When I grow up…

May 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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No, I’m not channelling The Pussycat Dolls, it’s a challenge for a new blogging network I’ve joined, Blogged. (The name is about to change…watch this space!). The theme for this week is When I grow up…A ballerina? A vet? An astronaut? As a small child, what did you dream of becoming?

I’m sure as a small child I wanted to be all those things and more. The one I most vividly recollect was wanting to be a stockbroker. I wanted to work on Wall Street, live in New York and drive a Porsche 911 Carerra. The Targa type. Oh yes, I had all all planned out there for a few years. Buy! Sell! Buy! Sell!

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Shame I was such a shy kid – not to mention hopeless with numbers. (This was years before the movie Wall Street, for the record, so no inspiration there!). I still have never been to New York, it’s still on the Must Visit list.
When I finally realised it wasn’t a particularly practical career option, I really had no idea, for many years. Really, no idea. When school finished and I still had NO idea, I jobbed around for several years – Pharmacy assistant, Governess, Nanny, Medical Receptionist, Optical Dispenser. In the mid 90’s, the IT industry was booming, and as luck would have it, I scored a position as a receptionist.  From day one they realised I wasn’t the type to be stuck answering phones and I steadily worked my way up through a few different companies to a good position in IT marketing. Officially, I’m a Product Manager.

But I prefer “Children’s Fashion Designer”. That’s what I put on forms when they ask Occupation.

You see, somewhere along the way, not long after my daughter was born, a passion for children’s clothing emerged. My mum shared that passion and vision, and TikiBoo Kids was created. Me. A fashion designer. Wow.  Now I think I’m finally grown up.

Remember our groovy jeans tutorial?

May 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Posted in kids clothing | 4 Comments
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This one: Recession Buster Jeans.

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TikiBoo Kids has teamed up with the gorgeous Elizabeth from La Toriana to give one lucky winner a chance to have a TikiBoo styled jeans makeover.  See the La Toriana blog for more details.

Note – the winner can provide jeans for either a boy or girl of any age and will have the opportunity to select colours and styles to suit their child’s wardrobe.  Bright & Funky…Soft and Sweet…Loud & Crazy or Shabby Chic!   I have some fabulous fabrics and gorgeous trims so let’s have some fun!

btw – while you’re over at La Toriana, sign up for their newsletter!  They are running some amazing deals and specials for subscribers.

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South of France

May 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Here’s part two – the Southern part of France.  Beautiful weather, we spent most of the time relaxing, eating ice cream (and crepes, pastries, baguettes…) and having a blissfully wonderful time.  A few random shots.

Ice Cream in Lyon...the start of a daily trend

Ice Cream in Lyon...the start of a daily trend

Gorgeous painted wall in Lyon

Gorgeous painted wall in Lyon

Poor sick Mummy!

Poor sick Mummy!

View from our Cassis balcony

View from our Cassis balcony

Our window box

Our window box

Cassis esplanade

Cassis esplanade

Summer dressing required

Summer dressing required

The colour of the water!

The colour of the water!

My frenchy baby

My frenchy baby

Cassis waterfront

Cassis waterfront

Boats.  I love boats.

Boats. I love boats.

Cassis markets

Cassis markets

Pont du Gard.  Wow.  Big.  Old.

Pont du Gard. Wow. Big. Old.

Carousel at Nimes

Carousel at Nimes

How many weeks do you want to stay at Cassis for, Alexandra?

How many weeks do you want to stay at Cassis for, Alexandra?

Why do we not have daylight savings?  This was taken about 7:30pm.  Crazy wonderful.

Why do we not have daylight savings? This was taken about 7:30pm. Crazy wonderful.

Another little obsession...flanders poppies.

Another little obsession...flanders poppies.

Swimming in the med with Grandpere

Swimming in the med with Grandpere

Went swimming in the med (while Maman shopped)

Sandy fun while Maman shopped

Setting up for the Grand Prix in Monaco

Setting up for the Grand Prix in Monaco

One last carousel...

One last carousel...

Weary traveller’s return home!

May 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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We made it home on Sunday morning.  Still rather jetlagged so don’t have the capacity to write much, but will share a few photos and snippets over the next few days.  I can’t guarantee they will be in order either!

Here are a few from our days in Paris.  Travelling with a child gives a different perspective on a city, so don’t expect much Parisian glamour!

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Let's get the tower shot over and done with!

I lost cont of how many strawberries TikiBoo ate!

I lost count of how many strawberries TikiBoo ate!

And discovered a love of hot chocolate

And discovered a love of hot chocolate

We bought a stroller in London - fantastic, she loved it.

We bought a stroller in London - fantastic, she loved it.

Although loved Le Metro even more

Although loved Le Metro even more

A love affair with carousels occured

A love affair with carousels occured

And insisted on 3 rides everytime.

And insisted on 3 rides everytime.

Little parks are everywhere, with rows of prams and nannies

Little parks are everywhere, with rows of prams and nannies

Or the occasional grandma...or sunlover.

Or the occasional grandma...or sunlover.

This old lady was well worn, yet still elegant, until I snapped this shot!

This old lady was well worn, yet still elegant, until I snapped this shot!

Still a city of love

Still a city of love

And spring bulbs...

And spring bulbs...

And bicycles...

And bicycles...

Smelly cheeses

Smelly cheeses

And sweet treats...

And sweet treats...

