16 April 2014

Getting ready for the Easter Bunny visit

I put together a guide to getting ready for Easter Sunday over on eBay's Mum's Business website, and included a couple of snapshots of my girls hunting for eggs and goodies from the Easter Bunny last year. Thought you would like them!

15 April 2014

New kikki.K x T2 Soder Tea

What a fantastic collaboration - much-loved Australian brands kikki.K and T2 have collaborated on a limited edition tea, inspired by the Swedish tea Soderblandning. I was lucky to try Soder Tea at a kikki.K event recently and it is lovely - a floral black tea which I took with a dash of milk. I've been dying for the in-store release!

You can find Soder Tea in kikki.K stores only. Team with the beautiful gold heart mug, coming soon for Mother's Day (my pic from the event below).

Read more about the kikki.K event here on Bondville.

Image: kikki.K

Make: cute DIY bunny craft kit from Artstitch

More cute Easter craft for you - this little bunny craft kit from Artstitch comes with everything you need to sew your own rabbit in the prettiest cotton Liberty outfit. Too sweet! Head to the Artstitch online store to check out the whole range. Make one for a little person, or buy as a gift for an older child. Suitable for beginner to intermediate sewers.

Image: Artstitch 

13 April 2014

Bramwell Designs hip kids bed linen

When Bramwell Designs followed me on Instagram yesterday I clicked through, as I always do, to find out more about the lovely people who follow along. I just about had a heart attack when I saw the gorgeous handmade kids' bed linen in their etsy store. So totally amazing!

It's fresh and fun and not too much of a commitment if you're worried about busy patterns or lots of colour. The bright pops on white are hip and the mint stripe reverse is genius. Love!

I'm passionate about supporting local, indie designers and I think it's really important that we give them love so that we continue to have beautiful, quality options on top of the big department store brands.

Bramwell Designs are based in Noosa, QLD, and you can find their gorgeous kids' bedlinen and wraps for boys and girls in their Etsy store. Thanks for following and introducing your beautiful designs!

Images: Bramwell Designs

12 April 2014

Make: Easter craft projects for kids

If you're looking for some fun craft activities to do with the kids this week before Easter, hop over to my friend Lisa Tilse's excellent blog the red thread for these two gorgeous craft tutorials:

Make bunny softies from socks:
and a sweet Easter bunny costume and egg hunt bag:
Do you recognise the littlest Miss Bondville?! She was such a good little model. I love this photo of us together.

There are also some great Easter printables over at TinyMe and some fun tutorials at Mum's Business including my articles on making Easter branch decorations, Easter hats and Easter cooking treats.

Have fun getting ready for Easter this week!

Images: the red thread

11 April 2014

Local Etsy surprise gifts and win $75 Etsy voucher

The lovely folk at Etsy Australia asked if I would put together a list of 20 great last-minute 'surprise' gifts from local Australian Etsy sellers. What do you think? Choose your favourite, and you could win $75 to spend on anything you like on Etsy! (read more below).

Etsy has pulled together some interesting research to show that Australian gift-givers can be categorised as Big Spenders, Planners or Surprisers.

A Surpriser gift giver likes to surprise friends and family with gifts ‘just because’. Nearly a quarter of Surprisers also agree that ‘just because’ gifts are a big factor for thoughtfulness (23%). Spontaneous by nature, Surprisers will favour gifts from the heart over practical ones. They’re likely to purchase gifts related to the recipient’s hobby, interests or a shared passion - probably while shopping for themselves!

You can also find some inspiring Etsy gift ideas for Big Spenders and Planners from two great bloggers A Cut Above The Retsy and Wee Birdy over on the Etsy Australia blog. All my Surpriser selections can be found on Etsy here.

WIN $75 Etsy Credit!
Now for the fun part, to be in the running to win the $75 Etsy credit, simply choose your favourite Surpriser gift from my selection on Etsy, and pin it on Pinterest (tag @stephbond), or post it on Instagram (tag @sbond) with the hashtag #etsygifting, with your reason for loving it, by 9:00pm AEST April 22nd 2014.

