I love the modest, vibrant, fun dresses in the Michelle Tan Etsy shop! Springtime is always a great time to go dress shopping!
I love the modest, vibrant, fun dresses in the Michelle Tan Etsy shop! Springtime is always a great time to go dress shopping!
I'm not sure if it's my recent obsession with watching Say Yes to the Dress on Netflix, but I am loving lace lately! These lovely fabric necklaces from The Whirlwind Etsy shop caught my eye today, and I just knew that I needed to share this fabulous shop with my readers!
I'm partial to these oval-shaped necklaces, but the rectangle-shaped ones like this chevron one are so pretty too!
Pastel Peach Cloud Necklace; Hunter Green Necklace; Purple Teal Lace Necklace; Carnival Fabric Necklace
I'm deviating from my typical polka dotted post today to share a yummy recipe that I made for Valentine's Day. And hey -- those M&Ms look a little like polka dots, right? :)
I cannot take credit for this recipe. I found it on Pinterest. Here is the original post (including the recipe).
First, I had to locate these Valentine's Day M&Ms. That was no small feat just a few days before Valentine's Day, I can assure you. I'm SO glad I found them, though. Aren't they pretty? Almost too pretty to eat . . . almost. ;)
The recipe was very easy to make, and the results were SO tasty! I highly recommend this recipe! And of course, it would be pretty with just about any color of M&Ms!
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! What sweet treats did you enjoy?
P.S. If you'd like to see the ribbon dish from the top of this post in all its polka dotted glory, check out this post: I Found Polka Dots at Marshalls.
Whether you love Valentine's Day or despise it . . .
Whether you spend this day with the one you love or by yourself . . .
Whether you splurge on candy or stick to your diet . . .
May you encounter at least one thing today that brings a smile to your face.
Happy Valentine's Day, my friends.
P.S. The fabulous wooden pill and powder boxes in this post can be found in the darling MMIM Etsy shop.
Since author Lewis Carroll's birthday is Friday, January 27, I'm thinking thoughts of Alice in Wonderland today. And look at the adorable party items I found on this theme!
Don't you just love those Alice place cards from TomKat Studio? And of course, I love that polka dotted napkin, too! :)
How about these fantastic photo props from the Windrosie Etsy shop?
These cupcake toppers and this rabbit centerpiece from Windrosie are also darling! What a fun idea for a party!
And now, I leave you with a quote from the classic Alice in Wonderland:
"It seems the hurrier I go, the behinder I get."
Truer words were never spoken. I'm feeling a bit "behinder" today myself. :) How about you?
Have a wonderful day, friends!
Did you know that today, January 23, is National Handwriting Day? Let's be honest here: raise your hand if your handwriting is less than stellar. (I'm raising my hand) I suppose we can blame it on technology, right? Typing and texting has made handwriting almost a lost art.
Maybe this adorable polka dotted pencil case from the Little Bobbins Etsy shop will inspire us to tote pencils around in style. That might encourage us to write more often! :)
Here's one more cursive writing print from Livy Love Designs that I shared on Twitter today. I love this!
You'll find all sorts of adorable handmade creations in these two shops. Happy browsing!
Since Benjamin Franklin's birthday was yesterday, January 17, what a more fitting handmade product to show you than this fabulous kite invitation from the RBC Color Etsy shop?
Because I have a six-year-old son, I am well acquainted with the classic book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. This birthday party invitation follows the theme so nicely, featuring 1) the kite that Thing 1 and Thing 2 dragged through the house, 2) the stripes (like the cat's hat), 3) the blue and red color scheme used in the book, and 4) the Dr. Seuss-ish looking font. I love it! And look -- the inside of the envelope is even polka dotted!
Rebecca can create invitations like this for your little one's birthday party, too! Such fun!
Here's another item from this shop that I love: a candy heart save-the-date invitation -- CUTE!
Up, up, and away! :)
Have you heard? Sunday, January 22, is National Polka Dot Day!
Of course, I can't let this day pass by without at least some kind of pomp and circumstance. Want to join me?
I'm planning some fun goodies (and of course, lots of polka dots) on that day, and you don't want to miss it!
Help me spread the word by pinning the graphic above on Pinterest and sharing it on Facebook so that we can spread the word!
And don't forget to check back here on Sunday, January 22, for all the fun! :)
Long live polka dots!
While it isn't particularly bone-chilling cold here in North Carolina right now, I know that many of you live in areas where it's really cold. And hey -- I think these polka dotted gloves are cute enough to wear any time of year -- cold or not! :)
I found the Just Wool Etsy shop while browsing for polka dots, and I encourage you to stop by this brand new shop! Such beautiful felted items!
For example, take a look at this gorgeous felted girl's dress:
Isn't that photo precious?
