Dexie is 4

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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).

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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.

Fantastic Fun

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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.

Business Mama

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Hello, sorry for the lack of posts recently – I’ve been busy with orders, new designs and planning a new product! Very exciting, more on that soon I hope.

I wanted to share this interview that has just gone live that I did a while ago for Amsterdam Mamas, a fantastic website here in NL. You can see the full interview here.

I also have a lovely new customer review to show off…

Shipped super fast. I was nervous about figuring out how to put it together but the directions were well written, only took me a few minutes to set up. This teepee is so cute and very well made. Worth the price and my son loves it! Thanks!!

Many thanks Stephanie from Texas, USA for taking the time to review Moozle via Etsy, see more reviews here.

I managed to finish and photograph a new design on Tuesday this week (no mean feat), I listed it on my Etsy shop later that day and hey presto it was sold after a couple of hours, which is fantastic BUT, ment that not many of you lovely folk actually got to clap eyes on the thing… so here it is, you lucky, lucky people (yes, I have a dry sense of humor, not always detected in text).

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How do I keep my kids busy whilst getting on with a few jobs after school hours? well I have a few tricks, one of which is chalk board pens (white wash pens), who needs a chalk board – not us! Looks so pretty when the sun shines through making patterns on the curtains and floor.

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Mini Style Blog

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Well the instagram Moozle teepee giveaway in association with @ministyleblog has started (early!!) and it is very exciting, the pic has over 1370 likes on their feed in the first hour or so – Wowzers!

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win, hop on over to @ministyleblog on instagram snd follow the directions on this image post… Good Luck! xx

Above teepee with balloons image by Dutch family photographer Maud Fontein.

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Photo by Bel at Petite Vintage Interiors (thanks again Bel). The Giveaway is open until 29th August x

Thank you also to Megan at Mini Style Blog for including my teepee in the Mini Loves blog feature, top image :) x

Giveaway!!!!

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I have very exciting news… we have teamed up with the fabulous MINI Style blog to offer instagram followers the chance to win a plain Moozle teepee, size of your choice!!!

Wowsers, all you have to do is keep an eye on the Mini Style blog’s instagram account on the 23rd Aug and when you see the Moozle ig post on their feed (special heads up for Kids Teepee Tent followers here!), make sure you ‘Follow’ their ig account and Moozle – @ministyleblog @katemoozle and you will be entered into the draw, and get this, everytime you @tag a friend in the comments on @ministyleblog, you’ll be entered AGAIN! So set an alarm on your phone to check instrgram on the 23rd!!!

The little gif on the right there, was designed by my talented man Dennis and can be seen on the Mini Style Blog now  :)

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Kids Room Tour

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Hello, hello! I thought it was about time I did a little kids room up-date since that last one about a year ago on the Apartment therapy blog.

I’ve been so busy working on the Moozle teepees but I have finally registered the bunk bed design (I’ve had trouble with other companines stealing my images and dsigns and re-selling knock-off versions so I’m taking extra percautions) and so I’m finally showing them, soon to be listed on the Etsy shop – woohoo – sorry to all of you who have been waiting!!!

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Some of our favourite story books here (especially the Jackie Morris Tell me a Dragon as she is based in our home county of Pembrokeshire). The little green and white guy sticking out of the bed caddy is an original Moozle plushy in Helen Rawliinson’s Shapes and Things fabric. Helen is a textile and lighting designer based in London (and a good friend of mine), check out her work, it’s lovely. Blythe Elephant detail

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Some shout outs now to some lovely fellow Etsy designers I’ve purchased from in the past (I’m a fan of supporting small businesses and Etsy is a great place for finding beautiful handmade and vintage items).

Top left: Little Red Riding hood, this was a pdf pattern I bought for my mum – didn’t she do a great job of making her?

Top right: Studio Escargot doll, Cat Pillow, by Vintage Jane, funny bunnies made be me.

Middle right: Moozle plush, framed Ingela P Arrhenius print ( I bought mine from ps ik hou van jou as they have lots of super products and their gift wrapping is gorgeous).

Botton right: Vintage pillow slips (find similar here), Mibo fox cushion (comes as a cut n’ sew tea towel).

Bottom Left: Sleepy King felt fox, fox cushion by Vintage Jane, tall fox is called Mr. Morris Fox (with music box and pull cord) by Esthex from Ps ik hou van jou.

Middle left: Wolf from a pattern by Dolls and Daydreams, plush screen printed guitar by June Craft.

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Boy and girl prints by talented UK illustrator Tracy Worral, Donna Wilson owl, fox and deer prints, Noodoll little blue droplet card.

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Family Sessions

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Hello there! These lovely photos are by Connection Photography of the very lovely Fox family, taken on the East Coast, USA.

What a gorgeous looking family, their baby girl is so cute! You can follow more pics of the family on Instagram here. And her outfit, right? The headband is by A Tiny Arrow, gold mini moccasins by Mini Moxie, the sequined dress was made from a women’s dress thrifted by her mom. If I could get away with wearing that outfit, I would!

