Monday, April 30, 2012

The Donations Just Don't Stop!

by Rita Wetzel, HandmadeBits4u

Are you coming to see us on Saturday?  Our HandmadeMN Spring Market is this Saturday, May 5, at the Ballentine VFW in Minneapolis. The team is finishing the last minute details so you'll have a great shopping experience.

You will have the opportunity to shop for a variety of handmade product from our 45 vendors.  We have jewelry, leather journals, photographs, illustrations, cards, baby clothing and accessories, kitchen decor, home decor, vintage items, woodturned and carved product, purses, totes, wallets, soy crayons, yoga mats, monster pouches, quilts, and so much more.

If you're one of our early shoppers you will receive one of 25 Swag Bags (actually there are more than 25 this time!)  They will be handed out at both the front and back entrances of the VFW.  Everything in the SWAG Bags have been donated by our members and everything is handmade - you won't be disappointed. You'll also be drooling over our Giveaway Baskets! Each is worth at least $150. Just get your passport stamped by 3 vendors on the main floor and 3 vendors in the basement! No purchase necessary! Our past winners have been ecstatic with the basket contents. Here are some items that you will find in our Swag Bags or in our Giveaway Baskets and they will be available at the Market too!

KibblesNKnits was very generous with her donations - look at these adorable necklaces and rings!



AnnaTereDesigns donated these Phone Charger pouches and also some hair accessories too.

You may find these "Love from Minnesota" notecards in your SWAG Bag from VandaliaStreetPress.

Look at these lovely pouches from JulieMeyer.

EleanorsTreasures makes these delightful appliqued onesies and TShirts.

CayennePeppy has a lovely line of jewelery and also makes adorable bags.

You may find water bottle holders and adorable felt and bottle cap pins from AimeesHomestead.

DeederTheBeader has made this lovely set of earrings and necklace for one lucky shopper!

ArtyDidact has made pouches and greeting cards for our Giveaway Baskets and Swag Bags!

We also have fused glass from DragonflyAdornmants to giveaway!

Do you need a travel wrap?  If so, then hopefully you will win one from MargaretMousleyDesigns.

PixieSpit has donated several of these delightful pony tail holders for our Swag Bags.

And CindyLindgren has donated both prints and cards!

Aren't these absolutely out-of-this-world donations from our team to you, our shoppers!  Later this week you will see all of the Swag Bags and the Gift Baskets.  You will definitely want to find some time to stop by on Saturday to see us!

Show Details: 
WHAT: HandmadeMN Spring Market
WHEN: May 5, 2012 10am-5pm COST: Free and Open to the Public
WHERE: James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. parking lot located at rear entrance to VFW, on Aldrich Avenue.
WEBSITE: http://handmademn.com

Sunday, April 29, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Created by Kristen M

by Monique Parent of Glass Garden Designs

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 Kristen of Created by Kristen M. She is giving away this fun set of handmade cards.
Kristen made this set of nine handmade cards with beautiful papers and adorable embellishments. You will be proud to give these to friends & family! Included in the set is 1 wedding card, 1 anniversary card, 1 sympathy card, 1 graduation card, 1 baby card, 3 birthday card and 1 best wishes card. Click on the photo to see Kristen's listing picturing all 9 cards.

Open to US and Canada.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Created by Kristen M, 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 you include your email address
            so we have a way to contact the winner!

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 this 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 Created by Kristen. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, April 27, 2012

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Spring Market

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments


Stop and smell the roses, then come on over to shop some fantastic finds at the HandmadeMN Spring Market, Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 5pm. Here's just a sampling of the HandmadeMN Market items you'll find.



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, April 22, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Glass Garden 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's giveaway is from Monique Parent of Glass Garden Designs and is giving away this colorful Spring Wildflowers and Dragonflies Glass Pendant.


A silhouette of playful dragonflies and wildflowers adorn a color-blocked garden of spring green, sunshine yellow, and caramel brown. Multiple firings and hours in the kiln produced this unique necklace. The image is enamel and is scratch resistant and waterproof. This is a nice sized pendant at almost 2" long including the silver bail, and almost 1" wide. Wear it right away with the FREE 18” silver-plated chain that's included!

Open US and International.

Please make sure you include your email address so we have a way to contact the winner!

How to Enter:
Visit Glass Garden Designs, 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 you include your email address so we have a way to contact the winner! 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 Glass Garden Designs. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Monique'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.

9. Contest ends Saturday, May, 5th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org. 

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Geeking Out


By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

What do you geek out over?




(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):  minnebitesuniqueartpendantsknitnaxArielSimone
Third Row (Left to Right):  TrigoJGallowayDesignseastashleystudiocayennepeppybags
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  ArtyDidactricksrelicsOwlshop

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Swag Bags and Giveaway Baskets for Spring Market

by Rita Wetzel, HandmadeBits4u

It's almost here!  In a little over two weeks you will be able to partake in our Spring Market.  We hope to see you on May 5 at the Ballentine VFW in Minneapolis.

Not only will you be able to shop for a variety of handmade product from our 45 vendors, but our early shoppers will also received Swag Bags - at least 25 will be available.  They will be handed out at both the front and  back entrances of the VFW. They will be filled with jewelry, scarves, purses and pouches, vinyl decals, cards, mini monsters, flowers, wood crafted items, and so much more.

You'll be drooling over our Giveaway Baskets too! Each is worth at least $150.  Just get your passport stamped by 3 vendors on the main floor and 3 vendors in the basement!  No purchase necessary!  Our past winners have been ecstatic with the basket contents.  

Here are some items that you will find in our Swag Bags or in our Giveaway Baskets and they will be available at the Market too!

Christy from redshoes26designs donated these beautiful framed artwork of Minnesotan icons for our Press Kits.  You will find her illustrated cards in many of the Swag Bags and in the Giveaway Baskets.


