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the owl, cat, giraffe & lion go popipop!

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The French. They just have this “je ne sais quoi”, you know? Their fashion is more fashionable, their monuments more monumental, their pastries more pastry-licious. It even affects their toys. Moulin Roty will always have my French-loving heart, and their latest launch just cements that position. You have to meet Les Popipops. It doesn’t matter […]

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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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ride’em high, ride’em low: modern ride-on toys

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I’ve been shuffling through the internet for good Toy Fair 2014 coverage. So far, I’m finding the most information on Instagram – social medai rules! I was amazed to discover that the adorabel Jelly Bean Racer (top of post) is made by Little Tikes. More shocking? It’s only $19.99. Seriously. It reminds me of the […]

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round about: technicolor patrick & littles do laundry

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The weather is the topic on everyone’s lips this week. At least around my neighborhood: 2 big snowfalls, and in between them we had unseasonably warm weather for a change. When I walked outside mid-week it smelled like spring and I heard birds singing. Which is kind of cruel this time of year –  here […]

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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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worth 1000 words: have I cheered up the sad?

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A sweet sentiment for Valentine’s Day or any day your loved one needs a boost: Have I Cheered Up the Sad? Art Print from Roxy Marj.

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bless your heart

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Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? This Bless Your Heart print is an instant download from Etsy! But more than that, Wren and Rumor is the sweetest little shop full of baby blankets and burp clothes. Super simple, clean modern graphics and colors, and luscious materials. I wish I’d known them when Birdie was […]

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round about: I’ll be yours and you be mine

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Wow, I’m looking back at this week and realizing I spent a huge chunk of my time making stuff. How cool is that? It was one of my goals for this year, and I’m already working it out. You saw my Printable Valentines for this year, and I also finished the next house in The […]

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worth 1000 words: my wooden horse

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This little equine must be good – I saw him on two other blogs already! Catch My Wooden Horse on Kickstarter, or via the features at Design Break and Babyology.

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love bunnies for our love bunnies

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This is a little hint of a printable that I’m finishing as you read this! Bunnies and hearts just seem like a perfect match don’t they? Share your love with your favorite littles by sharing a little bunny love. I’m fond of these handmade options, because each one has a little twist. Stay tuned for […]

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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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top 6 diy valentines like, ever

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I’m cutting myself some slack today. Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for the best design blog conference ever, Alt Summit. Lots of friends, sponsors, information, inspiration, and I’ll be speaking about one of my favorite things: Pinterest. Maybe I’ll see you there! And when I return, we’ll be in the middle of Valentine’s preparations. At least, […]

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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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