Back-to-School Labels You'll Love




Meet busy mom and entrepreneur Laura Porreca, owner of Lovable Labels. Laura is dedicated to helping us label our kid's school supplies, clothing and sippy cups all year round. Her shop is filled with label-goodness in all shapes, sizes and design. She has the label you need. Her company slogan is, "Don't Lose It, Label It!"



When Laura's first child entered daycare, she was told to label all his belongings. This meant labeling everything from his outdoor clothing and indoor and outdoor shoes, to his lunches, sippy cups and backpack. Unable to find anything that met her standards and would stay put, Laura recognized a need in the market for personalized labels that were tough and durable and could stand the test of time and the everyday use that children put them through.



Laura writes, "If you have children, August and early September represents more than summer ending, cooler weather and windy fall nights. School begins once again for millions of kids across the country. Getting your child prepared with all of their back-to-school supplies, regardless of whether they are in Kindergarten or a senior in high school, is a must, and can be incredibly stressful."



"Now we know what you’re thinking, this happens every year, there is no changing it, but we can help with making sure that everything your hard earned money has purchased will come home with your wonderful bundles of joy when that bell rings at 3:00."



Laura wants to make sure we never have to dig through the dreaded LOST & FOUND box in the principal's office ever again! With Laura's help, your child's newly labeled lunchbox will make it home!
Lovable Labels makes “kid proof” labels; there is nothing your child can do to these labels that they haven’t already tired. They are dishwasher- and microwave-safe, UV protected and washer and dryer friendly.



Laura has created an extensive variety of labels like classic personalized Sticker Labels, Slimlines, Iron-Ons, Clothing Dots, Fun Stickies, Bag Tags, Mini-Metal Tags, Medical and Vital Id Wristbands and Personalized Story Books, where your little hero becomes the hero in their very own story.



She even has a collection of labels that are Just For Mom. Thanks, Laura!


Visit http://www.lovablelabels.ca/ today to see more of her great selection of personalized labels.

Monday Moms Get Crafty!



Today we have two craft projects that I am just waiting to try from two crafty mom's blogs that I read almost every day. You will love these projects and be sure to add their blogs to your favorites so you don't miss a single craft idea!



This gorgeous decoupage bucket above is made by Julie of Joy's Hope. She makes the coolest craft projects and posts something new every day, but this bucket just keeps calling my name and saying, "Make Me! Make Me!" She started with simple tin buckets from the craft store or home center and her favorite papers. Read how to make your own decoupage scrapbook paper bucket on her blog. Take a minute to "read around" her blog - you'll love it!




One of my daily blog reads is written by crafty mom, Kimba. She made this above basket of ribbon deliciousness and posted photos on her blog, A Soft Place to Land. She calls it a "Ribbon Ragamuffin". I just love this idea! Perfect for decorating your office, child's room, kitchen or a fun corner of your home just for you. Apparently these can be made into full ribbon garlands too! Read more about Kimba's Ribbon Ragamuffins on her blog.

Happy Monday!

Scrapbook-Style Photo Birth Announcements



Are those real ribbons? Look at those cute buttons!



Introducing Heavenly Impressions scrapbook-inspired photo birth announcements made by owner Rachel Fultz. Each of her creations has a unique 3-D look. Believe it or not, they are not individually embellished. The buttons, ribbons, tags and bows are professionally printed directly on photo paper for a charming and delightful keepsake!

Rachel and her family live in Shreveport, Louisiana where she started her business in 2005 after the birth of her son. A teacher by trade, Rachel now runs her Christian home-based business full-time. Her innovative and creative product line includes birth announcements as well as photo birthday invitations, holiday cards, vintage photo collage plates and more!



We just love that her birth announcement creations can be one of a kind. She is happy to create a custom card to celebrate the birth of your baby girl, boy or twins!

Every little detail on Rachel's cards looks so real that you just want to touch and feel them!

Her line now includes Christmas cards, save the date cards, bridal and baby shower invitations, religious ceremony invitations, and matching return address labels too.

Rachel offers fast and friendly e-mail or phone customer service and we are proud to have her as a Polka Dot Mom. See below for a special discount for our readers only!



Reader Coupon: Place your photo announcement or photo invitation order by September 5th and mention "Polka Dot Mom" to receive FREE shipping. Thanks, Rachel!
Visit Rachel today and see her beautiful scrapbook-style photo invitations and announcements.

Polka Dot Plates and Napkins Giveaway




I am hosting a fun giveaway and I wanted to share it with you:


Planning a polka dot party? Visit http://www.polkadotbirthday.com/ and enter by tomorrow night for a chance to win your choice of polka dot plates and napkins for a party of 24 guests.


The winner can choose from pink and green, chocolate and pink or chocolate and aqua dots plates and napkins. See all of your polka dot paper choices available at Polka Dot Market.


Enter by Wednesday night!

Monday Moms - BOO!



This is the new photo for our "Monday Moms" segment...I'm a little late in writing today and have finished my morning coffee, but I want us to think of this weekly segment as something fun to read over our Monday morning coffee. I'll post earlier in the morning next week, I promise!

Lizzy Lane Boutique is having a 2008 Model Search! For free products year-round in exchange for photos, enter your little model in this contest hosted by Lizzy Lane Boutique.

This week's Monday Moms have inspired me with their cute polka dot Halloween collections:




Emmie Cakes is a new shop owned by Tina, a mom of four, filled with the cutest Halloween paper banners!




Your new boutique Halloween tote from Sew Gracious is now in stock! Visit Pam's blog for lots of updates, surprise specials and sales.




