New Year Craft Supplies Sales

We interupt your regularly scheduled reading for an important SALE announcement!

Here are a few sales you may want to visit:

  • 25% off your total order through January 2nd at jcaroline creative! Read full details inside her crafty business blog.
  • 20% off all ribbons (5 yard increments), 10% off all full spools (50-100 yards each) and 10% off all hardware and notions at the Ribbon Spool.
  • 10% off everything inside Bella Joys Ribbon.

Have you heard about a great crafting sale that I've missed? Post a comment with a link to the sale so we can all stock up on our craft supplies (fabric, ribbon, hardware, paper) for the new year.

Happy crafting in 2008! I can't wait to see all of your new polka dot products and projects!

Upcoming Crafty Mom Features

Happy day-after-Christmas! Are you headed out to the sales to buy next year's decorations, gift wrap, ribbons and fabric? Me too!

We have received many requests for features for our 2008 calendar. Here are a few of the amazingly talented crafty moms in business you will get to meet very soon:

As the founder of Polka Dot Mom, I feel so privileged to get to meet you, work with you and promote your businesses every day. There are so many fun and friendly moms out there making GREAT handmade gifts. There is no need to buy from anyone or anywhere else!

My favorite place to shop for handmade gifts right now is Etsy. Have you visited this amazing site? You can find almost anything you need. It is another great way to support crafty moms in business.

I am sewing a few orders today for early January birthdays and hoping to sneak out of the house for a well-deserved shopping trip too.

If you know a mom who designs and makes her own polka-dot-inspired products, please send her a link to Polka Dot Mom. She can request to be featured by writing me too at sally@polka-dot-market.com.

Happy December 26th, Moms!

Sally

Make Polka Dot Ornaments



You can make this!

This is a super last-minute gift you can make for party hostesses, teachers, classroom friends, neighbors and more!

Supplies:
  • White, frosted or mirror ball ornaments (colored balls work great too!)
  • Good quality paint pens
  • Any ribbon for a cute bow (we chose 7/8" polka dot grosgrain ribbon)
  • Ric-rac or more thin ribbon for hanging (optional)

Steps:
  1. I like to wipe my ornaments with Windex and a paper towel before I begin. Let dry.
  2. Practice the name with your paint pen on the back of an old magazine.
  3. Write the name on your ornament - write entire name, don't worry about perfection, this is your first coat.
  4. Go back over your name after the first coat has dried for a clean finish and a professional paint job!
  5. Cut your ribbon to about 22" long for a big bow.
  6. Pull through the wire loop of your ornament ball and tie a bow.
  7. Trim ribbon ends and heat seal with a lighter or use Fray-Check to seal ends.

Voila! Let your personalized hand-painted ornament dry completely. Tie on a coordinating handmade gift tag, then wrap loosely in lots of tissue paper.

Everyone will be so impressed!

Tip! Make it a family craft - My daughter loves to help me with my work. She has watched me paint so many ornaments this season and has been dying to help. She has her own ornaments and we are painting gifts for her grandma, grandpa, auntie and uncle. I will post photos of her work for you.

What are your favorite last-minute gifts to make for Christmas?

We Made It!



We made it through our Christmas orders! Everything is packed up and on its way. What a great feeling! I hope my customers are as thrilled when they open their boxes of Christmas gifts this week from Polka Dot Market.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to play with my little girls, wash the dishes, vacuum the house, put away the laundry, play with my girls some more, cook my husband a hot meal or two, and go to sleep before 2:00 a.m. Laundry? Cleaning? Why would I want to do those things?! Well, I love my family and I can't wait to take care of them like they have been taking care of me these past two months. What a great feeling it will be to have a clean house with dinner in the crockpot (maybe) and extra time to tickle my girls or play tea party too!

I am thankful for this season, our family, our church, our neighbors and our friends across the country. This is a first Christmas without my favorite Aunt Ann who passed away September 14th. I cry every time I think of her, but I know she would only want us to celebrate the season in joy, laughter, gratitude and surrounded by family. She is missed!

Wishing you a few days off to spend with your family too...make the most of it and give lots of hugs and tell everyone you love them. Take lots of pictures too!

Now on to sewing gifts for my family and friends...the fun never ends around here!

Merry Christmas (in one week)!
Sally

P.S. - I forgot to tell you that the photo is from my customer, Julie. You can see more of her work at Lot 116 Photography. Isn't her daughter PJ adorable?!

Christmas Sale at jcaroline creative!


You must see this sale going on now through December 19th at jcaroline creative! (a favorite craft resource).
Here is the link to this amazing sale: 12 Days of Christmas Sale

The owner, Caroline, wrote on her blog:
"Through December 19, I'm going to put random things on sale for a day or two. Things will come and go as I feel like it. Some things will be great deals, some will be okay deals, but I assure you it will always be interesting. Check back daily to see what's new. I will be adding other virtues that you can purchase throughout the sale."
So, get shopping and act fast!

