Pink Gradient Ring
This unique, original ring design is hand embroidered in a gradient pattern featuring four shades of pink silk ribbon ranging in color from magenta to light pink.
My village – a collection of 10 soft houses
There is just something about these little houses that makes me smile, whimisical and quirky, how fun! I think these would make a great conversation piece, a refreshing and different twist from the type of pillows we’re used to seeing. I am a fan of anything unique and a… details »
Fused Argentium Bubbles Cuff Bracelet
A light and airy modern silhouette has been created by fusing argentium sterling silver wire circles into an elegant cuff bracelet.
When I was in grade school the city held an annual Halloween costume parade at the local park. Adults would walk around and give a one dollar bill to the kids with the best costumes. The first year I remember the parade, I dressed up as a crayon box with a red pointy hat. I must have been pretty convincing because I got a dollar and a pat on the head! Every year after that for as long as the costume fit, I was perfectly content to be a crayon box, fully expecting to get a dollar at the parade. My mom was happy to oblige as it saved her the trouble of making a costume.
This sweet and clever costume from Embroider Me Boutique is sure to get some special recognition. The felt outfit pulls over the child’s head, making it easy to put on and comfortable to wear. It is stuffed with batting for a three dimensional shape and can be customized with your little one’s favorite color icing and sprinkles.
Once I outgrew my crayon box costume, I always wanted to be the characters from my favorite stories and fairy tales. This sweet Little Red Ridinghood costume by Lover Dovers Clothing has some great details that even an adult can appreciate. The red and white gingham dress features a sweet blue bow and matching apron with rows of blue ric rac and sweet floral ribbon. A red hood lined in white ric rac can be purchased separately to put the finishing touch on the costume.
How adorable is this feathered costume by DIP Designs? It can be ordered in white or yellow for a baby chick or pink for a flamingo–how clever! The outfit includes a beak hat, leggings and little orange feet–just precious!
All of these sweet and original costumes are sure to make your little one’s Halloween memorable. Next week, we’ll pick a few Halloween costumes out for the little boys.
**The Little Goblins Folk Art print featured at the top of this post was created by Kims Cottage Art.
I have always had a special affinity for owls. One of the living room walls in my childhood home was home to my mother’s extensive collection and it was literally covered with images of all sizes and types of the beautiful birds; from simple pen-and-ink drawings to beautiful oil paintings. I could sit and stare at them for hours and I’m sure my wide-eyed stillness mirrored the very pictures that I was so fascinated by. It was years, however, before I saw a real, live owl in the wild and, even then, it was just a glimpse. I have seen only a handful since then, but that initial thrill still hasn’t worn off.
My favourite species of owl has always been the fittingly-named Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa). Bold and beautiful, the Great Grey Owl was made the official bird of my home province, Manitoba, in 1987. Said to be the largest species of owl in North America, the Great Grey Owl boasts a wingspan of up to 5 feet; however, even for such a large bird, sightings are rare. Standing at a mere 3” tall, this needle felted depiction of Strix nebulosa (above) makes up in cuteness what it lacks in stature. The tiny creature was handmade by Melanie Anne Green and is a member of the fabulous flock found at The Felt Menagerie. Melanie Ann is also the artist who created the lovely owl print at the top of this article. Her illustrations and prints can be found in her other shop, Ink Me Up.
Although they have been depicted in art for thousands of years, owls have recently moved up the ranks of pop-culture, thanks in part to the young Mr H. Potter and his schoolmates. Easy to identify by his pure white colouring*, Harry’s own owl, Hedwig, is a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). Living up to their name, Snowy Owls are well-suited for life north of the 60th parallel, with their thick plumage and heavily-feathered feet. Should you find yourself in a northern clime, a good pair of woollen mittens like these ones from For My Darling (pictured above) will keep you toasty-warm. Upcycled from a pre-loved sweater, they also feature reinforced leather palms; perfect for gripping both steering wheels and flying brooms! (Be sure to check out For My Darling’s shop for adorable upcycled owl toys, as well.)
