Handmade Goodness

February 5, 2007

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Greetings, all!

 

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.

 

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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:

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