A sneak peek into life as Little Miss…

I embarked on a change-up of Little Miss’ room this week.  The turquoise is out and its all grey and hot pink {the colour combo I have been obsessed with for as long as I can remember}.  There is a little reading nook where a fireplace used to be over 100 years ago and shelves for the books, low enough for my one year old to reach.  Hope she likes it…I think we still have a few more months until she can tell me herself!

{where she dreams…}

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{where she plays…}

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{where she reads…}


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{dress ups…}

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{other bits & pieces…}

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xx Catherine JPEG

{the details… where she sleeps}

* Cot – Stokke Sleepi Cot, in white, available from Baby Village

* Quilt – a catherine & grace DIY made with On Parade  Sarah Jane Studios fabric from her Children’s at Play range, available from Pink Door Fabrics at Etsy

* Rug – a catherine & grace DIY made from four Avoca floor rugs in diamond, purchased at Papaya

* Laundry hamper – purchased at Papaya

* Change table – Grotime Kimberly change table in white, purchased at Baby Bunting, customised by catherine & grace with crystal knobs from That Vintage Shop

* Long legged doll on lounge – purchased at Queen Street Pharmacy in Woollahra

* Floral cushion –  Royal Albert, in Polka Blue / Rose buds

* Pink bunny – Jellycat Bashful Rose Bunny {small}, available from Seed Heritage

* Doll in cot – Madeline doll, purchased at Jacadi

* Elephant mobile – Flensted mobile, purchased at Top 3 by Design {similar styles currently available}

{the details…where she plays}

* Book – The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs, available from The Book Depository

* Shoes – pink Ralph Lauren ballet flats – customised with non slip sole by catherine & grace {see previous post}

* Rug, cot, toys & cushion – as above

* Little Miss’ outfit – a gift from her Nanna & Cotton On Kids grey hair clip

{the details…where she reads}

* Books

– Ruby Red Shoes by Kate Knapp purchased at Lesley McKay’s Bookshop in Woollahra

– Mummy’s Kisses by Paula Clark & Lisa Stewart available from Scholastic Australia

– The Things I Love about You by Trace Moroney available from David Jones

– Little Miss Austen (Baby Lit books) Pride & Prejudice: a counting primer by Jennifer Adams, available from The Book Depository

* White ballet shoes – a gift from a friend for my baby shower

* Dress form – child size mannequin purchased at That Vintage Shop

* Top – blush pink Chloe long sleeve t-shirt, purchased during the Harrods‘ Winter sales

* Skirt – grey Baby Dior skirt, purchased during the Harrods‘ Winter sales

* Cape – Fly Away with Me feather Tutu du Monde cape in mink, purchased at Papier D’Amour

* Charms & necklace – letter & heart charms from Tiffany & Co, gifts to Little Miss on her christening from her parents, godparents and my godparents

* Felt ball rug – a catherine & grace DIY made from felt balls sourced from Felt & Yarn in Nepal {stay tuned for an upcoming tutorial on this blog}

* Wooden stool – sourced at the Burrawang Easter Markets

* Soft fabric cubes – catherine & grace DIYs

* Plush sheep – purchased from Papaya

* Plush owl – a gift from Little Miss’ great Auntie

* Plush bunnies –  Jellycat Bashful bunnies in white and silver {medium}, available from Seed Heritage

* Pink cushion – fuchsia throw cushion, purchased at Spotlight

* Small cube with bird – purchased at Myer

* Grey print cushion – a catherine & grace DIY from fabrics purchased at Tessuti Fabrics

* Wooden book ends – purchased at Toys R Us

* Leopard print shoes – Love, Luck & Wonder leopard print hi-tops, purchased at Macleay on Manning

{the details…dress ups}

* Clip holder – a catherine & grace DIY {see this related post}

* Elephant – Zuny grey elephant bookend, similar styles available from Top 3 by Design

* Mini chest of 9 drawers – purchased at Bed Bath N Table

* Pale pink ballet flats – Armani Junior, customised by catherine & grace with felt balls

* Silver rattle – UK bobby {UK policeman} silver rattle from the London Silver Vaults

* Mini doll – Corolle Minireves mini doll, available from Kidstuff

* Pink & print dress on hanger – made by Little Miss’ Auntie from Liberty fabric

* Tutu on hanger – Upperclass Tutu du Monde tutu in off-white

* Sneakers – various, including from Cotton On Kids, Converse and Ralph Lauren

* Coathangers – 11″ kids white wooden hangers, available from My Coathangers

* Little Miss’ dresses – various, including dresses from Ralph Lauren, Jacadi, Baby Gap & Fred Bare

* Mother of pearl ceiling decoration – from my very first home, a gift from my Auntie

* Bunny – Jellycat Bashful bunnies in beige {medium}, available from Seed Heritage

* Book with bunny – This Little Piggy went to Prada: Nursery Rhymes for the Blahnik Brigade by Amy Allen, available from The Book Depository

* Headpiece – Little Miss’ headpiece from her christening {see styling on this related post} made from my wedding veil {see this post}

* Silver bear – Wedgwood London Bear tooth box, a christening gift

* Box {under silver bear} – Maileg Mouse in a box, available from Down That Little Lane

* Book stand – cook book holder, gift to me from my Aunt & Uncle

* Book on book stand – Christian Lacroix and the tale of Sleeping Beauty (A Fashion Fairytale Memoir)  by Christian Lacroix and Camilla Morton available from The Book Depository

* Paper decoration – paper pom-poms in grey & fuchsia, available from Papier D’Amour

* Clock – turquoise clock, purchased at Spotlight

* Mini elephant – silver elephant, from the London Silver Vaults, a christening gift from Little Miss’ paternal grandparents

* Coathanger – padded coathanger, purchased at The Little White Company

* Cross stitch – “Isabella” cross stitch, a gift on Little Miss’ birth from one of my cousins

* White dress – Purebaby dress, a gift from Little Miss’ godfather

*Animal print – Picasso drawings print, purchased at Ikea

* Lounge – Newport sofa, available from Domayne

* Pillow – fuchsia textured pillow, purchased at Spotlight

* Throw rug – white Ikea throw rug, customised by catherine & grace using pom-pom trim from No Chintz

Please note: “availability” relates to the time of writing, October 2013, however I endeavour to update availability on these posts.  Please do let me know if you find any difficulty sourcing a product referred to in my posts. 

DIY Kids: easy no-sew hair clip holder

How to make a quick and easy clip tidy for your little one – no sewing required!

{the supplies}

* ribbon


* staple gun


* a small art stretched canvas


* fabric, enough to cover the canvas with a good margin to wrap the fabric around to the back of canvas


{the method}

1. Place the canvas in the middle of the “wrong side” of the fabric.  This leaves the “right” side of the fabric on the outside of the canvas.


2. Warp the fabric around the canvas and staple to secure.  Be sure to wrap the fabric tightly.  I find it easier to wrap the top and bottom of the fabric around the canvas first and secure with a couple of staples.  Then, on the left and right side, fold the fabric at each corner, as if wrapping a gift, wrap up and secure with more staples.







3. Trim the spare fabric. Once you have secured all four sides of fabric with staples, trim the surplus fabric from the middle.



4. Flip the canvas to confirm the fabric is pulled tight over the canvas.


5. Attach ribbon. Turn the canvas over and attach a ribbon to the back of the canvas.  Tip: if the width of the staple is wider than the width of the ribbon, attach the staple perpendicular to the ribbon (as shown below).  This will ensure that the ribbon does not slip through the staple.  Flip the canvas and pull the ribbon down the front so it is taught then attach the ribbon around the back, at the base of the canvas, again with a perpendicular staple, to secure.  Trim the end of the ribbon.





* Attach another ribbon or two.


Attach the clips and admire your creation!





It starts with a little art… inspiration for Little Miss first birthday party

How to use your child’s art as the inspiration for styling their next party

The inspiration for Little Miss Turns One {a small afternoon tea to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday} was a small painting Little Miss made a few months earlier.  I love the look on her face when her chubby little fingers press paint into the paper and colour magically appears.  However, as much as I love my daughter’s colourful pieces, using children’s art to style a party requires balance and a few fresh ideas.  Here is how we did it…


The inspiration…

The simplest way to have your kids create gorgeous art that can be used to inspire your event styling is to control the colour choice.  This is the number one rule!  Pick colours you like or colours your child likes – just be sure to pick only a few colours.  Oh… and ensure to remove the masterpiece before it’s all mixed into a brown mess!

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{The piece we choose for Little Miss Turns One}


The stationery suite…

To begin with, we scanned Little Miss’ painting to create a digital print copy.  Once cropped slightly, this print formed the basis of the stationery suite.  We created an invite, RSVP card and a thank you card (and all associated envelopes) all using the publishing layout within Word and iPhoto on a MacBook Pro; so no fancy software is needed.

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{Front of the invite.  The back of the invite was a full version of the original painting.}


{RSVP card}

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The styling…

Bunting is having a moment.   Through the genius of Spoonflower {one of my favourite new finds} we uploaded a copy of the painting and turned it into fabric.  A triangle template, some cotton tape and a bit of sewing later and the bunting was born.

Spoonflower makes it easy to turn your child’s artwork into fabric, wallpaper, small fabric sticky decals and wrapping paper.  How special to include your child’s creativity in such a unique way?

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I like guests to leave with a little something so I usually do a small lolly bag or boxed cupcake as a treat for the drive or walk home.  To introduce Little Miss’ painting into the favours we uploaded her art to Moo and created small favour tags {known as Moo Mini Cards in the Moo world} to attach to the favour bags with mini pegs.  We also created some stickers using our catherine & grace logos to keep the favour bags closed until the end of the party!

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What else…?

We displayed the original artwork on the gift table in an acrylic frame.

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We hung a copy of the artwork, printed on quality paper, on the front door to guide guests to the correct house and used another copy as part of a dome installation inside.

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We used the Moo mini cards as gift tags on small gifts for the grandparents to thank them for all their help over the year.

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Have you got any other ideas to share?   We would love to hear them!


{and… xxLittle Miss_PNG-72ppi}

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