Painted Polka Dot Name Plaques



Meet Lisa of Little Painted Polka Dots! Lisa is an artist and mom to a 6-year-old English bulldog. Her designs are so cute that we are counting her as a Polka Dot Mom to her canine child. Even her company name caught our eye. Her shop is absolutely filled with painted polka dots and personalized goodies for kids of all ages.

We couldn't feature all of her adorable hand-painted creations, so we chose her popular painted initial and name plaques. We love Lisa's use of bright and bold paint colors and coordinating ribbon hangers.

Her Name Plaques and Letter Plaques can be hung alone on a wall, or paired with more tiles in a matching set to create their monogram initials, words or phrases. Custom colors are available.

Lisa writes, "I am 27 years old and have had an art project going from day one. Whether it is photography, jewelry, pottery or painting I am always working on something. Just recently I decided that it was time to continue to pursue my dreams. With that, Little Painted Polka Dots was created. The name was perfect for me because polka dots always seem to make it in to my art work. I love the whimsical, playfulness that polka dots resemble."



Like all crafty business moms, Lisa is DOING what she loves and LOVING what she does.

Shop this month and save 15% off your personalized order when you enter code "POLKADOT" at check-out. Find your own "little painted polka dot" creation!

Baby Shower Burp Sets



Spring is in the air...and now is the time for baby showers!

Kari is a crafty mom of three kids and owner of Spring Chick Designs.

She has created a perfect bundle of burp cloths in lots of colors to add to your baby shower gift baskets this season.

About her burp cloths she writes, "Let's face it, babies are messy. You can never have enough burp cloths and these bring a little style to a necessary task. Washable and bleachable, our burpers are trimmed with grosgrain ribbon, ric rack, and/or vintage trim. Perfect for a newborn gift, you'll receive two burpers packaged in a tulle bag tied with a ribbon." Ready to give!

Based in Washington, D.C., Kari and her sister-in-law started their business at a local farmer's market. Now their collection of polka dot burp cloths, polka dot ribbon tutus, aprons and more are available to the world inside their Etsy shop.

Encouraged to grow their business by the "Ooohs and Aaaahs!", gasps of delight and mommy-enthusiasm over their wares at the farmer's market, Kari decided to go for it!

Her new Etsy shop and blog are both fun places for moms to hang out and shop. You'll love reading her blog about her family, her house and her crafts.

Funky Dots by Em Tanner





We love these personalized, big dot Funky Tees designed and printed by a really crafty mom, Emily Tanner from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is one of those moms who truly does it ALL. She has four kids (wow!) and she runs two successful businesses featuring her talents as a photographer and as a designer of tees, lunchboxes, plates and calendars for kids.

Em Tanner tells us that she wanted to design a line of "unique and usable, fun and funky items" for her existing photography clients. As a mother of four young children, she never expected this line to mushroom into a wildy successful business on its own, separate from her photography.

Her collection is filled with dots, circles, bubbles and funky fonts. You will love her funky style!



You may have seen Em Tanner's designs this season on the TLC show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8". The sextuplets can be seen wearing her Funky Tees and using her Funky Plates at the dinner table quite often!

She hopes that her creative, funky designs strike a chord with other young families too. You can read more about Em Tanner's wild life on her blog too.

Visit her retail website to order your own Funky Tees today!

Your Lucky Day Fabric Sale

One of my favorite fabric websites (I know, I have lots of favorites) is having a St. Patrick's Day sale...today only!

How often can you buy those designer fabrics you've been dreaming of for 25% off?

Click on over to Fashionable Fabrics for the coupon code to enter at check-out ("Lucky25"). Remember to shop today - go ahead and fill your cart now before you get busy doing other fun mommy tasks like laundry and chasing kids around!



Don't you just love this Michael Miller new Ta Dot Evergreen fabric? Fashionable Fabrics has the new popular Ginger Blossom line on sale too. You gotta go to this sale. Stop, Drop and Shop!

Okay, back to work. I already placed my Fashionable Fabrics order. Your turn.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Moms!

Retro Dot Aprons for Girls



We found some adorable vintage-style polka dot aprons MADE BY MOMS for your little girls to wear!

The first apron pictured above is made by Briana, a California mom of three boys and owner of Polka Dot Square. Her husband, Mike, agrees that this new business has definitely brought out her creative, girlie side! Briana specializes in aprons for the "aspiring domestic goddesss" in little girls and women alike. She believes your apron should be pretty enough to wear in the kitchen AND in the dining room. You'll love her mother-daughter and big sister-little sister apron gift sets! Briana constructs her retro apons with lots of polka dot oilcoth and polka dot laminated cottons for their handmade aprons. Their vintage aprons for girls feature d-ring closures, generous-size pockets and personalization as an add-on feature.

