craft express – send a hug

We are loving this simple (and fast) idea kids of all ages can enjoy making.  Makes a fab gift to send to grandparents, friends and other family members who love hugs!

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And this is another cute spin on the same idea …

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Go on.  Send someone a hug.  It only takes a few minutes and will make their day!

collections – wallpaper for kids

Wallpaper has well and truly made its comeback.  I’ve actually never stopped loving it since being surrounded by blue, lime green and yellow retro flowers in our family room in the seventies.

I’d love to feature some in our little home, particularly in the kids’ rooms.  Here are some of my favourites I have collected for “someday” …

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And last, but not least, my all time favourite that I have coveted since I first laid eyes on it several years ago – love, love, love.

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craft express – dinosaur plate

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1. Paint the plate a colour of your choice.

2. Draw the sections on the back of the paper plate like in the image: body, legs, tail, neck and head. Cut the sections out.

3. Attach the dinosaur’s body parts with glue (staples also work well)

4. Open the paper clips in an L shape and attach one side to the back of each leg to make the dinosaur stand up.

Find all this a bit too hard?  Grab this instead!

meet a mama – mara from printspace

I always wanted to be a graphic designer.  And I love art.  And I love anything mid 20th century. Read on and you too might think Mara and I could absolutely be twins separated at birth … oh, except she just oooozes that cool factor, is terribly, terribly talented and can create something like these little gems …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you! (what do you do, who is in your family, where do you live etc?)
I am a trained graphic designer & illustrator, who dabbles in art and who secretly wants to be a textile designer!

Our family consists of me, husband Nicholas, Maxy (6) and Archie (4).  We live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and work in Richmond.

I run Printspace with Nick, combined with being a mum and wife. Juggle, juggle, juggle.
I love design in all its forms, especially design from the mid 20th century.

Who inspires you?
My family inspires me – sometimes seeing things through the eyes of children is all you need. Simple and honest.

Designers such as: Paul Rand, Charles & Ray Eames, Lucienne Day, Alexander Girard, the list goes on…

What can’t you live without?
Good food, sleep, cheese, sleep,

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
And I know this isn’t a blog, but I love pinterest! So inspiring!

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Ah, spare time … so rare.   I love hanging out with the family, and going out for dinner and drinks with friends.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?

Sanity saving tip: You don’t need to do it all – at least not at once.
Give yourself a break, mentally. And don’t worry if the floor hasn’t been cleaned today. I am still trying to find a good work/life balance, but I try not to worry about it too much either.

Time saving tip: Freeze pre-cooked meals. LOVE IT! An oldie but a goodie, and I still use it even though my kids are no longer babies.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still doing what I’m doing, only bigger and better!

What is your favourite quote?
My favourite quote at the moment is;

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Where can we find you?
On our website (you can link to our blog and facebook page from there), at our friends at rudy and the dodo, and across a wide selection of stores across Australia.  Internationally, our prints are available in New Zealand and Singapore.

water play for spring

With the weather warming up here, it’s a great time to get the little ones outside and soaking up some fresh air and sunshine.

Here are some fab ideas to get you started, just in case you are having trouble coming out of hibernation.

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OK, so this home made kids car wash is the deluxe end of DYI but we have lots of easier projects too.  All you need for this one is some chalk, a spray bottle of water and a suitable surface.  Chalk keeps my kids entertained for hours.

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These water walls are both fun to make and use.  You can find the tutorial for the first one here.  Such a cool way to explore with water!

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And last but not least (because these two are the absolute easy peasiest ideas you will find!), these recycled milk or drink bottles will keep little ones happy AND they can help water the garden for you.  Everyone’s a winner!

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Whatever you do this weekend, soak up Spring (or Autumn for our northern hemisphere friends) and enjoy. x


speedy craft – fuzzy caterpillars

Looking for a quick crafty project to keep the kids entertained for 10 minutes?  Speedy craft is going to hold all the answers for you!

This week we are making these fab fuzzy caterpillars and all you’ll need is;

– pom poms (you can get bags containing various sizes at the Dollar Shop),
– google eyes (we bought a pack of eyes from Woollies for about $3)
– wooden clothes pegs (straight from the laundry basket)

Once you have your materials, just start glueing!  Easy peasy.

