Make a cute wall hanging pennant with your favourite quote. Perfect for a gift, for small and big alike.
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. My kids loved doing these and we might just have an army of snowmen under out tree this year!
You might want to check out my other tutorials:
There will be a few more tutorials before the end of the end. I hope you enjoy them, because I've been having a lot of fun making them.
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But no, she wants an American doll! What is a mom to do?
Do you have a favorite online childrens shop? The kind you could spend hours looking through all of the gorgeous items and dream you could buy every single piece? I do! FLORA and HENRI is just that shop. Not only is all the clothing and the accessories beautiful but the images and the styling are simply captivating. I could spend hours I tell you!
It was in 1998 that Jane Hendreen envisoned an American kids collection ( from Seattle) that would be pure, simple and exquisite with European quality and craftsmanship- FLORA and HENRI is just that.
Everything is all so lovely, from the collection they create under their own label FLORA and HENRI, to the impeccable choices from some of my favorite brands such as Lischen Mueller, April Showers and Wovenplay- not to mention all the sweet accesories, shoes and toys from Jess Brown, Pepe, and H-Luv just to name a few.
I love all the knits from the sweaters to the bloomers for all ages. The dresses are dreamy with sweet embroidered details. And the swimsuits... really I'm speechless. The color combinations are fun and sometimes surprising, but it all works together oh so well. They are lot's of items for babies, girls and boys to wear and play with.
So do you have a few hours to spare?!? Have a look at FLORA and HENRI's beautiful website and discover the wonderful world of children's design... at it's best.
There are 5 bears in the collection, all unique in their own way- all handmade in Minneapolis with all the materials and time honored techniques. Each bear is special, wearing the cutest clothes and accessories, such as dresses and hand knit sweaters, the woven fabric is custom printed created just for the Polka Dot Club, no two outfits are ever the same. Also, the teddy bears each evolve and grow old in their own ways, which makes them even more unique. The fabric used to make the bears is quite special, they are all made from mohair and it's become very rare- only one manufacturer keeps on making it ( in Hungary if I'm not mistaken).
These bears are like the ones our parents and we grew up with but yet with a modern touch, something that can be handed down from generation to genereation. How wonderful, a toy your children will be able to pass down to theirs. To think of it, maybe my children should be able to play with my little bear!
Jen also created these lovely soft toys for babies to enjoy as a part of her new collection- a ball with the cutest bear face in the most adorable fabrics and colors. And everything is made with so much love.
Now, her shop and website won't be up and running until a month or two, so I highly suggest you keep up with her process and all the wonderful things Jen is up too on her BLOG- a new favorite of mine.
Also, if you like to sew like I do, you might want to check out her other little shop- it's filled with patterns and sewing supplies to make your own heirloom toys and she has a few for sale as well. I just bought a black and pink kit to make Mister M and Miss E a Maxwell Bear. I am so excited!!!
Lastly, if you are looking for a cute easter craft to do with the kids, check out this really cute free pattern here!
So if you want to be in the Polka Dot Club, like I am, and want to be the first to know about the new collection you can suscribe to the Newsletter.
Thanks Jen for all the wonderful and inspiring work you do. I wish you all the best in the coming months- we can't wait to see it all come to life!!!
So today, I thought it would be nice to share with you a family owned buisness- where mother and daughters work together in perfect harmony to bring us and our kids the cutest, coolest Robots ever: EBK Robots.
Oh! and even the husbands and kids are involved- here is how they describe themselves:
Jen: Robot whisperer and lover of rainbows.
Becky: Robot maker, boogie shaker and kickin' grandma—don't mess with her!
Sara: head Robot guru and design ninja master.
Dave: Robot beauty maker.
Ellie, Jonah, Nathan, Evan: Robot Testers + Grilled Cheese eating machines.
All the products, robot pluhes and bags are handmade in the US with lots of care and love.
