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Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Arts, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Carnival Party, Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, felting, Friends, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Happy Birthday Banner, Holiday Gift Ideas, holiday shopping, Holidays, Homemade, Party, Product Review, Reviews, Second Seed In Stitches, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom, Support Handmade | 0 comments

Second Seed In Stitches – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Second Seed In Stitches – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Becoming a handmade artisan is one of the neatest achievements I’ve made in my lifetime, probably because it has opened my life to other handmade artisans. Each show I attend, I meet an eclectic and superb batch of people who likely think outside the box and are generally lovely people all around.

Not too long ago, at a monthly Brainery Bazaar hosted by Rochester Brainery, I was showing my playable art alongside Nancy Topolski, owner and creator for Second Seed In Stitches. I was immediately blown away by Nancy’s colorful display – ranging from her oh-so-adorable “Foundlings” to the hand-knitted fingerless gloves and felted floral arrangements. I just knew we’d become friends.

We spent the entire day chatting, everything from schooling (and un-schooling) to how to succeed in the handmade craft business. You see, Nancy’s a pro. She’s been in the game for a while longer than myself. She is full of excellent advice and had a gentle approach in lending her ear to my newbie questions. I wanted to share Nancy and her work with the world, so I decided right here on The Whimsical Sweet would be a good place to start.

Banner by Second Seed In Stitches Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Banner by Second Seed In Stitches
Photo copyright Pamela M. Rayburn Photography 2013

Nancy created a one-of-a-kind birthday banner as part of The Big Carnival Bash. It was on display throughout the party, and it definitely added exactly what we were looking for. I don’t think the party would’ve been complete without the banner hanging proudly above the photo booth. I asked that she make one of her felted banners customized with red & white stripes and black lettering. She didn’t even have to ask any questions. She just got it. I love people that just get it.


Banner by Second Seed In Stitches
Photography copyright Pamela M. Rayburn Photography 2013

Second Seed In Stitches is led by a strong and passionate woman who has a beautiful handle on her craft (or crafts, as the case may be). I have yet to see all of the varieties of art Nancy is capable of creating, but those I have seen, I have fallen in love with. Though she is no longer making the banners, her Foundlings are always available in her etsy shop & usually present at her shows. They are FANTASTIC! She gets down to creative business & repurposes/upcycles old wool sweaters into fantabulous, soft, furry creatures she calls Foundlings. Every child should have at least one, and grown-ups, two or more!

Nancy Topolski foundling

The good stuff? Second Seed In Stitches is giving away a super-fun, handcrafted felted “happy birthday” banner to one lucky reader! This fun & festive banner measures approximately 5 ft. with plenty of grosgrain ribbon for hanging.

Nancy Topolski banner

Everyone needs a family banner to celebrate birthdays year after year. It’s such a great addition to any celebration. We are looking forward to unpacking ours for each birthday for many years to come.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) ‘Happy Birthday’ banner from Second Seed In Stitches (a $50 value). Contest begins November 9, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 16, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Saturday, November 16, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: Second Seed In Stitches is providing the winner with the prize of a felted birthday banner. I was not compensated in any other way to feature this artist. All opinions are my own It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :). I support local, handmade art and you should, too. :)

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What’s Going On: October 18, 2013

What’s Going On: October 18, 2013


hello & happy friday! so much going on in the world of sweet whimsy designs / The Whimsical Sweet, i thought i’d share. feature on psiadoreyou you runs through tomorrow. giveaway on ends 10/20 (which also happens to be my birthday!). craft fair at Ellwanger-Barry nursery school tomorrow 10/19 11am – 4pm (locals to Rochester NY, this should be a super fun-filled family event)! lots of holiday inventory prep & fulfilling orders left & right. upcoming giveaways from handmade shops & finally, hopefully, the blog on the big carnival bash featuring TONS of wonderful reviews and giveaways.

{i’m intentionally writing in lower case because sweet whimsy designs is for little ones. and because i’m nursing a baby and too tired to turn on auto-correct. 😉 }


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Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Baby, Birthdays, Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holidays, Homemade, Knitting, Passion, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Toddlers, Winter, Work From Home, Working Mom | 2 comments

GIVEAWAY:  sweet whimsy designs’ Monogrammed Toddler Scarf *CLOSED*

GIVEAWAY: sweet whimsy designs’ Monogrammed Toddler Scarf *CLOSED*


I’ve taken some time off.  I’ve stopped knitting.  I’ve stopped creating.  My kids are well-taken care of, though, so that’s good.

Knitting became a newfound love in my life.  Piano was IT, forever and ever, and it still is, but I don’t have enough time to play.  When the children are napping (which, among all three of them, is pretty much all. day. long.), there is no chance to play the piano.  But, knitting, well…that’s a different story.

Knitting is quiet and peaceful.  Quaint and lovely.  Knitting can be creative.

I got a little creative LAST winter and came up with a design for a simple scarf for my then-one year-old:  Something he could tie and untie himself. (Let’s face it, toddlers LOVE their independence!) So, I figured out a way he could do that in a very easy fashion.  The scarf has a slit. Just slip one end through and VOILA!

The Toddler Scarf was born.

A sense of accomplishment and pride comes over your little love, as easy as that.  However, I thought it was a little “too” plain.  I thought a monogram would be nice.

The Monogrammed Toddler Scarf was born.


In order to “launch” my product, I thought I’d share one with one of you kind readers!  I really don’t expect to start pumping these out until after the holidays, but the scarf would make such a nice Christmas present, yes?!


And so begins my Tri-Giveaway extravaganza!  Stay tuned for a few more giveaways before Christmas.  Share with your friends and family, spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

Thank you, friends! Your support is always appreciated & never taken for granted.

Enjoy December and all the joy it brings!

To enter, simply click on this link and follow further instructions.

You will also find it here:!/pages/sweet-whimsy-designs/146219828726153

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