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Delightful heirloom hand embroidered decorative dolls

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble

How was your weekend? Are you ready to see something so adorable it will mesmerize you? When I first stumbled upon these woodland dolls during a quick stroll at Anthropologie it was love at first sight.

And of course I bookmarked them immediately and I am so excited to share them with you today. Rose started making her decorative woodland dolls after her sweet girl Alba was born. Inspired by memories of her grandmother, the creativity she had passed down, Rose borrowed a sewing machine and started to sew.

Today, Thicket & Thimble consists of a small team of makers, lovingly creating each doll entirely by hand. Using very noble and hand-dyed fibres. Each doll features Irish linen and hand-stitched wool-felt applique and all designs arrive with a numbered tag and a glitter cotton dust bag:

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble
‘Crafting my endearing little characters has been a hugely fulfilling creative process – new ideas are forming in my mind constantly and it’s a joy bringing them to life and a dream come true knowing they bring happiness to others.’

 

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble
You can clearly see how much passion and craftsmanship goes into each doll. Every doll is a piece of heart, and something the dolly mum or dad will keep forever.

 

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble

hand embroidered decorative dolls thicket thimble
And you can find two distinct collections: Heirloom; the signature, hand embroidered decorative dolls, each one numbered. And Keepsake; a collection of water colour linen print designs for play.

 

 

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Home accessories with a bit of humor!

Calhoun & Co.
Happy New Year! Bonne Annee! Frohes Neues Jahr!

Yay, 2020 is here. And my break is coming to an end today. Happy to be back even so the task of finding the right topic for the very first article of a decade is a little daunting.

Therefore I decided to go with home accessories* that come with a bit of humor and cosy vibes. A so called no brainer and something we all enjoy. At any time of year! And when you live in the UK or somewhere in Northern Europe you will always enjoy a great blanket…

Especially when they are this cool:

Calhoun & Co.

Calhoun & Co.

Calhoun & Co.

Calhoun & Co.

Calhoun & Co.

Calhoun & Co.
Brilliant right?

Kerry designs home accessories with a bit of humor for cosy weekend vibes. And the intention of spreading a little more kindness in the world. And she says: “We’re inspired by community, friendly faces, interesting places, and spending Saturday mornings slow and with a cup of coffee. Your home is the space you spend time with those nearest & dearest to you. And we believe that space should reflect you and have the personality you want it to have.”

Kerry and her cool business are based in Brooklyn, New York, and the collection is a mix of small batch (or one of a kind!) handmade items and designs produced right in the U.S.A.

And those blankets* are just so good. Do you have a favourite? It is so difficult and I am hesitating between ‘Good At Naps*’ and those lovely flamingos*.

 

Calhoun & Co. baby blanket
And this jungle inspired kid sized blanket* is just so adorable as well.

 

Calhoun & Co. tea towel
Also, can you say no to a great tea towel? This “Be A Friendly Face*” pattern was designed with the people of New York City in mind. A city that is made up from so many different kinds of people, and that is a beautiful thing.

By the way, the designs are all based on illustrations and painting by founder Kerry. Love!

I hope these blankets put a smile on your face and if you are looking for more home accessories inspiration, how about these natural home decor ideas?

 

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27 magical things for a very happy 2020!

27 magical things for a very happy 2020!
Wow! So, just a few days left and after a row of festive days we will enter a new decade. How exiting!
And I believe the best way to get started is rested, relaxed, and energised. Therefore, I will take a break until the beginning of January and today’s Friday List will be my last post for this year.

Of course I made sure to finish off with some fantastic goodies and finds!
Enjoy, and especially, enjoy your holidays wherever you are in this world. be surrounded by love, and more love:

 
kinetic mobile
This hanging kinetic mobile* is hand crafted out of wood pieces painted by hand, with great attention to the balance and movement.

Great books for teens.

 

 

childrens-book-map
Love! And perfect for all the little people who love books – this Children’s Book Map celebrates the magic of children’s literature. The illustrated map features references to 50 classic kid’s books.

