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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you need to hug one of these british dolls

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It’s about time I found a new doll to share with you guys! These little lovelies are the perfect anecdote to a ho hum Wednesday.   Gorjuss dolls are made by Santoro, based in London. The dolls are beautifully made, and I’m smitten with their sweet expressions and pretty hair. Each doll is part of […]

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the italian wooden toys you’ll dream about

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Okay, so I’m still a little distracted by my new Smallful printables – I just want to go stare at the site and triple check that everything is working. It’s so silly, but when you create something new, it’s so exciting. Luckily these toys grabbed my attention.   Milani Wood is, you guessed it, based in Milan. […]

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it’s ALIVE! join me in welcoming Smallful!

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Wow. Here we are. This is a project I’ve wanted to start for a long time, but to be honest, I was afraid. Finally, thanks to the push of great friends and the help of Equilateral Design Studio (thank you Helen!), I’ve done it!!! Smallful is alive and kicking! I‘m taking lots of deep breaths over […]

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donna will you be my friend?

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Sidenote: I’m practically bouncing up and down with excitement and lack of sleep and manic to-do lists! My new business is sooo close to becoming alive and kicking and real: I can’t wait to share it with you. Are you curious? I hope you are! I’m going back over there to work on it right […]

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reading with blocks

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I’m through stage 1 and stage 2, and working on stage 3 of my big new venture. Stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m keeping the blog posts light so I can focus on this new thing. You’re gonna love the results – coming later this week! Birdie is reading! She’s not ready for “camaraderie” or […]

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it’s time to go go dolls!

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It’s happening! Great new things are happening over here behind the scenes, and to keep things a-moving, my posts this week may be a little short on words. Bear with me, the results will be worth it. It’s happened again. Land of Nod has managed to partner up with the perfect designer (Suzy Ultman) to make […]

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a little this, a little that, and some wool

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I have this big beautiful basket filled with some of my favorite yarns sitting in my iiving room – I can see it from here. Each yarn is destined for a knitting project I have yet to find time to start. In fact, they were picked for specific projects. But I have to admit, I […]

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your littles do better when they pretend

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The timeless qualities of wood, I could wax poetic for several paragraphs. But since I’m hopeful that’s just preaching the choir, and all of you would agree with me from start to finish, I’ll spare you the details. Let’s just all agree that wooden toys are gorgeous, timeless, and good for the soul (both ours […]

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20 out of the box baby shower gifts

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What do you buy everyday? It can vary so much, right? Some days it’s all sweet baby shower gifts and the perfect shade of nail polish. Other days it’s just toilet paper and toothpicks. These baby shower gifts are all inspired by the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card, a no-annual fee credit card, rewarding Card Members […]

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want some dolls with your coffee?

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Coffee tables can be anything from boring, too big, too small, painful corners, great storage, running all the way to unusual. But for families, coffee tables become even more: game time, train table, Lego central, movie night meals, etc. etc. But I’d never considered using one as a dollhouse before. Designed by Ulyanov Architects, this beauty of […]

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