Summer Jewelry by SavvyGirl



Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? This is what I want for Mother's Day!

Handmade by Cydney, the owner of SavvyGirl & Company, this starfish necklace (and so many other designs) are available today for a limited time. Nearly all of her bracelets and necklaces feature round balls or "dots" of gems, stones, beads and silver rings.


Cydney lives in San Diego with her husband and two sweet little girls, Savannah and Halle. She works from home and says, being able to run my jewelry business after they are in bed and into the wee hours of the morning works well for me to keep things balanced."

Her husband is a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy is so supportive and helpful in this business venture. Her family loves spending their free time playing at the beach, playing sports, and being with our family and friends. For Cydney, her favorite things are creating beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry, shopping for shoes and baking in her new kitchen. She has recently founded a women's business networking group in San Diego too!

Cydney writes, "I am a lot like many moms and Polka Dot Mom readers. After a decision to leave the corporate world 6 years ago to stay at home with my daughter, I followed my heart for my passion for jewelry and fashion and began SavvyGirl & Company - named after my daughter Savannah. SavvyGirl and Company is all about style . fashion and fun. I create handmade jewelry from sterling silver, semi-precious stones, Swarovsky crystals and pearls. To keep up with demand, I do have some of my pieces outsourced because I can’t make it all myself- it gets a little nutty. After 6 years I finally decided to venture out into the online world and started a jewelry business blog where I feature daily items, fashion tips, cooking tips. gift ideas, beauty tips and more. My readership and clients are growing in the short 7 weeks I have been online. It’s been really exciting!"



If you love Cydney's style like I do, you must visit her jewelry blog for daily articles and regular sales. You can e-mail her anytime to order or design your own bracelet or necklace via her blog. Want to learn more about her business networking group in San Diego? Learn how to contact Cydney on her blog at http://www.savvygirlcompany.blogspot.com/.
Polka Dot Mom Reader Special:
Through Sunday, May 4th, mention "polka dot mom" in your e-mail to Cydney and she will offer you Free Shipping plus $5.00 off a $50.00 or more purchase and $10.00 off for a $100.00 or more purchase.
Happy Jewelry Shopping, Moms!

Polka Dot Photo Invitations


Meet Veronica, owner of Polka Dot Bumblebee!

The new trend in birthday invitations is definitely with photography. We love how Veronica has joined the two - she has a huge selection of designs to match your party theme. From pink cupcakes, ice cream cones, blue dots to green stripes, her prices are GREAT and she is super to work with. You will be thrilled with your custom photo invitations from Polka Dot Bumblebee! Read on for an amazing photo card giveaway for our readers!



Veronica has worked for 10 years in graphic design and marketing. Before becoming a mom she worked for a Fortune 50 company with a focus on new product launches. She also enjoyed her work as a freelance graphic designer and has numerous clients in her portfolio, from celebrities to stay at home mom start-ups.

She now works from her home studio in Pennsylvania and is proudest of her title as Mommy to a very buzzy baby girl bee. Veronica has a passion for what she does and it's evident from the first interaction to the very last detail. She is delighted to work with so many wonderful clients and looks forward to working with you to create a keepsake "work of heart". She enjoys donating her talent and time to non profit charities and children's organizations.



Looking for afforable custom photo invitations?

Polka Dot Bumblebee is 'the' destination for the most adorable and affordable custom photo cards & personalized stationery. With over 500 designs from fresh & funky to cute & classic - they are sure to have something to suit your style and occasion!


Polka Dot Mom Reader Special:
Buy 75 photo cards, mention "Polka Dot Mom" and get 30 cards free. It's the biggest sale EVER for Polka Dot Bumblebee!

Visit Veronica today to design your next birthday photo invitation - your mommy friends will be so impressed!

Polka Dot Mom Reader Giveaway:
Leave a comment before Tuesday, May 29th with your favorite design from Polka Dot Bumblebee and you are automatically entered to win 50 free 4 x 6 custom photo cards (any design)! Make sure there is a way for us to contact you when the winner is randomly selected on May 30th.

Ready, Set, Comment!

Glass Marble Magnets



Our crafty mom-of-the-week and designer of these beautiful glass marble magnets is Catherine, owner of The Purple Pear!

Catherine writes, "In between play dates, trips to the park and diaper changes, crafting became my creative outlet. I love creating products with vivid colors and fun patterns. Making glass marble magnets fits that creative need, and it meshes well with the schedule that toddler care requires."

From Southern New Jersey, Catherine is a wife and mommy to two girls, though her second daughter is due to arrive on June 2nd. She is a busy, pregnant stay-at-home mom who is a former kindergarten teacher. Every teacher knows the importance of a good strong magnet, right?

Each little round glass magnet is its own little "dot", ready to bring happiness to your kitchen or office. We love dots...so we love these magnets to perk up our home. You may have noticed the gorgeous designer Amy Butler fabrics Catherine uses to create her magnets. She even has Amy Butler fabric push pins and paper clips too!

