27 September 2011

Tiges and Weince Christmas stockings and goodies

I kept meaning to make amazing Christmas stockings for the girls last year and of course never got around to it, so they went without (sad face) and instead enjoyed their enormous mountain of gifts. What I should have done is just order one of these beauties from Tiges and Weince.

Featured on Mom Inc Daily

Goodness, I'm thrilled to be featured over on stationery goddess Cat Seto's blog Mom Inc Daily today. Based in San Francisco, Cat and her team of designing Mums share posts about their love for motherhood, design and the intricacies of running a creative business. How good does that sound!

I chatted to designing Mum Jessica about living in Australia, finding time for creativity, and reveal a little of a piece of artwork I'm working on. You can read all about it here. Thanks Jessica and Cat for the lovely feature!

Images: Mom Inc Daily.

26 September 2011

Morgan Wills vintage kitsch cushions

Oh how I love Australiana. And the more kitsch, the better, in my opinion. These totally cute cushions came across my desk today from The Crafty Squirrel studio and store owner Morgan Wills.

These cushions are fashioned from vintage linen souvenir tea towels collected by Morgan. They are backed with matching wool cashmere fabrics and three linen-covered buttons. Each cushion comes with a custom-made feather and fibre insert.

You can find them at The Crafty Squirrel in Ballart or the Morgan Wills online store. These cushions are one-of-a-kind and a limited batch so you'll have to get in quick sticks! (while you are there, check out the baby bunny blankets - very cool).

Images: Morgan Wills

24 September 2011

Little Man Party printables in the shop

Do you remember this amazing Little Man party for Jess from Joyess Designs two-year old son? Well now you can buy the party printable pack in the Modern Printables shop!

The party printable pack includes editable invitation, thank you cards, bunting banner, juice and water labels, popcorn labels, tented place cards, mini bunting/food flags, round toppers for cupcakes, garlands and envelope sealing, and photo booth sign and props. Great value and amazing design from Jess. Check out the whole party here. Get the printable pack here.

Images: Joyess Images

23 September 2011

Trends: Whoopie Pies Part II

So Bondville readers, you are officially ahead of the curve in the party ideas department. While I was in Wheel&Barrel last week I saw not one, but two books about scrum-didli-umptioius whoopie pies, published by Murdoch Books. You'll probably remember reading about my whoopie pie trend prediction in May 2010 and then my own whoopie pie trial in December 2010. Have you tried them out yet?

My whoopie pies that I made for little Archie's first birthday.

Whoopie Cakes by Susanna Tee was published in March 2011 and the intro quotes: "Just when the cupcake seemed to have seen off all competition in the baking world, the whoopie cake has appeared from nowhere. Originating in Maine or among the packed lunches of the Amish community of Pennsylvania (depending on who you ask), the whoopie cake has whizzed to worldwide attention in a whirl of publicity".

And then Make Me: Whoopies from the Murdoch Books Test Kitchen was published in September 2011 stating: "Move over cupcakes and macarons, here come whoopies – the next big thing in baking! Make Me: Whoopies will introduce readers to the American cakey-cookie taking the world by storm. "

Maybe the good people at Murdoch Books read Bondville too. Kidding! (kind of).

I hear that whoopie pies are hugely popular in London, and yes they are easier to make than macarons. So now with two whoopie pie recipe books on the shelf/online you'll have plenty of inspiration to get stuck into them. Just be sure you make your own filling and give that scary marshmallow-creme-in-a-jar stuff a pass!

PS: I know that cake pops are the next big thing (balls of cake on the end of a stick dipped in chocolate), but the thought of them kind of grosses me out.

Images: top: Steph Bond Hutkin bottom: Murdoch Books

22 September 2011

Sydney ABCD Meetup reminder

Don't forget, the Spring 2011 Sydney ABCD Meetup for art, design and craft bloggers is one week away - next Thursday night 29th September 2011, 7-9pm at the 3 Weeds in Rozelle, NSW. If you are participating in the goodie bags, make sure you RSVP with "goodie bag contributor" by this Saturday 24th September 2011 so that we can let everyone know how many goodies to make!

More info here. See you there :)

Image: Steph Bond Hutkin

paper boat press 2012 calendar

There are only 93 days until Christmas! Yes, the countdown begins. And that means it's also time for the 2012 calendars to start appearing on shelves and online. I'll be previewing quite a few Australian-designed calendars over the next few months, starting with my friend Kylie's gorgeous calendar from her paper boat press design studio.

Printed on an FSC heavy weight card with soy based inks, the paper boat press calendar features an inspirational quote and illustration each month. It measures slightly smaller than A4 19cm x 26.5cm (7.5" x 10.4").