Happy browsing, and stay warm! :)
Dimple milk bottles from Hannerysgaard
It's MILK DAY! Help me celebrate by feasting your eyes upon these fabulous polka dotted milk items:
Polka Dot Milk Cartons from Hannerysgaard
How about a polka dotted milk shake?
You'll find the recipe for this shake on the Sweet Paul blog.
And what's a tall glass of milk without something sweet to eat with it?
Polka dot cake from I Am Baker
Mmm. I think I need a fork.
So, what percent of milk do you drink at your house? We're a 1% family. How about you?
Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! I can't tell you how many times I've heard about Pinterest lately! I'm sure you've heard the buzz too, so I don't have to tell you how FUN (and addicting) it is!
Well, I've had an account on the site for a while, but I just recently started checking Pinterest daily for fun ideas. And yes, it can be a time suck if you don't set limits. However, for a blogger who is looking for fun products, ideas, and projects to feature -- it's awesome!
So awesome, in fact, that I've decided to create a new board each week, just to pin the lovely polka dotted things that I find.
Would you like to see the items I pinned this week? Last week?
Now, I've got a crazy, fun, AMAAAAZING idea for Pinterest!! Want to hear it?
Wouldn't it be fun if I created a polka dot board that all of you can contribute to? It would be like one huge board of DOTTY GOODNESS!
Here's how it would (could) work. Remember, I'm just brainstorming here:
1. First, you need to be a Pinterest user. If you're still waiting for an invite, please let me know. I can invite you!
2. We need to think of a cool (I mean really cool) name for the board because this thing could get really huge!! If you have a suggestion for what we should call this board, do tell.
3. If you're interested in pinning items on this polka dotted board, I'll need to invite you to be a contributor to the board. See the screenshot below? I have to know your username or your email address.
4. As you come across polka dotted items on the web, you would pin them to the board. You'll need to add the Pin It! bookmarklet into your browser's tool bar (see this page for details). OR (for those of you who know Pinterest lingo) you could re-pin polka dotted pins to the board.
If you're interested in this, please leave a comment below, expressing your interest. Make sure that you leave an email address or some other way for me to contact you, okay?
So . . . are you on Pinterest? What is your username? I'm onthedot. Need an invite? Ask away.
Mosaic Tile Table from slgeorge / Polka dotted skirt and tights from Pinterest
I'm SO excited to introduce you to a brand new weekly feature here at On the Dot called Mix & Match.
This photo collage will feature at least one handmade item (in keeping with my mission statement: featuring handmade creations), and at least one of the items will be polka dotted (of course!).
I'd like to introduce my super-creative friend Amber Guge, who will be helping me pick items for these collages each week.
Without further ado, meet Amber:
"My name is Amber, and I am a 29 year old stay-at-home mother of 2 boys. I have been designing and selling jewelry for 3 years, thanks to my husband's persuasion. I love everything crafty, and I usually spend my mornings drinking coffee and searching the internet for my next must-do project."
You can find Amber's designs here in her Etsy shop: Amber Dawn Jewelry
So what do you think of the new feature? Like it? Love it? Do tell.
Did you know that this week marks the 124th anniversary of the patent of the paper drinking straw? In honor of this occasion, I went on the hunt for polka dotted drinking straws . . . and I found some pretty ones!
The Hey Yo Yo Etsy shop is filled with all sorts of wonderful whimsical notions, and it looks like Amanda is a fan of polka dots too! :)
Wouldn't these straws make a baby shower, kids' party, or even a special dinner at home a fun occasion?
Not only does the Hey Yo Yo shop carry these fun straws, but there are many fun ways to dress up the straws, too! Check out these straw toppers:
Now that's cute!
What this shop is doing right:
1. A Fun Shop Header
I love the carnival/circus theme and colors in the shop header. Just perfect for the fun, colorful items in the shop!
2. Great Product Staging
Amanda photographed many of her products staged with other items. For example, she shows her products in action in the photos in this polka dotted straws listing. I love those flag toppers!
3. Fun Photo Backgrounds
I love the creative use of the photo backgrounds (many are polka dotted) in this shop! Take a look at these cake/cupcake toppers, for example. Isn't that striped background paper awesome?
Have you ever used fun paper straws for your special occasions, or do you prefer the plastic kind?
Happy New Year to you!
Looking more like a fun dress than a functional kitchen accessory, this polka dotted apron from The Glam Finale Etsy shop makes me want to pull out a recipe and cook something!
I love the generous-sized pocket, and the removable feather pin is such a fun touch, too!
What this shop is doing right:
1. Product Photography
I love the gallery shots that display the aprons at an angle. That really catches my eye!
2. Shop Consistency
I love the consistent photo background -- the pink and white striped wall and the white dress form. So cute!
