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. :) 

Tim Arnold returns to Pufferbellies October 17 and 18. Silhouettes for the holidays!

Tim Arnold will create silhouettes at Pufferbellies on October 17 and 18.

Tim Arnold will create silhouettes at Pufferbellies on October 17 and 18.

We are so exceptionally lucky to have Tim Arnold returning to Pufferbellies this October! Tim is a nationally-known silhouette artist (recommended by the Smithsonian!) based out of Nashville, Tennessee. This will be his third trip to Pufferbellies to create gorgeous heirlooms for our local families. This is also the last chance to have silhouettes done before Christmas, so you don’t want to miss signing up. They make amazing grandparent gifts, and I love that parents can shop for their kids and their kids’ grandparents all right here at our store!

The cost is $40 per child, and you get two silhouettes (identical mirror images), mounted separately on white or ivory cards.

Tim can cut additional silhouettes at the same time (up to two additional) for $10 each.

Framing will also be available at the event, so your silhouettes will be gorgeous and completely gift-ready!

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. Please call 540-886-3516 and we will get you all set up.

 

LEGO Advent calendars are here!

Just a heads-up. They’re here! The 2014 LEGO Friends, LEGO City, and LEGO Star Wars Advent calendars are all in stock in our store in Staunton, Virginia. I should know; I spent a bunch of hours unloading them off of pallets yesterday. :)

I did my best to forecast the demand accurately so that hopefully we won’t run out early. To grab yours, you can visit our website (we ship or hold for local pickup), give us a call or just stop by the store.

LEGO Advent calendars taking over the sidewalk in front of Pufferbellies in Staunton, Virginia.

LEGO Advent calendars taking over the sidewalk in front of Pufferbellies in Staunton, Virginia.

Ice Queen Dress from A Wish Come True

I am really, really excited about this dress!

I love A Wish Come True’s dress-ups — they’re made in the USA out of the most deluxe materials, with lots of sequins and sparkles. Here in Staunton we have a world-famous Shakespeare theater (the American Shakespeare Center) and one of the costumers there (who happens to shop at our store), once told us how wonderfully made this line of dress-ups is. That is a big compliment from a professional costumer!

A Wish Come True Elsa dress

Shop for the Ice Queen dress on our website.

Video: Make a paper-plate snake with Do-A-Dot markers

Shop for Do-A-Dot markers on our website.

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.

Lulujo swaddling blankets are at Pufferbellies – whoop whoop!

The Canadian brand Lulujo has been making incredibly soft, super cuddly cotton and bamboo muslin swaddling blankets since 2009 — but they weren’t readily available in the States. UNTIL NOW. We are so excited to be one of the first stores in the US to carry Lulujo swaddlers and muslin security blankets.

You can get all snuggly with them here in the store (we have samples of both the cotton and bamboo out to feel), or you can shop right here on our website.

The great thing about Lulujo muslin blankets is that even if you don’t use them for swaddling, there are about a million other uses. Tummy time blanket, changing mat, stroller cover, nursing cover, security blanket, on and on. And they really do get softer with every wash, even though that sounds like a cheesy marketing slogan.

Lulujo muslin blankets on display at Pufferbellies Toys and Books in Staunton, Virginia

Lulujo muslin blankets on display at Pufferbellies Toys and Books in Staunton, Virginia