I am sad to say that my mother has long given up “her owls”. Once people found out that she collected them, she was inundated with owl trinkets and tzotchkes from well-meaning friends and family. Rather than allow her carefully curated collection to be sullied by dollar-store “treasures”, she packed up her art and replaced it with a very large picture of an empty branch; a rather symbolic move, now that I think about it. I would love to get her back into it, though, but on a much smaller scale. I know that she would love this beautiful 8×10” watercolour by Italian artist DIMDi, pictured above. I think this painting perfectly captures the sweet expression of the Barn Owl (Tyto alba), which are recognizable by their heart-shapes faces and lack of “ear tufts”.
*While the male Snowy owls are as white as the driven snow, the females’ feathers have dark markings. Now you know!
Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! I can tell that we are getting close to Easter by the sudden explosion of the stuffed bunny population. It would seem, ahem, that they are multiplying like rabbits.
This week, I have assembled a herd (yes, a herd) of rabbits for your Easter cuddling pleasure. Some are cute, some are quirky, but all are quite clever and very eco-friendly. Enjoy!
Known for their prolific breeding and their propensity for giving birth to large (and in some cases multiple) litters in the spring, it’s no wonder that rabbits are symbols of fertility and of the season itself.
As far as its symbolic tie-in with Easter goes, mentions of the Easter Bunny begin to appear in publications from the 1600s; although it is safe to assume that the origins date back further than that – most likely to pre-Christian Pagans.
Legend has it that the Saxon goddess Oestra (from whom Easter is named) had a sacred rabbit companion and an association with another symbol of fertility, eggs. Considering that, it makes perfect sense that bunnies and eggs are so closely linked with each other at this time of year. (And now you know what to tell your children why bunnies bring Easter eggs, and not chickens. Or, perhaps it’s only my son who is bothered by this.)
Finally, if you will allow me to step up on my “Going Green” soapbox for just a moment, I do need to draw attention to the practice of giving live rabbits for Easter. Just like a dog or a cat, a rabbit is a house pet that requires plenty of care and attention over its 10+ life-span. Every year, once the post-Easter reality sets in, countless unwanted rabbits are set free or dropped at animal shelters. Unless you have given it very careful thought and are willing to make the commitment, I would strongly discourage giving a live bunny as an Easter gift. Instead, why not make someone’s day with a stuffed long-eared, puffy tailed friend from one of our featured sellers? Go on…hop to it!
Top photo: Beeper Bebe – recycled wool suiting & yarn
1. Beeper Bebe – recycled wool suiting & yarn
2. Blue Moon Rose – recycled cashmere & vintage dress
3. Buttercupbloom – cotton, velveteen & upcycled lambswool
4. Chunky Chooky – upcycled denim & batik
5. Second Seed in Stitches – upcycled sweaters & fabric
6. Freedom Rainbow – recycled merino wool
7. LuvKt – deconstructed/reconstructed merino sweater
8. Pouch – repurposed vintage fabric & chemical-free lavender
9. Sleepy King – recycled fabric
10. Woolcrazy – recycled angora wool
11. Protean’s Coffee Shop – felt & fleece
12. Sighfoo – recycled wool & bamboo fibre
Bottom photo: Canoo – recycled angora wool/cashmere
For more information on rabbits as house pets, visit The House Rabbit Society.
What if you love the music of Kraftwerk and you just have to have action figures of the guys? Well, that’s something you just can’t buy, so of course you’re going to go make it yourself.
Check this out.
I’ve bought some old Mattel Ken figures (that guy from Barbie, you know) at flea markets, “decapitated” them and sculpted the Kraftwerk heads to apply them onto the bodies.
First of all I sculpted them and then I built moulds and casted them with resin.
Then I realized how hard it is to get some clothes for Ken – even in good toy stores!
So I had to sew the red shirts and grey pants on my own – horrible work!
Thank god I found some black shoes at the flea market!
Amazing work and dedication by Dirk Roessler – I love it!