Entries from November 2011

"Dominique Ver Eecke childrens collection"

"dominique ver eecke childrens clothes"

"dominique ver eecke kids collection"

While browsing the Spanish online boutique Nobodinoz, I discovered Dominique Ver Eecke.  I was instantly drawn to the wonderful children’s clothes that this Belgian designer creates.  The clothes are bright and colourful, the prints playful and fun with a vintage vibe running through the creations.  On offer are quirky dresses, skirts and cardi’s for the girls and shirts and trousers for the boys.  I’m loving that all the pieces are statement’s in themselves but still work beautifully well together.  Truly unique stuff.  The photography too deserves more than a mention.  The settings, the backdrops, the colours, all of it comes together for a magnificent feast for the eyes.  You can find Dominique Ver Eecke’s children’s collection at Nobodinoz or Zoenkids, both of whom have a different pieces and ship internationally.

P.S. Have you seen our 2011 Christmas gift guide for the kiddies?

"christmas gift ideas wooden toys for kids"

Today I bring you the next lot of goodies in my 2011 Christmas gift guide for kids.  And this one is all about wooden toys.  It’s no secret that I love wooden toys so I’ve searched the web to bring you some of the loveliest ones around.  Here’s the list:

1.  A modern dolls house that’s so cool.  By Hase weiss.

2.  Create your own city with these chalkboards, cars, traffic signals and trees.  By Kiko Kids from Sisters Guild.

3.  Cute little wooden cat and dog toy from Baileys Home & Garden.

4.  A push along giraffe by Manny & Simon.  It’s from Huggle (you’ll need to call as they’re not selling online yet).

5.  A wooden matching memory game from Little Sapling toys.

6.  A sweet hand painted necklace that’s also a stamp from e-side.

7.  Colourful and beautiful alphabet blocks with a wagon by Uncle Goose.  From Peanut & Pip.

8.  Very simple but stylish doctors set all in wood by US based Soopsori.  (International shipping’s available but it’s not cheap).

9.  A cool wooden laptop that’s a chalkboard.  It’s called i-wood and comes from Oliver Bonas.

For lots more gift ideas for kids, check out our other gift guides: Paper gifts, gifts for newborns and babies, kids books and soft toys.

"hand made elephant soft toy"

"hand made pig soft toy"

"hand made dog soft toy"

Today I thought I’d take a little break from the 2011 Christmas gift guide (I’ll be back with more from tomorrow).  And besides I couldn’t wait to share these hand made soft toy cuties from Portugal.  I came across Ludovico last week and it was love at first sight.  Isn’t he just the cutest elephant soft toy ever?  And his friends Ernesto and Palmira aren’t far behind in the cuteness stakes.  It’s not just their adorable looks that have me smitten, but also their outfits… Ludovico’s sweet braces and shorts, Palmira’s ensemble of polka dots and stripes and Ernesto’s gorgeous lacy collar and trendy skinny trousers.  You can’t help but fall for these hand made cuties.  They’re made by Pink NouNou who offer some gorgeous hand made dolls too.  So tempting…

"christmas gift ideas for toddlers and children"

Here is my next Christmas 2011 gift guide for kids and today it’s all about paper.  I’ve picked out some fun puzzles, some stationary and some paper toys (even though it’s hard to believe they’re made from paper).  I’m a huge fan of paper gifts to give and to receive so I couldn’t have a Christmas gift guide without a paper list.  So here it is:

1.  Love these circus prints to liven up a kids room.  From Haciendo el Indio.

2.  Fifi Mandirac is the queen of paper goodies.  Today I’ve picked her colour pencils that come in beautiful boxes but there’s lots more paper goodies to be had.

3.  Lots of quirky little characters create this punch out and make puzzle by Ingela Arrhenuis.  From Hus & Hem.

4.  A fantastic punch out animal puzzle that’s for play and display.  Called Magical Menagerie it’s by Junzo Terada. 

5.  A paper dolls house so gorgeous.  Called ‘Storybook Cottage’, it comes with 5 pieces of paper furniture.  From Upon a Fold (Update Sept 2014 – sadly this shop has closed down). (The monkey should be part of no.4 on the list but it escaped!)

