Feeding Little Imaginations With GLTC

My Petit Canard GLTC Art Station

Over the last few months the little lady has developed quite the little artists streak. Her favourite thing to do in the evening after nursery or on the weekends is arts and crafts, or rather sticking as she so literally puts it. Our home over the last few months has slowly started to resemble the insides of Mister Makers art closet, with googly eyes, pipe cleaners and multicoloured fluffy pom poms galore to be found under sofas and carpets around the house. We can’t go into a Hobby Craft or Tiger store without walking out with a packet of stickers which have become like the little lady’s calling card. We find them everywhere. On the insides of our washing machine, under the soles of shoes and that’s without her sticking them all over our clothes as she loves to do!

As the little lady’s interest and love for all things arts and crafts has grown over the last few months, so too has her little collection. I’ve actively encouraged and indulged her little passion which has been so lovely to watch. But at the same time, as it has grown I’ve become desperate to contain it and get some semblance of order to the chaos that was tissue paper and foam dinosaurs. I was massively inspired by our recent visit to the opening of the new GLTC Showroom and the lovely set up of an arts and crafts station on one of their Kimi table and stools that the little lady also has. The GLTC showroom has been designed intentionally so that parents and children can see, play and interact with the furniture and toys, and it was great seeing this come to life as we watched the little lady use the furniture exactly as she would at home. I knew before we even walked out the door that I wanted to create a similar set up for her back at home and so recently ordered the Spinning Desk Tidy and Sprinkles Carry Caddy to compliment the lovely Mr Bear Pen Pot that the little lady was given in her GLTC testing team goody bag at the end of the day.

GLTC Showroom Pic

GLTC Miss Cat & Mr Bear Masks

Spinning Desk Tidy

The spinning desk tidy is my new favourite thing. Its sizeable, sturdy and fantastic for holding lots of different bits of arts and crafts materials. It’s perfect for little hands to grab what they need and spin it around making it fully accessible and easy to use. Because its weighted too it doesn’t slip or slide and stays firmly and safely where you put it. Its perfect on a little desk or table and looks great in the middle of the Kimi table as we have it here.

Mr Bear Pen Pot

Along with Miss Cat, Mr Bear is one of the most adorable GLTC designs in their range, so we were delighted to discover this lovely pen pot in the little lady’s GLTC goody bag. It comes with a lid that allows you to put pencils in it, but we’ve removed the lid and instead put lots of coloured pens in there as the little lady seems to have an abundance of them at the moment. It’s the perfect size for holding a full set, keeps them nice and organised and is really easy for her to reach in and out of when she is colouring.

Sprinkles Carry Caddy

The sprinkles carry caddy is another piece that I had my eye on for quite some time. Along with the million bits of arts and crafts paraphernalia, we also seem to have collected lots and lots of coloured paper which we were also finding all over the house. I loved the idea that we could again have a specific place to house all of these bits, but in a way that was still accessible for the little lady to get to. The sprinkles carry caddy is perfect for doing exactly this and really compliments all the other GLTC pieces. It is incredibly sturdy, surprisingly large and does a great job at holding a lot of paper but could be used for lots of other things too like books. There are three compartments to it so we’ve found it really handy for storing lots of stickers too!

My Petit Canard GLTC Art Pieces

GLTC Art Caddy

I’ve really enjoyed creating such a lovely art space for our little lady and its great to see her imagination thriving because of it. One of the best things about GLTC furniture is how easily it can be adapted to suit the way your family likes to play and interact. Everything they design and make really does help make more space, make play fun and therefore makes a happy home for parents and little ones. There is lots to pick from and something to suit everyone, so if you’ve been inspired by our post or need any more inspiration for your little artist, here’s a few more ideas of lovely GLTC pieces currently in their range.

