Craft show season is upon us! The HandmadeMN Market is one of my favorite local craft shows. It is organized by the artisans in the Etsy Team for Minnesota artists. There is always a great variety of items from jewelry to kids’ stuff to wearables and home decor. I have two new Etsy shops that I discovered this year and wanted to share.
Kibbles ‘N Knits has all sorts of interesting jewelry made out of “unexpected materials.” If you check out the artist’s blog, she has a great tutorial for making fabric necklaces, but for those of you who are non-crafty (like me!) there are lots of cute items in the shop already made. :)
I love the mini journal earrings from Wayfaring Art. Frankly, I love journals of all sorts, and the hand-bound leather journals in this shop are beautiful. Making them tiny and turning them into earrings? I’m in love.
Highlights from last year’s HandmadeMN Market are here. You can follow HandmadeMN on Twitter or Facebook to get updates about future events.
I’ve already admitted that I’m not a Craft Person, but somehow I can never resist craft books–especially one with such beautiful photos, simple crafts, and moms writing about the creative life. Not to mention, the book features some of my favorite mom bloggers–including Soulemama (I blogged about her book here) and The Artful Parent (I guest posted on her blog here). I was particularly pleased to see picture books in so many of the photographs. I spied Dr. Seuss, Oliver Jeffers, Ed Emberley, and more.
As non-crafty as I am, I just may try MayaMade‘s project: The Little Book of Big Questions. What could be better than a handmade book to hold all the things your child wonders throughout the day that you can’t answer off the top of your head? Write the questions down to revisit later. Perhaps at the library, if I may say so. :)
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January’s Ready for Kindergarten post had me browsing Pinterest for reading spaces. February was Using School Tools, so we tried to create a project space for crafts and writing, which, again, involved browsing Pinterest. :)
Here are some uber-organized kid-friendly craft/proect spaces:
I’ll start off with another confession, though two Fridays in a row is a bit much, I know, but bear with me. Here goes: I’m not crafty. This might not seem like a big deal except I was raised crafty. My mom crochets beautiful afghans, and my dad does all sorts of woodworking things. They spent a few years on the regional craft show circuit, and I’ve tried to get my mom to open an Etsy shop many times. With that kind of heritage behind me, I should be crafty, right? I, however, have about the same crafticity level as my 4 year-old. It’s too bad. Ladybug loves stories like Shoe-la-la and Crafty Chloe. I wouldn’t be surprised if crafticity skips a generation.
I’m fairly content being a craft-appreciator for the most part, and it’s National Craft Month, so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite Etsy shops for your browsing pleasure.
Bookshelves of Doom isn’t just a kidlit blog, it’s also an Etsy shop filled with book related crafty items. Right now she has pendants and brooches made with vintage literary stamps.
Water Nymph has all sorts of lovely jewelry, including this lovely ring my honey gave me for Annibirthmas:
Unrelated to crafts entirely, this video is too good not to share. (via Intelligent Life)
It’s no secret that I love my city, so for Shop Small Saturday, I’m featuring some local businesses with items that show hometown pride. They just might make the perfect gift for the Twin Citian in your life! :)
First Avenue is a well-known landmark in Minneapolis music history. Many bands that play there, including M83 recently, comment on what an honor it is to play there when they visit Minneapolis. I love all of Red Shoes 26 Design‘s local landmark prints.
“The creative process, and the creative life, is mostly full of moments between the idea and the being done, the spark and the blazing fire, the shimmering magic and the finished piece. We’re always living in the gap between our vision of what could be and what might be, and what is.”
This video looks at what deadlines can do to creativity. You can’t rush art.
Ladybug and I stopped in at the HandmadeMN Market this past Saturday, and we found so many lovely things. Here is a shot of what we bought:
The hair clip for Ladybug is from Tauna Lane Design. If you like cute & girly for kids, this is the shop for you. In addition to the hair clips, she also has Lollidoll cake toppers and frilly aprons that little girls will love. At the market, she had vintage children’s books re-bound into blank books. I think they would make great journals for kids.
The brooch in the photo above came from KellyBot. Her shop contains all sorts of cool creations from vintage buttons. We also bought a bar of handmade soap from Bath n Beads, etc.
From the cover, you might peg Shoe-La-La as another annoying girly-girl picture book. I can’t deny its girliness, but I believe it rises to the top of the pile of girly picture books with the DIY attitude it promotes. The girls shop and shop for the perfect pair of shoes, but they can’t find what they are looking for. Their solution? Just decorate their old shoes into the perfect party shoes.