Creative Uses for Baby Socks

October 20, 2016


Baby socks. A mommy can never have too many pairs. Maybe because one can’t help but spend money on something so cute and little, or maybe because baby can never have enough fuzzies to keep their little toes warm. And then there is the case of the washer and dryer eating socks, and who really knows what to do with the infamous lost sock?

Mud Pie knows the sock game all too well. In fact, we are such big supporters of it, that we donate 10 cents to the March of Dimes for each pair of socks purchased. So whether you purchase new socks because one too many have gone missing, or you purchase socks as a gift for the mommy-to-be, you help us support the fight to end premature birth.

Now, back to the never having enough pairs of socks talk. Baby or adult, socks are a necessity. But what other uses do baby socks have besides cute little feet pictures and putting them on your dogs paws for all the giggles? We have rounded up numerous creative uses for baby socks.



Décor and gift all in one! It’s a win-win when hosting a baby shower for the mommy-to-be. Not to mention, it is SO easy. All you need is string, clothespins and baby socks. Simply drape the string on a mantel, on the wall, on a table…anywhere you see fit! Then clip the baby socks with clothespin to the string. After the baby shower is over, let the mommy-to-be take the socks for her future little.



This is a fun and unique idea for baby showers. Similar to a flower corsage, and just as beautiful. You simply roll the baby sock up and use wire to create a corsage. You can find examples and how to’s on Mud Pie’s Pinterest: HERE & HERE.

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A fun way to gift a little something extra with your present for the mommy-to-be. Instead of using a big bow, or gift tag, tie on a pair of baby socks with a small note tucked inside. You can even use ribbon to create a big bow around it.




This one is fun! Whether you are a future mommy wanting to display your big announcement to the neighbors, or the hostess of a baby shower, a baby wreath is an easy decoration. All you need is a foam wreath, scissors, baby socks and ribbons. You can also add diapers to it! Examples HERE & HERE176270_mudp3168_silopotpourri

This is for all those lost socks. Or even as a baby shower gift for all the guests! It’s easy and very useful. Take a baby sock and fill it with your favorite smelling potpourri. Sew up the top and voila! You have a air freshener to put in your clothes drawers, in your car, in the baby’s nursery and anywhere else you see fit.

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Similar to the baby corsage. We’re sure many of you have seen the diaper cakes. Imagine the same concept with baby socks. They can be a gift for the mommy-to-be, a table center piece at baby showers or even for maternity pictures – how cute! Find out how to make a baby sock bouquet HERE & HERE.

There you have it. Many creative uses for baby socks.

And lucky you, Mud Pie’s Ribbon Sock Sale is happening now! So you can create a memorable gift with cute socks at a great price. USE CODE: SOCKSALE3 for an additional 20% off when your purchase two or more pairs!

ribbonsocksaleClick HERE to shop the Ribbon Sock SALE.

Click HERE to shop all Mud Pie socks!

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Halloween Treats & Décor

October 6, 2016

Hi Pies! Or should we say pumpkin pies? It is fall, y’all!

As you might know, Mud Pie carries seasonal gifts and décor fit for most holidays, so I’m sure you can only imagine how excited we are that the holidays are upon us! But seriously, is there any better way to start the season of celebrations than Halloween? We really (like REALLY!) love to eat here at Mud Pie. Especially when eating involves dressing up & endless amounts of sweets. We have definitely found a match.

Today we’re sharing our relationship with food and Halloween. We’re going to show you how to make a Monster Trail Mix and a Spooky drink. These recipes go perfect with Mud Pie’s Halloween décor for an adult only party or a party full of baby monsters and witches! Not to mention, they are so much fun to make with your kids!



For Kids – replace the Vodka with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yum!! 

There you have it. A delicious trail mix served with a candy bowl and spooky cocktails. Make these as an addition to the ghost party you already have planned, or get your friends together for a last minute celebration!

And don’t forget to visit the Halloween Shop at for all the
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 Happy Halloween! Cheers!

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Retailer Spotlight: Parsons

October 3, 2016



We are so excited for this season’s retailer spotlight. Maybe because of all the amazing (seriously, AHHHmazing) collections in the store. But most definitely because of the warm & genuine welcome you receive when walking through the doors of Parsons Gifts in Cumming, GA.

