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...
Rest

Rest

Yesterday was the last day for It Is What It Is until February.  I love my shop, but I’m so ready for a break.  Although I still have custom orders to fulfill, it’s just so nice to have a break from one job and slow down for a little while.  I’m really looking forward to creating new designs, going to Chicago to the gift show, and totally re-doing my catalog for Spring.  Here is a sneak peek of that work in progress: I’m working on lots of new designs for 2014, too!  I have so many ideas, and now I have all kinds of time to bring them to life!!  Polka Dot Mitten gave me some new art supplies for Christmas, so I am all set to settle in for the winter and create! Here’s a very rough draft of one of my new ones.  It still needs a little tweaking.  I (of course) started with Michigan (and it’s filled with polka dots), but all 50 states will be available:   Another thing that will be new for 2014 is my new blog!  My friend Brooke DeBoer of Shining Light Marketing has been working hard on creating a new blog for me that’s more my style! I have designed most of the graphics for it, and she is putting it all together for me.  It will be polkadotmitten.com.  As soon as it’s finished, I’ll post all about...

Winter Wonderland

      West Michigan is a winter wonderland today!     Here are a few pictures of Wade’s Bayou in Douglas: And the view out our front windows at home:   And our back...

A Giveaway! (and some other stuff)

I took the entire weekend off from work!  (kind of). We went up north to Mackinac Island. I dropped off some signs to my friend Nicole, who owns Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. She has the cutest shop on the whole island!  She has all kinds of wonderful made-in-Michigan products… and most of them are made by hand!  I fell in love with her shop when I was there two years ago, right after I opened my shop, in 2011.  I was delighted when she ordered some of my signs! While I was gone, I also heard that our custom subway sign for South Lyon was featured on Fox News Detroit over the weekend!  It’s available at Grande Trunke Home in South Lyon.  If anyone has a link to that news story, I would love to see it! And now for the part you’re all looking for:  Our first ever giveaway on the blog!  Here’s what’s up for grabs: I’ll put the heart where your home is!  All 50 states are available.  It’s an 8×10″ art print, mounted to wood, with a keyhole slot drilled in the back. Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment on this post and tell us where your heart is!  We’d also love it if you’d head over to Facebook and “like” our page.  Here’s a link to that: https://www.facebook.com/PolkadotMitten A winner will be chosen tomorrow, October 1st, 2013.  Good...
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