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ISSUE 07 | aug/sep 2012

once upon a time KIDS ISSUE 2012

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Bespoke Interiors for children, with a classic French/Hamptons style all handmade in Australia. Shop Online www.petitebijou.com.au or email natalie@petitebijou.com.au


special thanks to our


contributors Natalie Woods

Zinnia Floral Designs

I loved fairytales growing up, and now I enjoy sharing them with my own children. Each story shares a special message or lesson for children to learn, but

Floral Design Based Studio located in Perth with a focus on styling. website

Flavia Alves

presented in such a beautiful way.

Sugarplum Sweets

There are so many stories I love in this issue, but one that


Event styling, candy buffets & high teas. Based in Perth.

is particularly dear to me is The Princess & the Pea photoshoot, because it is one of my favourite fairytales, but also because I was lucky enough to work alongside the amazing ladies that brought the story to life.

Natalie Huckerby Petite Bijou

Interior Styling Boutique dedicated to bespoke Interiors for Children. website

I hope this issue takes you back to your own childhood and brings with it happy memories. Tanya x {Editor} editor@tickletheimagination.com.au

Deanna Whyte Deanna Whyte Photography

Perth lifestyle portraiture and wedding photography, specialising in contemporary, fun, lively and natural imagery. website

Nicole Hanna

Lina Bteddini

Boutique Graphic Design, Printables & Pretty Paper for all Occasions.

Specialising in Floral Design & Event Styling Sydney-wide.

Pretty & Print


Chanele Rose Flowers


Jo Cilia

Emma Perry

Sydney’s original and biggest supplier of vintage china tea sets, vintage games and props for your event

Book Reviews. Price Comparison - find the best prices through our special feature.

The Vintage Kitchen


My Book Corner


Tanya Tindale

Linda Vandermeer

Specializing in newborn all the way up to family lifestyle photography. Based in Southern Sydney.

loves decorating sweet treats and sharing tips on how everyone can recreate them in their own kitchen’s on her blog Bubble and Sweet.

Tindale Images


Bubble & Sweet


Jacki Fanto

Robyn Amott

custom made cakes for any occasion. The beauty lies in the details .... and that is what you will get!

Professional Organising, DeCluttering and Home Styling service based in Melbourne.

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Bless This Mess



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consulting art director

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contents features

the princess & the pea 14 hansel & gretal 32 folkloric photoshoots 49 the horse & his boy 62 once upon a time 67 rapunzel 97 not too hot, not too cold, just right 102 make organising child’s play 106 design challenge 117 on the cover: princess and the pea page 16


meet the maker poss & wom banter & frolic little sooti minim kids

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contents shopping & inspiration little red 81 you can’t catch me 96 princess pretties 104 mirror, mirror 114 the pied piper 124

regular features gallery wall 52 product review - paper puppets 94 creative escapes 126 on our bookshelf 130 creative marketplace 132 explore - calendar 135




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princess & the pea

concept & styling Natalie Huckerby & Tanya Collier | photography Deanna Whyte

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Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess... Our Princess and the Pea photoshot began with a casual conversation between Natalie (from Petite Bijou) and myself...I remarked how her Vintage Toile collection range reminded me of the story and it really just grew from that. After an initial meet up to discuss what we envisioned, Natalie and I set out to source other handmade people to be a part of the photoshoot. Before we knew it we had a gorgeous group of women who shared our vision of a beautiful outdoors Princess and the Pea photoshoot. Princess crown by Joallie Petit, princess dress by Yumminess Textiles, quilts (from top to bottom - Petite Bijou, Kate Lauren Design, Petite Bijou, stylists own, Petite Bijou; cushions and pillows by Petite Bijou, floor rug by Hook & Linen, posie by Zinnia Floral Designs Photography Deanna Whyte tickletheimagination.com.au 17

we selected a spot framed by two beautiful African flame trees that would also provide backlighting from the afternoon sun, offering the perfect light to capture the images... The first people we were lucky enough to bring on board were De, Natalie Woods (two Natalies!) and Flavia. Natalie(1) knew De from another shoot they had worked on together and we both admired De’s portfolio of natural light images. Natalie(2) from Zinnia Floral Designs contributed a story for our wedding issue earlier this year. She creates the most stunning floral designs. And Flavia from Sugarplum Sweets creates the most gorgeous sweets and candy buffets. princess crown by Joallie Petit, princess dress by Yumminess Textiles, prince’s crown by Petite Bijou, princes shirt by Doodah, quilts (from top to bottom - Petite Bijou, Kate Lauren Design, Petite Bijou, stylists own, Petite Bijou, cushions and pillows by Petite Bijou floor rug by Hook & Linen Photography Deanna Whyte

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Our next task was to find a location that would provide the perfect backdrop for our shoot. As it turned out a family friend owns the beautiful Oriel Park Equestrian Centre in Henley Brook...and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous setting. With the help of Deanna’s expert eye, we selected a spot framed by two beautiful African flame trees that would also provide backlighting from the afternoon sun, offering the perfect light to capture our images. THIS PAGE TOP Chandelier shades, cushions and piilows by Petite Bijou , floral design by Zinnia Floral Designs BOTTOM ruffle quilt by Petite Bijou OPPOSITE princess crown by Joallie Petit, princess dress by Yumminess Textiles, prince’s crown by Petite Bijou, princes shirt by Doodah, quilts (from top to bottom - Petite Bijou, Kate Lauren Design, Petite Bijou, stylists own, Petite Bijou, cushions and pillows by Petite Bijou floor rug by Hook & Linen Photography Deanna Whyte

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Next we set out to find outfits for the prince and princess. The princesses crown is from Joallie Petit’s gorgeous new collection and the princes crown was created by Natalie from Petite Bijou especially for this shoot. The princesses dress was custom made by Yumminess Textiles and the princes shirt was handmade by Doodah. Naturally Natalie’s gorgeous quilts (which were the inspiration for the shoot) featured. And a callout for more quilts caught the eye of Julie from Kate Lauren Designs, who sent us a beautiful cot quilt from her Ashleigh Layne collection in the perfect shade of green. And Lisa from Cookie Dough kindly lent us a gorgeous patchwork quilt in aqua made for her by her mother-in-law. sweets by Sugarplum Sweets, Ruffle quilts and cushions by Petite Bijou, green quilt with white print by Kate Lauren Designs, Dress by Yumminess Textiles, princess crown by Joallie Petit, prince crown by Petite Bijou, prince’s shirt by Doodah Photography Deanna Whyte tickletheimagination.com.au 23

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Only a real princess would notice a pea under so many matresses...

