Handmade Bunnies by Edge of the Forest

It’s tough to beat handmade when it comes to Easter gifts for the little folk, especially when they’re this adorable! Handcrafted with love by Edge of the Forest, these bunnies are made from the finest cotton with felt eyes, floppy ears made for playing and chewing, a sweet little heart on their bellies, and a quiet rattle on the inside. Available now with express delivery to ensure pre-Easter arrival, but get in quick!

Handmade Bunnies by Edge of the Forest

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Designer of the Week - The Dutch Hospital

Hello friends! Regular readers of KID independent will be familiar with our love for all things wild. So it’s with great pleasure today that we introduce you to Anji and her handmade label The Dutch Hospital. Anji creates these amazing ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ crown letters and we’re all kinds of excited to share them with you today.

The Dutch Hospital, Where the Wild Things Are

The Product Review

The Dutch Hospital wood wall letters are laser cut from 6mm FSC certified natural Baltic birch wood and are hand printed with beautiful imagery from classic storybooks. Anji’s printing / transfer process is truly unique and results in a finish that has a distinctly vintage appeal, harnessing the magic of the story. Anji finishes off her letters with a professional matte varnish, which is completely smooth while still retaining the rustic burn mark from cutting on the back of the letters.

I’m so fond of my ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ letter set that arrived in the mail this week that it took me over a week to decide where it should reside. I finally settled on a special space in our reading nook, right above Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece. My favourite feature of these letters is, of course, the charming imagery. However, I’m also super impressed with the high quality finish and the fact that Anji’s uses environmentally friendly sustainable materials and natural dyes in creating her works of art.

The verdict… A little bit of storybook magic for your living space!

The Dutch Hospital, Where the Wild Things Are

The Indie Label

The Dutch Hospital came to life in December 2014 with two hand painted alphabet sets and one map decoupage letter set which was originally created for Anji’s daughter and her friend’s son for Christmas presents. Anji explains, “My daughter is a very clever girl who enjoys reading and singing both the English and Sinhalese Alphabets at the age of two. Her favourite song is the ABC sonG and her favourite books are Eric Carle’s ABC book and one of the old classic Sinhalese Alphabet books… So, I couldn’t think of a better gift than an alphabet set for Christmas”.

The Dutch Hospital Wooden Wall Names, Letters, Nursery Decor

The Creative Mind

Anji was born and raised in Sri Lanka and studied fashion design at university. She says, “I was a very creative child, and had a wonderful imagination and freedom to create. My mother knew enough to get me started and then stand back and not interfere. My grandmother was my greatest inspiration in love, life, and the creative side of my brain. She was someone who always puts others first and who never loses hope with me. So, what else does a child need to become a creative person, other than encourage and support from their own family?”

Anji spent a lot of her childhood reading and drawing classic children’s books from around the world. She says, “I still have more than 20 books that I loved as a child and still enjoy reading them. As a child, I used to read beautifully illustrated books translated from Russian to Singhalese (Sri Lankan language). One of my most loved books of all time is ‘The Flower with Seven Colours by Cvetik-Semicvetik’. When I was pregnant with my daughter Amelia, I start searching for books I remembered reading as a child. My passion and love for old children’s books became reality. I found lots of books selling online and from markets and car boots sales. I spend quite a lot buying vintage children story books and atlas books!”

Anji graduated in 2005 as a designer with the London College of Fashion. She spent several years working in the mass apparel production industry as a designer for several global sportswear and intimates brands. Five years ago, she migrated to UK with her husband to complete postgraduate studies in fashion management. Since then she has enjoyed living and working in the UK, enjoying life in multicultural and multiethnic Britain.

The Dutch Hospital Wooden Wall Names, Letters, Nursery Decor

The Whimsical Spirit

Here are some fun facts about Anji, in her own words:

  1. I love to spend time with my daughter (2.5 year old Amelia). She is full of joy and happiness; an adorable girl who loves to cuddle with her daddy and always have her own story to read with her mummy.

  2. I love photography and travelling.

  3. I love reading academic papers and publications (you might think what? Yes, although I am more pragmatic than academic, I love it).

