SOFT-bannerEmily from Heartsexplode has started a new Etsy shop called SOFT (Sewing Only For Tattoos). She’s making adorable bags for a good cause: to get herself some much-needed ink. All of the money she makes is going into a special tattoo fund, not to be touched until the day she can afford to get the tattoos she so desperately wants. Go check her stuff out and buy a bag or two – they’re hand-stitched and made with only the prettiest fabric around.

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kickballJust a little reminder for anyone in the Minneapolis area on Thursday, August 27th: mnartists.org is having their annual Field Day at the Walker Arts Center Sculpture Garden. Come for food, kids activities, a screenprinting workshop, Greenspace Games and much, much more. As a special added bonus, local indie rock band Solid Gold is playing at 8:30 in the Greenspace behind the museum. The entire event is free (though you will have to pay for parking, food and beverages if that’s your thing). Come out and see me in  the Bazinet lobby, get a sticker and see what your local art community is up to!

green star box - openIt’s been a busy day over here at Craftease. I just got done listing a ton of cute new painted boxes in the shop, and you should probably go check them out. There’s all different colors and sizes, hearts and stars, and all are hand-painted with acrylic paint and made to be ultra durable. Custom boxes are also available!

HE-large-iconI have to give some love to my lovely lady Emily from Heartsexplode. She’s been working on a bunch of new purses, bags and pouches made from reclaimed fabric and zippers, and I have to say, they are absolutely adorable. I’ve seen them in all stages of production, and she has poured her heart into these bags. Each one is carefully hand-stitched – no sewing machine needed for this girl. She’s adding more bags this week, so be on the lookout for even more cuteness! You should go check out her shop and buy something before they get snapped up.

P.S. Like the logo? I designed this sucker. If you want one for your shop, let me know at craftease@gmail.com.

octopus - boygirlpartyI stumbled upon boygirlparty.com at work today, and let’s just say it was love at first sight. Susie Ghahremani’s website is filled with adorable art, jewelry, clothing, paper goods and more, all featuring her unique style of animals and plants.  I’m in love with anything owl or octopus-related right now and am completely crushing on the Socktopus.  It’s an octopus. That knits. Awesome. She’s also got a neat blog and a band called Snoozer and is an all-around creative, crafty girl. You should check out her site, sign up for her mailing list,  and maybe buy a few things for you and the people you love.

MNArtists.org is an amazing resource for local artists and crafters, and I’m so excited to be a part of their annual Field Day this year. The event is on August 27th at the Walker Arts Center, and activities will be mainly held in the Bazinet lobby, greenspace, and Sculpture Garden. The festivities begin at 11Am and go until 10PM. There will be a screenprinting workshop with Calpurnia Peach, kickball and other games in the greenspace, puppet shows and kids activities at the FlatPak house, an artist’s mall in the lobby, literature and poetry reading by Geoff Herbach and Andy Sturtevant, and even a kid-friendly dance. There will also be a special performance by Minneapolis’s own Solid Gold starting at 8:30,  so you can dance the night away.  And the best part? The event is TOTALLY FREE. Come visit me rom 6PM to 8PM at the .org mall in the Bazinet lobby – everyone that comes down gets a free Craftease sticker and a coupon for 20% off their next order! Come down and check out the Field Day festivities, it’s going to be a rockin’ good time!

HandmadeMNLogo_LargeI have to give some love to my new craft team at Handmade MN, a group of crafy guys and girls that have banded together through a shared love of making stuff. As Minnesota’s biggest and most popular Etsy street team, they have tons of resources available, as well as events like meet-and-greets, art parties and contests. Handmade MN has a huge network of crafters and artists, and everyone is really supportive of each other. They have a social networking group through Ning  and an amazing, useful and inspiring blog filled with arts and crafts made in Minnesota. members can post photos, events and projects on their own Ning page, as well as get involved in discussions and forums to share advice and project ideas. They even have a shop tab where you can rep your state in a super cute T-shirt, bag or apron – you can even customize them! If you’re an artist or crafter in Minnesota, check out becoming a member by emailing Toni at MinnesotaStreetTeam@gmail.com – she’ll get you all the information you need to become a member. If you’re outside of the state, check out the Etsy Teams to see if there’ s a street team in your area that you can get involved with!