Polka Dot Halloween Gifts by EtsyMoms

Is it really time to think about Halloween? Yes! And we've found lots of crafty moms on Etsy who are ready for the season with the most adorable polka-dot-inspired handmade gifts. Each mom featured this week is a member of EtsyMom. Read a little about her here, then head on over to her shop. Each Halloween gift is sure to bring a smile...it is made with love by a Polka Dot Mom!

This adorable hand-painted Halloween family tile plaque is by Andrea, an EtsyMom member and owner of Painted For You. Andrea is a mom of two young boys who lives in Virginia with her husband, 2 cats, 3 guinea pigs, and our newly adopted lab puppy. Her house is full of life, love, and laughter. She is an artist who specializes in custom portraits of people and animals. Andrea enjoys painting ceramic plates and tiles with fun and whimsical designs. We love the black and white polka dot ribbon bow! Click to see more of Andrea's hand-painted Halloween gifts.

This long-sleeve polka dot pumpkin onesie is by Jaime, owner Little Bird Creations of Austin, Texas. This crafty mom of one 4-year-old boy works hard to make every tee special - All of her onesie designs are hand drawn, cut and edges treated for minimal fraying. They are then fused to onesie and stitched by hand around edges to secure and add that special hand crafted touch. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, no two are just alike. Visit this crafty mom today at Little Bird Creations!

This festive pair of ribbon jeans (and matching shirt) is by Jessica from Georgia, a crafty mom of three and owner of All Sweet. She loves creating fun and beautiful things. We can see that! Where did she find that adorable "Trick or Treat" candy corn ribbon? We love the polka dot ribbon loops on the jeans too! Visit Jessica today, and tell her you saw her feature on Polka Dot Mom. This orange and black "polka dot" Halloween bead bracelet is by Becky of Trendy Tatters. Becky is a crafty mom from Texas with one 2-year-old princess. She began handcrafting jewelry nearly 4 years ago. What started as a hobby has turned into a full time business. Her designs are featured in children's boutiques all over the world. Designing and handcrafting custom jewelry for children and adults is her passion. Becky uses only use the highest quality materials in my creations, no plastic beading or cheap findings are ever incorporated into her designs. Her goal is to create and provide boutique quality jewels worthy of your little one. Visit Becky today at Trendy Tatters.

This boutique hair bow features FOUR different polka dot ribbons: Orange polka dots, orange swiss dots, black polka dots and black swiss dots. We really love that. Made by Sarah of Bella Jo Bows, this over-the-top boutique Halloween polka dot ribbon hair bow is perfect for school parties, church or trick-or-treating. Sarah is a crafty working mom of two 3-year-olds, a boy and a girl. She loves to make bows or anything creative. She started making bows for her daughter over a year ago and now it has become an addiction! Every Bella Jo Bow is made with great care and detail. Sarah says, "I would never sell anything that I wouldn't have my own daughter wear." Visit Sarah today at Bella Jo Bows.

And here is a Halloween monogram bag for girls from a crafty mom in business I know...me! I'm a Polka Dot Mom too...I have two of the sweetest little girls. I can't wait for Halloween this year (my daughters are one and three). I made this trick-or-treating bag for my stationery designer's daughter, Molly Cate, in a classic monogram script, but you can choose any font for your bag. A recent customer embroidered "Ella" in the select script and it was adorable! Click to see more of my kid's personalized initial bags for boys and girls in my Etsy shop.
Visit Etsy anytime and type "EtsyMom" in the search box for tons of beautifully handmade gifts made by crafty moms in business.
Happy Halloween!

Personalized Polka Dot Napkins

I am so excited about this mom-made product. Did you know there is a mom out there who is printing her own personalized cocktail and guest napkins for us?

Welcome Jennifer, owner of To Bee Named Personalized Napkins and busy mom to Brooks (5)and Anne Douglas (2). As a stay-at-home mom with a need for a creative outlet, she started her business in 2006 participating in local gift shows in her home state of Virginia. With her sales background as a pharmaceutical rep and her creative mompreneur spirit, Jennifer launched the To Bee Named website in January this year.

To our surprise, Jennifer prints all of her own paper cocktail napkins, lunch napkins, guest towels and coasters with your name or monogram in her home. She also offers products that complement her napkins as well as meet all of one's entertaining needs.

I am smitten with this white and lime green polka dot cocktail napkin holder. How cute will this look at our holiday party on the bar filled with personalized red polka dot cocktail napkins? Jennifer has this design as a guest towel napkin holder too for your holiday buffets too. We love her green and white paisley personalized guest towels to match.

