Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oeuf toy storage

I really love these shelves... excellent for storing toys and I'd happily have one in my bedroom to keep all my books and stuff in. In fact I think I'd need a few of them which could prove expensive... Hmmmm... could I make one?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Barley and Birch poppy top

If you've been wondering what to buy as a shower gift for that pregnant person in your life, look no further. This is it. It is the perfect onesie from Barley and Birch. In fact... if it came in adult sizes I might be tempted to say it is the perfect tshirt... but yet again, the babies get all the best designs. This one ticks all the boxes being made from organic cotton and water based inks. Seriously, perfect.

Friday, October 23, 2009

70 colours from Muji

Ooooooooh colours! These pens are SO desirable... nice fat shape, good for being gripped by small hands and just so many colours. I want them in my life! Yours from our friends at Muji for the ridiculously good price of GPB14.95... how can you resist?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Couture maternity wear?

Looking for something a little spesh to wear this time round mid-pregnancy? Jean Paul Gaultier has just the thing... underwear as outerwear for the very boldest of soon-to-be mums. I'm not knocking it... I just don't think I could quite pull this off. Let me know if you plan to have a go though...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Haunted house countdown calendar

So sad... I'd just found the perfect gift for my north American friend who, being stuck down in here in the southern hemisphere, was missing the enthusiastic celebration of Halloween but too late! Its all sold out... boooo! I was also pretty excited about having found another way to get the advent calendar concept into other parts of the year... I mean, why don't all calendars have doors with cool pictures behind them? Anyway... I decided to post about it anyway so you can bombard Spoon Sisters and get them to restock.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rustic wooden storage box on wheels

I've just moved in to a new house and the decorating is almost finished... so now I get to do the fun stuff, like picking out new toy boxes! This one is certainly a lot more stylish than the giant coloured plastic baskets we've been using up until now. It's not even crazily priced... but it is in the UK which is about as far away from my house as you can get. I wonder if I could make one... hmmmm. I'll investigate and get back to you....

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fauna tees

A print stylish enough to grace anyone's tshirt, I think... boys, girls and grown ups alike, it works! It seems to be becoming almost standard for beautiful things to be 100% organic cotton... and these silk screened shirts are no exception. Hooray! Along with the amazingly detailed gorilla print, you can also choose from rabbits, seahorses, puppies and pigeons... a slightly strange animal selection but they are beautiful to look at.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stylish oil cloths? Really?

Yes! Seriously... these oil cloths will protect your precious tabletops and won't ruin your decor. Well, perhaps you should judge for yourself... I like them anyway and these two are favourites of mine. Our new house needs a bit of work in the kitchen so perhaps these might jazz things up as an interim measure. I bet the black and white one would be great for grabbing the attention of the teeny tiny newborns. Take a look at the Strawberry and Cream site for lots more interesting finds... and not just for the babies either!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wing boots!

Oh yes... These are as awesome as they look. Magic boots! Enough to make me wish I was little again so I could wear them myself. Difficult to decide which colour to get... would both be excessive? Cleverly they have velcro fastenings at the side to make them super easy to get on. If being the focus of envious looks from your parent and baby group is a motivation to you these boots from Chickpea Kid are sure to do the trick.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Constructive eating utensils set

I have some experience of having a fussy eater child... she seems to be improving now but for a while there was a lot of coaxing going on during meal times. I found it so difficult to maintain my sunny disposition when every lovingly prepared dish would be rejected with a little shake of the head... sometimes without it even being tasted! Aaaaargh! It's programmed in me now to perk up when I spot some device that might make meal times easier. These construction styled utensils caught my eye the other day... pretty appealing I think. I'm even tempted to use them myself....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Candela Luau night light

I think this just might be the ultimate in night lights... cordless, whimsical shape, portable... perfect! It even has a dimmer switch! Buuuut... it has an imperfect price tag... coming in at way over $300 this is not cheap. So, lets put this in the luxury-gifts-from-generous-doting-grandparents pile, huh? It's stocked on the excellent Where Did You Get That site... definitely worth a look.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Flirty Bird hair accessories

On the look out for the ultimate baby hair clips? Me too! I'm quite into hair accessories generally and so tend to make a bee line for the cute hair clips when I go in to baby shops... general conclusions? There is a lot of pink out there... most things I come across are a bit same-y and uninspiring. But not these gorgeous ones from Australian store, Flirty Bird... also, I love the name! The patterns are bright and cheerful featuring apples, cupcakes, cherries and tonnes more. Check them out...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Birthday candles

I'm in the planning stages for the first birthday party for my daughter and I'm obsessed with all things birthday-related at the moment. I'm loving these candles that burn with coloured flames. Amazing! I was thinking about having a colour-themed party for my daughter and these are pretty tempting. There's even a down under stockist... bonus!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sharon Montrose prints

