31 May 2011

Baby Essentials: Bondville Readers

It's time to officially wrap up the Bondvillle Baby Essentials series. I hope that you've enjoyed hearing from industry experts and maybe found something great to add to your own routine. I've loved reading your comments and so this last post is dedicated to reader recommendations for essential products for newborns. Enjoy!

Love Me Baby swaddle
I was given the Skip Hop changemat after having my second and it is FANTASTIC! I so wish I'd had it first time around, so much easier than lugging a big bag around. I would also add the Australian-designed Love Me Baby swaddle which I have also discovered with my second. It had been a godsend. With help from that my little guy was sleeping 7pm-7am by 6 weeks. It is an essential in my book!

Phil and Teds highpod
The must-have phil&teds highpod. The light weight easy to maneuver Bugaboo pram. The bamboo baby wraps that double as breast feeding modesty covers. I have been a fan of the L'il Fraser Collection wraps for a while, they are so soft and wash well. Love to buy them as presents. Rowan has one in every colour.

Nature Babycare nappies
I love the Nature Babycare eco disposable newborn nappies! Nice and gentle on baby's skin with sweet little love hearts printed on the outside.

Alex and Ant wraps
Kylie Reynolds:
FESS LITTLE NOSES, Australian-designed alex & ant wraps and sweet almond oil for dry skin.

Grobag sleeping bag
Karen Chapman:
Grobag sleeping bags - perfect sleepwear once babies stop being wrapped, perfect for bed routine babies know it's sleep time and keeps them perfectly warm all night.

Ergo baby carrier
Lesley Stein, Seed Landscape Design:

Amy Michelle Sweet Pea baby bag
The Amy Michelle Sweet Pea baby bag (mine is red). Any of these designer cot sheet sets, cot quilts and baby wraps, personally I LOVE the stars. And of course we couldn’t sleep without our Rockabye Baby lullabies, our personal favourites are Coldplay and Radiohead.

Ear plugs
Brooke Murphy, Tickets For Coco:
Ear plugs!

Woombie swaddle
Penny Harris, Trellis Design:
3 favourite products..... Australian-designed Woombie swaddle, Merino Kids Go Go Bag and Aussie Storksak nappy bags ♥♥

Jojo Maman Bebe sleepsuits
Helen O'Sullivan, My Little Angel:
Australian-designed Melobaby nappy wallet, Sudocrem healing cream and JoJo Maman Bebe sleepsuits.

hug-a-bub baby carrier
There wasn't as much out there when my girls were born however my hug-a-bub was a godsend. It was great on my back. They were both winter babies and loved snuggling into it too. My nursing necklace was great for my second daughter as she was quite the fidgety bub whilst feeding. It saved my nostrils!

Funky Feet Fashions
Georgie Mcinerney, Monkeys Over The Moon:
Monkeys Over The Moon of course ;) but my favourite things at the moment are the trousers my son has from Australian Furious Kingston my daughters gorgeous dress from Australian-designed Brusselsprouts and my baby's ladybug shoes from Funky Feet Fashions :)

Thanks for all your input! There are some amazing finds - totally adoring those little Funky Feet Fashions.

You can find all the interviews and recommendations from Australian kids industry experts here on Bondville. Please share the whole series with your expecting friends.


25 May 2011

The Storybook Rabbit vintage plates

Gosh, I started writing this post in September last year, but have finally been reminded to share The Storybook Rabbit with you after seeing the gorgeous plates at The Finders Keepers market again on the weekend.

Kelly White, one half of the Made By White sister-duo, is the creative soul behind this lovely project. Sydney-based Kelly revamps beautiful vintage ceramic plates with her illustrations of rabbits and their friends.

How can you resist bunnies! Great for adults and kids alike (but better keep these ones out of reach of little hands). What a lovely christening or naming ceremony gift. Something special to treasure forever.

You can find The Storybook Rabbit in the etsy store, the Made By White online store. Find out more about The Storybook Rabbit on the Made By White blog and on the Facebook page. And read more about Made By White here on Bondville.

