30 October 2009

Welcome New Sponsor A Little Bit Of Cheek

My last Bondville sponsor welcome for the year is for hip Australian children's online boutique A Little Bit of Cheek. Founder Raegan has a great eye for fashion with a rock n roll edge (as you can see!) and has put together a cool selection of children's clothes, gifts, nappy bags and accessories in the store.

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.

How cute is Violet  and Noah (below) in their A Little Bit Of Cheek gear:

29 October 2009

Australian Artist Spotlight: Paula Mills

I'm really taken with the artwork of Melbourne-based Paula Mills. Paula's dreamy pieces feature birds, animals and everyday objects. I'm always a sucker for chairs and teacups. And I love the many works that include the sweet redhead character Camille.

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

28 October 2009

Hip Products: Keep Cup

You may have already seen this fantastic sustainable, resuable coffee cup, but I was so thrilled to find out that the Keep Cup is Australian-designed and manufactured!

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

27 October 2009

Stylish Kids: Miss Haidee

It's definitely swimming season again, and there are so many great togs to choose from out there, but I can't resist the cuteness (and styling) of Byron Bay-based Miss Haidee's swimsuits.

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.

Images: Miss Haidee

26 October 2009

Welcome New Sponsor MadeIt

If you are interested in putting your hard-earned cash back into the local economy this year, look no further than huge online marketplace and new Bondville sponsor, MadeIt.

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:

LOVE decor letters in turquoise/pink by Mooza Designs (from the MadeIt gift guide)

Woven Felt Basket by Imagination In Flight (from the MadeIt gift guide)

The "Snigglebottom" family softies by Little Diva Designs

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.

Images: MadeIt

23 October 2009

Events: Brisbane Artists + Bloggers + Crafters + Designers Meet-up Nov 2009

Kim from Udessi and I are pleased to announce the date for the Spring 2009 Brisbane ABCD meetup: Thursday November 19th 2009 7-9pm.

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

22 October 2009

Australian Christmas Tree Wall Decal Round-up

Last year we got a real Christmas tree (just a small one) in a pot, thinking - oh we'll have this for years and I don't have to cut a real tree down. And then the poor thing promptly died right after the big day and I felt terrible.

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

Bosco Bear
Available in eight colour combinations.
Price: AUD $89.00
Buy From: Bosco Bear

For Walls
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.

21 October 2009

Stylish Kids: Jetta's Nest art and craft

I first met artist Samantha from Jetta's Nest at our Brown Owls group in Brisbane where she wowed us all with an incredible doll she had made with an intricately-painted sassy face. Since then, Sam's gorgeous faces have gone on to adorn button badges, as well as a range of soft toys, prints, art cards and gorgeous clothes for kids.

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.

Images: top - Steph Bond and others - Jetta's Nest

20 October 2009

Drool-worthy Design: Nicola Cerini textiles

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for textiles and native Australian flora, so I was in heaven when I investigated the fabulous range of prints and fabric by Nicola Cerini. Well-known for her "Plasto" bag designs, Nicola is now creating gorgeous rugs, ceramics, and homewares using her screen-printed illustrations.

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.

Images: Nicola Cerini and Zaishu

19 October 2009

Drool-worthy Design: States of Nature

I've really been enjoying reading Simone Madigan's blog States of Nature. Simone runs a print-making studio specialising in handcrafted prints on cotton, linen and hemp blends, also under the label States of Nature.

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

18 October 2009

Welcome New Sponsor Flounce About

Pettiskirts for little girls are definitely a strong trend in the kids fashion market - those dreamy, luxurious, floating, twirly skirts that give a nod to tutus in colours you could eat. And I'd like to welcome fabulous flounce designer Flounce About to the Bondville sponsor stable. Luckily we have access to Australian-made pettiskirts - Flounce About skirts are handmade with love in Sydney.

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.

Images: Flounce About

14 October 2009


Hi friends, just having a small break this week. Back to you in a few days with lots of great finds for Mum, Kids and Home, Steph x

Image: Steph Bond

9 October 2009

Hip Products: Rebecca Ward Jewellery

As you know, there are a lot of fun and interesting blog names out there. I've always thought the name Rebecca the Wrecker was intriguing, and today took the time out to find out who this demolition-sounding person might be.

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

8 October 2009

Crafty: Scary Monster Mobile

The scary monster string lights from The Source in Melbourne make frequent magazine appearances in modern nurseries and are the perfect cool-but-not-too-cutesy addition for baby boys or girls.

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

7 October 2009

Stylish Kids: ScruffyDog shoes

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.

Images: ScruffyDog

6 October 2009

Bespoke Letterpress Illustrators Project

My friend Alischa from Brisbane-based Bespoke Letterpress Boutique has just launched a fabulous project in collaboration with a group of emerging illustrators from around the world. After submitting their designs, Alischa has hand-selected a select few to launch the Bespoke Letterpress Illustrators Project - gorgeous illustrations by artists letterpressed by Alischa in limited edition runs of 150 onto cotton paper.

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

5 October 2009

Welcome New Sponsor Duckcloth

It's so great to welcome new Bondville sponsors as I always have so much in common with them; particularly those that strongly support Australian design and artists. The Duckcloth online textiles and fabric store is no exception, with a strong selection of my favourite Aussie designers including Shannon Lamden (Aunty Cookie), Ink and Spindle, Kristen Doran, Pippijoe, Prints Charming, Saffron Craig, Shibori, Sprout Design, The Cut Cloth, and Thea and Sami,

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.

Images: Duckcloth

2 October 2009

Stylish Kids: Momie et Enfant

Behold the cuteness of new childrens fashion label Momie et Enfant (Mummy and Child). I mean, honestly. Right? How can you resist lacy cap sleeves, applique, bottom ruffles and angel wings?

Candice wrote to me recently to introduce her new range of vintage-meets-modern designs for baby and toddlers. Inspired by her own little ones, the Momie et Enfant range includes singlets/tanks, summer dresses, and bloomers, designed and hand-detailed in Australia. I can't wait to see how this label evolves.

You can find Momie et Enfant in the E-Boutique and at stockists in Queensland. Read more about this new label on the Momie et Enfant blog.

For more Australian kids clothing labels, check out Bondville Kids. Shop online for kids fashion from great stores in the Australian Online Kids and Baby Store Directory.

Images: Momie et Enfant
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