and blogs at travelingcabinet.blogspot.com.
 
 
What do you make and why?
I think last summer was pretty difficult - I had just graduated from college, my two best friends fled the state for summer break, and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I earned my degree in Intercultural Studies, but I wanted to be more financially stable before I left for the mission field.  It felt like limbo. Then, like any good unemployed grad, I was surfing the web and noticed a bunch of inspiration/DIY blogs;  I couldn't help myself.
 
My grandma had just given me her sewing machine and I began experimenting with clutches and accessories.   The clutches themselves are an amazing medium for creativity - they allow me to experiement with lovely fabrics I find and craft them in my own particular style.  Even since I was a 'wee bonnie lass' I've been addicted to traveling, history, maps and the like - and I think the clutches reflect that lifestyle in a femine way.
 
Where do you do your making?
During school I lived in pretty small apartment, so my workspace had to be compact and portable. I repurposed a low IKEA tv stand into a rolling sewing machine table. I pull it in front of an arm chair when I want to use it and roll it into the corner when guests are over.  Right now my bedroom is my creative space, so I've decorated it like a studio.  I still use the same rolling table but there are pictures for inspiration, mason jars, twine, muslin, and vintage postcards hanging everywhere. 
 
 
What is your favorite part of the process?
Hmm, I love finding unique or vintage fabrics - I just love 'em; how they feel, how they smell, discoloring is a plus.  Anything that has detail attracts my attention - I found a really lovely lace from Korea and I've been using it in everything.  If I go walking through a shop and a textile or notion makes me thing, "Ooo, that reminds me of ...", then its a keeper.  
 
What do you listen to or watch while you are working?
I'm SO glad you asked this question - for me, sewing grew simultaneously with a love for Minnesota Public Television. I've never had more than the basics when it comes to TV, and since I've never been a fan of cops or reality shows, I really enjoy TPT shows like "Masterpiece Theatre", "Lark Rise to Candleford" and "Doc Martin".  I am smitten. Now when I sew, I watch an episode or two online, or I download a podcast of a Jane Austen novel.
 
Tell us something else that we don't know that you want us to:
For me, faith isn't just a list of do's and don'ts - so when I began working on The Traveling Cabinet it was really important for me to continue contributing to the missions community even if I wasn't able to directly participate; I wanted to find a  way to apply my degree. Although its not much now, 10% of sales go to support young missionaries I graduated with and other humanitarian aid groups that share the gospel message of Jesus.  I know that its sometimes offensive to talk passionately about faith and truth in our culture today but I believe that if you let fear run your life, it will extinguish your life.
 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - FreshStash

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 Lisa of FreshStash.  Lisa is giving away this fun fabric bundle.




This giveaway includes a half-yard each of 5 charming new prints from Aneela Hoey's Sherbet Pip collection for Moda fabrics.  The fabrics are in lovely shades of pink and grey. 


Open to US residents only. 

How to Enter:

Visit Lisa'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. 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 FreshStash.  Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Soaring Away

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Soaring Away
(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): WildDogStudio, sparkflight, DreamingTreeCreation, maebyknot
Third Row (Left to Right): cayennepeppy, birdfromawire, oodlesofcolor, SteampunkVintage
Fourth Row (Left to Right): Omooreart, TCWitchcraftFactory, risingsunstudio, westernartglass

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Minnesota Spring Foraging

After several days of cold and rain, Minnesota was treated to a sunny moderate day. A perfect day for morel hunting in the woods of SE Minnesota(with camera in tow or course). It's a great time of year to spend a gorgeous day foraging for some treats from Mother Nature.

Unfortunately, I didn't find any morels, but did find some indications of future foraging opportunities. Here are a few -



Wild plum trees blooming


Wild strawberries blooming

Dandelion leaves make a great salad

Foraging is a great warm weather activity. Tell us about your favorite warm weather activity.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Hubba Hubba Ding Dong

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 Nikol of HubbaHubbaDingDong is giving away a really cool square pincushion.

Handmade square pincushion using fabric from Amy Butler's love line making it cute enough to bring (and show off) at sewing class. This pincushion is filled with walnut shells to add some weight so the cushion won't follow your pins as you pull them out.

How to Enter:

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

Open to US residents 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 Nikol's blog HubbaHubbaDingDong. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

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

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

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

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ For the Little Man

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

For the Little Man
(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): BirchModern, keptfresh, harvestmoonbyhand, JulieMeyer
Third Row (Left to Right): SproutingSoles, roundbottombaby, TheEliMonster, STELLAandHODGE
Fourth Row (Left to Right): RitasCreationsOnEtsy, RiyahLiDesigns, auntiemac, pixiespit

Sunday, May 15, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Pins with Fury

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 Jodi of pinswithfury. Jodi is giving away this fun market bag.

