ages 5 & up

summer craft projects – stack’em high!

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After only a handful of summer vacation days, Birdie and I are still trying to figure out some sort of summer way of being. She wants to go places constantly, or have constant playdates. While I, on the other hand, would prefer some semblance of my own childhood: when days were endless and we played outside […]

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teeny tiny pink friends

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Today I just felt the need to share something pretty and girly. Maybe it’s the stormy weather, or my over-tired body, but I’m in the mood to cuddle with a sweet little thing. Rose Minuscule (which translates to Tiny Pink) is filled with exactly the kind of doll I fall head over heels for. Anthropomorphized […]

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they send mail to toys

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We’re fortunate that we don’t spend a lot of time away from each other in my small little family of 3. But every time I travel, or my husband travels, I feel that burden of losing touch with Birdie. Plus, her grandparents and extended family are too far for daily contact. Imagine if you could […]

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building in your backyard: stick-lets

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We were sitting outside already, playing with sidewalk chalk and debating the finer points of Hopscotch, when the perfect summertime package arrived in the mail: a bag full of Stick-lets. After showing her the Stick-lets booklet, Birdie immediately began telling me about her “secret stick stash”. We then went hunting all through our yard and the […]

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our new favorite crayons, markers, pens, pencils, etc.

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It’s rare that I get to wander around a stationery store these days, but last weekend I got the chance and oh what goodies I found! Thanks to stationer Mara-Mi’s store in Stillwater, I now have a long list of wants that I don’t really need but I don’t give a damn because I’m going […]

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these cars are better than yours

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Sometimes, the simpler the toy, the better. After all, the running joke among parents everywhere is to just give them a cardboard box! Sometimes I agree, but sometimes I want to add some inspiration to their lives. I have a feeling Nickster Toys would agree with me. Or I agree with them, or something like […]

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add a little sugar to your dolls

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It’s okay little darlings, I don’t mind if you have to travel all the way from Poland, or that I have to use Google translate to figure out how to make you mine. You’re totally worth it, with your beautiful fabric hair, your dress up clothing and accessories, and sweetly sad expressions. I’d even purchase a […]

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see the forest with the trees

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For those of us who love the wonder and possibilities of playing of blocks, I’ve found the perfect set of trees to go with your fantastical structures. I don’t think it matters if you build a fairy castle, the Taj Mahal, or the local fire station – a building looks more at home if it […]

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you’ll need these to help get through Monday

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I always put off one too many things over the weekend, saving them all for Monday morning. It means that, even though I love my “jobs”, Mondays can kinda suck. Especially if we’ve had a big weekend full of activities, like this past weekend. I am going to need several of Cotton Monster’s stuffed monsters to get […]

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snuggly but definitely not ugly

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Snuggly Ugly’s super soft dolls are clearly much more snuggly than they are ugly. Upcycled dresses, soft cashmere hair, and not a hard edged button or nubby nose in sight. These limited editions beauties are ready for some luvs – which one do we hug first?

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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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