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.
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
Simone swimsuit by Mini Rodini here
Flora and Henri swimmers on sale here
Agnes and Valentine two tone swimmers on sale here
Pako Pano polkadot one piece here
One piece flounce swimmer by Zimmerman here
We have a new sponsor who would want to tell you about even if they were not a sponsor. Faith of Damselfly is truly passionate about her new business. Every piece is hand made in England using the 'whole garment' system and the gorgoeus items are evidence of the involvement of 'petit mains' rather than factory piece-work. Faith concieves and constructs really special clothing, utilising the talents of local seamstresses. Only the best quality fabric is used and each piece has a specialty hand finish, like the silk ruffles or the embroidery you can see on the coat above. They are really heirloom pieces (but also amazingly affordable for a special piece).
The clothes are beautiful, the photography and the website is beautiful and the passion for the work is really beautiful.
If you have not yet bought summer shoes for your boy or girl you should definitly check out SilasJules for their lovely imported Danish sandals. You will probably be sidetracked by the gorgeous liberty print dresses and shirts and flouncy skirts- all made in Manhattan NY. I am loving everything in this line.
I found this shop on Etsy yesterday when I was looking for items to feature in our Small Something collage for the winter issue. I had obviously wandered off track and started thinking about the stories we are shooting for winter, found my self looking at clothes and luckily stumbled across Made by Muku.
Made by Muku is the product of two artists working together inspired by their 10 month old child. Their fabrics are soft, the designs full of movement and the colors are muted and beautiful.
You can find some of our favorite handmade Halloween costumes in the Fall issue of Small. There were so many more we wanted to share with you that we will keep featuring them here over the next month.
First up from Ouef- Halloween costumes with staying power. There woolly hats are cute all winter and its always fun to wear a tail. Pictured above are the 'little devil' tail and hat and the 'wild thing' tail and knitted crown. Team them with a leggings and long sleeved tee, or a one piece suit and you are ready to go. All Oeufs products are eco-friendly and hand made sustainably under fair trade in Bolivia.
We receive many lookbooks here at Small which we look through to see the new collections when we are trying to put together outfits for our shoots. Some of the books are so beautiful and so eye catching that we wanted to show them to you. Here are a few of our recent favorites.
Les Zigous a small snow hand made collection (bottom left)
Ada Ada Ricky's gang search for the horizon
We came across Twirling Betty when we were looking for summer accessories for our 'The Waters Edge' shoot in the last issue. Christen sent us lots of caps but we could only send back a few as the models and crew each wanted one to keep after they tried them on. So we bought a bunch on the spot and handed them out. Easy to carry in a bag and put on when the sun comes out, these caps are stylish, cute and very convenient. Leave a comment below about the caps and Christen will select one and send a cap in the mail to you.
One lucky reader will be
picked at random and notified by e-mail. The winners name will be
posted the following Monday.
Our winner last week (picked by random.org) was comment 53 - Megan Sanchez! Congratulations Megan.
There’s something about a kid’s room that begs to be the most whimsical, magical, inspiring place possible.
While I might veer toward the a staid sort of organic modern vibe in the rest of my house (read: boring), I use my girlie’s rooms as a place to play out a sort of decorating alter ego -- all cluttery (in the best possible way) and festive and, well…pink.Here’s a roundup of some of my current favorite things to adorn kiddo rooms…
Top row from left: fabric bunting, Donna Wilson Ernest pouf, flying carp “flag”, Essimar lamb collage, insect poster, mi amor pillow, Studio Fludd hand painted ornaments, Studio Violet circus print, Oeuf crochet butterfly shadowboxes.
Rock Baby Rock - A modern collection of knits and denim made in LA. I loved the boy’s range of striped sweaters, soft denim and hoodies with graffiti in bright colors.
Cacharel – From the iconic French clothing line started in 1962, the kid’s collection is rich with colors of cranberry and navy crafted from luxurious silk floral and velvet fabrics.
Bequita – This is the debut collection from Bequita. Created from organic cotton and clearly inspired by the East and designed with close attention to detail. The Chinese knot closures are handmade and each piece is intended for play, to be mixed and matched and layered.
