Friday, May 31, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ Hot for Teacher Gifts!

By Mara Olden of Dragonfly Adornments
 
My younger son absolutely loves school. The other day, when he found out that there were only 9 days of school left, he burst into tears. He cried right there in front of the other students. He said that he didn't expect to feel that way but he did. What a wonderful thing. He loves school and it's because of his teachers. They are there for him. They inspire and encourage him to learn and become a better student.

I will be showing my appreciation to our teachers by giving them a special little gift. I can't spend very much but I want them to know that I appreciate all their hard work. Our HandmadeMN members are creating and selling some fabulous, inexpensive gifts in their Etsy shops. There's so much to choose from. They're selling everything from hand crafted magnets, key chains, earrings, coffee cozy, bookmarks and so much more. All the gifts here, are $20 or under!
 

 
 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Noelle Rollins Art

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 Noelle of Noelle Rollins Art and she is giving away a print called Perfectly Whole.

This pose is called the Lotus Pose. One of the chakras it helps open is the third eye chakra. The third eye chakra is associated with intuition, self awareness and selflessness. The coordinating color for the third eye chakra is Indigo (dark blue purple). You will find indigo colored accents within the border flowers of this artwork. This would make a great gift for those in your life that love not only yoga but all things natural, calming and centering. 

This piece is part of Noelle's Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of her own journey to live more self aware. Noelle longed for a way to quiet her always running mind, feel good in her body from the inside out and connect with her inner soulful awareness. She believes that this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

Open US and International.

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

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wayfaring Art is Featured Etsy Artist

by Rita of HandmadeBits4u

Our very own Nicole Aufderhar of Wayfaring Art was the Etsy Featured artist on May 24!  A huge congratulations to Nicole.  Nicole creates handmade leather journals, diaries, sketch books and min book jewelry.   For more details check out the Etsy article here.  And here's a few items from her shop



Congratulations once again Nicole. You make HandmadeMN proud!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Gryffin Designs

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 Diana of Gryffin Designs. She is giving away this lovely wire wrapped pendant.
This whimsical copper and turquoise wire-wrapped pendant is from Gryffin Designs' Autumn 2012 Copper Collection. Gryffin Designs is a fun little Etsy shop where the wonder of the natural world and and magic of the mythic world mingle... featuring the collaborative efforts of corporate strategist turned artist Diana Sefkow and her occasional studio assistant and constant inspiration, Gryffin.

Open to US Residents.

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

How to Enter:
Visit Gryffin 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). And be sure to include your email!

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

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

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

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fun Friday Finds: Love is the Law

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

There was a time in the 1970s and '80s that Minnesota was at the leading edge of the new music scene, with the new wave punk rock sound followed by the eponymous Minneapolis sound. One of the bands that put our state on the music map was The Suburbs, a new wave band that formed in the western suburbs of Minneapolis in 1977 (says Wikipedia). They released several songs that proved quite popular, including "Love is the Law" in 1984. That particular song was revived recently during the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, an effort that achieved fruition just this month, when, on May 14, Governor Mark Dayton signed the new law.

While HandmadeMN does not take a position on matters of political and religious controversy, of course, Minnesota artists on Etsy and elsewhere certainly celebrate love and marriage in many ways. The following collection offers a sampling of those fine handmade goods.


(Clicking on the above image will not only take you to the collection on Etsy, but will also lead you to a link to the Suburb's recording of "Love is the Law" on YouTube.)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ All Things Herbal

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 Christine Kennedy of All Things Herbal and she is giving away a  set of 3 decadent herbal handmade soaps (you pick the 3).


Christine has been creating wonderful handmade soaps for over 13 years in her Pequot Lakes home! Her 12 year old daughter encouraged her to start making handmade, earth friendly soap. She uses everything from homegrown dried herbs, spices to plant-based sustainable oils that will keep your skin looking and feeling amazing! Her soaps smell as good as they look!  

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

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

8. Follow All Things Herbal on Twitter.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

9. Follow All Things Herbal on Pinterest.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

10. Follow Christine'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.

11. Follow All Things Herbal on Tumblr.  Comment back here with your Twitter link. Existing followers just leave your Twitter link here.

12. Contest ends Saturday, May 25th at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fun Friday Finds ~ Happy Mother's Day!

By Mara Olden
Dragonfly Adornments


M - O - T - H - E - R 
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell 
"MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
Howard Johnson (c. 1915)





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Sunday, May 5, 2013

HandmadeMN Giveaway ~ Pip & Squeak Boutique

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 Pip & Squeak Boutique. They are giving away this fun kids' t-shirt.
This fun "hipster" child's t-shirt by Pip & Squeak Boutique features Fred the Fox. Fred is a serious kind of dude. You can tell by his smart houndstooth bow tie. But don't let that sly gaze fool you, Fred has also been known to cut loose. Don't even try to get between Fred and the dance floor when his favorite song comes on! (He'd tell you his favorite song, but you've probably never heard of it.)

Open to US Residents.

Contest ends Saturday, May 18th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

How to Enter:
Visit Pip & Squeak Boutique, 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!

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 Pip & Squeak Boutique. Comment back here with your Facebook name. Existing fans just leave your Facebook name here.

Contest ends Saturday, May 18th, at 12:00 noon Central. One winner will be chosen by Random.org.

Good luck!

HandmadeMN members are not eligible to win.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fun Friday Finds for Mom!

By Maggie Schultz ~ BodiceGoddess by Maggie

Taking a break from my usual "I can't believe it's still snowing!" treasuries to focus on Mom.
Just a little bit of time left before Mother's Day!



Featured HandmadeMN Artists:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

SMILE! May 2013 Monthly Challenge

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


UPDATE MAY 6
Due to technical difficulty with the Poll System not working correctly, this months challenge is being put on hold.  THANK YOU to those who voted! Unfortunately, many votes were either not recorded, or disappeared afterwards. We'll be looking into other options for next month.
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This month's challenge theme is SMILE
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 MAY 15th.