Best Toys Ever

If I get one more holiday shopping email! Even my website hosting company is trying to promote some 12 days of christmas buying spree. I have officially had enough of companies trying to convince me to buy buy buy. So I loved this: The 5 Best Toys of all Time, by Jonathan Liu on Geek Dad. Top 5 include: stick, box, string, cardboard tube, and dirt. Yup, it doesn’t get any better than that.

"How long is a piece of string?" by Flickr user izzie_whizzie. Used under Creative Commons License


Share a Gift

Bundle is hosting a Share-A-Gift Box now until December 12th.  Please bring in any new &/or gently used toys – no missing or broken parts.  All toys will go to local families in need.



Anne-Claire Petit

New Anne-Claire Petite adorableness just arrived at Bundle.  These sweet toys are hand-crocheted with organic cotton yarn, and have a wee little bell sewn into the middle for a sweet little jingle that the little ones love.

Besides the great colors and clever designs, I am loving this line because of their innovative way of approaching manufacturing in China.  Instead of setting up an urban factory, they employ the women in small villages.  This allows the women to craft and work together, in their homes, while they care for their children.  It also gives them the opportunity to support their families economically, without moving away from them into the cities.

This is how Anne-Claire describes it on her website:

“The anne-claire petit brand has an optimistic view of the world. In all aspects. From design to production. Cheerful, colourful and especially – made with love. A great deal of the crochet work is done in Asia. A warm bond has grown with various communities living in the countryside, where the women have passed on their handiwork techniques for many generations. Thanks to the crochet work they do for anne-claire petit accessories, the women are able to generate an income throughout most of the year – something from which the entire village benefits. The women work from home doing the crochet work for the new collections together with their neighbours. This brings about a feeling of security and working together that is expressed in all of anne-claire petit’s accessories.”

Dog & Kid Portraits

Lindsey Muirhead (my cousin) does custom portraits based on a photograph that you provide.  She is trying to build up her portfolio, so is offering 30% off of her already very low rates on baby or kid portraits.  She is trying to make a go of it doing what she loves, people, so give her a shout:

Eco luxe holiday shoppe this Saturday!

Come get your holiday shopping fix, enjoy some treats, and support local business.  More info here.

Beehive Kitchenware Ornaments

Hand Cast in lead free pewter, these little gifts make sweet heirloom decorations.

Currently in stock: Owl and Two Birds in a Tree.  Also the popular Hearts Measuring Spoons are back in stock for the holidays here.


Sckoon Organic Plush Animals

Sckoon makes adorable little guys, that come in adorable little boxes.  Hard to resist, and at $22.50 they make a great little gift. Elephant, Dog, and Fat Rabbit!