Spotlight on – Product stylist – Dilya Ehrhardt

Hello and welcome to the Kids Teepee Tent blog, my little corner of the internet dedicated to kids interior design, mindful living and play time!

I would like to introduce you to a lovely, creative mum I met via Instagram, Dilya Ehrhardt, a Russian lady living in Germany. Having worked previously as an art director within an advertising firm you can see she has a creative eye and flair for using colour, since becoming a mum to her 2 children Dilya has been turning her hand to children’s styling and is now one of my favourite insta collaborators, the images she creates with her clever styling arrangements and great product selection are gaining her a quickly growing audience and it’s not difficult to see why…here are a selection of her images.

(she painted this gorgeous wall herself based on the amazing wall treatments of Peek & Pack). I told you she is creative. Anyone else what to see a photo of the Moozle teepee by that wall?!

Follow Dilya on Instagram for more inspiring kids interior and fashion here – @nyearthur

Dilya and her children have the MIDI size Moozle teepee, available here.

To see more behind the scenes images, what’s inspiring me right now, customer photos and other work with collaborators come and join me on Instagram here, don’t forget to say ‘hi’ x

 

 

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Pots of goodness – Hummus

Pots of goodness- Hummus! After grappling with the spelling (do you go for houmus or hummus?), I am finally putting into words and pictures my hummus recipe.

Why is it goodness in a pot? Well, for me there are a few reasons, namely:

  1. Foods containing folate may reduce the risk of colorectal cancers (such as colon cancer), possibly because of the nutrient’s role in healthy cell division. Research shows that dietary fiber helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, which is also protective against cancer. Not to mention the olive oil, lemon juice and garlic are also all good for you.
  2. It is reasy-peasy (excuse the pun) to make and you’ll know there a no preservatives, excessive salt or other additives that may be present in store-bought hummus.
  3. Make your own and cut down on your plastic consumption! What other reason do you need?…
  4. It tastes bloomin’ delish.

Here is what I use to make my hummus, I make it each week and often use it as a quick and nutritious lunch on rye bread or with salad I also use it as a low fat alternative to butter in sandwiches (or jacket potatoes).

1 jar of chickpeas (I use jars as I can easily recycle the glass) rinsed

1 tbsp of Tahini

Juice of 1 lemon

2 – 3 tbsp good strong extra virgin olive oil

1 large or 2 smallish cloves of garlic

Pinch of salt (optional)

smoked paprika and extra olive oil to dress (optional)

Dash of cold water to get your desired consistency

Just whizz all of the ingredients together in a jug or bowl with a hand blender stick or in a food processor and that’s it! Really just as simple as that. Store in the fridge for about 3 days. Use as a healthy snack with vegetable sticks when you get the munchies. Great for packed lunches and picnics, pre-dinner nibbles with drinks also makes great kids lunch or party food with pita fingers, carrot sticks, cucumber, red pepper…bread sticks! I keep mine in a jar so it is good for on-the-go and you can wash and re-use the jar 🙂

Want to take your waste less packaging and shopping a step further? Switch to re-usable sandwich and bread bags (take to the shop with you when you buy your bread rolls). say NO! to the plastic bags!Re-usable bread / veg and sandwich bags (pictured) coming soon to the website.

For more tips and information on leading a Zero Waste life please check out this website x

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Healthy Snacks – Smoothie

Hello, thanks for visiting my blog, today I’m posting about healthy eating habbits, something we all probably try to incorporate into our daily routine but sometimes find tricky if it’s just not on our radar, haven’t shopped, kids are being difficult, rushing around…well, there are lots of excuses but really, it’s up to us to make it happen.

My kids are not great at eating veggies, however hard I try to disguise them, soups, wonder mash (you wonder what’s in it!), casserole, omlettes…it’s basically a cooks (parents) nightmare trying to make a healthy meal that all the family will eat.

But…secret weapon…SMOOTHIES…fruit is a big thumbs up and I sneak in a few added extras unbeknowingly to boost their systems. At least I know they are getting some goodness, just time it well or they’ll be too full at meal time.

