159It’s never to early to cultivate the art snob in your Little One. There’s a local artist you both need to know about: Kristin Loffer Theiss. She felt the need to let her imaginative side thrive, so she invented “Planet Dot,” her studio (accessible through Mount Vernon in this world). Planet Dot is the birthplace of unique artistic goods for kids and grown-ups, and of Theiss’s company, klt:works. At klt:works, it’s all about color, texture, and fun. Products include thread drawings, porcelain and felt puppets, felt pins, tote bags, mobiles, cards, and watercolor illustrations. Little One will love the brightly-colored stuffed animals made of wool felt and cotton with clean, simple forms: Dewey Long Legs is a bird with polka-dot legs, Ollie the Dotted Owl has spotted wings. Buy these delightful birds on their own ($40.00), or choose your color scheme and get three together (in a smaller scale) on a mobile, complete with nest and turquoise wooden egg ($180.00). The creatures are also represented in Theiss’s framed 5″ x 7″ watercolor illustrations ($50.00), which would be adorably sophisticated on Little One’s wall or in your family area. The colorful circle-print felt totes ($40.00) could just as happily carry lunch to preschool or essentials through your errands. One thing’s for sure: your whole family will smile at these creations from a world full of fancy.

Products available online or through Bluebottle Art Gallery, Lucca, Tacoma Art Museum, and other local retailers. See site for additional retailer info.