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Made with Love Mondays: Grandad Pat’s Treasure Trove

Blimey it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts… I went back to work full-time on 27th January and I don’t get to spend nearly as much time as I’d like to on The Kidz Curator anymore apart from the odd few posts during my commute to and from Adelaide and once the kids are sleeping at night!

I am, however, however super excited to share this gorgeous business with you tonight – ‘Grandad Pat’s Treasure Trove’ – who make the most delightful engraved height charts – something for everyone in the family to have a part in and truly treasure within the home:

 

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Business Name: 
Grandad Pat’s Treasure Trove

What do you make: We make wooden height charts, we are very proud to be able to offer both a personalised height chart range and our pre-designed range of height charts, ‘The Classic Range’.

Tell me about how your business came about: Woodworking has always been a passion, picked up from spending hours watching my Grandad renovate our family home when I was a child. Carpentry is an intricate profession and Grandad Pat spent hours explaining the what and how of timber and the patience required to work with each individual piece. He himself paid particular attention to detail and wanted me to instill in us an appreciation of his profession. I can still remember the smell of his own workshop like it was yesterday.

 
What is your current favourite product? Definitely our new Grandad Pat’s Old School Ruler! We have a personalised option and a pre-designed option, but watch this space because we are about to release a second predesigned option and it is super cute! What makes this height chart stand out is it is a gigantic version of a wooden school ruler, with angled edges and the iconic hole at the top of the ruler. The Old School Ruler measures in both metric and imperial measurements too.

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Do you make custom orders? Yes, we love custom orders. We have a personalised section on our website to give customers an idea of some of the more popular custom ideas. Our height charts are laser engraved and very detailed, we can completely customise every individual chart with different fonts, pictures, wording and sayings. A lady recently contacted us with a custom request to include her family’s measurements. We also make customised baby keepsake boxes, that can also be family time capsules and have also introduced our range of customised wedding gifts which are very popular.

Tell me about you: I’m a very proud Auntie! I have 4 nieces who are gorgeous, Isabella, Chloe, Charlotte and Victoria. And for anyone that follows the Grandad Pat’s Instagram and Facebook pages all of my little miss stories are about these four children.  Kids are so entertaining! These four girls are the reason why I have steered the business in the direction it is going. I believe we have a responsibility to encourage creativity, imagination and help children thrive as they grow.

What else do you do: Work – We engrave a lot of wooden wedding and baby personalised keepsake items. And always love new ideas.
Downtime – My horse, Shooter. I don’t ride him as much as I used to – I tried to convince him we had aspirations to go to the Olympics, but then discovered we much prefer quiet walks down the road together. We are genuinely buddies, he makes me laugh and he knows I’m mum because I feed him…. the way to any man’s heart is definitely through his stomach!

Name 3 of your favourite Instagram accounts to follow: There are actually more than 3 but these accounts are definitely the top of the list. I love Instagram! I have a home decor fetish!

  • @cassieandrewstyle – definitely for my home decor and fashion fix! and Cassie is a Perth Girl 🙂
  • @k_bloves – I am genuinely obsessed with the colour palette
  • @tonkatheconcreter – This account genuinely makes me belly chuckle! Tonka and ‘Jerkboss’ are hilarious.

Where can we buy your products from: www.grandadpats.com.au

The Personalised Old School Ruler

http://www.grandadpats.com.au/shop-product/all-products/the-old-school-personalised-ruler-height-chart

The predesigned Old School Ruler “Loved Beyond Measure” (used in the majority of the pictures)

http://www.grandadpats.com.au/shop-product/all-products/the-old-school-ruler-saying-height-chart

Special offer for The Kidz Curator followers: Free shipping on both the personalised and predesigned options of the Old School Ruler. Discount Code: KIDZ2017

Thanks so much for sharing with us Grandad Pat’s Treasure Trove – I’m sure I’m going to be seeing a lot more of your stunning height charts popping up on Insta pics of houses in Australia!

