this place is like a zoo.

November 17, 2008

Zooguu {by sweetest pea} is a site filled with adorable plush all handmade for you by Jen and Brian Gubicza. My very favorite is the little penguin. So so cute! Shh…don’t tell my niece…this will be part of her Christmas present! She also has a shop on Etsy.

indie joy.

October 15, 2008

From across the pond, Betty Joy has some sweet little accessories, housewares and things. Everything is handmade from various designers and super cute! Oh, and she’ll ship from her little cottage in the north of England to you in the states!

“feel good gifts”.

September 9, 2008


Such sweet handmade treasures at Hasenpfeffer…absolutely adorable little bears and things made from old coats and clothing. It’s hard to believe that such sweetness could come from a big ‘ol unwanted coat! I love the faces on the little handheld dolls {binky buddies} and bears…such character! Love these!

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plush-o-rama.

May 27, 2008


How cute are these?! Not your mama’s sock monkeys! Toronto based Monkey House has some of the sassiest sock monkeys around. Madge and Sylvia (pictured above) are my all time faves, but she has many others to choose from on her Etsy shop. Love them!

My next plush obsession is Amsterdam based, The House of Mouse. Anna, creates sweet little mice, each with their own personalities. The perfect gifts for your favorite artist, golfer, ballerina, gardener, or Beatles fan (she’ll even do custom work!). Go to her Etsy shop to see more.



Last, but not least, is my favorite local plush designer. Luisa, creator of Pock-it Palz, manages to balance her high school schedule with making some very fun plushy creations. Her designs have been shown in art galleries in L.A., Seattle and Chicago since she was 11 years old… Rotofugi in Chicago has been carrying her line since 2004, and since, her toys have become quite collectible! Great work, Luisa!

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