Go Green (polka dot style) at Target

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Can you believe all these CUTE green polka dot finds at Target?


They must know I like green.

They must know I like polka dots.

They must be getting ready for spring-cleaning and spring-decorating projects by moms with great taste in home design!

Which is your favorite?

Cora Paige Benefit Through March 5th

Polka dot First Birthday Cake Ladybug

I am so happy that the playground benefit for Cora Paige will continue through her first birthday date, March 5th. On this difficult day for her family, we will send our donations as a group.

There is still time for you to list your "Cora Paige" listings on www.etsy.com OR on your own website. Check back on March 5th for the PayPal account to send your donations.

A wonderful article about the family and this project was written by Joys Hope and Pampering Beki inside the Etsy Storque this weekend. Learn how to join this movement here too.

From Jess & Joel's most recent post:

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
Lamentations 3:22-24

Polka Dots for Cora Paige

Moms from all over the country are creating handmade gifts and Etsy listings to benefit the Cora Paige Playground project. I've been shopping...have you?

The precious polka dot handmade doll above is made by The Buzy Bee, a Maryland mom of three. Definitely add her eclectic shop to your favorites!

Sweet polka dot baby hair clips set by Luca Bella. She also has beautiful purses, pacifier clips and boutique fabric diaper wipe cases inside Luca Bella.

Print-your-own polka dot cupcake stationery, gift cards and letterhead thanks to $5 PDF files to benefit Cora's playground from Style and Design.

Gorgeous polka dot fabric "messy hair clips" made by Julie - these are flying off the Joy's Hope Etsy shelves!

Please, oh please relist this polka dot pillow for Cora ...I love it (and apparently I didn't act fast enough)!

Thank you to everyone who has already shopped on behalf of Cora Paige and to those of you who are sewing, cutting and glueing as we speak to ship our your Cora Paige orders.

From Cora's mommy, Jess:

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23

For Cora Paige

Crafty moms on Etsy have come together this weekend creating handmade treasures for the Cora Paige "Build Her Playground" Fund.

Cora's story has touched so many through their family blog. Her mom kept an online journal of her sweet daughter Cora's first year. When you read previous posts, you see sweet Cora playing with her family and friends in countless photos. You can read about her first Christmas and how she was sick with three ear infections in a row, and how her parents Joel and Jess couldn't understand why she had been sick so much. Then read about a doctor's appointment in January that will break your heart, and see the next three weeks of this family's struggle as they tried to heal Cora in the hospital. Then one last post from Cora's mommy, "Cora is with Jesus today."

Every blog entry from this family ended with a Bible verse, then a list of the day's "Praises" and "Prayer Requests".

As you read Cora's family blog, you will be inspired. You will cry. You will want to hug your kids a little tighter. And I hope you will pray for Joel and Jess, as that is all they ask.

This verse is from her most recent post on the Cora's Playground site:
"My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:15-16

If you would like to donate the proceeds from the sale of your items on Etsy, please put "Cora Paige" in the title so customers may find you. Promote this benefit on your blog today. See a full list of Cora Paige Friends on Etsy compiled by My Favorite Things.

(playground image courtesy My Favorite Things)

If you have any questions about the benefit, please e-mail me at polkadotmom@gmail.com.

We are saving our receipts and will all donate our proceeds on the same day. I hope you will join us in helping to build a playground in Cora's honor at her home church in Kansas.

See all of the Cora Paige benefit items on Etsy.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing a polka-dot-filled Valentine's Day to you and yours!

Love, Sally
(and my silly polka-dot-daughters)

T.I.C.A. - Thursday's "That Is Cute! Award"

Sometimes I "pop" in to Etsy and something on the front page catches my eye and I just have to share it with you!

The very first T.I.C.A. award goes to Ekoh Designs, "a little bit of paper-covered love".

I cannot remember which of her items was on the front page, because once inside her shop I started clicking around so frantically and loving every single item I opened!

These polka dot butterfly storage tins are one of my favorites, and aren't they CUTE?!

