i think i’ve said it before… i have a hard time with most things that are made for kids. i think a lot of parents do. so much is disposable. and i get why. they’re tough on things. they don’t understand the purpose of most things, and so have a tendency to mistreat or abuse everything. everything that has belonged to my son has a look of bedraggledness. and regardless of how you try to instill the idea that we take care of our things, those ideas take years to cement in their little brains. we’re working on it.
in the meantime, i’m trying to find a curated assortment of things i want to last. books. blankets. special toys that can withstand a beating. don’t get me wrong… we have a lot (A LOT) of crappy toys that litter out house on a daily basis. but i’m culling down as i invest in new. i’m also making special things to use in our home that i
like LOVE. enter my idea for this toy bin. this specific bin was a present. after i came up with the idea, i realized i had two special birthdays on my horizon (brothers) and so… decided to tackle this project. it was a complete learning curve, and of course, i had something very specific in mind (oh, designers). my love of orla kiely has given me an appreciation for the wipability of plasticized canvas and bold graphic prints. i wanted a print that would stand up to time; when no longer used for toys, could be migrated into the rotation of things to use around the house. i’m beyond pleased with how this turned out, and hope to make a few more (in different prints soon). maybe even make a few bucks, and list on etsy. you know, in my spare time.
tote details- french seam encloses all raw edges on the side, japanese indigo bias tape encloses the raw edge on bottom. hand painted motif on the outside, sealed with poly plastic. artwork includes warm neutrals and soft metallics with pops of bright- sophisticated, but playful. raw leather handles attached with nickel rivets.