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6  Spotlight: Pink It Forward 952-460-1930 | PlanetMediaCom.com VOLUME 2 - ISSUE 5

PUBLISHERS Scott Holgate Burt Bauman

6 Spotlight: Pink it Forward - Changing the Lives of Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors 8 Vegan Cuisine in Fargo 10 Natural Pet Center - Where a Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet 12 Fast & Healthy Dinner Meals Made Easy

REGIONAL SALES MANAGER Josh Heath

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14 Nourish Your Skin the Healthy Way

Ryan McClellan MANAGING EDITOR

18 Goal Setting for the New Year

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20 Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder

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22 Blizzard Bash & Frostival - Making Cold Cool! 24 Music & Events Sponsored by: Property Recourse Group

26 Job Guide 28 Kilstone Brewing 29 The Power of Etsy on Display Here in Fargo

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Do you Pink It Forward? Many of you may not know what that means, but if you’re familiar with paying it forward, it means just that for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. Pink It Forward, a 501c3 approved non-profit organization, was founded in 2012 by four family members - three of whom were both diagnosed with and beat breast cancer. RueAnn, Tammy, Deanne and Kayla have been impacted by breast cancer for as long as they can remember. Whether a mother, a sister, an aunt, or a cousin, for years it seemed as though each year someone else within the family was next in line for the dreaded “c” word. Within the last three generations, 10 women have been diagnosed, some of which have been diagnosed two, and even three times. Yes, you read that right. Breast cancer had become so second nature, that when RueAnn, President of Pink It Forward, healed from her double mastectomy in 2012, she knew she wanted to do something to help those that were still fighting. To pay it forward. To Pink It Forward.

CARE PACKAGES WITH MESSAGES OF HOPE What does “Pink it Forward” mean exactly?

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delivering white paper bags with items that RueAnn found helped minimize side effects experienced during treatments to local hospitals. Today, with the help of her sister Tammy, along with her cousin Deanne and her daughter Kayla, Pink It Forward has grown from those little paper bags to a family driven organization that has delivered more than 550 quality care packages to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer in more than 20 states. They’re able to continue their mission to provide hope and empowerment by enriching the lives of those affected by cancer because of support from local communities and businesses, annual fundraising events, and generous donations made from people all over the country.

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S P OT L I G HT HOW YOU CAN PINK IT FORWARD Knowing that more than 300,000 individuals are diagnosed each year with a form of breast cancer fuels the organization’s drive to keep reaching further, to spread the message that you too can make a difference. Sending a care package to someone in need is incredibly impactful not only to the organization and the individual requesting it, but more so to the individual that opens the box to see pink tissue paper wrapping a care package with items to help brighten their day in an otherwise dark time. That’s where you come in. Have you been impacted by breast cancer? If not, chances are you know someone who has, and you can help make a difference. Throughout the year Pink It Forward puts on annual fundraising events in both Fargo and Bismarck. This past September the group hosted the 1st Annual Tossing for Tatas Bean Bag Tournament, an event that helped raise more than $5,000. Coming up on January 29th, 2017 at the Scheel’s Arena, they will host their 4th Annual Wine and Tie, an event to replenish their inventory of handmade fleece tie blankets included in many of the care packages. Your attendance at events like this, along with donations from individuals and businesses both local and nationwide are what allow Pink It Forward to continue paying it forward – to

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REQUEST A CARE PACKAGE Packages can be requested online at www.pinkitforward.org, or by sending the below request form to P.O. Box 3221, Bismarck, ND 58502.

