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Humble Toys Rag Dolls

April 29th, 2017


Well, if you’ve been reading the blog for even a short time, you will know that I can never resist a good rag doll (here, herehere and here…just to remind you of a few) and have even been known to make my own like here! So, these Humbletoys Rag Dolls really caught my eye. Made in Canada by hand, you can order custom made. I love the minimalism with these dolls as far as the faces go. Mainly just eyes and minimal nose and mouth. So cute. Go to her Etsy shop to see what is on offer and to put in a special order of your own!



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Try These Amazing Methods of Easter Egg Coloring

April 14th, 2017

Tie Dye Easter Eggs Using Paper Towels

We are of course, coloring our eggs tomorrow and we are going to experiment with trying these different methods of Easter Egg coloring. Well, maybe not every single one, but a couple at least. Last year, we made these Ukrainian inspired eggs below which I thought came out quite nicely. We are always searching for new and creative ways to color our eggs, so here are a few for you!

If you know of a method that you like using, please do share them on our Bellissima Kids Facebook page!


Ukrainian Inspired Easter Eggs

Cool Whip Easter Eggs 

Rice Dye Easter Eggs

Nail Polish Easter Eggs

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs


Book Page Easter Eggs

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Unique Vintage Camper Bird House Scale model Playset

April 11th, 2017

This is so wonderful. I found these Unique Vintage Camper Bird House Scale model Playsets on Etsy! The finished camper should actually be a great home for a small bird family.

Spring time is a perfect time for crafts like this. The retro design is brought to us by the people at 1Man1Garage in Nashville. They took ideas from old photographs from a trailer they had to create this charming birdhouse kit. The construction of the birdhouse is fairly simple, but the details leave endless possibilities for customizing this to suit you.

I love that you can paint it and decorate it for your own bird family. And you can get a few and paint them different colors. The kit includes over 40 parts to build the miniature camper with awnings on 3 sides, plus flowers for the 2 window boxes, curtains, a spare tire, leveling jack, a Welcome mat, 2 flamingos, even a classic Weber style grill we all had as a kid. Most of the details are individual pieces to make painting a breeze.

The finished size is roughly: 9 inches long, 6 inches wide (with awnings), and almost 5 inches tall. This is perfect for kids to make. You can purchase it right here.


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Design Expo for Kids by Afilii – Milan

April 7th, 2017

Chantal Bavaud

An amazing design expo for kids is taking place right now (April 4th – 9th, 2017) at Ventura Lambrate in Milan. The show is brought to you by afilii – platform for design + architecture for kidsThey are introducing 14 young designers and up-and-coming brands from seven different countries. They have an incredible lineup and I’m just sharing a few of the brands and designers with you.


afilii is known for their passion for finding the most stimulating and creative toys, accessories and furniture for children, always with a story behind them. They prioritise unique pieces and forward-thinking designers who understand the way in which these objects will impact child development in an engaging manner.




So, if you are in Milan or going there, this is well worth the trip to Ventura Lambrate and is part of the Milan Design Week!

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Whimsical Modern Wood Taxidermy Inspired Heads

April 4th, 2017

I’m so enchanted by the Whimsical Wood Taxidermy Inspired Heads created by Tzachi Nevo, the designer and creator of the unique modern decorative wall decor brand Urban Masquerade. 

Each piece is different; inspired by a different theme, it can be a funny characters he met, books, drawings, cartoons, or anything that sparks Tzachi’s imagination. He creates these by laser cutting pieces of wood, painting and then assembling them in layers and glueing them together to make a unique, artistic and really beautiful wooden wall decor.

The particular collection includes a diverse collection of animals from all around the world like a panda, bear, zebra, bull and a deer. Shop it here.

Tzachi has a vast range of other charming and highly modern and artistic pieces, some of them quite pricey but some sweet little deals like this bird for only $39!