Let’s start 2020 with a fresh face.

 

 

toddler dresser

cute toddler dresser
Cute toddler dresser!

This yoga mat will definitely get you going to class every week.

 

 

wool-jumper-women-fub
Beautiful and comfy mum jumper*.

Scarlett Johansson and her struggles of single parenthood.

 

 

kinto tableware
Very smitten by all this pretty tableware*!

Eva Mendes and her two daughters’ messy art projects.

 

 

tiger throw blanket
OMG! That throw blanket*. Would make a great tapestry too…

20 cities to visit in 2020.

 

 

llama wall hanging boho
The best! A Llama wall hanging*!

Away promised a lifestyle of inclusion and nice vacations. Was the mission just a smokescreen?

New Years Party coming up? Here are all the essentials to make it a success!

 

 

linen dresses girls
Pretty linen dresses* with cute collars. Perfect for festive days and beyond…

The Worst Designed Products of 2019!

 

 

ceramic coffee mug
It is difficult for me to resist a pretty cup*. And at the moment I love everything pottery.

The most influential images – of ALL time.

 

 

princess-soft-toy-castle
The mouse on the pea!

Famous people who passed away in 2019.

 

 

A+Scandinavian+Apartment+Decorated+in+Blue+and+Grey+Tones
Scandi place in blue and grey tones.

Perfect chunky sweater* to wear with a pair of jeans!

 

 

lemon-shaped-wooden-stacking-toy
When you think a stacking toy is just a stacking toy and you come across this*!

Polka dots* forever!

 

 

scandinavian kids room
And this lovely Scandinavian kids room.

I know. I know. But this is the perfect Spring sweater*. And once January is here, all we want is Spring to start….

See you soon!

 

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Delightful handmade rainbow wall hangings

rainbow wall hanging

Hello new week. How was your third of Advent Sunday? We baked so many Christmas cookies in our house, I think everyone needs a little break. They are all vegan and we made them for the first time (I love to try new things) and they are delicious. How about a raspberry white chocolate oat cookie? Or matcha biscuits?

Nom Nom! Now we have a couple of days and school will be out, and everyone will slow down and take a well deserved break.

And I will also take a Paul & Paula break over the holidays and most likely wrap 2019 with a big Friday List this week.

So before that, I would like to share these gorgeous hand wrapped rainbow wall hangings that make a lovely decor in a nursery or kid’s room. They are made from macrame rope and come in the most divine colours. Which by the way, you can also have one custom made to your exact preference.

Let’s have a look:

rainbow wall hanging

rainbow wall hanging

rainbow wall hanging

rainbow wall hanging

rainbow wall hanging

The rainbow wall hangings are available in various sizes or in form of key chains, charms, and garlands. And have you spotted the festive ones? They would make a great Christmas accessory.

Demet is very inspired by her own daughter and hopes that the items she is making with love, bring happiness and luck to the homes they reach.

More kids room decor ideas? How about some natural decor ideas or these gorgeous mobiles?

 

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Gift Guides 2019 – teens

Gift Guides 2019 – teens

I guess when thinking about a good gift for teens it has to tick quite a few boxes. Trendy, personal, useful for their daily life, stylish and, of course, something they really want.

My eldest is 12 1/2 so we are nearly there. In the teen stage. But I have to say, even the tween phase is so interesting. How her interests develop, things that get her engaged, and her reaction and opinion on big problems like the future of our world. The pureness and straight forwardness that for example my 7 year old is still so good at, is starting to fade away. Sharing your thoughts is not so ‘out of the pistol’ anymore…

But then she is also still my ‘little girl’ that loves nothing more than enjoying a good book with a cup of tea. Being creative and here her latest discovery is lettering. And wow, she did some very beautiful things. And yes, most of the things from my list today are approved by her too.