Open to all residents of Australia who are 18+. Entrants may enter the competition by sharing a photo from Etsy.com as per the entry instructions. Photos must then be submitted during the Promotional Period (defined below) either via the Instagram or Pinterest hashtag #etsygifting. One entry will be accepted for each Photo Submission. Competition opens 11/04/2014 at 11:00 AEDT and closes on 22/04/2014 at 21:00 AEDT. 1 Winner will be judged at the Promoter’s Premises on 23/04/2014 from 11:00 AEDT. Prize pool is valued at up to $225. Winners will be notified by email. The Promoter is Steph Bond-Hutkin.

What sort of gift giver are you? I'm a Planner for sure!

Image: Etsy

10 April 2014

Hubble and Duke x Lulu Lucky kids tees

It's a marriage of fabulousness - Freemantle, WA kids' designers Hubble + Duke have collaborated with Brisbane uber-creative gal Kara of Lulu Lucky to produce these great kids' tshirts.

Choose from a copper foil 'oui! oui!', calligraphy 'one of a kind', 'lucky' flag or ballet-inspired 'plie. jete. pirouette.' designs. Team with Hubble + Duke's cute baby moccasins and leather crowns - seriously great. Available in sizes from 6 months to 6 years (pre-order).

You can find these designs in the Hubble + Duke online store. Snap them up quick! Oui! Oui!

Images: Top: Kate Oliver, Other: Hubble + Duke

7 April 2014

TinyMe wooden name puzzle

Australian company TinyMe are well-known for their cute personalised stickers and products for kids, and are working on the production of this cool-looking wooden name puzzle.

With it's smart felt case and stylish design, it's a great gift idea for babies and small children. If you're interested in purchasing a name puzzle, head over to the Kickstarter page that TinyMe has set up and pledge away; delivery is expected in July 2014.

Image: TinyMe

6 April 2014

KatyJane Designs stationery and party products 50% off

Wonderful friends and stationery designers KatyJane Designs are closing up shop and moving onto new adventures. It's time to stock up on all the stationery and party products you have been coveting before it is gone forever, and at 50% off! Quick!

I've always loved the Fairy Garden Party design and the party set (10 invitations with magnets, envelopes and party bag tags) is now only $12.50. You'll also find co-ordinating cards, letter-writing sets, bag tags and more on the site. (this Christmas stationery and advent calendar are also great).

Head over to the KatyJane Designs website to snap up a bargain now. And, it's only $5 flat rate standard shipping to Australian destinations! We will miss you Katy and Jane! The world will be a little less colourful without your beautiful designs.

Images: KatyJane Designs

1 April 2014

Blue stripes and bears trend and blue for Autism Awareness Day

Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) is encouraging us to wear a touch of blue in solidarity with the 1 in 100 Australians who live with Autism and their families and friends who help them navigate an often overwhelming world.

I've put together some cute outfits for kids from Australian designers and online stores with a touch of blue, that also show off the big stripes and bears trends for kids at the moment! You can learn more about Autism and participate in fundraising for World Autism Awareness Day on the ASPECT Website.


Top Row:
Little Horn spinning bear long sleeve tee from Moppit and More, $34.95
Paper Wings pencil spot gathered tee from Where Did You Get That?, $54.95
Bear sweater gauge knit in sapphire from eeni meeni miini moh, $79.95

Middle Row:
Oishi-M I Want To Ride long sleeved tshirt from Where Did You Get That?, $44.95
Three Little Trees bigfoot tee from Hopscotch Clothing Boutique, $13.95 (save 65%)
ESP No.1 Longview stripe long sleeve tee from Skip To My Lou, $26.00 (save 50%)


Paper Wings girls unicorn slouch jeans from Where Did You Get That?, $89.95
ESP No.1 Totally Skinny Jean from Skip To My Lou, $32.47 (on sale, save 50%)
Minti big eye jeans from Moppit and More, $49.00 (save 30%)

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville
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