Brands in stock include Amy Michelle, Baobab, BLiNK Designs, Dittany Baby, Elodie Details, Frankie Ray, Itch Designs (one of my favourites!), JettRoc, Oh Baby London, Oscar Blue, Rockabye Baby, Tommy Rocket and Two Belles.
Check out the duds on Noah and Violet (Reagan's adorable daughter):
* Frankie Ray Red Sassy sunglasses
* JettRoc White Skull Rara dress
* Dittany Baby Stars luxury tights
* Itch Designs Make a Note tee
Now you are all set for gear for your little one when you hit the festival circuit this summer. Stop by A Little Bit Of Cheek, and sign up for the A Little Bit Of Cheek Facebook Fan page for all the latest info.
Images: A Little Bit Of Cheek
Paula's pieces have an old-fashioned sensibility while still being very "now". I'm particularly drawn to the retro styling of the alphabet artwork (see above), incorporating vintage papers - one of Paula's loves. How perfect for a nursery.
You can find Paula's work in the Sweet William MadeIt (Australia), Felt (NZ) and Etsy stores online. Along with sister Shelley and and sister-in-law Jennine, Paula offers beautiful paper goods, brooches, Camille dolls, illustrations, purses and the beautiful 2010 Calendar featuring 12 illustrations (perfect for framing next year). You can also find Paula's work at various stockists in Australia and New Zealand, listed on the Sweet William blog.
Don't forget to check out Paula's latest work on the Paula Mills blog. And for even more Paula goodness, there is a lovely interview on the Edward & Lily blog that I enjoyed reading.
Images: Paula Mills
Abagail and Jamie Forsyth are the talented duo behind this superb product design. As owners of a chain of coffee and catering outlets in Melbourne, they witnessed first-hand the incredible amount of waste that is generated from disposable takeaway coffee cups. According to the team, Australians use approximately 500 million disposable cups a year. We discard 1.36 million disposable cups a day into landfill - that's 57,000 disposable cups an hour or 951 disposable cups a minute. Crazy!
Destined to be an Australian design classic, the Keep Cup is both functional and cool. The three different cup sizes fit under cafe Espresso spouts and there are a range of colour-matching plugs and bands (that you can personalise) to choose from. All of the materials used in the KeepCup are BPA-free. For more info on the product, see the FAQ's.
You can find Keep Cup at the Keep Cup Online Store as well as these Australian authorised resellers. Why not send the Keep Cup product info to your employer to purchase cups for your whole team at work (like the National Australia Bank). And what a great Secret Santa gift.
Thanks Sara for the reminder to write about such a great Aussie-designed product.
Images: Keep Cup
Miss Haidee uses antique, retro and vintage fabric and trims to create adorable clothes and swimsuits for boys and girls from newborn to 8 years old. You'll find the staple swimsuits (for little one and a matching suit for Mum!) and beach tote bag in various recycled fabrics as well as adorable hats, bags, hair accessories, baby slings, nappy covers, baby rompers, dresses and pants. The organic cotton Star Wars Tommy Boy pants are absolutely killer!
You can find Miss Haidee clothes for kids on MadeIt (main store), Etsy and at upcoming markets in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, including the Finders Keepers market this weekend and the Mathilda's Market this Sunday in Brisbane. And check out the Miss Haidee blog for some behind-the-scenes information.
For more Australian-designed children's clothes, check out Bondville Kids. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.
Images: Miss Haidee
You will find literally thousands of items for sale by small independent Australian designers and crafters in categories such as accessories, art, fashion, children, toys, craft, homewares, jewellery, pets, stationery and wedding. Many of the designers featured here on Bondville have MadeIt stores, which makes it easy to buy online in Australian dollars.
I got lost for hours looking for some favourites to share with you:
Fascinator by Chicuff by Daneve (made from reclaimed enviro green bags!), great for a Green Melbourne Cup.
For more gift inspiration, check out the great MadeIt Christmas Gift Guide for local artisans.
We'll be returning to Bar Alto at the Powerhouse in New Farm which has great parking, easy access to the bar, bar food, coffee and tea that you can order throughout the evening.
Spring 2009 Brisbane ABCD Meet-up
7pm - 9pm, Thursday 19th November 2009
Bar Alto (entrance level)
The Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, Brisbane
For those that have not been before, Brisbane ABCD (Artists + Bloggers + Crafters + Designers) is a very informal get-together for creative folks in Brisbane to get out from behind computers and meet each other over a few drinks. Here are some photos and overview of previous events on Bondville and Udessi.
