Meet the Maker: Little Ditty

We get to hang out this month with Diane from Little Ditty hailing from Minnesota!  Diane has some of the best snarkiest phrases you’ll ever be able to put on your walls and we seriously love working with her in both our Fargo and Sioux Falls shops!
 
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Hey, I’m Diane!  I’m originally from Waubun, MN but currently live in lakes country in Detroit Lakes, MN. I work very part-time at the DLCC here in town. Where I watch people’s kiddos as they workout and get to bring my twin toddlers with to help wear off their never ending energy. So total win-win! Hobbies get harder to have after having kids, but as time allows I do love to work on our fixer upper home, repurpose items and make very long hunny do lists.
Describe your handmade business:
For the past year I’ve been mostly focusing on making small gift size signs with snarky and witty sayings on them. I repurpose old wood and create fun pieces out of it.
What is one of your most favorite items you have made?
When I first started my “Little Ditty” I repurposed furniture and made custom furniture pieces. With being a SAHM those pieces ended up being too time consuming. I really miss doing that part of my business but being able to make these small signs that make me laugh daily is definitely rewarding. Most of them are little sneak peeks into my life, especially the parenting and coffee ones.
What is your snarkiest saying you’ve used so far?
I always get the best laughs out of people from my, “Don’t be sad, laundry. Nobody’s doing me either.” sign. Oh and, “BOOTYCALL: a shout from the bathroom letting you know it’s time to go wipe someone’s butt.”
 
What are your most essential tools?
My silhouette cameo, computer, vinyl, hand sander, miter saw, pandora, wine, snacks  and lots of coffee.
How has your business evolved over the years since beginning?
Oh goodness, if only you all saw me when I first announced I was starting my own business. I had no clue where I was going to begin what I was going to do. Everything slowly kind of all fell into place. It started mostly as a hobby and turned into a business. Fast forward three years later, I now sell at six retail spaces (and counting), set up at local events, license designs, do custom orders and have an Etsy shop. Life is good.
What is a word that best describes you?
Awkward. Ha. But really, most of the time I am. I beat to my own drum and roll with it. As one of my signs says, “My life is just a series of awkward and humiliating moments separated by snacks.” My life in a nut shell.
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What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Good question, hmmm. Travel more. I wish I would have taken more time prior to kids to explore the world. Newest life goal is to go someplace new at least once a year.
Any super random tidbit about you?!
I like to surprise people and do spontaneous things, even if they seem crazy to me at the time. Like skydiving. Which probably should be well thought out especially if you get motion sickness…lesson learned.
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Website for us to check out more:
https://littledittysigns.etsy.com



Meet the Maker: Brick House Creations

We’ve had so much fun visiting maker’s studios in prep for our Unglued: Craft Fest that we wanted to continue the fun each month this year beyond the Fest!

So this month meet Katie of Brick House Creations out of Sioux Falls, SD!  We met Katie through our shop in Sioux Falls and got to do a live visit on Facebook last week in her home studio.  Check out the video fun HERE and read on below for our email interview as well.

Tell us a bit about yourself :
I am a South Dakota girl born and raised.  I am a momma to a wild 5 year old who keeps me on my toes! We are rummage buddies, love finding things to repurpose  for displays or vintage jewelry to take apart.
Describe your handmade business:
Brick House Creations is a collection of handcrafted items, specializing in one of a kind mixed media jewelry.Hand drilled and hand stamped pieces complete most of each look containing inspirational messages and quotes.
What is one of your most favorite items you have made?
My very first pieces were from a gal who lost her grandmother. She asked for jewelry pieces to be made from grandmas costumer jewelry.  I took it all apart and used bits a pieces to make new jewelry items for each one of her relatives!
What are your most essential tools?
Pliers, pliers, and more pliers!  Metal design stamps, enamel markers.
How has your business evolved over the years since the beginning?
Social media has been a huge source at launching my business.  I originally started selling by bringing in a shoe box to my coworkers to currently selling in about 35 different retail outlets, Etsy, and making full time from home.
What is a word that best describes you?
Resourceful!
What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Create more vs. custom orders.  For a long time I would fill up all of my time with custom pieces and could never just make which is what keeps me creatively inspired.  I found that making from raw creativity was my true passion and work better at my own pace without restrictions and deadlines.
Any super random tidbit about you??
I am terrified of packaged biscuit tubes/rolls.  I can never bring myself to open one – you never know when it’s going to explode!

