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Feb 25, 2010

POOL Trade Show - February 2010

I'm back! Duncan and I made it through another round of wholesale madness in Las Vegas at the POOL trade show. I'm happy to report that it was an even bigger success than our first round back in August. Vivi Dot will be in more stores across the world very soon. More on that later, but for now please check out the awesome video Duncan put together highlighting the the new Spring/Summer line, the Vivi Dot booth and some of the fun we were able to have after the show was complete. Watch out for appearances by Neil Patrick Harris, Perez Hilton, Christina Hendricks, the Cirque du Soleil Elvis performers and more.

Vivi Dot at POOL from Vivi Dot on Vimeo.

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Feb 3, 2010

Winter Crush Shop Update from Polka Dot Robot

I'm a sucker for both robots and polka dots so it's no surprise to me that I was instantly drawn to Polka Dot Robot! PDR is a San Francisco collective of sorts with four contributing members who make their amazing knit and crocheted accessories, monster hoodies, and other crafty items. I had the pleasure of meeting Vivianna who runs their blog and twitter account and Erin who keeps all their business affairs in order over coffee last week. It was a ton of fun to take our online friendship off line to talk about what's next for Polka Dot Robot and Vivi Dot and help each other out with the many questions that come up while running your own small business. I came out of our coffee date inspired to make this here blog a more integral part of my business. I'm excited to really dive in and make a blog schedule to keep me on track. I also plan to get in the habit of getting my posts ready over the weekend to avoid being too busy to post mid week. I am still thinking through what my initial blog schedule will look like, but it's in the works as is a total blog makeover this spring. So enough about me, me, me! On to the robots! PDR had a big Winter Crush shop update today with a lot of fun new items you really must check out. I adore this Key to My Heart Key Chain. For only $12 it's a great way to spread the handmade love to your friends and loved ones (or yourself).This Smitten Mittens Knitting Pattern makes me wish I had the time and skills to crank these bad boys out. They are so cute and a steal at only $5 for the pattern! So don't delay! Hop on over to PolkaDotRobot.com to see all the cute items they have in stock and don't forget to bookmark their blog too!

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Feb 1, 2010

It's all happening!

The nervous excitement is building as I rapidly near another round of wholesale madness at the Pool Trade Show! I leave in 13 days for Las Vegas and just typing that out made my heart race a little bit faster. I do feel much better about my sophomore trip as I know, in general, what to expect. I'm always trying to prepare myself for the unexpected though so my mind is still racing with all the what ifs.

Duncan and I have been working on the Spring/Summer 2010 fabric prints for what feels like forever, but is actually a lot of hours within a little over a month's time span. I finally got the images of the fabrics all rounded up this weekend so it's very exciting to finally see them all together on my updated pattern swatches document!

You'll notice there are some solid prints which are mainly for my Mad Men inspired earrings. I'm also very excited to have the lace overlay finally figured out. I've been trying to make lace work on my buttons since I started making earring waaaay back when. Now I've finally figured out how to execute them without little threads poking out of the sides on every other one. My friend Kami drew the amazing feather image for me which is another favorite. I'm also Mad for Polka Dots so that print is also at the top of my list.

I still have some color correcting to do to get them to look as close to the in person prints as possible, but I'm too excited to wait and want to share now. I'd love to hear what you think so please don't hesitate to leave a comment and let me know your favorite prints! You can click the image below to see it larger. Thanks for looking!
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