inspired by : art space

posted on: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Does your little one love art? The kiddo's favourite pastime is drawing up a storm -- he would be right at home in Poppy and Violette Grey's tiny studio.

I have dreams about one day having enough space to dedicate a whole room to his creative endeavours. Until then, the fridge will have to do ;)

Do you have a special art/play room for your littles? How have you organised it? I'd love to hear!

From the January issue of American Vogue. Photo by  Francois Halard.

room for baby : little grey day

posted on: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have you seen this serene space on Buy Modern Baby created by the uber chic team at Sissy + Marley?

This sophisticated nursery displays the peaceful properties of white, the thoughtful qualities of grey and the warmth of timber on contemporary classic pieces in complementing shapes; the soothing curves of the Stokke Sleepi crib are repeated in the grey knit pouffe and charcoal ceiling lamp, likewise the parallel lines of the crib bars are echoed in the floor rug and shelving unit. The result? A harmonious home to welcome a new little life. Nice, right?

To shop the look check out Esther's gorgeous round-up on Buy Modern Baby Blog


posted on: Monday, January 28, 2013

A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013.

Him: On his last day of daycare and so eager to be finishing up. "When can I stop little school and start big school?" he asks me. 

Her: In her second week of part-time daycare and still adjusting. She is familiar with the centre from her very first month of life, dropping off and picking up her brother. I think this helps.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week portrait project

sponsor profile : little boo-teek

posted on: Friday, January 25, 2013

Planning a nursery spruce? Little birthdays around the corner? You might like to take a peek at the gorgeous wares in Little Boo-Teek.

This beautiful online store is filled with thoughtful gifts, stylish wee clothing and fun interior goodies -- everything from kiddo furniture to baby bottles, all from fabulous Aussie brands like Fabrik and Alimrose and international names like Hess-Spielzeug (quality wooden toys) and 3 Sprouts (playful and sweet storage).

And right now you can bring home your favourites from Little Boo-Teek for 30% off with the code BABYSPACE. Happy shopping!

1. All Things Pretty Pleats Dress, approx $44.95 AUD. 2. Love, Luck and Wonder Zebra Pre-Walkers, on sale for approx $26.95 AUD. 3. Tiger Tribe Dog, approx $27.95 AUD. 4. Wooden Chalkboard Laptop, approx $24.95 AUD. 5. 3 Sprouts Storage Caddy, approx $29.95 AUD. 6. Humble Bumble Playdress, on sale for approx $24.95 AUD. 7. Incy Interiors Rocking Egg Chair, approx $999 AUD. 8. Hootkid Like A Tiger Harem Pants, on sale for approx $26.95 AUD. 

sakura bloom sling diaries : expression

posted on: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If you blog, write, take photographs, create art, create anything, you probably have a thirst to express yourself. A hunger to connect. A passion for the fleeting moment. An obsession with emotion.

I know I do. But while I find my thoughts through writing, I find my feelings through talking. This is not a trait I am always happy about; it doesn't always serve me well. I used to call it being expressive compulsive.

My kindergarten teachers called it 'being a chatterbox'. They did not approve.

Nowadays people call it 'oversharing'.

But while I might be extremely candid face-to-face, more candid than I intend, writing usually gives me space to be more considered, more circumspect.

Maybe a little more boring. But maybe also a little wiser.

Sometimes I see these expressive tendencies in my kiddos. Especially this gorgeous boy here.

It's funny how much easier it is to accept my children and all their quirks than it is to accept similar quirks in myself.

I look at them and see the best of them. Sometimes I think that maybe, they look at me and see the best of me too.

This post is part of the The Sling Diaries, Vol. II for Sakura Bloom. You can follow along on Pinterest and Facebook.

{Photographs by the lovely Cara at Cara Loren Photography.}


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2013.

Her: Digging in the dirt at the playground. At nearly 13 months she is into everything. 

Him: Getting ready to pick his dad up from the airport. He drew our house, then himself and his sister on either side of me, then his dad, then his big brother, who has also been away.
When the time came he stood super straight by the arrival gate, welcome board before him, and waited. Maybe the best thing about travelling for work is being reunited again.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week portrait project

back to school : daycare edition + giveaway {closed}

posted on: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ohwellyes, I am taking my new teeth, my new toddling, my new tantrums and my new bag off to daycare. 

