ages 5 & up

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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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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