Entries Tagged as 'Stationery'

"cloud raindrops hearts wall stickers"Lately I’ve become a bit obsessed with geometric shaped wall stickers that can be stuck on randomly in a room and these ones from Sirlig are my latest find.  Sirlig is Danish for ‘delights’ and that’s exactly what this store is full of… little delights.  From the adorable wall stickers to that sweet doll and those animal pencil cases, all their goodies are the kinds of things that will make you smile.  And it’s not just for kids.  There’s plenty on offer that will work just as well in an adult, child or family space like that colourful cloud print hung above the dining table.  Of all the geometric wall stickers at Sirlig, I think those pale turquoise polka dot ones are probably my favourite but there’s plenty to choose from including the turquoise hearts, some triangles, diamonds and more.

"baby memory book"I’ve never been a fan of baby journals because all the ones I’ve come across tend to be far too cutesy for my taste.  But I do like the idea of recording memories especially from a baby’s first year.  When Anya was born I couldn’t find a journal I liked, so I decided to create a large photo book where I recorded each month of her first year in photos and at the back I wrote about all the things I never wanted to forget.  My photo book was by Apple and it was beautifully printed with all my photo’s and written memories.  As much as I love my photo journal, I wish I had known about this baby journal by Pleased to Meet which I discovered a few days ago.  It’s so sweet but not cutesy with it’s simple illustrations and bold, bright colours.

"baby memory book"Pleased to Meet are the creation of a German couple who make other delightful journals like the Book of Friends which is lovely for slightly older babies and a wedding journal called ‘We did it’.  They also have some really fun and chic limited edition prints with my favourite being the cat one even though I’m no cat lover!  Then you’ve got other stationery including cards, pretty boxes and more.  I found this lovely brand at Mokkasin which is a Swedish store I love and they have a selection of these goodies to buy.

"wedding journal memory book"Even though I’ve been married 10 years I’m still so very tempted by this beautiful wedding journal.  Sigh!

mama & baby…

January 10, 2013

"cloud cushion pillow"

This week’s picks for mama & baby… let mama decorate with these cute cloud shaped tags while baby decorates with that pretty  cloud cushion.

"japanese origami paper"When I was a kid I remember being obsessed with origami.  It wasn’t just the beautiful art of folding paper that fascinated me but also the paper itself.  The detailed Japanese prints and bright, vivid colours, the smooth feel of the paper and the soft sheen all really grabbed me.  I remember using my origami sets to painstakingly cover my notebooks, pencil cases and anything else that I could manage.  And I always kept a secret stash of this paper hidden away in a drawer just in case… I’m sure I never had an origami paper emergency but I was always prepared!  So when I discovered Adeline Klam and her beautiful store it took me back to my ‘origami days’ and I was smitten.

"origami craft book"Adeline Klam’s boutique is brimming with origami sets, Japanese fabrics, origami ornaments and much more.  She also uses the beautiful paper to make lamps, tissue boxes, photo albums and other little things for the home.  But if you’re more of a DIY’er, Adeline has put together craft books on ideas of how to use this paper.  There’s of course an origami book but there’s also a super cute book on kokeshi dolls and how to turn these wonderful little ladies in to all manner of everyday objects from cushions to paper garlands.  Discovering this store has really re-kindled my origami love and I can’t wait to indulge in this craft with my daughter who is a bit young at the moment but soon, very soon I shall introduce her to to this wonderful and beautiful paper craft. 

One of the best parts of gift giving for me it the wrapping of the gift.  I love using plain gift wrapping paper like a solid colour or something with a tiny repeat pattern but all in one colour.  And then I embellish it with whatever I can find… string, ribbon, washi tape, stickers, stamps or even a combination of a couple of these.  Last and most importantly comes the gift tag which just adds that finishing touch to a gift.  Sometimes I make my own but most often I turn to the free gift tags that you can print, especially since so many of them are just gorgeous.  I’ve been on the hunt for some and these are a few of my favourtie free printable gift tags for this year:

"free christmas gift tags to print"

Love the grey-blue/pink colour combo and the delicate pattern of the tags at the top while the red and white ones are simple but still so stylish and you can even customise with your own special message if you want to.  Head here for the blue/pink gift tags and here for the red and white tags.

"free christmas gift tags"

These deer and bear tags are both cute and quirky and come in lovely colours.  I’m so loving the long ones with the standing deer and the bear.  Here’s where you’ll find these free holiday tags to download.

"pretty christmas gift tags free"

These pretty patterned gift tags are so fresh and summery, perfect if you’re celebrating Christmas in a hot and sunny place like Australia or Argentina.  But I’m quite tempted to use them in freezing London too just to add that splash of sunshine to my gifts.  You’ll find these free patterned tags at Eat Drink Chic.

"free reindeer christmas gift tags"

For something a bit more traditional and wintery, I love these simple and sweet tags.  The over-sized lettering and the tiny tree, snowflake and reindeer print looks so lovely.  You can print these free gift tags at Love vs. Design.

