Sunday, January 29, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Faithfully Yours...

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
Kathryn Wolle of Faithfully Yours.... Kathryn is giving away this vintage necklace.


Kathryn created this unique necklace that has been refashioned from two separate vintage gold necklaces. The pendant is a gold “doubloon” found in a box of antique jewelry and a small crystal from an antique chandelier reminiscent of a pirate’s treasure. The necklace measures 18 inches long and the pendant measures 1 ¼ inches. Add a touch of flash and whimsy to your next outfit!

Open US and International.

How to Enter:

Visit 
Faithfully Yours…, 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 Faithfully Yours…. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.  Follow Faithfully Yours… on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9.  Follow Kathryn's 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.

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fun Friday Finds for a Night in!



(Click on the image 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): OakTreeArtsmyfriendlondonArtyDidactMyLittleChick
Second Row (Left to Right): regansbrainRiverBirdTwistmolightreading
Third Row (Left to Right): tillymaisonVINTAGEVAULTsShaggyBaggyMaryLittfin
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  looksSEWniceOwlShopHandmadeBits4upaintedfishstudio

Sunday, January 22, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway - HandmadeBits4U

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 Rita of HandemadeBits4U.  She is giving away a pair of these neat Microwave Bowl Potholders.    




Warming up some soup? Making oatmeal? Having some leftovers for lunch or dinner? Are you tired of wrestling those hot bowls/containers from the microwave? Here's a new kind of microwave potholder - a Microwave Bowl Holder that will make this task much easier on the hands!.

Like ice cream but would prefer not to get cold hands while eating? Just put the bowl of ice cream (or perhaps the ice cream container itself) in the bowl and enjoy your ice cream without get chilly fingers!

Open to US and International residents.


How to Enter:


Visit HandmadeBits4U, 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.  Follow Rita's 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.

8.  Follow HandmadeBits4U on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9.  Become a Facebook Fan of HandemadeBits4U.  Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fun Friday Finds — Send in the Dragons!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

It's Chinese New Year on Monday, ushering in the Year of the Dragon, an auspicious occasion for all. Minnesota's Etsians welcome the dragon with things fiery and dragony (and dragonfly) and lots of toasty reds and gold and orange!



(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): Kept Fresh, Palette Passion, Harvest Moon by Hand, Western Art Glass
Third Row (Left to Right): Mary Foster Creative, The Green Squirrel, Julie Meyer, The Saturated Palette
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Penguin Palace, Artistic Edition, Amu and Pri, Twistmo

Sunday, January 15, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Inviting Play

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's giveaway is from Julie of Inviting Play.  Julie is giving away this Waldorf Baby Doll.

Julie Colby of Inviting Play created this 12" Waldorf Baby Doll. It was handmade by Julie by using traditional methods and all natural materials. The features of her dolls are kept simple and neutral. All of Julie's dolls are stuffed with Minnesota wool and made with natural fibers such as cotton, wool, mohair, and alpaca. Each doll is completely unique and one of a kind. This very sweet baby has bent baby shaped limbs, a belly button, a cotton velour diaper, wool felt slippers, a cotton linen dress with beautiful cotton Swedish trim, a soft cloud of blue mohair for hair that can be gently brushed and finger styled, and a velour hat. All of the doll's clothes come off and are constructed with children in mind so that the doll can be dressed easily. This is the perfect sized baby for 1 - 5 year old children. Children under three should be supervised as needed because mohair sheds and is not good to eat.


Open US and International.

How to Enter:
Visit Inviting Play, 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 Inviting Play. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Contest ends Saturday, January 28, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Love, Minnesota


By Mara Olden ~ Dragonfly Adornments

I love January....Not! But I really do love our HandmadeMN team on Etsy. Show your love by checking out these great handmade items.


Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): Laura Jean BergenTCWitchcraftFactory, Mary Littfin, Twistmo
Second Row (Left to Right): Believe Jewelry Supply, Pallettepassion, painted fish studio, Ododo Designs
Third Row (Left to Right):  Wild Apple Design, Suz and Roo, Arty Didact, Custom Gifts for All
Fourth Row (Left to Right): Bath and Beads, Yours Sincerely Gifts, xxkellybean, Pine Needle Designs

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January Challenge - Cheers

by Rita Wetzel, HandmadeBits4u

December was a busy month for many of us at HandmadeMN.  So busy, in fact, that only one of us found time to submit an entry to our monthly challenge.  So no voting this month.  Please take the time though to congratulate Toni of Wild Dog Studio for her copper charm necklace submission!  Cheers to you Toni!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway - Passion To Create

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 BarbAnn at Passion To Create.  She is giving away this fun necklace.   



