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Friday Find: Down That Little Lane

Friday Find: Down That Little Lane

This week’s Friday Find comes from a gorgeous company that keeps popping up in my Instagram Feed. It’s amazing how visuals catch your eye, the  beautiful homewares and clothes that Down That Little Lane  have been posting recently has certainly caught my attention.

According to their website, Down that Little Lane (DTLL) was created after Tessa White gathered unusual gifts and home décor and her friends were always asking for recommendations. She had lots of mini fist pump moments when they then bought those suggested products or someone asked her where she got the present that she bought their child as they wanted to buy one for someone else. She realised there wasn’t a one-stop shop to guarantee finding delightful gifts or home wares. Using the treasured places she spent many years sourcing, she gathered them all in one place where you can shop from all sorts of different stores and checkout in one easy payment. After becoming a Mum, my love of online shopping has exploded, and it’s even better to know that there is a great shop where you can purchase gifts for yourself, or for another friend or child!

Here is a selection of gorgeous items that have caught my eye…

A gorgeous bedroom with pops of colour…

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Always got to love a pom pom rug…

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Funky wall art and matching mobile…

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Another bedroom, am obsessed with that pillow…

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And finally my favourite. Possibly the cutest girl’s dress I’ve ever seen!

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All of these items are available for purchase and delivery from their website. My only warning to you is to give yourself some time to look through their beautiful products. There are so many!

Stay connected with Down That Little Lane through:

Their website: http://blog.downthatlittlelane.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Down.that.Little.Lane

Twitter: https://twitter.com/downlittlelane

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/downlittlelane/

& Instagram: http://instagram.com/downthatlittlelaneshop

kate

*Unfortunately at the time of this post, some of the above items are unavailable. Items that are available have the photo linked to the site available for purchase.

Friday Finds: Tickle or Treat

Friday Finds: Tickle or Treat

Screen Shot 2013-06-21 at 9.38.11 AMThere has been an influx of new little babies again in our life lately. A new baby also means decorating a nursery. When Ella was born, we created a feature wall in her room with a gorgeous decal tree from Surface Inspired. This tree brings so much joy and interest to her room. Many friends have commented on the tree, and have also used similar ones in their own nurseries at home. There are so many gorgeous products out there, and with the power of the internet, Mums and Dads can preview products and ideas from the comfort of their own home.

Whilst creating our Facebook Page for Happy Ella After, I was browsing other great sites that other parents had created. I stumbled across ‘Tickle or Treat‘ via “Little Tinkers‘ and was immediately struck by the unique nature of their collections. A Mother herself, Tickle or Treat is a handmade range of children’s toys, homewares, accessories and clothing inspired the coastal living environment of waves crashing on the beach and birds chirping the huge trees that grace her backyard. They are inspired by memories of her childhood, dreams for her sons’ future and are all carefully and individually hand made. Each piece, be it a children’s toy or something for your home are unique and are created to be lovingly used and admired and then passed onto generations in the future.

A home grown business, the Tickle or Treat studio is nestled in Blairgowrie on the Mornington Peninsula, where she is surrounded by the beautiful nature from where she draws her creativity. The individuality of the entire range means that there are pieces to suit any home, nursery or V.I.C. (Very Important Cutie!).

Here are some of my favourites from her collections…

Personally, the  ‘Enchanted Wall Gardens’ are my favourite. These are a great alternative to a wall decal and very reasonably priced..

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The handmade owls are a beautiful addition to any child’s room…

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If I was decorating a new nursery, I would certainly be making a purchase from this range!

You can check out ‘Tickle or Treat’ via their Facebook page here.

kate

*All images are linked to ‘Tickle or Treat’s’ Facebook page.

Friday Finds: Personalised Pillows

Friday Finds: Personalised Pillows

For years, I’ve seen beautiful personalised cushions on sale in stores and have always thought about getting one for Ella after she was born. Whilst I was watching ‘Postcards’ on television a few Saturdays ago, I saw a story about a woman who was creating hand made manchester for children. Sold at via her online store or on show at the Flemington market, Wendy Pamela’s passion is creating beautiful things.

Her website includes a variety of colours and patterns that you can choose to create your own baby blanket, cot or bed quilts, cushions and bags.

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I chose the flower Sugar design to create Ella her very own personalised cushion…

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Nestled on her Alice in Wonderland high back chair, its the perfect place for a pillow to lie!