Like honey?  Then you'll be delighted with these beeswax candles and tealights from SweetBeeHoney.

You may also find one of these products from BodyBlissOrganics in your bag or basket.

You will absolutely fall in love with these earrings from Blackstone Pottery.

Looking for necklaces?  Then check out WildDogStudio!

SuzandRoo has crafted these fun bracelets and ponytail holders.

And who doesn't want one of Trigo's furry monsters for their cell phone?  And look at the mini Nerd monsters too - one may be lurking in your Swag Bag!


Show Details:
WHAT: HandmadeMN Spring Market
WHEN: May 5, 2012 10am-5pm
COST: Free and Open to the Public
WHERE: James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
parking lot located at rear entrance to VFW, on Aldrich Avenue.
WEBSITE: http://handmademn.com

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Handmade MN Giveaway ~ Wonderkath

by Monique Parent of Glass Garden Designs


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 Kathy of Wonderkath. She is giving away one of these charming hand stamped pendants
Kathy has hand stamped these fun silver plated pewter metal pendants with inspirational sayings. The circles are 3/4" in diameter, the hearts are 1" in length. The winner will choose one from the 5 options shown: I can & will, strength (circle) ~ gratitude (heart) ~ it is well with my soul (circle or heart) ~ make it a great day (circle). The pendant will come as a ready to wear necklace; including a silver plated chain up to 20" with a 2" extension chain. 

Open to US residents.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Wonderkath, 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 you include your email address
            so we have a way to contact the winner!

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 this 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 Wonderkath. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

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

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fun Friday Finds: It's Tax Time!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

Are yours done yet? Or is it something like this:


(Click on the image to go to the Etsy Treasury--and for clues to the narrative!)

Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more:
Click on any of the names below
First Row (Left to Right): Auntie Bs Wax, XO Handworks Minnebites XX Kelly Bean
Second Row (Left to Right): Custom Wood Chuck, Saturated Palette, Green Squirrel, Simply Playing
Third Row (Left to Right): Mary Foster Creative, Shaggy Baggy,Woodchuck's Wood, TC Witchcraft Factory
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Western Art Glass, Bird Industries, Redshoes 26 Design, Smiling Tree Toys

Sunday, April 8, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Pog Totes

Mara Olden of Your 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 Mary DesCombaz of Pog Totes and is giving away this pretty small make-up bag.


Mary created this vibrant handmade makeup bag that features a beautiful bird print, with a hounds tooth print on the inside. The bag is approximately 9.5 inches long by 5.5 inches tall. It is a great way to hold all your essentials for travel or everyday use!

Open US and International.

How to Enter:
Visit Pog Totes, 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 you include your email address so we have a way to contact the winner!

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 Pog Totes. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, April 6, 2012

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Happy Easter!

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments 

Have a Good Friday and enjoy your Easter.

 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): 

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Challenge — Sunrise/Sunset

by Lori Lee Sampson
Twistmo Wall Decals & Starglow Studio Pet Art

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





Glass & Sterling Pendant/Necklace
Submitted by:



Submitted by:
MinneBITES


Submitted by:

Submitted by: Mary Foster Creative


Vote For Your Favorite Now!

HandmadeMN Spring Market - Our Fabulous Swag Bags and Baskets

by Rita Wetzel, HandmadeBits4u

Our Spring Market on May 5 is just around the corner. The venue, the Ballentine VFW in Minneapolis, remains the same as do our hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. And, most importantly, our HandmadeMN members have once again demonstrated their generosity with their donated product for our trademark Swag Bags and Giveaway Baskets.

We will have a minimum of 25 Swag Bags which will be handed out at both the front and the back entrances of the VFW for our early shoppers. They will be filled with jewelry, scarves, purses and pouches, vinyl decals, cards, mini monsters, flowers, wood crafted items, and so much more.

You'll be drooling over our Giveaway Baskets too! Each is worth at least $150. All you need to have is 3 vendors on the main floor and 3 vendors in the basement stamp your passport and you're entered to win!  No purchase necessary - although I'm not sure you'll be able to resist all of the handmade goodness that you'll find that day. Remember that Mother's Day is the following Sunday so be sure to pick up something special for mom!

Between now and the market, check back here for sneak peaks of what you might find in your Swag Bag or what might be in the Basket that you win.

You may find a work of art from one of our new vendors, Shawn Leer of Prairies Images, in your Swag Bag or Basket.


Returning from the fall market is our woodturner, Woodchuckswood. Will you be the lucky receipient of a Fretwork Heart?

Like vinyl decals? Twistmo has donated several.  How cool are these dragonflies?

Yvette of boubo makes these lovely infinity scarves.

Luann Danzl's flowers will surely brighten up any room at home or at the office!

You can find our Press Release here.

Show Details:
WHAT: HandmadeMN Spring Market
WHEN: May 5, 2012 10am-5pm
COST: Free and Open to the Public
WHERE: James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
parking lot located at rear entrance to VFW, on Aldrich Avenue.
WEBSITE: http://handmademn.com

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Handmade Giveaway ~ Eleanores Treasures

by Monique Parent of Glass Garden Designs
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 Talia of Eleanore's Treasures. She is giving away this adorable birthday bodysuit or tee.


This adorable birthday onesie has a cupcake applique with number “1” to celebrate a 1st year. The applique can also be sewn onto a t-shirt. The final design will be to the winner’s specifications. The applique is designed to fray slightly around the edges with washing. Your baby will be at the peak of fashion chic!

Open to US and International.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Eleanore's Treasures, 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 you include your email address so we have a way to contact the winner!

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 this 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 Eleanores Treasures. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

9. Follow Talia'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, April 14th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.