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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
Most Popular Item: Green Gal Custom Swimsuit
Most Popular Post of the Year: DIY Love Patch
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
- Lay out your chosen fabric
- Cut the fabric into 1/2″ strips
- You’ll need 4 strips of fabric per pom pom
- Tug both ends of each strip to stretch and fluff them out
- Wrap the first strip around four fingers
- Wrap each of the remaining strips around the first
- Using a shorter excess strip, place the string between the center of your fingers and tie a knot
- Pull the pom off your fingers and cut the looped ends
- Fluff and trim your pom so all the ends are similar in length
- Cut a long piece of yarn onto which you’ll tie your poms
- Center each pom along the yarn mapping out the spacing
- 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!
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.
We are officially past the six month mark or our pregnancy and our nesting instincts are now in overdrive! We’ll be crafting together the babe’s nursery in November – but we’ve got quite the de-cluttering to do first. And for that reason I’m hosting a mega sale this week!
Starting on Thursday, October 23rd through Monday, October 27th I’m cutting and slashing prices on many Pierogi Picnic designs throughout my Etsy shop. We’re calling it the “Making Room for Baby” sale! Catchy, isn’t it?!
I’ll be putting many classic items on deep discount, as well as creating grab bags for retired designs. I’m also knocking dollars off newer creations and vintage – so if you’re starting your holiday shopping early – you won’t want to miss this!
PLUS, help get the word out about the sale and I’ll send you a coupon for free shipping that you can use anytime between now and the end of the year. International buyers included! Simply share our status off the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and I’ll private message you the code.
Here’s to finding new forever homes for lots of my designs this weekend!