Sunday, March 31, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Yes Sir, Yes Sir!


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 Ada of  Yes Sir, Yes Sir! and is giving away these pretty green mitten.

Ada is giving away these pretty sage green mittens with a rippling cable design. She knit the mittens from worsted weight 100% wool yarn. The mittens are lightweight and will fit a medium female hand. Ada suggests that you use them as liners for leather chopper mittens or to wear them on their own during cool spring and autumn days. The mittens are each 10 inches tall, with a 7 inch circumference when laid flat and are very stretchy. Thumbs are 2.5 inches tall.

Open to US residents only.

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

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

8.  Follow  Yes Sir, Yes Sir! on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9.  Follow Ada'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, April 13th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, March 29, 2013

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Here comes Peter Cottontail

By Mara of Dragonfly Adornments

Easter is right around the corner and soon Peter Cottontail will be hopping down the bunny trail. Check out these hopping good handmade items by our own Minnesotans.



Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way

Bringin' every girl and boy
Baskets full of Easter joy
Things to make your Easter bright and gay

He's got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There's an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppity, happy Easter Day
GENE AUTRY - PETER COTTONTAIL LYRICS


Sunday, March 24, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Epiphanies Afield

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 Tanya of Epiphanies Afield. She is giving away this lovely giclee print of an original watercolor.

Enter to win this unframed giclee print made from an original watercolor titled 'Adult Avocet in the Secrecy of Rain.' Tanya painted this beauty on a streamside in eastern Minnesota a dozen years ago. Now it's reproduced on Canson En-tout-cas # 130 fine art paper, and mounted on foam core for shipping and/or framing. The avocet is a migratory bird found mainly breeding in the central plains of North America. Old-time settlers sometimes called it the blue-shanks for its blue legs. The piece in its entirety measures 11 x 8.5" (27.94 x 21.59 cm) with more white space around the image than shown above (see listing for more views). 

Open to US and International.

Contest ends Saturday, April 6th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

How to Enter:
Visit Epiphanies Afield, 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). Make sure you 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 Epiphanies Afield. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Tanya'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, April 6th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ Cabin Fever

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

We're still waiting on spring here in the north country.
Steadfast, snowbound, and none too patient.
And since I'm in the grips of cabin fever...


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ HandmadeBits4U


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 Rita of  HandmadeBits4u and is giving away these two pretty zippered pouches.
Floral Zippered Pouches by HandmadeBits4U
 Rita created these zippered pouches from an oriental flower themed fabric. The smaller pouch is perfect for money, coins, credit cards, or business cards. The larger pouch can be used as a cosmetic bag, a pouch for electronic gadgets and cords, a travel pouch for smaller items, or even as a creativity case for scissors, thread, crochet hooks, etc.

Open to US residents only.

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

How to Enter:
Visit HandmadeBits4u, 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  HandmadeBits4u. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8.  Follow  HandmadeBits4u on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9.  Follow HandmadeBits4u on Pinterest.   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, March, 30th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fun Friday Finds: New Spring Beginnings

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

What a tease, that Mother Nature at this time of year! Winter in the morning, spring in the afternoon. Well, we know which season is going to win that game: You go, Spring!

In anticipation and celebration of the vernal equinox, echoing the tender shoots just waiting to emerge as the sun beats down for a few more moments each day on the melting snow, I give you a collection of fresh spring greens and yellows from Minnesota's Etsy team.

Click on the image to visit the collection on Etsy.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Grandma Said Sew

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 Patti of Grandma Said SewShe is giving away this wonderful angel quilt pattern.
Follow this wallhanging pattern to learn a new and unique technique to create a wonderful work of art. Quick and Easy! Great pattern to work with. The colored fabrics of this quilted wall hanging are fused to a layer of black fabric, which then shows from underneath between the colored fabrics, and appears to be the "lead line" for a stained glass quilt. The matching stitches that finish the raw edges of the fused project serve as the quilting for the project as well. This design is quick and easy to construct. Measures approx. 32" x 44" finished.

Open to US Only.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Grandma Said Sewpick 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 Grandma Said Sew. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Follow Grandma Said Sew on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

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

Good luck!
HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, March 8, 2013

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Color Therapy

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments

March isn't just for the Irish. It's also the month for color therapy. Color therapy is also known as Chromotherapy and is used in alternative therapy. Some folks believe that each color has it's own healing properties. 



Green is the color of balance and growth.
Blue is the color of trust and peace.
Gray is the color of compromise
Black is the color of the hidden
Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.
Pink is unconditional love and nurturing.
Purple is the color of the imagination.
Red is the color of action and passion.
Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect.


Monday, March 4, 2013

LUCK... Monthly Challenge for March 2013

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


This month's challenge theme is LUCK 
The monthly theme can mean many different things: 
it can be literal, a technique, an interpretation, use of a color, etc.

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






Vote For Your Favorite Now!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Margaret Mousley 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 Margaret of Margaret Mousley Designs and she is giving away this beautiful Scarf/Travel wrap.

Scarf and Travel Wrap is the perfect accessory for women on the GO! It is large enough to be a shawl, a scarf, or even a tie around the waist. It is ideal for throwing on over your shoulders in a cool cafe or a light covering from the sun. It can be folded up small enough to fit into a pocket or purse. and it doesn't wrinkle, so you can pull it out and put it on at a moment's notice. It is 72 inches by 30 inches and has a small covered edge hem. Easy to care for; washable and line dry.

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  Margaret Mousley 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
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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  Margaret Mousley Designs. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

8. Contest ends Saturday, March, 16th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ Lion or Lamb?

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

Is March coming in like a lion or a lamb?
I suppose we'll know at the end of the day!



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