31 August 2011

Stylish Kids: Little Bird, Little Bird

When I arrived home from the Sunshine Coast on Monday I was greeted with the most gorgeous lookbook in the mail for a brand new organic childrenswear label - Little Bird, Little Bird. As I flipped through to the fabric samples, I knew immediately that this was the work of Rachel Bending from sustainable design brand Bird Textiles in Byron Bay.

Little Bird, Little Bird organic childrenswear
Little Bird, Little Bird organic childrenswear
Little Bird, Little Bird organic childrenswear
Little Bird, Little Bird organic childrenswear
You'll notice the quality of the fabric straight away. The organic textiles are hand printed using water-based dyes in a range of Rachel's recognisable surface designs.

The first collection will focus on little girls to 3 years and includes a smock dress, pinafore and playsuit in olive green, inky blue and claret red on a natural base cloth. These are classy pieces in durable fabric with sweet ruffled finishes. Gosh, it's going to be hard to choose.

Little Bird, Little Bird designs will be released in small, limited edition collections and will be available exclusively on the website from 20th September 2011. But you'll have to be quick! Head over to the Little Bird, Little Bird Facebook page to get ordering information before the launch date.

Oh, and if you love the designs but want another fabric from the Bird Textiles range? Rachel will be offering a bespoke service. How great.

If you love children's fashion, head over to Bondville Kids were all the stylish kids articles are compiled. You can also read more about Bird Textiles here on Bondville.

30 August 2011

Roses = Love

Well, my sister's wedding was wonderful. It rained, it blew a gale - it was a damp miserable day on the Sunshine Coast. But my sister was radiant and glamorous and the wedding was beautiful.

The Bride's bouquet, two Bridesmaid bouquets and 11 flower arrangements were a huge success(what was I worried about!). Mum did a beautiful job on 7 boutonnière (button holes). The flowergirls were so beautifully behaved (I take no credit for that!). And the guest book tree was perfect. I have lots of amazing photos to share with you soon, and some lovely wedding ideas.

In the meantime, the happy couple are off to Fiji and I wish them all the best, much love, happiness and good health together.


26 August 2011

Time For A Wedding

Yesterday we visited a rose farm! Then we proceeded to fill the back of Pops' van with 350 roses, all for my sister's wedding on Saturday, here on the Sunshine Coast.

It was fun to visit the farm and meet the rose farmers in person. I keep sneaking into my room to see all the roses sitting in buckets, waiting. Such a glorious sight!

The aspiring florist in me is a little giddy. Today I get to try my hand at bouquet-making. We had a practice during the week, so I'm feeling mildly confident. I think.

See you after the big event!


25 August 2011

Party Ideas: Jonty's 2nd Little Man Birthday Party

Two-year-old Jonty had the time of his life at his Little Man-themed birthday party, complete with multi-layered cake, mustache chocolates, popcorn, and best of all.... mud!!!! These great photos come to you from Joyess Images.

Joyess Designs Little Man birthday party invitations

24 August 2011

Spun Mud ceramics

The ceramics of Spun Mud artist Bec Lindemann caught my eye at the Eumundi Markets this morning. Dinnerware, vases and jewellery sat side-by-side embellished with Bec's own retro flower, tattoo and paisley designs.

Spun Mud ceramics

Spun Mud ceramics

Spun Mud ceramics

Spun Mud ceramics

Spun Mud ceramics

Spun Mud ceramics
Spun Mud ceramics
It turns out that Bec and I have lots of shared friends in the QLD ceramics world. We chatted about the local handmade scene while I tried on adorable coral pink patterned rings.

Bec is based at Mothar Moutain on the Sunshine Coast where she throws each pot on the wheel (powered by solar energy) and decorates with original screenprinted transfers. Each piece is hand painted to finish and stamp bowls are pressed with hand-carved clay stamps. Pots are bisque fired and then gloss fired with a clear glaze to around 1240 degrees in Bec's gas kiln.

I'll be back to pick up some of Bec's lovely rings and I'm really tempted by the milk and sugar set. Love the Eumundi Markets - yet another great find.

You can find Spun Mud in the Etsy store and at the Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Keep up-to-date on Bec's designs through the Spun Mud Facebook page.

Images: Spun Mud

23 August 2011

Twice Designs handmade brooches and greeting cards

I met Sarah Bartnett from Twice Designs at an ABCD Meetup in Sydney this year and loved the typewriter greeting card that she contributed to the goodie bag. And then last week, one of Sarah's cards was featured in a Bondville kids bedroom tour. I had to find out more...

Twice Designs Camera Brooch
Twice Designs logo
Twice Designs eye chart brooch
Twice Designs bicycle brooch
Twice Designs alice in wonderland brooch
Twice Designs Owl button brooch
Twice Designs button brooches
Twice Designs champion card
Twice Designs elephant card
Twice Designs rocking horse cardSo on top of her fun old-world greeting cards, Sarah also manages to find time to make lovely brooches, cufflinks and scarves. Even better, many of her one-off pieces are made from recycled and repurposed materials.

I'm dying for the laser-etched eye chart wooden brooch. So fun and a great conversation-starter. Know any budding photographers that would love the camera brooch? I think I've now got birthday presents sorted for a bunch of my girlfriends.