Website/etsy to share:    www.brickhousecreations.etsy.com

Thank you so much Katie for letting us invade your home for a tour (click above!) and live video and sharing these thoughts, too!!  Don’t miss her fantastic work in both Fargo & Sioux Falls Unglued’s, too!




Meet the Maker: Amy Jo Hendrickson

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This month meet printmaker Amy Jo Hendrickson who has been an artist with us since the beginning of our shops!  We have loved her annual cowgirl prints, Coffee is Delicious as Hell artwork, and lefse tea towels and any time a new piece comes in we get really stoked.  Watch our Facebook pages (Fargo and Sioux Falls) for a live 34 Questions we’ll be recording with her towards the end of April in her studio!

Read on to learn more about this North Dakota native!

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Tell us a bit about yourself :
My name is Amy Jo. I grew up just south of Fargo on a farm near Colfax, North Dakota. Although I’ve now lived in Minneapolis almost longer than anywhere else, I will probably always say I’m from Fargo. I have a BFA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I moved to Minneapolis to complete my graphic design degree and along the way I learned how to screenprint in a basement laundry room. I have a storefront studio called Who Made Who that I share with my husband Dale. We live in an old house in NE Minneapolis with our 3 year old daughter Sadie and our 10 year old English Bulldog Lola.

Describe your handmade business:
Hand screenprinted art prints with an emphasis on humor, nostalgia, glitter, and the random surprises encountered in the printmaking process.

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What is one of your most favorite items you have made?
Lumberjack Soap Opera – a portrait of a lady and a bear.  “Is is true love or is the bear being held against his will? Tune in for the next exciting episode.”   The question I get asked most is “Who is she?” I’ve heard everything from Morgan Fairchild to Dolly Parton.

What are your most essential tools?
A sharp squeegee, Photoshop, and Led Zeppelin.

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How has your business evolved over the years since beginning?
From Rock Posters to Lefse Love! I began my career making posters for rock shows out of necessity. When I lived in Fargo I booked all ages shows under the name Team Fargo. We made a zine and a poster to promote each show. I also worked on the Campus Activities Board booking musical acts at MSUM and soon bands started seeking me out. The posters led to other freelance design work, including logos and packaging design. In my spare time I would make art prints. In 2014 I slowed down production to have my baby and phased out most of the freelance graphic design side of my business. I wanted to focus more on the art prints that tend to give me the most joy making. I love to hear people laugh when they come to my booth.

What is a word that best describes you?
Obsessive.

Current obsession: Henry Rollins (after listening to the 3 hour Joe Rogan podcast). Previous obsession: Cake decorating (my daughter just turned 3). Constant Obsession: Wax museums (can I own one?).

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What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Practice makes perfect. You want to learn how to draw? Practice. You want to learn how to play the piano? Practice. You can probably do just about anything if you make a regular practice out of it. I wish I had realized that sooner, but it’s never too late to start!

Any super random tidbit about you?!
I used to be the Resident Manager of the legendary Stratford Apartments on 8th St & 2nd Ave S in Fargo. Collected the rents and mopped the hallways. I still love that place so much.

Website:
missamyjo.com

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Thank you Amy Jo!  Watch our Fargo Facebook page for a live 34 Question video with Amy Jo towards the end of April in her Minneapolis studio!




Unglued Craft Fest 2017 Recap!

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So hey the 7th Annual Unglued: Craft Fest just happened Feb 24 & 25, 2017 and this is the first time we’ve ever been able to manage a blog post!  Basically #winning.  Below you’ll be able to see the amazingness that happens when 70+ crazy talented makers, 8 young makers, 3 local breweries, 13 free workshops, 5,000+ attendees, 1 Craft Gala, 100 swag bags, 3 local bands, 200 Beyonce-inspired bags, 3 art galleries, 2 selfie stations, 10 amazing local sponsors, and more happen in one place.

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Our Craft Gala was Friday night!  There was live jazz, drinks, food, and more included + an opening shopping night of our 7th annual Fest makers.  Why a Craft Gala?  It’s based on feedback from a few years ago that Saturday can just get a bit too crazy so shoppers and vendors suggested a ticketed night to have the option to come when it was a more fancier and laid back vibe!  Watch for next year, though, as we are pretty sure we have a brand new idea we’ll start on Friday night in 2018 (holla!).

