These Awesome LEGO Cat Sculptures are Perfect for Cat Lovers

June 20th, 2017

 

I got a real kick out of these Awesome LEGO Cat Sculptures. Not only are these great for cat lovers but also for people who can’t have pets in their apartment building. And also of course, for kids who want a cat, but for whatever reason, can’t have one. Obviously, these won’t be cuddly because they are well…plastic, but on the other hand, there will be no litter box, no cat hair all over the house and no cans of cat food!

 

 

These LEGO-inspired figurines that look like cats,  come from Hong Kong-based company JEKCA.  The pixelated sculptures are the same size as the average cat, measuring 1.6-feet high and come in different breeds and poses.

 

 

The toy kittens come in a kit that you put together, not unlike IKEA furniture! And then the kids or you can position them as a single sculpture or have kitty theatre productions and such. We are fans!

 

And if kitties aren’t your thing – yes, they have dogs too and believe it or not, parrots and fast food!

The cats sell for about $80US. Check out their whole collection right here at JEKCA.

 

The Coolest Summer Activity Books for Kids

June 14th, 2017

Here is our pick of the Coolest Summer Activity Books for Kids! We love summer and the freedom from a tight school schedule and we are pretty good about always having something fun and interesting to do. Yet there are times when activity books really come in handy. I’m sure there are other wonderful ones out, but it’s good to have a short and handy list at your fingertips when things get hairy.

I find activity books are great in the car and in those in-between times when the kiddos start to get restless. It’s true that the girls never complain of being bored, but it is nice to have them occupied when afternoon lag sets in after a busy summer morning.

So, here are the Coolest Summer Activity Books for Kids this season: 

1. Wreck this Journal by Keri Smith. We. Love. This. Book!! For anyone who’s ever had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook, Wreck This Journal, is a subversive illustrated book that challenges readers to make mistakes to create a mess! And the best part is the wrecking part. What kid does not love destroying things?  I just love the irreverence and creativity of this book.Through a series of creative and quirky prompts, guerilla artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in destructive acts—poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more—in order to experience the true creative process. Wreck This Journal invites kids to wreck with color: mixing colors to make mud, letting chance dictate your color choice, weaving with brightly colored strips of paper, and more.

Here’s what peeps have to say about it:

“A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it.” —Time Magazine

“Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves.” —The Believer Buy Here.

2. Fill-Me-In by author/illustrator Moose Allain has very hip doodle illustrations.  Just a wonderful and interesting coloring book, and drawing pad. There is lots of space on the page and in the mind of the kids to do their own thing. Buy here. 

 

3. Amazed by Laurence King Publishing.This wonderfully illustrated and cleverly designed book leads the kids to help a lost boy to navigate cactus fields, caverns and treetops,  all in the form of ingenious mazes, on his odyssey to return to his friends. This book is a pleasant challenge, so will keep the older kids going for a while. Not for very young kiddos! Buy here. 

 

 

4.  Big Magic for Little Hands by Joshua Jay. Kids love magic. And they are intrigued at how to do it.  Joshua Jay, started doing magic when he was 7 and was named champion at the World Magic Seminar (the Olympics of magic) by the time he was 16. His Big Magic for Little Hands has 25 astonishing illusions for kids ages 7 and up. Kids love this! Buy here.

 

5. Go Photo by Alice Provjansky has 25 activities for kids who are young photographers. For some of these activities, you don’t even need an actual camera. Aimed at children between eight and twelve years old, this playful and fun collection of projects encourages young readers to use their imagination, get messy with materials and experiment in new and exciting ways. This is a very versatile activity book as the kids can do solo activities or group and they can be done anywhere. Some don’t even require a camera! Each project also features a series of pictures and handy tips to help guide the reader step-by-step, building a visual language and encouraging creativity as they go. A great book that goes far beyond the filling-in-time kind of activity book. We are huge fans! Buy here

If you have any fave summer activity books for kids of your own, please share them on the Bellissima kids Facebook Page! Or comment below.

 

Magnificent Daisy Burlap Craft for Spring!

June 12th, 2017

 

I know it feels like summer already if you are in the States but I just love this Magnificent Daisy Burlap craft for Spring! It’s not very difficult and the results are amazing. I would love to make a big bunch of these in all different sizes for an installation! I like the earthy feel that the natural jute lends to the project. And the items you need to make these are not complicated.

Here’s the list:

Most of them are available from Amazon or in craft stores.

I found this on the wonderful Grillo Designs site so go there for full instructions! And if you don’t feel like making this yourself, you can order one from the Jules Wreath Boutique!

