Polka Dot Beach Paintings

Introducing Krystyna Haskell of Krysha's Creations. She's a talented mom of two girls, a painter and business owner, and our newest Polka Dot Mom!

Krystyna was born in San Diego and lives in Florida. She began painting children's art to personalize my daughters' bedroom walls. Her family and friends enjoyed them so much that they gave her the idea of starting her own business. She loves to paint and specializes in beach- and island-inspired art of fish, mermaids, pirates, crabs, turtles, surfers, and more! Krysha's Creations are meant for rooms as unique as your child.

Krystyna writes,
"Have you ever wanted to make your child's room unique with one of a kind, hand-painted artwork? Unlike most of the art at stores out there, each of these are hand painted, personalized, and made to order just for you. No two are alike! I can personalize colors or take suggestions for orders and have them done in less than a week. Each are created with high quality acrylic paint and sprayed with a protective coating to ensure a long life. The edges of the canvas are painted so that it requires no framing and comes ready to hang with large saw tooth hanger on back. These make great one of a kind gifts for any occasion."

Krystyna paints polka dots on many of her island-inspired paintings from tropical castles to hula girls to surf boards. Her pieces are affordable for everyday working moms like us. Want to create a beach theme in your child's room? As a San Diego girl living in Florida...Krystyna knows water, beaches and islands and her beautifully unique paintings show her expertise! We love the bright colors and the feeling of pure "happiness" in every painting.

Take a peak inside Krystyna's website portfolio of paintings categorized by themes like "Curious Critters", "Island Living", "Allstar" and "Princess". We know you will find something you LOVE!

Guess what? Receive FREE SHIPPING every day at Krysha's Creations too.

Leave the painting to Krystyna...and have a great week, Moms!


Hand-Painted Kid's Furniture

Welcome Gabrielle, our Polka Dot Mom of the week and owner of Tickled Pink Designs!

Gabi has a degree in interior design from Syracuse University and apprenticed with a decorative painter on Nantucket Island. She loves painting and creating exciting, child-friendly environments. Gabrielle lives and works in the picturesque sailing community of Marblehead, Massachussetts with her husband, John, and two active sons, Jackson, 6 ½ and Chase, 5.

Tickled Pink Designs officially opened in October of 2005, although Gabi has been painting furniture since college. She loves to help clients design a special painted piece or table and chairs set to complete a room. Find accessories like hand-painted foot stools, wooden wastebaskets and step-stools. Most of her designs feature a hint of polka dots on the arm of a chair or the leg of a table...we love that! Gabi's designs can be found in local retail stores and through her website at Tickled Pink Designs.

Her popular Christmas item is the "Milk & Cookies for Santa" hand-painted wooden tray. Gabi writes, "I came up with this design so my boys could carry the tray themselves and we wouldn’t have to worry about spilled milk!"

Be sure to browse Gabi's portfolio of hand-painted children's furniture, accessories and custom murals when you visit her shop.
During the month of November, shop Tickled Pink Designs take 10% off any order when you mention "Polka Dot Mom" (please place Christmas orders by November 15th).

What a special gift any of Gabi's hand-painted items would make for Christmas. We love the beautifully monogrammed children's wooden tables - how unique!

Have a super week, Moms!

Just Sayin' "Happy Halloween!"

I want this! Okay, just had to share this adorable polka dot fabric "pumpkin" pillowcase dress by Lillifee Boutique on Etsy. What a creative idea and what a wonderful way for me to tell you, "Happy Halloween, Moms!"

No tricks. Just treats. Here's to a fun-filled week of crafting costumes for everyone in the family. For me, it's hoping I have clean tights, undershirts and leggings for the girls to wear under their costumes. I always forget the tights!

Have a great week, Moms!
(This week's feature mom coming up shortly - you'll love her!)

Breastfeeding Gift Basket for New Moms

Welcome our newest Polka Dot Mom: Julene of Present By Design is our crafty entrepreneur-mom this week! Her website is filled with gifts and gift baskets for new moms and babies.

Julene lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and 2 1/2 year old son. Her business, Present By Design, has been open for two years and she has many popular products. Her Fortune Tootsies baby socks will be featured in the holiday catalog for Femail Creations. Julene is an experienced graphic designer who loves to be creative, travel and connect with other moms in business too.

We love her Simplymilk™ gift basket filled with everything a new breastfeeding mom needs (and an adorable handmade polka dot chenille burp cloths too). Take a peek inside her Simplymilk™ gift baskets:

Julene's Simplymilk™ Breastfeeding Care Kit was created to help make breastfeeding simple and enjoyable. “When I started breastfeeding, I felt I was fumbling along. With some research I found the basics tools that helped me succeed. I hope these same items included in Simplymilk™ will guide you through this special time with your baby.”
This special gift for new breastfeeding moms contains one luxurious polka dot chenille burp cloth, an earth-friendly cool/warm pack in matching sleeve, four pre-washed natural hemp-jersey breast pads, a starter tube of ultra pure Lansinoh® Lanolin cream, a Milk Bands™ nursing bracelet, a box of Traditional Medicinals® Organic Mother’s Milk® tea, the La Leche League breastfeeding guide and a keepsake willow basket. Wow!