Rosie xoxo

 

 

 

 

Made with Love Mondays: Bella T & Co

For my 2nd MWLM it’s my pleasure to introduce ‘Bella T & Co’ – the loveliest WAHM who makes the most divine bibs and headbands for little ladies – they’re so so pretty – crochet and florals and lace and tassels oh my – who knew dribbling could be so adorable?!

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Business Name: Bella T & Co

What do you make: fashion dribble bibs and matching headbands

Tell me about how your business came about: starting this business came from when I had my first baby Isabella. She was constantly in bibs and I couldn’t find pretty bibs anywhere for her to wear when we were out and about. So I decided to start a little business making pieces I truly loved myself and would put on my little one. Our bibs allow your little one to dribble in style! They are made from 100% cotton and delicate trims to ensure they are the perfect accessory for any special outfit or cccasion.

What is your current favourite product? My current favourite product would have to be the reversible bib. You get 2 in 1. Dirty one side and simply turn it around for a fresh new look.

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Do you make custom orders? Yes we can do this if requested

Tell me about you: I’m a Mummy of one who just loves all things handmade. I love supporting others Mums in business as they are out to achieve the exact same thing as me – be a stay at home Mum and run a small business to provide for your family.

What else do you do: At the moment I run a small business and am a stay at home Mum

Name 3 of your favourite Instagram accounts to follow:  

It’s hard to pick three however these three pages are just beautiful:

Where can we buy your products from: http://www.bellatandco.com.au

Special offer for The Kidz Curator followers: Contact us via DM to get 15% off your first order.

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Valid for 2 days after advertised only
  • One discount per customer per order
  • Excludes shipping costs
  • Online only

Thanks so much for sharing with us Bella T & Co and I’m wishing you every success with your amazing business!

Rosie xoxo

Introducing: Made with Love Mondays

When I started my account @kmart_kidz back in April 2015 I had absolutely no idea about the astonishing amount of incredibly talented, incredibly creative people there were to be found within the world of Instagram.   Of course, the majority of my posts were dedicated to Kmart finds – sun and cloud pillows, ‘bambi’ clocks, jute rugs, panda dresses and tiger jumpers – but many of those posts also showcased some beautiful hand-made items lovingly styled in the bedrooms, nurseries and playrooms of lucky little ones all around Australia or an intricately created accessory paired with the latest Kmart outfit. I have always been very conscious of crediting/tagging the businesses behind these items – I can only imagine how much work goes into making them and, to be honest, I’m quite envious that I don’t have a talent for making anything myself – but now I’ve moved away from a Kmart-dedicated account and have this website/blog it gives me a little more creative license to write about what I find upon my extensive travels through Instagram, what wows me and what I love!

I’ve thought long and hard about how best to introduce this new section; with change always comes an element of risk and goodness knows I’ve had my fair share of both of those recently, so I decided to make it a once a week feature, primarily based here on the website with a brief Instagram post to accompany it and direct interested readers this way – this has a number of benefits:

  1. I have the freedom to write more than I usually would on an Instagram post
  2. I can add more pictures and hyperlinks to business pages or Etsy/Shopify stores etc. within the feature
  3. I can have a set format for these posts which will allow the reader to become familiar with what to expect from Made with Love Mondays and for the collection of information from the business being featured to be efficient and straight-forward

With that being said, I am always open to feedback so after reading my first Made with Love Monday post if you think I can do anything more, less, better etc. please don’t hesitate to drop me a line on hello@thekidzcurator.com – I’d love to hear from you!