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The first 200 attendees up to the Print Studio also got to screen print their own tote bag with an original design by Amanda Heidt of the Plains Art Museum, inspired by Beyonce, of course.

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And for the first time we had custom portraits sketched by Art by Kaija Lea from here in town!

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Then our crazy Craft Fest day was all day Saturday!

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This super day included 8 makers under the age of 13 showcasing their work in the Creative Plains Foundation Young Maker’s Market!

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And our amazing 70+ makers waking back up post-Craft Gala to showcase their work.

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And great live music with The Shuttles & The Cropdusters…

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On Saturday the 2nd building to the Center for Creativity was open as well to explore…

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And find our line-up of free workshops and demos by Modern Textiles, Nordic Needle, the Plains Art Museum, and Jeff Knight!

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And our Craft Beer Garden made a return this year including 3 local breweries, fresh flowers from Prairie Petals, and The Hot Dog Peddler!

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And even more free DIY projects that we pulled together with our volunteers for 50+ people a hit…

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And OH MY chances for all ages to try their hand at wheel throwing with the museum staff…

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(Oh, and yes, we will always flippin’ do selfie booths…)

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And the night ended with a post-party at Twenty Below Coffee for our volunteers and vendors topped off with spilled champagne and good ol’ crock pot foods.

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!  For believe in supporting local and regional makers + handmade…standing in line to snag a swag bag…taking time to get creative yourself with workshops and beyond…and just making this community one we are SO PROUD OF to call home where we are making ours and others’ dreams happen.

Thank you Zach Davis Photography for making these photos happen and hanging out with us all weekend!!

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Window display eye candy from 2015

Window displays might just be one of our very favorite things to work on at Unglued!  You can take the opportunity with a window to create an artistic installation to inspire everyone who walks by – but it does always take waaaaay longer than we plan to make happen (insert lots of coffee).  We might have a super small window in Fargo or split windows in Sioux Falls, but we try to make our space count and create a “feel” for the shop that is sometimes themed and sometimes just whatever we want to try next!  We learned long ago that we much prefer to have our window displays capture a feeling rather than having merchandise only.  (Sidetone: we just posted some even older window display pics on our new Pinterest board for it!)  Below is a recap of our windows from this past year and a couple behind-the-scenes looks:

Our window from Jan-April in Fargo kept a boxy peek at rotating merchandise on one side of the divided pane and on the opposing side we changed it up completely a couple times.  The first run at the changed side was an “Alice in Wonderland” theme that Kristina created to go with the Fargo Film Festival call to do our retail windows with movie themes:
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Later on within the same window we also helped promote my brother’s Northern Folk event we added a large poster temporarily and American flag supporting the American-made mission of it:

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The rotating featured gifts boxy side of all of this:

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Rewind to our combo Valentine’s peek of inventory with our Craft Fest poster hanging on the opposing side for February:

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Summer window goal: To feel party-like and summer-like together to go with our Summer Party Series of workshops!  Dana used her crazy hand lettering, painting, and drawing skills to create the scene below with a keyhole to peer in the window and Kristina created the tissue and hoops to fall behind it and create a party feel:

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When it came time to create our first Sioux Falls window we tried to keep with our “Summer Party Series” feel and maybe took it a little far when we realized some people thought we were opening a party store (which, I mean, would be super fun and awesome!!)…but we loved it still and it got people talking!!

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Later on Sioux Falls featured the mad skills of our manager Ashley R and her string art creating a rainbow/summery background with string and then painted clouds and fun on the window to help it pop more:

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(photo from the Argus Leader’s awesome photo gallery of Ashley and Abbey doing this window installation HERE!  <– this link has a lot of pretty photos of the process of this window including of Abbey’s sweet shoes;)!)

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Window glare will be the death of us, but you can get the idea of how having some pieces of our displays super close to the window itself or on it can help a fish with that…I think both of our windows are pointed to create the worst glare possible, but the saving grace is nighttime beauty through them – and learning to work with it…

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Fall window goals:  For a slight back-to-school theme we were going for some sort of “galaxy” look to them + the word curious.  In Fargo we made 3 canvases by painting them black, using paint pens to draw fall constellations, and put Christmas lights through the stars to illuminate them (and quite honestly I just really wanted these in my house afterwards!!):

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In Sioux Falls Allie had previously done this kick ass galaxy dress DIY on our blog and utilized those skills on a way larger scale while Ashley created the letters with spray paint and planets with fabric and embroidery hoops!

