Pinspiration

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Hello, thanks for stopping by. People often ask me where I draw my inspiration from for my teepee appliques, the truth is it comes from everywhere, from things I see on the street to fashion and interiors I see on-line, here’s a little behind-the-scenes look into what triggered this teepee design I finished yesterday. I saw the above interiors image on Pinterest recently and loved the colour palette so much I wanted to use it in my work, utilising some of my folkart floral applique patterns and matching some of the fabrics from my stash I was able to create a similar palette. I opted for a paler pink in the end which I think works pretty well here and I just love the zesty Kelly green rabbit under the window.

More picture details over on my Etsy store.

Original image source here.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Teepee

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Hi, don’t forget to pack your Moozle teepee when you go on holiday – that’s what we did on a recent trip to Sardinia, I just took the fabric teepee (folded up it takes hardly any space in your suitcase) and then I picked up 8 bamboo fishing nets for €1.50 each at the local super market and a roll of parcel tape. The bamboo was celo-wrapped in brightly coloured plastic so I peeled it off around the top to have the natural bamboo showing. By taping the bamboo rods together as in the photo above they were quite strong.

Not only pretty in the photos but great extra shade on the beach too.

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Berry Berry good

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It was the perfect Sunday afternoon family activity for today… berry picking! The kids loved discovering all of the different varieties, picking (and eating… sssssh, don’t tell) the raspberries, blue berries, logan berries and honing bos (not sure what these are in English), very delicious, kind of sticky to the touch. I’ve never had such fresh blueberries. All these berries were picked right here in Amsterdam for just €8.00.

We are having ours served over Greek yogurt and drizzled with organic honey.

#GIVEAWAY

To celebrate reaching 3K followers on Instagram (Whoop Whoop!) and to say ‘thank you’ to all who follow the IG Moozle account, I’ve just launched a teepee GIVEAWAY over there @katemoozle

Get on over to Instagram to enter… go on now go! Good luck!3K_Giveaway

To enter go to the related post @katemoozle on instagram and follow the instructions. Contest ends 27th June 2015 at midnight CET. The winner drawn at random (we use https://www.random.org/ for this) and will be contacted via direct message on instagram for the delivery address and choice of teepee. *BIG teepee can only be supplied WITHOUT poles.

Street Art | London | May 2015

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Hello, hello, thanks for stopping by. If you are familiar with my Moozle applique work, you’ll know I am very inspired by street art, folk art and printed textiles and often use infulences in my work so I was very exctied to spy some lovely urban art works on a trip to London last week. I don’t know any of the artists but if anyone can shed some light please drop me a line so I can add some credits.

Most of these were spotted around Brick lane, Columbia Road and Stoke Newington all in East London.

NO, the matching outfits weren’t planned… but did make us laugh as we left the house. We stayed at my friend, designer Helen Rawlinson‘s lovely house in N16, she does Airbnb so you can stay too if you are lucky.

We managed to find these gorgeous vintage scarves in Porcelain & Red. See more by following my instagram @katemoozle

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Colour Explosion!

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Last week we went to the beautiful Dutch Tulip gardens, the world famous Keukenhof.

Only open for a few weeks each year, with months and months of planning and planting before hand, it’s no wonder that thousands of people flock from all over the world to visit. I think the photos speak for themselves, but really the place needs to be experienced first hand – the colour around every corner makes your soul lift up and do a little happy dance.

A top day out for sure!

*This years theme was Van Gogh.

Kids Craft

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Hello there! Thanks for stopping by. Here’s a lil’ole 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.

House Tour with Teepees

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My latest obsession seems to be going to peoples homes, setting up teepees and photographing them! I’m not sure why I love doing this as much as I do. But, hey ho each to their own!!

This latest session took place in the lovely family home of Donate and it just so happens that if you are lucky you can rent this lovely place for your trip to Amsterdam, take a look on airbnb here.

New striped and printed teepees now available in the Moozle Etsy shop.

Gorgeous crochet bunting by Haakland.

Thanks very much to Donate and family. If you live in or near Amsterdam and would like to have your home featured in exchange for a Moozle teepee please get in touch via the website.

 

 

 

Crafty Kids

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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!

Happy, proud girls :)

Seeing the Light

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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.

Moozle teepees are made in Amsterdam, NL.

CE tested and approved for safety regulations.

Enjoying the SCENERY

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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.

Black + White, Floral cushions all by SCENERY.

Cloth Dolls handmade by Studio Escargot.

Poster and Postcards by Eef Lillemor.

Paper Bags and Wooden bead garland by Mon Petit Zoreol.

Black crochet Circles Garland by Haakland.

Crochet Triangles bunting available via Moozle on Etsy.

Toadstool Cushions by Moozle.

It’s all Black and White

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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.

Skeleton Doll by Studio Escargot, 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

Thank you Becca x

 

Crafty Kids

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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!!!

Green Graffiti and Goosebumps

 

 

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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

Scandinavian Simplicity

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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.

The tent is a Moozle Reg sized teepee.

Top Teepee list

Hello there, Moozle have been included in a list of the top 7 teepees on the market! YAY!

Go on over to Little List to see the round-up, you can rate your fave (Moozle of course!!) and give it a FB thumbs up too, here :)

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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

Crafty Kids

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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’.

We are still here!

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…IMG_2300.JPG