Do I Look Like Santa? Imagination + Costume Bin = Our Summer

Both of my girls have been BIG into dress-up this summer! And it is getting hilariously whacky and fun! It started off as putting on a princess dress and claiming to be… a princess. But lately, their imaginations and costume bins are taking them to amazing pretend-play places!

July Dress-Up Photo Gallery

Super Hero
My Super J!!
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“Me Moana!”
Poppy from Trolls
“If ever you see Poppy, the funnest troll in Troll Village, it’s just me your daughter, Josephine.”
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My favorite nerd!
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“Do I look like a Viking?” Yes. Yes you do!
honey bee costume
My honeybee!
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“If ever you see a scary monster. Don’t be frightened. It’s just me your daughter Josephine.”
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“Do I look like Santa?” Nailed it!
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If ever you see my family out and about this summer and we’re hanging out with a gnome, don’t be surprised, that’s just our daughter Josephine.

Crowns For All Occasions

Want to enhance your kids’ dress up bins? Well, there are always pen&thimble crowns like these that helped transform Phee into Maui and Jasmine. And the one that helped Ivy…eat a bagel poolside. Find your new favorite bagel-eating accessory HERE!

DIY Costume Accessories

Or if you’re looking for a DIY project to help you cool off on a hot day, check out these pins in my craft and DIY board on Pinterest:

DIY Felt Gnome Hat: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477240891753427865/

DIY Troll Hair Headbands: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477240891749938644/

DIY Origami Paper Crown: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/30117891241093479/

DIY Color-Your-Own Paper Glasses: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477240891753427936/

Brown Astronauts and Mermaids with Natural Coils: Representation in Art

So if I’m being honest, I didn’t create kids wall art featuring children of color on purpose. I didn’t start my creative process thinking, children’s walls ought to be more multiracial. When I created these pieces, I was thinking… Here are some fun prints! Oooh this unicorn! Cute astronaut kid! Sweet mermaid!

African-American Mermaid and African American Astronaut
In our family, a little snippet of diversity occurs every time we sit down for dinner. And we encourage learning about and respecting other cultures and backgrounds beyond our shades of brown and white…

Inclusivity in baby room and kids room decor
But it wasn’t until I had kids that the purposeful inclusion of multiple races was so important to me–books, dolls, figurines. This inclusion often means buying two dollhouse families to make sure family representations can include more than one shade or ethnicity. Or more recently, I bought a car track set for my two year old and had to purchase an extra car driver, a black girl, because all of the pictures on the car track and the two car drivers that were included were white.

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(This is the only picture I could find with all of us in same frame)

 

Even as a brown mom with inclusivity in my mind, it wasn’t until I was trying to come up with listing titles and tags on Etsy that I realized that I needed to make these searchable for parents like me, looking for diversity in their kids’ rooms. And then despite being of multiple races, growing up in a multiracial family, and raising my own, I had trouble coming up with the search terms I wanted. (Huge thank you to my community of awesome Facebook mamas and friends for supplying me with a great list!)
African American Mermaid with natural hair

Now that I’m in multicultural art sales, I realize that there still isn’t a lot of art with kids that look like me or my kids’ friends. Or maybe I haven’t quite found the right search terms. But I hope to change walls one framed piece at a time. And now I have a purpose. A purpose that wasn’t on purpose is now my purpose!

PS. This new art is now listed in my Etsy shop. Already mounted in a 12 inch square frame, behind glass, and ready to be hung up with a nail or command strips! (Only $80 +shipping.)

PPS. I highly recommend The Barefoot Book of Children to start conversations about diversity–skin color, foods, customs… Have you seen it yet? We love it! Look for it at your local library or bookshop!

Because Albert Einstein Said So! That’s Why!

 

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Calling all you pirate kings, with seas to sail and treasure to seek!

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Calling all garden fairies, with dew on your toes and mischief in your wings!

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The secrets of the world are yours to discover. So go play and ponder and rule your kingdoms!


Some recent crown reviews on Etsy that blew my socks off! Thank you for this lovely feedback! I’m so glad to hear these crowns are making little ones (and their mamas) so happy!
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Just Imagine: Bibs That Spark Conversation

I can say a lot about the feeding bibs I make…

  • They last forever — In fact, I’ve never made any feeding bibs for my youngest (almost 2 years) because the ones I made for my oldest (almost 4.5 years) are as good as new. #SorryNotSorry
  • They are easy to wash — throw them in the machines with everything else on laundry day!
  • They are fun to look at — Have you seen our new prints?  *heart eye emojis*
  • They keep babies kids covered/dry during meals–shoulder and torso coverage + water resistant backing. Um, to channel Maui the Demi-God, “You’re Welcome!”

But I never would I ever have claimed that they are the best conversation starters…until now.

My 4 year-old had a lot to say during a recent product shoot. So I turned on the video and let her imagination lead!

Where can a bib or an image take your next conversation? Shop bibs, placemats, cloth napkins, and more toddler/preschool conversation-starters here in my Etsy shop!