Chocovenyl – fabric wall stickers

Chocovenyl produce PVC free, fabric, movable wall stickers, perfect for decorating the walls of your nursery or children’s room. We love the fact that these stickers are easily applied and removed and can be moved around as much as you like. All designs are printed on PVC fabric paper, are very thin (so the design is flat with the wall) and have a matt finish. They are suitable for walls, doors, mirrors and furniture. They are so flexible they can be applied around corners or other poles etc and they leave no residue when they are removed. Most designs come in 3 sizes so you can create a small design or a full wall mural. We love the flexiblity of the multiple sizes so you can tailor the size to your budget or room.

There is a wide range of designs available suitable for boys and girls, by a range of talented designers including a few based here in the UK (Jillian Phillips, Belle and Boo and Chocovenyl’s own designs).Some designs are educational, others are just for fun. Some designs are modern and some are vintage. There really is something suitable for every child and parent. A few of our favorite designs are shown here but to see many more go visit there website.

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UK handmade spotlight – Colour me fun

Colour me fun are a small family business that make hand-poured, non-toxic crayons, here in the UK. They offer a wide range of designs including the ones shown here and many more. Whats more if you can’t find what you had in mind they do custom orders. You can buy sets in a wide range of sizes from individual crayons up to a complete alphabet of crayons (you can buy smaller sets of letters to spell out your child’s name too). All sets come in their own small draw string bag to keep them together. They even sell multiple sets (at a discounted rate to buying them individually) perfect for party bags.  We love all the designs but our favorites have to be the lego men and the alphabet crayons. Colour me fun crayons can be purchased from their etsy or folksy shop or from their own website.

Friday finds 27/07/12

We hope you have enjoyed another week of our posts and we can not wait to share more with you next week. To keep you inspired over the weekend we have some of our favorite finds from the week including beautiful picture books for children, a blog sharing inspiring photos of beautiful lives (taken on mobile phones), recipes for the whole family, useful advice on making sure your little one is prepared for their first day at school and much more. We hope the sunshine lasts in to the weekend but either way we hope you enjoy it and we will see you back here on Monday.

1. Looking for beautiful, quirky, children’s picture books, Katie Viggers has just the blog for you – Books I like

2. First dress from their Autumn/winter range, Squirrel dress, £35.35, Wild thing dresses (UK handmade)

3. Crumpled city Junior London map, £9.99, The letteroom

4. The official olympics schedule, what will you be watching?

5. Boon benders  fork and spoon, £5.99, VUP baby

6. Monkey zoo lunchie bag, £13.95, Peanut and Pip

Is your little one starting summer in September? Junior magazine shares with us the 12 skills every child needs before they start school

Informative article on the pros and cons of swaddling

Slow cookers are not just for winter, tips and recipes perfect for summer

Videos from Plum cookery school (featuring Rachel Allen) on the 4 stages of weaning (including recipes).

Useful advice on looking after small children when you are ill

Exploring the terms “work life balance” and “juggling”

Such a great idea for a blog – Life is beautiful

Need inspiration for things to do this summer? 100 things to do before starting big school

Natural sources of iron for pregnancy

Don’t forget we would love to hear your feedback on this weeks posts, either leave a comment on the blog, email us or interact with us on twitter on our facebook page.

We would also like to hear from you if you have a nursery or children’s bedroom worth sharing, if you are a photographer with a photo shoot you would like to share on the blog or if you are a UK designer/brand/handmade artist that has products aimed at families.

London 2012 – High street

Yesterday we shared with you our favorite handmade items inspired by the London olympics which starts tomorrow. We’ve searched the high street for our favorite olympic inspired items that are still available to buy.

