Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Concept of Colour

While baby furnishings tend to come in classic finishes like white and wood colours, who says that you can’t go bright and bold with all your baby’s other accessories!  Take Stork Craft’s Monza II crib and the Beatrice dressers in white, and accessorize with some statement pieces, like a patterned upholstered chair, rug or lampshade.  We’ve chosen yellow as the theme and we love this new, bold colour-blocking trend translated from the fashion runway to the home!  All the accessory items in the design board below can be purchased at Target.  To see a list of Stork Craft dealers, click here.

  

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Dawn

Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes 2

Stork Craft does all of its photo shoots in house, so we have been trying to find creative ways to spruce up the walls for our shots.  While computer graphics have come a long way, it’s just not the same as actually having the real elements there to photograph.  A quick search on the web for easy and cost effect nursery decorating ideas are wall decals and below images show the autumn motive that we recently purchased and put up.  What do you think?  Do you have any creative decorating ideas for your nursery?  We can’t wait to see how the new decorative element turns out for our upcoming shoot this Friday!

A Sneak Peak Behind the Scenes

A photo shoot is the culmination of many months of product design, scheduling, and planning.  Here’s a sneak peak at the behind-the-scenes and the resulting shots. 

Our in house warehouse guys, Danny and Chico, are experts when it comes to understanding how all our products are put together.  Here, they are working on setting up Stork Craft’s new Bradford Crib Changer in White.  In our resulting shot, we have paired it with the Beatrice 5 Drawer and Combo Dresser.

 

The platform is where we do all our white background and 360 shots.   360 shots make purchasing a crib online easier as you can see the item from all angles. 

 

 

 A lot of straightening and tucking before a shot can be taken! :)  Meet Stork Craft’s latest addition: Navy Caribou Bunkbed that is shown below as two separate twin beds. 

 

TGIF!  Have an awesome weekend!

Dawn

Post Mother’s Day Reflection

By Dawn

Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day!

Here in Vancouver, BC, where Stork Craft’s headquarters are located, we had an amazing few days of sunshine!  Now if you have ever been to the Pacific northwest, you will know that we see more rain than sun, even well into late spring/early summer, so this sudden wave of summer weather arrived just in time for this Mother’s Day weekend.

  

The above pictures are a snap shot of Jericho Beach in Vancouver from Sunday.  My husband and I arrived before noon when the park and beach were still relatively empty so that we could stake out a good spot to set up for our Mother’s Day bbq.  By lunch, the park was filled with happy families and young children who were also out for a relaxing day. 

Below is a pic of my mom and I at the same location, 25 years ago.  I can’t remember for what occassion it was, or if any at all, but even after all these years, the beach is still a favourite of mine for family gatherings and activities. 

Does your family have any special traditions or activities for Mother’s Day?

Mom of the Week: Wendy Tsao

By Dawn

A couple weeks ago I came across Child’s Own Studio, as featured in Today’s Parent May 2012 issue, and was charmed by the idea of creating a custom soft toy based on a child’s drawing.  What better way to encourage a child’s imagination and let their creativity bloom than for a child to see their drawing come alive?  Oh how I wished I could be little again and request my own personalized stuffy! 

 

Wendy Tsao, momprenuer and the creator of Child’s Own Studio came up with the idea of making “a recognizable comfort toy for a 4 year-old boy based on his drawing.”  Since then, she has hand crafted hundreds of these custom toys, one by one, and has created a business that she describes, “celebrates children’s art and their imagination with every handcrafted one-of-a-kind soft toy.”

 

Stork Craft is thrilled to feature fellow “Vancouverite”, Wendy, as Stork Craft’s Mom of the Week and have her give us a glimpse into her life as a stay at home mom, as well as her studio where these wonderful toys are created. 

 

  

The 411:

-Name (Surname optional):  Wendy Tsao

-Children/Child’s age:  9 yr old son

-Location:  Vancouver, BC

-Occupation:  Stay at home mom/creator of Child’s Own Studio

-Website: www.childsown.com

  

~Wendy and her son

 

The Low Down:

 SC: What has been the biggest surprise about motherhood since you have become a mom? 

