Feather Drum Debut Collection

October 30th, 2014



I am just so taken with the poetry and whimsy of this new Australian label, Feather Drum, brainchild of Kelly-Lee, a designer who began in the UK, and who has lived in Germany, Italy and now the warmth of Sydney’s Northern Beaches in Australia.  Kelly-Lee has drawn inspiration from her life-long love of French design, her local environment and her natural bohemian style to produce this first range, entitled Dream Seeker.

An eclectic range that evokes the spirit of 70′s Woodstock through flared teepee pants, felt floppy hats, warm earthy colour palette, tie-dye and bespoke prints. Pure wool knits, soft and comfortable jersey, quality cottons and linen are the fine natural fabrics that make up the Dream Seeker Collection, a range which confirms the belief that any dream can come true if you work hard to catch it.

The whole shoot is dreamy – you can view all the images on the Feather Drum website.








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Best DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October 29th, 2014

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1. Snail Costume from Oh Happy Day

I love really creative and home-made looking costumes and found these wonderful ones that are easy (some of them anyway) to put together and have that crafty, original feel.  You might be able to throw one of these together if you are running a bit behind. From my experience, these are the kinds of costumes kids often appreciate the most because Mama Love was put into it!


2. Mummy Costume from Kelly Gorney Photography


3. Bee Costume from Simple as That


4. Paper Angel Wings from A Glamour Affair


5. Lion Costume from Captain and the Gypsy Kid


6. Alice in Wonderland on Misha Lulu blog 

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10 Free Sites For Pumpkin Carving Templates and Patterns

October 28th, 2014



Here are 10 free sites for pumpkin carving templates and patterns!

Okay. The time has finally come to carve our pumpkin! We are running a bit late but as you can see, but the girls have been having fun playing around in pumpkin patches! This one above was at the White Post Farms Fall Festival.

And we finally got THE pumpkin yesterday at Fishkill Farms while we were picking apples (scroll down to see photos of our apple picking adventures).

Yes, we take our pumpkin seriously. But now, we have to carve it and if you need templates and ideas like we do, here are 10 sites where you can get really inspired. Or, you can see these these previous posts on Fantastic Halloween Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns or  Beautiful Jack-o-Lanterns and Halloween Centerpieces where we featured some pretty amazing pumpkins!



Here’s another sweet pumpkin patch we visited at Bayville Adventure Park.


So here’s the list of free templates:

Martha Stewart : 46 different templates from our friend, Martha.

Better Homes & Gardens :A wide variety of templates including animals, spooky scenes, faces and more.

Pumpkin GlowA variety of templates in nine different categories such as I Love America, Christian, Animals, Famous People, Comedians, Fantasy & Medieval, Musicians and more.

Pumpkin Masters Nine free patterns

History.comA unique collection of easy to advanced stencils

Betty Crocker Templates: Stencils of characters from cereals like Count Chocula,  Franken Berry and more.

Reader’s Digest 27 stencil pumpkin patterns

Disney Family: Well, this one’s pretty clear!

HGTV (Beginner) - 8 easy beginner templates

HGTV (Advanced) - 11 advanced carving templates


Chomping away at the fruits of our labor at Fishkill Farms.


Only 10 more pounds to go.

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The Easiest Painted Rocks Ever

October 24th, 2014



Painted Rocks seem to be the rage these days in craft circles and with kids and I can see why. And we have had so much interest in our painted rock posts, here and here and so many questions on exactly how to paint rocks etc. that I was thrilled to find the EASIEST method of painting rocks ever! These can be done by anyone.
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Babesta to Open Flagship Store at Brookfield Place

October 23rd, 2014



Babesta announced today that it will be joining Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermes, Ferragamo, Scoop, and a host of world-class brands at Brookfield Place, the downtown retail and dining destination due to open in full March 2015! Babesta, the indie baby-to-big-kid clothing, gift and gear boutique, owned by my lovely friends Jennifer and Aslan Cattaui, will be opening this flagship store – a new space for everything Cool City Kids with the help of premiere architect, West Chin.
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Angle on Artist – Willard Wigan

October 22nd, 2014



Here is the next in our series, Angle on Artists. I only found out about this amazing micro-sculptor Willard Wigan recently because one of the girls had to research him for an art museum trip! And his art just blows me away. And this person is an inspiration to us all. As a schoolboy growing up in 1960’s Birmingham, England, he was ridiculed by teachers and peers alike for not being able to read.  No one talked about dyslexia in those days, and so young Willard’s learning problems went undiagnosed, and his teachers told him that he was stupid and would never amount to anything.

“It began when I was five years old.  I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to where my dyslexia didn’t hold me back and my teachers couldn’t criticize me. That’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.”

Willard Wigan, Sculptor and Dyslexic
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Adorable Halloween Costumes for Pets

October 21st, 2014



I thought it was about time we honored our pets for Halloween. They have been somewhat neglected when it comes to devoting all that time and creative energy towards making some really special costumes. Well, except for these pet owners! If you are going to dress your pet up for Halloween, here are some pretty cute ideas. I can’t get over the pin cushion and the hot dog stand! Comment below and tell us which is your favorite.

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Atticus & Gilda – Luxury Nightwear and Accessories

October 17th, 2014



Atticus & Gilda has some of the most beautiful nightwear for kids I’ve ever seen! The sweet, retro quality of these outfits is just so adorable – especially love those touches like the bloomers and delicate little bows. This classical style of nightwear is what my girls go nuts over!

This label is very interesting as it’s the brainchild of  Lucy Gaiger and Conchita-Maria Scott. Both have fascinating careers alongside this labor of love in theatre, film and fashion, dressing stars such as Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren and the cast of Mamma Mia just to mention a few! And all the trimmings in this nightwear were picked up along their theatrical travels so there’s a little bit of history in each garment.

Some of the pieces for the boys can be worn during the day. Scroll down!
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DIY Clay Stamped Magnets

October 15th, 2014




These wonderful DIY clay magnets are next on our crafting agenda. So effective with the beautiful inked stamps and not too difficult. No more difficult than making Christmas cookies! I’m thinking you could also make buttons out of these if you just poke two holes in the middle of each. Go to Gathering Beauty for full instructions!
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