Polka Dot Minky Baby Blankets

We have found a beautiful little Etsy shop with the most luxurious minky baby blankets for boys and girls. You better hurry...I am buying this chocolate and aqua polka dot minky baby blanket today for a friend's new little baby boy! (Don't worry, Liz of Sugarplum Creations says she can make more.)

Introducing our crafty Polka Dot Mom of the week, Liz of Sugarplum Creations! Liz is a work-at-home mommy from Oregon with two precious little princesses, ages 5 and 2 1/2. Sugarplum Creations was started about a year and a half ago when she began sewing again for her own little ones. As all of her friends were having babies, she loved the idea of creating that special gift uniquely for them. She was then urged to start selling my creations, and stumbled upon Etsy in February. Liz says she could not be happier with her number one, most important job of raising her children.

Liz writes, "I've always loved to create. My mom, bless her heart, is not crafty at all, but I have several aunts who used to craft with me when I was young. We would make christmas ornaments and sew together. Those are some of my happiest childhood memories. I lost touch with my "crafty side" as I got older, and it was definitely put on hold when I got married and started a family. When I started creating again, for my girls, I realized how much I had missed it. As a mom, it can be easy to lose yourself as you are completely wrapped up in doing for everyone else. It is so empowering, for me, to know that I can be a mom and a wife, while still having something just for me. Since starting Sugarplum Creations, I feel like I am productive in other ways too, I know I'm a better person for it. And I love that I am teaching my girls that they can do whatever they set out to do."

We love Liz - she is one of those great, funny moms who you e-mail back and forth with and laugh out loud as you share the "joys" of motherhood. We both seem to be always working late at night and sewing while everyone else sleeps. Is this true of every crafty mom? YES!

Liz's minky blankets come in so many beautiful fabric patterns and colors. Our favorite, her polka dot minky baby blanket, can be custom made in pink or aqua dots. Her blankets feature super-soft patterned minky fabrics back with luxurious swirl minky in so many color options. Each measures approximately 29" x 34" and are perfect for the stroller, car seat, nap time, snuggle time, tummy time...you name it!

Shop at Sugarplum Creations before October 31st and receive 15% off your order when you mention "Polka Dot Mom" at check-out (Liz will send you a revised invoice). Now is a great time to stock up on baby gifts and Christmas gifts. Everyone loves a SOFT baby blanket and ever new mom wants to wrap her baby in luxury (especially if it soothes and relaxes them).

Thank you, Liz, for making beautiful baby blankets to help us spoil our little angels!

Have fun crafting, moms!

Moms Need Business Cards Too

Have you started a new job recently as a MOM?

You know that being a mom is a full-time, serious, real-life job. You have tiny clients watching your every move and hanging on your every word...you have appointments and schedules and activities and group meetings and even issues best handled by the human resources department (YOU).

Cathy from Ittibitti Cards for Moms writes, "When you start a new job, one of the first things you do is order business cards. They're an essential tool for networking with others. You meet a new client, you hand them a card.You meet a person at lunch, you hand them a card. So why don't moms have them? We are a major networking community. Mom's groups, preschools, "big-kid" schools, games, dance and music classes, and on and on. Why not have an easy way of remembering and contacting each other?"

Reward yourself with your own customized mommy business cards from Cathy at Ittibitti, our Polka Dot Mom this week!

Cathy lives in Indiana with her husband and three kids. She owns Ittibitti as well as her own graphic design business. When you see her designs, you will be impressed with her creativity, unique style and amazing attention to detail.

Cathy writes, "ittibitti® is actually the second business I’ve started out of my home. I have been a successful, self-employed graphic designer for about seven years and I absolutely LOVE what I do and will continue to create and design corporate projects through my graphic design business, Cathy Swick Design (CSD). But, one day, as I dropped my oldest son off at a friend’s house to play, I mentioned to his mother that I was going to run some errands while my son was there and I’d leave her my cell phone number. Standing outside her house while scrounging around in my purse for something to write on, I said out of near desperation, “I just need a business card for my family! This would be so much easier!” And, whalaa! ittibitti® was born—customized and colorful, family calling cards for moms on the go!"

