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Natural Elegance From Etsy

The call to Etsy is strong and when I reach the homepage I can see why. My eye immediately noticed these organic designs that are so incredibly beautiful ~ they are truly a mixture of clothing and art.  The shop called Zelaya is brimming with natural and biodegradable fabrics and designs unlike anything I’ve seen. ‘Naturally elegant’ is the perfect word combination to describe…

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Isn’t it stunning? The natural selection of flowers floating down the front is so delicate and elegant.  Here’s more:

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Thank you for existing Etsy.  Your handmade pieces and stores continue to inspire and nourish creativity in us all. And to the artist over at Zelaya who crafted these gorgeous organic collections – wow!  I’m in awe of your talent!

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I Do Believe In Mermaids

It’s true that parents become completely engaged in the imaginative world their children create. My favorite memory with my twin girls is an afternoon spent on the beach making sand castles telling them stories of the mermaids.  I told them when the tide came up and lifted the sand castles away, it would be a wonderful gift for the mermaids to enjoy.  My girls sat totally engrossed in the story and begin to feverishly decorate the castles with any shells, sea weed, or grass they could find with such wonderfully pure and beautiful expressions in their eyes and smiles.  And at 2 years old, I knew they were not imagining commercially produced Ariel mermaids. 

When Christmas approached I knew a mermaid gift needed to be on the list for my girls, but I could only source the mermaid Groovy Girls and mermaid Barbies.  My quest lead me to the place where I am never disappointed, as the creativity of Etsy owners is abundant ~ Etsy!  Want to see what I turned up that is practical, functional, beautiful, imaginative, and guaranteed to make girls of all ages gasp?

Ummm yes.  It’s a pink and red mermaid tail beach towel. It simply ties around your ‘mermaid’s’ waist to start hours of imaginative play or you can lay it next to the pool or beach for use.  And just in case you didn’t notice it from the picture, the little girl’s doll also is sporting a mermaid tail.  The talented Etsy artist of Tiny Green Apples, decided to make mermaid tails for American Girl dolls.  You can’t leave out her best friend right?  I love these mermaid tails because of where they’ll lead a little girl’s imagination.  

Here is a close-up of the doll mermaid tail.  Thank goodness it’s March and I can talk about beach towels and sand castles without sounding crazy ~ I’ve been sitting on this little gem for simply too long.

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3 Cool Gift Ideas Kid’s Won’t Already Have!

There are just SO many awesome eco-fabulous products out there for Christmas!  Very unique, nature based, eco-friendly, wonderful things that come to my attention via Etsy surfing or from talented mompreneurs.  Looking for gifts for children that have everything or maybe have too many commercial based toys?  Here are three wonderful products ranging in very affordable prices that they don’t already have – but would LOVE to receive!

1) The wonderful Nature Bag.  This product was created by two New Westminster Moms who noticed a void with encouraging children back into nature, trying to reduce the ‘nature deficit disorder’ that author Richard Louv described in the book ‘Last Child In The Woods’ that is one of the inspirations behind what called these moms into action.    In an attempt to re-connect children with our beautiful environment, the co-founders Katharine and Sylvie produced a wonderful concept: The Nature Bag.  Filled with what you might expect..binoculars, magnifying glass, bug box, and notepad, the true magic of this bag are the booklets inside that inspire parents with new ideas with re-introducing kids back into appreciating and learning about nature.  I also loved the simple idea of ‘leaf viewers’ and cards where you can stick treasures found in nature to bring home.  The price point makes this a very special gift – the perfect gift recommendation for a grandparent or Santa present.  Really, at $34.99, if your child becomes re-stimulated with nature and spends less ‘screen time’ at home, that cost seems very low.

2)  Ring ring!  What child wouldn’t think they own customized bike bell isn’t the coolest?  Check out these adorable bicycle bells from the Etsy shop Dring Dring.  They use eco-friendly paints without solvents or toxic fumes.  They are weather resistant and the company is always creating new designs.  They also charge depending on where you live (US or Canada) because they are a Canadian based company…that is so nice!  Check out this picture from their Etsy site.  What child wouldn’t appreciate their very own uniquely made bell for their bike?!

3) Last (but not least) have you ever heard of Fabkins?  What a great little gem for gift exchanges with little friends, stocking stuffers, or ‘greening’ up your party ideas.  They are wonderful cloth napkins with different embroidered themes to please any child.  They help promote environmental awareness by reducing paper waste and are totally adorable.  I know my girls especially, love to dab the corners of their mouth at mealtime and think these are a very special addition to meal time.  Fabkins come in sets of 5 and the cute designs make this a very unique and wonderful gift AND kids are learning about reusing products rather than always opting for the easy solution of disposable napkins.

I hope these and other Mommy Footprint ideas help inspire some gift giving ideas that promote some old school, sustainable values.  There is no better gift than a product that stimulates and educates a child’s mind.

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Oh Etsy! Check Out Petit Flaneur – Hand Crafted Room Decor

Holy Etsy! This newly found store (thank you Leah!) makes me want to decorate another nursery or carve out a section of my toy room dedicated only to the creation of art.  The hand crafted wonders at this store are amazing. This Canadian (love saying that) store Petit Flaneur has a very artistic website….full of inspiration for any art lovers. They also have an Etsy store that displays their child minded signature items. Check out their wall decals and room decor! Honestly, what better message to start in a child’s nursery or play area than this beautiful garden decal for the wall? They have incorporated Amy Butler fabric and wood veneer on canvas. Non-commercial, natural products, nature inspired. Love it and there’s more….but first, a few visuals. 

Picture source: Petit Flaneur Etsy Store

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Etsy Comes Alive With Mommies On Main!

Thank you to Amanda who informed me about Mommies On Main.  I normally don’t write about events that are only local to my city, but this is something that could (and should be) recreated anywhere.  It’s very inspiring and I’m so excited to learn about it!

Vancouver is hosting a first annual ‘mamapalooza’ featuring creations from local Mom artisans and designers.  It is called Mommies On Main and will arrive July 12th and 13th.  I took a look at their Vendor-roll and OMG..it’s like Etsy has come to life here in Vancouver.  Many of these Vendors actually have Etsy stores.   What an awesome opportunity to support local moms who are using organic and eco friendly products.

Okay…hold up!  After looking through the Vendors again I haven’t been able to keep my drool inside my mouth.  There is an Etsy artist/store called Superfly Lullabies and they make Owl hoodies!  Oh my…do you think I could wedge my body into a size 4T?  It wouldn’t be pretty, but I’m sure I could make it happen!  <grin>  Not only is there a pink owl, but the fabric is my other Etsy learned favorite – Amy Butler.  Ray if you are reading this – maybe hide my wallet the weekend of July 12-13th.

Picture Source: Superfly Lullabies site

 

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