Friday, September 26, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Johnny Appleseed

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments

John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26th. He was a pioneer who introduced apples to the Midwest. The legend of Johnny Appleseed indicates that he planted without a plan but he actually knew what he was doing. The apple trees that he planted did not produce apples that were good for eating. They were too tart and were used to make hard cider and apple jack. Johnny was very religious, believed in animal rights, was a vegetarian and was never married.  In 1966 the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of Johnny Appleseed.

Enjoy these sweet and tart finds that were grown right here in Minnesota!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Skull and Crossbones

by Mollie

Yarr! Don yer eye patches and grab yer doubloons!
Today's the day ye best be talkin' like a pirate, matey.
It's International Talk Like a Pirate day.

And ye best be plunderin' these beauties I've gathered for today's Fun Friday Finds.

Started in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers (Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy) when one of them shouted out "Arrrr!" as they were playing a friendly game of racquetball, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is now celebrated around the world. What was once an inside joke is now an international "holiday" -  and you can find out more about it here.

And if you need to brush up on your pirate jargon, here's a fun site that will get you goin':

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Change of Seasons

By Sharon Parker

Excuse me, Minnesota, but your colors are beginning to show . . .

Friday, September 5, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Hello September

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments


  • National Honey Month. - Fun fact: to make one pound of honey, a honeybee needs to tap 2 million flowers. No wonder they’re called worker bees.
  • The Aster is the flower of the month - The Aster is Love, Faith, Wisdom and symbolizes Valor. The other September flower is the morning glory. Morning glories are simple symbols of affection.
  • Sapphire is the September birthstone and is said to protect your loved ones from envy and harm.
  • National Mushroom Month and a great time to enjoy mushrooms!
  • September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month 
  • In 1994, President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation urging all Americans to observe September as Classical Music Month
  • Fall Hat Month - The hot summer is over and the wearing of all those straw garden hats are over,  men and women are encouraged to put aside their straw hats and begin wearing felt or fabric hats that are seasonal for the fall.  Hat-related activities are also encouraged too.
  • Happy Cat Month is dedicated to finding ways to keep our feline friends happy, healthy and purring all year long.
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September 9
National Teddy Bear Day - We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child.  Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend!

September 14
National Hug Your Hound Day - Only in it's second year NHYHD, hopes to increase awareness of dog-friendly urban spaces by encouraging pet owners to shower their pooch with affection.

September 19
International Talk Like a Pirate Day -  in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate

September 22
Ice Cream Cone Day - The walk-away cone made its debut World's Fair debut in St. Louis in 1904.

September 24
National Punctuation Day - a celebration of punctuation and was founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004,

September 27
Fish Amnesty Day - A day to recognize fish as a living thing with rights.

September 29
National Coffee Day - Each year on September 29, people across the United States celebrate one of the most beloved morning beverages on National Coffee Day. It is a morning favorite however, it is found being drank throughout the day either hot or cold and either black or with additives such as cream, creamers, milk, sugar, flavored syrups, ice and etc.



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