Sheraton LAX lobby style

I was reading an interesting post on new furniture trends over on Decor8 and it reminded me of the style at the Sheraton LAX, where we stayed the night on the way home from our US trip in May 2010. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the lobby.

I thought the legs shot was a must-have LA souvenir. I particularly loved the silver stool, grey cushions, and picture frames on ledges. The kids loved the high-backed chairs for hide and seek!

Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin

23 May 2011

Marquise Fashion Designer Project for Sydney Children's Hospital

It's Gold Week at the Sydney Children's Hospital next week (30 May - 5 June 2011) which means it's time to rally behind the kids and the hospital to raise funds.

This year, classic Australian children's clothes brand Marquise has enlisted the help of the cream of the Australian fashion scene to create a limited edition range of designs screen-printed onto Marquise singlets for your little ones.

Designers lending their support include Bassike, Brett Lee, camilla and marc, Collette Dinnigan, Farage, Fleur Wood, Ginger and Smart, Jac + Jack, Kirrily Johnston, Lee Mathews, Leona Edmiston, Little Joe by Gail Elliot, Megan Park, Mimco, Morrison, Miranda Kerr, Peter Alexander, Rachel Gilbert, Sambag, Sass and Bide, Zimmermann, Camilla + Marc, Mimco, Lee Matthews, Gail Elliott (Little Joe Woman) and Fleur Wood.

These designers will design a 'limited edition singlet range' where they will transform a Marquise baby basics singlet into a design with a personalised screen printed design available for you to purchase and have your baby or a bub you know, wear.

100% of the proceeds from both singlet initiatives will go directly towards suporting the Hospital's seriously ill and injured patients.

Singlets will be available to purchase at www.westfield.com.au or from selected designers' retail outlets.

Find out more about Gold Week and how you can participate (why not organise a Gold Week lunch!) on the Sydney Children's Hospital website.

Images: Marquise singlet by Kirrily Johnston

21 May 2011

The Lowercase Bed Linen for kids

The Lowercase Bed Linen - Foxes
The Lowercase Bed Linen - Foxes

The Lowercase Bed Linen - Swans
The Lowercase Bed Linen - Swans

The Lowercase Bed Linen - Tigers
The Lowercase Bed Linen - Tigers
I had a lovely morning at The Finders Keepers market at the Carriageworks in Sydney this morning - finding beautiful products with my friend Jamie who has been visiting from the US, catching up with old friends (hi Alischa, Sarah and Kylie!) and being a fangirl, meeting some of my favourite artists (yes that's you Catherine and Cat!).

One product I had to share with you is the lovely bed linen for kids by Sydney husband-and-wife team The Lowercase. These guys have their finger on the button and create really interesting room decor and paper products products as well as distribute all manner of goodies including Heico lamps, Little Lamb freckle rugs and blabla cushions.

It's the bed linen that really caught my eye. It's original, interesting, cool, and great to touch with embroidery on 100% cotton. Designs include swans, foxes and tigers, making them great for both boys' and girls' rooms.

You can find The Lowercase bed linen and other goodies in the online store as well as at stockists across Australia and New Zealand.

18 May 2011

Baby Essentials: Angela from KidStyleFile

It's the very last interview of the Bondville Baby Essentials series and who better to ask than chief honcho of the very popular KidStyleFile website, Angela Anderson! Angela is Mum to identical twin girls and has some great advice for you with her recommendations for newborns:

Favourite Wrap: Anything with two-way stretch! Australian company Vanchi make great ones!

17 May 2011

Event: Two Golden Hours

Two Golden Hours is a gorgeous shopping event that my friend Lesley alerted me to. Hosted by the super-creative sisters Kristina Powrie (oldyarns) and Georgina Hobson (perpetual one), the pop-up shop will be held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

It promises all sorts of magical delights that you won't find elsewhere including vintage and reclaimed wares with an exclusive range of products handmade by local artisans. The pop-up store will also include a cafe serving refreshments.

I love the sentiment that Kristina and Georgina express about their collaboration, "two golden hours draws on their sense for finding uncommon beauty in vintage and handmade objects and their talent for styling and staging memorable events." Sounds like a fabulous excuse to head to Yandina for a few hours to immerse yourself in history and beauty.