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Les Coyotes de Paris Spring/Summer 2017

March 31st, 2017

Well, the classic timelessness of this French brand, and their Les Coyotes Spring/Summer 2017 collection is wonderful. The collection and the whole feeling of this label is a nostalgic take on iconic & classic shapes and nautical details and 60’s & 70’s silhouettes that  are updated to modern lines.

The brand has a lovely creative story behind it. Les Coyotes de Paris tells the imaginary story about the 4th arrondissement in Paris, where girls are running through the streets as fast as ”Coyotes”, the Parisian prairie wolves. Such imagination and grace!


The pieces will not age and are mostly in white and black with touches of toned down blues and grays. Simple, elegant, and easy to mix and match. I love the beautiful tucking and details in the delicate blouses and bodices of the dresses.

The brand caters to little girls all the way up to the teens and is launching a women’s collection in the Fall. This is only their second season and they already have a very strong identity and direction. Can hardly wit to see what they have in store for us in the seasons to come!

And they have a romantic and feminine capsule collection called The White Coyotes for special occasions. You can shop that here.

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Bobo Choses Spring/Summer 2017, A Legend Collection

March 28th, 2017


Each season BOBO CHOSES publishes a little book telling the story behind the collection. And this coming season, they launched the BOBO CHOSES Spring/Summer 2017 , A LEGEND Collection and petit book, or course!


This season, Bobo Choses charms us with the stories of famous sportsmen, like John McEnroe, one of the greatest tennis players ever, Dick Fosbury, an American retired high jumper who is considered one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field; Gino Bartali, a champion road cyclist who was recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for his efforts to aid Jews during World War II; Moses Tanui, a former Kenyan long-distance runner, who won the gold medal over 10.000 meters in Tokyo, he was the first athlete to run a half marathon in less than one hour; the Jamaican national bobsleigh team, who debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, where they were seen as underdogs as they represented a tropical nation in a winter sport.

The theme is great sportspeople who shined with a different and special light of their own.


This inspiring and visual Bobo Choses Spring/Summer 2017, A Legend Collection features sportswear inspired silhouettes, in organic cotton, including vest tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, midi length skirts and running shorts. And they include the quirky screen printed motifs, with flamingos and tennis racquets playing a starring role!


I’m enchanted at the way in which this label consistently weaves art, poetry and human achievement into childrenswear, elevating it to art.

Take a look at the very wearable art right here on the Bobo Choses website.



Photos by Bobo Choses – all rights reserved

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Original Zebra Rocker by Dinara Mirtalipova

March 20th, 2017


This is just such a sweet and original Zebra Rocker by Dinara MirtalipovaA lifelong doodler, Dinara Mirtalipova left her hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan to start a creative new life in Cleveland as an artist and designer. She’s developed an incredibly recognizable style of art and illustration that’s inspired by her family life, folk tales and her native Uzbek art and culture.

For a long time Dinara has been among illustrators and designers at American Greetings. She left her creative role at AG in February 2014  to pursue her ever growing freelance career and to start a new chapter as an independent designer.

Currently Dinara works from her home studio in Sagamore Hills, OH. She uses a wide range of materials and tools, like carving lino blocks, gouache, acrylics and many others. She has been working with many great brands, publishing companies and ad agencies and she is continuously looking forward to making new friends.

Take a look at her other wonderful work right here. She also has an online shop right here!



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Adorable Paper Plate Sewing Easter Chick Craft

March 13th, 2017


Okay, so it’s snowing outside and hard…so a bit difficult to imagine that Spring and Easter are just around the corner but they are! So, I am sharing this Adorable Paper Plate Sewing Easter Chick Craft from over at Red Ted Art!

The girls have been doing a lot of this kind of stitching lately from this Stitchables book that I blogged about earlier, so it’s a great idea to expand on this and make their own! They seem to not lose interest easily as the results are immediate and it’s not a longer term project like some of their knitting endeavors. And you can also do whatever you want with this. Maybe some smaller plates to make Easter Eggs as well as the chicks. Let us know if you make these with the kids. I always love to see the results on our Twitter or Facebook page!


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