July was a busy month as usual with school holidays and EOFY admin but, managed to fit in some new illustrations - sloths! Yay! There are a couple of cute new prints plus an adorable baby onesie and a fun hardcover notebook.
Are we alone? Be inspired by an other-worldly trend we're seeing more of lately - flying saucers.
Here are some other alien ideas we love - a UFO made of a paper plate, half of an acrylic ball and a pom pom. A fun kids activity great for party decorations too. Delicious looking UFO cupcakes by Donna Hay. The recipe is no longer available but you can use this very similar step by step on Sweetest Kitchen.
Maybe you are waiting to find out the gender of your little one, it's a shared bedroom or just want to stay away from the traditional blue for boys and pink for girls? A gender neutral nursery is very easy to achieve without appearing bare and bland. Here are our five top tips for a fun gender neutral nursery.
1. Pick a theme that is gender neutral. Themed rooms are always fun. Simply pick something gender neutral such as animals, mountains, under the sea, fruity or twinkle little star.
2. Start with the furniture. As it's probably the most expensive item in the room so start with a crib you like, then change table, storage and seating and build your other choices around that. Aim for furniture that has straight lines and smooth surfaces.
3. Wood adds warmth. Adding wooden elements is a great way to add warmth to a room especially if you are going with a neutral color palette for the walls.
4. Add a statement piece. Emphasize a single element for impact like beautiful artwork, wall paper or a mural. A statement making piece will add drama and interest to a gender neutral nursery.
5. Black and white always works. Add in some bright pops of colour with artwork and furnishings for a bold beautiful nursery.
Just in time to make a beautiful Mother's Day gift idea - we have a selection of six new limited edition prints. Each one is taken from an original abstract painting by Australian artist Jennifer Bell and there are only ten of each at 16x16" or 16x20" size so get in quick! Shop now.
If you're looking for a great DIY project to keep you busy and brighten up life indoors - check out our gorgeous alphabet safari quilt in collaboration with Devonstone Collection! There is a free pattern here. And you can order all the bits you need to create this adorable quilt from the following online retailers, or fabric panels for other craft projects.
Fabric Panels only
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I was a little surprised to see the platypus come out as the worlds weirdest animal, maybe because I'm so used to sketching them and seeing them at our local wildlife park. But, when the platypus was first sent back to England from Australia they thought it was a joke and someone had sewn a duck bill onto a rat!
Here's a little video the kids might love - 21 World's Weirdest Animals.
Self portraits are such a great way for kids to explore their sense of self as well their creativity. But younger children might find the idea of drawing a whole picture of themselves a little daunting - so this version is great as half the face is already there. We picked a photo, cut it in half and printed it out. Then drew back in the missing half for a wacky self portrait. You can also ask kids to surround the image with pictures of their thoughts and imagination which is a great way to talk about feelings and any worries they might have.
New work in the shop! Galah print.
I've got a stack more Aussie birds and animals to do. What's your favourite Australia bird or animal? Leave a comment below.
Some beautiful boho inspiration from apartmenttherapy.com pic by Kelli Collins. Colourful cushions, green wall and plenty of real plants. This would make the perfect bedroom for a teenage girl.
New in the shop this week - Sagittarius the bow and arrow zodiac print for a kid's room. This fun colourful print comes as shown or can be personalised with the babies birth statistics. Sagittariuns are born November 23 and December 21
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