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Townhouse Pen Pot | We Have Lift Off Pen Holder | We Have Lift Off Pen Holder | Art Station

Miss Cat Pen Pot | Slide & Rule Desk Organiser | Children’s Desk Tidy | children’s Desk Tidy

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  1. June 10, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Firstly love your blog and loving your design and layout :o)

    I’m totally in love with Hobbycraft and thankfully Henry shares my love of arts and crafts, however I’ve never heard of GLTC and now I’m obsessed. Love the Sprinkles Carry Caddy, perfect for all the bits and bobs you collect during some crazy project. I’m about to add quite a few things into my basket, just don’t tell hubby :o). Renee @peonieandme #BestandWorst x

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you, such a lovely compliment and really means a lot πŸ™‚ It sounds like you and Henry have the perfect mummy and son activity! Sorry in advance for the new GLTC obsession, it becomes a compulsion! Unhealthy for the bank balance, but you will have a very pretty house and very happy son πŸ˜‰ #Sorrynotsorry

  2. June 11, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    What a beautiful blog!
    I hadn’t heard of GLTC but wow they have some lovely stuff. My almost-4 yo boy has just recently started getting into drawing, cutting etc, and it would be nice to get our arts & crafts things a bit more organised. At the moment they’re all just stuffed higgedly-piggeldy into a drawer!
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    • June 14, 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you, thats such a lovely compliment πŸ™‚ So pleased to be able to introduce so many people to GLTC. They are one of our all time favourite childrens retailers and for so many good reasons! Lots of practical ideas of how to organise arts and crafts bits if you need the inspiration πŸ˜‰

  3. June 12, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I have never heard of GLTC before but I am heading off over there to check it out. I love Arts and Crafts and I can’t wait until we get to that stage with our 4 month old. I love the little organisers and desk tidys.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Rachel x
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    • June 14, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      So glad to introduce them to you! They make such lovely furniture and toys. Your little one will absolutely love their things, especially as she gets older πŸ™‚

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      That sounds lovely. I bet they have so much fun together. Great activity to get stuck in with the grandparents too πŸ™‚

  4. June 13, 2016 / 6:10 am

    GLTC stuff is just the best, everything they make is so practicul and looks lovely too. We also have two girls that love their arts and crafts, we call it gluing & sticking & we also find stickers everywhere too! Currentf favourite place – Windows and doors!! #MarvMondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Isnt it just! Their things are just so practical, pretty and clever πŸ™‚ Our windows and doors have yet to be attacked, but im sure they will in due course!

  5. June 13, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I love GLTC!! I think I found them through one of your tweets?! The Spinning desk tidy is a just the perfect little storage solution and looks great too. So many nice things from GLTC might have another look on there today..!:-)

  6. June 13, 2016 / 8:26 am

    I love GLTC!! I think I found them through one of your tweets?! The Spinning desk tidy is a just the perfect little storage solution and looks great too. So many nice things from GLTC might have another look on there today..! πŸ™‚
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    • June 14, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Ah I’m so pleased to help you discover them πŸ™‚ They are such a lovely company, I really highly recommend them if ever you want any furniture or toys for your little one in the next few months or years!

  7. June 13, 2016 / 8:34 am

    This looks gorgeous. I’d love something similar for Pops when she’s older. #marvmondays

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      Sure your girls would love this, particularly Ella! Shes probably the perfect age for some of their bits now πŸ™‚

  8. June 13, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Oh we love everything GLTC and that art caddy looks really fab! I too have a little girl that has to cover everything in stickers, luckily she thinks her older sister is a walking canvas πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Ha! I knew there was a reason having a sibling would be useful πŸ˜‰ Hopefully soon the new little one will become the designated canvas rather than mummy and daddy! The art caddy is fab. Have you seen the other patterns they do in it too? I cant help but want them all!

  9. June 13, 2016 / 9:35 am

    I love GLTC – I want it all for myself, let alone my daughter! The sprinkles design is especially cute, the colours remind me of my Barbie and Sindy stuff in the early 90s. πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      I love that Barbie and Cindy comparrison πŸ˜‰ I often find myself wanting lots of the GLTC things too, their furniture is just sooooo lovely!

