A new coat of paint and simple window treatments were once the go-to choices for do-it-yourselfers wanting a fresh look on a budget. However, today there are endless fun, fast and easy ways to jazz up bare and bland walls. A variety of companies specialize in creating attractive, designer-quality art decals and adhesives that allow at-home artists to easily create murals and themes which rival a professional interior decorator’s work. WallCandy Arts, Lot 26 Studio and WallPOPS are a few brands walloping the wall décor business with their creative energy and designs!
Children are naturally open to art and love to express themselves by painting, drawing, and sculpting with clay. They are also fascinated and inspired by the creations of others. Displaying artwork with appealing colors and content can help develop children’s early appreciation of art, and make a house feel like home. The Giggle Guide® looks to the heart of art from several brands that specialize in creations designed to delight and capture children’s imaginations. Our gallery includes engaging works from J. Austin Ryan, Queen of the Trailer Park, Renditions by Reesa, and Green Frog Art.
Owner Linda Byerline of Happy Heinys says, “For many years retailers and consumers asked us for a Starter Diapering Kit. We delayed doing this because we did not want to have the waste that a box would create. Finally we found the solution in the Happy Heinys Starter Kit that is 100% reusable!”
Child to Cherish, the company that created the original child’s handprint keepsake, introduces Playful Palettes Handprint and Footprint Kits. They are ideal for encouraging a child’s creativity and preserving their growth impressions! The kit is a special keepsake craft for an everyday activity or gift solution for any special occasion. Includes two 8-inch canvases with washable white paint and dot sponge. Playful Palettes are available in two-tone sets, including Pink and Lavender, Hot Pink and Green, Blue and Yellow, and Red and Navy.
The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® offers advanced technology to access products, showrooms, exhibitors and more
MMPI is excited to offer a free new Mobile Application Tool, which will allow buyers and retailers an easy and convenient way to access The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® product locator using Smart phone technology. This new online Mobile App will allow buyers to take advantage of the benefits of the online product locator to search for showrooms, exhibitors, product lines and more using their smart phone.
Karen Herbs believes, “In the heart of every girl is a princess in all her royal splendor!” She has turned her belief into a retail fantasy showplace and online royal marketplace for little girls that dream of sparkling tiaras, fairy tale kingdoms, and magical, wonderful adventures! Karen’s love of all things twirly, girly, pink and princessy adorns her royally demonstrative store name, I Am the Princess, That’s Why! With hard work and dedication, and maybe just a touch of pixie dust, Karen shares her “magic” formula for retail success.
“Peek A Bamboo” features baby bodysuits made of luxuriously soft and eco-friendly bamboo fabric. Peek A Bamboo’s goal is to provide premium quality baby clothing that is also eco-friendly. “We want people to feel good about what their baby is wearing.”
Graphic designer Tim Gilroy provides the creativity behind the
Peek A Bamboo brand. Inspired by bamboo,
Tim has designed original artwork that is fun, creative and conveys
the message of living green through the whimsical nature of bamboo.
Peek A Bamboo features baby bodysuits made of luxuriously soft and eco-friendly bamboo fabric. Peek A Bamboo’s goal is to provide premium quality baby clothing that is also eco-friendly. “We want people to feel good about what their baby is wearing.”
Pregnancy is one of the most joyful and exciting events in a woman’s life! Unfortunately, pregnancy often brings on intense nausea, which can strike quickly and unexpectedly. Expectant moms suffering from morning sickness, and anyone prone to motion sickness, should keep a new “friend” close at hand…Chuck the Yuck! When a pregnant mom or carsick kid gets the urge to upchuck, this disposable bag saves the day! This durable, designer sickness bag is built tough, to easily contain the mess and trap offensive odors until one can “chuck the yuck” in the trash.
Program Recognizes Outstanding Retailers Each Month
CHICAGO, IL (July 19, 2010) – The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® is proud to announce the July 2010 Retailer of the Month honoree. The ROTM program is designed to acknowledge exceptional retailers who are making a difference in the gift industry, as well as to provide inspiration to other retailers who can benefit from the winners’ stories.
Congratulations to the July 2010 Retailer of the Month, Julie Hubbard of Julie’s Corner Store in Lacon, Illinois.
Frames by Devora will be featured in the Beckman’s™ Handcrafted Show, July 24–27
CHICAGO (July 19, 2010) – The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® is proud to announce that Frames by Devora will be offering individually hand-painted frames by local Chicagoland artist Devora Fisher, at the upcoming July Market. Fisher, 24, is a Chicagoland artist living with significant developmental disabilities, who creates one-of-a-kind decorative frames using specially designed mittens that create unique patterns and impressions.
Mélange Collection, a gift and home accessories company, offers an eclectic mixture of fabulous handmade Fair Trade products from around the world, including exotic plushies, handcrafted by artisans in Peru and Guatemala. Made from soft-as-cashmere alpaca wool, these quirky creatures abound with personality, and are sure to captivate and delight kids of all ages. Mélange Collection has cultivated excellent working relationships with its artisans through community-based organizations, ensuring that all workers are provided with a safe environment and living wages while creating Mélange products.