Dress by Yumminess Textiles, crown by Joallie Petit, Photography Deanna Whyte

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Beautiful dessert table styled by Flavia and Natalie, featuring sweets by Sugarplum Sweets, cookies by Cookie Dough Biscuits, Flowers by Zinnia Floral Designs, bunting by Petite Bijou

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The weather on the day of the shoot couldn’t have been more perfect. Not too hot, not too cold. Natlie & I arrived at around one in the afternoon to start setting up. The bed frame was borrowed from Natalie’s neighbour and the dresser was a lucky find at the recycling centre in Balcatta! Flavia arrived soon after to start styling the dessert table with her decadent macarons and cupcakes along with scrumptious cookies from Cookie Dough Biscuits. Natalie from Zinnia Floral Designs shortly followed with the gorgeous bouquet of green Wimbledon roses, hot pink David Austin Roses, Lilac Hellebores, green amaranthus, pink astible and pink peonies. And the arrangement for the dessert table, which featured lilac stock, hot pink David Austin roses, pink blushing bride, pink astible and green amaranthus. OPPOSITE PAGE TOP LEFT Cupcake by Sugarplum Sweets TOP RIGHT Floral design by Zinnia Floral Designs BOTTOM Dress by Yumminess Textiles, Posie by Zinnia Floral Designs THIS PAGE TOP Macarons by Sugarplum Sweets MIDDLE bunting by Petite Bijou, flowers by Zinnia Floral Designs BOTTOM Cupcake by Sugarplum Sweets Photography Deanna Whyte tickletheimagination.com.au 29

The crystal chandelier hanging above the bed was finished with the gorgeous green amaranthus and lilac helebores. The shoot began at around 5pm, just as the sun began to set and finished two hours later once the sun had dipped behind the trees and darkness encroached. It was such a beautiful day, if you would like a peek behind the scenes, you can watch a time lapse video here on you-tube

This photoshoot was made possible thanks to: Natalie - Petite Bijou De - Deanna Whyte Photography Natalie - Zinnia Floral Designs Flavia - Sugarplum Sweets Oriel Park Equestrian Centre Our models, Indigo & Jack and features handmade creations by: Yumminess Textiles Joallie Petit Hook & Linen Kate Lauren Design Cookie Dough Biscuits Doodah THIS PAGE TOP Chandelier shades and roffle pillow case by Petite Bijou , floral design by Zinnia Floral Designs BOTTOM cushions by Petite Bijou, floor rug by Hook & Linen OPPOSITE ruffle quilt by Petite Bijou photography Deanna Whyte

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hansel styling - Jacki Fanto and Nicole Hanna photography - Tanya Tindale


nce upon a time in a faraway place there lived a Cake Decorator and a Graphic Designer who had the idea to create a magical and modern Hansel & Gretel woodlands feast for the eyes and the sweet tooth! Our concept for Hansel & Gretel was for a modern twist on the old and wonderfully

magical tale. We wanted it to be about how a child’s fantasy could become a reality and by using a natural setting to create the atmosphere.

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As the setting had the browns and greens of nature, we opted for yellow to be our focal colour and wow did it ever pop! The venue was one of the main focuses. It needed to be somewhere a little gloomy, a lot of natural woodland as well as the beauty of old relic buildings – we found it in our own neighbourhood. A quick location check and all those boxes were ticked, we had found the perfect place where nature could provide us with our props! As the setting had the browns and greens of nature, we opted for yellow to be our focal colour and wow did it ever pop! The venue was set, but the photos needed to be just right! Tanya from Tindale Images was the perfect person for this job. Her beautifully captured images created the vignettes we were after! The gloom of the setting matched with the glorious colours of the sweets made this shoot what it needed to be – whimsically picture perfect! These

gorgeous images

made this magical

tale come to life!

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Of course,

pretty printables

tied it

all together, literally! Beautifully whimsical and modern printables by Pretty & Print included lots of different touches that added that little bit more – including iron on labels for muslin trail bags, designed paper for wrapping treats as well as invitations, signs and giant co-ordinated lollipops.

Lina from Chanele-Rose Flowers was enlisted to provide


, but nothing too pretty! The

essence needed to be more natural, organic with some pops of yellow. Lina used moss, dodda vine, berries, lotus pods and succulents with the gorgeous sunflowers to bring our florals to life in our natural setting.

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the characters

, Elyssa as Gretel and Benjamin

as Hansel. They fit the bill perfectly and handmade outfits by Pretty & Print, brought our colour scheme into play.

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treasure trove of all things vintage

The Vintage Kitchen is a

and Jo did not

let us down! We sourced some very unusual

props and old mason jars for this shoot and it all went so well together.

The Hansel & Gretel tale would not be the

sweets everywhere that the eye could see

tale unless there were sweets and

. Nicole & I had the vision of draping

sweet treats over logs, in window sills, laying on stone and hanging from trees. Our venue gave us the perfect setting to do just this.

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Our main table consisted of a stack of stone ledges at the venue. Then it

treats to tempt the children

was time to plan for all the

. Lots of

different candies in various hues, a

specially made lolli pop tree as well as a glittery cookie tower.

a tree of hanging goodies

Our next setting was

. The kids followed

a trail of bon bons to a tree laden with hanging lollies as well as beautiful florals.

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They then crept on over to the window setting which represented

witches house


– this weathered

backdrop was perfect for our next sweet treat stop. Tree stumps piled under the window acted as mini tables to hold lots of sweet treats, which included a specially made 100s and 1000s cake! If the kids were not tempted enough by now, they then made their final stop in the wooded setting of the witches House!

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A house made completely of candies

sitting on a lopped tree

with plenty of yummy lollies falling over the ground. All of the sweet treats in all the settings were made by Jacki at Blissfully Sweet.

Concept & Styling: Blissfully Sweet and Pretty & Print

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And there ends this modern tale on all things sweet in the name of Hansel & Gretel!

The end

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Folkloric Photoshoots

words & photography by Jessica Lim | Vintage Pie

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There is nothing more whimsical, more evocative or more beloved of childhood than the timeless fairy tale, which makes it the perfect companion to an inspired children’s shoot. Vintage Pie stylist Jessica Lim breaks down some of our favourite folk stories and the design principles they inherently recommend.

The Princess and the Pea Hans Christian Anderson’s story fascinates young readers, in particular little girls, captivated by the fabulous image of twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds, juxtaposed against the tiny reality of a pea. Scale and size are the morals of the story here: sit your little princess atop a tower of vintage suitcases or soft furnishings for a fresh, modern nod to the tale, or highlight little hands with small, interesting objects such as chess pieces, thimbles and seeds (once they no longer want to ingest these things, naturally).

Hansel and Gretel No fairy tale sticks in mind more than that of Hansel and Gretal, purely for the wow factor of that candy-coloured (and covered) house in the woods. Bright fun colour + lollies + kids are the holy trinity when it comes to photos, and, you will find, especially useful in bribing your subjects! A play on the Hansel and Gretel theme would be super sweet for a brother and sister shoot, holding hands and clutching lollipops in a fabulous woodsy location.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears A firm favourite by merit of its winning repetition, the story of Goldilocks and the example of the Rule of Three therein will make your prop groupings not too sparse, not too busy, but just right. Also, be inspired by the homely utensils in those well-known illustrations- wooden spoons make fabulous comic-sized, inexpensive props for kids, and are especially funky dipped in neon paint or wrapped in patterned washi paper.