Don't forget to bring along something for the much-in-demand ABCD Goodie Bag. It's entirely optional, but if you like, you can bring along something to remember you by to pop in to approx. 30-40 bags which we will distribute at the event. And as added incentive, participants will be able to vote for their favourite goodie bag item on Bondville after the event, and the winner will receive 3 free months of advertising on Bondville!
Due to the great response we’ve had since the last meeting and limited venue capacity, please ensure to RSVP by either commenting on this post or emailing BrisbaneABCD@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Image: Kim Wallace
So this year I am looking around for a fun Christmas tree wall decal by a local designer that looks great, provides a Christmas-y feel to our house and won't die right after the 25th. Here's what I found from Australian designers on my searches:
This one tops the list for me; the decal is fabric and reusable. Very important for prying fingers. In fact, you can wash it in water and it retains its sticky back! Thanks to Echidna Place in Bangalow, NSW for the introduction to the wonderful world of Mae.
Price: Large 50cm x 65cm AUD $119.95
Price: Small 42cm x 27.5cm AUD $44.95
Buy From: Mae
Available in eight colour combinations.
Price: AUD $89.00
Buy From: Bosco Bear
Price: AUD $39.95
Buy From: For Walls and Little Styles
Vinyl Wall Design
Price: AUD $45.00
Buy From: Vinyl Wall Design on Made It
Interior In Style
Price: AUD $89.00
Buy From: Interior In Style and Ekidna Kidswear
The Wall Sticker Company
The Delicate Tree, available in any colour from the colour chart.
Price: AUD $95.00
Buy From: The Wall Sticker Company
The Wall Sticker Company
Available in gold, red and grey
Price: AUD $85.00
Buy From: The Wall Sticker Company
Various colourways available
Price: AUD $45.00 (save 25%)
Buy From: Mooo.com.au
And look out for upcoming Christmas designs from Aussies My Munchkin Home. Let me know if there are any other Aussies out there making great Christmas or festive wall stickers.
I particularly adore the range of Jetta's Nest appliqued children's clothes that incorporate Sam's art along with recycled/vintage materials. I have proudly collected a few pieces for little Sophie (both above) including the one-of-a-kind toadstool top and the gorgeous Flutterby top made from a recycled Holly Hobbie quilt cover, recycled doily and recycled buttons. Both destined for the "keep me" pile of special clothes.
October is a really important month for us to all do our small part for Breast Cancer Awareness and Sam is generously donating 50% of the proceeds of her limited edition pink Lola Buttonhead brooches to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
You can find the crafty art of Jetta's Nest (and you can also put in a custom order) on Etsy and MadeIt (Australia) as well as various markets (including the upcoming BrisStyle handmade market in Deceomber). Check out the Jetta's Nest blog for a sneak peek on upcoming designs.
For more Australian-designed children's clothes, check out Bondville Kids. And shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.
Images: top - Steph Bond and others - Jetta's Nest
Nicola Cerini fabrics are available by the metre and you can order one of Nicola's bag designs in current and archival prints. I'm also excited to see that Nicola has recently collaborated with Zaishu on a new stool covered with designs inspired by the native flora and wildlife of the Errinundra plateau.
Not only are Nicola's designs totally drool-worthy, but her business ethics are just as admirable, supporting conservation projects and running her studio on sustainable principles.
You can find Nicola Cerini products in the online store as well as the studio retail store in Melbourne.
Designed and created in Australia, States of Nature textiles are printed using water-based inks and sustainable practices. You'll find a range of clothing, accessories and homeware including scarves, t-shirts, satchels, and a killer collection of wooden brooches using certified plantation timber grown in NSW that have been noticed by the editors of all the cool mags.
I'm particularly with the fun textile designs, including the new jelly mould and cutlery designs (on tea towels), the woodcut and zipper designs and of course the peacock feathers which will never go out of style.
You can find States of Nature brooches, scarves and t-shirts in the online store as well as stockists around Australia (email Simone for a list). States of Nature will also be previewing product at the upcoming Finders Keepers market in Brisbane October 31st - November 1st, 2009. Find out more on the States of Nature website/blog.
