Enter the 2nd Annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!

2013 Minnetonka Holiday Display Theme: Winter Wonderland

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and to celebrate Minnetonka is kicking off the 2nd Annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!  This year we challenge you, Minnetonka retailers from across the United States, to design a display in the spirit of a Winter Wonderland – cozy blankets, touches of snow, twinkle lights – whatever winter means to your store + Minnetonka!

The Grand Prize Winter Wonderland Display will receive slippers for up to 10 of your staff members, treats for an in-store winter holiday party and a special spotlight post on Minnetonka social media channels.

ENTRY DETAILS:

All entries must be submitted to myminnetonkastory@minnetonkamocc.com by Monday, December 9, 2013.

  • Create a display that reflects the 2013 theme: Winter Wonderland + Minnetonka
  • Submit two high quality photos of your store’s Minnetonka Winter Wonderland display
  • All entries must include your store’s name, location and a contact name/phone number
  • From December 11 – 20 at 4pm CST, Minnetonka will feature different holiday displays on MinnetonkaMoccasin.com and allow Minnetonka fans to vote for their favorite display of the season. (Encourage your store fans to vote!)
  • The holiday display grand prize winner will be announced on Saturday, December 21.
  • The Grand Prize Display will receive slippers for up to 10 of your staff members, treats for an in-store winter holiday party and a special spotlight post on Minnetonka social media channels.

Blogger Spotlight: SigneRoo

Today we are excited to welcome Signe, from the blog SigneRoo, as a guest contributor to the Minnetonka blog!

 

My name is Signe and I blog over at Signeroo.com.  I am so excited to be guest posting on Minnetonka today!  Even though I grew up in the South, I was born in Wisconsin and that Northern blood is flowing through my veins. Every year, we would travel up to the Wisconsin Dells and every year we would each get a new pair of Minnetonka moccasins. Which means my love for Minnetonka goes way back to teeny tiny moccasin feet.  So when Minnetonka reached out to me, I knew I wanted to do something a little different than the same old outfit photos.  And this time, I wanted my husband Chad to be involved.  (He’s normally the man behind the camera, and I wanted him to join me in this one!)

When brainstorming this collaboration, I decided I really wanted to embody what it is about Minnetonka that make moccasins a desired staple in every closet.  Chad and I live in the cutest little town in Texas, and we just recently purchased an old historic home right off the downtown square.  On the weekends, we enjoy strolling downtown for a little date at the bookstore, one of our favorite restaurants, or a little antique shopping. (Of course, there is always a trip to the candy store tucked away in there.)  So when I got down to it, I really wanted to capture a day in the life of Chad and I.

To me, Minnetonka moccasins are the perfect “every day, every way” shoe. They can literally be worn anywhere.  On a quick stroll through the lovely Fall foliage, on a date downtown, lounging around the house, work, play…you name it!  That’s what I love so much about them!  So, I hope you enjoy watching this video of  “A Date with Minnetonka” as much as we did creating it!

Visit SigneRoo and enter to win one of the styles featured in “A Date with Minnetonka!”

Minnetonka product featured:” Double Fringe Tramper Boot, El Paso Ankle Bootie, Thunderbird II Moc, Chukka Boot & Moosehide Driving Mocs.

DIY Project: Leather Attachments

Boot season is officially here! Add a little edge to your pair of Back Zipper Boots with these simple (and cute!) leather attachments created by Liz from Cotton & Curls, studs optional!

Supplies:
Minnetonka Back Zipper Boots
Leather or faux leather (mine is faux from the upholstery section)
2 Buttons
Needle and thread
Glue (I used fabric mod podge)
Scissors and (optional) exacto knife
Studs (optional)

Instructions:
Step 1. Cut around 3.5 to 5 feet of leather material per shoe about 1/3″ to 3/4″ apart.

Step 2. I had to cut shorter pieces that were about 2 feet long, so I needed to glue (or you can sew) together strips to make 3.5 to 5 feet long. Make 2 strips of 3.5 to 5 foot long piece, one for each shoe.

Step 3. Wrap the strips around your shoes and make it the length you want, leaving enough overlap for the button and the button hole. Sew on a button to one end, and slice a few button holes with scissors or an exacto knife on the other end. Done!

Step 4. Optional: You can add studs to the straps to add a little more edge or character! Do this by puncturing little holes into the strips where the prongs of the studs will go, then push them down on the other side.

Handcrafted with Love: Pattern Anthology

With a strong appreciation of handcraftsmanship and detailed design, Minnetonka was excited for the opportunity to partner with the talented designers of Pattern Anthology for their Winter Wonderland Collection.

Pattern Anthology, comprised of four independent pattern designers, teamed up to create a handcrafted collection of eight children’s patterns perfect for the cooler temps of the season.

Inspired by crisp cool air, warm holiday baking, sparkling lights and cozy winter evenings – the four designers, Melly Sews, Go to Patterns, Shwin & Shwin and See Kate Sew, collaborated for over four months to perfect their children’s patterns ensuring that each pattern complimented the next in order to create the ultimate winter collection.

Visit Pattern Anthology for more details on this handcrafted Winter Wonderland collection and to see how each look was perfectly styled for the season with their favorite pairs of Minnetonka mocs!

DIY Project: How to Customize Your Classic Fringe Boots

Learn how to customize your Minnetonka Classic Fringe Boots in this fun and easy DIY tutorial created by Savannah from the blog Oh So Pretty the Diaries.  Plus find out how you can enter to win your own pair of Minnetonka boots to DIY on Oh So Pretty this week!

Supplies:  Minnetonka Classic Fringe Boots, Fabric, Glue, a Sponge Brush, Embroidery Needle, Embroidery Thread and Scissors

Instructions:
Step 1. Cut two big squares of fabric.

Step 2.  Place the fabric inside the moccasin and cut it into the shape of the tongue.

Step 3.  Cut the same shape into the other piece of fabric.

Step 4.  Brush glue onto the inside of the tongue.

Step 5.  Place your fabric on the glue and stitch around the edge with your needle and thread.

Step 6. Tie a knot to secure the thread and snip off the excess with scissors.

Step 7.  Repeat on the other moccasin.

Step 8.  Put them on your feet and dance!

For more adorable DIY ideas visit Oh So Pretty the Diaries!