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Gifting Made Easy: 2013 Edition

Nov 3, 2013 7:28:05 PM

Gift Baskets


Who said getting excited about presents is just for kids? Get giddy about gifting with these excellent and easy gift baskets—not only are they carefully curated with some of our favorite products, these baskets are also beautifully packaged and discounted at 15% off the full retail price. So, check your 'Nice' list twice and get ready to embrace the season of giving!


Baby Gift Basket I - The NOEL

Includes:

Purple Canvas Owl Caddy by 3 Sprouts
Organic Muslin Swaddles by Aden & Anais
Plush Baby Legwarmers by Little Giraffe
Mini Doll by Blabla
Organic Soft Mushroom Rattle by Apple Park

Baby Gift Basket II - The CANTWELL

Includes: 
Orange Canvas Beaver Caddy by 3 Sprouts 
Organic Cotton Hooded Towel by Apple Park
Soft Silicone Baby Bottle by Como Tomo
'Jane' Chew Beads Necklace
Lovey by Angel Dear

 
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Urban Baby: Space Efficient Nursery

Oct 20, 2013 4:00:22 PM



Living in the city has its perks: great art, food, entertainment, easy walkability, interesting people... But when it comes time to start a family, transforming your home to accomodate new little ones can be a challenge. We've rounded up our favorite products from the space efficient and modular baby line Bloom, so you can start maximizing what your precious space and create a comfortable, baby-friendly home.

(Clockwise from top left): 
Fresco Chrome High Chair: This stunningly modern high chair is not only incredibly comfortable and design-savvy, it also swivels 360-degrees, has wheels so it can roll from room to room, and is height adjustable.
Coco Stylewood Baby Lounger: Gorgeous much? This cozy little nest will have your baby snoozing soundly with its smooth and brilliantly designed gentle rocking.
Alma Mini Urban Crib: Created specifically for urban spaces, this efficient folding crib is all about style, mobility and storage.
Alma Papa Crib: Spacious yet compact, the European-sized Papa Crib has a smaller footprint than standard cribs, but is large enough for children up to 4 years to rest in. 
Alma Dresser: Not only will the Alma Dresser hold all your baby supplies, you can easily transform it into a changing station with its universal changing tray.
Nano Urban High Chair: Hate clutter? The neat Nano Urban High Chair can be folded up and tucked away into the pantry as soon as you're done with meal time.

 
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If you've been by the home store lately, you've probably seen the totally rockin' Punk Princess Room Display. The inspiration behind the room is our very own Store Manager at Aldea Baby, Cantwell Muckenfuss III!

The Punk Princess Room

A Punk Princess loves black just as much as she loves pink. A punk rock princess knows how to spice up any room—she's not just frills and lace, pink and poesy. A splash of black behind a skull and crossbones, this sugar and spice princess isn't always nice. This is a girl who knows how to rescue herself, and she makes sure to do it in style! A black tutu and a pink bow, a tiara and combat boots, now we are talking!

Products available at Aldea Baby and Aldea Home.



 

 
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As we approach our favorite spooktacular day of the year, it’s time to let your little ones’ inner monsters, rascals and witches loose! Check out our favorite products to help your kids discover their wild and wicked sides as we get closer to Halloween:

(Clockwise from top left)
Owl Mask: A soft and cozy felt disguise to perfect any owl costume.
Animal Mask & Tail Sets: Rawr! Your little ones can parade their stripes and prance through the jungle all day long in these organic, fair trade mask and tail sets. 
Dangerous Book for Boys: A classic for teaching the essential skills of boyhood like how to build a tree house and how to find true north.
Daring Book for Girls: Manual for everything girls want to know from female heroes to perfecting a cartwheel. 
Rocker Tee: Classic gear for your mini rebel-in-training. 


