For the Love of February: Matt, Jack + Erik

February is the month of love.  And this month we’re all about sharing the love – our love of everyday adventure and finding fun ways to spend the final weeks of winter.

So for our latest lookbook, For the Love of February, we spent the month following a few of our friends around town and capturing their favorite ways to celebrate the season by doing what they love.

Today follow Matt, Jack and Erik, along with their furry friends McNiff and Emmet, as they spend a snowy Minnesota day in the great outdoors.

 

 

View our entire For the Love of February lookbook  here.

The Paper Mama: Heart Shaped Planter DIY

This month we are delighted to welcome a new DIY contributor to the Minnetonka blog.  Meet the exceptionally creative and crafty Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama.

Hello lovely people! February is the month of love and I’m celebrating with my little Heart-Shaped Planter DIY. It’s the perfect home for a little succulent plant. It’s easily made from polymer clay and is an inexpensive handmade gift (I spent under $10, since I already had glue and dirt). Ready to get started? Okay!

Supplies:

- 6 to 8 oz. of polymer clay (I used Sculpey)

- a rolling pin (or, use a glass if you don’t have a rolling pin)

- knife

- heart planter pattern

- e6000 adhesive

- succulent

- potting mix for succulent plants

- baking parchment paper

 

Directions:

1.  Print and cut out your heart planter patterns. Roll out your polymer clay to about ¼ inch thick. Place your patterns on top of the rolled out clay and trace out the patterns with the knife. You’ll be cutting out 2 hearts and 3 squares.

2. Use your finger to smooth out the edges of each cut out shape.

3. Grab your triangle pattern and cut out a pattern on the “A” side of the heart pattern. Smooth out the edges of your cut out triangle holes.

4. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Put a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Carefully place your cut out polymer clay pieces onto the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Note: Be sure to follow the exact directions of the polymer clay you use, since they may be different than the clay I used.

5. When your shapes are done baking and have cooled down, it’s time to assemble your planter. In a well ventilated space (preferably outside), wearing a mask and eye protection, use your E6000 to glue everything together. I drew out a little plan to help explain how to do this.

First: You have three squares. Glue square 1 and 2 to two opposite edges of square 3. Tip: use something heavy on either side of square 1 and 2 to hold them up. Let dry for least least a couple hours.

Second: Next, glue your hearts to the open sides of the glued together square 1, 2, & 3. Tip:  Prop up the hearts with something heavy while the glue cures.

6. Let your glued planter dry for at least 24 hours.

7. Plant your succulent in your adorable planter.

You’re done! Gift this sweet little planter to your favorite Valentine buddy, OR keep it for yourself. I won’t judge. Promise (said as I cuddle my own little Heart Planter). Happy February!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I was inspired to create these little heart planters after seeing these adorable little home planters made by Fellow Fellow for Say Yes.

Store Spotlight: St. Croix Shoe and Boot

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: St. Croix Shoe & Boot  406 Second Street, Hudson Wisconsin

Today we’re excited to spotlight St.Croix Shoe & Boot of Hudson, Wisconsin.  Meet owners Bill & Ellen Casey, along with their daughters Mackenzie and Alyssa, and find out more about their store in our Q&A below.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
For years our daughters have owned Minnetonka Moccasins and have loved their fun and trendy styles.

When we decided to open our store in June 2013 we immediately knew that we wanted Minnetonka Moccasins in our product selection.  We love their fun and fashionable colors and timeless styles and were proud to bring classic Minnetonka mocs to the St Croix Valley area!

What is your favorite pair of Minnetonka boots?
Hi Top Back Zip Boots in black suede – they go with everything and are so comfortable!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe Boot in brown suede, with grey suede as a very close second!

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
Minnetonka footwear can be styled with everything!  They look great with skirts, shorts, leggings and jeans.  And are fantastic to wear year-round in the winter, spring, fall and summer!  A classic wardrobe element and ‘must have’ for fashion.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Hudson, Wisconsin is a great weekend get-a-way destination with a variety of activities and opportunities to explore!  Located on the St Croix River, Hudson features a wonderful marina for boating enthusiasts. The area is also home to world class golf at Troy Burne Golf course.  And the Phipps Center for the Arts offers quality entertainment for the whole family in theatre, music and dance.

Historic downtown Hudson features excellent shopping and exceptional restaurants. Whether you enjoy Mexican, Italian, German, Caribbean or American cuisine; downtown Hudson will have it covered!

Minnetonka Me to We Scholarship Winner

Me to We Scholarship Winner: Mallory Dudra!

Minnetonka and Free The Children are thrilled to announce the 2013/2014 Minnetonka Moccasin Me to We Trip Scholarship Winner, Mallory Dudra!

After reviewing many amazing applications, Mallory’s in particular stood out.  Mallory has gone out of her way to serve her community for years.  She is a dedicated Girl Scout Ambassador and is working towards achieving her Gold Award. To do this, she has volunteered her time extensively.

She told us, “I have earned my Bronze and Silver awards by working at a food shelf and teaching other girls how to find an escape from their abused lives through theater. I participate in service projects through my school and church as well. Lately, I have cleaned a park behind my school and played my clarinet at a fundraiser for animals.”

And that’s not all – Mallory has also been busy coordinating an event for a local children’s hospital as well as collecting food for Free the Children’s campaign, We Scare Hunger. She’s a 17-year-old superhero inspiring us with her commitment and passion!

It’s clear that Mallory has been a strong force in her community, and we know that she will have the same effect in a community overseas.  As the Minnetonka Moccasin Me to We Trip Scholarship winner, Mallory will have the option of traveling to a community in either Ecuador or Nicaragua. She will immerse herself in a new culture, and inspire a new generation of students by helping to build a school or school room.

She told us, “One of my favorite things to do is touch other’s lives through my words and actions. I have a huge heart and am always looking for an opportunity to serve.”

We can’t wait to see how you create change on your Me to We trip, Mallory!