GIVEAWAY - Win a Hattie Dress from Cecil & Beryl!

Perch your peepers on this brand new release from Cecil & Beryl! The beautifully titled ‘Hidden Meadow’ is a vintage inspired, organic cotton collection by talented Dubbo (NSW) mum Jillian Edwards. Jillian’s signature style blends a vintage aesthetic with modern fabrics and silhouettes. Today we’d like to share some lovely photos and also the chance to win your very own Hattie dress. Read on!

Cecil & Beryl Handmade Children's Clothing, Vintage

Cecil & Beryl Handmade Children's Clothing, Vintage

Cecil & Beryl Handmade Children's Clothing, Vintage

Cecil & Beryl Handmade Children's Clothing, Vintage

Cecil & Beryl Handmade Children's Clothing, Vintage

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Cecil & Beryl garments are handcrafted (with one set of hands, belonging to designer and sewing extraordinaire, Jillian) and released in limited editions. Our lucky winner will have the opportunity to choose a Hattie dress in their choice size (6 months – 12 years) and colour (blue, green, or pink). These gorgeous dresses are priced at $146.85 – $167.30). Enter below! A winner will be drawn on 16 July 2015.

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Designer of the Week - Charlie Loves Pearl

It’s Designer of the Week day! Hooray! This week I’d like to introduce you to Aasta from Charlie Loves Pearl. Aasta is a mum of one (her 2.5 year old daughter), with another one on the way, who creates a range of beautiful paper goods including children’s storybook bunting and garlands. Today we’re reviewing her Robots, Robots Everywhere design (we loooooove robots).

Charlie Loves Pearl Children's Vintage Storybook Bunting

The Product Review

The Robots bunting was created using a reclaimed book that Aasta discovered at her local Op Shop. She explains, “My daughter added this to my pile for her own reading pleasure. When I read it to her that night I was drawn to the colours in the illustrations. The story didn’t take me anywhere though and I asked my daughter if I could create a bunting from the book. She kindly said yes in exchange for a vintage Peter Pan book she’d been eyeing off for weeks!”

This bunting is well constructed using a cotton bias that is perfectly sewn over the paper allowing for durability and a quality that glue or hole punching won’t allow. The quirk factor is big with this book, and it adds a wonderful finishing touch to a child’s room. I love the idea of ordering a bunting of your child’s favourite book or character as a special piece to hang atop their reading nook. Aasta packages her bunting with the cover of the book used in the bunting, which makes for a lovely gift presentation (or for framing or use in other crafts).

The verdict… Literary loveliness for little ones

Charlie Loves Pearl Children's Vintage Storybook Bunting

The Indie Label

Aasta stumbled into her label Charlie Loves Pearl, as many stay at home mums do. She explains, “I was an at home, new mum, wanting to still create but working around a newborn. It was 2012 and although I was extremely busy learning about our amazing new ‘Little Squirrel’ I also felt quite lost as an adult and needed to throw myself back into creating as I had done since I was a child”.

“I’m addicted to finding books at curiosity shops and have far too many lining my shelves. The trouble is I will even buy books which are damaged and finally my husband put his foot down. No more books unless you actually need them! So…. I began creating with them and now I can continue to support my habit!”

Charlie Loves Pearl Paper Party Garlands

The Creative Mind

Aasta loves to work with vintage books, particularly those with damage that wouldn’t generally be kept. She says, “This certainly doesn’t prevent me from seeking books requested by customers. Many people order custom made bunting that they have memories of from their own childhood or have a significant link to a time in their childhood. I prefer to sew my bunting rather than hole punch and thread. I believe this adds to the quality and design. I also love a good party and have happily decorated my friends parties/ celebrations with handmade paper products”.

Charlie Loves Pearl Children's Vintage Storybook Bunting

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Aasta, in her own words:

  1. I love sewing fabric but never seem to find the time and therefore buy huge amounts of gorgeous fabrics which it seems I will never use.

  2. I love doodling and have begun designing my own paper for use in my party garlands range.

  3. I spend a lot of time setting up inspiring play areas for my daughter. As a teacher I understand the importance of play and how it can help shape and inspire.

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Songs for Sleep and Relaxation...

Hello friends. Today’s post is all about relaxation and a good night’s sleep! These four beautiful albums are filled with dreamy lullabies that are perfect for nighttime and quiet time (for both little ones and mums and dads as well). No matter what your taste in music, you are sure to appreciate the calming nature of these classic albums.

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‘Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort by Edie Carey & Sarah Sample

This charming album won is both a Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and a NAPPA Gold Award winner. Edie and Sarah are well-recognized individual singer/songwriters who came together to create this duet album (the first children’s/family album for either of them) out of friendship and motherhood. The result is simply beautiful.

>> Find out more about Edie Carey & Sarah Sample

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Laurie Berkner Lullabies by Laurie Berkner

Laurie is an award-winning children’s recording artist. Her debut DVD, which went quadruple platinum, was the first-ever indie children’s music DVD to enter Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at #1. Laurie’s album ‘Lullabies’ features a few well known traditional songs as well as a range of originals. I especially like ‘What is the colour of my dreams?’ and ‘Goodnight’.

>> Find out more about Laurie Berkner

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Watching the Nighttime Come by Suz Slezak

This lovely album by Suz Slezak was released in February this year and is her first solo album. Suz is a vocalist and fiddle player, and is a core member of the award-winning indie folk ensemble David Wax Museum. David Wax is Suz’s husband, and they have a one-year-old daughter, Calliope. The title track is quite enchanting… take a listen.

>> Find out more about Suz Slezak

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Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Soothing and entrancing melodies from beloved composers are collected in this hardbound book and CD set featuring whimsical, dream-like illustrations by Élodie Nouhen and music recorded in France with the acclaimed wind and harp quintet L’Ensemble Agora. I’ve been enjoying listening to this one through my headphones while I’m working… so serene. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean…

>> Find out more about L’Ensemble Agora and Élodie Nouhen

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Bunny and the Magic Balloon by Schmooks!

Oh my, the sweetness of these brand new wall stickers by Claire Cimbora at Schmooks has truly captured my imagination. Bunny and the Magic Balloon was created in collaboration with the fabulous Wall Sticker Company are are PVC free with a beautiful soft fabric finish. They can be easily moved around to create a magical, personalised space. Visit Schmooks to view the full range.

Schmooks Fabric Wall Decals, Stickers

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Schmooks is a proud supporter of our Yasminah’s Gift of Hope Charity Drive

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Cuddle Craft Collective Thank You

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>> Shop for children’s wall decals at Schmooks

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