Parsons has been a huge supporter of Mud Pie for many many years, and since we share the same state, we had the honor of thanking them in person. And what an honor it was! Not just to meet Cris Willis, but while walking through their unique space in the Lakeland Plaza Shopping Center off GA 400, it became increasingly harder to hold on to our checkbooks.


Cris and her husband, Gary, are the fourth generation of brains behind the wonderland of a gift store. Let us just give a quick glimpse into the people they are: enthusiastic, devoted, passionate and highly motivated. They REALLY LOVE what they do, and it is inspiring to chat with them, if even for a second. We could get into all of the marketing terms, but Cris will be the first to say, that their goal is not what the market is doing, but what their consumers are doing. They pay attention to the wants of their fans and boy does it pay off!

Now sit back and take a journey through their success.

Where is Parsons located? In Cumming, Ga off of GA 400 – Exit 14 West on Hwy 20.  We are in Lakeland Plaza Shopping center next to Belk and Sprouts.


Who are the store oweners? Gary and Cris Willis. They are the fourth generation behind Gary’s mom, Kathryn, and his grandparents, Kate & Calvin Parsons, and great grandparents, the Alfords.

When did your store open? Parsons has been a family owned and operated store in North Ga for 140 years. It opened in 1876 as a general store with groceries, hardware, farming supplies, dry goods and more!  This year Parsons is Celebrating 70 years in Cumming, GA. Click HERE for more information about their Anniversary Event Weekend, October 21-22. (It involves the below Mud Pie gift for FREE!)


Were you always interested in retail? My husband, Gary, grew up working in the store.  I grew up knowing that I wanted to own my own business.  In college, I studied Marketing with an emphasis in Personal Selling. It couldn’t be more of a match!

What inspired you to open a store? My husband and I came into the family business in 1993 to help computerize the business.  Parsons was a department store at the time carrying clothing with a small gift department.  Once we computerized the store, we realized that the gift department was bringing in all the money.  With that, we made the decision to totally remodel the store.  We went out of clothing and became a 10,000 sq ft Gift & Collectible store back in 1995.


How have you grown over the years? Parsons in Cumming expanded the Thomas Kinkade Gallery into a 3,000 sq. ft. space next door back in 2000. A couple years later, Parsons opened a Seasonal Christmas Shoppe in the 5000 sq foot space on the other side.  We opened a 2nd location in Alpharetta, GA back in 2000 and then closed it in 2015.


How would you describe your store’s atmosphere? At Parsons our Mission is to create a wonderful shopping experience for each customer by focusing on:

Unique & Quality Merchandise

Creative & Fun Environment

Friendly Customer Service


We create beautiful displays with all of our merchandise from all the 600 vendors we carry.  Everyday there is fun music playing and something to snack on while you shop (like the most tasteful mini chocolate chip cookies!).  People LOVE to shop at Parsons because there is so much to see, from our large ladies accessories area full of great clothing, handbags & jewelry from Pandora, Brighton, Inspired Designs to the awesome gourmet goods with homemade fudge and Sweet Shop Truffles, to the home décor department full of wonderful art, lamps, floral arrangements, occasional furniture pieces, kitchen decor and so much more to a BIG Selection of Great Gift Items including LOTS of Mud Pie!


Are you involved in the community? Parsons on Mission is our monthly program where we work with our community.  Each month Parsons spotlights at least 1 charity/ministry that we raise money for and bring awareness to.  We promote them through emails, signage in the store, Facebook and Instagram.  We usually have the charity attend an event that we are having at the store so they can meet with customers and let them know what they do.  We have been doing this for years.  God has blessed us with a platform to reach thousands of people, and we want to use that for the good.  We try to work with local organizations that may not get much recognition.  We are always excited to be able to help the public find out about a charity or ministry that they would like to volunteer with or may need help from.  We love to bring our community together!

Favorite Mud Pie Item? I love all of the spoons with great sayings and the Circa bowls, like Holy Guacamole Set.  They make me laugh, and I love sharing them with customers.  It is easy to sell and it is a great gift item for just about anyone!


Top selling Mud Pie collections? Circa Collection and baby gift items

Do you have any events or promotions coming up in the month of October? We are Celebrating our 140th year as a family owned and operated business and our 70th year of being in Cumming with an Anniversary Event Fri, Oct 21st and Sat, Oct 22nd.


