COMMENTARY: Homemade Accessories Are Now Easier Than Ever to Make!

It has become somewhat of a tradition along the South Shore of Long Island to sell bracelets and other accessories down by the beach boardwalks during the summer. I can vividly remember watching in delight as my older cousins worked ferociously to complete the bracelets, ankle bracelets, hair ties, and even necklaces they would sell for less than a dollar each. It wasn’t about making money, although a busy day was certainly a plus, it was about creating the accessories. They would allow me to sit with them on the spread out beach towels, which doubled as a makeshift bracelet display area, until I was old enough to start making and selling the bracelets myself. A few years later my younger sister followed suit, and now my six-year-old cousin and her friends are keeping the tradition alive, proving that no matter how many store bought bracelets and accessories there may be, nothing can really replace a handmade ones.

MyRibbonBarrette_open_leftThis is not to say that the bracelet and accessory making is easy. At times, in fact, it’s far from it. Depending on the difficulty of the braid or stitch you’re attempting to create, you could end up spending hours trying to perfect a single bracelet. Complications that typically arise during the process include the tangling up of excess material, which can sometimes result in what looks like a messy bracelet with a mind of its own, and usually always ends up in a frustrating de-tangling session. That’s why once I saw the new My Ribbon Barrette Maker, from the Choose Friendship Co., the makers of the My Friendship Bracelet Maker, I knew immediately that I had to test it out, since barrettes were definitely merchandise that could be found on those beach towel years ago. [Read more...]

John Deere Celebrates 175th Birthday

This year, John Deere celebrates its 175th anniversary. With this milestone anniversary, the company is announcing several new products, including Mega Bloks, for boys ages 3 and up; the Uncle Milton ant farm; hand protection, for gardening, from West Chester; and a line of clothing.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Allergy-Conscious Mom Takes Action with AllerMates

Children with allergies will feel a little safer this summer with the launch of AllerMates, a new line of character-driven wristbands, dog tags, and lunch boxes designed to present a more personalized, visual representation of specific allergies. Iris Shamus, founder and CEO of AllerMates, created the line after her son’s struggle with allergies.

“No matter how many forms I signed or how many times I spoke to the teacher, the inevitable happened” Shamus said.  “I set out to create something more personalized so that a camp counselor, caregiver, or teacher would always be aware of his allergies.”

The line is based on 14 fun, original characters that represent the most common allergies: peanut, nut, gluten/wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, penicillin, insect sting, latex, pollen, fish, soy, sesame, and cat. All products are hypo-allergenic, nickel and latex free, and have passed rigorous safety standards and testing

In addition to the products, AllerMates offers tips, facts, and general information about allergies, as well as games and activities on its website. The website also has a fully functional social community allowing its members free and easy interaction and sharing of the latest blogs, news, videos, and information within the allergy community.

AllerMates products can be purchased at www.allermates.com, Amazon.com and at independent retailers throughout the U.S. as well as stores in Canada, United Kingdom, Portugal and South America.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.