Mixt Studio

Meet Marcie

MIXT Studio was founded by Marcie Carson who creates beautifully designed products that are functional as well as meaningful. Her studio is based in Hermosa Beach, California (lucky her!).

All MIXT collections are carefully designed and handcrafted in America with knowing eye for detail. We love the fine points that tell stories, create heartfelt moments or inspire a smile. Because, quite simply, we believe gift giving should be thoughtful, stylish and playful. Everything that leaves our studio follows our commitment to a clear conscience and good karma. Our paper products are produced in the USA on recycled and/or FSC-certified papers from well-managed and sustainable forests. We also use surplus materials and frequently print our products together with other pieces to eliminate excess. We are doing our best to limit the amount of natural resources we consume and the waste we leave behind. It keeps our conscience clear (not to mention our air, oceans, and landfills). Creating MIXT studio has been an insanely rewarding journey for all of us. I sincerely hope you enjoy the result.


Marcie with her beautiful fabrics (and smile!)


A little tush sporting Marcie’s graphic skills


Their onesie’s come in well designed packaging


MIXT Studio’s Reusable Wine Bags heading to Crate & Barrel stores. Cheers!!


Nicole Bednarz the art director!!


Pooja Thacker the DOODLE artist!!


MIXT gifts are so beautifully packaged you don’t need to wrap them!


Marcie at home in her GREEN kitchen


They do CUSTOM orders!!

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Fun Facts

  • Formerly a celebrity stylist.
  • She toured the globe with Madonna as a costume assistant.
  • In 1999 her firm was identified as a “red-hot firm to watch” by HOW magazine.
  • In 2010 Marcie was awarded the “Best of LA Women’s Business Award”.

Watch a video about their reversible bags! http://vimeo.com/102670189


Their products come in fun reusable gift bags!


Marcie’s Boys!!


Their style and products reflects what they love

Urban Canvas

Meet Maria

Dibzy founder, Jenny faw with Maria Chee at the NYC Gift Show

We met Maria Chee, the owner of Urban Canvas at the NYC Gift Show. We were immediately drawn to her magical world of cardboard sculpted buildings. Her products fit every Dibzy requirement. They are eco friendly, reusable, inspire creativity and play in children, fit together like puzzles and are beautiful treasures when assembled.

Maria’s background is interior design and art education. She holds an MA in Art Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and a BA in Architecture from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Our Metropolis Train Set is now sold at the Museum of the City of New York

Metropolis Train Set

City Stories Deluxe

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How Kirsten came up with the idea

I was inspired to create Kleynimals when my youngest son insisted on playing with my car keys as most young babies and toddlers do. Knowing that my car keys were dirty, but could also contain lead, this was not something that I wanted, but let’s face it… sometimes Moms are desperate to make their kids happy. I tried to find a good alternative to no avail. When I searched, everything that I found was loaded down with some kind of plastic. Babies are smart enough to know that plastic car keys are not the real thing! Thus, my quest to create 100% food grade stainless steel toy keys began. Now babies have a safe and realistic alternative to your car keys.

BPA free, Cadmium free, Lead free, Phthalate free

• Non-toxic animal key toys
• For babies 6 months and up
• 100% food grade stainless steel
• Dishwasher safe
• Engravable
• Eco-Friendly

Fun facts about Kirsten

heart1My friends and family think I am slightly neurotic with my approach to all things non-toxic and eco-friendly. However, I know I am not as “good” as I could be, or as conscious as others out there. I can always strive to be better! I recently built a LEED Platinum home. We live in and love Annapolis, Maryland, but I dream of living in Maine one day. I live with three boys (two sons and my hubby) and a golden retriever girl, all of whom I love more than anything! I love to be outdoors enjoying nature and traveling.

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Lisa Moy

Meet Lisa Moy

profile-picLisa Moy is a one woman dynamo! The Dibzy gang fell in love with her precious pooch “Buddy” and her amazing portfolio of brands! Lisa’s heart is as big as her talent. Her products have a feel good message, are thoughtfully designed. We talked a lot about important things like animals, positive messages for kids and music… and a little bit about her products which speak for themselves! Lisa Moy shares the “Buddy” gift. Her work makes people happy!

heart1Lisa: My vision for my product brands is to design new collections and accessories for babies and kids. I want to offer less pricey accessories so that all kids can enjoy fun stuff and appreciate simple things that make each day a little more special and magical. I remember when I was little, how excited I was to have a new stuffed animal and could not wait to wake up in the morning to play with it. I treasured all the little things I had when I was a kid and have such sweet and fun memories from childhood. I want to give that special feeling and create those memories for children through my products.

heart1The first Ponytail Pals Collection was based on an intuitive concept combining the utility of a ponytail holder with the friendship and emotional connection of a cuddly stuffed animal. These ponytail holders become little buddies and trusted companions. A few years back, I was in working in New York and during a lunch break I stopped into a baby boutique with incredible stuff. I found a baby blanket and bought it just because it had the most adorable little bunny sewn into it. I got home and immediately cut the bunny off and attached it on to an elastic ponytail band. Every time I wore that ponytail holder people would stop me and ask where I got it. That was the beginning of my brand.

