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September 2017

BABE, READ, TRAVEL

HOLIDAY THEMED BOOKS: GOING ON SAFARI

21st September 2017
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We’re off to the bush tomorrow so I thought I would share some of the books that I have chosen to take along with us. Of course we have taken some of our favourite story books but I like to take some books which teach our babes about the environment that we are in. Here are six favourites, all about animals and birds.

  1. First 100 Animals Sticker Books – it’s great to have an activity book for the trip for plane rides, rest or quiet time. Francie loves sticker books like these.
  2. My First Book of Mammals – so that all antelopes are not just buck and to talk about the difference between animals before they disappear behind the trees or into a bush.
  3. Amazing Animal Babies – “Travel around the globe and meet some incredible baby animals as they begin their journey through life in this beautiful, fact-filled non-fiction picture book by wildlife expert, Chris Packham.”
  4. Amazing Animal Journeys – “Every year billions of animals migrate from one part of our planet to another. Travel around the world to meet some of the masters of migration as they take you with them on some incredible journeys.”
  5. My First Book of Southern African Birds – again so not everything that flies is a bird and that is it!
  6. African Wildlife Alphabet and Number Book – we love this one for it’s great pictures.
BABE, GIFT GUIDES, GIVEAWAY, NEST

GIVEAWAY: A CUSTOMISED ARTWORK OF YOUR LITTLE ONE BY THE LITTLE ROSE COLLECTION

19th September 2017
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My oldest friend, Kim Rose, is an incredibly talented artist. She has just launched a new line of work creating on customised paintings of children. She sent me a painting of my twin girls and I was completely amazed at how well she captured my girls. It is a very treasured artwork in our home and I am sure my girls will feel like that many years down the line.

We interviewed Kim to find out a bit more about the Little Rose Collection.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Newlands, Cape Town with my husband, son, and two dogs. I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 3 year old son, William, and I work part-time as an artist/illustrator. I LOVE my job and the variety of work that I do. I’m a real homebody and love walking on the mountain and  in Kirstenbosch. If I’m not doing the above, I’m probably drinking tea with my nose in a book. 

Tell us about the Little Rose Collection

The Little Rose Collection offers custom-made character artworks for nurseries and children’s rooms. The paintings are nostalgic and aim to capture the simple joys and moments of a childhood filled with wonder. 

It came about quite unexpectedly this year when a friend asked me to create four artworks for her daughter’s nursery. She’d been inspired by art she’d had in her room as a child, vintage french illustrations, childhood memories, beautiful clothing and she had a few reference artworks for me. We worked together in creating four seasonal artworks – she gave me input on clothes and the activities she wanted the character to wear and do. LRC grew from there.

This is a new focus for you as an artist. What inspired you to create this collection?

I loved the process of working with a client to create something uniquely special for their family. My other art requires quite an isolated and insular process (which suits me) but it was great doing something different, more playful and colourful. These days capturing memories or moments of childhood is so easily done with a phone camera. Instead of losing those pictures to a file on your computer I  loved the idea of taking a collection of photos and special moments/toys/outfits to combine them into one or a few paintings. It’s something that you can treasure for a long time – your own child or children as characters of their own life story. I am very much inspired by children’s book illustrators –  like how Christopher Robin’s imagination and toys were captured forever in the beautiful original illustrations from Winnie-the-pooh.

What is a key difference between these artworks and your beautiful botanicals that you are known for?

My process is quite similar. The one difference I can think of is that I create two drawings (a sketch and final drawing) in making a LRC artwork and I always send the sketch to the client for approval before I begin painting (like in any illustration process). Whereas in creating the botanicals my sketch and final artwork are the same thing.

What are the different artwork offerings available?

I currently offer originals only. I mainly create custom-made artworks which can be theme-based, although I do have a few originals for sale on my website that are not commissioned. I would like to offer prints of a set of characters in future (I’m working on it!).

Your customised offering is really special. If some one would like to order one, how does it work?

They would need to contact me via  email, Instagram or Facebook. We’d discuss size,content, colour and any other inspiration for the artwork . I would ask for reference pictures and information on the ‘character’ to be created. The more information given to me, the better. For example if the child has a favourite toy, outfit or activity, or if there is an activity/item/season that is special to your family.

Are there different options to choose from?

Artwork sizes are standard 13 x 13cm however I do make larger sizes if requested.

Do you have tips for choosing the photograph to be painted?

There are two ways to go about it. I can work directly from a photo (if it is a good one – I’d need to approve it). Otherwise I can take bits from a collection of photos and piece them together (this is quite fun actually). If I do work directly from a photo, ideally it should be taken at eye level with the child – not from above –  and in natural light. I also like to include the whole body.

Typically how long does it take?

The whole process usually takes about a week (from contact to sending it off). It does depend on how busy I am. I only work from 8 30 to 12am during the school calendar week, and occasionally on weekends. I can be working on a few pictures at a time though. If the client is quick to send pictures and give feedback on the sketches it definitely helps.

What is the cost of a customised artwork?

For this year 2017 my prices are set as follows: Unframed custom original (13 x 13cm) R750. Framed custom original (SA only – 24,5 x 24,5cm frame size) R1100

 

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We are so excited to be doing a give away with Kim and the Little Rose Collection. You can win the a customised framed artwork of your child. To enter, like Little Rose Collection on Facebook and Instagram, and comment below telling us why you would love to win this prize.

Give away information:

Value of prize -R1200 (shipping included)

Size – artwork 13x13cm frame 24.5×24.5cm

Open to South African residents only

Painting limited to one child

For more information on The Little Rose Collection, and to keep up to date with Kim’s beautiful creations, follow her on:

Instgram: @littlerosecollection and @ellenkimrose

Facebook: @littlerosecollection

Or visit her website: http://kimrose.co.za/tags/little-rose-collection

DIARY, PLAY

THE TWINS’ 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

11th September 2017
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It was a freezing cold Saturday morning in August. Everyone was bundled up in big jerseys and scarves as they arrived to celebrate my girls’ Unicorn and Rainbow  fourth birthday party.

 

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I asked Chloe of Kiss Kiss Photography to come and take some photographs of the morning. I find that when you’re hosting a birthday party you are so busy running around that you don’t have much time to take any pics.

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She came a bit before the party began and snapped some shots of us the girls and their cousins getting ready, as well as the party itself. I love the intimacy of her documentary style and will treasure these photographs of this sweet day.

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Giant balloons adorned the table which we decorated with a sparkly runner, rainbow of flowers, confetti, hooray flags, and beautifully iced rainbow and unicorn biscuits from Sprinkles. We served a breakfast spread of croissants and cold meats and cheeses, bowls of fruit, home made carrot cake, and my mom’s famous chocolate biscuits. We also served magical unicorn cake pops from Lion Heart Patisserie Studio (which we shipped from Cape Town, all the while holding thumbs that they didn’t break!).

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It was the first of my girls’ birthday parties that they were really excited about and didn’t spend on my hip. It was so sweet to see them having a wonderful morning with their cousins, and friends old and new. They looks of delight on their faces, especially as they enjoyed mini pony rides around the garden. We also had a fairy dust treasure hunt and a colouring in table for the kids.

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My babes and I baked their cake the day before (it’s become a bit of a tradition for us). I added unicorn figurines and lots of edible gold glitter and, although it was a bit wonky, as a non-baker I was thrilled with how it turned out. I think the girls’ favourite part of the party (of any party actually) was blowing out their candles, and singing happy birthday a 100 different ways.

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