NEW! Briana is offering a week-long sale through March 19th for Polka Dot Mom readers only!
Visit Polka Dot Square and pick out your spring apron (can be shipped in time for Easter). Click "contact" to send Briana a message that you are a reader and she will create a reserved listing for you with 20% off her regular retail price! Even better, upon request she will personalize your apron for FREE!




One of our absolute FAVORITE shops for vintage polka dot apron designs is Sugar Chic Baby. Owner Kim designed this beauty with creative kids in mind. Her "Ashley" apron pictured above features lime green fabric with turquoise polka dots and hot pink trims. Whether it be for your little soux chef or a Martha in the making, your little girls will love wearing this special retro-style apron. Makes a great gift paired with a cookbook, utensils or the original Sugar Chic Felt Sugar Cookies inside her shop. This is a pint-sized version of her adult "Lulu" apron with a flirty little skirt. See her shop for so many more beautiful vintage aprons for women and girls!






The vintage "Let's Play" apron pictured above is designed by Maria, owner of Retro Rugrats™.

This fun, vintage-style apron fabric features little girls attending to various household tasks. Perfect for dress-up, helping in the kitchen or at the craft table. With a useful pocket, button embellishment, adorable yellow gingham ruffle and available monogramming, this apron will make an awesome birthday gift for your little girl.

All of Maria's products are hand-crafted and lovingly constructed with care. She adores vintage fabrics, but only "new" designer reproduction fabrics to ensure durability and to meet the demands of today's busy child. Maria's desire is to bring style and character to the little ones in your life. Her favorite hobby is researching fashions and popular toys of the past which is reflected in the retro apron designs in her shop!




Where do you find your favorite aprons?
Have a great day, Moms!

Paula Deen Dot Crazy



This photo caught my eye as I breezed through the Sunday paper this week. It is a new china collection by Paula Deen available at Belk!

Paula Deen has crossed over to our side...she loves dots too! I know these aren't technically "handmade", but Paula is a mom who creates thousands of "handmade" recipes each year for us to enjoy, so I figure she's definitely one of us. She's today's Polka Dot Mom and we love her!

Her new collection of china on sale at Belk.com is fabulous. "Dot Crazy" is just one of the patterns, but by far the BEST.

Can't you just see this on your spring and summer tables? Perfect for parties and everyday use, you know Paula designed this collection to be enjoyed and paired with your favorite Paula Deen recipes!

She has a new STORE for her Paula Deen merchandise now open in Savannah, Georgia. How cool is that? Her website is such a fun place too. My sister gave me the Paula Deen magazine subscription for Christmas...did you know she had a magazine?

Now I see this Dot Crazy china is 20% off this week...mmmm. Early Easter present for myself? I really think some of these pieces would look cute in my office too. A mug for my pencils? A cake plate for my fabric samples or ribbon rolls?

I just had to share this find with you. See the entire Paula Deen Dot Crazy china collection inside Belk stores.

So Soft Minky Dot Blankets



Kandi Madden and Valerie Cross are the proud owners of www.thebabysbundle.com.

After 16 years of friendship and the desire to create something together, in 2004 they put their creative minds and talents together to open The Baby's Bundle, a boutique FILLED with gorgeous handmade gifts for baby and mom.

Valerie is the mother of three children, ages five, three and one. She has been married for 12 years and works a full time job, outside of The Baby’s Bundle.

Kandi has a two year old with another baby on its way. She left her career as a psychotherapist to stay home and raise her son. She has been married for 10 years.

While juggling both career and motherhood can be challenging Kandi and Valerie are committed to providing unique, upscale, quality products as well as exemplary customer service to customers and boutique owners alike. They work hard to find the most unique, quality fabrics to create their exclusive products and strive to come up with products that are fresh, hip and timeless.

Their exclusive collection of handmade gifts includes blankets, burp cloths, snuggle blankets, outfits and much more. They specialize in buttery soft minki material. The polka dot minki blankets are very popular for all ages and measure a generous 30" x 36" size. Their blankets will be treasured by mom and baby alike for years to come!



Visit Kandi and Valerie today inside The Baby's Bundle. We love their tagline: "Gifts for the Pampered Baby and Loving Mother".