Magda Barcik's handpainted, eco wooden toy sets caught my eye this morning, and seem perfect for a special birth or christening gift. I don't speak Polish, but I think these sweet educational blocks would also look beautiful in a nursery on display.
Magada has created two sets of animals and each one comes in an illustrated cotton bag.
If you are interested in buying any, send Magda an email, or have a look at her shop (use Google to help you translate).
A cool find for this scorcher of a Tuesday in the South of France!
Nothing like a bit - or a lot - of colour to kick off the week.
I have a feeling these wonderful handcrafted colour men by South African designer Renée Roussouw will make you smile. Bright and cheerful, painted with eco non-toxic paint & matte vanish, these little chaps are the perfect size for little hands to clutch, and would definitely add a quirky touch to any room.
You can read more about Renée's wooden figurine project here and even watch a fun video she made to promote her collection.
This isn't the first time I've written about old English nursery rhymes and it won't be the last. I'm a big kid at heart and I'm always delighted to find new interpretations of some of my favourite childhood ditties, especially when they're as fun as these digital collages by London-based illustrator Sam Falconer.
I discovered Sam's work when reading about the recent Kingston University Degree Show. Inspired by a love for science, narrative and the possibilities of digital collage, Sam's quirky, playful style lends itself perfectly to children's illustration (have a look at Atom) and animation. I love how Angus Dick has brought his art work to life in Balloon.
As always, I'm looking forward to following Sam's first steps into the professional world. A little birdie told me that he was hoping to work on a series of limited-edition books, including a collation of his nursery rhymes (I'll be first in line!), AND he started filling the shelves in his etsy shop last night!
You know I can never resist a great circus, especially when it features a bespectacled bear and a cheeky monkey and is made out of paper!
Kirsty Thomas loves handlebar moustaches, monchrome pattern and clever animals, can you tell? Her new circus cards are delightful - perfect for framing and for adding a quirky note to any child's room - and I think her cut & make set would make a fun birthday gift or stocking filler, encouraging plenty of storytelling and imaginative play.
I have only recently discovered Lovely Pigeon and will be bookmarking Kirsty's shop in my faves. Have a look at her Animal postcards and teatowel,if you like her style. I've a feeling there's lots more to come - so watch out, Lovely Pigeon is here to stay.