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Thanks Fiona. I love that it just keeps everything together and in one place – its saving my home! πŸ™‚

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Oh im sure a few lovely GLTC pieces will be lovely in your new home for the little ones. Something to come back to and think about once your settled in it sounds like πŸ™‚ Good luck with the move! z

  10. June 13, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    such beautiful imagery – I love the feel of your blog – beautiful photos and such a wonderful clean blog – I love the idea of the spinning desk tidy – such a gorgeous activities for when ‘sticking!’ #Marvmondays
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  11. June 13, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    such beautiful imagery – I love the feel of your blog – beautiful photos and such a wonderful clean blog – I love the idea of the spinning desk tidy – such a gorgeous selection of accessories for when ‘sticking!’ #Marvmondays

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you lovely! Its so nice of you to say that. Its something I’ve been working on over the last few months so your compliments mean a lot. Sometimes I wonder if its too clean! The spinning desk tidy is definitely a winner πŸ˜‰

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:59 pm

      I think the spinning desk tidy is my favourite, its just so clever, yet so simple too! If you havent taken a look at the GLTC website then I’d definitely recommend a visit πŸ™‚

  12. June 13, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Love GLTC! It looks fab and bet she will make some wonderful creations! #marvmondays x

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks! Shes churning pieces out faster than picasso at the moment πŸ˜‰

  13. June 13, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    I really love these products and I’ve ordered a couple of bits after your last post, and now I want more! Its lovely to see the little lady enjoying arts and crafts and the sticker situation is real, we find them everywhere…drives me potty! Thanks for sharing #MarvMondays

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Aww thats lovely! What pieces did you get for your little one? Glad to hear its not just us with the sticker problem!!

  14. June 13, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    As a creative person myself I absolutely love the things on offer by GLTC and find that they are both appealing for adults and children. #MarvMondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 12:47 pm

      For a creative person it is like heaven! I’m not the most creative mama, but I absolutely love and adore GLTC. Definitely lots for little ones and adults πŸ˜‰

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      That is sooooo sweet, bless her! This would definitely be perfect for your little weather girl πŸ™‚

  15. June 13, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Wow fantastic ideas! Our little one has really gotten into painting every single day lately. I’m going to incorporate some of your ideas into our routine now. Thanks #marvmondays

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Thats lovely! Its so nice to see them find things that they love and enjoy. I’d love to hear more about what types of things you do and incorporate πŸ™‚

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Bit behind on my comments so no idea! πŸ˜‰ Totally agree though, GLTC is one of those companies where you just want EVERYTHING. I could so easily spend all of my maternity pay on things for the little ones and home there. Thanks for the blog love, definitely an area I’ve been working on over the last few months so its lovely to recieve compliments on it, mwah! x

  16. June 13, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    This is lovely, it so nice for little ones to have their own craft space to make their magic ocme to life! #MarvMondays

    • June 14, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you, I completely agree. I would have loved a little space like this when I was younger, I may have possibly been a little more creative then! πŸ˜‰

  17. June 14, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Beautiful pieces! My son is hugely into arts and crafts too at the mo and our home is also getting pretty messy – may have to invest in something like this πŸ™‚ #marvmondays
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    • June 14, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      It really is fab at keeping everything together, I’d definitely recommend it. Its well worth the investment πŸ™‚

  18. June 14, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    My daughter loves crafts, and I don’t mind it because it keeps her away from the ipad!! Having a special craft station is a fab idea, wish we had room for one! #MarvMondays

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      I agree! A much more better distraction and activity, and one that we can join in too πŸ™‚

  19. June 15, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Both my kid are also into arts and crafts, sometimes they’re making too much mess at home because bits and pieces just end up everywhere. It’s nice to see kids have their own space where they can expand their imagination through arts, isn’t it? Lovely pieces too to keep things organized. #bestandworst
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    • June 16, 2016 / 11:16 pm

      Its exactly the same at ours, or at least it was until we got these pieces to help us get more organised πŸ™‚ Arts and crafts are definitely a lovely activity for the little ones. Just not so much fun to clean up afterwards I find!

