Friday, May 30, 2008

What to do w/shredded money?

Do you have bags of shredded money just sitting around? 

Me, neither. But if you do come across a torn or otherwise damaged bill, here is some incredibly random information from the U.S. Treasury

"The Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, redeems partially destroyed or badly damaged currency as a free public service. The Office of Currency Standards... uses experts to examine mutilated currency and will approve the insurance of a Treasury check for the value of the currency determined to be redeemable."

How is that for a job title? Mutilated Currency Expert.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I want to share with you one of my new favorite Etsy shops:

Aysel (such a pretty name!) lives in Turkey, and makes absolutely adorable items that are out-of-this-world cute! 

She works mostly with felt, and her shop offers a delightful variety of items, ranging from sweet barrettes to this fantastic play scene, "Pinky is a Book-Nerd!" (third photo from the top--I'd like to move it right here but Blogger's not letting me... Suggestions, anyone?)

I love that her play scenes and accessories are as cute as--no, cuter than--the Groovy Girls accessories--and it is handmade! Her little deer are to-cry-for!!
Aysel says, "I love all colorful, cute, shiny and kawaii crafts to brighten my life. My items are combination of felt, beads, sequins, buttons and all hand-sewn, hand-embrodiered, made with heart, great care, lots of details on. I hope what comes out of my heart will reach your hearts too." Isn't she sweet?

She ships to all over the world, and welcomes custom orders! Visit her land of cuteness on Etsy at

Monday, May 26, 2008

Lilacs and Hailstorms

It has been a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, for the most part, here in Minnesota. The lilacs--my very favorite--are in full bloom and gorgeous. And yesterday we had a hailstorm, and a tornado touched down not far away (in the northern suburbs), wreaking a lot of damage, unfortunately. The photos and videos I've seen of this event are breathtaking (and not in a good way).

TeamMN happenings: The event at Blick last weekend was a lot of fun! We got to hang out with friends Jenna of ArtisticEdition, Ericka of ELBfoto, Jess from MiltonandMargie's (that's her cool candle in a repurposed mug, above!), and meet some new friends, also. It was great of Blick to host us. We'll get some good mileage out of the discount cards! I've been poring over the catalog and thinking about the possibility of making my own resin molds. 
I also found out that if you go to, you'll get Stanley Security Solutions' site. Random! So for Blick, you have to go to

I did some soldering this weekend, and I really need to get a new iron. It's very hot but the heat isn't transferring. It makes for frustrating work! 

Nancy Drew: Mystery of Crocodile Island

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Saturday EtsyMN Event

Come visit us at the Blick Art Materials in Minnetonka, Saturday, May 17, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.! We will be at the Meet and Greet and we will be demonstrating some craft techniques!

(Thanks to Courtney/JustAnotherDay for the cool flyer design!)