BYOImagination - 31 Days of Etsy

The first order of business for today is to announce the Pegged by Grace giveaway winner!  Congrats to Rebekah L - check your email for how to redeem your store credit!

Now, back to business.  Today's Etsy shop of choice is BYOImagination.  Cute name right?  They are purveyors of "play-kitchen" food made from wood.  

Every kid plays kitchen right?  We started by beating on Tupperware containers and making mixing bowls morph into musical instruments.  Then we hit up the children's museum "grocery store" area and proceeded to demand to be the check out clerk and beep while bagging every 3-8 year old in the place's groceries.  Wait....maybe that was just me.  The Portsmouth Children's Museum, consider this my formal apology for going dictator on your exhibit circa 1987.

But oh for those days of my fake kitchen and groceries at home.  What more does a tot need than a pretend stove, fake cookies, and empty cereal boxes?  I passed many an hour in that kitchen.  Remember all those plastic replica foods of the 80s?  You know...these guys.  

The ones made out of thin plastic that you could step on and morph out of shape?  And they had that tiny hole in them so whenever they needed to be de-germed, they inevitably still held onto a bit of water and would drip all the way back to the play kitchen.  Gross.  Just gross.

Well BYOI seems to be the best solution to me.  Wood replica foods that aren't toxic and can stand up to lots of playing and sanitizing (code for slobber & drool).  Besides that they are beautiful & so fun!

My favorite food option is the blueberry pancakes complete with pads of butter, bananas, and blueberries.

Photo used with permission from BYOImagination

Photo used with permission from BYOImagination

And then there's this beauty to keep all the little boys entertained who aren't into "girl" play kitchens....

Photo used with permission from BYOImagination

Photo used with permission from BYOImagination

Smores in your living room year round.  Talk about fun for the whole family.  That sounds like the best kind of camping to me.  Movie.  Warm blanket.  Fuzzy PJs.  And a fake fire in the living room.  Done & done.  I adore toys that are original and force kids to use their imagination - because I'm just mean like that.  Forget the electronics.  Old school.  That's how we roll around here.

They have lots of other options out there that I know any kid will love adding to their food collections!  Check out BYOImagination's Etsy store....which is your favorite?

Twig Creative - 31 Days of Etsy

It's a busy day here between Bible study, errands, and some schoolwork that's piled up, so today's post will be short and sweet.  Thanks for bearing with me!

Baby girl is still too small for many toys (if she can't fit it in her mouth to gum it to death - she's not interested).  But I can't wait for the day when we can play and I'll watch her imagination run wild.  

Photo used with permission from Twig Creative

Photo used with permission from Twig Creative

Twig Creative makes toy cameras that are over the top on the cuteness scale.  Oh the adventures kiddos could have with this ..... and how much safer your camera is out of their hands.  I'm linking you to their website rather than their Etsy site so you can see their whole story.

Photo used with permission from Twig Creative

There are a number of color options and you can even get a name embroidered on the camera strap.  All around, what a fun toy right? 

Photo used with permission from Twig Creative

Photo used with permission from Twig Creative

Fluffed Animals - 31 Days of Etsy

In honor of my sweet sister's Woodland themed baby shower this morning, I've chosen Fluffed Animals as today's Etsy shop.

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

I am in love with these little pillows!  They are made of flannel and are just waiting to be hugged. What kid wouldn't love this?  <I'm sure there's one or three out there that would be scared of the fox being rabid...but I haven't met that kid.  Or maybe they just watch too much tv.>

My favorite part about the shop is that you can download the pattern and make your own.  Or get a kit (perfect for teaching a little one to sew!).  Or a finished pillow.  The skies the limit.  

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Photo used with permission from Fluffed Animals

Which is your favorite?  I think I'm becoming more and more partial to the Badger...but then again the wolf is lovely.  Check out Fluffed Animals ....... there are a bunch of other animals & even a few Halloween themed creatures if that's more your fancy!