A year and a half later, I'm still amazed by the amount of living going on in my backyard. From the mushrooms that burst up through the mulch overnight, to the tiny kingdoms of moss and the cottontail bunnies that suddenly reappear after a long, snowy winter, there is stuff happening everywhere here.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
A sneak peek at some awesome new product displays we are working on (well, actually, a very talented wood works company is doing the hard stuff).
This will be a great way for retailers to display our products on a counter or in a small space -- easy to flip through and everything stays nice and neat.
As we gear up for the NY GIFT Show (NY NOW) in August, I'll be blogging more about new product developments and our experiences preparing for the show.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I recently noticed (with horror) the post-holiday explosion of Barbies, ponies and tea cups that had taken over my daughter's bedroom and had to find a solution. After researching all sorts of options, mostly way more expensive than I wanted to go, I ended up at Ikea.
Their Expedit bookshelf is incredibly versatile and, at $70, exactly what I was looking for. Because it is finished on all sides, you can use it horizontally or vertically. Initially I was going to use it horizontally and put her dollhouse on top so she'd be able to spread out the furniture but space was not on our side.
The boxes are also from Ikea -- they came with lids which I left off for easier access. Adding numbers (mine are paper, but painting them would be great) to each box has ended up being the best feature -- "mommy, where is the cowboy hat for my pink mermaid?" "check box #6".
Monday, February 11, 2013
As we waited for Blizzard Nemo to clear out and the mountains of snow to melt, my daughter and I made monster Valentines for her classmates. I created and printed the monsters while she stuck the googly eyes on and added lollipops. It kept her busy for about 30 minutes, which is pretty good for a snow day!
Valentine Monsters (free download)
Staples 4x6 gloss white postcards
15 mm and 8 mm wiggle eyes from Michaels
Double stick tape or glue for eyes
Trader Joe organic lollipops
Cello sleeves for packaging (or tape for lollipops)