Friday, August 28, 2015

Fun Friday Finds ~ Dog Days

By Mara of Dragonfly Adornments

We just went through the dog days of summer and celebrated National Dog Day so I thought it was appropriate to share the story of my lovely baby dog. Are you as crazy about your dog as I am about mine? I'm nuts for my dog. 

We had a dog before we had kids. She was a wonderful fluffy red Chow with a purple tongue that had a pink spot in the middle. She was our baby before we had babies. After she moved on, I could not even think of dealing with a dog. I had a toddler and a baby and was up to my elbows in diapers, laundry and dishes. I couldn't focus on another being in the house. When the boys got bigger, they begged for a dog. I said I'd think about it. Well, it took me about 8 years to say, "Yes". 

We knew that we wanted to adopt a dog so we "shopped" around and were interested in a few lovely pups but none really stuck. My husband came home one day and said that there was a cute dog at the Humane Society so we went to meet her. I was hoping for a larger female, with blond or red fur. This dog was a female but she was sort of brindle and was pretty small. She wasn't the softest or cutest dog I'd ever seen but I still agreed to meet her. We were placed in a visiting room and my kids sat on the floor with her. She was really sweet and went to each kid to snuggle and kiss them. Back and forth she went. I really liked her but wasn't convinced. I was sure she wasn't the one but told the family that I would think about it. Well, I couldn't stop thinking about her! We went to adopt her the next day and it's been love ever since.

I can't believe how much love, laughs and joy she brings to us every single day. We had a couple of small bumps when we brought her home but it's the best thing ever, having her around. She is a schnauzer/cairn terrier mix. She was called Wendy at the kennel and supposedly came from Oklahoma. We named her Coco and she reminds us of Toto from The Wizard of Oz.

Our MN artists have created some fabulous items for your fur-babies. Visit their shops and check out all their amazing items.
{Click on the image above to be taken to the treasury and the shops featured.}

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Minnesota Monday Finds: Creatively Upcycled Practical Goods

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Getting ready to ship those students back to college? Time to snazz up your home office after a summer of neglect? Or just looking for a new handbag with a clever eco-friendly twist?

We found an excellent assortment of clever and useful items ingeniously crafted by Minnesota artists from bottles and bicycles and bluejeans and more.

Click and enjoy responsibly.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fun Friday Finds ~ Farmers Market

By Mara of Dragonfly Adornments

Homegrown and handmade! Whether it is a farmer or an artist, they offer fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm or studio and created right here in Minnesota.