It is no secret that I have a soft spot for a cuddly toy (I have already shared some of my favourites here and here) but I must confess I also have a soft spot for rabbits and all things French and so I couldn’t resist sharing another fabulously unique find with you.
Like most of my finds, I stumbled across Mikodesign while browsing the web for something special for Amelia, (which in turn became something special for Millie Abroad), and fell instantly in love with the “I Love Paris” Rabbit. She is, after all, très chic!
It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the very talented Erika of Mikodesign, the latest contributor to the Meet the Maker Series…
Can you tell us a little bit about Mikodesign for those readers who haven’t yet discovered you? Mikodesign is a small brand from the Netherlands that sells soft creatures and DIY kits, these kits help people to be creative and make their own rabbit and doll.
When did you get started and what was your inspiration? After having my first baby I started making clothes and soft toys for her, people around me encouraged me to make more and I started to do some craft markets. At the same time I discovered blogging and Etsy and that’s when Mikodesign was born.
My inspiration comes from so many things but my two daughters are the biggest inspiration, I love crafting and drawing with them. The Paris rabbit and doll where inspired by a doll I made for Mila’s Paris themed birthday, she asked a Paris outfit for herself and her doll !
What do you most enjoy about what you do? I love creating new products and creatures and making new outfits for the dolls. Lately I have been busy with a new diy kit and hope to share it soon.
What do you feel makes your work unique? Being a small company and not looking for the trends, but making from the heart makes my products unique, also using my own screen printed fabrics for my products add a personal touch.
What is your favourite ‘indulgence’ that is just for you? I love baking, trying out new cookie and cake recipes and then wrapping these sweet treats in a pretty bag or box and giving them away to friends and family.
Do you have a favourite city for shopping? Oh yes, that has to be Paris of course, not only is Paris a beautiful city it also has tons of small creative boutiques and so many pretty fabric shops. I have a blog about boutiques in Paris http://www.carnetdeparis.blogspot.com
Thank you Erika for being a part of the Meet the Maker Series. I can’t wait to see your new DIY creation! I also can’t wait to return to Paris to visit some of the boutiques you mention in your blog… although I fear that wait will be a longer one.
The “I love Paris” Rabbits and Dolls are available now at Millie Abroad.