You can find Twice Designs in the Etsy and MadeIt (Australia) stores. If you head over the online stores now, there are sales on, including brooches from $2 and buy-four-cards-and-get-one-free. For more information on the latest designs, head over to the Twice Designs blog.

Images: Twice Designs

22 August 2011

Brand New Tutu du Monde August 2011 - world exclusive

GUESS WHAT!!! The ever-so-clever Andrea Rembeck from Tutu du Monde has shared with us her new collection of heavenly party frocks and tutus for little girls. First look here!

This new collection from Tutu du Monde continues the theme of beautiful vintage-style pieces to make girls feel like princesses. As well as the ever-gorgeous tutus with stretch jersey singlet tops, there are sweet capelets, cloches, bows and bazillions of sequins.

These dresses and outfits even look great as time goes by. Yes they are special occasion dresses - flower girls, parties, birthdays - but wear well for everyday too. Our purple tutu has been dragged through the proverbial mud for over a year and still looks fantastic - a little boho chic now. (throw away those itchy polyester Sleeping Beauty things!)

You can find Tutu du Monde in the online store as well as stockists in Australia, the US, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Read more about Tutu du Monde here on Bondville. And head over to Bondville Kids for more great Australian-designed clothes for kids.

19 August 2011

Kids Room Ideas: Colourful, Creative, Shared Bedroom

Do you remember the gorgeous Fairy Face Painting 3rd Birthday Party last week? Well we are so lucky that Anni from Milk & Honey Photography has also kindly shared with us her childrens' fabulous shared bedroom in Sydney. Anni shows us how she has created a colourful, creative space that works for both her son and daughter. Truly inspiring! (All photography by Anni from Milk & Honey Photography).

Room: Shared kids' bedroom for a 3-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy. Main colours used are green, pink, blue, purple and red. I try to keep it bold in colour and mixed in gender.

Designed By: Mum Anni. And dad Matthew does help as well.

18 August 2011

Sydney For Kids: Fifties Fair

This Sunday is a fun day on the Sydney festival calendar, and an even more exciting day for those of us with an interest in Australian architecture and design. The Fifties Fair, presented by the Historic Houses Trust, is an annual event celebrating the decade of the fifties at the glorious mid-century modern Rose Seidler House.

Fifties Fair poster
Fifties Fair Rose Seidler House
Fifties Fair couple
Fifties Fair family
Fifties Fair girls
Fifties fair dancing
Fifties Fair couple
Fifties Fair cars
The Fifties Fair is a family-friendly event with live music encouraging dancing (jive and rock n' roll), a 50's DJ, rockabilly dancers, vehicle displays, specialist collectors and dealers and kids' activities. Although not compulsory, attendees are encouraged to join the spirit and dress with 50's flair, with a chance to win a prize at the Fifties Fair fashion awards.

The Rose Seidler House is the first house commissioned for architect Harry Seidler after arriving in Australia. The house was built for his parents Rose and Max between 1948 and 1950 and is one of the finest examples of mid-century modern architecture. The house was the first in Australia to embrace open plan living, minimalist colour schemes and built-in wardrobes and fully embraces the modern concept of indoor-outdoor living. Read more about the Rose Seidler House at the Historic Houses Trust website.

A little birdie told me that the 2011 Fifties Fair is likely to be the last due to the impact upon the Rose Seidler House, so if it's on your to-do list, this year is the year!

Rose Seidler House
71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Sunday 21st August, 2011
10.00am — 5.00pm
General $25, Conc/member $2, Family $70 - tickets available at the gate
A free shuttle bus will operate between Turramurra train station and Rose Seidler House for the duration of the event.

Images: Jody Pachniuk (except Rose Seidler House from Historic Houses Trust)

17 August 2011

Sir Tom accessories

Yes it's Father's Day just around the corner, but that doesn't mean you can't treat yourself too. Why not pick up an edgy-cool clutch just for you by Sydney indie accessories label Sir Tom.

Sir Tom clutches

Sir Tom logo
Sir Tom clutches
Sir Tom clutches
Sir Tom clutches
Sir Tom clutches
Sir Tom clutches
Sir Tom cushions
Sir Tom Baby clothes
The Sir Tom range of accessories and homewares includes limited edition clutch purses, medium purses, coin purses and cushion covers. The purses and cushions are made with original fabric designs reated by Sir Tom designer Anne using a combination of traditional screenprints and digital printing.

The fabric designs are quirky and head-turning. Jodie uses illustration and photography to create images of the things around her (many of them uniquely Australian - love the bottle brush and banksia designs). My favourite is the lemon and grey triangle deco clutch (top) whichI know will stand the test of time. And that cushion above showcasing waves crashing near Icebergs at Bondi is bang-on-the-money. I'm sure some of those surf-loving Fathers out there would approve too.

You'll also find designs for kids made by Jodie using vintage fabrics and original Sir Tom fabric designs (see dress above) at Sir Tom Baby.

Look for Sir Tom accessories and homewares in the Etsy store and keep up-to-date on designs via Facebook.

Images: Sir Tom
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