3. Marketing Idea
I love the mother-daughter aprons packaged together. Such a great idea for Christmas presents!
You'll find lots of other dotty designs in this fun shop -- some sized for young and older cooks alike!
Happy weekend to you!
If you're looking for a pretty bowl to serve Halloween treats in this year, look no further than the Joy Elizabeth Ceramics Etsy shop! Owls are so popular this time of year, and I love the vivid colors in these pieces (and the polka dots too, of course!). These bowls are also pretty enough to display empty.
And look at this owl family, perched on a branch together on this dinner plate. So cute!
You'll love all of the ceramics in this wonderful shop -- I love the rabbit designs too!
Do you serve Halloween candy out of a bowl as cute as these each year? Maybe it's time for a new tradition! :)
P.S. If you're visiting here from Pinterest, I'd be honored if you followed me there!
It's finally starting to feel like autumn here in North Carolina, so I'm in the mood to feature some woodland-style handmade goodies today.
First, we have these adorable fabric trees from Quietude Quilts. I love the bright primary colors in this group, but wait until you see the other tiny forests in this shop: so CUTE!
Here's a lovely pincushion from Sew Realicoul along this same woodland theme. Not only is this pin cushion cute . . . it's also fragrant, stuffed with organic lavender!
To finish out this group, let's take a look at two fabric baskets from Jenn Maruska Design.
If you look carefully, you'll notice the woodland design on the fabric. Wouldn't these be great to hold various supplies: in the kitchen, in the studio, or in the office?
That's it . . . your polka dot fix for today. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Funky, vintage, and dotty -- aren't these polka dotted earrings from Passing Love Notes great? Long, dangling earrings seem to be "in" right now, and these are sure to attract attention!
I love these pink dotty earrings too. The Passing Love Notes Etsy shop is filled with all sorts of other vintage earrings. I also love the vintage-style backgrounds in the product photos. What a great shop!
Looking for a pretty way to transport tasty pies, casseroles, or cakes? Vonny to the rescue!
I've mentioned Vonny before, so I was so excited to hear from Vonny herself the other day when she called to let me know about her brand new Mardi Gras Holiday Pie Carrier, covered in polka dots!
I absolutely love this idea, and I just know that Vonny is going to sell a ton of these!
I love the fact that the inside of the carrier has a skid-proof material to keep pies from sliding around and damaging the crust. What a great idea!
If you haven't checked out the Vonny site lately, you really should! Such adorable entertaining products there!
Happy Labor Day, everyone!
If you've paid any attention to the news lately, you've probably heard that a huge hurricane named Irene is predicted to affect the eastern part of the US this weekend. North Carolina is scheduled to be one of the states hardest hit, so we've been hearing lots of hurricane talk around here lately.
In honor of the storm, I searched for some polka dotted items on this theme today. Just look at the cute cloud/raindrop necklace that I found from Ordinary Mommy on Etsy.
You'll love the soft, cozy products in this great shop! Happy browsing!
If I don't blow away this weekend, I'll be back here next week. :)
Like many of your children, my little guy went back to school today. He was a little nervous about entering first grade . . . you know, going a full day instead of a half day like last year in kindergarten. Too bad he didn't have a cute polka dotted pencil case like this one from the Pocket Carnival Etsy shop.
I love the faded polka dots at the top and bottom of this case -- very subtle but very cute! :)
So how about your kids . . . have they started back to school yet?
Looking for a fun way to help your child celebrate losing a tooth? One of the cute polka dotted Tooth Fairy pillows in the Sweet RinaLou Etsy shop is just what you need!
My six-year-old Mason lost his first two teeth last month while we were on vacation, and unfortunately, I didn't have a pillow this cute to use! Bummer! A couple of his top teeth are a little loose now, though, so perhaps I still have time to make a purchase from this fun shop! :)
Here's another less-frilly design that I love -- I think this one is perfect for a little boy:
Check out the Sweet RinaLou Etsy shop for other lovely pillows -- I love this red and white polka dotted lumbar pillow too!
And for those who are interested, you can see pictures of Mason's toothless smile here.
Have you ever used a Tooth Fairy pillow to help your kids celebrate the accomplishment of losing teeth?
July has been a very busy month of traveling and spending time with my family. I'm glad to be back and am excited to share a fun theme with you today: cherries!
While our family was in Spokane, Washington recently, we discovered some beautiful cherry orchards with trees brimming with gorgeous red fruit. Here's a close-up shot of one bunch that we found:
To go along with today's cherry theme, I found some lovely polka dotted cherry clutches from the Wild Olive Studio Etsy shop. Aren't these gorgeous?
Wouldn't these be cute to carry inside a larger bag or even by themselves?
We ate plenty of cherries during our recent trip -- sooo good! Are you a fan of fresh picked cherries?