 

 
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Geo-Organic Shapes & Patterns

Oct 4, 2013 1:02:42 PM

We’ve been envious of babies lately. More specifically, we wish shapes were new to us again, that we could be hyper-aware of the things that connect the tactile with the visual. So this week, we’re going back to basicsAldea Blog baby toys —we’re reconnecting with the building blocks of design, as well as embracing that magical moment when shapes expand and repeat to become glorious, sensational patterns. Here is a selection of our favorite products that explore everything shapely from friendly squares to updated chevron patterns:

Graphic Frame: A subtle update on the striking and iconic chevron pattern, these Graphic Frames are as timeless as the moments you capture in them.
Two-Tone Photo Frame: Frame your most memorable travels in the exotic patterns of these sizzling, two-toned frames.
Orange Quill Lumbar Pillow: Have it all—combine glamour and comfort with this vibrantly designed Orange Quill Lumbar Pillow.
Skwish*: This ultra-tactile toy will make your little one squeal with delight and jumpstart their motor skills development.
Infinite Tree*This sapling's modular design is based off of the Golden Ratio, and allows a limitless amount of variations so your little one can create every species of tree imaginable!
Grimm's Wood Blocks*Build the world with your baby using these wooden, handmade tactile puzzles.

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In a word, Jane Van Cleef's organically-certified friends are magical. Charming and exquisite, each woodland creature is made with the most impeccable detail from the cotton embroidery floss for their noses and eyes, to the lace trim on their adorable outfits. We sat down with Van Cleef to talk about her inspirations and creative process, and found that she is every bit as lovely and delightful as her forest friends.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
 
I'm from New Jersey, but my mom is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. When I imagine the animals' woodland world, the landscape and buildings are a lot like the old houses, woods, and fields of that part of the country. 

Also, when I was growing up there was a historical reenactment farm called Waterloo Village, up in the hills of northwestern New Jersey. It's closed now, but I took a lot of field trips and summer day trips there as a child. I loved watching people do arts and crafts like weaving and blacksmithing.

What initially inspired to make your product? 
I really just set out to make the exact thing I would want for myself, or that I would make for my little sister or another special baby—the animals are soft, cute, a fun size to play with, and all their clothes 'work,' i.e., nothing permanently stuck on, no fake bows that don't really tie.

What is your favorite step in the creation of your product? 
When I've been concentrating really hard on getting a design right, and I suddenly realize, 'Awwww...that's a mouse, and its belly is really chubby and its hat is pointy!' Basically I crack myself up, and then I know I've gotten it right.

What hobbies inspire your designs/products? 
I love doing elaborate embroidery. If I had a couple clones of myself, the first two or three clones would help me with business tasks. And then the other clone could do embroidered fine art projects.

What is your favorite color? 
Vermilion red that often gets confused with orange. It's the c...
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Green Baby Registry

Sep 23, 2013 10:25:57 AM

Wondering what you'll need for your newest family member? Themed baby registries are a great way to streamline the process of choosing exactly what you'll need. This week, we've come up with our favorite products for an organic, eco-friendly Green Baby Registry so your new family can be comfortable, happy, and environmentally conscious.

1. Rugs are the perfect way to bring quick comfort, warmth, and style to any kind of flooring, and the all natural Karoo Rug is perfect for bringing a touch of coziness to your new baby's nursery. Ribbed looped in a blend of wool and jute, this fresh and simple rug will fit wonderfully into any design you choose for your little one's room.

2. Quilts are not only great for snuggling and bundling, they also make the best keepsake gift. The SF Baby Quilt is made of natural cotton and thick 100% cotton batting, and involves a detailed process of custom printing a map of San Francisco. All the quilts are hand-knotted, available in three colorways and can be personalized to include your baby's name, birth date, and up to three locations.

3. Being wrapped in a thick, plush towel after a warm bath is one of the most comforting things to babies! The cushy Organic Cotton Bath Towels are loomed from pure, organic cotton in colors drawn from the earth, water and sky. Soft and thirsty, they're designed to absorb quickly and dry rapidly after each use.

4. Clever, creative lighting provides a great finishing touch to your new baby's room. The Utopia Elephant Lamp is a playfully chic and earthy piece from Peru made of brown stoneware that peeks through the delicate sheer white glaze. This unique little elephant provides beautiful, soft light and is a tactile delight for little hands.

