Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun Friday Finds: Gifts for Teens

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Always one of the biggest challenges on everybody's gift list, aren't they? Teenagers, after all, have developed their own personal style (or conformed to the style of whatever tribe they've adopted).

You could resort to gift cards, of course. But do you really know what stores they like to shop at?

Alternative gift cards that don't equal an imposition would include iTunes (also applicable to myriad apps), or, even cooler than that, an Etsy gift card so they can shop unique and quirky handmade items online in the middle of the night when they should be studying. (Yeah! How cool is that?)

Gift cards or cash can be made a little more gifty by pairing them with a small journal or notebook, purse or pouch -- and you can find excellent and unique handmade versions of all those things on Etsy.

Try using HandmadeMN and, for example, "pouch," in the Etsy search bar and you'll come up with an excellent range of choices.

Or pair that local moniker with "notebook" for another batch of fine results.

And there's this hand-picked selection of truly excellent handmade teen-friendly items for your comfy window-shopping pleasure, courtesy yours truly.

Happy online shopping to all.

[click on the image to visit the treasury on Etsy, and link to each of the items from there]





Sunday, November 25, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway~Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We are busy finishing our leftovers and pumpkin pie but will be back next week. Please be sure to check out our giveaway from Silver Butterfly Jewelry that started last Sunday.


     ~See you next week!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Fun Friday Finds for a Leisurely Black Friday at Home

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

 When the big box retailers were opening their doors at 8 p.m. last night, we were opening the sherry. (*Ahem* — or stirring the cocoa.)

When the bargain hunters were lacing up their sneakers for the mad dash to the latest-hot-thing aisle, we were stepping into our slippers.

And this morning? Well, let's just say this post was up before I was.

Why rush out and get sucked into the big boxes, when such good things come in small handmade packages? And you can shop local online? In your pajamas? Who could have predicted that the Internet age and the revival of handcrafts would dovetail so conveniently?

And here's the little secret (we could call it "this one weird trick") that seems to elude the already-weary masses standing in those long lines: Your budget doesn't care whether you buy mass-produced items that are 70 percent off an artificially high "regular" price, or unique and lovingly handmade items marked at their true value.

As you can see below, you can find terrific handmade gifts in a variety of prices.

So why not shop handmade online today, and stroll on down to your local independent shop for a friendly little Small Business Saturday outing tomorrow?

Life is good outside the big box.

Who wants another cup of coffee?


(Just click on the image to go to the treasury on Etsy.)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Silver Butterfly Jewelry

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 Catherine of Silver Butterfly Jewelry. She is giving away this great Tiger Iron Necklace.
This awesome Tiger Iron Necklace features a fine silver round focal component, hammered by Catherine herself! The tiger iron is a very pretty stone and very versatile. Tiger iron is a natural gemstone, and contains Red Jasper, Hematite and Tiger Eye. The necklace is 17 inches long and has a 2.5 inch sterling silver extender and sterling silver lobster clasp, so it can be worn between 17 inces and 19.5 inches in length.

Open to US and International.

Contest ends Saturday, December 1st, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

How to Enter:
Visit Silver Butterfly Jewelry, 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, December 1st, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fun Friday Finds for Entertaining

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

It's time to get ready to have people over and celebrate the darkest nights of winter with your holiday of choice.
Are you ready?



Featured HandmadeMN Artists:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Starglow 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 Lori Lee Sampson of Starglow Studio. She is giving away an adorable set of 6 Dog Christmas Note Cards.

Lori Lee is giving away a set of  6 blank holiday note cards. They are the perfect size for a short handwritten holiday note to your pet loving friends. This set of cards feature an adorable little Papillon pup named Chester. His owner says he thinks he's king of the house and prides himself on also being the cutest. He's part of a 7 dog commissioned portrait Lori Lee is currently painting. You can follow her progress with this huge undertaking on her Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/StarglowStudio. In addition to the painting, she also designs each card, print, cut, fold, and package them herself. A2 size -- 4.25 in (10.8 cm) x 5.5 in (14 cm)  
Open to US and International. 
Please remember to include your email address
so we have a way to contact the winner!

How to Enter: Visit Starglow Studio, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments) 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 by including your email address). 

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 Starglow Studio. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 

Contest ends Saturday, November 24th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org. 

Good luck! 

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun Friday Finds: November Nights

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

After we set those clocks back in the wee hours of last Sunday morning, it was so lovely to see the sunrise an hour earlier, wasn't it? Then afternoon came and before you knew it, it was dark again. Oh. Right. That's the other side of this equation, isn't it?

And it's only the beginning! So let's not curse the darkness, but revel in it. You don't have to stay up late to see the stars! Brew up a warm beverage in your favorite handmade mug, start a cozy knitting project, light a candle.

And enjoy some handmade goodness from Minnesota artists and crafters. After all, this is the time we put the garden to bed and take up our indoor projects and leisure again. The darkness is beginning to seem downright cozy, don't you think?

Click on the image to visit the treasury on Etsy.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Challenge – Spice!

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

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






Vote For Your Favorite Now!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

HandmadeMN Giveawy ~ Aromi

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 Hannah of Aromi. She is giving away this sexy emerald green eyeshadow.

 This Emerald Eyeshadow will make your eyes pop! It's 100% natural mineral eyeshadow. This eyeshadow is a luxurious, deep emerald green shade that is gorgeous for this season and looks great on every eye and skin color. This shade works great as a lid color or for contouring. A fun way to wear Emerald for this fall is to use a wet brush and apply as an eyeliner.

Each eyeshadow is individually handblended by Hannah. All Aromi eyeshadows are vegan and cruelty-free. Hannah's Emerald eyeshadow is free of preservatives and synthetic dyes and comes in a sophisticated jar with a black lid. Each jar contains 0.8 grams of eyeshadow. Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 778161)

Open to US and Canada.

***Please remember to include your email address so we have a way to contact the winner! ***

How to Enter: Visit Aromi, pick your favorite item and leave a comment on this post about it. (Scroll to bottom of post and click on Comments) 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 by including your email address).

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

Contest ends Saturday, November 17th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.
 


Friday, November 2, 2012

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Movember in Minnesota

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

Fun Friday Finds is celebrating Movember by putting together a "dude-style" treasury. Movember comes from combining a slang word "mo" for moustache and "November". Men will be growing their moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and men's health. It is said that the goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."

By encouraging men to get involved by growing facial hair, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, Movember encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a more healthy lifestyle. To learn more go to the PFC website.