Thursday, June 1, 2017

10 Toddler gifts to challenge their immagination

Creative (or pretend) play is one of the most beneficial and important parts of the early childhood development, and just going to the store to buy "something, anything, a bright colored" toy is just not enough. Besides, you really don't want some plastic cheap toy, right ? I wouldn't !

There are other options out there, and one of my favorite one is a handmade toy, preferably made of natural materials - like wood, in bright colors, safe, non-toxic, and quite resistant, considering the "abuse" that is going to take ( saliva, chewing, throwing, food spills, etc ).

I've been browsing lots of online handmade markets, and I found 10 amazing toys that I would not hesitate to buy if I would have a toddler in my house :) Here they are 



1. For the "Nature Lover"

BIG SET Animal toys Forest animals (9pcs) + Trees (5pcs) Nature table Waldorf toys Wooden toys Animal figures Toys for kids Baby shower


This beautiful painted wood pretend play set comes from Germany, and it can be bought on Etsy for $ 104.99 




2. For the "Splashing Water Lover"

Rainbow Regatta - Choose Your Color - A Montessori and Waldorf Inspired Pretend Play and Sailing Toy



Also from Etsy , this adorable wood and felt set it only costs $ 29.00


3.  For the "Woods Adventurer"

The Tree Fort Kit


This absolutely amazing assemble is sold by Magic Cabin , and the price varies from $ 11.00 to $ 249.00, depending on what parts you buy, or the whole set.


4. For the "Cars & Trucks Lover"

Octopus & road / Floor Mat / Rug / Play Mat / Floor Rug / Playmat / Car Mat / Nursery Decor / Hand Printed



This adorable activity mat is handmade and ships from Russia, and it can be found on Etsy for $ 95.00




5. For the "Camper"

Navy with White Anchors Kids Tee Pee Set



This beautiful tee pee tent is hand crafted with 100 % cotton , and it can be found on ArtFire for $ 264.00 . 

TEE PEE SET INCLUDES:
- Tee pee with two large windows, one on each side.
- Wooden poles with plastic connectors.
- Comfy blanket.
- 4 unique shaped pillows.
- Tee pee bag with a handle.
- 2 fabric ties to secure front opening.
- 2 fabric loop ties and 2 ties to keep door flaps open.
- 4 ties to secure window covers (2 for each window).



6. For the "Story Teller"

Tea house animals - wool finger puppets / "Pets" - felted finger puppets


Another little treasure from Etsy , this cute finger puppets set made from wool comes from France, and it is sold for $ 29.07


7.  For the "Little Chef"

Kitchen play set (26 pcs) - Toys Fruit, vegetables - Seasons - Crochet Play food, Eco-friendly, Pretend food, role play - Made to order


Great set if you have a little chef back home ! This handmade crochet pretend play fruits and vegetables set comes from Ukraine, and it is sold on Etsy for $ 97.00




8. For the "Enchanted Princess" 


The princess collection - complete royal princess peg doll set & personalized castle





Cute as a button, this one will give your little bundle of joy hours of pretend play ! Available on Etsy for $ 150.00


9. For the "Deep Thinker"


Wooden puzzle, learning toy, wooden sorter, sorting toy, Waldorf toys, wooden sorting, Montessori, color sorting, educational toy



This cute puzzle is handcrafted in Russia, and it can be found on Etsy for $ 29.90




10. For the "Knight in Shiny Armor" 


Fortress Princess Prince and knights complete pretend play set wood and felt peg doll with play mat, play mat nature story teller Waldorf


Made with wood, felt and cotton, and hand painted here and there, this pretend play set can be found on Etsy for $ 39.50


I know that some of them are quite expensive, but these are one of a kind toys, that will last many years to come, and which will be passed on to the next toddler in the family !


Saturday, December 24, 2016

10 Tips and Tricks to buy the perfect Baby Shower gift

A Baby Shower is a very important event for the Mommy to be, but also a very personal one, where most of the guests are close friends and family. It is also your great opportunity to shine above all guests with your perfect, original, unique baby gift ! Following these 10 easy tips and tricks will help you find that perfect baby gift.  

I will give you also examples, mostly from Etsy , my favorite handmade website. I am an Etsy seller myself, and almost all items that are shown here are from artisans that I have no connection with, I simply love their products. So here they are !




# 1 - BE ORIGINAL 

        Yes, I know, it's very easy to go to the department store or the Mall - you'll find millions of cute, adorable, made in China products, that probably hundreds of thousands of other babies already have. You don't want that, right ? I, for one, I'm sure that Mommy to be doesn't want ! 