Created with over-the-top color and whimsical, original illustrations, Cathy's card designs are flooded edge-to-edge with bright color and are professionally offset printed on a heavy, satin coated card stock in full color and come in sets of 100 for $49.50 (larger quantities are available, too).

Even better, moms can type in the coupon code "POLKADOT" during check-out to save 15% through November 30, 2007.

We hope every Polka Dot Mom will purchase her own Ittibitti polka dot business cards - because being a mom is serious business that deserves really cute office supplies.

Have a great week everyone!
Sally @ Polka Dot Mom

Grand Re-opening at Lemons and Lollis

We want to give a shout to Corina of Lemons and Lollis and proud crafty mom to one little girl to say "Congratulations!" on the grand re-opening of her website. She has created an amazing fall collection of children's clothing and handmade baby gifts. You'll love her fabrics and beautiful designs. Read more about Corina and her shop on her Lemons and Lollis blog too!
A full feature about Corina coming soon!

Little Mouse Boutique Gift Set

Our newest Polka Dot Mom is Amanda from southern California. She is a crafty mom of two young girls and owner of the Mommy Mandy blog.

Amanda founded Simply Sweet Bowtique in 2006 and is inspired every day to create new boutique items for her collection. She is a crafy mom who constantly tells herself, "I can make that!" From hair bows to pant sets to shirts and headbands, she makes high-quality boutique gifts for your little ones.

Featured is her "M!nn!e Ribbon Tee and Bow Set" - an adorable gift set for your little princess who loves Minnie Mouse or is traveling to DisneyLand or DisneyWorld on a special family vacation. We love the layers and layers of black, white and red polka dot ribbons on these creations!

This cute little mouse boutique set is one of MANY adorable polka-dot-inspired gifts inside her shop. Amanda has created hair bows and headbands for girls from babies to toddlers as well as t-shirts and lounge pants. There is something for everyone at Simply Sweet Bowtique. (You'll love the pink polka dot background on every page of her website too!)

Visit Amanda's blog at Mommy Mandy today!

Polka Dots and Pink Lemonade (yummy...)

Welcome our newest Polka Dot Mom, Caroline, the owner of Pink Lemonade Boutique Bags. She writes, "I love working with polka dot prints for the simple fact that they are fun! They have a universal appeal for anyone looking for something funky to tailored while retaining with a whimsical aspect. My polka dot totes have been some of my best sellers!"

Caroline is a crafty working mom who lives in north Texas with her husband, 4-year-old daughter Jordan and 2-year-old son Jack. She has a home sewing studio to confine her bag construction, but she confesses that every closet in the house is filled with fabric or more bags! She's not alone - I find myself wanting to steal bookcases and storage bins from my girls' bedrooms to store more fabric! It's the curse of being a crafty mom. You NEED lots of stuff.

Caroline writes, "When my daughter was born, I made my first fabric diaper bag for myself. I wanted a custom bag that would stand out in the crowd and look different from the generic store bought bags that everyone else was carrying. It is still in great shape after several years of wear and tear! Soon after, I started making my diaper bags as gifts for my friends who were starting their own families."

When Caroline is not sewing her beautiful polka dot boutique bags, she spends any available free time with her kids, taking them to their activities, reading, gardening, and doing crafts.
Now you can find boutique burp cloths and even Halloween purses inside her boutique too!
Caroline professionally constructs each Pink Lemonade Boutique bag in her home sewing studio. She uses only the finest fabrics and trims. You can expect special care in the construction of your bag - it will last and be enjoyed for years to come!
Visit Caroline today to see her amazing selection of polka dot boutique fabric bags and tell her she's a fabulous Polka Dot Mom!
...and you are too!
Have a great week, Moms!