Lovely little indulgences

There in our neighbourhood, undiscovered treasures waiting to be purchased and taken home…

What a delight to find products by Maileg, and just across the street at Walker Hall Design! Maileg is a Danish design company that features products for home interiors, along with baby and children’s toys, and seasonal embellishments. They have long been high on my list of favourites. You can visit their website here to browse their Summer/Spring 2012 catalogue or to find a retailer near you (US, Canada and Scandinavia only – for other countries, please contact one of their agents).

Here are 3 wonderful new friends we’ve added from the Maileg collection! Each of these items was selected by Grant and the children as presents for the little tyke in my tummy. They are all absolutely adorable.

3 not-so-unlikely friends: fox, crocodile and toy soldier

…Pa rum pa pum pum…toy soldier rattle

And baby will make…5!

While I was at WHD, I was sure to pick out some lovely fabrics that will be perfect for many upcoming projects: a skirt for my daughter, baby presents, a pillow for our bedroom, a stuffie for my son… The variety of fabrics they offer is exquisitely curated and are offered as either fat quarter bundles or by-the-yard. Although when it comes to fabric and crafting, I often just buy what I love, and figure the rest of the project planning will come later.

We selected a mix of organic cottons and Japanese linens, from cowboys to florals to prints.

A selection of fat quarters

Vivid organic cotton print

A great find by my husband – simply love this!

Pixelated floral, just the thing for new pillows

Skirt fabric – Japanese linen

Organic cotton jungle print for baby

So many projects await!

Happy 1st birthday, Niko & Nonnie!

***Niko & Nonnie is celebrating its one-year anniversary! To thank everyone for the love, support and warm reception we have received over the past year, all N&N items will be shipped FREE to any destination in the world. This offer is available on both the main shop website and on Etsy. All items are priced to sell. Enjoy free shipping until June 15th!***

Over the past year, I have gotten to experience what it is like to be a shop owner, and I have learnt so much about myself and the role of inspiration in the process.

1. No matter what I make, no matter how perfect or imperfect, my children will love it with all their hearts because it was made by their mama.

Lesson: make two of everything and let them have the ‘model.’

2. Feast or famine is the name of the game.

Lesson: don’t get depressed when sales are down, because just when you feel as though you’ve hit bottom, an order will come in that will throw you for a loop, take over your life and dwindle all of your supplies. 

3. Never underestimate what you have to offer.

Lesson: you may have to crack away at things again and again, but ultimately, you will come up with something that pleases you.

4. Much like writer’s block, you will experience frustration and want to walk-away and give it all up.

Lesson: I’ve been through enough writer’s block in my career to know that you can push through it, and handmaking children’s toys and accessories is no exception. Take time away and come back later with fresh eyes – it works every time.

5. Social media is the stuff of life.

Lesson: be diligent about updating your Facebook page, Twitter, blog, Pinterest, etc. (*Note to self: still working on the diligence part…it’s almost a full-time job in and of itself!)
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I am also excited to share the details of an extraordinary giveway being hosted on Natural Suburbia right now, sponsored by our Natural Kids Team! Enter to win organic and eco-friendly baby and kids toys from Niko & Nonnie, as well as many other shops.  This is one of the most generous giveaways I have seen in a long time. There will be one winner per shop, so please pop over to Natural Suburbia’s blog and throw your name in the hat!

Finally, in the past year, we have seen our daughter graduate from preschool and then held her hand and wiped our eyes as she went to kindergarten for the first time, our hearts swelling with pride…cried through giving our son his first haircut and in return, discovered the heart of our little boy… packed up our house and all of our belongings and reduced to bare essentials… discovered I was (surprise!) pregnant with our third child… survived our re-location from Vancouver, British Columbia to Austin, TX for my husband’s job transfer (our third international move in three years)… found a new place to live and have settled in as best as we can… taught myself how to needle felt, learnt all I can about the Waldorf method and began homeschooling our children…

Now, all these months later, we can finally look back and reflect on what has been concurrently a very difficult and rewarding year. Here I must thank my husband, our children A+F, as well as my family and friends for standing by me and encouraging me to never lose sight of my goals. I know we may live a long distance away, but you are never far from our hearts and minds. We experience new sets of challenges nearly every day, but in the end, it’s most certainly worth it. We are always grateful for each new day.

Lesson: live without regrets.

Thank-you for your readership…thank-you for welcoming Niko & Nonnie into your hearts and homes.

Last, but not least, wishing my mother and grandmother, along with all the other mothers, grandmothers and female role models of this world a very Happy Mother’s Day!

XO.
N&N