The teepee in the background is indeed a BIG Moozle teepee, these are proving very popular with photographers at the moment as tepees are still in hot demand for family and particularly 1st birthday photo sessions, there’s another one in the pipeline I’m waiting to share with you, Moozlehome Facebook fans will already have had a sneaky preview of this! ‘Like’ us on Facebook to be first to see all of the new designs, customer photos and special offers as they come in.

New customer review (lots more on the website and Etsy shop)…

Dear Kate, thank you for the beautiful teepee we all love it my little boy went straight in it and plays in it every day. Many thanks Samantha, Nottinghamshire, UK

Thank you so much, please keep your reviews and photos and Instagram tags comming in, I LOVE to see them.

Colour in the City

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Oh. My. Goodness. The kids and I had such a great time yesterday afternoon with photographer Maud Fontein at her studio in De Pijp. We shot a new Moozle teepee design that called for something special… and it certainly all came together :)

I am so excited to share the results with you but for now here’s a few pics I took on my i-phone whilest we were getting the balloons for the shoot and then on our way home.

We cycled across the Amstel with the balloons trailing behind and the sun streaming though them – I wish I had a photo of that!

We had so much fun we couldn’t sleep last night, way too much visual stimulation :)

It was great to work with Maud, I highly reccommend her if you are looking to do a kids/family shoot and hope we get to do lots of more work together in the future.

Keep an eye on the Moozle Facebook page for exciting Moozle news!

Designer Style down under

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Lovely photos don’t you think? Big thank you to Bel from Petite Vintage children’s interior design services in Australia (they work worldwide via digital on-line service), for the super photos of the Moozle MIDI size plain teepee tent in one of their very popular designer kids rooms.

Petite Vintage is one of Australia’s premier children’s interior design companies specialising in sourcing and designing a custom made package in the form of a beautiful digital design board with all of the product sourcing details for each client based on the clients brief, Moozle are very happy to be featured in such a well designed room :)

Check out their Facebook page for daily inspiration here.

Don’t forget to check out the Moozle Facebook page too for news and offers as they become available :)

Are you as in-love with the big face cushions by Danish brand Sebra as we are? Check them out here.

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Hello there! If you are a Moozle Facebook fan then you will have already seen a couple of previews from Monday’s fun photo shoot with SCENERY girls Beth and Maude and their lovely wares. The SCENERY acessories perfectly compliment the amazing graffiti back drop with the bright pops of neon colour and striking geometric patchworks.

Photo credit to… me! I do love to get behind the lense and really enjoyed seeing the shoot come together just as I hoped it would, the kids do their own thing so I just have to capture it – there really is no directing these characters, it’s like herding kittens :) We managed to squeeze the entire setting-up/shoot/styling into just over 1 hour between school and after schools clubs – we know how to keep busy!!

Good news for SCENERY fans… they have a SALE on all of their graffitti range… get on over there – QUICK, look sharp!

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TALK:craft interview

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Hi, I was invited by Fish Indie to be interviewed for their TALK:craft feature, a behind the brand Q&A series they run with Etsy sellers, if you’d like to read about how I started the Moozle  brand, my fashion background and a peak behind the scenes, you can read the whole piece here, but if not…here’s a few tasty bits…:)

“I studied for my fashion design degree in London and after that worked in-house with some great designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Tanya Sarne at Ghost (back in the early 90’s when Ossie Clark would pop into the design studio with paint brushes holding up his top-knot).”

“I used to have a huge workspace, with 8 industrial sewing machines, a 15 foot pattern cutting table, 3 full time machinists, an office, a kitchenette and cloakroom…. Now I have a desk in the dining room!”

“That’s the power of the internet, it has allowed people like myself to create our own way of earning a living. Just like in years gone by when women used to take in sewing jobs, repair work or laundry to pay the bills, Those women were entrepreneurs, but were just treated like maids really.
Now we are sewing things for people thousands of miles away instead of a few streets away. A cottage industry for the global village.”

Thank you FISH Indie! x

Shippy and Lulu

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Aaaahhhhh, look at these guys! Introducing Shippy the fluffy, much loved toy rabbit and Lulu the super sweet looking daschund pet dog of my customers daughter, I hope she likes it, I’ve not heard back yet. The little girl loves Shippy and Lulu, tulips, teal blue and fresh greens with a pop of pink – what do your kids love the most? This design is onto a MIDI size base.

Wait until you see the new Moozle teepee design I’m working on, I hope to get it finished next week, not sure where I’ll photograph that one – it needs a special space. And there’s a fab new photoshoot planned on Monday for a different design, I’m busy making props for it at the moment, think tassle garlands with neon orange/pink/yellow and gold, neon body paint and pink flamingoes!… I can’t wait!

I am always on the look out for beautiful spaces to photograph my Moozle teepees in, if you are interested in sharing your space for a photoshoot in exchange for a plain teepee (size of your choice) please get in touch via the website here.

