Sunday, August 28, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - From Out Of The Cracks

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 Cheri of From Out Of The Cracks is giving away this gorgeous free form peyote stitch bracelet.

Free form peyote stitch bracelets spark the spirit and capture your attention! The bracelets are original, unique and would be a great accessory for the eclectically conscious women. It’s a passion working with seed beads, using a needle and thread to create something wonderful, one bead at a time. There are no actual patterns, it all happens rather organically and color drives the whole process. Harmony is something that pleases the eye. The bracelet engages you and creates an inner sense of balance and order with your visual experience. This bracelet is 3/4” wide at the widest point and 7 1/2” long. It will best fit wrists between 6 1/4 ” to 7 1/4”. I use double thread when stitching together these bracelets to reinforce its construction.


How to Enter:

Visit Cheri'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 Cheri's blog From Out Of The Cracks. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

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

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

 Contest ends Saturday, September 10th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org. Good luck!


HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.





Friday, August 26, 2011

Fun Friday Finds—Savoring Summer

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

It's State Fair time, and we all know what that means: The end (of summer) is near!

Savoring Summer

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Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): My Little Chickadee, Ariel Simone, Crafterall, Cindy Lindgren
Third Row (Left to Right): Wayfaring Art, Cayenne Peppy, E Kate Designs, Sparkflight
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Lolly Bop Baby, Sacred Suds, Palette Passion, Mary Foster Creative

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HandmadeMN Fall Market - Giveaway Baskets and Swag Bags Are Back!

by Rita Wetzel of HandmadeBits4u


HandmadeMN is excited to announce that we have scheduled our HandmadeFall Market on October 22 at the Ballentine VFW (2916 Lyndale Ave S) in Minneapolis from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Our Gift Baskets and Swag Bags will be back too!! 

Two, yes 2, lucky visitors will be the recipients of our Gift Baskets!  These  contain many handmade products that have been generously donated by our HandmadeMN members and will be worth about $150 each. To  qualify, all you need to do is to have your HandmadeMN Passport stamped by 3 vendors upstairs and 3 vendors downstairs - no purchase necessary.  Although I highly suspect you won't be able to avoid the temptation to buy something at the market!

Additionally, the first 25 visitors to the market will receive Swag Bags that will be filled with even more handmade product from our HandmadeMN members!  At our last market, we had shoppers lined up at both the front door and the back door well before opening in hopes of snagging one.  People were absolutely ecstatic about the contents!

So, what might you find in your Gift Basket or your Swag Bag?  Here are some possibilities as the donations from our team members are already rolling in!

Cindy Lindgren has donated boxed card sets and individual cards for the baskets and swag bags.  Wouldn't you love to have a set of these for the upcoming holidays?



Take a look at this donation from Christy of RedShoes26design.  Will you be one of the lucky recipients of these fabulous Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture cards?


Looking for a bit of Halloween kitchen decor?  Look no further than these hand-chenilled potholders from Sharon of GrandmasCraftGarden!

So mark your calendars! Watch our blog for more Giveaway Basket and Swag Basket features. Hope to see you on October 22!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - ArielSimone

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 Adrienne of Ariel Simone is giving away this fabulous Peasant Sleeved Dress with Zipper Detail and Pockets.

Peasant Sleeved Dress with Zipper Detail, and Pockets: This provincial inspired dress is a nice addition to any wardrobe. The generous sleeves look great with the gathered skirt. The fabric in this dress gives a comfortable, rustic feel. The zipper details around the neckline are an adorable and trendy addition, while the bodice has a wonderfully fitted shape. There are also large pockets hidden in the pleated circle skirt that can hold many items without making the skirt look weighed down.

 This smock features a demure neckline with zipper detaining down the front. There is the illusion that the zipper is unzipping the bodice of this dress creating a modern, fresh take on this peasant dud. The zipper actually is stitched in place and the slit dips 6 inches from the collarbone. The wonderful sleeves are fitted to the elbow and billow out through the wrist where they are gathered. The back of this dress dips down to the mid back so you can still wear any bra and the straps won’t show. The pleated circle skirt has pockets and the hem is 3 inches above the knee.


How to Enter:

Visit Adrienne'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 Adrienne's blog Ariel Simone. Leave a comment here letting us know you are a follower.

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

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

Contest ends Saturday, September 3rd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.


Good luck! HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Rainbows and Butterflies

By Mara Olden ~ Dragonfly Adornments



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Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right):ALineofHerOwn,Pixie Spit,harvestmoonbyhand,appleberryink
Second Row (Left to Right):sweetbabydolly, Sacred Suds, BelieveJewelrySupply,AngelEllie
Third Row (Left to Right):Choosing Beauty, LollyBopBaby, earthgrowncrayons,jenniferinspired,
Fourth Row (Left to Right):adolina,westernartglass, RiyahLiDesigns,catchastarcreations

Sunday, August 14, 2011

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Dovecotedesign

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 Marsha of Dovecotedesign is giving away these teardrop earrings.


Porcelain earrings featuring an intricate floral design created from Marsha's own handmade mold. They are glazed and accented in a cornflower blue, using a multi-step, time intensive layering process which creates a vintage look and feel. The earrings hang about two inches from the earwire.
How to Enter:

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

Open to US residents and Canadian 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, August 27th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fun Friday Finds ~ Taking it easy

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie




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Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right):  CindyLindgrendmaliaUptownUrbanCraftAngelEllie
Second Row (Left to Right): harvestmoonbyhand,  rainydayyarnshop,  Sewtropolis,  penguinpalace
Third Row (Left to Right): adolinaTwistmoArielSimonesparkflight
Fourth Row (Left to Right): BelieveJewelrySupply2007musarraSuzAndRooXOSupplies

Sunday, August 7, 2011

HanmadeMN Giveaway - Wild Apple Design

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 Jenn of Wild Apple Design is giving away these turquoise earrings.   


These adorable wire wrapped turquoise teardrop earrings are made with colored magnesite beads and "messy" wrapped with silver wire and hang from silver French hooks.  Jenn is including rubber clutches for comfort and security.
Open to US residents only.

How to Enter:

Visit Wild Apple Design 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 Jenn's blog, Through the Grapevine.  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 Wild Apple Design 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 Wild Apple Design.  Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fun Friday Finds—Tomato Reds

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

Local tomatoes at the co-op, heirloom tomatoes at the farmers' market, tomatoes ripening in our gardens; layered with mozzarella and basil on our salad plates, sliced onto our hamburgers, diced into our scrambled eggs: Can you tell I'm ...

Seeing Red—It's Tomato Season!

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Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
Second Row (Left to Right): Plushroom Soup, Cindy Lindgren, Julie Meyer, Palette Passion
Third Row (Left to Right): Unique Art Pendants, Painted Fish Studio, My Little Chickadee, Cayenne Peppy
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Ivory Moon, Riyah-Li Designs, Round Bottom Baby, Harvest Moon by Hand

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Challenge

by Michelle of Gotthold Glass Studio

This month's challenge theme was "Ohhh, bug!". 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 August 15.


Blue Ladybug Fused Glass Pendant

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Adam Ant Keychain

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