Wendy: When I was pregnant, I remember discussing with my husband what I’d be doing with all the free time I’d have while the baby was sleeping.  Ha!  It turns out that not all babies sleep all the time.  Instead, my son nursed All The Time.   I remember having very little “free” time.     

 

SC: How has your life changed since you became a mom?

Wendy: I’m a bit more cautious about everything.   As a kid, I was such a tomboy monkey, always wanting to climb trees and seek out thrills, much to my mother’s exasperation. 

The other day, at an amusement park, I went on a ride with my son, and I thought I was going to throw up after.  Is this nature’s way of preserving mothers and making them more responsible, I wonder?  

 

SC: What has been the biggest challenge for you in motherhood? 

Wendy: Finding the time for myself and not feeling guilty about it.  Also, learning to step back so that my son can figure things out on his own – I was so close to becoming a helicopter mom. 

 

SC: How do you (or plan to) manage your work life balance?

Wendy: I had to wait until my son was school age, before I was able to focus on my own goals.   Now I work while he’s at school.  There was a stretch before Christmas, when I had a lot of orders to tackle and I was basically in my studio all day for a month.  But I had prepared my family, explaining that I was going to be very busy for a few weeks.  After, I sat back and realized that I really didn’t have to work like that.   I could (and did) decide my own pace of work and life.      

 

SC: Any advice for moms-to-be or new moms?

Wendy: I remember times when I felt isolated and overwhelmed.   Even if you can’t manage to get together with friends, you can stay connected with social media.  Try to see funniness in stressful child rearing times – there are lots of mommy blogs that poke fun at the day to day incidences that can seem so frustrating – read them and laugh.

 

SC: Do you have any recommendations on any baby products that you can’t live without and that every mother should also have?

Wendy: There are so many products out there now – the industry has really grown, and I think I am officially out of touch.  I remember that a baby carrier was a must-have ( see how out of touch I am?). 

 

~Here’s where the magic (and a lot of hard work) happens!  Wendy’s studio.

 

More about Child’s Own Studio:

SC: We love what you have come up with for Child’s Own Studio: “…make a recognizable comfort toy for a [child] based on [his/her] drawing”!  What is the process that you go through to translate a 2D image into a 3D plush toy?  Are there certain techniques that you stick to or is it inspired differently by how you feel and materials each time?

Wendy: Sometimes the drawings come with the young artist’s notes which I follow.  Otherwise, I look at the drawing and see what details are the most appealing, and make sure to highlight them.   Every project is unique and I respond to each one differently.  I have no rules nor formulaic approach.    I do tend to favour some fabrics, but I can also try something “different” occasionally.  It’s hard to explain how I make these soft toys, because I’m not consciously thinking about the process. I just “do it” and if it doesn’t look right, I will modify or fix it or even, start over.

 

 ~Hope Peacemaker by Olivia, age 8

 

SC: Any projects so far that are particularly memorable or stand out to you as a favourites?

Wendy: I don’t have a particular favourite project or memory, because as soon as a project is done, it’s done.  I send the softie off to the child, where (I like to imagine) they are busy in their world of play.   I then start working on the next one.  What’s really neat is checking my Flickr photostream to see which projects get favourited by visitors.

 

SC: What is the biggest challenge in the whole process of making one of the toys?

Wendy: The biggest challenge is staying true to the child’s drawing while making the toy solid and durable for a child’s play.  Both aspects are equally important, but the latter takes precedence.      

 

~Scary the Dinosaur by Oliver, age 5  

 

~Polly Peanut Butter Bee by Joel

 

Fun Facts:

-My guilty pleasure is… eating out AND ordering a dessert.  

-My biggest influence as a mother is… giving hugs and support when my son is feeling down.

My favourite beauty buy isgetting my hair done – I found this hairdresser who does a fantastic scalp massage when she washes my hair, that I practically fall asleep.  

If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would need to at least have… wait, are we assuming that I know how to survive on a deserted island?  If not, then I would need to have a book called How To Survive On A Deserted Island.   

Favourite restaurant:  the little Chinese diner down the street.

Favourite place to take my child/children to:  anywhere we haven’t been to before.  We really enjoy exploring new places.

-Top children’s store:  You mean after Stork Craft? :)   IKEA (One of my son’s first words)

 

~ By Jayme, age 5