We love Giddy Giddy and have featured Teri Demalanta's crafty ideas and sweet hair clips and bags (check out the cute octopus bag above!) in many issues of Small and Smaller. You can see her DIY snow globe postcard for issue 19 here
As well as the barettes and bags they are known for, Giddy Giddy also has adorable hats, headbands and gift cards. All perfect to give away now or keep a collection on hand for birthday gifts.
You can also check out Teri's blog jpournal of creativity.
Draw me a Lion was started by artist and illustrator Lisa, to share her love of drawing, creating making and telling stories. Her website has activities, prints, cards and coloring books all drawn in her sweet exubernt style.
Lisa has just added a free download section and right now you can download for free the name stickers pictured above.
...and get these designs and more from her shop
hooray hooray- Renee and Jeremy have a new cd coming out next week. Renee and Jeremy make wonderful kids music for people of all ages. This is their fourth cd and is full of sweet covers of tunes by the Chili Peppers, Monkees, Coldplay, John Lennon, REM, Supertramp and more.
wee gallery for all kinds of art specifically designed for babies. We like the wall chart picturedon the left.
becky bauer for fabulous cushions, card, ceramics and prints. top right
Isobel Knowles and Cat Rabbit are two Melbourne based artists. Cat makes adorable soft toys and Isobel is well known for her animations. A while ago they collaborated to make a little film called Owl Know How about a some rabbits working in a factory that makes owls. Thames and Hudson saw the film and comissioned the artists to make a picture book. Every image is a photograph of a meticulously hand constructed three dimensional set.
As well as the film and book there is an Etsy shop where you can buy all the adorable characters and other special merchandise. They are also running a workshop next Saturday where children will get to make their own owl or Easter rabbit masks.
We have always loved Marilyn Tov and have featured her delicate designs in several of our favorite Small magazine shoots (here and here). Marilyn's clothes are all made of the most beautiful fabric and immaculately crafted, reflecting the chic yet comfortable elegance she associates with her childhood in Paris. Marilyn now lives in New York and all her clothes are produced in the US, however she ships all over the world.
Finally you can get all of her lovely designs at her new online store. In celebration of the opening she is offering Smaller readers 50% off all old stock and 20 percent off her new season. Just put in the code word SMALL when you are checking out.
Have you come across tinkerlab yet?It is my new favorite website. It is the most amazing resource for fun projects and experiments to do with kids of any age. Rachelle, the artist and mother who runs the blog, aims to engage childrens' curiosities and promote creative and critical thinking…mindsets that support children as they grow into a world that values independent thinking.
Most of the projects and activities are made with found, collected materials or things already in your home. There are tons of simple science experiments that introduce kids to the wonders around them, messy and creative projects and ideas to help kids get involved in their physical world and enable creative play. I love the post encouraging parents to let their toddlers experiement with cooking in the kitchen.
The Suffolk Dress from One Sunday. This shop is based in Australia so if you are going into the northern hemisphere spring it is a great chance to pick up some summer dresses on sale. There range is truly charming- elegant yet fun.
Have you come across Pinterest? It is an on-line pinboard where you can group together images as collections. Its brilliant! It is a great way to stumble across inspiration on other peoples pages without clicking through the back pages of blogs. It is also perfect for keeping track of all those links you come across and want to remember in a really clear and organised visual way.
You can follow fashion stylist, mama and designer and co founder and editor of Small - Christine Visneau- here but there are all kinds of other great image collections- and of course it is so easy to start your own.
Molly-meg- the wonderful vintage children's chair shop has expanded into a full design shop for kids. I found the little children wall art there by Zoe de la Cases. Zoe is a French illustrator and designer with all kinds of lovely art. accessories and paper toys on her website. I love these paper dolls and tiny fold up paper shops.
So sad! Moomah the shop and craft class spot is closing March 1st. If you are in New York you still have a chance to get down there- it is such a lovely place to go with a little one. They are going to reappear in a another incarnation but in the mean time they have great prints by Jacquline Schmidt (you can read our interview with her here) and art kits in their Etsy shop
Misha and Puff are a brand new company producing handmade baby woolens. The whole collection is so cute and made start to finish in New England.
Anna, a former stylist, started knitting for her newborn and loved the way the items looked on her little one. Once she decided to put together a collection she knew I couldn't knit everything herself so looked around locally for knitters in massachusetts and maine. Anna told us "It is really important to me that all pieces are knit locally and start to finish by the same knitter. Employing people in my community is a big part of this and in keeping things close it allows me to remain connected to the process of making. I love that all my knitters LOVE to knit. If not knitting for me, they would be knitting anyway."
Most of the pieces are knit in all one piece with as little seaming as possible so they drape and wear beautifully and are especially good for babies who wiggle and twist and grow so fast.
Keep your eyes on her blog for a list of stores that will be stocking Misha and Puff
Heath Ceramics is one of California's last remaining midcentury era potteries of dinnerware and tile. There online shop stocks their own products as well as many other homewares and table wares made by ethical and small scale producers. Heath Ceramics are bringing out a new range of bright and beautifully made and designed table wear and topys for kids. You can see the full range here.
This year in their stocking each of my kids recieved organic toothpaste and a cute toothbrush by Jack and Jill. The toothpaste comes in five delicious fruit flavors. The paste is 100 per cent natural and completely safe for kids, so it is not a problem if (or more usually- when) they end up swallowing it. Once the toothbrush is ready to be replaced you can snap off the head and recycle the handle in the compost. Jack and Jill is an Australian family run company but they ship all over the world. Small steps to a healthier world!
We are going away for January to spend some time with friends and family. Please take a look through our archives (right back to 2009) or check out the back issues of Small (all twenty of them!) if you have some time. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year.
We love Jess Brown and interviewed her about her collaboration with Katherine Edmonds (of Wovenplay) way bfor the fall issue in 2009. You can read the article here. You can find a large range of her unique handmade dolls at Sweet William
More independent media for kids! BunnyEars.TV brings you and your children an eclectic and carefully selected mix of the world’s best children’s programming! They provide webcasts of some of beloved programs from the Czech Republic, Hungary, France and Latvia, with more international favourites planned for the future. They update the cartoons every Wednesday morning so be sure to check in weekly.
In a world of big budget films for kids packed full of wise cracking characters primed for commercial tie-ins we are really impressed with the work of Kristin Eno. She has devoted herself to developing independent media for kids that generates and creates imaginative response, not a pre-designed and generic experience. Find her amazing film -made with, and starring real live children- Spirit Ship here.
You can read more about her independent media for kids on her website.
We have great sponsors here at Smaller. I have picked a few of my favorite dresses from their websites, but there is a lot to explore at all of our sponsors shops. Each sponsor reflects the small ethos of independent small scale design made with thought and care.
Have you seen Judy Kaufmanns wonderful work? Judy is based in Barcelona and believes their should be less of a division between graphic and fine art. She has great orignal art, t-shirts and more on her sites and also does custom and comissioned work.
Why wear a beanie when you can be crowned! Sequinned bonnets from LouLou Eskimo. Very beautiful clothes, bed linen and photography on their website.
So many beautiful clothes and accessories, including this bonnet, at Les Zigous.
One of the many Birdskull headpieces at Thumbeline
Feathered headress from C Sathal Boutique. All kinds of lovely acessories there.