Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas Wishlist Blog Hop


Clockwise from top left :Rosie  pillowcase from One in a Melon; Hubble + Duke gold ballet moccs; Babette surprise box from The Gathered Store; gold lamp from This Little Love;  linen toddler duvet from hello milky; cards from The Adventures of;  Bonjour Camille from My Messy RoomLittle Pea Interiors apple house; Boramiri Deer from SoFoFo;


The beautiful Steph from Bondville dreamed up a Christmas wishlist blog hop featuring products designed in Australia or products available in locally owned online stores for a few of us bloggers to share.  Above is my wishlist for Piper.  Make sure you jump onto all the blogs below to view their Christmas lists. Happy idea gathering and shopping.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Merino Baby Giveaway


  


When Merino Baby invited me to try some of their gorgeous products I couldn't wait to pop them on Piper. I like the classic colours and the fact that the wool is so fine and soft on her skin and you can just throw them in the wash and they come out good as new.

The lovely thing about wool is that its warm in winter and cool in summer and because the fabric is breathable the bubs won't overheat in her sleep suit at night or when she's running around at kindy during the day.

14 month old Piper road tested the navy dress and short sleeves bodysuit in grey/navy (both in 18-24 months), both of which she models above (bless her little heart) and the single layer sleeping bag in grey (12-24 months).  It's hard to pick a favourite but I think it's the body suit because its so soft and not too tight so still looks good tucked into shorts.  I've also had trouble finding a sleep suit in a size long enough for her (Piper hates sleeping under covers) so I was excited this one came our way.

These would make a beautiful gift for overseas friends are they are made from 100% Australian wool and they have a subtle little embroidered kangaroo on every item.


Now for the GIVEAWAY part: 
Visit merinobabyclothing.com.au & facebook.com/merinobabyclothing to discover baby clothes made with only the finest 100% Australian merino wool. Fully machine washable for easy care. Perfect for layering or as undergarments. Garments designed with love in Australia for your little one. For your chance to win a hat and mitten set worth $29.95 (size 0-24 months, colours may vary) please leave a comment why you love Merino Baby.  Good luck! Winner announced Monday 10 November, please leave your email address at the end of your comment so I can get in touch if you win!. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sweet Magazine









The lovely Sam from Dunne with Style invited me among other creatives to contribute to issue 4 of Sweet mag. Sweet. This issue was 'for the boys' so this was my gentle hint at a teepee/Indian theme, featuring feather cupcake & gift toppers, Love Mae wall wolf wall decal which I have loved since forever and a bow and arrow cake. My colors were pale green and grey. Boyish but still gentle and pretty.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Piper's 1st Birthday Party













I was remarkably relaxed about Piper's birthday. Perhaps because she's too young to give feedback.  I think limiting it to family only helped a lot as BYO coffees and a plate of muffins would kept everyone happy, so the pressure was off.  I had wanted to make her a flower crown and dress her in a little not-too-pretty romper.  I wanted to make a dream catcher with scraps of white lace and orchids. I wanted edible flowers in the salad and atop cup cakes. I wanted to finish renovating the exterior of the house and blah blah blah, the list goes on. But in the end, we can only do what we can do.  

I work long hours and as it all-too-often happens, time caught up to me and energy was lost to me, so I had to pare back my plans. Thanks to a beautiful friend (heartfelt thanks must go to Elizabeth for the beautiful cake bunting and party hat); a party dress purchased on line (and on-sale); a Saturday morning at the markets; an afternoon of baking; and an evening of printing and snipping - a beautiful sunny day was created for our beautiful girl.

Once I decided on the adorable Kelli Murray invitations (delivered by hand or left on doorsteps and tied with fine gold thread and sweetpeas), I had the basis of my colours (creamy/muted pretty) and cuteness.  That little owl's face, I just loved. So she was cut out and pasted on straws and sat in little quilted preserving jars awaiting ginger cordial.  The tee pee straws were made for sipping sparkling water from mini bottles. A dispenser for cordial and pretty paper cups and plates for the kids followed.  Making only a large salad I delegated the food duties, buying quiches and taking up Piper's nan on her offer to make sandwiches.

Mr took the bubs for a walk the day before so I could bake a blood orange cake (that's how I got the pink coloured icing - I was after white but embraced my mistake) and a choc-vanilla layer cake (this one was from packets) topped with fresh flowers with the left over batter made a little teepee cake for Piper's 'smash-cake'.

As I don't have drawer fulls of plates and cutlery, napkins (Fine Little Day from Lark) were used for quiche and cake and vintage saucers and cake forks for salad. Paper cups (left over from our wedding & labelled thanks to a sheet of sticker paper from my mum's office) served us well for tea and coffee.

I thought our babe would be too young to understand, but she soaked it all in and knew it was her special day. There was a little bit of magic in the air.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Garlands & Clouds




I love styling and photographing the beautiful handmade delights people send me - they are always more beautiful than I could imagine which makes them so hard to part with. These images were taken for So Fo Fo (pic 1,2,4) and Blue Daisy Wares (pic 2).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Winter Wonderland & Woodland Kids' Rooms

Gorgeous room designs added to my shop.  For custom designs or if you have any questions just email me.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My First Mother's Day


  


I was so excited about Mother's Day. It felt like Christmas used to feel when like when I was little.  I bought myself a mug 'from' Piper. I can't wait for her little handmade Mother's Day stall purchases in year to come. On Sunday, Mr bought me a large coffee and a gorgeous bunch of blooms. I made a mini layer cake with  berries from the bunch.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Closer to Nature GIVEAWAY




Usually I find out useful things exist once I no longer require them, but the Perfect Prep machine came into my life at exactly the right time.  So easy and quick to use - it makes a bottle in less than 2 minutes at the perfect temperature and water level.  With the little miss waking at night due to her teething and wanting a bottle in an instant, so pressing a button and having a bottle done in  no time has been fabulous.  We used to have boiled cooled water in the fridge and then have to wait for what seemed forever for the kettle to boil, then we would tip in and out cool and warm water until we reached the about the right temp and water level, then test it and ask each other, "is it warm enough?" "should we put it in the bottle warmer?" "Do you think its too hot?" "Should we run it under cold water?" Not what you want to be doing at 3am.  No need any more. Oh, and it filters the water too!

No it's your turn to win your very own perfect prepmachine.

Just leave a comment below about what appeals most about the perfect prep™ machine and "like" facebook.com.au/closertonaturebaby

A  winner will be announced 15 June.
Preparing your baby’s bottle isn’t always straightforward, so to help parents everywhere, closer to nature® have created the perfect prep™ machine. Specially designed to make preparing bottles* quicker and more accurate, this clever device makes a fresh bottle at just the right serving temperature in less than 2 minutes, so your baby’s bottle will be perfect every time. The perfect prep™ machine is designed to fit most bottle shapes and sizes.  Available at Babies R Us, RRP$250.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hugh's Little Forest


One of my lovely followers asked me for help with her little boy's room.  He was moving into a big bed and she was thinking she might like 'the woods' theme, but didn't want to the room to be too babyish, too grown up or too obviously themed.  This was the room design board I provided along with lots of gorgeous examples of how to put the room together (with some alternate suggestions for some items) and my styling tips one-pager of things to keep in mind when pulling it all together.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Styling for Me We Design



  
Michelle from Me We Design makes the loveliest stitched trees and wanted some beautiful images of them to share on her social media sites and online shop. This is where I come into it. She posted her products to me in the post for the Concrete & Honey Styling & Photography treatment and these images are the result.