Make a Glitter Star Wand and Headband For you and your Doll!

 We had fun crafting up matching star wand and headbands to go along with our Wren and James collab ‘Summer Nostaglia’ – where girls can match their doll in twinning pinafores! I share a demo on how to make these on Studio 5 KSL which you can see here.

To make these we simply cut up cardboard into various star shapes (we used thin cardboard for the smaller headband stars and thicker cardboard for the wand star). We then covered each star in glue and then sprinkled with chunky vintage looking glitter. For the headband we only covered one side with glitter. We then took a strip of elastic (fitted to either the child or the doll) and wrapped it around out craft tray (which we are obsessed with, from school house electric). We then glued each star on with hot glue. For the wand we used a bbq skewer as the handle and inserted it into the corrugated end with a dab of glue. We then used glue and lots and lots of glitter to make our sparkly star wand.

See more dolls and matching pinafores here!

Watch our ‘Summer Nostalgia’ video

I’m so in love with how Jenner Brown, friend and film maker, captured our ‘Summer Nostaglia’ collaboration with Wren & James. A collection that brings girls and their dolls together in matching pinafores. You can see more from our collection and from the amazing photo shoot here, here, and here.

And if you have to watch it about three times over, don’t worry you’re not alone! We love it so and just can’t get enough.

Match your doll in these adorable pinafores!

We’re so excited to announce the launch of our collaboration ‘Summer Nostaglia’ that has been in the works for over a year with timeless children’s wear designer Kiley of Wren and James. Together we created 4 unique pinafores for both little girls and their dolls to wear. We wanted something that reminded us of the simple and playful summers of the past. Where children played with simple rag dolls and roamed on boardwalks, beaches and small town carnivals. Eating cotton candy and joining in hula hooping, jump rope and other past time favorite games. 

I illustrated little bunnies for our grey ‘bunny print‘ matching pinafores, and inky blue and soft clay hand painted stripes for the ‘blue stripe’ and ‘clay stripe‘ matching doll and girl pinafores. We also have an adorable ‘color block‘ pinafore with raw edge pockets (that I’m obsessed with) that is made with hand dyed rose linen and has my heart. Each pinafore is linen and beautifully made in the US. Each doll is hand sewn and has a hand painted with soft velvety hair, perfect for snuggling. Each are my favorite.

We also named the dolls in this collection after our girls, Amelia, Mazie, Margot, Greta, and then Kiana (after our sweet model here on the right) and Imogen. You can get each girl in any of the four pinafores to match your daughters dress and in a variety of hair styles: pigtails, top knot and side buns. We also have a few doll dresses in stripes that you can purchase separately for another dress your doll can change into!

                                     

We’re so excited about seeing everything finally come together and are in love with this photoshoot with Tracy Layne Photography.

 

We can’t wait to see which doll and pinafore you pick out! Start here!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! We painted father’s day portraits and this is what I came up with for Jon. 

Jon, always puts connection over perfection. He’s the kind of dad who listens intently, is always empathetic, and with an ever busy schedule will always make time to wrestle with the kids and tell dad stories (and event where he puts on a mini play with the kids for a bedtime story). Naturally the kids and I adore him.

I also had to say how grateful I am for my father – who showed me that I could make anything with my hands and create magic for my kids if I just put in the time and the love. He made us giant floor puzzles, many doll houses, a train table and much more. He’s just “figure it out” attitude has really influenced me a lot.

Happy day to all nurturing, kind, fun loving, good men who are great fathers.

Summer Solstice Sisters: New Dolls in the Shop

In addition to new prints (in several sizes) in the shop, I dropped a few more dolls today. These are technically the second drop of our Spring Whimsy collection but as summer is right around the corner it soon became clear to me that these gals are most definitely Summer Solstice Sisters. 

Each girl has their own special story like little Marlow here.

Marlow is Meg‘s little sister and loves to play fancy. Coconut popsicles, homemade with her sister, are her favorite summer time treat.

Oversized at 26″ long, and one of a kind, Marlow is perfect for playful performances and night time cuddles. She has dark brown velvet hair tied up in two side buns and is wearing a pale pink 4 square dress, with fur vest, felt ball necklace, cream felt laurel crown and black mary jane shoes. She is hand made with a hand painted face.

Se more sisters here.

Make a Cardboard Cottage Bunny House

We’ve had such fun working on Bitty Bunny Benjamin‘s Cardboard Cape Cottage. We knew just as soon as he came into being, he needed simple place to lay his head and we’re so happy he now has a cottage to call home. And we’re also so happy to be able to share just how we made it with you!

        

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Easter Bunny Piñata and Cupcake toppers

We love that our bunny piñata works so well with our printable bunny and doll paper toy and party pack.

It’s easy to make and can be done in just an afternoon.

And our friends Atticus the Bunny and Little Miss Nellie are here to celebrate with you in cupcake topper form. Just as a fun fabric or sparkle crown and a paper accordion collar for a bit of adornment. I also love the idea of stringing these friends up as party bunting, etc.

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Easy Paper Puppets

Atticus the Bunny and Little Miss Nellie love to perform and are more than excited to debut on their next performance with you and your little ones! Simply download their faces from our Printable Party Pack here (which includes several downloads for paper toys and decor) and adorn with clothing, collars, ruffles and more.

To Make these puppets:

  • Download and print faces from our Printable Party Pack here
  • cut out faces and adhere to the top of a stick (we used bbq skewers)
  • Cut up scraps of fabric and or paper, etc. to make their clothing. Here we sinched together fabric for the bunny and created a fabric collar to go with. We used felt for Nellies collar and some textured vinyl for her crown.
  • Insert you hand into the puppet and hold onto the stick. Now you’re ready to put on a puppet show!

  Find these and several other characters and decor items to download and print in the shop here.

Atticus the Bunny Paper Toy Printable Party Toy

As part of our Printable Party and Decor Pack in the shop, we have Atticus the Bunny as an articulated paper toy perfect for putting on puppet show or for topping a cake. To assemble Atticus the Bunny: (more…)