Images: States of Nature
Made for dress up and everyday, there are a wide selection of flounces to choose from to suit every occasion:
1. Princess Flounces - traditional pettiskirts with the fullest flounce.
2. Party Flounces - incorporating cotton fabric at the top of the skirts while still having lots of twirl factor. Can be made reversible in two colours.
3. Playdate Flounces - combinations of patterned cotton fabrics with a flounce around the bottom; perfect for the park or more special occasions.
4. Flowergirl Flounces - made-to-order extra special flounces for the Flowergirl to match your Bridal Party.
Flounce About also make pretty matching t-shirts, tank tops and onesies. You can find Flounce About pettiskirts in the online store, as well as at markets around Sydney. And forget Tupperware/lingerie parties - if you live in Sydney, you can get together with a group of friends to have a Flounce About party! Make sure you keep up-to-date on all Flounce About happenings on the Flounce About blog.
Lo and behold, the alias belongs to Rebecca Ward Jewellery. And wow, it's all pretty fabulous. Born in New Zealand and now based in Brisbane, Rebecca creates an incredibly creative range of jewellery based on recycled materials and found objects such as pebbles and glass. And if you like the images above, just wait until you see her "Nana glasses" brooches, sea glass jewellery and squashed plastic toy soldiers.
You can find Rebecca Ward Jewellery in the online store as well as stockists across Australia and online. Of course you can also find out more about Rebecca at the Rebecca The Wrecker blog.
And if that hasn't satisfied your appetite, check out her cool collaboration with ceramicist Shannon Garson (who I wrote about a few weeks ago here) - Swamp Cartography - research of the wallum swamps of South East Qld to produce a body of work illuminating this beautiful and fast disappearing ecosystem (supported by an Arts Queensland grant).
Images: Rebecca Ward Jewellery
Ours came to a sudden death from a visiting toddler who quite naturally felt the urge to tug on them, thereby breaking bulbs and short-circuiting the cable.
But fear not, the scary monsters were re-purposed into a cool mobile. Simply clip the felt puppet shades onto a mobile with clips (like this Kikkerland hanging photo mobile), and Bob's Your Uncle. Cool factor without looking the same as everyone else.
Images: Steph Bond
Like many of us, I have a thing for kids shoes. So I was thrilled to be introduced to the super-cool Sydney-based ScruffyDog by my stylish friend Mellissa. Handmade with leather and quality materials, ScruffyDog shoes for children are both fashionable and functional.
I'll let the images above speak for themselves.
Oh, and ScruffyDog also has a fantastic recycling program called GreenNous:
"GreenNous is an initiative founded by the people at ScruffyDog with the aim of doing a little bit for the environment by recycling material that would otherwise likely be discarded. We encourage others to think about how the apparently useless stuff they come across on a daily basis might be reused or put to some good use and then turn those thoughts into action. It's all about green nous: commonsense recycling."
You can find ScruffyDog shoes at stockists across Australia and online. Now if only they came in Big Girl sizes!
For more great Aussie kids' fashion, check out Bondville Kids: Australian Designer Baby Clothes. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.
The ten different three-colour designs are beautiful and a great way for less well-known artists to have their work professionally printed and sold to a global audience. Each print is signed and numbered and ready to frame.
You can order prints from the Bespoke Press Illustrators Project on the Bespoke Letterpress Boutique online store. For more information on new prints and a behind-the-scenes look at a letterpress studio, check out the Bespoke Press blog. You can also enter a giveaway to win all 10 new prints valued at 650!
Images: Top: Bespoke Letterpress Boutique
Apart from our Aussie textile designers, Duckcloth also has a great range of natural fabrics (cotton, linen and hemp) including Japanese design, contemporary, floral, basics (spots, stripes, solids), children's, eco-friendly and American design in medium and light-weight fabric. You'll also find a huge range of sewing patterns (clothing, softies, homewares and accessories) and gift ideas.
These are a few of my favourites finds from Duckcloth:
Ladybird Garden notepad by Aussie Kristen Doran
Parrots material by Saffron Craig
Bonsai charcoal on cream hemp by Lara Cameron (Ink & Spindle)
Baby Chibi Doll pattern by One Red Robin
Acacia olive on linen by Lara Cameron (Ink & Spindle)
Pohutukawa material by Ingrid Andersen made into a laundry hamper
Head over to the Duckcloth website to order textiles and sign up for the newsletter to be alerted of sales and new fabrics. And check out the Duckcloth blog for gorgeous fabric and craft ideas.