Thursday, April 20, 2017

Auntie B's Wax and The Farmer's Daughter

Reposted by Cindy Lindgren

We love to share stories about local Etsy artisans and the local shops who sell their work.  HandmadeMN member Sara Werzel has her Auntie B's Wax products in The Farmer's Daughter shop in White Bear Lake. Recently the White Bear Lake Magazine did an article featuring their relationship and Sara wrote about it in her blog. 

Here is a link to Sara's blog with the article

Monday, April 17, 2017

Earth Day Friendly Collection

by Cindy Lindgen

With Earth Day approaching on Saturday, April 22nd, it is time to showcase our makers who use recycled materials in their work.

Recycled Fabric rescued from an Interior Designer studio before it hit the trash bin.
This stylish handbag was designed and sewn by
Margaret Mousley

Naturally Unique Rock is saving Earth's fresh water--one cube at a time. These Whisky Rocks are cut from waste granite from a countertop supplier in the St. Cloud area.

Would you believe this is made with strips of recycled blue plastic bags?  Susie B Handicraft crafted this all-season wreath. Think of all the bags saved from the landfill with this!

Gemnorde created this WaterSky statement necklace, taking it's inspiration from the Earth, is made of 90% recycled vintage beads, rhinestones and jewelry findings.

Regan's Brain says this pillow fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles!  What a great decor statement piece.

This reusable travel mug replaces paper cups and plastic bottles. It's also constructed out of  recycled oak by Just Turned. It's a win win.

These mini journals by Sharon's Compedium are made with a mix of upcycled and recycled materials. They're so tiny because the strips of paper are from other projects and the covers are from packaging. This one is made from a box of Yorkshire tea.

From scraps to scrumptious, these tiny metal dangles have been recycled into swinging earrings. Ejoy from Metaling Susie!

Cloth napkins are reusable and limit paper waste in your kitchen. Shaggy Baggy offers  a variety of styles in her Etsy shop.

How will you reduce, reuse and recycle this Earth Day?


Monday, April 3, 2017

Handmade Easter items from Minnesota

By Sharon Parker
Sharon's Compendium

Easter is both an ancient festival of spring and nature's awakening, and a deeply religious celebration for Christians, marking the resurrection of Christ. 

Everyone enjoys marking the occasion with symbolic and festive objects, as well as traditional foods like eggs and candy. Especially jelly beans and chocolate. ... And Peeps. ... And those almond M&Ms in pastel colors. ...

A flock of migrating peeps in the grass

Hello! Before we go too far astray on a sugar reverie, let's consider these excellent handmade-in-Minnesota items for gifting and celebrating in all those many ways. 

For religious observants, surely the most important symbol of the occasion is the empty cross.

From Metaling Susie, this rustic cross is suitable for men, women, girls or boys.  

This small pocket cross is sandblasted on Lake Superior stone by Naturally Unique Rock. It comes in a set of two and is perfect for Easter, confirmation, or other religious milestones.

Also symbolic of the resurrection is the Easter lily. Here's an elegant stylized version by Cindy Lindgren.

Gayle Thorsen of Gemnorde suggests that you forget about an Easter bonnet and instead don this delicate necklace-wreath of pink, rose, and cream flowers, with spring green rhinestones. It's made of 80 percent vintage findings and is truly one of a kind.

And let's not forget about the bunnies!

Little Wooden Wonders has a few different bunny toys and puzzles along with baby chick toys. Like this wooden bunny toy car.

While Sock Monkey Angel offers this adorable Peter Rabbit Sock Bunny; sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.

My Little Chickadee offers personalized commemorative Easter ornaments, in both pink and blue color schemes. 

Finally, here's a fun and durable alternative to the Easter basket from Nicole Baxter Pottery. This ceramic bowl is just begging to be filled with bright, colorful Easter eggs. (Or, might I point out, candy!)