Hello there! Thanks for stopping by. Here’s a quick post for you about handmade gifts for friends, little girl friends to be precise
What’s nicer than making something with your own hands for a special friend? Putting time a effort into a little gift for someone means so much, especially when everyone is so busy, (parents especially, busy juggling work, family, kids hobbies and sport clubs, healthy eating, grocery shopping, keeping the house tidy…) finding the time for kids crafting can be a challenge!
My tip is to keep a few supplies in your cupboad, things that aren’t too tricky for your young person to do on their own, so after a little direction from you they can crack on with the task themself, and feel mighty proud about it too.
Just look at Dexies little face above!
I’d bought a packet of beads a little while ago from Flying Tiger so when Dexie was invited to his friend Maxi’s party we knew just what to make this girly girl! Dex layed out the beads in the arrangment he wanted (I put a towel on the table to stop them rolling onto the floor), then decided to decorate a few with funny faces and letters. He threaded them onto the cord (I bought some from my local crafting store Handmade Heaven, also the fasteners) and I attached the fastener when he’s finished.
I then asked him to decorate a piece of paper to wrap the box in containing the necklace (and bracelet on some elastic thread as we had beads left over). We used an old tea box with some tissue paper inside. Then I covered the tea box with the paper., added the ribbon and he was ready to party!
Maxi’s mum runs a lovely website promoting Japanese crafts and selling supplies for them, you can take a look here.
Hello hello, just a quickie post to show-n’-tell the kids craft project we did with a friend from school on Monday. The girls wanted to make book bags. I’d just been given this printed cotton curtain which was the perfect base cloth as any fabric they chose for their pockets looked OK on it! I cut out a rectangle and hemmed along the top (long) side, our fabric has a pattern that has a ‘right way up’. Before I hemmed it I made a couple of flat pockets the perfect size for a tram pass, library card etc and pinned it in place center back of the bag, I had cut the original hem off the old curtain and thought it was a shame to waste it so I made a loop for a key chain out of it and pinned it to the inside at the edge of the bag (now no excuses for losing their bike keys!), then I hemmed away.
I set to making the long straps whilst the girls chose fabric and designed the pockets, first on card (I always keep a few old cereal packets in my craft cupboard for making templates) then they drew around their pattern onto the fabric and cut them out. They hand stitched some motifs onto one of the pockets to pratice their hand sewing. Then I got them to pin the pockets in place so I could stitich them on with the sewing machine.
Notice how they chose to make a pocket perfect size for their chap stick!
Once the pockets were all in place we folded the bag right sides together with the hemmed edge at the top and stitched down the side and bottom of the bag then turned it through – ta-da! Pin and stitch the straps in place, a quick go-over with the steam iron and they were ready to hit the library!
Hello readers, thanks for stopping by. I took these photos earlier this week at the beautiful light filled apartment of photogarpher Barbara Iweins. I was so excited to be able to shoot the new Moozle stripe teepee in such a stylish setting… that brick wall sets the stripes off perfectly don’t you think?
The apartment in Amsterdam, near the Vondel park is actually for sale here, and if you’d like to see even more go here.
All photos copyright of Kate Clarkson at Moozle Kids Teepee Tents. If you’d like to repost please give credits.
Spring is in the air here in Amsterdam so it’s high time I started taking pictures again now the dark days are behind us, for a while at least (scared to speak too soon!). I spent a lovely day this week at the residence of accessory and home wares label SCENERY. They have such a fun and colourful home – more of that to show you soon, but for now, here’s a peak into the lovely room of the SCENERY kids.
The idea behind these photos was to create an editorial style image incorporating some of the lovely designers and brands I have connected with recently on Instagram, all Dutch or French made products and many of the items made right here in Amsterdam.
Below is a little round-up, click the links to go to the product page or webshop for each item. All products are hand selected and approved by myself for quality, relevance and absolute gorgeousness!
Photos copyright of Kate Clarkson, if you are re-blogging etc please credit the source!
Teepee – Reg size plain teepee with poles/floor mat/flags/window/tie by Moozle.
Helloeee, happy Sunday! I wanted to post some pics of the Black+White Shapes teepee I made a few months ago and only just pulled out of my stock cupboard to photograph (I’d almost forgotten I made it, it’s been sooooo long!). I still love all of the B+W kids rooms and artwork popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram, especailly the images by Chloe @chloeuberkid (bottom 2 images above). Chloe is a contributor at La Petite Mag so as you can imagine, she has great style, her house is full of amazing styling inspiration and top picks from some of the best designers and interior accessory innovators around, but if you can’t stretch to doing a whole room over, you could always satisfy your inner interior designer by making over your doll house!
