22 June 2011

Sydney ABCD Meetup reminder

Friends, if you are in Sydney on 30th June 2011, please come along to the Sydney Winter ABCD meetup (art + blog + craft + design). We would love to see you.

Don't forget to RSVP for the fabulous ABCD goodie bag by 25th June so we know how many to make. All goodie bag participants will receive one on the night.

Find all the details and RSVP here on Bondville.

Image: Steph Bond

Kids Room Ideas: Miles' Nursery

Would you like to take a sneak peek into a real Australian kids room? Miles is the lucky young owner of this gorgeous room. His Mum Lyndall put much love and thought into the design, incorporating sweet bees with the blue and red colour palette. Thank you Lyndall for the generous information on the details of the room. I'm totally in love with it. These beautiful photos were taken by Jess from Joyess Images; enjoy!

21 June 2011

Taika bikes for tykes

If you haven't already, you must add Natalie Walton's Daily Imprint to your blog list. It's full of inspiring articles with Australian creatives. And it's where I discovered Natalie's family business - Taika bikes for little ones.
Taika bikeTaika bike
Taika bike

Move over ladybug wheely. The Taiki bikes are destined to be a design classic don't you think? They are the first of a range of wooden toys and products made by the Walton-Rollston family. It's simple functional design with a Finnish heritage.

Taika bikes are designed and handmade in Sydney using FSC timbers where possible, and finished with water-based and low VOC paints, woodstains and varnishes. Custom colours and available upon request.

You can find Taiki bikes in the online store and at stockists listed on the Taiki blog.

PS - check out Natalie's free Live a Creative Life workshops in Sydney on Daily Imprint. Might see you there?

Images: Taika

20 June 2011

Paper Runway magazine

Paper Runway magazine cover
Paper Runway magazine spread
Paper Runway magazine spread

Have you discovered the delightful Paper Runway magazine yet? Produced right here in Australia, this lovely quarterly publication dedicated to all things paper - paper goods, paper craft and paper love. Available in print and online (read here), the magazine is chock-full of gorgeousness. What about this tagline - where passion meets paper. Can you stand it?

The second issue has just been released and is dedicated to weddings. Titled "Ever After", this special edition is online-only and happens to feature a little article by moi! Click through to pages 98-99 to read all about "10 Must-Haves For The Perfect Wedding Day". I was a little cheeky - you know these kind of articles can be dull. Let me know if you get a chance to check it out.

Images: Paper Runway

18 June 2011

Dwell Magazine and Method Upcycling Competition

Here's a fun project if you're bored this weekend. San Francisco's Dwell Magazine is running a competition for their advertiser method (of cleaning-products-that-look-cute-too fame).

Open to entrants internationally, the challenge is to reuse, recycle, upcycle empty method packaging/bottles for another purpose. One winner will receive a year's supply of method products ($300 value) as well as recognition on dwell.com. Enter by submitting a drawing, photography or rendering of your idea.

I'm all about being creative and reducing waste. Looks like fun.

Click over to the Dwell.com website to find out more and enter now through until 30th June 2011.

Images via Dwell.com

Bring back the hankie

We're almost out of tissues in our house, so I stashed a pile of cotton muslin squares (aka baby wipes) next to the bed last night which came in very handy. They were nice and soft on my snoz, and it's so easy to throw those little squares in with a load of wash. Then I thought what a good idea it would be to get rid of my tissues altogether (the cost and the waste of trees) and use the reusable baby wipes all the time.

Of course I got excited about a new product idea - cotton reusable squares to replace tissues! Think of the savings! And then I realised. I was talking about handkerchiefs. How bizarre that we no longer use hankies. they are cute, useful, reusable, and cut down on waste. Now it's probably not too hygienic to keep using a wet (yuck) hankie, but that just means you need to carry a few more cute hankies in your bag. Bring back the hankie!

PS - cute hankie above customised by Teneale from Wicked Child Designs for the ABCD Meetup goodie bag in Brisbane November 2009.

