Babies and Kids

November 18, 2013

My Etsy Picks for Christmas: Presents for Babies


There is so much handmade loveliness for little ones on Etsy right now. Check out my full list of Christmas presents for babies by clicking on the image above. Happy shopping! Tell  me which presents caught your eye.

Disclosure: Wee Birdy is a member of the Etsy affiliate program.

Did you like this post? Click  
Share this story by clicking one of the links below.
Tweet this   Post to Facebook    Stumble this    Add to del.icio.us    Email this    Pin It!

July 28, 2013

Wee find: Marcelle Crosby’s folded paper dresses

I stumbled across Marcelle Crosby’s folded paper dresses while researching my top 12 affordable art prints for babies and children’s rooms, and thought they deserved a post to themselves.

Marcelle Crosby's folded paper dress via WeeBirdy.com
The Traveller by Marcelle Crosby.

The Melbourne-based artist’s astonishingly beautiful – and completely unique -  mini works of art are made using paper prints and maps, and they would make a gorgeous decoration on the wall of any little girl’s room.

Marcelle folded paper frocks via WeeBirdy.com
Miss Italy and Miss Paris Pink by Marcelle Crosby.

Each dress tells a story, so if you or your wee one has a special connection to Paris, the vintage-style map dress of ‘Miss Paris’ would make a delightful keepsake. The paper-folded pieces are sold on the hanger, so you can directly hang on them on the wall, or get them framed.

I really love the way they look on the hangers, and these paper-folded wee beauties would add such a unique textural layer – and handmade element – to any child’s space.

Marcelle Crosby folded paper frocks via WeeBirdy.com
Clockwise from top left: Cats; Miss NYC 2; Around the World; Dogs; all by Marcelle Crosby.

My personal favourite is The Traveller, pictured at the top of the post, which features a vivid nostalgic print of vintage travel luggage tags. But I’ve also got a soft spot for Miss London, naturally. I’m seriously considering get it for myself!

Marcelle Crosby folded paper frocks via WeeBirdy.com
Miss New York, left and Miss Paris red by Marcelle Crosby.

Each folded dress is AU$70 and can be found in Marcelle Crosby’s store on Down that Little Lane.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
12 more beautiful baby presents, from £2.72
A wee tour: My modern vintage baby’s room
Top 12 affordable art prints for children’s rooms
Wee find: Laikonik once-a-year baby record books
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys


Did you like this post? Click  
Share this story by clicking one of the links below.
Tweet this   Post to Facebook    Stumble this    Add to del.icio.us    Email this    Pin It!

July 27, 2013

12 more beautiful baby presents, from £2.72

I’m on a bit of a roll with baby presents right now, and I thought you might like to see the rest of my pastel-hued favourites. Most of these presents I’ve sourced from Etsy, which is actually one of the best online shopping destinations for baby gifts.

Prices start at £2.72 – if you knit the nappy cover yourself! I’ve thrown in the odd bright present because pastels mixed with brights is bang on-trend right now. So if you’re after a contemporary nursery, add a splash of yellow or red to your pastel mix.

My favourite present? Definitely the hand-knitted personalised dolly rattles (no. 2) by Chickabiddy, via Etsy. I’ve given many a sock doll rattle to my friends’ new babies. They make such a sweet little present and a nice little keepsake.

12 best baby presents via WeeBirdy.com

1. Hot air balloon wall stickers, £18 from Belle & Boo.
2. Lil sock baby rattle, £13.59 from Chickabiddy Baby Boutique’s Etsy shop.
3. Rubber duck diaper cover knitting pattern, £2.72 for an instant downloadable PDF from Easy Care Knits’ Etsy shop.
4. Baby bird mobile in gender-neutral hues, £66.58 from Baby Jives Co’s Etsy shop.
5. Knitted wrap cardigan, now AU$27.48 by Pure Baby.
6. Maple crochet teething rings, £11.55 from Apple n Amos’s Etsy shop.
7. Baby blue diaper covers, £14.95 from Mabel’s Etsy shop.
8. Personalised alphabet block print, £25 from Ruka-Ruka.
9. Ducky tee, AU$24.95 from Seed.
10. Sea breeze bonnet, US$48 from Misha and Puff
11. Pink forest ballet slippers, £29.21 from Evie Lala’s Etsy shop.
12. Boo and friends boys mug, £6 from Belle & Boo.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
A wee tour: My modern vintage baby’s room
Top 12 affordable art prints for children’s rooms
Wee find: Laikonik once-a-year baby record books
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys


Did you like this post? Click  
Share this story by clicking one of the links below.
Tweet this   Post to Facebook    Stumble this    Add to del.icio.us    Email this    Pin It!

July 26, 2013

A wee tour: My modern vintage baby’s room

It’s funny the things you forget. Like the little details in my son’s room when he first arrived. It’s been two years since these photos were taken, but since I’m running a week of all things related to babies and kids, I thought you might like to see how I decorated his room back then.

