Designer of the Week - Macaroon Kids

Hi folks! I’m a couple of days late with our designer of the week, but I can assure you, it was worth the wait! You can always tell when I’m extra excited about a review when I go overboard with pictures. There’s so much sweetness to share, I don’t want you to miss a thing! With that in mind, please allow me to introduce the very creative Amanda from Macaroon Kids.

Macaroon Kids Handmade Toys, Pokey Puppy

The Product Review

In front of the review panel this week is a handmade denim Pokey Puppy. This whimsical little chap is made from recycled denim and features geometric ears and paws and a belly in vibrant turquoise. His faded denim body blended with the geo print and bright colours gives him an offbeat appeal, making him the perfect display toy for nurseries, with easy transitioning into the toy box for toddler-hood.

Our review team, Miss Five, Miss Two and Mr Three-it’s-all-about-me, had a blast carrying their affectionately named “Pogo” puppy around by his ears and tail, and engaging him in all sorts of adventures. Who knew dogs could fly?

The verdict… Ethical, Sustainable, One-of-a-Kind Charm.

Macaroon Kids Handmade Toys, Pokey Puppy

The Indie Label

Amanda launched her label Macaroon Kids in 2011 after the birth of her son. The little Pokey Puppy was Amanda’s first handmade creation, designed to cater to the needs of the itty bitty folk, and made using whatever fabric she had at hand (i.e. recycled denim jeans).

Amanda explains,”I noticed a lot of businesses starting up on Facebook, so I thought I would give it a go and see if people liked my creations. Facebook was a great platform to start up, gauge people’s reactions and receive feedback.” Macaroon Kids soon expanded with a website and an Etsy store, and the range now includes dolls, shoes, clothing, homewares and my absolute favourites, the MK Baby Harem Pants.

Macaroon Kids Handmade Kids Clothing, Toys, Dolls

The Creative Mind

Amanda is a mum to a three-year-old boy and a six-month-old girl, who are the main inspiration for her label. Her designs feature clean lines, quirky prints, and durable long-lasting items that are safe for kids. Each piece is 100% handmade from the pattern making, right through to the finishing touches.

Here’s what Amanda had to say about her design process… “I base my designs on what I want my children to have. They get to road test everything!  I love how my son keeps showing renewed interest in both his puppy and his hungry caterpillar ball. With the toys I create, I want them to stay with the child for as long as they want them… no matted fur or lost eyes here!

Macaroon Kids Handmade Toys, Pokey Puppy

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Amanda (in her own words)…

  1. I started using a sewing machine from about aged 9 (my mum found one for me to borrow), and before that I knitted, crocheted, hand-stitched and embroidered… anything my grandmother taught me to do.

  2. I love Scandinavian designed furniture.

  3. A great fashion show will make me cry.

Macaroon Kids Handmade Kids Clothing, Toys, Dolls

The Handmade Collection

Macaroon Kids handmade toys are made from recycled denim and quality quilting fabrics, with all the dolls dressed entirely in vintage fabrics. Recycled denim also makes an appearance in the Macaroon Kids t-shirt and jeans range, and Amanda has just released a brand new collection of bow dresses and harem pants made from unique quilting fabrics… I adore these!

You can view the full range online at Macaroon Kids, shop the collection at Etsy, or visit Amanda on Facebook for all the latest news!

Macaroon Kids Handmade Toys, Giveaway, Competition

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win a handmade Hungry Caterpillar Ball from Macaroon Kids? To enter, simply visit Macaroon Kids to check out the range, and tell us which item is your favourite! Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Winner announced on 1 August, 2013.

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