Here at my house we are in the midst of a not-so-fun baby milestone. My little girl is getting her first molar(s) and it is turning out to be a pretty difficult experience for all involved. The poor kiddo is either whimpering in her sleep, sobbing in pain, or clinging on for soothing snuggles and cuddles. We are doing our best using all the standard teething tips and tricks, and hopefully soon those sneaky teeth will come through and all will be well again. In the meantime, anything that offers comfort to my little girl is golden in my books! I think these adorable hug-able fleece pillow monsters from LemonPie are just the ticket.
These pillow pals would be perfect for a kids bedroom, or playroom, or the living room for a fun-loving family! I believe that every day should have smiles and snuggles, and these LemonPie monster creations supply plenty of both. The pillows come in regular size (about 7″ x 7″) or large (about 9″ x 9″) if you want more squeezable fun. Visit the Cargoh store or the Etsy shop to meet the rest of the LemonPie monster family. Head to the blog , facebook, or twitter, and get to know Klaudea and Lawrence (aka: the LemonPie team). There is even a giggle-worthy Monster’s Day Out video on YouTube!
Because everyone deserves the comfort of a warm, friendly hug… even if you aren’t busy growing molars!
I am always intrigued by miniatures. Anything at all can be cute and adorable if you shrink it down into a teeny tiny version of itself! Case in point: these itty bitty tombstones from The Little Red Door:
You can add a little bit of dark humour to your fishtank, especially if you have goldfish. (They do have a notoriously short life span after all, especially if you have a cat!). These ceramic miniatures are so much fun that I am tempted to get some fish, just so I can tuck them into the tank! I especially love this little igloo:
Even the tiniest critters need a proper home, and you can choose custom colours.
Or, spell out the name of a child, pet, or your family’s last name as a mantle decoration!
The little houses would be cute wedding favours, or fun decor for a baby shower. They could serve as a little reminder that home is where your heart is. If you want to see more, you can find The Little Red Door in their Etsy shop or on Twitter! Check it out!
Thanks for letting me share a little bit of cheery fun on a snowy Wednesday…
Stay safe and warm!
In less than two weeks my baby girl will be celebrating her first birthday. In the midst of all those “how did my baby grow up so fast?” moments, I am planning a small but joyful little celebration fit for an energetic, cuddly, and all around amazing little girl. Yes, I am admittedly biased, but I think that is my prerogative as her mother! I have a plan for a couple of gifts (handmade, of course!), and intend to bake a delicious cake that I will hopefully manage to transform into a monkey. But, as this is my first attempt at planning a birthday party for my very. own. child (eek!) there are many details that I haven’t ironed out quite yet. One of those would be a topper for my hopefully magnificent monkey cake. So off to the internet I went, and boy, did I hit the jackpot! Lesley Wellington Cake Toppers (aka: The Cat’s Pajamas), are unique, fun, and super-cute. Just right for any happy celebration you can possibly imagine.
Lesley also has fabulous ornaments that will capture your heart and personality. I know it’s a little early for holiday shopping (ok, a LOT early – our 2010 tree is still in our living room), but why not do it now while the holidays are fresh on your mind, and the storage boxes are still easy to reach!
Lesley sculpts her little creations from polymer clay at her home in Hamilton, Ontario. She also welcomes custom work, just let her know what you are looking for, and she can make it happen!
Here’s to celebrations all year round!
This past weekend my husband and I bundled up the little one, threw some rope and bungee cords in the back of the SUV, and headed off to find the perfect Christmas tree. We carefully selected a beautiful lush balsam fir, and even managed to get it home and set up without losing any branches (or our minds!). Soon the house smelled amazing, the lights were twinkling, and our lovely handcrafted angel (-my must have purchase from last year’s One of A Kind show) was sitting gracefully on the top branch. All that I needed was a big mug of hot chocolate in one of these great festive mugs from Canadian Creationz:
There is even a matching teapot!