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In Sioux Falls they additionally changed up the window for the Harvest Festival (we heart fall so much!!).  During a First Friday they had shoppers stop by and write on black posterboard and write what they were grateful and used those in the window:

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Holiday window goal:  install something to go with our theme of “love local” but not “puke Christmas” either (Justin’s coined phrase used often during the holidays).  In Fargo Justin helped us figure out using PVC pipe and chicken wire to create a wreath, about 4,000 coffee filters we dipped in gold paint, and then glitter sprayed.  We added a heart wrapped in buffalo plaid wrapping paper and later added yarn balls to get the red heart to feel like it belonged more!

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We had wanted to go for something huge this time for a window instead of a lot of things repeating (which is also something we love to do for eye candy…!)…sidenote: Kristina thinks someone needs to use this gold/champagne colored wreath for their wedding and I totally agree…

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All together this Fargo window took 3 of us working a full 10 hour day on it but with a lot of coffee and great company it seriously flew by…(so seriously – that would have been 30 hours for someone alone!)…

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In Sioux Falls with the split windows the whole crew created a smaller wreath and divided up the heart into another window:

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And that’s a wrap!!  Most of these take 1-3 days to finish and about $50-300 in supplies.  Sometimes the ones that seem like they’ll be the most cost effective end up costing the most either because of how many repeating (but cheap/resourceful) things are needed or just time itself!  It’s definitely been quite the learning curve and we get inspiration all the time from our travels, Pinterest (although we strive to not just repeat something too similar to ideas on there and use only pieces we are inspired by), shops we visit (yes, truly Anthropologie is always a stop for us any time we are in the cities), 5th Avenue in NY (ha – not by traveling there…but by searching online for snapshots of those boutiques), and going off themes we choose to get ideas specifically for and working with it (this is what happens most often!).

I really don’t think awesome window displays should only happen in 5th Avenue shops but it sure is nice they have dedicated teams to work on them (but that would take the fun out of it, right?!).  You can see some even older window displays we’ve done (and see if we’ve progressed or not!) on our new Pinterest board to keep these somewhere in the world and not on just my laptop that’s dying!

Thanks for sharing in this<3 Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!  One thing for sure is better window lighting 😉

 




2015 in photo review!

2015…we found the best way to recap this year of adventures, reeeeallly tough small business challenges (that are still and probably forever in the making), numerous decisions, exploding ideas and creativity, thriving relationships, road trips galore, and tons of coffee in a photo review!  Check it!

*if you are checking it on your phone some photos might be sideways but I swear on non-phones they are good to go!

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Unglued: Craft Fest 2015 – our FIFTH annual Fest in Fargo at the Plains Art Museum with over 70 makers, workshops, vintage room, make and takes, food row, and more…

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3 Workshop Lookbooks for Spring, Summer, and Holidays

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Won ND Event of the Year for our Craft Fest (still so crazy!)…

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Committed to the beautiful, creative city of Sioux Falls and set up shop with Unglued: Sioux Falls brick and mortar at 218 S. Phillips Ave…

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Including a Modern Textiles fabric mini shop in back…

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Hung out on North Dakota Today doing monthly (and more!) DIY’s with hosts Chris and Andrea…

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Bringing local makers on like Jameson Leatherworks and Twenty Below Coffee

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And some super fun appearances in South Dakota…

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Hosted 6 weekly kids summer camps in Fargo for the second summer with local artists Chelsea and Lexie…

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Began to do some more frequent DIY’s on our blog thanks to our Sioux Falls crew…

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Worked on a lot of creative displays utilizing our awesome crews’ creative skills and interests and expanding them (watch for another post this weekend on our window display fun!!)…

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Themed the summer in both Fargo and Sioux Falls as the “Summer Party Series” and worked with local vintage lovers (The White House Boutique!) on making them super adorable…

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Made our dream of an adult summer camp happen over Labor Day Weekend at YMCA Camp Cormorant in Minnesota…(bonus VIDEO here!)…

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Partied more than ever in both cities with private craft parties for all ages…

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And Etsy Global Craft Parties…

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Inspired with our 2nd Fargo Handmade Home Tour…

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Renovated our Fargo shop to be less of a cluster and feature our makers better (and add awesome things like Dana’s hand lettering)…

