Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bits of Whimsy

I have been working nightly on items to be sold at a holiday boutique targeting children.
It is a 3 day event where the children come in with cash-in-hand ready to purchase handmade gifts for their friends and loved ones... Although often times I see them buying items for themselves. So cute!
The challenge I am faced with every year is that all items are to be sold for $5 and under.
However, limitations seem to bring out the best in me. I focus on quality and think about what it is that would make the children smile. I am fortunate to have my Maya and Jaxon...The perfect little critiques.
They are great indicators in what they think is cute or cool!

Adopt a little monster that comes with a handmade paper woven baskets as their home.

Hand painted beech wood spoons.

Ice cream hair clips

Handmade bookmarkers with retro prints.

Faux bois backing.

Handmade key chains made with recycled 80s vinyl.

Holiday pom pom hair clips.

These are only several examples of what I have in store.
Each item will only come in select quantities.
Stay tuned for more fun things to come! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I can't believe it is that time of year already....
I have been working on samples for a local holiday boutique I will be participating in.
Starting with some handmade ornaments. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Parkour Love

photo credit: unknown 

photo credit : Diogo Pedro

photo credit: Danilo Almeida

found on: Pinterest

photo credit: Tomasz Gudzowaty

Parkour = free running = urban cool. 

Our body is a mere shell of our spirit...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We are finalists!

Jaxon and Maya's costumes are finalists in Inhabitots2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!
If you get a chance, please vote for Jaxon's Knight costume made from recycled plumbing insulation here , and Maya's tablecloth chic Greek goddess costume here.

Please vote for Jaxon here.

Please vote for Maya here.

You can see all the clever 2014 green Halloween costume finalist here. Everyone did an excellent job designing these amazing costumes for their kiddies! 

Thank you so much for your support! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Featured in Inhabitots

Maya's 2010 Statue of Liberty costume was featured in Inhabitots 7 Awesome Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids post yesterday! Wow, Maya looks so little. She's only 5 years old here. 

Inhabitots is the baby/parenting focused website with the motto "sustainable design for the next generation. The site was started during the summer of 2008 by founder Jill Fehrenbacher as she prepared for the arrival of her first child in August 2008. was created as a resource for parents, families, and anyone else interested in sustainable modern design for children. Inhabitots receives 1.29 million page views a month. 

We have been sharing our "green" costumes with the Inhabitots community since 2008. 
Thank you Beth for the kind feature! If you're interested in creating this Statue of Liberty costume, I shared this how-to post on Inhabitots. 

Happy Halloween!

The Shining
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Manchester-based creative agency Creative Spark releases a series of horror-film-themed prints to buy during Halloween. The The Little Print Shop of Horror IV is into their 4th year of releasing these creepy cute prints. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jaxon's Knight Costume

Armor: Recycled plumbing insulation foam is used to create the armor.

 Armor details are created with dimensional puffy paint. The body armor wears like a vest with velcro
 straps on the sides and shoulders.

Armor on the knees and arms are made for movement. Individual foam pieces are connected together with brads. Velcro is used to attach the armor to the clothing.

Helmet:  Papier mache. Cardboard structure with newspaper strips and a white flour and water mixture.
                Details are created with puffy paint. Face guard is made with foam and attached to the side of the
                helmet with brads so that it could swing open and closed.

Shield: $1.00 plastic serving tray with puffy paint detail. The knots of the rope handles are hidden with 
             ping pong balls split in half. Silver spray paint finish. 

Sword: Plastic light-up sword sprayed silver.

Maya's Athena Costume

Dress: $1.00 plastic tablecloth with gold ribbon trimming.

Helmet: Cardboard structure, newspaper papier mache. Puffy paint for dimension and feathers.
               Original post on the helmet is here if you are interested.

Arm cuffs: Maya added strips of newspaper to felt. Puffy paint for dimension and gold paint.
                  Velcro closure.

     Spear: End of a broom stick, foam tip, puffy paint for details, and gold paint.

Shield: $1.00 plastic serving tray. Puffy paint detail and gold paint.

Cape: My old sleeveless knit dress cut in half, buttons removed, arm holes sewed closed. 
           Ribbon trim details. 

    Belt: Rope painted gold.

Slippers: Maya's yard slippers painted gold.