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by Ana Mitrovici

One of Fargo’s newer additions to the dining scene is the Green House Café. Open since August, the café is centrally located on 68 Broadway, taking the place of the previously successful Scratch Sandwich and Deli Co. Unlike its predecessor, the Green House Café

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coconut and maple syrup. Another hearty

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dish includes biscuits and gravy, which is sure

are so robust and flavorful, they won’t have

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you missing the meat at all. In fact, most of their dishes even feature a meat replacement

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ingredient such as seitan, which is a protein

selection of sandwiches and a vegan burger

derived from wheat (not for those who want to

featuring a delicious aioli sauce, which also

avoid gluten), or chick’n, a soy and gluten based

makes an appearance in the Roasted Chickpea

chicken substitute, as well as vegan chorizo. It’s

sandwich. Try a vegan Philly sandwich made

a great way to add a little bit of variety to your

with seitan and a seitan gyro sandwich or go for

diet especially in the longer winter months

the bowls which can be made gluten free upon

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BRUNCH:

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For lunch, the Café offers a

The Café offers a number

and the Thai bowl, featuring fried tofu crispy

of tried and true favorites for brunch such

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delicious original, banana, or chocolate chip

surprises. Also available are a variety of sides

pancakes that can also be made gluten free

such as Cajun fries, chips and salsa, and fresh

upon request. The Café also offers other

fruit. Salads with red beets or roasted squash

brunch options such as the tofu scramble

are also a great option for those looking for a

served with veggies and vegan sausage,

lighter and healthier selection. Soups are chef’s

comforting oatmeal, and French toast with

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Broadway #101. Try the Vanilla Almond

delicious appetizer to kick off your dinner,

cupcakes, Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies,

try the Citrus Bruschetta or Veggie Kabobs

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Gluten free options are also available

seasoning or the Tempura Veggies. Entrees include tacos made with chipotle aioli or

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try the Sweet Potato Plantain Croquettes:

The Green House Café also features in house

mashed sweet potatoes and plantains (a

jams and jellies, such as Pumpkin Butter,

fruit related to the banana) that are spiced

Orange Cranberry Relish or Maple Apple

and fried. More comfort food includes the

Butter served in mason jars and ready to go.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella or coconut rice with vegetables and vegan chicken and sausage. The Café also offers a kid’s menu with grilled peanut butter and jelly, vegan macaroni and cheese and vegan chicken nuggets which are sure to be a favorite.

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Natural Pet Center -Where a Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet by Kristin Johnson When it comes to keeping your dogs and cats healthy, Natural Pet Center is the prime place to go in the FargoMoorhead area. Open since 2005, Natural Pet Center is dedicated to providing its customers and their furry friends with the best food, treats, toys and services around.

One of the keys to keeping a healthy pet is ensuring it eats food made of natural ingredients. With over 20 brands to choose from, Natural Pet Center is certain to have one your pet will enjoy. They all include premium meats, grains and vegetables, without the added sugars and colors found in many brands. They also stock grain free, freeze dried and raw foods for cats and dogs.

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shopdinelive.net “Natural is in our name, and that’s what we specialize in,” said Michelle Smith, owner of Natural Pet Center. “We try to look for products that will be beneficial to the health and long lives of pets,” she added. In addition to daily food, Natural Pet Center focuses on carrying healthy treats and supplements. For dogs, they carry a large selection of bones, biscuits and other treats including raw bones, bully sticks, antlers and smoked bones. Many treats also have health benefits, which is an added bonus for your pet. It’s important for cats to have treats too, especially ones that are made from real meat. Many of the

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treats found at Natural Pet Center also strengthen hips and joints, help with digestion issues, dry skin, and anxiety concerns and reduce hairballs in cats. During the summer months, it’s easy to get pets outdoors for regular exercise. When it’s cold out though, pet owners must get creative in thinking of ways to keep their dogs and cats active. Smith suggests keeping dogs entertained with a variety of toys, puzzles and games. The idea is to keep them occupied and free from getting bored. “A tired pet is a happy pet,” Smith said. “Fun puzzle toys not only keep them

