Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Reading Wishlist

I would love a chunky stack of these penguin classics to decorate (errmm. i mean read) my house!

I also asked for these to fabulous books for Christmas... I wonder if Santa is going to bring them? Hopefully I am on the good list!
The Visual Miscellaneum
Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas WIshlist

I'll take one of these please! Actually.... anything from Sanna Annukka would suffice :D

Friday, December 18, 2009

Giveaway Winner


Congrats Cindy! YAY! Can you believe that you will be sporting a pair of my awesome sterling earrings shortly! :) ha!

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my jewelry and followed blog/facebook. I will be having another giveaway in January so please come back! :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fabulous Friday Giveaway!

Since it is the season of GIVING, I thought I would hold a great little giveaway on my blog! You can win the earrings in the picture above!

To enter to WIN leave a comment below with your favorite item from my shop
( Modern Meets Whimsy ) and follow my blog. (link on top right corner that says "follow")

For an EXTRA entry (that's right!) follow my facebook fan page ( mmw on facebook ) and leave a SEPARATE comment with the name of which you are following me from.

Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you :)

Deadline to enter is: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16th.

Good Luck!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lonny Mag- Winter Issue

Lonny Mag

The new lonny magazine issue is out! I highly urge you all to check it out!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

w7 collective

W7 is an edgy collaboration of remarkable talents in one hip space. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety, intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works. It's a showcase of North American ingenuity and inventiveness!

December 10, 11 & 12
10-5 pm Thursday
10-9 pm Friday
10-3pm Saturday

On Friday there will be a wine, appetizers, AND a band! Be sure to stop by and see my stationery and prints there along with a ton of other fabulous artists and designers!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Minnesota Pride

mn pride These things were some of my best sellers at the No Coast show this past weekend. I think it is so great that people of MN have so much pride! I had a little chat with a customer about why people are so proud to live here and we pretty much came to the conclusion that to to live in MN you have to really love it to put up with the long harsh winters! And while I despise the winters.... I guess all those pros just outweigh the few cons.

i <3 mn.

Friday, December 4, 2009

No Coast!

Hey everyone! So this is the reason why my posts have been so sparce lately! I have been getting ready for No Coast Craft O Rama! If you have any spare time to do some handmade shopping this weekend, please stop by No Coast!

No Coast Craft O Rama
December 4-5, Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm

Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55407-5449

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sip & Shop Event on Saturday!

Sip & Shop Event!

Grab your girlfriends and join us for our Sip and Shop event, featuring local artists offering handcrafted goodies just in time for the gift-giving season!

Have a glass of wine (or some hot apple cider), and nibble on delicious delectables as you and your girls get a head start on your holiday shopping! You’ll find unique and affordable gifts for everyone on your list, and maybe even something for yourself! Plus, just for stopping by, you can enter to WIN a prize basket brimming with handmade loveliness!

Psst…Don’t shop alone! Earn an extra prize entry for every friend you bring! I will be there with jewelry and stationery until 2pm so stop by and say hello!

Sip and Shop Event

Date: Saturday, November 21st

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: 3917 12th Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55407

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Etsy Front Page

Etsy Front Page My little deer pin made it to the etsy front page last night and was sold! so happy this little guy has found a new home :) I will definitely be making more and if you want one you can purchase here!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Audrey Hepburn Auction

a hepburn Anyone have a spare $100,000 laying around so I can get this amazing dress? yeah, me neither... But the costumes and gowns are just gorgeous to look at! The dress in the middle is sure to go for a pretty penny- it is Hepburn's wedding dress she was suppose to wear to marry James Hanson (marriage was called off) You can read the full article about it here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

HandmadeMN Weekend Sale!

I am having a sale in both my shops this weekend! See below for details!

Just Another Day Designs :: stationery + invitations

Modern Meets Whimsy :: artisan jewelry

Happy Shopping!



(That's "Out Of Control" for you non rachel zoe fans!)

Taylor has FINALLY left Rachel Zoe Inc. after threatening to leave for about 2 years. UG. "I am so over it." I wonder how far her B* attitude will get her? :)

read here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nokomis Urban Craft Show

Nokomis Urban Craft Fair Poster

If you are available and in Minneapolis this weekend stop by the Nokomis Urban Craft Fair! There is a craft crawl going on in the Nokomis neighborhood so be sure to stop by! Check out this full list of vendors here.

There will be a ton of HandmadeMN team members there!

from out of the cracks
julie meyer
xo handworks
modern meets whimsy
kelly bot
cayenne peppy
nikkylee designs
just another day designs
skylark dawn
catch a star creations

Saturday November 14th 9am-2pm

Nokomis Community Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN

Map it

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2010 Wall Calendar is Here!

poster 2010 calendar
Great gift for guys and girls!

I had a lot of fun designing this years wall calendar! All the gems remind me of constellations. The poster is 11.25"x17".

The first 10 orders will recieve a FREE 2009 poster along with purchase. Although the year is almost past, you can use it as wall art in any room!

