Book Review - Alfie in the Garden

I’m truly passionate about keeping the printed book alive and well! While I also love technology, there’s just nothing like sitting down for a snuggle and read with your little one, or spending a lazy afternoon curled up on the couch with your head buried in the latest offering from your favourite author. With that in mind, here’s a book that is currently on our bookshelf – Alfie in the Garden.

Alfie in the Garden by Debi Gliori

Alfie in the Garden is a short, sweet tale about a little rabbit with a big imagination. Off he goes on some fun-filled adventures through the backyard… no longer a sweet little bunny, now he’s a brave explorer; a roaring lion; and an elephant spraying water from his trunk.

This fun story is wonderful for toddlers (2-5 years) who are beginning to explore their surroundings – inspiring kids to turn their everyday backyard or lounge room into an exciting wonderland.

Alfie in the Garden is written by Debi Gliori, who you may remember from bestsellers such as ‘No Matter What’, ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ and the ‘Mr Bear’ series.

Pick up a copy at your local bookstore!

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Random Coolness... Awesome Ornaments!

Ho Ho Ho! If you’re planning on purchasing some handmade, personalised, Christmas ornaments; now is the time, to allow plenty of postage time before the big day. I’ve got my order in for one of these lovely handmade wooden sweeties. Which is your favourite? I’m loving the owl, elephant, and angel. Have a wonderful weekend friends!

personalized wooden christmas ornaments

Awesome Ornaments…

1. Snowflake, 2. Deer, 3. Hedgehog
4. Circle, 5. Owl, 6. Sailboat
7. Elephant, 8. Trees, 9. Angel

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Behind the Scenes with Me and Tex!

Happy Friday! It’s my absolute pleasure today to share a behind the scenes sneaky peek into the creative mind of Judith from Australian handmade label, Me and Tex. Judith creates quirky toys, iPhone covers, knitted accessories, and upcycled knitwear. The mad menagerie that you see below are some of our personal favourites from Judith’s range.

Me and Tex Handmade Toys, Softies

Me and Tex was…
Born in late 2008, when I opened my Etsy shop selling hand knit accessories. Over time it has evolved and I now make textile toys using mostly salvaged and vintage materials. I love knitting and I combine hand and sewing techniques as well as knitting in my softie construction. I also sell my work through galleries and occasionally at markets.

Me and Tex Handmade Toys, Softies

I started my creative life as a…
Painter, having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art 15 years ago. A few years ago I learnt how to sew through a TAFE Outreach course and started my journey towards softie making.

When I look around my workspace I see…
Fabric and yarn…everywhere! I also see my old 1970’s vintage sewing   machine, and lots of sunlight streaming in through the window.

Me and Tex Handmade Toys, Softies

My design style is influenced by…
Nature, animals, children’s books with especially painterly illustrations and many talented softie and textile designers.

My favourite materials to work with are…
Natural fabrics, especially linen. I LOVE linen!

Me and Tex Handmade Toys, Softies

The first handmade product I made for my store was…
A pink hand knit beanie.

The motto I live by is…
Don’t give up, just keep going!

If I could go back and give my teenage self one piece of advice, it would be…
Trust and believe in yourself.

Me and Tex Handmade Toys, Softies

Three things that make me smile each day are…
My lovely cat, Tex, my creativity and the multitude of amazing creative talent I can access via my computer.

My favourite book is…
Herman Hesse “Siddhartha”.

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Thanks so much for sharing Judith, it was a pleasure getting to know you better!

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1920s inspired ditties - Pockets Full of Joy

It’s taken me a while to get around to sharing this album from Lucy Kalantari, but let me say… it was worth the wait! I urge you to take a listen, especially if you adore a 1920s inspired jazzy sound with oodles of whimsy, and a rich, warm sound that is (just as the title suggests) full of joy. I’m smitten as a kitten with big ball of yarn. Get a listen on…

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My favourite tracks on this album are ‘Way With Me’ for the gorgeous lyrics and melody and ‘Betta’ for the toe tappin’ hip wigglin’ fun. Just try listening to these tracks without grooving along (impossible). These songs are written for kids but aren’t pitched ‘down’ at them. Rather, you could just as happily listen to these songs when the kids aren’t even around… which is what I classify as the best kind of family friendly music.

I’m officially declaring Pockets Full of Joy one of my favourite children’s albums of 2014.

You’ll find Pockets Full of Joy on iTunes, Amazon, or at Lucy Kalantari

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