Friday, October 25, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ Caramel Apples

by Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

Caramel Apples are an Autumn delicacy. People associate caramel apples with bonfires and Halloween. According to the Newark Evening News William W. Kolb invented the candied apple in 1908 which eventually lead to the creation of the caramel apple. The red delicious skin and the light golden brown caramel colors are represented in this HandmadeMN treasury.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Riyah-Li Designs

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 of 
Riyah-Li Designs and she is giving away a festive pair of holiday ornaments.
The Holidays are just around the corner! Get a head start on your Holiday tree decorations with these adorable handmade ornaments by Sabrina. The elf is made from a pinecone and hand sewn accessories (look at those cute red shoes!) & the bacon is made from felt and even comes with a delicious bacon scent! Both come ready to hand and will delight for years to come.

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 comment in a separate post, 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.
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Contest ends Saturday, November 2nd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ Stone Soup

By Mollie

It is officially autumn here in Minnesota: colorful leaves are falling, the days and nights are cooler, football season is in full swing. This is the time of year I really enjoy making soups and chili, Even though I don't like to cook, my husband is great about stepping up and getting the base going for me. Couldn't do it without him; don't have the patience.

This teamwork thing we have going reminds me - "Hey, isn't there an old folk tale that talks about soup? And cooperation?" Yes! Stone Soup! (My memories are fond of the version of this story written by Marcia Brown in 1947.)

The moral of the folk tale, which has many different versions depending on where in the world you reside, is if everyone works together and does/gives what they can, no matter how great or small, a greater good can be reached and enjoyed by all.

This group, HandmadeMN, of which I am proud to be a part, is another great example of people coming together to make something great. We all have our skills, our interests, our specific talents that we showcase in our individual shops. But we've all come together in HandmadeMN to share with each other and with you, in one place from one great state. This week's Fun Friday Finds highlights just a few of our great artisans and creators:

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Stone Soup
{Click on the image above to visit the Etsy Treasury and the shops featured.}
I hope you'll find some inspiration here to get some shopping done AND maybe even start up a pot of your own version of stone soup with the help of your family and friends.

Oh, and be sure to mark your calendars for the HandmadeMN Fall Market in November, yet another example of greatness reached when everyone contributes and shares.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fun Friday Finds: Night Flyers

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Alpha Goose photograph from Chased By Beauty
The fall migration in the northland is winding down, many birds having already left for warmer climes with their more bountiful sustenance. You may have heard, as I have, the sound of geese flying overhead at night. When I first heard them a few weeks ago, I thought they're exercising their wings and practicing their vee formations; but now, I do believe they're getting ready to fly in earnest!

It's worth noting, and the Audubon Society reminds us, that most of our avian migrants travel by night. That's why the society launched its Lights Out program, to encourage the owners of tall office buildings to turn off their lights at night during the spring and fall migrations, because those buildings, when lit up, can confuse the birds to the point that they exhaust themselves flying around and around them.

Stained glass hummingbird by Western Art Glass

So be sure to alert anyone you know who works in an office building about this program, so they can pass the word along to the building management. Doing so just might save the lives of many of our winged friends.

In thinking about the nocturnal migrations of the birds, I gathered a collection of Minnesota handmade items on Etsy that echo the spirit of the fall migrations.

Safe travels, little friends! We look forward to seeing you again in the spring!

[Click on the image above to visit the treasury on Etsy.]

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ A Spot of Color

 by Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

It is officially fall. The sky is grey and gloomy. Even though it daytime, I have to turn the lights on. I need a spot of color. A bright spot in my day.