Posts Tagged: toy

featured artist :: the rice babies

from the archives: 3.15.11

name: Kellie
company: The Rice Babies
links: web | etsy | twitter | facebook

What do you make?
Pretty dolls and lovely crowns that inspire the imagination.

What or who inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my children and the children I teach through my art classes. I also love children’s literature and have a wild imagination.

How did you get started?
I picked up a camera when I was in high school, from them on art has been wooing me. It’s been a long time love affair.

What are your favourite materials to work with?
Currently, I love to sew, so fabrics with textures and great designs coupled with embroidery.

What is the hardest and your most favourite part of crafting?
The hardest part is finding time with three little ones. My favourite part is seeing people enjoying what I have made.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
If you love it, just keep trying, and if you love making it, you will find the time.

Do you consider yourself an artist or a crafter?
I have an art degree, so I am inclined to say artist. When I set out, I hoped to be an artist, the word crafter didn’t enter my world until I opened an Etsy shop. I suppose the word craft comes from hand crafted, so I would think handmade would also then become craft, so I guess both.

all images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie except image one via Blue Olive Photography

i love :: misako mimoko

Have you ever experienced something and wish that time would stand still? Well, you need one of these handmade “fake” watches! Designed by Misako Mimoko, aka Eva Monleón, she is an illustrator and multimedia and graphic designer living in Barcelona. See more: website | etsy | blog | twitter

featured artist :: tiny warbler

from the archives: 09.11.09

name: Kate
company: Tiny Warbler
links: shop | blog

What do you make?
I make small, soft animals made from my original patterns. They are made from melton wool, cashmere blends and I use cotton fabric and Japanese cottons as accents. They are stitched entirely by hand and are now being stuffed with soft (local) lambswool. I also make some limited edition items during special holidays. There will be bats in the shop again soon, just in time for Halloween. (and for fun, I am teaching myself how to make quilts.)

What or who inspires you?
I can find inspiration in almost anything! Obviously I am inspired by nature (I love watching animal planet!) but sometimes all it takes is a song, or a color. My creative husband is a constant source of inspiration for me as well.

How did you get started?
I’ve been creating and making things since I was little. Drawing, coloring, ceramics, collages- I loved it all. There was then a long period where I didn’t make anything, then I started to work for a local designer couple making their jewelry as production work. That got my hands moving again and inspired me to create something of my own. I had the urge to use some the fabric I had started collecting, so I picked up a pencil and started sketching. One thing lead to another and next thing I knew I had made an elephant. It all happened within a few hours. I was hooked. (and shocked!)

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I love working with textiles.(meaning, I have a slight fabric addiction!) Wool, linen, cotton fabric. It’s a nice contrast to the silver and bronze I had been working with in the jewelry studio.

Do you have any advice for those in the biz?
Oh, I don’t think I’m qualified to be offering up advice! I just try to keep an open mind, do everything to the best of my ability and treat people the way I would like to be treated in return. For me, I always try to remember that I started doing this because I like to make stuff. If it stops being fun, then I think it’s time to move on.

craft project :: DIY rocket ship

guest post + images by amanda wood

From splashing in the pool to shooting to outer space. Now that fall is upon us, transform your neglected pool noodles into rocket ships that really take off.

Rather than cluttering up the garage for a whole year, turn those pool noodles into good fun by creating rocket ships that really fly. Using just a few simple household items, it’s a quick project that will give the kids a little backyard adventure for those crisp fall days. While an adult is needed to do the cutting part of the project, the assembly could be done by school age children.

Materials needed:
Pool noodles *
Card stock (Any type of stiff card stock will work such as the back of a notepad, shirt card or even corrugated cardboard boxes. Dig around in your recycling bin!)
Utility knife or x-acto knife (Scissors can be used for cutting, but it will be a little more difficult to get a nice clean edge.)
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
* Each pool noodle will make about three rocket ships. You can use either the smooth sided or bevel sided versions.

Step One:
Cut three 3″x4″ rectangles out of the cardstock. These will be the starting point for the three fins. If you are making more than one rocket ship, you might want to cut enough rectangles for each one at this point.

Step Two:
On each of the three fins, cut the point off one corner by measuring down 1″ on either side of the point. This should give you about a 1.5″ angle. It doesn’t need to be too precise, but we found that this gave it a nice proportion.

Step Three:
Measuring down 18″ from one end, cut off a section of the pool noodle. This is your rocket ship body.

Step Four:
Trim one end of the rocket ship so that it has a cone-shaped or bevelled point like a pencil. This will be the nose of the rocket ship.

Step Five:
On the tail end of the rocket ship body, you will need to cut slits into the body to insert the fins. Use the long side of the fins to help measure the length. There should be two slits evenly spaced on the bottom and one slit on the top. You can slide the fins into place ensuring that the angled corner is on top facing the front of the rocket ship.

Step Six:
Once the fins are in place, secure them with duct tape.

Step Seven:
You are ready to blast off! Just raise the rocket ship above your head in one hand and launch it just like you would a paper airplane. These rockets really can go quite far and high, so I recommend using them outside where there is plenty of space.

Try a little science experience by testing different materials for the weight in the nose and different sizes and weights of passengers (see below). See which combination makes it go the highest or farthest!

Giddy Up!
If you would like to have a passenger in your rocket ship, you can trim out a cockpit in the middle of the top of the body. Use your toy as a guide to the size of the cut-out. Since the pool noodle is hollow, a nice little space is created to nestle in a little figurine such as playmobile or any other toy of a similar size.

Caution: Your passenger may jump ship if the rocket gets up a good speed, so don’t use anything too precious that might break!


Amanda Wood makes handmade goods for the family home under the name Owl + Pussycat. As a mom of two active boys who is passionate about bringing DIY into the hands of children, she is always on the lookout for thrifty craft ideas to keep them busy. Blog | Etsy

toy planters

I saw these dinosaur planters circulate the Internet a few weeks ago, but they are too cute to not share! These repurposed toy plannters are by Plaid Pigeon on etsy. They are taking a small break while they catch up on their orders, but you can check out their shop here. Choose from a range of herbivores and carnivores including Jack the Dilophosaurus, Dylan the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Zach the Triceratops.