a little taste of the handmade goodness you will find on the site...

Monday, May 31, 2010

Send the life raft - (nautical nursery & clothes)



Wow hasn't New Zealand taken a weather beating these last few days.  Poor Dunedin had flooding & Ashburton had mudslides & goodness knows what happened elsewhere.(http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/image.cfm?c_id=1&gal_objectid=10648564&gallery_id=111511#6935879)

So with water in the headlines I thought I'd share some nautical themed goodies on Little Kiwis Nest.  Remember these are handmade by home-based designers (usually mums with kids) so uniqueness is a given!  Got to love little cottage industries :)

Features:
Karric - wall painting. http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1581
imba - shark show bib.  Ultra absorbent for little dribblers & messy munchers! http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=895
billy & ella - merino long-sleeve tees. Perfect in cooler weather http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1628
hjrd Design - Nautical Sunday magnetic wall art. These are designed as an interactive art installation, you're the curator! There are countless ways to display this set. http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1660
Zhakita Cake Designz - Pirate cake - perfect party centre piece. http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1563
made it baby - sailboats room decor http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1168
mostly monsters - Josh the Hook - pirate toy. http://www.littlekiwisnest.co.nz/product.php?VP=1436

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quick Kiwi Fact

It is the only known bird to have external nostrils at the end of its beak, and one of the few birds to have a good sence of smell.

At night a Kiwi can often be heard making snuffling noises, which is caused by the bird trying to clear dirt out of its nostrils when it is searching for food.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Free Gift with Purchase - Beinzstalk!

Don't forget Beinzstalk is offering a fantastic gift with purhcase deal until June 11, 2010. Simply purchase $60 in her store & receive your a funky (& extremely warm) beanie of your choice for FREE. Enter the words 'free beanie' upon check out to receive your gift.


Here's my pick for a little girls winter outfit.  Pinafores are just perfect for kids that 'have to wear dresses' (like my 4 year old) - layer over the top of a long-sleeve tee & leggings for extra warmth!  Got to love the detailing on the pinnie too :)

Go shopping with Beinzstalk HERE!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sales & Discounts Galore!

There are loads of great buys on the site today.

Marshmellowmagic Designs has discounted EVERYTHING in store until the end of the month. Beanies, booties, peaked caps, shawls & more - all at fantastic prices! Shop here for Marshmellow Magic



hjrd Design is saying  big thanks to her facebook fans by way of a weekend discount.  Hop over to her fanpage to receive your discount code. http://www.facebook.com/hjrdDesign Shop here for hrjd Design

PattiKat Designs (makers of gorgeous pettiskirts) are discounting one skirt per day.  Keep an eye on her store each day for the next week!Be quick though as there's only one skirt per day! Shop for PattiKat Designs here


And don't forget that beinzstalk have given us all a gift with purchase offer.  Just read her 'Meet the Maker' interview below. 

 Happy shopping!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Meet the Maker - Beinzstalk

Please tell us who you are & what you do?

Hi, I'm Roslyn from Beinzstalk a fun and funky clothing label that clothes beans (newborns) to stalks (approx 10 years old). Beinzstalk is depicted by simple styles that are transformed into unique creations with the use of colour, texture, fun prints and embellishment. Quality fabric and craftmanship is paramount. Wherever possible garment adjustability accommodates ever growing bodies.

Beinzstalk also has other fun stuff like beanbags, swimming ponchos, various carry bags and handbags, stylish aprons and blankets. Detachable embellishments like brooches, cuffs and necklaces also make fun accessories that add a creative touch to any outfit.

How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
Having worked in a very non-creative environment all my career I seized the opportunity soon after my first child was born to enjoy some creative freedom. I started with hats and before I knew it other products kept sprouting up. Even though the business background is useful doing creative things is far more satisfying.

Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
The name had to meet several criteria - be suitable for children as well as babies, boys as well as girls and be a bit funky. I was forced into changing the spelling when listing the business (while living across the ditch) as beanstalk had already been taken. Determined to still use the name and seeing an opportunity to not conform I changed the spelling and managed to fit in a bit of NZ at the same time - beinNZstalk.

How long have you been creating for?
I've always enjoyed the creative process even as a child. At school dressmaking was great and I soon learnt how to get the opportunity to use the best machines of the day. The slow mechanical singers just didn't stack up against the fancy berninas. Ironically now most of machines are industrial and really are more similar to the old singers.

