Posted in Mood of the dayMarch 1, 2011
Posted in Photography - IllustrationFebruary 28, 2011
Posted in Parent & Child interviewsFebruary 24, 2011
Easton loves to draw, has a wild imagination, and is very curious about life. He is (and has been since he was very young) obsessed with sea creatures and life under water (have we found the next Patrick Duffy?). Courtney Adamo, mother of three and writer/editor of babyccinokids.com tells us what she likes, buys, reads… One thing sure : Courtney takes great pictures of her kids.
Posted in CultureFebruary 23, 2011
It’s half term here in the UK, time for mums and nannies to find crafty ideas to entertain the children (it’s raining, but it’s London after all…). Here’s a wonderful book, perfect to fit the purpose : Beasties – How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night (Perigee Books). This fun craft book teaches readers how to sew a collection of monsters from around the world. Some swim in the sea, others live on land, and a few fly through the air. The book came from the author’s interest in monsters from folklore, mythology, and cryptozoology. Readers may recognize familiar characters such as a Fairy, Yeti, and Werewolf as well as some lesser-known characters such as the Chonchon and Eloko. Each Beastie is photographed in their environment so you can see where they live. The book also includes an overview of sewing stitches, a description of the characters, instructions, and patterns for sewing. Very Exciting.
About Diana Schoenbrun, the author : “I am a published illustrator, writer, and crafter living in Brooklyn, NY. I received my BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. I have worked as an art assistant in publishing, taught writing and puppetry workshops, for children, and worked as a freelance illustrator. I currently work as a puppet builder at Puppet Heap Studio”.
Beasties is available on amazon (Click here)
Posted in Retail - WindowsFebruary 22, 2011
1 WOVENPLAY featherband: inspires creativity, self-reliance, appreciation of art and the inherent beauty of traditional arts and crafts. The collection is hand-made or hand-finished in WOVENPLAY’s Manhattan studio.
2 BLABLA handknitted dolls: designed by Florence Wetterwald and knitted by Peruvian artisans. Everything is made from natural fibers of exceptional quality, grown in Peru making the line irresistibly soft and cuddly. Florence´s poetic, simple and vibrant style combined with the ancestral knowledge of the knitters has created products which look contemporary, yet feel like old friends. (various designs)/
3 CARDANIO cardboard-kitchen: high quality produce from Germany. The small kitchen is so light that your child can carry it around and it can be individually decorated with crayons or stickers./
4 SMILING PLANET plate: manufactured in the USA with safe, sustainable, recycled, and organic materials with artwork that reflects an earth-friendly ethos with a message of peace, diversity, and respect for the environment. (various designs)/
5 EARLY RIDER Coming right from England – the Early Rider racing bike! With its low center of gravity, it’s the most stable and easiest learning bike to maneuver.
6 KIDSONROOF popjes rabbit: small cuddling doll made from recycled cloth
7+8 DWELL STUDIO puzzle or stamp set: classics even today’s kids will love. The stamp sets feature young artists’ favorite motifs – zoo animals, the cityscape, or farm life – and let bright imaginations run wild.
9 DONKEY PRODUCTS My First Autobahn: Autobahn for the nursery or on the way, adhesive tape incl. toy car/
10 SUPEREDITIONS colouring books: interactive books with an imaginative short story to be illustrated by you and your children. Have fun making your very own book!/
11 FJÄLLRÄVEN mini backpack: Every generation of Scandinavian kids have worn Fjällräven’s daypack since it debuted in 1978. The classic design is the same today as back then and remains just as popular. For school, day trips, or biking to work the Kånken makes a lifelong companion for kids and adults./
12 PETITCOLLIN Tipi: Produced in France at the traditional company PETITCOLLIN, the oldest and the last french dolls factory. This beautiful playtent can be used indoor and outdoor and changes every space into a fantasyworld of indians and cowboys or it is just a very cosy hideaway.
13 EGMONT rabbit lamp: Egmont’s magical children’s lamps are already cult. The white rabbit, from time to time completely out of stock, is a very popular object for nurseries. With their soft light, they suit well as night lamps.
BOBO CHOSES cardigan, t-shirt and scarf: bohemian BOBO CHOSES from Barcelona takes us back to a summer of our own childhood full of icecream, cookies, cherries and candies.
