13 May 2010

mumspiration hiatus

If you've been popping over to my blog lately, you will have noticed that I have not been posting for some time now - unfortunately life has gotten in the way and blogging has unfortunately dropped to the bottom of my list of priorities. Juggling a toddler who has suddenly developed sleeping issues, plus still adapting to life with two kidlets, plus some home projects = just not enough time to devote to this blog. Thus I have decided to leave blogland for a while to take a breath, regroup, and direct all my energies (what's left of them at least!) into being the best wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, home decorater etc that I can be. So adios for now - I've had a wonderful time with this blog and perhaps one day I will return to it, although with returning to work on the distant horizon, plus perhaps adding another child to the fam (if I can convince hubby AND solve toddler's sleeping probs), it may be a long time until I do. Thanks to all my readers, followers and those who have left me comments. xox Eira

21 April 2010

little winter wonders - walnut desert boots

For both the little miss and the little master in your household, these desert boots from Walnut are chic yet sensible footwear for keeping cute sausage toes warm (a quick aside - I absolutely adore children's feet - they are so adorable and chubby!). Available in an array of colours and in suede or leather, every child's wardrobe should include a pair of these this Winter.

See here for South Australian stockists (boots can also be purchased online through the Walnut website, but I think you're safer to try on before you buy).

14 April 2010

delicious design - kaiku collection

Rolling Toy Pushpull

Rolling Toy Strollkart

Super Wagon Zen

Aren't these wagons and push alongs from Kaiku just fabulous? Designed by Northern Californian couple Scot and Amy Herbst, these "playthings" are beautiful to look at and functional for both kids and parents. Unfortunately they are not currently available in Australia, but I recently contacted Scot who informed me that Kaiku are in the process of finding an Australian/NZ distributor. Fingers crossed this happens sooner rather than later - I'd love one of the Super Wagon Zens, as I'm sure that it would provide a novel and fun-filled way to transport the little ones around the markets and shops, or for a walk with a difference to the park!

Images from Kaiku

etsy find - personalised world map print

I have blogged about My Sweet Prints previously (see here) and I was very excited the other day to discover they have added a customised world map print to their collection. Maps make an educational yet beautiful addition to any child's nursery, so why not consider treating your budding Christopher Columbus to his or her own personalised map?!

13 April 2010

the gruffalo - live at dunstan playhouse

A musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo, is being staged at Dunstan Playhouse this week.

Suitable for children aged 3 and up, the stage show is running from 12-17 April. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for children, and can be purchased through BASS. See here for a video preview of the show.

Image via modernhood

little winter wonders - crochet beanies from pink apple

The cool Autumn nights are upon us and have got me thinking about all the things that I love about cold weather - electric blankets (I thank my husband for our fabulous blanket with 10, yes 10, heat settings!), hot chocolates, ugh boots, warming glasses of a good Shiraz at the end of a day, and last, but certainly not least, the fashions!

Stores and magazines are already overloaded with the most adorable cool-weather fashions this season - beautiful little knits, traditional fabrics (think corduroy), and hip desert boots (more on those to come), so I have decided to start a series for this blog titled "Little Winter wonders" - cute clothes to keep the littlies warm this Autumn/Winter.

These gorgeous crochet beanies from South Australian online store Pink Apple are my first must-have item for your little princess. So mini-Ali McGraw in "Love Story" - too cute!

Photo by Kelly Dyett, Black Sheep Photography for Studio Bambini

exquisite fairy bedroom

I recently discovered the interior design and architecture website called freshome, and am under no illusions that I've just found another way to while away the children's naptimes!

The pictures below are of a fairy bedroom featured on the site in March. The detail is incredible - the room includes an indoor tree, birdhouses, flower-shaped lamps, a heavenly bed (take me there now!), and giant mushrooms (no wonder I was drawn to it!). Pure fairytale extravagance. I'm not too sure about the practicality or longevity of such a room (in my experience, young children tend to outgrow fads pretty quickly), but it's certainly an amazing room, and I must admit that I'd quite enjoy having it as my boudoir for a bit of fun!

Images via freshome