Thursday, August 11, 2011

Story Time Café Bundles - Maisy's Bedtime Book & Quilt Set Review

As a book lover, I find it very hard to resist children's book themed bedding and bath products. Several different retailers offer decor featuring beloved characters like Curious George, Winnie-the-Pooh, Mother Goose, Beatrix Potter's animals and Eric Carle's creations. Someday, if I can find the time, I'd love to try making my own quilt using fabric printed with designs inspired by children's books. But for now, if I'm going to give a book themed quilt, I'll have to find one to purchase.

Ciletti Publishing Group recently released an uber cute and cuddly Story Time Café line of book themed bundles. Many of the available bundles feature the Maisy character from the popular children's book series by Lucy Cousins. The bright and cheery illustrations found in the Maisy books provide the perfect subject matter for lovely crib/toddler sized quilts and bath towels. In addition to the Maisy products, the company also offers a Frosty The Snowman Story Time Bundle and a beautiful Alphabet Animals Story Time Bundle inspired by the Caldecott honor book by Suse MacDonald.

My family had the chance to take a look at one of the bundles available: Maisy's Bedtime (with stars) Quilt and Book Set. The set retails for $39.95 and includes:

Maisy's Bedtime paperback picture book (Odyssey Books/Candlewick Press ISBN 9780763656775)
• Crib/Toddler Bed Sized Rectangular Quilt (36 x 48 inches)
• Small "Buddy" Quilt (24 x 24 inches)
• Portable clear vinyl, zippered tote

The Maisy books are intended for the toddler/preschool audience and this bundle gift set also appeals to this age group. I love that the set comes with a small, matching buddy quilt that kids can use to cover up their stuffed animals and dolls.
The machine-made quilts consist of 100% cotton shell and 100% polyester fill. This particular Maisy quilt set has a white cotton binding. While I haven't tried washing the quilts they do look quite durable, and they are machine washable.

On the packaging info I also noticed something worth mentioning -- the words "Made in the U.S.A." Unlike most textile products, the Story Time Café quilts are constructed in America. As unemployment continues to rise and we continue to lose manufacturing jobs in our country, I applaud and support all companies like Story Time Café that make an extra effort to keep jobs in America.

In September 2011 the company is adding a few new sets to their line: Maisy Backpack, Number Time Express Quilt with Seví Numbers Bundle, and an adorable Mother Goose Book and Quilt Bundle inspired by Scott Gustafson’s wonderful Mother Goose illustrations.

When it comes to giving children's gifts for any occasion -- baby showers, birthdays, Christmas, even Easter - consider purchasing one of the Odyssey Books Story Time Café book-themed products. They are conveniently packaged into bundles and provide an instant and fun way to cuddle up and read a book together with your favorite little one!

Thanks to Ciletti Publishing Group for this review opportunity and for providing a Story Time Bundle for my family to review. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)