And terrible parking...

Terrible parking...

Crepes and Tea

Crepes and Tea

Or plat du jour?

Or plat du jour?

And don't forget about the chocolate!

And don't forget about the chocolate!

Or the uhhh...cheese graters!

Or the uhhh...cheese graters!

I’ll post more later when I’ve time to go through them all.

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Recession buster jeans!

April 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Posted in australia, Boutique clothing, Designer, kids clothing | 11 Comments
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I’m sure most of us have a pair of jeans hanging around which fit around the tummy – those adjustable waists rock – but are too short in the legs.  Or maybe you got lucky like me and found a pair at k-mart reduced to $3!  Here is a way to get an extra season from the jeans, or simply a way to create a very cool addition to a little wardrobe and use up fabric scraps.  For a boy, add a cuff instead of the ruffle.

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1. Split open the seam of the jeans, usually the inner seam – whichever one isn’t top stitched.  I usually go as far as the pocket.  Cut off the hem.

tshirtgiveaway-00222. Open out the seam and press.  (Now, I missed a few photos of the next steps here, sorry!)

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3. Sew on patches!  However you like, there are no limitations.  I back mine with vliesofix (double-sided iron on sticky stuff!) and iron them all on before I sew, but you could do each individually.  The type of stitch you use doesn’t matter either, it depends how much you want fraying.  Experiement with some decorative stitches!

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4. Embelish with whatever else you like.  Lace, buttons, patches.  Anything goes!

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5. Once you’re happy with your patching, turn inside out then stitch and overlock your seam back together, try and stitch where the original seam was.

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6. Make ruffles!

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7. Pin ruffle on, then stitch and overlock.

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8. Turn rightside out and top stitch the ruffle in place.

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If you do make these, I’d love to see photos!

PS:

Here are a few more tutorials for embellished jeans!

Quality Time – Hippy Chic

That Darn Kat – Ribbon Jeans Tutorial

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Sorry to keep you waiting…

March 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I got a bit carried away with my sewing and didn’t realise the time.  So, I wrote all the names (ok, initials) on scaps of paper and put them in a hat (ok, rubbish bin) and pulled out…Alissa!  Then, because I’m feeling generous today, and there is just enough fabric for a second one, I pulled out…Sarah (not surprising, given she had 5 entries!).

Congratulations Sarah & Alissa…can you please email me – kathryn@tikiboo.com.au with size details and I’ll check what I have here.

And…while I have your attention, I’m looking for a few “guest bloggers” to do a post for Mama Loves to Shop. Things like a few of your favourite kids clothing stores, things you’ve bought recently and/or things you’re lusting after. Must be predominantly Australian, and having a website is good too. So far the posts have been mainly children’s clothing and accessories, but will start looking at things for Mums as well. Contact me if you’re interested.

Friday Giveaway

March 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments

I was given a tiny strip of this gorgeous Matroushka fabric.  Not enough for anything really.  Except a couple of appliques.  I whipped this one up for Miss Alexandra.  I have a handful of white tops, t-shirts and singlets, including some ladies sizes.  If you’d like one made with your initial, or that of your little one, here’s what you need to do.
For each one of the following, you will receive an entry, do all 5 and you get 5 entries.  I may even throw in a matching hairclip.   *You don’t have to do all of these things, but to enter you must leave a comment here!*

1. Follow us on Twitter, and tweet about this competition. –> See the twitter button over to your right.

2. Become a Facebook fan –> Again, button is over there.

3. Follow our Mama Loves to Shop blog, and comment on the latest post

4. Blog about the giveaway on your own blog

5. The most important, and this will be your entry,  comment on this post, telling me which of the above you’ve done!

Please excuse the dodgy photo taken in horrid lighting!

I will make the draw tomorrow night.  Around 8:30pm Brisbane time.

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Dreaming of Paris…

March 27, 2009 at 9:59 am | Posted in brisbane | 2 Comments
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In less than two weeks, we will embark on our month long trip. Hong Kong, London…then Paris. Part of me wishes than Paris was first – in fact, due to flying Air France, we have a stop over on the way to London, a glimpse of Charles De Gaulle.
But, a whole week in Paris…blissful sigh.  I am counting the days.

Every morning I read my Paris Breakfasts, and live vicariously through Carol’s gorgeous photos and watercolours.  I wish she would stop posting pictures of such delectable pastries, I’m going to come home as big as a house for sure.

Am I chic enough that Garace Dore will stop and beg to take my photo?

Will this be me, frolicking in a pink dress? (I found this on A Cup of Jo)

I love this interpretation of the Miss Dior ad:

Courtesy of lisieuxSHAN at DeviantART


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New TikiBoo…in stores soon!

March 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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We have finally fisnished all but one of our wholesale orders, and they’re shipping this week!

Here’s a sample of some of the gorgeousness which will be in your favourite boutiques very soon!

Pink & Brown dresses

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Winter skirts

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Thank you to the gorgeous Jazzy, Belinda & Alexandra for being our models, and kudos to Megan of Megan Jones Photography.

PS – We are still running the Facebook fan giveawy, so if you’re not a fan, please become one – and tell all your friends!  Just click on the blue banner to the left to get to our facebook page.

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Twittering

March 19, 2009 at 10:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We are now on twitter http://twitter.com/tikibookids if you want to follow us!

Part two of the sewing business post will be up soon.

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