Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Evolution of the Pleasant Home Polka Dot Pin Bowl

First let me apologize to all my readers in regards to old blog posts being published and showing up in your in-boxes.  I'm not sure what has been going on. Every time I've gone into my blog to make a change or check on something. An old post publishes.  It's rather frustrating and I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

So.... It has been a long time since I did a blog post! Life has been full this year.  Lots of good stuff and lots of normal boring stuff. Good stuff like a new grand baby that came into our family in November to snuggle and play with.  Normal stuff like having to replace appliances. {ugh}

But the most craziest thing that has happened in the last 6-8 months... Pleasant Home Polka Dot Magnetic Pin Bowls are back and flying out the door like crazy...

So...I thought it would be fun to do a little post on the evolution of my Pin Bowls. 

And for those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, you might be a little surprised to see that I'm making and selling them on a regular basis now. 

{P.S. if you haven't embraced the fabulousness of Instagram yet... I would highly recommend you dive in! You can find me at Pleasant.Home}

About 6 years or so ago.  My son came home with a 4" Stainless Steel Bowl that had a 2 1/2" Magnet on the bottom.  I'd never seen one.  I thought it was pretty cool.

I had been eyeing a certain Magnetic Pin dish at the fabric store, but wasn't super crazy about the looks of it.  I just loved the idea of having a magnetic dish to keep your pins in.

So I thought... Hey!  I could paint one of these stainless steel bowls!  And I did.

Then one day I thought.... Wouldn't it be fun to personalize these cute little bowls! And I did.

(Bowl from 2009 Not for Sale) 

These were some of the first bowls I painted.  Cherries, Sunflowers, Bees, and the like.

                   (Bowl from 2009 Not for Sale) 

And then one day I put all polka dots on one.  And I loved it. And thus began the craziness of Polka Dot Pin Bowls.

(Bowl from 2009 Not for Sale) 

I sold them primarily to friends and family and I listed a few in my Etsy Shop.  I hadn't perfected the painting process and it took a lot longer back then. Especially personalizing them.  So I didn't paint and sell them too often.

Fast forward to the fall of 2015.  A fellow IG'er published a post on their Instagram feed with one of my "vintage" Pin Bowls in the photo.

And what a wild ride I was in for!  We joke around that my Pin Bowls went viral. LOL

In the last 6 months I've gone from 300 followers on IG to over 3,000 followers. How fun that has been!

I have sold 100's of bowls. Which still boggles my mind.  And which I'm extremely grateful for. Being able to make and sell my Pin Bowls has been a big blessing to our family.

To all my customers... Please know how much I appreciate your business! There is some competition out there now and I am so thankful to those of you who want an original and continue to support Pleasant Home. And wait patiently for them to appear in my Etsy Shop.  And keep trying even when they jump out of your cart! LOL 

I have some fun plans for Pleasant Home Polka Dot Pin Bowls coming. I'm looking forward to the next six months and doing my best to adjust to working full time again. Because making and selling Pin Bowls and Ruler Pals has become a full time job for me.  Who woulda thunk! 

Oh! Ruler Pals... I didn't mention those... Another fun product that I've been making and selling too!  

Ruler Pals are so fun!  They coordinate with your Pin Bowls!  They are the perfect size for traveling and help to make your sewing space neat and tidy while at retreat!  

My husband made a couple for me years ago.  I love to have them sitting next to me on my cutting table to plop my rulers and templates in!  It keeps them from laying flat on the cutting table and getting in the way.  And they're perfect for storing rulers in on your shelf. 

OK all you cute peoples.  Thanks for following along on my sadly neglected blog! And I'm off to paint bowls and ruler pals... 

Happy Sewing !!!


Needled Mom said...

Congratulations, Jodi....on the newest baby AND the new venture into selling your work.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Love the pink with two colored dots. But the Cherry bowl is to die for. So very happy for you and your success.

Patchwork and Play said...

And remember the first pin bowl- a cute cherry one- you sent to Australia! I am the proud owner of that one and will always cherish it! It sits proudly on my sewing table!

Lesley Gilbert said...

Glad to see you back here - missed your posts - well done with the success of your bowls and rule stacker. And a lovely photo of the little boy :)

Carla said...

Oh my heart! How cute is that fuzzy headed baby!? Super fun. I have one of your pin bowls ; )

Karee said...

I love to see how thick the slots are in your Ruler Pal. Looks like more than one ruler will fit in each slot!

Joy said...

I have one of your pin bowls and love it. Now I want one of your ruler pals, too cute x

Joy said...

yyour Etsy shop say's you're on a break!???

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Wow! Congratulations! These are so clever and so cute. Very happy for you. Love your things.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Love your bowls, and will order mine these days :-)
Etsy says your on a break, but I guess you'll be back there soon?
Happy painting :-)

Dawn V said...

Only the Originals for me! Can't wait to get my first one! or two or three...

Beverly said...

That little one is soooooooo cute and he looks soooooo happy.

Don't know how I missed all the pin bowls. I'm going to snag one or two by hook or by crook, I will. Please keep making them so I can snag one or two....

Stina... said...

So love your pin bowls....but I have missed them EVERY time... Not easy living in Sweden trying to snatch one... I hope that you one day can make a custom I could finally get one for me and some for my friends...:0))

Paula said...

I would love to talk to you about possibly carrying these in my store.
How cute would that be to have a ruler holder match your pin dish.

Helen L said...

Just wanted to let you know that your Pin bowls showed up on either my Pinterest or Etsy emails. I was so excited, know that they were your bowls!! :-) Hope all is going well with you and your little business booms!! :-) Hugs, H in Healdsburg


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