Nellystella - It’s simple-Nelly Chen designs clothing that she would wear herself. My favorite piece is the black blazer for girls. It’s layered over the ditsy floral dresses and rompers in this collection.
Blu Pony Vintage – A truly vintage collection of clothing inspired by the 1930’s and uses the same sewing tradition of clothing made at that time. Vintage silhouettes with beautiful chambray, linen and plaid cottons.
Bear Feet Shoes - Started in 1985 in Austin, Texas, and still made there today from natural and organic materials. Leather and suede Mary Janes and desert boots in bright-jeweled colors.
Velvet & Tweed - Tina Schreiber does a fantastic job of mixing traditional silhouettes with a modern twist. Girls dresses perfect for any fancy party in classic cut but in a bright dotted berry pattern and a traditional pea coat for boys in a bright colorful plaid.
Let us know by the end of the 26th which pattern is your favorite here.
While on a recent trip to Austin I stumbled upon Spartan, a gift shop owned by Currie Person, who worked in film production before opening her shop. Spartan is stocked with a well edited selection of home decor, jewelry, gifts for kids, gifts for him, all focusing on handmade. A few things that caught my eye: Jesse Kamm Organic Cotton Onsies, Wool Felted Balls and Bird Mobiles from Nepal, Raw Wood Clock by Stanley Ruiz. From Japan Postalco Pocket Notebooks, Colorful Lockets from Trois Petits Points in Paris, Glass Vases from Spain and a great selection of Handmade Wood Utensils.
Spartan has a great website but if you are in Austin make it a point to visit. But give yourself some time to browse the amazing selection and chat a bit with Currie about her new finds.
215 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
We stopped by the Children's Club trade show in NYC last week and here is what brands caught our eye:
Paige Lauren Baby – Beautiful soft basics for baby in a color palette of dark greens, yellows, creams and browns.
J.A.C.H.S Just A Cheap Shirt – Button down shirts for boys
and girls in soft, worn, colorful vintage looking flannels.
Dommi & Julie Handmade – A new collection of hair
accessories hand crafted from gingham ribbons, colorful felt and ribbons with
a vintage feel.
Juliette Sunshine – Mixed print collection of clothing made
from bamboo cotton and recycled vintage prints.
Squid Fire – Smart screen prints of original artwork on tees
Old Soles – Australian leather baby shoe collection.
Ewers - European high quality tights, legging and sock
company. Great colors and patterns.
Tretorn – The classic shoe company. We loved their new
styles done in a modern way for kiddos.
Go Gently Baby – Organic cotton collection for boys and girls in beautiful muted, pinks, blues yellows, grays mixed with bright jewel tones
From our two favorite designers comes a holiday pop-up shop at the beautiful Erica Tanov store at 204 Elizabeth Street New York. There is an opening party with cocoa and cookies on Saturday Nov. 21st from 3-5. If you are not in New York you can pick up both Jess Brown and Wovenplay goodies online.
Hope to see you there!
something yellow and something blue...
Fine Little Shop: Skirt, dress and mickey mouse braces. Fine Little Shop is the new venture from Elisabeth Dunkar, the talented
designer, photographer and illustrator from Sweden. You can see her photo for the Small photo project here.
Belle Heir: One piece suit, two piece play suit and dress. We often incorporate vintage or thrifted items into our stories. You can see Belle Heir worn for a shoot in the Spring issue here.
Baby Hank Vintage: Baby sweater, blue leather shoes and yellow bird dress. Etsy has lots of vintage shops and Baby Hank Vintage always has a great collection.
Merino Polo by Poppy and Ned
Denim Short by Ferd
Handknit Cap by Mor Mor Rita
Blouse by Little Paul & Joe
Petal Skirt by Wovenplay
Blue Dots Hair Set by Ivy Designs
Indigo Dress by Golden
Sailorette Dress by Velvet & Tweed
Jean Bloomer by Tammy Donohoe
Denim Ballet by Maloles
Canvas Sneakers by Petit by Sophie Schnoor