Words of Wisdom

I am not wise, but three words from a piece of art inside Rhon's Country Crafts really made me think. Since we are all up to our eyeballs in Christmas orders (lacking sleep and patience), there is a chance that we are not feeling the Christmas spirit quite yet. Let's take a deep breath and...

Be Silly, Be Happy, Be Kind.

Isn't this great advice for busy working moms? Be silly, be happy and be kind. Doesn't sound too hard, right? With this busy Christmas season right on top of us, I need to remind myself of these three things once or twice every hour! Here's how I see it:

Be Silly - This is for our kids. Take the time to roll around on the floor, tickle their bellies and hug the heck out of 'em. Bring out the messy finger paints, roll out the play dough and let them take extra-long bubble baths (with lots of bubbles). Try some new Christmas traditions...make a memory with your kids like baking cookies for Santa (slice, decorate, bake!) or trimming your tree with play dough candy canes and yarn. Let's get silly, moms!

Be Happy - This is for ourselves. Our happiness affects the whole family...and our business! If happiness is a mug of hot chocolate and reruns of the Martha Stewart show on the Fine Living channel late at night, then do that! If happiness is browsing the aisles of your favorite craft store 'til closing time because your husband is putting the kids to bed, then do that! I like to play favorite CDs during the dinner "rush hour" around the kitchen. That keeps me focused and not so crabby when the kids are running through the kitchen or pulling out all my pots and pans. What are your favorite things to do that refresh you and keep you sane?

Be Kind - This is for our husbands. Don't they deserve it? My husband always says, "Well, if you would just ask nicely!" Ooops. Sometimes I snap and expect him to read my mind. Okay, a lot. The best advice I've heard is to treat my husband better than I treat my friends. Makes sense! I really need to focus on this one. Here's to kindness and smiles and kisses and more happiness at home (he's worth it).

Thanks to Rhon's Country Crafts for this sign and reminding me what is truly important. We love our crafts, we love our business and we love our customers. When we are busy, let's all remember to "Be Silly, Be Happy and Be Kind" for our kids, husbands and ourselves too.

Here's to You!

Sally

P.S. - You can purchase this inspirational message sign inside Rhon's Country Crafts for your home office too.

A Handmade Polka Dot Christmas


We love the selection of handmade Christmas gifts (featuring polka dots, of course!) made by crafty moms on Etsy this year:
  • Polka Dot Santa Hat Gift Tags (above) by JaneSays - Need handmade gift tags to make your Christmas gifts look really great this year? This is your shop! She has a great selection of polka dot gift tags...and more! Guess what? Tags are 10% off this week!

  • Polka Dot Buttons Christmas Stocking SOLD! by ChamberryCherry - Bright colors, bright buttons and tons of polka dots in this festive design! My daughter would be so excited to see this stocking stuffed with goodies outside her bedroom door on Christmas morning. Perfect for college students, first apartments and kid's rooms too.


  • Polka Dot Picture Frames by NikkisNacs - This is one of our favorite products on Etsy right now. We love red polka dots with lime green ribbons for any of our Christmas decorations. This custom frame would love great in my kitchen with its bright green walls...will it be mine?


  • Polka Dot Baby Booties by EricaLynDesigns - How cute would these booties look on your baby this Christmas morning? For opening presents and crawling around the mounds of wrapping paper and ribbons piling up on the floor...these booties are perfect! They will look great in Christmas photos or even paired with their special outfit for Christmas Eve.



  • Polka Dot Ribbon Initial Tile Necklace by VMDesigns - A gift for the "tween" on your list (though I would wear it too). This Etsy shop is filled to the brim with adorable polka dot gifts...these hand-painted intial tile necklaces are one of her newest and most popular designs. Each necklace comes with three ribbons to tie a beautiful bow in the back and is available in oodles of colors for that special girl on your list.

There are a lot of crafty moms out there! We picked only a few to share here today (or they wrote us a note to visit their shop and boy, are we glad they did). Leave us a comment if you have a boutique filled with handmade polka dot gifts for Christmas. We love to shop!


Here's another neat way to show you love handmade gifts: Have you visited the site to pledge to "Buy Handmade"?


Many of these mom-owned boutiques have Christmas deadlines coming up very soon, so place your order this week for on-time delivery since everything is handmade.


Click to see every single handmade polka dot Christmas gift available on Etsy today. We love them all!


Merry Christmas, Moms!

Winter Blues Ribbon Bows


We don't have the winter blues...we just love these blue and chocolate polka dot ribbon hair bows for little girls inside Angie's shop, Cute and Sweet.

Angie is a busy mom with two little girls, ages 4 and 1, running around the house while she tries to clip a new hair bow design in their hair!

You can read more on Angie's Cute and Sweet blog too. Mention her blog when you place your order and receive 10% off.

Her collection of "Winter Wonderland" hair bows are a steal - three polka dot ribbon clippies for $4.25. I'm sure they won't last long...but Angie can make more. Not to worry!

Stay warm, crafty moms!