Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The end of an Old Blog and the beginning of a New Blog...

We're moving our blog to leilaandben.blogspot.com. We're also having a Fall Giveaway! If you'd like to win one of these beautiful new dresses before they hit our Etsy store, enter here!

Be sure to update your blogroll with our new blog address to see what's new here at Leila & Ben!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dwell Towels

DwellStudio Baby Hooded Towel

I love Dwell Studio. And I love their kids designs even more! Aren't these towels ridiculously cute? I would love to snuggle my little ones up in these after their baths. And they would look so great hanging in the kids bathroom!  Actually I think I have a modern chair fetish too so this photo combines the best of both worlds! Get the towels at Design Public.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

One Potato, Two Potato...

I just ran across the lovely Three Potato Four. They are an online store selling a unique mix of vintage and modern housewares, paper goods, and kids items. I really love this Giraffe Mug and Dish set by Shinzi Katoh.

 Giraffe Mug + Dish Set by Shinzi Katoh

... and these sweet Ceramic Pigeon Vases by J. Mendicino.

 Ceramic Pigeon Vase (4\") by J. Mendicino

 Ceramic Pigeon Vase (4\") by J. Mendicino

... tired of birds yet? I know I'm not!

Friday, August 15, 2008

We're Back!

So, it's been a while since we've updated our blog! Yikes - we haven't posted since May! Well, think of it as an extended summer break... or maybe it's because we've been up to some interesting things here at Leila & Ben.

First, if you haven't seen our new store already, go and check out our Pattern Store over at Etsy for modern sewing and crochet patterns for kids (and Mamas!). Our patterns are made for beginners, with clear instructions and step-by-step photos. We hope to get a few more up in the next few weeks, including a bolero jacket pattern, a simple skirt pattern, and a Mama apron in the same style as our toddler apron.

I also wanted to post a link to some beautiful modern furniture for kids. It's bit pricey for me, but you might decide you just can't live without it!  I love the bold colours and the styled legs. And don't you just adore that twin bed?? They also ship to Canada - yay! It's made by True Modern via All Modern Furniture.

True Modern - Twin Bedroom Set
True Modern - Low Bookcase
True Modern - Changing Table

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Giveaway Winner!

April is over and we've picked our winner for our April Giveaway! We put all the numbers in a hat tonight and Leila picked one out:

Congratulations to Jamie who was the 22nd poster (and coincidentally the last one!) and said, "i love the sweet little dress! i am going to order one!"
Yay for giveaways! We're so happy these little birdies will soon be on their way to their new home! Check back for another giveaway in May!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Just a Little Sneak Peek

Just thought I'd post what we're working on right now... soon to be listed in our Etsy shop.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

April Giveaway!

Yay! We're so excited to announce our first giveaway here at Leila & Ben! We're giving away a Mama and Baby Birdie Plushie set to one lucky winner. Here's how it works:

* Check out our shop at babyleila.etsy.com
* Leave a comment in this post about your favourite item in our shop or what you'd really like to see in our shop!
* Please only post once and leave a way for us to get a hold of you if you win (blog, email, etsy shop).
* Winner will be announced on April 30th!

This is an INTERNATIONAL contest and we'll pay the shipping to anywhere! What have you got to lose? Tell your friends (or maybe you want to keep this contest all to yourself!)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Designs are Coming!

Yay! We'll be posting some new designs in our shop this week - look for our new puddles pants, some new mobiles, new dresses, and more! Spring is definitely here! I found some delicious japanese fabric that I hope to incorporate into some designs - I've already used some of the dinosaur fabric on the new Puddle Jumping Pants. What little kid doesn't love dinosaurs?