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Take a leaf from their book‌

Whichever classic you choose to pay homage to, include it in your session in the most literal way. Beautiful old books and beloved hand-me-down copies are more than just inspiringtheir fanciful illustrations are wonderfully photogenic and provide a great point of reference for the day. Even better, they will live happily ever after in your child’s bookshelf until it is time to regale the next generation...magic!

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gallery wall

a collection of gorgeous fairytale inspired artworks

on the wall (left to right) ‘Little Red’ by Little Outfits | personalised ‘Once Upon a Time’ by May and Belle | ‘Bada and Bing and a very naughty pea’ by funkydory | ‘New Bloom in the Star Garden’ by Grumpy Star Studio Audrey Hepburn Fairytale quote by lily and charles | ‘Puddle Fun’ by Imaginart | ‘Goldilock’s by Sunshine Shelle

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“...a fresh and modern approach to Australiana, with an international appeal in mind.�

australian who is poss & wom?


Poss & Wom is a well-loved independent children’s brand featuring two lovable characters, Poss the possum and Wom the wombat. The brand consists of fine art prints, wall decals, stationery, greetings cards, toys and jewellery. Each item is created with love and care, handmade and beautifully packed. Poss & Wom is a fresh and modern approach to Australiana, with an international appeal in mind. It is a new icon to be cherished.

meet helen... Poss & Wom is the brain child of mine, Helen Shadforth, a Queensland based mum of two and professional graphic designer. I have been a designer for over 13 years and ran my own studio for 3 years before scaling down to have a family.

describe your style... I always struggle describing my work. I guess the best way to describe it is modern and quirky but gentle with soothing colours and cuteness. I like to combine cute drawings with beautiful patterns and fills. tickletheimagination.com.au 55

starting out... When my first daughter was born I struggled to find beautiful, eclectic and quirky décor that wasn’t too gender specific, brightly coloured or commercial. I also wanted to find something with an Australian feel without being cliché. When I couldn’t find anything to tick all boxes I decided to create something myself. The name and characters came about when I nick named my daughter ‘Possum’ which was shortened to ‘Poss’. One day I was thinking if she was a boy I probably would have nick named her ‘Wombat’ which would shorten to ‘Wom’ and voila! The concept of ‘Poss & Wom’ was born! My pug Daisy is a real character and a ‘chunk’, I adopted her mannerisms and quirk and put them into my character Wom, who is a funny little wombat. Poss is almost opposite to Wom, she is proper and very nimble but she does share Wom’s passion for fun.

inspired by... I am inspired by nonsense, simplicity, beautiful colours, textures and patterns. I like finding things that make people smile because of the beauty and laugh because of the absurdness. I think it is very important to have creative people around you and to be inspired by, it is essential in order to grow your own creativity. I am constantly finding new work that I love. The all round classics I always come back to are Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh (the original stuff). I love fabric design and am always researching patterns. I also am a big fan of Belle & Boo, by English artist Mandy Sutcliffe, I am inspired how she has built up her brand and maintained the integrity. I also love to look at Japanese postcard art. I think it’s the edge about it I love. It seems to have a modern look that remains timeless.

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“I print everything myself on my lovely gicleé printer – definitely one of my best investments.”

typical day... Predominately I am a stay at home mum. Two days a week my children are in daycare – they are my Poss & Wom days. So a typical Poss & Wom day is: + Wake up, brekky patrol + Have coffee, kiss hubby goodbye + Day care drop and go + Check post box on the way home + More coffee, enter office – work begins! + Check emails and Facebook while having brekky + Fill any orders + Work on projects listed for the day + Lunch while keeping up with social media + Run any errands that need doing + Work out what’s for dinner + Pick up kiddlywinks + Come home, cook dinner + Day is done

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other creative passions... I am a graphic designer by trade, so I do still work on commercial design. I also like to keep fit, so I run and enjoy pilates. I also like dancing, even if I do have two left feet! Since starting Poss & Wom I have come to learn about the plight of the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat. They are more endangered than the panda yet most Australians have never heard about them. I have taken it on board to raise awareness about these beautiful animals. I have information on my blog about it.

tools of the trade... Good old pencil and paper never lets me down. I am now and have always been a doodler - sketching is also a big outlet for me. All my finished work is digital though. I digitally sketch with my Wacom Tablet and iMac – a lot of people are negative towards digital media but I have learnt to embrace it and use it to grow and make my work a lot more versatile. I love paper, I always research the best paper types for optimum results. I print everything myself on my lovely gicleÊ printer – definitely one of my best investments. I use archival rag papers for my prints and recycled papers for gift wrapping and packaging (which is another art I love).


lessons learned... Trust yourself

Research, research, research Embrace advice, change and constructive criticism Keep up to date with technology Maintain an online presence

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secrets of success...

All I can say is nothing comes easy, if you really want something to happen you really do need to put the hard work in to achieve it. Research is valuable and planning is a must. Back yourself no matter what but also be open to suggestion. Googling can increase your knowledge and resources – do it.

“I love to receive emails from people suggesting products they might like to see.” support & networking... Nothing formal but I do like attending a artisan market every now and again to network with other independent label owners. It is nice to support each other. Also the work at home mum networks are very supportive.

future plans... I am always coming up with new product ideas. I am working on the first of my fabric range, which means I will have lots of lovely textile items soon. Hmmm and the word is floating around… something about a kids picture book….! I have some retailers stocking Poss & Wom now too, so I am hoping to increase that number over the next 12 months.

Poss & Wom Website: www.possandwom.com Blog: www.possandwom.blogspot.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/possandwom

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horse & his boy

photography by Deanna Whyte Photography

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photography by Deanna Whyte Photography | www.deannawhyte.com.au

“…we all have a sense of unbelonging in this world. We were made for something greater. But it takes a journey to discover what that is...” Paraphrased C.S. Lewis (talking of The Horse and His Boy).

PRODUCT DETAILS: fabric crown - Petite Bijou knight softie - Elsie & Jim location & pony - Oriel Park Equestrian Cent re

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62 Park Street | Henley Brook | WA ph 9296 1222 | email orielpark@openaccess.com.au


styling & photography by Tanya Collier | props Cara Hayward

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A colour palette of warm greys, burnt orange and olive green give a warm woodland feel. Add a collection of gorgeous handmade objects, and you have the perfect storybook inspired space!

OPPOSITE PAGE: Newsboy cap in Herringbone grey by Mellebug | gentleman romper by Lamonster Handmade Clothing | Optimistic Oscar - handmade boy doll by Quill and Ink handmade | Feather print by Missy Minzy | fabric crown by Sew Vintage THIS PAGE: Paper Theatre - Monica McNab | Beanbags by The Twin Thing tickletheimagination.com.au 69

keep an eye out on the tickle website for a simple bunting and slipcover cushion tutorials!

