ages 5 & up

boho beauty all wrapped up in handmade dolls

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In a contest between the toys taking over your house and you, most of the time it’s clear who’s the coolest: you. Unfortunately, these dolls may disagree with that status quo. I think they’re cooler and more fashionable than my entire wardrobe. Boho Beauties are a big fashionable bundle of handmade charm. Each doll includes […]

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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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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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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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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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new mixels are like paper toys gone lego

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I don’t usually go down the regular toy road: avoiding the brands we already know and own keeps things more fresh and interesting around here. However. Once in awhile something grabs my attention and won’t let go. Today that something is Lego Mixels. They’re like anime characters and paper toys and blind box art toy […]

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miniature wooden cars go vroom vroom vroom too

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The Silhouette of a good car has always been more important to me than the engine. I guess that’s why I’m a designer and an artist, but not an engineer. Give me a Karmann Ghia or a classic Cobra any old day. I’d be happy, even if I was stalled on the side of the […]

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we’re moving to the teddy bear republic

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That’s it. I’m sick of this snow (4 more inches yesterday), this cold (single digits coming again this weekend), and the never-ending grayness of winter. I’m ready to move almost anywhere but here! I’m thinking these creatures, who hail from the Teddy Bear Republic, must have it made. Bright colors, furry manes, contented faces – […]

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these paper toys have pipes

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I’m back from Alt Summit! Thanks for your patience with my brief bout of radio silence, but now I suppose it’s time to get back to business, right? I. Heart. Paper Toys. They are my fave! If I could convert my toy design career into a paper toy design career, I think I probably would. […]

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space: the wooden frontier

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I want to see a video of this fancy pants wooden Curiosity Rover in motion so badly I could scream. Isn’t he amazing? Wouldn’t it be even more amazing if he could be your pet Rover, roving around the house and beeping like Wall-E? I suppose then he couldn’t be made out of wood … […]

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girls with glasses

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The past week has been one big birthday party for my favorite girl with glasses, our little Birdie. Yesterday we had the perfect birthday party with our dearest family and friends, I’ll try to get some photos ready to share with all of you tomorrow! But, in the meantime, in honor of my beautiful girl, […]

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making it your own

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I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. Because if I officially had a resolution, or 5, or 10, I’d just be bound to officially break each and every one of them. That’s kind of how I work, unfortunately. So I don’t officially have any resolutions. But if I did, I would make sure that this year […]

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uncommonly good goods

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I have been a big fan of Uncommon Goods for many years now – I remember looking to them for gift ideas a decade ago! Wow, I’m old. These days you can find some of the most uncommonly cool gifts for kids from Uncommon Goods. In fact, they seem to have curated a collection almost […]

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