Caravan Shoppe is the perfect place to make quality toys for the little people in your life.
Our new Fairy Tale Olliblocks pair great with the classic fairy tale books! These 18 classic characters will help you bring old tales to life with your children (but we won’t blame you if you leave out some of the details… um, have you read the original fairy tales?).
And the Ollibots! These are a fantastic toy for both boys and girls. One set includes enough artwork for 6 different robots. Robots can be connected using velcro, magnets, or snaps, depending on which option suits your family best.
Who couldn’t resist the Minifolk… Easy to hold, play, and imagine–they are stylish, printable clothing for classic peg dolls so that you can quickly dress up a whole crowd of characters! Simply print the outfits, cut them out, and Mod Podge them to wooden peg dolls.
And what are Minifolk without their Smollhouse? On the shelf or on the floor, our Smollhouse Foldaway Dollhouse is the perfect fit for your space. It folds out big for playtime and folds up small when it is time to clean up. A rare mix of efficiency and whimsy, this house is sure to charm both parents and children.
Even more delightful? The Smollhouse Foldaway Dollhouse is one of our most easily-assembled products. You’ll be able to put it together with your eyes closed. Probably.
Best part? It’s still only December 9th. You still have time to make some fun toys before Christmas!
(Hey, just FYI, there is a really cool giveaway at the end of this post…….)
If you’ve been following us over the past year, you may be familiar with our 365 Patterns challenge. At the beginning of the year, Melanie and Alma decided to challenge themselves to create one new pattern every day this year. To be completely honest, they both have kindof petered out at this point. It was a pretty lofty goal to begin with, but the volume of work they created while they were going strong is undeniably impressive!
Today we thought we’d share with you a cool example of how Alma has used a couple of her patterns. In her words:
The biggest thing that I have taken away from my 365 Patterns experience is just this whole LIBRARY of finished work that I can use for any situation! In fact, almost all of the decor in the Smollhouse Dollhouse came from elements of my patterns. And I felt that the Fairy Tale Olliblocks characters needed more depth, so I used at least 10 of my existing patterns in the characters’ clothing as well!
Earlier this year, I was approached by a company called Lightheaded Beds and invited to try out one of their beds and design my own artwork for it.
At first I thought maybe the beds were a little bit cheesy. The concept is this: The headboard of the bed has a translucent image that is lit from behind. At night time, the headboard of the bed acts as a giant night light. But as soon as I started actually thinking about it with my kids in mind, I realized that this is something that they would actually love. At the time they were both obsessed with the projection night lights we had bought them, and Oliver was (and still is!) afraid to sleep in the dark. So considering that, and the fact that I would be in control of whatever image goes on the headboard (it is very easy to upload and order any custom design), I decided that I’d like to give the bed a try!
They have a variety of bed styles, and while most of their artwork doesn’t fit my style (I’ll pass on the puppies and characters), I was happy to find a simple white bed with nice, clean lines that did fit my style. The beds are all very nice quality (in the $500-$700 range, or $329 if you buy at Sam’s Club right now), but the TERRIBLE news is, when I got the bed into my home, I found out that there was no way I’d be able to make it fit with my existing furniture. (Wah! My rooms are too small!!)
But I have a lucky friend who just moved into a brand new house, who I figured would probably have some space to fill! She took the bed and we looked through my patterns to see which she would like to use for the headboard. In the end? The bed looks amazing, and the patterns printed perfectly. And I’m left with serious bed envy.
(I still used my own little Joan as my model. Let’s just not tell her how close she was to having this bed all to herself!)
What do you think? Would your kids enjoy a bed like this?
Lightheaded Beds would like to give away a bed to one of our readers! If you’d like to win a bed ($700 value!!), enter below!
There were so many wonderful pictures of our Thanksgiving products posted on Instagram we just had to do a Thanksgiving round-up!
Thank you to everyone who shared their piece of Thanksgiving with us!
This past month, our Draw Together Thanksgiving Set was a big hit, and now we’re excited to introduce the Draw Together Christmas Set!
One of our favorite things about this set is the printable mistletoe frame. Simply print the large frame, mount it to a hard backing like cardboard or poster board, cut out the middle, and attach the provided mistletoe at the top! Then use as a photo prop at your Christmas party or gathering. Want fun and kisses throughout the month? Suspend it from the ceiling with fishing line, a little bit away from the wall so there is room to slip behind the frame for a quick kiss!
Another favorite thing about this set? This printable fireplace and mantle! Finally homes with no chimney have a place to hang stockings and a way for Santa to get into the house (without risk of getting burned!). We have three different options for the fireplace and three different options for the mantle, so you can choose which of both you like best! Print each of these as a large 36 x 48 print, and tile them one on top of the other on the wall.
The pack also includes 7 (SEVEN!) posters that you can choose to hang all month long. These look great as-is, or could also be used as giant coloring pages for your little ones.
Of course, the Draw Together set also includes printable placemats as well as a giant printable table covering. This year for our Thanksgiving dinner, we used the giant table covering at one table and the placemats at another. Pick one or use both!
The set also includes 6 colorful napkin holders with an option that includes space to write in place names. (By the way, do you love the felt balls? We love them from Hello Maypole.)
If you make this set part of your home this year, we’d love to see it! Snap a pic and share on instagram with the hashtag #caravanshoppe or upload a photo to our facebook page!