milipa

Plushie Baby Goods. Toys, dolls, mobiles.

Reggio Calabria, Italy · 311 Sales

milipa

Plushie Baby Goods. Toys, dolls, mobiles.

Reggio Calabria, Italy 311 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(128)

Announcement   Welcome in the world of milipa!
If you are searching unusual toys, made with care for every detail then you are in a right place.

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Last updated on Nov 29, 2016

Welcome in the world of milipa!
If you are searching unusual toys, made with care for every detail then you are in a right place.

Milena Paladino

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Milena Paladino

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(128)
Berryl Collon

Berryl Collon on May 25, 2017

4 out of 5 stars

Jolies finitions. La poupée est plus petite que le laissent deviner les photos.

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Johanna Briggs

Johanna Briggs on Apr 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute handmade item! Milena was very accommodating in making a custom order and in helping me track the shipment. Thank you!

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My Story.

My name is Milena Paladino. I live with my husband Antonello and our two boys (Giacomo and Ryszard) in Reggio Calabria in the South part of Italy. I was born and raised in Poland. After I graduated in History of Art at University in Poznan, I took decision to move 1200 miles away from my family and friends to Italy following the voice of my heart. I left my old life to create new one in the country that I knew only through its Art. I had to start everything from the beginning and maybe it was the first thing that helped me to understand better what I really want to do in my life.

I always knew that I am not made for regular office job, because I am from this rather shy kind of person. I wanted to do something creative and meaningful. When my son Giacomo was born, I started doing drawings for him, especially those with animals because it was his favorite subject. One day it came to my mind a thought that I could do more than just drawings. I decided to give a try and asked my mother in law to teach me sewing. It is strange for me now to think that at the beginning I did not even know how to use a sewing machine. Its presence however has always been in my life. Since I was a child, I watched my grandmother often bent over the sewing machine doing things that for me as a little girl were always a mystery. I could never imagine that after so many years I will find my own way of creativity through the tool that for long time I considered as “complicated”. My son showed me that everything I do has a purpose if it is done with love and passion. I started to make puppets for my little boy. He was my first inspiration to create something. This is how was born Milipa.

I start usually with an idea of a toy in my head. Then, I transform this idea into a drawing. Sometimes I make many sketches before arriving at a final design. I am my own biggest critic, being an exaggerating perfectionist. At the end, the finished drawing needs only to be transformed in real object, using in this process natural fabric, sewing machine and my own hands for embroidery details.

Before creating any of my toys, I try to imagine a scene that will take place when the toy is given to its new little owner. Besides the obvious question that I ask myself about how it can be played with or if it is safe for a little child. I ask myself also where it will be put - on the bed, shelf, or maybe it will hang on the wall? It helps me understand what kind of shape I want to attain.

Aesthetic aspect is very important for me in my designs. I want my toys to be the source of joy for children in playtime and also an input to discovering the world of uniqueness. I truly believe that well-made toys “with a soul” can form our children, opening them to the world of beauty, values and meanings - as any art does. Sometimes a particular object can leave us in this strange state of stupor, which can be explained only by one word – magic. This is what I want my toys to be for those who receive them. I want them to be magic for your little girl and for your little boy, helping them discover the world and discover themselves. If you are an adult and you hold my toys in your hands, I would like that they bring you memories of your own childhood and of what you have dreamed off when you were a child. Because finding joy in a toy does not necessarily have to be associated with playing with them. I truly believe in that!

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  • Milena

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography

    My name is Milena Paladino. I'm a girl who has started the biggest adventure of her live moving some years ago from Poland to Italy and becoming mom of the most incredible boys - Giacomo and Ryszard. I'm also art historian and toy maker.

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Last updated on April 9, 2017
Welcome!

My name is Milena. Besides that I'm an Art Historian I do also plush toys.

I've started to make puppets for my 2 years old son Giacomo and since then it's became my passion. This is how was born Milipa :) The colors are important for me as well as good design. I'm trying to put them togheter in my projects.

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Payment
I accept PayPal payments, credit and debit cards, Etsy gift cards and other international payment methods where available.

I'm shipping the product as soon as I see transaction completed on my Paypal or Bank account.
Shipping
I ship worldwide.

I ship your package with Posta Raccomandata Internazionale (WITH TRACKING NUMBER). The price of Raccomandata is of course higher than basic standard shipping but it's the best quality and the fastest shipping service in Italy to ship international packages without anxiety that it will be lost. Your package is always registered (I'm always sending shipping notifications to buyers with their tracking number) so it gives you insurance that your purchase WILL arrive to you without any problems. (Delays are possible in holidays periods but I never had exemple of lost package shipped with Raccomandata) Each package has delivery confirmation.

I'm shipping a product day after I see transaction completed (only on workdays from Monday till Friday).

Package arrives in about:
EUROPE: about 6 work days + day of shipment. (in 85% of cases)
NORTH AMERICA: about 14 work days + day of shipment. (in 85% of cases)
SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA, OCEANIA: about 15/20 work days + day of shipment. (in 85% of cases)
Refunds and Exchanges
It is very important to me that you are completely satisfied with your purchase.
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason please contact me in 24h in order to make arrangements (exchange or refund). I accept returns within 30 days for undamaged items. The item will need to be returned to me (at your expense). Refund will not take place until after receiving returned items. Shipping fees are not refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in wholesale orders please contact me.