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pierogi picnic trends: confetti pops of color

One of my favorite trends of the moment brings together two different looks: color and polka dots.

Using a simple white background and then splashing it with miscellaneous rainbow hues, makers and vintage collectors are showcasing confetti prints every which way I turn. Reminiscent of a super sugary cupcake  doused in sprinkles, the trend is definitely one that will make you smile.

Here’s a look at some Etsy finds that find fun ways to harness the power of the confetti print.

        1. Micro Confetti Top by Two String Jane
        2. Felt Garland by The Fickle Felt Tree
        3. Vinyl Record Clock by Making Time Etc
        4. Confetti Hand Knit Mittens by White Noise Maker
        5. Vintage Midi Dress from Pierogi Picnic
        6. Confetti Bombs from Knot & Bow
        7. Glitter Ring by Willow Street Jewelry
        8. Vintage Bracelet from Diament Designs
        9. Confetti Art Print from Julia Dineen

Pierogi Picnic: Dawn + Dusk Collection

It’s finally here!

After months of sketching, sewing and tweaking, I am excited to officially debut my newest collection for Pierogi Picnic! 

The Dawn + Dusk collection combines upcycled and vintage fabrics to create clothing that’s as stylish as it is sustainable. Merging warm and cool tones with soft textures and classic shapes, these unique pieces are perfect for wearing day and night. And as always, each piece is eco-friendly, handmade, and one-of-a-kind.

Design It Yourself series: Pierogi PIcnic

One part ready-made, one part custom order, the Dawn + Dusk collection offers eco fashionistas two different avenues in which to express their style.  The first is a limited edition set of pieces that was made out of vintage fabrics. That includes skirts, tops and accessories that are beyond replication. The second option is the new “Design It Yourself” series. With this option shoppers pick a base color, silhouette and embellishment and I create a piece that’s as unique as the wearer. 

 Whether ready to send or made to order, Dawn + Dusk collection has brought together some of my favorite silhouettes with soft fabrics, a green methodology and a feminine touch. View the full collection in my Etsy shop today!

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Pierogi Picnic: Bunny Finds on Etsy

It’s that time of year – rabbit time! There are graphics of rabbits every which way you look and it’s easy to understand why. These little critters are the ultimate symbols of fertility and spring, which is why they are the perfect animal to represent the litany of holidays that happen this season.

As the proud owner of a rescued and hyper intelligent bun – I can also say that’s it’s the perfect time of year to also highlight rabbit adoptions. So many people go out to pets stores and purchase baby bunnies for Easter, only to find within a few weeks that these highly functioning pets are no easy charge. They require a minimum of four hours of socialization a day, lots of socialization, a special diet and a veterinarian with specific training for small mammals. It’s no easy task to be the guardian of a bunny! 

That’s why in drafting my favorite finds – I chose to highlight rabbits. They make incredible pets – and are sure to give you a daily dose of cute overload – if you know what you’re getting yourself into. So here’s my public service announcement of the day: If you, or someone you know, is considering getting a rabbit for Easter, do your research first on what it will take by visiting the House Rabbit Society website. Read all about our bunny adventures on the Peanut Loves Butter blog.

And in the meantime, enjoy these adorable rabbit themed finds from some of our favorite vendors on Etsy!

  1. Night light rabbit from Mouton Cerise
  2. White bunny plush by Mos Mea
  3. Bunny rabbit print from Corella Design
  4. Bunny nail transfers from Hello Harriett
  5. Merrabbit t-shirt from NYhop
  6. Vintage bunny soft toy from Lovintage Finds
  7. Geometric rabbit brooch from Sketch Ink
  8. Rabbit scarf print from Corella Design
  9. Bunny rabbit pillow from Handy Happy Teddy
  10. Art print from Matou en Peluch

Rocket the Rabbit - the new Pierogi Picnic spokes bunny!

 

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

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