Entries from July 2011

"boumaga stylish stationery for children"I have never made a secret of my near obsessive stationery addiction.  I had a couple of good years where it was under control but then ebabee no.1 came along and a whole new world of kiddy stationery opened up to me.  I fell off the wagon with a thud (I had gained baby weight, ok?) and I don’t think I’ll be climbing back on anytime soon. Definitely not after what I’ve seen today.

A short while ago I came across Boumaga, a French brand that makes the sweetest stationery I have seen in the longest while.  Russian doll / babushka inspired graphics adorn pencils, rulers, pencil cases, notebooks and erasers.  The graphics are no more than an outline with a few embellishments in mainly purple or pink.  It’s this simplicity of design that makes the Boumaga stationery so stylish and very cute too.  Boumaga is new and isn’t yet widely available but you can order direct from their site.  They do thankfully ship to the UK and the whole EU for €9.30.  The Boumaga range costs from €1.50 to €15.  I’m seriously tempted, that addiction won’t feed itself!

P.S. I love the idea of the pencil and eraser as a party favour.

Cuddles a la carte

July 27, 2011

 "Knuffels a la carte soft toys"

*Knuffels = cuddles in Dutch

Have you ever seen a more weird and wonderful bunch of characters all in one place? I can honestly say I haven’t.  When I discovered Knuffels a la carte (actually they discovered me… happy days!)  I couldn’t wait to share.  What a fantastically whacky store that makes you want to reach out and grab all the delicious creatures on display. They sell only soft toys but you won’t find any run of the mill ones here. Expect quirky, imaginative, eccentric looking beings for babies, kids and even adults too.

Knuffels a la carte are based in the Netherlands but stock soft toys from around the globe.  I can only think of their goodies as the creme de la creme of soft toys. On offer are a variety of soft creatures of every description including soft toy dolls, a very cool soft toy mouse called Snooshy (don’t miss his scarf!), a soft toy alien and even a cuddly cactus. If you fancy a cuddle from one of these quirky chaps, head over to Knuffels a la carte. Prices start from €7.50, there’s plenty in the €20-€30 price range and shipping to Europe is from €4.  They ship worldwide too from €7.50.  The really difficult bit is choosing just one.

"Flensted elephant mobile"

It’ GIVEAWAY time and discount time… read on to find out more.

When I was close to popping pregnant it finally dawned on me that I should start shopping sharpish.  One of the first things I looked for was a mobile.  I schlepped my heavily pregnant body around the stores only to come home mobile-less and disappointed.  I was about to give up when I went online and discovered the wonderful world of Flensted mobiles.  Made on a little Danish Island by the Flensted family for nearly 60 years, these mobiles are objects of beauty.  And I’ve got one of these beauties to give away to one lucky reader, thanks to the lovely peeps at a hot new store called Bebe Moda.  All you have to do is leave a comment below (say hi or whatever you like but keep it nice!) before midnight on Sunday 31st July and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Tuesday 2nd August.

More about Flensted mobiles: on offer are mobiles for kids and adults.  There are animals, there are shapes, there are objects and people mobiles, all different but they have one thing in common… huge style.  There’s nothing fussy or frilly about them, just simple silhouettes that combine in colours so complimentary creating an absolute treat for the eyes.  And to be honest, the pictures don’t do complete justice to these smile inducing beauties… when you see one for real you’ll know exactly what I mean. The hardest bit is choosing just one but luckily we’ve chosen one of the sweetest for you to win… who doesn’t like elephants after all!

Leave a comment below for your chance to win the elephant mobile pictured at the top of this post. Really, that’s all you have to do, we couldn’t have made it easier.  There can of course only be one winner so the lovelies at Bebe Moda have decided to offer all my readers a special 10% discount on anything across their entire stylish store. Their virtual shelves are piled high with only the coolest toys, baby gear and nursery stuff and there are many hard to find brands on offer too so have a look around (shipping’s free to the UK too… hooray!).  The discount code is EBABEE07 and expires at midnight on Sunday 31st July too. 

A quick round-up of the rules:

The Flensted mobiles competition is open to my European and USA readers. One entry per person – just leave a comment below.  Competition closes midnight on Sunday 31st July 2011 (GMT). Winner will be announced on Tuesday 2nd August on the ebabee facebook page.  Good luck!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.  The winner picked at random.org is Lucy Bartram.  Congrats Lucy and thanks to everyone who entered.  

"Lush Designs hanging bird decorations"

When I laid eyes on these beautiful and elegant creatures, my heart fluttered faster than a caffeine fueled butterfly.  Their graceful form, delicate wings and oh so pretty colours make for decorations that are almost poetic.  These hanging bird decorations are by London based Lush Designs, a place that excels in quirky and creative homewares. 

