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!


Highlights from the HandmadeMN Fall Market

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. :)


Mini Journal EarringsI 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.

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.