You could easily spend hours perusing Maki Squarepatch's site with all of their quirky, hand-made items. They've got everything from stuffed toys, purses, small pouches, clothing, holiday ornaments and so on. All of their goodies are about recycling discarded, unwanted items and breathing new life into them so that they become treasures for someone else to love. You can't help but feel happy when looking at everything that they've created.
If you're looking for unique, hand-made holiday gifts then I have no doubt you'll find that perfect something at Mahar Drygoods. They have pooled together some of the most talented artisans. I'm completely infatuated with the shadow puppets and Ms. Bean was instantly smitten with the bumble bee mittens.
Ms. Bean came home from school on Wednesday and without any doubt in her mind, expected me to whip up a gingerbread house. Of course, this five year old has no idea what a gingerbread house really entails except for the decorating part. Somehow, I managed to calm her expectations by convincing her that I would make one with her on Friday (yep, I'm officially committing). So here I am, Googling "how to make gingerbread house" and found a basic pattern. The designer in me wants to get more creative but the realistic mama in me says "stick to the pattern or you'll be sorry". Anyhow, on my journey to find a gingerbread house, I found this brilliant modern gingerbread house that is already assembled and comes with a rock garden! (this might be my back-up if all else fails).
Okay...keep in mind that these Bosse brass figures are teeny-tiny! They're only .75" x 1.75" but aren't they simply wonderful!? Obviously, these aren't practical for a child to play with but I had to feature them because I thought that the creative nature of these little figures were so unique. They were originally designed to make “as many people as possible happy”. Walter
Bosse’s collectible figures have been reintroduced in exacting detail.
Bosse first started producing this collection of miniatures in the late
1940s using Viennese brass. You could decide to collect them all...
eight3one is a local Seattle company that began when pending parents, Sven & Aimee, were frustrated with the lack of quality clothing available for babies and children. They took matters into their own hands and began designing and screen printing their own line of onesies and tees for babies and children. They even have a line of organics. I particularly love the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
I would selfishly love Ms. Bean to love this Brio's Weaving Loom but I just don't know if she's ready for it yet. She's five and gets distracted easily and may not have the patience required BUT she's capable of surprising me and proving me wrong. I may end up getting it anyhow and if she doesn't like it then I'll just weave some napkins or make doll blankets (right?).
I think every baby should own at least one NooNoo comfort blanket! Babies love to chew on tags and soft, cottony corners, not to mention having an attachment to a object. They're all handmade and hand-embroidered with cute little animals like bugs, slugs and sheep. I love their unusual shapes and sizes and I couldn't imagine a baby who wouldn't love snuggling with one of these.
We just got back from a fantastic holiday in Kauai, Hawaii and were fortunate enough to experience stellar weather and catch up on lost sleep. Now I've got the energy I need to survive the winter. Speaking of survival and especially since we're entering a major travel season, I thought I would share a few key items that we brought along with us that made traveling with the Mini so much easier...
If you've got any great travel ideas, please share...