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six paper flowers to hurry Spring along

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In my neck of the woods, the weather is finally warming up a bit, but there won’t be flowers for a little while longer. So yeah, I’ll take anything I can get to hasten the arrival of Spring. Plus, who doesn’t want to try out a new craft project, am I right? You’d think with […]

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your easter basket goldmine!

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You guys. I am here to share with you the motherload of cool, classic, fascinating, little somethings for your Easter baskets (or Stocking stuffers, party favors, etc.!). You may know of Seedling’s adorable crafty kits, but have you seen their perfectly named Pocket Money toys? Seedling’s Pocket Money Collection showcases 3 pages worth of classic playtime -from paddle […]

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one thousand things to learn in a book

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Did you have Richard Scarry books when you were a kid? The mysteries, the word books, the Best Story Book Ever (no really, that was the actual title of one of them!) I’ve brought some of them back out to share with Birdie, and they fascinate her as much as they did me. Of course, […]

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round about: easter DIYs

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I’m working my tush off on a new very exciting partnership that I can’t share quite yet, but wow the weeks are flying by while I try to get it all done! Of course, this week went by even faster because I lost a couple of days to a really horrible allergic reaction. Note to […]

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so much better than chewing your arm

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Chewbeads newest teething accessories just might be the prettiest of the bunch. Already known for their teething necklaces and bracelets (the ones I wish I’d had when Birdie was small!), Chewbeads is expanding to include these uber-cool car seat and stroller accessories. I hear some of the beads glow in the dark, crazy right? Thanks […]

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fantastical flower rooms

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Remember that phrase Tina Fey made popular? “I want to go to there.” I think that sums it up for me. See more images of this art installation by Teamlab.

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spring bunnies, the wooden kind

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Sometimes one just need the perfect excuse to purchase something they’ve been wanting for a long time anyway. That’s how I feel about sculptural wooden animals, and since Spring and Easter are right around the corner, bunnies come to mind! Which would you choose, the Lucie Kaas rabbit above, or the Kay Bojesen rabbit below?

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momma beads from madre beads

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Seeing a new business being born is so dang exhilarating. I just get a kick seeing someone bring their big ideas to life – and I’m especially excited when it’s someone I know! Let’s welcome a new business into the world, shall we? Meet Madre beads – the eco-friendly, non-toxic jewelry all of you savvy […]

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worth 1000 words: painted found birds

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It’s such a small world, when you find new work by an artist you already know about, who lives locally, who is friends with your friends, on Pinterest. See more of Jennifer Davis’s Small Birds project at Enormous Tiny Art.

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give your favorite littles a new wardrobe

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When I was pregnant with Birdie, I was obsessed with knitting her as many things as I could before she arrived. It was the best way I could think of to show my love for her when I had no other way except for hugging my own belly. Now, of course, if I have time […]

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make it: spring printables worth hopping for!

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Make sure you have the luck of the Irish and download Smallful’s Rainbow Crown! It’s springtime! I want to shout it from the rooftops and hilltoops and mountaintops like that famous scene in Sound of Music. I want to throw my arms wide and shout: “Let’s make some Spring printables!” Okay, […]

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the humblest of toys can be the prettiest

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My virtual collection of Toys-I-Wish-I-Owned is growing again. I really really pretty please with a cherry on top want a couple of these sweeties from Humble Toys! Each doll is unique, partly because of the fabrics chosen, but partly because of how they’re made. Arwen Sutherland, the creator behind Humble Toys, intentionally decides they won’t […]

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round about: lines can be … felt apple watches

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By the time you’re reading this, I’m very very very hopeful that my hard work this past week has turned into several new Easter products over at Smallful. I’ve been sketching, model-making, adjusting, illustrating, cutting, taping, gluing, redoing, rethinking, revising, and photoshooting all week. It’s been such a blast. But, I’ll admit, my eyes and […]

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worth 1000 words: paper birds

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These beautiful birds are a perfect paradox – they look as if the paper just flew into place on a whim, yet I’m sure Anna-Wili Highfield spent long hours getting them just right. Check out Anna-Willi Highfield’s website for more animals.  

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put your wind-up toys to artistic use

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Do you have a junk drawer/box/bin specifically for your kids? I optimistically named Birdie’s her Treasure box. When in fact, it’s the place where all her mini, random, not-so-useful bits end up. Like spare parts from a toy I can’t find at the moment, dice, pretty rocks, and some wind-up chicks from the Easter bunny. But […]

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