I love that calendars can be repurposed after use as framed prints (my favourite trick), and the paper boat press calendar is printed on lovely heavy-weight stock - perfect for framing. This calendar, like everything that Kylie creates, has a sense of peace and well-being - and don't we all need a little of that around our homes.

You can find the paper boat press 2012 calendar in the online store. If you order before the 30th September 2011 you will receive a flat shipping rate of $5 (within australia) and a bonus for multiple purchase! (for every four calendars purchase you will receive a fifth calendar free). And while you are there, make sure you stock up on the much-loved paper boat press Christmas ornaments and other ceramic goodies which make wonderful gifts.

19 September 2011

Party Ideas: 4-year-old Strawberry Party

Well, this party is dear to my heart, as it's both my big girl's 4th birthday party, and also the very first printable design to launch in my new online store, Modern Printables.com. Surprise! More on that later. Here's the strawberry party in it's full glory...

Birthday: 4th Birthday Party
Organised by: Me! (Mum - Steph Bond Hutkin from Bondville)
Location: At home in Sydney
Theme: Strawberries!

Strawberry Birthday Party
Steph Bond-Hutkin

16 September 2011

b.sirius bags and accessories

I'm on a roll with cute bags this month. Annabelle from b.sirius designs crafty-cool bags, clutches, backpacks, purses, luggage tags and iPad covers in her Melbourne studio.

You'll find patchwork and appliques as well as sweet details like bird buckles, buttons, and ric rac bows. My favourite piece is the foldover bag (bottom pic) that slumps with panache when popped on a table or chair during a business meeting or coffee with pals. Oh, and I totally adore the whale print fabric bags and purses that are (luck for us) on sale at the moment! I think I've just talked myself into one.

You can find b.sirius in the online store as well as stockists in Australia and New Zealand.

Images: b.sirius

15 September 2011

Happy Birthday Mooo! free printables, shipping and $100 vouchers to be won

Happy 5th Birthday to our friends and Bondville sponsors Mooo!!! To celebrate five years of fabulous personalised stationery and products for kids, Mooo is showering us with goodies - free printables, free shipping and 5 x $100 vouchers to be won!

Just in time for the school holidays, Mooo has 19 pages of printables for Club Mooo members to download and print on your own printer. Joining is free and you can download and personalise door hangers, masks, bookmarks, activities and more. Join here.

Free Shipping
Mooo is offering free shipping on all orders over $50 until 30th September 2011. Get in quick.

Win 5 x $100 Vouchers
Now what to do with those printables once you have printed them? Get the kids colouring, then take a photo and enter the Mooo 5th Birthday Competition for your chance to win one of five $100 vouchers! Find more info and enter here.

Images: Mooo

14 September 2011

Kids Room Ideas: 2-year-old Emma's Room

Clever, crafty creative Cintia (from the My Poppet blog and My Poppet by Mail online shop) shares with us her two-year-old daughter Emma's fun bedroom. You can't go wrong using a netural base with lots of colourful accessories and Cintia does this so well, bringing together vintage and modern in her daughter's special space.

My favourite (and Cintia's favourite) element of the room is the beyond-divine hexagon rug made by Cintia using recycled sweaters and old blankets. I told you she was clever. Lots of great DIY ideas here. Enjoy!

Room: Emma's Room
Age: 2
Designed By: Mum Cintia (My Poppet by Mail)

9 September 2011

Stylish Kids: Pippa Little & Little Miss Pippa

What do you get when you combine a dash of old-school style with a bubbly personality and a little bit of sunshine? You get the gorgeous new collection of clothes for girls 6 months to 12 years from Pippa Henderson of Pippa Little and Little Miss Pippa. I interviewed Pippa about her new label.

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Designer: Pippa Henderson
Location:From Sydney, currently based on the island of Bali, Indonesia

Can you tell us a little about the history of your label?
Very young! I have been a designer for 7 years, mainly in women's wear and maternity. It wasn't until I had my daughter (she turns two next week, and the model for the range) that I started sewing samples for Pippa Little. My daughter, Poppy, is quite outrageous and loud. The designs definately reflect her personality. Summer 2011 is our first collection and we have just delivered into 21 stores around Australia.

What makes Pippa Little & Little Miss Pippa different?
I paint my own fabric designs so I hope that gives the label a little edge. Also, I am a lover of quirky things and love it when my daughter turns heads with her outfits. It makes me giggle. Hopefully other mums feel the same way about dressing their girls.

What is the inspiration for your collection?
My inspiration is always about turning something nice and classic into something out of the ordinary. I will find inspiration anywhere and then put my spin on it. It makes me tick.