Back to these bird decorations though, they’re made of hand printed birch-ply with card used for the delicate wings.  Available in 18 colours, they have endless uses… hang from walls, light shades, windows, make a mobile, a garland, or whatever else you like.  I love these for any space but especially for a nursery space.  Head to Lush Designs to check them out.  They cost a tenner a piece and delivery is free.

"range ton pyjama kids"

Ooh la, la… I’m liking this range of goodies by Range Ton Pyjama.  When I first spotted them I didn’t know what they were but I knew they looked darn cool.  With a little digging and some much needed help from good old google translate, I found out that they’re a range of yummy little French products for the kiddies.  At the top you’ve got table napkins, then a quirky, robot like pyjama case, a soft toy rattle and some little pouches to store whatever you like.  There’s more to the range including a mini hot water bottle (only made of grains, no water required)… so sweet. 

Range Ton Pyjama offer everyday kids stuff but they’ve added bags of funky style.  To get this range, go over to Prairymood, a French store full of yummies.  Sadly, it’s only in French so you’ll need to don your French speaking hat or there’s always google translate.  The range costs from €11 – €34 and shipping is €15.50. 

"small toys storage shelf"

What a cool way to store and display all your bambino’s mini junk treasures.  Lets face it, these kind of little, tiny toys seem to multiply faster than rabbits.  They get under your feet, in the washing machine, under sofa cushions, in your boots (yup, that hurts)… it can feel like an invasion of plastic pests.  I can’t think of anything better than making a feature of them.  And these simple white floor to ceiling shelves do just that.  Lot’s of little colourful toys lined up against the clean white look super cool and very stylish.  To add even more pizazz to your display, stick some lights in the shelves.

This creative toy storage shelf is from a very cool home in Perth, Australia.  The mama and papa in question have created a home that looks super hot but still functions as a family home for them and their 2 bambino’s.  To see more pictures of their beautiful space head to lmnop, an Aussie kids magazine brimming with fun ideas and lots of happy style finds.

Photographed by: Ian Macpherson

"Lucy Laissez Faire Cushions"

I am utterly in lust with these cushions.  What a delightful, joyous feast for the eyes.  Created by Lucy Dancette, these quirky, off-beat pieces would bring happiness and cheer to any room.  Adorn a nursery, a play space or your very own boudoir and ensure your place is a space apart.   These cushions are inspired by travels, trinkets, photo’s, souveniers, children’s songs… all the little things in life that give big pleasure.  And boy, do they combine to give boundless joy!  They’re sold in Lucy’s shop called Laissez Lucie Faire and while you’re there don’t miss the other treasures on offer.  The cushions cost between €32 – €39 with delivery to the UK at €15, but Laissez Lucie Faire ships worldwide.  So, no matter where you are, you too can get a slice of this colourful splendour in your life.

"Organic cotton elephant bib"

Baby bibs can often be a bit too cutesy for my liking.  But this elephant bib is super cute without an ounce of cutesy-ness.  Just the way I like it.  The plain colours with a simple, child-like elephant illustration make for a bib that’s sweet and stylish.  Made by Amy from Canada, this bib is from her Etsy shop.  Also for sale are an equally cute polka dot panda one and a cityscape one.  The bibs are organic cotton and cost $19.26 each plus $5.35 shipping to the UK.  While you’re over at Amy’s delectable store, don’t miss her sweet little sandwich pouches.  They’re more than worth a view. 

"di calsse japanese paper mobile"

"Di classe Japanese paper mobile"

Japanese design is ridiculously cool and I’m a gargantuan fan.  Today I bring you a finer than fine example of Japanese design.  When I spotted these paper mobiles by Di Classe, I nearly pee’d my pants!  Cool doesn’t even begin to describe the awsomeness that this is.  Three different mobiles made out of jet black paper that would look amazing in a cool white nursery.  Inspired by the traditional Japanese art of paper cutting but given a modern twist, what a unique design statement these would make.  On offer are a birdcage complete with a little birdy, a frame and a rose wreath.  Hang all 3 together and watch your bambino get mesmerised… after all newborns do see black and white first.  Head to Bouf where these mobiles cost £12 plus delivery at £2.  You’ll have to be patient as they come all the way from Japan but it’s so worth the wait.

"La Sardine doudou kit"… with a little help of course.  Check out these quirky little beasts by the French la Sardine.  You get a complete soft toy making kit with a pattern, the fabric, instructions and even the stuffing.   If sewing isn’t your thing, I bet you can still give this a go.  And after you’re done, you can proudly say that you actually made a soft toy for your bambino.  Impressive!  On offer are a range of creatures, all with quirky but cool looks.  My favourite has got to be the black chicken type thing but they’re all pretty cool.  I’m even wondering if I should put my non-existent sewing skills to the test.  Visit La Sardine where you’ll find lots of these soft toy kits and other DIY kits too.

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