Right around a child’s first birthday, interest in blocks seems to skyrocket (at least Darah’s has). I’ve been on the lookout for some really cool wooden blocks for her. I actually found some on Etsy, but these aren’t any ordinary blocks. They are custom made with adorable color-schemes. I love them in a major way!
Check out Designed by Lemony, which is owned by a wonderful mom named Emily! She describes her blocks as follows, “I put coordinating papers and letters on 30 solid wood 1” square blocks. After all the sides are covered, I seal the paper onto the blocks with a non-toxic glossy sealant. Each block has two letters on it, so in total there are 60 letters, which includes the entire alphabet twice. I can PERSONALIZE the canister by adding up to 8 block letters. Please just let me know the name when you order so I can finish it quickly before sending it.”
Emily is always seeking to perfect her products. After getting some feedback about the finish of her blocks being a bit tacky (literally tacky, not unfashionable!) she has changed her formula, and now the blocks are being made with a matte finish. I did notice that our blocks stuck together a little bit after being in the (seriously hot) attic for a few weeks. The canister she sent us has the matte finish, and it looks absolutely perfect.
Now, these blocks are already super-cute with their different patterns and designs, but Designed by Lemony can take it one step further for you. Emily can make your blocks with special photos on them, as well. Think about how great it would be to have pictures of your family members and your baby on the blocks. While your little one is learning about stacking, knocking things down, and the alphabet, you can also work on the names of your loved ones. Or you can just put pictures of your baby from his/her first year or two of life on the blocks for a beautiful keepsake. Just TRY to find something this special at Target!
Emily is inspired by custom orders, so if you have any special ideas or any particular colors that you’d like to see, just contact her…she can make it happen!
Buy it!: The wooden block set is $35 plus $7 shipping, and that includes any customization that you’d like to do to it (including adding pictures!). It comes with 30 blocks and one super cute and coordinating canister (which can have the child’s name on the outside of it). Shipping is free for your second item, by the way!
Win it!: Today just might be your lucky day! One of you is going to win a CUSTOM set of blocks for the child in your life!!! The contest will run until August 12th at 7:59pm CST when a winner will be selected via Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is drawn. Limit one entrant per household, please. Open to residents of the United States.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.