I have to be upfront here: I’m a Crocs hater. That said, I know a ton of kids who adore them, and Monkey Lisa has come up with a product which makes me less negative about plastic shoes. “Cranklz” straps for Crocs shoes. They are very cute, make the shoes look less mass-produced and fit better, so if your kid just has to have Crocs, at least they will be able to run without their shoes flying off!
Check out this teether for your little badboy (or girl) from EcoAyris!
Why settle for a boring duckling or ring shaped teether when you can get a grip on your teething pain with a much hipper design. This shape seems like it would be really easy and soothing for a teething babe, and lets face it, funny. Funny is important when you have been up all night with a teething babe, trust me. EcoAyris also has an adorable sign language “I love you” teether for peaceniks and those kiddos who are lovers, not fighters.
EcoAyris says these are made of natural maple, sanded silky smooth, without any finish added. They are filled with rice grains so they are also rattles, which is amusing to your teething tot. I find both designs totally charming.
When I first came across this shop, I immediately was reminded of the Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. So it should come as no surprise that Jacqueline, the artist behind UsagiRabbit is infatuated with Japanese culture. A student slowly working her way toward a college degree in linguistics, one of her goals is to learn to read Japanese. These whimsical bunny creatures are part Totoro and part Care Bear and so cute! Some are just for loving and cuddling, while others are put to work protecting your small electronic devices.
Jacqueline got her start in handmade when she couldn’t find the things she wanted in the stores. Though her shop has only been open since May she’s been creating art since she was old enough to pick up a coloring book – from making clothes for her dolls to patching up her jeans.
I used to knit scarves and a friend suggested I try selling some of them at a small local craft fair. I took the plunge and it was a blast! I loved meeting all those other crafters and artisans. Artists are some of the nicest people you can be around. Finding Etsy really got me thinking that I could make a go of this. It’s full of so many inspiring stories and helpful fellow sellers. I really want to try my best!
Her skills have been honed over the years with help from her mother (a lifelong seamstress) and various friends and teachers along the way. Isn’t it wonderful how the creative community came together to help this artist learn the skills to realize her vision?
There’s something about the feeling of the wool in my hands and the slight hum the thread makes that fills me with satisfaction.
Jacqueline first starts planning her creatures with a drawing and some key concepts.When she’s inspired a piece can come together very quickly; sometimes the process can take days or weeks. Once a design is decided on, she chooses colors and felts and cut out the pieces. The most time consuming part of the process is sewing the pieces because it takes a long time and the stitches have to be just right! Lastly, her creation is stuffed with pure cotton and sewn shut. Thus is born the latest addition to the UsagiRabbit family!
Well, I love all my finished creations (even though some of them can be quite beastly during the making) but if I had to choose just one I guess my favorite would be the orange rabbit with a yellow flower on its belly. It makes me smile when I see it.
Born and raised in New Jersey this Texas transplant is inspired by her travel and experiences of other cultures. She has no sales so far, so let’s get her started – shall we?
This elegant and affordable little girl’s dress is part of ManiMina‘s new Summer line, and I can’t wait to see more from it!
Most sweet knit hats are more appropriate for baby girls, so it is refreshing to see some that are meant more for boys.
I am a SAHM to three little boys.
I am a slave to laundry and snacks.
I use Playhouse Disney as a negotiation tool.
I get more hugs and kisses than deserved.
I am witnessing beauty at it’s finest.
I am constantly inspired and need to keep “creatively” busy.
I knit during naptime (when I SHOULD be exercising…)