I love these prints by Sharon Montrose... I'm looking for pictures to go on the nursery walls in our new house. We move in a few weeks! So rather than delve into the serious business of packing or arranging for the utilities to be transferred I'm thinking about fun things... like decor! There are so many choices out there but these are pretty high up on my shortlist. I like the idea of having real animals on the walls and am thinking about a triptych along one wall... I think it could work! Now... I suppose I should look for some packing boxes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Organic Lightening tshirt

Something for your little bright spark... this hand silk-screened organic tshirt is very appealing, especially if you're looking for a little relief from the usual fare of Thomas the Tank Engine or Dora the Explorer. I think even the most dedicated fan of cartoon characters would find this tshirt decidedly wearable. And the lightening effect is super realistic!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Voila giant dollhouse

Alert! Alert! Attention grandparents and wealthy philanthropists... this is what my little one wants for her birthday. Well, its what I want anyway... I saw it last weekend in the Edex toy store on Thorndon Quay in Wellington. It's a huge doll house... completely made of wood and containing the most incredibly detailed furniture. Its made by Thai company, Voila and is uber stylish. It's so big your wee ones can actually climb through it and while its not cheap if you look at it as a family heirloom piece it starts to look fairly reasonable... So come on grandparents... don't you just love it?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Picture Me growth chart

There are plenty of height chart options out there but I think this one offers something new and quite clever. The chart has slots to add pictures of your little one as they grow. What appeals to me is that its something you can take with you if you move... I love the idea of marking up a doorway with my daughter's height but we are just about to move house and if I didn't use a height chart I would lose those memories. This is my solution!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fairy door

Do you have a wee one who is entranced by all things fairy-like? Then check out this amazing fairy door! I love this idea... a teeny tiny door you can quietly install at the bottom of a wall and see how long it takes for your little ones to find it. It's not a "doing" sort of toy... it doesn't open or make noise or anything like that. But it will inspire the imagination, I think. You could suggest they write a note to the fairies and then perhaps the fairies could leave gifts... You can design your door any way you like, choosing from a range of styles and colours. Each door comes with a little key and some fairy dust. It's ace!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Haba doctor's kit

What child doesn't want to play doctors at some point? I think this might be the perfect doctor's kit... everything about it super sweet. I particularly like the little tube of ointment... I have visions of my wee one wrapping us all in bandages. It's so much better than the usual plastic versions I think I'll have to grab one, although knowing my daughter she will be absorbed by the case and ignore the contents.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fairytale magic glasses

Looking at Vogue for inspiration is probably not very sensible... everything is a bit on the pricey side but I did find these rather perfect water glasses by Japanese design company D-bros. They feature fairytale images which look almost 3D when filled with water. Only for the older kids I think as you might get a bit peeved if your toddler threw one of these A$75 glasses on the floor.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds singing toys

I'm back! Finally I have returned... leaving the UK summer for the cold, cold New Zealand winter. I'm glad to be back but blimey its cold!

So this post is about the last great thing I spotted before I left the UK... we went to the Tate Modern for a wander and on the way in we passed the RSPB folks - they had their telescopes trained on the turbine tower where a peregrine falcon has been nesting for quite some time. They sell these amazing singing soft toys... the peregrine falcon is cuddle worthy and makes an authentic squawk when squeezed. It's a fairly intense noise... I think I prefer the robin. They have all the british birds you can think of and would make great gifts for the new babies in your life. They are amazingly reasonably priced... you could get a set!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Stuff Your Doodle artwork

Is your fridge door covered in your little one's fantastic artwork? Perhaps one of them stands out and you'd like to immortalise it somehow... This is where Stuff Your Doodle comes in. Take your favourite drawing and send it off to these guys and they will make a stuffed real life version of the doodle. They make a point of saying that legally speaking they are not toys... I suppose this is to do with the production, I'm not sure. But they certainly look great. Chcek out the before and after images of this little green number.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cox and Cox love heart sugar cubes

If you've ever thought about planning a sugar and spice themed birthday party at some point let me direct you to the perfect sugar component. Cox and Cox have produced these little love heart sugar cubes as part of their wedding range but I think they'll do very well for my daughter's first birthday which is going to be an afternoon tea. I'm so intrigued about how they're made... I'd love to have a go.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tree bed by Shawn Lovell Metalwork

And now for something completely different... and unaffordable. Darn! If you have a spare $15,000 burning a hole in your wallet then here's the perfect whimsical bed for your wee one... its made by Shawn Lovell Metalworks. Everything about this bed feels magical... delicate trees twisting upwards towards a nest in the centre of the bed. I'm almost certain this bed would ensure better sleep... or should I say slumber... enchanted slumber. It's somewhat out of my price range unfortunately but I'd be very interested in a cheaper model if anyone sees anything remotely similar out there.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Uten.silo storage solution

Yet more from the Design Museum... do you remember these? A bit of a design classic... I spotted them and suddenly thought how useful they would be for storing all of my daughter's paraphernalia... but super pricey. I'm on the look out for a cheaper option. Let me know if you know where I can get one...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bold and Noble nature prints