THIS PAGE: Milke in the Woods print by Honeycup, Skaska handprinted fabric in olive and burnt orange - BlueBerry Ash OPPOSITE PAGE: Optimistic Oscar - Quill & Ink Fabric crown - Sew Vintage

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With neat brown hair, a fun animal print shirt, and bright green check shorts, Oscar is a delightful cuddling companion. He also loves visiting his grandparents, reading fairy tales, the colour green, drawing wonderful pictures for the people he loves most in the world, and makes a habit of always looking for the good in impossible situations... Optimistic Oscar - Quill & Ink

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gorgeous details...

THIS PAGE: Fabric Crown - Sew Vintage

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Felix is nimble but not particularly cunning for a fox. In fact, his friend Chester the Squirrel likes to play pranks on him most days. Felix is a curious creature and always in search of new places to play. Once he’s settled in a new hideout, he loves to make himself at home by munching on toasted marshmellows. ing, ABOVE: Beanbags - The TwinTh magical Felt RIGHT: Felix the Fox pattern

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It’s no surprise that Banter & Frolic Birthday Party kits are leading the way in today’s party products. These kits give a new look to an age old favourite backyard party at home, but keep it on trend and simple to achieve.

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banter& frolic www.banterandfrolic.com.au

meet sharntel & felicity... Sharntel and Felicity are the creative force behind the mastery of Banter & Frolic. Our skill base in graphic design and event planning coupled with our eye for design and attention to detail made it easy to create the magic that only a Banter & Frolic Party Kit can deliver. With five children between them, it isn’t any wonder that Sharntel and Felicity directed their talents to this arena. Our children give us daily inspiration on capturing new themes and keeping us fresh and up-to-date.

style... Our style is truly vintage inspired and grown up. It is fun fantasy with conviction and cohesion. Banter & Frolic party kits tell a story from start to finish.

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inspired by... Our inspiration comes from our children, each other and possibility! We are always inspired by what we can do to create something but in a thrifty way, or as we often say, how can we be clever and create that ‘our way’. We are most inspired by clever mums that create a magical celebration that speaks to the children. A mum who knows what will create just enough whimsy without going to far, and making it all for show. A mum who captures a child’s fantasy and creates a real party, not just an untouchable table perfect for a photo shoot.

Our style is truly vintage inspired and grown up... It is fun fantasy with conviction and cohesion. tools of the trade Paper....Paper....Paper! Our favorite material is Kraft or brown paper, with string, this is keeping with that vintage style we love so much, and works well with so many colour co ordinates.

typical day at work... A typical day in the Banter & Frolic office starts with a cup or two of coffee followed by any number of jobs from packing in our warehouse, designing new themes, organizing, photo shoots, and there is always planning.

lessons learned... We have learnt along the way to keep checking yourself and your business, you need to be flexible and keep re evaluating.

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Each party kit comes creatively styled with the all important matching co ordinates needed to host a beautifully detailed celebration from start to finish with absolute convenience in mind.

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You can be sure to find an imaginative range of themes, colour choices and current looks to create that dressed magazine look we all love so much. Plus they are practical, with an affordable price tag. Banter & Frolic Party Kits are truly magical, and pride themselves on a whole experience - and deliver!

Our support group is each other. A best friend is exactly what you need for emotional advice, someone you can bounce ideas off and always count on. secrets of success... When hosting a birthday celebration keep your theme consistent and colour coordinate throughout. Add a few old school games for the children to match the theme of your party and don’t over think options for the parents, remember you are hosting a day for the little ones. The easiest and most cost effective way to achieve this is by purchasing a Banter & Frolic Party Kit that has all that you need to create a magical celebration.

future plans... Our future plans for Banter & Frolic is to grow the business, share the love of Party Kits, and always keep our styles on trend and up to date.

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who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? (1) hooded cape - missy melly (2) red riding hood & the wolf softies miss poppitt (3) aussie red riding hood and gumnut bag - Julia Heartfelt (4) red riding hood tee - little outfits (5) red riding hood canvas clock - Fineve (6) bunting - giggleberry creations (7) crocheted beanie and scarf - c percy designs | charcoal swing dress - missy melly





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favourite stylists...



www.littlesooti.com.au | facebook.com/littlesootiblog

I have many favourite Australian Event Stylists but one I love to follow is Oscar and Ruby. Their style is so fresh and simple but ever so chic. I love their unique ideas. A favourite International Stylist would be Beau & Arrow Events, they are so on trend and have immaculate style and design sense.

Little Sooti was born three years ago whilst I was pregnant with my first child. It initially started out as a kids lifestyle blog and over time I found I posting more and more kids events which I was just in awe of. One thing led to the other and I found my passion. The name little sooti comes from a name we used to call my daughter Zoe “tooti”. I played around with the name and came up with Sooti.

inspired by... I am inspired by Scandinavian design and style, I love interiors and decorating and with over 1000 décor magazines I get inspired from anything from fabrics and different textures, to art and shapes and room designs. I love pops of bold colours!

other creative passions... I love to decorate, I love interiors and styling in general. I have a scrapbook of magazine cut outs and drawings of our “dream home” and have been adding to it for years. Our home renovation plans have been set back a little since having the kids as you can imagine. There is just not enough time!! tickletheimagination.com.au 83

tools of the trade... I have a box of goodies I take with me to all events and can never go wrong with some strong and tough gaffa tape. Lots of blue tac, double sided tape and pins.

“I have learnt to really trust my own instincts and believe in my own unique style. ...� .

lessons learned... I have learnt to really trust my own instincts and believe in my own unique style. I have learnt a lot about time management and how to prioritise everything at event set ups. I have learnt what works and what doesn’t. I have gained some great skills along the way but also still learning and I truly appreciate any guidance that is given to me and take it all on board as I want to better myself and grow the business.

support & networking... I do have a support group on Facebook of other event industry professionals, which include vendors from photographers to cake makers, florists to other stylists. I then also have a great group of Melbourne vendors and other business mums in which we have regular dinner catchups. Its great to just have like minded people around you who you are comfortable with chatting about venues, where to source certain items from and just having some time away from the computer and talking about what we love!!

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typical day at work... I work from home with a 3 year old and a 14 month old so my day is pretty hectic. I usually get sorted and then check and respond to emails. I then spend the day that I am working planning, researching, organising and getting quotes out. Event days are pretty full on and I am usually packed and ready the night before. My day involves many cups of coffee!!!

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Little Sooti are taking bookings for 2013 weddings and events in Melbourne. Please contact Thetis for all enquiries - info@littlesooti.com.au or 0412 591 812.

