Persephone Wilson knows a thing or two about children's clothing: She has two daughters of her very own. So the longtime South Valley resident set up her kids’ apparel business, P's Tees, right in her own neighborhood. Wilson's pint-sized artistry is displayed on everything from T-shirts to dresses and onesies, with children’s sizes ranging from newborn to 4T. Wilson’s designs include skulls, lightning bolts and light bulbs—motifs you won’t find at a regular department store.
In addition to creating some pretty nifty wearables, Wilson also purchases organic cotton and non-sweatshop produced garments and dyes them all by hand. The remnant fabric is cut and shaped into her appliqué designs, which are then hemmed for durability. P's Tees clothing is engineered to look good long after your child outgrows it, and pieces are priced around $25 each. Take that, Wal-Mart!
If you have a particular design or color combination in mind, you can place a custom order with Wilson by calling 401-8487 or e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dos Libros Para los Niños
Paging through books like The Berenstain Bears, Goodnight Moon and Corduroy before drifting off to see the sandman is a nightly childhood ritual. Share the tradition with your little one, New Mexico-style, with two brand-new bilingual children's books from LPD Press and Rio Grande Books.
In The Tale of the Pronghorned Cantaloupe, written by Sabra Brown Steinsiek and illustrated by Noël Chilton, a father tells his son about the horned cantaloupes of his youth—dangerous, but delicious, if you managed to catch one.
Shoes for the Santo Niño/Zapatitos Para el Santo Niño is a newly uncovered tale written in the '30s by New Mexico author Peggy Pond Church, with illustrations by Charles M. Carrillo. While on the longer side for shorter attention spans (it's 61 pages), the story explains why devoted practitioners leave pairs of shoes for the Santo Niño, or Christ Child, all from the perspective of precocious Julianita.