The Handmade Collection

At The Dutch Hospital you’ll find a range of home décor, nursery & wall décor, wooden wall mounted letters, vintage map letters, free-standing letters, and educational toys.

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New Stuff from La De Dah Kids

La De Dah Kids have just released a new collection and there’s a whole lot of cuteness to add to your child’s living space. We’re particularly fond of the Panda Cushion! Just so darn cute! La De Dah Kids goodies are handmade ethically in Asia by a passionate team of women from the comfort of their own homes, which enables them to work around their childcare and families needs.

Kids Decor, Rugs, Cushions, Toys, La De Dah Kids

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KID tested - Blanket BeBe by BeBe Babies!

Regular readers of KID independent will be well aware of my fondness for whimsical dolls and toys. Earlier this month I met the lovely Casie from Bebe Babies, who introduced me to her newest design, an incredibly soft Blankie BeBe. Lovely Lilac, as we have affectionately named her, flew all the way from Mexico to meet me in Brisbane! Today I’m delighted to share my review.

BeBe Babies Handmade Blankie BeBe Doll

Casie reports that it’s been several years since she has released a new play doll design – so we’re extra delighted to share this little sweetie. Made from ultra-soft minky fabric, with a cherub face and button nose, Blankie Bebe is made for cuddles. The fabric body provides a beautiful tactile experience for little folk, and you can choose your colour from purple, teal, yellow or pink. Blankie Bebe is available in the BeBe Babies Etsy store for around $38, with worldwide shipping available.

The verdict… Adds a little bit of sweetness to your day!

BeBe Babies Handmade Blankie BeBe Doll

Casie started making Bebe Babies back in 2006, originally focusing on OOAK collector dolls. She says, “I was a doll collector myself and when I began collecting cloth dolls I noticed a serious lack of miniature baby dolls.  I was intrigued with trying to make one myself and I worked for several weeks through trial and error to come up with my first design.  My first BeBe Baby was approximately five inches long”.

BeBe Babies Handmade Blankie BeBe Doll

In 2008, Casie launched her first line of play dolls, starting with one design and gradually expanding to six. Her first dolls were weighted with steel BBs and her boyfriend at the time suggested calling them Bebe Babies. The name now has a double meaning as Casie moved to Mexico in 2013 and “baby” is “bebe” in Spanish.

Casie loves to work with lively, bright colours. She says, “It’s been a challenge since moving to Mexico to find the fabrics I like and need. Fabric in Mexico is very utilitarian. There are very few cutesie baby prints or luxurious, bright fabrics.  I was just in the U.S. last week and brought back many colours of fleece and minky fabric because it’s just impossible to find here. My Mum also ships me fabric about every 2-3 months”.

BeBe Babies Handmade Blankie BeBe Doll

Along with the inspiration she draws from her fabrics, Casie has a lifelong love for baby dolls. She explains, “Growing up I was crazy about baby dolls. I don’t think I ever really grew out of it.  There is an exhilaration I remember feeling when opening up a brand new doll. I remember the smell and the happiness I felt. I still feel that way, but instead about my BeBes”.

“Because I’m an adult and really can’t afford to collect dolls myself, I love the idea that because of me I am inspiring that feeling in collectors and children all over the world. The children who receive my dolls are my inspiration. I get that same exhilarating feeling when their parents email me pictures of them playing with my dolls. I don’t think there is anything that makes me happier inside”.

BeBe Babies Handmade Blankie BeBe Doll

Before we leave you today, we thought we’d share three fun facts about Casie – to give you a little peek inside her life outside Bebe Babies.

Take it away Casie…

  1. I moved to Mexico last year to be with the love of my life who I met while studying abroad here. We have another shop called Mexican Fabric and Fashion that we are work on together. I handle most of the online work and modeling and my boyfriend does all the photography. It’s a fun break from making dolls.

  2. I am also an English teacher here in Mexico.

  3. I have many many dreams but ultimately I would love to be able to turn BeBe Babies into a full-time business. If I had infinite funds I would also love to travel more of the world and someday have a piece of property where I could rescue abused/neglected animals.

BeBe Babies Handmade Mini Doll
*BeBe Babies miniature range featuring Blythe dolls by Lindy Dolldreams

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