Here’s an example we made yesterday, recipe below. I do occasionaly pop in a veggie, but to be honest it is difficult to get the flavour balance right (too much and they wont go near it!), a little steamed cauliflower with coconut and honey works 🙂 Just add some frozen pineapple to help with the cunning disguise – and for gawds sake don’t tell them it’s in there!

I keep a few basic ingredients in the cupboard / freezer so a smoothie can be quickly made as a mid morning filler, after school energy boost or I make an ice cream or thicker version (more yogurt, less milk) as a desert after dinner.

To keep in your kitchen…

Frozen berries and/or other fruit such as pineapple and mango (these are much less expensive than fresh, great out of season and keep in the freezer…sometimes just a few frozen berries with a drizzle of honey is enough of a pudding to keep my littles smiling).

Chai seeds (optional), they release energy slowly and just a teaspoon full expands in your tummy making you feel fuller and less likely to snack.

Powders such as: Wheatgrass, Maca, Cacao (great for trace minerals such as copper and magnesium), these add protein and minerals.

Natural yogurt (organic if possible).

Fair Trade Bananas.

Organic Milk – whatever is your thing. We have semi-skimmed cows milk, unsweetened almond or coconut (some of these are longlife so really good to keep in the pantry).

Orgainic honey.

Recipe for this smoothie…makes about 2 mugs full.

1 banana

1 cup of frozen raspberries

1 teaspoon of chai seeds

2 big tablespoons of yogurt (I used natural Greek style)

1 pint of skimmed milk

1 teaspoon maca powder (or Wheatgrass, or Arrowroot)

Drizzle of orgainic honey

3 ice cubes

I just whizz all of these together in a big jug with my electric hand blender…add more or less of the milk to get the consistency you like.

  • I bought the powder supplements from Aldi in the UK, good value and seem like good quality ingredients.
  • Eat with a spoon or with re-usable ‘fun’ straws – big fat ones are great as they can handle the thickness….but PLEASE PLEASE no disposable plastic ‘one use only’ straws!!! Those suckers (see what I did there) are bad news for our lovely planet.

 

 

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Summer Lovin’

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Hello hello! We are back from our trip to beautiful Pembrokeshire…I’ve managed to select a few pics from the 634 I took (really, in 10 days, so not too many…for me), I’m a bit impatient and haven’t done any photo editing yet, if only I had the time. I’m back to preparing, packing and shipping orders so not much time for anything else this week until I catch up a bit.

If you are planning a trip to Pembrokeshire these images were taken at (in order from the top) pics 1 & 2 Freshwater East beach, pic 3, my mums garden (you can’t visit that one sorry), pic 4, Tenby Castle beach, pic 5, Llanstadwell top field, pic 6, Carew from the mill bridge, pic 7 Freshwater East beach.

I used the Moozle MIDI unbleached teepee for the beach shots, available from my website here in £ sterling or if you would rather pay in € Euro prices can be found on my Etsy shop here.

 

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July – A Month Of Sundays

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I’ll just let the photos do the talking I think. It’s July. There are flowers.

Why not use some to decorate your Moozle teepee tent and take some pretty pics with your kiddos whilst your at it? Mine were actually outside playing on the swing whilst I took these but maybe you’ll have more luck!

Tag your photos on Instagram with @katemoozle for a chance to get yours featured.

To make the garland I just pinned the flowers we picked to a strip of fabric and tied it around the teepee, it doesn’t have to be any more permanent than that as the fresh flowers wont last long anyway.

The teepee tent in these photos is the Moozle MIDI size.

Mint and silver sequin tutu dress by Tutu Du Monde.

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Moozle has a new brand rep over on Instagram, come and meet them… here x

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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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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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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.

