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

Ahoy! Pillows Ahead!

These fetching lil' vintage island gals had been wallowing away in a loveless marriage to some threadbare tea towels. Our client reckoned them too winsome to go forgotten and asked us to find a new way to showcase such novel booties, uh...beauties.




So, we dusted the ladies off and gave them a new gig entertaining house guests aboard voyages destined for dreamland (read: guestroom pillows).


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Battening Down.
We reinforced the tea towels with some iron-on interfacing. Ensuring that the ladies new dance number will forever be supported.

The girls then got teamed up with a crisp, bold floral pattern for a fresh, updated stage on which to feature their talents.


 
 


 The finishing touch was a pretty, little bias tape boarder to give their stunning forms higher definition. 




Do not disturb.
Now, who wouldn't want to spend their vacation with the likes of these lovelies?
































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Fluffing the Queen's English.
We sailed north to embark on our "To London With Love" custom adventure: Commission to repurpose two bed pillows into Union-Jack, accent pillows.

New square housing needed to be made to create the pillows' new shape before the actual pillowcases could be designed and measured.




A modern palette of orange, grey and white was selected over the traditional British colors. Cheeky.

The two pillows needed to be complimentary without being all matchy-matchy. Incorporating a mini cooper graphic into the design was suggested. Thus, driving the project forward. Tally-ho!




We used a reverse applique to create the window effect on the cooper. Assembled the rest of the design elements onto the front of the pillow case. Sewed everything together and Bob's your uncle...



Brilliant!



That's it for today's travel log.
We are always ready to be whisked away! If you would like to take a design journey with us, just throw us a line (read: email). Who knows where we might go!


  Toodle-loo,
Matt and Lisa