Raspberry Plum Fall/Winter 2017 Circus Collection

January 17th, 2017

 

I’m super excited by Raspberry Plum Fall/Winter 2017 Circus Collection! Designer, Aleksandra Matthews delights us every season with her artistic and fashion forward collections and this season  she has gone a step further in her creativity and boldness with this British label. The theme is Circus and is heavily inspired by paintings by Matisse, Picasso and the Dadaists.

The knits are the most fun kids are going to have in a sweater and the color palette for this season is bright, clear and broad. Fabrics are a large mix of wool blend, Italian silk, organzas and silks, and appliques are abundant this season.

I also love the ethics of this brand. Their goal is to give back to the community, and starting with the ss16 season RaspberryPlum started working with a non-profit organisation in Serbia, who’s aim is to gather dying traditional and local crafts. They pass on their knowledge to the community through lectures and craft therapy in hospitals and other institutions. This organisation produced the pompoms on the socks for Spring/Summer 16 collection. RaspberryPlum is planning to continue their work with such organisations and also work closely with charities.

This collection will be exhibited at trade shows Pitti BimboDot to Dot LondonPlaytime Paris and Playtime New York and I can’t wait to see it in person!

 


Alexander Kanygin Quirky Wooden Toys & Furniture

January 12th, 2017

These quirky wooden toys & furniture by Alexander Kanygin — product designer and architector based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia are wonderful. He creates modern furniture, decor items and toys, working mostly with wood, and experiments also with plastic and metal. Alexander opened his own workshop in 2010 to provide complex interior solutions for his projects. He takes part in international product-design exhibitions since 2012.

Take a look at some of furniture and decor below. And you can see Alexander himself in his quirkier than quirky wooden beard and his team all decked out also in wooden beards!

Alexander has an internet shop and can recreate any of his products by pre-order.

 

DIY Paper Beetle Sculpture Kits by Assembli

January 6th, 2017

 

Assembli, a Netherlands-based studio which was founded by printing company Lankhorst and designer Joop Bource, is a place where they develop fun and contemporary interior design projects with a creative twist.

They have just released a colorful collection of DIY beetle models made from paper and cardboard, where all of the skeleton parts, wings and body parts interlock together. You can mount them as a very cool piece of decor, or they can be played with by the kids, which is more fun but will shorten their life span considerably! Or you could get two sets and use one for each of these functions.

The model kits are available in three different beetle species including stag, hercules, and atlas, each in various metallic colors. The kits are currently available on Easy and don’t break the bank. You will want to get all of them once you get started.

 

 

Gina Kim Kids Photography

January 3rd, 2017

 

Introducing these sweet photos by Gina Kim who specializes in photography for kids. Gina is based in New York but shoots internationally for commissioned portraits as well as fashion shoots and has been featured in Milk Magazine, Poster Style Child and many others. I particularly like her portraits of children’s faces.

Here is her official site for more info. And she also has a blog which follows her shoots around the world called Enfant Street Style. 

 

 

6 New Years Fun Kids Activities

December 29th, 2016

1. Paper Fortune Cookies @ Homework

I compiled these New Year’s Eve activities for kids because, well, New Year’s Eve is not really a kiddie kind of occasion and it should be. Apart from the “Kiddie Champagne” that we get the kids for special occasions, I’m always on the lookout for fun ways they can celebrate this passage into the New Year in a particularly kid way! And I feel that it’s always a great idea to get kids in the habit of starting the new year afresh and learning how to make resolutions or plan their year.

Maybe you will pick one of these and help mark the occasion with your kid or kids!

2. Party Hats @ Felt So Cute

3. Homemade Fortune cookies @ Alisa Burke

4. Countdown clock @ Spoonful

5. New Years Eve kits @ Inchmark

6. Free printable resolutions form @ 30 Handmade Days

Stella McCartney Kids Cosmic Trip – Fall Winter 2016/17

December 28th, 2016

 

Stella McCartney Kids Cosmic Trip – Fall Winter 2016/17 has four themes in one: Circus, Cosmic Trip, Cowgirl and Wild Wild West. The Wild West is a theme close to Stella’s heart and this is basically a tie-in of what we’ve seen from this label for years and a mix of many of her trademarks. There’s a new variation on her famous Circus Ringleader jacket, clear, crisp colors, lovely knits, and a mix of drawn graphics and more photographic prints for the cosmic look. And a fair share of furry jackets! All in all, a very comfortable and wearable collection with a nice touch of the theatrical.
Take a look at the entire kid’s collection on the Stella McCartney website.

