Monday, June 28, 2010

We love Little Humbugs

I'm always looking about on the internet for vintage
children’s images to inspire me for my website and blog.
So when l stumbled across Little Humbugs not only was l taken by the
enchanting images and captivating colours but l was also delighted
to find out that Little Humbugs belongs to a local Melbourne Mum.

Little Humbugs was born out of a love for vintage children's art by
Louise - as a child she was fascinated by the work of writers
such as Enid Blyton and stories illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.

With a large collection of dusty vintage books for inspiration - that smell just wonderful,
Louise’s work captures the innocence of childhood and illustrates children simply at play.
She uses gentle characters and soft pastel colours in all of her works.

All of the images are drawn by hand in pencil and then
coloured either digitally or via water colour.
If that’s not enough to keep her busy Louise is also a
Mum with three small children aged 5yrs, 3yrs and 1yr.

Originally from Perth and now based in Melbourne Louise and her family are loving
all the wonderful attractions, restaurants and culture that Melbourne has to offer.

“We are having a lovely time getting to know this wonderful city!”

Louise prints and packages all of her own work
from home and they can be purchased on Esty or Madeit.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Outdoor fun in Winter

It's such a lovely combination l think.

Having a cafe close to a park.

If you don't feel like dining in you can grab a take-away
coffee and a baked treat then take the kids to the park.

Just bliss.

With winter still at our doors it's harder to get the kids to the park
- but when the sun peeks out from behind the dark clouds
here are a few of our favourite spots to visit for a play and pastry!

Cowderoy Milkbar in St Kilda

Phoenix Park Cafe in Malvern East

Little Captain in St Kilda East

Beasleys Tea House in Doncaster East

Friuts of Passion in Kensington

Hope we've given you some ideas to pop outside when the sun is shining.

See our website for full reviews of cafes.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Vintage Finds

I'll admit it.

I'm an Op Shop junkie.

l simply can't walk past one.

If l only have 10 minutes to spare l have a system -
first it's straight to the children's books then
to the linen & sheet section for vintage material
then over to the bric-a-brac to sweep over the shelves.

If l have more than 10 minutes l casually turn over the entire shop!

So recently when l was in the country side - about 3 hours from
Melbourne - l found these delightful vintage greeting cards.

Such sweet 20 cent bargains!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Morning Coffee

Mothers are those wonderful people who can get
up in the morning before the smell of coffee.

~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mother and Child Movie

l am so excited!

I have been given the opportunity to get a sneak
peak of a great new movie that's about to hit our cinemas.

It's called Mother and Child.

Here is a little bit about it...

Mother and Child is an unconventional family drama that centres on the subject of adoption.

It shows the effects of giving away a child as well as
the highs and lows of bringing one into your life.

The film was written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia
with a cast led by the amazingly talented Annette Bening.

Without being too preachy or sentimental the film examines what really makes a family.

Is it blood ties or emotional relationships?

Three women's lives share a common core: they have all been profoundly affected by adoption.

KAREN (Annette Bening) had a baby at 14, gave her up at birth,
and has been haunted ever since by the daughter she never knew.

ELIZABETH (Naomi Watts) grew up as an adopted child;
she's a bright and an ambitious lawyer, but a flinty loner in her
personal life and gets sidetracked by an unexpected pregnancy.

LUCY (Kerry Washington) is a young married woman who’s
unable to conceive and is embarking with her husband on the
adoption odyssey, looking for a baby to become their own.

Mother and Child is screening Australia wide from June 17th
Check local guides for session times

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Miss Marmalade

"Now we can usually tell when the owner of a cafe has children of their own, so let
us share with you the thoughtful little “kid friendly” touches in Miss Marmalade.

In the toilets is a charming little change table – complete
with some emergency supplies of nappies and wipes if you need.

Also Miss Marmalade offer a cute little highchair and a great little baby cino."

Visit our website to read the full review


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