How fantastic is the Skullcave by Our Childrens Gorilla?! It's a lightweight, portable play-hut that rolls up into a compact cylinder when it's time to stash away in the closet. This would be a hit in our house, I'm sure.
These handmade Storybook Birds are exceptionally adorable and customizable. You specify the name or word(s) to be spelled out, choose a color theme and *voila* -- a completely hand sewn banner to hang in your little one's room to add that special touch.
The French company, Carton Chic, is certainly living up to its name. Do you recall turning cardboard boxes into an imaginary escape as a child? The possibilities were limitless. I remember making a spaceship, a house, a refrigerator...you name it. That's why I was immediately crazy about Armelle's fresh take on cardboard creativity. These cardboard pieces are reminiscent of the classic puppet theatre but instead it's a TV on one side and a kitchen on the other...fun!
If you're looking for some unique art from across the Atlantic, L'Affiche Moderne, a French company selling posters from
mostly French photographers, graphic designers and children's illustrators, has recently opened the English version of their online shop. Each poster is a
numbered limited edition of 300. There are some lovely pieces for a kids' space and a grown-ups' space as well...
When I first laid my eyes on these handmade litter bags by Allyson Hill, I was thrilled! Of course there should be a pretty litter bag in my car since it seems that there is always a bottle cap, a cracker, a wrapper or chewing gum that needs to be discarded. I usually stuff it in the cup holder or a temporarily convenient spot until I get home. The patterns are all fabulous and you can buy a roll of biodegradable replacement baggies from Bitsy Blossoms as well, otherwise they fit a standard produce or pet bag. These would make a great gift as well.
My sleep schedule is still off kilter but it also means that I'm enjoying the morning, so far, quietly sipping my espresso and writing a blog post in peace and quiet while everyone is still sleeping -- it's only a matter of time though. I was just sifting through some photos of our trip and wanted to share some cheerful patterns that we came across. It's getting my blood moving for Monday. Also, while I'm recalling our travels, I wanted to thank Erika from Mikodesign for giving me some terrific recommendations for restaurants and shops in Amsterdam and Esther from Babyccino for sharing her babysitter with us so my husband and I could have an evening out...which only turned out to be one glorious hour since a new person in a strange city didn't agree with the Mini...oh well...
We made it home yesterday and I'm feeling refreshed, believe it or not, after almost two years. Of course, giving birth and keeping up with two little girls doesn't allow much time to stop and recover -- so having my husband at arms length and stepping away from the daily routines at home was just what the doctor ordered. The girls' were awake and chirping for breakfast at 3 a.m. this morning so I just made myself a nice cup of espresso and started filling orders for eggs, orange juice and cereal. Good to be home.
So, though it's Saturday and I'm mentally preparing myself for Monday, I wanted to share Trish Grantham's new Russian nesting dolls on her etsy site. So adorable...
Hi! Remember me? We're getting close to wrapping up our European whirlwind tour and I'll be back to blogging on Monday...though my fingers are rusty and my brain a bit squishy. I would have written sooner but our internet connection has been horrible for the last week and a half. It was a good cleansing process to be completely disconnected though.
In the meantime, I've been fortunate to have had a handful of terrific artists email me their work during my holiday...so, until I return, I'd like to introduce you to Stephanie Friedman. Stephanie's sewn art pieces simply popped! They're cheerful, bright and would make brilliant art for a baby or child's space.