This is a new Etsy shop to me! So glad I found it - owners Jeanne and Jennifer are very busy moms. Jeanne has 4 kids and Jen has seven. Oh my goodness. And when did they find the time to design and sew this totally cute Halloween polka dot skirts? Visit the gals at Bugs N' Bees for lots of really cute clothing!

Send me your sales and new products for next week's Monday Moms feature. Have a great day!

Something New This Week? Comment to be a Monday Mom

I am looking for a few good moms to feature in our new "Monday Moms" article.

Are you having a sale this week? Did you just add a new product to your shop?

Please leave a comment here and I will choose 3-4 moms for tomorrow morning's article.

Thanks for helping me promote crafty moms in business!

Miss Priss Tutus by Dallas



Do you have a sassy little princess in your life that loves to dance, twirl and play dress-up? If you do, then look no further! Here is her perfect accessory, a Miss Priss Tutu!

Created in December 2006 by owner and stay-at-home mother of two daughters Dallas Roe, Miss Priss is the nickname of her eldest daughter and a logical choice to name her budding tutu business. Hundreds of tutus and happy clients later, Dallas and Miss Priss Tutus continues to provide a top-quality, fun and creative product for the "Miss Priss" in your life.

Her tutus are super poofy and will make your little one look and feel like a princess. Each is made from soft, non-itchy tulle. Several celebrities own Miss Priss Tutus too!

Dallas' handmade tutus are great for photo shoots, costumes and dress-up play. The possibilities are endless.


Like FREE things? Check out her Miss Priss blog for a free tutu giveaway - you can enter through Sunday, August 17th.

Trying Something New

I'm trying something new. Will you try it right along with me?

Our featured moms and our many readers can now meet inside the Polka Dot Mom Facebook group!

It's free and the invitation is open to all of you. We can meet each other, share photos of our newest products, laugh and have fun. I personally want to see how many of you are up late at night drinking coffee like me!

I look forward to getting to know each of you better. See you at the Polka Dot Mom Facebook Group.

Come on...it will be fun!

Monday Moms

Mondays are always filled with lots of e-mails and phone calls for my business and there are so many things I want to share with you, so I am starting a new "Monday Moms" post where I will fill you in on the latest news from an array of crafty moms in business. Here I go!



The stunning pottery-button hair clips pictured above are made by Lily Stratton, owner of Lily Pottery. You may have seen her work before...yes, she is the Grand Prize Winner of the Girl Indie Designer Contest! As part of her prize, Lily won three months of FREE advertising her on Polka Dot Mom. We are happy to have her join us! Look for an upcoming full-length feature of her work, but today you can check out the Lily Pottery Blog or her website for new products. We welcome Lily to Polka Dot Mom!




Next, I am thrilled to announce that my friend Carol, owner of Little Bow Peep Tails, now has her fall mule ribbon shoes in stock! Hooray! These shoes by OKA b are the most comfortable shoes ever. I own the ribbon sandals (Carol has these in stock too) and just love them. I must admit, I am a mule-girl. Love my mules - I own lots and lots (just ask my sisters)!
Carol includes three sets of ribbons with each shoe purchase. You choose two sets from any of her ribbons - solids, polkas, stripes, ginghams and plaids. The ribbons are heat-sealed and cut to the perfect length for change-outs. Guess what? You can wash these shoes on the top rack of your dishwasher! See Carol's full line of ribbon sandals and mules on her website today.


Last, but not least our friend, Cydney, owner of Savvy Girl & Company is having a PINK SALE!
Today only, purchase any piece of her stunning jewelry that is pink and receive free shipping.
I thought you might like that one! See all of her current pieces on her blog:
http://savvygirlcompany.blogspot.com
I hope you all have a great Monday!

Hand Stamped Pendants by Queen Bee




Meet our newest crafty Polka Dot Mom, Amanda of Queen Bee Designs by Amanda!

She is truly the "Queen Bee" of her home. She lives with her husband, her two sons and even their pet dog, tortoise and guinea pig are boys! Amanda is a former first grade teacher who loves to scrapbook and decoupage anything and everything. I need to ask her to write an article about decoupage...it is such a cool craft that I want to try!

Amanda received a hand-stamped pendant with her boy's names on it as a gift and just fell in love with the craft from there. She started her crafty business like many of us did - with lots and lots of research and plastic bins filled with samples and mistakes and loads of fabric (oh wait, that's me).

Back to Queen Bee Designs...I love Amanda's hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry so much. The great thing about buying your gifts from a small business crafter is they can personalize the gift to be exactly what you are looking for. Amanda stamps each piece herself and has created custom pendants with Bible verses, bridesmaids names, children's names and even bride and groom names with their wedding date.

On her new pieces she has added pearl and precious stone dangles (I am a big fan of this look).

Amanda has titled her craft "personalized sterling silver hand-stamped pendants". Most of her cerustomers are mommies, but she also caters to grandmas, dads and grads.

Her current project is for a bridal party of twelve. Each bridesmaid and groomsman will receive a unique piece to cherish for years to come.

Every hand-stamped pendant order includes an 18" sterling silver petite ball chain necklace. Swarovski crystal or freshwater pearl dangles are shown in many of her designs and may be added to any order.



Amanda processes her orders via her blog at http://www.queenbeedesignsbyamanda.blogspot.com/.

You can e-mail her your ideas. She writes, "your imagination is the limit, so take a look around and let's get stamping!"


Mention "Polka Dot Mom" in your e-mail to Amanda and receive 10% off your entire order. Thanks, Queen Bee!

Big Ribbon Sale at Bella Joys


I think today is the last day for this sale, so head on over to see Christy at Bella Joys right away to save 30% off all retail ribbons and 20% off all wholesale ribbons.
Stock up for your holiday projects too!