The Far Woods creates printed materials and fabric sculptures with a particularly Pacific Northwest feel.
This linocut print above, called Freedom, is a mere $30. Too steep? Try Heart of a Deer, for $10 (click on each image to go to the Etsy page for more info/to purchase):
What first drew me to The Far Woods, however, were their stuffed bird dolls. They are lovely and charming and unique.
There are other prints, journals, totes, a magical mobile, and more. Go travel to The Far Woods yourself to see!
Super cute hand-thrown pottery
I love these offerings from Creations Li . They are minimalistic, with only a few careful applications of color. And they are full of personality.
Meet the Cup-o-saurus:
Check out Chomps, the shark mug:
And the (sadly, out of stock) Lochness bowl.
Visit Creations Li to see it all!
Cyborg digging scoops
Check out these robot-like sand/snow scoops: Hand Trux! I would have loved them as a kid.
The reviews are all pretty positive, with some parents complaining their 2-year-old's arms aren't long enough (which, duh) and others saying there's some sharp plastic corners inside (which, totally valid complaint and something to watch out for). Also, you only get one Trux per order, so you'll have to buy two to become a badass mecha-man like the kid shown above.
(Note, the links go to the product's Amazon page, and I get a few cents if you order through them. I would be showcasing this product even if it wasn't on Amazon, however.)
Have you met Nate Duval? I learned of him through Tiny Showcase, which has sold several editions of his work. He's a graphic artist/illustrator, and does a lot of posters for rock bands and concerts you've might have heard of.
He has more pins on his site, and some of them are not totally kid-friendly, just FYI.
I wanted to share some of his art prints, which would be wonderful additions (or gifts) to a hip kid's decor. Click on the image to go to that poster's shop page.
This next one is pretty awesome: It's an alphabetical, illustrated guide to all of the spells in the Harry Potter books. Word.
Go to Nate's site to check out the rest of his work! He's got shirts, more pins, and the aforementioned rock posters for sale, too.
These poster rails are made by Parabo Press specifically to hang the posters they print, but there's no law that says you can't use them for your own on-paper art. Magnets hold the wood strips to the top and bottom of the paper, so it's a snap to switch out old artwork for new.
The rails come in 12-inch or 36-inch widths, and cost $20 or $40.
Parabo Press's main gig is making high-quality prints of the digital photographs you send them, and it looks like they do a wonderful job at that, too. Check 'em out!
Omm Design collaborates with multiple European artists and designers to create sweet and colorful toys, artwork, and housewares. I like every piece of it. Everything shown here is available to purchase online at the Fawn Shoppe; just click on an image to go there. (Note: Omm Design has a ton of products that don't seem to be available via U.S.-based retailers, so if you just want to window-shop, go to Omm's home page and browse around!)
This last one's a memory game. So groovy!
Cat Rabbit is an Australian textile artist who (among other artistic endeavors) sells fantastic, one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures that are full of personality. For example, here's Mathlete. (Click on each image to go to that item's shop page.)
Is that elephant in a track suit inspired by The Royal Tenenbaums? Yes, yes it is.
Cat Rabbit also sells brooches, prints, and other tertiary products that fit into her creative world. I am especially fond of this feathered brooch and this kitten egg patch.
Cat Rabbit has made many creatures over the years, and most aren't available on her shop. But you can still see them on her menagerie page. Here's a taste:
There's even more to see on Cat Rabbit's blog, where you can read about her latest pursuits and her collaboration with Isobel Knowles, Soft Stories. I guess this became a "have you met?" as well as an "i love stuff." "Have you met this person whose stuff I love?" might be too long to be its own category, so I'll just double-up for this one.
Toys from trees
The Woodlot is the company name used by a family that lives in Ontario. They make things from the wood they find on walks in their 125-acre property. And because they are such huge fans of the forest, they strive to let the beauty of the wood itself be the focus of their products. I especially love their toy cars, which are simply a half-round (or thereabouts) of a log. You can count the rings!
All of their items are finished with a natural beeswax polish. And get this, these cars are a mere $10 each.
They also sell wooden money — Canadian, of course.
Read more about The Woodlot, or click on each image to go to their shop site!
Heirloom-quality blocks for everyone
I've just discovered a wooden toy manufacturer called Miller Goodman. (Click on the name to go to their homepage, which features a virtual building toy.) MG makes painted wooden cubes (among other products) that can be reconfigured to make endless combinations, creating faces, animals, and more. There's a "facemaker" set and a "shapemaker" set, and each has a "mini" version with fewer blocks. (Links go to an American shop; here's the native British Miller Goodman store. Naturally, the sets combine seamlessly.
The images shown above are from Miller Goodman's gallery page, which is full of inspiration. Go!
wood-burning tool that uses sunlight
Have you ever started a fire using a magnifying glass in the sun? Or, if not an actual fire, have you ever made a pile of dry grass start to smoke, then yank the magnifying glass away in shock because you're afraid of burning your house down? (Ahem.) A company called Atellani in Texas has successfully Kickstartered a tool called Febo that harnesses the focusing power of a magnifying lens not to burn things for fun, but to "draw with the sun" on wood, cork, leather, and more.
Though much safer for your fingers than a traditional electric wood-burning tool, you'll need to protect your eyes from the focused dot of sunlight the lens creates. Luckily, a pair of UV protective sun shades are included in each order. Febo says the tool is meant for all ages and abilities.
Apparently, if the sun is strong enough, it only takes a couple of minutes to make a design like the one on the cutting board above. Pretty neat!
Read all about how it works on Febo's Kickstarter page, and pre-order one here; they start at $59. This is a truly off-the-grid tool, and as long as the sun continues to shine, you'll be able to use it forever!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.