My Mum was a great role model too embracing many crafts as well as dressmaking while I was growing up.

Describe your work setting.
Creative chaos. One room dedicated to machines, fabrics, other materials and finished product. It looked like a big room when it was empty but alas - not big enough at all.

Why do you do what you do? What inspires you? When do you get most excited?
I'm very visual so patterns and colour combinations in nature, fabrics, creative blogs and magazines with lots of pictures cook up a storm in my brain. Customers with great feedback, my kids, the tui singing perfectly every morning, a sunny day in Autumn all inspire.

Over the last year I have also been truly inspired by the work at the uniform project http://www.theuniformproject.com/year1/monthly/May.html where an amazing woman wore 1 black dress for 365 and managed to change the look with accessories and other clothing items all repurposed or thrifted. While doing this she has raised nearly $US100k for Indian slum children to be able to go to school. Fashion, sustainability and helping others - what a powerful combination.

Can you remember your first sale? What was it?
A beanie. I was amazed and encouraged that someone liked what I did enough to buy it.

Have you ever been in business before?
No but its in my blood. I grew up seeing first hand what owning your own business was all about - the excitement, the influence, the challenge and the hard work.

At what point do you consider yourself successful?
When my label is sought after (because its uniqueness/quality are valued) to such an extent that supply can't meet demand.

Where do you do your best thinking?
At the sewing machine or pounding the pavements.

What stops you from giving up when you are frustrated?
Knowing that many famous people had their best eureka moments when highly frustrated and supposedly run out of ideas. Even though all their friends have long given up on them they kept going. If they hadn't we wouldn't have many of the things we take for granted today - light bulbs, phones etc

If you had time to learn a new skill what would it be?
To play the saxophone - nothing beats the oozy music made by a sax.

When you are not involved in your craft/business- what can you usually be found doing
Family, friends and providing a taxi come cheerleader service for kids. This year I have also taken on some voluntary work within Guiding. Plenty of room there to keep the creative brain active while doing some good for young kids today.

Do you have a favourite handmade purchase?
Several lariats (I can't get enough of them - so versatile) that experiment with the use of colour from http://www.dianekerrdesigns.com and a number of gifts for others (next time it will be for myself) from the beautiful paper quilting of Michaela from Wren's Nest http://www.wrensneststudio.com/default.html.

Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Both



FAST FIVE ...
1. What is the last thing that made you belly laugh? One of my kids telling a joke.
2. What book is on your bedside table?  Have a new kid by Friday - Dr Kevin Leman. Changing your child's attitude, behaviour and character in 5 days - very practical and thought provoking.
3. What was the last cd/ipod track etc that you listened to? Roald Dahls "The Twits" (audio book) in the car with the kids - surprisingly creatively and captivating.
4. Where do you hide your secret stash of chocolate? In the freezer - oops did I say that!
5. Who controls the remote in your house? The man of the house but remotes aren't everything.






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FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE!!!


Beinzstalk is offering a fantastic gift with purchase until June 11, 2010.  Simply purchase $60 in her store & receive a funky (& extremely warm) beanie of your choice for FREE.  Enter the words 'free beanie' upon check out to receive your gift.


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Brighten up your winter with a piece or two from Beinzstalk's funky collection HERE!

One for the Aussies .... We love MAROON!


If you haven't already guessed, I'm still Aussie at heart even thought I've been in NZ for nearly 5 years!  Everyone who knows me knows that I'm quite allergic to exercise & go into anaphylactic shock if I have to watch any sport on tv (especially cricket - sorry Dad).  BUT I do put up with the State of Origin series, not because I understand the game, or even like it for that matter, but I LOVE watching people watching it!

There's always at least one person who thinks that they can somehow help the players if they physically swerve around 'dodging' the opponents on tv.  And then there's the person who tends to hold their breath when something intense is happening - just watch their face turning redder & redder until at last they have to inhale an almighty breath, ready for the next intense play.  Oh, & the people who 'whoop' around the lounge at the wrong moments & then get all embarrassed that they actually cheered on the wrong team (oh, is that one me?!?).

Yep, gotta love origin night!

