Friday, June 29, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Born in the USA!

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

All of the products were born in the USA... and Minnesota! 
Show your support by checking out our talented artists and crafters from Minnesota on Etsy.

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



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Handmade MN Giveaway ~ Kibbles 'N Knits

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 Nancy of Kibbles 'N Knits. She is giving away this one-of-a-kind necklace.
Nancy created this one-of-a-kind necklace using vintage quilting fabric handed down by her grandmother. She made the vintage fabric into a bead pendant. She paired the fabric bead with a new glass bead and added an 18 inch mini ball chain necklace with lobster clasp. The pendant itself is 1.75" from the top of the bail to the very bottom of the vintage fabric bead. This handmade necklace is both simple and bold. Hop on the yellow and gray trend with a one-of-a-kind piece!

Open to US Only.

Contest ends Saturday, July 7th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

How to Enter:
Visit Kibbles 'N Knits, 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 Kibbles 'N Knits. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Kibbles 'N Knits on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9. Follow Nancy'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, July 7th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Midsummer!



By Maggie Schultz ~ 
BodiceGoddess by Maggie

Happy Solstice, all!


(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):  pogtotesArtyDidactmirasolfarmCrafterall
Second Row (Left to Right):  SmilingTreeToyswayfaringartamyleanmeTCWitchcraftFactory
Third Row (Left to Right):  eastashleystudioArielSimonejanravenembeshop
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  lightreadingBirdIndustriestillymaisonStudioNorthernLights

Sunday, June 17, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Riyah-Li 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 Sabrina Dalman of Riyah-Li Designs and  she is giving away these set of 5 trendy earrings
Riyah-Li Designs
How cute are these Trendy Stud Earrings?  The lovely little hearts & the lucky clovers were made from shrink plastic, The refreshing orange slices, the sweet cupcakes and the cartoon mushroom earrings are made from polymer clay. These playful earrings will make a great addition to a fun wardrobe or great to split into individual gifts. Earrings are 0.5-1.0 cm & will come with silicone earring backs.  

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

How to Enter: Visit Riyah-Li 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 Riyah-Li Designs. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 

8. Follow Riyah-Li Designs on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here. 

9. Follow Sabrina'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, June, 30th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org. 

 Good luck! 

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fun Friday Finds — Let's Go to the Lake!

By Sharon Parker ~ Arty Didact

C'mon, we wait all winter for this; you're not going to complain about the heat, are you? You know what to do—go to the lake!

(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): Western Art Glass, Jennifer Ann Maroney, Trigo, Deeder the Beader
Third Row (Left to Right): Crafterall, My Little Chickadee,Rising Sun Studio, Chased by Beauty
Fourth Row (Left to Right):  Glass Garden Designs, Linden Leaf, Palette Passion, Auntie B's Wax

Sunday, June 10, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Luann Danzl Designs

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 Luann of Luann Danzl Designs. She is giving away this handmade tangerine chiffon hairclip/pin.
There's no doubt you'll make a statement with a feminine flair when you wear this ruffled handmade flower! It will look outstanding on a hat, purse, jacket, blouse or even the waist of a dress. And don't forget to wear it in your hair as well! Luann created this flower using chiffon that has been singed and shaped into soft ruffles. It's approximately 4 inches (10.2 cm) and has a pin/aligator clip combination back.

Open to US and International.

Contest ends Saturday, June 23rd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

How to Enter:
Visit Luann Danzl 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 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
Luann Danzl Designs. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Luann Danzl Designs on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9. Follow Luann'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, June 23rd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Featured Shop ~ MaryFosterCreative

By Sara of Auntie B's Wax

It looks like summer has finally arrived in Minnesota. After months of gray, overcast days the lush green grass and foliage and vibrant flower blossoms are a welcome sight.

There's an Etsy shop where you can get the freshness of summer blooms all year long. MaryFosterCreative is filled with fine art flower and foliage photographs by Mary Foster. Not only does she photograph nature's beautiful works of art, she grows the blooms herself!


The shop features flower and foliage prints as well as note card collections. Cards can be purchase individually or in sets. Imagine how thrilled someone would be to receive a lovely hand-written note on one of these gorgeous cards.


Mary has another talent ~ crochet! She makes adorable crocheted accessories inspired by her flower photography and offers these in her shop too.


Come visit MaryFosterCreative for a healthy dose of summer blooms and incredible talent.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ School's Out for Summer!

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments


My kids are out of school for the summer. Now it feels official. I have some adventures lined up for the family like a few road trips, camping and bonfires. I'm sure there will be lots of biking, time at the park and swimming. Have a great summer!


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

Third Row (Left to Right)ChasedByBeautyrainydayyarnshopRiyahLiDesignsbellaboogie

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June Challenge - Yellow Submarine

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

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



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Vote For Your Favorite Now!

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Deeder the Beader

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 Denise of Deeder the Beader who is giving away this Rwandan Paper Bead Cluster Necklace and Earring set.


This cluster necklace and earring set was designed using paper and glass beads, accented with antiqued copper chain and findings. The paper beads were handmade in Rwanda by women who are getting back on their feet following the past genocide, illness or other household issues and they are learning a trade to help support their families. The paper beads are in a combination of brown, rust, tan and orange. They are accented with orange and brown glass beads. The necklace is approximately 22 inches though it can be clasped a couple of inches shorter if desired. The matching earrings hang down approximately 1-5/8 inches below the ear-wire loop.
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 Deeder the Beader, 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 Deeder the Beader. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 
8. Follow Deeder the Beader on Twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here. 
9. Follow Denise'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, June 16th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org
Good luck! 
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Pinterest Edition!



By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

Today's Fun Friday Finds is inspired by our new HandmadeMN team Pinterest board!
We're just getting off the ground with it, but I thought it was a good idea to feature a few of these artists today. There are a couple of duplicates - that's because these folks have done such a great job showcasing their work on Pinterest, I didn't notice I was picking them more than once!


(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):  pogtoteslightreadingAndMorePaperTwistmo
Second Row (Left to Right):  ArtyDidactAnnaTereDesignsHarvestMoonByHandTrigo
Third Row (Left to Right):  BeatificBijouxNostalgicSummerpogtotesDeederTheBeader