Friday, June 27, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ What a Trip

By Mollie

Summer is here!Along with that comes backyard barbeques, days spent at the beach, tackling the yardwork and taking long-awaited vacations.

I have fond memories of my childhood summers in Minnesota - we would load up the car and head up to Lake George for a week. There was a resort at which we would always rent a cabin called Melahn's. My favorite parts of the trip every year: I'd get up early each morning to go fishing with my dad, my sisters and I foraging through the forest for wild blueberries to put in our morning pancake mix, heading into Bemidji to the plaster shop to buy shapes to paint on the rainy days, playing card games around the table with my circle-shaped playing cards... Isn't it funny how some of that stuff just sticks with you?

What are your favorite summer vacation memories?

I'm sure you have a special place that you just love to go, whether by land, air, or sea. So here are some items that will either bring back some memories or inspire you to plan your next adventure. Or visit the shops to purchase any of them to make your upcoming vacation even more special.

What a Trip
{Click here to visit the Etsy Treasury and the shops featured.}

We'd love to hear about YOUR favorite vacations and the places you've explored. Drop us a comment - I know I, for one, am always looking for new places to visit!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: High Summer

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Flooding and high winds and mud slides, oh my!

Aren't we having an interesting summer so far? Do you remember that only a few months ago, much of the state was still experiencing drought conditions?

I think we can say with certainty that the drought is over now.

Let's all join together in thinking light, sunny, dry thoughts!

And here are some fine Minnesota handmade items sporting a touch of lemon and lime to remind us of the pleasures of a non-rainy summer day.

(You know what to do: click and peruse!)

Friday, June 13, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Dad's Day

According to the United States Census Newsroom, Sonora Dodd was listening to a sermon about Mother's Day and wanted a day to honor her father too. Her dad had raised her and her siblings by himself. The mayor of Spokane, Washington proclaimed the nation’s first "Father's Day" on June 17th, 1910. It wasn't until 1972, after Mother’s Day was made official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States when Nixon proclaimed Father's Day as a federal Holiday.

There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States and 2 million of those dads are single parents. Finally, 214,000 dads stay at home with their kids.

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 6, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ You Are My Sunshine

By Mollie

Well folks, summer has arrived! I am absolutely loving the warm sunshine.

So, in appreciation of the sun, I present today's Fun Friday Finds:

You Are My Sunshine
{Click on the treasury image above to be directed to the treasury.}

Now get shopping. And then get outside and enjoy the sun!