Mama picked out my backpack and my clothing labels. She went with a woodland theme. Cute right?

And Stuck On You are giving you the chance to take home a gorgeous backpack and clothing label set too. Hoorah!

what will you win?
Your own personalised Kids Designer Backpack and set of personalised Kids Designer Clothing Labels valued at approx $79.90 AUD.

what do you need to do?
Visit Stuck On You and select the colour and design you'd like for your backpack, and the design you'd like for your clothing labels then leave a comment on this post with your choices.

One winner will be drawn on the 29th of January 2013. Please include your email address or link to your email adress in your comment so you can be contacted.

*There is a plethora of gorgeous new designs, including woodland, owls themes and many more to choose from at Stuck On You but the labels pictured above are no longer available. Giveaway closes at midnight, Sydney time on the 28th of January 2013. This giveaway is open internationally. If the winner is not contactable via email within 24 hours the giveaway will be redrawn.

back to school : lunch boxes + lunch ideas

posted on: Monday, January 21, 2013

With the preschooler heading off to big school (next week!) I have big plans to bust my previously poor lunch-making record and get all bento busy. I'm not the world's most enthusiastic chef but I do like making things look purty so we'll see how I go. (Did you ever read Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein? Do you remember Erica Yurken's mother who felt packing school lunches was one of the most boring jobs in the world? Uh huh.)

So I'm thinking these super cute lunch boxes are the perfect inspiration for lunch packing. The soon-to-be-big-schooler already has his Gooodbyn lunchbox all decorated and ready to go (we reviewed it a couple of years ago for MumsDelivery) and I have been pinning bentorific images of inspiration in preparation.

Now, let's just hope he doesn't lose his lunch box on the first day ;)

Have you been getting a little one ready for big school too? Any easy peasy lunch ideas you'd like to share?

1. Blafre red birdy lunchbox, approx $25 AUD plus shipping from Shorties. 2. Goodbyn lunchboxes from approx $9.50 AUD plus shipping from biome. 3. Diner lunch bag, approx $24.95 from lark. 4. Cowboy snack box by Alimrose, approx $9.95 AUD plus shipping from baby donkie. 5. Blafre red elephants thermos, approx $48.95 AUD plus shipping from baby donkie. 6. Cubby House lunch box notes, approx $7.95 AUD from lark.

room for kids : when beatrix potter moved to nyc

posted on: Thursday, January 17, 2013

If you had carte blanche to create a home that suited you perfectly what would it be like? I think mine would be quite like this Brooklyn abode of Miranda Brooks, Bastien Halard and their two daughters, Poppy and Violette Grey.

Lush herbaceous borders? Leafy canopies? Romantic furnishings? And situated in New York City? My inner storybook-style sensibilities and bustle love are wholly satisfied.

(Although that horse in the kitchen is a bit too whimsical, even for me.)

Terracotta pots, aluminium watering cans, garden shovels. Vogue calls this a 'pastoral look'. I call it, 'So Beatrix Potter'.

What would your dream house be like? Have you ever come across a picture or a place and thought, 'This is it, this is my ideal dwelling'? I'd love to hear!

You can check out more photos and the accompanying article in the January issue of American Vogue, on sale in Australia now.

Photos for American Vogue by Francois Halard


posted on: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A portrait of (one/some/all of) my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.

Her: Drawing for the very first time on a hot summer's day. She intently made lots of dots and a few light squiggles.

Him: Peering into the dugong tank at the Sydney Aquarium on the last day of his holidays. He is full of questions but also full of information.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week portrait project

make it mine : polka dot pop

posted on: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

One of our nursery design gurus, Belinda, is predicting a dotty trend emerging this year. "Spots are going to be huge in 2013," she revealed.  "Take your cue from this twin nursery and create a bright and colourful room!"

1.  Polka dots decals from The Wall Sticker Company.  2.  Red and white stripe cushion from Etsy.  3.  Blue Caravan Cot from Kido Store.

Thanks for the inspiration Belinda. You can find more of Belinda's work at Nest Design Studio

one for me please : ovo high chair

posted on: Monday, January 14, 2013

Is this not the most stylish highchair you have ever seen?

The Ovo high chair by CuldeSac for Spanish children's brand, Micuna.