Black+White Shapes teepee by Moozle, available on Etsy here.
Black+White Toadstool cushions by Moozle, available on Etsy here.
Black+White Goemetric cushion, by SCENERY, available on SCENERY here.
Black circles string garland by Haakland, available soon to order via Moozlehome.
I’m just going to sneak in this customer comment that came in on my Etsy review page this week #glowingwithpridehere
I cannot recommend this product strongly enough. We purchased a customized teepee for my son’s first birthday and it was of beautiful quality, exactly as requested, and will surely be an integral part of our family for many years to come! Rebecca, NH, USA
Another play date and crafting session, this time we decided to use a bunny mask we already had as a template to make these funny sleep masks, all very Holly Golightly meets Hello Kitty.
The girls picked out the fabric and felt colours, then they draw + cut around the mask, and bow pattern I made, they hand stitched the inner ear and bow shapes onto the cotton fronts of the masks whilst I cut the wadding and made the elastic cotton covered straps, a little sewing by me then… turned them through and Ta-Da!!!
We did an impromptu mini shoot on the way home from school today just because our outfits with our new Mon Petit Zoreol bead necklaces were a good excuse to use the backdrop of fresh new graffiti I spotted the other day! Well, when I say ‘we’ (Dexie is in the cargo bike just out of shot) I had to bribe Miss Dolly (it is a bit chilly and obviously we needed to take our coats off!) into doing the pics, I was only allowed to take pics of her if she could take some of me AND apparently the cost of a 6 minish mini shoot with Miss Doll-face is 2 packets of Frozen stickers Done deal.
Bead necklaces available here – thanks Mon Petit Zoreol, we LOVE them x
If you are looking to create a calm, serene and stylish space for your little one you can’t go wrong by taking some inspiration from the Blog Scandinavian Simplicity. The blog is curated by Therese in her beautiful home in Norway and is full of fresh, relaxed, refined pared-back style that those Scandinavians do so very well.
I received a super duper new customer comment the other day, thank you Becca, Moozle have THE best customers, ever.
Hi Kate! Just want to drop a quick note that we got the teepee today and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thank you so much for making such a perfect and special piece for us. I will be sure to send a picture of the little dude in it on his birthday! Thank you so much – let me know when you decide to expand your product line beyond teepees because we are MoozleHome fans for life! Rebecca, Auburn, NH USA
A little while ago we made these cute sleeping bags for small dolls, they fit the Lalaloopsy Mini dolls perfectly! Now she can have sleepover’s or go camping with her friends. I LOVE the little cardboard house Miss Dolly made out of the fruit cartons.
To make the sleeping bag we used 2 different printed cottons to contrast for the inside and outer side of the bag and a piece of thin wadding for the mattress, that was sandwiched between, I doubled it over at the top as a pillow. It’s a good way to use up some scraps of fabric.
If you want to make something similar but for a slightly more bulky doll such as a Pinypon or Sylvanian then I would recommend making your pattern taper outwards to be about 1.5cm wider across the edge that will double back to become the top ‘sheet’.
It was pretty simple to make, the kids did the fabric choosing, cutting and the turning through, I sewed them up on my machine. We made the pattern in card so we can use it again, I find it easlier for the kids to draw around the card than paper, it saves pinning.
We made ours on a rainy play-date, it went down really well as they ‘date’ could take her new doll bed home with her.
You could easily use the same idea and size up for a ‘baby-doll’.
Hello! We have been experiencing technical problems with our email since 16th Jan – for all of you lovely people who have ordered over the weekend I do have your orders, I just can’t send your confirmations at the moment, we are working on fixing the problem and will be back to normal very soon! Thank you.
Computer problems really suck. So here’s a nice picture of Miss Dolly and a cloud cushion to make me feel better…
Hello 2015!!! Ummm, where exactly did 2014 go? Well it’s G I V E A W A Y time.
To celebrate the New Year and spread a little Moozle love with our followers we have got together with 18 lovely stores to offer instagram users the chance to win a prize from each of the 19 stores!!
For your chance to win a lovely new Moozle cloud cushion like the one in this photo, hop on to instagram quick sharp and follow the instructions on the post ‘hello twentyfifteen‘ easy see. Now go on now go! Only a few hours left, winners announced Monday 12th Jan.
