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choose your spring trend: tidal, greenhouse, or wayfarer?

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This may be hard to believe for some of you, but it’s the middle of April and yet my grass is still brown, the snow is still piled in every corner (and you should see the parking lot piles), and today there was a below freezing windchill. Even by Minnesota norms Mother Nature is confused […]

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round about: desktop greenery & galaxy walls

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Let’s see, this week was all over the place. I sketched stuffed animals, gathered up DIY’s, created printable trees, sketched a new paper doll project (stay tuned!) and in general, played catch up after spending part of last week traveling and shmoozing. It was good actually, to get reacquainted with my life! At this point, […]

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the 10 best bunnies for your Easter

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When I’m designing a new toy, I often start with a bunny first. There’s something about rabbits that appeal to everyone – and their basic shape is always familiar as long as it includes some tall pointy ears. That makes them the perfect animal for almost any stuffed toy idea. S0, all in all, stuffed […]

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you’ll flip for these modern flip dolls

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Do you remember the old traditional flip dolls? I remember fairy tale versions: one side was Little Red Riding Hood, the other was the Wolf in Grandma’s glasses. They were more about the story, and less about the cuddle factor, at least that’s how I remember the dolls I knew. Sophie & Lili has turned […]

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do you need unique baby toys?

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Whenever I need a dose of pretty for kids, I know I can count on My Sweet Muffin. For instance, she’s stocked up on some adorable new toys by Moulin Roty. I always love Moulin Roty’s peculiar sensibilities – the new line includes donkeys, and a cabbage activity toy. Isn’t that awesome? Because aren’t we […]

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masters of disguise: decorate your easter eggs with these printables

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Looking for sure-fire egg decorating ideas this Spring season? Yes, there are lots of messy, wonderful, painterly choices out there. But right alongside the dyes and paints, let’s add some disguises to your arsenal. These Easter Egg Craft Printables are quick to print out, fun to cut out, and good skill-building for youngsters too, if […]

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your baby wants these toys – and so do you

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There are baby toys, and then there are Baby Toys. There are the ones that will be heirlooms, the ones that your baby will love forever but you will always hate, and the expensive ones that no one ever played with. Then there will be Kid-O baby toys. These little wonders are everything. Affordable, well-designed, […]

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this is the next doll we need!

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Dolls everywhere! That could be my motto. You know the dreaded cat ladies with 10 cats? I think if I was a single lady approaching 40, I would be that lady but with dolls. I think that might be creepier. Ah well, we are what we are! Today I thought I’d reintroduce all of us […]

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sweet finds from polkaros

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The name makes me think we should link hands and do the polka. The goods look sweet enough to eat – though they might be a bit too furry for that. You put them all together and you get Polkaros, a sweet little company making sweet blankets and plush. The figures above are apart of […]

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round about: opera playsets & potato role models

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This week was a bit of a blur. Birdie came down with the stomach flu, and then passed some version of it on to both of her parents. Sigh. When is Spring going to arrive again? On the plus side, after 5 years we finally installed shelves in her closet and organized all of her […]

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cutie tattooties brings temp tats to toys

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Temp tats. Oh yeah, I’m into them. Hardcore. I like my ink impermanent, to match my whims and the random nature of my 5 year old. I collect them like candy. Our favorites have always been Tattly – they last longer than the Hello Kitty crud from the dollar aisle, and the designs are just […]

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indoor fort building 2.0

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Outside my window right now there is about a foot of snow left. And it’s no longer the pretty white crystalized stuff, it’s the dirty, ugly, crusty kind. So we won’t be playing outside anytime soon. It’s driving all of us nuts! An indoor fort may be the only way to maintain sanity. The Happy […]

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list-making: top 5 coolest stackers

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So I think when I was a little tiny itty bitty thing, there was only one well-known stacker: the Fisher Price classic. You know, it was in a Wizard of Oz palette (that’d be rainbow), with a wobbly base, and that waxy plastic reminiscent of a by-gone era? Yep. I bet many of you had […]

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it takes two of a kind

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It’s “Spring Break” over here – even though we’re staring at 2-3 feet of snow outside our window. So it’s 5 days of Birdie and I, like two peas in a pod. Hanging out together, making art together, and being silly. At least, that’s the hope. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll stay as […]

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playtime nyc – the best of the best for kids

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One of these days I plan to get back into the trade shows, doing the rounds in January, February, and March. But in the meantime, we’re all lucky enough to live in a digital world where we can get a sneak peek into the brands that will be debuting their latest and greatest at all […]

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