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19 Fabulous Reasons to accessorise!!

If I had a mantra in life it would be..when in doubt, accessorise!! Either that or ‘never let a day go without eating chocolate’….Or ‘Donuts are Amazing and Necessary’. But I digress. Accessories are my happy place. They dress up your outfit, give you abit of personality and pizzazz, and they’re just so fun! And when they’re sparkly, colourful, unique and funky, there’s just no way you can go wrong.

I love accessories

I’m just assuming some of you are as obsessed with finding the perfect accessory as I am….so I’ve done a round-up of my favourite earring and accessory makers on Instagram right now.  While it was so tempting to keep adding to this list, I had to stop before it turned into an encyclopaedia!!

There are SO MANY amazing designers and makers out there just waiting to complete your outfit and amp up your style…and Instagram is one of the best places to find them! So without further ado, here’s my list of incredible accessory designers and makers that you’ve gotta check out. Instagram and Shop links are included because I’m nothing if not a shopping enabler. You can than me later! Colourful, unique and aall round RAD, there’s something for everyone in this epic list!

 

1. Kenzie Collective

So I actually own more Kenzie Collective  bling than I can count….with more on my wishlist – this babe knows how to creat colourful, fun and funky accessories to rock your style – and keep you coming back for more!

www.instagram.com/Kenziecollective

www.kenziecollective.com

2. Each To Own

A perfect combination of sophisticated glitz and glamour and colourful, quirky fun (Well, that’s what I think anyway)! Kristen Devitt is the grand master of  statement ear bling!

www.instagram.com/eachtoown

www.eachtoown.etsy.com

3. Meg Makes

Big, colourful and vibrant, this new designer on the scene knows how to make an ear statement. I LOVE my rainbow ghosts from Meg Makes, and I get comments on them everywhere I go!

www. Instagram.com/meg.makes

www.megmakesstudio.etsy.com

4. Noosh designs

Sooo much gorgeous -I love the outside the box GLAM designs from this babe – from funky 3D printed jewellery to gorgeous resin!

www. Instagram.com/nooshjewellery

www.nooshjewellery.com

5. Wahboo

Colourful statement earrings with a good dose of light hearted fun – crushing on the fairy bread dangles!!!

www. Instagram.com/wahboodesigns

www.wahboodesigns.com.au

6. Mel at Hurley

Oversized, fun and quirky – have you seen the squidtopia dangles available through Kenzie Collective?! The rad factor is out of the park here!

www. Instagram.com/melthurley

7.Rowdy Design

OH! Just loving the art series – dreamy splashes of vibrant colour, like watercolour dripped in water – Beautiful!

www. Instagram.com/rowdydesign

www.rowdydesignresin.com

8. Iriwoo

I’m in love with the beautifully marbled colours in intriguing and original shapes – the green especially!

www. Instagram.com/iriwoo

www.shopiriwoo.etsy.com

9. Concrete Jellyfish co.

This label is something special. It’s like wearing stunning, colourful miniature sculptures on your loves. Each piece tells a story and I’m completely in love.  On the wish list for sure!

www. Instagram.com/concretejellyfishco

www.concretejellyfish.co

10. Renee Damiani 

Oooh these are like wearable abstract art pieces,I love the colours, shapes and basically everything about this label. Bright, pops of pastel and neon colours – heaven!

www. Instagram.com/renee_damiani

www.reneedamiani.com.au

11. zaracate designs

I’m crushing on the gorgeous tone of yellow in her resin bracelets and rings right now! It’s like wearing sunshine!!

www. Instagram.com/zaracatedesign

www.zaracatedesigns.tictail.com

12. Materiel design

I love these unique designs – a touch of Art Deco, vibrant lush colour, these pieces defy categorising, but they are FABULOUS!

www. Instagram.com/materieldesign

www.materiel.com.au

13. Liona Lee

Make a statement with original button jewellery – I especially love the bling, I have the disco hot pink ones! These gold button pendant and earring sets to die for!

www. Instagram.com/lionaleedesigns

www.lionaleedesigns.com

14. Deux earrings

Unique, handpainted, in a mix of mediums, I love how so many of these pieces look like a little artwork!

