Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tiny Dancer Tulle Skirts

These tiered tulle skirts from Gap's Tiny Dancer Collection made me want to dance when I saw them on a recent run through my local Gap. The peep like colors are so happy and sure to suit the color aesthetic of any true toddler. Why do kids get to have all the fun?

Meet Jelly and Wink

These two tiny bunnies Jelly and Wink and ten tiny bunny friends are waiting at Danielleorama's Etsy shop to find their way into some lucky kids' Easter baskets. I say hurry up while supplies last!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sweetest Toadstool Tea Set

This Toadstool Tea Set by Giana Eden reminds me why childhood is so magical. What a lovely centerpiece this set would be for a make believe or real tea party. The set is available exclusively through Mahar Drygoods.

I still have my childhood china tea set with tiny yellow roses and a little white china cabinet to hold it. They were my mother's and she passed them on to me. In a couple of years it will be time for me to pass them down another generation. What a lovely way to give up a possession.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leprechaun Traps

I hardly know what we would do with a leprechaun if we caught one, but today is the perfect day to try. Leprechauns are really just naughty little things, more likely to make a mess of your house than to show you where they keep their pot of gold. If however you think you are smart enough to trick one, here's some inspiration for making a leprechaun trap.

The traps pictured were devised by first graders at the Holy Trinity School in Georgetown. The bottom trap has a sticky glue strip next to the gold necklace. A leprechaun glue trap! How diabolical are the minds of first graders.

For further inspiration visit which has instructions for making three great traps including the Rainbow Cage Drop. That sounds like a sure fire bet.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Home Sewn Goodness From Smallville

I wish I had the time to sew clothing for my daughter. Sadly, even if I did set aside the time, I have hopelessly messed up my sewing machine. Sewing machines and art projects have a way of ruining the tension on your machine forever. So, until I have the extra cash to buy a new machine, I'm pretty much limited to sewing buttons on shirts.

Luckily that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some home sewn goodness in our lives. I have my eye on several adorable hand sewn items from the etsy shop Smallville. The pieces are cool and sweet at the same time and have lovely little details. To find out more about the designer Jimin Mannick check out this interview and house tour at BloesemKids.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Italian Lace Hairband by Le Bouton

I found this photograph from Le Bouton's etsy shop so charming. The combination of the little girl's pose, the lighting and the dove colored lace hairband remind me of a Vermeer painting. The stretch lace hairbands are also available in charcoal and black. The black looks perfect for keeping a little ballerina's hair back during class.

You can find more lovely Le Bouton designs at Le Bouton Catalog.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

While everybody loves a snow day, I'm sure my niece is a little upset about missing school today . She was supposed to be celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with her entire school. Her grade was assigned to bring in one of their Dr. Seuss books. They were hoping be able to come up with at least one copy of each of his books. The younger kids were getting to wear hats in honor of "The Cat in the Hat".

Speaking of which, my mother bought my daughter "The Cat in the Hat" yesterday for our own little Dr. Seuss celebration. She wanted to get her "Oh, The Places You'll Go", unfortunately they only had the game. Too bad, I loved the hope for her future that choice represented. Maybe Grandma can give it to her for her birthday.

In the meantime, "The Cat in the Hat" is perhaps the perfect introduction to Dr. Seuss since she calls every animal a kitty cat. Oddly enough, if I ask her to bring me her froggy or her duck she does, so some distinction is being made. Who knows, maybe in her world it is species: kitty cat, subspecies: froggy.

The image above is today's Google's masthead in honor of Dr. Seuss.