Thanks to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for this fab idea.



meet a mama – kate from miss kiki of cherry blossom lane

OK, so this mama (yes, another Kate!) is terribly clever, creative, has 4 kids and a successful business.  Oh, and she is beautiful.  So, once we move past the green with envy stage (teheehee), we celebrate her!  Meet Kate from Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Kate, a 33 year old Mum of 4 and married to a most amazing man for almost 15 years. We live in a beautiful, quiet, lush suburb in Adelaide with our 4 children Jai (9), Brady (7), Charlie (5) and Nikia Evie (2).

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After leaving a pretty demanding career in HR to raise our family, I have since founded Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane; our brand creates a collection of entirely artisan handcrafted 1 of a kind petite designer cloth dolls. I thought it would be lovely for children all over the globe to have their very own unique 1 of a kind doll and almost 2 years on we have welcomed new artisans to the business to meet the demand to our stores both nationally and internationally.

It is quite surreal but very humbling and I feel so blessed to be able to be present with my young family whilst creating for yours. I have a penchant for all things of an old English life – I was clearly born in the wrong era and yes I often wear pearls with jeans and flats, purely because they are fancy!

Who inspires you?
All of the beautiful people around me; my husband, family and friends are so supportive and encouraging of the success I still deem my “little venture” and their encouragement inspires me to aim high and give 100% to everything I do.

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My parents are the foundation of love and such a wonderful example of ‘family’ and I am forever grateful for their love and guidance. Professionally, I am inspired by those who have been on a similar path to which I am currently travelling and have achieved great success, and use their position to then make a definable difference in the community. Very early on we formed partnerships with charity organisations as this is something I set out to do. Humility is beautiful.

What can’t you live without?
Prayer …and tea. There daren’t be a minute of the day a warm cup doesn’t mould to the palm of my hand. I love tea. My family are pretty amazing too! In my honesty though, I would not be where I am without my faith and everything I do is guided thereby. I feel really blessed to be where I am today.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I’ve not really afforded the time to venture much into the blogging world, my own is quite neglected I must say. I tend to find some great posts by default and follow them through for a good read, but I cannot say I follow any in particular.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
With family and friends, just being out in the sunshine with people I love fills my heart with warmth. In the warmer weather we have frequent dinner parties with friends, and I love to read when the time affords me.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Lists. I am apparently the Queen of lists and sticky notes! Admittedly I am rather pedantic when it comes to being organised but a huge sense of achievement comes from being able to cross things off lists and in advance too. I also find preparing tomorrow’s work the previous evening helps things to move smoothly the following day as half an hour is not wasted in considering the tasks for the day in the morning. As for sanity – tea. Lots and LOTS of cups of tea.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In a studio full of beautiful, creative people enjoying their flexible career. I’d love to take some of our artisans on a global trip to visit our Australian and international stores and also visit the girls in Thailand that we work with to create our Destiny Rescue charity dolls.

What is your favourite quote?
Everything happens for a reason and right here in this moment is exactly where we are meant to be, be content with this.

Where can we find you?
You can find us on facebook and on our website.

You’ll also find these gorgeous hand made dollies now in our little store.

i’m no chef …

BUT, I do make a mean curry. For reasons unbeknown to me, the mere mention of my 7 hour Massaman curry has my friends drooling and begging me for the recipe.

So here it is. A permanent record in history.  The recipe.  And when I say recipe, I mean the brief summary of my somewhat random thrown together jumble that somehow becomes the one and only thing I cook that tastes really, reeeally yummy …

Brown 1 onion & 500 grams of diced beef (I use cheapie cuts like chuck steak or gravy beef as they cook for soooo long).

Add 3 TBSP of massaman paste – I use Ayam brand available from Woollies – nothing fancy at all!

Stir through for a minute or so then add a can of coconut cream or milk (there are lite versions if you are worried about the bazillion calories this little gem contains).

Pop in the oven on 150C or cook on stove top on very low simmer for 5-7 hours – the longer the better.

Today’s has been cooking for about 10 hours so should be extra special.  I usually add a splash (um, can!) more coconut milk about half way through cooking to ensure it doesn’t dry out.  About an hour before serving add 4 chopped potatoes.

Serve with steamed rice and fresh coriander.

And thus ends the cooking ‘section’ on this blog.  That’s it people.  That’s ALL I got!

fabulous little houses

This week’s collection of fabulousness (it IS a word) is little houses, just because we like ’em.


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you can buy all these little houses in our little store …

Top left: Paper craft “jolly little houses” $17.95
Top right: Design your own bird house $39.95
Bottom left: French purse $11.95
Bottom right: French notebook $8.95