I grew up in sunny Queensland (missing that sunshine right about now) & I'm feeling well inspired to share my favourite red products (not so many true maroon ones!) found on http://littlekiwisnest.co.nz

Whatever the team you barrack for, have a great, entertaining night!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Store Alert!!!! Loads of Merino Delights with 'Billy & Ella'

Who doesn't love a good merino garment?!?  Not only is it simply silky soft to touch but it has numerous qualities - eg hypo allergenic, ability to absorb & release moisture etc - making it the perfect fabric for babies & children.

We are so excited to welcome our first store specialising in merino wear ...Billy & Ella. Like most of the labels on Little Kiwis Nest, Billy & Ella is a New Zealand run, owned and operated business. Solina is a mum of two gorgeous little critters & lives in a medium-sized town in the North Island. 


From a merino wrap to dresses every part of Billy & Ella’s design is thoughtful and focused on three key principals: quality, practicality and function – all packaged in beautiful design. It’s about a few essential, high quality and multifunctional, pieces that resonate with today’s cash strapped consumers.


And to top it off, Billy & Ella is a company with a conscience - giving back to the community with 20 % of profits donated to New Zealand children's charities.  Now you can feel doubly good about buying!!!


View Billy & Ella's store HERE.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Quick Kiwi Fact

Eggs are smooth, and coloured ivory or greenish-white.
Kiwi eggs are proportionately larger compared to the size of the adult female than the eggs of any other bird.

An egg may reach one-quarter of its mother’s weight.

After the first egg is laid, the male takes over incubation and nest maintenance. Incubation takes about eleven weeks but if the female returns to lay another egg, the male has to sit on the clutch for a much longer time. Leaving the nest only occasionally, the male’s weight can decrease by up to one third.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Meet the Maker - imba

Please tell us who you are & what you do?

imba is Catherine McAra. I’m a Mum (I have an 18-month old daughter called Molly), I live in Wellington, and I design and make beautiful babywear: whimsical, contemporary & delightful designs for new babies through to age four. New Zealand designed. New Zealand made.

How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
imba began when my daughter was a few months old. Bibs were an essential item for her – but I couldn’t seem to find any that looked great and functioned well. So I set about designing and creating a line of baby bibs that fit well, absorbed spills, looked fabulous, and kept clothes dry. I then began designing and making clothing, and I now have a small range of seasonal items in natural fibres and wearable styles.



Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
Yes! I asked my 5-month old daughter for a suggestion: "imba!" she said. The name stuck.


How long have you been creating for?

Almost one year. I think there must be a birthday party coming up soon....

Is your business a hobby, a profession or a happy marriage of both?
It’s a hobbfession. Or a profobby. Very much a happy marriage of hobby and profession. I love what I do – the creative process is just the way I tick. I’d go mad if I couldn’t design and make stuff.

Describe your work setting.
My workspace is my home. It’s a flexible arrangement – the work moves around with me according to how much space I need. I have a little loft and a big cupboard for storing fabrics, fold-out trestle tables for cutting and designing, and a small worktable for the sewing machines. My latest acquisition is a fabulous 1940’s roller press – it can iron a bolt of fabric fast!

Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
Until recently I’ve worked entirely on my own. Designing, cutting, sewing, finishing, marketing, etc. Recently I’ve contracted the help of a couple of machinists in order to get some big wholesale orders completed in a short timeframe – however everything in my Little Kiwis Nest store (and at my market stalls) is entirely hand-made by me.


My daughter likes to wear the finished items, but I don’t work while she’s awake. I sew and design during her afternoon nap time. I’d love to have more time to design and sew – there are so many ideas in my workbook and fabrics in my cupboard – just not enough nap-times to see it all happen!

What is your process?
My work process is straightforward one: I think of the style I want to create then find the fabrics (or sometimes the other way around). Many of my fabrics I import from overseas. Then I wash, tumble dry and iron the fabrics. Preshrinking means that the finished garment won’t shrink or warp in the wash, and that’s the result I want. Then I refer to my sizing charts and pattern blocks and begin drafting my pattern. I sew a toile/trial to make sure it’s working the way I want it to, and then I’ll cut the garments in a range of sizes from one piece of fabric. Sewing happens next – I lay out and work all the same seams at the same time. Then I quality check, take photographs and write my online listings.

