Sunday, May 27, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Plays Nicely With Paper

by Monique Parent, 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 Aliya of Plays Nicely With Paper. She is giving away this adorable set of cards.
This cute and colorful set of handmade cards has animal/object puns on bright, cheery cardstock. Each card measures about 2 x 4 and has a coordinating envelope. The cards are all blank in the middle for your own message. The puns are as follows:

Frog: Hoppy for you (green)
Cow: Like No Udder (blue)
Lollipop: Sweet Stuff (purple)
Lady Bug: Bug me Anytime (red)
Fish: Best Fishes (orange)
Bird: Chirp Up (yellow)

Open to US and International.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Plays Nicely With Paper, 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.

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

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Annrocks Apparel

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 Ann of Annrocks Apparel and is giving away this hip fanny pack.

Ann created this Hip Hands-Free Fanny Pack with cool black vintage fabric and a pretty vintage button. It has a strong velcro closure to keep everything in place when you wear it. The fanny pack has an adjustable waistband and can be worn as a sling. It is lined in the same fabric and finished for strength and durability. The fanny pack fits size 6-14.

Open US and International.

How to Enter:

Visit Ann Rocks, 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 Ann Rocks. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Contest ends Saturday, June 2nd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 18, 2012

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Road Trip!

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

School is almost over so it's time to start planning your summer road trip. Here are some road trip and travel related items that the HandmadeMN team members have created. Having fun! Wish you were here!


Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more: 
Click on any of the names below 

Second Row (Left to Right): 
Third Row (Left to Right): 
Fourth Row (Left to Right): 

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Traveling Handmade Bazaar at The Bean

by Rita Wetzel, HandmadeBits4u

The energy and creativity of Renee Dittrich, NostalgicSummer, is endless.  Her latest endeavor is organizing and managing a Traveling Handmade Bazaar!  Renee has engaged a number of artists and crafters to participate in the bazaars.  Each bazaar will be fresh and unique and will feature different artists and crafters depending on when and where the event takes place.


Renee is proud to announce that the first event will be held at The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe in Andover on Monday, May 21 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  You will be able to shop for handmade jewelry, art, candles, kitchen decor and other treasures while enjoying some supreme refreshments.  The Bean will be offering wine and appetizer specials to all of its customers!  What a way to start your week.

The HandmadeMN artists that are participating in this event are:
  • DeederTheBeader - beaded jewelry and home decor using paper beads from Rwanda, as well as other glass, stone and metal beads
  • Nostalgic Summer - vintage inspired jewelry
  • HandmadeBits4u - unique hand-chenilled potholders, microwave bowl potholders, and more
  • PogTotes - eReader cases, zippered pouches, wristlets
Additionally, you will find palm wax candles from Palm Tree Candle Company and handmade creations from Karla Mae Scrap Book and Art at the event.  

Event Details
What:  The Traveling Handmade Bazaar at The Bean
Where: The Bean Coffee and Wine Cafe - 15190 Bluebird Street NW Suite 100, Andover, MN
When:  Monday May 21 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Facebook:  The Traveling Handmade Bazaar

Sunday, May 13, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Cindy Lindgren

by Monique Parent, Glass Garden Designs

Happy Mother's Day! And 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 Cindy Lindgren. She is giving away this beautiful giclee print of Poppies.
With Memorial Day coming up, Cindy's giveaway is extra special because poppies remind us of veterans and their service to our country. This spectacular print is an 8x10" giclee print of Poppies that were hand drawn by Cindy. It's a high quality print that resembles a silk screen with its rich flat colors on archival fine art paper. It has a tan border and is ready to frame.

Open to US only.

Contest ends Saturday, May 26th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

How to Enter:
Visit Cindy Lindgren'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 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 andcomment 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 Cindy Lindgren. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

9. Follow Cindy’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, May 26th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fin Friday Finds for Mom!