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active, but mentally stimulated too. Once they get bored, they tend to get mischievous.” Winter can also be a good time to focus on training dogs. An obedience class, or one that focuses on agility or other skills is also a positive thing for dogs to be involved in. As for cats, make sure they have plenty of toys to chase around the house. Feathers, balls, toy wands, and those with catnip will keep cats excited. It’s also important they have places to scratch and perch. A cat tree or tunnel will provide hours of entertainment. If you choose to take your pets outdoors in the winter, Natural Pet Center carries a wide variety of collars, leashes, harnesses and training aids for both dogs and cats. They also carry a full line of pet

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clothing and paw coverings, from light shirts and sweaters, to winter coats and boots. Proper grooming is essential to the health of your pet. Because they care about the overall well-being of your animal, Natural Pet Center offers a variety of services, including baths, cuts and trims, styling and brushing, teeth brushing, nail trims and ear cleaning. They welcome all sizes, breeds and ages of dogs and cats. Natural products to help owners follow up with at-home care between visits are also available for purchase. The employees of Natural Pet Center believe in helping out and giving back to the community. Because of this, they house adoptable cats and kittens from Cat’s Cradle Shelter of Fargo. All cats and kittens have been rescued from local pounds, and are waiting for the perfect forever homes. They have all been vet checked, tested negative for FIV & Feline Leukemia, are up-to-date on vaccines, microchipped and most are spayed or neutered before being adopted. Natural Pet Center helped 58 cats and kittens get rescued and adopted in 2015. In addition they donated $5,000 to local rescues.

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Fast & Healthy Dinner Meals Made Easy by Judy Kallestad

The holidays are perfect times for families to gather around the dinner table and enjoy a sumptuous meal together with hearty comfort foods and all the family favorites. But other than holidays, who has time for all the advance dinner prep? After a long day at work, school or wherever, just deciding what to have for dinner is challenging. The last thing you want to do when you get home is to spend time slicing, dicing and waiting for a meal to cook. So what are your options? Grabbing takeout on your way home is expensive. Popping a frozen dinner in the microwave is convenient, but not very healthy. Here are 10 tips to help you toss together a quick, healthy meal and take the stress out of dinnertime.

10. Check the weather. Yes, seriously. The weather is changeable this time of the year, so look at the forecast. Think about what food you might be in the mood for when it’s sleeting on Friday. Be prepared to have it on hand.

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Keep it simple. Soups and salads are great dinner options.

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Use frozen or canned foods. Protein-rich items such as seafood make prep time faster and easier.

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Do breakfast for dinner. No matter what time of day, scrambled eggs, pancakes or hot cereal make a tasty, satisfying meal.

For me, wintry weather brings to mind foods that promise solace as well as great

Make a “two-fer,” a double batch of soup or a casserole over the weekend. Freeze half of it for a quick weekday meal.

going through my recipes, organizing and discarding, I thought about the foods that

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taste. Recently, I replaced my old, worn out recipe box with a brand, new one. While my family and I enjoy the most—simple, basic comfort foods.

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Buy pre-cut veggies and pre-made pizza dough for easy to assemble meals.

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Ask your family what they like to eat. This may seem obvious, but we can get so caught up in our own busy schedule that we forget to ask.

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Involve your kids. Chances are they’ll eat what they helped prepare.

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Keep a well-stocked pantry. Nothing is more frustrating than running out of cooking oil when you really need it. Have spices ready to dress up your beans or chicken.

promise? They can, and they don’t have to be calorie-laden and time-consuming to prepare.

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Go with theme nights—maybe Monday it’s tacos, Tuesday it’s fish and Wednesday it’s pasta. Keeping a narrow focus can help you make quick recipe decisions.