See more detailed photos & purchase here!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Guess Who

Look who I found taking a peek at me through my sliding glass doors! This little guy was very interested in me taking pictures of my jewelry, but when I snapped a picture of him, he ran away! Must be camera shy :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

No Coast!

A while back I got word that I was accepted into No Coast Craft O Rama. I have done the show once before with my stationery and I am excited to be selling again this year! If you haven't heard about this craft show, you can check it out here. The show always features the coolest artists and crafters! Definitely a show you should not miss!
(picture is from 2 years ago, the first time I exhibited!)

No Coast 2009 is on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of December

Sale 3pm-8pm

Sale 9am-5pm

Monday, October 19, 2009

2010 Desk Calendar

2010 calendar
I can't believe another year has flown by! I have used the inspiration all around me to create a vibrant and patterned calendar to brighten up your new year.

The desk calendar has one month per page and is 4"x6". The calendar is printed on luxurious Neenah Paper card stock in linen. A small silver clip comes with to keep all the cards together.

You can buy here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weekend Deal


*****WEEKEND DEALS 10/16-10/18: Enjoy 15% OFF the ENTIRE shop!*****
***ALL ITEMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REDUCED! Please Pay at time of order!***

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Don't Forget to Vote!

Double Pearl Cocktail Ring

As a lot of you already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, the Minnesota Etsy Street Team hosted a challenge to create an item in that theme.

Since I lost my mother in law to breast cancer I thought it would be fit to join in the challenge and create a ring in her honor. The ring I created is the Double Pearl Cocktail Ring and 50% of the proceeds in October will be donated to breast cancer research.

If you have a moment I would love it if you would take some time to vote for me. Heck vote for me twice if you can! :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lovely Colors

Autumn Red

I love the colors of autumn and I especially love how abstract these leaves can be against the blue sky. This tree in our yard is always the first to turn and always gorgeous!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

January Jones!

Bow chicka bow wowwwww January! I love the Mad Men star and I am crazed over this super sexy shot of her on GQ! The world is so use to seeing the conservative 60's homemaker... and then shazam!

sex appeal.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Marimekko Autumn Collection


I am LOVING the fun prints of Marimekko for this fall. I also really like the stripes paired with the polka dot bubbles. You can find out more info here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cheap Chicas Dot Com

cheap chicas
Love at first site! ha! :P

What is better than great style? oh.... great style on a budget of course! I found this awesome blog that highlights great fashion finds on the cheap. I see a serious hole burning in my pocket in the future. But at least I will look good. :)

Cheap Chicas Dot Com

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sea Glass Candy

sea glass candy
I think I know what I am doing tomorrow...... um. YUM! Check out the tutorial here to create some sea glass candy for yourself!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Lonny Mag

lonny magazine

If you sorely miss blueprint or domino magazine (I know I do!!!) you should check out Lonny Magazine It is an online magazine that definitely fills the void of a home decorating magazine. I am not sure if it will continue to be free but if it does, I know I will be checking it out at every issue!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Double Pearl Cocktail Ring

Happy October Everyone! Where does the time go? It just flies by day after day...

As a lot of you already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, the Minnesota Etsy Street Team hosted a challenge to create an item in that theme.

Since I lost my mother in law to breast cancer I thought it would be fit to join in the challenge and create a ring in her honor. The ring I created is the Double Pearl Cocktail Ring and 50% of the proceeds in October will be donated to breast cancer research.

If you have a moment I would love it if you would take some time to vote for me. Heck vote for me twice if you can! :)

I am off for the weekend, the Man and I are headed out of town to spend time with family and participate in the Race for the Cure.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Delicious Red

Red Pear
A red pear that is! I haven't seen a red pear before... but when I saw this one at the grocery store I was drawn to it! So I bought it and took it home to open it up and see what I thought.... Delicious! Pretty much like a regular ol' green pear but a bit sweeter and very juicy! YUM. I think I will be buying red pears from now on.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fabulous Friday Freebie!

It's Raining It's Pouring... the old man is snoring! That song has been stuck in my head since I woke up this moring! It could be that it is a gloomy and rainy Friday. So to perk up all you folks who are having a gloomy Friday afternoon (just think only a few more hours of work until your glorious weekends begin!) I am giving away these little flat card printables!

Just click on the below icon and save to your desktop. Print out on some cardstock and cut into quarters to create 4.25 inch by 5.5 inch flat cards! These will fit into any standard A2 envelopes!

{All downloads by you (the User) from are to be for your own personal use only, and under no circumstances shall be allowed for commercial usage or redistribution of any kind. Thank you!}

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

Project Runway Sixth Episode

project runway 6
This episode gave the designers a lot of creative freedom and it was great to see what each person could dream up in their heads. I personally LOVED the outfit that Chris (MN designer!) made and I LOVED his story line- a vampiress who falls in love with a man and must decide to wed him and turn him into a vampire or just runaway and leave her love forever. It totally falls in line with all the twilight-esque movies, books, and shows out there right now. I didn't think the actual winning look by Nicolas was really all that great NOR did I like the person they kicked off this episode. I was really shocked that Ramon got the boot, especially since he is from MN! I think Louise should have gotten the axe, considering she picked her own genre/style and couldn't produce!

