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DIY... Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Gift Wrap

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DIY... Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Gift Wrap

DIY Snowman Gift Wrap

from

Celina Bailey

on

Vimeo

.

I m sharing a cute and easy

gift wrapping tutorial over at Ebay

. 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:

-

DIY Christmas Ornaments 

-

Decorating with Pompoms

-

DIY Surprise Ball

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.

xx

Celina

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Winter Wonders...


Are you in the holiday spirit yet? It has been warm, grey and rainy around here, quite unusual for this time of year and making it a little harder to get into that winter wonderland feeling. I've teamed up with Flora and Henri, on Pinterest, to bring you some of that magical winter inspiration. I would love it if you had a peek. It's a little bit Christmas but a whole lot of awesomeness. 


And if you are looking for a lovely place to do your online shopping, Flora and Henri has a great selection of clothes, toys, books and even a little something for you. I'll be doing most of my shopping there this year. 

So follow along ( Pinterest is being sneaky these days and not showing all my pins to everyone!) and repin some images to get you inspired too. See you there!




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Sleepy King... Cuteness Overload


Sleepy King is a small shop with the cutest handmade plushes, pillows, accessories and wall hangings. Everything is made by the designer in California with love, attention to detail and sustainability in mind. 



I love the little embroideries and the colors, I love the simplicity and the happy feeling these give me. Looking for some one of a kind gifts? Check out Sleepy Kings webshop for more cuteness overload. 


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Looking for Dolls...

Panda by 
MissE asked Santa for a doll. She says she doesn't know what kind of doll he will bring her, but she has a pretty good idea of the doll she wants. I was hoping it would be one of the following...


Molly Dolly Mouse by 
Brunette Doll by 
Beautiful Fox by 
Lucy by 

Penelope by 
 Handmade Angel by 
Lovely Brunette by 
Mermaid Cat by SaraRosettaHandmade 
France OOAK doll by 
Unicorn & Bunny by 
 Max by 
A Eco Friendly Felt Cat by 
or perhaps one of my all time favourites a Jess Brown Doll.

But no, she wants an American doll! What is a mom to do? 

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Window Shopping at FLORA and HENRI




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.

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Show & Tell: for- now and for- ever

 
"Show and tell... I tell you a little about me and show you something cool related to what I told you!"
 
 
Do you have any toys from when you were a kid? One that your kids play with today? I have one, the little bear you see in the photo above, he is about 7cm high and he is the only toy I have from when I was a baby. I asked my mom if she could remember where he was from or if she knew at what age I got him at- she couldn't remember a thing, only that it was mine. He now lies amongst my husbands and my collection of vintage and collectible toys on a shelf in the strairway- far away from any kids reach! When I showed my children the little bear this morning, they instantly loved him and wouldn't let go. I do have some other toys have kept from when I was a little older, from when we moved to Canada from Morocco and my kids are always amazed that they were mine. I am still upset (after 15years) at my neighbor, for giving away my barbie collection of dolls and accessories, specially all the clothes I had made. All this got me thinking, what toys do my children have that I would want to keep for them to give to their children?  I guess the ones I've made them, but how about the others? There really aren't that many!
 
So while is was in NYC, I got to discover the wonderful world of the Polka Dot Club- not only did I get to see and feel the most beautiful mohair bears, but I aslo got to chat with Jennifer Murphy the creator, maker and designer extraordinaire. About Jen, she's been making heirloom teddy bears and other toys basically her whole life, she is a second generation toy maker and has learnt on the knees of her mom. Her motto, for- now and for- ever! She is so passionate about what she is doing and after having problems with rules and regulations on making stuffed animals for resale, it is so nice to see it all come together- after 6 years of hard work the Polka Dot Club finally comes to life! 



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!!!

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Show & Tell... a family affair

Show and tell... I tell you a little about me and show you something cool related to what I told you!
 
It has been a sad week around here, my great aunt passed away on monday and it really got me thinking- thinking about family and how important it is to me. I'm not just talking about my close family, I'm talking about cousins and distant cousins, aunts and uncles. It got me thinking that I would love, one day, to bring my kids to meet all of my cousins, aunts and uncles who all live overseas. And most importantly, I'd love for them to meet my dad and grandmother. I also realized, that as much as I love the idea of moving away to New York or Japan or where ever, I don't like the idea of being far from my mom and sister and I would be sad if my kids didn't get to play with their cousins. All this to say, family is and always has been important to me wether they are near or far, they are always in my thoughts and heart.

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.
www.ebkrobots.com/


 

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Nice to meet you: OLILO

 


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!

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++ My Handmade Doll ++

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

doll kit

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 bought the

doll kit

from

Weir Crafts

, it comes with everything you need, some great instructions and even some clothing patterns. She stands 20 inches tall, allmost as tall as Miss E, and as of now has 2 full outfits in her wardrobe.

Perhaps you noticed that her

polka dot blouse

is practically the same as the one I sewed up for Miss E for

KCWC

. I even trying a little smocking at 2 am! I had so much fun making the little clothes, I'm pretty sure her wardrobe will grow quickly...

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.

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I heart: DOODLE by stitch

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!

Doodle by Stitch

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

doodling

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

duvet

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

pillow

!

Finally make supper time fun and enjoyable with this

table cloth

...

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

Kawaii t-shirt

? At least for once I won't be worried about leaving the markers out!

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DIY Mother's day gifts... Last minute!

Last year I rounded up some

Easy DIY Mother's day gift idea

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:)

Via

Better Home & Gardens

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.

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Bloesem Kid

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.

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Dotcom for Moms

Beautiful DIY printable children's book about Mother Nature created by Mari from

Small for Big

.

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!

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Small for Big

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!

Via

Colour Me There

Voilà... Happy Mother's Day!!!

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