Healthy meals don’t have to be boring either. Here are four superfast, comfort-

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The term “comfort food” has been around since at least 1966 when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story. When under emotional stress, adults turn to foods often associated with the nostalgic security of childhood. They think back to foods like mac-and-cheese or chicken soup served in Mom’s warm kitchen. But can these foods really deliver on their soul-soothing

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Calories: 237

Ingredients

Ingredients 2 C water 1 (32 oz)

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1 Tbsp

olive oil

½ C

pre-chopped onion

½ C

pre-chopped celery

1

medium carrot, chopped

½ tsp

salt

Cooking spray

½ tsp

freshly ground black pepper

4 oz

thinly sliced lower-sodium deli ham

6 oz

fusilli pasta

4

large eggs

2½ C

shredded skinless, boneless

4

English muffins, split and toasted

4

(1-ounce) slices Swiss cheese

rotisserie chicken breast (or left-over chicken) 2 Tbsp

chopped fresh flat-leaf

Preparation

parsley

1. Preheat broiler to high.

4 Calories: 344

Preparation

2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add

1. Combine 2 cups water and chicken broth in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on

ham to the pan and sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the pan.

high for 5 minutes.

3. Recoat the pan with cooking spray. Crack eggs into the pan. Cover and cook for 4

2. While broth mixture is heating, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

Add oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add onion, celery, carrot, salt, and pepper. Sauté

3. Place 4 muffin halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Top each half with 1 cheese

3 minutes or until almost tender, stirring frequently. Add hot broth mixture and

slice. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Divide ham among cheese-topped

pasta. Bring to a boil. Cook 7 minutes or until pasta is almost al dente. Add chicken

muffin halves. Top each with 1 egg and 1 muffin half.

and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in parsley.

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Calories: 399

Ingredients 3 ¼ tsp

salt, divided

¼ C

sliced green onions

12 oz

penne pasta

1 tsp

hot sauce

4 tsp

all-purpose flour

¼ tsp

pepper

1 ½ C

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Calories: 419

Ingredients 1 lb

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2 tsp

1 C

matchstick-cut carrots, finely chopped

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 C

pre-chopped onion

4

garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp

unsalted tomato paste

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unsalted beef stock, divided

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tsp

Worcestershire sauce

kosher salt

1 ½ C

frozen green peas

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package prepared mashed

potatoes (or leftover mashed potatoes)

2 Tbsp

freeze-dried onion

½ tsp

Hungarian sweet paprika

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 500°. 2. Place beef in a large skillet over high heat. Cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add carrot, onion and garlic to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook 30 seconds. Combine 1/4 cup stock and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture, remaining 3/4 cup stock, Worcestershire, pepper and salt to the pan. Stir in peas. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. 3. Place beef mixture in a 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Top evenly with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle freeze-dried onions and paprika over potatoes. Bake at 500° for 5 minutes.

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Nourish Your Skin the Healthy Way (cont.) Blend oatmeal with some warm water and gently massage the

Another great natural skin calming ingredient is chamomile.

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they also expose us to harmful chemicals that can break down

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Tucked away in North Fargo, Kilstone Brewing continues to provide quality craft beer to the Fargo-Moorhead and West Fargo community. by Aaron Black

ne-up tating li o r a g in pints, Offerin r e e b t f a cr lers. of local and how s r le w o r flights, g ce Experien w e r B r t ou Ask Abou

Located off of 7th Avenue North, in Fargo, Kilstone

to 20 friends get to come back and have a party

Brewing is Fargo’s fourth brewery. Owners Randy

featuring your beer! Everyone gets a free pint of

and Jan Wigen decided to start the brewery because

your beer and you can also purchase growlers and

of Randy’s passion for home brewing. The result is

howlers to take home with you.

a quaint comfortable taproom that they admit is a little out of the way, but totally worth the trip! Kilstone is a family affair. Brothers Grant and Brock Wigen are the brew masters with long-time family friends Fallon Blank, Jake Hartje and Paul Hankel handling the day to day operations. The brothers pride themselves on being able to brew a wide variety of beers and believe that brewing on a two-barrel system allows them to do that. “Using our current system, we’re able to keep a wider variety of beers on tap. Every time you come in, there will almost always be something different

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to try. But we also have our staple beers, like IPAs and pale ales that we always have available.” said Grant. They plan to expand and increase their brewing capacity, but for now, they are happy with their current system.

the growing craft beer scene in Fargo. According to taproom manager Fallon Blank, “We feel really fortunate to be a part of such a booming and wellreceived industry here in Fargo. All the different breweries are so supportive of one another that it’s more like a family atmosphere, with a little bit of friendly competition mixed in!”

