Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Magic Cabin Catalog

I found the Magic Cabin website when reading The Creative Family by Amanda Soule (I think). I requested a paper catalog because the website seemed more like an idea resource than a toy store. The catalog was in Monday's mail and it is so much fun to look through. It kind of reminds me of the fun catalog I read in college with the capes and safari hats and fun descriptions of how the products were obtained (I cannot remember the name of the catalog though). Magic Cabin has illustrations instead of photographs and the same classic feel to its products.

The company sells toys, books, games, and craft projects that appeal to children's imaginations. They sell mostly cloth and wooden toys. There's not a lot of plastic and I don't see anything battery operated. That's refreshing these days.

What I like about the catalog is that it gives me so many cool ideas of things to make for and with my kids. I know that the intent of a catalog is to sell things, and there are many things in this catalog that I can't make. I'm intrigued though by the idea of making dollhouse furniture out of pieces of fallen branch. Of course, not everyone has falen branches or the tools to do something with them (or a brother who might be willing - Andy, are you reading?), but if you are so inclinded some of the ready-made products might not be too difficult to create on your own. Of course, I'm also sure that even the creators of the catalog don't intend everyone to buy everything in the catalog.

One of the coolest things on the website (I don't see them in the print catalog) to me is the doll kits. Magic Cabin sells several Waldorf style dolls (it was originally a doll catalog), and they seem to have a doll making kit for most of the dolls they sell. My Mama and my Grandma made dolls for me and my cousins growing up, and I'd love to start making dolls myself. And they sound so cool to make. The fact that they're described as for ages twelve and up makes them sound doable for this sewing novice. Until I get my sewing machine into my house (and perhaps have someone show me how to use it again?) this is a pipe dream though.

Until then, I will look through the catalog and figure out my wish list for my girl.


Anonymous said...

I have ordered a kit from Weir Dolls and Crafts as well and it makes it easy for a novice to make the doll -- though I did use a sewing machine. They even provided patterns for the clothing. (And, thanks for your nice comments on the blog!) :)

Anonymous said...

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