Help with your heavy burdens from Olives Ltd.


Christian mommy Amy, owner of Olives Ltd. and mom of two busy boys is hosting a Bible-inspired giveaway on her blog, The Preppy Pink Olive.


She begins her giveaway post with Matthew 11:28 -


If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens,
Come to me and I will give you rest.


You will love reading her post, and while you are there, enter to win your choice of one Mixed Bag in yellow personalized with your initial!


Enter Amy's giveaway here.


Amy's business, Olives Ltd. is listed to your left as a "Polka Dot Mom Shop". She is a wonderful person, inside and out!


Amy's personalized Mixed Bag giveaway ends 11/6/09.


Photo courtesy Mixed Bag Designs: www.mixedbagdesigns.com

Power Tool Pumpkin Fun


Look what Nazra of Make It, Bake It, Create It made: Polka Dot (Power Drill) Pumpkins!

All you need is a pumpkin, carving tools, a power drill, drill bit the size of dots you want and tea lights.

Nazra says:

Cut off the top
Clean out your pumpkin
Start drilling polka dot "holes" all over your pumpkin
Place tea lights inside
Decorate your front porch with your very own...

POLKA DOT PUMPKIN

Read Nazra's complete instructions on her blog, Make It, Bake It, Create It.

Thanks to Krystal for sharing this idea with us! Find something that Polka Dot Moms would love? Send to Sally at polkadotmom@gmail.com.

Enter to Win Christmas Stationery


What do you think of these "Christmas Ladies" illustrations by Natalie at Sweet Lemons Gifts?
If you are one of the THREE winners of her giveaway, you may pick any of these designs for your stationery!
Two more days to enter here.

Free Gift Tag Printables

Designed by Rachel of Fog and Thistle (she was featured on Martha) -

The free download of her "Tree for All Seasons" includes four gift tag templates with colors for fall, winter, spring and summer.

I think the fall tree tag is perfect for your Halloween party favor bags as well as Thanksgiving gifts. Her design is classic and cute - my favorite!

Print on thick cardstock, punch a hole, then string with a coordinating polka dot ribbon to complete your gift tag.

Be sure to leave Rachel a comment to say, "Thanks!" if you download her gift tags. :)

Sweet Lemons Gifts Stationery Giveaway


Meet Natalie - owner of Sweet Lemons Gifts and busy Memphis, Tennessee mom of two little ones. She is hosting 31 Proverbs in 31 Days on her family blog too.
She designs beautiful stationery and her Christmas 2009 line of notes, labels, gift stickers and photo cards are now available. See her full collection on the Sweet Lemons Blog. Here is a sneak peek for you:


I love these Christmas Santa personalized notes:


...and this Scallop Monogram note card design is calling my name (actually Blake and Haley's name...):



Natalie would like to graciously give THREE Polka Dot Mom readers the chance to win one set of 12 folded note cards from her Christmas collection.

Here's a few ways to enter to win your own set of 12 note cards from Sweet Lemons:
  1. Become a Sweet Lemons Blog follower
  2. Add Sweet Lemons to your Etsy "Favorite Shops"
  3. Blog about this giveaway (note the link in your comment)

You may leave one comment for each entry, so 3 chances to win. Make sure I can find your e-mail address if you are our winner. :)

Maybe you will pick this cute Christmas tree personalized note card:


Thanks, Natalie! I love all of your designs and I know you will take good care of our Polka Dot Mom winner. :)

Now go visit her blog and store, then come back here and leave a comment below.

Have a blessed Monday!
Contest ends 10/31/09.

Upcoming Giveaway Sneak Peek


You're going to love this giveaway from one of our sponsors! Stay tuned.


I'm taking my two little girls to "dinner and a movie" tonight at our friend's church. They are playing our favorite Halloween movie, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" in the gym. I think they are even bringing in inflatables! Did I ever tell you that my 5-year-old broke her clavicle bouncing off one of those inflatable slides? Oh dear....


Keeping up with my business, blogs and my two little girls' activities (and playing with them after school) has really thrown me for a loop this month. How are we supposed to get everything done? Not to mention cleaning and cooking and household chores. I keep re-reading the Proverbs 31 Bible verse and thinking, "Wow! How did she do all that?" It is something to work toward. I think the first step for me is NOT to watch my television shows on Bravo or SoapNet at night, I know, I know....


So, how do you get it all done? How do you balance shipping your customer's orders, answering e-mails, picking up the kids from school, doing laundry, making meals and squeezing in time for a shower (oh, and baths for the girls too!)?


