Sunday, July 29, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Party Girl Artwork

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 Leah Carlson of Party Girl Artwork and is giving away this hand-painted ceramic Wine Goblet.


Leah created this rich-looking wine goblet by layering orange, yellow and gold hues onto the surface. She hand wrote the word "Wish" and embellished it with a dreamy little star. When Leah creates her ceramic art, she usually fires each piece twice. The first firing produces a piece that is hard and able to be decorated with ceramic paint. After the first firing, Leah creates original designs on the ceramic item with nothing but her imagination and a paintbrush. Once the piece is painted it is set aside to dry. After it's completely dry, she coats it with a clear glaze and fires it a final time. This firing allows the paint/glaze melt into the waterproof coating that is glass like in texture. After the second firing it is completely food safe. Take a sip and make a wish!


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  Party Girl Artwork, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments)  Don't forget to 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
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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  Party Girl Artwork. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.  Follow Leah'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, August 11th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.



Friday, July 27, 2012

An invitation to the garden

By Sharon Parker, Arty Didact

Photo by Penguin Palace
Let's linger on the patio this evening and feel the lazy breeze wafting across from the southwest, as the humidity drops out of the air and onto the grass and the temperature falls with it. The sun sinks below the treetops, then pauses for a moment while everything takes on a rosy hue.

Weary late-summer male bumblebees, evicted from the hive, crawl into a flower to sleep. The moths and fireflies come out to play.

The lilies and nicotiana release their fragrance.
Note card by Cindy Lindgren

Hear the "cheeeep" of chimney swifts darting about high above us, snatching a meal on the fly. Was that a bat swooping low over our heads feasting on mosquitoes? Bon appetit, my friends!

Do you see how the white and pastel flowers begin to glow as the reds and darker blues and purples gradually disappear? As everything darkens and the mosquitoes finish their evening repast (*slap!*) and finally subside, those light-colored flowers float mysteriously on invisible stems.

Tile Candle Holder by My Little Chick
Now the swifts return to their chimney and the bats to their roost. The crickets, moths, owls, and frogs remain outside with us. Shoo that moth away from the candle flame; it's mistaking it for a flower.

Let's pour another glass of wine and sit a bit longer; evenings like this are just too rare; the moon is waxing, and tomorrow's Saturday.

Winter is long in Minnesota; the summer has been hot and sticky. These Minnesota artists know how to capture the charm of the summer evening garden.
 

(Click on the image to view the treasury on Etsy.)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ BathNBeads

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 Kris of BathNBeads. She is giving away this set of pretty pink cherry scented bath bombs.
This pretty pink set of three bath bombs has a black cherry fragrance and a few heart sprinkles added for a sweet touch! Drop one in your bath for a fragrant, aromatherapy experience. Or, add some handmade soap and massage bars for a spa gift set. Kris makes the bath bombs half spheres so they will go farther than one large bomb. One lucky winner will receive 3 half spheres individually wrapped for gift giving weighing a total of 6 oz.

Open to US and International.

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fun Friday Finds ~ Summer Sunsets

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

The month of July inspires couples to be romantic by observing “National Share a Sunset with your Lover Month”.  The sunsets are especially beautiful here in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes this time of year. Enjoy these amazing creations by our local artists and crafters.


Visit these HandmadeMN shops to see more: 
Click on any of the names below 
First Row (Left to Right): Auntie B's Wax, ivorymoonPenguin Palace PhotographyPalettepassion
Second Row (Left to Right): ChasedByBeauty,rainydayyarnshopWildAppleDesignKaleidoscope Kitty
Third Row (Left to Right): Julie MeyerCheriCMeyerMaryFosterCreativemirasolfarm
Fourth Row (Left to Right): Deeder The Beader,light readingGlass Garden DesignsThe Green Squirrel

Sunday, July 15, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Bellaboogie Studio

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 Jessica Guthrie of Bellaboogie Studio and she is giving away these two bottles of  Natural Perfume Hair and Body Mist.

Jessica created these Natural Perfume Hair and Body Mist, in the scents Autumn Splendor and Ginger Lime. Her hair and Body Mists are made from hand blended essential oils, combined with the skin superstar aloe vera juice. They're fabulous for people who like fragrance, but don't like to suffocate their friends with it! The mists are nourishing to your hair and skin, and leave a gentle scent on your skin (but the more you spritz the stronger the scent). Spray your pulse points before you leave the house in the morning...spray your hair before your date tonight! The 2 ounce bottles are perfect for travel, or just riding along in your purse or car. All of her products are preservative free, PABA and Paraben free, SLS free and cruelty free. She uses only the finest essential oils and fragrance oils, and only organic oils in her products. 
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 Bellaboogie, 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  Bellaboogie. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.
8.  Follow Bellaboogie on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.
9.  Follow Jess'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, July 28th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Oak Tree Arts

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 Kate of Oak Tree Arts. She is giving away a this lovely walnut cheese board.
This cheese board is a beautiful and functional piece of handmade art for your kitchen. Made of walnut with a food safe finish, it's approximately 14" x 8" x 3/4". One of the great things about wood cutting boards is they won't dull your knives like glass or plastic boards. And they're easy to take care of -- clean with warm soapy water and air dry (never put wood in the dishwasher), and use mineral oil to recondition the wood as needed, if it starts to dry out over time.

Open to US and Canada.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Oak Tree Arts 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 
Oak Tree Arts. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Kate'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 21st, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fun Friday Finds: Keep Cool and Carry On!

By Sharon Parker, Arty Didact

The following cool images are brought to you by members of the HandmadeMN team on Etsy.com.

Click on the image to visit the treasury, and from there you can click on any of the items to get a closer look and visit the shops to see what additional lovely soothing delights they have to offer.



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July Challenge - Ice Cream

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

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


Submitted by:

Vote For Your Favorite Now!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Handmade MN Giveaway ~ mollie MY DESIGN

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 Mollie of mollie MYDESIGN and is giving away this set of 6 "Lake Girl" Blank Note Cards.
This is a brand new design. Mollie will be putting these sweet cards in her store for the summer. This is the first run, offered only for the giveaway. It is a one-of-a-kind set, using different colored envelopes. The store version will only have one color envelope. The Anchor Blue Foil Imprinted Lake Girl Blank Note Cards are made using smooth white cardstock, accentuated by 1 hand punched, red and blue striped anchor popping from the card. The anchor is further accented by a bright and shiny rhinestone. Below the anchor, the words "lake girl" are hot-stamp imprinted with metallic royal blue foil. The cards are blank inside so you can add your own sentiments. Each note card is vertical in orientation and measures 5.5"H x 4.25"W, and comes with coordinating envelopes.

Open US and Canada.

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

How to Enter:
Visit mollie MYDESIGN, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments) Again, 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 mollie MYDESIGN. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.  Follow Mollie'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, July, 14th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.