"free christmas wrapping paper"

These two are actually free printable gift wrap but you could easily customise them in to gift tags by printing and sticking on card.  The snowman one is so cute and would look great on kids gifts while the tree and gift design is chic and modern and would add a stylish touch to any gift.  You’ll find both these to print over at Bloesem.

"free christmas gift tags to print"

Last, I really like these bold single coloured tags with sweet and happy messages on them.  I love the way they’ve paired them with matching coloured wrapping paper which I think makes them even more striking.  But if you prefer, you could get contrasting gift wrap too.  You’ll find these downloads over at Hey Look.

These are my current favourites and I know I’ll be using a few of these designs on my gifts.  If you want more free gift tags then you can check out my selections from previous years which you’ll find here, here and here.

Happy, pretty things…

November 6, 2012

"cute home decor"

I love discovering little shops full of pretty things that maybe you don’t necessarily need in your life but if you surround yourself with, you know they will brighten your day each time you see them.  Paper Plane Home is one of those stores where I want nearly everything they sell because I know when I see those goodies dotted around my home, it will always bring a smile to my face.  The store has lots of cute objects to decorate your home with and there’s plenty for kids as well as mama’s.  I’m especially loving the apple shaped cushions, the pretty gift tags and also the rainy day tray.  Visit Paper Plane Home to see more.

Update Sept 2014:  Sadly Paper Plane Home has closed down.

"wooden toys"

My country obsession of the moment is Argentina.  I’ve wanted to visit for as long as I can remember and I’m finally going to Buenos Aires in January (yaay!).  To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement.  Of course I’m madly researching places to see, things to do and most importantly where to shop and eat.  It’s through this research I’ve discovered that not only does the food promise to be an absolute treat but the shopping too sounds amazing as there is some fabulous design coming out of Argentina for both big and little people.  One of my favourite Argentinian discoveries for kids has been these adorable crochet toys.  But now I’ve got another favourite… the wonderful Fanny & Alexander.

"wooden camera toy"

Fanny & Alexander is born out of the notion of good old fashioned play.  They believe that today there are too many battery operated toys, video games and other toys that don’t encourage the child to think for themselves.  So Fanny & Alexander wanted to go back to basics, to toys that encourage a child to be creative, to imagine, to make things up.  And that’s exactly what they’ve done by creating beautiful wooden toys, cute art and stationery, knitted clothes and leather shoes.  Their design is simple, minimal even but with plenty of warmth and lots of beauty.  They’ve chosen a very simple colour palette of natural wood, rusts and greys which just adds to the aesthetic appeal and the warmth.   Just look at those leather ballet shoes… how gorgeous are they?!  And those Llama’s eating their pyjamas… wonderful!  Luckily, they ship internationally so you don’t have to go to Argentina to get these goodies but since I am going,  I will definitely be knocking on Fanny & Alexander‘s door.

*Via Petit Poulou

"French school bags"

I’ve got schools on my mind.  My daughter isn’t starting school this year but I have the all important task of choosing her first school soon.  Come mid-august, I think most of us start thinking schools either because our little ones are starting ‘big’ school for the first time or it’s back to school time or like me, you have to choose a school.  While choosing a school may feel like a big task, choosing ‘back to school’ goodies isn’t.  It’s the fun bit and I can’t wait till it’s my turn next year to kit out my daughter with some delectable bags, pencil cases and more.  For those of you who have the joy of doing this now, I’ve picked out some lovely school bags from the delightfully French and fabulous store French Blossom.

French Blossom offer a small but carefully selected range of stylish school bags all by French designers.  You’ve got retro styles by Mimi’lou or more modern looks by Bakker or even some very cute and colourful bags by Coq en Pate editions.  It’s hard to choose just one but if I had to pick a favourite I would go for Bakker.  I love the simplicity of their bags which either come in bold bright shiny colours or in subtle prints.  Head to my sponsors, French Blossom where you’ll find all these bags and more so your kiddo can go back to school in style.  And there’s a cool 10% off all non-sale items for my readers; just use the code EBABEES at checkout.

mama & baby…

August 16, 2012

"lion baby all in one"

This week’s picks for mama & baby… let mama indulge her paper addiction with this animal adorned stationery set while baby wears that cool lion shortsuit.

A pop of neon…

July 13, 2012

"neon necklace tee sunglasses kids"

I’ve been feeling the love for neon lately.  I feel like I can’t move for neon… it seems to be all around me and yesterday I even bought myself a gorgeous neon pink shirt.  With neon on the mind, this is what a found for the kids:

1.  Wooden neon party spoons perfect for a summer birthday… 2.  A diamond printed neon yellow tee for boy or girl…   3.  Super bright neon twine for embellishing gifts, crafts, decor or anything you fancy…  4.  A DIY neon pinwheel necklace that will stand out from the crowd…  5.  Trendy neon yellow aviators for the coolest kids on the block!

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