If you could pick an icecream flavour for Pippa Little & Little Miss Pippa, what would it be?
Easy. Rocky Road. With less nuts, more marshmallows.

What is your favourite thing about Pippa Little & Little Miss Pippa?
That they are brand new and anything is possible. I'm excited!

Thank you so much Pippa for sharing your sunshine-y labels with us. I can certainly see your daughter's personality come through in this gorgeous collection. I love the super-sassy sunsuits which only make chubby legs look even cuter. The tweens range is super-cute too. And I can only imagine that life's a little bit fabulous in Bali.

You can find Pippa Little and Little Miss Pippa in the online store and stockists around Australia.

For more great Australian-designed children's clothes, head over to Bondville Kids.

8 September 2011

Sydney Spring 2011 ABCD Meetup

Hi fellow art, craft and design bloggers. You are invited to join Lisa Tilse (the red thread) and I for a quiet chat over a glass of red with creative souls at the Spring 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 bloggers. Here are the details:

Event: Sydney ABCD Meetup Spring 2011
Date: Thursday 29th September, 2011
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: The 3 Weeds Hotel (lounge at the back of the bar), 197 Evans St, Rozelle, NSW
RSVP: right up until the day via the ABCD Facebook page, or comment here on Bondville. If you are participating in the Goodie Bag, RSVP with by 24th September 2011.

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 are attending the event and would like to make something for the goodie bag, please comment "GOODIE BAG CONTRIBUTOR" along with your RSVP by Sat 24th September 2011, so we know how many we'll need. Goodie bags will only be provided for those who participate.

Britt (Stitchy Britt) and Melinda (Paperklip Design)

Kate (Katie Crackernuts) and Fran (Miss Allison Regrets)

Anni (Milk & Honey Photography), Tess (Down That Little Lane), Melissa (The Art of Teddy Bears) and Saffron (Saffron Craig Designs)

Subscribe For Updates:
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We post about upcoming meetups on the ABCD Meeup Facebook page where you are also able to RSVP.


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.

Lisa (the red thread), Sally (Jambo Chameleon) and Anastasia (Anastasia Drawing and Dreaming)

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 optional ABCD goodie bags.

You can find photos and posts about previous ABCD Meetups and the goodie bags on the Facebook page, as well as here on Bondville.

We would love to meet you; please come along.

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


7 September 2011

eco.kid organic skincare range for kids

I got that dreaded letter in my big girl's pigeon hole at preschool last week. You know the one. The one where there has been a case of Lice at preschool. With a capital 'L'.

Ever since my friend Liz from swimming classes spent 30 minutes giving me the full run-down on how to treat those nasty little critters and their eggs, I've been dreading the 'L' letter. Luckily, we escaped this round.

And then it was pure serendipity that a parcel arrived from the lovely people at eco.kid, who create beautiful organic skincare (hair, body, protection). Apart from the great packaging, Australian botanicals and eco-friendly methodology, a bunch of these products promise to help protect against Lice!

There is a Lice Bomb that aids in the removal of head lice and their eggs made from a 100% naturally derived botanical complex of pure plant oils and essences. And there is Prevent, the daily shampoo and Daily Tonic, the leave-in conditioner that make hair unattractive to Lice. This is worth a go!

There are more child-friendly hair and body skincare in the range that all contain certified organic, sulphate free, synthetic free, readily biodegradable ingredients with no artificial preservative, fragrance or colouring. In fact, eco.kid was designed specifically for preventing and treating the hair, scalp and skin issues that affect kids such as dermatitis, eczema, sensitive rashes. No nasties, and no chemical penetration through young skin.

We have tried the TLC body wash, the Prevent daily shampoo and Nourish daily conditioner and we all loved the grapefruity smell. And call me crazy, but I'm looking forward to testing the Bug-a-Bug insect repellent. Fabulous Australian products for our kids.

You can find eco.kid products in the online store and at retail stockists (call 1300 437 436 for a list).

Images: eco.kid

6 September 2011

Oktoberdee handbags and accessories

My pals Kylie and Alischa are pals with Lauren Ferry from Melbourne-based Oktoberdee so I thought I had better check out the goods on offer. And wow - they are pretty fabulous. Hip leather bags, neckwear and accessories.

Oh yes! I do recognise the neckwear from Finders Keepers markets - great neckerchief-like pieces made from ties, wool and leather. They are totally cute. But the leather and fabric bags are my favourite. They are fun and hip and all grown up without making you look older than your years (yes I'm talking to you, leather handbags across Australia!). There's lots of crafty details, embossing, ruffles and braids. These babies look like they have stepped straight out of Frankie magazine.

You can find Oktoberdee in the online store and stockists around Australia and New Zealand.

Images: Oktoberdee
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