Clever Charlotte

Inspiration—Part 1

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Art by Anne Siems
Art by Anne Siems

Where do you find inspiration?  Not surprisingly, the on-line craft and sewing community has been a boundless source of ideas for me.  Most mornings, I am more excited to open up my Google reader to see what blog-goodness has sprung up overnight than I am to open my email.

In addition to the many blogs I follow, one of my favorite on-line resources are digital magazines.  These e-magazines are published with varying degrees of frequency, but never fail to be rich in styling & vision.  In addition to relishing the amazing photography & graphic design, I make a point to pour meticulously over the ads, which themselves provide a roadmap to unique and eclectic products.

Allow me to share some of the kid-centric webzines that I have bookmarked.  I should add that all of these are free and have companion blogs for even more inspiration on a daily basis. (As always, click on an image to enlarge it!)

Smallable Magazine
Smallable Magazine
  • Smallable. One of my favorites is Paris-based Smallable, which has been around for 2 years.  As you’d probably expect from its French-ness, it is at the forefront of children’s fashion.  An ad-free magazine, it features simple photos and minimal text (luckily, they publish an English version).  In addition to clothes, the magazine includes kids’ furniture, toys, room décor, etc. from designers world-wide.  Smallable opened their Paris concept store in 2010, but luckily for those of us in the US, most of the items are available for purchase in their webstore, often exclusively.
  • Small Magazine. Not to be confused with Smallable Magazine, Small Magazine has been publishing four issues a year since 2007.  Small’s focus is independent and smaller designers for children, and each quarterly issue devotes quite a few pages to author and artist interviews as well as large photo spreads about their creations.  Throw in a few elaborate photo shoots to rival an issue of Vogue, a DIY craft project, a recipe or two and voila!
Small Magazine
Small Magazine

One of my favorite regular features in Small are the themed collages that compile the works of many different artists into such a lovely and artful display.

Babiekins Magazine
Babiekins Magazine
  • Babiekins. Similar to the content and whimsical aesthetic of Small is Babiekins, another US-based webzine.  Expect to find ethereal photos and a heavy emphasis on design, designers and the design process.
  • LMNOP Magazine
    LMNOP Magazine
  • LMNOP.LMNOP, an Australian offering, finds the most interesting and novel toys and other kid-friendly products, and includes parenting tips and lots of DIY projects.