“one thing I would say to anyone starting a new business is to believe you can do it and persevere.� secret to success... I am still trying to work that out for myself, but one thing I would say to anyone starting a new business is to believe you can do it and persevere.

future plans... Little Sooti is expanding, with more of a focus on weddings and events for 2013. However we will still have the little sooti branch of the business too. I am ready to spread my wings and take a leap into the area I have always wanted to. Watch this space!

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words by Maureen Galbraith | photography by Mark Bloothoofd

For as long as I can remember my mother has sewn. I grew up at her feet surrounded by fabrics and patterns and pins. As a tiny little girl I loved to sit atop the heavy wooden cover from mums old Singer sewing machine and pretend I was a princess on a horse! As soon as I was old enough I was cutting out doll’s clothes from fabric scraps, and then finally came the excitement of being allowed to use the sewing machine. My mother is an extremely talented dress-maker so I certainly learnt from the best. In primary school, I remember coming home from a friends birthday party and begging mum for a dress just like the party girls. My next memory is of the girls mother on our doorstep with the dress in her hand. Mum grabbed her tape measure and note book and within minutes had sketched and recorded all she needed and handed the dress back. And that certainly happened more than once! Mum and I had a lot of fun together when I was growing up, sewing up a storm and having a fabulous time at a local mill markets monthly sale, walking away with bag loads of fabrics - the stuff of dreams and creation! Mum has taught me all the best tips, like the importance of reinforcing the start and finish of each seam and to iron everything as you go. It makes a huge difference to the end result, a truly professional look that I hope is evident in my work today. tickletheimagination.com.au 89

getting started in business ..... Life changes. Study and a corporate career became my focus and for many years I never found the time or even had the inclination to sew. Yet it was probably inevitable that when I married and had my own children that I would rediscover the passion in a new way. Just for fun, I completed a pattern making course at a local TAFE college. Then in 2009, with our youngest child just 5 months old, minim kids came to life. I started sewing cute bandana style bibs for my little boy who was very dribbly at the time. Friends then began to buy some, I gave some away as gifts and before I knew it everything just took off.

I was extremely lucky to find a few local stores willing to stock my products which gave me a lot of confidence to pursue my goals early on. But it is never all that easy! You make a product then suddenly your head is spinning as you need a business name and logo, business cards, packaging for your products and labelling including fabric woven labels to be sewn onto each item. When I started doing a few markets I then needed signage and display props and a new form of bags and packaging. And then of course setting up the ever essential blog and facebook pages! It all takes a lot of time and research, upfront costs soon add up. Unless you’ve done it, many people have no idea what actually goes into a small business or how many things have to be factored into a cost price. Of course you have to cover all those expenses but I always try to keep my prices as low and fair as possible. When you have a good quality product, customers will come back and it’s that repeat business and word of mouth recommendations that have kept me going. I don’t even like to describe minim kids as a business, for now it really is just a hobby. All my work is done very late at night when our 2 boys are asleep, because unlike me, I don’t think they will be following in their mother’s footsteps ! They don’t like it much when I sew, though sometimes I can get away with cutting out and I always explain in detail to them what I am doing. So secretly, I am very impressed by what our boys actually know about different fabrics and sewing terminology!

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advice for others ....

...secretly, I am very impressed by what our boys actually know about different fabrics and sewing terminology!

It’s a cliché, but it is so important to do what you love. This makes your work easy and never a chore. I like to make and create new products as the mood takes me ! So from the humble beginnings of a simple dribble bib, my range has diversified into soft toys and kids decor including cushions, buntings, door stops, bean bags, doona covers and quilts. It’s all been great fun and I really enjoy the variety in what I do. So do what you love and enjoy the journey it leads you on. And don’t be in a hurry! I’ve seen other small business mums rush into an idea and put out a lot of money upfront only to find it doesn’t succeed. Start small and you will soon know what works for you and what doesn’t.

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fabrics and more fabrics ..... yes I I know I’m not alone on this but tion, admit to having a fabric addic ht sitting up for hours into the nig probably searching fabric websites and I have an making too many purchases! amant I ever-growing stash yet I’m ad ourites at will use them all! One of my fav odland the moment is the adorable Wo Natalie fabric range by local Aussie girl This fabric Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches. e little is just a wonderland of joy - cut in a divine toadstools and cheeky fairies t this fabric colour palette. When I first go I simply I looked at it for so long because decided couldn’t bear to cut it! I finally ing special to make a rag quilt as someth a to keep for myself, but soon I had orders demand for them and now the keep on coming in.

future plans... I have more ideas than I have the time for at the moment! However, I certainly will continue to grow and introduce many lovely new products. My ideas notebook is over-flowing, so stay tuned ...

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ZZ Totz was created to encourage children to create something for themselves, that is hands on and ultimately fun. No bells, no whistles and definitely no batteries! We received two of their fairytale inspired craft paper puppet kits for review, so we set to work our resident kids craft experts - eight-year-old Toby and six-year-old Indigo. The pair spotted the package as soon as it arrived and were keen to get started. Each kit contains everything needed for an afternoon of fun...a mat to work on, paper cutouts, glue & popstick. The enclosed instructions were clear and the image of the finished puppet make it easy to follow even those not yet reading. After finishing their puppets, Toby and Indigo happily played ‘prince & princess’ with their characters. Availabel in a range of characters, individual puppets are $8.95 or you can purchase an activity pack of 10 for $80

for more information, contact ZZ Totz ph 0401 825 627 email hollie@zztotz.com.au www.zztotz.com.au


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indigo says

10/10 difficuly - easy-peasy do it again? yes fun -

a thousand times

toby says

8/10 difficulty - easy do it again? yes fun -

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‘wrapped in you’ photography by Anita | gingerbread boy carved wooden brooch - treasure trinket | gingerbread softies ruby & sam

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rapunzel, rapunzel, let down your hair... styling and photography by Tanya Collier

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Created for Indigo’s fifth birthday, this Rapunzel inspired party was based on a plaette of soft pea green, purple & lavender.


Invitations were clean and simple, but oh, so princessy! A soft lavender background colour, whimsical script font, and tiara design, and finished with a sparly gem!


Starting with a simple white table cloth and hessian runner, branches ran down the centre of the party table. An assortment of lolly-filled apothecary jars, cupcakes, and paper flowers completed the whimsical tablescape Places were set with a princess tiara, name tag, and a little package filled with beads and ribbon for the girls first activity Simple store bought plastic tiaras were given a custom, handmade feel with the additon of clear crystal gemstones, and felt flowers and leaves. One of my favourite elements was the assortment of repurposed jars, wrapped with a paper doily and tied with twine. Flowers were created with miniature tissue pom poms, attached to florists wire and finished with a hanging crystal.

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games & activities

On arrival the girls each created their own princess bracelet...so sweet! One of the things Indigo insisted on having for the party was ‘rapunzel hair’. We found plaited hair ties and for their next activity the girls decorated them with sticky gemstones... to create their own ‘rapunzel’ hair plait!... they then all loved popping them into their hair and parading their new ‘long hair’! Then we sat down to watch a little ‘Tangled’ while they each had their nails polished and decorated with butterfly decals! Next the girls decorated cupcakes with gorgeous enchanted garden cupcake toppers from Jamosie Sweet.

