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August 27, 2009


Love these colourful customised wooden name puzzles from Mooo which is a company based in Melbourne, Australia. They specialise in practical yet fun products for children such as personalised bags, pencil cases, labels and clothing. But our pick would have to be these name puzzles that can come in an funky optional wooden presentation box – handy for storing all those pieces!

June 2, 2009

morgan wills

Now that winter is here in Sydney, I am feeling a little needy for woolie scarves…Check out these lovely patchwork numbers from Morgan Wills. You can pick your colour match from her huge range of scarves which are thoughtfully handmade from reclaimed woollen garments. There are plenty of other ideas for gifts from her shop such as beautiful bunny blankets and bushka rattles for baby!

November 15, 2008

all about heidi

Aren’t these baby shoes from all about heidi just lovely? Handmade from one piece of leather with no seamline they are ingenious yet look beautifully raw. Created by a mum from Bondi Beach Sydney, they are ideal first shoes as the soft leather acts like a ‘second skin’ for baby while she takes her first steps. There are various colours and sizes, and are even available for older children and adults upon request.

August 17, 2008

sprout design

We think a lot of crafty types out there have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the screenprinted designer fabrics inspired by children from sprout design for some time now. The fantastic range is now available for purchase online by the likes of Aussie designers Naomi Murrell, Kristen doran, Pippijoe, Lara Cameron, Tiel Seivl-Keevers – just to name a few…

Check out the shop for other playful accessories and products which would brighten any child’s room or nursery.

October 8, 2007

jane reiseger

Melbourne illustrator and artist Jane Reiseger specializes in beautiful childlike murals, line drawings and paintings which are a perfect complement for a baby’s nursery. Her distinctive elegant style of illustration also lends itself to chic publication and brochure work. You can find some of her lovely original artwork and canvases for sale at tiny people.

September 17, 2007

tiny happy

We’re stating the obvious here but shopping via the internet is a godsend for new mums (as everyone knows how hard it is to get out of the house when you have a screaming baby!) As a recent new mum myself, I’ve been checking out some great sites like this one from New Zealand called tiny happy. I can’t believe how beautiful and sweet these hand embroidered baby slippers are! Made from vintage fabrics, most designs are unique and so make a perfect gift for the precious little one.

September 2, 2007

hop skip jump

Hop skip jump is an absolute must visit for those of you (like us) who love beautifully handmade soft toys and great craft blogs. These adorable creations are made by Fiona from Adelaide and can be purchased through her Etsy shop, however on our last visit they were all sold out so keep checking in for new dolls. I must get one of those bunnies next time!

April 20, 2007

One Red Robin

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and are now well rested! It was certainly nice to have a few days off.

Melbourne based Jhoanna Aranez from One Red Robin contacted us about her incredibly sweet handmade soft toys which she works on in her spare time and sells through her Etsy Shop. Her designs are original and often have decorative fabric and button details which you will only find in something handmade. She’s incredibly passionate about the fabric designs she works with and it definitely shows from her playful patchwork combinations.

UPDATE: We are very pleased to announce that a selection of adorable ready made dolls by Jhoanna are now available for purchase on Modamuse. Be quick though – each doll is one of a kind!

December 13, 2006

little red pear

We would like you all to meet Enid, Coldroll, Mavis and Louie from the Little Red Pear family. They are colourful characters from one of the most adorable range of plush toys we’ve ever come across. Custom made by a small studio in Adelaide, South Australia, they can even create new animals and try out different colour and fabric combinations upon request – so how cool is that?

October 8, 2006


Designed and manufactured in Australia Flaunt offer a range of stylish children’s furniture made of high quality materials. We particularly like this different take on a bean bag- the Grab Bag made from extremely durable vinyl yet fits right into modern decor and comes in a variety of stylish colours such as red, pink and chocolate brown.

October 2, 2006

wendy june

Ok, the long weekend is over and back to the business of blogging…Super cute toys and buttons from Wendy June. All items and hand made and the faces are hand drawn making each toy a wonderful artistic creation. We also love the website and the adorable subtle animations which appear on the rollovers. Sweet stuff!

September 21, 2006


My friend first told me about OMA, a design collective of three women who create a cute range of heirloom-quality handmade goods for children evoking the style your grandmother might have made. Their product range includes toys, quilts and gorgeous felt scarves which they mostly handcraft and hand finish themselves. At the moment, they sell at a few select Sydney stores (eg. Funkis and Kido Store). Unfortunately their website is still under construction (ready in 6-8 weeks) but I thought that you just have to see their products.

August 21, 2006

minti- fresh!

Our first NZ post! Minti is a funky clothing label for children. We love the bright coloured knits and the simple, bold graphics for the children’s tees. Very fresh and cosy! I’m sure it will make any kid look the coolest on the block!