We love the pink and green paisley fabric behind this set of glass marbles (who is the designer, anyone?):







And for moms of boys and moms with French Country blue kitchens, Catherine has created this cool blue magnets set (only $7.00 each):



The Purple Pear donates a portion of all sales to various charities too. We love that her products bring beauty to our home and office, but we also love to support fellow moms in business.
Catherine reminded me of this great Bible verse that she lives and works by:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3: 5-7
For Polka Dot Mom readers, enter code "Polka Dot Mom" in the comments section at check-out to save 10% off your order via PayPal refund.
Be thinking of Catherine and her little shop, The Purple Pear, on June 2nd with the arrival of daughter number two. We may be seeing a lot more PINK magnets in her shop around that time!
Visit http://www.thepurplepear.etsy.com/ today to order your own circle magnet sets today!

Funky Boutique Clothing



Meet Denise DeMarchis, founder and designer of Matilda Jane Clothing! She is married with two little boys and loves to sew, design and create gorgeous boutique clothing for girls. The two dresses we love feature a funky polka dot apron on the front of the garment. My daughter would love this dress!

When Denise was in fifth grade she made a quilt. Then she turned the quilt in to a pair of pants. And then she made similar pants for a few friends, including Becki Tryban. Becki and she created lots of things together: pants, skirts, blankets, basketball court murals, even two-by-four sculptures. Together, their minds were always in tornado mode, always thinking up something new to make.

So years later you take that adventurous girl and add the most spectacular husband ever, and she can do anything but take orders from a boss. So, she decided to sell painted furniture, and people bought it -- lots of it. Ten years later, people were actually standing in line to buy her work. But she was getting bored and voila in 2004, at the urging of a friend, Matilda Jane Clothing was born. Three years later the business was expanded to include trunk shows and catalog sales.


“I’ll tell you this, do what you love, don’t look back and never take it for granted that you are able to choose the life that you lead. I still get butterflies every time I roll into an art fair or see the photographs of a new piece for the first time. Kind of crazy, huh? It must be love. I wake up most nights thinking of great fabric combinations, which is so much fun I actually make myself jealous. I’m designing a great line of clothing. There are moments that it all seems so unreal.”

Denise is married to an amazing man, David, and has two sons: Joe, age six, who has worn a tie since he was three, and Gabe, age two, whom she lovingly calls “The Beast.” She is a passionate Lake Superior State University hockey fan and adores a good McDonald’s Diet Coke.

Denise and her family make their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she still is always thinking up something new to make.
See her Spring 2008 collection at http://www.matildajaneclothing.com/.

Polka Dot Tutus by Fuzzy Me

This adorable polka dot tutu is handmade by owner Heather Carey of Fuzzy Me Studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Her boutique provides an impressive array of adorable accessories to make all little girls feel like true princesses.
You will find the most unique handmade tutus, pettiskirts other fun creations around. Heather's tutus & pettiskirts are perfect for birthdays, tea parties, weddings, Halloween, dance class, or make-believe play. They can even be used to add a special decorating touch to a little one's room. Tutus & pettiskirts are great to wear while posing for formal portraits or for candids at the park. You will treasure these pictures for years to come.
Heather's fanciful creations will inspire your little girl's imagination with a wide variety of sparkling crowns, tiaras and magic wands. Playing dress-up has never been so much fun!
You can always design-your-own custom tutu inside her shop. The possibilities are endless....
Every month, Heather offers a free contest tutu giveawway. Visit her home page for full details.
Here's to all the little polka dot princesses!

Love Your Kids Key Chains



Welcome Hazel from Lexington, Kentucky as our newest Polka Dot Mom! She owns Mural Devotee, a shop filled with hand-painted key chains, glassware, ornaments and more. Most of her designs feature polka dots and her "My Kids" ball key chains make a perfect gift for Mother's Day!
Hazel and her husband, Tom, have been married for 12 years and they have 3 great kids: Calvin(19), Rachel (9), and Ellie (2).
Hazel writes, "Before I started my business I was an in-house artist for DecoArt (Americana) Paints, where I had my work published in many different magazines, project sheets and books. It was at DecoArt that I gained the confidence to start my own business selling handpainted gifts to shops (wholesale). I started 7 years ago with one VERY good local shop. I have to give the owner, Peggy, credit for mentoring me. She really helped me develop my style. I went to Atlanta Mart Market 2 years ago and the response was overwhelming. I have my merchandise in several stores throughout the eastern U.S. It was just recently that I opened my Etsy store."

She offers a wide selection of hand-painted designs with lots of dots inside her shop, Mural Devotee. We love that you can design-your-own faces to match your child's hair color, style and more. Hazel will paint each item in your choice of colors too. The possibilities are endless!

Visit Hazel today and order your hand-painted "I Love My Kids" key chain today!