And, of course, no party is complete without pass the parcel...the wrapping was inspired by one of the images from our pinterest inspiration board! Each layer had a unique felt flower hairclip which my sister and I made.

thank you gifts

After a fun, princessy party...Indigo’s friends went home with adorable smiles on their faces and a sweet little noodle boxes filled with princess goodies!

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not too hot... not too cold...

just right logpot.com.au


ker, blogger Linda is a wife, mother, ba ’s cookbook and author of a children than 150 “Sweets on a Stick: More ke candies, kid friendly recipes for ca go”. Inspired cookies and pies on the fun and by her children’s sense of corating sweet adventure Linda loves de how everyone treats and sharing tips on ir own kitchen’s can recreate them in the Sweet. on her blog Bubble and

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“when we have a day of parties or other activities I like to make goldilocks porridge so I know that they have had a couple of serves of vegetables, grains, dairy and some fruit. It makes the rest of the day less stressful and if they have a not so great lunch or dinner, I just don’t stress about it as much. And mama bear porridge is a great treat for the weekend...�

Linda x mama bear porridge

goldilocks porridge

(serves 2)

2/3 cup oats (not instant) 1 1/2 cups skim milk (can use water if you have allergies) 1/2 carrot finely grated 1/2 zucchini grated 1/2 cup approx frozen or fresh blueberries Maple syrup and cinnamon for serving (optional) In medium saucepan stir oats, milk, carrot and zucchini over medium heat until simmering and mixture is the consistency you require, generally should be quite thick. If using frozen blueberries add at this stage and stir for a minute until thawed, remove from heat and serve. If using fresh blueberries, remove porridge from heat first, ladle into dishes and sprinkle blueberries on top. Serve with maple syrup and cinnamon sugar.

(serves 1)

1/2 cup oats 1 cup water 1 apple grated with peel vanilla yoghurt raspberry jam slivered almonds golden syrup In a medium saucepan stir oats and water over medium heat until simmering and mixture is the consistency you enjoy. Mix through grated apple, then ladle into bowl. Add yoghurt, almonds, jam and syrup as desired.


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butterflies - Twiceloved China, ceramic elephant ‘lil pretties’ - Patricia Fernandes, fabric wall stickers - Love Mae, princess and the pea doll and quilts - Butterfly Belle Boutique, headband and fabric crown Sew Vintage

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professional organiser, Robyn Amott, shares her top tips for organising your childs wardrobe, and reducing those ‘what to wear’ morning tantrums!

make organising

child’s play

words by Robyn Amott | photography by Lisa Kerr Atkinson

Let me set the scene for you...

Its 7am in the morning you just got out of the shower, you’re getting ready for work and your children are screaming to be fed and dressed and there is a lot of yelling and tears, and that’s just from Mum. The kids are going bananas because they can’t find the special t-shirt, sports uniform or fairy skirt they just have to wear today. Sound like your household in the morning? I’m Robyn Amott, a WAHM to two young girls and owner of Bless this Mess Professional Organising and De-cluttering services. I’m more than familiar with how chaotic life with kids can

be and know only too well how the regular morning routine can make getting out the door seem impossible. All because of a simple clothing issue. Organising the contents of your treasures wardrobe is a great place to start! Coming from a fashion based background, wardrobes are one of my great passions. You ideally want to create a wardrobe that fits your child’s age, allows for independence and yet is flexible enough to cater to both their current and future needs.

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13 tips

for creating an easily maintainable wardrobe for your kids

1 6 hang as much as when sharing 2you can 7 group younger group clothes in 3into children’s clothes 8type/colour accordance with sets less is best When it comes to kids – less is best. Simplify choices by limiting quantity.

Save the draws for pyjamas, bed linen, singlets and socks.

It’s a great way to teach them how to co-ordinate their outfits, ensures Daddy knows just what goes with what and saves on space.


let them explore As

they grow allow them the ability to explore their creativity by hanging items individually.


increase your hanging space by

adding a double hanging rail and hang bottoms and skirts on the lower rail and tops/dresses and jackets on the top. Use the higher rail for special occasion items.

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provide a non-slip step for younger children so they can reach the higher rail when required.

If you have children sharing a room use the lower rail for the smallest child and the top for the eldest.

. Hang like with like in order of sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve, cardigans/jumpers. Additionally shorts, skirts, leggings, pants, jeans.


divide and conquer

Shoe boxes or draw organisers are great for dividing up draws and keeping their content contained.


baskets on shelves can be great for

items you prefer to fold or those hard to hang items like shorts or bulky jumpers, as they act like draws.


follow Robyn’s daily organis ing tips on face book

Attach a strip of felt underneath to prevent them scratching the shelf. Identify one basket for each clothing type and get the kids to help create badges to tie on.


be sure to get the kids involved. Their


rotate items based on


utilise the back of wardrobe doors.

sense of pride in helping to create their space will encourage them to also maintain it, and even get involved in putting away their washing.

seasonal needs. Remove or donate items that no longer fit. It’s a great way to also know what you need to shop for.

Great for hanging school bags, jackets or scarves without cluttering up the appearance of the room. 3M offer a fantastic range which can be easily moved to suit changing needs and are great if you’re renting.

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so now that’s sorted how do you stop those morning tantrums over what to wear? incorporate a new step into your nightime routine... Get the kids to choose their clothes for the next day. Let them know what the weather will be and the most appropriate clothing items i.e. skirt, singlet, short sleeve top, cardigan and stockings. With your newly organised wardrobe, the selection process will be much easier. Also gives you the chance to wash any last minute uniform or special items the night before they need them.

let go of your ideals on how you think they should look... Don’t get too hung up on what matches and what doesn’t. You’ll only end up in another tantrum based situation. Children need to experiment with their choices, its’ part of learning and a way for them to express their individuality. So let them! The outfits my children come up with are sometimes hideous and other times they manage to pull off the perfect outfit from items I would never have thought to team together. Be sure to praise their ability! Trust me their sense of pride, the smile on their faces and the ‘how do I look Mummy’ comments are worth every mismatched outfit. More importantly the kids will be only too happy to get dressed the next morning as they chose their outfit and can’t wait to put it on.

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a place for everything... When it comes to organising any space it’s not only about ‘the stuff.’ Giving everything a home creates calmness for both your mind and spaces. Systems and routines are a big part of the process too and ensure you don’t end up back at square one in a few weeks. These systems provide an ease of use for everyone. Additionally they allow for independence, save on space, create a home for everything and in turn make it easier for you/ the kids to find and put clothing away when clean. . Most importantly they will save you time, money and your sanity and make that morning routine run more smoothly and have you out the door on time.