Hello and welcome new readers and old, it has been a really busy Christmas (and New Year so far) so appologies for the lack of blog action recently.
I’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who ordered Moozle tents in the run up to Christmas, we did indeed sell out of some designs right at the end (again! even though we made a lot more stock in anticipation), so sorry to anyone who didn’t get to order in time, shipping times to some destinations mean ordering quite some time in advance.
There’s been a lovely stream of photos coming in over on instagram, so great to see where the teepees end up and to see them in their new homes being enjoyed by your little one’s is what it’s all about.
Here’s a little taste of instagrams #moozleteepee #moozlehome @katemoozle
Yes you read that correctly! Win a BIG Moozle teepee over on instagram… go to @eeflillemor on instagram, find the photo above and follow the rules to enter.
Eef, or Eva, bought a BIG teepee from me a while ago now and she always takes such beautifully styled photos with it that I really didn’t mind at all when she suggested giving one away to her fans to celebrate reaching 50K followers – go Eva!
Well if you follow me on instagram you have probably seen more of my new designs lately than by following my blog! There’s not been much time recently for ANYTHING other than packing teepees so thought I’d squeeze in this up-date. Spaces for custom designed teepees, like this one, in time for Christmas are just about all booked up now. You are welcome to email me via the website with your enquiry.
Can I get away with this as a Hallowe’en post do you think? It’s not that scary!!
Last Monday I had the honour of being invited by Etsy and the Crafts Council here in Holand to take part in a master class of Staphorster Stip with the crafts master Gerard van Oosten. Thank you so much to Ingrid at the Dutch Etsy office for the kind invitation, it was a very enlightening and enjoyable experience, held as part of Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
I joined a small group of lovely design enthusiasts and learned about the history of the tradition of the Dutch stip werk (dot/spot work), how to make the stamps that produce the dots and printing technique from the Dutch master of the craft the very charming Gerard van Oosten. The idea behind the master class is to not only teach the tradition of the old craft to help keep it alive but also to bring it into new areas and use it in a fresh and contemporary way. Next I want to make some super sized stamps to use on my teepees, but for now I experimented with the pattern and technique onto bunting triangles soon to be sewn up and photographed.
A little boy here turned 4 last weekend so we had a woodland themed party to celebrate, lots of woodland themed party food topped off with a toadstool cake.
The kids loved seeing the party food, lots of ooohs and aaaahhh’s The favours were individual chocolates shaped as toadstools or hedgehogs in clear celophane with ribbon on – I didn’t manage to photograph them as I was too busy keeping an eye on everyone! We did an Autumn craft project of threading lots of pine cones, conkers (horse chestnuts), leaves, acorn cups and other woodland bits onto string – they actually look really lovey – I’ll post some pics of ours when I get them off my phone!
For the cake, I used 3 layers of Victoria sponge to make the top of the toadstool, glued together with strawberry jam and whipped cream and sort of sculped it into shape, then covered with a light layer of butter icing before draping and molding the rolled out fondant icing over the top. It took about an hour to decorate the cake (putting the butter icing in the fridge for a few minutes between each stage).
I’m sneaking in this customer photo too as the tree kind of goes with the woodland theme (see what I did there), thank you to Lianne for the super photo. See more customer pics on the Moozle instagram feed here.
A little while ago I had the pleasure to work with Dutch photographer Maud Fontein on this really fun Moozle shoot that will be part of the new Moozle postcard set. The photos turned out really well, just like my story board, it was so great to work with Maud, we had an absolute blast – so much colour and confetti the kids had a ball.
This MIDI size Unicorn teepee is now up for sale on my Etsy shop, the gold cushion is by SCENERY, the white top that Dolly is wearing was designed and made by myself for the shoot.
*PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE USING MY PHOTOS. Thank you. You can contact me via the moozlehome.com website.
I have received a lovely new customer review today so I’ll share that here too More on the Etsy page here.
This was our daughter’s 2nd birthday pressie which she loved the minute she set eyes on it! Kate was most responsive and made every effort to make sure the tent was customized to our specifications and also that it would ship early for our daughter’s birthday. The tent was relatively easy to put together. Although we have yet to perfect the way to stretch it out nicely. Kate was very helpful throughout and a joy to deal with! Thank you for this beautiful tent, Kate! Sharon, Singapore.