Events: Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off!

birthday bash

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!

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Featured Design: Frills & Thrills

Pierogi Picnic: Handmade Eco-Friendly Summer Tanks

It’s truly starting to feel like summer – which has me thinking about stylish ways to look cute while keeping cool. So when choosing a featured design the choice was easy: the Frills & Thrills tanks. Created from pre-loved racerbacks, these adorable tops are embellished with a splash of vintage lace and an over-sized button. Great for layering with a high-waisted skirt or cut-off shorts – it makes the heat-filled days that much more fun! And with a limited time sale price of only $18 – these tanks are as easy on your wallet as they are on the environment!

Events: Lincoln Park Summer Bazaar

Chicago Summer Bazaar

Festival season has officially begun – and we’re as excited as ever! We have our first event of the summer taking place in Lincoln Park and would love to see you there!

If you’re in Chicago the second week of June, join us at the first annual Summer Bazaar in the heart of the DePaul neighboorhood. We’ll be hawking a variety of vintage, handmade and one-of-kind items from Pierogi Picnic and many other Chicago designers.

What: Summer Bazaar

When: Sunday, June 16th 11am-5pm

Where: 735 W. Wrightwood / Between Fullerton & Diversey

Join us on the 16th for shopping, snow cones, hair demos and more!

Artful Appalachia

North Carolina 2013

Needing a breath of fresh air and a temporary escape from city living – my hub and I embarked on a one week adventure to Appalachia.

Spending several days in the Pisgah National Forest in a beautifully renovated antique cabin at Brown Mountain Beach Resort, we enjoyed leisurely hikes, canoeing and fresh locally made foods. The couple who recently acquired the stretch of historical cabins imparted their  enthusiasm for all things green and homegrown. Not only is this treasure of a resort striving for true sustainability, both financially and ecologically, they’re also pet-friendly. Talk about hitting up the right demographic! David and I will be sure to swing through again in the future with our mini goblins in tow.

After a few days of R&R in the park, we embarked on a visit to Asheville, the self-proclaimed “foodtopia” of the East. With a penchant for the arts and slow processes, both with foods and products, this tiny city nestled in the smoky mountains was refreshingly low key. With live folk music pouring from the bars, an abundance of local handmade crafts, direct-from-farmer restaurants and a thriving arts scene, this town of 50,000 was a pleasant surprise. We enjoyed gallery hopping in the River Arts District and leisurely strolls between the many boutiques. A true gem with much more to be discovered – I foresee us swinging through Asheville again in the near future – to do some more in depth exploring.

Is there a close vacation destination near your home that offers sustainable and local foods? If so – share your suggestions for regional trips in the comments! We’d love to know where you go to escape!

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Events: Renegade’s Chicago Holiday Market 2012

Big news hit my inbox Monday – Pierogi Picnic has been accepted to the 2012 rendition of Renegade’s Holiday Market! It will be my second time participating in the December show and am so excited for the opportunity!

I am also really looking forward to partnering with my good friend and creative cohort Caitlin Peters of Wanderlustings. Her new jewelry collection has me absolutely smitten. Between her beautiful and intricate trinkets and my brightly colored fabric baubles we’re going to knock the socks off this year’s fair goers!

So for the next month and a half expect lots of sneak peeks and previews of what’s to come at this year’s event! I’ll also be picking your brains closer to the date about booth setups and merchandise via the Pierogi Picnic Facebook. So be sure to stay tuned!

Press: Homegrown Illinois

It’s incredible how many blogs are out there – scouring the internet for people and small businesses to feature. Each and every time Pierogi Picnic is scooped up for one, I am amazed that in the vast webiverse, I was somehow found.

And Homegrown Illinois is no different! Featuring artisans and people from our grand little state (is it little?) they recently highlighted me and my biz. I am grateful that from all the stories they could have run, they chose me. Check out the article here.