Saturday, January 25, 2014

Heirloom Sewing Inspiration

For some reason this time of year I get the "itch" to do some heirloom sewing. As you know if you've read my profile, I have been doing Heirloom Sewing by hand and machine for over 25 years. Yes, that makes me old but only in the way I look. LOL. Any way, I have a board on my personal Pinterest page called "Heirloom Sewing". As you can guess, I post beautiful pictures of garments that I love! I'm also noticing a trend. People are using ecru lace on their garments more and more instead of white lace. Both are beautiful but trends come and go. Below are some examples of pins from my board.

beautiful first communion dress Option #3Tea dressNote: These are not my pictures.

I think I'll make a daygown out of blue fabric and ecru lace. Next, I have to design how I want the daygown. I'll keep you posted on the fun! 


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Friday, November 1, 2013

Daily Deals Sale Page

Recently, I started a "Daily Deals" tab in the menu. In all honestly, I planned to keep it frequently updated. Hasn't happened! Today it has been uploaded with all new items. This weekend we are featuring a fantastic sale on Flannel Swaddling Blankets by Swaddle Designs. Here are a few pics of some of the great blankets for sale:

Morning Sky Elephants and Chickies Swaddling Blanket
Bright Pink Dots Organic Blanket
Kiwi Paisleys Blanket
All the blankets measure 44" x 44" making them perfect for swaddling your precious little one. They also make great nursing covers for moms and great sun covers for baby carriers. I'm sure you can think of a lot more uses for these fabulous blankets! They are a great gift to have on hand for a baby shower, christmas, or any occasion.

The sale price is only listed on the Daily Deals page (not on the brand name or swaddling blankets pages). You MUST purchase off the Daily Deals page to get the sale price. Here is a link to the Daily Deals Page .

Prices are only good through this weekend until Sunday night at midnight.

Have a great weekend!




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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Childhood Cancer Awareness

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and The Polka Dot Store will donate 10% of our sales to American Cancer Society. As many of you may already know, my oldest child was diagnosed with T-cell ALL (leukemia) when he was 16 years old. I am happy to say he is a healthy happy 30 year old man now. He has a great job and owns is own home. So, as you can probably guess, Childhood Cancer Awareness is very "near and dear" to my heart. When my son was diagnosed and going through treatment, you didn't hear much about childhood cancer and I am so thankful people are finally aware of this very traumatic time for a child and his/her family. The survival rates have increased which is wonderful but the treatment itself is very hard on a child. Seeing what these precious children endure will really touch your heart but, their attitudes and bravery will amaze you. There are many organizations that help the patient and their families during treatment. I thought you might like to know about a few that were/are very special to me and my family.

The American Cancer Society paid for all our stays at the Ronald McDonald House on Houston Mill Road in Atlanta. We were always met with a compassionate smile when we arrived and they did everything possible to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Since my son was treated at Egleston Childrens Hospital, now know as Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston, this location was very close and convenient. I can't say enough about the loving care my son received from the staff of doctors, nurses, and support staff at Egleston. They were the best. Last year during this time The Polka Dot Store donated to Cure. Cure funds extensive research for childhood cancer. At the time of my son's illness, they also provided supper one night a week to the families and patients of children being treatment on the cancer floor in the hospital. The volunteers were warm and welcoming to families who were going through such a stressful and unsure time.

Another great cause is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They granted my son's wish to travel to New York City to meet a celebrity chef and see a taping of his show. They sent the whole family and we were treated like royalty. It was an experience and memory we will never forget.

I am so proud that the town I live in acknowledges Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each year they hold a gold ribbon fundraiser for childhood cancer research by selling gold bows that are attached to the benches and trees on our downtown streets.
This picture was found in a great article that can be found here. I went downtown myself and took several photos. They are below.


So, visit The Polka Dot Store knowing a portion of your purchase goes to a very worthy cause.

The Polka Dot Store - Where Blessings Happen Every Day!



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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Plush Sale

Happy weekend! 40% has been posted on select plush animals. They can be found on the here on the Sale page. See the pictures below for some of the great plush animals on sale.








