eco-friendly and creative easter basket stuffers (last minute!)

Ummmm, how did it get to be Holy Week?  This Easter Bunny has been an eensy bit on the busy side … which could be a sad state of affairs considering how quickly the good stuff “gets gone” at our favorite Tar-jay.

Stubby Pencil Studio Bunny Goodie BagFortunately, I had already scoped out the goodies at Stubby Pencil Studio, and this just might be the best Easter ever.  On a related subject, let’s discuss how much I love — and I mean, love — the Internet.

Stubby Pencil Studio Animal Hands Temporary TattoosI have bid a not-so-fond farewell to both the candy overload and those broken-in-a-flash plastic trinkets.  Instead, this  Easter Bunny will be filling my twins’ baskets with eco-friendly gifts and creative products for kids.

Magic ScratchersBest of all, I’m betting these Easter baskets will be a whole lot more fun than those we’ve had in the past.

natural-easter-egg-dyeDelivery time is generally 2-3 business days, depending on how far you are from the Oregon studio … which means time is a-ticking.

Games-for-Your-Brain-Shark-CardsAnd how about refilling those pencil boxes while you’re at it?  Around this time of year, I start to notice that my kiddos’ crayons and pencils look a little worse for the wear.  I’m especially crazy for the eco highlighters and cedar pencils.  Triangular shape = no rolling off the desk.  And the KUM Carton Sharpener is so much cuter than those wonky plastic ones that don’t work worth a darn.

Finger Printing Art Set MonstersSomething tells me this Finger Printing Art Kit will also be repurposed as a “law enforcement tool” during pretend play.  Don’t you love listening to the wild scenarios kids come up with?

Lindt White Chocolate BunnyAnd yes, my little buddies will be getting one of these, too.  If I weren’t worried that it would melt, that would also be an online purchase.    

Do you have Easter plans?

To be clear, this is not a sponsored post.  The Easter Bunny has paid for everything to be received by the Zeller twins.  Lindt GOLD BUNNY available at Lindt Chocolate.  All other photos via Stubby Pencil Studio.  Product links as follows:  Bunny Goodie Bag, Animal Hands (temporary tattoos), Magic Scratchers by Danny Orleans, Natural Egg Dye Kit, Games for Your Brain Shark Cards and Finger Printing Art Kit (Monsters).

“word to the wise” wednesday — nina farmer

While working on my branding, I coined this as my Big Idea:  Families with gorgeous, highly functional homes and children who grow up around and are taught to respect beautiful things enjoy happier lives.

What a joy it was to find a kindred spirit in Nina Farmer!   I am crazy about her aesthetic, but I’m even more crazy about her philosophy on children and design.

Nina Farmer Interiors Child Bedroom

People get stuck in this old idea that when there are kids in the house, they have to hide the upholstery they really love under slipcovers.  Instead, I’d rather stain-treat everything — it’s a lifesaver — and live with the idea of some wear and tear.  When children are surrounded by beautiful things, I believe they will rise to the occasion.

Nina Farmer (House Beautiful, March 2014).

And how fabulous is that bedroom?  Absent the stuffed animals and other toys, it will transition beautifully as its lucky occupant grows older.  Even a very posh teen would love the Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks fabrics!

Do you agree?

Interior design by Nina Farmer Interiors; photo via her website.  Pick up the latest issue of House Beautiful to see her gorgeous home!

traci zeller