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Joined forces with Fargo Brewing Company to host “Unbrewed Craft Fest” during their Oktoberfest…

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Created more with our kids during monthly Maker Clubs in Fargo with Lexie…

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Continued Late Night Craft Parties in both cities and at fun venues like Drekker Brewing Company

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Kept our FM Etsy User Group going to connect creative handmade business owners together and host quarterly meet-ups on focused topics…

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Began to have our full-time crew take “creative days” to stay inspired and develop creative skills they have been wanting to…

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Collaborated often with our awesome business neighbors in Fargo and Sioux Falls on events…

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Began to host workshops at private events with other companies…

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Survived a crazy and awesome holiday season themed “love local” with our incredible crew…

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And ended the year with our kids’ winter camp with Lexie from Aerow and Kristina from Bakeology leading it on…

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Booyah!!  Plus this was a year of watching our crew and makers we work with grow their own businesses and events including artist instructor Chelsea opening the Make Room in Fargo, a variety of crafters hosting holiday craft shows together, venues like Drekker Brewing Company hosting a craft market and pop up shops for artists,  makers growing and some even quitting their day jobs to some even selling their businesses like Dana selling her handmade business (botny) and also becoming assistant manager in our Fargo shop(!) – and Grand Forks maker Dakotah Beard Oils just sold to the Fargo makers Barbarian, and more things we can’t wrap our minds around at the moment!

There are so many more words we want to say of 2015 but for now our hearts are totally bursting looking back on this year.  I (Ashley M) realize more than ever that I get to work with genuinely incredible people in our crew, makers, local businesses, and yourself!  This collision of small business + striving to make a difference and create an impact is hardest thing Justin and I have ever done and it doesn’t look to get any easier.  Each year, though, it really solidifies that I’d rather work 120 hours a week towards this mission with Unglued than 40 hours doing something else just because it’d be more stable 😉 (However, I did renew my nursing license one last time last night! For a rainy day, you know?).  Just grab me a huge cup of coffee and we can change the world together!  #amiright?!

We really do believe that by getting you more creative that it will enrich your life in ways nothing else can and by helping our creative communities and businesses thrive that we can create that impact (pound it).

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Our Fargo crew meets up this week to dream up the possibilities so watch out world – we’ve got more things to do and adventures to take to live out our mission to be a place and events to “buy creative and get inspired”…and we hope you’ll be alongside us during it and are grateful for you being there this past year <3

Until then here’s 2 sidenotes:

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Save the date for our Fargo Unglued; Craft Fest Feb 26 & 27!!  More info coming soon here.

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Our Sioux Falls shop now has its own dedicated Facebook page!




Happiness Project Baking-style with Free Printables!

Who doesn’t like gifts? Gifts for no special reason – just on an ordinary day, or at a time we need a little uplifting – are the best surprises. Here is a little idea of how to brighten your friends day, give them a boost of confidence, motivation, or how to tell them thank you! Simple pleasures bring the greatest joy. All you have to do is bake off some simple cupcakes, chocolate mint cookies, or buy a donut and follow these steps to complete your crafty treat box! Free Tag Printable Included! (see bottom of post)

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This is a little project for you and us… this is our Happiness Project. A little project of sharing some love with baked goods.

Sioux Falls folks – get involved with us by doing some of your own crafty DIY baking and use these cute little tags. If you do, tag AllieMae on facebook or use #bakingforjoy and #ungluedsiouxfalls on instagram, and YOU will have the chance to win a fancy Chocolate Mint Cake (Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream and all decked out with toppings of ganache, mint macarons, and meringues).  This contest will end on Oct 15!

Fargo folks – do the same as above but use #ungluedfargo and YOU will have a chance to win a 1/2 dozen Grasshopper (chocolate mint) cupcakes from Unglued’s cupcakes by Bakeology!  Also ends Oct 15!

Encouragement at its EXTREME! Share some love…. Receive some love. Hey! That is how the world works right?!?
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 1.  Bake off your favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe. You can add just a teaspoon of mint to the batter if you like.

2.  Follow up with this very simple Mint Buttercream Frosting:

Mint Buttercream Frosting

¾ cup butter
5 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp corn syrup (optional)
¼ cup water or milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp mint extract

In a mixing bowl (or a large bowl and hand mixer) fixed with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it becomes soft and creamy. Add in 1-2 cups of powdered sugar. Slowly mix to combine and then mix in the corn syrup, vanilla extract and mint extract. Gradually add remainder of powdered sugar, while also mixing in water as needed. Once all is combined, whip the frosting on high for about 5 minutes to help the sugar dissolve. If your frosting happens to get to soft, you can stick it in the refrigerator to thicken up again, or add a bit more powdered sugar.