Ekoh writes, a "pretty little quart and pint tins with lids. Orange butterflies and blue mini-dots, the perfect combo. A place for your barrettes, crayons, paperclips, pens or whatever you wish...." Only $12 for the pair!

This crafty mom says, "I get a lot of my inspiration from my 3 kiddos, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my six year old daughter who loves crafting even more than I do. She always let's me know what doesn't look right. I got my artistic talents from my Mom (and Gma, 4 generations!) and a lot of these ideas as well. So thanks, Mom! Those things being said, I simply love to create and I hope that you like what I've made."

Another cute paper-covered tin set I think it totally CUTE:

See you over at Ekoh Designs - tell her congrats on winning the first T.I.C.A. award from Polka Dot Mom!

Monday Moms - Free Valentine How-To's

J. Caroline has a free no-sew Valentine card and banner tutorial on her website that you will love!

Scrap N' Fonts has tons of cute fonts for your Valentine's Day cards and projects. This site is addicting, clicker beware!

Lettering Delights is another great font site too...for digital scrapbookers and personal bloggers alike. Find a new Free candy bar wrapper template this week on http://www.letteringdelights.com/. See their Valentine's Day bundle of pre-made cards while you are there too.

Free Valentine's Day Sweetheart Table Runner by http://www.youcanmakethis.com/. Click "Free Projects" for even MORE great ideas and tutorials...all free!

My youngest daughter is home sick today and sleeping next to me on the couch. She is such a light sleeper that I dare not move her to her room. Do you think she'll wake up when I rev up the sewing machine? She has a terrible cough and fever and needs her rest...perhaps mommy will not be sewing today!

15 Minutes a Day

I just read a great article on StartupPrincess.com, a great business-resource site, titled "Use 15 Minutes Every Day to Grow Your Business".

Author Erika Wilde has these ideas for your 15 minutes:
  • Research one competitor’s web site and product line.
  • Make one extra phone call.
  • Look at the day’s web analytics and compare to the previous week.
  • Write one more “FAQ” or short article for my website.
  • Update or “freshen up” one page on my website.
  • Edit one photograph to make it work better online.
  • Email one supplier with a quick thank you note.
  • Solicit a couple of repeat customers for product reviews.
  • Search online for one related product to add to my line.
  • Start work on a press release.
  • Add internal web links on keywords in one article.

I love this quick tip! You can also read articles about how to use Twitter for your business, or how-to "Acknowledge Mistakes with a Sense of Humor" all at http://startupprincess.com/wordpress/.

While you are checking your watch and timing your 15 minutes, why not wear this amazing polka dot lampwork bead watch made by WM Jewelry? Isn't it fabulous?

Wonderfully Made Jewelry is owned by Mindi, a Kansas City mom of two who is a graphic designer and jewelry artist. She writes, "I love making things that inspire and bring joy to others. I try to make every piece original and fun"...and Wonderfully Made!

Hair Sprinkles Winner

Good thing my daughter woke me up for a glass of water right before the deadline giveaway at 1:00 a.m. Central time. Thanks, Mia! (ugh.)

The winner is Laura Pounders. Congratulations!

Kim is having a BIG 25% off everything sale now through Sunday, February 8th at http://hairsprinkles.etsy.com/ so you can pick your favorite bows starting at only $3.50 each.

Would you like us to host a giveaway for your products too? Send me a note to polkadotmom@gmail.com for details.

Basket of Goodness

There are a bunch of "goodies" to share with you today...all GOOD NEWS!

First, the Hair Sprinkles Giveaway ends tonight at midnight (PST). I have loved reading all of your entries!

Second, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has recommended a one-year stay on the CPSIA enforcement of lead-testing for "certain products". Read the full press release from the CPSC. Some blogs say, "Hooray!" and some say, "Not so fast." Please do your best to stay informed on this topic and I will issue updates as needed.

Third, I was so happy to see that my friend Pam at Sew Gracious had the perfect "basket" photo available for this post. See all of her adorable Easter basket purses inside http://sewgracious.etsy.com.

I hope your "basket" is full of "goodness" too!

Ephesians 5:9 "for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth...."