handmade sunday

Handmade Sunday Vol. 4

Happy Sunday, friends! It’s been too long since I shared some of my favorite artists with you. Somehow everything I decided to feature this week ended up being very soft and cuddly. Maybe the slightly cooler weather has me thinking of fall 😊

WOODLAND TALE BY KATE AND EUGEN

Everything in this shop looks perfectly cuddly, from the mini bear pocket friend to the mama and baby fox! I love the sweet expressions on each animal. Kate and Eugen also make beautiful rubber stamps, ornaments, and embroidered birds.

ATELIER MOUNE BY VICTORIA MARTY

Victoria makes beautiful knit fruits and veggies like these darling peaches and this vegetable soup set. I adore the soft color combinations, and each item is so lovingly styled. Check out these cute kiwi!

KAPLUM SHOP

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sweeter expression on a soft whale or a soft turtle before! Designer duo Alper Demir and Anna van Gerve “combine their background in art with a more practical and educational approach, resulting in playful and imaginative designs.” I also love this fox toy and this wooden rabbit brooch.

SPRITELY CRITTER BY RACHEL

I adore these darling stuffed kittens and rabbits made from upcycled fabric! Rachel also makes beautiful blankets and teething rings.

Handmade Sunday Vol. 3

Happy Sunday friends! Today I’m sharing some beautiful puzzles and games with you. I have a few summer birthdays coming up, and interactive toys like these are some of my very favorite things to give. If you like this series, visit the “handmade sunday” tag above to see all the posts, or click right here.

MIRUS TOYs by Suba Jagannathan

I can’t pick a favorite thing from Mirus Toys — everything is just wonderful, from this moon phases puzzle to these number tracing cards to these dinosaur play dough stamps. The color sorting rainbow and the honey bee learning puzzle are really striking.

TINY FOX HOLE

How sweet are these wooden puzzles? I adore everything in this shop, especially the tree and hedgehog puzzle. They also make beautiful rattles, teethers, and push toys — check out this darling little dog!

MIELA SIELA

This shop makes lovely stacking and balancing toys, wooden animals, and even fridge magnets! I’m eyeing the baby wild animals complete with a tiny penguin and a tiny seal, and these wonderful dinosaurs.

PACI CATCHERS BY SARAH SCOTT

Sarah’s shop has all kinds of fun and functional toys, teethers, and pacifier catchers. I was drawn to the sweet wooden climbing bear and the animal memory game.

Handmade Sunday Vol. 2

Happy Sunday, friends. Today I have four more beautiful shops to share with you. (Psst … if you missed last week’s installment you can find Handmade Sunday vol. 1 here!)

KATE DURKIN ILLUSTRATION

I am smitten with the illustration work of Kate Durkin. Her style is clean and playful, and her design choices are delightful! I love the foods she included in these food alphabet cards, and her mini pillows are really charming. I especially love her New York City collection.

KID OF THE VILLAGE

Hayley makes truly lovely, playful art prints like this whimsical Alphabet Print with Colorful Shapes and this charming Apples Print (wouldn’t that look perfect in a classroom or nursery?). I just adore her color choices, especially the muted bright palettes with a bit of a retro feel. Hayley writes that her shop “is inspired by the fun and magical memories of my childhood, growing up in a lovely small village in Surrey. It's this fun and magic which I very much hope my own children and others will share through my prints and artwork.” How fun is this Types of Rainbows Print?!

PEPITA CALABAZA BY Abril Millán

Abril makes the sweetest fabric dolls and wall decor. I am in love with this little bunny! Her dolls wear beautiful clothes and scarves, too. Abril writes (translation my own):

Compagino mi trabajo de restauradora de objetos antiguos con la creación de muñecas de trapo y otras pequeñas cosas hechas a mano. Mis muñecas están cosidas con mucho amor y con el gran entusiasmo que me produce hacer lo que me gusta: el trabajo artesanal unido a la libertad creativa. Me gusta el mundo de la ilustración, del papel, de los trabajos textiles hechos a mano (bordados, tejidos, ganchillo...) y también todo lo referente a reciclar y reutilizar materiales.

I combine my work as restorer of old objects with the creation of rag dolls and other small handmade things. My dolls are sewn with a lot of love and with the great enthusiasm that makes me do what I like the most: artisan work combined with creative freedom.

I like the world of illustration, of paper, of handmade textile works (embroidery, weaving, crochet ...) and also everything related to recycling and reusing materials.

WILD STAMPS BY DARIA FREUNT

Last but not least, I am enchanted by Daria’s hand carved stamps. These seashells of the world put me in the most summery mood. She has dozens of intricate, magical designs inspired by anatomy, life cycles, and the natural world. Have a look at these pine cones and these leaves from common trees.

Handmade Sunday Vol. 1

Happy weekend friends! Today I thought I’d start a new series sharing my favorite independent art shops with you. It is so important to support independent artists, and these four women are making such beautiful work that I would love to use in my classroom or share with the kiddos in my life!

MAFRUITS SHOP BY KRISTINA BUGYNINA

Kristina makes the most charming, lifelike polymer clay fruits and vegetables for imaginary play. My students would adore these! I love her story too: “On my maternity leave I became fond of modeling from polymer clay and I finally found my true self. At first I made mini fruit and vegetables for educational games with my daughters and then I simply wanted to make the kids of friends and family happy. My friend’s son liked to plant potatoes and carrots into kinetic sand and my niece likes to play with toy figures in an imaginary shop.”

THE LULLABY ROOM BY LAUREN

Lauren makes magical felt garlands and wall hangings - wouldn’t these stars make the loveliest backdrop for teaching? Here is part of her story: “When my daughter came along, I was determined to create a beautiful nursery full of magic and fun so set to work creating plush softies and garlands to adorn her room with. She loved them! and so I decided to share them with others.” I adore this panda bunting!

MADE BY CLARIE LOUISE BY CLARIE gillam

I think I have food on my mind today! Claire Louise has some of the most beautiful felt food I’ve ever seen. I especially love the sushi set, the rainbow chard, and the colorful fruit. She also makes lovely felt garlands and wreaths! From her story: “I love creating fun, functional yet visually appealing play food and toys. My felt food range is a great learning tool. Teaching kids of all ages about different foods, cultures, cuisines, shapes, sizes, colours and even textures. Most importantly they are encouraging pretend and imagination play.”

HEART FELT POLAND BY Joanna

Joanna makes intricate quiet/busy books, toys, and dolls. I can’t get over the detail on her work! I would love to use this weather sensory board in my classroom. And look at the beautiful dress up outfits on those dolls! Joanna has a fascinating story: “Since I was little I like art (my family can confirm). For many years I've been going to the art classes. I have done a lot of modeling clay figurines, I was paining, drawing, I sewed the dresses for dolls (I decorated them with glitter). Once I made an advent calendar for my sister, which had the Christmas lights attached. I tried to go to art school, it didn't work. Today I know that one of the reasons why it didn't work is that I didn't believe in myself. I finished geography with teaching specialization. Later I worked with kids of different ages and I was doing a classes that they were aimed to teach and entertain. I liked it very much, but I wanted to do something about my artistic passion. My husband and I decided it was time to change. At one meeting with my college friend, appeared the idea of the quiet books. She told me they were starting to form. When I was coming home by the bus, I started looking for information about it. From that moment , I knew I want to do it. I want to sew the quiet books that will help the development manual skills of children and imagination, which is so important.”