Entries from September 2011

"mouse mobile for baby"

How cute are these mice mobiles and nursery decorations?  I’m not a fan of real mice (eeek!) but these ones would be more than welcome to share my home.  Hand made in France by Rose Minuscule, these mice are full of little details and intricacies to capture your child’s imagination.  Just look at their clothes and accessories… I’m loving the polka dotted trousers on the mouse who’s reading and don’t miss his oh so trendy cap too.  These mice nursery decorations will make whimsical mobiles for babies or unique wall decor for older kids.  You’ll find these curious cuties over at Design from Paris where they cost between €59.90 and €70.  You can also go direct to Rose Minuscule but you’ll need to brush up on your French first!

If you want to see more adorable mice, then checkout this Maileg mouse that comes with a cheese house!

"nursery art with animals by dekanimal"

I am seriously in love with these striking prints not just as nursery art or play room art, but for an adult space too.  I love a find that has no age boundaries and this is definitely one of those.  The colours are beautiful… so vibrant and bold and the tones so complimentary.  If I had to choose a favourite I think it would have to be the peacock art work.  Birds often embellish baby room decor but it’s not often that the majestic peacock makes an appearance.  Then again I do love the one called ‘Elephant with a big dream’ too.  Created by Keith, an illustrator and graphic designer from Hong-Kong, his art is his unique take on nature and animal life.  Keith sells this beautiful nursery (or not nursery!) art over at his etsy store called Dekanimal and the prints cost from $20 plus worldwide shipping at $3.50.

"retro baby clothes by Petra Boase"

I recently came across Petra Boase’s creations and I very much liked what I saw.  Amongst her offerings are these super cute 100% organic cotton baby onesies, tee’s and bibs.  They’re all adorned with sweet and colourful illustrations of animals including owls, elephants, lions and snails.  The drawings have got a retro feel but with a modern twist which adds to their huge appeal.  If not for your own bambino, a bib and bodysuit set would make a cool gift.  The bibs cost £6 and the bodysuits and tee’s cost £14 a piece all at Petra Boase’s online store.

P.S. Have a look at these bold and bright organic onesies by Manny and Simon. They’re different but they’re equally wantable.

*Via Modern Shows

11 Polka dotted lovelies

September 26, 2011

"polka dots for kids"

I love polka dots.  It’s such a simple design that works so well on many things, especially things for kids.  I’ve picked out some polka dotted lovelies for you and your bambinos:

1.  These polka dot ballet shoes were the inspiration behind this post.  When I saw them, it was instant lust. How adorable are they?! I love the red and white with the black trim and bow.  So stunning.  They’re made by Sayang Design, a Japanese store with the most delicious shoes for kids.*

2.  This bambi-esque tee is made special with the addition of the navy blue polka dots.  So sweet.  This too is from a Japanese store and this store is called Enjoy 2u 2u 4u.*

3.  A baby shower invite with chicks and polka dots.  I’m liking the blue-brown colour combo and the simple design.  Love the little chicks too.  This polka dots baby shower invite comes from an Etsy store called Paper by Jill M.

4.  A little mustard coloured polka dot pencil case by Lale, one of my favourite French brands.  Lale also make very chic retro inspired suitcases for kids and mama’s and lovely girly hair clips too.  This polka dots pencil case is from smallable.com where you’ll find lots of Lale’s other goodies too.

5. More gorgeous shoes by Sayang Design.  These ones are perfect for boy or girl, don’t you think?

6.  Vintage inspired cushions by a cool French store called Les Choses Bizarres.  The store name means ‘weird things’ but the goodies on offer are definitely more wonderful then weird!  Visit Les Choses Bizarres where you’ll find these polka dot cushions for kids as well as some vintage looking bibs, pencil cases and more.

7. A navy and white polka dot cardigan for the girlies. I love the hint of red thrown in.  This is yet another Japanese find made by Cri de Joie and comes from a store called Esserini.*

8. I couldn’t resist this polka dot felt garland.  The vibrant colours and the simple circle shapes are just so attractive.  I found this over on a blog called Living with Punks where there’s a tutorial so you can make your own.

9.  Wow! Loving this navy polka dots satchel so much. So chic, so stylish.  It could be used as a school bag but this one’s really for all you mama’s.  Made by Zatchels you can get it at Liberty’s or try Zatchels own site where they have many colours on offer including a bold and beautiful red one.  Seriously tempting!

10. A very quirky and cool cloth doll wearing a bright orange polka dot dress.  This doll is hand made in Israel and comes from Timor’s etsy store.  All her cloth dolls are handmade and are one of a kind so once they’re gone, they’re gone!

11. Last is another pair of shoes from Sayang Design for the boys. Love the teal colour. I think you’ve probably guessed by now that I’m crazy about Sayang Design’s shoes for the bambinos!

*Discovered via Fuyuu

Be charmed by Sisters Guild

September 23, 2011

"Sisters Guild Vintage inspired toys and decor"

Today I wanted to share this beautiful, charming store called Sisters Guild with you.  Sisters Guild is the vision of 2 sisters who really embrace beauty and creativity in everything they do.   They offer kids clothes, toys, decor, party stuff and even stuff for mama’s.  Many of their goodies are vintage inspired; some that will feel familiar from your own childhood, others that will be a new take on an old favourite and yet others that will be completely new ideas.

All the pieces are hand picked by the 2 sisters and are chosen for their appealing looks, their design and their ability to inspire.  You’ll find beautifully made toys that you’ll want to keep forever, timeless clothes that can be handed down from one child to another, pretty little things for yourself or for a good friend and covetable pieces to brighten up your home.  This store is special so do check out Sisters Guild and while you’re there don’t miss their blog… it’s seriously good.

"Zara kids coat autumn winter 2011"

About 3 weeks ago I was in Zara Kids checking out their new Autumn Winter 2011 collection.  Whenever I go I have to be quick as my 2 year old has taken a shine to playing hide n’ seek in between the clothes and under the display rails and tables.  I can almost see the day where I will be on my hands and knee’s picking up mountains of clothes that she’s tipped over.  On this day I was about to leave when I saw my kiddo hiding in a swathe of orange.  The colour caught my eye and I went to check it out.  I’m glad I did as I found this stunning winter coat.  Even though it was still August and officially summer, I had to buy it; I couldn’t possibly have taken the chance of it selling out.

I have been meaning to share this find with you for days.  But I wanted to photograph my daughter wearing it.  This is no easy task, I tell you.  She’s 2, going on 3 and is a very fast moving target.  I did manage to get some photos yesterday… please be kind, photography isn’t one of my skills!  Back to this orange winter coat.  I love the details on it; the fur lined hood, the suede clasps and the camel coloured trimmings on the pockets and cuffs.  It fits beautifully, it looks gorgeous and the orange is such a refreshing change from greys and browns.  This coat is part of Zara’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection and costs £32.99, not a bad price for a winter coat.  Head to Zara Kids to have a look and as you probably know Zara sell online too.

"rickshaw design indian fabrics"I’ve long been a fan of Rikshaw Design.  When I re-visited them the other day I found that they now sell their gorgeous Indian fabric by the yard.  From these lovely cotton fabrics they make crib bedding sets and quilts, little kurtas for babies and toddlers and bibs and burp sets.  If sewing isn’t your thing then you could always create a beautiful wall hanging for your nursery.   I love these Indian fabrics and I’ve indulged in a gorgeous elephant quilt for my daughter.  I bought mine in India as I often go there but you can save yourself a trip.  Made in Rajasthan and called block print fabric,  they have a lightness and softness to them that make them perfect for babies and nurseries.  Visit Rikshaw Design where the fabrics cost $44 a yard.  They do ship to Europe but shipping is very steep.  Shipping within the US is free.

"vintage wooden toys"I discovered Three Potato Four quite a while ago.  I carefully bookmarked it and made a mental note to come back and explore in detail.  I forgot… might be time to switch to written notes!  But I did see it in my bookmarks yesterday and went to have a look.  As soon as I spotted this wonderful vintage wooden toy elephant I was hooked.  I love his big, flappy ears and the carving in the wood.  Next I saw the wooden toy bus and then the cool vintage scooters from the 1950’s.  Wooden toys are a cut above but when you add the vintage element in to the mix they become super special. 

Three Potato Four have a highly covetable selection of vintage goodies on offer.  There’s stuff for the home, furniture and some toys too.  Most of the pieces are one of a kind so once they’re gone, they’re gone.  But they do keep adding to their stock so it’s always worth checking back again and again.  Three Potato Four are based in Philadelphia but they do try their best to accommodate international deliveries.  Just get in touch with them and they’ll see what they can do for you. 

If you’re also a fan of vintage kids furniture, then check out this amazing collection of vintage childrens chairs.

"kiko kids wooden toys Japan"

I recently discovered Kiko, a new range of Japanese wooden toys for kids.  I say they’re wooden toys since they are but they’re not your everyday wooden toys.  For starters they’re beautifully designed with simplicity at their core.  Beyond that, the toys are made to encourage creativity and imagination in kids. 

The first is a set of 100 star shaped wooden dominoes called Tanabata.  They’re numbered and can be used in many ways including learning to count.  Next you’ve got 2 magnetic chalk boards with a car, traffic signals, trees and mountains.  Use the chalk to create your own world and place the little wooden pieces to complete your world.  Last is the tree canvas.  Draw and paint on it to customise it as you wish.  It’s also magnetic so you can stick photo’s, pictures and notes to create a unique work of art that can be displayed in your kiddies play space.

Created by Kaz Shiomi, Kiko toys are cool, they’re good looking and they’re great for creative and imaginative play. And to add to their list of glowing points, they’re reasonably priced too.  To get these Japanese toys head to Little Fashion Gallery where they cost from €19 with delivery from €9.  

"Namhee hairclips, hairbands for children"

I have a very soft spot for girly accessories as long as they’re free from over embellished frilly-ness.  So naturally when I saw the oh so pretty creations by Namhee I was hooked.  For any girl with a girly side, these are irresistible.  Hairbands, bracelets, necklaces, hairpins and brooches all draped in the most gorgeous liberty-esque fabrics and many adorned with a sweet little birdie is what Namhee offer for the girls.  The little bird brooches are just so lovely and I can see them adding bags of style to cardi’s, coats, dresses and tee’s.  All these wonderful accessories are hand sewn and hand finished and come in a range of colours from bold fuchsias to aqua blues and forest greens.  Many have flower prints but there are checks and polka dots too.  Today I’ve lusted after Namhee’s hair accessories and jewellery for girls but there are other offerings that are equally delectable… more on that another day.  For now, to get these beauties for your little girl head to Atsuyo et Akiko (which is a whole other post!).  The Namhee accessories cost from $16 and Atsuyo et Akiko ship internationally on request. 

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