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Monday, August 19, 2013

Training Pants, Appliqued Gown, and Hens

On the weekends I try to put work aside and do some creative thinking. I've been wanting to do some more applique and decided to applique a name on a baby gown. The font is called Julia and I found it here .

So, what do you think?

My next project was one my daughter asked me to do. My grandson is about to turn two and is potty training. The disposable pull-ups are great but expensive. Plus, Max thinks he is a really big boy when he wears big boy underwear. Katy saw something somewhere - probably Pinterest- where a mom sewed a panel of PUL fabric over the center panel on the underwear. The PUL helps keep any accidents from getting on clothes, etc. PUL stands for polyester/polyurethane laminate. According to the Fabric.com,  polyurethane is laminated to a 70 denier interlock fabric. PUL has the following characteristics: washable, waterproof, breathable, stretches, hypoallergenic, made in the U.S.A., and is solvent laminated. 

I'll let you know if my daughter likes them and if they work well for her son.

Another ongoing project at our house is our chickens. We have one rooster, Ricky, and six hens. They are quite the characters. Last week the hens started laying eggs. We have gotten almost two dozen eggs so far. The picture below is some of the first eggs that were laid.

We have three varieties of hens so we have different size eggs. The chickens follow me everywhere! I was loading the car today and left the drivers door open. When I went to get in the car, this is what I found!

My life is definitely interesting! It's Monday and so time to get back to work. I hope all of you have a great week. Please stop in and do some shopping at The Polka Dot Store where "Blessings Happen Every Day".







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Friday, August 2, 2013

New Baby and Sibling Gifts

Wow, I can't believe it has been almost a month since my last blog post. This week as I was catching up on orders, I started thinking about what my customers are ordering for gifts. When my youngest was born and someone would bring her a baby gift, my two toddlers would look anxiously to see if there was also a gift for them. I've noticed quite a few of my customers also send personalized backpacks to the sibling along with a gift for the baby. Here is a picture of one of the combinations ordered this week.


Cute isn't it? The hooded towel on the left is the Pink Alligator Everykid Towel by 3 Marthas and the backpack on the right is Dandy Pandy from Oak Patch Gifts. I would love to help you with your next gift purchase.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Fun With Chalk Paint

If you have been on the website or on the Facebook Page, then you know I am probably not at home. In fact, I am at my daughter's house helping her sell her house, move, have surgery, help with her 22 month old (a.k.a. playing with my grandson), and recover all while going through a divorce. During all the hassles and getting sick after her surgery we still managed to have one day of FUN! A friend of ours, Jennifer, over at Twists of Life Unique Thrift, has been doing some fabulous work with chalk paint and repurposed furniture. Plus, she gives lessons! My daughter and I decided to take a lesson before things got really crazy with the move. We fell in love with it.

For some reason, it didn't occur to me to take before pictures of the pieces we worked on or an after picture of the piece I worked on. Jennifer “loaned” me an antique desk chair to work on and she had me paint it in Barnyard Red. The color was gorgeous and I fell in love with it. Here is a picture of the chair and base before it was distressed:



Isn't it a fabulous color?

My daughter inherited my bedroom set from when I was a little girl. She decided to take the night stand to work on. For those of you who are not as old as I am, this is a white french provincial bedroom set by Bassett. You will just have to imagine it in white since I neglected to take a before pic. Here is the back of the piece after two coats of paint:





The color is Burlap and the edges were distressed. Can I just say, “Distressing is fun!”. Here is a pic of the finished piece.




She did a great job! After she recovers from all that has been going on, she plans to paint the dresser, desk, head and foot board that go with the set. My mind has been working overtime on thinking about things I can use chalk paint on and distress. By the way, Jennifer sells the paint in her shop.

Not only is Twists of Life Unique Thrift a great thrift shop but they also do an auction every Wednesday night. On Wednesday mornings, Jennifer posts pictures of items being auctioned that night. Check out the Facebook page for Blue Chicken Auction! If you are in the Dallas, Georgia area, be sure to visit the store and her auctions. Thank you Jennifer for teaching us such a fun thing to do!

You can find Twists of Life Unique Thrift at 503 Memorial Dr., Dallas, GA. Check out her store Facebook Page here  and her auction Facebook Page here.
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