31 March 2011

Brisbane ABCD Meetup Autumn 2011

Apart from wrapping up her beautiful online store Udessi, Kim is also hard at work organising the next Brisbane ABCD meetup. Join Kim and co-organiser Lou from looseleaf.paper on 15th April 2011 to meet up with like-minded folk who blog about art, craft and design. All the details are over on the Udessi blog.

And for Sydney folk, we'll see you tonight!

Images: ABCD Meetup

Udessi Closing Down Sale - ends today

My dear friend Kim's fabulous online store/art gallery featuring Australian artists and designers is bidding us a fond farewell for the time being. The Udessi online store officially closes at the end of today, so this is your last chance to snap up a bargain and support local talent.

You'll find beautiful artwork, ceramics (including Kim's own), jewellery, homewares, fabrics and diy kits on the site - everything reduced.

Kim has long served the Australian design community with her online store, blog, through organising the ABCD meetups in Brisbane (and co-founding them!), through her market stands at great Australian markets all over the country, and through her tireless support of handmade, independent Australian artists.

Thank you Kim - we will miss you for a while and look forward to your comeback in whatever guise that may be.

Love Steph and all Australian artists

Images: Udessi

29 March 2011

Sylish Kids: Em&Femme Designs

Welcome to the wonderful, colourful world of em&femme designs - bright, fun, one-of-a-kind clothes just for girls. Each item is handmade by hard-working Ilja Oostenenk using a unique combination of fabrics meaning that no two are the same.

These clothes just make me so happy. Ric rac! Pom poms! Each outfit is a head-turner. How incredibly comfortable does that little top and pants combo look? Perfect for the bright spark in your life.

You can find em&femme designs at stockists in Australia and online as well as a few items in the em&femme Big Cartel store with more coming over the next few months. For new designs and latest information, check out the em&femme designs blog and Facebook page.

For more great Australian-designed kids clothes, head over to Bondville Kids.

28 March 2011

Baby Essentials: Steph from Bondville

Part 3 of my Baby Essentials series series! This time it's my turn to share my favourite baby products. I'm lucky to be able to come across gorgeous kids products all the time, but these are the must-have items that I have used for my 2 newborns over the past few years.

Cot bedding: Australian design company Bholu Ignatious Critter bedding - minimalist and quirky (no longer available) (Image: Steph Bond Hutkin)

Wrap: a plain cotton wrap from Sydney-based L'il Fraser Collection - the stretch cotton means I can wrap as loosely or tightly as needed, it's super-large, super-cosy and I can't recommend it highly enough. I really love their current grey and white stripe pattern.

Change mat: The Baby Smart Cooshee Changer - made from micro-cell foam, it's easy to clean, super-stylish and keeps bub contained. I also have a fantastic kimono folding portable change mat from Yoshi Jones in Sydney.

Mobile: Scary Monster Light puppets from The Source in Melbourne, hung on a wire mobile with clips (see separate post here) (Image: Steph Bond Hutkin)

Nappy Rash Cream: Pure Botanicals, Newtown, NSW (I adore this cream; it works miracles on spotty bottys) and Burt's Bees diaper ointment.

Bath Gel: Gaia Skin Naturals Australia - I love the lavendar smell and the all-natural ingredients of the Baby Bath & Body Wash.

Baby Carrier: ERGObaby Carrier has been sooo comfortable and provides excellent back support. Baby faces inwards and when they are old enough, simply turn the carrier around to become a backpack. I'm still using it. I also love the Aussie-designed Aka Pipik baby sling for the newborn stage - it's so super-stylish.

Cot: Scout model from Kingparrot by Australian company Boori - minimalist, modern and great quality.

Pram: Urban by NZ company Mountain Buggy (great steering and fantastic on rough ground) and Quest by Maclaren (so light - fold up with one arm)

Nappy Bag: Diaper Dude - unisex and practical and looks great on Dad.

Other: I couldn't live without the reusable muslin square wipes that my Mum made for me and sorbolene for cleaning baby's bottom. Oh, and my Baby Smart Cooshee bathside kneeling pad with arm guard for leaning over to wash little ones in the bath.

24 March 2011

Sydney ABCD Meetup Autumn 2011 Reminder

We are getting excited. The Sydney ABCD Meetup for Autumn 2011 is only one week away. Don't forget to RSVP on the Bondville or the red thread blogs, on Facebook or by return email if you haven't already.

For those who have registered to participate in the Goodie Bags you will need to make pieces for 17 bags. Goodie Bag registration has now closed.

Don't forget about our new ABCD Noticeboard. You can bring a notice that you have written to pin up (paper to be no bigger than A6), or there will be paper and pens on the night. It's going to be a great community tool for us, and we encourage you to share lots of tidbits. We will compile and email out all the info to the attendees after the event.

All details can be found here on Bondville.

