Black Polka Dot Friday

In honor of Black Friday, here are some black polka dot gift ideas made by some really groovy moms in business!

The original Dine n' Doodle in black dots and zebra print is the perfect holiday travel gift or stocking stuffer handmade by Rachel of Lil.b.Designs (free shipping offer now through Monday too):

A funky Black and Pink Retro Dots Tote by Pink Lemonade Bags:




A Chic Leopard Dots Baby Bib by Jenny at Colby Lane Designs:



We love everything inside Sunny Day Tags, and we think this pink and black polka dots bag tag is a great holiday stocking stuffer or teacher gift:

I hope you had a safe and happy Black Friday. I did a little work, ate some leftovers and searched for handmade black polka dot gifts just for you.
'Tis the Season!

A Polka Dot Thanksgiving



I've collected some really cute polka dot handmade gifts here today for one reason. I have something to say. I have to tell you one very important thing:

Happy Thanksgiving!
The above Amy Butler Full Moon Dots turkey baby bib is made by Sophia's crafty mom in Washington - see more beautiful gifts inside her shop: Doodlebug Finery on Etsy. You'll love each and every item. Read more about the artist here.

All Things Girly is owned by a crafty mom of four girls (wow!). She created this polka dot ribbon turkey hair bow and I love it! You'll need to click "add shop to favorites" if you have little girls who like new hair bows. This shop is filled with unique ones like a Girl Scout ribbon clippie and a Christmas tree too!
This mom of four girls says, "I got into making bows and "girly" things because of my daughters. I like making things that show their girly side - and they just look so darn cute wearing bows and stuff like that. I liked seeing their eyes light up when I would make a princess bow or something like that, and thought it would be neat to pass it on to others." (We are glad she did!)

Sara's Art created this beautiful painting print for Thanksgiving. It is perfect for your kitchen all-year-round though too!

Sara writes, "I'm a A Christian, wife to sweet husband Dave and mom to three crazy kids! I love to paint, and my house is filled with things that I have painted. Color makes me happy. God and His Word make me happy too. I love to put these two things together and hang God's precious words around my house. I hope that I can share some of this art with you. Come visit me at my blog: http://sara-mincy.blogspot.com/."

I couldn't resist this one. And I probably won't be able to resist a slice of REAL pumpkin pie tomorrow too! Just Felt Hungry's felt pumpkin pie play food looks so real. I know my daughter's would love to have this in their play kitchen. Don't you just love her shop name, Just FELT Hungry?
She writes, "I am a stay-at-home mom of one little boy. My goal is to make play food that can really be played with: I make it strong enough to be handled by little hands without tearing or coming apart. I try to offer original, exotic and colorful items which can teach children to eat and cook a healthy and varied diet too."
Gobble, gobble!
Have a wonderful day with your family and friends. I know many of you are getting ready for big shopping days on Friday and Monday. Take some time tomorrow to turn off the computer. I will if you will!

Monday Moms - Happy Harvest



Happy Thanksgiving week! Are you running around searching for recipes, cleaning the house and shopping for groceries?

Here is something to inspire your decorating:



Visit Ally's Attic Crafts to view her handmade "Harvest" blocks set:

Hand-painted in autumn reds, golds, and greens, these blocks are distressed and stained for that rustic look. The largest block is 2.5" x 5.5" x 2" and the smallest is 3" x 3" x 2". With the set comes a cute prim pumpkin with moss, pip berries, and raffia to finish it off. This set would look fantastic as a centerpiece to your holiday table or on a mantel or sideboard.

If you start your Christmas decorating the day-after Thanksgiving, Ally has some GREAT Christmas block sets too.

Frill Seekers Knows Personalized Gifts



Meet mom and business owner Heidi from Destin, Florida!

Her shop, Frill Seeker Gifts, is filled with the BEST personalized gifts for every occasion. You will not believe her selection and wide range of gift options. They do most of the personalization right in their shop and if you are in Destin, you can visit them anytime.