 

 

Little Emerald Luxury Gorgeous Lace Creations

June 9th, 2017

 

This gorgeous label, Little Emerald from Italy, produces Luxury Lace Creations based on lace patterns from the Renaissance period. This very unique label only produces one collection a year and is extremely intricate in their handiwork. Of course, this is the high end of the luxury kids’ market, so not for everyone!

Little Emerald has two basic silhouettes:  the classic princess ball dress look or a simple shift like cut, both with stunning lace bodices or overall lace bodies.

There’s an interesting history of Renaissance lace on the Little Emerald site, which highlights the inspiration of this label and how they  have revived the traditional methods of lace making. And also how lace has been used for royalty.  And that’s where your little princess comes in – the modern princess in all little girls.

You can purchase ready made dresses on their site or have them made to order right here.

 

 

Minimalisma – Back to Basics Scandinavian Style

May 31st, 2017

Minimalisma has a charming collection with their back to basics Scandinavian style for Spring/Summer 2017.

They’ve been creating high-quality garments that not only look good, but also feel good since 2011. Made of the highest quality natural fabrics go such as silk, wool, cashmere, alpaca and organic cotton they are the go-to organic brand. These clothes wash well and just keep going. And they have lovely little touches like flutter sleeves but nothing fussy at all. I must get some more of these staples while the girls still fit the sizes!

Minimalisma is deeply rooted in Scandinavia, headquartered in Zürich, stocked in Germany, and sold through selected retailers worldwide.

Take a look at their whole catalogue for Spring/Summer 2017 right here.

 

Easy, Last Minute Memorial Day Desserts

May 29th, 2017

Easy Flag Dessert Via

Happy Memorial Day! I have some Easy, Last Minute Memorial Day Desserts for you.

I know I’ve been a bit absent for the last few weeks but we have big news. We moved out of our apartment that we had been in for years into a much bigger space. I’m so excited to be able to decorate the girls’ room from scratch and actually our whole apartment. And the girls are over the moon at all the space and the facilities here, like the pool! The possibilities are endless with decor and needless to say, you will be getting more posts on decor like this and this in the near future.

 

Patriotic Pretzels Via

And because we have been so consumed with our new home, I am of course, not so prepared for Memorial Day, (which is a big deal as you know, if you are in the States. If you are not in the US, it is a day to remember all of the military who lost their lives fighting for their country.) I’m writing this post while relaxing on the edge of our new pool!

So, I found these easy, last minute Memorial Day desserts. If you don’t have the ingredients, a quick trip to the shop will make it all happen. I hope you have a lovely day. Much love, Jeanne xoxo

 

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries Via

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches Via

Mini-Maven Magazine – The Escape Issue

May 15th, 2017

Mini-Maven came out with their latest issue – The Escape Issue. And like the first issue, it’s amazing. The photography is unparalleled and the labels and stories are interesting and of the moment. I like what Kymberly is doing with this publication. And also love the names of the scenarios. We have titles like “Fairytale Muse”, “Attention Please”, “The Sweet Escape” and the like.

If you are interested in getting the full picture, you can order this issue right here!

 

 

 

Breathtaking Enchanted Forest Birthday Party

May 12th, 2017

 

Just found an amazing site that shares your parties and have been feasting my eyes on all sorts of lovely themed parties like this breathtaking Enchanted Forest Birthday Party. The backdrop is amazing the way is been painted to look like a forest and really pulls this all together. And the details with the butterflies, branches, toadstools and details are charming. The detailed cupcakes that have a forest scene all of their own are works of art.

Take a look at Catch My Party to see so many other lovely themes. There are free printables, recipes, day’s. You can also add your wonderful party and well, join in the party! Definitely a great resource when you are pondering what to do for you little darling’s big day!

 

 

 

Fashion and Art – Rylee and Cru Spring/Summer 2017

May 8th, 2017

 

We have fashion and art from Rylee and Cru, a children’s line founded by illustrator Kelli Murray and inspired by her own little kids. Rylee and Cru merges art and imagination, offering unique and artistic clothing. She concentrates on quality basics that are hand dyed, which gives them a vintage feel.

The clothes are mainly for very young kids and babies and I have to say, that these are some of the cutest rompers ever with a light circus theme going on.

Kelli also sells prints of her lovely kid-friendly illustrations which would go well in the rooms of children wearing these clothes. Definitely, a whole approach to fashion and style.

Check out the Ryan and Cru Lookbook here. And the original art prints here.