This one would be an excellent choice for the “less than festive” folks among us:
Or maybe you have a different festive beverage in mind…
Canadian Creationz (aka: Beth) also has beautiful items for other seasons throughout the year, like these glasses in her “woodland trees” motif:
To see all that Beth has to offer, just visit her Etsy shop. There’s salt and pepper shakers, ornaments, oil bottles, light switch covers, and even a painted phone!
I have stopped going inside of card stores. I rarely find a card that says exactly what I am feeling or trying to convey. Often I find the “humour” is very generic (really?? a ladies birthday card that cracks a joke about chocolate? or shopping?? how creative!), and I end up leaving disappointed. So instead I have started making my own cards, or finding handmade cards that fit my style and sense of humour. When searching for a card the other day I came across Navy Blue Notes, and honestly started laughing out loud. The inside of the cards are blank, (no horribly corny and painfully forced rhymes here!) so you can compose your own message, and the fronts have a little bit of fun attitude to bring some levity to almost any situation. The Navy Blue Notes tag line says it all: “Simple, social notes to amuse the lighthearted & antagonize the humourless”.
I originally found Navy Blue Notes on Cosa Verde, then discovered that they also have an Etsy shop, Cargoh shop and a blog. Made from eco-friendly 100% post consumer recycled paper, these cards will make both the recipient and the earth feel good! Especially in this digital age, a handwritten note is something special and heartwarming. Taking the time to write a personal note really shows someone you care, and if you can share a laugh while you are at it, what could be better than that?
Wishing you a day filled with smiles,
Halloween gives us a chance to indulge in more than just candy. It lets us explore different aspects of our personalities. For that day we can be darker, weirder, or even downright goofier than we would normally be any other time of the year. Personally, I have never been a real fan of being scared. I don’t like scary movies, and I’ve never been terribly goth, but I can definitely be silly. So the lighthearted goofy side of halloween really appeals to me, and I have to admit that I giggled out loud when I found these loveable Monster pendants from Six Baby Girls. Hand made glass beads that look like monster heads! Such a fun way to get in the “spirit” (boo!) of this monster-iffic holiday.
There are plenty of non-monster items available too, like rings, pendants, and bracelets. You can see the whole collection at the Etsy shop.
Simply because I can’t resist: If you haven’t yet seen Grover (one of the best monsters Ever!) do his version of the old spice commercial, you can see it here. “Sadly, you are not a monster”… giggle.
I am always on the lookout for a little extra touch to add to a baby shower or wedding gift. I would rather have some cute and colourful item decorating the top of my gift instead of just your typical bow.
So when I stumbled across Simple Sundries, I knew I had found something great! They make adorable magnet sets, and neat glass pendants for any occassion. They are affordable, lots of fun, and an easy way to add some personality to your gift.
There are plenty of different style options and themes, from cupcakes to cowgirls, from sassy to sweet. You could discreetly leave them on your favorite hostess’s fridge, or give them away instead of a “goody bag” at a pre-teen or teen birthday party.
The pieces are all sealed with a non toxic glaze, and are water resistant.
You can find Simple Sundries on Etsy.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki Kelly at the Make It Edmonton show at the end of May. I hadn’t planned on going to the show, since we were supposed to be camping… but this is Edmonton, and we were chased out of the campground by an impending blizzard. Yes, really.
The silver lining to our aborted camping trip was a trip to Make It! I met many great crafters and designers, and was pleased to see some familiar faces and companies.
Nikki agreed, on the spot, to be our first “Feature Friday” interview candidate – as we discover the amazing talent in Canada, we wanted to learn a little more about the people behind the products, and so we’ll be asking a few of the artists to answer our C+H questionnaire! With no further ado, allow me to introduce Nikki:
C+H: What started the creative fire burning for you? Do you remember a particular moment, a favourite childhood activity, something you saw and wanted to recreate or improve upon?
