February 24, 2007
I just opened the morning e-mail to find that Quiet Hours has been featured at one of my favorite indie shopping sites – Indie Fixx. What is Indie Fixx? I will let founder Jen Wallace explain because her words sum it up better than anything else:
“Indie Fixx is a celebration of the creativity, tenacity, and general spunky goodness that is the indie design movement. The indie design movement is made up of artists, crafters and designers who make a literal smorgasbord of delectable indie products. Once you shop indie, you’ll never go back.”
Jen has done a lion’s share of getting the word out about new talents, and we are thrilled to see that she is a fan of some of our favorite artisans – Nobellas (maker of our ever-popular little felt dragon), Jess Nicole, Holzkram (maker of good wood), and Papered Together. You can read the feature here. Thank you, Jen!
If you’d like your own excuse to shop indie check out Indie Fixx’s Spring Shopping Guide which will run from March 15 – May 15. You’ll find everything from home decor to gifts for mom & tots, to an indie melange of “a little bit of this and a little bit of that”.
February 8, 2007
So she sat in the tower and thought what she’d do while the girls were at school and the Duke busy, too. Then, quickly, she sat up, a light in her eyes – “Why, I’ll bake them a cake – what a lovely surprise!”
So she raced down the turret, three steps at one leap, cleared the help from the kitchen and said, “Don’t you peep. You’ll all be delighted, for I’m going to make a lovely light luscious delectable cake.”
– Virginia Krall, The Duchess Bakes a Cake
Things didn’t go quite so smoothly for the Duchess if you remember this delightful story from your childhood. (If you want to take a trip down memory lane, or have yet to encounter the ditzy Duchess and her 13 daughters, take a look over at Purple House Press where you will discover a trove of classic children’s books rescued from obscurity and brought back to work their magic anew.)
Making a lovely light luscious cake just got a whole lot easier. Fresh from the Twinkle Kids’ bakery comes this extravaganza of a confection that is sure to bring a measure of fun and merriment to any festive gathering of tots and toys. The Twinkle Cake is the ingenious interactive design of two New Jersey moms. Made entirely of wool felt, it has three “iced” tiers and 50 “fondant” decorations that can be used over and over to assemble the dessert of your junior pastry chef’s dreams. Find it new in the shop today – a most welcome addition to our growing pantry of delectable play kitchen fare.
February 5, 2007
I’ve recently added this News feature to keep you up to date on the goings-ons in the shop. I’ll be posting some features about our artists as well as giving you previews of items that will be coming in, and providing some links to the many artisans out there who are making things you may be interested in.
As fond as we are of all things German and wood around here (see the photo of the 19th-century toy German post coach that spends its days on my boys’ bureau), the shop will be heading in some new directions this year, as I collaborate more and more with artists – many of them moms – working from home and creating fantastic toys in limited editions or small runs. There is a big wide crafting community out there and it gives me immense pleasure to be able to support these talented people who love to make things for the children in our lives. From the e-mails I’ve received from many of you, you feel the same way.
There are countless crafters who are running their own flourishing businesses and have chosen not to sell their items through retail stores. Or there are moms who simply don’t have enough time in the day to make more toys. So, occasionally, we will post links to selected sites where you will be able to find more good things that we are unable to offer here.
As for new items making their way to us, I’d like to give you a preview of some pieces we will be getting from fiber artist Ana Paula Rimoli. Ana learned to crochet as a young girl in Uruguay and now makes her home in New York where she spends her spare time dreaming up charming amigurumi creations to delight her two young daughters. She has cornered the market on “cute” and we are thrilled to be working with her. The toys below (and others) will be arriving in the shop in the next few weeks.
We’ll also be getting a surprise from Krista Stout of Papered Together. She makes the most wonderful “antique-with-a-twist” cards and has agreed to try her hand at some special prints just for us. We’ll be getting some cards in the shop in future, too. Below are some samples of her work: