Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Isn't she divine!? The photo is also stunning, and courtesy of Maureen Haynes - a very talented Brisbane photographer.
I love seeing babies in their MiniLaLa!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Visit Mint and Lilac at www.mintandlilac.com.au
Visit Cheeks and Cherries at www.cheeksandcherries.co.uk
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Alipants is a cloth nappy consultancy business located in Sunbury, and covering outer-western Melbourne and the Macedon Ranges. It is a brand new business, run by Mum of two, Ali (with a little help from her lovely husband!).
You can see Ali at local markets in the region, or even arrange for Ali to visit you at home where you can touch, feel and get to know the nappies - including MiniLaLa, of course - before you buy!
Get in touch with Ali to find out more:
Phone: 0408 254 626
Look at the wall of nappies! This place is a nappy paradise!
Emma also stocks a beautiful range of fair trade toys, clothing, and gorgeous books.
Brindabella Baby hosts an Australian Nappy Network cloth nappy meet at 10am on the first Monday of each month, and will also have lots going on during Reusable Nappy Week in October.
Unit 8A Level 1, 29 Lonsdale Street, Braddon , ACT
Phone: 02 6176 1400
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Don't tell him I showed you, though! He would kill me if he knew I was telling people about his sewing!
In other news, the nappy countdown is on, less than two weeks to go! Plus I have a few new things arriving very soon. Will update soon...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Run by the very lovely Eva, Oz Baby Trends provides fantastic service (of course, I have shopped there), and a great range.
Oz Baby Trends currently stocks MiniLaLa handmade hair clips, and is eagerly awaiting our nappy delivery. Check it out now at www.ozbabytrends.com.au
Friday, September 11, 2009
It's just an absolutely gorgeous looking site (just had a great makeover), showcasing even more gorgeous things! I especially love the 'Style Living' pages - I'm a sucker for pretty decor! There is also Style Fashion, Style Bridal, and Style Junior. Plus there are always great deals for newsletter subscribers. I've been enjoying Style Collective for ages, and just wanted to share something I love with you all :)
The second site that I'd like to show you is L'il Aussie Prems. It was created by a lovely lady, Julia, after her first son was born at 27 weeks gestation, and is has grown to be the most amazing support network for parents of premature babies. It is well worth a visit for any parent - it never ceases to amaze me that some of these tiny, fragile babies survive. I can't imagine what it must be like to watch your tiny baby fight to survive.
Julia does a wonderful job, and offers information and support to these families. She generously pays for most expenses out of her own pocket and doesn't like asking for handouts, but she does need help. If you are able to spare just a little, you can sponsor a Premmie Parent Bag with a small donation - your 'hope message' can be added to the bag/s you sponsor - lovely, huh?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It is run by husband and wife team, Scott and Julia, whose children are almost exactly the same ages as mine, and who also have an eco-friendly focus. The shop is just lovely, and well worth a visit if you live in, or are visiting Launceston.
What a lovely little shop!
Visit Bay Bee Cino:
111 George Street
Phone: 03 6331 1455
Anyway, whilst there, I did make a couple of purchases and wanted to share them with you, firstly, I had been wanting an excuse to buy some Babyjo goodies for a while, and finally I have one - a friend's new baby. Everything is made from the most deliciously soft and silky bamboo! I just adore it! You won't even believe how luscious it feels, and of course, being bamboo is perfect for delicate newborn skin, and even better for sensitive skin. Take a look
I also got a gorgeous little dress for Ivie (not that she needed any more - but I couldn't resist!). It is made by Brusselsprouts. I hadn't heard of them before - they're a mother and daughter team, and their stuff is lovely! I love the crocheted features :)
All way too pretty not to share, right?
Monday, September 7, 2009
OK, so nappies. I know you are all eagerly waiting. I thank you all so much for your patience, and support!
The past few months have been beyond stressful! Moving, manufacturing, the supplier dramas and things not arriving! Plus all the usuals - kids, sewing etc etc. Nothing has gone smoothly, or as expected, of course.
I did say that we were on track for a late August stocking, but after the dramas regarding the waterproof fabric, we are behind *sigh*. It should happen in the next couple of weeks though!
And as for the manufactured nappies, we have also had a few *issues*, and therefore these will be arriving later than expected. I'm hoping for late September to Early October. I have everything crossed!
I will be so glad when everything starts running smoothly - I am confident that there will come a day! It feels like I'm constantly getting nowhere at the moment, which is very frustrating! I am usually en extremely organised and punctual person, and for everything to feel so late and out of control... It's driving me insane!
While I'm here, I am going to show you the patterns that are being manufactured. There will be lots of these to go around
I'll be back to update when I have more information!
Nicholas (who is 3, going on 30!) adores his little sister (most of the time)! He is so sweet, and there is nothing cuter than seeing him hold her hand, cuddle, or kiss her.
And finally, one of 'my boys'. Aren't they lovely? Nicholas has a bit of a thing for band-aids at the moment, so that's what's on his chin...
I just have to mention Steve (my darling husband) this time aswell. I know I don't talk about him much, but I need to tell you how great he is. He deserves an award! Can you believe he sews and makes hair clips?! What an awesome man (though he would kill me if he knew I told you that!). Hehehe.
Cate is a mother of 9 from Queensland who is working toward a special project. Here is a little about the project (from Cate's website):
We love children, and we raise our children to love and respect the earth. I’m passionate about children and it pains me to see children suffering in any way. For those of you with children under 5, or even older, try this simple visualisation exercise for a moment:
Imagine taking your child into a crowded street at dusk, walking away from them and never going back. Imagine the fear in that child when they realise you’re gone. Imagine them wandering scared and hungry through the streets…imagine their life now, day after day.
If you can do this exercise without tears, then you are stronger than me, but for 1.8 million children in Indonesia, this is reality. Every night 1.8 million children in Indonesia sleep homeless. For most of us that number is unfathomable.
Over 50% of Indonesians survive on less than $2US per day. Of the 500,000 children in Indonesian orphanages today, almost 90% still have a living parent. They just simply cannot afford to feed them and out of desperation, many of these children are dumped in hope that someone more fortunate may be able to give them a better life.
Well, I am someone more fortunate and while my family is not wealthy, by any means, we plan to make a difference. My husband and I are both self employed, we have 9 children and we live, like many people, week-to-week. In a country like Indonesia where so many people are so very poor, a lot can be achieved with less money than one might expect. We are ordinary people, living an ordinary life – we are no different to you.
I don’t expect everyone to give up everything. I don’t expect everyone to build an orphanage. But EVERYONE can do something. Whether you donate to our project, or one of the dozens of other aid agencies, whether you just extend the hand of friendship to a colleague or stranger or whether you just take a “man in the mirror” moment and be the change that you want to see in the world. EVERYONE has the power to make some change in the world.
FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT
We are counting on the kindness and generosity of the greater community to raise a large percentage of the money required for this ambitious project. I have also started a program which will be continued by the house mothers in the village to raise a residual income to maintain the program – this is recycling unused/unwanted clothing and fabric items and making them into saleable fashion and homeware items, such as bags, placemats, quilts, aprons, pillow covers etc. We are also making wedding items from donated wedding dresses (including my own). I should have enough stock made up for a decent stall at the Eumundi Markets by summer (hopefully mid-late October) continuing indefinitely.
Other than that I have committed all the profits from my art & photography sales, and my husband and I have committed to donating 50% of the profits from our small online business also. Long term we plan to start a sponsorship program – as the major foreign aid agencies do.
We will be setting up an affiliates page on the website in the coming weeks, if you click on these links and make a purchase a percentage of your purchase will go to the IO&WR project.
Look out for charity events in 2010!
Amazing people, right? I have been touched by Cate and her family's generosity, and have just sent a box of bits that I don't need up to hopefully help with the project. Cate doesn't ask for monetary donations. The address for donations is also on the website.
Amazing. I am so glad to know that there are people out there who are so willing to give unto others. It takes a very special person to do what Cate is doing, and I hope that she gets all the support that she needs. Good Luck Cate!