Finally…a winner

June 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I must confess to completely forgetting about the draw – I had the urge to sew…and when it strikes I need to take advantage of it before it departs, and becomes a chore!  So…drumroll…the winner is…

Jo, with Bella! Congratulations.   If there is any chance you could send me a photo of the room, that would be very helpful.

For those that missed out this time, never fear, there will be more giveaways very soon…

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So, what do you think?

June 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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I’ve added a new banner – what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Does it look funny on your screen?  Please let me know!  I’ll be changing the navigation bar, errr, sometime.

The winner of the jeans makeover – sorry – winners, were announced over at La Toriana earlier this week.  We have been in contact with Monique, however Justine, where are you?!  Would love to hear from you.

A new challenge is being announced tomorrow over at Blog This.  It’s a photography challenge this time…so if you’re an Aussie blogger who happens to have a camera, you should join in the fun!  If that’s not your cup of tea, but you like shopping, or more importantly, giveaways and sales, we’re listing them over at Mama Loves to Shop.  It’s all happening!

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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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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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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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Are you a TikiBoo Kids fan?

March 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Then spread the word and become a facebook fan!

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Winter at All You Need

March 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I have finally managed to get a few little winter dresses and a skirt online at All You Need.  We have a big trip coming up, so they are VERY limited edition and will only be available until April 1st.  AND…we will only be offering one custom made in each design.  Yes.  ONE.  So, if you really want to have something unique this winter, head on over and have a look.

Here are a few of the images from our fashion shoot which did not make it onto the website – these two are the bestest of friends and have such fun together!

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I’ll tell you more about our upcoming trip later.  In the meantime, check us out on KidStyleFile, where you will find the secret code to redeem your special gift with purchase.

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Check out the front page of Essential Baby!

March 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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ebI was about to write the second part of my starting your business, but Elizabeth at La Toriana just emailed me to say that “we” are on the front page of the Essential Baby website today!
By “we”, I mean La Toriana, featuring an image of the exclusive TikiBoo Kids Fairyland Magic line we designed together.  It’s about halfway down the page.

That’s exciting!

See us on Kid Style File!

February 9, 2009 at 10:41 am | Posted in all you need, australia, Boutique clothing, brisbane, Designer, kids clothing, sewing, wahm | 1 Comment
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Check out our interview on Kid Style File Thanks Angela!

I have also discounted our summer stock on All You Need by at least 20%, so grab yourself a bargain now!

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I heart cookies

January 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Today TikiBoo and I made cookies!  It was fun, although more than a little messy.  Hundreds and Thousands roll when you spill them on the ground…into the cracks between floorboards, under the couch, everywhere.  When you try and vacuum them up, they roll again.  However, mess aside, we enjoyed ourselves and she was very proud of the end result, which actually taste pretty darn good!

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Here is the receipe, it’s a Nigella one which I found here: Food Network.

Cut-Out Cookies

Ingredients
Cookies:

* 6 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

Icing:

* 2 to 3 tablespoons just-boiled water
* 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
* Food coloring, preferably pastes
* Special equipment: cookie cutters

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and moving towards moussiness, then beat in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, and mix gently but surely. If you think the finished mixture is too sticky to be rolled out, add more flour, but do so sparingly as too much will make the dough tough. Form into a fat disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, place disk of dough on it, and sprinkle a little more flour on top of that. Then roll it out to a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Cut into shapes, dipping the cutter into flour as you go, and place the cookies a little apart on 2 parchment or silpat lined baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes; obviously it depends on the shape you’re using and whether they are on the upper or lower shelf, though you can swap them around after about 5 minutes. When they’re ready expect them to be tinged a pronounced gold around the edges; they’ll be softish still in the middle, but set while they cool.

Remove the cookies with a flat, preferably flexible, spatula to a wire rack. When they are fully cooled, you can get on with the icing. Put a couple of tablespoons of not-quite-boiling water into a large bowl, add the sieved confectioners sugar and mix together, adding more water as you need to form a thick paste. Color,as desired. I think pastes are much better than liquid, not just because the range of colors is better but because they don’t dilute the icing as they tint. Ice cooled cookies, as desired.

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