Contests: Everyday Beauty Contest

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February is here – and you know what that means! It’s time for our annual Everyday Beauty Contest!

Developed with the intent to inspire us to look past traditional definitions of beauty, the Everyday Beauty Contest empowers you to capture a photo from everyday life for a chance to win fabulous Pierogi Picnic prizes! The contest kicks off today and runs through Valentine’s Day. Here are the deets:

What: Everyday Beauty Photo Contest

When:  Now – February 14th

2015 Photo Theme: Reflections

Two winners: Most Likes + Best Photo

Prizes:  $50 Pierogi Picnic Gift Certificates

To take part in this year’s contest, head over to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and post your favorite photo that captures this year’s theme. You can also post the picture to your personal Facebook page – just be sure to tag @pierogipicnic so it lands in our queue.

After uploading your, pic you’ll want to share it with friends and family in the hopes of landing lots of likes. The photo with the most likes by midnight on February 14th will be declared the winner and will receive a $50 credit to the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store! We’ll also choose a second pic as “Best Photo” – so you have two shots at landing a prize!

So start dreaming up what photo you’ll be taking and then start sharing! The sooner you post and tag your photo the better your chances of winning.

Happy snapping and sharing!

Everyday Beauty Contest: Reflections

Events: 2014 Everyday Beauty Contest

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day – and all the warm fuzzy feelings that we incur thanks to it – we’re happy to announce our fourth annual Everyday Beauty Contest! This annual Pierogi Picnic tradition encourages you – our fans, supporters and cheerleaders – to show us what you find beautiful in your day to day life.

What: Everyday Beauty Photo Contest

Theme: Hearts

How: Post your photo to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook Page

When: February 7th-February 14th

Prizes:  $40 Pierogi Picnic Gift Certificates

Two winners: Most Likes + Best Photo

To take part in this year’s contest, head over to the Pierogi Picnic Facebook page and post your favorite photo that captures this year’s theme: hearts! After uploading your pic you’ll want to share it with friends and family in the hopes of landing lots of likes. The photo with the most likes by midnight on February 14th will be declared the winner! We’ll also choose a second pic as “Best Photo” – so you have two shots at landing a prize!

So start going through your photos and get to posting one today! The sooner you post, the more opportunities you’ll have to gather up votes.

Happy sharing!

Meet the Models: Nahrain

Meet the Models: Nahrain

A spirited first-generation Assyrian, Nahrain is a woman who’s laughter is not only contagious, but fills up a room with light! Having met while taking a financial management class at Harvest, Nahrain and I instantly hit things off and I knew I’d have to recruit her as a Pierogi Picnic model.

When Nahrain’s not busy spending time with her hubby (also a PP model!) and their friends, or working at her local non-profit,  you can find her cuddled up with a good book and a steamy cup of coffee. An extroverted introvert, Nahrain says that many people are surprised to find out she’s actually on the shy side (fooled us!).

A couple of other things people may not know about this ethnic beauty:

  • She is absolutely terrified of being underwater.
  • Has a tradition of going on an adventure each November to celebrate her birthday.
  • Is passionate about learning to play the drums (though she doesn’t read sheet music).
  • Absolutely adores green peppers!

This spirited little lady is an absolute natural in front of the camera lens – which is why you’ll be seeing her time and time again in our photo lineup! We’re glad to count Nahrain as one of our Pierogi Picnic own!

About: What’s in a Model?

Pierogi Picnic: Everyday Models

I’ll never forget the scene. It was 2011 and Pierogi Picnic was really up and kickin’. I was in the midst of preparing for a huge show, had lots of orders coming in off of Etsy, and press to match. And then that phone call came. The one that you never think will really happen to you – it’s just something you read off some crafter-gone-pro’s website.

But then it happens. You’re invited to participate in a huge, whirlwind, opportunity-of-your-dreams. There will be press, runways, news cams, hundreds of thousands of people, a stage and more.

The business manager in you kicks in and you ask the big questions. And you get the answers.

So what does a gal like me do in this situation? I decline. Continue reading

The Little Things

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Sigh. Spring feels so good. Good for the skin, spirit and everything in between!

This season of awakening senses reminds me how incredibly important it is to stop and appreciate all the little things in life. The smell of the air just before a rain. The satisfying smoky taste of freshly made espresso. The feel of the lake-side breeze. The slow blink of a kitty cat. The warm fuzzy feeling we get when we think about someone we love.

Sure, I’m being totally sappy here but isn’t life too short to let these moment drift by without notice? I don’t want to take any feeling, internal or external, for granted. That’s why I decided to keep things simple with today’s post and just focus on some of the everyday moments that fill my heart with joy.

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IMG_20130429_093042Pierogi Picnic: The Little Things

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Meet the Models: Diane Maxine

PIerogi Picnic: Handmade vintage sweater and upcycled hi low t-shirt top

When looking to recruit models for my Pierogi Picnic shoots there’s one thing that always gets my attention: enthusiasm. Whether a passion for their work, life or just a general glee-fulness of spirit, the people you’ll find showing off my designs have a charisma that’s unique and all their own.

Diane Maxine is one such vivacious spirit.  A talented musician, she plays the bass in our church’s worship team, which is how the two of us initially met. When she’s not bopping away and plucking her bass strings, Maxine loves to bake and watch the noshers faces light up after tasting her yummy creations.

What I enjoyed most about taking Maxine’s pictures was her easy-going attitude and big beautiful smile. Her last name actually means ‘happy’ – which is why you’ll see her always flashing her bright whites. With this kind of charm both inside and out – it’s no wonder she turned out so stunning in each shot.

Meet the Models: Simone

I made a promise to myself years ago when first starting Pierogi Picnic: I would only use real men and women for photo shoots. What the heck does that mean? I was tired of seeing towering and emaciated, uber airbrushed images of people in ads and photos. So I decided I would change the name of the game – at least in my own little corner of the apparel universe. I vowed that I would only use everyday people in my pics. People who are beautiful inside and out, who don’t ‘pose’ professionally and who come in a variety of shapes and sizes. And I continue in that tradition today! Continue reading