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spotlight: top 10 toys from my sweet muffin

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Sometimes I have the urge to hoard all of my “secret” sources for great new toy finds. If I told you where I find everything, then I’m deeply afraid you’ll stop needing me and this blog. Super needy, I know. And a little paranoid. I’m turning over a new leaf. Today, let’s take a peek […]

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round about: look around & swing on rings

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This year is turning into a whirlwind of good things. I can’t even keep them all straight anymore. The only wrench in the works is normally my workload dies down around the Holidays, and I look forward to enjoying the season. Not this year! I think this year I may be buying Christmas gifts at […]

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animal jam paper toy printables – Sarapiea Forest

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Animal Jam, in association with National Geographic, and Small for Big are continuing a great new partnership! I’ll be creating printable animal toys for you to download, print, and assemble your own animals and environments: with a different land and its animals featured each month. Today is the fifth land in our series. Animal Jam , in association […]

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splurging for the musical toys

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Sometimes we dream impossible dreams. And sometimes I just have to share them with you, even though they’re not particularly realistic. You know, like when you get a hankering for a $1400 Naef Gloggomobil Wooden Organ Musical Instrument. If it helps my argument any, it’s entirely handmade in Switzerland. They say it takes Swiss craftsmen […]

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my new favorite holiday DIYs

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I love the Holidays so much. They’re coming up fast, and this year I wanted to make sure I have lots of fun printables for everyone to celebrate the Holidays even if it’s at the last second, the day before, or the hour of. So let’s take a stroll through some of the new printables at […]

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pink elephants & their cardboard friends

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Let’s see, today’s Smallful printables inspiration is a product that combines two of my favorite things: cardboard, and DIY animals. The bright colors and the innovative construction of this Fold Up Animal Parade have me very intrigued. And if you stop by Smallful, you might just see a couple of new products – I’ll feature […]

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keep your roller wheels turning all winter

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Roller skates – such an iconic memory! I never owned my own pair, but I have very vivid memories of the roller rink -the lights and shadows, the older skaters whizzing by, the nacho cheese sauce.  Why wouldn’t you want to go back to that for an afternoon? Well, I might remember a lot of […]

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these infographics are actually for your kids

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I’ll admit it, I’ve been swayed by an infographic or two in my day. Bite-size chunks of information, organized beautifully into visually pleasing maze-like layouts – you had me at hello. They’re like a designer’s ideal way to communicate. But I’d never really thought about what kids might think of them. I guess I assumed […]

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wooden toys once lost, now found

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You guys. You know that moment when you find something you thought you’d lost forever? I was a huge fan of Soopsori toys, but realized they were no longer producing some time ago. Yet, I’d see a glimpse of their work on smaller boutique sites. I thought, well, it must be old stock, right? Guess what. […]

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because glasses make the doll

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So, as usual, I’m a little behind on some part of my life. At the moment I’m apparently behind on school communications. It turns out Birdie doesn’t have school today. I just figured this out. So though I’d love to wax poetic with you about these lovely dolls, I think instead I’m going to let […]

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worth 1000 words: pumpkin dioramas

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We just carved our pumpkins for this year, but oh my goodness now that I’ve seen these I know exactly what I want to attempt next year! This may be the one reason why I’d buy one of those fake pumpkins from the craft store. See these Pumpkin Dioramas at Curbly.

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a cardboard Halloween

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My love affair with cardboard may never end, even though on Pinterest it has waned a bit. But the costume ingenuity that comes around this time of year just has to be celebrated. Some people may see cardbaord as merely the base for their final, colorful, glitzy diy costume project. But these projects are here […]

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skellie skeleton DIY with cricut

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It’s that time again – time for the Cricut Design Space™ Star Competition! My team is creating projects for a black and white Halloween. And for this project, even if you don’t own a Cricut, you can download and print out your very own Skellie Skeleton too. I want to make all of my readers happy! Creating the skeleton […]

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the perfect first dollhouse

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Playing house with little people, furniture, and rooms is one of the timeless classics of childhood. But I remember when I was first looking for a dollhouse for Birdie, I had a hard time finding one that seemed the right age range for her beginner skills. Now the younger kids have the perfect first dollhouse […]

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round about: tp kitties & icicle crowns

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What a week! I’ve been waiting for this week for awhile now – the moment when Smallful finally became a reality in the world. I think the launch went well, though I’m a little behind everywhere else in my life – the dishes, the piles of mail, and a couple work commitments have all fallen a […]

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