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Even though my youngest son is still only a baby, I have already been thinking and planning on what I am going to do with his bedroom once he is into his big boy bed.  My ideas change regularly from various colours to themes.

Quite often for a bit of inspiration I visit the Pottery Barn Kids website.  This always leaves me with my mouth gaping and wondering if I can afford a plane ticket to America for a shopping trip (if you want some more jaw dropping moments, I suggest you check out the playroom section of the site – most are bigger than my house).

Currently I am wrestling with not doing this to his room:

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Pottery Barn Kids Brooke Bedroom

So I thought I would have a bit of a snoop around and see what is out there available in Australia to help decorate a child’s room and create a wonderful haven.  Here are a few of my finds:

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Giggle Smile Designs have a great range of handmade collages made from a variety of papers.

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Sprout Designshave the most fabulous range of fabrics available that can be used to create homewares.

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Meemoh create a range of room accessories such as this Blue Zoo Lampshade.  You will also find cushions and wall canvases to match.

 funkifungi

Funki Fungi is the original handcrafted design of oh my giddy aunt!  A  is a Funki Fungi is a life size mushroom you can sit on and it would make a great feature in a fairies room.

 littlevoice

After some extensive googling I came across The Little Voice Collectionand a few more jaw dropping moments.  What a devine range of furniture.  I also recommend reading The Notion of the Little Voice for a quick look at some of the stories behind the collection.

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If you have never seen Flying Star Toys you are missing out.

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Etsy Shop Flying Star Toys has an absolutely devine range of handmade toys such as Picabu Elephant & Molehill Mouse as pictured above.  Each character has its own special little tale to tell.

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Night Night Mushrooms

Florence Forrest is the Brisbane based creator of Flying Star Toys. Her work is a gorgeous peice of artowrk that you will treasure forever and the tales of her characters will enchant you as you read them.  Flying Star Toys is one of my favourite Etsy shops.

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Silver Gull – Coastal Bird

Make sure you visit the store, I am sure you will be as enchanted with the toys as I was.

 

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Today I came across Tidabellamonkey.  They make a some very cool and funky looking wraps.  Not only are they bright and colourful, but they are also practical as well.  Perfect for those living in those colder areas. 

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These monkey wraps would be perfect for taking a new baby out and about, as you won’t have to unwrap them to pop them in carseats and prams, and they look so warm and snuggly.

You can find these goodies in their Etsy shop.

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Here are a few cute little things I have found today whilst having the chance to have a quick look around.

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Etsy store, The Purkey Turkey make these cool door stops.  You will find a variety in cool vintage print fabric. They are bound to be a great accessory in a childs room.

 

Daks for Kids make a great range of pants in some funky prints.  The look so cool and comfy and perfect for those warmer days.

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How gorgeous are these embroidered baby shoes.  Made by Etsy seller Anneta they are created with reclaimed linen.

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Also in the gorgeous Dick & Jane fabric is this sweet bib by Avonlea Designs.

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This cute little skirt is by Fraser & Lilly

 

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Even though it is only October when visiting the shops recently I noticed already that Christmas decorations are making an appearance.  It seems to get earlier and earlier each year. 

So lets get into the spirit and take a look at a few things handmade Christmas.

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Applique Christmas T-shirt by Ollie Rose.

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Hairbands from Tummy Time Maternity and Kids

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Rudolph handmade scrabble tile pendant from Pendantic.

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The very cute reindeer from edee.

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A Christmas Shirt from Tees2Knees

 

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Candy Cane Tutu Set from Lil Miss Tutu

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Personalised Christmas Cards from Digi Dzigns 4U

 

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Well it is Reusable Nappy Week from the 13-19th October.  So just what is Reusable Nappy Week?

Reusable Nappy Weekis an Australian event designed to increase awareness of reusable nappy options for our modern times, and this year will see the 3rd year of the RNW.

Displays, information sessions, gatherings and activities will be held in cities all over Australia, giving you the chance to see a large selection of modern variations on reusable nappy options, and talk to parents who use cloth on their children.  You can visit the Australian Nappy Network Website for lots of fantastic information on cloth nappies.

So in celebration of Reusable Nappy Week, here are a few gorgeous handmade cloth nappies.

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Mini La La are fast becoming one of my favourite stores to visit.   There nappies are in some funky designer prints and I can’t wait to get one to try myself, but oh so many fabric choices, how does one choose?

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Widdlewuns are a great OzeBaby Store, who as fast as the nappies appear they disappear.  Another nappy maker who uses some great designer fabrics.  I recently received my first Widdlewuns nappy and I am in love with it.

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Lou Lou Nappies Bugs AIO

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 Daddle Doo Frogs & Snails AI2

There are so many fantastic Modern Cloth Nappies out there, I have only covered a few.  Give cloth nappies a go, they a fantastic handmade fashion item as well!

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Even though I have boys, I have always had a “thing” for little girls clothes.  I even have to admit we once dressed my eldest son up to look like a girl for some fun :).  I am always looking at little girls clothing I just can’t help myself and at the moment, one of my favourite items is tunic tops.

 

Ivy Designs would have to make the cutest tunics I have come across.  This particular one is the Bloom Tunic in Terracotta Bird.  They have a great eye for fabulous fabrics.

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If you are looking for a bib that doesn’t look like a bib, then how about one of Ivy Design’s Bandana Bibs.  Your baby is bound to be the coolest at playgroup sporting one of these.

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As well as gorgeous clothing you will even find some hair accessories and jewellery.

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