Lace Pancakes Recipes

September 30th, 2014


Lace Crepes from Duhlicious


The girls just adore pancakes and I’m always trying to do something a little different to keep it fun. We made some Pumpkin Pancakes the other day for instance which were a big hit. And well, these Lace Pancakes look so pretty. I’ll definitely be whipping up some of these soon –  I am sure to have willing hands to help.

Here a few to choose from!



Lace Pancakes with plums in vin d’orange and verbena from Lotties feest.



Lacey Red Velvet Pancakes from Budget Gourmet Mom


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Jottum Winter 2014-2015

September 29th, 2014



What a lovely season Jottum Winter 2014 – 2015 is! This is one of my very favorite Dutch labels. The lyrical fantasy, and romance of this collection is in keeping with their trademark style. They have the usual antique prints and a nice blending of the modern gold and black and neutrals. And then the fairytale cottage theme (see matching bag below) just pulls at my heartstrings! For more of Jottum go to their site.










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September 24th, 2014



This is quite extraordinary. A giant interactive dinosaur based on a Muttaburrasaurus has been built in a playground in Melbourne, with the aim of the Medibank project to get youngsters out and exploring outside more.  The Muttaburrassurus was discovered by a farmer in 1963 – stumbling across a fossilised skeleton near the Queensland town of Muttaburra. I used to live in Melbourne and they never had anything like this.
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Efvva – Handpainted Kidswear from Poland

September 23rd, 2014



Here is a very original and extraordinary newish Polish label, Efvva. Ewa Wrobel-Hultqvist, the founder of Efvva designs unique, limited edition clothing and shoes for children from 3 months to 6 years. The clothes are all made from natural, high quality materials and are handmade in Poland.

Ewa grew up in an artistic family where design and art were omnipresent so when she had her own child she merged the three loves of her life: painting, design, and children together. Enter Efvva!

Her exquisite prints have a different theme each season and are inspired by different artists. This Fall/Winter 2014 season which is called Water is inspired by Hokusai Katsushika, a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period (1603 and 1868).  So, not only are these clothes works of art, but we learn about art history and artists through them. And the photos are so dreamy and mythical as well.

To view the whole range and past ranges, go to the Efvva website.
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Wonderful Kids Photographer – Tanya Alexis

September 22nd, 2014



Here is a wonderful, award winning kid’s photographer and family photographer, Tanya Alexis! We met Tanya this summer in New York while we were running our very first lemonade stand under the arches of Washington Square Park. She liked our lemonade and we liked her photos!

Although based in LA, Tanya, works in NYC from time to time. Take a look at all the wonderful shots where kids are kids, on her site.

And I have included a little interview with her about her process. Scroll down to read it!
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Colored Beans for Learning and Crafts

September 19th, 2014



We finally finished our Colored Beans, project! And the girls are having a ball playing with them. These sensory objects for play are very prevalent in the Waldorf schooling method. We are using these for sensory play and also to make art with. I will definitely post the artwork that we make from these later!

Please note that colored beans are a choking hazard and little kids sometimes think they are candy. So please be very careful. 

Okay enough of the safety drill…Scroll down to see exactly how to make these!


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Incredible Crocheted Toys and Fruits

September 18th, 2014



I have to admit that I really appreciate wonderful crocheted toys and not the average art of crocheting but more specifically, Amigurumi which is the Japanese art of crocheting cuter than cute, little toys. And I love crocheted pieces of fruit. Don’t know why but I find them completely adorable. Check out the lovely Hipotastitch to see more of these.

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Painted Chairs for Kids – Swarm Shop

September 17th, 2014



Okay, so I have been wondering why we don’t have images painted on chairs for awhile now and look what I found on the Swarm Home site? Kids’ chairs with cool and quirky works of art painted on them. These are actually canvases that are repurposed onto vintage chairs. Love that. And take a look at the other very original and arty decor items in Swarm Home. Well worth the visit if you are looking for something different and non-commercial!
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Chapter 2 – Handmade Shoes for Kids

September 16th, 2014




Here is a sweet story of a family affair of hand-made shoes for kids, made in London:

Fay, began her career designing accessories for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp, Belgium. Here she developed a sense of style, a love of colour, texture, and an appreciation of the quality of luxury. She later moved to Barcelona and designed her own footwear range for an exclusive boutique in New York.  And now she and her hubby, Tom source the best leathers from Italy and he has his shoemaking workshop in the living room of their home.

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