How utterly charming are these mini boats from Beaver Boatworks! The idea is to use the boat cradle when your baby is little and then when they get bigger you can turn it into a wagon. Beautiful craftsmanship and such a unique idea - love it.
These sunsafe wetshirts and pants by Brisbane label, Salt Sea Tees, are fabulous. They are made from Italian matt nylon lycra with UPF50+ sun protection and are 4 and a half times more chlorine resistant than regular elastane. So not only will your kids be sun-protected in swimmers that will last for ages, they'll look adorable too... and not a licensed cartoon character in sight! I snapped up the babushka and rocket shirts for my kids. Shop online here.
I'm not quite sure why I seem to be fixated on dolls lately - may be its that Christmas is coming and I'm keeping an eye out for little girl presents. But, Oh! how cute are these doll kits? They are from The Red Thread and at only AUD$20 plus postage I think they would make a perfect gift for little girls. The sewing would be really easy so the kit would even be a great gift for older girls who are learning to sew. Cute, cute, cute. Available here.
By the way, The Red Thread will be at Mathilda's Market in Sydney this weekend.
Today I'm loving... these pretty dolls by Nooshka. So adorable in every way!
Ok, don't hyperventilate... Christmas is still about 10 weeks away. But now is the time to start thinking about gifts and this is the best time to be heading to your local designer market. In Australia, the best market for children's gifts is Mathilda's Market, which is on again in November. So, theoretically that means you could have all the kids' Christmas gifts bought and wrapped before December - how super-organised!
Here are the dates for next month's markets:
1 November 2009 - St Ignatius College Riverview, Lane Cove. From 9am to 1pm, plenty of free parking on the College grounds. Free entry.
1 November 2009 - Brisbane City Hall, B/w Adelaide & Ann St, King George Square, Brisbane City. From 9am to 1pm, parking is available under the City hall (fees apply). Free entry.
8 November 2009 - Oasis Leisure Centre, Progress Way, Belmont. From 9am to 1pm, parking available around the Leisure Centre. Free entry.
15 November 2009 - Manuka Oval (Bradman Room), Manuka Circle, Griffith. From 10am to 2pm, plenty of free parking available. Free entry.
22 November 2009 - Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. From 9am to 1pm, plenty of free parking at the back of the Town Hall. Free entry.
Visit the Mathilda's Market website for more information.
These wooden toys from Little Sapling Toys are just delightful. Also, they are gender-neutral, so the perfect gift when you don't know if the baby is going to be a boy or girl. I love the skittles - although I'm not sure I would trust my 5 year old with a solid wooden ball. Visit the Little Sapling Toy shop here.
Mathilda's Market is on in Brisbane (and Perth) this Sunday. Its their biggest market yet with 70 retailers selling fabulous baby and kids stuff. Tees2Knees (above) will be there with their bright appliqued kids shirts which are made on the Sunshine Coast. Full details of the market are below or you can visit the website.
Further to my pleats and tucks obsession, I bought this adorable dress for my 2 year old daughter on the weekend. It was from the Blossom Child stall at the Boutique Markets. Now all I have to do is convince her to wear it. I showed it to her and she frankly said "I don't like dresses." Great.
Check out the Blossom Child etsy shop and made-it store.
You know a market must be good when within 2 years it has grown from a biannual Sydney market to one that is held 3 times a year in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. Mathilda's Market showcases some of Australia's freshest handmade and limited production toys, clothing, accessories and home wares for little ones.
According to founder, Anne Lewis, Mathilda’s Market caters for parents who appreciate their children looking unique and stylish, and who are looking for an affordable alternative to buying mass produced products at chain shopping centres. Personally, the idea of beautiful things that haven't been mass produced gives me a little zing and I cringe at the idea of buying anything with a tv character on it - except for maybe Charlie and Lola.
The next Mathilda's Market is on this Sunday (5th July) in Sydney and then in Brisbane and Perth on Sunday 19th July 2009. Check out the website for locations and details of your local market retailers.
Designer Esa West has a true gift when it comes to creating children's clothes. Her label, Tea Pony, features the sweetest dresses with vintage styling and adorable detailing. Esa says that she was inspired to make clothing for babies that she would like to wear herself. She is also careful to design clothes that fit well and are comfortable for little ones.
Its my daughter's second birthday later this month, so I'm kind of on the lookout for anything completely adorable. Here is a round up of the pretty little girl things I've discovered lately:
Top (L-R): Le Toy Van Honeybake Baking Set, Alice Crochet Doll by Muchacha.
Middle (L-R): Claire cotton print dress by Troizenfants, Eeboo Alphabet Wall Cards, Japanaise Poplin dress with butterfly patches by Muchacha.
Bottom (L-R): Momoll Playtower Doll House, Lili Cooker by Momoll.
Clockwise from Top Left: Bluebird and Honey Denim Dress, Cuckoo Clock by Anne-Claire Petit, Brio Building Blocks, Air blue dress with pleats by Buisjes En Beugels (BB+++), Early bird book ends, Pettiskirt by Oopsy Daisy Baby.
I love the randomness of this brand, Teeny Tini. Based in the UK, designer JK Lange creates handmade children's wear and accessories using natural fibres including wool, cotton, silk and cashmere. Every piece is unique and overloaded with quirkiness. You can imagine children making up all sorts of games on that first rug. My son would instantly see a country road winding through the hills or the surface of the moon. Visit the Teeny Tini website for more products and the rug in the first picture is available from French store, Little Circus.
Clockwise from Top Left: Trompe L'Oeil Dress, Paper Fan Booties, This is San Francisco by M. Sasek, Pikos the Hedgehog, Tea Party Cardi, Upsy-Daisy Neck Wrap, Toile Kid's Half Apron, This is New York by M. Sasek, Little Lady Sweater Dress, Petite Souris Beret, This is Paris by M. Sasek, Baker's Delight Kid's Apron, Wide-Eyed Beanie.
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UK readers rejoice! Leona Edmiston just opened her new London boutique which is filled with her entire range from dresses, lingerie, handbags, sunglasses, fragrance and pins (stockings) to the cutest collection of them all, Little Leona.
The Little Leona collection is comprised of beautiful cotton print dresses with prices starting at about AUD$80. View the full range or shop online at the Leona Edmiston website.
For the last 3 or 4 weeks I have been painting, cutting, sewing, building and planning my son's pirate birthday party. I cannot even begin to tell you how much work it has been to prepare everything to transform our backyard into a pirate's paradise tomorrow. And now it is pouring with rain and it doesn't look like its going to stop anytime soon. Great.
Not that my son really cares. We gave him this Quadrilla marble run set this morning. He has been totally obsessed with marble runs since he saw the handmade ones on the kids tv show Pythagoras Switch when we were in Japan last year.
I wonder if the two pirate ships complete with cannon balls will fit in the lounge room? Obviously the load of sand is not needed now.
Have a great weekend!