We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring another assistant to work at our studio in Saugatuck! We have a fun, laid-back, creative environment. Responsibilities include manufacturing mugs, coasters, plaques, cards and tea towels; packaging orders to ship, and maintaining an organized workspace. Must be trustworthy, hard working, organized, honest, and able to multi-task. 10-15 hours per week. If you’re interested, please email your resume and 3-5 references to:...
Early 2017

Early 2017

We are so thankful that we have stayed busy through the winter months! Right now we are getting ready to exhibit at our first ever wholesale show. We’ll be at the Lansing Gift Show on February 26, 27 & 28. We hope you’ll stop by our booth (#409) and see all of our new designs and products in person!...
Fabric Collection with Wilmington Prints!

Fabric Collection with Wilmington Prints!

This post is long overdue, but I am so excited to share my very first fabric collection, On The Road Again, which I licensed with Wilmington Prints! It is available in specialty quilt shops, as well as numerous online fabric shops. Last week, I received a box of samples of each fabric in the collection from Wilmington. I absolutely love how it turned out! This video does not do it justice, but the quality and colors are wonderful! Click the link below to view the video! fabrics video I would love to see the projects you create with this collection! Here are a few pictures, as well!  ...
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/...
We Draw the Year Challenge

We Draw the Year Challenge

Hi Illustrator friends! I am starting a project on Instagram on January 1st called ‪#‎wedrawtheyear‬. I would love it if any of you would like to join the project! There will be 4 prompts to illustrate per month. I would love to share a few of your illustrations on my page each week! We will use the hashtag #wedrawtheyear. And if you’d like me to share your work, tag @katiecreatie along with it! I’m looking forward to lots of new art in...
Stephanie Corfee :: Paint Lab for Kids

Stephanie Corfee :: Paint Lab for Kids

I am excited to announce that a piece of my artwork is published in a book called “Paint Lab for Kids”  by my friend Stephanie Corfee! I “met” Stephanie while taking an online course called Make Art that Sells by Lilla Rogers.  Over the past two years, a group of girls from the class and I have formed a friendship and we discuss the ups and downs of art business on a regular basis. I was so excited last year when Stephanie asked if we would like to contribute to her book! Of course I said I would! This is the artwork that I contributed: There are many talented artists in her book, which covers 52 different ways for kids to create unique paint projects. Each project gives step-by-step instructions and shows full color pictures. It’s a perfect gift for artists of all ages! Stephanie works from her home studio in Pennsylvania. Her style is colorful, whimsical, and full of detail. Her designs are licensed on many products that can be found in gift shops all over the country. To learn more about Stephanie, visit her website HERE: stephaniecorfee.com To learn more about the book, visit the publisher’s website HERE:  http://www.quartoknows.com/...

New Products for the Holidays

Now that the craziness of summer has passed, and my kids are back in school for the long haul, I had the urge to try out some new products on the heat press. I am so excited about how they turned out! I will be adding them to my Etsy shop gradually over the next few weeks. They will also be available to purchase at many gift shops throughout Michigan....
Home Tour!

Home Tour!

Recently, my friend Brooke DeBoer, of Brooke DeBoer Interiors, visited my home to help me make our living room and front room more functional. She showed me how to arrange my existing furniture to make the room feel bigger. Then we “shopped” for accessories from other areas of the house to bring in to compliment the new arrangement. I love how it turned out!...
Katie’s Apple Cake

Katie’s Apple Cake

September is just around the corner, and one of my favorite things about this time of year is making apple cake. Apple cake is one of the first things I learned to bake.  It was also one of the first things my mom learned to bake.  Her neighbor, Mrs. Troutman, gave her the recipe when she was little.  And my mom taught me how to make it when I was little.  I remember making it for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Nieusma, when I was probably about 8 years old. Just thought I’d share my favorite recipe with my favorite people! Here it...
Mackinac Trunk Show!

Mackinac Trunk Show!

We’re heading north again for another trunk show! This time we will be at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island on Wednesday from 1-4 pm. It’s going to be a fun afternoon!
We’re Going Up North!

We’re Going Up North!

Next week, we are planning on taking a road trip up north.  We’ll stop at many of the sweet little shops that carry Polka Dot Mitten goodies along the way. We’ll be staying in Traverse City, but I have a trunk show at Two Fish Gallery in Leland  on Friday the 17th from 1-4pm. I can’t wait to visit!  Leland has always been one of my favorite places in Michigan – I have been there numerous times.  We used to go all the time when I was a kid. Many times, we would go with my uncle and my cousin and stay at Falling Waters Lodge.  Lots of happy memories of Fishtown! I’ll post pictures after we get back next...
Friendship

Friendship

“Surround yourself with people who get it. Make time for the people who get it. Try to be the person who ‘gets it’ for someone else, but don’t chase people. Work hard and be yourself, and the right people will make an effort to be in your life. A friend is someone who listens and doesn’t judge, but offers honest advice. A friend makes time for you, no matter how busy they are. In fact, a friend doesn’t even look at their schedule when you need them. They are already there, always waiting to help, no matter how far away they are. Notice the people who are genuinely happy for your happiness and sad for your sadness. They are the ones you should keep around.” -author unknown (my goal in life is to be that kind of person)...
My New Studio

My New Studio

Our very first goal when we started Polka Dot Mitten in 2013 was to outgrow our kitchen counter.  My first rep, Sue, used to tell that to every store that bought our products.  She’d send me bunches of orders, and always say, “You’re young!  You don’t need sleep!”  And ever since then, our kitchen has always been piled high with stacks of signs and papers! (You can see all of my “outgrowing the kitchen counter” posts on Instagram.  Just search #outgrowingthekitchencounter and they will all show up!) We put up with the constant mess of shuffling papers and moving stacks of signs around, and DUST in the kitchen for 2 years and 3 months…. and finally we decided to turn our basement family room into a functional workspace. I’m so excited that we finally finished it last night! Take a peek at our new creative space!  The pictures aren’t the greatest – maybe I can get my photographer sister to take some good pictures next time she’s in town!  ...
Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here

I created this piece for the art class I am taking.  I love making wall art!!  But how cool would this one be on a round cutting board or lazy susan?  Coasters?   I’m going to make some.  😀
It’s Been Awhile!

It’s Been Awhile!

Happy New Year!  I have been extremely busy.  I thought I’d be kicking back, enjoying the slow winter with not much to do.  Not so.  And I’m good with that!  I have created a TON of new artwork in the last 6 weeks.  I came out with a spring catalog, and I’ve had plenty of little orders to keep my from sitting around doing nothing.  Also, my parents took over our shop, It Is What It Is, and they are moving it to 318 Butler Street in Saugatuck!  We’re looking forward to a fun...
google-site-verification: google13589945314b8ade.html