DIY: Baby Gnome Hat

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Little baby August was born this past Valentine’s day at a hearty 7 pounds and 6 ounces. But despite his ample weight, this long and lean baby has the tiniest of craniums, causing any and every hat we have for him to slide down over his eyes. The result: one fussy baby! So what’s a mama to do? Make some DIY hats of course!

To ensure our little guy’s noggin was staying nice and toasty in our home and beyond I whipped up a simple yet chic hat design that I could create using various fabric scraps. Using printed fabrics on a bias instead of elastic, and solid t-shirt fabric for the top, August’s “krasnoludek” hats have become an instant hit! Keeping his head warm while adding a pop of color to his ensembles, making these little gnome hats in different color combos is becoming my new pass time, in between feedings and naps at least.

So without further adieu, I bring you a quick photo tutorial on how to make a baby gnome hat (or two or three!) for your own little bundle. Enjoy!

diy gnome hat from pierogi picnic

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Featured Designs: Freshly Picked

spring

Just like you, I’m aching for the start of spring. Fresh air, blooming flowers, sunny and rainy days, it’s the season of renewal and re-birth after all. When choosing a design to feature that embodies the season I easily gravitated towards this bright yellow tank top.

The “Freshly Picked” design utilizes upcycled t-shirt cotton and reshapes it to create a flirty yet comfy top that’s great for dressing up or down. And with the adorable ruffles along the collar and button details, it’s easy to see why this piece makes me think of April showers and May flowers. Scoop it up on my Etsy page here.

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

Featured Design: Perfect Gent

dapperNothing screams gentlemanly charm like an elegant bow tie attached to your favorite shirt or jacket – which is why Perfect Gent is my featured design!

These fun clip-on bow ties are handmade using sweatshirt fabric scraps from my other creations – giving them a retro yet contemporary feel that makes them perfect for any occasion. With the classic shape and soft cotton material, it’s a great accessory for work or play, and make a great Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life. Available in red or grey, you can scoop one up off the Pierogi Picnic Etsy page here.

An Indie Biz: 2014 in Review

Pierogi Picnic: Eco friendly, affordable, design savvy clothing

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

Pierogi Picnic: Dawn + Dusk CollectionMost Popular Item: Green Gal Custom Swimsuit

Green Girl swimsuitRunners Up: Sir Cycle men’s sweatshirt, Just in Case Lace women’s tank, all things Vintage

Most Popular Post of the Year: DIY Love Patch

Elbow patch: afterRunner’s Up: Inspiration: Suitcase Dresser, DIY: Earring Tutorial, DIY: Homemade Cheek & Lip Stain, Trends: Lovin’ the Leggins

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!!!

DIY: Eco-Friendly Handmade Gifts

DIY upcycled sweater stockings

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!

dit printed eco gift wrap

diy orange spice face scrub face scrub

diy upcylced sweater leg warmers

homemade cheek and lip stain

embellished heart elbow patch sweater

diy sweater bracelets

Featured Design: A Bow On It

headband

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.