Now that’s sure to make the morning routine a little more bearable!

for more great organising/ storage solutions contact Bless This Mess Robyn Amott on 0407 757 466 or at www. blessthismess.com.au, or follow my daily tips on Facebook www.facebook.com/ BlessthisMessOrganising. To locate your nearest Professional Organiser go to www.aapo.org.au

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mirror,mirror on the wall...

Handmade red Blooms by The Fabric Florist small $8 Med $10 www.thefabricflorist.com.au Images by Proof of Life www.proofoflife.com.au Props from Gather Vintage Hire gathervintagehire@hotmail.com


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Once Upon a Time

design challenge We spoke to three of our favourite designers, and set them the challenge of creating a design board - the brief was quite simply to be inspired by ‘Once Upon a Time’ and using Australian suppliers, where possible handmade. Each designer interpreted this in their own way and three deliciously different boards came back - we love them all! Read on to see their boards, and find out a little more about each stylist and the gorgeous products they’ve selected...

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Lots of mixed and matched fabrics that were hand made, used from sheets, pillowcases and old clothing.

In this design I have used vintage elements such as the iron bed, studded arm chair and the lamp shade but chose a pastel pink bed, a rich velvet armchair and a cluster of small vintage style shades, to give the room a modern yet old world feel. This vintage poster is very sweet and rag dolls were very popular before barbie and cabbage patch kids. The bunting also adds a modern touch but vintage fabric was used to complement the design of this little girl’s once upon a time room.

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Jacinda Malloy

Hide & Sleep | www.hidesleep.com.au

Hi, I am Jacinda. I am a thirty-something, child loving, dog friendly girl, who loves a cup of tea. Having worked in the world of fashion at L’Oreal, then owning a successful home wares shop, my life now revolves around wall stickers, cot dimensions, double sided tape, and children telling me that green and purple look good together (and so it does). After studying at the Interior Design Institute, Hide & Sleep evolved from my love of children and all things whimsical, artistic and fun. I can design a serene space for your newborn, an inspiring place of learning for your toddler or an enchanted, creative world for your children, teenagers or tweens. I know where to find hidden gems, have an eye for detail and the ability to bring things together within your budget (this comes from having an Accountant as a partner).

1. Meggy lampshade Pendants - www.domayneonline.com.au 2. Vintage Deer Poster - www.letitiamorris.com 3. Polly bed - www.incyinteriors.com.au 4. Utterly Scrumptious bunting - www.larkmade.com.au 5. Milicent Ruby Rag doll - www.raggidyragdolls.com.au 6. Sweet bone inlay side table - www.rubystar.com 7. Patchwork quilt - www.rubystar.com 8. Paisley vintage pink cushion - www.sallycampbell.com.au 9. Green flowers vintage cushion - www.sallycampbell.com.au 10. Velvet arm chair - www.rubystar.com

Above all I enjoy working with both parents and children to create a space that your little ones won’t want to leave.

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Belinda Nihill


Nest Design Studio | www.nestdesignstudio.com.a

Hi, I’m Belinda and I am an interior designer specialising in nursery and children’s rooms. Nest Design Studio creates beautiful rooms for beautiful babies Australia wide. As a qualified interior designer (and mum of 2 little boys), I know not only the practicalities involved with designing a

room, but also how to make it a stunning room where your little one can dream, play and love. I will work with your taste, style and budget and design consultations are

completed by email, skype or phone. Regardless of where you live in Australia, I can design a room your little one (whatever their age!).

1. Little Prince Crowns 2. Cuckoo for Coco – Little Sunshine Dolls 3. Calamity bolt hobby horse 4. Love Mae – Flower bed linen 5. Hugs & Inspiration – Intricate butterfly 6. Banana J – Mini lace teepee 7. Lark Made – Rabbit light 8. Bubby makes three – Pastel whimsical bird wreath 9. Tea for Evie – Carnival Collection scallop bunting 10. Incy Interiors – Jemima Cot

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As soon as I saw the ‘once upon a time’brief, I knew what style of room I wanted to create; a room fit for a little princess. Swirls of delicate pink, lace and slightly whimsical... tickletheimagination.com.au 121

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Nicole Nicol Alphabet monkey | www.etsy.com/shop/alphab


Alphabet Monkey designs and creates

unique boutique bedlinen for little

guys from our little shack in a beautiful

coastal village on the east coast of

Australia. I love colour, sunny days,

interior design, gardening, a good

glass of NZ sav blanc, morning walks

with my little man, painting, sewing,

morrocan design, the colour aqua, a

cuppa with a friend, cool kids things,

renovating my shack..and of course

designing and creating one of a kind


I think little boys need more options so

I design and create them myself. I love

to create contemporary crib quilts

with a professional, high quality finish

for the discerning parent who wants

something unique for their little guy.

Woodland by Lydia Meiying - Wallpaper Republic www.dtll.com.au, Arrow cushion by Collection of Cool - www.dtll.com.au, Caravan Cot and dresser in black - www.kidostore.com, Fawn nightlight - www.lark. com.au, Chevron cushion or Chevron Quilt/Floor rug in Buttercup Yellow - www.alphabetmonkey.etsy.com, Forest friends mobile - www.minnimeca.com.au, Fox Softie - WinterPetals on etsy, Vintage chair LuccieLou on etsy, Woodman - TheForestFlaw on etsy, Stag trophy head - Green with Envy www.dtll.com.au tickletheimagination.com.au 123

The sun was still below the horizon, when the sound of a pipe wafted through the streets of Hamelin. The pied piper slowly made his way through the houses and behind him flocked the rats...

Knitted beanies by Merry-go-round - www.etsy.com/shop/MerryGoRoundHANDMADE

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creativeescapes Isn’t it time you connected with your creative side?

Free Range Living is an emporium of all Australian made gifts, fashion, home wares and fine foods, with a creative learning environment that inspires all who visit!


Located opposite the beautiful Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, where Captain James Cook first landed the Endeavour on Australian soil in 1770. The perfect destination for a family drive, take in the historic site, ride bikes through the park, a spot of whale watching, a paddle in the shores of Botany Bay, and join in on some of the creative programs that Free Range Living has to offer.

