Friday, October 24, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Indian Summer

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

According to the various definitions I found when I googled "Indian summer," it's a period of unusual and unseasonal warm, dry, sunny weather in fall.

But I have to take issue with this whole "unusual" and "unseasonal" bit — I have a hard time recalling a fall when we didn't have a lovely spell of mild sunny weather sometime after the first hard frost (which is how I thought it was defined).

Unusual or not, here in the northland we sure are enjoying this prolonged and colorful Indian summer.

Carry on!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fun Friday Finds ~ Peak Fall Colors

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments

Fall colors are in full swing, If you can't get out to see them in person, check out these amazing finds right here in Minnesota.
{Click here to be taken to the treasury.}

Monday, October 13, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ You Make Me Happy

by Mollie

Gray skies here in the Twin Cities this fine fall Monday. Rain is expected soon. Here are some great finds that will hopefully bring some cheer and make you happy too.

You Make Me Happy (When Skies are Gray)
{Click on the image above to be taken to the treasury and the shops featured.}

How are the skies in your corner of the world?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Getting Cozy

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

There's nothing like a little snow on the third of October to make a person think about their favorite way to get cozy!

Do you prefer to brew a steaming mug of tea? Or heat up some Minnesota apple cider with cinnamon and cloves?

Perhaps you've been perfecting the art of making mulled wine! (For inspiration, you might sample the glögg at the Swedish Institute's excellent café, Fika; or the mulled wine served at the bar at W.A. Frost in Saint Paul; the newly opened Le Town Talk on East Lake Street promises to offer their own version soon, too.) We really should be nudging more of our favorite bars and bistros to offer this wonderful warming beverage this winter.

For general inspiration, in October-inspired colors, here's a collection of handmade coziness, with a little vintage to round it out, from Minnesota Etsians.


(And, um, you might notice that this collection actually has nothing to do with wine, mulled or otherwise. But, coziness and color, yes!)

(Do please click on the image to visit the treasury on Etsy and get a closer look at these many excellent things.)