December 2, 2013

It's All Good, Yo. {A Handmade Christmas Indie Craft Market | December 14th}

November 15, 2013

A Handmade Christmas | Indie Craft Market

A Handmade Christmas Indie Craft Market
A Handmade Christmas | Indie Craft Market
When:  December 13, 2013 . 5pm-9pm 
             December 14, 2013 . 9am-5pm

Where: Corcoran Center  2001 2nd Ave NW
                                        Austin, MN  55912

Stop by the Huckleberry Row booth for your chance to win this plate, absolutely free:

{No purchase necessary}

For more information, see or visit and "like" A Handmade Christmas on Facebook here

We can't wait to see you there!

June 5, 2013

Beat the Heat Summer Expo | June 29th

COMING: JUNE 29, 2013 | Beat the Heat Summer Expo

WHAT:      Beat the Heat Summer Expo
WHEN:      June 29, 2013
TIME:       9am - 3pm
WHERE:    Event Center | Christian Family Church (next to Cabelas)
                    2300 Heritage Place NW, Owatonna, MN  55060
MORE:      For additional details, go to Beat the Heat Summer Expo Event {Facebook}

Many different type of vendors will be represented, people who do direct sell businesses, those who sell product they make themselves and even a DJ service will be there to check out.

No crowded aisles at this event, with the large area we have available, you'll be sure to have a nice relaxing time as you stroll along checking out all the great products.

'Like' our Facebook page and stay up to date on all the different vendors that will be there. Beat the Heat Summer Expo.

**See you there!!**

May 22, 2013

Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show | June 1st

WHAT:      Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show
WHEN:      June 1, 2013
TIME:       12pm - 6pm
WHERE:    AmericInn Hotel, 245 Florence Drive, Owatonna, MN  55060
MORE:      For additional details, go to Prepare for Summer Vendor & Craft Show {Facebook}

Hope to see everyone there!

May 19, 2013

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchell}

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.  

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she adds years to her life… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You
better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait until her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.


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May 4, 2013

Support Our Troops Paracord Bracelets {New Product}

It's not too often that I get face time with my son Christopher to confer about the 550 Paracord bracelets that are available in my Wild Apple Design shop. He's a busy kid, with Boy Scouts, baseball, trap shooting, and his 4.0 GPA {proud mom!}. Since he makes the paracord bracelets, it's important that the two of us talk about new ideas, color combinations, new braiding techniques, etc. every once in a while. So, today was a bonus ~ My son and I had some good brainstorming on the paracord bracelets, AND you'll also get the pleasure of viewing of his right forearm in the photos below since he also served as my MODEL today!

For those of you who aren't aware, we are a military family. My husband joined the Army when he was 17, was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, and is also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. In fact, my husband just finished his final drill weekend with the Minnesota National Guard three weeks ago. These paracord bracelets are made by our son and a portion of the proceeds are donated to local organizations that assist soldiers, veterans and their family members. Current donations from the bracelets sold are being made to Soldier's Angel's, a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of all branches of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. For more information on Soldier's Angels, their mission or how you can donate directly to help a military or veteran family, CLICK HERE.

Our paracord bracelets are made from 7-strand Kernmantle style 550 cord. Includes a black, side-release squeeze buckle.

Support Our Troops Paracord Bracelet features the following colors:
  • ACU camo paracord to represent the uniforms of those soldiers who have served in past conflicts, and those who still serve today.
  • RED paracord to signify R.E.D. - Remember Everyone Deployed, until all of our soldiers return home.
  • Yellow paracord woven through the bracelet into a yellow ribbon to show honor and support for our troops, no matter who or where they are. 



Wild Apple Design also has a variety of pre-made paracord bracelets available in the Etsy shop. You can also customize your own bracelet with one or two colors. {There are 153 color combinations available!}


These also make great custom gifts for graduates, birthdays, summer parties, wedding party gifts and lots of other great events at a great low price!

Get yours ------>>>>  HERE  <<<<--------

April 17, 2013

Mother's Day Vendor Show {April 27}

Mother's Day Vendor Show


WHAT:      Mother's Day Vendor Show
WHEN:      April 27, 2013
TIME:       9am - 3pm
WHERE:   Owatonna Community Center, 1380 S. Elm Ave., Owatonna, MN  55060
MORE:      For additional details, go to Mother's Day Vendor Show {Facebook}

March 19, 2013

Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Show

Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00am until 3:00pm

Owatonna Community Center 1380 N Elm Ave.  Owatonna, MN 55060

  • Celebrate spring by shopping with over 30 booths full of spectacular items from crafters and vendors.
  • Great gift ideas for Mother's Day!
  • This is an event you won't want to miss. Make a day of it and bring a friend!