Amethyst is the color that you see in the sky as twilight transitions into night. This crystal is the most recommended stone for stress relief. 

A beautiful violet purple aborigine teardrop shaped stone crowns this piece. It is a gorgeous stone with colors ranging from white to dark purple markings throughout. The stone blooms out of antique brass magnolia leaves. It is a comfortable and well balanced piece.  Just seeing the beauty of this stone will calm you.

Stone pendant is hung from antique brass chain 18” long with a hook closure. The pendant itself is 1 1/2" long.

Open to US and International residents.

How to Enter:

Visit Passion To Create, 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.  Follow BarbAnn's 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, January 21, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Finally Winter!

broadcasting live from the upper West Side of Manhattan, bodicegoddess by Maggie

The chill is upon us, folks!  Stay warm!


(Click on the image 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): thegirlcanspin, yazberryfashion, kav122, LollyBopBaby
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  LuannDanzlDesigns, GildaKnits, WarmHugsCornBags, JulieMeyer

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Featured Shop ~ My Little Chickadee Creations

By Sara of Auntie B's Wax

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm going to ring in the new year with a salute to one of my favorite Etsy shops and fellow HandmadeMN member, My Little Chickadee Creations. Ellie has a shop filled with hand-stamped travertine tiles. These tiles are then made into magnets, coasters, wedding/party favors, and more.

Red Poppy Kitchen Tile Trivet


I love the colors used for the images, and the images themselves are so wonderful too. The variety of products in this shop is astounding. My Little Chickadee Creations has everyone in mind so you're sure to find something that suits you to a tee.

When Pigs Fly Tile Magnets, Set of 3



Celestial Sun and Moon Magnets, Set of 2


A really nice service Ellie provides is personalization. My Little Chickadee Creations is eager to please and can customize the number of personalized favors and/or save-the-date magnets according to your needs. Check out these cute wedding favor coasters:

Whimsical Owl Wedding Favor Coasters, Set of 25


My Little Chickadee Creations is a really fun shop with a ton of things to offer. The shop has been highly recommended by previous buyers and Ellie will make sure you're a satisfied customer too.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Getting to Know You: A Handmade Princess

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 Gilda from A Handmade Princess who lives in Minneapolis.
What do you make and why? I knit. And knit and knit and knit. Anytime an idea pops up in my head, I get on it.  I make purses, cowls, hats, mitts, baby clothes, baby gift sets, and sometimes I mix knitting with sewing to create cute hippy tanks & dresses.
Where do you do your making? With knitting, I can carry it along with me so I can keep my hands busy anywhere;  in the doctor’s office, at school functions, in the movie theater, and the list goes on. 
What is your favorite part of the process or a favorite technique? Buying the yarn.  No, seriously.  It is so exciting to buy this ball of material and know that it will turn into something awesome that I made with my own two hands.  Best feeling ever.  Deciding on the actual material is the hardest.  Shall I work with wool, alpaca, silk, or cotton with this project?  I think alpaca is my favorite to work with - it is soooo soft (but expensive)!  Guilty: I am a yarn hoarder.
This is really lazy of me, but I love lace work the best, because it  seems to go the fastest.  My second favorite is color work, because you can come up with literally any design you want and incorporate it into your knitting.  So, really, two fancy skills thrown into one project.  
 
Tell us something else we don't know. I’m in a knitting group.  We meet every week (mostly) at a local coffee shop or cafe and knit and chat.  Knitting is so collaborative.  Have you checked out Ravelry?  (www.ravelry.com)  (I’m Gilda Knits on there if you want to be my friend)  I design & sell my own patterns now.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Upcoming Shows

by Rita Wetzel of HandmadeBits4u

Shop Local!  Support Your 2012 HandmadeMN Artists!

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LoLa Art Crawl 
http://www.lolaartcrawl.com 
August 25-26 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Throughout Longfellow neighborhood, Minneapolis

Arty Didact
http://www.artydidact.etsy.com 
Recycled book arts, booklets and zines, drawings, note cards, games and kits

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Junk Bonanza
http://www.junkbonanza.com/
Sept 13-15, 9am - 5pm
Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN

Light Reading
etsy.com/shop/lightreading 
lamps and lamp shades

XO Handworks
http://www.etsy.com/shop/XOHandworks
Handmade Soldered Map Pendants & Scrabble Letter Gifts

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Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival 
http://www.explorehutchinson.com/arts.htm 
Sept 14 & 15, 2012, 10-5
Liberty Square Park, Downtown Hutchinson, MN

PogTotes
http://www.pogtotes.etsy.com 
Handmade tote bags, makeup bags, coin purses, iPad cases, and eReader cases from designer fabrics