What ignites your passion for retail? I love People and I love to Talk & I love Fun!!!  I also love the game of buying items then seeing how many we can sell…it is fun!

What is your escape when you want to create new visions for your store? My husband and I run the store together and when we vacation we always spend some time making decisions for the store.  It is always a nice time to be away and not in the hectic day to day grind to really put your thinking cap on.  However, some of our best planning is at buying shows working with other buyers and managers coming up with new visions.

What is your go to item in your own closet? Any little light weight dress that I can wear with sandals

Best style tip you have?  Be yourself!

What is your dream vacation? Anywhere overseas that I get to fly first class!!!!!

What was your dream job growing up? I wanted to be a buyer and here I am!

If you’re ever in Georgia, be sure to give Cris and Gary a hello!


Want more Parsons? Shop Online / Facebook / Instagram / 2016 Holiday Event Calendar 

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Behind the Office: Product Development

August 30, 2016

I have officially been a part of the Mud Pie team for 3 years – Boy, how much it has changed in that short time! But what many of you may not know is that I’ve been an unofficial employee since the day I was born. Growing up as Marcia Miller’s daughter, I was bred into the Mud Pie lifestyle. Ever since I was a girl, I can remember filing invoices and ticketing products for market weeks. I’ve worn many hats, and each one has provided a new, exciting challenge for me.

After many (many) years of learning the company, I’ve found my role as Assistant Vice President in Product Development.

The product development department is the place at Mud Pie where all the magic happens. Our team is always busy- samples floating everywhere, dogs running about, and constant meetings anywhere we can find available space. With the busy lifestyle, we are fortunate to have the freedom to create and express our personalities. Every work space you walk by is a collage of inspiration unique to that employee. This stands true beyond product development. Mud Pie believes that employees should feel at home, and our office as a whole is a reflection of that.

Here is a short, but fun behind the scenes of a few creative spaces + some office puppy love (a daily necessity).



Everyone in PD has a cork board wall. We use these to hang inspiration, current projects, photos – really anything relevant to working in a creative environment where product is developed on a crazy fast pace every single day. Take a look at the different ways some of our designers and merchandisers design their cork boards!






If you are a PD girl there is basically one requirement- YOU. MUST. LOVE. DOGS. There is a steady stream of Mud Pie dogs in our department on any given day. Many of them have grown up here. Having a furry coworker to snuggle up with on a crazy busy day makes a stressful day so much better.

Meet Olive! – She has been coming to work since she was 8 weeks old!



Maybe “baby” is testing out some Fall 17 Living developments!


Be sure to follow Mud Pie on Snapchat & Instagram for more behind the scenes moments! <3



Summer to Fall Fashion: The Dakota 4 Ways

August 24, 2016

The hot summer days are slowly turning to fall. The nights are cooling off, and fall layers are creeping into the minds of fashionistas. While fall brings perfect outdoor weather, and weekends full of activity, we still have yet to send off summer. Some are ready for the seasons change, while others are still holding on to the last drop of sunshine and summertime.

For now, we stand in a transitional period where summer pieces are being mixed with fall knits. We’re still looking forward to a Labor Day beach weekend, while also thinking of outfits for the fall football season.

The perfect piece is one that can swing from season to season with you. One that can be dressed up, accessorized, and layered with other staple pieces. A piece just like the Mud Pie Dakota Fringe Cover-up. A beautiful piece with lots of personality. And let’s be honest – the tassel trend isn’t going anywhere, but it is certainly changing with the seasons.

We asked four girls in the office to style our Dakota Fringe Cover-Up. There were no other guidelines and the results were just what we wanted. One item worn for the end of summer and beginning of fall.


1. Resort: A late summer outfit for those final vacation days. But who says you can’t style the Dakota Fringe Cover-Up this way at dinner during your winter beach getaway? Katie looks like she belongs in a resort with a cocktail in hand. She pairs the White Dakota Fringe Cover-Up with a Chloe bag, chic sunglasses, a fedora and booties to die for. Talk about effortlessly cool style!


