Sunday, January 27, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Wild Dog Studio

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 Toni of Wild Dog Studio. She is giving away this adorable handstamped charm necklace.
This super cute necklace is made up of a 3/8" stamped copper charm layered over a 1/2" sterling silver charm. The two charms come layered together on a single jump ring and are strung on an 18" sterling silver box chain. You can custom make your charm with the cupcake image as shown, or any of the other images that Toni has available.  So fun!

Open to US and International.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Wild Dog Studio, 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). Be sure to include 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
Wild Dog Studio. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Wild Dog Studio on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 25, 2013

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Tropical Dreams in Minnesota

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

Obviously, winter is getting to me. I am dreaming of tropical beaches, swaying palm trees, the ocean lapping at my toes and a coconut drink.  I bet many of you are feeling the same way, after these frigid temperatures we've been enduring here in Minnesota. 

I created this warm, tropical treasury to bring you along on my tropical dream. I included a poem written by Peyton Alexis  that says it all.
(Click on the image to view the treasury in Etsy.)

Tropical Island

Palm trees sway 
To the beat or the drums 
As my plane lands 
My Caribbean escape awaits 

I dip my feet 
Into the refreshing warm water 
The ocean sweeps me away 
To my personal paradise 

Flashes of color 
Shimmering scales 
Crystal blue water 
A blissful sight 

The burning red sun 
Battles the soft ocean breeze 
My toes dig deeper into the sand 
I don't want to leave 

The reef is a playground 
To all curious creatures 
And the seaweed rocks back and forth 
To the rhythm of the water 

But sunset comes 
In shades of orange, yellow, and pink 
As it settles to rest 
Sinking beneath the ocean waves 

by Peyton Alexis

Sunday, January 20, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Scattered Treasures

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 Danielle of Scattered Treasures. She is giving away these fantastic Slate Wine Cork Coasters (Set of 4)
Danielle created these rustic, yet sophisticated coasters using handpicked wine corks and beautiful dark grey slate squares. Each set of coasters is one of a kind. These coasters are a wonderful conversation piece for a girls night in or dinner party! They are also a perfect housewarming, wedding, shower or birthday gift to anyone who enjoys wine or spirits! The coasters measure 4" x 4" and each coaster has 4 soft foam dots on the bottom to protect your surfaces.
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 Scattered Treasures, 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.  Follow Scattered Treasures on twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.
8. Become a Facebook Fan of Scattered Treasures. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 
Contest ends Saturday, February 2nd, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org

Good luck! 
HandmadeMN members not eligible to win.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fun Weekend Finds ~ Welcome back, Wild!

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

Hockey returns tonight, all!  Who's ready for the puck drop?



Featured HandmadeMN Artists:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Florence Oliver


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 Danelle of Florence Oliver. She is giving away this adorable crochet cloche flower hat.
Inspired by vintage cloche hats and vintage floral fabrics, Danelle crocheted a cloche hat with a modern twist. Not only cute, this hat will keep you warm and cozy during the Fall and Winter months! Danelle used a super soft acrylic/wool blend yarn in flint gray, and adorned it with an aqua flower and white vintage button. The hat measures approximately 7.5 inches (19 cm) from center to bottom edge, designed to comfortably fit an adult 21.5 - 22 inch (55-56 cm) head circumference, but will stretch to fit almost all head sizes.

Open to US and International.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Florence Oliver, 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). Be sure to include 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
Florence Oliver. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

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

9. Follow Danelle'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, January 26th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fun Friday Finds: January Sunshine

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Well! It's usually the case that January makes up for being the coldest month by also being the sunniest one (of winter), but Minnesota seems to be trying to imitate Seattle these days. Not that there's anything wrong with Seattle (I did enjoy eating fresh local apples one January when my daughter and I were doing a college visit there.)

But, cheer up! Once this dreary rain stops falling, the temperatures will drop precipitously and the clouds will move back to the Pacific Northwest where they belong, and we'll have our bitter cold and sunshine yet. I can hardly wait!

So, to accentuate the positive, let's celebrate the golden hues of the winter sun with a treasury of cheery yellow handmade offerings by Minnesota artists on Etsy.

Click on the image to have a closer look at the treasury, and to visit the shops offering these delightful sunny wares, all handmade in Minnesota, with love.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ The Hobby Room

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 Andrea of The Hobby Room. She is giving away this elegant Swarovski Element Bobby Pin Variety 4-Pack.
Andrea created these four beautiful bobby pins. The Swarovski Element hair accessories are a wonderful way to enhance any hairstyle for all occasions, whether its a normal day or an elegant occasion. They are made with Swarovski brand jewelry elements. She used different shapes and sizes of the elements to give some variety. Each bobby pin measures between 2 and 2 1/4 inches long.  All four styles of these bobby pins are available in a variety of colors throughout her shop. (Please note that some of the materials in these bobby pins is not CPSIA approved, so they are recommended for use by those 12 and older.)
Open to US and International (some counties may not apply). 
Please remember to include your email address
so we have a way to contact the winner!
How to Enter: Visit The Hobby Room, 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.  Follow The Hobby Room on twitter. Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

8. Become a Facebook Fan of The Hobby Room. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here. 

Contest ends Saturday, January 19th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org. 

Good luck! 

HandmadeMN members not eligible to win.

Friday, January 4, 2013

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Ring in the New Year!

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments 

Happy New Year! What is your resolution for the new year? As you can see, I have included a list of some popular resolutions.

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Staying Fit and Healthy
  5. Love More
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Buy Handmade (Okay, I added this one! But you really should make this a resolution.)
I read somewhere that 45% of the American population make resolutions for the new year. I am part of that percentage and decided to help others follow through with their personal goals or projects. Ring in the New year with our local handmade products for 2013!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Monthly Challenge: January 2013

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

This month's challenge theme is Pets/Animals...

Check out the great entries below, then scroll all the way
to the bottom to vote for your favorite!
Voting ENDS at midnight on JANUARY 15th.