Image: Kim Wallace

16 June 2011

Hip Products: Kimono Reincarnate

Kimono Reincarnate Kokeshi brooch
Kimono Reincarnate logo
Kimono Reincarnate Kokeshi brooch
Kimono Reincarnate art studio
Kimono Reincarnate Teapot brooch

Kimono Reincarnate Paper Crane Brooch
Kimono Reincarnate Rabbit Kawaii Necklace
After living for a combined six years in Japan, Melanie Gray Augustin returned to Australia and started her Kimono Reincarnate jewellery label to share her love of Japanese art, kimono fabric and 'kawaii' culture with the rest of the world.

Using combinations of vintage kimono fabrics, Japanese cottons, silver, crystal clear resin, bamboo and brightly coloured, and laser cut acrylics, Mel creates amazing brooches and necklaces to add a little Nihon-chic to your wardrobe. Many Kimono Reincarnate pieces are limited edition or one-off, so if you see something you like, best grab it quick smart.

I met Mel at a Brown Owls get-together in Brisbane a few years ago (remember me, Mel?) and have been keeping an eye on her work, but the recent launch of her paper crane brooch begged to be showcased. The crane brooches are laser-cut from sustainable bamboo, hand-sanded, and painted with delicate plum flowers to bring a little peace, love, health and longevity to the wearer. I truly love all of Mel's work, and I know my big girl would love those kawaii pendant necklaces too.

You can find Kimono Reincarnate in the online store, the Etsy store and at stockists around Australia. You can read more about Mel and all things Japanese and crafty and good over at her blog.

14 June 2011

Alimrose Designs kids soft toys and products for home

Alimrose Designs has become an Australian Classic for kids. No baby shower is complete without an Alimrose squeaker or stripey toy monkey. They are as ubiquitous as a Sophie giraffe or Bonds singlet (tell me you don't have one).

10 June 2011

Bride&Wolfe timber wall decor

Bride&Wolfe is the contemporary folk art label of Miranda Moreira, a Melbournite making limited edition sculptural pieces from sustainable timber.

The Bride&Wolfe collection includes intricate wall and window decor, stand-alone wood sculptures and my favourite - the distinctly retro-style circle shelves. You'll find owls, whales, hummingbirds, squirrels and seahorses amongst the animal-themed works. Each piece is produced in small runs in Melbourne and hand-finished in Bride&Wolfe's garden studio.

You can find Bride&Wolfe in the online store as well as at stockists around Australia.

Images: Bride&Wolfe

Hunter Baby onesie winner

Amanda from Hunter Baby chose the winner for the onesie giveaway, which was awarded to the lovely alpaca-owning Nadine. Congratulations Nadine! Your onesie is on its way. Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway here and on Bondville Kids with a special thanks to Hunter Baby for the lovely prize.


9 June 2011

20% Off mooo personalised kids products

It's savings time. The team of stationery experts from mooo (a fabulous Bondville sponsor) want to help you get organised with super-cute personalised products for kids. mooo is offering 20% off the following products PLUS a free 12-pack of mini folded birthday cards (worth $15.95) with all orders over $80. I'll have the family Chalkboard planner please!

Get organised with Mooo! You can find these products in the mooo online store. Enter the promo code save20 to receive the discount at checkout. Sale runs until 19th June 2011 (that's next Sunday).

Images: mooo

3 June 2011

Sydney ABCD Meetup Winter 2011

Would you like to join Lisa Tilse (the red thread) and I for a quiet chat over a glass of red with fellow art, craft and design bloggers? You are cordially invited to the Winter 2011 Sydney ABCD Meetup at The 3 Weeds in Rozelle.