www. Instagram.com/deux.earrings

www.deux-earring.myshopify.com

15. Ingo au

Quirky earring names and seriously fab colours and shapes, these babes know how to spoil your lobes with fabulous statement pieces. Love my Ingo bling!

www. Instagram.com/ingo_au

www.ingo.bigcartel.com

16 Antipastel

I was smitten as soon as I saw the pavlova and prawn dangles – eeeeek! A party for your ears!

www. Instagram.com/antipastel

www.anti-pastel.com

 

17 Birdee and star

What can I say? Gorgeous sparkly pieces with plenty of quirk and fun  – plus this babe makes a broccoli brooch that’s a perfect match for my gear!

www. Instagram.com/birdeeandstar

www.birdeeandstar.etsy.com

 

18 Done By Daisy 

I love love love the quirky miniature artworks disguised as ear candy that this gal creates. I have bunches of bananas Fromm her…and I seriously want more Done by Daisy creations!!

www.Instagram.com/donebydaisy

www.donebydaisy.com

Done by Daisy earrings

 

19 Bonmaxie

Aaaaaand last but not least…..the perfect match for all these gorgeous new accessories you’re gonna want! Bonmaxie earring boards – the perfect anti boring earring storage solution. (Plus you can pick up the most FAB key rings from this babe! Love mine!)

www. Instagram.com.bonmaxie

www.bonmaxie.com.au

 

And there you go, quicker than you can say ‘where’s my credit card?’ , you’ve got a list of new stores to explore and love, and the potential for a whoooole lotta fabulous accessorising! I’d love to hear what you think! Do you love these stores too? And do you have faves I haven’t discovered yet?Let me know in the comments below!

 

Keneena xx

FIESTA! How to style your next party PLUS free printable!

Hey, Kablooie Fans! I’m Hollie – wife, mum to one, designer/content curator/head honcho at Little Goldfish, lover of all things celebrations, design, environment, and of course, colour (favourite is blue – anywhere on the spectrum – in case you’re wondering)!

Before going any further: Keneena thank you so much for having me here on your blog! When Keneena asked if I’d like to write a guest post about colour and parties, I jumped at the chance. Straight away, my mind went into overdrive. I knew what I wanted to achieve, but did I have the time to do it? In short, no I didn’t. A callout on Instagram for a stylist found me the gorgeous Katie from True North Events and thanks to modern technology we discussed and planned how I envisaged the setup. Katie nailed it.

Brief: To bring colour, quirkiness, fresh fun stuff in the form of a party to the Kablooie audience

Plan: Styled shoot filled with colour

Inspiration: Pantone Color of the Year 2017, Greenery

Color of the Year: Greenery

Ordinarily, I’m not a trendy person. My personal style is late 30s through to early 60s (I’ve even got a pin-up alter ego!). However, I can’t help but follow Pantone’s Color of the Year, announced every December since 2010. Last year Greenery was announced as 2017’s colour and boy is it beautiful! A divine yellow-green that can be carried across all seasons of the year.

Colour Palettes: Rev It Up and Moody Blooms

One solitary colour, but how on earth do you pair it with others without clashing? Pantone thinks of everything and takes care of the hard work for you. Greenery is paired with 10 colour palettes: Transitions, Ethereal Material, Grand Canyon, Forest Floor, Rev It Up, Fathomless, Analogous, Moody Blooms, Deep Rooted, and Calm It Down. In each palette, Greenery takes on different qualities: sometimes it’s bright, others it’s pared back. So incredibly versatile.

Scrolling through the palettes, Rev It Up and Moody Blooms jumped off the screen screaming, “Keneena and Kablooie!” Putting them together, side by side, all I could think of was a fiesta. Translated, fiesta means party. It seems kind of silly to style a party in the ‘theme’ of a party, right?! Stay with me. Fiestas are vibrant, they are fun, they are simple. They are about music, dance, food, togetherness. That’s what a party is, no? Celebrating with those you love and having a smashing time!

Forget the siesta, it's time to fiesta! Get some colour into your next party.