6.  Note cards and stickers set by Donna Wilson.  A bit of quirky fun to get creative with.

7.  A modern and stylish looking paper matching memory game from Binth.

8.  Reusable wall stickers in the guise of dress up dolls.  What fun!  They’re from Love Mae on Etsy.

9.  Cool notebooks to draw in, to colour or to keep notes.  From Ask Alice.

You can lots see more Christmas gift ideas here: Wooden toysgifts for newborns and babieskids books and soft toys.

"christmas gifts for newborn babies"

My next Christmas 2011 gift list is here and today it’s all about gifts for newborns and little babies.  While newborns don’t need much more than milk and their mama’s, it’s always so nice to spoil and indulge them and Christmas is the best excuse.  There are some wonderful goodies out there for babies, so I searched the web and found you some of the absolutely best little toys, gifts and clothes for the newest arrivals in your life.  Here’s the lovely list (almost making me want a newborn again!):

1.  Beautiful liberty print bib and booties gift set by the gorgeous French label Eponime.

2.  Soft and so cuddly is this floppy little sheep by Les Petites Emplettes.  From Smallable.com

3.  Cute little body with a simple bunny drawing by WoWo.

4.  A quirky royal blue elephant musical toy by the colourful Clemence G boutique.

5.  A book full of bold black and white images – perfect eye candy for little babies.  Called Mesmerised it’s by Katey Love.

6.  Soft and beautiful are these gorgeous cotton quilts by Ketiketa.  From Smallable.com

7.  Gorgeous ruby red booties by the stylish Album Di Famiglia. From Little Fashion Gallery

8.  Soft and pretty cloth blocks for decoration or to play with by Mimilou. From Orfeo Design.

9.  Gorgeous little hanging musical toy for the pram, car seat or cot.  Made by one of my favourite stores – Esthex.

10.  What an adorable little vest sweater with a mustache on it.  Love it.  This is one you’ll have to knit yourself but you’ll find the pattern here.  Lucky for me, my mother in law is a fab knitter so I’m definitely getting one of these.*

For lots more gift ideas for kids, check out our other gift guides: Paper gifts, soft toyskids books and wooden toys.

* Via Mimi’s blog

"wovenplay clothes for children"

"wovenplay fall 2011 collection"

"wovenplay autumn winter 2011"

I’m a huge fan of Wovenplay and I always look out for their new collections.   With each new collection you also get a visual treat with their stunning photography.  All the collections I’ve seen have been shot on the streets of New York (I think).   I love the contrast of the soft clothes against the concrete urban setting that is New York.  I went looking for the latest Wovenplay Autumn Winter 2011 collection and fell in love all over again.  The clothes have all the drama and whimsy that I’ve come to expect of Wovenplay with pieces like the Jada suit, Prussian tutu and the Shark shorts on offer.  And then there are the feather head pieces which I adore and which any little girl would love.  You can check out the Wovenplay Autumn Winter 2011 collection on their site where you’ll also find a list of International stockists.

P.S. Have you checked out our 2011 Christmas gift guide?  We’ve started it but there’s lots more to come next week.

"christmas gifts books for children"

Books are one of my favourite things to give and receive.  I can’t imagine not giving ebabee no.1 at least a couple of books every Christmas, birthday and many, many times in between.  Children’s books are magical and you can never have enough.  For this year’s book gift list I’ve picked out many children’s books that we’ve enjoyed and there are a few that I have yet to buy, but they’re on my Christmas list too.  All the books offer something special either for their clever stories, beautiful illustrations, creativity or even their quirkiness.  Here’s the list of books mainly for 2 year olds to around 6 year olds:

1.  ‘The Life of Mr Mustache’ by Studio Violet.  Charming and oh so creative is this book from Fine Little Day.

