Friday, December 26, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: The day after Christmas

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

I think Minnesota artist Dazey Chic sums up the sentiment of today for many of us with her printable
poster that says, "Today I will be happier than an elf on December 26th."

Buy this as an instant download from DazeyChic on Etsy
I know there are people who love to rush off to the after-Christmas sales and snap up a few deals, and I wish them the best in their bargain hunting. As for me, I love the sense of slowing down, reflecting on the season, and savoring a cup of coffee or tea (perhaps in a new handmade mug you got for Christmas!)

It's an excellent time to break in a new journal, write a few thank you notes, look over a 2015 calendar, and begin the dreamy not-quite-yet-planning phase of next summer's garden or vacation or both.

And perhaps treat yourself to a unique Minnesota handmade item to facilitate the whole process. Here's a starting point for your browsing and planning:

(click on the image to examine the collection on Etsy)

Friday, December 19, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ White Christmas

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments

Check out our Minnesota artists and crafters shops for some beautiful handmade items.

Friday, December 12, 2014

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Calm, Cool, Collected

by Mollie

With the hub-bub of the holiday season upon us, be sure to take a moment to slow down and make some time for yourself. Getting wrapped up in all the goings-on can make that rather difficult.

But the key to surviving it is to remain calm, cool and collected.

Sit by the fire and read a book, enjoy your favorite hot beverage, snuggle up with someone under a cozy blanket...give yourself a few minutes every day to regroup and recoup.

And hey, while you're at it, why not do some perusing of beautiful handcrafted items made by HandmadeMN artisans! This treasury ought to get you in the calm holiday spirit:
{Click on the image above to be taken to the treasury on Etsy.}


Friday, December 5, 2014

Fun Friday Finds: Making Merry

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Is it time to decorate the house for Christmas yet? It's a task that should be fun and satisfying, right? But here's the problem that I have with decorating: We have to clean first.

Maybe if I focused on the swell stuff created by Minnesota makers on Etsy, instead of on the accumulation of cat fur on the rug, I would be more motivated to get that cleaning done so I can deck the halls and hang the greens!

How about you? Perhaps you've already done your holiday cleaning and decorating. If not, here are some festive Christmassy items to get you in the mood. (Just click on the image to see the collection on Etsy.)