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!
Are you ready? Today I’m fortunate to be able to announce the newest contributor to Try Handmade: Ciaran Blumenfeld! You may know her as Momfluential or as the creator of Francie Pants, or through Popshopology, but I know her as the new Handmade Baby and Child author. Welcome her and leave a comment to say hi!
“Please Mom, I swear I will walk them every day.”
“They just followed me home.”
“I promise they’ll be no trouble at all.”
I’m a complete sucker when it comes to whimsical stuff like these dogs-for-your-dogs Chihuahua shoes from EmandSprout. They are not technically children’s shoes and the artist states this on her site, which is prudent. There are a lot of small parts on these that might not be safe for babies. But your size 4 wearing tween on the other hand, is a perfect candidate.
There’s so much lame art out there for small people. And that is a terrible thing. I’m convinced bad art rots little brains. It’s why I ended up eschewing popular mass market toddler art for framed pages of retro books for my kids. I spent ages hunting down old books from the 60’s and 70s with interesting line art, decoupage prints etc. Lucky for you now, there is Etsy and Jonty Bloom.
Let’s face it. Babies, toddlers, etc look at their walls a lot, what with all the time they spend hanging out in their rooms. Do you really want to trap them in there with nothing good to look at? With some insipid cartoon-y depiction of jungle animals and fairy ballerinas? Or do you want them looking at something a little better, more thought provoking? The kind of art that tells it’s own story and gives you more to look at each time you examine it?
I thought so. Chances are you’ll spend a fair amount of time in the room with your kid too. Buy something that you like, that they like, and that your grand kids would probably like too, if you save it for them. Good graphics make the world a better place. Let’s work together to make ugly primary colored vinyl dinosaur wall appliques from mass market chains, go extinct. Yay art!
It’s back to school time and I am feeling very protective of my children’s stuff. After a mostly shoeless summer in tank tops, with no bags to carry or sweaters to lose, these kids are feeling pretty fancy free. They can hardly take a bite out of an apple without losing it in the backyard. I, on the other hand, am feeling the pinch of the economy and the rub of multiple growth spurts over the summer. One thing is for sure, I’m not looking forward to the inevitable blank stare that I am met with when I ask “Where’d you leave that brand new jacket?”
Who says boys can’t be cute? I have 3, and they wore these shirts from Super Sweet Creations all last fall and winter for Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, birthdays, and other special occasions. I love having an outfit that gives a nod to a formal event, but is made by someone who clearly understands that kids aren’t miniature adults.