Yes, we all know the cliché that kids grow up too fast, but as a mum of three, believe me it’s true! We waved goodbye to our 19 year old son a couple of weeks ago, and I just can’t get over how quickly our time together as a family of five went. It’s crazy!
Speaking of how times flies, I haven’t had chance to tell you about our wonderful summer holidays culminating in a trip ‘home’ to the UK. We decided to spend a few days in London this time and my kids had a ball! Of course, we visited the usual tourist sites and inevitably went shopping. It’s been a while since I walked down a British high street, and I have to admit that once the thrill of strolling around the centre had started to wear off, it really felt like every shop was selling pretty much the same things ZZZZZZ…
Why am I telling you this? Well, because children are special!!! They deserve the best (not the most expensive), they deserve to feel loved and unique. It isn’t that difficult to find special, original clothes if you look off the beaten track, you know…
So, today, I’d like to share a small selection of special kids’ clothing made by people who are passionate about what they do. They believe in taking their time to create beautiful, one-off, eco-friendly garments that will last and / or pride themselves in offering something really well made for our little ones.
I hope you find them special too ––there are so many other wonderful, inspiring children’s makers out there if you’re curious and like to look for something different, like me.
Gorgeous handmade, hand-dyed clothes ‘grown from the seed’ by Margarite & Rosa, photographed by And The Trees
I first read about Raquel Trejo’s delightful children’s clothes over at the Plant Hunter site. I’ve been following her on Instagram ever since. Raquel and her partner Andrew run a small dyer’s farm in the Mid North Coast of Australia. Mum to two beautiful little girls Margarite and Rosa, Raquel grows Mexican and North American Flowers in order to dye fabric for her very special children’s line made from locally sourced alpaca wool and the finest linen. I have seldom seen anything so beautiful as her handmade flower-dyed skirts shown above. Keep an eye on her small etsy store Margarite & Rosa for one-off, individually handmade and naturally-dyed pieces, and follow her blog and FB page for more inspiration.
Gorgeous handmade, handdyed clothes ‘grown from the seed’ by Margarite & Rosa, photographed by And The Trees
Unisex linen kaftan by YUME World on etsy
I spotted these simple, comfy kaftans on etsy the other day and thought they were pretty cool (ha, ha!). I guess it’s because I live in the Med and I know how hot it can get here in the Summer. Made in Nicosia, Cypress, these plain yet very stylish garments are made from soft, stonewashed linen and look just perfect for going to the beach or lounging around at home… I want one too!
Classic linen kids’ wear and quilts from Red Creek Handmade
Based in Squamish BC, Katie M. Beaton is a “lover of craft, antiquity and hand-worked treasures from the past”. When her baby June was born, Katie taught herself the art of quilting and developed her talent to produce a line of functional, children’s clothes made to withstand the test of time and wear. I love Red Creek Handmade’s gender-neutral designs and the incorporation of traditional craft techniques into their garments. How I sometimes wish my little ones were still young enough to wear them. Follow Katie on Facebook and Instagram to see all her latest creations.
Old meets new in this patchwork linen vest by Red Creek Handmade.