A wee vintage modern nursery room tour via WeeBirdy.comAll photography by Lucas Boyd.

There was no real plan or theme, as you can see from the photos (although there are a lot of birds and bunnies, naturally). I was fiercely opposed to anything too matchy-matchy, or beige and neutral. I wanted a light, bright and happy space for my new baby – and me.

I’ve spent a lot of hours in this room – and now that it’s home to a very busy two-year-old, quite a lot of things have changed. But one thing that hasn’t changed is my love of print and pattern, and my magpie approach to decorating.

A wee nursery room tour via WeeBirdy.com

Modern vintage nursery tour via WeeBirdy.com

I guess you could call Harry’s room modern vintage – but really, we were confined by a tight budget – and space. And like so many other new parents, we trotted off to IKEA for the requisite Expedit shelves and chest of drawers.

The rest of the space I filled with vintage and second-hand-stuff, like the Stokke cot I bought for a song on eBay. And I didn’t want to splash out on a new rocking chair or anything that was marketed as a ‘nursing chair’, so I made do with a mid-century chair that I bought and had reupholstered by the brilliant A Pair of Chairs in Redfern.

The teak arms of the chair were instantly ‘christened’ by my son on the first day we brought him home, so I hastily covered it with a mix of second-hand granny blankets, quilts and cushions.

Children's book shelf using IKEA spice racks via WeeBirdy.com

Harry's nursery room tour via WeeBirdy.comBlabla bird mobile via WeeBirdy.com

Budget and space were also major factors to consider when it came to buying baby furniture. So much in fact, that I was vehemently opposed to anything that had a sole ‘baby furniture’ purpose. So instead of buying a new nappy change table, we made do with a change mat on top of the IKEA set of drawers. And instead of a separate Moses basket or basinette, Harry slept in his cot from day one. I also decided against buying a bulky baby bath, so a baby seat in our bath did the job just as well.

Modern vintage baby's room via WeeBirdy.comModern vintage baby's room via WeeBirdy.com

Modern vintage nursery tour via WeeBirdy.comI introduced colour and texture into what was an otherwise plain white space with my own childhood toys, new finds, and the many generous gifts from friends. My beloved Little Wanderer by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara – a gift from a friend for my 30th birthday – found a new home on Harry’s shelves.

You can also see the hand-painted cotton reel garland that my mum and sister made for me when I was born. And if you look carefully, you’ll be able to spot my childhood copy of M Sasek’s This is Sydney, along with my childhood Mr Potato Head, fuzzy felt board, red school case, wooden xylophone and Danish wooden fish puzzle. And like every other design blogger with a baby two years ago, I duly bought the IKEA spice racks and re-purposed them as rather nifty book racks. Ha!

Modern vintage baby's room via WeeBirdy.comModern vintage baby's room via WeeBirdy.com

Vintage wallpaper giraffe decal via WeeBirdy.comTo keep things fresh and to add a splash of greenery, I popped a pot plant on top of Harry’s shelves – it’s still there but it’s now filled with dinosaurs.

Here’s a wee list of some of the things you can see in his room. Most of these things were gifts but I’ve provided sources where possible.

Vintage fabric bunting by Hazy Jane from My Messy Room.
Babar print from a seller on the banks of the Seine, Paris.
Original Winnie the Pooh etching, from a bookshop in Cecil’s Court, London.
White Expedit shelving unit (lying in its side) from IKEA.
Malm chest of drawers (with Cath Kidston nappy change mat on top) from IKEA.
Hen and chicks mobile by Flensted.
White crochet granny square rug by IDA Interior Lifestyle’s Etsy shop.
Alphabet blocks, a gift from a friend, can be bought here.
Yoshitomo Nara’s Little Wanderer.
Heico rabbit lamp, kindly gifted by Caravan Interiors.
Small hand painted tambourine
, trimmed with vintage ribbons by Claire Fletcher from Made in Hastings.
Vintage chair re-upholstered by a A Pair of Chairs.
Birdy cushions from Habitat, London.
Vintage wallpaper animal wall decals from Inke Heiland.
Bajo wooden bird abacus from My Messy Room.
Bajo red wooden bus from My Messy Room.
Old fairground wooden battleships from Pedlars‘ Notting Hill shop.
Much loved McNuttie the Squirrel, kindly gifted by BlaBla Kids.
Multibirds mobile, gifted by BlaBla.
Red bird dream ring, gifted by BlaBla Kids.

Modern vintage baby's room via WeeBirdy.com

Photography by Lucas Boyd.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
Top 12 affordable art prints for children’s rooms
Wee find: Laikonik once-a-year baby record books
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys


Did you like this post? Click  
Share this story by clicking one of the links below.
Tweet this   Post to Facebook    Stumble this    Add to del.icio.us    Email this    Pin It!