Auf Wiedersen!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
No childhood (or adulthood) would be complete without reading Where the Wild Things Are. I am so excited to see that this children's book has transformed into a movie creation. You can see the trailer and read more about it on the official website.

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
With the movie coming out soon, Cory Godbey created a blog called Terrible Yellow Eyes. He writes, "Terrible Yellow Eyes is a collection of works inspired by the beloved classic, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Over the coming weeks and months I'll display a growing collection of works created by invited contributing artists and myself.

We share a love and admiration for Sendak's work and the pieces we present here are done as a tribute to his life and legacy."

I encourage you to go over to the blog and check out all the amazing work from artists who are inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. Above are two of my favorite illustrations that were submitted to the blog. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumn Exquinox

Today is the first day of fall! I have always loved fall with all the gorgeous tree colors, tailgating, bonfires, and crisp weather. But when you live in the tundra, fall can only mean one thing: snow is around the corner! This fall I have been really inspired by the leaves that fall in our yard. So today, I bring you my inspiration, process and final product for a new brooch I have designed.


I love the colors I achieved on this little leaf. I will enjoy wearing this little guy all fall (and you should too! you can get one here!)

Monday, September 21, 2009

She cooks!

Retro Lady Cooking
This little retro lady does just about everything... she even cooks now! These flatcards would be a perfect gift for the cook who has everything! You could even turn these into recipe cards!

Available here.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lovin' Please Be Still

please be still
I have loved this print for some time now and I am so happy to see Jen from Please Be Still as the featured seller on etsy! Definitely go and check her out if you haven't yet!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Project Runway Fifth Episode

project runway 5
I have to say that most of the designers outfits were pretty amazing. Me oh my what you can do with newspaper! I, like most of the designers, am a little miffed why Johnny would come up with such a random story about why he ditched his first dress? Sooo if you created this awesome Dior draped dress and then spilled water on it..... why the hell wouldn't you remake the same dress as fast as you could possibly work? All lies Johnny, and we saw right though you!

Auf Wiedersen!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oh Ikea...

Ikea PS MASKROS Pendant lamp
While Designers fume over Ikea's logo switching to Verdana–I will swoon over the new IKEA PS MASKROS Pendant lamp Sadly, it is not in stock in the Ikea here... boo! But hopefully it is a matter of time before I can get my little hands on one! If you keep putting out great designs like this Ikea, maybe, JUST maybe, I will forgive you for using Verdana.

Giveaway Winner

And.... the winner is.....

Cindy! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

I will be doing giveaways randomly throughout the rest of the year so please check back often to enter to win!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Mad Men Mad Men was exceptional as always tonight. It was a bit slow but yet so much was revealed. Some big things are festering this season and I can't wait to see them!

Btw, I went on to AMC to create my little Mad Men character... hopefully if I met Don Draper in a bar I would be smart enough to take the drink he bought me and walk away :)

PS- contest winner will be announced tomorrow! :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

The fourth installment of PR

Late last night I was happy to see that Project Runway was airing reruns at midnight so I didn't have to try to track down the episode today. What I wasn't happy about is that I stayed up until 1:30 am to watch such a boring episode! (yes, I do watch models of the runway as well....) It seems that whenever there is a model challenge, all the designers just, well, kind of suck! I did have a few that I liked, but maybe in another color... also I must rant: what is it with all these models walks? Is the runway fierce strut being replaced with sloppy, slow run down the runway? Anyway, this week we finally say goodbuy to poor construction and boring ol' idea Qristyl. (Dang that was hard to spell!)

Auf Wiedersen!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


The other night my man and I were at the grocery store and we happened to walk right into the ice cream isle. Now he is definitely known for his sweet tooth so I often get caught up in eating all the fatty desserts with him- but not this night! I laid my eyes on this lush looking sorbetto and hoped it was better than some double chocolate double cookie dough chip triple nut ice cream he was buying. I got home and it was GREAT! Not only was it low in calories it was SUPER rich. Just a few spoonfuls were enough to to satisfy my sweet tooth! One little container has lasted quite a few nights for me! YUM!

Talenti Gelato

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Retro Lady in the Shop!

I have a new retro lady in the shop for all you cat lovers! My husband has been bugging me forever about cats... (I grew up with dogs, he grew up with cats... you can see where this is heading!) so I thought it would be appropriate to have a note card for all you who prefer cats over dogs! Since I am allergic, this is probably the closest I will come to ever owning one of these little feline friends!

Retro Lady and Cat Flatcards

I hope you all enjoyed your Labor day weekend- I know I did!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fabulous Friday Giveaway!

This Friday I am giving away a pair of earrings from my jewelry shop Modern Meets Whimsy. To enter, please go to the shop and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite item is. Please make sure there is a way I can contact you! :)

Modern Meets Whimsy Shop

The entry closes next Friday, September 11th at NOON and the winner will be announced after that!

Enjoy your long weekends!