I want one of these SO much... Bold and Noble have created these very desirable prints of leaves from British trees and outlines of various British birds. As a British ex-pat living in New Zealand I really like the idea of introducing this small slice of Britain into my daughter's life. Ideally I would put them side by side with kiwi plant and bird versions if I could find them, but no luck so far. A gap in the market all you budding designers.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Do Frame tape

OK... so this is not strictly a baby or child-related product but it's SO cool... It is instant framing tape and my idea is to put up some photos and prints in the wee one's bedroom along one wall and use this excellent faux-gilt frame tape around their edges... I think it will look pretty cool. There are some very smart people out there, huh?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Working cable car model from the Design Museum

So... still in London and I find I'm coming across far too many gorgeous things to fit in my suitcase... like this amazing working cable car from the Design Museum. Back home in Wellington I get the cable car up to my house from the city centre... it's a great way to travel, as long as you time your trip to avoid all the school kids and tourists. I think this would make a great addition to the nursery... it could travel up and down across the wall... perhaps I have room after all. Hmmmm.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sugarloop artwork

How many prints can I fit on the nursery wall? Probably not as many as I think... I've come across these lovely prints to brighten up a room... this artwork is produced by Auckland based artist Bernadette Sipkes aka Sugarloop and comes in excellent bright colours featuring cool stylized animals and jungle scenes. Buy NZ made!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rockin ABC blocks from Beebles

Oooooh graffiti buildings blocks... perfect for all the hipster types keen to demonstrate their down-with-the-kids parenthood status. I like these blocks but I wonder if my daughter will be able to decode the images... I'm thinking, yes. She already seems smarter than me. Each block has a different letter on each side and they come in sets of 26.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sibis Villa

If you haven't seen Sibis toys before prepare to fall a little in love... they're not cheap... not even vaguely cheap but they're soooo lovely. There's a whole range of fantastic things... sledges, cool bikes with caravan style trailers and then there's the villa... A simply amazing dollshouse... I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. I still really like the older style doll houses but this modern number could sway me I think. The hefty price tag covers the house, furntiture, garden, pool and, get this, poolhouse... you know you're dealing with the high end products when your house comes with it's own guest pad... impressive. Anyway... it's a thing of beauty... and destined to be played with by the grownups as well as the children. I've put in on my wishlist!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Baby cellphone by Brio

Baby's first cellphone? I know what you're thinking, but before you dismiss this as a bad idea think about it... does your little one always try to grab and chew your mobile when you try to use it? My daughter is obsessed with mine... and I've heard those things are bad for tiny developing brains so I try to keep her as far away from it as possible. I bought a toy version ahead of our recent long haul flight and it had the essential distraction factor. I got ours from Babystar in Wellington and it had a cool record your voice feature... I can't find the exact model online but this one from Brio looks pretty interesting.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Multifunction urban Taga trike and stroller in one

Finally! I've arrived in England! Flying alone with a baby is far from fun but it could have been worse. My daughter entertained our fellow travellers with giggles and clapping during our 24 hour flight...

So now I've had a chance to look around... naturally this place is FULL of amazing baby and child focused things... pretty much every store carries a baby line of some kind. One of the best things I've seen so far is this stroller cycle from Taga. This version was just launched at the Design Museum in London the other day... it can carry you and up to two children plus shopping. This clever number is a trike that converts to a stroller with just a few twists... if you're still feeling unimpressed then consider this - you could ride into town on a strudy trike with the wee one in front of you instead of using a wobbly bike with your child strapped behind you out of sight. When you reach the library or the park you switch mode and push the stroller around. Extra cool features include a brake (such an obviously useful addition), wet weather covers and tilting seats so your little one can sleep on the go. I want one!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thula Thula bespoke playsuit

Guess what arrived in the mail this morning! This absolutely gorgeous playsuit by Thula Thula... I found this seller on the Made It website and became obsessed with this little number. The woman behind the label is Naomi and she makes gorgeous things (to order if you ask nicely) and has a new line coming out soon. I'm just about to head off overseas for a family visit and this little suit is perfect for summer frolics. Best dressed baby award heading my way I think...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cuckoo Nest felt creations

Ooooooh.... these amazingly detailed felt creations from Cuckoo Nest are great! I love them... I don't usually get quite so carried away about toys... honest. But these little pieces are pretty special. I think I'll have to get one for my daughter just so I can have a closer look. Check out the tiny squirrel having tea inside the cuckoo clock. The handbag gingerbread house would make long journeys more attractive to your little one doubling as a bag and a toy house and I really love the strawberry shortcake hedgehog house with its teeny tiny tea set and bedside lamp... cute!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Green apple shoes from Pedrosprout

Oh, the cuteness! Some funky little shoes from a Brisbane seller called Pedrosprout. The shoes are fully lined with no exposed seams... made from, get this, kunin ecospun... what's this I hear you ask? Well, the website says this is a material made from 100% certified recycled plastic bottles! Wow... really? My old water bottles can become these shoes? A-mazing!