Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Iron Pour in Lanesboro

About a year ago, we posted an article about an iron pour that took place in Lanesboro. Click here to read that article.



The Lanesboro Art Center is again hosting an Iron Pour and you have an opportunity to participate. Participants will carve a reverse relief designs into pre-made sand molds to prepare them for the iron pour. Then watch as crews pour hot, molten iron into the molds. It's an amazing event you won't want to miss.

Click here to find out more information.




Sunday, June 26, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Penguin Palace Photography

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 Erin of Penguin Palace Photography is giving away this beautiful pendant.

The pendant features image of clouds taken from the window of an airplane. The photo is set into an antique silver pendant and covered in resin. The resin is water resistant but not waterproof (so no swimming!). It also includes a matching silver chain.
Open to US and International residents.

How to Enter:

Visit Penguin Palace Photography 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 Penguin Palace 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.

Contest ends Saturday, July 9, 2011, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fun Friday Finds—Rose Fever!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

An eccentric old man once told me, in late June after I had sneezed, that I had rose fever. You know: like hay fever. Well, I'm happy to report that roses do not make me sneeze—I've stuck my nose in them often enough to be certain! But I think I do have rose fever of a different sort, and who doesn't? Judging by the amount and variety of rose-themed art among the members of the Minnesota Etsy team, I'd say we all do!

I hope you get outside this weekend during the respite from our monsoon season and smell the roses!

Rose Fever, with Love, from Minnesota!


(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): Apple Berry Ink, Riyah Li Designs, Lolly Bop Baby, Cindy Lindgren
Third Row (Left to Right): Julie Meyer, Green Squirrel, The Mad Stamper, Regan's Brain


Sunday, June 19, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Laurelleecreativity

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 Laurel of laurelleecreativity is giving away this wonderful headband.

Handmade with love. Headband with lace and floral fabric flower, pearl bead, leather and feather for petal.
How to Enter:

Visit Laurel'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. Follow the Create 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, July 2nd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Getting to Know You: YazBerry Fashion

by Anna of 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 Virginia Berry of YazBerry Fasion who lives in Northfield.

What do you make and why? I make so many things, I love challenging myself to make different things. I try to focus on things that involve textiles like purses, clothes and table linens. I feel good making things. When I'm making things, life feels right.

Where do you do your making? I like working at home. I've moved a lot the last few years and always have made sure to have a room for creating. It's always a mess, filled with supplies and the only spot that is organized is the fabric shelves...they are always sorted by color.


What is your favorite part of the process? I have a knack for seeing an item (clothing item often) in a store and wanting to turn it into something else, like a purse. I know right away what I will do with it.

What do you listen to (or watch, maybe) while you are working? I like listening to music. I have a wide spanning taste in music so it changes from CD to CD. I also enjoy books on tape since my free time is spent creating, I don't get to read a lot, but do enjoy a good story.

Tell us something else that we don't know: When I'm not creating or at my day job, I like to play cello, sports and poke sticks at nature.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Jenny Bunny Creations

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 Jenny of Jenny Bunny Creations is giving away these lovely earrings

Jenny's Heat Earrings feature three sizes of beads, all wire-wrapped and dangling from an antique brass hoop.  The tangerine beads make these earrings sweet but funky.  The earwires are brass but Jenny is willing to switch them to silver if the winner needs it.  

Open to US and International residents.

How to Enter:

Visit Jenny Bunny Creations 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 Jenny's blog.  Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.  Existing followers can leave a comment here too. 

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

7.  Follow Jenny Bunny on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter 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 Jenny Bunny Creations.  Comment back here with your Facebook name.  Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.
Contest ends Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Craft Party!

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie



(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): myfriendlondon, ALineofHerOwn, Crafterall, EviesToolEmporium
Third Row (Left to Right): wildheart515, regansbrain, BelieveJewelrySupply, harvestmoonbyhand
Fourth Row (Left to Right): ArtyDidact, FreshStash, XOSupplies, earthgrowncrayons

Monday, June 6, 2011

Unraveled DIY Festival - June 10

by Rita Wetzel, RitasCreationsOnETSY

Minnesota is celebrating its first Unraveled DIY Festival.  "The festival is an opportunity for the younger generation of surface design enthusiasts and crafters to showcase their work."  It is being presented by the Textile Center in conjunction with the 2011 International Surface Design Association Conference.

The festival is Friday, June 10, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Rapson Architecture Center located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.  You can find more information about the festival here...

HandmadeMN will be well represented at the craft show which is part of the event.

Caddie Jo Designs will be brining her delightful little girls' raincoats.



Flower photography and crocheted accessories will be available in MaryFosterCreative's booth.



You will also find  MyFriendLondon's hands-on yarn, dyed yarn, and soy votives at the show.



And Suz and Roo will be showcasing her fun handmade jewelry.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Amy Lou Jewelry Designs

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 Amy of Amy Lou Jewelry Designs is giving away this trendy bracelet.

The Delaney bracelet is a bracelet made using leather cord and purple irridescant glass beads. This trendy bracelet is made as a wrap bracelet and wraps around the wrist 3 times (20" long). It closes with a clear button loop closure.
How to Enter:

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

Contest ends Saturday, June 18th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Fun Friday Finds—School's Out!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact


School's Out, Time for Summer Fun!

(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): TC Witchcraft Factory, Round Bottom Baby, Penguin Palace, Rising Sun Studio
Third Row (Left to Right): Crafterall, Cindy Lindgren, Lily Luna Gardener, Linden Leaf



Thursday, June 2, 2011

June Challenge

by Michelle of Gotthold Glass Studio

This month's challenge theme was "kitties". 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 June 15.




























Solitude

Submitted by: Glass Garden Designs







Cat's Eye Beaded Necklace and Earring Set
Submitted by: Beadie Vine








Vote For Your Favorite Now!