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...
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)...
Random Things

Random Things

I haven’t posted in a while!  Here’s a little roundup of what I’ve been up to: My hyperlush assignment for MATS this week: We have a lot of snow in Michigan for November 20th!   I am in love with this gold paint:   Here is my wall art assignment for MATS from last week (using said gold paint): My husband built me a really awesome faux fireplace for our front room !!  I LOVE IT. I was supposed to go to a signing last night at Great Northern Trading Company, but the wind was howling and it was snowing… so I was a little concerned about driving an hour in the dark in that junk.  I was really looking forward to the meet and greet.   I’ve been practicing typography daily in November.  You can follow it on instagram by searching for...
I Love Michigan Summers

I Love Michigan Summers

Although I love Fall and Christmas season very, very much… I have been starting to design some new artwork for next year’s Polka Dot Mitten catalog.  It’s going to be the best yet!  Here is a sneak peek of one of the first new designs.  (If you just can’t wait for summer before you get your hands on one of these, I can make you one now!  It would make a great Christmas gift! 😉 ) It’s available here in two...
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...
Paisley Little Puppy

Paisley Little Puppy

Lately, I’ve been sharing LOTS of pictures of my English Springer Spaniel puppy, Paisley.  She will be 7 months old on September 20th!  You can find her on Instagram (I’m @katiecreatie).  I use the hashtag #paisleylittlepuppy.  Tomorrow, find out why I’ve been sharing her pics so much! 😉 katie doucette | polka dot...
A Glass of Wine and A Little Sunshine

A Glass of Wine and A Little Sunshine

Our final assignment for Lilla Rogers’ Bootcamp was to draw beverages in our style.  We couldn’t post our work to the Facebook group all month so that we would stay true to ourselves.  I did my assignment with my handwriting as the main focus, since that is what I’m best at doing. It’s live in the bootcamp gallery so head over there and check out everyone’s take on the July...
I Painted.

I Painted.

  In June, I went to Wine and Canvas at Wicks Park Bar and Grill in Saugatuck with two of my friends. We had a blast!  We had so much fun that we decided to do it again in July.     It reminded me how much I love to paint!  I’ve had a GIANT canvas sitting in my laundry room for 7 months now.  I decided to get it out and do something with it!  I’ve been very inspired by floral paintings lately, since it’s summer and all, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I really like how it turned out! I couldn’t resist adding a word with hand lettering to it.  I don’t know if I have any art that doesn’t have a word on it… It just doesn’t feel complete until it says something!   I hung it in my entry way/ stair way.  Maybe someday I’ll sell it.  Or make prints.  But for now, I like it...
A Summer Night To-Do List

A Summer Night To-Do List

I really need to slow down a little bit.  Last week I had a little panic attack.  I actually thought it was my heart, but thankfully, it was not.  Fortunately I have an assistant now, and she is making thing go much more smoothly around here!  Cheers to the demands of a growing business!   I do have a summer “bucket list.”  I want to clean out my closet. I want to go to the beach at least one time (since we live all of 5 minutes a way from Lake Michigan and all), I want to go on my dad’s boat at least once, I want to swim in my parents’ pool.  I want to do more fun things with my kids.  I want to have a night out with my friends at least once a month.  I also want to sit outside, listen to the stars, and catch fireflies.  What’s on your summer bucket...
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...
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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