Like all other moms, she wants the best for her baby - the best quality, original, something that another mom and her baby most likely doesn't have it ! So, where do you turn for such an original gift ? Handmade. That way, you will know for a fact that your gift is quite unique, original, and that someone, somewhere, put time and passion, and probably a little bit of their heart into that thing.

Find it here.

# 2 - CHOOSE MONOCHROMATIC 

        Black and white (monochromatic) nurseries are very eye appealing and quite in fashion, even though most new parents are choosing classic baby pink or blue combinations.

 However, if you know for a fact that the nursery will be a black and white one, don't hesitate, go for a black and white nursery decor.

 Find it here.


find it here

# 3 - CHOOSE NEUTRAL COLORS

        Neutral colors gifts, such as white or gray will fit anytime, anywhere. They are an easy to match color item. It can be nursery decor, it can be a toy. As for clothing and baby outfits, plain linen, or light gray, or any plain natural color will do just perfect. Imagine - you buy a beautiful light gray outfit set, that mommy can match it with any other color she have ( pink, or yellow, or mint, or blue ).

find it here

# 4 - COMBINING COLORS

        If you chose to combine colors I , I beg you ! Don't buy some kind of rainbow / carnival colored item . It will be so hard for Mom to match it with anything whatsoever !

       One color + one neutral color - that's the rule !

find it here


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If you really want to buy a multi-color gift, then you have two options : do a little spy work and find out from friends and family what are the colors of the nursery, or get inspired from the samples below on modern color combinations.











# 5 - SYMBOLIC and MEANINGFUL

        You can also go for one of a kind gift that has a beautiful significance, like a Guardian Angel for the new baby, that can stay in the nursery as decor. 

        Or, you can buy a child size gold or silver necklace with a cross, and have it blessed at your church before the baby shower. Now that is a keeper ! I guarantee you ! 


find it here 


find it here


# 6 - WHAT NOT TO BUY

         What ever you do and how awful lack of inspiration you have , or how late you are with the gift, under no circumstance buy a Gift Card !

         A gift card is a very impersonal gift. Not only that is a "cold" gift, but it also sends the wrong message, like : I didn't know what to buy the baby, I didn't had the time, I want to get over with this, and so on. NO GIFT CARD. 

It means that you don't care to take the time to find a nice gift for the new baby !



# 7 - DO SOME ONLINE RESEARCH - WEBSITES and HASH TAGS to use

       To start with your research for the baby shower gift, get first some ideas and inspiration from the web. I personally recommend Pinterest, Etsy, and simply Google, and try to use these words :
modern, urban, babies, gift, nursery, monochromatic, in any combination you want. For example :

- modern babies
- urban babies
- modern nursery
- urban nursery
- modern baby gift
- urban baby gift
- monochromatic nursery
- modern baby toy
- urban baby toy

and so on.



# 8 - WRITE A CARD

         A card is a must. If you can, together with your handmade baby gift, buy a handmade card. There are beautiful such cards out there, and it will stand out among the"department store" cards that Mom will receive. 

A thoughtful hand written message makes the difference.

find it here 


# 9 - BUY ORGANIC

         If you can, of course, because handmade organic baby items are quite expensive. But they are also something that you usually don't find in a store :) After all, that's what you want, right ?

find it here



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# 10 - PACKAGING 

          Pay attention to the packing. It says a lot about you ! Like all the other ideas presented here, it's actually all about you, and what kind of attention and care you put into that baby shower gift ! That's how all others are seeing you. Here is a blog that I came across, where you can actually see and learn how to make these beautiful packages . Enjoy it ! 



I hope you'll find some help here. Good luck finding that beautiful baby shower gift, and if you want to see more ideas and inspirations find me on Pinterest , I have dedicated boards for a lot of categories (cats included, lol !).

Happy shopping and Merry Christmas !



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Style it up

If you are a picky gift buyer as I am, then your gift shopping ( Christmases, birthdays, baby showers, hew house, home decor, you name it ) must be a nightmare.    

I know, it has to be unique, and beautiful, it has to match, to be awesome so he/she will remember me forever, a keeper, stunning, something that it cannot be found in department store, and so on. Right ! It would take you (and me) an eternity !

And of course, if I want a really one of a kind gift, I turn to handmade. That way I know for a fact that is unique, and more important - that someone, somewhere, put time and heart, and probably a little piece of soul, in that thing.

Or at least, this is what I do when I craft my dolls and toys. I started this journey many years ago, but only when I had to buy that perfect gift that I couldn't find, I decided to create a new collection.

I'll keep it short this time, but I promise to come back not only with my new creations, but also with randomly awesome finds, amazingly beautiful handmade creations to help you find your style. 

I know which one is mine, and I am glad to share it !

Blessings to all !