Using Colour in your Party

Using colour in parties doesn’t have to be difficult: You can use varying shades of one colour, match two or more (different) colours together, use accents of one colour on an otherwise neutral palette, the sky is the limit really. Katie and I combined colours from the two palettes to bring you a lush yet quirky and fun styled celebration set up, as well as a vibrant and quirky invitation and selection of mini prints.

Colour Pop: Fiesta #1

Really playing on Greenery, this table is perfect for all occasions. Katie found the perfect fabric with monstera leaves printed all over (quick fact: monstera plants are native to southern Mexico!) to layer over hessian. From there, she worked with the Rev It Up palette.

 

Colour Pop: Fiesta #2

Take your party up a notch by adding some luxe-looking statement pieces, monochrome fabric, and rearranging other styling pieces. Perfect for evening soirees, with or without the kids.

 

 

Colour Pop: Fiesta #3

Rev It Up’s darker cousin Moody Blooms really stands out in this gorgeous kids set up. I particularly love the apple printed fabric Katie found in Spotlight. To bring more Greenery to the party, Katie used some gorgeous trimmings as accents woven around the teepee top.

Colour Pop: Fiesta #4

Bright and zesty, this vibrant kids’ set up is perfect for warmer weather, or those days you’re dreaming of warmer weather. As you can see, the fabric is draped over the hessian of the teepee, bring some pineapples from the main tablescape and voila – a whole new look!

 

There you have it: Four looks, two colour palettes, and a world of fun! Invest in key pieces in neutral tones and spice your party up with colourful statement pieces to create the perfect mood.

Love the mini prints? Grab your free set here! I’d love to see how you use them around the home or for your next party – use #fiestadelg on Instagram, post them on my Facebook page, or pop a picture in the comments below!

How YOU can accessorise with confidence to make your style POP!!

So there you are, in the 7 minutes you have available in the morning – you’ve grabbed your clothes, you’ve put on makeup (erm,maybe)… but sister, you ain’t ready for the day until you have ACCCESSORISED!!

Wanna improve your accessory game or break out of a cycle of blah outfits? Or maybe you’re all over it but just wanna discover new faves? If you’re lost on where to start, READ ON!!

Accessories can make the simplest outfit transform into something fabulous and help you shine. Yeah I KNOW! I can here you thinking…these days my version of well dressed is anything that’s not PJs. And my fave accessory is BIG dark sunglasses.

I TOTALLY get where you’re coming from! Especially for Mums, sometimes life happens…. and our style comes in last behind the job, the kids, the piles of washing, cleaning baby puke off your shoulder and old squashed banana out of your kid’s kindy bag …again!

But trust me, accessorizing takes so little time and adds a HUGE boost to your confidence.

My tip for you? Pick a hero piece – will it be some fun earrings? A unique necklace? Pick something that fits your style and makes you feel fab! I love pairing a quirky tee with some fun bright earrings, simple jeans and my fave sandals. (PS did you know I’ve just launched a new range of fun and stylish ladies Tops? you can see them here!)

But don’t just take my word for it!! I also chatted to some Uh-MAaazing women – talented accessory designers and makers – who have shared their top accessorizing tips JUST FOR YOU!

Marayna Baker (Kenzie Collective)

Marayna Baker, designer behind Kenzie Collective

Knowing where to start can feel stressful but my advice is, don’t let it be! Have fun, chose items that appeal to you!

Starting with classic accessory staples is a good starting point and then, build from there. Choosing a pair of black, bamboo, pastel and bright coloured studs, would be a good way to begin building your accessory collection. Don’t just settle for simple circles. Why not add another basic design to the mix? Maybe a triangle, semi-circle, diamond, chevron arrow…. Next minute, your lobes will be sporting cactus or dachshund designs!

Dangle earrings can scare the absolute jeepers out of people! So for your first time, maybe hold off on wearing metallic prawns, dangling from your lobes! Simple, minimal, lightweight and versatile – that’s what you want in your first pair of dangles. Something you will wear over and over again regardless if it’s to work, evening drinks or even to the shopping centre.

A fun statement ring can also be an easy way to add some character to your wardrobe. I am not talking about jumping straight in and wearing a T-Rex ring, but maybe a metallic foil or even a rainbow glitter option.