And so to my first featured business and one very close to my heart as not only is it a relatively new business it also belongs to someone who I have become friends with since beginning my incredible Instagram journey, the lovely Danielle from ‘All Things Miniature’:

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Business Name: All Things Miniature 

What do you make: Modern Dollshouse Furniture, Linen, Decor and fun felt items 

Tell me about how your business came about: I’ve always had a fascination with all things miniature. Every year I do a large Christmas display (fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Aus) with a Christmas Village that people come a view through the front window. It brings me great joy to see the excitement on faces young and old. When I started making Dollshouse miniatures I found that I was creating more items that I could ever have dollshouses to put them in and that the creative ideas just kept coming. Opening a small business was the logical next step and it has been very rewarding so far! 

What is your current favourite product? That’s a hard one, I love my new oak range of furniture and my felt wall hangings. I am very exciting for my upcoming Christmas range to be released soon – dollhouses deserve Christmas decorations too! 

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Do you make custom orders? Yes, absolutely. I love custom orders – I really get to unleash my creative side. 

Tell me about you: I’m 36 and live in Geelong Vic. My day job is in Corporate Real Estate and I run All Things Miniature in my “spare” time. I also run the page Geelong.Shopping.Guide and it’s been great getting to know local Geelong creatives. 

What else do you do: At the moment I spend most of my time in my craft room but I do love attending Markets and Homewares Shopping (though I have no room left in my house for any further homewares)  

Name 3 of your favourite Instagram accounts to follow:  

Where can we buy your products from: Etsy store: www.allthingsminiatureau.etsy.com

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Thanks so much for sharing with us Danielle and I’m wishing you every success with your amazing business!

Rosie xoxo

The Kidz Curator Loves… SWAGGIES: roll on nap time!

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Have you heard of Swaggies yet?! Are you a parent with littlies at daycare?!! If so, this  product is going to blow your mind!!!

Swaggies are a modern, light-weight, new style of daycare bedding and Mr 2.5 is lucky enough to be giving one a whirl here at The Kidz Curator HQ. Now where to start, there are sooooo many features I could rave about it’s hard to pick which one to share first! Maybe I’ll let these snaps do the talking…

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Swaggies are the brainchild of one seriously clever mama called Rachel who came up with the concept when her own twin boys were just about to start daycare for the first time – she was slightly flummoxed by the idea of having to send a pillow, flat sheet and fitted sheet for both of her little men, the possibility of losing them and them having to be replaced and of course the logistics of carrying all this stuff along with a babe in each arm. She started to hunt for something to make her life a little easier and when she couldn’t find anything available (that wasn’t bulky or pricey) she decided to come up with a solution of her own!

For the description I’m going to be a bit cheeky and cut and paste the blurb from the Swaggies website because, quite simply, I couldn’t word it any better myself!

“Swaggies are designed with thick polyester backing for daycare durability.The popular Monochrome print on the back of the quilted design is complimented with a soft grey cotton on the base and an attached neutral coloured fleece blanket. Attached pillow with removable insert and attached pocket to store your child’s favourite comforter. 

Swaggies are 1.22m long and 0.58m wide with elastic straps that secure it in place on the stackable daycare beds

Swaggies are recommended for supervised daycare sleep of children aged two years and up.”

Now for our opinion on the Swaggie… in short, we LOVE it!!! It is usually a struggle to get Evan to comply with any photo-taking that occurs in this household but as soon as I rolled out the Swaggie and he touched the soft, fleece blanket he no-joke hopped straight inside!

Our favourite feature, however, just has to be the adorable pocket to store your little one’s beloved teddy bear or comforter in safe and sound. How nice for them to have a little piece of familiarity from their beds at home with them during their daycare sleeps. Evan chose to pop in his blue cat which was a present from his darling Nanny & Grandad on the day he was born, it has lost its eyes now… don’t ask how… all I am going to say is they ended being the output of a rather large sneeze. Anyway, back to the subject:

Another great feature about the Swaggie is that it’s so light Evan can carry it all by himself. He was super proud of being so independent and looked SO cute in the process – I’m sure you’ll agree:

Now for the practical stuff:

  • Swaggies can be machine-washed once you remove the pillow insert and are best line-dried in the beautiful Australian sunshine!
  • To roll your Swaggie: lay it flat, fold the fleece blanket back on itself a little so the pocket is seen, then roll from the bottom to top so that the handle is exposed. Finally slip the elastic over each end and your little Swaggie user is good to go!
  • Swaggie Fundraising Drives are now available within daycare centres – get in touch with Rach for more info including kickback amounts
  • Swaggies are $59 + shipping or you can pay with ‘AfterPay – Shop Now. Ship Now. Enjoy Now. Pay Later!!!
  • Sadly the Monochrome Swaggie as seen in this post is currently sold out but you can register to be emailed when they become available!

Thank you SO much Rach for letting us experience your amazing product – I can genuinely say we are HUGE fans and I wish you every success with Swaggies – I’ve a feeling you’re going to be one busy mama!

Rosie xoxo

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SWAGGIES:

Phone: 0478 149 572

Email: hello@daycareswaggies.com

Website: www.daycareswaggies.com

Instagram: @swaggies_au

DISCLOSURE:  The product written about in this post was gifted to The Kidz Curator by Swaggies. This is a personal blog written and edited by The Kidz Curator and all opinions/views expressed are entirely my own. I do not and will not write about anything that I wouldn’t endorse personally.

 

But who IS ‘The Kidz Curator’?!!

This website has been a long time coming – I’ve been thinking about it for months and months but not actually doing anything about it – but I finally got my backside into gear with a little WordPress wizardry and I thought what better way to kick it off than with a post about me – hahaha! But seriously, I know many people have asked who or what on earth is ‘The Kidz Curator’ and so I thought I’d share the story of how this all came about so get a cuppa (tea, coffee, wine, whatever floats your boat), put up your feet and indulge me whilst I waffle for a bit…

Me

I’m Rosie. I’m 35. I’m British, born in Oxford, raised near Solihull but moved to beautiful Australia in January 2006 with the love of my life Adam after he was offered an amazing job opportunity here. My working background is mostly in life insurance… I worked for one of the major banks in their insurance arm from August 2006 to sometime in 2014 when we made the big decision to move from the bright city lights of Sydney to sleepy Radelaide. Prior to this we squeezed a heck of a lot into our busy lives – we’ve moved 6 times, we’ve got engaged and married, we’ve built a house, we’ve had 2 dogs and 2 cats join the family we’ve been on numerous holidays and trips back to the UK to visit family & friends and then of course there are our greatest accomplishments – the birth of our little boys Tate in 2011 and Evan in 2014.

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So now we live in a quiet, almost rural suburb about an hour South of Adelaide – quite a change of pace from our Sydney days. Hubby has his own company which is still based in Sydney though so he splits his time between here and there. I officially work for him 4 days a week although he’d probably beg to differ… Tate is three quarters of the way through kindy and Evan is at daycare 3 days a week. We are about 80% the way through renovating a house we bought back in late 2014 and starting to wonder what we are going to do once it’s all done!

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Most of you will know that The Kidz Curator started life as @kmart_kidz. I’m not going to lie I am just slightly Kmart obsessed – I discovered the wonder of Kmart when I was on maternity leave with Tate and often used to frequent their Warriewood store on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, never leaving without a $2 tote bag full of goodies. One day in early 2015 I was doing my usual scroll through Facebook as Evan was having a nap and came across an online article about the rise in popularity of Kmart, particularly in response to the forming of Instagram ‘fan’ accounts such as @kmart_bargains, @i_heart_kmart & @the_kmart_forecast who to this day remain 3 of my absolute favourite Insta accounts to follow. It got me thinking that I’d love to do something similar, but just for kids, as this is where my interests lie, and after a little research I discovered that there wasn’t really anything similar on Instagram yet and so @kmart_kidz was born!

My first post on @kmart_kidz was a truly terrible ‘flatlay’ of one of Tate’s Kmart outfits, lying on a Kmart rug… not my greatest piece of work but hey we all need to start somewhere, right?!