Here are the details:

Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June 2011 (10am to 4pm daily)
684 North Arm-Yandina Creek Road
Yandina Creek, QLD

Special guests include many Bondville favourites:
paper boat press: designer and author Kylie Johnson creates beautiful handmade ceramics, giftware and has published two books of poetry.
Kylie Gartside: Kylie is a contemporary jeweller and designer from Brisbane working in recycled silver, all her ranges tell a story going beyond conventional adornment.
loose leaf paper: eco design, stationery, jewellery and photography by Louise Lindgren in Brisbane. (you may know Louise from ABCD meetups.)
Little Laundry: simple, chic dresses, tops and skirts in natural cottons by Sunshine Coast local, Leanne Ruegg.
oldyarns.: utility tote bags made using reclaimed linens and textiles by Brisbane-based designer Kristina Powrie.

You can find more info on the Two Golden Hours website. And if you go, please let me know what fabulous goodies you snared!

PS - For more information about some of these artists, read these articles on Bondville for Kylie Gartside, paper boat bress and oldyarns.

16 May 2011

Stylish Kids: Babushka Baby

I totally love the styling of this photo shoot for Babushka Baby - it's oh-so-Hiawatha Hip. Clever Belinda Stabb is the brains (and style!) behind Babushka Baby and recently wrote to me to introduce her gorgeous range of ethically-produced clothes for girls aged 3 months to 6 years.

The Autumn/Winter 2011 range (Babushka Baby's second collection) is full of lovely pieces reminiscent of folk tales and adventures in the woods. You'll find play-friendly pinafore dresses, reversible skirts, quilted jackets, shirred blouses, booties, bibs and lovely patchwork quilts.

Babushka Baby clothes are designed in Melbourne and made from 100% cotton with folk-inspired prints, hand embroidery, lace and quilting. All quilted bibs and booties are made from remnants resulting from production processes and which would otherwise be waste.

I'm partial to the reversible skirts and ruffled-sleeved pinafore dresses. And a pair of Minnetonka moccasins may have just made their way to the top of my wish list (for me!).

Babushka Baby can be found at stockists across Australia and the Netherlands.

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

15 May 2011

Bondville goes Bollywood

I took an eight-week Bollywood dance class in Sydney recently and had a blast learning the choreography and getting my groove on once a week.

At the end of the course, a group of us were part of two performances to show off our new moves. One show was for Harmony Day at Chatswood Mall for an audience including the local mayor, and the second was a more casual affair at Mowbray Public School for the election day fete.

It was fun to dress up, and my big girl was so excited to dress up too and give the dancing a whirl at the fete. If you're looking for something a bit different, Bollywood dance is well worth a try and the teachers at J's Bollywood Dancing (Jarita and June) were great. Jai ho!

Images: Harris Hutkin

10 May 2011

Thea and Sami napery and new studio shop

Thea and Sami studio store

Thea and Sami studio store
Thea and Sami studio store

Thea and Sami Butterfly Napkins
Thea and Sami fish napkins
Thea and Sami Rose Cross Stitch napkin
I miss catching up with Thea Samios at Brisbane ABCD meet-ups. She's a fun, happy, supportive creative soul who creates lovely eco-friendly screen-printed textiles under the Thea & Sami label (you may remember reading about Thea on Bondville).

In Thea's latest newsletter I discovered her new napery (the cross stitch rose is my favourite), and her new studio shop, open to the public in the bayside Brisbane suburb of Capalaba. Apart from selling her lovely homewares and textiles, Thea also runs screen-printing workshops (high on my to-do list).

The studio shop at unit 1, 6 Jones Rd, Capalaba, QLD is open Saturdays from 10am - 3pm where you may catch some screenprinting in action if you are lucky. Thea is hosting an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea event (including goodie bag with tea towel!) at the studio on May 26th to fundraise for the Cancer Council. For more information, check the Thea & Sami studio blog.

Images: Thea & Sami
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