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This past Valentine’s Day was life-changing.

At 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning David and I welcomed our son Augustine Krupinski Downs into the world. Born six days after his due date, we were thrilled that the anticipation of meeting this little man was finally over. Here’s the story of how he came to be a Valentine’s babe. Read the rest of this entry »

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February is here – and you know what that means! It’s time for our annual Everyday Beauty Contest!

Developed with the intent to inspire us to look past traditional definitions of beauty, the Everyday Beauty Contest empowers you to capture a photo from everyday life for a chance to win fabulous Pierogi Picnic prizes! The contest kicks off today and runs through Valentine’s Day. Here are the deets:

What: Everyday Beauty Photo Contest

When:  Now – February 14th

2015 Photo Theme: Reflections

Two winners: Most Likes + Best Photo

Prizes:  $50 Pierogi Picnic Gift Certificates

To take part in this year’s contest, head over to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and post your favorite photo that captures this year’s theme. You can also post the picture to your personal Facebook page – just be sure to tag @pierogipicnic so it lands in our queue.

After uploading your, pic you’ll want to share it with friends and family in the hopes of landing lots of likes. The photo with the most likes by midnight on February 14th will be declared the winner and will receive a $50 credit to the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store! We’ll also choose a second pic as “Best Photo” – so you have two shots at landing a prize!

So start dreaming up what photo you’ll be taking and then start sharing! The sooner you post and tag your photo the better your chances of winning.

Happy snapping and sharing!

Everyday Beauty Contest: Reflections

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So here we are – officially one week away from our little one’s due date and the anticipation is building! The supplies are set, the hospital bag is packed and all we can do is wait for him to make his debut.

While we sit with bated breath we’re using this time to muse about these last nine months and the journey we’ve been on. It was in the midst of these reflections that I realized I never shared photos from our official maternity shoot. Gasp!

This now treasured collection of images was captured by our friend and photog Megan of Megan Saul Photography. With it being mid-November, it was cold, cloudy, the leaves had dropped, and there was a crispness to the air. The ambivalence of the season made for a unique muted color palette of grays, golds and purples throughout the shoot.

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We shot the photographs in one of our all-time favorite nooks: the Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary. Just a stone’s throw away from our apartment, this serene park in Chicago’s East Lakeview neighborhood is just off the lake and a cherished spot for David and me. Not only is it our favorite stomping grounds for walks with Peanut and Butter, it’s also where we go to picnic, unwind, muse and read. It’s not just a bird sanctuary, it’s our sanctuary too!  Read the rest of this entry »

dapperNothing screams gentlemanly charm like an elegant bow tie attached to your favorite shirt or jacket – which is why Perfect Gent is my featured design!

These fun clip-on bow ties are handmade using sweatshirt fabric scraps from my other creations – giving them a retro yet contemporary feel that makes them perfect for any occasion. With the classic shape and soft cotton material, it’s a great accessory for work or play, and make a great Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life. Available in red or grey, you can scoop one up off the Pierogi Picnic Etsy page here.

Pierogi Picnic: Eco friendly, affordable, design savvy clothing

2014 was quite the year for Pierogi Picnic and there’s so much to celebrate!

Beyond being the sixth year that I’ve been creating and selling my eco-friendly wares, this was the year I learned to pace and prioritize like never before! And with a baby on the way (we’re at 9 months today!) that’s a valuable lesson to have learned.

Though things had slowed down the second half of the year due to some funky early pregnancy woes, the first half of the year was as productive as ever. With custom orders pouring in off of Etsy and lots of traffic hitting the website, I found myself busier than ever! Focusing on the Pierogi Picnic website and online sales continues to be the best business plan I can have – especially now that baby is almost here!

My focus in 2015 will continue to be on expanding Pierogi Picnic’s virtual reach while really honing in on creating more made-to-order items. Once the babe is here and we’re in a rhythm the custom order portion of my Etsy shop will be up and running again and I can’t wait for that time to come! My hands have been fabric free for far too long! And who knows – maybe a new munchkin line will be on the way this year too!

So without further adieu – here’s a look back at what rocked the Pierogi Picnic world in 2014!

My Favorite New Designs: The Dawn & Dusk Collection

Pierogi Picnic: Dawn + Dusk CollectionMost Popular Item: Green Gal Custom Swimsuit

Green Girl swimsuitRunners Up: Sir Cycle men’s sweatshirt, Just in Case Lace women’s tank, all things Vintage

Most Popular Post of the Year: DIY Love Patch

Elbow patch: afterRunner’s Up: Inspiration: Suitcase Dresser, DIY: Earring Tutorial, DIY: Homemade Cheek & Lip Stain, Trends: Lovin’ the Leggins

Thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement throughout 2014! Here’s to making 2015 the best year for Pierogi Picnic yet!!!

2015

DIY upcycled sweater stockings

Are your fingers feeling itchy to craft? Then get those digits to work!

To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve assembled my all-time most popular DIY tutorials for you to peruse through. Click on any of the photos below to read the full set of instructions on how to make these practical and design-savvy eco-friendly gifts for the holidays.

After all, nothing’s more festive and heartfelt than something that’s handmade with love!

dit printed eco gift wrap

diy orange spice face scrub face scrub

diy upcylced sweater leg warmers

homemade cheek and lip stain

embellished heart elbow patch sweater

diy sweater bracelets

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