heart1Buddy is my rescue dog. He has a special gift- to make everyone happy! He is my best friend and he means everything to me. One of the best things about Buddy is he that he always reminds me how important it is to be kind and to be a good, caring friend. I decided to dedicate a collection of accessories modeled to look like Buddy, to stand for the important values of kindness and friendship that everyone should live by. It is my hope to instill this awareness to kids through The Buddy Collection. I created the “Be a Buddy, Kind is Cool” campaign as a fun way for children to learn and share a powerful message of caring and acceptance.



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Fun Facts

  • My favorite color is white.
  • I can make bird calls relatively well.
  • I would like to adopt more dogs and give them a happy life.
  • I am currently reading Aesop’s Fables. I can’t get over how clever the stories are and how amazing the illustrations are.
  • My favorite indulgence is bubble baths.
  • Secretly I would love to be a country western singer.



Buddy hard at work on product design!


Lisa and her 2 and 4 legged BFFS

Headbands of Hope

Meet Jess

profile-imageHeadbands of Hope was founded by Jessica Ekstrom in her junior year of college, while she was carrying an 18 hour course load.

heart1Jess: During the summer of 2011, I did an internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I found that girls loved to wear headbands instead of wigs after losing their hair to treatment. The girls at Make-A-Wish touched my heart so much and I wanted to develop a way where every girl battling cancer could have a headband.

A 4-year-old girl with brain cancer wished to go to Disney World to meet Sleeping Beauty for her wish. A week before her trip, her cancer took a turn and the doctors sent her home saying she could have her last few weeks with her family.

A couple days later, I showed up on her doorstep dressed as Sleeping Beauty. I brought her a princess dress and crown and read her the story of Sleeping Beauty. A week later, she passed away. Her mother called me saying she was at peace with her daughter’s passing because she knew she got everything she ever wanted: to meet Sleeping Beauty.

At this point, I knew I wanted to take action of my own to help these girls. They’re already risking losing their life, their hair-loss should be the last thing they have to worry about.

heart1For a lot of girls, hair is a part of their feminine identity. Losing your hair, especially for a younger girl, can be traumatic. My vision is for these headbands to provide them some light and help them regain a part of their feminine identity during such a tough time.

heart1Dibzy: This Dibzy Founder was in tears at this point, I too have been through chemo and met Jess when I had only a half inch of hair. Jess is a great inspiration to me, and I am honored to have her as a part of the Dibzy community… Jenny

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Jess and her friend modeling fashionably coordinated headbands!


Headbands of Hope bring big smiles.


Boys rock buffs!


Chevron and Mustard, one of our favorite Headbands of Hope.


Love the Bo Ho look for kids of all ages.


Dibzy founder, Jenny Faw modeling her Headbands of Hope bow on new post chemo hair!

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Fun Facts

  • I worked in Disney World.
  • I’m super competitive.
  • Favorite color is yellow.
  • I love all Will Ferrel movies.
  • I love to write! My first book is “The Freshman Fabulous: The Girl’s Guide to College”


Watch the Headbands of Hope video http://youtu.be/_vaRX2Xh7H8


Proto Studio

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer is a gifted sculptor of sewn soft fabrics. She designs and sews all types of products created for children and pets. Dibzy and Jennifer have collaborated on many wonderful products together. She is a master of taking a flat drawing and envisioning how to build that idea into a 3-d product. She loves working with beautiful fabric colors and textures to bring imaginative ideas into the real world. She is also quite an inventor and creative force!

heart1Jennifer’s design process is to take an idea, create drawings or a 3d model, fit or design graphics, then draw patterns. Her clients range from independent inventors to larger established corporations. including: Bears for Humanity, Sassy Baby, Lollipup, Summer Infant, Response Licensing Group, iScholar, Zippy Sack, Sleep Innovations and many more.

She loves to collaborate because of the magical way ideas develop when great minds come together.

Before opening Proto Toy and Gift in 2010, she worked in a number of studios in NYC, including Yottoy, as a commercial sculptor and plush designer.

Being a mother of 3 kids profoundly influences her understanding of how children play, learn and what they think is fun!

Elephant Plush for Kidsline.

Walker Seat Cover for Sassy Baby with Shelly Adventures

Alligator for Tim Raglin’s Simon and Schuster book

Sugar Glider for Cambridge Toys

Action Dinosaur for Yottoy

Cuddle Bug Bouncer for Sassy with Shelly Adventures

Alligator Plush pencil case for Magic Creative

Batman Animae pillow for iStar Entertainment

Elephant Rock a Bye Baby Mobile for Summer Infant

Fun Facts

  • Jennifer is the mother of 2 boys, 1 girl, and 2 cats.
  • She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but currently lives in New York.
  • At 11 years old, Jennifer made a family of costumed mice, including a butler and maid, to live in her dollhouse.
  • Her Favorite movies are the Wizard of Oz and King Kong.
  • She is excited that a line of new organic cotton plush animals and bears she designed will soon be sold in the gift shops of the US National Parks, zoos and aquariums.



