Friday 30 April 2010

Painting Puzzles

Animal puzzles designed by Juan Pablo Quintero
source: Kids Modern

I've seen these puzzles on quite a few sites already but as they're now on sale, I thought I'd share them nonetheless. Designed and manufactured in Barcelona using Finnish birch plywood and non-toxic lacquer, each of the nine different interlocking animals is eco-friendly and recyclable.

The puzzles are suitable for 3-5 year olds and can either be left natural or painted as desired.

is selling eight of its nine Zoomaderita designs at the reduced price of 12 EUR in its online shop here.

via: Ribambelles & Ribambins

Shop Watch: Little Home

offering a lovely selection of toys, artwork, accessories and books

I really like Heidi Iverson's handmade and hand-embroidered
sweet face dolls and mushroom softies

Little Home is offering a 30% discount on virtually everything online (does not included furniture and articles already on sale) today and tomorrow (Friday 30th and Saturday May 1st) to celebrate the opening of its new shop.
Type "NEWSHOP"in the discount section at checkout to benefit from this reduction.
Hurry, hurry, this offer only lasts 48 hours!

Thursday 29 April 2010


I posted this beautiful rabbit by Klaus Haapanemi on my Tumblr a while ago.
I love it, and thought I should tell you that Wilkintie are offering their Series 1 prints for the young and the young at heart at a reduced price for a limited time. Sizeable savings are to be had on individual prints and box sets by the likes of Chamo (remember the carpet?), Niels Oeltjen and Joe Mclaren, to name but a few.
Something for everyone I think, so take a peek (also on etsy) and keep your eye on their shop for Series 2.

Kiyoshi Saito

Children Shoveling Snow. Color woodblock

Images via Cardboard Cutout Sundown

Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997)

I've fallen in love with these wonderful woodcuts by Kiyoshi Saito, a Japanese artist/printmaker associated with the Sosaku hanga (creative prints) movement.

Un grand coup de foudre pour ce travail de Kiyoshi Saito, un artiste japonais de l'école Sosaku hanga.

Let's Face it

A dash of colour

here and there

is all you need

to cheer you up


and make you smile!

I love these quirky, hand painted pillows by

Ali Douglass

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Mid-Week Picks - Hotch-Potch

Needle Felted Cinderella
Soria Moria *

El Vestidor de Emilia - Cut Out and Make Doll Kit by Cecilia Martinez
Download Here

Printable Alphabet Flash Cards and Alphabet Blocks by Patricia Zapata
A Little Hut

Fabric kits by Sarah Young

* via ?

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Sandra Eterovic

First I saw these three fine fellows

then I saw this

and this

and I knew that I had to find out more

Mickey of Ulladulla, Boats, fish; Native flora and fauna

Mickey of Ulladulla, Ceremony; Scenes of daily life; native flora and fauna
Images from Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century by Andrew Sayers, Oxford, 1994

Oh my!
I certainly wasn't disappointed...

An earlier generation's craft

so I'd very much like to recommend Sandra Eterovic's
wonderful shop,

Edward Bawden


Via Sathya Ranjana
See also Liane's post - Enhabiten

Colouring Cloths

I spotted Marielle Bazard's colour-in tablecloths a while back and am pleased to see them in a number of shops in France. All her designs (boy, girl, mixed, birthday) are printed on 100% cotton (135 X 95 cm) and come with 12 washable felt tip pens. They're obviously great for long summer holidays and rainy days but I also like the idea of a birthday colouring-in activity which once finished could be displayed on a wall, then washed and reused over and over.

Marielle's tablecloth kits are available here and here.

Sathya Ranjana

Wool Giraffe

I can't say that I'm a huge lover of wall stickers (although haciendo el indio's new collection looks beautiful). However, I really can't imagine a nicer wall drawing for a child's bedroom than this

Munich-based graphic designer / illustrator Sathya Ranjana creates wonderful long and short-necked creatures

and makes these beautiful books and zines, all available from her etsy shop and /or blog.

I'm well and truly smitten!