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Month: August 2014

Friday Find: Mocka Felt Storage Baskets

Friday Find: Mocka Felt Storage Baskets

Felt storage baskets are ‘so hot right now’. Gracing the pages of every stylish interior designer and super cool kids’ rooms, these felt baskets are not only practical, but look gorgeous amongst the chaos and mess that is every child’s bedroom. The down side is that they can be quite expensive, and thus out of reach of most people. Step in Mocka, who have developed their own range of felt storage baskets, starting at a very affordable $39.95.


Made from durable felt, these contemporary designed baskets are prefect for storing cushions, blankets, magazines, toys and more. Place two Felt Baskets together to create a collective look in one room or use them in separate rooms to increase the storage space. The rope handles make it easy to move the baskets around your home and the neutral colours will complement your existing décor.


Add stylish soft furnishings to your home and maximise the space with a Mocka Felt Basket.

Available in grey/black check or grey/black stripe.

Size – grey/black check – 50cm high x 45cm diameter – $49.95

Size – grey/black stripe – 45cm high x 35cm diameter – $39.95

Here is the check basket styled by the amazing Kate from ‘Little Dwellings’. I think that they are the perfect find for any child’s room! (Image is linked to her website).

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I’ll certainly be getting a couple! You can purchase these felt baskets, along with other fabulous furniture from Mocka here.



Ella Loves Local: The Little Runway – Kids Fashion Week

Ella Loves Local: The Little Runway – Kids Fashion Week

If you follow Happy Ella After, then you know that I’m passionate about supporting local. Local businesses, local jobs, local ideas, local talent. There are so many amazing people , many of them Mums and Dads who have found their passions and talents and are taking a punt by sharing them with the world. The least we can do is support them. And so, Happy Ella After is starting a new venture – ‘Ella Loves Local’. This series will focus on just that. Supporting and showcasing local talent. Established and inspiring businesses and those just starting out. It’s my way of paying it forward, and giving a big old shout out to those people who are working their little buts off so that we may enjoy the fruits of their labour.
This week, I’m starting with ‘The Little Runway – Kids Fashion Week’.The Little Runway by Kids Fashion Week Limited, creates a platform where emerging and established local designers, industry creatives, fashion bloggers, retailers,buyers and fashion savvy parents can come together to celebrate the Australian children’s fashion and retail industries. This is an opportunity for brands to show their latest collections, to create brand awareness and to elevate the Australian Kids fashion scene into the spotlight.
The Little Runway has been designed to celebrate all things Kids Fashion with a strong emphasis on Australian designers and supporting local business. It is the first live fashion event focused exclusively on the children’s market in Australia, and is a celebration of kids fashion.
dan_1bI spent some time interviewing Danielle Larche, to get a glimpse into the ideas, hard work and passion that will celebrate local designers of childrens’ wear on September 10 this year….
1. What inspired you launch ‘The Little Runway – Kids Fashion Week’?
There are so many great kids labels in Australia – the designers in Australia have such strong collections here and are quite often given more recognition overseas than they are here. Kids Fashion Week’s have been running in New York and Europe and they receive a great response, and it is such a great event. Australia definitely needs a Kids Fashion Week of its own, to create a platform for children’s designers and creatives and to show the country – and the world the great collections we produce.
2. How are you all juggling family and planning such a mammoth event??
Thank goodness the event has AMAZING partners who share the workload! (they are so great they get capitals!) The Little Runway is partnered with the super talented Aver & Line photography – if you haven’t seen their work, look them up! ,Along with Material Girl Pr, Ikonic Agency, Kerr Events and Bonnie Kay styling, who are all amazing and have done so much to bring their expertise to the event to make it a one of a kind.
We are all lucky to have amazing supportive families! I have a 7 year old and a 2.5 year old and they are quite often ‘helping’!
3. What has been your proudest moment so far?
I have just come back from Thailand with children’s charity Project Dovetail where we were working with some children and families who live in the slums and have little or no way to earn an income, which often means the children work to help the family live. We visited the families on Thai mothers day and gave them a washing machine and supplies so that they could start their own little business providing washing service for the tourists which will help them to provide for their family, so that the children do not need to work and they can concentrate on their education. The families were gifted a big tub of essentials and some educational equipment to help with the children’s schooling. The look on the families faces was priceless, and it is hard to believe that such a small gift can change the lives of a child and their entire family – really puts everything into perspective.I am really proud that through The Little Runway – Kids Fashion Week, that proceeds from ticked sales is being donated to Project Dovetail, and the support from brands with this is just amazing. Looking forward to being able to put more smiles on kiddies faces!
4. What has been / will be your biggest challenge?
The hardest thing when launching an event or a project like this is the initial launching stage. I have been watching similar events overseas for years and have watched their success and the wonderful things they do for people in the children’s creative industries and I know that it would be great here in Australia, but even still taking the initial step to go through all of the setting up process always makes you second guess yourself!
5. Three words that describe ”The Little Runway – Kids Fashion Week’?
one of-a kind!
6. What can we expect to see?
Nothing like you have ever seen before!
7. Pay it forward…who is on your ‘watch’ list?
My watch list is huge! There are so many amazing designers, creatives and creators around! I know you love to focus on local Melbourne so I will keep my list to Melbourne! (in no particular order!)
A Little Pocket – a young Melbourne designer who designs and makes her range in Melbourne
Chalk and Cheese – they have the most beautiful jackets – also designed and made in Melbourne
Kapow Kids – those prints – need I say more?! (Melbourne designed and made)
Tik Tok Junior – very cool clothes for kiddies (Melbourne designed and made)
Sunday the label (Melbourne designed and made)
Candles by Nikoletta – (Melbourne designed and made) – ok so these are not kids clothes, but they are amazing soy candles that smell amazing! I love candles!There are so many great brands that are designed and made locally. It is great to visit markets to uncover all of these gems! I admire everyone who has a passion and works hard to make the dream a reality.
And with that, the Little Runway was born. It all takes place on September 10 in Melbourne. I’m thrilled to be attending, and even more thrilled to be able to give two tickets away so that someone and their chosen friend can enjoy a fabulous night out. To enter, you need to head over to Instagram and follow @happyellaafter.Thanks to Danielle for giving us an insight into Kids’ Fashion Week. We hope that it is a raving success! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the link here.
Stay tuned for another Ella Loves Local feature next week – the gorgeous girls from Talo Interiors.






