Flowertown Festival 2015: An Anticipatory Post

This coming weekend will be the second year I participate in the massive Flowertown Festival 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina.  It’s three long, hot days of aa-mazing homemade crafts, clothing and artwork.  Hundreds of Thousands of people flock to the Lowcountry to wander the quaint streets of Summerville for the weekend, or participate in the equally famous Cooper River Bridge Run in downtown Charleston {held on Saturday morning.}.  And just like last year, I’m equal parts stressed, anxious, nervous and excited!!!

Flowertown Festival 2015: An Anticipatory Post

This year, I shook up my inventory a little bit by adding some new merchandise.  I am getting rave reviews about my new bibs.  They are adjustable in size, so they can fit babies or toddlers.  Soft cotton designs on the top, and absorbent terry cloth on the bottom to soak up…everything.  And you can get them with OR with out a pacifier holder.  The ones with the holders use a snap to keep that paci attached and ready…it’s been a huge help with Lincoln, who is just now figuring out how to FIND his paci to sooth himself.  These bibs don’t let it get far!  Here’s a sample:

Bibs with Pacifier Holders in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Bibs with Pacifier Holders in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

And here are some of my newest prints that have matching burp cloth sets!

Bibs {also available with Pacifier Holders} in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

As always, my burp cloths are my biggest sellers.  They come in packs of 3 and are triple-ply cotton and flannel for extra soft absorbency.  Lots and lots of new prints this year, including some more modern fabric that was a little out of my comfort zone, but hopefully y’all will like them!!

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

My pacifier clips have gotten a makeover this year.  They used to attach to the pacifiers with velcro, but now, they attach with either snaps or elastic.  The elastic ones work with just about any brand of pacifier I’ve ever seen, including the popular green hospital round pacis.  Just thread the elastic through the hole or the handle, and pass the rest of the “leash” through the elastic too to secure.  Easy Peasy!  Look for the oh-so-popular Fox and Mustache prints, as well as some new colored rosettes this year.

Universal Pacifier Clips in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Universal Pacifier Clips in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

I have decided not to make the carseat carrier cushions any more, so I’ll only have a few of those out at the festival, as a last chance buy.  But I have plenty of Door Hushers this year!  These are some of my best sellers.  The elastic wraps around the door knobs on your kid’s bedroom door, and the fabric part covers the latch so the door closes silently.  It fits snug enough for the door to stay closed, but lets you sneak in and out of baby’s room without having to turn squeaky knobs!

Door Hushers in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

 I’ll also have an assortment of shabby flower clip that can also be used on headbands.  So, if you are going to be in the Lowcountry this weekend…come on out and see me!  I’ll be located on the sidewalk in front of the tennis courts {where I was last year}, right before you hit all of the restaurant vendors!  And for you, loyal readers, get 10% off your regular priced purchase with the secret code FLOWER.  Make sure you mention that you saw it on the blog!

Come find me! {Look for the YELLOW DOOR!} Follow #YELLOWdoor to see what I’m up to this weekend!

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5 Non-Candy Themed Easter Basket Ideas

Our Easter basket tradition is simple….after a winter full of candy corn, candy canes and chocolates, we ask the Easter Bunny to lay off the sweets as much as possible, and focus on the impending summer!  Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few Jelly Bellies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs at the bottom of the basket, hidden under Biodegradable Easter Grass and summertime goodies!  But don’t tell the kids….



New bathing suits arrive each year in the Easter baskets.  New flip flops, sunglasses and hats too.  And if there is room, sunscreen and pool toys!  I love the simplicity of this tradition….easy, cheap and stuff they actually need! {For more info on any of the pictured items, click on the photo}

                   

Back when Millie was a baby, I thought I could be supermom and make handmade items for the kids’ basket.  I sewed weighted bunnies for Bunny Rabbit Bowling, and a taggie toy for baby Millie.  I’m not sure where I found the time to make all that stuff, but I’m over it now!  Bathing suits, it is!

So the bathing suit theme works for now, but I’ve been thinking about some other non-candy themed Easter basket ideas for the future.

               

You know me…I am all about some educational games!  I had the original Hot Dots in my classroom back when I taught.  The kids loved using the magic stick to chose their answers, since it talked and played music if they got the answer right!  I’m thinking the girls would LOVE this princess version!  And did you know that Shrinky Dinks are back in style?  Me neither, but it’s AWESOME.  I found some that you can make into jewelry too.  And last weekend my living room was transformed into a pillow and blanket fort.  The kids {including Dave} were dismayed when I dismantled it…I needed my coffee table, and pillows, and kitchen chairs back!  So I’m thinking that a Flexi-Fort is what they need…the sticks bend, so they can create all sorts of nooks and crannies.  And best of all….they can do it themselves, in the playroom!

                        

My kids literally have hundreds of books….but they just love to read!  One of my absolute favorites is The Day the Crayons Quit {grievance letters from each color crayon to a little boy! Super funny!}.  I’m thinking Jayna would love this Magic Treehouse Book, since she loves chapter books and is halfway through her soccer season too.  And Dear Zoo is another classic board book that teaches animal concepts with cute, interactive flaps.  Lincoln loves to “read” with me and is very hands on…so a flap book would be perfect for him.

                  

And if all else fails, jump on the Frozen bandwagon, right?  My girls love, love, love this movie {who doesn’t?!}.  I, personally, am not a fan of branded “stuff”…but I do have a few exceptions.  I’m fine with princesses being plastered on underwear if it keeps them dry {“don’t pee pee on Elsa!!”}.  Is it weird for the Easter Bunny to bring undies?!?!  I also found some classic board games {Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, etc.} that got the Disney treatment and look way more fun to play now!  And I don’t mind non-traditional toys and activities being branded if it’s subtle.  I love these rollerblades because they are in the Frozen colors, but don’t have Elsa’s face all over them.  They’ll be able to grow with my kids for a long time after the Frozen craze has melted away.

What non-candy stuff ends up in your Easter Baskets?  Leave a comment…I’d love to have more ideas!

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