Craft and handmade

August 3, 2013

Make something this weekend: Knit an adorable kerchief

Kerchief knitting pattern tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Isn’t this the most adorable knitted kerchief you’ve seen? You can make it yourself with this excellent tutorial by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots for Tuts+.

Knit kerchief tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

The step-by-step tutorial has full photography and is perfect for knitters of all levels. In fact, if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to knit, you might like to follow the series of Knitting Fundamentals tutorials.

Knit a kerchief tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

I love that Andi shows you how to style the kerchief for two completely different looks. Such a sweet vintage look, don’t you think?

Head over to Tuts+ for the full step-by-step tutorial.


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July 30, 2013

Make it: Vintage floral Hama bead coasters

Hama bead vintage floral coaster tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Do you love making things with Hama (or Perler) beads? You might like to try this easy tutorial I created for Crafttuts+.

Hama bead vintage floral coaster tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

I was inspired by big, bold vintage florals, the kind you’d find on domestic bed linen from the ’60s and ’70s. What do you think?

Vintage floral Hama bead coasters tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Head over to Crafttuts+ for the full step-by-step tutorial.


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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


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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


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July 21, 2013

Make this weekend: Crochet a set of rainbow nesting baskets

Rainbow rochet nesting baskets tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Here’s a great project to make this weekend: a set of crocheted rainbow nesting baskets. The step-by-step tutorial by the rather brilliant Marinke of A Creative Being for Crafttuts+ is perfect for crochet beginners and you can use them to store all sorts of knick-knacks – or they’d make a fun tactile toy for babies.

Crochet Rainbow Nesting Baskets Tutorial via Craft.tutsplus.com

Head on over to craft.tutsplus.com (my other wee baby) for the full tutorial here.


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July 17, 2013

Sydney design: Bright and bold new DAN300 textiles

Spring Dan300 cushions via WeeBirdy.comDAN300 Babcha Luxe spring textiles. Photography courtesy of DAN300.

I’m super-excited to exclusively reveal a sneak peek of the new DAN300 spring/summer 2013 collection of textiles on Wee Birdy. I’ve had my eye on Sydney designer and director of DAN300 Daniella (Dani) Rosen for the past few years, as each new collection grew bigger – and brighter.

It was only last year that DAN300 launched their very first collection of cushions – before that, the business was primarily focused on stationery and small accessories. The new spring/summer 2013 collection marks a new level of maturity for the design studio – and look how much it shines!


Dan300 spring textiles via WeeBirdy.com
DAN300 Nana’s Garage Folkland textiles. Photography courtesy of DAN300.

DAN300′s signature kaleidoscopic use of colour and pattern in last year’s Babcha Luxe collection is reflected in the new collection, with a soft new ‘aqua’ colour-way available in a range of cushions and handy zip-cases. The harlequin, fish scale and geometric prints are back, re-worked with a mid-century influence which would work beautifully in any retro-inspired or contemporary setting.

DAN300 cushions via WeeBirdy.com

I’m also loving the relaunched Nana’s Garage collection, with its ’60s folk-inspired floral prints that are worked through the range of cushions, zip cases and a collection of new softies for babies and kids.

Dan300 softies and zip pouches via WeeBirdy.com
DAN300 new Nana’s Garage Folkland softies and zip pouches. Photography courtesy of DAN300.

The textiles ranges are named after Dani’s grandmothers: Babcha Luxe is named after her maternal grandmother (‘babcha’ is Polish for grandma); and Nana’s Garage is named after her paternal grandmother, whose garage was often used as storage for DAN300′s early collections.

I like that Dani has brought a personal ‘family story’ to her collection, as her brightly-coloured, vivid designs are at once fresh, contemporary and nostalgic – and the collection has been cleverly designed to layer throughout the home.

DAN300 textiles for Spring via WeeBirdy.comDan300 Babcha Luxe aqua textiles. Photography courtesy of Dan300.

I’m rather keen on the smart collection of zip cases (below), which would make very handy emergency-nappy pouches for your handbag, as well as sweet little bags for make-up, craft supplies or pencils.

DAN300 zipcases pouches via WeeBirdy.comDAN300 zipcase via WeeBirdy.com
Dan300 Babcha Luxe accessories. Photography courtesy of Dan300.

DAN300 will be at the upcoming Home & Giving Trade Fair in Melbourne, where Nana’s Garage relaunch will make its debut.

DAN300 cushion via WeeBirdy.com
Dan300 Babcha Luxe Brights cushion. Photography courtesy of Dan300.

DAN 300 cushions via WeeBirdy.com

DAN300′s new spring/summer collection will be available to pre-order online from August 1, 2013. The new products will be shipped out from August 18. But in the meantime, check out the current collection. There is free shipping within Australia for all orders over $50. Click here for a list of stockists.

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