Monday, April 30, 2012

Lori Sadowski

Lori Sadowski

I'd like to give a big thanks to Groop Skoop for posting my KidArt on their pages. If you haven't checked them out yet here are their links:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finally a new POST!!

I don't know if anyone else is having trouble with Google, Google+ and signing in. I could not sign in to several of my accounts. It took quite awhile to get things straighten out. Although they have a help page, the problem was never addressed properly. I searched madly for some way to talk to a live person without any success. If you know how I would love for you to tell me.

So for the last 2 mos. I've been sewing like crazy and did a local vendor show and will be doing another one this Sat. They are my first! It will be great preparation for the BIG one I'm doing in July. I will be at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago on July 28 & 29. If you live in the area, I'd love to have you stop by and meet you in person. Wish me luck. I am hoping it will be another and more profitable way to get noticed. I find selling solely online is a constant struggle to keep up with everything you have to do with Social Networking if you are the only one in the company.

So if you have seen my new project, KidArt I am posting a link here:

It was so much fun creating this plush toy from a child's artwork. What a treasure to have!

If you like machine embroidery, Trendy Tykes Design on Etsy has some new wonderful designs. You can check them out here:

There is a Wonderful, Whimsical and Wild new alphabet. For a limited time only if you purchase the one of the alphabet sets you get the other FREE! If you like owls, there are several single designs as well as sold as a set.

I will have some new designs shortly from an artist that is working with me on some adorable exclusive designs. Watch for them soon!

Thanks for visiting,


Monday, February 6, 2012

(33) Young Artist Contest

(33) Young Artist Contest

Does your child or grandchild love to draw? Would you like to have your favorite drawing of theirs made into a stuffed toy? Well here's your chance to have it done for FREE!

One child's drawing will be chosen to be recreated into their very own stuffed toy. Ages of child is limited to 3 to 7 yrs. From now until 2/29/ 2012 I will be accepting drawings via email:
Or by mail:
Lori Sadowski
Trendy Tykes
20895 N. Uldriks Dr.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

PLEASE NOTE: Drawings can only be return by mail if a stamped self addressed envelope is included. The winner will be selected on or around March 5, 2012. Trendy Tykes reserves all rights to use the drawing. Your child will be given credit on all advertizing unless otherwise noted by guardian.

Friday, February 3, 2012

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 I think this is an important article to share with all small business owners who struggle with selling USA made goods in todays market. Hopefully the trend to buy cheap vs. quality made in the USA will continue and help create more jobs.
Selling to Independent Retailers
Buying local vs the big box –

In upstate New York, the community of Saranac had a very difficult decision, whether to allow the big boxes to come in or maintain their commitment to local stores.  Because of the size of the community, there were quite a few specialty stores, but they were missing a department store for the basics such as underwear and socks.

Wal-Mart and other big boxes came with big promises of new developments and an economic boom. However, when the citizens looked at what would happen to the long-standing local stores, the citizens of Saranac decided to get creative. They started raising private investment money to build a store that would fill the needs of the community without competing against the current stores.

Although it took a few years to raise the money to open the store, today it is thriving and complementing the other stores around it. This has been a boost to the local economy and has helped create a stronger sense of community.

What are the economics behind how local stores help the local economy? According to a study done in 2003 by the Institute of Local Self Reliance of eight businesses in Maine and their revenues and expenditures the numbers are quite convincing. The results were compared to a big box store and the amount of money that ends up staying in the state and local economy. The results were surprising.

With the local businesses, their revenues amounted to $5.7M and employed 62 people. Of that $5.7M, 53.3% of the money stayed within the state. Comparing this to a big box store, only 14.1% of the money stayed within the State of Maine.

The local business also paid a higher percentage of revenue to employees. The local stores paid their employees 28.1% of revenue compared to 14.1% for the national chains.

Conclusion: local stores do more for their economy and their employees than the big box companies. Supporting these local businesses with independent brands creates jobs and strengthens the economies.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Heart Piggy Pouches

These Heart Piggy Pouches™ will make a great baby shower or newborn gift. Beautiful satin baby booties ballerina style. They have a soft pink embroidered heart on the toe that is encircled with hand sewn beads and are trimmed with satin lace. The satin ties are wrapped around the babies ankles and tied in a bow. Your baby will look exquisite in these.

 Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Eat Cake

So what does cake have to do with Trendy Tykes? Well I used to do cake decorating and I found a fantastic blog on the subject. You can find so many beautiful cakes, recipes and instructions on this site that I just had to share this. It's definitely worth checking out if you have a passion for cakes!