I was searching for wooden alphabet blocks on etsy when one particular set caught my eye. I clicked and was taken to a shop filled with beautiful illustrations not just on blocks but on wall prints and little books too. I loved what I saw so ditched my previous post idea and decided to make today all about the British illustrator Julia Staite. I do love etsy for the unique talent it’s filled with and Julia’s work is the perfect example. Her illustrations are so pretty! There’s lots of colour, some whimsical characters, quirky drawings and above all it’s fun. The blocks are great for play but they’d also make lovely decorations for a nursery and Julia also offers personalised wooden alphabet blocks so you can have your babies name spelled out. I’m very keen on the circus themed prints too which would work equally well in a toddler, kiddy or nursery space. You can find all this and more over at Julia Staite’s shop.
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.
Wow! How stunning are these wooden ABC blocks? My pulse is racing, my heart is beating fast… I don’t think I’ve ever seen alphabet blocks this beautiful. The colours are so bold and bright, the carvings so elegant. Designed by Alexander Girard, these ABC blocks are made in the USA using only non-toxic, lead-free, child-safe inks. Imagine these strewn around your living space… for once, you’re not gonna want to tidy up! You can buy these alphabet blocks from House Industries where they cost $120 for a set of 28 plus $20 shipping to the UK. And they’re not just ABC blocks, they also have a puzzle on one side and various shapes carved on another. I don’t know about the kiddies, but I’m in want!
P.S. We’re running a lovely giveaway where there’s vouchers to be won. Check out our Facebook page for all the details.