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3 of the Best || Books for the Bebe

There are so many gorgeous books for kids these days, from cheeky rhyming books to books featuring beautiful photography. While I was pregnant with Georgie I made a list of all the books I wanted for her collection and so they could be purchased for her birthdays and other special occasions. Her Grandad ‘G’ made a serious dent in this list and bought a few of our favourites to get her started. These are our top three so far but I’m sure we’ll find new favourites as Georgie makes her preferences known.

Lulu & Pip  |  Photographs by Stephanie Rausser, Doll by Jess Brown, story by Nina Gruener

short-story-timeLulu & Pip is about a doll and her girl and their first trip camping where they have all sorts of adventures from catching fish to eating smores over the campfire. Jess Brown created the doll in this book and you can actually buy her dolls here. We love that the book is written from the point of view of the doll Pip. The photography and styling is incredible and as a hard cover book its perfect for standing so she can look at the pretty pictures for tummy time.

Kiki & Coco in Paris  |  Photographs by Stephanie Rausser, Doll by Jess Brown, story by Nina Gruener

kiki-coco2-blogAnother beautiful photo book by Rausser, Brown and Gruener, this time about little girl Kiki and her doll Coco. They travel to the magical city of Paris and explore the sites and sounds until Coco gets left behind… stunning photography and a cute story about the bond between a girl and her doll.

Bonjour Camille  |  Illustrations by Laia Aguilar, story by Felipe Cano

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Camille is a bit cheeky, with a boundless imagination; she names the waves, eats loads of cherries, jumps on the bed, and does all in her battledress which consists of a tutu and top hat. A quick read with fun bold child-like illustrations.

All books are available from Amazon

We’d love to know what your favourite books are for baby – let us know in comments below

Artist Profile – Handmade with Love by Willowynn Textile Art

There is something special about the love sweat and tears that goes into something which has been handmade. We came across the beautiful work of Margeux from Willowynn Textile Art via her Etsy store a few month’s ago.Margeaux drafts and crafts a range of beautiful toys and dolls from her sunny studio in the Byron Bay Hinterlands.

As a former park ranger Margeux is inspired by the beauty of nature and is particularly drawn to owls, snails, moths, foxes, rabbits and whales.

owlswhalesWhat we love about her creations the most is that they are crafted from re-purposed materials like flannelette sheeting, curtains and wool tweed, much like many of the toys from yester-year. Margeaux prefers using fabric that is old or discarded as she says that there is an air of history and romance in that. Her animals have a realistic look while still being endearing to the little ones.bunniesWe were privileged to have Margeaux make us a gorgeous flannelette bunny doll for our little girls nursery. These dolls are perfect for babies and toddlers as the have no removable parts and are the perfect size for them to hold in their grasp.

Each piece is made to order and takes approximately 3 weeks to hand-craft, which means each doll is made especially for its new owner. You can even have your piece customised, just for you.

cloth-dollMargeaux’s cloth doll has been nominated for an Etsy Design Award in the Home and Living Category. Be sure to click here vote for this beautiful doll for your chance to win a $100 Etsy Voucher. Voting closes the 20th August.

To purchase your own piece of Willowynn Textile Art jump over to the Etsy store here. You can also follow on Facebook here, Instagram here and see a gallery of work here

Why so blue? – Artist profile – Lucas Grogan

If you’re lucky enough to have visited Melbourne or Bali lately you may have been wowed by amazing murals by the very talented Lucas Grogan. Notorious for incorporating cheeky phrases with his signature bright blue graphic art, Lucas’s signature works a delight to behold.

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Based in Melbourne, Lucas’ studio is a delightful collection of his works in progress (How cute are the fan blades!) His works span many media including ceramics, textiles and canvas.

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His art is inspired from many cultures including Islamic and Aboriginal art, which led to some controversy and as a result his switch from black and white to the signature blue tones which he’s now so well known for.

Check out this fabulous clip of Lucas creating the Hosier lane Mural

For more on this talented artist and his latest collections click here

All imagery via The Design FIles

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