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3 likes… and 1 of them was me!!!

After that I soon learnt that searching for and reposting other peoples’ far superior photography of their Kmart finds or grabbing screen-shots of new stuff from the Kmart website was the way forward and so the phenomenon that was @kmart_kidz was born!

Between April 2015 and April 2016 I posted 2,559 photos, each and every one of them including at least one Kmart product… here’s just a small glimpse of the cream of the crop:

Aside from a permanent Kmart ‘must-have’ list living on my phone due to all the incredible products I stumbled upon daily, one of the best things about running @kmart_kidz was the forming of many friendships with some of Instagram’s BEST lifestyle/shopping accounts and I know it may sound a bit strange as I haven’t met any of the people behind these accounts in real life but I truly do consider them to be friends and so please humour me whilst I give them a little shout-out:

All good things must come to an end though and around the beginning of 2016 I felt that, perhaps, @kmart_kidz had reached its peak and it was time to go out on a high – it literally got to the point where I was sure I had posted every item of kid-related stock on Kmart’s shelves and it just wasn’t fun any more… so, after a lot of thought, I decided to spread my wings and branch out to include other, well-known Aussie brands, big and small, that met my brief of being affordable, fun and on-trend.

I floated the idea past a group of my close girlfriends and they all thought it was a go-er. It was actually one of them who came up with the ‘curator’ idea which I instantly loved as I am often known as bit of a geeky, librarian type due to my signature black glasses and love of the English language – yes I’m a grammar freak! Next up I needed a logo and so started a project on Design Crowd which was super fun – you set your own budget, provide a brief (including any pics for inspiration)  and then watch and wait as logo designs from all over the world rolled in! 79 logos were submitted in total but as soon as I saw ‘The One’ I knew. Here are some of the others that were submitted:

Next up, was thinking about how to handle the transition from @kmart_kidz to @thekidzcurator… I spent a fair bit of time working within change management in my previous corporate life and so thought it was best to post a few ‘teasers’ to prepare people before officially making the switch but I knew that really I just had to put my big girl undies on and make the leap and be prepared for the fall-out, after all, people followed @kmart_kidz because they loved KMART…

On 16th May 2016, exactly one year after starting @kmart_kidz, I painstakingly, released my new brand and logo, step by step, piece by piece, confusing the hell out of some people and feeling super excited / totally oblivious about what lay ahead:

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In the first couple of weeks of The Kidz Curator I lost close to 2,000 followers. Yes, 2,000. I’m not gonna lie I was devastated – I expected a drop but not that much – people really, REALLY love Kmart huh?! I had moments where I thought about changing back again, about throwing in the towel altogether and deleting Instagram in a big hissy fit, but then a few little rays of sunshine started to peek through the grey clouds – the odd comment here or there from old faithful followers saying how much they were enjoying my new direction, direct messages of heart-felt support from some of the accounts mentioned above, likes and comments from the brands I was posting about (which was always a rarity in my @kmart_kidz days) and, even better, I started getting new followers and, eventually, more new followers than lost followers each day – hurrah!!!

I am absolutely loving the account now – there actually aren’t enough hours in the day to dedicate as much time to it as I’d like to and soooooo many doors and opportunities have opened up for me as The Kidz Curator. I love my new freedom to post whatever the hell I want, I love being able to support some of the amazing smaller businesses on Instagram (MORE on that soon – stay posted!!!) and most of all I love all of my followers and all of their likes and comments – I do try to read them all and one of the best feelings is when someone says that something I’ve posted is exactly what they’ve been looking for or, even better, posts a pic of something they’ve bought because they saw it on The Kidz Curator! I’m a Sales & Marketing department’s dream – hahaha!!

If you’re still reading, CONGRATS for getting this far. It’s been fab telling my tale about the highs and lows of Instagram and I’m hoping that with the addition of this website the future can only be even rosier!

Rosie xoxo

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