Made of outdoor and decorator black and white fabric, abstract floral and larger-than-normal houndstooth converge in this medium tote. An extra wide shoulder strap is made of both fabrics. The snap tab closure keeps the inside stuff in place, and the outer pocket will easily fit keys, a smartphone, or other small necessities. Open to US and International residents




How to Enter:
Visit Jodi'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 Jodi 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 pinswithfury. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

9. Follow the pinswithfury 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 28, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ At the Lake

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

At the Lake
(Click on the image to view the Etsy Treasury!)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): looksSEWnice, ArielSimone, AngelEllie, oodlesofcolor
Third Row (Left to Right): risingsunstudio, Crafterall, westernartglass, appleberryink

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shop Local

By Laurel from laurelleecreativity

LuLu Beans Coffee House is more than just a great place to get coffee, it is a place to connect with local artists. Located in Willmar, this booming coffee house loves being involved in the local artist community.


 Walking through the coffee house you will find artwork from several local artists displaying their goods. Some of these include; photography, handmade soaps, handmade cards, beautiful paintings, handmade jewelery and more.


Come check out Lulu Beans to find custom art, support local artists and be inspired to pursue what you love!




Coffee and art...is there anything better?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - YazBerry Fashion

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 Virgina of YazBerry Fashion is giving away this wonderful Choker Necklace and Earring Set- Green Sea Glass and Beach Pottery with Silver.

Choker Necklace and Earring Set - Emerald sea glass and beach pottery hand picked by Virgina on the beaches surrounding Salem, MA. Wire wrapped in her signature spiral style with silver plated wire. Recycled silver beads as spacers and sterling silver ear wires. One of a kind transferware beach pottery shard.

She chose emerald elements in honor of the May giveaway and May's birthstone, Emerald. She is a May baby, May 2 is her birthday :)

-MATERIALS: Silver plated wire, silver tone wire, authentic sea glass, authentic beach pottery, sterling silver ear wires, recycled vintage silver beads.
-COLORS: Silver, emerald, white.
-MEASUREMENTS: Choker is 5.25" diameter, it's flexible and can be formed to fit your neck. Largest pendant is 3" long by 2" wide. Earrings are 1.5" long.
-DESIGNED & CREATED BY: Virginia E. Berry

How to Enter:

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

Open to US residents 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 Virgina's blog YazBerry Fashion. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

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

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

Contest ends Saturday, May 21st, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Pretty Handmade Vintage

By Jenna Halek ~ Artistic Edition

Pretty Handmade Vintage
 
(Click on the image to view the Etsy Treasury!)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): SugarAndSpice, wildheart515, arundel, ekate

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Featured Shop - Sweet Planet

By Sara of Auntie B's Wax

As someone who grew up without the internet I am constantly stunned at the easy access we now have to the millions of fabulous things for sale throughout the entire world, and all with a simple little click of a button.  My most recent find wasn't from the other side of the earth, but from my own state. 

Sweet Planet, how in the world do you do it?


Is this the shop of a world-class confectioner?  No.  What you see is actually soap.  Yes, soap.  I can tell you're just as stunned as I was, and still am.  Sweet Planet specializes in cold process goat's milk soap made to look and smell like something right out of a bakery. 

How much fun would a cake or pie be at a shower or other girlie event?  Take home a slice of soap as a lovely parting gift!  Boy, when Sweet Planet refers to a "cake" of soap, she's not kidding!

And check this out...


I still can't believe these aren't actual pies.  And Sweet Planet offers a variety of "flavors," offering what is essentially a custom soap pie just for you.

Sweet Planet's soapy confections are made with 100% vegetarian oils and quality cosmetic-grade fragrance oils and dyes.  They're gentle on the skin with wonderful lathering and cleansing abilities. 

I was so agog by this shop I had to get a sample of what was offered.  I chose the Gingersnap Cookies soaps. 

Not currently available because I bought them

So realistic, so wonderfully fragrant, and really nice soap.  Customer service is stupendous too!  For your next event or just to pretty up your own powder room I suggest you check out Sweet Planet.  Goat's milk soap never looked and smelled so good! 


*as tempted as you will be, please do not eat the soap*

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2011 Challenge - Motherhood

by Michelle of Gotthold Glass Studio

This month's challenge theme was "Motherhood". 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 15.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Reinvented Wonders

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 Erica of Reinvented Wonders is giving away this baby bib.


This adorable floral baby bib is made from reinvented and remnant fabric.  The back clasp is made of velcro.

Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Reinvented Wonders 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  Reinvented Wonders.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.
Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.