Personalized Kid Halloween Bags

Our popular personalized kid's initial Halloween bags are in stock now at Polka Dot Market!

Now we have three bag designs for trick-or-treat bags, personalized for your little girl or boy. For girls, we have our traditional Big Initial Bags (pictured above) or a new embroidered Monogram Halloween Bag which features a black canvas mini bag and a big orange and white polka dot ribbon stitched all around the top of the bag, then finished with a big polka dot ribbon bow. New for 2007, check out the Camouflage Halloween Boy Bags made with a fun camouflage and ghosts cotton fabric. The boy's trick-or-treat bag features his first initial hand-cut from orange Kona cotton fabric in a new masculine block font which is then appliqued in a tight satin-stitched.

All of our applique initials and numbers are hand-cut and machine-appliqued by yours truly. I do not use computerized embroidery designs (though that may be fun to learn one of these days).

As usual, we are working on more Halloween gift designs. A Halloween initial tee...a new trick-or-treat bucket bag, personalized stationery...the list goes on!

Be back soon with more personalized Halloween gift ideas. In the meantime, please post a comment with your child's costume ideas...we are stumped and need help dressing our two little girls for trick-or-treating!

See you soon at Polka Dot Market,

Where Have You Been?

My goodness, has it been over a week since I have posted? We have been working on so many new products and large orders at Polka Dot Market. Please excuse my absence!

Let me show you some of our new polka-dot-inspired products:
Personalized Initial Aprons for girls, moms and for boys (coming soon). The set above was designed by our customer, Megan, from Nashville. She designed two aprons: One natural apron with light pink polka dot fabric for the initial and matching 1.5" light pink polka dot grosgrain ribbon band and big bow stitched at the waistline. Her green apron features hot pink polka dot fabric for the initial and coordinating hot pink polka dot grosgrain ribbon. What a pair!

We are so pleased with this new black & pink Confetti Ribbons Purse designed by Cinda in North Carolina. Now you can add our trademark polka dot initial applique to your favorite confetti ribbons purse at Polka Dot Market. Our initials are always hand-cut and appliqued in a tight satin stitch to your item in coordinating thread. Each purse includes NINE YARDS of high-quality grosgrain ribbons triple-stitched and hand-knotted to the top of your purse. Ends are heat-sealed to prevent fraying. So many design options - choose your colors to match your school, cheer, dance or sorority.

Another new option in our collection of polka dot ribbon adult aprons are Monogram Aprons for women! This black and white polka dot apron & stationery gift set was designed by our customer, Mary, from Ohio for her daughter's wedding shower. Perfect for moms, brides, best friends, neighbors, teachers or sorority sisters. We love the idea of pairing our embroidered aprons (stitched with your choice of ribbon colors) with her favorite cookbook, new wooden spoons, cookie cutters or an item from her kitchen registry. Sororities love our aprons for community service events - wear 'em while you work! Our aprons are professionally embroidered in your choice of fonts and thread colors. Apron price includes embroidery of your name, phrase, initial or 3-initial monogram.

See? That's the answer to "Where Have You Been?" I'll do better this week and post some more. In fact, here's a sneak off my Viking sewing machine:

Can you guess what's coming next? BOO!
See you soon at the Market,

Birthday Girl Initial Shirts

Isn't she cute? Her mom told us that she was running all over the park in her new shirt. Her custom "K" initial applique tee was perfect for an outdoor summer birthday party.

We love to hear from our customers about their birthday party themes, colors and ideas. We are working on several custom orders right now to match for boys and girls.

Photos of our completed boy's birthday shirts and bibs coming soon.

See you soon at the Market,


Two Birthdays!

Our daughter turned one on Sunday and I turned thirty-one on Monday! We had a great weekend...her party was on Saturday and the teddy bears theme was so much fun. The neighborhood kids made felt teddy bear necklaces, colored teddy bear clip art pages and snacked on teddy bear cookies.

I did not sew on Friday or Saturday - this is a first for me in a long time! Thank you to my customers for their patience for Monday shipments.

We've been working on a large order for a new retail store, Cakewalk, in the Raleigh, NC area.

Two sales have been extended to celebrate our two birthdays - visit our Sale page for great savings on polka-dot-inspired gifts.

Happy Birthday to all the August babies out there...we are busy sewing your birthday shirts and bibs!

Daily Reading & Shopping

Want to know what I've been reading? I spend a good bit of time every day on the computer responding to customers, ordering more fabric and ribbons and updating our website. I also like to read blogs and websites and articles that I can relate to as a busy working mom.

My new favorite site for bargain shopping, home decorating and being the best CEO of your home is the Penny Pincher. Penny is a real mom living in Charleston, South Carolina and she is a local writer and television personality. She has the BEST ideas for using your money wisely and creating cute gifts and accessories for your home. I learned about her site when she ordered a few sets of our disco dot personalized stationery (on sale now) for her show and now I'm hooked!
We were asked to be a part of Chic Shops Baby and I think it is a great new resource for the coolest baby gifts. Their site is bright and colorful and fun to click around. Find lots of free goodies, discount codes and new designers.
I love to order gifts from Etsy too. I usually buy from fellow moms in business to spread the love around! My most recent purchase was two Trendy Tatters teddy bear charm bracelets for my daughter's 1st birthday party this Saturday (big sister gets one too). The party theme is teddy bears...though I still haven't decided on the kid-friendly craft or activity. Any ideas? Please post - I need your help! Here is the bear bracelet:

Happy reading and shopping and we hope to see you soon at Polka Dot Market!