2. Date Night: Who says a cover-up is only an item for a bathing suit? Black and navy are together at last as a perfect duo this fall. Jordan transforms the Navy Dakota Fringe Cover-Up into a dress fit for date night on the town. Throw on chunky jewelry, booties and a suede moto jacket to spice up the look.

3_Poolside3. Poolside: The weather may be cooling off, but the pool will be open for a couple months to come. Let us just say, Katy is as adorable in person as she is in this photo. Go for a classic poolside look in the Dakota Fringe Cover-Up by pairing it with flat sandals and the Mud Pie Madison Gingham Fedora.


4. Brunch/Shopping: For those casual weekend days, who knew that the Dakota Fringe Cover-Up could be transformed for fall by pairing it with your favorite ripped jeans? McCay proves that this piece is not just for summer days. Add a tassel necklace, bucket bag, and open-toed booties for a day spent with mimosas and girlfriends.

Summer to Fall Fashion

1. Courtney Essential Dress // 2. Melanie Scarf // 3. Belle Bow Tunic // 4. Emerson Essential Pant // 5. Delany Ruffle Short (ON SALE!) // 7. Ansley Skirt

Cheers to summer to fall fashion!

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Mud Pie Lake Decor

August 17, 2016

The final splashes of summer are here. We’ve sipped cocktails, lounged on the beach, vacationed near and far, BBQ’d every weekend, and a personal favorite – jumped in the lake all day before sailing away on a sunset boat cruise. For some of us, the coming of fall is just the start of lake days. The weather and water begin to cool off, and it’s the perfect season for long weekends on the boat.

But even when fall creeps into winter, lake days don’t disappear. Instead, the lake house becomes a cabin escape to curl up in during the cold. The boat may stay covered, but the fire pit gets lit and the hot tub is always in play.

One thing is a fact – no matter the season, the lake house is a home away from home. It’s a place to escape with family and a place to entertain guests. It’s a sanctuary with open doors to relaxation. And with that, comes lake decor that sets the theme.

Mud Pie lake decor is evergreen. Every piece is an ideal fit no matter the time of year. It’s ageless, homey and inviting to any feet that walk through the door.

Here are some of the best Mud Pie lake decor items from this years collection. All items are linked below!

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1. Lake Wall Plaques // 2. Lake Pitcher // 3. Boat Oar Wall Decor (Find in a retailer near you!) // 4. Anchor Wall Art // 5. Anchor Wood Tray // 6. Lake House Definition Art // 7. Lake Pillow // 8. Lake House Frame 

Happy (almost) Fall, y’all!




Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids

August 3, 2016


What are Mud Pie’s designers lusting after?  Whether it’s fabric or color trends, clothes or home decor, our designer obsessions are what the Mud Pie girls see as the most up and coming trends. Hillary Duncan, a product designer in our baby department, has picked her Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids. She has hand selected the best of the best from our Fall 2016 Baby & Kids collections!

All items featured are hitting a store near you soon and online at this fall. Enjoy!

5 Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids


1. GOLD ACCENTS: Gold details are all the rage.  Our most popular Fall/Holiday 2016 pieces come complete with a touch of gold.


2. COSTUMES: It’s a new category for us! Little ones will steal hearts in Mud Pie’s adorable (and comfortable) costumes!

3. GO GREY!  The palette for baby clothing and accessories is trending softer and more neutral.  Grey is the new gender neutral!designer_obsessions4

4. ALPINE VILLAGE: We can’t get enough of Buffalo check! This look reminds us of falling leaves, crisp fall weather, and hot apple cider.

5. DEAR SANTA: Get little ones excited for Christmas with our Santa evidence kit, Santa mailbox and Santa welcome set.

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Fit Fridays, KIDS

Fit Fridays + Holiday Sneak Peek

July 29, 2016

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As a technical designer, patterns are the key for opening the door to many problems you will have with the fitting of the garments. When you are looking at a sample on a mannequin or on a person it may be hard to see exactly what needs to change. Once you unfold your patterns and start piecing them together, you may find that the answer to the solution is laying in front of you! An AHA moment might occur. Patterns are a technical designers best friend. The reason why I personally love patterns so much is because they are like puzzles. You need each piece to complete the picture and every pattern piece relates to another to complete a garment. It is very intriguing.

