GIVEAWAY - Take Four from WallFry!

Woohoo! Giveaway day has rolled around again and today we’re welcoming the awesome crew from WallFry. These guys make a huge range of modern art prints for kids… and since the summer holidays are almost upon us (the perfect time for a room makeover) WallFry would like to treat one lucky reader to their choice of any four prints in the collection! Get your entries in folks!

WallFry Art Prints, Giveaway, Win

Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win any four art prints from WallFry? To enter, simply visit WallFry and tell us what you’d buy if you win! Please submit your entry through the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also score extra entries into the prize draw by joining us on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway. Entries open worldwide. Winner announced on 6 November, 2014.

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Schmooks Pre-Christmas Sale - 50% off!

Schmooks are having a Pre-Christmas Sale with an amazing 50% off all children’s art prints and greeting cards and 30% off fabric wall stickers! What a wonderful way to stock up on gifts for children this Christmas. Enter the following codes at the checkout to redeem your discount. Sale ends on Sunday 26 October.

Code for art prints: Schmooksart
Code for wall stickers: Schmookssticker

Schmooks Children's Art Sale

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>> Shop the sale at Schmooks

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Animal Tales by Key Wilde and Mr Clarke!

We’ve been having all kinds of fun this week listening to the new release from Key Wilde and Mr Clarke. It’s called Animal Tales and it’s jam packed with adventures and stories about animals, both factual and funny, with a liberal helping of whimsy (as expected from this super cool duo). It’s my pleasure to provide you with some ear candy… listen below!

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One this album you’ll find both upbeat and chilled out tunes. I particular enjoy the first track ‘Animal Kingdom’ as it is super catchy. I also like ‘Bear Song’ as we’re big bear fans in this house! Oh, and no self-respecting Aussie could go past the song ‘Platypus’… not to mention they’re one of the coolest animals on the planet!

Key Wilde and Mr Clarke never disappoint with their musical offerings and we’re always so pleased to add their new releases to our regular playlist. This album is a winner… especially with road trip season almost upon us. Hooray for summer!

>> Find out more about Key Wilde & Mr Clarke (or buy the album) here

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Designer of the Week - Nurture Imagine Create

Let’s hear it for the boys! I’m so pleased today to introduce you to my new friend Ashleigh from Nurture Imagine Create. Ashleigh has whipped up something super stylish and delightfully dashing for the little guys today, handmade in her home studio in Darwin. We’re a little bit smitten, scroll down to see what we mean!

Nurture Imagine Create Handmade Children's Clothing

The Product Review

The Nurture Imagine Create Blue Spot Collared Shirt is made from soft chambray cotton fabric, which is lightweight and cool enough to wear right through spring and over summer. Rather than buttons, this shirt has metal snaps to make dressing a breeze, which is especially useful if your little guy is learning to dress himself.

The contrasting pocket has a light blue background with little white crowns, and the stitching and finishing is impeccable.We recommend rolling up the sleeves of this shirt, slicking back your little guy’s hair, and pairing with your favourite jeans or flat front shorts for an ultra stylin’ rockabilly look…

The verdict… Exceptional quality and so much style!

Nurture Imagine Create Handmade Children's Clothing

The Indie Label

Ashleigh started her label with a drive to create something unique for boys. She explains, “Like many mums in business, my business grew out of a need I had of my own – trendy boys clothing – that wasn’t white or light colours and wasn’t your basic shirt and shorts. There is so much on offer for girls, so many accessories & clothing options, but there was nothing for little boys”.

“NIC began in mid 2011, but I chose to put it back on the shelf temporarily when I went back to university to complete my post graduate studies in primary teaching. I returned to NIC, as full-time creator in November 2012 – so we are just shy of 2 years!”

Nurture Imagine Create Handmade Children's Clothing

The Creative Mind

Ashleigh chose her business name to reflect the new, exciting, and maternal feelings that she had as a new mum…. “The need to nurture not only my son but also myself, my new self, allowing me to still be ‘me’ but also a stay at home mum. As a stay at home mum (with only one child at the time) I had the chance and the time revisit some of my favourite past times, one of which was sewing. Drawing on what I learnt from my mum and also from my Textiles & Design teacher in year 11 & 12, I slowly began creating for my little boy”.

Ashleigh chooses designer fabrics, often imported from around the world, to ensure they are high quality and will last through many washes and wears. She draws inspiration from her two boys, Oliver (3.5 years) and Fletcher (10 months), and also spends a lot of time reading a vast array of fashion blogs to get a feel of what is happening in the fashion industry. Ashleigh says, “Although I like to follow trends, I also choose clothing designs for their practical nature, designs that are suitable for children, and fabrics that are known for their longevity”.

Nurture Imagine Create Handmade Children's Clothing

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Ashleigh (in her own words):

  • I have an Undergraduate degree in Contemporary Arts Majoring in Dance & a post Graduate diploma in Primary Teaching.

  • We had a baby, then built a house, then got married.. some would say we did things backwards.

  • We are currently living in Darwin (for my husband’s work) & we had to find a larger house as I needed a designated studio for NIC!

The Handmade Collection

Ashleigh creates a range of handmade clothing for both boys and girls, and you can find her wares online via Madeit.

Nurture Imagine Create Handmade Children's Clothing

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