Here are some really cool ideas that I am sure a teen would love to find under the tree:

1. Sure to be one of the hottest gifts this year, and maybe even the next! The Nintendo Switch* allows you to play the latest Nintendo-developed video games. And the killer twist? You can play these games on your TV, and at any time you can un-dock the Switch, allowing you to enjoy full console games on the go. Altogether, the Switch features small, detachable Joy-Con controllers so you can play with a friend at any time.

2. 3 in 1 charging dock station. Non-toxic silicone material is used for this compact charging hub. And it is the perfect accessory to have on your bedside table or on a desk. The Charging Hub* supports your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time.
And the  cable management holes on the rear side, preventing the cluttering of your cables.

3. Bullet Journal Set* with the most bonus : A high quality notebook set with 1 Bullet Journal Notebook, 15 colours fineliner pens, 5 pieces of reusable stencils, 6 sticker sheets, 6 washi tape, and 1 black gel pen. It is perfect for someone getting into, or wanting to get into a bullet journal. And this is so much fun!

4. The Big Life Journal is all about developing a positive mindset that encourages resilience, gratitude, and positivity. With this, teens can learn how their mindset is shaped by their thoughts and experiences. It also teaches them that, with practice, they can overcome anything. Inspire, create goals, and breed positivity!

5. This health & fitness Smartwatch* with heart rate, music & swim tracking includes on-screen coaching too. An all-day smartwatch that helps your sporty teen live their best life. Because it comes with sleep monitoring as well which tells you the time you spend in each precious sleep stage. Get them to move more, track it, and have fun! Plus, this watch will track any work out automatically – no need to switch it on!

6. A very stylish touch sensor night light* that is a Bluetooth 4.0 Hifi speaker, digital alarm clock, MP3 player all in one too. Great 48 colour changing bedside lamp with sleep mode. It is touch activated and you can fully control the brightness, colour and power.

7. If you have a teen girl, you probably know that they love to do their hair. Straighten, curls… and when it comes to hair must-haves, shine always comes top. Now you can get a straightener to help you create styles whilst caring for your hair too. If you want more intense shine, to tackle frizz or to have healthier looking hair in an instant then look no further. This clever range of tools* incorporate the next generation of advanced ceramic plates. Plus they are infused with special micro conditioners, so not only will your hair be styled to perfection, it will be shiny and healthy looking too.

8. Make your own Lip Balm Kit*. This kit is the perfect gift for teens. Inside the fully recyclable box, you will receive everything you need to make 5 of your very own lip balms, along with blank labels to help you get creative. And it is a great way to learn about what goes into making a lip balm, and also be sure you are only putting the most natural ingredients onto your body.
(various kits available incl. a ‘Make your own face mask’ kit)

9. The modern version of the iconic AF1*, combining classic style and modern details. The low design offers optimum soil adhesion and a classic look. This version of the Nike Air Force 1 features rippled leather edges for a cleaner, slimmer line and more refined details. The leather and fabric upper features external layers positioned at strategic points for a lifetime durability and support. The perforated inserts favor the breathability to keep the foot always fresh and dry. These sneakers are super trendy right now, and they go with anything!

10. Day Off Jelle Beanie* Hat!

11. This one is for those that enjoy programming and tinkering around. The Arduino is a starter kit* that features flexible and easy-to-use hardware and software. It includess a guidebook and 15 different projects to complete, taking you from beginner to expert before you know it.  Think light sensors, heat sensors, electronic display screens, robotic things. This is perfect if you are interested to understand how gadgets work for example.

12. Teenagers are all about their skin and also about the environment. Therefore, this My Clarins gift set, which has fruit and plant-based ingredients, will help them to be in all their natural and nourishing glory.

 

And it is a wrap. The gift guides for this year are done and I hope that I could inspire you a bit! Ho Ho Ho and wishing you a lovely and very festive time over the coming days and weeks.

 

Gift Guides 2019 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Mum & Dad aka grown ups

* Christmas Decor

* Baby

* Kids

* Family Games

* Books

* Teens

 

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