Learn to love accessorising and embrace the FUN. This will lead to more daring decisions, later on down the track.

New Kenzie Collective dangles!

I have one rule when it comes to accessorising……STUFF THE RULES!

It’s as simple as that. Who has the right to tell you what you can and can’t wear. YOU wear what YOU want! That has been my number one piece of accessory advice since establishing Kenzie Collective.

Let your personality shine through your choice of accessories! That’s what I do. Be confident in who you are. This confidence will ooze as you strut down the street in your polka dot & striped attire, teamed with neon statement dangles and chunky mixed matched necklace. You are YOU and no one can rock your personality like YOU!

Pick my favourite accessory?? Oh gosh, you are killing me! How on earth can I choose 1, 2, 5, or 10!

I accessorise to match how I am feeling, for the day. This means, I can easily change my accessory choice multiple times in the space of 12 hours. It drives my husband bonkers!

Kenzie Collective dangle on a Shell Accessory holder from BonMaxie

If I had to choose a few items, I would pick a few pieces from a number of our Summer collections. A pair of ‘Metallic’ dangles (statement of course!), Paparazzi ‘Jem’ studs (the design of these babes screams PIZZAZ), Punchy Purple ‘Disc’ Ring, one of our ‘Pom Pom’ rope necklaces (which we no longer make but still LOVE to pieces) and finally…..a pair of our up & coming ‘Frosty’ mix-it dangles. We can’t give too much away as these will be released early February but I can sneakily tell you that they are AH-MAZING!

www.kenziecollective.com
www.instagram.com/kenziecollective
www.facebook.com/kenziecollective

Megan Howells (Meg Makes)

Megan Howells, designer behind Meg Makes

I’m constantly on the hunt for new and fabulous accessories. I follow HEAPS of amazing people on social media just to see what is out and about or how someone might style something.

If you ever see something that you LOVE, say a big necklace, giant earrings or bright shoes but think ‘I could never pull that off’, stop that now. Everyone can pull off everything. If you love it – wear it!!

If it doesn’t go with anything – it goes with everything! I’m a huge, huge fan of clashing prints and colours. I never shy away from bold colours or patterns. Also – I never keep things for ‘special occasions’. Make everyday fabulous and wear those earrings, strut those heels and use that clutch!

Right now – I am living and BREATHING earrings! The bigger, the better!! I am loving anything super bright or metallic and find myself wearing huge earrings, bright sandals & bags, everything!

Some pretty Fab Rainbow Ghost Earrings from Meg Makes.

I am utterly obsessed with my Rainbow Ghost earrings, and when I made these – I immediately kept them for myself! So I’d have to say these are my favourite, however it changes so frequently, I’ll be utterly obsessed with something else next week! Haha

www.instagram.com/meg.makes
www.MegMakesStudio.etsy.com

Kirsten Devitt (Each To Own)

Kirsten Devitt

Accessorising in the past was about drawing attention to parts of the body and avoiding others but I really do think if you just love a piece and you feel like being daring, go for it – whack it on!  Pile heaps on if you are feeling a bit Iris/Miley; pare it back if you are feeling minimal – just really do what you feel and be who you feel like being on that day.

I rarely ever find clothing that lets me express myself so I tend to go very basic with the clothes and go nuts with the accessories.  Overall I think you need to work out what you really feel comfy with.  If you tend to wear you hair up a lot you might want to go with earrings. Or if you have a great neck, a necklace might be the way to go.  I know that I have big boobs – so I tend to want to rule out necklaces and brooches, and go for earrings and bangles. That’s where I feel comfy embellishing. But I don’t think that there are hard and fast rules these days.  If you love it wear it.

I’m a bit of a ‘reverse accessorisor’ (is that a word?!  If not I’m adding it to the lexicon!).  I’ll build an outfit around accessories rather than treat them as something to pop on as you head out the door.  It’s a pretty personal thing.  I think of them first because they are pretty much all I ever think about in my day job! 😀 I personally like to pile on everything, go to the mirror and ask myself “Too much?” and take it back from there…if I feel like it – some days too much is the way to go!  But always earrings, ALWAYS.  I like that earrings are the closest thing to your eyes and smile, and that’s where people should be looking if they are engaging with you as a person.