We would love to see you again. And if this is your first meetup, we are really looking forward to meeting you! See you there,

Steph and Lisa

23 March 2011

Tutu du Monde 2011 Collection

It's no secret that I am a *huge* fan of Andrea Rembeck's divine label for little girls, Tutu Du Monde. My big girl lives in her Tutu Du Monde dresses and they also come out for every dress-up event.

I stopped by to say Hi to Andrea at Kids In Style last month and was able to see her gorgeous new collection up-close. Stunning! These are dresses just begging to be worn by flowergirls, birthday girls and any ballerina-in-the-making. Here are the latest photos from the new Tutu Du Monde lookbook for your viewing pleasure.

You can find Tutu Du Monde in the online store as well as at boutiques across Australia, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Read more about Sydney-based Tutu Du Monde here on Bondville. And head over to Bondville Kids for more drool-worthy clothes for kids designed right here in Australia.

Images: Tutu Du Monde

22 March 2011

Trellis Design Vintage Rose Collection

Vintage Rose Ruffle Butt Bloomer Set

Ruffles, Roses & Ribbons Dress

Rusty Rose Dress with detachable satin rose brooch

Sherpa Shrug....available in Vanilla or Chocolate

Do you remember the beautifully made clothes for girls from Brisbane-based Trellis Design that I shared with you in January? Well designer Penny has released a new collection that has been beautifully shot by Tamarajayne Photography. Penny is creating such gorgeous clothes for our little girls - she just deserves as much recognition as possible, don't you think?

The Vintage Rose Collection is made up of mostly one-off designs - only a few designs are made in multiples. There is a Steel Blossom dress with fur trim and detachable satin pistachio rose brooch that I am just dying for.

You can find these new pieces for sale on the Trellis Design Facebook page market night, starting 8pm (Brisbane time) on Thursday 24h March, 2011. Any unsold items will be listed in the Trellis Design Madeit store the next day. You'll have to be quick!

Read more about Trellis Design here on Bondville. And head over to Bondville Kids for more beautiful Australian-designed clothes for kids.

Images: Trellis Design

21 March 2011

Baby Essentials: Stephanie from Moobear Designs

Part 2 of my Baby Essentials series comes from Stephanie Robles of Sydney-based handmade kids fashion label-with-a-conscience, Moobear Designs. Bring it on Steph...

Favourite Rocker: Maclaren's vibrating rocker.

Favourite Mobile: Craft Schmaft Owl Mobile Pattern.

Favourite Nappy Rash Cream: Good old corn flour from the supermarket does the trick.

Favourite Baby Bath Products: Johnson's.

Favourite Baby Carrier: Australian-designed hug-a-bub for first baby (above left). The Peanut Shell for second baby. Handmade ring sling from Belly Bumps to Baby Hugs (also Australian-designed) for third baby (above right). (Ed - that's Steph modelling the ring sling.)

Favourite Pram: Phil and Ted's is my perfect pram. For toddler and newborn, two toddlers or just one toddler...

Favourite Nappy Bag: I made my own reversible nappy bag with all the pockets I needed and none that I didn't from a free pattern on MakeBabyStuff.com. (Ed - the same nappy bag pattern that Alex from Oobi recommended!).

Favourite Breastfeeding Product: Breastfeeding cover from Australian company KissKissHugHug ... stylish, light weight and easy to clean. The best gift I received for my third child.

Thank you Steph! Read more about Moobear Designs here on Bondville and head over to the Moobear website for fun children's clothes made using recycled fabrics.

18 March 2011

Baby Essentials: Alex from Oobi

I started thinking about this series a year ago when my bub was a newborn - there are so many 'things' out there that you "simply must have" for a new baby. There is so much research to do - it can get out of control. So overwhelming! So I thought I would reach out to some of my friends who are experts in the kids industry for their favourite baby essentials to share with you all.

First up, Alex from one of Australia's favourite kids fashion labels - Oobi.

Favourite nappy rash cream: Almond Oil! Top tip that my friends who are mums swear by. Good for the ‘information vault’.

Favourite nappy bag: MakeBabyStuff.com Free Diaper Bag Pattern. I know it’s not something a new mum is going to get really excited about, crafting when she’s dealing with a zillion other things. But maybe there’s a nice nanna out there who might make one. I’d rethink that fabric and tart it up of course!

Favourite mobile: The best mobiles are those awesome retro Flensted animals. The whales are super cute and not too expensive.

Favourite bath products: Eco Babe has great bath and body products.

Favourite baby bedding: The Oobi baby blankets. I think they’re really beautiful and practical.

Favourite bibs: Our Oobi bibs! Beautiful patchwork fabrication, ribbon details, snap closure and practical towelling on the back.

Thanks so much, Alex, for your words of wisdom. You can read more about Oobi here on Bondville. Don't forget to check back here over the next few weeks for more essential items for newborns from people in the know.
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