My name is Daisha and I am Designs By Daish. For years I have been crafting little treasures for my two crazy boys and for my friends and their kids. Last year, my Mother-In-Law (who has been mastering the craft of crochet, sewing and many other forms of artistry for over 40 years now) and I decided to do some craft fairs and boutiques. We had so much fun that we decided to take things to the next level by opening our Etsy shop to get the word out about our handmade products.
My Mother-In-Law has raised 4 children and has 9 grandchildren. I am a stay-at-home mom to my two boys, 6 and 3. My husband and I just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and life is just moving right along! We are unique in that we adopted our first son and enjoy an extremely open adoption with his birth parents (yes…both of them!!) and then after 8 years of infertility, we were surprised and very excited to find ourselves pregnant with boy #2 shortly after boy #1 turned two (we couldn’t have planned that better!!).
I enjoy my role as a wife and mother but crafting gives me something that nothing can…the ability to create and be artistic and expressive. I hope the winner of this custom cape has a child who will enjoy it as much as my two little super heroes enjoy theirs.
As for the giveaway…the winner will get to pick EVERY little detail!! These capes are REVERSIBLE which is wonderful because one side can be adorned with your child’s name and the other side can be their favorite superhero, phrase (BAM! Ka-Pow!! Zap!!), etc. Or for those princesses out there, their cape can be adorned with a crown, flowers or anything you can think of! You can have each side be a different fabric color…for example, a princess cape could have a pink base on one side and a purple base on the other. Heroes could have their favorite color on the side with their name and the color that best suits their favorite superhero on the other. Sky is the limit…so don’t be afraid to get creative!! These capes are attached at the neck with velcro, which allows for even a toddler to easily put them on and take them off themselves. Capes are one size fits all from approximately 2 years old all the way up to 8 or 9 years old…which is when most kids don’t want to be superhero’s or princesses anymore. The decals on the capes are handmade, iron on and then stitched into place securely with a sewing machine. They will stand the test of time…no decals falling on the floor here!
We offer many, many products in our Etsy shop. Come check us out! It is a perfect place for baby shower gifts, birthday gifts and much, much more!
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Special thanks to Daisha for her guest article and giveaway!
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I admit it. I did a horrible job of organizing my daughters’ baby books. I regret it already, but I was too busy enjoying the little ones and too exhausted when they were asleep. I do plan to get it together, I swear!
I took millions of photos and wrote down some sentimentalities, and tons of others are still fresh in my mind. It’s never too late I suppose. Although…. a little help would be nice. Now that my eldest is reading and writing, I thought it would be fun to enlist her help!
So, I did some research and I found the perfect basis for our project… This is Your Book by Ryan Maconochie is not your average baby book. After unsuccessfully searching for a book worthy of chronicling his daughter’s first year, he decided to create his own, using his graphic design skills and sharp style. The unique and colorful result is a keeper, as it should be!
Not only is the design modern and original, but the categories and details to be filled in are descriptive and ill be fascinating for a lifetime and then some! Aside from pages on which to circle your child’s birthstone, eye and hair color, and heritage(s), Maconochie has included topics such as the cost of a Starbucks coffee, movie ticket, and a gallon of gas, to name just a few. Pop-culture gets even more shout-outs with pages for lists of the current news anchors, celebrities, parents’ favorite movies, and more.
In addition to areas to list very specific milestones, there are also pages for logging the child’s first year in travel and a separate page for pasting a photo of each month leading up to their first birthday.
Published by Abrams imprint stewart tabori & chang, This Is Your Book has revolutionized the baby book as we knew it. Modestly priced, at $16.95 for a for 112 8 x 8½ pages, this might just be the perfect hipster (or anyone) baby shower gift! It’s also been a really fun bonding experience, filling it out retroactively alongside my six year old. I’d highly recommend it who anyone who slacked that first year and is looking to make up for lost time!
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I’ve encountered a case of writer’s block every so often. It is no fun, I tell you. Sometimes we all need little springboard for our thoughts, our creativity. Although this is much less of a problem for the extraordinarily active minds of children, it is nice to add a little spark to their flaming furies of imagination.
When I see that one of my daughters has developed a new interest, I must immediately fuel that fire and watch it grow. My girls have always had their own style (for better or for worse on some days!) and started choosing their own outfits at a very young age. So, it didn’t surprise me when my eldest recently told me she wants to be a “fashion lady” when she grows up and my younger daughter has been proclaiming herself an artist for months.
Laurence King Publishing has produced the perfect igniters for both of their passions! For my little Vivienne Westwood, I present My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion, by Nina Chakrabarti. Obviously a follow-up to her first successful title, this awesome activity book provides my little stylist with tons of extraordinary starting points for fashion design and more! At 240 pages, there are hours of fun projects, such as drawing a headdress for Cleopatra, inventing patterns for various articles of clothing, and tons more!
Creator/ illustrator, Chakrabarti, also includes clever ideas for outside these pages. She suggests embellishing a coin purse with trinkets in the custom of designer Judy Blame or turning “ordinary curtain tassels into a splendiferous belt”! With illustrations ranging from minimalist to extremely detailed this grand starting point is both influential and inspirational. Although this book is aimed at age 8, my six year old has been having a blast designing and coloring these pages.
Chakrabarti, whose clients include both French Connection and Vogue has not left the education out of this title. I love that she has referenced cultural, historical, and iconic references. Your child can design a hat inspired by Princess Leia’s hair, color a spread featuring all that was hip in the 1960′s, and be mesmerized by the intricacies of bridal dress in Djibouti, Africa, all at the turn of a page! Talk about multi-tasking! For easily shared inspirations, there is also a mini-version of 30 detachable postcards featuring her illustrations!
Now, for my little Louise Bourgeois, Laurence King has also published Marion Deuchars‘ Let’s Make Some Great Art. Deuchars created this masterpiece of an activity book to keep her own five and six year old sons stimulated sans computer. My daughter is younger (almost 4) but the beauty of this book is not lost her. She enjoys learning about the different styles of the featured artists, including Paul Klee (his line drawings are a favorite!) and Rene’ Magritte. I say it’s never too early for art!
Deuchars is not surprisingly, an award winning illustrator. Her sketches are fun and enticing, leaving my girl motivated and curious. Super fun activities include fingerprint and handprint animals, making a cubist portrait via collage, drawing with an eraser, and a myriad more!
I sincerely thank both illustrators for helping my daughters to think outside the box (both the metaphorical one and the one with a screen). They both have chosen these activities over the television on multiple occasions! All books are available for purchase on Laurence King Publishing’s website.
Laurence King Publishing is kindly offering two lucky readers a set of these three incredible activity books: Let’s Make Some Great Art, My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion (Book plus Postcard Book), valued at close to $50.00!
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