Her vision for Present by Design is to create and offer gifts that will touch your soul and make you smile. More importantly, Julene wants to help moms be moms.
Thanks for being a super Polka Dot Mom, Julene! Visit her shop at http://www.presentbydesign.com/ today to see her full collection of gifts and gift baskets. She has a great e-mail newsletter too (be sure to order early for Christmas).
Have a great week, Moms!

Baby Cha-Cha Polka Dot Picture Frames

Janie of Baby Cha-Cha is our Polka Dot Mom this week. (I love to say, "Baby Cha-Cha!")

Baby Cha-Cha is a unique online boutique specializing in everything SASSY for your little girl. She stocks adorable Spanish onesies, camouflage onesies with sayings like "Lil' Cadet" and "New Recruit", flower headbands, baby beanie hats, western hats, fabulous tutus, wall art and more!

Janie writes, "I am a work-at-home mom of two feisty “cha-cha” little girls. Victoria is 5 and Vivian just turned 1. My very supportive husband and I live in Houston, Texas. In addition to creating new products for Baby Cha-Cha, I also enjoy photography. I take all the photos for the website and for other families and friends too. I am also training to run the Houston Marathon in January! I am “Running for a Reason". We have a foundation in memory of our beautiful baby who we lost two years ago from a heart defect. Vanessa’s Big Heart Foundation is our site and you can read about it at http://www.bigheartfoundation.org/."

Janie says that being a work-at-home mom of two beautiful girls has not only brought out her crafty side, but has enabled her to enjoy life through her daughters' eyes. Janie began her Baby Cha-Cha journey five years ago when she only wanted the best, trendiest and cutest things for her. She started making hair bows, cute dresses, fancy onesies and crafting all the "bells and whistles" that come with being the talk of the town. Janie and her girls received so many compliments from moms (and strangers!) every time they went out. She decided to take action and open her own online boutique: Baby Cha-Cha.

Janie's collection of fun & funky hand-painted personalized wall plaques and picture frames are sure to add "Cha-Cha" to any little girl or little boy's room. With so many colors and styles to choose from, you're sure to find something terrific to match your child's decore, whether hung on a bedroom or bathroom wall or door. These originally designed plaques by Jessica Roberts are made from premium white pine and painted with non-toxic acrylic paints, then sealed with glossy clear coat for a long lasting protection and easy cleaning. Each plaque can be left as is or personalized with any name up to 14 letters. The back of each plaque is finished with fabric and coordinating 7/8" grosgrain ribbon for hanging or can be requested with hanging hardware instead. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, as each work of art is custom made just for you.
Just for Polka Dot Mom readers, enter coupon code “Open” and receive 10% off your order now at Baby Cha-Cha!
Add some cha-cha spice to your child's room or wardrobe today - you'll love everything inside this sassy boutique.
Have a great week, Moms!

Silver Mother's Bracelets

We welcome Koryn, owner of Mother's Precious Gems, this week as our newest Polka Dot Mom! Koryn makes gorgeous custom bracelets for moms and little girls. We like to think of each little circle bead as its own little "polka dot".

She began her crafty business, Mother's Precious Gems, in 1991 when she was at home with three boys under the age of three, and was pregnant with a fourth child, her daughter (great time to start a business). Whew! To top it all off, she is the devoted wife of a military officer and her family has moved around the globe. Her jewelry business has traveled and grown with each new assignment. Today, Koryn's four children are teenagers and she lives in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area where her husband remains on active duty at The Pentagon. Koryn even teaches preschool part-time during the school year too!

As a busy mom, wife and crafty lady, she enjoys that her beading can be done in increments between driving to and from soccer, or making dinner. Koryn's kids have even gotten in on the act making gifts for their friends or designing their own jewelry. Koryn is thankful to be at home and available to her family, while still growing her mother's bracelet business empire and gaining knowledge of her craft.

In the beginning, her designs were crafted using white letter beads and semi-precious stones, hence the name "precious". Once Swarovski crystal became popular, Koryn began using it alongside mostly sterling silver since sterling has become the jewelry of choice. She still makes custom pieces in gold fill upon request.

Mother's Precious Gems specializes in sterling silver custom name bracelets and heirloom jewelry featuring Swarovski crystals representing the birth-month birthstone colors for each child. More kids on the way? Koryn will happily add additional strands at any time for only the cost of materials and shipping as her congratulations to you!
As a special discount to her friends at Polka Dot Mom, any order that mentions this article will receive FREE SHIPPING. Click to design your custom silver mother's bracelet today.

Ladies, treat yourself to that mother's bracelet you've been wanting for so long! Koryn makes beautiful jewelry that you will cherish for years and years to come. Each piece is handmade by Koryn with great care and if she misses a bead, her military husband calls from the Pentagon and says, "Drop and give me twenty!" Just kidding....

Have a great week, Moms!