Nikki: Ever since I can remember I’ve always loved drawing and if you look at my illustrations now, it’s pretty obvious my style hasn’t developed much over the years. Of course that’s all part of my shtick though… My cards intentionally look sweet, but have a very vulgar edge. As for how I came about designing greeting cards, I was reading cards in a local gift shop one day and it occurred to me how awesome it would be if there was a really sweet looking birthday card that said something really crude and unexpected on the inside. Since I had diplomas in both Journalism and Design I figured I’d start creating cards like that myself!
C+H: Where do you look for inspiration?
Nikki: Inspiration comes from everywhere for me. Sometimes I hear a word on tv that will inspire a card idea, other times it’s thinking about a certain friend or family member and developing a card around a certain personality trait they have. Though ideas really occur anytime and anywhere so I’m almost always carrying a notebook with me so I can jot them down as they arrive.
C+H: What part of creating your pieces gives you the most joy and satisfaction?
Nikki: The most joy I get in creating my cards is seeing how people react to the finished product. Since most of my sales are through retailers and online orders, I only get to see my customer reactions a few times a year at various craft shows. It’s reassuring to me to see that I’m not the only one with a twisted sense of humour.
C+H: What is it about your creations that sets you apart?
Nikki: Hug and Kiss cards are different from other cards lines because we look so sweet, but have such a sassy, sarcastic, sinister sense of humour. Sure there are other vulgar greeting cards out there, but you can usually tell what sense of humour they have because of the illustrations on the front. Having ours looking like they were drawn by a child really throws the reader off when they see all the swearing inside.
C+H: Why do you choose to work in this medium or format?
Nikki: Greeting cards were a medium that I just sort of fell into, but I think there’s room for my company to expand into other formats. I’ve already expanded to magnets, t-shirts and paintings, but I’m hoping to branch out even more in the next few years.
C+H: How long does it take to create one of your pieces?
Nikki: A card can take anywhere from five minutes to a few weeks to create. The copywriting has never been the hard part for me, it’s coming up with the illustrations that can take time.
C+H: Do you feel that living in Canada has influenced your work?
Nikki: I think in general Canadians have a really great sense of humour, which has made my cards really well-received. It helps that we can laugh at ourselves too, which is almost needed as the receipiant of one of my cards. Also, it seems we really like to support local talent, so people are happy to learn that my cards are all 100% hand-made here in Canada.
C+H: What advice would you give someone who is just starting out? Who has provided you with inspiration or mentorship on your journey?
Nikki: When you’re just starting out, you have to take risks. Sometimes they can be really scary, but you have to get out there and give it a try. I’ve been really lucky in having a very supportive family that has encouraged me not only to start this business, but to take it to the next level. My husband helped me out a lot when I decided to devote myself to the company 100% by quitting my part-time job. Hug and Kiss Designs certainly wouldn’t be where it is without him.
C+H: Where can we find you online? (webpage, twitter, facebook, etc)
Nikki: My entire catalogue is available online at www.hugandkissdesigns.com You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=22701847512&ref=ts
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Thanks so much, Nikki! We look forward to seeing you at many more shows, and to seeing where you take Hug + Kiss Designs in the years to come!
~Sarah and Jennifer
Hunting online the other day for the perfect graduation card for my little brother, I stumbled upon Hug and Kiss. This shop out of Chilliwack, BC is run by Nikki Kelly and as she says on her site, it’s the “home of the sassy, sarcastic, slightly rude greeting cards”. Perfect for little brothers with a devilish sense of humour!
I particularly love this one:
There are plenty of other giggle inducing options but they aren’t all family-friendly. In fact, most of them aren’t at all. That’s why they’re perfect for your sarcasm-loving friends that can take a joke… sometimes at their own expense!
Hug and Kiss started in 2007 and now these fun cards can be found in more than 25 retail locations across the country as well as through the shop online. We liked Nikki (I met her a couple of weekends ago at the Make It Edmonton show!) and her fun, sassy cards so much that we decided to ask her if she wanted to be our first “Feature Friday Interview”!
Watch for her profile coming up later this week!
P.S. To find out more about Nikki and keep up with her travels to shows across the country, you can visit her Facebook group page, too!