2.   ‘My Friends’ by Taro Gomi is a sweet and simple book and is a firm favourite in this home.

3.   ‘100 Things’ by Masayuki Sebe is a happy book that gets the little minds counting and observing.

4.   ‘The Book with a Hole’ by Herve Tullet –  I haven’t got this yet but it looks rather cool and quirky.

5.   ‘A Bit Lost’ by Chris Haughton is a cute story with really beautiful illustrations in the most wondeful colours.

6.  ‘Beware of the Frog’ by William Bee is an entertaining read with a great twist and some retro-esque illustrations.

7.  ‘Not a Box’ by Antoinette Portis.  A book about a box that’s not a box… it’s a car, a house or whatever you child’s imagination wants it to be.  We all know kids adore boxes and this book captures the magic of the humble box so well.

8.  Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations by Joel Henriques.  A book full of fun, simple and beautiful toy making crafts by talented dad Joel.  I haven’t got this yet but I know Joel’s work well and he is one super imaginative and talented guy.

9.  ‘The Blue Pebble’ by Anne-Gaelle Balpe.  A sweet story with a little moral that has been drawn out in beautiful pictures that have a bit of a old fashioned feel.

10  ‘Animal Alphabet Circus’ by Tupera Tupera (a couple ot Japanese illustrators).  The entire alphabet is illustrated through circus animals beautifully drawn.   All the words are in Japanese and English.  This is a real feast for the eyes and one I can’t wait to get.

You can lots see more Christmas gift ideas here: Wooden toysgifts for newborns and babies, paper gifts and soft toys.

"wooden play tent for kids"

"indoor swing for kids"

I was browsing the lovely store that is Kids Love Design when some elegant furniture in blond wood caught my eye.  I looked more closely and found a beautiful collection of not just large furniture but little things for the home too.  Designed and created by Caroline Gomez of France, each of the natural wood pieces are so simple and so graceful.  There’s even an indoor swing in the collection… which kid (big or small) wouldn’t want a swing at home?  If you’re lucky enough to have the space, then why not.  I also love the tent where you can go pretend camping every night and then there are the lovely mountain shaped platters on which to eat your snacks.  Also on offer are some fabulous 2 legged bedside and console style tables which would work equally well in a kids room or an adults.  I could go on and on about this beautiful collection (which also includes some lovely kids art) but I’ll let you discover the rest at Caroline Gomez’s site where you’ll find her shop too.

Have you entered our fabulous giveaway yet?

"christmas gift ideas for kids dolls and soft toys"

I am starting to share my Christmas gift ideas from today as it’s November so we can officially start thinking about Christmas!  Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll bring you lots of different gift ideas for kids from toys to books and more.  To kick off this years Christmas gift guide, I’ve rounded up some of the coolest, quirkiest and most beautiful soft toys and dolls around.  Some are old favourites, others are new finds.  But they’re all unique and for me represent some of the best soft toys and dolls from across the world wide web.  They may be from far and away but all come with worldwide shipping.

1.   Hugely loveable ‘Wanda worm’ softies by KLT: Works.

2.  Quirky Mitten Kitten by Donna Wilson.

3.  A circus rabbit in a ringmaster coat by Miko Design.

4.  Possibly the most beautiful rag dolls ever by Jess Brown.  From Selvedge Dry Goods.

5.  Cool hand made dolls for which you can get clothes and accessories.  By Kalimba.

6.  Gorgeous hand made ‘Little Deer Doll’ by Evangelione.  From Les Petits Boheme.

7.  A smile inducing funny character by My Name is Simone.  From smallable.com

8.  Cute little pair of dolls by Trousselier, one happy and one very angry.  From Noeuf Boutique.

9.  A sleeping fox so lovely and hug-able by an old favourite Haciendo El Indio.

10.  An adorable, stripey ant eater by Mondays Milk.*

*Discovered via the lovely Oh Eskimo! blog

Lastly have you checked out our amazing and beautiful giveaway yet?

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