Friday, November 28, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Black Friday

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments

Black Friday is held on the day after Thanksgiving. It is the kick-off of the holiday shopping season. Shoppers get up at the crack of dawn to snag the deals. I can appreciate a good deal but I have never participated in this particular art of shopping. I prefer to lazily sip my coffee in my pajama's and look forward to eating some leftovers for dinner. I will leave the frenzied competition of steals and deals to those who enjoy the thrill of the hunt. If you are like me, browsing and shopping for handmade items from MN on Etsy is much more appealing.

Happy Black Friday!
{Click here to be taken to the treasury.}

Friday, November 21, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Dear Tom

by Mollie

With all the gobble-gobbling (Did you know that male turkeys are the only ones that "gobble, gobble"?) that will soon begin, and all the fabulous presentations you may experience, please take a moment to honor dear Tom Turkey who typically takes center stage on many a Thanksgiving table.

The items in this treasury showcase lovely table linens, kitchen décor and special treats for yourself or perhaps a holiday host or hostess. 

Dear Tom
{Click on the image above to be taken to the treasury and the shop featured.}
Wouldn't the pieces in this treasury would be perfect for strutting your stuff (like a tom turkey does to show off to the hens) during the Thanksgiving holiday? No matter how you choose to celebrate or show your thankfulness, be sure to remember Dear Tom.
On behalf of all of us on the HandmadeMN Etsy Team, may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are thankful for your support, patronage and friendships!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Craft'za!!

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

You have a terrific opportunity tomorrow for one-stop shopping of local handmade goods in good old  Nordeast -- in the historic Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave. NE. -- at Mpls. Craft'za .

And, wouldn't you know, a lot of the vendors just happen to have Etsy shops, so you can preview many of the goods before you go. Snap!

Here's a little showcase to get you started. Just click through to do some serious cyber window shopping. Enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Manly Movember

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments

November is Movember. It is the manliest of months. Dudes across the world will be giving up the clean-shaven look and opting for a rougher, gruffer, manlier look. While sporting this look, they are showing their support for men's health.

If you are looking for additional ways to be more manly, we have masculine handmade and vintage items in local MN shops. 

{Click here to be taken to the treasury.}


  • Albert Einstein had a moustache for over 50 years.
  • Groucho Marx for many years wore a fake moustache of greasepaint on stage and film, then grew a real one later in life.
  • In 1967, The Beatles gave away cardboard mustaches with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • The world's longest moustache is believed to be a 14ft monster belonging to Ram Singh Chauhan of Rajastan, India, who regularly massages it with mustard and coconut oil to keep it healthy.
  • Women are more attracted to men with moustaches. Fact.
  • In a deck of cards, the King of Hearts is the only king not to have a moustache.
  • A one month old moustache is capable of holding approximately 30ml of liquid or around 10% of a glass of beer before leaking its contents down the face of the owner.
  • Salvador Dalí published a book dedicated solely to his moustache.
  • In Eureka, Nevada, USA, it is illegal for men who have moustaches to kiss women.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ All Hallow's Eve Aftermath

by Mollie

Halloween - October 31. The day came and went. Here it is Sunday, November 2 and I realize I completely missed my day to post, even though I had it all laid out last week, ready to go. Oy.

For those of you that observe or participate in the chaos that is Halloween, I hope you had an enjoyable and safe day and night. Perhaps you have recovered from your festivities today and are ready to get into the swing of the upcoming holidays?

How about taking a moment to peruse some goodies I located; add them to your holiday décor for next year's festivities surrounding All Hallow's Eve!

All Hallow's Eve Aftermath

{Click on the image above to be taken to the treasury and the shops featured.}

Here's hoping you all had a nice October and that November brings you much for which to be thankful.