Help!


P.S. - I'll have the new giveaway up in a few days. Jenny from http://www.petalzandfinz.com/ is the Whimsy Couture giveaway winner!

Isaiah 43 Project Website

A work in progress...go check it out and become a follower!
Thank YOU for all of your support.
Emily has received so many prayers and personalized gifts, her mom and dad are so thankful. I told her, "There are still more gifts coming!"
I will share those with you here and on the new website for the project.
(Today is the last day to enter the Whimsy Couture giveaway below - and Denise is also hosting a fundraiser for the "Emily Pattern" on her website too!)

Gifts for Emily from Polka Dot Moms

Thank you Betty for such a beautiful personalized tile to launch Emily's care package and the Isaiah 43:1 Project!


Look at our first batch of personalized gifts for Emily!
The Lord says, "I have called you by name, You are Mine." (Isaiah 43:1)
I have heard from so many of you. Thank you for your kind words, encouragement and willingness to help. Donations are still being accepted for Emily Schmidt. Please write me at isaiah43project@gmail.com for information.
Your continued prayers for Emily are needed. From Cincinnati Children's Hospital her parents write,
"Emily started a salvage high dose chemo on 10/15 with two cycles before going into her bone marrow transplant. Doctor hopes to transplant her within 8 weeks, as long as the donor pulls through. So many kids here don't have a matching donor. We thank all of you who offered to be tested to be a match and I urge you to act if called upon, as someone's life is depending on it. Since our two weeks here, Emily's lymphoma has already spread into her pelvis, femur and spinal cord and brain. We will not lose our faith that this next round of chemo will help to melt away her cancer so she can have a transplant. Please pray that Emily's donor will come through and a transplant will happen for her."
Emily is not allowed visitors, only mail - so our gifts will be arriving at the perfect time.
Thank you to the moms who donated the first batch of personalized gifts for Emily shown above:

Thank you, ladies!

(Sorry for the photos - it has been raining so much here in Birmingham!)

I will be continuing my prayers for Emily.

I would like to send a batch of Isaiah 43:1-inspired personalized gifts to two children in need for November and December. Do you know a child or family we can love? Let's show them that God knows their name and He knows exactly where they are. Send me a note with a link to their story to isaiah43project@gmail.com.

May God bless you!

Whimsy Couture Sewing Pattern Giveaway

You can learn how to make this...


...or this...

...or this!
Whimsy Couture owner and talented seamstress Denise would like to give one Polka Dot Mom reader her choice of THREE sewing pattern tutorials (e-books).
Just in time for your fall and winter sewing projects, Denise has created new pant, romper, jacket and long-sleeve sewing patterns for us!
This giveaway ends Thursday, October 22, 2009.
Here are four ways to win (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
  1. Are you a Polka Dot Mom follower?
  2. Are you a Whimsy Couture blog follower?
  3. Tell Denise the TOP 3 things you are looking for when you purchase a sewing pattern e-book. What can an e-book author do to make you a satisfied customer?
  4. Add Whimsy Couture to your favorite Etsy sellers.

Make sure I can find your e-mail address too!

Good luck!


Fall Decor: Just Add Polka Dots

This fabulous framed pumpkin decor by The Happy Homebody is so cute! I love me some gingham check scrapbook paper...I think all this craft needs for my house is a black polka dot ribbon bow tied around the stem! See? Just add polka dots! :)




Here is another dollar store pumpkin craft by 320 Sycamore. The halved $1 pumpkin is tied with a gingham check ribbon and glued right to the plate! I love it. All I would add? A polka dot plate OR a polka dot ribbon! :)

How are you decorating for Halloween?

Here is a cute polka dot pumpkin idea from The Gift Closet.

How about a sneak peek into Leigh Anne's decorated home? She made giant hanging pumkins out of paper lanterns!

Have a super Monday!

Be Still Sunday: Proverbs 31


Ruby Quartz Ring handcrafted by mom Tetty from Texas of L Ling Designs.

The Wife of Noble Character (Proverbs 31: 10-31)

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.



Like this verse? You'll love http://www.proverbs31.org/ - "Bringing God's peace, perspective, and purpose to today's busy woman."

Holiday Advertising for Mom Businesses

The holidays are coming!

Family dinners, wine, good food and friends...and a great time for customers to find and fall in love with YOUR mom-owned handmade business.

I want them to be talking about YOUR business around the holiday dinner table this year!

