Sunday, May 31, 2009

Little Pinwheel and Kenzie Poo

I just heart Kenzie Poo, a wonderful baby inspired design blog that is full of creative ideas and an enormous amount of love for everything to do with baby. Rachelle is full of inspiration from her beautiful daughter, Kenzie and her incredible husband. She not only has this gorgeous blog with featured nurseries and anything baby she also has her own designed baby headbands featured on there, so cute and fluffy! You can follow her ongoing project for Kenzie's room and watch her daughter's room come alive. The curtain fabric was only just ordered and it is so beautiful. There are already so many fantastic design ideas you can do in your own little ones' rooms. You can also find so many amazing and creative people through Rachelle's blog. Jump onto Kenzie Poo and explore! You may even win one of her many giveaways!

Rachelle asked to feature my nursery and I was so thrilled to have her ask, let alone write such a beautiful blog post about myself and Little Pinwheel. I have included the images my husband, Simon took on the day along with a couple of images of our little helpers that wanted to get involved!   

simple shortbread biscuits

For the June newsletter I wrote a piece on activities with your little ones in the winter. One that I thoroughly enjoy doing with my daughter is cooking. Our favourite is to cook shortbread biscuits and use Keely's cooking set to cut out different shapes. We don't use a mixer to combine the ingredients, that is cheating, we prefer to get our hands dirty and then I think they appreciate them so much more. Although how could you not appreciate a biscuit that is basically made from butter and sugar! Thanks to Donna Hay, I am sharing her fabulous recipe with you all to do with your little people or to make for yourself! Enjoy!

Place 180g chopped butter, 3/4 cup caster sugar, 1 cup sifted cornflour, 1 & 1/2 cups sifted plain flour and 1 egg in a food processor and process until a soft dough forms. (this is where we use our hands, more fun)! Press the mixture into a lined shallow 20cm x 30 cm (8 in x 12 in) tin. Score the top of the shortbread into long bars. (you can do what we did and roll out the dough and use cookie cutter shapes). Bake in a pre-headed 160 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden. Cool before eating!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

high pressure hose needed!

I thought I would share some pics of my son, Taj, eating solids. It is so much fun watching them try and feed themselves and Taj is very proud when he gets the food in his mouth. I have learnt when they start solids to just run with it and let them get dirty as there really is no way of stopping them! Until someone designs an all over bodysuit that can be hosed off then one just has to deal with more washing. Although today I have decided that washing is overrated and Taj is going to stay in his vege stained clothes until the end of the day. I am officially giving myself a day off from "house wife" duties, but I have already vacuumed, so I guess I am working as a house wife part time today!  

Monday, May 25, 2009

lmnop issue 7

I love LMNOP magazine, Jenny has created such a fantastic read and it is full of great finds! Download your issue for free! Little Pinwheel is in there too.

Friday, May 15, 2009

mix match layer

With winter only around the corner I thought it was time to relaunch a front page image of the website. The creative heads were on yesterday and my fabulous photographer husband helped create some fantastic images to choose from. After hours of designing and creating I came up with the new front page image with a wintery theme. 

Winter is all about layering your little ones to keep them warm and I wanted to create a look with Keely that showed you don't have to buy the same label to create outfits, you can mix them up to create a stylish and fun look. With Taj we photographed him with a blankie as this is the must have accessory when it comes to babies to keep them all snuggly and warm.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

pretend play

I am the biggest fan of pretend play and feel that a child's imagination is so precious and they should be encouraged to use it. I just love this wooden farm set that Keely is playing with and it comes with its very own box to pack it all away in. The box has matching painted pictures to coordinate with each piece.  The beautiful set comes with 11 wonderful, chunky play pieces including a farm house, farm girl, water mill, chickens, washing and a clothes line. Each piece and the box are handmade by Sevi who have been crafting beautiful children's wooden toys since 1831. We take it everywhere, even to our favourite cafe where we play together and I always get stuck with the chicken, I never get the girl! There is also a transport play set too for the boys and so many more great wooden toys from Sevi for your babies and children on the website. They make for great gifts as they last forever and can be passed down from generation to generation. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

mission complete

My mission is complete and I have come up with some street styling shots for the girls at Polka. The main reason for the mission was to showcase Polka and their fabulous range of clothes and how you can mix and match them to create fun outfits. The girls at Polka have put some of the images on their website and are now offering a competition for little people in Polka gear. If you have a little one with some Polka then style them up, get snap happy and enter their competition. It does not have to be all Polka, even just one piece is enough. Little Pinwheel has a great range of Polka to layer your little one up in.

Monday, May 4, 2009

spinning the world

The fabulous Australian designed Three Little Trees has arrived! Each item comes with native frangipani seeds for you to plant with your little one to help keep the world spinning. Kate and Jacqui have teamed up with UK illustrator Sandra Isaksson of Isak bringing a whole new creative angle to their design. This can be seen with all of their beautiful handprinted items throughout their range. We have almost the whole range on offer from single bed duvet sets, baby blankets to tracksuits, rompers, beautiful girls dresses and tops

Sunday, May 3, 2009

LMNOP blog

Some of you may have woken up this morning and found a super size photo of myself and my children staring at you in your email inbox! Jenny from LMNOP did a little write up about me and was lovely enough to put it on her blog. If you have not seen LMNOP then check out their website as I feel it is the best online children's magazine and subscription is free! Be sure to check it out and sign up for regular blog posts for interesting finds and stories. 
Thanks Jenny!


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