Monday, March 31, 2008

Lotta Jansdotter

I've always been a big fan of Lotta Jansdotter. Her simple style mixed with traditional and modern Scandinavian form is simply fabulous. I thought I'd do a little posts on one of her great books: Simple Sewing. Filled with all sorts of sewing projects, from totes to to things for the home, this book is great for not only expert sewer, but also aspiring sewers. Available at Jansdotter.com

Monday, March 3, 2008

For the Doggies

Many families with kids also include dogs, so when I stumbled upon Vurv Designs the other day, I knew I had to share the love. Based in Coquitlam, Canada, they have a modern pet line that would make any dog smile (or at least wag their tails). I especially love this raised feeder - who knew dog bowls could fit so seamlessly in the modern home? And their ellipse dog bed would be right at home beside my (future) Eames Lounge Chair.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Beautiful Bird Prints

I found these gorgeous bird prints from Kareem Rizk of Austrailia via Design Sponge. Wouldn't they look amazing in a nursery or kids bedroom??? So modern and full of interesting detail, they're also affordable at under $25 a print, and 10% of every purchase goes to Starlight Children's Foundation Australia. Available at BlueFlip Art.

DwellStudio Wall Art

Dwell has some fantastic crib sets and other linens and now has come out with this new playful Wall Art. The colours are bold without being overwhelming and it's easy to mix and match and pair a few (or all) pieces together.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tot Trends Weekly

Thanks to Angie over at Dolce Baci Boutique on Etsy for letting us know that we've been featured in the latest issue of Tot Trends Weekly Magazine. One of our little ties made the cut! Check it out and the other picks of the week here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What a Lovely Way to Eat Your Lunch

I just stumbled on these fun designs by Isak. Based in the UK, they have a wonderful line of dishes. They also have cards, wallpaper, and textiles, but I'm especially drawn to their dishes. Maybe my toddler would sit still long enough to actually eat her lunch with these entertaining dishes...

Kids Bedding

Modern Bedding for your kid's room by Anki Spets for Area at Design Public. I love the clean prints and fresh colours. They have an organic look to them and their "fabric feels like a breath of fresh air against your skin." Lovely!

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Beanie Caps

We've listed a few new beanies in our shop.  They're meant to sit above the ears, making them perfect for spring.  We'll be listing more in our shop over the coming weeks, so check back for more colours and styles. 

Thursday, February 14, 2008


I just love this bird pendant from Perch. Wouldn't it look fabulous in a baby bedroom (or mommy's room???!?)? The simple and smooth shape is so modern, yet playful.

I'm also loving these Triangle Bird Lights:

and this beautiful birdfeeder:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sneak Peek!

We're working on cropped pants for boys and girls at Leila and Ben. Made from a lightweight cotton/lycra blend, these pants are super comfortable and perfect for spring. Leila's been testing out a pair I made recently so I thought I'd show you some pictures of them in action! They're really sweet on their own or look fabulous under a sweet little dress as modern bloomers. Look for them in our store soon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Romp Menagerie

I love this idea! Made from vintage and reprinted wallpaper, these animals are the perfect way to add a little fun to your child's room without being overpowering. Made by Inke Heiland from the Netherlands, a whole menagerie is available at Romp.

Monday, February 11, 2008


When I first saw the U Roll Scooter from Small Paul by 10 Grain ($175 USD) it made me wish I was small enough to go for a spin. I'm a sucker for molded plywood and the smooth design of this toy makes it style worthy to hang out even in the livingroom. 

10 Grain also has more fabulous children's furniture by Small Paul, my favourite being this plywood chair. Available at Design Public for $220 USD for a set of two.

P'kolino Clothes Tree

I've been meaning to post about great finds for modern kids,  so I'd like to share this super fun clothes tree. Modern and functional, it would be a great addition to any modern kids' living space.  
The P'kolino Clothes tree stand 4 feet tall and is very sturdy and durable. Available for $94 USD, I found it on Design Public, but they also have their own website here

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

We're Having a Party!

We're having a birthday party for little Leila and I made some Thank-you cards for her to hand out to her little guests after the party with a goodie bag. Leila is so excited to have a party and it's fun to see that this year she actually "gets" it.
We've come out with a few new argyle dresses (Leila is wearing the blue one on her card) which are perfect for Spring and Easter. The soft flannelette is so comfortable and cuddly and has such a spring look about it. We have 3 colours: blue, cream, and sage green. We'll be coming out with more sizes in the coming weeks. Check out our Etsy shop to see what's available!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Spot of Tea

An afternoon tea party - the stuff childhood memories are made of. 

Monday, January 21, 2008

Some New Hats

We've added some new modern caps to our shop. More to come!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

At a recent photo shoot we managed to catch Leila and Ben together in a few photos. This one's my favourite.