“MOM! Can I have a carrot?” my son yelled from the kitchen. Could I have possibly heard this right?! I arrived in the kitchen wide-eyed with excitement and anticipation of a carrot being consumed without any encouragement, but he continued… “I need to feed my rabbit.” Bewildered, I thought to myself, we don’t have a rabbit.”
The perfect storm began to whirl after this encounter with my imaginative non-carrot eating son. We had recently moved from a small town in Georgia to Sicily, Italy and I was coming to the end of the honeymoon “I can’t believe I live in ITALY!” phase. Real life began to settle into place and I was wondering “what’s next.”
I began to make felt food for my children and that easily led into making chef hats with interchangeable decorative snaps. I racked up my inventory and began selling at any event my community offered. A very organic turn took place, mainly from my daughter turning from a baby to a little girl, and I began making dolls… and I fell in love!
After “auditioning” fabric choices, mainly from up-cycled clothing, my instinct tells me which fabric should be a dress or perhaps a pair of leggings. She begins to take shape and each doll becomes what she is supposed to be.
In the end though, it isn’t about a chef hat or a doll. It is about inspiring imagination. In our fast paced technological world, where our children can easily become over stimulated, bb&j toys create a “back to basics” imagination lifestyle. A doll becomes a travel companion, a nighttime comfort, a friend to tell deepest secrets and share tea parties. A chef hat opens a world of creativity in the kitchen, participation in making good food choices, and a fun addition to making memories cooking together.
My aim is to not make something else to sit on a shelf. It is my deepest desire to offer the simplicity of introducing a handmade toy that inspires play, creates a world filled with imagination, and gives loved ones an opportunity to spend time and make memories together.