Some fabulous bling from Each To Own

Having just said earrings, ALWAYS earrings, my absolute favourite accessory/accessories are my Fable Folk hand-painted wooden bangles.  I never leave home without two or three on.  They are always noticed and always commented on.  They make me feel great and I truly don’t feel like me if I don’t have them on.  I guess that is what accessorising is all about – reflecting your personality and being you through wearing what you love 🙂

www.eachtoown.com
www.EachToOwn.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/eachtoown
www/Instagram.com/eachtoown

 

There you go – so many tips on where to start! And you should totally check out the Instagram feeds and online stores of these three talented ladies! Trust, me you’ll have a wish list as long as your arm beofe you can say ‘accessorise me!’. Ladies, go forth and accessorise! And above all, relax and have fun – you’re already fabulous!!!

Amp up your summer style with this FAB prize (and help me out as well!)

***My fab survey is no closed – thank you so much for all of your responses!!***

Hiya awesome peeps! So I’m working hard over here to make sure your experience with Kablooie is as fabulous as it can possibly be. As fabulous as having yummy doughnuts delivered to your door by unicorns with rainbow horns and fairy floss wings. or something. Ha.

Anyway, a huge part of making your experience amazing is finding out a little more about you (no need to reveal deep dark secrets, its okay!). So I’ve designed a super short survey for you to fill out. And when I say super short I mean less than 5 minutes, seriously! Ain’t no one got time for those soul numbing 30 page surveys that make you wanna scream. Bleugh.

I’d love it if you could be a part of shaping the future Kablooie and fill out the survey! With your help it’s sure to be amazing. As a big thank you for helping me out, you’ll go into the draw to win a pretty fab prize pack, valued at over $100.

What could you win? The prize pack includes:
1 – a $50 voucher from yours truly at Kablooie (you can get a ladies skirt for that!! check them out HERE).
2 – a $30 voucher for Kenzie Collective (one of my FAVE accessories stores – check them out here www.kenziecollective.com).
3 – a $30 voucher for Bonmaxie – another fave store chock full of rad accessory storage and fun gift ideas (www.bonmaxie.com.au).

Every completed survey will go into the draw for a chance to win this fab prize. (You can choose to submit anonymously too, with no email address, but anonymous surveys won’t be able to win the prize pack as I need to be able to contact the winner)

Thanks so much for your help – you’re all fabulous and I wish you could all win!

Stay colourful!
Keneena xx

Ally sews

Alexandra Yount – Teen Sewer Extraordinaire!  How cool is that for a title?! And that’s  exactly who this week’s blog interview is with! Ally Sews is the name of the business run by Alexandra, making some of the cutest modern dolls clothes I’ve ever seen!  I bought a set of dresses myself for my daughters Christmas gift and I was thrilled with them – the quality, style and workmanship. Read on to find out more about this talented young business woman!

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 Alexandra,what are 5 things we might not know about you?
1. I try out every hobby there is. I’ve made jewelry, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, tried doll making…I need to stick to sewing!!
2. I’m a crazy Taylor swift fan.
3. I sew way too much. My eyes sometimes start to hurt 😂
4. I have enough fabric to open a store.
5. I’m from Texas

How would you define your personal style?
Simple, I love dresses!

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What is your inspiration, or what triggered this business idea for you?  
I love sewing, and was also a long-time etsy shopper, so I decided to see if I could open a shop and I did! 😊 My little brothers and sisters inspire me the most.

What do you love most about what you do?

Seeing dolls and little kids all around the world wearing things I’ve made ☺❤

What do you love most to do with your family/friends? 

I have lots of little brothers, sisters and nieces, I can use them as models and test new ideas on them. 😉

What is your idea of an ideal day?
Get as much sewing done as I can and try not to get too distracted. (ahem…Instagram).

What’s a goal for your business in 2016?
Hit 1000 sales!

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Where can we find you?
You can find me on Instagram and Facebook! @allysews + Ally Sews

Check out all of Alexandra’s gorgeous and teensy tiny creations on her social media accounts (and on her website www.allysews.etsy.com)

 

This interview has been brought to you by Keneena from Kablooie Store!  Check out my other interviews and blog posts, and come visit me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/kablooiestore) or my online store (www.kablooiestore.com)! ❤️

 

Colour Crush!!