*Images courtesy of ‘The Little Runway Kids Fashion Week’

Hitting the bottle (again)

Hitting the bottle (again)

Screenshot 2014-08-27 10.21.54Well I have finally done it. This week, I bit the bullet, and have moved Hudson to bottles. Who would have thought that it would have been so hard to do, but yes, it’s been an emotional battle that has had me in tears time and time and again. I’ve felt a wave of emotions, guilt, frustration and finally a sense of relief as I do know in my head that this is better for him. My heart however still needs a little time to catch up, but I know it will.

I was thinking about what to call this post, when I remembered that I wrote a very similar one, when we moved Ella to bottles just before I went back to work. Ella was breast fed until 8 months, and with return to work looming, I knew that it was the right time. I did however, feel a similar range of emotions, and found myself nodding at my own thoughts, as I read this post this second time around. I wrote:

‘It’s funny that the transition from breast feeding, to bottle feeding, or in our case both has been something that I have found really hard. Not so much from the physical side, but the emotional one. I know that at heart I am a very emotional person, but whilst my obstacles have not been greatly physical in terms of soreness etc. , the challenge of taking the step towards moving my baby away from something that I now love has been really hard. I know there are so many Mums who struggle with so many different facets of feeding, its endless. I know in the end that I am doing the right thing for my baby ‘

Wise words Kate. Why can’t I be my own counsellor?

This time around, the reason for transition has been a little different. Hudson simply feeds much better on bottles and this strategy helped him to settle more at night. This in turn meant that he started to fuss and turn away from breast feeding, and so another challenge reared it’s head. I’ve had so many lovely messages from readers and friends who have eased my anxiety and helped me come to the conclusion that mixed feeding is indeed best. Whilst it is virtually impossible with a toddler to continue to express so that he still receives breast milk, I’m doing my best and expressing when I can so that he still gets the benefit of breast milk as he grows. I’ll maintain that for as long as I can.

So onward and upward…hopefully my little man continues to grow big and strong, and his little tummy gets more resilient.


The BEST Raspberry & White Choc Muffins recipe ever!

The BEST Raspberry & White Choc Muffins recipe ever!

There ain’t nothing better in my book than the combination of Raspberry & White Chocolate. Combined in a simple and easy muffin mix, you’ve got a cheap, quick and yummy treat. Best of all, you can make it with the kids, and within an hour you can turn any household from grumpy to walking on sunshine! Today I’m sharing with you, the best Raspberry & white choc muffin recipe ever!

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So if you feel like a quick bake off in your place today, then here is the recipe that I use from ‘That’s Life’

Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 25 minutes

Makes: 12

• 2 cups plain flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 cup caster sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 cup milk
• 50g butter, melted
• 1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
• 180g good quality white chocolate, roughly chopped

1. Preheat oven to 190 C. Place 12 large patty cases into a muffin pan. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and sugar.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and butter. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients along with the raspberries and chocolate. Using a large spoon, mix until just combined. (Make sure that you do this until, just combined! An over-mixed muffin mix ends up too dense).

  2. Distribute the batter between patty cases and bake for 20-25 min, or until a skewer comes out clean and muffins are golden.

Then all you need to do is get them in your gob (as my Dad would say)!

Happy Baking and even happier eating! By the looks of this picture…Ella was one happy toddler!