As seen on Pinterest and Design Boom

toddler gift guide : bright baby

posted on: Friday, January 11, 2013

Looking for gifts in all the colours of the rainbow? These eight modern presents priced from $11-$90 AUD will be sure to entertain and delight the newly minted toddler in your life.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, approx $20 AUD plus shipping from We Heart Books. 2. Giant Crayons, approx $11 AUD with free shipping throughout Australia from Kidstuff. 3. Vtech Baby Laptop, approx $50 AUD plus shipping from Baby Bunting. 4. Euco Creative Peg Puzzle, approx $28 AUD plus shipping from Tree Frog Toys. 5. Rainbow Xylophone, approx $17.50 AUD with free shipping throughout Australia from Kidstuff. 6. Kid-O Go Car, approx $20 AUD plus shipping from Kidostore. 7. Rody horse, approx $90 AUD with free shipping throughout Australia from Fishpond. 8. Bath Toy Cup Set by Boon, approx $17 AUD plus shipping from Child And Baby

And neutral gifts for one-year-olds. Happy shopping!

toddler gift guide : now neutral

posted on: Thursday, January 10, 2013

The lady and her baby friends are turning one so I've been a-hunting for little birthday presents. These six classic gifts from $10-$100 AUD will be sure to entertain and comfort any fabulous new toddler.

1. Wheely Bug, on sale from approx $78 AUD plus shipping from Classic Baby2. Who Hoo Are You book by Kate Endle, approx $10 AUD plus shipping from Kate Endle on Etsy. 3. Wooden Tea Set by Plan Toys, approx $33 AUD plus shipping from Yogee Toys4. Classic Alphabet Blocks with Wagon, approx $99 AUD plus shipping from Kidostore5. Printspace Animal Alphabet Poster, approx $39 AUD plus shipping from Baby's Got Style6. Bamboo Softie Bear, approx $25 AUD plus shipping from Babychic designs

Thank you Facebook friends for suggesting the Wheely Bug! Do you have any special gifts you favour for one-year-olds? I'd love to hear.

Fancy bright and shiny gifts for the wee one? Look out for part two of our gift guide tomorrow.

room for baby : honey mustard

posted on: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"This fresh calming space was created for a gorgeous little client named Coco. The mixtures of mustard yellows and dusty pinks with highlights of raw wood is one of my favourite combinations," said Nicole from Little Liberty.

"My baby clients are very lucky indeed," she admitted. "Mums are much more willing to spend money on their babies nurseries now than when I was born. And why not -- we spend a lot of time in there!"

One of her favourite details? "The custom made embroidery hoops, subtle elephant wallpaper and rain drop art print are so feminine and really complete this special space."

Thank you for sharing this stylish room Nicole. You can find more of Nicole's work at Little Liberty


posted on: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A portrait of (one/some/all of) my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.

Him: A moment of quiet for our rowdy reader.

Her: An unsteady teeter amongst the picnicking fun.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 week portrait project. Are you playing too? 

room for baby : quietly vintage

posted on: Monday, January 7, 2013

When Drea and Marlowe moved into their new home, single mama Drea set up a sweet, playful place for her toddler complete with her own handmade mobile and vintage dollhouse. Isn't it lovely?

You can see more of Marlowe's room on Oh Dear Drea

celebrate baby : picnic party

posted on: Friday, January 4, 2013

It happened! The lady turned one.

We celebrated with a picnic in the park. There was a little teepee, icy drinks for the grownups, and of course, cake.

At three o'clock in the afternoon, when the hottest part of the day was over, we laid our rugs and blankets in the shade of the old tree and set out the birthday treats. We then spent much of the afternoon protecting them from the crawling babes!

The party planning was a bit rushed because this lady's big day falls between Christmas and New Year. But I had the theme floating around in my head for a few months so it wasn't too hard to gather the supplies together (especially with the help of Pinterest) and we had a really lovely day.

I hope you've had a wonderful holiday break, friends, and that 2013 brings all you hope for and more :)

{teepee made from upcycled sheets by wa wa kids on etsy,vintage floral bunting by miss bookmaker, from the frankie stall at finders keepers marketchalkboard from typo, teacups from baby space vintage, lady's headband from seed, lady's dress from country road kids and bloomers from lazer baby vintage on etsy. crates are vintage side-of-the-road finds.}
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