Mister M is the proud owner of the blue Robot bag you see above and carries it everywhere. I can't believe we've had it for almost 2 years and it looks as good as new.
What's great about the EBK robots, is that they are suitable not only for the boys but for the girls too- they come in all the colors of the rainbow and they make formreally great gifts too, for any age really.
I'd love to adopt a family of little robots, wouldn't you?
Now is your chance, get 25% off with code SPRING at checkout- offer is available until sunday March 7th.
Oh me, oh my! I am so pleased to have discovered the world of Olilo. These beautifully handcrafted baby shoes are seriously too much to handle. They have just the right amount of a handmade feeling mixed with contempory styling- now that's not easy to do!
The detailing is adorable- from the pompoms, to the laces and the colorful eyelet. The quilting and handsewn elements are just too sweet. I especially love the use of color and the perfect matching of patterns.
Olilo also has a cute selection of stuffed animals- there are a variety of animals to choose from, all beautifully embroidered.
Ummm... I think it's time I had a 3rd kid!
Every year for Christmas I make some handmade gifts, usually I end up trying a craft new to me and scramble to make it the night before. This year was no exption, 2 days before the 24th, I decided I would finally sew up the waldorf
I had purchased for Miss E almost 2 years ago. I have been so nervous sewing up this doll, that it has taken me 2 years to build up the courage to go at it. Of course, this was intended to be a surprise and so I sewed two night in a row while the kids were sleeping and 10 hours later came up with this little- not so little doll.
I only wish my embroidery skills were a little better, I think her eyes could be bigger and a little closer to her nose. I might try and re-do them, but I'm afarid of ruining the whole thing. Or maybe I could just make another or two or three! Yup, I'm totally hooked.
Miss E LOVED her so much, the reaction she had when she opened her gift was priceless and well worth the sleepless nights- I couldn't help but cry.
I'm very excited to share with you some of the discoveries I made at the NYC gift show, there were over 900 booths to check out in less than 2 days, I bet I missed a few gems here and there!
was one of the most fun product I came across, how can you resist a product that looks good and you can make it your own! The concept is simple, they offer blank sketch books in the form of duvet covers, place mats, table cloths or aprons, as well as a set of washable markers so you can personalise your items by
all over them. The great thing is that once you put them in the wash, the fun and creativity begins all over again.
I could use the
to help me remember my dreams or all those great ideas I get just before I fall asleep!
Write the tooth fairy a message or sweet bedtime story on your
Finally make supper time fun and enjoyable with this
I know my kids would go crazy for all of these goodies, now I can't promise they won't try doodling on other things... remember what happened to Mister M's
? At least for once I won't be worried about leaving the markers out!
Last year I rounded up some
for dad to do with the kids, you should check them out, because I still think they are great ideas!
This year, I thought I would do a little of the same with some new and fresh ideas. These DIY projects are easy enough for the kids to do, help & participate.
What you need: porcelain ( vintage or new) and a porcelain pen.
My suggestion: get a mug and have the kids doodle on them... I would bring mine to work:)
What you need: some pipecleaners and bit's and pieces of yarn.
My suggestion: have the kids make simple shapes like a heart or spell out MOM for them. LOVE is great too.
What you need: an elastic, cardboard, some paper and a whole puncher...
My suggestion: put some photos of the kids and have them doodle on a few pages or even on the cover.
Beautiful DIY printable children's book about Mother Nature created by Mari from
What you need: a printer, some paper, some cardboard, an exacto knife, some glue.
My suggestion: Have dad do this one on his own while the kids create a card or drawing, unless your kids are a little older and they can help out with the glueing. I know my kids would be fascinated just to be part of the process and seeing it get put together. Don't forget to have mom read the story to the kids when she gets it!
You're not too crafty but still want something handmade... This is just perfect for you!
What you need: a printer, a sheet of paper and a frame.
My suggestion: have the kids draw on some paper and wrap the frame in it!
Voilà... Happy Mother's Day!!!