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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 »

Pierogi Picnic: Birthday Surprise!

Today is the day I graduate into a new age-decade! It’s my thirtieth birthday!!!!!!!

Moving beyond my twenties into the big 3-0 deserves all forms of celebrating – including a special one-day-only coupon code for you!

For the first time ever, use the following coupon code on ANY purchase in the Pierogi Picnic Etsy shop, and you’ll get 30% off your total purchase: birthdaysurprise30 That INCLUDES made to order items too! Yeah! Just pop in the code during check-out and you’ll see the discount reflected in your total.

So join with me in all my birthday festivities and get shopping! The coupon code expires at midnight!

eco etsy: fall gift guide

As if there’s not already enough to love about fall, my favorite Etsy group, Eco Etsy, put together the most adorable Fall Gift Guide to go along with all your favorites for the season!

Featuring genuinely handmade creations by earth conscious artisans, the collection includes one of my favorite minimalist Pierogi Picnic designs, the “Point Out the Way” tunic. Click on the image above to learn more about each item, as well as the creators behind them.

Peanut Loves Butter: Upcycled Cotton Bow Tie

I am so excited to announce the launch of a brand-spankin’ new line of merchandise: Peanut Loves Butter!

This new collection of pet products keep style and sustainability in mind. High quality, yet affordable, stylish but modern, this unique series of dog and cat pieces is sure to bring a smile to every pet owner’s face!

Peanut Loves ButterL Handmade Dog Dress Shirt Collar

In true Pierogi Picnic fashion, each piece is handcrafted using salvaged fabrics, making each creation one of a kind and eco-friendly. And as if that’s not enough to make you purr, we’ll be carrying adorable toys and housewares for your furry friends too!

Peanut Loves Butter: Upcycled fabric cat teaser

What inspired the line you may ask? My three little hobgoblins, Peanut, Butter and Tomato.  The majority of pet products found online or in-stores tends to sway on the uber feminine or too utilitarian side.  Rather than purchase a bunch of frou frou sweaters or overpriced knitted pieces, I decided to make my boys accessories that both they and I could be proud of.  And then a funny thing happened. People started asking where I’d purchased each sweater, bow tie or cowl. Imagine my delight!

So I spent some time this summer tweaking and experimenting with the designs. Sewing a sample of this – hand sculpting a toy for that – until I could come up with a line that was both aesthetically awesome, practical, and not too pricey! With practical earth-friendly designs and dapper touches, Peanut Loves Butter was born!

Peanut Loves Butter: Dog Cowl Sweatshirt

So if you’ve been looking for eco-chic pet products for your little monsters, be sure to follow all of the fun on the new Peanut Loves Butter blog! And should you be one of the first 10 people who hit the subscribe button, you’ll receive an exclusive 25% off coupon to use in the new PLB shop!

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So there you have it! Cute, affordable, totally eco-friendly and style savvy pet gear. What more could you ask for this fall!?

Peanut Loves Butter logo

polka dot

There’s something absolutely timeless about a polka dot print. Retro yet modern, playful yet elegant, it’s a pattern that can adorn countless of items without ever losing it’s retro punch.

And so it seems this tiny repeated shape is making a come back in the season’s fashions. From art and accessories to leggings and prints – it’s the perfect look for fall. And when created with a golden metallic paint – well – let’s just say it makes for an easy breezy transition toward holiday festivities.

So in honor of this vintage inspired look, here’s a monochromatic yet bold collection of handmade goodies that boast this beautiful pattern.

Enjoy!

polka dot pretty: trend

1. Burlap Bunting by Ali Mark
2. Hair Bow Set by Made by Megra
3. Revamped Vintage Dress by Pierogi Picnic
4. “Glimmer” Photo by Carolyn Cochrane
5. Handmade Clutch by Muni Shop
6. Slouchy Vintage Blouse from Darling Vintage
7. Infinity Scarf by Scarves 2012
8. Portrait by Fanny Erkelius
9. Polka Dot Leggings by Kelly Lynne

Pierogi Picnic: Made to Order t-shirt tunic with ruffles eco-friendly

After taking a 30 day hiatus from making custom orders – the Pierogi Picnic one-woman sweatshop is back in action!

In late July I decided that I would make August the month for taking some time away from my machine. Not only did I want to make some room for enjoying all the sights and sounds of summer, I also needed to give my skin a break. So after several weeks of hanging back, I’m all healed up and ready to rock and roll again!

So if you’ve been pining for a made to order eco friendly hoodie for the fall or a handmade swimsuit for summer (thinking of you Australians!) now is the time! Take a peek at what designs are currently available here or in my Etsy shop. And here’s to bringing back tailor-made pieces!

Pierogi Picnic: Men's Custom made upcycled sweatshirt hoodie with cowl

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