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It has begun! Our once yearly mega holiday kick-off sale is in full force!

It’s the perfect time to shop for gifts for others or goodies for yourself. With lots of handmade eco-friendly items to choose from, like the adorable and utilitarian “A Bow On It” turban headband, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Shop in my Etsy shop soon so you get the crem dela crem of my current stock.

Be sure to shop between now and Monday for the Buy One Get One Free event. More details about the event, and how you can also qualify for free shipping, can be found here.

thank you

If you’re a Pierogi Picnic fan, collector, shopper or stalker – I want to take this moment to say thank you! Running a small indie handmade business is no small task and I so appreciate the support of people like you!

Thank you for taking the time to join me in this wonderful adventure.

Wishing you and your family a Thanksgiving filled with love, blessings, and lots of yummy food!

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Are you itching to find out what we have up our sleeves in way of sales for this holiday shopping weekend? Well wonder no more! I’m here to fill you in and get you worked up!

For the first time in Pierogi Picnic history – we’re hosting a mega BUY ONE GET ONE FREE sale throughout the Etsy store this weekend only. For every item you purchase between November 28th and December 1st you’ll receive a second surprise item of equal value for free! It’s our way of encouraging you to shop handmade this holiday season while getting something a little something something yourself.

Plus – spend $50 or more this weekend – and we’ll waive your shipping fee! Just use coupon code “verymerry2014″ upon checkout and the shipping cost will be removed from your total.

So hop into the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop and start hearting your favorite goodies today!

diy upcycled pom pom garland

Pumpkins deep jewel tones and warm hues, spicy candles and cozy fabrics all of these things are what make autumn my favorite season. So when dreaming up a new look for our fireplace mantle, I knew I wanted to combine all my favorite elements of fall into the spread. Pumpkins. Check. Wine colored mums. Check. Now for the finishing touch: a fun upcycled garland.

Pom poms, those delightfully little fluffy balls of yarn, are one of my secret obsessions. I will use any excuse to make a fresh batch – affixing them to gifts, headbands, art prints and more. So when choosing the texture of my festive fall garland the choice was easy.

pom poms

Now when choosing the colors and textures – that’s where a bit of experimentation came into play. Digging through my drawer of varying fabric scraps, I settled on a warm cream linen, rich pumpkin velvet, and grey and lilac t-shirt cottons. I then grabbed a ball of white yarn that had been sitting untouched after a summer project. Cutting, wrapping and slicing I found that the linen frayed too much and didn’t have the fluffy outcome I wanted. The velvet and cottons, however, worked out perfectly!

So without further adieu, I now bring you an tutorial on how you too can make one of these festive pieces for the season. Play with a variety of colors, textures and pom pom sizes to give your garland a twist of your very own.


diy recycled fabric pom pom garland

  1. Lay out your chosen fabric
  2. Cut the fabric into 1/2″ strips
  3. You’ll need 4 strips of fabric per pom pom
  4. Tug both ends of each strip to stretch and fluff them out
  5. Wrap the first strip around four fingers
  6. Wrap each of the remaining strips around the first
  7. Using a shorter excess strip, place the string between the center of your fingers and tie a knot
  8. Pull the pom off your fingers and cut the looped ends
  9. Fluff and trim your pom so all the ends are similar in length
  10. Cut a long piece of yarn onto which you’ll tie your poms
  11. Center each pom along the yarn mapping out the spacing
  12. Tie the yarn across the center of each pom and pull into place

And there you have it! In fifteen minutes or less you can be on your way toward making a festive fall garland of your very own! Should you give the project a try – be sure to share pictures of your final creation with us on Facebook or Instagram!

handmade fabric scrap pom pom garland

Pierogi Picnic: The Dodger eco-friendly cowl scarf

There’s a chill in the air and the month of November is well underway – which can mean only one thing. It’s bundling season! And for that reason we’ve chosen The Dodger cowl as our featured item.

Whether it’s for keeping yourself or an eco-savvy giftee warm, this elegant and utilitarian accessory is the perfect piece for the chilling season. Available in several color combos, the grey on grey is my personal favorite as it has unisex appeal and a slightly military vibe.

Handmade using recycled sweatshirt fabrics, these uber soft and snuggly cowls are great for day-to-day wear, biking, or spicing up a weekend outfit. And with the holidays just around the bend, they’d make a great stocking stuff too! To check out which color combos are currently available visit my Etsy shop here.

Giving thanks on instagram

Fall is, hands down, my favorite time of year. The changing foliage, chillier temps, and pumpkin-laced – well, everything – makes it a time to indulge in all the little wonders of life. Autumn also offers the promise of Thanksgiving, the best holiday of them all! Gathering with loved ones to share and reflect on all the good things the year has offered makes it my favorite celebration.

To get my “attitude of gratitude” warmed up for the season I’ve decided to post a daily thanks to my Instagram each day of November. Whether it’s for specific people, things or circumstances, I’m thinking about all the blessings in my life, big and small, and sharing them with others through the site.

Consider joining me in this season of giving thanks – and start sharing something you’re grateful for every day on your own instagram account! Be sure to tag your posts #givingthanks so that we can all share in your thanksgiving reflections!

what we save saves us by rob jones

Maybe it’s thanks to my recent trip to Starved Rock National Park – but something about this beautiful art print by Rob Jones has my mind racing. Such a simple message, such an elegant design, and yet, there’s so much more that can be read between the lines and layers of the sketch.

Conservation, environmentalism, green living – all of these are ways we describe an ethic, a lifestyle, in which we aim to protect the natural world around us. We try to advocate for the planet, for creation, for all the beautiful things within it. We attempt altruism – but in the end – it’s not just saving for saving’s sake – it’s also about saving ourselves – isn’t it?

But then again, maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones that drew me to this image. The thought of bringing a babe into a world fraught with poisons, pilfering, pollution and social injustice is enough to make any parent’s head spin. And add to that the very tangible fear that the welfare of future generations is literally at stake – and boy! Do you have one worry-warted mama-to-be!

Maybe I’m drawn to this print  because I’m in the midst of reading Thomas Friedman’s book Hot, Flat and Crowded, a book that calls us to arms to change the current state of global politics and infrastructure to preserve the planet for future generations.

And yet, maybe it’s something else still. Maybe it’s the hopeful message that resounds in this piece that elevates my spirit. Maybe it’s the reminder that we’re all in this together – whether bi-pedal, bark-laden or microscopic. We’re all connected and the reminder of this brings me hope. Seeing the stacked layers of a tree’s lifespan fills me with a wonder and awe – and propels me to want to make a difference.

And what do you think? How does this art print speak to you? Do you find the message to be inspiring, discouraging or a mix of both?

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