July 25, 2013

Top 12 affordable art prints for babies and kids

Decorating a child’s room can feel a tad overwhelming when there are so many options available. And let’s not even mention wave of confusion – and sensory overload, once you start wading through Pinterest. If you’re not quite brave to go down the wallpaper route, you might want to consider a collection of beautiful art prints. It’s a certainly more flexible and affordable option for adding colour, detail and interest – and prints are perfect for renters.

But where to start? I’ve curated my top 12 favourite art prints, which would make wonderfully vibrant additions to any child’s room.

Lesley Barnes V&A Museum of Childhood print via WeeBirdy.comTop 12 Affordable Children's Art Prints via WeeBirdy.com

1. Lesley Barnes ‘Imagination’ print, £12 from the V&A Museum of Childhood.
2. Jamie Nash I’d Like to Be A Red Bus Driver hand-pulled silkscreen printed, £35 + p&p from I’d Like to Be.
3. Hello Marine ‘Une Pomme’ limited edition print of 100, AU$44 from Hello Polly.

Top 12 Children's Art Prints via WeeBirdy.com
4. Bianca Gomez ‘Bonjour’ art print, AU$30 from Hello Polly.
5. Amyisla McCombie ‘Grand Old Duke of York’ limited edition print of 100, £26.73 from Amyisla Illustration’s Etsy shop.
6. Paul Thurlby alphabet giclee prints, signed and numbered limited edition print of 200, £45 from Paul Thurlby.
7. Hello DODO Lion Party art print, £10 from Hello DODO’s Etsy shop.
8. Ashley Percival ‘Biking Animal Friends’ print, £26.72 from Ashely Percival’s Etsy shop.

Top 12 art prints for children's rooms via WeeBirdy.comTop 12 art prints for children's rooms via WeeBirdy.com
9. Made by Cecilie ‘The Queen’ print, AU$24.95 by children’s dept from Down that Little Lane.
10. Camila Lundsten ‘Rain Littlephant’ art print, AU$36 from Hello Polly.
11. Hanna Melin ’10 Birds’ art print, AU$35 from Hello Polly.
12. Missy Minzy ‘I Love You Long Time’ archival art print, AU$40 from Down that Little Lane.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
Wee find: Laikonik once-a-year baby record books
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys

Did you have a favourite print or painting in your room when you were little? What’s your favourite work now?


Did you like this post? Click  
Share this story by clicking one of the links below.
Tweet this   Post to Facebook    Stumble this    Add to del.icio.us    Email this    Pin It!

July 25, 2013

Wee find: Laikonik Once a Year Baby Books


I hate to admit that it’s taken me a full 29 months to even start thinking about putting together a baby record book. It’s been playing on my mind for ages, as I fret about the thousands of un-edited baby photos sitting on our hard drive, and that I’ll forget all the important details and milestones. Am I the only one who’s spectacularly crap at all of this?

But just last weekend I stumbled across the most exquisite handcrafted solution – Laikonik Once a Year Baby Books.

Laikonik blue bird once a year baby book via WeeBirdy.com

These beautiful, hand-bound books have a clever concertina design so you can stand and display the book, or store it away in the sleeve. I love that in terms of record-keeping, it’s all about once-a-year – meaning you only need to insert one photo to represent each year of life. There is hope yet!

Laikonik once a year baby record book via WeeBirdy.com

Laikonik once a year baby record book via WeeBirdy.comLaikonik once a year baby record book via WeeBirdy.com

There is space to document all the important milestones from the year, and over the course of 18 years the book becomes an incredibly beautiful narrative of your child’s life. And you don’t feel like such a craptacular mum, afterall.

The books are handmade in Australia using acid-free, archival quality paper. The gorgeous Polish folk-art inspired motifs on the cover and matching bag are silk-screenprinted onto industrial hemp, and come in four different colour ways, with a choice of a birdy or horse design.

These bundles of memory-keeping goodness also come with a companion ‘chatter book’, so you can document all the things your kids say over the years.

I haven’t stopped thinking about these Laikonik’s genius baby books since I spotted them in Sydney’s Workshopped a couple of weeks ago – and now I can’t wait to begin my son’s story.

Laikonik Once a Year Book, AU$80.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys


Did you like this post? Click  
Share this story by clicking one of the links below.
Tweet this   Post to Facebook    Stumble this    Add to del.icio.us    Email this    Pin It!
← Older posts | 

Sponsors



NET-A-PORTER UK





Benefit Cosmetics (UK)

Cath Kidston Ltd.
Cult Beauty Ltd.

Mental Health Week

#DECOREX100

I also write for Kidspot:



Search Wee Birdy

Subscribe to Wee Birdy


Delivered by FeedBurner

I'm a social birdy







Free downloads

Add some Wee Birdy to your life with these freebies.

Birdy's blogroll

Essential reading

Magazines

Aussies

Sydney shops

Londoners

London shops

Fashion

Design

Handmade

Beauty

Street Style

Other good ones

Beauty Directory