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!...
“Who Inspires Me?”  {A Blog Hop}

“Who Inspires Me?” {A Blog Hop}

A few weeks ago, my incredibly talented friend Harriet Mellor featured me on her blog as part of the “Who Inspires Me? Blog Hop.”  I was so flattered and honored!  You can read her post here. I met Harriet in a Make Art that Sells class that we both took from Lilla Rogers last fall.  I have always admired Harriet’s work.  She has a very distinct style.  It’s delicate, yet bold at the same time. She has lived in many countries around the world, and her rich background shows up beautifully in her work!  She also has a great sense of humor.   These are a few of my favorite pieces: This was the piece that got her a place in the top 50 for the Global Talent Search.  It reminds me of a vintage seed packet:   Harriet recently had her artwork licensed with Phoenix Trading.  Look at this great embossed card!   Click here to visit Harriet’s website and blog to see more of her stunning work! ***** Now I have to answer a few questions about myself: QUESTION #1 WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW? Right now I am working like crazy on lots of wholesale orders.  Gift shops are gearing up for the holidays, and they are beginning to re-stock their polka dot mitten products.  (you should see the mess that is our kitchen and garage right now!)  In my spare time, I have been trying to design some greeting cards and coordinate patterns. I’d love to start submitting my art to card companies, and/or produce my own greeting cards for wholesale. QUESTION #2 WHY DO YOU...

Giveaway!

Fall is my favorite time of year!  I just ordered some journal / sketchbooks with my “hello” bird artwork on them, and I love how they turned out!  I might consider selling these in the future!  But for now, I’m giving one away to one lucky winner.  I’m also giving away a mini 4×5 tag with my new “Fall In Love” artwork to one lucky winner.  To enter, comment on this post, or on my Instagram post with the same picture.  I’ll draw a winner tomorrow, October 2nd, 2014!  Good...
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,...
A day of rest. Sort of.

A day of rest. Sort of.

I took the day off from the store today!  My awesome dad works for me quite often (and my mom, too) so I can have a break.  Rather than getting all caught up on wholesale orders, I decided to go shopping.  I bought a few organizational things for the house.  I came home and played with Paisley for a bit, and went to get my brother’s dog to hang out with us (he owns All That and a Bag of Chips in Saugatuck, so he works all the time too).  Then I rearranged the living room and the mud room, and made it look all cozy for Fall.  (I resisted the urge to break out the Fall decorations, though.  That will have to wait until at least the first official day of Fall.)  I made a healthy dinner for the family (turkey meatloaf, sweet potatoes, and green beans).  Then I painted just for the fun of it.  Just tucked in the kids, and I’m procrastinating getting started on the pile of orders on the counter…. so I did a quick little blog post.  Here’s what I painted.  Not done yet!  I’ll have to pick up where I left off some other day when I feel like...
March Giveaway!

March Giveaway!

We haven’t done a giveaway in quite some time!  This 8×10 art print on wood can be customized to ANY lake!  And it could be yours!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite summer vacation spot is. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, March 9th.  Good luck! There are several ways to earn additional entries to the giveaway! 1. Sign up for the Polka Dot Mitten newsletter by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and entering your email in the signup form. 2. “Like” Polka Dot Mitten on Facebook (if you already like us, mention it in the comment!) 3. “Like” It Is What It Is on Facebook (if you already like us, mention it in the...
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