THE FUTURE Kilstone’s plans for the future include perfecting their recipes and continuing to provide quality and unique craft beers for their patrons. In the last year, they began self-distributing and are now on tap at several different bars and restaurants

Kilstone has been open for a little over a year and

If you’re looking for a fun night out featuring cold

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craft beer and lots of laughs, do yourself a favor

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porters, stouts, and IPAs. Their flagship beer, a summertime seasonal called Watermelon Wheat,

Open Wed-Friday 3pm-10pm,

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Thanks to the internet, the world is a much smaller place. It is now possible to communicate with people all over the world with a click of a button. In the art world, the internet has transformed the way buyers and sellers interact. In the past, artists needed a gallery or art show to display their work, but that is no longer the case. Art

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can now be displayed quickly and easily through online platforms, including Etsy, a global marketplace that has exploded since its inception in 2005. Locally, several artists have embraced Etsy and all it has to offer. Their work ranges from jewelry and pottery to ceramics and wood signs. Although they all have Etsy in common, their stories are as unique as their products. Take a look.

Unique Monique Jewelry – Monica Stich:

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A retired accountant, Monica began making elastic bracelets with her small grandchildren. A few years ago, she began making wire bracelets and necklaces with toggle clasps. “I like using them so people can put them on easily,” she said. Monica also began using semi-precious stones in her work. Each stone is unique, which makes each item inimitable. “That’s my trademark,” she said. “I never use the same pattern or mixture.” For Monica, the freedom to create and incorporate beautiful beads and stones into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry is at the heart of her creative process. Although she has only been on Etsy for a few months, she has already seen results. “There is so much exposure.

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I reach tons more people than I could have without it,” she said. “Someone from another country marked my shop as one of their favorites. That is flattering.” Monica takes custom orders and is currently running a special for customers who mark her shop as a favorite. Customers will get a coupon for a discount on their first order. “You will get a beautiful piece of jewelry that would make a great Christmas present,” she said. Unique Monique Jewelry can be found on Etsy at Unique Monique Jewelry.

Poppy and Pippa – Laura Lempe: Although Laura works full-time as the Director at Elim Children’s Center, she still finds the time to run Poppy and Pippa on the side. She has always felt a passion to embrace her creativity, but doesn’t consider herself an artist. “I feel I’m more of a maker,” she said. “I always knew I wanted to be a maker of some kind.” Poppy and Pippa features various types of accessories, including hair accessories, key fobs, pouches, totes, pendant necklaces, and name badge reels. Despite the variety, Laura has a favorite. “For me, choosing fabrics is the best part,” she said. “I love mixing prints and colors to create custom totes.”

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Power of Etsy on Display Here in Fargo (cont.) Laura has been on Etsy for 5 ½ years. “I’d been an Etsy addict for a while and knew

said. “I’ve been building my work, trying out shows, and trying to get the hang of

I wanted to open my own shop,” she said. “Little did I know then that my shop would

being a working artist.” She also recently went back to school to complete here K-12

be a success.” Laura’s side project quickly became much more than a hobby. “It’s

teaching licensure for Art Education.

become a passion that I’m very proud of.” For Laura, Etsy’s reputation is something that she enjoys the most about the platform. “It’s a well-known place for people who want something unique and often handmade,” she explained. “Etsy has definitely brought handmade into the mainstream.”

