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!
Here at Modamuse we get a thrill from staying in a stylish boutique hotel on our travels (as I’m sure most of you do too!), so we are especially excited to announce our online partnership with the global luxury travel company Mr and Mrs Smith who have launched their Asia Pacific arm in Melbourne.
Mr and Mrs Smith started off as a sought after published travel guide and now has an online listing of over 500 hand picked sexy, sumptuous boutique hotels which are perfect for a romantic getaway with your significant other. Best available room rates are guaranteed for all customers and for those exlusive members who book through them they’ll receive special offers during their stay such as a free bottle of bubbly, complimentary massage or gift to make your stay even more memorable.
The launch of the Mr and Mrs Smith brand in the Australasia region will expand the list of local hotels in their collection and to celebrate, Modamuse have put together a giveaway of the Mr and Mrs Smith Global Shortlist travel guide, featuring a selection of the most stylish and chic hotels around the world. To enter for this prize, browse through mrandmrssmith.com and choose your favourite Australian or New Zealand boutique hotel such as the beautifully designed properties shown above and send an email to info[at]modamuse[dot]com to let us know why you would like to stay there with your ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs Smith’. Sauciest answer wins!
Entries close midnight EST Aug 8, 2009
Little Black Crow Studio is where you can find these wonderful little creatures. All the way from Tasmania, they are lovingly handsewn and are full of nostalgic charm as though they were once cherished by children a long time ago.
We’ve been fans of Leslie Keating’s beautiful softies for a while now. Just love the way she patches pretty vintage and designer fabric to create toys with such charm. These lovely creatures are called ‘windsees’, they are like little angels! You can purchase them at Leslie’s shop one girl.
If you feel like your place is a bit ho hum lately and in need of some cheer, why not consider a removable decal? These fun stickies are really cool if you want to a bit of a change and can work on most surfaces – how about the one on the fridge door?! Check out these vinyl decals from stickmeon which are created by Deanna Corso from Melbourne (‘sir rabbit’ – top picture) and ellynelly (pictured bottom left and right)created by a mother and daughter team, Elaine & Nell Oliver. Elaine lives in Cairns, Australia while Nell is based in New York, USA.
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!
Maiike is a collection of ‘Soft Things’ lovingly handmade by Melbourne based Aly Peel. She sources old woollen jumpers from second hand and vintage stores, and transforms them by cutting and felting into precious soft toys, patchwork squares for cushions, scarves and quilts. We love how she combines different textures, patterns and colours to create these warm and cozy items which are just perfect for our winter here now in Australia.
Beck Wheeler is an artist and toy designer. She has a background in sculpture, painting and illustration and launched her label ‘Kissy Kissy’ toys in 2004. Her quirky graphic style of illustration and humour is seen here on her take of Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls titled “i don’t know why she swallowed the fly…..prehaps she was hungry?....”
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?
The morphe II online shop is now up and you can purchase the toys that were in the exhibition run by Nest Studio. I’ve chosen a few of my favourites from the collection to show on Modamuse but there are tonnes more to view -however you only have 1 week left to purchase!
Plushies are so hot right now as seen in the different exhibitions around the world such as Plushyou 2006 and Australia is no exception. Morphe II is the second show organised by Carly Schwerdt, featuring international and Australian soft toy makers and can be seen at Nest Studio, Croydon in South Australia. The exhibition looks bloody fantastic and the toys will soon be available for purchase through Morphe II. Weeeee!!!
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!
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.
These handmade toys are absolutely adorable! Made by Nest Studio a design business based in South Australia which also runs childrens’ art classes. The dolls are made from a wonderful array of vintage style fabrics and are just the cutest! You have to be quick though to purchase as all of the ones on the site are sold out! Hopefully there will be more available in the near future!