Wednesday, February 17, 2010

We have a winner!

Wow, you ladies are GOOD! With only one picture and within minutes of posting it, we had a winner. The first person that guessed "Crown" won our new Hair Pretties Design! Unfortunately, you weren't signed in and your post is marked "anonymous" so I don't know who you are! Just shoot an e-mail to me at if that was you, and I'll get the design to you.

And now to announce my newest Hair Pretties design.....Princess Crown Hair Pretties! You can use lots of beautiful ribbons in the design, add crystals to give it an extra fancy touch, or leave it plain for the princess who likes her crown simple. The Princess Crown Hair Pretties design is stitched completely in the hoop so it's fast and easy. And it's Introductory Priced at just $5 for a limited time only!

The matching Princess Crown Bow Holder pictured below will also be available soon, as well as a sweet matching Princess Crown Applique! If you'd like to receive the Bow Holder FREE, just e-mail me photos of any Pickle Pie Designs Hair Pretties that you've made! Send your photos to by February 28, and the Princess Crown Bow Holder is yours FREE! Photos will be posted here on my blog and my Facebook fan page.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A HUGE reason for my family to celebrate!

Disney World, here we come! After seven years of wearing an eye patch daily, several surgeries, and countless trips to Duke University Eye Center, our battle to save the vision in our son's right eye is coming to a close.

Our first baby, Thomas, was born with a birth defect in his eye. We had no idea until he was 6 months old and I started to notice that his eye would drift out once in a while. I took him to our pediatrician and was sent straight to Duke University Eye Center, a world-class facility which we are lucky enough to live 20 miles from. We were also lucky to have access to Dr. William Buckley, a leader in his field. Dr. Buckley found a cataract in Thomas's eye, caused by a hole in the lens. This is a one in a million occurrence. He scheduled surgery for a few days later since the risk of Thomas losing his vision quickly was so high. He told us it would be a long road to recovery with several years of treatment. It was heartbreaking for us to hear and the long road to recovery proved to be challenging, heart-wrenching, and, at times, just plain awful. I honestly don't know how I did it. There were days when I wanted to give up since it was so hard but I knew my son's vision depended on me and I refused to let him down. When Thomas was two, and we were at the worst of the "Patch Wars" as we referred to them, I told my husband that the day Thomas was done patching was the day I was booking a family trip to Disney to celebrate!

And here we are today... Thomas's vision has improved so much from his years of patching that his ophthalmologist has declared that we can stop patching. This is a HUGE victory for us! We may have to go back to temporary patching at some point, and he may have other surgeries ahead, but we'll take what we can get. And, gosh darn it, my kid is getting his Disney trip!!

Thomas will have to wear bifocal glasses for life since the artificial lens implanted in his eye doesn't focus and Thomas does not see well out of the eye without the glasses. With glasses, he can see 20/30 which is a huge improvement over the 20/1200 visual acuity he started with! Thomas has been wearing glasses since he was 8 months old so they're second nature to him. (Did I mention how challenging it is to keep glasses on a baby? They were his favorite chew toy!)

Below are some photos of my sweet little guy.

This is Thomas at eight months old with his tiny bifocal glasses. This photos melts me!

Here is Thomas at nine months wearing an eye patch over his good eye which forced his brain to use his weak eye, otherwise he would go blind. I had to rotate the patch every day since the adhesive was really irritating to his skin, and the patch would tear his delicate skin when removed. I had to keep Thomas distracted at all times or that patch would be pulled off in a flash by the little rascal!

And here he is at age 7, three days after his latest eye surgery. Isn't he handsome?!

Another "Guess the Next Hair Pretties" contest!

I'm glad you liked the contest a couple of weeks ago as I had a lot of fun with it. Let's do it again!

Pictured below is a little peek of my next Hair Pretties design. This one is perfect for girly girls! You can add bling to make it even more special. The first person to guess correctly will win the Hair Pretties design! Good luck!!!

Special note: This design will have an adorable matching Bow Holder! If you'd like to get it FREE, please e-mail photos of creations you've made using any Hair Pretties design from Pickle Pie Designs to I will share the photos here on my blog as well as my Facebook fan page. The Bow Holder design will be e-mailed to you the minute it is completed!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

NEW Shamrock Hair Pretties!

Our new Shamrock Hair Pretties are lots of fun for St. Patrick's Day! They come with a blank shamrock, as well as one with the fun phrase "Kiss Me!" (Kiss Me fits better on the shamrock than "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" and I thought it was fun to leave the Irish part to the imagination, LOL!) My children are half English, half American, but we still think it's fun to celebrate St. Patrick's day like many other Americans. Shamrock Hair Pretties also make great pins or backpack tags for boys.

