Unique Felted Mobiles

There are theme mobiles and felt mobiles but Gulnara Kydyrmyshova does themed felt mobiles really well.

I love how the pieces hang off the large palm in the Pink Flamingo Mobile.

Pink Flamingo Mobile

Owls and stars are common mobile motifs, but Gulnara’s Owls and Stars Mobile has a fresh and original look.
Owls and Stars Mobile
And for something really original, check out the Taco Dreams Mobile.
Taco Dreams Mobile

You can find these at uncommon goods for $48 each (and be sure to search for the matching booties!).

New Prints and Panels from Petit Collage

Petit Collage recently added a number of new Wood Panels and Prints to their web shop.

The 24″ x 36″ Jumbo Panels are dramatic pieces that would be incredible focal points for a fabulous nursery. $220

Alphabet Kingdom

By Air

There are also four smaller 18″ x 18″ Jumbo Wood Panels.   You may recognize some of the images but the square dimensions are new. $96

Finally, they’ve got a few new prints on wood. $16

Giveaway: Jumbo Print from Petit Collage

Petit Collage was a BuyModernBaby favorite long before we started hosting their ad and knew that they love us as we love them!  We even included some art from Petit Collage on our second nursery inspiration board more than 3 years ago!  Now Petit Collage would like to share the love with you and offer one lucky BuyModernBaby visitor a chance to select their favorite Jumbo Panel.  The two newest Jumbo Wood Panels are the amazing U.S.A.

… and the Owl Family by the infinitely talented artist and designer Lorena Siminovich.

These both measure a generous 24″ x 36″ and would make a great statement on a feature wall.  The images are printed directly onto FSC certified solid birch wood that is mounted on wooden cradle board and is ready to hang.

You can enter to win your choice of a Petit Collage Jumbo Panel via the rafflecopter app below.  You must leave a comment letting us know which Jumbo Panel you would choose if you won.  There are a few additional entry methods you can take advantage of to increase your odds of winning.

This sweepstakes is open to US residents over the age of 18.  It starts right now and ends March 18th, 2013 at 12:01 am EST.

Thanks to Petit Collage and good luck to you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wallpaper from Loboloup

“Contemporary wallpaper for the modern child”?  Yup, Lopoloup has got my number.  Just get a look at their designs and you’ll be sold too.  We’re talking show-stopping inspiration here.  Loboloup’s papers are hand screened with eco-friendly water-based inks and made in the USA.  How can you resist?

Shown above: Circus, What’s Your Type, Robots, Ships & Sails, Friendly Forest and Owls

Is Imitation Really A Form of Flattery? Owl Clocks Case Study

I remember back in high school, we worked so hard not to “bite off” anybody.  This was 90s slang for copying (seriously, it’s in the slang dictionary).  You had to be careful not to copy the shoes someone was wearing, their hair color, backpack, you name it.  We took being individuals very seriously.  Imitation wasn’t flattery, it was “biting” and there was nothing more uncool than that.

Now in the real world, there’s some amount of copying that is acceptable.  If you want to copy the design of someone else’s nursery, nobody is going to stop you.  If a friend has a dress you like, unless she’s wearing it to the same event, there’s no reason for you not to buy one too. On the other hand (at the risk of stating the obvious), there’s a certain level of copying that is against the law.  There are copyright protections and intellectual property rights that are protected in court.

It isn’t always easy to tell what’s acceptable and what isn’t.  How do we know two similar ideas weren’t conceived completely independently?  How can you be sure that an idea that seems unique isn’t just a copy of something that already exists? And do you even care or worry about that?

When it comes to things like etsy shops and artists, I do my best to highlight an original idea or style and not any derivative works.  Is it possible that I’ve made a mistake?… Unfortunately, yes (but if I have, I don’t know of it).  I put together this little case study to illustrate the issue.  Browsing etsy, I noticed an owl clock that had a very familiar look.  The bottom left owl clock reminded me an awful lot of the owl clocks from one of my favorite etsy shops, decoylab.  Then I did a search and found a couple more similar items.

I’m going to leave it up to you to decide and discuss the question, “how close is too close”?  What are your thoughts about how to find an original and whether or not you even care.  I welcome any of the etsy shops in the case study to comment with their thoughts as well.

Top left- Modern Baby Clock – Owl from decoylab- $58
Top right- Buddy Owl Bamboo Wall Clock from decoylab- $86
Bottom left- Handmade Owl Clock – Natural Color Wood from WoodWell- $40
Bottom center- Owl Silhouette – Modern Wooden Wall Clock from Klokx- $26
Bottom right- Wooden Owl Clock from Say Hello- $30

I covered corporate copycats and ethics in a previous post but think this is a little different.

New Mobiles from The Modern Baby Co.!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen something fresh from The Modern Baby Co. Does anyone out there remember when they used to do crib bedding?  But I’m so excited that they’ve come out with three more designs in their collection of laser cut birch mobiles.

Joining the Butterfly, Whale and Lion, are the new Owl, Elephant and Giraffe. $40 each

I hope this is a new start for The Modern Baby Co. and that we’ll be seeing more from them in the future!

If you hurry, you can get any of the mobiles on The Mini Social (until 3/6) for $22 each!!  Feel free to use my referral link if you haven’t joined yet.

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