To make your own selection of inspiring&delicious products : http://www.derkleinesalon.at/
Posted in Parent & Child interviewsFebruary 21, 2011
Emile lives in South India, with his parents, brother Gaspard (3 years) and sister Victoria (1 year and half). His mother, Paula is Argentinian; she lived in Paris and Quito before Pondicherry. Inspired by her children, she creates little toys in cotton yarn called “Dents de loup”, a name which comes from a Serge Gainsbourg song. See her blog here and shop for Dents de loup products on http://www.etsy.com/shop/dentsdeloup.Read more
Posted in Retail - WindowsFebruary 21, 2011
Kidsonroof Recycle print dolls house (£21.00)- I love the way this dolls house encourages little creative minds. We had hours of endless fun in The Hellobubba House, decorating ours with pretty vintage scraps of wallpaper.
Wool and the Gang 3’bs set (£75.00). This unique baby DIY Knit-Kit includes BLOOMERS, BOOTIES and BONNET, ready to make using the softest Alpaca yarn, which has a stylish tweed effect. The Packaging is strikingly modern, a unique and special gift for any new mum.
Donna Wilson Mini Rainy Day Blanket (£47.00), A personal Favourite of mine…She creates the most quirkiest of products, Her rainy day Blanket is super- soft and cosy, Donna’s range of blankets will definitely create a stylish statement to any stroller.
Coq en Pate Whale print shoulder bag. (£28.00), This bag represents a perfectly apt collaboration, with quintessential French Brand Petit Bateau. I adore anything with a big red shaped heart on it, as well as the lovely deep blue ‘Whale’ illustration.
Bobo Choses Paris T-Shirt (£15.00).We are big fans of stripes in the HelloBubba house, Bobo Chose never fail us with their cheery prints…and bright colours. I love how each collection is based on a little story this season was about Lobo a gentle wolf creature, who is in Love with Paris.
Selection by Natasha Fellas, founder of Hellobubba,
About Natasha Fellas and Hellobubba.
Natasha worked in as the Visual Stylist for the ladies wear retail chain Whistles. She was in charge creating window schemes, in-store displays and merchandising. Hellobubba has been a project which she’s been dreaming about since the birth of her son Gabriel nearly 4 years ago but that she had to keep as a project until after the birth of her daughter Etienne two years ago. Her main inspiration comes from Europe. She loves the sophistication of the products, subtle edginess of brands Like Popupshop, loving cosines and delicacy created by brands Like April showers by polder. The product offer is complemented by international brands lined up from NYC, Japan and Donna Wilson from the UK. Hellobubba is definitely about design sensibility aimed at children with no big flashy labels and nothing too twee.
Posted in CultureFebruary 19, 2011
“Media companies are going to become retailers and retailers are going to become media companies, it’s inevitable” recently said Net-a-porter founder Nathalie Massenet in an interview with the Financial Times. Forward thinking Marie Soudre-Richard, queen of the online children’s business was very quick to see the trend. This month she launched Little Fashion book, a high quality magazine displaying all the items sold on her e-store, LFG. Part of the adventure are Violaine Belle-Croix, former chief editor of Milk, and Carole Daprey, author of “mobilier Design pour enfants. It is clear that Sudre-Richard has not only a talent for scouting trends, but also for surrounding herself with talented people.
To see the interview of Marie-Sudre-Richard published on Pirouette last December, click here.
Posted in Parent & Child interviewsFebruary 17, 2011
Kelly Roper is a natural light child photographer (www.kellyroperphotography.com) whose black and white, quiet photographs, are in real contrast with our fast moving and hectic world. Mother of Addison, 13 and Griffin, 11, Kelly says about her son : “Griffin keeps us laughing with his love for comedy and witty personality. He is constantly on the move playing tennis, soccer and cross country during the school year.Read more
Posted in Mood of the dayFebruary 16, 2011
“I am very excited to be here today and took some time to think about something nice I wanted to share on Pirouette. I am living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the last days have been awful. Grey skies, lots of rain, wind… just terrible. To cheer up our moods we paint rainbows…lots of beautiful, colourful and happy rainbows.This is when I thought… lets do a rainbow post! Something for everybody, boys, girls, babies, deco, play….and LOTS of colours. Hope you will like it!”. Peggy, Paul&Paula