The most difficult style I have worked on since my start at Mud Pie in October was during the Fall 2016 line. This style was a raglan sleeve one-piece that was fitting so strange at the shoulder and top portion of the sleeve. Raglan styles tend to be more difficult, making it tough to shape them perfectly correct. For those of you who do not know exactly what a raglan sleeve is, it is a diagonal seamed sleeve that comes from under the arm, across the body, to the collar bone and connects at the front and back neckline. If you didn’t quite get all of that nonsense you will see below during today’s Fit Friday.


The diagonal aspect is what makes a raglan sleeve challenging. There are so many ways for it to go wrong – the angle of the diagonal, the shape of the diagonal, the placement and more. For this particular style below the width of the raglan at the shoulder/ neckline was too narrow, causing the sleeve to fit very tight. And trust me, that fit would be very uncomfortable for your little.


The position of the raglan on the front and the back of the garment is in the wrong place. It is too far over onto the shoulder. So we had to move the placement of the front and back.


In a correction like this, the sleeve pattern is adjusted and what we add to the sleeve pattern we take away from the front and back body of the pattern.


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The next sample came in and looked much better. The placement of the raglan was almost perfect and the sleeve fit better as well! Now this style was not fixed all in one fitting. We had to rework it a few times, but after all of the other pattern adjustments we made, I think it turned out great!


Here is a sneak peek of today’s Fit Friday piece – the Reindeer One-Piece – coming Fall 2016!


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Mud Pie Flash Sale

July 27, 2016


Wardrobe & home update starts now. Shop the Mud Pie Flash Sale now through Friday 7/29 for an extra 25% off already reduced sale items! Favorites from baby & kids, fashion and living are all on sale for a limited time!


We’ve rounded up our Mud Pie Flash Sale top picks in each category. Shop before prices go back up! Items won’t last long <3.


Baby & Kids – 1. Flamingo Tunic // 2. Striped Sock Set (supports March of Dimes) // 3. Bear Overall // 4. Navy Stripe Diaper Bag // 5. School Bus T-Shirt // 6. Birthday Bloomer // 7. Bunny Dress 


Fashion – 1. Samantha Shirt Dress // 2. Harper Track Short // 3. State Bracelet // 4. Chelsea Initial Weekender // 5. Casey Sun Hat // 6. Harlow Pant // 7. Reese Tunic Navy Mediterranean Mosaic


Living – 1. Game Day Tailgate Bucket // 2. Burlap Celebration Wine Bags // 3. Initial Wall Hanger // 4. Today’s Catch Platter // 5. Bunny Yard Stake

Happy shopping, Pies!

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Meet the Mud Pie Office Dog

July 24, 2016


Happy weekend, Pies! One of the top reasons we love the weekend is a no brainer…more play time with our favorite fur babies, obvi. Today you get to meet the largest fur member, but also the absolutely sweetest Mud Pie office dog. Your mouth may drop due to his size, and you may be wondering how on earth he comes to the office for play dates. So for the record, Mud Pie accepts all doggies, no matter the size.

Without further due, meet the Mud Pie office dog, Angus.


Q & A:

NAME: Angus Atkins A.K.A “Associate Director of Squirrel Activity.”

HOW DID ANGUS COME ABOUT? I adopted Angus when he was 4 months old from a local veterinarian in Savannah and it was love at first sight! I couldn’t adopt him right away because he was malnourished and needed to gain weight first, so I visited him every day for 2 months while he got bigger. The veterinarian said he loved grazing in the field and eating grass like a cow, so we named him Angus like a black steer.

OWNER: Mallory Atkins – Associate Technical Designer.


FAVORITE FOOD: Beef jerky, spaghetti, and ice cream!

HOBBIES: Chasing squirrels and chips monks, riding in the car, going to the dog park, and taking extremely long naps.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Plush toys that look like squirrels.

CELEBRITY ALTER EGO: Angus is 11 years old so,I always say he’s a real George Clooney for his salt and peppery beard, not to mention they have both aged with such grace!


Shop Mallory’s look:

Whitney Sleeveless Tunic

Kenzie Pants

Day Tripper Tote Navy Gingham (similar styles)

Adriana Scarf Sarong

Shop pet related items HERE

Stay tuned for more meet the Mud Pie office dog!