3 September 2014

Mint and hot pink kids study space ideas

It's time for our almost-seven-year-old to get a big girl's work space for her homework/sticker collection/school banking/enormous stationery collection. I'm thinking mint and hot pink and put together this little mood board/vignette as inspiration.

2 September 2014

Make: Felt patches for holey leggings

Winter has been very cruel to the leggings in our house. There is nary a pair without a holey knee or two. But rather than throw them away, I spent a few hours making felt patches to cover the holes and voila - even cooler tights!

To make these knee patches, I drew a heart shape onto paper and cut out, to make a pattern. I then pinned the pattern to scraps of felt and cut out heart shapes. Then I positioned and pinned the hearts over the knee holes, and hand-sewed with a simple running stitch.

Easy and so effective! You could also cut simple shapes like circles, stars triangles and squares. Raid the cookie cutter drawer to make some patterns. A gem-shape would look great, especially with some contrasting stitching to mark the facets! Let me know if you make felt knee patches for your kids' leggings or pants - I'd love to see pics.

Note - I wash with cold water and I don't use the dryer; both of which may affect the felt and cause shrinkage.

[My little one wears her leggings with a tutu from Tutu du Monde.]

Image: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville

1 September 2014

Hip-as Anarkid organic baby wear at Small to TALL

It's the first day of Spring in Australia and the perfect day to introduce to you the new SS14 collection from organic baby wear brand Anarkid, available at the Small to TALL online store. Loving this dreamy photoshoot by Simply Bloom Photography complete with amazing teepee and paper feather headband (there's an idea to borrow!).

30 August 2014

Make: face teacup planters for Father's Day

My friend Diana is a crafty Mum and always organises fun activities at playdates. For a recent Frozen screening she handed the other Mums and I a pack of Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pens and a plain tea cup to have our own craft time while the kids sung their hearts out. How good is that! I made this little two-sided character and potted it with a mini succulent. You could get the kids involved and make one too for Father's Day.

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29 August 2014

Rainbow Party for Odette's 6th Birthday

My friends Anni and Matthew from Milk & Honey Photography are soooo clever and as well as being fabulous portrait and wedding photographers, also put together really lovely, relaxed parties for their children. Here they share with us their daughter Odette's 6th birthday party, rainbow theme, at a park in Balmain and gorgeously photographed by the team at Milk & Honey Photography. I love Anni's rainbow layer cake and the gorgeous rainbow streamers with white tissue paper pom clouds decoration!

Party: Odette's 6th Rainbow party
Organised by: Anni and Matthew (Mum and Dad)
Location: Callan Park, Balmain, Sydney, NSW
Theme: Rainbow
Photography: Milk & Honey Photography

27 August 2014

Kick start photographic bed linen for kids from The Club Of Odd Volumes

Speaking of gorgeous pieces from The Club of Odd Volumes, would you like to see these amazing photographic designs produced for kids' beds (and adults too)? I can't get over the coolness of the whales bed linen and I know my sister would go nuts for the cats design. Oh, and underwater bed linen? Yes please!

Laura Blythman kidswear

Laura Blythman is without a doubt one of my favourite Australian artists and is super-clever to boot with partnerships with all sorts of Australian makers. One of my favourite collaborations is the kidswear (and cushions, and tea towels, and adult tees!) with The Club of Odd Volumes. So many cute pieces of art ready to wear:

You can find Laura Blythman's kidswear and other homewares at The Club Of Odd Volumes online store.

Read more about Laura Blythman here on Bondville.

Images: Laura Blythman for The Club Of Odd Volumes

23 August 2014

Grace's pretty pastel girl's bedroom

I don't know about you, but my girls are just drawn to pastel colours, pinks and yellows. I promise it's not forced on them - I'm always presenting them with cool grey, black, monotone and darker colours - but they just can't get enough of a candy-sweet palette. (also, they would have floral everything - yikes!)

Tara Chadwick's daughter also loves softer colours and this Mum has done an amazing job of curating a room full of lovely girly touches without being cloying. The pastel palette with bright yellow against a white/neutral background is a real winner. Tara kindly shares some of her advice on creating a lovely room just like this.

Room: Grace
Age: 6 years old
Designed by: Tara Chadwick (Grace's Mum)
Location: Bannockburn, VIC

Let's fund Tickle The Imagination magazine!

Lovely Tanya from Tickle The Imagination magazine is raising funds to publish the next issue. If you love craft, handmade, fun ideas for kids, and supporting indie Australian publishing and media, head over to Pozible before the 8th September 2014 to make the new issue happen - they're half way there!

22 August 2014

Free Gelato Messina icecreams at Chatswood Chase 30th Aug

Sydneysiders love their Gelato Messina and you can score one of these limited edition bespoke icecreams by the iconic confectioners at Chatswood Chase on 30th August! Gelato Messina has designed these beauties especially for the opening of US retailers West Elm, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma on Sydney's north shore. Get in on the action!

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