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It has been awhile since our last handmade toy round-up and it’s high time for another! Even though we hear that August is the most popular birth month, we sure have a lot of parties to attend in June, so here’s a few we’ve found that make for wonderful heirloom style gifts for playing and dis-playing!Handmade ToysWe love these wooden pull toy dogs with hinged bodies. They have the cutest movement to them and who doesn’t love a Dachshund? $46

We are lifelong loyal fans of Green Stitches dolls! This shop makes darling pirates, BRAND NEW superheroes and of course darling mermaids and school-girl dolls, too! $30+

TWIG Creative Wooden Cameras – we love these for imaginary play, and they look so darling on the shelf, too. $40

Crochet Bowling Set - Great for babies, crawlers, and kids alike! Get out your needles, this pattern is only $5!

A Hand-Dyed cotton jump rope with wood handles $25

A gorgeous hand carved wooden crane, with a working hook! $29

What are your favorite handmade toy shops? We’re always on the hunt for more shops to support!

hello shiso!

We always joke that we have no idea how to dress a little girl, and they’ll likely just wear their brothers’ hand-me-downs. The world of accessories and accessorizing is so foreign to us, but we know what we like when we see it! Hello Shiso makes the most fun and lighthearted accessories. Perfectly silly and feminine and playful and we love them all! We used their accessories to accompany today’s Tiny Dos post but wanted to show you just how many options they have on their website!

hello shiso!We giggled all the way through reading up about their shop, which is a family business that spans LA all the way to Taiwan! Even their models are in-house (just like Small Fry!) who get paid to say “cheese!” in candy and treats (just like Small Fry!)

 

The Big Star clips:

Girl's Hair Tutorial!

We couldn’t love them any more but then we discovered they also have a blog filled with quirky hair tutorials to boot! We know how much you mamas love hair tutorials so check them all out here.

Girl's Hair Tutorial!

And find a whole grip of awesome hair accessories on their website Hello Shiso!

Cherries, clementines, fawn clips, little cuties, fancy bows,  and big heart clips:

[hello shiso] girls hair accessoriesKeep up with Hello Shiso via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

 

three more tiny dos

We are so pumped to have another Tiny Dos post today for you! It has been far too long since our last hair tutorial post. We called on our favorite stylist Bethany at Salon K in Provo show us how it’s done! Here’s three more awesome ideas to add to the list!Girl's Hair Tutorial!

First up: the Bang Braid! This is such a great option for keeping hair off your girl’s face. Or if she’s growing out pesky bangs, this is going to be your go-to hair style!

bang braid hair tutorial

Bethany has a video tutorial for this one right here, but keep reading for the steps!

Bang Braid How-To

1. Start by taking a deep side part.

2. Then pull hair from the crown of the head down to the forehead pulling the three strands underneath each other, each time pulling a new piece from the crown into the braid. This braid style is called an Inverted braidor a Dutch braid.

3. Continue pulling hair down into the braid until you get to the end. Then use your fingers to separate the pieces and fatten them a bit. Bobby pin or use a clear elastic to keep it in place!

We topped this braid with Hello Shiso’s star clips!

Next up is the The Sweet Roll!

Girl's Hair Tutorial!

This one is a quick little up-do that is gentle on those little scalps. Even as adults doing a tight top-knot or bun starts to hurt after a while, so this is a nice pretty style that you can wear all day!

All you need is a stretchy elastic headband and some bobby pins for this one! Steps below…

The Sweet Roll - easy updo for your girl 1. Place the elastic headband over all of the hair.

2. Wrap small sections up and around the headband and pin at a 90 degree angle to help hide the bobby pin!

3. Continue to grab small sections all the way around until all the hair is tucked under.

We topped this one with this neon pom pom clip.

And lastly, we wanted to concoct something that would be good for days at the pool, beach and lake! We call this one the Mermaid Braid!

mermaidbraid

Where their hair can get wet and dry multiple times, they can swim and splash and they won’t need to worry about getting tangled or trapped.

Mermaid Braid - Hair Tutorial for the pool!

1. Start this one either post-bath or shower, or by wetting the hair.

2. Slick the hair back and part the hair horizontally in a half-up half-down. Separate the top half and begin a french braid.

3. Once you finish the braid, comb and slick the bottom half upward into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.

Note: Bethany wrapped a section of hair around this pony-tail base and secured it with a bobby pin for a little extra polish! We love this idea if you’re heading straight from the pool to dinner!

Locals if you’re looking for a new salon, we are big fans of Salon K - a full-service Bumble and Bumble salon! Call (801) 226-7985 to book and follow their Instagram and blog for awesome hair tips and ideas! Huge thank you to their stylist Bethany for helping us out with these!!

Tops C/O Wunway

Galaxy Garland

It’s Cricut project time! For us as Explore™ users, our favorite thing to make is simple decor for our homes and special occasions. We love how much it brightens up a party or holiday and our boys take notice that today must be extra special, too. We made this Galaxy Garland for our craft lounge at Alt Summit last year, but love it as a little 3D decor for a nursery or play room!

Here’s how you’ll do it:Galaxy Garland

This Galaxy Suite has images like rockets, stars, planets and more and to give it an extra spacy feel we used fine glitter paper to cut them out on. Then once they were cut we made two small vertical and parallel cuts to the middles of each piece. That way when you string them up a little piece of the neon string shows through. Galaxy Garland

Find the suite right here along with all our other projects on our Small Fry Design Space!

Galaxy Garland

Download the Galaxy Garland all ready to print right here and Make it Now! Find all our Explore projects right here.

arvo wear

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We were planning out our ideas for Father’s Day this year and joked that we love giving them gifts that we can steal every once and awhile. Whether it’s a baseball cap, or a perfectly distressed t-shirt, a new album, or a great razor (they love when you do that!) sometimes the men’s section is the place to be. This year we’ve partnered up with Arvo Watches to give our favorite daddy-os these beautiful (and so affordable!) leather watches, that of course, are just begging to be swiped. Here’s how we are wearing them:

On JENNA:

Arvo Watches | How We WearRay-Ban 58 mm // Arvo’s “The Sawyer” Watch  // Dress via Called to Surf  // Chuck Taylor Converse // Anna Bee Horizontal Plate necklace

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On NICOLE:Arvo Watch

Stella McCartney Sunglasses //Sawyer watch in black // T-Shirt via eBay (Paris inspired , tees here, here, here ,here and here) // H&M Zipper Jeans // Clutch via Asos (similar!) // Earrings & Necklace via Jcrew //

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On EMILY:Arvo Watch

White Time “Sawyer” watch with Navy band // Zara Marbled Skirt $25 // “Oui” Tee via Jcrew $35 with SUMMERTIME code // Striped Flats via F21 // Old Gap wrap bracelet (similar) // Midi Gold ring via Soel Boutique (similar here)Arvo Watch Arvo WatchFind your favorite combination right here! Don’t forget to use SMALLFRY15 for 15% off!