Just a quick reminder that you have just 5 more days to win a finger puppet in our super-easy giveaway. Could be a great addition to that Christmas stocking!
What kid - or indeed, what well-adjusted adult - wouldn't want to look like a monster is eating his head? That's the thinking behind the delightfully eccentric Massachusetts company My Monster Hat.
Snap up one of these custom-made head-gobbling monsters, and you get to control every detail right down to whether (for a more manic look) one eye is bigger than the other...or (say, your monster's more the settled type), not.
What's not to love about that, right? But wait, it gets better. For mymonsterhat.com operates on a 'zero discard' policy. That means that every little scrap of fabric gets used - either to make particularly out-there, one-of-a-kind monster hats, or to stuff plush monsters, or - and this is where it gets really good - to make monster finger puppets.
Monster finger puppets which, we are delighted to say, you can now be in with a chance of winning. Yes, Anne, the kind monster-maker behind My Monster Hat, has a monster finger puppet to send to each of 12 Babygadget readers - and what's more, she's promised to decorate the envelopes too, just to ensure your holiday post is really extra exciting.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is head over to the My Monster Hat Facebook fan page and leave a comment naming your favourite monster. It could be the Gruffalo, King Kong, Godzilla... or something more original. The comment must also mention that you arrived there via Babygadget.
Comment before Friday the 3rd of December, when Anne will choose her favourite responses, to be in with a chance of winning. This offer is open to Babygadget readers all over the world - hooray!
The small print: Please note that due to the googly eyes, monster finger puppets are not suitable for the under-threes.
The trees are blossoming in the lovely Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, or maybe you're headed out to the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens this weekend. If you're in the neighborhood, consider stopping by the sample sale for children's labels Mor Mor Rita, Golden, and Atsuko and Akiko. Prices are wholesale and below for past season lovelies.
Saturday May 2nd, 10am-2pm at 338 1st Street (bt 5/6 ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
One of our favorite shops, Mahar DryGoods, is celebrating its 3rd birthday and they're passing on the celebration to you with a generous 30% off your entire order of $25 or more (excluding furniture or Little Hero Capes. Use promotional code BDAY2009 through Sunday! Happy Birthday!
If you're in NY, be sure to check out this wonderful holiday sample sale in Dumbo featuring designs from kit+lili, Lucky Fish, Nonchalant Mom, Golden New York and Mor Mor Rita. These are all brands that we've blogged about and items will be priced at 40-80% off retail.
Starts this Thursday and Friday, December 4-5th, 11am-7pm at 55 Washington Street (at Front Street) #728 in Dumbo.
Here's an interesting project from a UK Product Design student that caught my eye: Doug Campbell chose to concentrate on the incubators used in hospitals for newborn babies. We're all used to seeing the box-shaped incubators that have been around since the concept was first introduced, but Campbell has come up with a prototype for the first egg-shaped incubator.
In truth, it sounds like his main innovations are in allowing the incubator to be moved up or down vertically, ensuring that parents and medical staff can both get easy access. For mothers recovering from a birth, this particularly benefits the bonding process.
The shape would appear to be a largely aesthetic choice from Campbell, although it presumably allows a slightly enhanced access - and is apparently easier to clean. He cites Bill Stumpf as a design influence, but in truth, what could be more apt for an incubator than an egg shape?
I only had time to do a quick breeze through this year's ICFF, and many of the children's products exhibited were previously written about here before, but there were a few new things I wanted to highlight. Spot On Square has had an amazing first year of business and they were newcomers to ICFF. We were one of the first to write about their wonderful Hiya collection and they've introduced a conversion kit for their crib - a panel with an opening that slides in that extends the life of the crib. Also new is the rocker and chair, shown above. With its cheerfully bright orange exterior, the chair shares the same clean lines as the rest of the collection and has thoughtful details such as the pocket in the back for books and an extra wide seat for sharing with a friend or sibling.
These amusing lights called Milk Gone Bad is a collaboration between Anatomic Factory and Bomboland. Crafted like milk cartons, the lights turned off is a clean white slate, but once turned on, the cartons light up with imaginary illustrations of mold (yes, mold, but cute illustrations of mold). I didn't really get the mold reference till I started reading more about them, but just saw them as colorful illustrations - would make a cute light for a kid's room.
Next is this new bassinet from CasaKids, a new addition to the Ola collection. Like many modern children's designs, the bassinet, which is arguably the most short-lived and disposable piece of furniture in the nursery, converts to another functional piece -this time, a desk when the bassinet is turned upside down, which is an idea I haven't seen before.
And lastly, new collections from Nurseryworks and DucDuc, usually reliable go-to brands for modern children's design, had me scratching my head at their respective booths. No images here, (I think I was too surprised to take pictures) but we'll be covering them, I'm sure, when they become available to the public later in the year.
Babygadget would like to wish all mothers a wonderful Mother's Day today!
If you're in NYC, come by the Spring Show & Sell hosted by Corduroy Kid and Small Magazine, this Sunday between 3:30-5pm. Do a little shopping with sales from labels like Kit+Lili, Pink Chicken, Baby Bean and Wonderboy, engage in Spring inspired craft activities, and watch a kids' runway show.
The event is held at NYC Explorers at 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond) in Brooklyn.
If you're in New York, you may have heard some buzz about Brownstoner's Brooklyn Flea, which is set to open for the season, April 6th. Located in a huge school yard in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the Flea will feature 200 vendors including usual flea fare (vintage items and antiques), but what sets this flea apart from perhaps others, is that the Flea is also giving local artisans, designers and crafters a chance to sell their wares offline.
I'll actually be there with my new company, Whimsy & Spice, selling handmade cookies, biscotti, marshmallows and brownies with Chefdad. If you're in NY this weekend, swing on by. There should be a decent selection of kid-related products and it should be a great time. I'd love to meet some Babygadget readers!