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I love colour!!  I love wearing it, and I love creating colourful things that are just a bit quirky and fun.  Every time I discover a another store making things I LOVE I do a little happy dance …in my head if I’m in public!

This month, I’m featuring a selection of stores selling fun, colourful and quirky products for kids – clothing, accessories, decor and gifts!  Each of these makers has a gorgeous individual style and brings such creativity and originality to the product they make and sell (or source).

Check out my Colour Crush selection here!  I know there are so many more shops I haven’t discovered yet.  Do you have some favourites you think I’d love?  Let me know in the comments, or drop me a line on Instagram or Facebook!  Thanks so much for reading!

Keneena xx

www.kablooiestore.com

www.instagram.com/kablooiestore

www.facebook.com/kablooiestore

www.pinterest.com/kablooiestore

 

 

Insta business Spotlight : Lucas Loves Cars

Have you ever tried searching for the perfect kids toys and just can’t seem to find them? This frustration was part of the inspiration behind my latest Insta biz in the spotlight – Lucas Loves Cars!  Helle Warming has created an amazing little world in Lucas Loves Cars (one my kids would never want to leave! 🙈).  She’s gathered gathered an incredible range of high quality toys for car and truck lovers.  Today we find about more about the amazing mum behind this business!
⚡️Helle, what are 5 things we might not know about you?

I have an Engineering degree, I have a son named Lucas, I don’t like coffee flavoured anything except coffee. I recently decided to go public that I hate champagne. I can’t count to 5.

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⚡️How would you define your personal style?

Usually it’s whatever I can find which then means sometimes it feels like daggy Mummy style, other days I’m rocking it! (I think)

⚡️Household style?

Minimalism if I could get rid of all the stuff!

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⚡️ What is your inspiration, or what triggered this business idea for you?

I have a son named Lucas – who loves cars. That’s basically it. Couldn’t understand why there were no stores for boys toys. There are so many gorgeous quality gifts and toys out there for little boys, but never at the stores I went to. Oh, and I was sick of toys always breaking!

I now know Mums of girls who love trucks were also frustrated by the same issue.
⚡️ Helle, what do you love most about what you do?

Finding gorgeous products that I think the kids and mums will love. Then sending presents out to people! I feel like Santa.

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⚡️What do you love to do with your son?

Well of course we play cars, we like to wash our cars, we make a car wash and they line up and stop for petrol too. Some days we play dinosaurs, making up fun stories and Roaring around the house. Outside we play cricket or footy.
⚡️What is your idea of an ideal day?

A productive day at work, then pick up Lucas, play and chat and then family dinner. Little things make me happy, like not having to cook and watching Lucas playing.
⚡️What’s a goal for your business in 2016?

I have a big project I’m not sharing, but on top of that I’m working hard on gathering more fabulous products (so exciting) and spreading the word about our online store, which means Instagram, photos and working with other awesome businesses.
⚡️Where can we find you?

www.lucaslovescars.com.au
www.instagram.com/lucaslovescars
www.facebook.com/lucaslovescars

Be sure to go have a browse online at Lucas Loves Cars, on the website or social media – you’re sure to find something you and your kids will love!

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brought to you by Keneena, owner of Kablooie Store (www.kablooiestore.com)

30 days, 30 ways for connecting with your child

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This week I was given the opportunity to read through a new ebook by Angela Henderson, from the popular online store Finlee and Me – 30 Days, 30 Ways for connecting with your child.

Author Angela Henderson from @finleeandme states: “In a world where we’re becoming busier and busier this means we’re connecting less with our kids and losing our relationship with them.”

So… Angela created this book to make connecting with your child easy, effortless and engaged even in the midst of busy days and hectic seasons, with a bite-sized, actionable, everyday tips.

30 Days, 30 Ways of Connecting with Your Child is a fun and interactive way of making memories from simple moments, savoured sweetly with our children.

Brimming with simple, easy-to-do ideas that cost nothing or very little, each daily activity is designed to make bonding with kids, intentional and interactive.