Why do you do what you do? What inspires you? When do you get most excited?
It’s a compulsion! I'm a visual magpie - colour, shape, line, textures, found objects, combinations and contrasts - my eyes like picking them out and piecing them together. Working from home also allows me to be full-time Mum to my daughter. I get most excited watching her grow up – stringing funny words together, walking, learning – it’s an incredible process to watch.

Can you remember your first sale? What was it?
Yes – it was a baby bib I sold to my Mum!


Have you ever been in business before?
Nope – it’s all new, although I’ve been doing the accounts for my husband’s photography business for several years, so I’m familiar with that side of things.


At what point do you consider yourself successful?
When the balance is right – time for family, time for work, time for housekeeping, fun, friends...

 Where do you do your best thinking?
In the bath.


What stops you from giving up when you are frustrated?
I know it’s part of a process.

If you had time to learn a new skill what would it be?
Video editing.

When you are not involved in your craft/business- what can you usually be found doing
Spending time with my daughter and family. Visiting my friends and my sister. Walking. Doing housework!

Do you have a favourite handmade purchase?
For me: A paua ring (it has a naturally formed hole in the centre) that my husband gave me. For Molly: a crocheted cloche hat made by Lisa Van Klaveren of Holland Designs.


Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?
Very much both.

FAST FIVE ...

1. What is the last thing that made you belly laugh?  Last night my daughter said I was cooking bibles for her dinner! She meant spirals (pasta).
2. What book is on your bedside table? A notebook full of ideas, reminders, and notes to self!
3. What was the last cd/ipod track etc that you listened to? London Bridge is Falling Down... (kid music!)
4. Where do you hide your secret stash of chocolate? Shhhh! It’s secret! 
5. What was your cheapest holiday? Many years ago on the Catlin Coast in Southland (in a tiny puptent).

view imba's online store
cowboy bib

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Healing & Soothing with Amber Teething Necklaces

Teething is something all parents have to deal with at some stage.  Some lucky sods get away without the dramas surrounding a littlie drooling all over the place, gnawing on anything in sight, crying constantly in pain & topped off with nappy rash (well that's how it went in my house).

With my second daughter I went beyond the bonjela & 'rescue remedy' spray & bought a gorgeous rose-coloured teething necklace.  I had seen numerous little dudes crawling around the place with cool necklaces which I'd thought were just for appearance sake at first.  After a number of people told me they were for teething I figured anything was worth a try to ease my daughters pain.

Amber is well known to reduce inflammation and helps to soothe and heal. Amber exhibits pain relieving qualities when worn on the skin - the skin's warmth releases healing oils from the amber (a resin) and these are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Your's Naturally sells a range of these gorgeous & A-Grade necklaces as part of her gift packs on Little Kiwis Nest.  Her amber necklaces are individually knotted, so even in the rare event of the necklace breaking no individual amber pieces are lost, and this minimizes the risk of choking.

Your's Naturally recommend that necklace are taken off when baby is asleep or unattended. You can put the necklace around baby's ankle at night to continue the healing properties through the night.

AMBER NECKLACES ARE MADE FOR WEARING, NOT FOR CHEWING.

Click HERE to view the above gift set which comprises of an amber necklace, baby maraca, muslin washer & sample pot of organic baby balm. And remember to use the Your's Naturally Baby Balm for nappy rash!!!
 
All the best with getting your teething experiences.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Quick Kiwi Fact

FACT; Female kiwis are larger than the males.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Meet the Maker - Little Lizzies




Please tell us who you are & what you do?

Amanda Gray, Little Lizzies. I make knitted garments with a unique twist, such as the Asymmetric Poncho, using both recycled and new fibres. My favourite fibres to work with, are those with Bamboo in them as they create a lovely soft garment.

How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I used to sew when I was younger before heading off to uni and at the time never even considered it as a career option. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my second child that I sat down at the sewing machine again. At the time I didn't really like a lot of the fashion that was around, and having children who were big/tall for their age, they needed clothing that was appropriate for them. Added to this my second child had a disability and not knowing how severe it would be as she got older, it become obvious that I wouldn't be able to go out to work easily, so I enrolled in a Fashion Design Course at the local Polytech.
The knitting side of things evolved out of my needing to find something to do at night, when I couldn't sit at the sewing machine, and not really being a knitter when I was younger, and I never expected it to last, but this time it all clicked. Next thing I designed the Aysmmetric Poncho and joined Little Kiwi's Nest!

Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
The name 'Little Lizzies' came about from my first daughter whose middle name is Elizabeth, and as it was because of her that I had chosen to go down the designer path, it seemed only fitting to name it after her.

How long have you been creating for?
The knitting side of things I have only been creating for the last 3 years, and have been a part of Little Kiwis Nest for about 8mths.

Describe your work setting.
I don't really have a special work area, as our house is on the small side, so I have stashes of wool and fabric all over the house. I do most of my knitting while watching tv, and sometimes I'll even knit while sitting at the computer.

Why do you do what you do? What inspires you? When do you get most excited?
I do what I do, because I love creating things, that sense of satisfaction in knowing that you made it! I get inspired by all sorts of things such as the textures and colours of fabrics and yarns. My daughter Molly also inspires me as she had to fight hard to be here when she was a baby. I get most excited when I try a new technique for the first time and it works. I also love it when my kids get excited about what I'm doing.

Can you remember your first sale? What was it?
My first sale was over the Xmas period in 2008 when I was sharing a stall with another friend at a local market. I sold one of the very first Aysmmetric Ponchos I had designed, made from 100% bamboo.

Where do you do your best thinking?
When I'm out walking.


If you had time to learn a new skill what would it be?
I've been teaching myself how to crotchet, but I would also love to know how to do macrame.


When you are not involved in your craft/business- what can you usually be found doing
Either helping out with school fundraisers, walking or Blogging about kids with special needs etc in my new blogzine (www.handsupnz.wordpress.com)

FAST FIVE ...



1. What is the last thing that made you belly laugh? Would probably be at my son's expense as he has Aspergers and sometimes his take on the world is hillarious.

2. What book is on your bedside table? I have just finished reading Cirque du Freak Vampires Assistant, Darren Shan.


3. What was the last cd/ipod track etc that you listened to? It would have been something by The Killers or Muse


4. What statement do you hear yourself say to your kids that remind you of your upbringing? Walk don't run.


5. Who controls the remote in your house? I do, when the kids cartoons aren't on



VISIT LITTLE LIZZIES ONLINE STORE HERE

Monday, May 10, 2010

New Store Alert!!!! The scrumptious Zhakita Catering & Cake Designz

Party season is about to hit both Amy & my (ie LKN's founders) households next month.  Amy has had a hectic year so has postponed her two cherubs birthdays until she settles into her new house.  Coincidentally enough it just so happens to be bang smack in the middle of my two girls birthdays - which are only 10 days apart to start with!  So you can imagine the building excitment & mammoth planning sessions happening around our dinner tables (& every waking moment inbetween!).

In my search to source party supplies I came across Zhakita Cake Designz & her GORGEOUS cakes.  And to cut a long story short, Tania has just opened her store on Little Kiwis Nest!  We are so excited to share her creations with you so please pop over to her shop to have a squiz.

We asked Tania to introduce herself to you all ...

Hi there, My name is Tania Pickett and I am the proud owner of Zhakita Cake Designz, a boutique cake design company in Swanson, West Auckland.


I have been married for 20 years to a wonderful husband Eugene and together we have a gorgeous 16 year old son Antony. Our life is busy and rewarding whether it be on the sports field supporing our son,showing our 4 samoyed dogs or spending quality time entertaining with family and friends

I have loved cake decorating since I was 12 years old and loved being able to create fun and funky cakes for Antony's birthday parties each year. I realised that that not everyone has the time etc to do this for their own children after being asked many times to do friends children's cakes.

So at the end of 2008 we started on the journey that soon became “Zhakita Cake Designz.” We have had installed a seperate commercial kitchen where I work from home and are proud to say we have an “A” grade certificate with the Waitakere City Council Health Department.


I am now working my business full time after finishing working at my previous employer of 10 years at the end of last year....and I LOVE IT !!


I specialise in children's birthday cakes, wedding cakes and any other occassions that call for a stunning centre piece.


In my store is just a small selection of cake designs but gives customers an idea of my work. If you want something different or custom designed for you, I'd love to turn your idea's into reality.