I am happy to open up a few advertising spots for the holidays to help our readers find your shop!

Contact me at polkadotmom@gmail.com for the details. It's so simple and so affordable.

Thousands and thousands of readers visit Polka Dot Mom each month. Ad spots include a feature article about you and your company.

Book your spot today - there is a special sale going on now that I will tell you about when you send me a note. :)

Isaiah 43:1 Project for Emily


I have received so many nice e-mails about Emily Schmidt and to encourage me in this new Isaiah 43:1 Project. Thank you!

We now have ten personalized gifts to send to Emily. TEN! Isn't that wonderful?

Emily's parents write, "We are now at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and we are getting acclimated to this new facility. Emily was brought by The Waterford Fire Department Ambulance on Friday from Ann Arbor to Cincinnati. She is currently in good spirits and is decorating her new room. The doctors here are working on a new plan for Emily and we are in search of a Bone Marrow Donor."

Please write me at isaiah43project@gmail.com with any questions.

Do you know a child in need that we can hug and love with personalized gifts? The goal of the Isaiah 43:1 Project is to show each child that God knows them by name, that they are His.

I am researching opening a boutique filled with items to purchase. With your donation, we will personalize your selected gifts, attach an Isaiah 43:1 bible verse tag and ship directly to your selected child in need.

Would you like your product to be in this special boutique? Send me a note with a photo of your product if possible.

God bless!

Look for photos of Emily's care package this weekend - thank you to each of the crafty moms who are painting and sewing and cutting Emily's name as we speak! :)

Prayers 4 Emily Schmidt

Meet sweet Emily Schmidt.

I wish I didn't have to write this. Oh dear, the tears are starting to flow now.

Emily is the 7-year-old daughter of Craig and Melissa Schmidt. Craig and my husband have been best friends since they were little guys running around Lake Sherwood in Commerce Township, Michigan. Her mom Melissa is the kindest, most giving person you'll ever meet. Emily has an older brother, Hunter.

My daughter Mia just LOVES Emily. Emily is everyone's friend, a gracious hostess and always with a smile and a hug for you.

Here is a photo of Craig, Melissa, Emily and her brother Hunter last summer:


This summer, Emily was admitted to University of Michigan hospital. Her parents thought she had a really bad case of mono. After many tests, doctors diagnosed Emily with Stage 3 non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (most common in adults) as well as HLH, a rare cell disease.

During her first month at this hospital, Emily experienced many complications due to the Epstein Barr (mono) virus and her chemotherapy including heart failure, pneumonia, BK virus, psoriasis, mouth and throat ulcers and infection, teeth abcesses and more. She returned home for two weeks, then returned to U of M for another round of chemotherapy.


Her home church has arranged a bone marrow drive and fundraisers for the family. Craig and Melissa's friends and family have organized two benefit events for Emily. Sadly, she was not able to attend either due to being re-admitted to the hospital each time.

Today, Emily is being transported via ambulance to Cincinnati Children's Hospital (donated) because of her rare diseases and new discovery of cancerous cells on her lungs, spine, spleen, kidneys and liver. The next course of action is a Bone Marrow Transplant.

Her family cannot say enough about Emily's strength. They are amazed at her courage. When asked how she feels about all of this Emily says, "Well, I just try to be good, and hope it's over soon."

If you feel lead to help me give this little girl a little love today, please pray for Emily. You can read more about her story at http://www.prayers4emily.com/.

You may have read on my website about God whispering this Isaiah 43:1 Bible verse to me since August:

The Lord says,
"I have called you by name.
You are Mine."

I want every child to know that God knows them by name. Will you help me?

I am sending a care package to Cincinnati for Emily. If you are called to create a personalized gift with Emily's name on it (or her mom Melissa, or brother Hunter), please send me a note to isaiah43project@gmail.com.

Or if Emily's story has inspired you to create a gift for a child in your town who needs to know that God knows them by name, I ask you to please create a personalized gift for them. Please send photos of your creations to me at isaiah43project@gmail.com so we may bring even more crafty moms into this project.

God bless you all. Thank you for praying for Emily and all the children in need of prayers. "For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).

10 percent off all polka dot fabrics

The gals at Quilt Sandwich want to give all Polka Dot Mom readers a special 10% off discount good toward the purchase of ANY of their polka dot fabrics (2 pages worth).

Just send them a message requesting the "polka dot discount" and they will apply to your order of polka dot fabrics.

Above is my FAVE by Dena Designs.

Thanks, Becca and Kris!