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Some of my best creations

Bouncer Toys for Sassy Baby

Mars 2112 Caption Orion for Yottoy

Action Dinosaur for Yottoy

Adorn USA

Meet Arlene

portrait2Arlene Aranzamendez believes that when it comes to jewelry, it’s all about making a statement. “Accessories are often treated like bylines when they should be the star of the show.”

heart1Konstantin is a jewelry brand based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Konstantin is the house line of Adorn USA, made by Arlene Aranzamendez, founder of Adorn USA. Immersed in her family’s fine jewelry business from an early age, she developed a love of gemstones and vintage accessories. Her cross-cultural experiences heavily influenced her design aesthetic, pairing traditional crafting techniques with modern jewelry trends. Subtle embellishments give each piece a feeling of luxury while being original and unique.
heart1Her work is comprised of traditionally feminine elements, such as beads and pearls, that are juxtaposed with hardware and raw materials rendered in floating stillness inside clear resin to create one-of-a-kind rings, necklaces, and bangles. Her jewelry is truly “eye candy” we love it, and so do her customers!



Love is in the Details!


Flower Power Chic


Dreamy Green



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Fun Facts

  • Home to Arlene is Manila, Philippines.
  • She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two step kids and beloved Bichon Frise.
  • People think she is very outgoing, but says she is actually an introvert.
  • She has a passion for ANYTHING French.
  • She loves translucent things, which is not a big surprise!



Utopia Bangle


Utopia Cuff


Utopia Square


Dreon Ring


Eternia Bangle


Arcon Cuff


Cronus Ring


Cronus Cerulean Bangle


Adari Necklace

Jenny Faw

Meet Jenny Faw

portrait1I am from Manhattan, Kansas. I’m based in Providence, Rhode Island and live in the boiler room of a former textile mill. I am inspired by nature, sunshine, ocean, flowers, sky, and especially animals! I like to pretend I am the great granddaughter of Henri Matisse. His passion for pattern and color, as well as his prolific style and naive technique has always resonated with me. I’m a self-taught artist who joyfully breaks the rules of design since they have never existed for me.

heart1I am a product designer with a 20 year track record creating and producing top selling products for the infant and children’s home furnishings industry as well as gift, tabletop, bath and décor categories. My products have been sold at Target, Babies ”R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath and Beyond among others.

heart1I have licensed my own creations under the Jenny Faw label, as well as partnering with manufacturers, major retailers, and China based trading companies. I have worked for major manufacturers during my career including Hallmark, Current, Mickey and Company, and Summer Infant.

heart1I design and consult with inventors, manufacturers and retailers for brand identity, design and product development. Clients include: Target, Baby’s Journey, Sassy, Dorel, Hasbro and more. My favorite and proudest role is that of Dibzy Co- Founder!















Mini Moby




Sugar Cookie

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Fun Facts

  • My best friend was a 15-year-old Greyhound named Willie.
  • I love to teach, give back, and empower other designers.
  • I am a compulsive surface designer- I love designing prints!
  • I live only on Islands: Manhattan, Shelter Island, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.
  • I’m a fun loving and eternally optimistic Sagittarius.


Dibzy Consulting Team


Dibzy Photo Shoot


Willie, My BFF


Shelly, My Other BFF

Milk Moon Kids

Meet Sarah and Lauren

meet_Sarah_Lauren1Milk Moon Kids is a company we admire, founded by two moms we admire! Their bright and playful artwork is hip and adorable. The characters are fun, and the colors work in many home decor styles. Milk Moon Kids products have made many homes happy!

heart1At Milk Moon Kids, we create whimsical products for kids that celebrate the time when childhood gets a little more lively and real. Inspired by our own kids, our creations aim for that sweet spot between minimalist modern and fluffy pastel.
Bold and fun with a little wink, we design and produce vivid and quirky illustrations to delight fun-loving kids with a secret nod to their style-conscious parents. Milk Moon Kids products make perfect keepsake gifts for baby showers, birthdays or just because.

heart1Our founders, artist Sarah Spring and her business partner Lauren Kitchen, created Milk Moon kids in a studio in the heart of the Midwest. Everyday, they render the happy chaos of their collective five children into the spirited energy reflected in Milk Moon Kids products. Combining widespread artistic appeal with our Midwestern sensibilities. Every piece offered is crafted with care in the United States.



Safari Stretch


Yee Haw


Galactically Grown


Chick A Dee


Dino Smile


Here’s looking at Ewe


In Action!


Growth Chart


At Market

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Fun Facts

  • Sarah and Lauren are childhood friends.