Owner Heidi LoCicero has always been passionate about all things personalized and polka dot, so when the opportunity presented itself, she opened an at-home biz. Quickly, she realized that her biz had outgrown her home and so she opened a retail store front and online boutique. Her company has been featured in Southern Lady Magazine, The Globe and The Daily News.

Based out of sunny, Destin, Florida on the Sandestin Gold and Beach Resort, Heidi is often inspired by life at the beach in many of the designs she creates. Her daughter, Peyton, 15, is also a "polka dot enthusist" who helps keep fresh ideas popping up in the shop.

She writes, "Our specialty is fast, personalized service."

I picked just a few of my favorite polka dot personalized gifts from Frill Seekers to share with you, but you must see this shop to believe her inventory of CUTE presents for everyone on your list.

Looking for personalized polka dot cups, koozies and coffee mugs?
Heidi has that!



How cute would this personalized polka dot trunk look in a bedroom or playroom? I love this!

Heidi has a big selection of personalized camp trunks and other travel goodies like clipboards and water bottles too.



See you over at Frill Seeker Gifts! You can read their blog too for new products and sale information.

Thank You!



I want to say, "Thanks!"

Thank you for all the e-mails in my inbox and comments here after my missing blog fiasco yesterday. That will make your blood pressure go up, and you all helped me to take a deep breath and stay calm (and to feel loved all at the same time)!

This week I was reading an article about the importance of hosting your own blog since Google owns all Blogger blogs and can take down at any time. And then it happened to me! I need to do more research this weekend on this topic - I'll pass along any news or articles for you to read too.

Back to saying thank you...

I found this beautiful polka dot altered scrapbook tin this morning inside BH Designs' shop. I was searching for a way to say thank you to you and to promote a crafty mom in business at the same time. My search box entries on Etsy always look something like this: "polka dot ______". I love that search box.

BH Designs is owned by Beth, a stay at home mom with three children. She created this altered tin by covering it with high quality papers and embellishments. Included are seven "days of the week" double-sided cards with plenty of room for jotting down daily prayers.

Beth writes, "I have always loved to create and embellish items as gifts. So after years of my family and friends telling me "you should sell your work" here I am. I was excited to hear about Etsy, and I am amazed and inspired by the many talented people here."

See all of the great "polka dot thank you gifts" being made by moms on Etsy.

Back tonight with more great features and new holiday gift ideas too over at http://www.polkadotchristmas.com/.

Where Oh Where Has My Little Blog Gone?



This was ME this morning when I typed http://www.polkadotmom.com/ into my web browser and was greeted with ERROR 404!

Where did my blog go?

Where are all the articles and photos and links and years and years of work?

Where is it?

After e-mailing with Google, they "re-enabled" my "access". Why was my access disabled? I have no idea. Maybe they thought my blog was spam because there are so many links going OUT to mom-owned businesses?

Maybe I need a few more links coming IN?

As I work to figure this out, know that I have stopped crying. For now.

To your business and an ERROR 404-free day for us all!

My Lil' Doodle Bugs Designs



Have you visited the My Lil' Doodle Bugs blog? It is filled with lots of photos of beautiful children's artwork and custom paintings by owner Christiane Price. I love to pop on over to her blog to see what's new. (Her holiday gifts are now in stock!)

Christiane writes, "I am a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband named Jason and I am also a stay at home mother of two high energy toddler boys. Collin who is 4 and Elliott who is 2-1/2. I have always had an interest in arts my entire life. From painting, to sewing, jewelry making and scrapbooking --- I love it all!"

She says her two boys are her heart and soul, and the real reason she started doing children's designs. My Lil' Doodle Bugs opened this spring and specializes in custom children's artwork.



Every order is a custom and original piece that is created especially for you. Christiane can customize any artwork according to color, child's interest, or room decor. She loves helping her customers and clients take part in the design process and create something that is truly one of a kind for their friends or little ones.

When you visit her shop, you'll see custom artwork created for baby nurseries, kid's rooms and your home. Now in stock for the holidays, find children's personalized hand-painted placemats and beautiful ornaments too.