 
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Creative Profile: Robert Minervini

Sep 22, 2013 9:05:41 PM

If you've never had the chance to see one of Robert Minervini's gorgeous murals, you're in for a treat. Based out of San Francisco, Minervini's work is both sublime and inventive, mesmerizing in his use of colors and landscapes. We're lucky enough to have him create an original mural for Aldea, and got a chance to sit down and chat with Minervini about his work and inspirations—check out our interview with him below.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker? 
I grew up in North Jersey and the Philadelphia suburbs until college, then in Philadelphia for 8 years before moving to SF. I'm a first generation Italian American, so living in different places and crossing cultures has definitely shaped my taste in art. 
 
What initially inspired to make your product? 
I've been making murals for almost 10 years now. I was approached to make this mural for Aldea from a friend who is a designer for the company. It was a nice way to try and translate my painting style into a kid-friendly mural. 
 
What is your favorite step in the creation of your product? 
I love starting projects, when the possibilities seem endless. It's fun to see where projects end up creatively and how people interact with them.  

What hobbies inspire your designs/products? 
Photography and reading mostly. 
 
What is your favorite color? 
Normally I'd say blue-green, but recently I've been using a lot of semi-neon yellow orange and it's really growing on me. 

What is your favorite shape and why? 
The shape that comes out of making something unintentionally. 
 
What is your favorite texture this season? 
Flannel. 
 
What did you see of interest today?
Some great cloud formations over the bay.
 
What is your motto?
Find beauty in the everyday.
 
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For the second part of our bath time post, we wanted to give you tips on how to make bath time an extension of playtime. Find fun things to go into the bath so your little one will associate bathing as a fun activity, a time when they can play games while getting clean.

1. Instead of having your little one be afraid of getting into the water, show them all the fun they can have in it! Oxo's Whale Pail is a great tool for the bath—the fun holes in the side let your little one see the showers of water raining down while you scoop up the bath toys using its convenient wide mouth. The Whale Pail also has useful little sunction cups on its underbelly so you can store your bath toys inside it, then stick the pail onto the wall until the next bath.

2. Underwater toys introduce clever ways to teach your kid the first concepts about the bottom of the ocean. The Submarine by Green Toys is a great, submersible toy that encourages your child to explore the terrain at the bottom of the tub! The Submarine is made from 100% recycled milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, making the little vessel both earth-friendly and kid-friendly! 

3. What better way to play in the water than having a toy that both floats AND scoops up water! The adorable Tugboat from Green Toys is a brightly colored super-floater, complete with a comfortable handle for those mini kid hands and a round spout in the front to get perfect streams of water to shoot out during bath time.

 
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Creative Profile: Deric Carner

Sep 16, 2013 9:03:11 PM

Aldea Sutro Onsies and Tees

Today we bring you an interview with a designer and artist who works out of both Brooklyn and San Francisco, Deric Carner. Carner is the creator of unique and timeless onesies based on iconic San Francisco landmarks, perfect for your infants and toddlers.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
I lived in many places as a youth including Switzerland, Holland, Spain and California. These places have strong modernist histories which I absorbed alongside the counterculture styles of punk, graffiti, agitprop and board culture. I was drawn to design as a universal language that is both rational and expressive. In my work I strive for clarity, but also a certain texture and whimsy to move beyond formula.

What initially inspired to make your product?
Visitors and locals are always asking for product sthat show Bay Area pride. The normal tourist fodder is hard to relate to other than ironically. We wanted to make our own fun designs. Justin Godar's Sutro Coat Rack was the initial inspiration. Mission locals know the Sutro Tower as an icon of their neighborhood experience. West Oakland's freight cranes are equally recognizable to anyone who has commuted to the East Bay or gone to art and music shows there. 

What is your favorite step in the creation of your product?
I always get excited when I finally get to see something physical come back from a printer—AND there are no print errors. 

What hobbies inspire your designs/products?
I have an active studio art practice which informs and complements my design practice. Also I collect vintage advertisements and printed matter—especially Deco era perfume ads.

What is your favorite color?
Indigo

What is your favorite shape and why?
The donut, because it is all surface, with no edges and yet has an inside.

What is your favorite texture this season? 
Muddied halftone. For spring I am working with crinkled mylar.

What did you see of interest today?
A antique New York City pull-lever voting machi...

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