From the Heart

From the Heart

My youngest brother, Kyle, is graduating from Butler University next weekend. He was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. In 2013, he was rushed to the hospital in Indianapolis with ventricular tachycardia. Paramedics used an AED to save his life in the ambulance. This is the reason why we donate a percentage of our profits each month to the Wes Leonard Heart Team. The WLHT uses the funds they receive to purchase AED devices for schools. Kyle wrote an awesome story for his senior capstone about sudden cardiac arrest and athletes. It is a long read, but I encourage you to read it! If you read Kyle’s personal story, you will read about Sue Ross, who died of a heart attack during Kyle’s open heart surgery. Sue was our first sales rep for Polka Dot Mitten. It’s hard to understand why things happen, but they do! http://blogs.butler.edu/multimedia-jou…/longform/heartbreak/...

HEARTfelt Thanks

HEARTfelt Thanks In 2013, my family’s dear friend, Sue Ross, kindly offered to sell my little signs to the gift shops she sold to all over Michigan.  She worked so hard to grow this little business!  She introduced me to my other rep, Kym, in the summer of 2013.  The two of them really got Polka Dot Mitten up and running! Sadly, Sue passed away unexpectedly in January of 2014, while my youngest brother was undergoing emergency open heart surgery to replace his pulmonary valve. Sue will be greatly missed by so many people.  A portion of the proceeds from our signs will be donated to the Wes Leonard Heart Team  in Sue’s...
Heartfelt Thanks

Heartfelt Thanks

    As many of you know, January was a rough month for my family.  My brother underwent unexpected open heart surgery to repair a leaking valve.  He was born with a heart condition, and has had two surgeries to fix it in the past. But this third surgery was very unexpected.  That same day, my first rep, Sue Ross, passed away from a heart attack.  I wanted to share this letter that my brother wrote.  He writes for the Butler Collegian at Butler University, and he has a way with words: On Behalf of the Beery Family, Larry Cimino, Susan Chappell Ross, her families and friends: My name is Kyle Beery, Iʼm a 22-year-old from Saugatuck, Michigan . I am currently a junior at Butler University in Indianapolis, recently recovering from an open-heart surgery in January of this year. This most recent, and unexpected surgery was my third (and hopefully last). It was my second open heart surgery in three years to replace my pulmonary valve. My familyʼs dear friend Sue Ross died of a heart attack on January 16 , 2014, the very same day I had my open heart surgery – and it hit all of us who knew her pretty hard. Sue had her own company, Sue Ross Sales. She represented well over 200 lines of merchandise that you see in our local stores. We were in Indianapolis when we heard about Sueʼs death, and it was very hard on us because the weather made it impossible for my parents to drive back to Saugatuck. With friends and family all over the country, like us,...
What Would You Do…

What Would You Do…

… if you knew you couldn’t fail?  This is a quote my rep, Sue Ross, wanted me to make last summer. I never got around to it.  Then last week, when I was reading old comments from the blog, I found one where she commented that this was one of her favorite ones for a sign. So I decided to make time this week to make a sign out of this...

ABOUT

ABOUT Hello! I’m Katie Doucette.  I was born and raised in Saugatuck, Michigan, where I currently live with my husband and two children.  I created Polka Dot Mitten in January of 2013, after having two successful years of selling my little handmade signs in the shop that I own with my mom, It Is What It Is, in Douglas, MI. We make all of our signs in our home.  My husband cuts all of the wood in our garage, and I design all the artwork and make the signs right at our kitchen counter!  Most days, our house feels kind of like a factory.  But it’s so rewarding to see all of our signs in little shops!  I love to see pictures of how they’re displayed and where they end up!  Always feel free to send me a picture! Two years ago, my family’s dear friend, Sue Ross, kindly offered to sell my little signs to the gift shops she sold to all over Michigan.  She worked so hard to grow this little business!  She introduced me to my other rep, Kym, in the summer of 2013.  The two of them really got Polka Dot Mitten up and running!  Sadly, Sue passed away unexpectedly in January of 2014 – she will be greatly missed by so many people.  A portion of the proceeds from our signs will be donated to the Wes Leonard Heart Team  in Sue’s honor. I am continually taking art classes to learn new techniques and tips for creating new, unique pieces.  I always welcome any suggestions you may have for what I create next! I’m A Semi-Finalist!...
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