Today I proudly present our beautiful sensorial windmill by Alini, a sustainable brand of infant furniture. Alini is a German brand that offers creative furniture for kids to play and discover that do not put limits to the imagination of children. Their furniture is safe and sustainable, made of untreated wood and with love by their carpenters.
I was contacted by them some time ago to introduce their furniture and loved it, especially the windmill. It is an innovative concept in furniture and decoration that not only delights the eye, but children experiment and feel textures, a full sensory experience. Alini sells the windmill already decorated as you can see in their online store or you can buy it pure to decorate it yourself, perhaps with the help of your kids.
Alini sent me a undecorated windmill made of untreated birch wood and gave me the freedom to decorate it to my taste.
It has been a process of creation that took some time. First I glued a few flat and round stones on the roof, because I thought of Dutch windmills with slate roofs. We collected these stones on the beach and also used them to decorate the table and write the names of the guests with chalk on the stones as you see in this post.
Then I bought some fabrics and had a look at all the pieces of cloth I found deep in our closet. I bought several colorfull felts, but decided that I like to decorate the blades with different textures in beige colors. I used leather, the smooth part and the soft part, thick wool felt and rough linen.
We also glued a cloud made of sheepskin /another beige texture) on the wall that I cut for Maya´s favorite stuffed toy when I crafted the cloud carpets as you see in this post. Then I fell in a creative hole, but suddenly it occurred to me that the sheepskin could be cut as a small, cute sheep. I also found in the closet some Springbok leather rests we bought long ago in South Africa (and made awesome cushions for our living room) and draw the silhouette of a horse and dog (Stella´s preferred animals) to copy it on the back side of the leather and cut it accordingly.
. I bought the fence at a craft store in Germany and cut the door and windows of a wooden board. Finally I painted the windows with non-toxic Chalk Paint I also used to paint the decorative small beach basket in this post.
The creative process was fun and I am very happy with the result and Stella loves to play with her windmill, too…
What so you think?