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.
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, here, here 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!
This is just such a sweet and original Zebra Rocker by Dinara Mirtalipova. A 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.
These are seriously Delightful Handmade Portrait Dolls by Timo. They caught my eye on Etsy and there is something so interesting about the craftiness of these dolls with those graphic touches. They are like a marriage of drawings and rag dolls. And the stories that Timor, the artist, weaves with her characters are charming. There are portraits of humans and animal families and fairies and all sorts of beings going about their business in this world, dressed in very original garb, I might add.
Visit her Etsy store. It will change your day and make it more lyrical!
I’m smitten with these Animalesque Animal Headdresses by Sara Lowes. This London costume and textile designer creates unique, handmade animal headdresses and costume accessories. The pieces are rich with colour, texture and character and made to cherish. I can imagine these headdresses being played with over and over and then displayed on the wall for years to come.
Sara has worked as a costume and embroidery designer for theatre and high end fashion and Animalesque marries her skills and passions, to create these playful and artistic pieces. Her trademark style of illustration, screen-print and embroidery all play a part in the making of these marvels. These are part play wear and part pure art!
Sara uses diverse materials and techniques she picked up along the way during her world travels. Each piece has its own character which is brought to life by the qualities of the fabric, the embellishments, the colour, print and pattern.
Animalesque is based in East London, and these pieces sell worldwide through the Animalesque website shop, and brick and mortar shops. Sara also works on bespoke theatre, dance and fashion commissions.
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!
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.
This week I went to the NY NOW trade show at the Javits Centre and well, it’s so huge that I really concentrate on the kid’s section! And here is just a small sampling of things that stood out. Even in the kid’s category, there were so many brands and products that my head was spinning. I must say that the innovation and invention with toys and gifts for kids is so exciting and I look forward to seeing these new ideas and products every year.
The Kid Made Modern Booth was my fave. This brand of creative toys and crafts for kids is the brainchild of former fashion designer, Todd Oldham, who started this company with his renowned book below, entitled, yes you guessed it, “Kid Made Modern”! This book of 52 kid friendly projects just grew into a very robust range of products.
I love these notebooks that the kids can weave and do needlepoint on.
A newcomer that I was taken by is Little Miss Workbench. These wooden camera and cellphones are all handmade personally by the Mompreneur owner of this company! Very cute and simple and hours of imaginary play.
Tree Hopper is another fave company of mine. They have lovely and creative wooden toys and some paper toys as well. They have come out with some really great stencil toys below.
We’ve been buying Eco-kids craft materials and kits since the very beginning of this company. Everything is completely non-toxic and made from few ingredients. The egg coloring kit is novel as when you have finished dying the eggs, they provide you with grass seeds to grow in the egg carton so you can recycle!
Jack Rabbit Creations has wonderful, colorful, mainly wooden toys and they have this new range of irresistible vehicle toys with the little wooden people that go in them.
Just discovered Lily & Momo who make the cutest and most interesting hair accessories ever. We are big on barrettes of course as most little girls are, but I wouldn’t be able to drag the girls away from these!
And finally a solution to all of those kid’s drawings taped to walls! The Articulate Gallery has come up with these neat and modern frames where the works of art just get slotted in. And you can easily swap them around for variety.
And I’m a sucker for wooden cars and Candylab is producing a very retro range which is not only for kids. These cars are being bought up by adults as well as display pieces.
Tattly Temporary Tattoos has just come out with their new children’s collection of Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar set.
And apart from that, Tattly has a large range of other wonderful kids designs right here, including a Sesame Street collection. Kids go nuts for those!
Tattly is also of course a brand for adults as well. Check out their enormous and artistic range at http://tattly.com.