Designer of the Week - Twinkle Star

I’m absolutely thrilled today to introduce you to the very talented Jodie from Twinkle Star. I was excited to add a pair of handmade Sassy Shorts to the KID independent wardrobe and I’m pleased to announce that I’m joining the Twinkle Star fan club! I invite you to take a virtual journey through Jodie’s creative mind… it’s filled with fabulous fabrics and sweet silhouettes.

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The Product Review

The Twinkle Star Sassy Shorts are impeccably crafted from Jennifer Paganelli fabric (Jenny Eliza range). This was an exclusive USA release, so Jodie was lucky to snag a few metres! The colours are magnificent, in beautiful emerald green with flower clusters in pink, blue, and gold.

My favourite features of the Sassy Shorts are the usable pockets (handy for storing little treasures) and the contrasting pink and red polka dots on the waistband and pocket lining. I also adore the lace trim, which gives an added hint of charm. The quality of these shorts easily surpasses anything you’d find in your local department store, and they are highly likely to become a cherished item over the long hot Australian summer.

The verdict… playful, charming, and exceptional quality!

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The Indie Label

Jodie fell in love with sewing and creating in her early teens, spending hours on the weekends with her grandmother who taught her everything she needed to know. She says, “Soon after came University and a few years of working with babies and children in Long day care and Preschools. Once I started having my own children, I rediscovered my passion for creating amazing, wearable garments from a beautiful piece of fabric and started “Twinkle Star” in 2010″.

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The Creative Mind

Jodie chose her name in honour of her favourite part of teaching little poppets. She explains, “One of the best parts about working with children is you get to read them stories and sing songs. I often asked the children what songs they wanted to sing, and the most requested song by far was “twinkle twinkle little star” – often shortened to “twinkle star”. When I was trying to decide on a business name, it was important to me for it to be related to children and to be unisex, so “twinkle star” made sense”.

Jodie is a mum of three, two boys aged 2 and 4, and a 6 year old daughter. She draws her inspiration from the seasons, current fashion trends, amazing fabric designers and her children’s current interests and needs. Her favourite fabric designers are Jennifer Paganelli, Tanya Whelan and Michael Miller and as for patterns, she says, “Aussie pattern makers are the best”!

Twinkle Star handmade children's, girls, clothing, dresses, shorts

The Whimsical Spirit

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

  1. I have a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of teaching, Diploma of children’s services and taught Children’s Services at TAFE.

  2. I love movies, shopping, music and Iced Coffee.

  3. I have Bell’s Palsy.

The Handmade Collection

Twinkle Star creates boutique quality children’s clothing for newborns up to size 10, including dresses, skirts, shorts, harem pants, rompers, nappy covers, appliqued and embellished tops and matching hair accessories.

Jodie has just released a special range for Christmas, which is now available for pre-order.

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KID Tested: I've Got an Ow Children's Health Journal

One of things I enjoy most about writing for KID independent is coming across innovative parenting solutions created by local mums. The I’ve Got an Ow Children’s Health Journal was designed by Monique Smart, a Melbourne mum who appreciates both the hectic lifestyle of busy parents, and the desire to provide a nurturing environment that supports positive health and well being.

I've Got an Ow Children's Health Journal

First of all, let me start by saying that I affectionately refer to my memory as ‘the sieve’ – I’m sure you can guess why! That said, I appreciate a good list, a few check boxes, regular prompts, and a pretty place to store the aforementioned items.

The I’ve Got an Ow Children’s Health Journal is specifically designed to help you coordinate your child’s symptoms, conditions, illnesses, and treatments in chronological order, be it an allergy, a bump on the head, or a fever. It’s perfect for popping in your purse before a trip to the doctor, and can be used to store information for medical providers or record development milestones. I like the fact that it eliminates reliance on memory at times that are likely to be high stress, as it’s never fun having a sick little poppet to worry about.

You can purchase the I’ve Got an Ow Children’s Health Journal online for $26.95, with discounts available for multiple purchases and worldwide shipping available.

The verdict… perfect for parental peace of mind!

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I've Got an Ow Children's Health Journal

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Music Video Debut - Run and Fly by Dani

We’re delighted to debut this beautiful new music video called “Run and Fly” by Dani. This song is from Dani’s Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Award winning album, Beauty Land. Dani wrote this album especially for kids who love pop and R&B (but without the inappropriate lyrics). I love the dreamy and ethereal melodies in “Run and Fly” and I’ve just added this track to our bedtime rotation. Listen below…

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You can download Dani’s album Beauty Land via iTunes or listen to some more of the tracks via the Dani website. Enjoy!

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KID Tested + Giveaway... Three Sparrows!

Happy Monday! Today’s style inspiration comes to you from the lovely crew at Three Sparrows in Melbourne. These guys have just re-launched their website alongside a gorgeous collection of Pima Cotton children clothing and accessories. Pima hails from the northern coastal valleys of Peru and has a premium, lush quality. If you’d like to try some Pima for yourself, why not enter today’s giveaway?

Three Sparrows New Littles Receiving Blanket

The Three Sparrows New Littles Receiving Blanket is made from supremely soft Peruvian Pima Cotton that is just the right weight for swaddling. The quality is outstanding, making this an heirloom quality item that will last for many years, and many siblings (cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren…). This week we have a white Three Sparrows blanket to giveaway…

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Competition - Giveaway - WinWould you like to win a Three Sparrows receiving blanket? To enter, simply visit Three Sparrows and tell us your favourite item! 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. Open to Australia and NZ. Winner announced on 9 October, 2014.

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