I have to say knowing that my children have such active imaginations and truly believe in the magic of childhood is something that I am most proud of as a parent. It is actually something that I believe in so strongly, I make eco-friendly dress up clothes. I do not make full costumes, just integral pieces to enhance the child’s imagination situation! And believe me there is a difference…children do not need much to be transport to the land of make believe, a cape, set of wings or even just a wand can help the process become more real for a child.
That is why I am so excited about the latest issue of EcoParent magazine (subscribers have their copy already, for others it goes on sale May 12th at over 1000 newsstands nationwide!)
Now I am not really a dress up sort of person, but boy my imagination can run wild! Having children has taught me more and more about how important everyday dress up is for children (of all ages, trust me they should not grow out of this stage people!) The current EcoParent magazine talks all about the importance of play, about imagination and even has a super easy tutorial on making a tent for your child and of course everyday dress up…
Now if you are not familiar with EcoParent magazine (and you most definitely should be!) you can check out their Website, Facebook and Twitter and of course please do not forget to grab a copy of the summer issue!
If you are looking for some everyday dress up pieces you can check out my Etsy shop and my new HyenaCart shop. If you are in the GTA area you can pop into Kid Culture and check out the items in person. What makes these dress up items eco-friendly well take for example creating capes from “used” t-shirts, this saves textile waste from the landfill. Textile waste represents 5% of the volume of landfills in Ontario. It is thought that 100% cotton will biodegrade over time, other fabrics can take 100 years to break down. It is more fun to up-cycle a t-shirt into its true personally of a cape, thus my business really is saving the earth one cape at a time.
How are you encouraging your child’s imagination these days?
You know that moment when you find a blog that you enjoy reading so much you actually wish you could meet the writer and sit down to tea? I have a few blogs that make me wish this, and now I have the nerve to approach them.
You see I did actually get to meet one of my favourite blog authors recently and it was awesome, so awesome we decided to do a giveaway together. So make sure to go over and give ourfeminstplayschool a read and of course don’t forget to enter the giveaway. I better get the shop loaded up with lots of fun items for you to pick should you win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Halloween is right around the corner it seems, I mean we just spent a Saturday swapping costumes to get ready for the big day (more about this soon I promise!), but you may be still looking for some last minute costume items. Have no fear the Toronto Etsy Street Team has got you covered…Now I better get my but in gear and get some more Halloween items in the shop!
Have you got your costume ready yet?
Looking for Hallowe’en costume ideas? Here are some TESTy picks for you & the wee ones.
Treasury tool supported by the dog house
I love all the fun treasuries on Etsy and really feel special when someone picks one of my items to showcase in one. Which is the main reason I love showing them on here, because there are some amazingly talented people in the Etsy world!
Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.
With the popularity of the child size Got Snot? Cloths and Got Organic Snot? Cloths on the rise, I decided to make a little larger size for those of us who have larger noses. They are available in two different ways…first off we have the Hankie Home Conversion Kit.
This is a set of two 8″ hankies and four 6″ hankies. Which is the perfect starter set for people who are curious about hankies, but not ready to make a huge commitment. Currently only available in organic cotton fabrics. And then in a set of four…
Also currently only available in organic cotton, which is a fabric that I love working with. Why? well that’s a great topic for a future blog post! But I know what you are thinking why only an 8″ square and not the traditional 12″ or 14″?
compared to my actual grandpa's hankie
Well not to give you too much info about me but I over-use hankies…meaning I make sure every inch is covered before switching to a new one. So with the smaller size it means it is really only a two maybe three sneeze cloth as opposed to a whole day one…which makes them less snotty in the pocket (the smaller size fits in the skinny jeans better also!).
I have so many ideas for both sizes of the Got Organic Snot? Cloths I’m thinking loot bags and wedding favours…the possibilities are endless once you are ready to switch to a cloth hankie…all of these are available in my Etsy shop and my 100 Miles Finds shop…and shortly coming to a bricks and mortar shop near you!
So here’s hoping it is not all snot at your place these days…