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Kirikí Press Embroidery Plushie Kits

26 Sep

Kirkí Press

I have so many things on my to-do list I plan to learn as soon as Talan starts nursery. One of them is to embroidery. And I found just the perfect thing to learn with. How cool are these Embroidered Doll Kits from Kirikí Press?

Kirikí Press Starter Kit

They include a pattern hand screen-printed on unbleached cotton, embroidery floss, eco-friendly stuffing and everything else you need to finish the toy except for the hoop, needles and scissors but you can get those in the starter kit.
Patterns come in three different skill levels and finished plushies are about about 13 cm tall.

There is also a free illustrated pdf booklet of stitches, tips and tricks for beginners you can download here.

Kits are available from Kirikí’s Etsy boutique and Hoop Haberdashery, their UK retailer. You can see the rest of the list of stockists here
 

Cachette boutique

19 Sep

Cachette
 
I found this absolutely amazing French online boutique called Cachette and I don’t know whether to be happy or extremely worried. A little bit of both probably. Their range for kids is amazing! It’s full of rare, mostly vintage and/or recycled toys, room accessories and other bits and bobs and I want just every single one. Tila does. Ok, we do.

I don’t even know where to start. My favorites must be this beautiful swing made from recycled wood (just what I’m looking for our living room), the super cute cross-stitch kits, this vintage coloring set that I kind of want to get for myself and these two 50% alpaca and 50% merino wool hats that are currently half off – now say no to that! But take a look at the rest of the range yourself. And the bravest ones check out also the range for the rest of the house. I dare you to leave the store empy-handed!

Their shipping charges for EU start at €6 only. I am doomed!
 

Indestructibles: Baby Books made with babies in mind!

11 Sep

Indestructibles

I found out about Indestructibles a while ago before I was evenpregnant with Talan and I bought them as soon as he started using his hands. These baby books are actually made with babies in mind and can handle the chewing, the sucking, the folding, the crinkling, the wrinkling and even the washing – tried and tested them all! Unique ultra-durable tight woven material makes them indestructible. They are also free of toxins like BPA, phthalate, PVC and lead.
Each book contains 12 beautifully illustrated pages and their sizes (17×17 cm) are just perfect for the little baby hands.

Indestructibles

Twelve different titles are available to buy from Amazon for £2.91 – £4.99 (ca. 3,5€ – 6€)
 

moyoh Natural Waldorf Dolls

28 Jul

Moyoh

Like just about any other girl Tila absolutely adores dolls and if I let her we’d buy one every time we left our house. Usually I’m strong enough to tell her she has more than enough already but when I see something as gorgeous as these moyoh dolls I fail.

Moyoh

These dolls are entirely made by hand in Germany, Berlin from natural materials only. They use pure cotton for the body and clothes, sheep wool for stuffing, mohair or cotton plush for their hair and merino sheep wool for their cutest little hats.

Dolls measure somewhere between 27 and 40 cm and it takes 7-14 days to have it done since each is made by order. On request it is possible to alter the color of the skin tone and hair.

Prices go from €80 up to €125, depending on the size.

Ps. Mamas with boys – do your little dudes own dolls? I know I’m starting to save up today so I can get him a boy doll like the one on the photo above!
 

New! Balancing bench from IKEA

18 Jul

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How great is this new balancing bench from Ikea? They must have had Tila in their minds while making it. There is nothing she loves more than balancing on fallen trees, big rocks, walls or just anything possible (or impossible) in fact. So this 140 cm bench made from birch plywood is more than perfect for her. Plus it can also serve as a bench that holds about 5 kids! Tila will love it!

Balancing bench ikea 2
 

QUUT Beach Toys meant to last

8 Jul

QUUT

A team of 12 with 24 kids between them sat down after noticing a big gap in beach toys that look good, last long and most important – guarantee a lot of fun! So what they came up is a range of smart multifunctional beach toys you immediately notice. Their main aim is to design the best beach toys possible and they promise to wow you with one new product every year.
Currently there are six toys and on their site there’s a fun video of each in use. I’m having hard time choosing my favorite but I think it must be Cuppi – what about you?
 

Build Forts from Sticks with Stick-lets!

