Polka dots get fresh this spring with vibrant colors and mixed patterns. I love the look on little girls and these dresses at the Gap are perfect for Easter celebrations to a day out with the family. I love the purple and bright green/yellow combo in the Tulle Dot Dress ($39.95 at the Gap) and the mix of color and dot prints in the Dot Tank Dress ($39.95 at the Gap).
Here are more spring dot dresses for girls:
Mia Chica Chambray Dress ($36 at Nordstrom)
Pleated Dot Dress ($44.95 at the Gap)
Dot Print Party Dress ($45 at Tea Collection)
There's a sense of inner peace I get while I'm knitting. It's like using all my senses together from design, crafts, to even math. This sweater, Cloverfield Toddler Girls Cardigan (Sizes 18 months, 2T, 3T - featured on Petite Purls) by Vickie Howell is particularly dear to me. Vickie is an amazing crafter I met while working at MAKE/CRAFT and as a fellow mom, she's inspirational. I still remember one afternoon when I had to do a conference call with her. I didn't know Vickie that well yet and I definitely wanted to be professional. I had timed our conference call for one of Chloe's nap time. Of course, this was the one time she didn't take that second afternoon nap and I was frantic at trying to juggle between getting her napping right and moving her into a bouncy chair. I just remember Vickie telling me that she didn't mind. It was all going to be ok. It made me so relieved I just took a deep breath and relaxed. She made this new mom feel so much better and I'll never forget it.
To me, knitting for kids is perfect because the projects are small and your little one is old enough to appreciate your handiwork. For the Cloverfield Cardigan, I let Chloe pick the main colors she wanted so that she felt like she was a part of the making process. Ideally I could have knit this project within a month but life as a mom is hectic as you all know. I finally finished it about a year and a half later, only having to add around an inch of length to the sweater in the middle to ensure the right fit. Knitting the little bobble flowers while you knit the cardigan was a really fun process too! This sweater made me realize how much I loved the idea of short sleeved sweaters for girls. Even as we live in San Francisco which is year-round sweater weather I never have to worry about these sweater sleeves getting all grimy as all of her messes end up on the t-shirt sleeve. hehe.
Chloe loved the fittings when I would try the sweater on her in different stages. Today she wore the sweater to school for the first time. She couldn't wait to tell her friends that "My Mama knit this sweater for me."
Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn from Caron
Vickie sent me some of her new Sheep(ish) Yarn produced by Caron to knit this project. The yarn is so soft and is a blend of acrylic and wool making it very affordable at $3.99/ball. You can machine wash the yarn in cold water and dry flat. You can find this yarn at your local Michaels, Jo-Ann's and more. Use the store locator to find out where to buy Sheep(ish).
I used Teal(ish) and Turquoise(ish) for the main colors of the sweater with the flower bobbles in White(ish) and the stems in Olive(ish).
And let's just say, kids will be kids. In order to get the few wonderful smiling photos of Chloe for this post, I had to endure five minutes of her silly faces and infectious giggling. I wouldn't change that for the world!
Note: Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Yarn was provided by Vickie Howell/Caron for this project.
I plan on giving lots of books as gifts this holiday season and a lot of them are for the little kids I know. Every child loves to hear a fun story and a for a kid, nothing makes a story cooler than having them be a part of it!
Chronicle Books has just launched My Chronicle Books, a place for personalized books, gifts, and more. I just gave my daughter the Princess Chloe book today for her birthday and she wanted to hear the story again and again. She loved seeing her name and photo within the book, as well as the name of her favorite pony "Sparkle" which I added in. I also bought Speedster Mathieu for her classmate's birthday a few weeks ago and he loved that both his brother Alex and Chloe were other racers in the book.
The process is super easy. Just fill in the various form fields the child's name, birth date, and anything else that's asked for. Then instantly, you'll be able to preview the whole story with all the information page by page before you buy the book. Watch the video above to find out how easy it is to create a special book!
You can also personalize placemats, growth charts, wall art, lunch boxes and more. It's the perfect gift for the holidays and birthdays.
There's a Friends & Family Holiday Sale going on now! Get 35% off + free shipping. Use the discount code: FRIENDS at My Chronicle Books.