Ashley describes her work as “modern functional ceramics, inspired by vintage/ feminine.” Specifically, she is trying to incorporate some of the patterns and imagery commonly associated with function ceramics in the past, which were specifically designed to appeal to women and children. “I’m not looking to make ‘cute’ pieces,”

In addition to its Etsy site at Poppy and Pippa, you can find Laura’s creations at

she explained. “I want people to have meaningful work in their homes, and for some

Unglued in Fargo and Kittsona in Sioux falls.

of us that means pieces that are lovely and reflective and a bit nostalgic.”

Fargo Made Crafts - Andrea Grefsrud:

Ashley Beth Pottery has been a part of Etsy since 2013, although Ashley didn’t begin Like most artists on Etsy, Andrea has always had a flair for the creative. “I love that it’s an escape from reality for a little bit and a huge stress reliever,” she said.” When I get home at night

really utilizing the site until 2015. “Personally, I feel Etsy has given beginning and more introverted artists a real stepping stone. It can be really scary to take the plunge into becoming a full-time maker,” she said. “It (Etsy) gives you a pseudo-anonymous platform to feel it out on and build confidence on. It’s also very quick & easy to use as an artist, you don’t need a lot of time, or have a heavy graphic design or computer background to create a visually pleasing and accessible online sales platform.”

I can put the day behind me,

Ashely’s work can currently be seen at Make Room in Fargo. Online, Ashley Beth

escape the real world for a little

Pottery is available at on Etsy Ashley Beth Pottery and via Instagram.

bit, and create what I had thought up earlier.”

Grain Designs Fargo - Blain Mikkonen: Blain and his partner Grant

Andrea’s creative passion can be seen in the wide variety of pieces available at her

started Grain Designs Fargo

site. “I have a little bit of everything, from wood signs to coffee mugs to charger

after graduating from the NDSU

plates to key chains,” she explained. “There’s just so much out there that you can do

architecture program, where they

and I want to try it all.” Currently, however, Andrea is focusing on wood signs. “I

“developed a passion for art and

have a lot of fun creating those and have so many that I want to make.”

design and began working on our

Andrea is a newcomer to Etsy, having just recently joined the marketplace. “Everyone

wood craft,” Blain explained.

kept telling me that I should start selling the things I make and I decided to go for

“Upon graduation, we decided

it and see what happens,” she said. “I really like that you can reach a much larger

to start a business that was an expression of our craft, a creative

audience than if you were to just sell locally.” The next time you are looking for a truly unique piece, check out Fargo Made Crafts. “My work is truly me,” she said. “I have little parts of my personality in everything I make.” To view Andrea’s designs, visit Fargo Made Crafts or the store’s Facebook page.

Ashley Beth Pottery - Ashley Nordberg Ashley Nordberg comes from a long line of artists. “I grew up in a small town with a lot of extended family nearby, and we just had so many makers – quilters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, and crafters,” she said. “Most people I was around worked with their hands either professionally or were makers in their free time.” Ashley turned her passion into a career after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ceramics from MSUM in 2012. In 2015, Ashley “took the plunge” and left her full-time job to pursue a career as an artist. “It’s been quite an adventure,” she 30  | 

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outlet.” Grain Designs Fargo has expanded to include a team of four full-time craftsmen (including Blain and Grant) that design furniture, home décor, art, and original photography. Most of Grain Designs Fargo’s pieces are crafted from reclaimed wood and many incorporate metal as well. “Each piece has its own history and unique story to tell,” Blain said. “Many pieces such as our steel/wood wall art and wine racks use a composition of reclaimed wood complimented by steel to create functional art.” Grain Designs has been on Etsy since the company started in 2013. “I think Etsy has created a platform for artists to reach a volume of potential clients that we could not have reached without an astronomical marketing budget,” Blain explained. “I think the power of Etsy has also inspired a new generation of artists to realize that they can use their creative abilities to provide a supplemental income, or in some cases, even start an entire business.” Grain Designs has a local showroom to meet with clients for custom products, has a holiday pop-up store, and has an online marketplace at www.graindesigns.com. Their Etsy store can be viewed at Grain Designs Fargo.


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