pom poms pronto

Each week I am now going to feature one super speedy creative idea for you to share with your kids.  And since everyone loves a pom pom, let’s start here …



for the love of letters

I love letters.  Typography is one of my ‘things’.  I have letters dotted around our house, including the kids initials on their bedroom walls, just like we had growing up.

There are so many fabulous options available to buy now – industrial, acrylic, fabric, or metal – you name it.

How about this cute DIY project made from some good ole sticks and paint.  Especially fab for those with ‘straight’ letters in their name (like lucky little ANNA!)

(photo source unknown)

Do any of you share my obsession with all things alphabet?

meet a mama – tamara from jellystone designs

We have loved Tamara and the gorgeous Jellystone Design silicone jewellery and teethers since she and her business partner launched 12 months ago.  We are preeeetty sure you will love her story and her goodies too.  But don’t say we didnt warn you … you might just want it all!

Tell us about you, fabulous you!
I live in Port Macquarie, on the Mid North Coast of NSW, with my husband and 2 children, Master 7 and Little Miss 5.  Life is very busy. Both my husband and I run our own businesses, mine being Jellystone Designs (silicone jewellery for all ages and stages) which I run with my business partner Natalie.

Natalie and I first met when we gave birth to our kids 8 hours apart – my first and Nat’s third child – and shared a hospital room together.  After 5 days of rooming together, and getting along famously, our first business “Forwalls – removable wall decals”, was born.  The business was very successful but the pressures of young families saw us sell up to focus on our children.

Years later after the kids become a little more independent Natalie got itchy feet and developed Jellystone Designs.  After a cuppa together one day we become business partners again. We launched Jellystone Designs together in August 2011 at Kids In Style trade show and now 12 months on we distribute to 6 countries and have over 100 stockists in Australia.

We work 5-6 days a week, but we absolutely love it!  You know what they say… if you love what you do you never really have to work a day in your life!

Who inspires you?
My mother.  She is the most amazing woman I know, and I’m proud to say she is also my best friend!  She is a very happy, energetic & enthusiastic woman, who always puts others first.She is nearly 60, just became a qualified naturopath and has recently opened her own clinic.  Nothing can stop her achieving her dreams.  If I turn out to be half the person she is I will be one happy woman!

What can’t you live without?
Besides my family and friends, I would have to say technology. Having the technology we do today is amazing. It allows us to do international business at the press of a few buttons. I would be lost without the internet and especially Skype (I am on Skype at least 15 hours a week speaking with our manufacturer and distributors around the globe)

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I get to read lots of great blogs with my business, and we have so many great bloggers writing about our products.

I don’t necessarily follow certain blogs, but I am a huge fan of pinterest!  You can always be sure to find some inspiring ideas there.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
What spare time?? Being a full time mother of 2 with my own company is a sure sign of minimal spare time! But when I do manage to find a little I love to socialise and throw dinner parties with my friends.

But my favourite thing of all would be getting lost in my own world as I redecorate rooms and rearrange things throughout my house!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to say living in China, managing our company from a central hub!  But I am happy to be managing it from anywhere if it is going that well in 5yrs time!

What is your favourite quote?
Everything happens for a reason! (I live by this quote)

Where can we find you?
Sitting in front of my laptop at Jellystone Head Quarters 5-6 days a week or with a vino in hand on my deck!  Oh, and also on our website.

Want to see more of Tamara’s fabulous creations?

plastic is fantastic (well, it can be)

We don’t go much for plastic toys around here but LOVE these ideas to incorporate them into storage and decor pieces.

To make these storage jars, just glue a selection of plastic animals onto the lids then spray paint the lot.  Love ’em.

courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

These book ends are a little bit kitsch and a whole lot fabulous!  Grab your favourite animals, glue them to a wooden block and paint.  Great shade of blue.

courtesy of blog.houseoffifty.com

These little gems have come straight from the op-shop into the paint shop and onto the hallway shelf.  LOVE!

courtesy of blog.craftzine.com

car parking in boxes

AND, I am loving these shelves.  Think I could do a whole wall of them.

courtesy of blogsbabble.com

If you like things a little fancier, you’ll love these boxed vintage cars – not so great for playing but a beautiful way to display a special few.

Right then.  I’m off to clear a path through the car park that is my lounge room floor, and maybe whip up one of these creations.

PS: If your little one is car crazy, then you’ll probably like some of this stuff from our little store