See you over at My Lil' Doodle Bugs!

http://www.mylildoodlebugs.blogspot.com/

Sugar Sweet Baby Wraps



Meet crafty gal, Lara! She is the owner of Sugar Sweet Baby and proud mommy to Logan and Callie.

Lara writes, "I have always been interested in fashion and making the necessities we need more enjoyable to look at. I believe that when you have a baby you do not have to compromise your style. I design products that are fun and stylish for Mom and Dad and visibly stimulating for your baby."

Her line of handmade Baby Wraps are gorgeous, stylish, and a absolute MUST for new parents. The wrap distributes your baby's weight so there is no back pain involved. You can do may different positions, such as the newborn hug hold, front carry, hip carry and more.

We all know that newborns especially love being so close to their parents which makes it easier to form that close bond.

Lara writes, "The wrap is also good for babies with gas and colic. A happier baby means they have more alert quiet time, letting them learn their surroundings better. I could list the benefits for hours! Not only is the baby happy, but so is Mom and Dad."

"I now tie the wrap on me before I leave to grocery shop, get to the store, put Callie in the wrap and Logan in the cart and off we go! It's much easier then a stroller or infant carseat. Not only do I make wraps, but I also make blankets that are soft and gorgeous, infant hair clips and more! Check out the site and don't forget to fill out your email address in the newsletter box. I do give-a-ways and special discounts. The Holidays are coming, so stock up with our specials!"

Lara has also put together a fabulous How-To Wear Your Baby Wrap free tutorial.

I think her baby wraps (and her entire gift collection) make the most thoughtful gift for new moms. This is one baby gift that she will use everyday and remember forever as her favorite and most essential baby gift.

Reader Coupon
Receive 15% off your purchase of $20.00 or more when you use coupon code "PolkaDotMom" at check-out (coupon expires 12/1/08). Thanks, Lara!

http://www.sugarsweetbaby.com/

For Veterans Day



Did you know?
  • Veteran's Day always falls on November 11th, no exceptions.
  • In 1918, World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when an armistice was signed declaring the "war to end all wars" was finally over.
  • The next year on November 11th, the U.S. called the day "Armistice Day" in memory of all the men and women who served in WWI.
  • Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954.
  • Veterans Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. to honor all who have served in the nation's armed forces.


Take A Moment To Thank A Veteran

When you see someone in a uniform
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call,

Take a moment to thank them
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.

Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing;
To keep us safe in the USA!"

By Joanna Fuchs (www.poemsource.com)

Read more at Kidz World and Poem Source.

These Bows Really Are 2 Cute!



Meet Jamie, crafty bow-making mom of two and owner of Bows 2 Cute!

When her daughter, Brynnley was born she barely had ANY hair until she was nine months old. Jamie writes, "Headbands were always too small for her head and when she finally did have enough hair to put a bow in, I refused to pay $9.00 for one clip designed to stay in barely-there hair."

Jamie took one look at her own over-stuffed craft cabinets, grabbed the materials she needed and began making her own hair bows. Her specialty is "bows for fine, thin or barely-there hair!" Bows 2 Cute has been open for business over two years now.



She is one of those really busy, multi-tasking moms too. She teaches preschool special education full-time and has TWO websites "on the side", she says.

I don't know how she does it!

Jamie writes, "Most days I come home from work, make dinner and then work on bows for way longer than I should, but my goal for starting this business has always been to have great customer service as well as offer my bows at a more affordable price."

Bows start at only $2.50 at Bows 2 Cute. Thanks, Jamie for working so hard to make the CUTEST hair bows for our babies and girls!



This is one of my personal favorites - new baby and toddler beanies with polka dot ribbons and bows woven through them. These definitely fit into Jamie's "cute" theme! (Beanies available soon.)

See you over at Bows 2 Cute!

Hump Day Inspiration



Find loads more inpiration here by Home Grown Hospitality. For some reason I just needed this today. May you find some inspiring words through her art to start your day too.

Thanks for sharing this artist, Julie!