Friday, March 27, 2015

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Until We Meet Again

by Mollie

I unfortunately had the displeasure of recently departing from the Hawaiian Islands. If life had allowed, I would have stayed MUCH longer! (It had been about 30 years since I had been there last. And I will tell you this: I will not let another 30 years pass before I go back.)

It was truly a memorable vacation and I feel so fortunate to have been able to take in as many sights, sounds, tastes and experiences that I did in my too short amount of time there. Oh the smell of plumeria and hibiscus, the fruity drinks with umbrellas with the ocean waves as a backdrop, the bike down Haleakala, Pearl Harbor, snorkeling Molokini, the aerial tour of Kauai, Mama's Fish House...truly amazing.

As you can probably tell, I am missing Hawaii as I eagerly await the snow to disappear from my yard now. So to cheer myself up and bring back some wonderful memories, I created this week's treasury.

I say, "Until We Meet Again!"

A Hui Hou Kakou
{Click the image to be taken to the treasury and the shops featured.}
Have you been to Hawaii? If so, what are some of your favorite memories, things to do or places to go? (I'm planning my next visit already!)

Friday, March 13, 2015

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Luck o' the Irish

By Mara of  Dragonfly Adornments

Saint Patrick's Day is coming! I don't know much about the day other than it's an Irish holiday that we all like to celebrate with them. I know we wear green and if we are 21, we drink green beer. Oh, and that the Saint drove the snakes out of Ireland. I decided to learn a little more about Saint Patrick's Day. Here's what I found out.

  • Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. 
  • It is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30's as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.
  • The reason the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. 
  • Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. 
  • Driving the snakes from Ireland was most likely symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. 

A couple of toasts for St Patrick’s Day...
May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.
May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights 
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights


Saturday, March 7, 2015

HandmadeMN Fun Friday Finds ~ Eager for Spring

by Mollie

I know Sharon did a Spring-themed Fun Friday Finds last week, but really, can you have too many? I mean, c'mon. Spring is almost here!

Many of you are even planning trips to warmer destinations to get your Spring on.  (But with the warm week that is predicted ahead, you may have a change of heart. We will have our own Spring-like weather happenin' right here in good ol' Minnesota!)

So, to encourage an early arrival, here's to Spring!

Eager for Spring
{Click image = get to treasury.}
Don't forget to Spring those clocks forward this weekend - it gets us one hour closer! ;)