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Pierogi Picnic: BOGO Buy One Get One Free Sale!

This is a Pierogi Picnic first!

Starting on Sunday, January 12th through Saturday, January 18th, we’ll be holding a BOGO Sale in the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop! Not familiar with the term? It means Buy One Get One Free! That’s right. For every item you purchase you can add a second item to the cart for free!

Have we lost our minds?! How could we be offering such a good deal? Here’s our reasoning: It’s the New Year and we have a lot of old designs that we’d love to send along to permanent homes to make way for the Spring collection. So by participating in the BOGO sale you’re actually doing us a favor!

Sale terms: To qualify all purchases must be made between 1/12-1/18. The second item must be chosen from the designated BOGO category within the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop and the buyer must complete the transaction as normal.  Once we see your purchase come through – we’ll refund you for the BOGO item  – and wallah! You’ll be on your way to handmade nirvana. 

Questions about the sale? Send us an email! pierogipicnic@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!

Pierogi Picnic: Warm & Cozy Handmade Winter Finds

With half of the nation in a deep freeze this week – I thought it appropriate to bring you a collection of goodies that will having you feeling warm and toasty in no time!

These beautifully crafted items were all hand-selected by me to help you think cozy thoughts in these blistering winter temps. So stop what you’re doing, grab a warm beverage, and explore the sites of these talented artisans. I guarantee that you’ll like what you find!

p.s. If you’re already gift-hunting for Valentine’s Day – this collection should give you some great ideas!

      1. Handmade Boots by Rita J Felt
      2. Warm Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub by Blackberry Ranch
      3. Couples Hand-Holding Mitten by With Love From Emma
      4. Knitted Ear Warmers by Yes Jess
      5. Organic Fair Trade Drinking Chocolate by Flying Bird Botanicals
      6. Goat’s Milk, Cocoa Butter, Oatmeal Bath Bombs by Kissmibella
      7. Winter Scenery Art Print by Malobi
      8. Heart Knit Boot Cuffs by Senur Sasa
      9. Whipped Shea, Mango and Cocoa Butter by Fatty’s Soap Company
      10. Knit Hand Muff by Ovinity
      11. Spicy Chocolate Truffles by Epic Edibles
      12. Minimalist Winter Wall Decor by Raceytay
      13. Rose Vanilla Cuticle Cream by Swamp Angel
      14. Knitted Cosby Skirt by Pierogi Picnic
      15. Scalloped Fingerless Gloves by Cookieletta
      16. Pocket Hand Warmers by Worme Wool

pierogi picnic: top ten 2013

I may be a touch bit biased when it comes to the best Pierogi Picnic designs of 2013 – so I decided to let the numbers do the talking!

Using my Etsy and website statistics, these are the most popular designs from the past year! I’ll have you know that a few of these took me by surprise.

What a year! 

          1. In Bloom tunic dress
          2. Take a Bow scarf cowl
          3. Green Gal retro bathing suit
          4. Sir Cycle mens sweatshirt hoodie
          5. Point Out the Way open back top
          6. Miss Cycle womens sweatshirt hoodie
          7. Blossom cotton women’s swimsuit
          8. No Sweat mens cowl sweatshirt
          9. Cosby Skirt upcycled sweater skirt
          10. A Bow On It sweater headband

2013 Pierogi Picnic Annual Business Review final

It’s been quite a fruitful year here at Pierogi Picnic – and there’s much to reflect on. Whether perusing through my Etsy sales, looking back at the conjuring of new designs, or basking in the warm glow of gleaming customer reviews, 2013 was the year where my business shined.

Thinking back over the last five years, and the endless toiling to build Pierogi Picnic’s strong foundation, this was the year where the pay offs became clear and tangible. What more could a biz owner wish for?!

So to send off 2013, while joyfully welcoming 2014, I’ve drafted up a visual graphic that looks back on this year’s achievements. Because, after all, what’s the fun of running a small indie biz if I don’t get to celebrate milestones, breakthroughs, and all the success nuggets in between!

And if you’re wondering how in the world I was able to achieve, let alone set my sight on these goals in the first place, consider giving my yearly business planning worksheet a try. Download my customizable, and totally adorable, planning worksheet below to help you get your goals on paper for the year.

Here’s to a fruitful New Year to all the indie handmade business owners out there!

2014 Business Planning Worksheet Graphic from pierogi picnic

etsy: handmade gift ideas

With Christmas nine days away – there’s still time to gather up a few more handmade goodies for that very special someone. To help inspire you in your shopping quest, I’ve gathered some of my very favorite Etsy items into a list for you to sneak a peek at.

Each of these one-of-a-kind pieces will delight even the choosiest of gift recipients. From housewares and jewelry to bath products and lingerie, hopefully you’ll find something that is just right for the last person on your list. If you see something that catches your eye – be sure to scoop it up today so you can still make the USPS shipping deadline.

Remember, when you shop handmade, you’re supporting an individual rather than a large corporation. So be sure to include at least a few unique artisan creations under your Christmas tree!

Happy handmade shopping!

Pierogi Picnic Gift Guide: Under 40

In our second holiday gift guide we’ve gathered up our top eight favorite Pierogi Picnic pieces under $40, to help you along with your shopping lists. With a little bit of something for everyone, it’s a great price range where you’ll really get a lot of bang for your buck!

Urban Folk printed tunic $40
Waiting On You vintage shirt dress $36
Season’s Greetings handmade dress $36
Ms Spring revamped vintage dress $36
Freshly Picked eco tank $36
Cosby Skirt fitted knit $36
Cherry Confetti vintage t-shirt $24
Craving Cranberries vintage dress $36

UO versus PP

It’s becoming a growing issue within the handmade community- and one that it’s high time we addressed here on Pierogi Picnic: Design Theft. Having become one of the latest victims, I have chosen to speak out in the hopes of raising awareness of this burgeoning trend.

My first encounter with this phenomenon was many years ago at a Renegade craft fair. I was making my merry way around the booths when I stumbled upon a vendor who had a “no photos please” sign up in her tent. I inquisitively asked behind her reasoning – thinking it was a shame to discourage people from photographing and promoting her work. She shared her actual purpose: to prevent idea theft. She explained that large companies send out “spies” to fairs such as Renegade in the hopes of scooping up inspiration for their next season of designs. I was shocked, appalled, and in somewhat disbelief. How could it really be?!

That had been my first time hearing about these alleged scouts, and at the time, I wondered if the vendor’s concern had any basis. Sadly, many years later, I know her fears were well founded. Read the rest of this entry »

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