Sunday, August 3, 2014


So, for some reason I woke up this morning - thinking about my blogs!  Why haven't I updated them in so long?  It is something I love doing!  I love changing the designs and choosing new colors and hopefully sharing info that others mamas can relate to.  So, here it is.  Hopefully I can stick to it.  My first mission was to get my Daily Dinner Dilemma blog rolling so I could be accountable for meal planning during the school year.  It is about to get busy!  The Boys will be in Pre-k, K, and 2nd!  CRAZY!!  Michael will also be playing Flag Football a few nights a week.  Excited to have my Day Timer laid out and our life on paper. Let's get to it!

Here is this weeks menu plan if you don't follow the other blog:)

Monday, August 20, 2012


I have decided to start offering weekly Polka Dots and Stripes exclusives!  These will be sets offered for 24 hours only.  I wanted to find a way to provide outfits with colored shirts and designer fabrics that I could offer at my standard pricing.  Offering exclusives will allow me to take orders and order a bolt and colored shirts all at once.  I will try to alternate offering boy and girls exclusives and try to do some matching boy/girl sets, too!  I just love the one for this week!  So sweet and perfect for Fall!!
You can order this set by emailing me at or by commenting on my facebook page - .

I always keep solid cottons, solid corduroys, most gingham and polka dot colors in stock - and now CHEVRONS! and a few other fabrics you have seen on the page, so those can be ordered at any time!  There are more things in the works for Polka Dots and Stripes, too!  I am currently devising a plan to reward referrals and frequent customers.  So, as always - stay tuned!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Long time no blog!!  Things never slow down with a house full of baby boys and trying to run a business!  That's ok though!  I have lots of ideas in the works and as always I am super excited about them.  I just set up a pinterest account for Polka Dots and Stripes, too!  You can follow me personally at or PDS at - I am going to try to orangize designs and fabric choices using the pin boards for customers to see - that is my goal anyway!!  Here are a few fall designs.  I am working on offering exclusives which I hope to introduce this week.  So be on the look out!

Love these school dogs, too!  I have made a ton in several color combos!  Still not sure which my favorite is - but my boys are sporting royal and red dog shirts!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cooler weather means Holidays are nearing!

I just love this time of year!  The weather is cooler and the mornings and evenings are crisp!  I also love making cheery holiday clothing.  Every little one can enjoy there time at family gatherings and on Santa's Lap wearing a Polka Dots and Stripes Original!  Here are just a few sneak peaks into our Holiday Line.  I will be working on more samples this month!

These will be added to the website this week!

You can also link directly to the Fan Page from the Polka Dots and Stripes Web Page now!  Check out the link "Follow Us on Facebook" on the left column.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Finally Upgraded!

After running by business on a single needle machine, I finally decided it was time to upgrade!  Doing embroidery for a local boutique as well as keeping up with my own appliques shirts made it a must.  I must say I am in LOVE!

I started out on the Brother ULT 2003
I know this machine inside and out and have used it for over a year now to do hundreds of appliques and embroidery jobs.  It served me well!  Now - with the PR-650 I can run shirts all day with no problem!
It requires less time and less "babysitting" and everything I stitch out looks amazing!  I cant help but sit and watch it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fabrics, Fabrics, Fabrics!

Just had to share the fabrics I am included in my children's clothing options this year!  I am also so excited when it is time to stock up on fabrics for the new season!  Here are my fall and winter choices:

 I of course have Ta Dot in there along with some other Polka Dots!!!  The solids are cords and the paisley is a cord, too!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Finally first projects!

We moved in our new home this past Saturday and I have been unpacking boxes like crazy!  First off I set up the kitchen, assembled beds ( since nap time is crucial), and then got to work on our study/my sewing room.  My first project - after completing some orders needed ASAP - was monogramming some pillows for our bed.  This was a must!  Our color scheme in the Master changed from Brown and Green to Aqua and Creme, with brown as an accent.

Next up, was a hat, since we are spending more time on the beach and in the sun, a hat was a must have!  I went with lime and hot pink - bright and cheery!