For babies and children

Clockwise from top left:

London print baby sleepsuit, £14, JoJo maman Bebe (Available in all sizes from tiny up to 12-18 months)

London 2012 Wenlock T-shirt, £9.50, John Lewis (available in sizes 2-3 up to 9-10 years)

Boy’s Monkey T-shirt and Shorts Set, £14-£16, John Lewis (available in all sizes from 3-6 months up to  2-3 years)

Team GB Striped Romper Suit, Navy £12, John Lewis (other designs available, available in sizes from 3 months to 18 months)

Boy’s Rhino Race T-shirt, Blue, £9-£10, John lewis (available in all sizes from 3-6 months up to  2-3 years)

Team GB hair clips, £5, John Lewis

Trunki team GB, RRP £40 (currently on sale on amazon for £29.99)

For adults

For adults we are loving Fat Face’s Union Jack collection. You can show your support for Great Britain in the olympics without compromising on style.

Clockwise from top left:

Men’s on tour camper van T-shirt, £22

Men’s Union Jack sailing T-shirt, £22

Women’s Union Jack windsurf T-shirt, £20

Women’s Union Jack T-shirt, £20

Union Jack bird wristband, £2.50

Men’s Union jack flip flops, £10

Men’s Union Jack cycling T-shirt, £22

London 2012 – Handmade

This summer has seen a lot of focus on London and as such there are a lot of london/Union Jack/olympic themed items available for all the family. Ahead of the opening ceromony of the olympics on friday, today we are sharing with you some of our favorites London themed items that have been handmade in the UK and are available for you to buy.

Clockwise from top left:

London skyline jug, Cecily Vessey via Folksy (Small £14, Large £28)

London town knitted cushion, £30, Her indoors via folksy

Handmade London print lampshade, £25, Clementine & Bloom via folksy

Organic London Baby Blanket, £28, RWScissors2010 via Etsy

Clockwise from top left:

Union Jack print children’s oil cloth apron, £10 Dagenais designs via etsy

London plush dolls, £14 each, Fat Hen and Flo via Folksy (policeman, London guardsman)

Union Jack, Team GB sock monsters £4.99 each, Artdp, via etsy (female, male)

Clockwise from top left:

Children’s t-shirt, ‘hero bugs’ ….. the next Victoria Pendleton, British gold medalist cycling, £8.99, Illustration garden via etsy (available in various sizes and colours and can by changed to Chris Hoy for a boy)

London calling Bunting, £6.50, Oscar black cat via Folksy

Union Jack and London Cushion, £15, Your country home via Folksy

London map print, £15, Love on the hill via etsy

Vintage London red bus Iphone 4/4s cover, £10, Mad moo creations via folksy

Eightbear by Katie Viggers

Katie Viggers is a UK based children’s illustrator who set up eightbear to produce books, art prints and other products that would appeal to children and adults in terms of design and sense of humour. Her first book “Almost an animal alphabet” was published in November 2010. Her second book “One to twenty. Animals a plenty” is due to be published in November this year. You can buy Almost an animal alphabet the book and a range of prints from the book, a set of alphabet blocks (featuring nine of the animals) and mugs from her website, etsy or via a range of stockists (including Foyles, The Yorkshire sculpture park, Tate Britain and Tate modern).

A selection of pages from Almost an animal alphabet

A selection of pages from the book are available as art prints for you to frame and hang in your child’s nursery or bedroom. We particularly like this world map with the animals placed in their country of origin. We love Katie Vigger’s illustrations and think they are both beautiful and educational. We can not wait to see the new book in November.

UK handmade spotlight – A crafty hen

Today we are sharing with you beautiful items for babies that are designed to withstand daily use and are hand crafted here in the UK. A crafty hen is a mum of three, trying to shrink her fabric stash by producing for sale beautiful baby bibs, dribble bibs, burp cloths and cushions. We love how simple the designs are and the beautiful fabrics that Jenny uses (some are vintage and some are new). The burp cloths are made to go over your shoulder whilst winding a baby but also make great travel changing mats and are perfect for cleaning messy hands or faces. The bibs are backed in absorbent & quick drying bamboo cotton which also has antibacterial properties. The dribble bibs which look more like scarfs than bibs are perfect for teething toddlers to wear to protect their clothing. All items are available to order through etsy.