One lucky Coquette Maman reader will be able to win a personalized Speedster or Princess book. To enter, just leave a comment to this post. It's easy! You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada. The giveaway ends on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5pm PST.
Note: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Note: The Princess book was provided by Chronicle Books for review.
I have been a long time fan of Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls blog and have a lot of her doll/toy patterns. She's just launched her new Wee Wonderful dolls ($39 each) with the Land of Nod, just in time for the holidays. Choose from Winx, Fern, Skip, Bertie, or Charlie. Each doll is handmade and measures 11" wide by 17" high.
If you want to make your own dolls, pick up this PDF pattern or booklet to make Kit, Chloe & Louise ($15 at Wee Wonderfuls). I have this pattern and love it. I plan on making the Chloe doll for my own Chloe some time soon.
Hillary also has a fabulous book called Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love ($18.15 on Amazon) where you can learn how to sew up 24 dolls and clothes.
One of my favorite designers, Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! has recently branched out from the paper world to baby clothes, thanks to being a new mom herself. Her limited edition line of baby clothes is available exclusively at Winter Water Factory. This little gold and grey short sleeve baby dress ($44 at Winter Water Factory) reminds me of the notebook I had used a few years ago. (See her paper goods here.) It would look so adorable on a baby girl. The dress also comes in fuchsia.
Read more about it on the Oh Joy! blog.
With the warm weather approaching, it's time to refresh kid's summer shoes. Pretty strappy sandals are so beautiful on little girls' feet but with school and active kids in playgrounds, I find it's more important to protect their feet more than anything. Chloe has had these KEEN Whisper Sandals ($44.95 on Amazon) for about a month now. They keep her feet cool and are so lightweight. It puts my mind at ease that she has the traction to run around and climb things on the playground or park. They are also perfect for the beach. I can't rave enough of how these shoes have kept up in terms of quality as Chloe has been wearing them a lot. They come in a variety of fun colors too. Just in time for summer break!
You can also get them in smaller toddler sizes 4-7 for only $34.95.
When I first received a preview copy of the new Chronicle Books title, Chloe, Instead ($15.99) by Micha Player, my daughter Chloe jumped for joy when she saw her name in the title. She wanted me to read it to her right away and since then this book has become a staple in our bedtime reading.
Chloe, Instead is about older sister Molly and her relationship with little sister Chloe. At first Molly's constantly annoyed and irritated by the childish things that Chloe does such as eat crayons or rip out pages from books. But later she realizes that Chloe is her little sister and you start to see the love shine through both. It's a great book to help prepare little ones for future siblings. For parents, you won't get sick of reading this book and you'll enjoy looking at Player's beautiful and colorful illustrations.
Watch the book trailer to see Chloe, Instead come to life!
Download this PDF activity kit for your kids which features fun games, coloring pictures, cut out bookmarks and more.
Note: Book was provided by Chronicle Books for review.
If your little girl has a special friend and loves tea parties you won't want to miss this special afternoon tea & book signing at Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon in SF. This event is being run by Gilt City SF where you can purchase tickets for this exclusive event. (Sign up to be a member of Gilt City if you aren't a member yet!) Photographed by Stephanie Rausser, the book Kiki & Coco in Paris chronicles her daughter Kiki’s trip to Paris with her beloved doll Coco. Stephanie will be there for the signing, Nina Gruener (who wrote the book) will do a reading, and Jess Brown, owner of the children’s shop Maude in Petaluma and who designed the doll will also be on hand selling dolls. Tea, champagne, crumpets, scones, tea sandwiches and sweet treats will be served and little girls will be able to have their faces painted.
Tickets for the exclusive Gilt City SF event are available now and will be limited 60 people. Tickets are $48 for adults (which includes a copy of the book and gift bag), $10 for children. Each ticket includes a selection of tea sandwiches, sweet treats and hot pots of tea—plus clotted cream and jam to spread on housemade scones.
Kiki & Coco in Paris Afternoon Tea and Book Signing
Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon
207 Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point
San Francisco, CA 94109
Friday, December 9, 2011
See more photos from this adorable book, Kiki & Coco in Paris.