 

Melted Snowman Christmas Cookies

December 22nd, 2016

 

So, what do you think of our Melted Snowman Christmas Cookies!? We decided to go for something different and humorous this year. Only thing is that some people are saying these look macabre! I guess it does remind us a little of the Wizard of Oz and the “I’m melting. I’m melting”, scene of the Wicked Witch of the West.

These are simple sugar cookies, with a marshmallow and some art and well, I think they are quite dramatic for cookies.

If you want to try these out too, the recipe is below.

 

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 3⁄4cups flour

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to butter cream mixture until incorporated.
  4. Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  5. Cutout 2-1/2″ hearts and bake at 400 degrees for 7- 10 minutes.
  6. Should be light in color with light browning on the edges.

Icing

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

Real Shades Cool Sunglasses for Kids

December 20th, 2016

We just received our Real Shades cool sunglasses for kids. The girls just love the way they look and I love that they don’t fall off because they have the band that goes around the head and also because Real Shades are the real deal as far as sun protection for kids.. I got these for the snow and other sun activities we might do in winter.

In fact, the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) has awarded Real Kids its Seal of Approval. This signifies that Real Kids has met MIF standards for 100% UV protective eyewear for children. And Real Kids Shades has partnered with Prevent Blindness to offer a “Star Pupils” branded pair of protective sunglasses. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these 100% ultraviolet (UV-A and UV-B) protective sunglasses will be donated to the children’s vision education initiative.

Here is what Real Kids has to say about protecting children’s eyes in the winter:

Sunglasses aren’t only for sunny summer days. Have you ever experienced snow blindness in the winter months? We’re talking about being out on a bright day in the snow, leaving you with eyes that ache and seeing spots for a few seconds before you recover and can keep moving.

Sunglasses and Snow Snow blindness may not seem like a big deal, and for people who live in climates where it snows often, snow blindness may just seem like a part of your life. But actually, snow blindness can be extremely damaging to your eyes.

When you experience snow blindness, you are experiencing a brief burn to your eye’s cornea – somewhat like if you were to experience a sunburn directly on your eye. Symptoms include tearing, pain, temporary loss of vision and even the sensation that there’s a grain of sand stuck in your eye for a few days afterwards.

Snow blindness occurs when the sun’s rays are reflected off of the surface of the snow. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, snow can reflect up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. In addition, when you’re in a higher altitude where it snows frequently, the snow on the ground can reflect exponentially more of the sun’s rays than snow closer to sea level. Basically, the higher in elevation and closer you are to the sun, the more the snow can reflect its rays.

Over time, frequent burns to your cornea due to snow blindness can put you at a higher risk of other serious eye diseases, like cataracts. Children’s eyes, which are very sensitive since they are still growing and developing throughout the course of childhood, are extremely susceptible to snow blindness and the lasting effects that frequent snow blindness can cause.

You can check out their safe and stylish range here! And they are very affordable.

And below are some of the cute summer models!

 

 

 

 

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

December 15th, 2016

Photo Credit: www.somethingswanky.com

We have started the search for the Christmas Cookie selection we will be baking this year and these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies jumped out at me. We’ve never made anything quite like these for Christmas so will be giving it a bash! In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like these. We do like Red Velvet in this family, maybe more for the color than the flavor, so why not!

The recipe is below and comes from this fabulous cookbook called The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook by Deborah Harroun and is full of many creative Red Velvet recipes if that is your thing. You can nab it right here on Amazon!

 

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk*

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp red food coloring

2 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar or sanding sugar*

FOR THE FILLING:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg yolk*

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla
DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300ºF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, food coloring, and cocoa powder until soft dough forms.

Scoop out the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll them in the sugar* before placing on the prepared baking sheet (about 2 inches apart). Use the back of a round teaspoon to make a small indentation in the cookie dough.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: using an electric mixer or small food processor, beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.

After the first 10 minutes of baking, use the back of a round teaspoon to deepen the indentation in the cookies. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into each indentation. Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until filling is set.

Let cool completely before serving. Store covered and chilled.