Treehouse Textiles

Mum and Me CreativiTea Wed and Fri 9:30-11:30am | Sun 10:30-12:30pm. These are a great bonding and social exerience, where mums, or dads, or grandparents, work on a creative hand craft project with the youngsters, whilst enoying a scrumptious morning tea together. Cost is $20 for one parent and child (includes all creative materials, servings of sweet treats, apple juice and tea) Extra children $10 each. Lego CreativiTea sessions Sat 9:30-11:30am Enjoy some creative play with a great collection of Lego, with yummy morning tea served to kids and parents. Cost is $15 for one parent and child (includes Lego play, serving of sweets treats, apple juice and tea) extra child $7 each

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Kids Fashion School an 8 week program that runs through school term, facilitated by fashion designer Laura Maidment. Over the course of the program, kids learn techniques in hand and machine sewing, applique, design and will make a variety of hair and fashion accessories, plus their own clothing! Suitable for 8-14years. Adult CreativiTea sessions Thu 9:30-12:30 BYO your UFO! Enjoy some great creative company whilst working on your own handcraft project, purchase one of our kits in store, or sign up to one of our skills workshops! PLUS LOTS MORE!! Visit www.freerangeliving.co for details Free Range Living Shop 1, 2 Prince Charles Pde

Kurnell, NSW

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Eden Dreams Jewellery workshop Designer/Creator Jenny Oldham is the force behind Eden Dreams and comes from an artistic background. Originally studying Photographic Art at degree level, she went on to work as a professional photographer for a number of years. She now focuses her attention to the study of nature, and designs diverse pieces which reflect her passions. Contact Jenny for details of her workshops.

Perth, WA Jenny Oldham edendreams@live.com.au www.madeit.com.au/EdenDreams

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OWL KNOW HOW Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles

Owl Know How by Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles Publisher: Thames & Hudson | ISBN: 9780500500323

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by Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles

Review by Emma Perry | My Book Corner Images courtesy of www.owlknowhow.com

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I’m sure there was a time when Children’s books were made exclusively for children, fortunately the talented creativity poured in to the really great books mean that many serve to delight the adults as well as their children. Owl Know How, with its plethora of handmade loveliness, is certainly one of those cross over books. Owl Know How began life as an animation which combined the talents of Cat Rabbit, a talented indie textile artist, with animator Isobel Knowles. The stop-motion animation is deliciously reminiscent of 1970’s children’s programmes with

clear actions and expressive music negating the need for any narration. Whilst exhibiting at the No Vacancy Project Space in Melbourne they were approached by publisher Thames & Hudson … and the picture book was born!

The attention to detail, the creativity, will leave you pouring over the details long after you have completed each sentence to graded be graded StillStill to be

She even makes owls. Cornelia’s little owls can fly around on their own!

Cornelia likes owls. She likes them better than anything.

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Owl Know How features Cornelia Rabbit as the owl obsessed inhabitant of Cloud Town living next door to the cute, spectacle wearing Orvi. The inhabitants of Cloud Town appear to be having quite an idealistic life until one day they are attacked by tree branches poking up, well, everywhere!! Cornelia soon hatches a plan which involves everybody coming together to make lots of ... owls! The attention to detail, the creativity, will leave you pouring over the details long after you have completed each sentence. – from the pictures and postcards pinned to Cornelia’s fridge, to the pale blue sock dangling out of the open drawer. All of the items have been hand crafted from felt, whilst the town buildings have been crafted from cardboard and adorned

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with felt detailing - this is sure to inspire rainy day afternoon inspired activities either in the classroom or home. The endnotes are a delight. The autumnal coloured clouds dotted with owls compliment the pages perfectly. Tucked inside the back cover is a perfect surprise, a cleverly concealed envelope containing an Owl Know How Owl Pattern complete with instructions, together with directions to an online tutorial, especially created for fans of Cornelia. Perfect!


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handmade & creative markets

A gorgeous collection of handmade and creative markets for you to explore. Please click the links alongside each listing for full details and to check for changes.


VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rosestmarket.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gormanhousemarkets.co m.au VIC, Yarraville Markets, www.facebook.com/yarravillemarke ts QLD, Homestyle Market, www.homestylemarket.com.au QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundimarkets.com.au


QLD, Ruffled Bazaar, www.ruffledbazaar.com.au SA, Boutique Markets, www.boutiquemarkets.com.au QLD, Kerbside Lane Markets, www.kerbsidelanemarkets.tum blr.com SA, Lollipop Markets, www.lollipopmarkets.com.au ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.com.au


VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rosestmarket.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gormanhousemarkets.co m.au Somers Winter Market, www.somerswintermarket.com.au QLD, Bris-Style, www.bris-style.com QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundimarkets.com.au QLD, Mamma’s Market, www.mammasmarket.com.au WA, Polkadot Vintage Market, www.facebook.com/PolkaD otVintageMarketPerth


TAS, Boutique Markets, www.boutiquemarkets.com.au NSW, Handmade Craft Market, www.handmadecraftmarket.c om.au NSW, Muddi Boutique Market, www.muddi.com.au ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.com.au WA, Polkadot Vintage Market, www.facebook.com/PolkaD otVintageMarketPerth

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stmarket.com.au VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rose housemarkets.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gorman rkets.com.au QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundima ket.com.au WA, Wedding Upmarket, www.perthupmar


rkets.com.au QLD, Creative Markets, www.creativema rkets.com.au ema WA, Boutique Markets, www.boutiqu ordpress.com VIC, Bend & Snap, www.bendandsnap.w lgravemakersmarket.com.au VIC, Mulgrave Makers Market, www.mu om.au ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.c


stmarket.com.au VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rose housemarkets.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gorman rkets.blogspot.com.au NSW, Dreamers Markets, www.dreamersma rkets.com.au QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundima treemarket.com.au olive NSW, The Olive Tree Market, www.the


gbirdmarkets.blogspot.com.au NSW, Hummingbird Markets, www.hummin KinKinmarket QLD, Kin Kin Market, www.facebook.com/ au om. m.c ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obd


stmarket.com.au VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rose housemarkets.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gorman om/yarravillemarkets VIC, Yarraville Markets, www.facebook.c arket.com.au QLD, Homestyle Market, www.homestylem rkets.com.au QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundima com.au NSW, Muddi Boutique Market, www.muddi.


om.au QLD, Ruffled Bazaar, www.ruffledbazaar.c lanemarkets.tumblr.com side .kerb QLD, Kerbside Lane Markets, www om.au ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.c

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VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rosestmarket.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gormanhousemarkets.co m.au QLD, Billycart Markets, www.billycartmarkets.com.au QLD, Bris-Style, www.bris-style.com QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundimarkets.com.au Marubyrnong Makers Market, www.maribyrnongmakersmarket.c om.au


ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.com.au


VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rosestmarket.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gormanhousemarkets.co m.au QLD, Eumundi Markets, www.eumundimarkets.com.au QLD, Mamma’s Market, www.mammasmarket.com.au


VIC, Mulgrave Makers Market, www.mulgravemakersmarket. com.au ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.com.au WA, Perth Upmarket, www.perthupmarket.com.au


VIC, The Rose St Artists Market, www.rosestmarket.com.au ACT, Gorman House Markets, www.gormanhousemarkets.co m.au ACT, Handmade Canberra, www.handmadecanberra.com.au


QLD, Creative Markets, www.creativemarkets.com.au VIC, Bend & Snap, www.bendandsnap.wordpress.com ACT, Handmade Canberra, www.handmadecanberra.com.au WA, Market Girl, www.marketgirl.com.au ACT, Old Bus Depot Market, www.obdm.com.au

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