Creations by You sold their first craft kit in 1992. Since then, they have developed a complete line of activity kits and programs for kids and young adults that inspire creativity. Their multi-award-winning kits and school programs include the materials needed to assist young people in making creations that can be sent in for professional production, resulting in treasured keepsakes. The effort put into these kits is rewarded when the finished product is received, and also serves to build self-esteem, an appreciation of the arts and memories to last a lifetime.
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little babies are made of. No one understands this better than the folks behind the Teresa Alecrim brand who started the business back in 1981, in Lisbon, Portugal. Portuguese textile design has long been heralded at the top of the class. Delicate stitchery shows off exquisite designs including kids enjoying a jump rope session, a train, ducks, a friendly bear, a rocking bassinet, a little duck and a galaxy of stars to watch over baby. One design in pink and green proclaims “Bebe”, Spanish for — you guessed it — baby.
Music is powerful; it can teach, inspire, heal and unite. It has been shown that even in the womb, babies respond and move to music. Music is an art that can bring people together and John Richardson, Rich Candelora and Rich Ludwig of Zither Heaven can certainly attest to that. The three founders cultivate a spirit of innovation around the shop, where new products are constantly tested and improved. Zither Heaven’s commitment to quality resources, superior construction and excellent service, while blending modern technology and traditional craftsmanship, allows them to deliver their best to customers.
Woolly Boo® All-In-One Toddler Nap Mat is great for preschool, daycare, sleepover, or travel. Made of all natural fibers, it is stylish, sophisticated, luxurious, and most-importantly, a healthy cocoon of comfort for every child when away from home.
Furnishings and decorative accessories for kids were dominated by boring wood stains and shades of dull. That was then. Now there are several manufacturers that offer good looking, quality crafted products that fit into a variety of trend-driven lifestyle decors. Whether a customer lives in a contemporary home, a traditional house or a French Provincial setting, there are designs that blend in harmoniously. Here are some examples of new designs from Bratt Décor, Muralistick, indoTreasures, and SweetSeat.
Clothes that are made in the United States occupy a special place in our hearts and a vital one in our economy. The strength of American manufacturing carries implications for the entire economy, for national security, and for the well-being of Americans. When you stock products that bear the “Made in the U.S.A.” label, you show that you buy into this concept. You are doing your part to keep your country strong. These companies, among others, subscribe to the ethos of American pride — they proudly make their goods on our shores, with our workers: Susanne Lively Designs, CiCi & Ryann, Owl’s and Bat’s, Hankie Babies and Nay et al, Inc..
Remember the tale about how a tiny pea kept a princess from sleeping soundly? The restless royal could not sleep the whole night and woke up achy and cranky. Think is would help if the pea were organic? Offering eco-friendly products to help little ones sleep makes sense for everyone. When children have a restful night and wake refreshed, the day gets off to a wonderful start. We are showcasing some terrific companies that make little ones’ nights silent and peaceful. With a bit of help from Greenbuds Baby, Woolly Boo, Crib Critters and New Jammies, children drift to the land of sweetest dreams.
Central Vermont, home to Maple Landmark Woodcraft, has a long and proud history of crafting wooden products. Over two hundred years ago, most Vermont towns had several individuals who made functional items from wood. Mike Rainville, the founder of Maple Landmark, is proudly part of this continuing tradition. Since the business began, customers have responded with enthusiasm to the cars and trucks; games including checkers, chess and dominos; train whistles; fairy wands; and scores of other finely crafted items and “Made by Me” construction kits that encourage kids to build creatively.
At Woolly Boo® we have a mission: to provide your child with healthy bedding for the best possible sleep environment. We handcraft unique, heirloom-quality materials for your infant, toddler or preschooler using natural, chemical-free ingredients. Backed by years of tradition and scientific research, we know for a fact that Woolly Boo® products make for well-rested, healthier and happier children – what more could a parent want?
Parents are willing to buy some items sight unseen, but most want to touch and examine the crib where their little one will rest its head. This can present a challenge for smaller storefronts that don’t have the space required for extensive display. While some boutiques can’t put together an entire nursery in their small spaces, they can set the scene by displaying a smart selection of eye-catching pieces that are sure to make the entire set a must-have. The Giggle Guide® starts you thinking about new ways to display and use furnishings with picks from Martinek BéBé, Arte M, and tinitikes.
The 4th of July is just around the corner, but for those of us in the children’s industry, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With weddings, Thanksgiving gatherings, Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations, and New Year’s parties filling up calendars, your customers are going to need a fabulous selection of formal frocks for their young ladies. The Giggle Guide® has the details on the frilliest, fanciest, and most elegant styles for tiny tots and teens alike. Us Angels, Calabrese Girl, and Biscotti provide gorgeous dresses, shrugs, gloves, tiaras, hair accessories and more to make sure every girl is pretty as a picture!
When it comes to creative and imaginative toys, Hape is producing miles of smiles! There is nothing Hape loves better than to watch children laughing, sharing, and enjoying the toys they have created. Products range from educational puzzles and mazes to a complete line of eco-friendly doll houses and furnishings. All Hape toys are created with a child’s development in mind. Each toy is constructed of eco-friendly, high quality materials so that children can be children and play with their toys for years to come, and then hand them down to younger children to enjoy.