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2014 Painted Pumpkin Contest at Pufferbellies starts October 13!

2013 winner of the Pufferbellies Painted Pumpkin Contest

2013 winner of the Pufferbellies Painted Pumpkin Contest

We want to fill the windows at Pufferbellies with works of pumpkin-y art! Bring your painted pumpkins to the store starting Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 23 and we will display them in our front windows.

The final chance to vote will be the evening of the 24th at our Halloween Hullabaloo.

The pumpkin that gets the most votes will be named the champion, and the person who painted it will receive a $50 Pufferbellies gift card, $50 worth of free gelato from The Split Banana, Co. and bragging rights ’til next year’s contest!

We will also offer voting on Facebook! The pumpkin with the most Facebook votes will receive a $25 Pufferbellies gift card and $25 worth of Split Banana gift certificates.

The winner will be announced on October 25, and you will be able to pick up your pumpkins any time between the 27th and Halloween (so they can decorate your porch for the holiday).

Group or family entries are welcome.

Please limit your pumpkin to a maximum of 12″ tall, and be sure it is uncarved. Any style of paint or decoration is permitted, as long as the pumpkin is not cut. Pumpkins that have been cut or carved will NOT be accepted, because they will rot in the heat of the window. 🙂 


Make a PlushCraft change purse at Pufferbellies

plushcraft change purse

Hi, local friends! We are hosting a special event on August 7. Kids ages 5+ can drop in to make a PlushCraft change purse with us between 2 and 4PM. The cost is $2.50 per child and tickets are limited, so please click here to register.

Fancy Octopus Masks

Searching around for Crafternoon ideas, I came across this great post at  Prudent Baby. Cute animal masks! Free templates! Score!

We modified things a little bit — instead of felt, we cut the masks from foam. For the eye parts, we used sticky-back SPARKLE foam. I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but there is! And instead of string or ribbon for the ties, we used pipe cleaners. (It can be hard for kids to tie the strings onto the masks, but I find they can usually twist the pipe cleaners themselves.) Then, to decorate, lots of stick-on jewels!

Fancy Octopus Masks

Fancy Octopus Masks

Valentine Pajama Party, February 8

valentine party 3

Register on Eventbrite!

2012 Wrap Up!

2012 is officially in the books! Every January I like to take some time to reflect on what went well the previous year. (I also reflect on what went not-so-well, but I’ll spare you that part.) Here are some of the highlights.

A strong year for charitable donations. In 2012, we donated right around $8,000 to charitable organizations serving children and families in the Staunton area — including a $1,500 donation to the Augusta Regional Free Clinic.

A new look for our Made in the USA items. At the very end of the year, I hired Print Smitten to help me create a new graphic sticker for our many American-made toys and games. As I implement it throughout 2013, this beautiful new graphic will help you quickly identify which of our items are American made both in the store and on our website.

More baby carriers and wraps. We added Boba, Ergo, BabyHawk, Gypsy Mama, and Sakura Bloom to our baby carrier wall, and got comfortable, safe new carriers into the hands of nearly 100 families in our area.

A new baby play group. This year we introduced PufferBabies, a weekly play group for lap babies and crawlers. It really took off (especially when we added SNACKS for the grownups), and now we see between 6 and 10 babies every week. We’ve started strong again in 2013, and can’t wait to meet the new babies that will come along this year.

The Upstairs Art Room. We scrubbed and painted and hauled stuff to the dump, and made a beautiful new art room in part of our upstairs storage space. The room hosted some Crafternoons, a Crafter After Hours for grownups, the meetings of our first-ever Summer Art Club, and a babywearing class (with HUGE attendance!) with the Valley Babywearing Libaray. It’s currently home to my new photography “studio” — a project I’ll update you on a little later in the year.

A record year for Santa. It was our third year hosting Santa on Fridays and Sundays in December, and attendance has increased so much it’s hard to believe. This year Santa visited with more than 450 children! We experienced a few growing pains, but we have a great plan in place for next year and can’t wait to do it all again.

Events galore.  When we opened Pufferbellies in 2006, we knew we wanted to be “more than just a store” — we wanted to be a gathering place for families in our community. In 2012 we hosted dozens of weekly Storytimes, baby play groups, and Crafternoons … plus two Crafter After Hours events, a Summer of the Sock Monkey party with free cupcakes, our annual Costume Parade and Halloween Hullabaloo, Sparkles and Sweets, Easter treat giveaway, Halloween treat giveaway, several Pajama Parties, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, Small Business Saturday, six Santa visits, a holiday window unveiling … and more that I can’t remember. We hope you had a great time at Pufferbellies this year — we sure did!

Our sixth anniversary. We opened Pufferbellies in July of 2006, and celebrated our sixth anniversary in 2012. We can’t wait to see what’s next for our little toy store! Thanks for all your love and support.

Do the Most Good Day – today at Pufferbellies!

Today’s the day! Help us STUFF our Salvation Army toy collection box by purchasing a $25 gift card to donate, and we’ll reward you with a free Pufferbellies gift card and free gelato from The Split Banana, Co.

You can participate in the store or via our website — just click here.

Do the Most Good Day at Pufferbellies

Do the Most Good Day at Pufferbellies

Celebration at the Station with Rachel’s Quilt Patch – October 27

I love all the creative, exciting ways that businesses in downtown Staunton stay connected to their customers! This month, Kay and Rachel at Rachel’s Quilt Patch are debuting fresh, updated inventory and hosting a big party on Saturday, October 27. They’re even bringing in a DONUT TRUCK! Yes!

It’s going to be big fun, with live music, delicious coffee and great savings on beautiful fabric.

Celebration at the Station, Rachel's Quilt Patch