Erin Go Brach!

Monday, February 8, 2010

NEW Rainbow Ribbon Hair Pretties!

Introducing our NEW Rainbow Ribbon Hair Pretties design! You asked for more designs with ribbons and here is the second in a series of Ribbon Hair Pretties I have planned for you! Rainbow Ribbon Hair Pretties are easy, fast and fun to make and stitch completely in the hoop of your embroidery machine. They're Introductory Priced at just $5 for a limited time so be sure to order yours today!

The winner of our "Name the Next Hair Pretties" contest is Jamie ("Sordanuts"). Great job, Jamie! (Please e-mail me so I can forward the design to you!)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

We have a winner!

Before I announce the winner in our "Guess the Next Hair Pretties" Contest, here's one more sneak peek for you. Thanks to everyone who participated! Let me know if you want to do this again - I thought it was a lot of fun and I have another Hair Pretties design to introduce this week. Please post a comment here and let me know if you want another guessing contest!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Name the Hair Pretties Clue #2!

Wow, you ladies are good! You've made lots of good guesses and you're getting warmer. Here's another clue for you. Good luck! (And be sure to check out that sweet dimple...)

A Colorful Contest! Guess our next Hair Pretties design and WIN it!

For the next few days, I will be posting photo clues with tiny peeks of our next FUN Hair Pretties design! The first person to post a comment on the blog or on our Facebook page and guess what it is will WIN the design!! Please be as specific as possible; general guesses are fine but the winner will be the first person to guess the whole Hair Pretties design correctly. Good luck and have fun!!

Be sure to join our Facebook Fan Page for more updates!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Heart Pocket Pillows!

Need a quick but really special Valentine's gift for your love, best friend, or secret crush? Our fast and easy Heart Pocket Pillows are the perfect solution! They are made completely in-the-hoop of your embroidery machine. A pocket in the back of the pillow gives you the perfect place to tuck in some candies, a gift card, or other little treats. They're the perfect size to hang on a door knob for a fun Valentine's Day decoration. The Heart Pocket Pillow set comes with 3 pillow designs so you'll be able to make them for everyone you love! Embellish them with ribbons or other fun trims and have fun! Grab the design now while it's 30% off, through the end of the week!

Here are a few different ways to embellish Heart Pocket Pillows. Notice on the "Sweetie" pillow the different placement of the bow. Choose your favorite!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Zippered Coin Wallets and iPhone Wristlet Cases

Our fast and easy in-the-hoop Zippered Coin Wallet and iPhone Wristlet Case designs are so fast and easy to make, and they are really versatile! My friend, Pam, told me she made herself a Zippered Coin Wallet to use in her handbag to carry her sweetener packets. Apparently those little bad-boys can break open in your purse and make a real mess! I don't use sweetener (I'm a real sugar kind of gal) but I thought it was a fabulous idea! My stepmom uses sweeteners so I just had to make one for her. I also thought they'd be cute for holding my Lactaid packets since I always carry a stash of them in my purse. Now I won't have to search through all of my compartments when I need one!

Here is Pam's adorable Zippered Coin Wallet/Sweetener Carrier. I love the leopard print!!

Sharon, from, shared these fabulous iPhone Wristlet Cases and Zippered Coin Wallets with me recently. I love the charms Sharon added to the zipper pulls. Great job, Sharon! I'll be heading to the craft store soon to find some fun charms to add to mine...

Nicole from Cole's Creations made Beatles-themed Zippered Coin Wallets. How fun are these?!

And here are the ones I made for myself and my stepmom. The Pink floral one is mine. I also love the coffee-themed fabric - it's perfect for carrying sweeteners!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pickle Pie Designs has a New Home!

I am so excited to announce that Pickle Pie Designs is now sold exclusively on SWAKembroidery! To celebrate our move, all of my designs are on sale for 30% off PLUS I have an adorable and exclusive FREEBIE Hair Pretties design that is only available on SWAK. Have a peek at our new store and download your freebie today!

Be sure to check out my NEW Puppy Love Softies! They are so cute and coordinate perfectly with our Puppy Love Applique Set and Puppy Love Hair Pretties designs so you can make fun matching gift sets.

And here's a Sneak Peek at one more new design arriving this week - our NEW Heart Pocket Pillows which make quick, easy, and pretty gifts for Valentine's Day! A pocket on the back lets you choose fun, coordinating fabrics and gives you a great place to tuck in some treats!