March 18, 2013

Free: 30 Coke Rewards Points!

If you collect Coke Rewards points, you know that 30 points will make a nice little ka-ching in your account.

Here are 30 free points, courtesy of Family Dollar.  

  • Code 10099144423516 = 10 points
  • Code 10099755715372 = 20 points

If you're not familiar with the way the MyCokeRewards program works, visit and sign up for a free account today.  Entering codes from participating Coca-Cola products earns you points, which you can redeem for rewards, use to enter sweepstakes and contests, and receive special offers.

Codes can be found on 14 brands:
  • Coca-Cola     
  • Diet Coke     
  • Coke Zero     
  • Sprite     
  • DASANI     
  • Minute Maid     
  • Fanta     
  • Barq's     
  • Fresca     
  • Pibb     
  • Mello Yello     
  • FUZE     
  • Seagram's

Codes can be found:
  • Under caps
  • Inside tear-off on 12-packs
  • On multi-packs wraps



February 5, 2013

Never Too Early for Spring Cleaning

Clutter. It's everywhere.

It seems like I'm forever cleaning the clutter, and just when I think I'm gaining some ground ~ ugh! There's another pile that somehow flew under the radar.  I'm also a big fan of organization {it's an inner joy that may not always show on the surface}, so whenever I find a trick or tip that can make life more streamlined, I try to share it with others.

This little trick I actually came across accidentally, and I figured hey ~ maybe it will work for you too.  

I have a jewelry armoire.  You know the huge jewlery box on legs with outswinging doors on the side for hanging necklaces, multiple drawers, and a top that lifts up for even more storage.  
PRO: Great storage space for all of your jewelry {and then some}.  
CON: Nowhere to put the huge jewelry armoire. 

 Currently, my armoire sits at the top of our stairs, on the way to my office. And since I create jewelry, I'm uber-picky about what I actually wear myself. Let's just say that visiting the jewelry "box" for a quick browse of something to accessorize my outfit while running out the door was not in the cards.  Here's why...

Ummm.... Someone should call FEMA on this disaster, at least at the Superbowl half of the stadium lights were still on!  The only thing that was more frustrating than trying to find a pair of earrings that matched in this jumbled mess was only finding ONE earring.  How frustrating! To spare you the details from the rest of the armoire, I had all sorts of things stored in here.  Buttons, dental floss, a few CDs, recipe cards, coupons, keys and the good Sharpies {you know what I mean}.

Knowing that the only way to finish this job was to actually start, I actually dumped {cringe} each section out into a mixing bowl and started sorting.  The process went something like it does for all of the Spring cleaning at our house:

1)  Rule #1 - Anything broken gets thrown away. {If you haven't cared enough to fix it yet, it's not going to happen}

2)  Rule #2 - The 3-second rule. You pick up an object and within 3 seconds you decide where it's going.
                    A)  Trash it.
                    B)  Keep it.
                    C)  Donate it.
{Rule #2.1 - If you've spent more than 3 seconds thinking about it, trash it!}

You might be surprised how much absolute junk you've been keeping around. Somehow, in the midst of our lives, it is easier to put things down as we walk in the door and tell ourselves, "I'll get to that later."  Later never comes. If you make an effort to put it away right away, you'll find less clutter, generally speaking. {Imagine if you could get everyone in your house to do this, even if it was just with their own things?}

Here comes the exciting part..... I took those buttons I found in my jewelry box, the ones that come extra with every sweater, shirt and coat you buy, and did THIS with all the loose earrings:

If you have enough extra buttons in various colors, you can match pink earrings with pink buttons, red earrings with red buttons, etc. so when you go searching for those tiny ruby studs, you can find them easily on the big red button! This is also a great project for little girls to help with {old enough not to swallow little pieces}. The girls might even want to do their own jewelry boxes!

We've got a long way to go until Spring hits Minnesota, but it's never too early to start the Spring cleaning!

Enjoy ~