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Friday Find: Baby Eames @ Matt Blatt

Friday Find: Baby Eames @ Matt Blatt

I’ve had loads of compliments about the Baby Eames Replica table and chair set in my house, so I thought I’d share the love with you this week as my Friday Find. Purchased from Matt Blatt, this stylish, practical and affordable kids’ set looks great in the corner of any room. It’s easily cleaned, light weight, and if you are  fan of designer furniture, then this is for you. We purchased the classic white set, but it the chairs are also available in a range of colours.

Replica Eames Kids Table -$115

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Replica Eames Kids’ Chairs – $55 – available in red, white and light blue..

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Stylish and practical..especially for Daddy / Daughter date night…

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For more information, and to see their entire range, visit Matt Blatt here.


Friday Find: Cre8tive kids Art & Craft @ Kmart

Friday Find: Cre8tive kids Art & Craft @ Kmart

Ella is a real toddler now, and her curiosity and enthusiasm for creating and exploring has simply exploded. She loves to paint, draw, glue and pretty much do anything that involves craft. It’s gorgeous to see, and as a Primary School teacher, we are both very much at home with coloured paper and a pair of scissors. You could go nuts looking for ideas that are suitable for a two year old, and whilst most $2 shops have a great range, recently I’ve come across the Cre8tive Kids range at Kmart.

I recently purchase Ella a splash mat, set of water colour paints and plaster paint set. Each of them were $2 and she has spent hours of fun painting and creating her own little masterpieces. The range is huge, from felt balls and pipe cleaners, to paints, paper and sequins. It’s nice to know that there is an affordable range of products, with the quality that will last longer than a toddler’s attention span!

Here is a snippet of Ella having fun with her plaster paint set. They come in a range of characters, for this one she chose horses..

The splash mats are thick and easy to clean…

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The plaster set comes with figurines, brushes and paint..


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Reminds me of ‘The plaster fun house’ as a kid..


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Hours of fun…

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I’ll certainly be heading back to Kmart to stock up on more Art and Craft Items in the coming months. The full range is not available online, but you can find a selection of the larger items here.

Happy Crafting!


Ella’s Playful Oasis

Ella’s Playful Oasis

We’ve moved back in and we have finally sorted most of the rooms in our house. It’s one thing to get back into a renovated home, but it’s another to get the house looking and feeling as you want. On the day that we moved, I was lucky enough to have my sisters dedicate their time towards arranging and styling Ella’s room. Fit for a princess, she certainly is a lucky little girl, as she stepped into her dream room when we finally moved back in. Clearly loving pink, her new room is a mixture of old favourites and new additions. Inspired by many of the amazing rooms I’ve seen on Instagram, and in particular I loved the ideas and images from Belinda @ Petite Vintage Interiors, we arranged and rearranged her room to both look beautiful and be practical for a toddler to play, sleep and enjoy her days.

I’ve finally got the room sorted and have added the finishing touches and thought I’d share some of my favourite snaps with you. I have loved finding many of the products, particularly from local businesses and online sources…

This Alice in Wonderland Wing Chair was an old favourite from Ella’s Nursery. From Freedom, this oversized chair is a beautiful place to sit and read. The personalised pillow is from Wendy Pamela.



Her King Single Bed is from Adairs, and I love the classic powder coat white finish. I found it really difficult to source simple and elegant linen, without the fan fare of crazy designs. I ended up sourcing simple waffle covers from Spotlight and accessorised with beautiful cushions and throws from Country Road.



Another angle of the simple but classic linen and accessories. Love the hand made cloud pillow, created lovingly by my Mum.


These house shadow boxes are from Cotton On and are inspired by Petite Vintage and feature some of Ella’s favourite trinkets. Draped in a Felt Foxes hand made garland, they look gorgeous on her wall.


Another old favourite are the heart button canvases I made myself after Ella was born..


Nothing beats this beautiful Dolls’ House she got from Santa last Christmas…


This Mirror Hook was a present from my dear friend Paris, the owner of Little Tinkers Homewares. The perfect place to hang her scarves and bags..


This ‘Love’ teatowel was framed in an Ikea picture frame. The icecream lamp is from Leo & Bella.

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Probably my favourite…this insanely cool Freckle Rug. A large one at 200cm, it is the highlight of her room..

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I just love this idea…cloud hangers holding gorgeous postcards from Eef Lillemor with teeny tiny pegs! The hangers are hard to come by at the moment, but I sourced mine from Lark Store and Big Dreams.

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I simply can’t go past these Rasberry Apples from Little Tinkers. The most perfect way to store a little girl’s trinkets…

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The messy and fun side of the room! Ella adores this play tent from Kmart!

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And finally, a little girl’s room is not complete without beautiful dolls. These two were also given to her when she was born by my beautiful boss. The Ladedah Grace doll is her favourite.

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I’ll be sharing more snaps from our renovated home in the coming weeks, once we get more rooms finalised. Thanks for your beautiful messages, I’m so proud of my hubby and the beautiful home he has made for us!