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2011 Baby Gift Coin Set

2011 baby gift coin set by royal canadian mint

2011 baby gift coin set by royal canadian mint

My husband bought the 2011 Baby Coin Set for our soon-to-be-born son when he went to the the post office this morning. It’s funny because I went yesterday and I almost did the same.

Made by the Royal Canadian Mint, each coin set includes Canada’s 2011 traditional uncirculated coins with a unique engraved design on the 25-cent piece! The main feature of this gift coin set is a special 25 cents coin with baby feet. It’s too adorable! When my husband came back from the post office, he said to me “Here is Zack’s first pay”. Or, we might start his first collection.

SOURCING:
+ 2011 Baby Gift Coin Set $19.95 CAD at Canada Post
+ 2011 Baby Gift Coin Set $19.95 CAD at Royal Canadian Mint

DESIGN and style LIVING

A Cat Lover Stamp Collection by Sweden Post

cat stamps collection by sweden post

cat stamps collection by sweden post

As a cat lover, I could not pass this story. The Sweden Post Stamps revealed last week a stamp collection that honors cats. I love it! The stamps were designed by Carina Länk. She also designed the picture of the cat on the First Day Cover, the head of the cat on the FDC cancellation and the illustration of kittens on the Collector’s Sheet.

The cats booklet costs 60 kr, which is a little bit more than $8. But I am unclear about the shipping fees and if they ship to Canada or the United States. I find it strange since stamp collectors often wish to buy stamps from other countries.

SOURCING:
+ Cats stamp booklet 60 kr
+ via Modern Cat

GIFT IDEAS Gifts for HER PAPER goods

I Dream of Blythe Dolls

I just ordered a set of 4 Christmas cards featuring Blythe dolls on etsy. They are so adorable!

blythedollchristmascards

I have a thing for cute dolls. I am not the only grown up woman who does. First manufactured in 1972 by Kenner, Blythe became popular again when in late 2000 CWC produced a charming TV commercial for Parco department store starring Blythe. She became an overnight sensation in Japan and Asia.

New Blythe dolls are produced now. They are hard to find outside Japan (or Asia). My husband and I are planning a vacation in Japan next Spring. I will now be able to buy a few dolls.

moshi-moshi blythe doll clothing collection

Several etsy sellers create clothes on top of the traditional sources. Moshi-moshi by hilarywagstaff – the one who sold me the cards – has the best clothing collection that I found so far on etsy.

two blythe dolls belonging to amloro16 on flickr

If you wish to see more great dolls, there are several Blythe doll pools on Flickr. This is a doll to play dress up. Fans do settings, style the space and take fashionable pictures. Amloro16 is a huge fan. I contacted her last year about it. I am inspired by this French collector passion for her Blythe dolls. It seems so much fun.

ALL occasions GIFT IDEAS

Mid-century miniatures for the collectors

miniatures by vitra

I am huge fan of mid-century furniture but the style does not fit with my current décor. One way to incorporate them into any home is through a collection. Vitra made exact replica in structure and materials of the mid-century classics reduced at a 1:6 scale.

Collections bring character to a room. If you display them cleverly, they act as conversation pieces. With chairs, you can let your imagination guide you. You see the Arne Jacobsen EGG chair sitting on a tray. The chair even swivels on its base.

If you are a fan of the museum look or you live with a cat or dog, why not get Lucite Vitrine Display Boxes at Miniature Chairs to protect the miniatures from dust and finger prints.

Buying tips

Each miniature comes handsomely packaged in a wood box with an informational booklet about the chair. A miniature costs $130 USD and up.

Vitra miniature chairs are available in several design stores. Canadian shoppers will be happy to know that Gabriel Ross has a huge selection and the prices are almost at pair.

For Americans, Miniature Chairs seems to have the largest selection. Unica Home also carries other brand miniatures, not just the Vitra chairs. You can find a mini Graves kettle for Alessi,a bonze gold stool miniature by Philippe Starck.

Furnishing a modern doll house

Why not furnish the Villa Sibi modern doll house with all these cool miniatures furniture and accessories? My husband knows that this is a dream of mine. I am waiting to find the right spot for it first; a spot that my cats could not reached.

For children who visit you during the holidays, get the Bauhaus Model House on sale at $20 at Miniature Chairs and let them play in style.

Note: The Free Form Sofa designed by Isamu Noguchi is not available in miniatures but I enjoy the organic form.

Sourcing:
For Americans: DCW Plywood Chair by Charles and Ray Eames at Miniature chairs – price: $140 USD
For Canadians: Vitra Miniatures Eames DCW at Gabriel Ross – price: $160 CAD
Buy online: EGG by Arne Jacobsen at Miniature Chairs – price: 375 USD
Buy online: Vitra Mini Le Corbusier Lounge at Design Within Reach – price: $395 USD
Buy online: Vitra Miniatures Nelson Marshmallow Sofa at Gabriel Ross – price: $684 CAD
Buy online: Vitrine Display Boxes at Miniature Chairs – starts at $44 USD for a 4 inch box, up to $248 for a 12 inch box
Buy online: Vitra Mini – Eames LCM Chair at Design Within Reach – price: $170 USD
Buy online: Vitra and other miniatures at Unica Home