Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wall Art from Parties Past!

I was over at mum and dads the other weekend and mum bought out a box of goodies for me to sift through. This box held all the cards she had kept from when we were babies and some from when she turned 21 and then from her engagement! What a treat! Thanks mum for holding onto all these treasures; which have become a delightful source of inspiration and decoration for me.
This lovely little Spanish Dancer card is just divine, complete with embroidered top and tiered lace skirt!
Mum's first mother's day card from me! Into my Cocoon Couture ideas book it goes! I am planning to frame these cards to put in the bed room, a nice collection for me full of love and memories.
This 21'st card is my favorite! It is printed on a beautiful stock and designed by Marion Foster for the Gordon Fraser Gallery, UK. This publishing company was around in the 30's through to the 80's and produced some beautiful keep sake gift cards all designed by artists of the time.
The big eyed girl, this one designed by 'June' again for the Gordon Fraser Gallery and the Balcony scene below by 'Gaillot'.

These two Sweet Hearts are just divine and I love the the two little love birds in each scene! They remind me of our Cocoon Couture Early Birds! Designed by Franciose Bardiaux for Gordon Fraser Gallery. I found another collector on line which you might like to check out!

If you are feeling crafty and want to find something for your children's bedroom walls; the Cocoon Couture Wall Art is a lovely addition to any eclectic collection! The boys and their friend Liela have been busy making their pieces up for their room and love the sense of achievment when the pieces are finished and hung on the wall.

Cocoon Couture wall art RRP $49.95

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kicking back at the Sunday Market

On Sunday the Torquay Cowrie Community Market was on; which is always a treat to check out. For me its the food, the organic veggies and a bit of local live music sitting on the grass in the sun (hopefully!).
I took Flynn and met up with my friend, photographer extraordinaire, Anita Beaney and her daughter Leila. The crowd was bustling despite the lack of sunshine and the vibe was great.
Flynn and Leila couldn't stand still with so much to look at and managed to spend their allocated money not too long after we arrived. First buy of the day for Leila was a home made barbie out fit. Flynn had his heart set on this tribal necklace; which he thought about all market before going back to the first stall and making his buy. Thankfully they were able to walk past the used toy stand with out asking for more!! Ha ha....

Seasoned shoppers deciding what or if to buy ...taking their time to make a decision!

Home made lovelies with buttons....

Time to get some food and catch some tunes on the grass; the blue ice cones were a blast. Even though a cold day the kids still insisted on choosing this market treat! Brrrr....

My favorite food at the market; Tibetan Momo's with their home made chilli sauce and soy! YUM!! Not sure if I will try and make some but check out the link for a recipe; the local Buddhist momo's you just cant beat!

Leila took her favorite Cocoon Couture Tiny Toucan Shoulder bag for collecting her goodies on our Market Day outing. Later at the beach it was perfect to fit in the extra rocks and shells that she found....oh also her jumper once the sun came out and her shoes!

Flynn used his new Monster Couture back pack to hold his super cool 'lava rocks' and market buys; what was great is that I didn't have to end up carrying their finds; as they were wanted to carry their own bags! A perfect day out. xx

Cocoon Couture Shoulder bags, available in a variety of gorgeous cocoon couture critters. RRP $39.95

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Okido, Creative Fun while Learning

Okido would have to be my new favorite kids activity magazine, web site and 'must have' entertainer when out for morning coffee with friends.
Okido is an art and science magazine for children; both educational, inspiring and fun all at the same time!
The brain child of multimedia designer and scientist, Sophie Davuois and illustrator Rachel Ortas; the winning combination of talent provides your child with a captivating and inspiring learning experience.
This beautiful publication is available every 3 months and for us here in Australia you can subscribe and even buy back issues!

The latest issue for Okido is on the Moon; is full of wonderful activities perfect for young children; recipes, and interesting facts hidden amongst the variety of stories.
Also available, are these simply beautiful post cards; perfect for any birthdays or occasions where you need a unique card on hand! Being a collector of many things I just love to have them up on the pin board for inspiration!
There is also a great 'Okidoodle Book' which is the perfect colouring in, crazy sketch doodle book for the plane or car trip when heading away...I had to buy some more as the boys had filled theirs up!
Also check out their blog for latest happenings in Okido land!
Cocoon Couture Early Bird wall art kit. RRP $49.95

Cocoon Couture is soon to be launched into the UK at the Bubble London trade fair and we are so excited to announce our new distributor Avocado and Cress!

Cocoon Couture offers a range of creative activities for your child with the stunning wall art kits. Made from FSC approved timber the ply wood tile provides a beautiful surface to create a unique Cocoon Couture critter scene with our re-positional stickers. Available in a choice of critter designs, Early Bird, Sleepy Owl, Gorgeous Giraffe, Mini Monkey, Timmy Tiger and Mr Whale.
The perfect birthday present or stocking filler for this Christmas!
Enjoy xx