I'm passionate about what I do and that shows in the creations that leave my nest to yours


Warmest regards


Tania :-)

VISIT ZHAKITA CATERING & CAKE DESIGNZ HERE

Sunday, May 9, 2010

SALE!!!!

Everyone loves a good sale & thanks to Yours, Naturally we have one for you now :)

Buy a 65ml cold rub, and get a vapour stick for FREE!!!!  That's $13 worth of product for just $8.50.  But more importantly... winter colds will be just that little bit easier for you!

Yours, Naturally's Baby Cold Rub will help your little one to breathe a little easier, and lessen their discomfort.


Lightly scented with Camphor, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Essential Oil to help clear a blocked nose.Simply rub a little bit on their chest, or apply sparingly under their nose.


Ingredients:
Olive Oil, Beeswax, Camphor essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Pure Vit E Oil.



The vapour stick is a much used 'lotion' in our house.  Simply rub a little under the nose to help with breathing.   Smells great & is less potent than normal vapour rubs.  My 4 year old actually asks for it before bedtime now so it's just part of the routine!

Get in quick as this offer is only valid until Sunday 16 May.

BUY YOURS NATURALLY BABY COLD RUB HERE



Winter beanies

Autumn has decided to show it's not-so-nice face.  I'm a great lover of autumn.  I love the trees turning shades of yellow, red & orange before dropping their leaves.  I love photos of my kids playing amongst the leaves, & of bare branches under blue skies.  What I don't like is the chill-factor!  My house lacks insulation & we find the temperature inside is actually cooler than outside - go figure!

Our knitwear designers have been waiting patiently for this cooler weather, when  suckers-in-big-houses like me suddenly go on a spending spree of beanies, jumpers, mittens & slippers!  There are som AWESOME designs on Little Kiwis Nest but I really tried just to choose one from each label.  Boy that was hard!  But hear are my pics ...

1. Marshmellow Magics 'fascinator hat' - love the autumn tones & BIG flower.  $25
2. Creative Aertz 'Licorice Allsorts hat' - how can you not love this funky take on grandpa's favourite lollie! $20
3. Made it Baby's 'Funky baby beanie' - a stretchy cotton-blend beanie to brighten any cloudy day. $9.50
4. Beinzstalk's 'Funky flower beanie' - mmm the warmth of polar fleece!  Love the poking out flower too! from $18.00

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL BEANIES

We'd love to hear which beanie/hat is your favourite.

Keep warm :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Quick Kiwi Fact

Kiwis eyesight is poor and they use their keen sense of smell to find worms, spiders, insects, fresh water crayfish, frogs and grubs.

Kiwi bird diet includes leaves, berries and seeds too. Most kiwis are carnivores, but sometimes they are omnivores, as they eat fruits and seeds.

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Store Alert!!!! The fabulous HJRD DESIGNS

We are always excited with new stores opening on the nest and this one is no exception.  Both Amy & I made numerous 'wow' & 'gorgeous' exclaimations when we viewed these products the first time, & actually we continue gooing & gaahing each time we see them!

hjrdDesign is the work of Helen Riley-Duddin of Dunedin; designer, maker, lecturer, wife and mum. Helen tells us about her store here ...

"My recent work has evolved from our transition from young working professionals to new parents where our space is shared with the delightful chaos of a growing child. I wanted to design something halfway between art and play for walls in our home. My magnetic wallscapes are the outcome; delightfully dynamic and adaptable in their arrangement possibilities, they are ever-changing decals. The range now offers diverse scenes and custom orders are encouraged!

My background is in Communication Design and Marketing; I teach in these areas and some Interior Design courses at the local Polytechnic. I also work on the odd freelance graphic design/marketing project when time permits.

I consider myself an educated, responsive and intuitive designer. My design approach always reflects the influence of existing elements, whether it be materials or original context. My wallscapes upcycle unused or discarded materials, liberating them from their former garments and associations to appreciate their colours and textures as tactile & textured wall decals.

I'm excited to offer my range of magnetic wallscapes on Little Kiwis Nest, may they inspire many happy hours of visual story telling in your families!
hjrdDesign is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hjrddesign "

Welcome Helen & hjrd Designs!  We'd love you to make her feel welcome by leaving comments below too :)  visit hjrd designs on little kiwis nest HERE

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