Little Lap Desk

UPDATE: Now available in our etsy store!


I grew up with a Mickey Mouse lap desk. Mickey was posed happily in the center of a white hardboard top. And an orange cushion was attached to the underside to ensure full comfort while I colored the day away.



























I loved that little lap desk. And years later I was given a larger, grown-up version with a mahogany stained top, ergonomic design, perfectly-contoured cushion and absolutely no Mickey Mouse. But I loved that one, too. I set my very first lap top on it one day and never looked back.

So, in the interest of creating things that we love, it was high-time we made a lap desk.



























This one is made of birch ply. It is adorned with a very simple and very cute elephant. We used a white wash so that the grain of the wood still shows through. And the eye and ear are drawn on with a silver paint marker.

The wood and artwork were then sealed with a few coats of a water-based polycrylic. So, that elephant ain't going anywhere.



























The cushion underneath (not pictured) is made of organic cotton and filled with bamboo stuffing. We also added velcro strips so the cushion can be removed if necessary to clean.



























Now, our niece, Gibson, can take her lap desk anywhere and comfortably color her day away.


(Again, thanks to Geoff Wood Photography for the crackalackin' shots.)

Matt and Lisa


Beans and the Dinosaur


two for one

Born one day, two families and hundreds of miles apart, our two nephews, Crosby and Brandon, were embarking on their first birthdays.  

We set out to create a gift design so delightful and ingenious that it would soften even the hardest of baby hearts, bringing countless hours of joy and laughter to all...


Instead, we came up with: 


BEAN BAGS!!!

Okay, a little off target, but come on. We're talkin' funky, homemade, Moss Robot bean bags! 





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the usual prerequisites:

So, let's back up. Knowing the entertainment needs of every one-year-old across the globe and their parents reasonable desire to maintain their wellness, we aimed for a present with these essential elements:
*safe and organic materials
*able to produce noise
*lightweight – for easy handling and damage control (babies like to throw)
*fun, soft (remember the throwing) shapes
*learning-aid device


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the true genius of the family

Our 6 year old son, Graham, who will no doubt surpass us in every creative and intelligent way possible, decided to spearhead the project. He chose a palette and drew on the first five bean bags using kid-safe, fabric markers.

...Just left the grunt work of sewing and assembly to yours truly.


 

Pretty sure Graham will be running our company and making six figures before he's a teenager. 



Let's hope he keeps us on the payroll.




After the "circle dudes" were finished for Crosby, we made dinosaur versions for Brandon because his new bedroom has brontosaurs painted on it's walls.






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Just the facts

Keeping with our list of wants, the bean bags were made with organic cotton canvas (bodies), scrap cotton and wool materials (feet), and loosely filled with organic black beans (noise) and organic lavender (dirty diaper combat!). 

Colored stars with corresponding number symbols and names ranging from one through five were written on each set (high-tech learning device). All inks were non-toxic kid-safe fabric markers.









Hope this inspires you to make your own fun, family projects.

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Matt and Lisa