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To visit Wendy Pamela’s store and see her entire product range and prices, visit her store here.

A gorgeous addition to any child’s bedroom, her products are just divine.

 

 

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Friday Finds: DIY Reading Nook

Friday Finds: DIY Reading Nook

Ella received dozens of books for her Birthday and I’ve been thinking about the best way to store them so that they get a good work out! As always, I have turned to Pinterest for some inspiration and have been blown away by the gorgeous idea of creating your very own wall library. By using simple spice racks, or a piece of dowel you can transform an every day bunch of books into a visual art work! By displaying books on your child’s wall, they can access them easily whilst transforming the space into a reading wonderland…..

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A gorgeous reading nook….

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Books galore…..

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Whether a large wall, or a small little space….I think this idea is gorgeous for any room!

kate

*Images are linked to their original source

Friday Finds: Mathilda’s Market

Friday Finds: Mathilda’s Market


On Sunday, Ella and I will be trotting off to the annual Mathilda’s Market Christmas Market at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

Mathilda’s Markets are held regularly throughout Australia each year, however the Christmas Market brings together over 100 stalls of beautifully hand made Childrens’ homewares, clothing, manchester, toys and Christmas ornaments. Last year, I went along to support my dear friend’s beautiful store Little Tinkers, and was amazed
to discover an entire hall filled with gorgeous finds. The only problem was, at the time I was 30 weeks pregnant and did not know if I was having a girl or a boy. Never the less, I bought some gorgeous unisex cot quilts, embroidered jumpsuits and appliqué bibs.


This year however, the gloves are off as I search for all things pink, red and girly. I can’t wait to take Ella along to find some gorgeous additions for her room, summer dresses and hats, and Christmas presents for under the tree. It’s a wonderful market at this time of year and it is filled with dozens of amazingly talented Mums and Dads who have found that little talent that they can share.

In particular, I can’t wait to go back to a few stalls that I saw last year. This includes:

The Rainbow Bright Felt Ball Rug from – Mini Me and You

The custom named letters from – Milly & Me Designs

The Ruby’s House Mobile from – Beautiful Child Boutique
Parking is free and ample in the carpark of Caulfield Racecourse. The market is on between 9-1pm on Sunday and prams are a plenty in this jam packed market. It really is fabulous!
To view more information about the market and stall holders, click here.
Nursery Fun

Nursery Fun

This weekend Daniel and I put some of the finishing touches to Ella’s bedroom. We purchased some fabulous floating shelves from Ikea to display (and store) some of the vast number of toys, books and other trinkets that Ella has been given since being born. Creating a wonderful place for Ella to sleep and play has been such a joyous part of having her come into our lives. I must admit that I wouldn’t call myself a budding Interior Designer, but we are so thrilled with how her room has turned out. Some of my favourite  things in this room are the wall decal (purchased on Etsy, all the way from Canada) and the pink Apples given to her by my wonderful friend Paris who has the most beautiful Childrens’ Homewares business – Little Tinkers.  I also adore the amazing Alice in Wonderland Red armchair in the corner. It’s quite funny that this chair was originally intended on being a feeding chair, but I am yet to feed Ella in it! Although not the most practical feeding chair, I think it looks fabulous in her room!

Designing her room was something that we both wanted to do together. From the colours, to the tree decal to the cot and arm chair, Dan and I both wanted to create a room for her that would feel warm, happy and most of all…calming!! The room has undergone a complete transformation from it’s original use as our spare room. It also doubled as my so called ‘dressing room’ – something that I’m sure I’ll never get back again! This room was originally meant to be the master bedroom in our house, given that it also has the benefit of an adjoining en suite. It also has beautiful doors that open onto a little veranda, something that I hope Ella will thoroughly enjoy in the summer months as she can play between her room and our front yard.

I remember growing up and loving my own bedroom. As a kid I shared a room with my sister, and we would play for hours on end with our dolls’ house, Barbies and My Little Ponies. Yes, yes…I was a complete girly girl, and I’m sure in many ways, Ella will become one too (if her aunties have anything to do with it).

I just hope that she grows to love her room as much as her parents have loved creating it for her.

P.S….two great apps for any techno Mums or Dads out there are iHandy Level – a fabulous spirit level to help with installing those shelves! I also took the picture below using Pano – a great photography tool that allows you to take panoramic shots by merging together individual photos.