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

First Row (Left to Right):  priya123uniqueartpendantsmirasolfarmTCWitchcraftFactory
Second Row (Left to Right):  ArielSimoneMaryFosterCreativeJulieMeyerAnnaTereDesigns
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  TwistmoharvestmoonbyhandSuzAndRooArtyDidact

Sunday, May 6, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Beatific Bijoux

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 Amanda Kloster of Beatific Bijoux who is giving away this romantic Floral Pendant Necklace

This romantic necklace is so eye-catching! A gorgeous, flashing faceted Swarovski Crystal is the focal of this piece. It displays all colors of the prism in brilliant, mesmerizing flickers. It's a fantastic color play even in low light! The crystal is set in a delicate, lacy six sided daisy filigree in antiqued brass. It's really amazingly lovely. The flower measures 1.75 inches in diameter and is mounted on a heavy oval-linked chain and finished with a large lobster claw clasp.The chain measures 18 inches (46 cm) in length.


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 Beatific Bijoux, 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 Beatific Bijoux . Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 
8. Follow Beatific Bijoux on twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here. 
9. Follow Amanda'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, May 19th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org


Good luck! 


HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Spring Market Giveaway Baskets and Swag Bags

by Rita Wetzel, handmadebits4u

What is that saying?  Oh yeah!  "A picture is worth a thousand words."  Well, today you get the pictures of our SWAG Bags and Giveaway Baskets for our Spring Market on Saturday, May 5 - that's tomorrow!

Here are our SWAG Bags....


They are filled with with wonderful handmade products from our HandmadeMN team members.  While we advertised we would have 25 SWAG, I am happy to announce that we actually have 40!  So the first 40 shoppers will receive one of these coveted bags.  Want to know what might be in yours?  Check out these posts...

The Donations Just Don't Stop
Swag Bags and Gift Baskets for HandmadeMN Spring Market
HandmadeMN Spring Market - Our Fabulous Swag Bags and Baskets

The SWAG Bags will be handed out at both the front door and the back door.  Lines do form well before our 10:00 start time.  Here's our line from our 2010 Fall Market.
Our Giveaway Baskets are better than ever too!  You are entered to win when you turn in your completed Passport.  Pick up a passport when you arrive.  Have 3 vendors from upstairs and 3 vendors from downstairs stamp your passport.  No purchase necessary.  We will have 2 very lucky winners.  They are overflowing with goodies!!


Hope to see you on Saturday!


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

Fun Friday Finds — It's Spring Market Weekend!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

When I thought about going to the Spring Market coming up this weekend, I just couldn't help myself, the old nursery rhyme came into my head:

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig!
Home again, home again, jiggity jig!

Most (but not all) of the artists in this treasury will be at the Spring Market — and many more artists who are not in this treasury will be there too. Click on the image to the left to learn more. Happy handmade! (Not so many handmade fat pigs, as far as I know, but maybe you'll find a cute little green pig.)



(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): Smiling Tree Toys, Twistmo Suz and Roo Kelly Newcomer
Second Row (Left to Right): Pixie Spit, Shaggy Baggy, Julie Meyer, Trigo
Third Row (Left to Right): Starglow Studio, Dovecote Design,Grandma's Craft Garden, The Green Squirrel
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Cindy Lindgren, Living Tree, Prairies Images, Vandalia Street Press

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Featured Shop ~ Sparkflight

By Sara of Auntie B's Wax

It's always a treat for me to peruse Etsy for the artists and crafters that make up the HandmadeMN Etsy Team. We have a lot of members and I'm often surprised when I come across a shop I've not seen before. Sparkflight is one of those shops.

Sparkflight is filled with magical, amazing wire work. Twisted and formed by hand, straight pieces of wire are transformed into astonishing pieces of art.

Black Stone & Bright Copper Netted Pendant Necklace
These pieces of art are often wearable in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, but art for display is also available in the shop. Look at this cute little oriole. Incredible work!
Oriole Wire Bird Sculpture
The types of wires used range from stainless steel to copper and everything in between. Most times (if not all the time) the copper wire is recycled. Yay for recycling!
Romantic Copper Vine Necklace
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind swirly, twisty, breath-taking piece of wire art, take a look into Sparkflight. You'll not be disappointed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Challenge – Spring Showers

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

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



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Submitted by: 
 Shanti Designs





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