Some Things I Won

I’ve been on a bit of a winning streak lately.  Well, sort of.  Are two wins technically a “streak”?  I’ll say yes.

My first win was from Bell Bloom Design via the HandmadeMN blog.  They have regular giveaways on the blog, but I rarely enter my name in the hat.  On a whim, I decided to enter the Bell Bloom Design giveaway for Customized Wall Letters because I thought they would be a great addition to my daughter’s room.  And what do you know? I won.  :)

Instead of my daughter’s name, I chose a word: hope.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out, and I’m excited to give them to her for Christmas.


The second win doesn’t look like anything special, but it has a pretty big value to me.  The prize looks like a regular bus pass–no different than the one I always have in my purse.  This one, though, contains one month of FREE RIDES courtesy of Metro Transit’s 3 billionth customer contest.   Since I commute to work every day on the bus, a month of free rides is a fabulous prize.  And all I had to do to win was submit a short essay about why I ride the bus.  That’s an easy answer.  I started riding the bus several years ago when I was having car trouble, and I am still a regular bus rider now because there is no better way to be present for my family when I walk in the door from my commute than being able to spend my commute reading a book or surfing the web on my smartphone rather than driving myself.  I might have even said something about “turning my drive time into me time” despite how cheesy that sounds.  You can check out the Grand Prize winner here, and he sure to support public transit.  I depend on it! :)

Thank you to Bell Bloom Design and Metro Transit for the prizes!


HandmadeMN Market: Some highlights

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.

I love upcycled crafts.  These altered wall plates from Unique Art Pendants are very cool.  The shop also has art prints made from vintage dictionary pages, which I love.  While you’re checking out her shop, don’t miss the jewelry.  I love the cuff bracelets.

The photo pieces from Allison Marie Designs remind me of picture books like Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet.  She will personalize the pieces with a child’s name too, which would be a great gift along with the book.

Speaking of kid stuff, Ladybug loved the crayons from Earth Grown Crayons.  Not to mention, it was nice to have a kid-friendly place where she could try  something out.

The Farmers Market Crayon Box Set would make a great gift with To Market, to Market by Nikki McClure or Rah, Rah Radishes by April Pulley Sayre.

These tiny prints of local icons are from Red Shoes 26 Design.   I’m a sucker for all things local, so these are perfect for me.  I also love this typewriter card: You’re my type.

These are just a few of my favorites.  See more local artisans from the market here.

Art, music, and community at LynLake

We had a blast at the LynLake Street Fest this year!  Here are a few cool things we found:

  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo was awesome.  We’d never seen them perform before because, quite frankly, I tend to steer clear of “kid’s music.”  It’s usually way too annoying for me to tolerate for long.  It’s selfish, I know.  Koo Koo Kanga Roo, however, is not annoying.  They are fun.  If you like Yo Gabba Gabba, chances are you will like Koo Koo Kanga Roo.  We are fans of both.
  • I’d been by Intermedia Arts many, many times, but I hadn’t been inside until this weekend.  The current exhibit, The Art of Tibetan Survival, celebrates peace and imagination.  Ladybug got to add her vision of peace to a Tibetan prayer flag project.  I asked her what peace looked like, and she decided to draw a boat and a book.    :)
  • My kiddo is too young for the summer mural art classes from Aldrich Arts, but she enjoyed the all ages activity they had at the festival.  She planted a flower in a paper cup she decorated.  Seeds courtesy of Mother Earth Gardens.  We may have to pay a visit to Mother Earth Gardens to buy some more seeds since Ladybug’s flower cup didn’t make it home intact. :(

More perspectives on the festival: