Entries from January 2013

mama & baby…

January 31, 2013

"tan leather booties"This week’s picks for mama & baby… let mama wear these nude Mary Jane flats while baby wears those adorable tan booties.

"hand made finger puppets"How cute are these guys?  I don’t normally get excited about finger puppets but I couldn’t help falling for these ones.  Made by Ayelet from Israel, it feels like she has taken all that is cute and lovable about these animals and brought it to life in her creations.  And the extra little touch of the knitted hoodies just adds to their cuteness.  You’ll find kangaroos, squirrels, pandas and camels in her collection which also includes mobiles and display boxes in addition to finger puppets.  They’re all handmade from 100% wool and can be bought individually or in sets, but for me it’s the affectionate little pairs that are the sweetest.  I found out about Lazy Animals a while ago when I received an email and I have been meaning to share ever since as they’re just too adorable to miss!

"handmade baby mobile"

Love for liberty…

January 29, 2013

"liberty print baby bed linen"

When I was a kid I remember my mum getting my brother and me an Indian liberty print quilt each.  We both got so attached to our quilts that we would take them with us everywhere we traveled.  I’m sure that hadn’t been part of my mothers plan as taking two bulky quilts everywhere is far from ideal but we wouldn’t be parted from our beloved quilts.  When my quilt had to be washed my mum always made sure it was dried within the day as sleeping without it wasn’t an option (thanks mum!).  I don’t know what it was about the quilt that made me so attached to it… the tiny floral print, the muted colours of pink and mint green, the softness of the fabric or was it just a comforter of sorts?  Even though at the time I had no clue what a Liberty print was, I now know that is my earliest memory of owning something in this wonderful fabric.

"liberty print kids bedlinen"

Since then of course I have bought several Liberty print things and have a real love for the fabrics so it’s no wonder that I was drawn to this new collection of bed linen, pillows and soft bean bag type seats for kids.  The collection has been created by Cam Cam especially for the lovely boutique Mimi’s Circus.  While the entire collection is made using liberty print fabrics, it’s the little neon cloud detail that adds that extra special touch.  I’m not normally a fan of bean bags but I think my favourite part of this collection is those bean bag type seats.  It’s a collection that will appeal to both kids and adults and that always gets my vote.

A vintage tricycle…

January 28, 2013

"vintage tricylce kids"

I’m finally back from my wonderful holidays but have had a rather hectic Monday morning.  So I thought I would do a quick Monday post and share this charming vintage tricycle with you.   As you know, I do love a good vintage find and fell for this tricycle the minute I saw it.  It’s from the 1920’s and looks beautifully made.  I’m sure it would be as much of a  joy to ride as it is to look at. 

A perfect hideout…

January 25, 2013

"kids play tent"

Every time we have a play date, the one thing my daughter and her friends always ask to play with is her circus tent.  I set it up and in they disappear.  They often have tea parties in the tent and I supply biscuits as it pleases them no end.  But otherwise they just stay in there with a few select toys and all I hear is squeals of delight.  I think it’s the whole idea of having a hideout, a place where the adults are unlikely to come that really appeals to them.  All children love this kind of play and I even remember loving it as a kid where me and my brother would make tents out of sheets and chairs and play under there for hours.  I still think the best way to play ‘tents’ is to make your own hideout but if you want a ready made hideout then I love these ones by Such Great Heights.

"kids play tent"

From Australia, these Wonder Tents are covered in lovely geometric fabrics, plain fabrics or in some retro inspired ones which are my favourites.  They fold up and come with their own carry case so can be stored and moved around easily.  Which kid wouldn’t delight in owning one of these?  Such Great Heights also make some adventure capes which would add to the whole pretend play fun but I think it’s these tents that are the stars of the show. 

mama & baby…

January 24, 2013

"pink polka dot cushion"This week’s picks for mama & baby… let mama decorate with this polka dotted cushion while baby wears that knitted party hat.

Fun accessories…

January 23, 2013

"pretty accessories for girls"Accessories can really make an outfit.  I recently bought a dress for my daughter which can only be described as a very plain A-line dress in burgundy.  It’s the kind of dress that you would probably pass over on the rail, let alone buy.  But it came with a detachable pearl studded collar that really made the dress.  Since it’s removable, the collar can be used on any plain top or dress to bring it to life.  I think I actually bought the dress just so I could have the collar.  This dress just showed me again how the right accessories can completely change an outfit and even add a bit of drama or whimsy to any look.  Now I just need to remember to accessorise myself more often!  But that aside, I went looking for more accessories for little girls and these were my favourite finds.  I love them all but that dramatic feathered hairband is just so cool.  Here’s where you’ll find them:

1. Foam flower necklace… 2. Feather hairband… 3. Lace collar… 4. Dotted socks in cherry

A cool cape and more…

January 21, 2013

"dress up cape and mask"Dressing up is such a big thing in this household.  Soon after my daughter wakes up each morning, she heads to her dressing up box and pulls out an outfit.  These days it’s a fairy so if you come by my home at breakfast time you’ll be confronted with me eating breakfast with a fairy!  I’m always looking for things to add to her dress-up box and lately she has been showing interest in wearing a cape.  We’ve used blankets and shawls to make pretend capes but I thought I would also have a look to see if there were any new and exciting cape and mask sets out there to share with you.  I’m really not a fan of the synthetic stuff you get in abundance so I always look around for natural materials.  Just as I was about to begin my search I remembered the above image that I had bookmarked a while ago and I knew I had to share.  What a great photo and a lovely cape and mask set.

"cool bibs and bloomers"These pictures are by Udder, an Australian brand of kids clothing, toys, and accessories.  While it was the top image that first drew me in, I also found some cool clothes that look very wearable and playful.  The styles are simple and summery {as it’s summer in Australia} and often complemented with fun little touches.  I really like the clothes but it’s their accessories that I’m totally in love with.  The nappy clutches, the cape and mask sets, the bloomers, the bibs, the metal mobiles are all just too cool.  And that picture at the top… isn’t it just the best? 

Before I end, I just wanted to say sorry for the lack of posts last week.  I’m away on holiday and the internet isn’t the best.  I shall try and post more regularly this week but as I’m still away I can’t promise.  I am however enjoying the sunshine in the southern hemisphere and thought it would be nice to share a summery post even thought I know it’s snowing in the UK and the US.  Besides I don’t think I could wait any longer to share this wonderful brand!

 Via Mamaes Sabe Tudo

"a long piece of string"

I always feel that I don’t share enough books on my blog and this year I would like to change that.  I’m a big fan of kids books and can’t stop buying them for my daughter.  So every time I come across a book that I think is a must have I will share.  This was a book I bought a year ago and we really love it.  Originally published in 1963, it made a comeback in 2010 and I’m not surprised.  It’s a simple book where you follow a long piece of string that takes you from one wonderful illustration to another all ordered from A to Z.  While it’s an alphabet book, it uses illustrations instead of letters to show the alphabet.  It’s fun for kids to guess what the drawings are and I love looking at the simple but delightful illustrations.  A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska is a must have in any kids library.

"handmade soft toy cat"Meet Fedor… a cute Norwegian forest cat who likes to try his hand at various professions.  When I first saw this creature, I thought the idea of a cat taking on all these different jobs was too cute!  He can be a seaman, a painter, a woodsman, a janitor and probably any other profession you can think of.  What fun for a kid to play with this friendly cat and dress him up in a new outfit every day.  Dress up dolls are always great fun and even better when they’re as creative as this adventurous cat.  Fedor is handmade by a Russian designer called Ania Druzhinina who doesn’t have an online shop but you can contact her through her website where you’ll also find Fedor in his many other guises.

*via Petit Poulou

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