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!

zelda-title-screen-sprite-stitch1I’m proud to say that geekery runs in my family. I was 5 or 6 when my mom brought home our very first NES console, complete with what has to be the best game ever created: The Legend of Zelda. My wonderful nerd of a mother (who is older than I dare say) beat this game more times than I can count. Now my mother is very crafty as well, and like her daughter she always has about ten afghans or half-finished needleworks hanging around somewhere in her house just waiting for her to put down her game controller. I was pretty much raised on gaming and crafting from the time I was born. That’s why, when I found SpriteStitch.com, I literally squealed with joy. This website combines two of my all-time favorite things: old-school videogames and crafting. They post up all kinds of projects – not just needlework but T-shirts, Perler bead art, stained glass, even video-game themed cake! My absolute favorite section is the tons of free patterns they have in their forum. They also have links to other fun video-game and indie craft blogs to inspire you to game and craft even more.