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!

candleThis week’s DIY project comes from one of my new favorite websites, Design*Sponge. They have gorgeous pictures and posts of all sorts of loveliness, and they update it with tons of new stuff daily. The blog has been around for years, so their archive is practically endless, and they have a ton of DIY projects for the at-home crafter. This project looks adorable and it’s one of many great ways to reuse cute Altoids tins. You could do this with any metal container, just be sure to put it on a heat-proof surface when lit. Find out how to make this cute project HERE.