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Twin Cities Arts & Crafts Show & Sale 
http://www.eastwoodgallery.com/twin-cities-show.html 
Sept. 22 & 23rd
MN State Fairgrounds-Progress Center

Cindy Lindgren
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CindyLindgren 
my illustrations on cards, prints, fabric and rugs

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4th Annual Fall Festival Showcase at Lynde Greenhouse
http://www.lyndegreenhouse.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/11/index.htm 
Saturday, September 22nd from 10am-3pm
Maple Grove, MN

Deeder the Beader
http://deederthebeader.etsy.com 
Beaded ornaments, home decor, rosaries, wine charms and items made with paper beads

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St. Paul Art Crawl 
http://stpaulartcrawl.org/ Oct. 12,13,14 
Master Framers location
262 East 4th Street

Cindy Lindgren
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CindyLindgren 
my illustrations on cards, prints, fabric and rugs

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Twin Cities Bead Bazaar - Fall 2012 
http://beadsbydee.com/Bazaar/vendorlist.html 
October 20th & 21st 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hopkins, MN

EviesToolEmporium
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EviesToolEmporium 
Tools

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Home Improvement & Design Expo/H.E. Art Emporium http://www.mediamaxevents.com/pages/show_HOMEEXPO_10202012.html 
Oct. 20-21, 10 am-5pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

Cindy Lindgren
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CindyLindgren 
my illustrations on cards, prints, fabric and rugs

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Craft and Vendor Boutique
Sponsored by the MOMS Club of Coon Rapids
http://www.boutique.momsclubcrn.org/ 
Saturday, November 3, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2650 128th Ave. NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Deeder the Beader
http://deederthebeader.etsy.com
Beaded ornaments, home decor, rosaries, wine charms and items made with paper beads

Dragonfly Adornments
http://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonflyAdornments 
handmade beaded gemstone jewelry, fused glass jewelry and home decor

Party Girl Artwork
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PartyGirlArtwork
hand painted ceramics, canvas paintings

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Craft'za 
http://craftstravaganza.com/mpls/ 
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10am-5pm
The Soap Factory
514 Second St SE Minneapolis MN 55414

Anna Tere Designs
http://www.etsy.com/shop/annateredesigns 
Handmade utility aprons, phone charging docks, iPad cases, needle books, boy bow ties

Caddie Jo Designs
etsy.com/shop/caddiejodesigns 
children's raincoats, hats, bibs, aprons, skirts, dresses

Key Candles
http://www.etsy.com/shop/keycandles 
Handmade Beeswax and Soy Candles

Kibbles 'N Knits
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kibblesnknits 
Jewelry and home decor using vintage fabrics and other textiles

Light Reading
http://www.etsy.com/shop/lightreading 
lamps

Oak Tree Arts
http://www.etsy.com/shop/OakTreeArts 
Wood Stuff & More

PogTotes
www.pogtotes.etsy.com 
tote bags, makeup bags, kindle cases, iPad cases, coin purses

redshoes26 design
http://www.etsy.com/shop/redshoes26design 
Minnesota Icon illustrations, greeting cards, and paper jewelry

Tiny Hands
http://tinyhands.etsy.com 
Super Cute Scented Food Jewelry

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Hudson Holiday Boutique 
Saturday, December 1, 2012 9am - 4pm
Hudson High School
1501 Vine Street Hudson, WI 54016

Rivertown Glass
http://www.etsy.com/shop/rivertownglass 
jewelry and hair accessories

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Minnesota Women's Art Festival 
http://womensartfestival.com/ 
December 15, 2012 (10 to 5)
Midtown YWCA (2121 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis)

Arty Didact
http://www.etsy.com/shop/artydidact 
Recycled book arts, booklets and zines, drawings, note cards, calendars, games and kits

Deeder the Beader
http://deederthebeader.etsy.com 
Beaded ornaments, home decor, rosaries, wine charms and items made with paper beads

XO Handworks
http://www.etsy.com/shop/XOHandworks 
handmade soldered map pendants & Scrabble letter gifts



HandmadeMN Giveaway - Knits in Class

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 Kate of Knits in Class. Kate is giving away this Merino wool yarn. 

Kate McCreight of Knits in Class is giving away this cozy single ply hand dyed Merino wool yarn is a delight to work with. Lofty and soft, it is the perfect choice for anything you can imagine. 225 yards, 100% merino wool, knit on US 7-9.


Open US and International. 


How to Enter: 


Visit Knits in Class, 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 Kate on her Knits in Class Fiber Studio 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.


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


7. Follow Knits in Class 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 Knits in Class. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 


10. Contest ends Saturday, January 14, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org


Good luck! 


HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.