I love browsing Jennifer's shop - there are so many cute prints to suit every party theme or color scheme. The best part is that everything is personalized free!

Shop early to stock your entertaining cabinet with personalized napkins for your holiday parties. Brides and best friends love to receive these napkins and guest towels too! It is a great feeling to purchase such special personalized gifts from a crafty mom you can trust.

Visit this week's crafty Polka Dot Mom, Jennifer, today at To Bee Named for a beautiful selection of printed paper napkins, guest towels and coasters (in dots, stripes, paisleys, lobsters and more)!

Personalized Onesies for your Tiny Sunshine

Our newest Polka Dot Mom is Traci, a stay-at-home mom of three and owner of tinySunshine.

Her adorable website and this inspiring polka dot cherries embroidered applique design drew us immediately to Traci's work. We were most inspired by her words:

"The best thing about my business is having that creative escape that I've always needed. I think I'm a better mom because of it."

That is the essence of being a Polka Dot Mom, isn't it? We are all searching for a way to be creative, use our talents and be the best moms we can be. I think it is so important for crafty moms to support, promote and purchase from each other so we can be our best for ourselves and our families. Thanks for the reminder, Traci!

Okay, back to the really cute one-of-a-kind personalized onesie designs by Traci at tinySunshine. She writes:

"Moms and dads really take pride into choosing their childrens' names and love to see them displayed for all to see. When shopping in my store, you choose from any of my applique designs, many of which are my own original art, then decide whether you want that design on a high-quality onesie, tee, bib, burp cloth, or towel. The child's name is added under each design at no extra charge. Many of the items come in sets as well, perfect for gift-giving."

Look how Traci wraps your personalized baby gift set which includes a bib, onesie and burp cloth (love that polka dot grosgrain ribbon):

Traci is constantly adding new items and designs featuring polka dot and gingham fabrics in nearly every design. Here's what she has in the works: The Signature tinySunshine Collection, A-line dresses for girls, ShortAlls for boys and a toddler line of shirts for boys and girls.

I just couldn't resist featuring Traci's Halloween onesie - BOO!

Traci is so proud of her newest baby... http://www.tinysunshine.com/. We are proud of her too. Her new business venture is inspiring to every Polka Dot Mom no matter how long you've been in business. Congratulations, Traci!

Here's to you, Moms!

Promote Your Crafty Business

Liana of Busy Mom Creations is our crafty Polka Dot Mom of the week. She helps crafty moms every day to promote their small business with custom vinyl decals, polka dot thank you cards and embellished business card tins.

Liana's company name describes her life exactly - she is the mother of 5-year-old TRIPLETS and a 1-year-old. Yes, she is certainly a busy mom!

She writes, "When I am not immersed in my favorite job of being a mom, I love to spend time in my studio designing and creating fun items for my website. I create handmade greeting cards, card sets and vinyl decals. I also decorate pre-made items with paper. I find that I use a lot of polka dots in my creations. Why not? They are fun, and one of my favorite design elements."

For crafty moms in business, we love these mini polka dot cards to say "thanks" when shipping your handmade products to your customers. Write a quick hand-written note, insert your business card, then insert in the included envelope for a thoughtful presentation your customers will love! Each card is hand-stamped with "thanks", measures 3.5" x 2" and includes 10 cards and envelopes for $6.00. During the month of August, mention "Polka Dot Mom" in your check-out comments and Lianna will give you 15% off order before shipping.

When you are driving around town with your custom vinyl decal on the back window, you need to be prepared to talk to customers after you park at the grocery store, playground, library or fabric shop. We love Liana's embellished polka dot ribbon tins to store our business cards in the car. You know everything gets lost in the car when mixed with snacks, DVDs, diapers, toys, clothes, strollers, returns and more...so keep this business-card-size tin in the front console or glove box and your business cards will stay crisp, clean and easy to find when you are asked, "Can I have your business card?" in the parking lot. Liana has thought of everything to help you promote your crafty business!

We recently purchased a custom business decal for our minivan from Busy Mom Creations. Liana was so easy to work with and e-mailed me five samples before I was ready to place my order. Now the back of my van says, "Polka Dot Market (line 1): custom bags made fresh daily (line 2). My husband put the decal on and he came back inside raving about how EASY it was!

We want to thank Liana for being a crafty mom who loves polka dots, but also for helping fellow moms to advertise their home business with all of her neat products and excellent customer service.

During the month of August, mention "Polka Dot Mom" in your check-out comments to receive 15% off your order before shipping. Does not apply to custom orders.

Visit Liana today at Busy Mom Creations (tell her saw her on Polka Dot Mom)!