10 Jun

Sticklets

Tila is most definitely outdoorsy type of girl so we try to spend outside as much time as humanly possible – she especially loves the playgrounds and the woods. There she needs to climb, walk on and jump off every tree log, move all the snails to a safe place, check out all the bugs, pick a bunch of flowers and kick just about every stone. We both love and encourage that adventurous side of her. We even measure the amount of fun she has by the amount of dirt that ends up on her clothes and shoes. And we always come home with a bunch of mementoes of course – mostly sticks. I have even tried to think of a craft that would involve all those sticks we have lying around the garden or a fun game but I couldn’t. And then I spotted these amazing STICK-LETS over at Rasselfisch that solved that pickle!

Sticklets

What a cool idea: silicone joints that hold the sticks together in order to build things like tunnels, forts, houses or different kinds of shapes! They are water resistant, reusable and stretchy in order to bind together sticks of various sizes. Isn’t this just the best idea ever?

For a better picture watch the video here

Stick-lets are only available at Rasselfisch or thru Kickstarter – they still need to pledge about $22.000 in 8 days to get this project funded
 

Toy Tent from DEUZ

6 Jun

Play Tent DEUZ

How cute is this toy tent from a French brand DEUZ (remember their super cool baby play mat?)? Such a smart twist on the old-fashioned dollhouse! The tents are made in India under Faritrade terms from 100% organic canvas cotton and painted with non-toxic inks. The structure of the tent in made from beech by craftsmen in France and the wood is obtained from local thoughtfully managed forests.

It’s available from DEUZ online boutique from yesterday and it costs €56

Play Tent DEUZ3
 

Kleynimals: the Perfect Baby Toy!

19 May

Kleynimals

Thanks to Pinterest I found another great baby toy. Absolutely genius. You know how babies just love to play with (well more lick, chew and bite on) our keys? But you also know how unclean and unsafe they are so you sadly have to take them away from him or her and ignore the saddest little frown face you just made him (or her) do? There’s a solution! Eli, Gus and Leo aka. Kleynimals are here to the rescue! These three cute animals made of stainless steel (without lead, phthalates, BPA or cadmium) are the perfect substitute for the keys. They feel and taste the same, but sound and look much more fun and don’t have the sharp edges, hazard of lead contamination and are definitely cleaner than the keys (they can even be washed in a dishwasher)! So you can freely let your little snail drown them in his (or her) own saliva! Klaynimals can also be engraved and make a perfect heirloom toy.

Kleynimals

There is just one BIG downside for all of us that don’t live in the US. I have contacted them and Kirsten, the founder of Kleynimals informed me that unfortunately US and EU have different size and shape requirements and therefore the key toy cannot be sold to us. What a bummer! But if a friend from US “unknowingly” sends you one as a gift what can you do, right? It’s definitely not nice to reject gifts like that. Just saying…

All you lucky Americans can buy them here though…
 

New Mom Design House Pillows

5 May

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I have already blogged about New Mom Design Etsy boutique and their beautiful organic range of home textiles but I wanted to show you these two house pillows Elvina most generously sent me. Unfortunately for me, a tiny person came along while I was opening the package and stole them from me! But to her defense – she generously gave one to her baby brother. But who could really blame her? They are so so cute, big and super soft just screaming for the cuddles and they look great anywhere you put them – our big one travels from Tila’a bed, trough all the chairs in the house and ends up on the couch at the end of the day. I kind of wish it would end up there for good but I don’t think that’s really going to happen anytime soon. Oh well.

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And the little one is actually a tooth fairy pillow with a tiny pocket on the front side just big enough for the tooth to be replaced with a tiny gift or a Euro (or a Dollar) bill. What a great idea!

Thank you so much Elvina!
 

Nobodinoz

25 Apr

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Nobodinoz is a Spanish brand that started out as a shop and with a few of their own products like decorating cushions and backpacks. But they’ve outdone themselves in the last couple of years.

Nobodinoz

Today they have an absolutely gorgeous range of clothes, home accessories, beddings, toys and even furniture.

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I love the sweet pastel colors and sweet prints, the perfect combination of quality and style at affordable prices but most of all I love that everything is manufactured in Europe, all materials carefully picked and that dyes and coatings are non-toxic
 

Fun and Creative Sets from Trim Toys

18 Mar

Trim Toys 2


I received an email from Catalina and Gabriela from Argentina, friends and the founders of the brand called Trim Toys. They have started the company in 2011 with a desire to design innovative and creative toys that would encourage children’s’ imagination and creativity and keep them away from unproductive toys like video games.

