Friday, March 28, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Homecoming Season

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

When my husband recently mentioned that a friend who winters in Arizona was coming home soon, I got to thinking about how spring is homecoming season here in the north. For not only will we see the return of birds and butterflies in the coming weeks, but also many of our friends and relatives who packed their bags and said, "We're outta here!" shortly after Christmas.

Of course, those winged creatures migrated south for their very survival—and our two-legged snowbirds will no doubt insist they left for the same reason.

While we who stayed behind and toughed it out will always enjoy our bragging rights, especially after surviving a prolonged visit from the polar vortex this winter (and aren't we especially glad that has finally gone home?), we really must admit that we missed them all and are looking forward to their return.

Even my in-laws who are still languishing in Florida. Wimps.

Welcome back!

Just click on the image, or here, to get a closer look at all the lovely items from these fine winter-hardy Minnesota crafters.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fun Friday Finds ~ Thinking Spring

By Mara of Dragonfly Adornments

Friday, March 14, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Pi Day Friday

By Mollie

{Photo from Edutopia.}

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, 3.14159265358979323846264... so being that today is 3/14, it is celebrated all around the world.

Folks often celebrate by incorporating pies into the day. This is my favorite way to celebrate. Strawberry, blueberry, pumpkin, key lime, banana crème, apple, boysenberry, raspberry...soooo many options. What's not to love?

{Photo from the Slow Family blog.}
What is your favorite way to commemorate this day of 3/14?
Perhaps you hold a competition to see who can recite pi to the highest decimal place at 1:59 today?
Maybe you take a moment or two to write a "pi-ku" (a haiku about pi)?
Or sing songs about pie? Or do fun math puzzles? Walk 3.14 miles?

Oooorrrr, how about this? Spend some time shopping your favorite HandmadeMN stores for great gifts to share with friends on this happy day! ;)  Here are some "pi"deas to get your shop on.

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Pi Day Friday
{Click the image above to be taken to the Etsy Treasury.}

Enjoy your day, however you may choose to celebrate!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Screaming at Winter, Go Away!

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

A few days ago a Facebook friend pointed out that we had come pretty close to a record snowfall this winter and wouldn't it be great if we got those however many additional inches to set a new record. Of course, she could just as well have said the same thing about our number of days with temperatures below zero, but she wisely didn't go there.

Well, I have to say, I'm not with her on that one. I don't care about any dang snowfall records, I just want winter to go away. And I get the distinct impression that I speak for the majority with that sentiment.

Not that the snow hasn't come in handy at times. How many of us found those high snowbanks lining our streets useful for stopping our cars in the last week or so? I certainly employed the snowbank on a couple of occasions, and I witnessed a few others doing the same.

Now that we're catching glimpses of pavement again, could puddles and mud be far behind? Now there's something to look forward to!

You know what to do: click on the image to get a good look at the collection on Etsy, and maybe buy yourself a little something handmade from a Minnesota artist/crafter to celebrate the coming of spring.