Friday, January 31, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Not Your Average Winter Whites

By Mollie

I remember when I was working in the corporate world, one of my favorite times of year was winter, especially so I could wear my big chunky warm sweaters and my favorite fancy winter whites. I don't have too many corporate clothes anymore, but I still love winter whites. Such pretty, varied shades of white that can be included in the range of winter whites and it makes such a pretty addition to any home décor as well.

Anyhoo, after yesterday's snow dump, the pretty white snow glistening in the sun today made me reminisce about all my favorite winter whites. I found some amazing treasures for this week's Fun Friday Finds that I think you'll agree certainly fit the bill for today's theme.

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Not Your Average Winter Whites
{Click the image above to visit the Etsy treasury and all the shops featured this week.}

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I just can't quite move on from the winter topics, I know. Is it just me or does this winter just seem to be the longest one ever?

Friday, January 24, 2014

A serene edition of Friday Finds

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

candle holder coaster by My Little Chickadee
My friend Anita observes Shabbat faithfully. On Friday evenings, shortly after sunset, she lights the candles and begins a full day of unplugged respite. Not that she sits at home reading the Torah the whole time; last Saturday she told me that she went cross-country skiing in the afternoon.

But on Friday, before the sun sets, she reminds me that she won't be answering her phone or e-mail. She takes a break from the volunteer work we both do together, as well as her various part-time jobs, and, as I see it, recharges her batteries.

It seems to me that we should all be doing that. It doesn't matter what religion you observe, or if you follow any religion, we would all benefit from a full day of turning off the phone, computer, and any other electronic device, and take a little time to find our serene center.

mug by Sue Pariseau Potter
I know that if I actually got around to observing some sort of personal sabbath, it would involve not only candles, but also a pot of tea, a book or a journal, perhaps a little garden planning, and, most certainly, a silencing of the cell phone.

But could I actually do it? Could I tune out the busy world for a day?

Well, I do know this much: a few evocative objects like those below, all hand made by Minnesota artists and crafters, would surely help me carve out the time (even if not for a full day), to savor a little unplugged respite from time to time.

(click on the image to view the collection on Etsy)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fun Friday Finds ~ The Longest Winter Ever!

By Mara of Dragonfly Adornments

Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic but this winter has been has been one to remember. I mean, come on, we had a polar vortex for Pete's sake! Now, parts of MN are experiencing wind chill warnings as well as blizzard warnings. I thought that we needed some warming up with some handmade creations from local Minnesota shops.

I love these cozy's
by SewHookedAndTwisted.
My hands get so cold and to
have to hold a cold water
 bottle only make it worse.
These colorful cozy's will
definitely solve that problem.
How adorable are these
booties from iskeinuskein?
I think these fashionable
booties would keep your
baby's tootsies nice and toasty.
Boy, I think most of us
know someone with the "c" word.
Brenda of Mellow Fury knitted
these "Chemo Caps" in honor of
a close friend whose sister is
going through cancer.
They are perfect for a
Minnesota winter.
{Click here to visit the Etsy Treasury and the shops featured.}

Monday, January 13, 2014

Must-Have Monday ~ New Year, New Baby

By Mollie

Well, Friday came and went without a Fun Friday Finds as a result of my slowly defrosting brain.

So, to make up for it I have gathered some fabulous finds on this Must-Have Monday for the new parents and new babies in your life. These treasures would make unique, thoughtful gifts, or would be great additions to your nursery in anticipation of your upcoming arrival.


New Year, New Baby
{Click on the image above to visit the Etsy Treasury and the shops featured.}

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Minnesota Cozy

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Not minding the cold so much when there's steaming tea in my mug, a purring cat on my lap, and a cozy knitting project in my hands. Oops -- forgot about the cat factor. Maybe a little reading or journaling instead.

(You know what to do: just click on the image!)