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It’s always a treat for me to peruse Etsy for the artists and crafters that make up the HandmadeMN Etsy Team.  We have a lot of members and I’m often surprised when I come across a shop I’ve not seen before.  Sparkflight is one of those shops.

Sparkflight is filled with magical, amazing  wire work.  Twisted and formed by hand, straight pieces of wire are transformed into astonishing pieces of art.

Black Stone & Bright Copper Netted Pendant Necklace

These pieces of art are often wearable in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, but art for display is also available in the shop. Look at this cute little oriole. Incredible work!

Oriole Wire Bird Sculpture

The types of wires used range from stainless steel to copper and everything in between. Most times (if not all the time) the copper wire is recycled. Yay for recycling!

Romantic Copper Vine Necklace

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind swirly, twisty, breath-taking piece of wire art, take a look into Sparkflight. You’ll not be disappointed.

This article will soon be published on the HandmadeMN blog, a blog I’m sure you will enjoy. Not only do they publish my Featured Shop articles, there are lots of giveaways and interesting articles presented by many Minnesota artisans like me.

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I’m excited to tell you about the Etsy shop of a talented Minnesota artist. I was browsing recently and found the beautiful photography of Paul Presnail.

Benchmark

Paul’s shop has everything from vividly-colored photographs to black and white, from a barn in Iowa to the Eiffel Tower in France, from nature to architecture.  He says he doesn’t Photoshop his creations, so what you see in the photos is a result of his great eye for subject matters and an amazing ability with the camera.

Portals

I really like what Paul says in his shop introduction:  “What we see through our eyes is never just light and shapes. Every image is painted with personal perspectives based on feelings and experiences. So while we all may look at the same things, how we interpret what we see is uniquely our own.”  

Step by Step

Wander through Paul’s shop and discover your interpretations of his subjects. Some may be familiar, some a dream, but I know for sure you’ll enjoy soaking up what Paul Presnail and his camera have to offer.

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If there’s one thing that inspires me it’s nostalgia.  I usually romanticize the past, thinking how marvelous it would have been to live in those times.  OK, so I don’t know if I could ever live without some of today’s conveniences, but there is definitely a comfort in “the good old days,” even if those days were before my time.

I’m so glad I found the Etsy shop of one of my fellow HandmadeMN members; it takes me back to those good old days in the form of textiles.  Gingham Life caught my attention and my admiration.  I’m completely in love with the aprons!  (Click on the pictures – they’re direct links to your purchasing pleasure!)

Handmade Smocked Apron, 1960s Pattern and Vintage Gingham

How much do I love the smocking?  Much!  And smocking paired with gingham has got to be the cutest thing there is.  Such fanciness for such a useful accessory!  Gingham Life is contributing to the rebirth of American-made aprons and clothes and uses vintage and repurposed textiles.

Floating Hostess Hand-Smocked Half Apron, Vintage Gingham and Hankie

This next apron is cute enough to be a dress!  (Except don’t do it because the back is completely open and you’d embarrass yourself terribly in front of your guests.)  How wonderful, the pink and brown, the buttons and pockets ~ I think it’s just adorable.

Handmade Apron, 1960s “Country Calico” A-Line Pattern, OOAK, Vintage Fabric

Not only does Gingham Life offer aprons, there are vintage linens and patterns, clothes, and other accessories made from repurposed fabrics.

The things at Gingham Life make me feel nostalgic, and even inspire me to do the vacuuming in one of these great aprons and high-heeled shoes, just like June Cleaver would.

This article will soon be published on the HandmadeMN blog, a blog I’m sure you will enjoy. Not only do they publish my Featured Shop articles, there are lots of giveaways and interesting articles presented by many Minnesota artisans like me.

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Happy New Year, everyone!  I’m going to ring in the new year with a salute to one of my favorite Etsy shops and fellow HandmadeMN member, My Little Chickadee Creations.  Ellie has a shop filled with hand-stamped travertine tiles.  These tiles are then made into magnets, coasters, wedding/party favors, and more.

Red Poppy Kitchen Tile Trivet

I love the colors used for the images, and the images themselves are so wonderful too.  The variety of products in this shop is astounding.  My Little Chickadee Creations has everyone in mind so you’re sure to find something that suits you to a tee.

When Pigs Fly Tile Magnets, Set of 3

Celestial Sun and Moon Magnets, Set of 2

A really nice service Ellie provides is personalization.  My Little Chickadee Creations is eager to please and can customize the number of personalized favors and/or save-the-date magnets according to your needs.   Check out these cute wedding favor coasters:

Whimsical Owl Wedding Favor Coasters, Set of 25

My Little Chickadee Creations is a really fun shop with a ton of things to offer.  The shop has been highly recommended by previous buyers and Ellie will make sure you’re a satisfied customer too.

This article will soon be published on the HandmadeMN blog, a blog I’m sure you will enjoy.  Not only do they publish my Featured Shop articles, there are lots of giveaways and interesting articles presented by many Minnesota artisans like me. 

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