ABCD Meetup is a casual get-together to encourage those of us who are more comfortable behind our computers to get out and meet some of our fellow design and art lovers. Here are the details:

Event: Sydney ABCD Meetup Winter 2011
Date: Thursday 30th June, 2011
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: The 3 Weeds Hotel (back bar), 197 Evans St, Rozelle, NSW
RSVP: via the ABCD Facebook page, or comment here on Bondville

Goodie Bags:
The ABCD Meetup goodie bag is a great way to share a little about yourself and help your new friends remember you after the event. At the last meetup the goodie bags were chock-full of handmade goodies and sweet momentos. If you would like to join in and make something for the goodie bag, please comment "GOODIE BAG" along with your RSVP by 25th June , so we know how many we'll need. Goodie bags will only be provided for those who participate.

Subscribe For Updates:
To receive updates and details about ABCD meetups please subscribe through one of the following:

1. Join our Facebook page
We will post upcoming meetups on the Facebook page and you will be able to RSVP on the page.


2. Join the ABCD Meetup mailing list.
For those of you that aren’t on Facebook or who just love their email, we have created a mailing list. You can choose if you would like to receive news about the Brisbane or Sydney meetups.

More about ABCD Meetups:
ABCD stands for [Artists + Bloggers + Crafters + Designers] and the quarterly meet-ups are an informal way to meet other folks with similar interests in the online space. Rather than being a networking event, these are simply a few quiet drinks with other creative bods; a chance to make a friend or two, and be inspired by what others are doing. All folks attending are given a sticky name badge, a welcoming hello, and a warm, friendly environment. And, if you feel like it, you can add a little creative reminder of you to the ABCD goodie bags that everyone is offered to take home.

You can find photos and posts about previous ABCD meetups on theFacebook page, as well as on Bondville and Udessi.

We would love to meet you; please come along.

Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville) and Lisa Tilse (the red thread)

Bondville Loves advertising - membership now open

Hi friends, have you seen the great Bondville Loves directory and sidebar links? Membership intake is only twice per year (1st July and 1st December). I'm accepting new submissions now up until 30th June 2011 and the rates are great! You can read more in the advertising section. Email me asap and I'll send you the sign-up details.

2 June 2011

Stylish Kids: Hunter Baby for boys plus WIN a onesie (now closed)

We all know that girls get most of the love when it comes to kids fashion. Boys aren't catered to quite as much, which is why it is really lovely to find a label designed just for boys.

Melbourne-based Amanda Moore wrote to me recently to introduce her lovely label Hunter Baby for boys only (yeah!) from newborn to size one. In collaboration with fellow mother Belle Anderson, Amanda is leveraging her background in fashion design to create classic styles and no-nonsense designs for little tykes.

The Winter 2011 collection includes onesies, pants, tops, wraps and bandana bibs in preppy stripes and colourways in 100% cotton. It's the details that really elevate the range - you'll find elbow patches and multi-coloured buttons, embroidery and contrasting linings. It's a classy collection with basics that won't ride up but will turn heads. Nanna would definitely approve.

But wait, there's more. Amanda and Belle from Hunter Baby are offering the iconic Oscar Onesie Top to one lucky Bondville reader to win! All you need to do is comment below with your favourite boys' name; winner to be chosen by Hunter Baby. This competition is open to Australian and international readers! Entries close midnight AEST Wednesday 8th June 2011. Thanks Hunter Baby!

You can find Hunter Baby in the online store as well as at stockists in Victoria.

Head over to Bondville Kids to find more great Australian-designed fashion for children.

Images: Hunter Baby

Terms and Conditions:
1. One entry per person allowed.
2. To enter, simply comment below with your favourite boys' name.
3. Include your email address or a link to your website where I can comment or find your email address.
4. This competition is open to all readers in Australia and internationally.
5. This competition is hosted by Steph Bond Hutkin via the Bondville blog at blog.stephbond.com and the Bondville Kids blog at babydesignerclothes.blogspot.com.
6. The prize consists of an Oscar Onesie Top from Hunter Baby, valued at AUD $29.95
7. Entries close 11:59pm AEST, Wednesday 8th June 2011.
8. This competition is a game of skill and the winner will be based on the most interesting comment as judged by the Hunter Baby team, and notified by email and via a post on Bondville on Thrusday 9th June 2011.

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