Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
These 8 moses baskets have been exclusively made for them, and you can not find these fabrics on any of our other online stores.
This is just one of the qualities which makes Unique Boutique such a special site! They hand pick items from designers both NZ based and international, and ask that they are either exclusive stockists or design products especially for them.
Check out the site for yourselves: http://uniqueboutique.co.nz
For our other baskets head over to: http://madeitbaby.co.nz
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
With baby brain now in full form I found it very hard to decide on a fabric - especially as we don't know if we are having a boy or girl this time round.
This vintage look dusty blue cotton print is what I ended up with.
I can now relax a little, knowing my bundle will have a cozy bed when we come home.
If you are looking for a basket, just pop over to our site - we are happy to custom make one in your choice of fabrics, or choose from the range we have listed.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Check out our little kiwis nest store for the latest bedding and basket ranges:
Be sure to get a copy of this fantastic parenting mag the next time you're out & about!
There is also some special MIB bunting featured in the 'winter wonderland' theme too.
If you have a special event or theme for your little ones room and want something different then be sure to send us an email, the bunting in this magazine was designed and made especially for the lovely team at OhBaby to use in the shoot - we are always up for a challenge.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
My 2yr old has been showing signs of wanting to be trained for a couple of months now, telling me everytime she had a wet or dirty nappy and wanting them changed right away. As we were in the midst of selling our house and then had to 'camp' at a motel while we waited for the new house to settle I had put it off till now.
My third baby is due in 3.5wks and so now is as good a time as any!
There is no perfect system which works for every child - but I have found a few things which seemed to work for my eldest, along with other tips from friends I have picked up along the way.
Sharing tips and stories is what helps us all learn from each other (even if it is sharing the mistakes too).
My youngest (soon to be middle) child has taken to the whole process, and has had less 'accidents' with each day that passes which is exactly what we are aiming for.
The main thing I have to work on is what she says when she needs the toilet - at the moment she yells at the top of her lungs..."mummy, done poo!" when she actually means "mummy, I need to go wee". Now that I know that she just has the lingo wrong it is less of an issue, and she is slowly changing to "mummy, toilet, toilet, toilet" which I much prefer (just the volume to work on next). My heart did skip a beat the first time she shouted out "mummy done poo in my room", when she really meant "I wet my pants on the way to the toilet". I was soooo thankful it was a communication error!
Anyway - here are a few tips to help with the early stages....
- be relaxed about it - accidents happen, and it will only make things worse if your little one is worried about upsetting you as well as thinking about getting to the toilet.
- set aside a few days where you can stay home, & if you have to go out start by doing really short outings where you know there are toilets near by.
- start out by prompting your little one every half hour to 'try to go to the toilet', then extending to an hour etc until they learn to think about it themselves.
- set up routines of going to the toilet before outings, before sitting at the table for meals etc.
- When you do go out for longer periods, make sure you know where the toilets are, and ask your little one if they need to go before you move to far from them. This is not forever, but just while they are learning bladder control.
- Some kids like to read while they are on the toilet, if yours is one of these (as my eldest was in the beginning) then have a little basket of books there for them. Others like to 'role play' with their favourite toy - setting up a 'potty' for teddy to use each time they go can be a helpful tool. Whatever helps them feel comfortable is worth a try.
- incentives - these can be a treat like a sticker each time they go, or something to aim for, like a toy or trip to the park if they have no accidents all day etc.
- picking the 'big kid pants' - I have found that my girls were a lot more worried about wetting their character printed pants than the plain ones, so I limited them to one pair with their favourite character each day, once they were wet then it was time for the plain ones. You can get cheap printed pants at little Asian stores in NZ, and otherwise pick up some inkjet printer t-shirt transfer, and create your own.
- Most importantly - praise them everytime they get it right - kids generally thrive when they can see they are doing something right and are being recognised for it.
There are many others I'm sure - but these have stood me and my girls in good stead. We would love to hear your stories and tips too - so feel free to add comments ;0)
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
- Star shaped cookie cutter - mine came out of a playdough pack of cutters!
- Sticks - I bought mine from http://www.littlecookies.co.nz/
- Packet of Sweet Shortcrust pastry - I'm letting you in on my biggest cheat secret here!
- White Icing / rolled fondant icing (there are a few different names for it) - bought in the local supermarket in the cake decorating section. It came in a box, ready to be coloured & used. Alternatively you could pipe the shape, but this way is easier!
- Edible glitter - this is the most expensive part. I bought a little jar at spotlight but you'd be able to source it at good cake decorating or kitchen stores. Alternatively you could use sprinkles.
- Curling ribbon - ie the stuff you put on presents. Bought at the $2 Shop!
