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Working full-time at the humane society during the day, I can tell you one thing: I have cats on the brain. Cats cats cats. It being the end of summer we’re overwhelmed with kittens, senior kitties and everything in between.
So imagine my delight when I found myself coming across item after item of kitty emblazoned products, both on and offline. I absolute love this kind of fun, furry and fuzzy trend! Plus – it’s a great way to remind people of how awesome cats are – and hopefully inspire adoption.
In ode to my furry friends, both at the animal shelter and at home, here’s a collection of feline-finds from my favorite Etsy shops. Go ahead and call me a crazy cat lady – I won’t mind!
- Ceramic Wall Hanging by Pearson Maron
- Temporary Tattoos by Hello Hariett
- Paper Cut by Catfriendo
- Nine Lives Cat pullover by Nic and the Newfie
- Kitty Cat Mini by Rabbit and Eye
- Black Cat canvas tote bag by Tshirt99
- Wooden Cat Brooch by Lucy Ellen
- Kitty Flats by Em & Sprout
- Cat Lady Brooch by Feline Fatale Shop
- Sleeping Cat Brooch by Elizabeth Pawl
- Big Cat Tote bag by Xenotees
If you’re looking for a flirty frock to finish out the season – don’t overlook the adorable Minty Fresh vintage dress!
This super-cute piece boasts a billowy light fabric, sweet light green hue and retro micro pleats. Great for wearing the final days of summer or for layering with boots and a pleather jacket come fall. And if you happen to snatch it up this week – you can take an additional 40% off the price by using coupon code “saleweek1″ during checkout.
Also – don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $50 Pierogi Picnic gift certificate in honor of our five year anniversary! Details can be found here.
I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it – but we’re celebrating Pierogi Picnic’s five year anniversary this month! Woot! Woot!
To mark the birth of my beloved business, as well as all things eco-friendly, vintage and handmade, we’re going to have a month-long virtual party! Tune in to the Pierogi Picnic website every Sunday in August for a weekly special which will include deep discounts in the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store. And if you’re not following us on Facebook – make sure you do so today – as we’ll be hosting contests, freebies and more all month long!
To kick-off the celebration, we’re giving away a $50 Pierogi Picnic gift certificate!!! Talk about awesome! Enter for a chance to win by following the directions below.
How to enter:
1. Subscribe to the Pierogi Picnic website. Scroll down and look on the left hand-side of the page. Wallah!
2. Visit the Pierogi Picnic Etsy page and select your all-time favorite item.
3. Comment back on this post saying what your favorite item is, why, and include a link to the original listing!
The gift certificate winner will be chosen at random on August 15th using http://www.random.org. We’ll announce the winner on the site on Friday, August 16th.
Thank you all in advance for helping us celebrate! Let’s get this party started!
I’ve been seeing these adorable tie tops all over the city, Whether paired with cut-offs or a long maxi skirt, the look has definitely caught my eye. So how could I not concoct a tutorial on how to make your very own?!
Using a pre-loved t-shirt and pair of scissors, you can easily create an airy cotton cut-out top to tie just as you see fit. And with the no-sew instructions below, making one of these cute pieces has never been easier! Read the rest of this entry »
Boy – is it hot outside! And beyond the naturally imposed sluggishness that creeps into my summer self, I also find that the season brings tons of distractions. Whether it’s a close friend’s wedding, long walks in the park with the dogs, swimming in the lake or festival hopping, there’s nothing like making the most of summer in Chicago!
Or so I found myself thinking on a recent weekend afternoon, as I sit sewing away at my machine. I started to fantasize about all the events, get-togethers and experiences that were taking place in my absence, when it dawned on me: I need a break!
This September will mark the five year anniversary for Pierogi Picnic, and since starting my biz in 2008, I’ve had nary a dull moment. Working full-time and running your own business is exhilarating, but exhausting work! So I’ve decided a teeny vacation from my biz will do.
But with all the time, sweat and love poured into Pierogi Picnic, I’d never dream of closing the shop or website, even temporarily. So as a compromise to myself I’ve decided to put custom order work on hold until the fall. This way I’ll have the luxury of sewing up new designs when the mood strikes – and can still sell creations that have already been photographed and posted to Etsy. But what it really means is that I can reserve my weekends off for time with family, friends and four-legged beasties.
So for those of you who have been eye-balling a custom swimsuit or sundress – know that they’ll be back in production in September 2013. Until then – take advantage of all the lovingly crafted readymade and vintage items in my shop. And if you’re not currently a fan of the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page – you’ll want to “like” it soon – as we’re going to have some big sales coming your way in August for our anniversary.
And to those who are fellow artisans and creatives – do yourself a favor too – take a break every now and then! You deserve it!
It’s no secret that I love a high waist! Though this style can be a little intimidating at first – once you start wearing things above your belly button – it’s hard to go back.
Flattering, comfy and oh-so-retro looking, the “hike ‘em up” trend has now spread to shorts as well! If you’ve been hoping to give the fit a try, check out these finds and give the look a try.
- Vintage Pink Shorts from This Vintage Girl
- Vintage Brown Shorts from Brown Cow Vintage
- Handmade Scalloped Shorts from Pierogi Picnic
- Vintage Yellow Shorts from Charlia Lana
- Handmade Floral Print Shorts by Minkie
- Vintage Neon Shorts from The Happy Forest
- Colorblock Jean Shorts from Pom Pom Vintage
- Sabina Short from Bark Decor
I don’t know about your neck of the woods – but things have been quite steamy here in Chicago the past few days. We’ve been bouncing between thunder storms and high temps – making it not only sweltering, but stuffy as well!
So how do you keep cool without the help of an energy-sucking, heat producing air conditioner? Here are some ideas:
Bust out the ice. Seems simple enough – but keeping a tray of ice cubes at the ready is not just a good idea for a late-afternoon lemonade. Try filling a bowl with the oh-so-cool cubes and placing them in front of a fan. You’ll find yourself lounging in a cool breeze in no time!
Stay hydrated. It goes without saying that making sure you’re getting loads of water will help your body feel better overall. But especially in summer months when the temps are up and your body’s a perspiration machine – you’ll need extra H2O to make sure you have what you need to stay cool.
Freeze some fruit. A great mid-day snack, freezing some watermelon, strawberries or other in-season treat is a great and tasty way to cool things down.
Dress to impress. And do it in light-weight, airy natural fibers. I’m a big proponent of cotton, but anything that will allow a loose fit and sweat absorption will help you stay comfortable. And to help you sleep through a hot night – make sure all your bed gear is made of natural materials too! Read the rest of this entry »