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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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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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Bird with balloons design bunkbed tent from Moozle.Books

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

Lion cushion also by Helen Rawlinson. Animal design bunkbed tent by Moozle.hooks Page-up.details

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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Spanish dress thrifted on Queens day a couple of years ago, vintage coat hooks and coat hanger from carboot sales, hand-made lavender hearts by me and the kiddos.wall-art

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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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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Autumn Magic

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Hello and sorry for the lack of new posts recently! It has been crazily busy with Christmas orders, which is great but… I just hope I can keep up the pace.

I wanted to show you these two new twists on previous designs, the ‘Birdie’ design above and the ‘Enchanted’ design below, here in pinks instead of peaches, nice to try out new colourways, keeps it fresh for me, that’s what I like.

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This Autumn (until the rain started the week before last… wooo-hoo that storm!) has been beautiful with the crisp mornings, low sun and beautiful colours of the turning leaves (all of which have gone now of course), we were lucky enough to catch the last burst of all the Autumn beauty with a weekend in the Ardennes, fantastic to take some time out and just be in nature with the kids during their half term.

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Dexie is 3

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Our sweet boy Dexie turned three recently, if you ask him what he wants to be when he is older he will say ‘a teddy bear’ so naturally he wanted a teddy bear cake for his birthday, we somehow managed to squeeze a few pirates into the festivities as well, just for good measure!

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Here’s one of me getting some cuddle action with my boy on the sofa after the fun of the party. Nice. Happy times.

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Instagram we are here!

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This is a teepee I delivered to a customer last weekend. It is for Teia’s first birthday and was to be the centerpiece of the party.

Did you know you can now follow Moozle on Instragram? Well, yes you can! You can find us posting lots of pretty pics and Moozle madness under the tag @KateMoozle  #moozlehome

http://instagram.com/katemoozle#

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House Tour

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The Apartment Therapy House Tour is LIVE!

Above are a couple of pics from the tour but hop on over to the fab AT blog to see the rest. Lots if lovely comments coming in which are great to read, so nice to know people like my home interior style, it is strange to think that people around the globe are peaking into our home (actually, I wont think about that too much!). I’ve just been happily pottering around with funny vintage bits and bobs and just carrying on with my little ‘house’ projects and then low-and-behold they are all over the internet, mmmmmmmm.

Have a nosey for yourself over here.

Lots of questions coming in about the bunk bed tent (photographed above) which is great as it is my new product in development! Soon to be available in different designs on the Moozle website the one above will perfectly fit the SVÄRTA/TROMSO Ikea bunk bed frame which seems to have a different name in different regions.

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Hello! I am VERY excited, we are going to have our Moozle home featured as a house tour on the amazing Apartment Therapy blog! Whoop whoop!

It was great to meet the lovely Bre from AT who came to photograph our home in Amsterdam on Wednesday, we had a fun time trying to shoot pics around the kids who are on summer hols – thanks for being so easy going Bre and thanks for taking this lovely shot of me and the kiddos.

Full house tour on Apartment Therapy second week of Aug.

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Fairy Party

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Hello! Sorry for the distinct lack of new bloggage lately, all due to real life busy stuff getting in the way (rightly so) of virtual life busy stuff. Doll-face turned 6 a couple of weeks ago so I thought I’d do a show-and-tell of her Fairy Party, it was a lot of fun to do, I even enjoyed the cake making (usually I get very frustrated with my efforts and bow down to the higher cake skills of my other half). We played some old favorite party games such as pass-the-parcel but due to the terrible weather (no outside treasure hunts for us) we did Magic Wand making, which was a real hit!

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Moozle playlist

I’ve just been reminded of a playlist I did for an interview on the rikrak studio blog about 2 years ago now – and what a playlist it is too – give it a listen if you fancy a dance or a jig about in your chair whilst you work – I have an eclectic, indie/rock/pop dance groove with old classics from Ike and Tina as well as new classics from the like of Dizzy Rascal/Ting Tings, there are links to each track on YouTube so it’s really easy (and addictive) to get into the groove – just what we need for these dark Winter days – fill your soul with sunshine and dance on! What are you listening to today?

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This photo is of the Aurora village in Yellowknife, Canada, I would love to go and visit one day and dance under the stars and the northern lights.