3.  Frost your cupcakes and/or fill some chocolate cookies.

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Next put it all together below!

To create tags for mint cupcakes…

Need:
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Small Boxes (I found the black milk carton boxes in the dollar section at Target! You can also find this size at Hobby Lobby)

Cardstock
Corner Rounding Punch
Hole Punch
Bakers Twine or other ribbon
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  1. Print off the Images in which you can find below (for best quality, print at your local UPS store, but your at home printer works too)!
  2. With a metal ruler and exacto knife (or just use scissors), cut out your tags.cutouttags
  3. Punch a whole at the top.punchhole
  4. With a Corner Rounding Punch, round each corner to make it look clean and professional.roundcorners
  5. Tie it around your box (or even around an individual cupcake or bundle of cookies) with twine.EncourageMINTpackage

To create flags for donuts…

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Need:
Toothpicks

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  1. Simply cut out the rectangles and fold in half.
  2. Dab some glue at the crease and place toothpick.
  3. Dab glue in other areas and fold to seal. Voila! STICK PICK IN DONUT.

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THIS Happiness Project will end October 15th and a random contestant will be drawn from each city. We hope you will join in and share some love through desserts!

Here’s your FREE printables designed by Allie!!

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{Blog writer, Allie, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE)!)}




Party DIY’s

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Just in time to celebrate Unglued Fargo’s 3rd Birthday, we have a really rad DIY (or two!) for your next party. Here at Unglued, we really love EVERYTHING gold, bunting, dinosaurs, marshmallows, and we still can’t get out of the s’more kick! So here are all of our favorites combined into one crafty Party Setup!

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Supplies Needed:

3 sheets of scrapbooking paper

2 wooden skewers

twine

plain paper

pencil

scissors

glue gun

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  1. Start off by drawing a triangle template.DSC_7069
  2. Cut out the triangle template and trace it onto the backside of each scrapbooking paper. Trace as many as you will need. Cut each piece out and set aside.  Cut two pieces of twine, one slightly shorter than the other. Placing a small dot of hot glue at the top of the skewer, wrap the twine around the skewer a few times. Do this for both ends of each piece of twine. You can adjust the lengths by how many times you wrap the twine around the skewer.

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  1. Now, you will attach the triangles. Fold the triangles in half so the pointy ends match exactly. Add a touch of glue at the crease and also at the tips in order to close the piece together.DSC_7073
  2. However you place the paper on the twine is how it will hang, so make sure that you keep things flat and in line, so your bunting doesn’t go in different direction or hang funny. Repeat this with each triangle. It is good to lay out your triangles ahead of time to know your spacing before you glue them down. Lay them with even spacing and alternate the papers.DSC_7077

Now this simple little décor is ready to be used and can fancy up just a simple cake, cheesecake, or pie! It has a bit of a rustic feel, great for the fall season around the corner! ADORABLE. For a cool birthday, pair it with the DIY Animals below.

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DIY Animal Candle Holders

Supplies Needed:
rubber/plastic animals (I bought a container at Wal-Mart and a few bigger ones from the local party store, but they can be found at Target, Hobby Lobby, etc.)

Wilton candles that come with the plastic holders on the bottom

hammer & nail

gold spray paint

 

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  1. Take your rubber animal and center your nail on its back. Hammer down until you make a hole deep enough in order to fit your plastic holder into. (Choose animals that are big enough to carefully do this. Animals that have more of a flat back tend to work better). You can also use a drill for this step. If you are skilled with or own a drill, this could be easier because some of the animals are VERY hard.  I found that to bend the animal’s legs and smoosh its body to your hard surface, helps you to nail those with flimsy legs. Then, the legs just bend right back!DSC_7052
  2. Insert plastic holder.DSC_7054
  3. Spray paint gold. This may take a few coats to get it super gold and shiny.DSC_7064

TADA! Some rad little décor!

DSC_7087Now you can have a really fun birthday party for kids, or these things are so stinkin cool… they are great for your funky adult shindig!

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{Blog writer, Allie, is a part of our Sioux Falls crew and also is an incredible baker (find her HERE)!)}