Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Whale And Flowers


Meet my new little friend, a cheerful whale. The best part: it's handmade in the USA by an amazing craftsman who sells toys through his Etsy boutique, US Wood Toys. And it's ridiculously cheap ($12). I am dying to buy his hippo, too. If you want to treat some little ones for X-mas, you know where to go.
Another adornment at home this week - these happy yellow flowers, brightening up wintery days; we're experiencing record breaking cold in the Los Angeles area. Brrrrr...

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your little whale is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy

Alessandra said...

I love wooden toys, they are toys that you will keep forever, they only acquire charm with age...

the price is incredible, here locally made wooden toys are so expensive!

Cover up well and keep warm

ciao
Alessandra

carina said...

So cute! And so fun that I spotted Venetian Hours on your book shelf. Here in Copenhagen it is cold too, and it snows, snows, snows....

Susan said...

Love wooden toys...very cute. And flowers, of course. Cheerful yellows are always helpful. I have to see how cold it is in LA...GG is shivering underneath a big red felt cape (not around her shoulders, it's on a chair:)...so I think this is a hint to turn on the heat. Hmmm.

Big hugs to Benjy.

Mary-Laure said...

CARINA - yes, I thought you might see it! It's a great book, thanks for the recommendation.

SUSAN - Benjy doesn't seem to be cold. I always wonder if I should wrap him in cashmere and baby alpaca when we go out in the cold. Any input?

Vanessa said...

Wooden toys, what a joy and the splash of colour with the flowers. Nice to see you're keeping cheerful with the falling temperatures. It was so cold here in Britain yesterday and we had to put hot water bottles under the cats' pillows to keep them warm. 8 cm of snow too. Brrr.

Laura in Paris said...

The flowers are lovely! And perfect for the blue vase.

Marci said...

Los juguetes de madera siempre serán especiales, tanto para decorar como para jugar.

Un saludo.¿cómo está tu madre?hace tiempo que la echamos de menos...

gracia said...

Aha! I have just the spot for her or him (were they mine).

Little beats the charm of a wooden toy, I agree.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

flowers can make anything feel warmer.
great toys too. so cutie
~laura

Mary-Laure said...

VANESSA - hot water bottles for the cats! I love that!!!

MARCI - fijate que la semana pasada, mama vino a visitarme en Los Angeles! Pasamos regio.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I know someone who will love an adorable little blue whale. Just bought one. Exciting!

Giulia said...

Back with "I don't know" about Benjy's sartorial needs on walk. Maybe he wants to show what a cool (not cold:) guy he is, you know, walking around w/out "kid" stuff on. He can snuggle at home w/out being teased by big dogs. I don't know if this is an issue in the dog world, but one never knows.

I saw Vanessa's comment about the kitties & hot water bottles. There's a cute photo on her post today w/a kitty looking very happy. GG is sacked out right now, like a boiled noodle. Right next to a space heater called The Dragon. It's her favorite thing...I'm chopped liver when that thing is on in the other room.

Cheers from freezing cold DC. xo

Patrick said...

Wow! I am so humbled for the praise you have given my toys! Can i post your picture of it on my facebook page? (or you can at www.uswoodtoys.com)

@Denise, Thank you! Yours will be in the mail by Friday!

-Patrick

Mary-Laure said...

DENISE - yay, I hope you like it!

GIULIA - I love it that the heater is named The Dragon!

PATRICK - you are welcome to used my pic and/or my words on your webpage and/or Facebook page. I meant what I wrote and am always happy to talk about creators I admire on this blog.

Annie said...

I love the whale! The flowers are nice too. It is about 17 degrees right now in Taos. xoxo

louise said...

The whale is very cute. I think he needs that Hippo as company.

Giulia said...

I had to come right back to say: guess what? Patrick's studio is right here near Giulia's apt. I had no idea. Just popped in to favorite & saw a dragon.

Rina said...

Que hermosa! me encantó! y muy buena idea para regalar! un abrazo!

Mary-Laure said...

GIULIA - what a coincidence! The Gattina should definitely visit Patrick's studio to meet his own beasts; who knows, he may even be inspired to create a toy modeled after Giulietta?

Dina said...

Cute whale!