- Aluminium foil, clean little paint brush, rolling pin
Sunday, June 27, 2010
While Amy has been busy moving house I (Suzan) have been trying to jam as much time in with my eldest daughter before she started school today. Happy to report that both mum & daughter are fine & there's been no tears shed ... just yet!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Pop over to the website and chose the size top you want, then select from a wide range of applique designs. It's that easy!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup potato starch
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg worth of egg replacer (usually 1 heaped tablespoon - but can vary)
- 3/4 cup of hot water (or for adults coffee)
Place all ingredients except hot water/coffee into a large mixing bowl and blend with electric mixer.
Add hot water or coffee and blend again until mixed together thoroughly.
pour into a 9" cake pan and bake for 30 - 35mins.
This also makes great cupcakes too.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Friday, April 30, 2010
This is just how simple it is (and a great way to recycle those paper towel rolls too.
Materials you will need:
- long tubes from gift wrap/paper towel s/cling film etc
- cardboard or paper to decorate
- tape & scissors
- seeds, rice or split peas
- items to decorate, crayons, stickers, paints, pens...
- Measure the paper/card so that it sits slightly below each end of the tube (A4 or A5 sheets usually work well) trim excess so that it is just long enough to wrap around the tube, allowing a 2cm overlap down the length for taping.
- Next you can get your little designer to start decorating the paper or card which will be wrapped around the tube at the end while you get it ready to fill.
- Cut out two 4 inch circles out of the paper (trace a cereal bowl for the shape). Put one over the end of the tube, and fold the sides down, and tape around the tube. Make sure it is well taped on and use sturdy paper so that your Rain Stick won't leak!
- Pour in 1/4 cup of rice and 2 tbsp of seeds (dried peas, popcorn, or lentils) into the tube. Depending on the age of your child - they may enjoy helping with this part too.
- Tape the other circle over the open end of the tube and tape in place.
- Now its time to add the decorated paper. Wrap the paper around the tube and tape in place.
There you have it - a fabulous musical instrument that your little angel has made themselves...and the best thing is the sound it creates is that of soothing falling rain!
Monday, April 19, 2010
So lets start out with an oldie but a goodie to help with those rainy winter days just around the corner!
Many of you may remember many fun filled days involving the wonders of creating a stamp from scratch and painting up a storm! I know i do. Though in my case, the stamps were generally no more than a square, triangle or diamond, cut free hand by my mother. Here is a way to step it up a bit, by using all those mini cookie cutters to create an amazing array of shapes. Simply cut the potato in half and press the cutter into the flat edge. Then use a sharp knife to cut the excess potato away - leaving a raised stamp once the cutter is removed.
So the next time the rain is falling and the kids are in need of distraction - why not give this a go!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Easter is here once again, and chocolate overloads are eminent! For those of us who are parents of little angels with allergies to such delights, this time of year can be hard.
Easter craft projects are often a great food free way to celebrate! Making cards, painting eggs, paper bunny ears and finger puppets are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are also a range of refillable plastic eggs available which you can fill with allergy friendly treats, toys, stickers and so on - this way you can still have the great egg hunt without anyone missing out on the fun.
Made it baby has these gorgeous applique t-shirts with an Easter theme as a longer lasting treat!
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Clockwise from top left:
1. Karric - Flower wall hanging http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1232
2. Natural Star - Pink merino beanie http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=630
3. Creative Aertz- Best Friend Rose Bunny (add personalised name & date of birth!) http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1351
4. Gidyy Giraffe - Whimiscal Rose Draw Knob http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1269
5. Made it Baby - tunic top http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1255
6. Imba Designs - Cherry Blossom Dress http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1161
7. Yours, Naturally - Pure Rosehip Oil http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1290
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Dresses, tops, bedding and baskets - it's time for this vintage print to become all it can be. So keep your eyes peeled!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Whoo-hooo .... check out the latest owl singlet and nappy covers for boys!
Such a cute design - just one of many new appliques on their way this season.
There will be crocodiles, babushkas, crowns and much more - so be sure to keep an eye out!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
From moses baskets to cot sets, wall art to bunting and even a matching sheet set - this has it all. We will now be aiming to make full sets available in our favourite fabrics so that everyone has the option of a stunningly co-ordinated room.
There is some of this fabric left which is listed on the site - check it out!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Welcome to the new year and many new creations for Made it Baby!
I have been working on a customer order for some cot bedding over the break, a duvet, sheet set, bumper, bunting etc - we have a fantastic boat print chose by the customer - to be accented with a stripe print in the same colour palette. I can't wait to post pictures of the finished products - which will hopefully be ready to send out next week!
My youngest decided she would 'help' mummy with this sewing exercise, and set about creating a boat scarf out of scraps she found on the floor.
Suzan and I will be hitting the sewing machines again shortly - after a wonderful and much needed break - so there will be many new designs arriving 'instore' over the coming weeks.