If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you know that I love to make things. Many months ago I wrote a post about trying to find a balance point between being less consumerist and selling my wares. The comments in that post were helpful and have stayed with me all these months. One thing that has been important to me in creating my shop is that I wanted to be true to my values and not just try to sell things to make money. Toward that end, I’ve been tinkering with ideas for kids. My most recent idea actually has become a finished product (or maybe not!). I’m calling it “Crunchy Kids Bedtime Pal.”
This little bean-bag like pal is made from cotton flannel, hand-embroidered (L3 designed the mouth!) and has a pocket for little treasures on the back. It is filled with organic flaxseed and homegrown organic lavender. In my sketch I had little arms and legs, but was concerned that they would not be sturdy enough for kiddo loving. I chose the filling because I thought it would be good for bedtime as lavender is supposed to calm and the flax seed because it feels nice to smoosh, good for littles’ tactile sense development. And the nose? I really wanted to incorporate a symbol into a child’s belonging that wasn’t geared toward some major corporation (ex: GAP) and that I value my own children recognizing.
Feedback on my little pal would be helpful. Please make any criticism constructive! I’d like to make more and list them in my shop, but really wanted some input from those other than my kids (who keep saying “Please make me one!!”) or my partner (who generally says “nice job, honey” or “that’s cute” about things I make). Of course, I wouldn’t mind some positive feedback, too. 😉