    • June 16, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Thats awesome! One dedicated little forecaster you have there. Hope she gets it more accurate than the professionals πŸ˜‰

  20. June 16, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I’d never heard pf GLTC till I saw them mentioned on your blog and I have to say they have some cuuuuuuute stuff. I want to get my little man the toy box seat for under his window, that’ll be the next thing on the list! This is definitely a dangerous website! x #MarvMondays

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:59 pm

      The toy box seat is really sweet. If we had the space for one I’m sure we’d get our little one, one of those too. So many lovely things, not enough space! Although I usually find a way to make space for their things that we just have to have πŸ˜‰

  21. June 16, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I absolutely love GLTC, they’re products are so stylish and like you say they adapt so well with the family, without being too intrusive (I’m a fan of simple and pastel colours, I despair how bright lego is!). The desk tidy is gorgeous and so handy I may get my little babes one, but first I think they need their own crafting table! We’ve been really crafty lately, the kids love sticking too and like you I’m finding the sodding stickers EVERYWHERE. I put my knickers on the other day and one of my sweeties had stuck a paw patrol sticker on the bum cheek. But I love how artsy kids are, I always try to encourage it, no matter how messy it gets x Thanks for hosting #marvmondays and featuring my post, it really made me smile how funny you find it. Humour is the best way to get through those awful times!

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:58 pm

      Ha ha, bejeweled underwear, fantastic! They may have started something there, who knows πŸ˜‰ Glad to hear its not just us with the arts and crafts all over the house issue. I probably wouldnt mind it so much if everything wasnt so small and sticky! The tidy is definitely worth the investment, wish we got it months ago. Its definitely made our (my) life easier and tidier since we got it πŸ™‚

  22. June 16, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    What a fantastic idea love it, and I love you little ones creations! I had not heard of GLTC before xxx #MarvMondays
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    • June 16, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Aw thank you. She has a lot of fun getting creative on her little art table. Glad we were able to introduce you to GLTC, they make lovely pieces for little (and not so little) ones πŸ™‚

    • June 16, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thanks lovely, they have so many lovely bits. Im sure Alfie and Elarna would love their things πŸ™‚

  23. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    June 17, 2016 / 8:31 am

    My children also love arts and crafts, especially in the evening! I love the sprinkles carry caddy, we could use one of those!! The Mr Ben bear pot is so cute! xx #KCACOL

  24. June 17, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Back to show some love from #KCACOLS still going back and forth over the toy box seat, I have to have it lol! x

  25. June 17, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Oh so cute!!! W is getting crafty too, wish we had more space to get him his own little table and chairs, such quite things to go on there! Xx #KCACOLS
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  26. June 17, 2016 / 11:02 am

    GLTC have some beautiful things don’t they I love their stuff. My daughter is a big fan of crafting too and is forever cutting and glueing anything and everything #kcacols
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  27. June 17, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    I love love love the spinning desk tidy, think I might have to get myself a couple! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  28. June 17, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Beautiful blog and post. Looks like the little lady had a nice time at the event. You’ve certainly inspired me to look into creating something for my little lady as she is also massive on arts and crafts now. Never heard of GLTC before but I’m off to have a look now… xx #KCACOLS

  29. June 17, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    These look really cool. We have been trying to do more arts and crafts lately and my dinning room table is always a disaster. I will have to check these out. Thanks so much for sharing! #KCACOLS
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  30. June 17, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I love everything from the GLTC range, and the Arts and Crafts products look great, and sound brilliant for you to keep everything together in one place. I hope that your house is starting to look tidier now. Claire x #KCACOLS
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  31. June 17, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    These are lovely! Love the spinning tidy! My two are becoming increasingly obsessed with art activities, and our supplies are getting out of control too! #KCACOLS

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