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...
Painted Leaves

Painted Leaves

Just for fun, I decided it would be neat to paint on a dried leaf.  I love the combination of orange/brown and aqua.  I just used acrylic paint and a fine tip paintbrush.  It’ll be fun to try it with the kids!
Bless this Mess

Bless this Mess

My kitchen is never clean.  I’m thankful for that!  Over the past few days, I have made an entire collection based on my messy kitchen.  I’ll share more of it over the next few weeks.  This was the main piece: I framed it and set it on my counter. Right now it’s available as a wood-mounted print in my etsy shop.  Hopefully someday it can be...
“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...
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...
Puppy Update and New Art

Puppy Update and New Art

    Paisley is growing so fast!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we took her home!  She comes to work with me at the shop on weekdays when my kids are at school and my husband is at work.  So far… so good.  She has her spazzy moments, but overall, she is a very sweet, calm puppy.  If you follow me in Instagram, you’ll be sure to find lots more pics of #paisleylittlepuppy! Last week, I ordered some cell phone cases with a new design on them… I’m really hoping to find a good, reliable source that will sell them to me at a decent cost so I can offer them to my wholesale customer, too! My friend wanted me to make this quote into a sign for him.  I kind of like how it turned out!  I’ve never done an elephant before! And I forgot to post about MATS week 4.  Mostly because I had no time to work on my assignment that week… but it should have been my favorite one!  It’s still a work in progress, but last weekend I turned my map of Saugatuck and Douglas into two little tags for the shop.  I’ll be tweaking these as I have time to add more icons.   Until next...
A Stepping Stone

A Stepping Stone

Something I need to remember right now (and always) while I’m taking Make Art that Sells (MATS): Where I am right now is just a stepping stone.  It’s so inspiring to see all kinds of people getting their artwork licensed because of MATS.  It’s a dream of mine!  Although it gets a little discouraging every time I don’t hear back from a company I have sent artwork to, I have to keep in mind that where I am right now is a lot farther than I was a year ago today.  And where will I be a year from now?  5 years from now?  It all kind of comes full circle to the “5” book by Dan Zadra that made me quit my waitressing job in 2011 and open a shop. (here is a link to that story)  Which led to Polka Dot Mitten.  What a weird and wonderful and crazy life it is!   Here is a link to the March gallery for MATS:  See if you can spot my Jell-O pattern!...
Let Faith be Bigger than your Fears

Let Faith be Bigger than your Fears

2014 did not start off very well for my family.  My brother, who was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, had to have emergency open heart surgery.  During his surgery, we found out that my mom’s close friend Sue, my rep for Polka Dot Mitten, had passed away from a massive heart attack. Heart conditions are near and dear to my family.  Mike and I have decided to donate a portion of our sales each month to the American Heart Association in Sue’s honor.  She really, truly made our company grow more than I ever could have imagined. Because of her hard work, our company is continuing to grow even though she is gone. My mom is also working hard on organizing a “Go Red for Women” walk in honor of Sue.  It will go from Saugatuck to Douglas.  She doesn’t have a date set, but it will be sometime once the snow is gone and the weather is warmer.  When we have all the details for that, I will be sure to do a post about it!  ...
Create Your Own Sunshine

Create Your Own Sunshine

I am usually a BIG fan of winter.  I have always loved winter more than summer.  Christmas and my birthday are both in winter.  I was thrilled when we had lots of snow for this past Christmas!  If it’s going to be cold, we better have snow! But now that we are into March, and we have not seen grass since who knows when… I’m actually ready for winter to be done.  I’m pretty sure that the snow piles on our street will be here until May.  We’ve had very few sunny...

A Day Off

I’ve been practicing some new techniques and I really like how they are turning out! The hardest part is coming up with a quote to put on them. I took the day off from It Is What It Is, and this is pretty much all I did.  Aside from shipping some packages and taking the kids out for ice cream… this was my day.  I really should have cleaned the laundry room….....

My week in review

My sister sent me this link about cutting out processed food.  I was happy to see that I can still drink wine.   I’ve had a super busy week- because it was the last week of school.  We had picnics and field trips and summer birthday celebrations going on…  It made the week fly by.  Thursday, I went on a field trip to the Star of Saugatuck and we also went on a Saugatuck scavenger hunt.  It was fun to walk around and find things in town that I always noticed as a kid, but kind of forgot about now that I’m a grown up.  I always get sad around the last day of school for the kids.  It just means they are growing up too fast! I went out to water my hanging flower baskets on my front porch on Saturday, and a robin flew out of one of the baskets!  She was pretty MAD.  So I had Mike check out the basket to see if there was a nest in there… and look what we found!!!  I have never seen un-hatched robins’ eggs before.  They looked fake!  Mike ended up moving the nest to a tree, so we wouldn’t get attacked every time we were on the front porch. I finally got around to updating my wholesale catalog so it’s current (for now).  Seems like whenever I get bored, I make something new to add to it.   I can’t wait to have another chunk of time because I have a few more ideas in my head!  But it requires making a huge mess, and my kitchen...

Values at Work

I just love Kelly Rae Roberts’ blog.  This post in particular. Reading her blog makes me feel a whole lot better about all the learning going on around here. That’s all I have time for...
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