I am also working with some amazing kids stylists and interior designers accross the world via instagram, if you’d like to know more and possibly be involved (if I like your ig feed and you’d like a teepee in exchange for some fab photos with #moozle @katemoozle tags) then drop me an email with a link to your instagram.

Blog love…

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Hello-ee I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Raspberry Baby Blog - “inspirational photography, interior design and great ideas – all for the sake of crafting a well-styled family.”

Thanks for the super blog post today :) Thought I’d share this (rather old now) photo, as used on the Raspberry baby blog, of me and the kids on our bakfiets bike. This bike is our family ride and essential for taking teepees to the post office, if you have a Moozle teepee chances are it has been on this bike!

Of course if you live in or near Amsterdam you could always come and pick up a teepee yourself, just like Karen did yesterday. If you would like to save the delivery fee and collect the tent in person please contact me via the Moozle website to arrange a day and time’

Hi Kate, I just wanted to say thanks for the great teepee! Lincoln loves it already, he has hardly been out of it since I set it up yesterday afternoon! :) Karen.

 

 

Customer Photo

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Well here we are again – lots of super customer photos this week, thank you all so much – especially Eef Lillemor for these lovely images taken from your instagram feed @eeflillemor

Eef is a kids interiors stylist based here in the Netherlands, she also has a gorgeous website selling pretty cakes and party accessories, you can take a look yourself here.

The teepee in the above photos is a Moozle BIG teepee. The wallpaper is by Ferm Living, artwork prints by Le Petit Biscuit.

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Hello hello… here are some more lovely customer photos of Moozle kids teepee tents tagged #moozle on Instagram – sweeeet!

Top left going clockwise, we have – @shinefromwithin, @twosneeze, @poorboys, @annakort

Don’t forget you can hashtag Moozle for a mention and also follow Moozle @katemoozle on instagram for lots of lovely behind the scenes Moozle pics and more.

Thank you to Suzie for this lovely comment sent in last week…

Hi Kate, We received the teepee several days ago and it is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for all the effort you put into it. The girls love it, and it will be a wonderful way to keep them occupied through the rainy, cold winter months.Thanks again, Suzie, Hamilton Hill, Australia.

These pics are all of regular size Moozle teepees, you can buy yours directly from Moozle or from our Etsy shop – lots of other designs and sizes to choose from.

Upton Castle

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Hello…here are a couple of photos I took of the kids in a Moozle MIDI teepee, we were very kindly allowed to set up camp for a while in the beautiful Upton Castle grounds, in my home county of Pembrokeshire West Wales last week. If you get a chance to visit ever you really must it is gorgeous, we were lucky to catch the bluebells still out, wild garlic and lots of Spring in the air! All the new leaves looked so fresh and lovely, it was dreamy, take a peak here…

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Customer photo

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Many thanks to Danielle for posting this photo of your Moozle teepee on your instagram feed. You can can see more photos and follow Danielle on instagram here.

I love to see how customers decorate their Moozle teepee, this pom-pom garland is a great styling tip, make sure you check out our other customer photos for more inspiration.

Danielle also has an Etsy shop, check out her jewellery creations here.

Don’t forget to hash tag your instagram photos with one of these #moozle #moozlehome to be featured on the blog here with links to your sites, better still why not send your jpeg by email via Moozlehome.com.

See lots of new designs as they are finished, plus photos that capture the moment by following @katemoozle on instagram.

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Dolly in the tulip fields on Good Friday, loving life in Holland.

Customer Photos

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Look at these gorgeous photos from Little Baby Garvin Blog. Harper has her new ‘big girl bedroom’ now with her reg size Moozle teepee in her room. Jessica has done a super job with the decor, keeping it neutral with some lovely pops of color, this room can really evolve and grow as Harper does, I like the overall feeling of calm and the fun touches with the rainbow tassle garland and rockin’ pig!

Photos by Ashley Scobey.

You can follow Jessica’s instagram feed here, and don’t forget to check out Moozle on instagram too – you can share your Moozle teepee photos by hash tagging #moozle and @katemoozle

Customer photos (yes…more!)

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How about these then? Thank you Lili for these gorgeous photos you took at Vadim’s birthday, what lucky children to get invited to such a beautiful party!

You can follow Lili’s instagram account @ lilibergmann to see more of her lovely Paris apartment and the wonderful party decorations.

This is a MIDI size plain Moozle teepee available for EU customers, or for worldwide buyers, you can find it on Etsy.

If you have a Moozle teepee you would like to have featured on this blog with links to your website, FB business page and/or instagram account please send your jpegs to Kate via the Moozle webiste here.

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Isn’t this customer photo a beauty? Thanks Mae Gabriel for the super photo of Hayden in his BIG Moozle teepee. You can see another lovely photo of the teepee and more over on Mae’s instagram account, follow her @ maegabriel.You can also see more lovely images of her cute son on her blog hayden-lee.com.

Thanks for the lovely photos Mae!

You can see lots more Moozle teepee photos on our own instagram account here.