She has given me an exclusive offer to share with you – she’s offering $5.00 off when you purchase her eBook. Simply go to her website www.finleeandme.com.au and search book and at check out use coupon code CONNECT to take $5.00 off.

Also don’t forget to follow her on Instagram for everything baby/toddler/kids and Mothers at @finleeandme

Kablooie Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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So how many of you mums would love to pick out your perfect Mother’s Day gift? We all love those hand drawn, glitter covered crafts we get handed on Mother’s Day – but how cool would it be to also get an awesome gift handmade or handpicked by a small Australian mum run business?

I’ve curated some of the best I’ve found for you to browse through, and many of them are offering Some very special savings – just for kablooie VIPs! What are you waiting for, get shopping!!

To download your free copy , click here!

Insta-biz Spotlight – Whimsy Woods

THIS WEEK ON THE KABLOOIE BLOG… @whimsywoods

I never realised how much I loved the world of doll houses and miniature things til I discovered Jennifer Macfarlane’s business – Whimsy Woods!  Scrolling through Jennifer’s Instagram Feed is like an enchanted walk through a miniature world.

Jennifer is a busy and clever mumma who, in between caring for young kids and her busy life, manages to spend time completely renovating doll houses and their furniture and creating the most amazing on trend and personalised decor for it. Read on to find out more….

1 Tell us 5 things about you that we might not know!

– I am a Canadian Australian, I moved here 8 years ago in search of an endless summer. It’s way too cold in Canada!
– I have been a Registered Nurse for 13 years. After having my daughter I decided I wanted to get away from the crazy stressful career and chase a bit of a creative dream.
– I have two little ones. My son is 3 1/2 and my daughter is 1 1/2. They keep me very busy!!! We also have 2 dogs and three chickens!!!
– All of my work is done after 7:30 pm or at nap times!!! One tired mum here!!
– Some of my favourite things to do are: travel, scuba dive, creating things and sleep! lol

 

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2 Tell us about your personal style….

My personal style is relaxed and beachy…. maybe it’s more like frumpy mum?!! You don’t catch me in heels and skirts very often!

3 How about household style?

My household style is rustic, beachy and a hint of tropical. We live in a house that backs onto rainforest so our natural surroundings really inspired my interior decor. There’s a lot of natural and neutral in our house.

 

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4 what is your inspiration, or what triggered Whimsy Woods?

I started refinishing vintage furniture and had a plan to give things a whimsical twist for children’s rooms. I happened to have a doll house that I just quickly did up to sell (nothing special) and I had soo many people who wanted to buy it. I then did a second one and had people lined up for that one as well. So it all went from there. With each house, I ended up having so much encouragement and interest that I set my focus on developing a business plan around doll houses and decor. It was before doll house renovations became a massive thing! I didn’t even have Instagram at that point either.

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5 What do you love most about what you do?

I love creating something unique and special. Doll houses have a way of captivating the soul and they seem to be the one toy that little girls keep and pass on to their children. I love that I get to make these heirlooms very personal and each item I make reflects the little person I am making it for. I love everything about what I do!

6 What do you love to do with your kids?

I love being crazy and wild with my kids! We love to dance and sing in the living room, go to the beach, scootering around, catching critters in the back yard, playing with our animals, star gazing, water fights and lots of cuddles.

7 What is your idea of an ideal day?

An ideal day would be one where I get to shower in the morning before the screaming starts! lol  😂😂 The kids both have a nap at the same time so I can squeeze in an hour of work!! Days that we’re all happy and having a good time.

8 what’s a goal for your business in 2016?

My goal for this year is to continue to make really cute and special things and really get my name out there… I have so many awesome things in my head and I can’t wait to create them and show them to everyone. I am branching into boys items next and I have so many cool ideas for this. I also have some exciting collaborations coming to the table this year.

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9 Where can we find you?

You can find me on:

Facebook  – https://m.facebook.com/whimsywoods4556/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/whimsy_woods
Website – www.whimsywoodsdesigns.bigcartel.com
Email – whimsy_woods@yahoo.com.au

Thanks so much Jennifer!

 

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