Have you heard of Finnsdottir Ceramic Tales? Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sell you anything (apart from pastel being ‘in’) since I have no involvement with them.
Basically, I’m trying to gear into a lifestyle of only buying stuff that I really want. By that I mean I have thought about them for weeks or months and if after that time I feel that I need them or crave them, I let go of my purse and allow them to take my money. I’m trying really hard to stop impulse buying both because my house could possibly drown in stuff that I thought for a point in time was worth buying and fill it with clutter, and also it’s so bad for the environment especially if these are mass produced things that have traveled the world back and forth. Buying local made items may be more expensive in the short run but it will pay off in the long run.
One of the things I crave at the moment are the ceramic vases and candle holders from the danish/icelandic designers at Finnsdottir Ceramic Tales. The forms and colors are just so overwhelmingly beautiful.
I’ve never been much of a fan of pastel colors till now, I guess by remembering the early 90’s when the world was in painted in every pastel color available – simultaneously – I got a bit immune to them, but using pastel with white/off white and black is really delicately beautiful.
One of the items I’m looking out for this Christmas is this four piece candlestick, very festive as Christmas decoration but can totally go in non-Christmas context in January, so I’d never pack it down with all the holiday items.
Just look at these christmas decorations, a squirrel and a deer. Just can’t beat the cuteness!
Check out the facebook page for Finnsdottir Ceramic Tales, the photo stream is just drop dead gorgeous. This is definitely on my wish list this christmas, *hint*.
I’m like all moms probably, I love shopping clothes for my kids and looking at baby’s and kids clothes styles. What I look for in kids clothing is that they are first and foremost comfortable, made of soft fabrics preferably organic which don’t stretch with use, that they have a pattern that suit my kids figure and have complementing colors/graphics. I’m not looking for expensive clothes for my little ones mainly because they grow out of them too quickly, but for quality fabrics and unique style, the price tag I’m looking for is usually fair.
I have a one year old girl and really love dressing her up, thankfully she doesn’t mind either 🙂 I’ll list a few of my favourites here, sadly I don’t get any perks for these mentions so I assure you this is truly a personal favourite. 😉
My favourite brands are mostly Scandinavian, the danish brand Molo,
swedish shop Lindex:
and the icelandic brand Iglo+Indy, they’ve become even more adorable in the last few years, I used to buy their clothes for my boys
I’m also a huge fan of Tiny Cottons a brand from Barcelona:
I should also mention the icelandic brand As we grow but I’ve already made a unique post about them so they’ll have to settle for one (adorable) dress image:
As I overview my selected favourites I see I have a color theme here 🙂 If you have a favourite kids clothes brand please tell me in the comments section 🙂
I’m admiring the new calendar at the new mr. Printables shop. You can add little surprises in the paper boxes in shape of houses. Super cute and clever!
When November starts I feel its time to start preparing for the holidays. I’d like to start earlier because the days leading up to Christmas I feel are the most enjoyable, the holidays in itself are enjoyable but there’s not nearly as much creativity going. I do love decorating the place and finding new adorable Christmas decorations either from designers around the world or easy DIY projects.
A design team called Hafnir made this Christmas tree, it actually is similar to an old DIY project from ages ago in Iceland, this is how the christmas trees looked like when my grandmother was young and pine trees were not so common in rural areas. I love the simplicity of it.
I always intend to make time for christmas crafting but sadly it always ends up being either last minute and not so enjoyable or a thought saved for next christmas. This tiny tree decoration tutorial I saw at noodle-head.com is a great start for either christmas tree, gift decoration or a garland.
These advent calendar boxes are super cute!
Simple and cute idea even for the little ones, just trim the ribbons in a tree shape. Idea from firefliesandmudpies.com
I have to show you these adorable creatures by Silja Kristjansdottir, she calls them Night Owls (Náttuglur). Each one is handmade and unique, made with love and care. Their expression is just too cute, with mis-aligned eyes and a smirky smile. I know kids love fondling their adorable ears and their multicolored tails.
Náttuglur are mostly made out of reused fabric, shirts, dresses and other delightful material. The faces are sewn by hand, with extra strong knots for the eyes.
Silja can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her Facebook page. I must get one for my little one!
As I am expecting our third we know too well how clothes travel from one family member to another as the kids grow up. I’ve sent clothes to my nephews that my boys have grown out and received some too, which both saves money and the hassle of going shopping (note, I don’t mind shopping I just live in a town with a very scarce range of clothes) of and I have beautiful items that were worn by me some 30+ years ago that I intend to use for my daughter when that time comes. That’s why I try to choose clothing that has durability and quality fabrics but the thing is nowadays, the majority of clothes is so mass made and lacks both material quality and is harmful to the environment.
That’s why I love the ‘As we grow‘ line of clothes for kids, not only do they focus on durability and quality fabrics but also on that classic look that really never goes out of style. Their whole philosophy evolves around a sweater that went from one family member to another for nine years, maintaining its figure and strength the whole time. Their color palette is so inspiring and their use of wool as well. This is something that I will definitely choose for my daughter – hey, I could even see myself in an adult sized dress like that 🙂
Ps. This is not a sponsored post. I just love it to bits.
Go see As we grow.