Trim Toys 3

Their current collection consists of a collar, an apron, a dress and a cowboy suit and each set comes printed on a 100% cotton canvas sheet along with paint, a brush and of course the instructions. It needs to be painted, cut out and then used to have with! The packaging can be recycled as a pencil case.

Trim Toys 1

My Tila is not the biggest fan of painting and drawing but when she received this dress from Catalina and Gabriela she couldn’t wait to do it – I think it might have been the knowledge she’s getting a dress out of it that made her so excited. I have never seen her so still and devoted to painting before. And she was so proud of her masterpiece that she insisted on wearing it to her Kindergarten the next day! How could I say no?

You can see more photos of their projects on their Facebook page. Their products will soon be available to buy on Etsy but until then you can contact them by email (trimtoy(at)gmail.com)
 

Woodly: Nature Friendly Furniture

17 Mar

Woodly Montessori Floor Bed


I have never seen anything more beautiful than this. Not just the products but the whole concept. Listen to this:

Woodly is and Italian furniture brand based in a completely ecological and uncontaminated environment in the most gorgeous and purest of hills in Italy around Parma. Their aim is to run as ecological production as humanly possible so they only use renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic materials and finishing like wood, organic water glues and paints, beeswax and vegetable wax. But that’s not all! Their workshop also runs in an energy saving, zero impact environment. They are also trying to produce with as little waste possible. You can read more about it here.

Woodly Garden

They are surrounded with nothing but beautiful nature – just take a look at their garden! I’ve never seen anything like it. I wish I could spend my summer up there. I’d even be willing to help! Absolutely gorgeous.

Woodly products

They are making furniture, wooden toys, lamps and furnishing accessories but I have completely fallen in love with their Baby Furniture range, especially the Montessori floor bed – is this not the coolest bed you’ve seen? I want one for my baby boy! And Papa Bear has a little crush on this genius Bike Holder. This way I might even let him bring his bike inside!

Ps. You should also check out their Pinterest page – you will fall in love if you haven’t yet! I can’t stop looking at their photos! We need to plan a trip to visit them since they apparently have a bed & breakfast of my dreams!
 

Day 18: Primrose Doll House from Lille Huset

18 Dec

Primrose from Lille Huset

These doll houses from Lille Huset inspired by Norwegian type of houses made from birch wood and laminated recycled paperboard have a special spot in my heart. They truly are one of a kind by both their looks and the eco-friendly concept. They come with accessory sheets that let kids to determine their final look.

These sweet doll houses are made in Chicago and come packet flat and have to be put together (the most fun part!) and can also be easily taken apart again for easy storage and travel. Then there are also Little Peggies, little wooden people created by Goose Grease that fit perfectly into Lille Husets.

Primrose from Lille Huset

Alyson, the creative force behind the company decided to give this absolutely gorgeous paperboard Primrose House with 10 accessory sheets to one lucky little winner. In order to enter this giveaway leave a comment below.

Get extra entries by sharing the news on this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media but let me know you did it.

The contest closes tonight at midnight CET and is open Worldwide!

This contest is now closed and the winner is Elsa-et-le-moka! Congrats! You can expect an email soon!
 

Day 16: a Gift Card for €50 from Anni Bazaar

16 Dec

Anni Bazaar

Remember this cute brand new online boutique Anni Bazaar I got so excited over last month? I ordered a few items from Imps&Elfs for my little boy from them and got more than I ever expected! I can’t wait to wrap my little boy in their super soft organic cotton towel.

You can find the most adorable range of clothes, toys and accessories for babies and kids between 0 and 8 years from brands like Imps&Elfs, Fub, Funky Leggings, Indikidual, Mini&Maximus, Soft Gallery, Very French Gangsters etc.

Lena is the owner of the boutique and she generously offered to a gift card for €50 for one lucky reader to be spend in her darling boutique! Oh I’m kind of getting jealous.
All you need to do is comment below your favorite piece from their range and you’ve entered the giveaway. Easy peasy!

If you wish to get some extra entries you can get them by liking their Facebook page, sharing the news on this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media but please don’t forget to let me know you did it.

The contest closes tonight at midnight CET. Open to EU countries only!

This contest is now closed and the winner is Sarah! Congrats! You can expect an email soon!