‘Tis the season to support handmade!

Christmas is fast approaching and I must say I’m a bit disorganised this year! I haven’t started my Chrissy shopping although I do have a list of what I’d like to gift everyone. As always my list contains mainly handmade items including a whole stack of things I’ll never have time to make and many that I will purchase from my fellow Aussie handmaidens. I’ve never been a big fan of heading to the shops, especially in the lead up to Christmas, so the majority of my purchases are online. My favourite Australian online store for handmade goodies is Made It which no doubt you’ve heard of! I’m blown away with the quality and diversity of creations now available and have had a lot of fun browsing of late (in my pyjamas with a cup of tea…). It’s the time for giving so I thought I’d help my readers out with a range of shopping guides to suit everyone!

For the home


  1. Tea towel from Elephant & Rose
  2. Woodland clock from Rochelle Toomey
  3. Dream catcher from Banjo & the Sparrow
  4. Tea cosy with matching coaster from Monkey & Bee
  5. Concrete pot from Belushi Handmade
  6. Patchwork pot holders from Monkey & Bee
  7. Deer scatter cushion from Old Vintage Bike
  8. Mosaic photo frame and vase from Fosic
  9. Screen printed door stop from Billie the Kid

For her


  1. Clay necklace from Makers Lab
  2. Natural lip balm from Willow Tree Lane
  3. Hobo bag from Boonlell Bags
  4. Handmade soap from Maylilly
  5. Sparrow earrings from Looky Here
  6. Coin purse from Kerri’s Hangups
  7. Quilted journal from Bekahdu
  8. Pyjama pants from Little Toot Creations
  9. A-line skirt from Bliss by Jackie Maree

For him


  1. Chevrolet print from Art by Nicole Barros
  2. Fishing fridge magnets from Badge Bliss
  3. Sugar skull tee from Mozzie & Mac
  4. Reversible bottle cuff from Monkey & Bee
  5. Steampunk cufflinks from Flights of Fancy
  6. Guitar pick pendant necklace from Hilary & June
  7. Taxi hanky from Hanky Fever
  8. Natural men’s shaving duo from Willow Tree Lane
  9. Marvel Avengers nappy bag from Mishmash Designs

For little girls 2


  1. Felt play food from Creative Wishes
  2. Hair clips from Rainbow & Whimsy
  3. Tutu from Little Angel Handmade
  4. Miss Ivy doll from Poppy Patch
  5. Butterfly Wings from Sparrow & B
  6. Twirly skirt size 3 from Lolli & Bean
  7. Fairy Forest overall dress from Ted & Toot
  8. Dolls quilt and pillow from Little Boubba
  9. Cap from Joyfoolery

For little boys


  1. Library bag from Mum & Me Handmade Designs
  2. Old MacDonald finger puppets from Ina Sudjana
  3. Star Wars carry case from Little Ladybird
  4. Dinosaur softie from Love From Annie
  5. Superhero costume from Signed with Love
  6. Travel Game from Lolli Poppits
  7. Wooden memory game from Games to Go by Mollydag Made
  8. Felt raccoon softie from Handmade by Plushka
  9. Superhero shorts size 6-7 from Ted & Toot


For baby


  1. Birdie mobile from Lolli & Bean
  2. Darling playsuit size 000 from Little Kota Lou
  3. Giraffe baby gift set from Little Poppet
  4. Superheroes nappy cover from Dani’s Little Treasures
  5. Newborn Christmas headband from Pretty Little Petals
  6. Monkey bandana bib from Lil’ Chiclets
  7. Baby shoes and bib set from Teddy & I
  8. 3D paper cut wall art from Vicky Pedlow Designs
  9. ‘Floyd’ the flamingo crocheted softie from Pussy’s Bowtique


I hope this helps you with your Christmas shopping!

Thanks for reading!



The Many Benefits of Baby Sleeping Bags

In late 2009 my husband and I were elated to find out we were expecting our first child. I went straight into planning mode and started spending hours searching the internet for baby related products. About halfway through my pregnancy I stumbled across some baby sleeping bags on a discount shopping site. I didn’t know much about them but they featured Noah’s ark and as we’d already chosen Noah for our son’s name I bought them and put them away in the nursery. It wasn’t until Noah was about one month old and waking up cold  that I decided to give them a go. I was instantly impressed! Noah stayed toasty warm all through the cold winter nights. He also seemed to understand that getting put in his sleeping bag meant bedtime. As Noah started to outgrow the sleeping bags I started looking around for some larger ones. I wasn’t happy with the ones available and that was the start of my Little Poppet journey.

Fast forward 3 years and I am still enjoying the benefits of sleeping bags with Ivy our 17 month old daughter (only Little Poppet ones now though of course!).  Below is Miss Ivy in her Garden Poppet sleeping bag only 8 days old.


If you’re new to the world of baby sleeping bags, here’s a list of some of the great benefits:

  • Baby sleeping bags are considered to be the safest choice of bedding for your baby in the prevention of SIDS
  • Your little one will not be able to kick off the covers resulting in them waking up cold
  • When used as part of your nightly routine, over time your child will associate their sleeping bag with bedtime; it will assist in putting your child in a relaxed state ready for sleep
  • Travel bags make it easy to transport your sleeping baby from car or stroller into their cot without waking them

So what’s so great about Little Poppet sleeping bags?

  • Handmade in Melbourne, Australia
  • Exceptional quality using premium fabric, thread, snaps and zippers with all seams reinforced.
  • Guaranteed to last and to be passed down through several siblings!
  • 30 gorgeous designer fabrics to choose from including the cutest girl, boy and unisex designs
  • Fire safety and tog tested to adhere to Australia’s strict standards
  • 3 different sizes to fit from newborn to 3 years of age
  • 3 different tog/warmth ratings to suit Australia’s diverse climate
  • Two way zippers to allow for easy nappy changes
  • Underarm snaps on all sizes to ensure a snug fit
  • FREE optional travel slot for use in the car or stroller
  • FREE ‘Tog guide’ with every sleeping bag order

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See how great they are?! If you want any further information on baby sleeping bags or any other Little Poppet products please contact me on rachel@littlepoppet.com.au.

Thanks for reading!

I hope you’re having a great week,


Two kids with a side of mummy guilt.

I had a bad day today. You know those days? I woke up tired and cranky so I was destined to have one of those days. Being sick didn’t help. My 3 year old picked up on it straight away and set out to cause as much havoc as possible. The little lady was pretty happy but soon realised what her brother was up to and started clinging to my leg to try to escape certain injury.

Of course we had plans which required us to be out of the house by 9.30am. A few years ago that would have meant a bit of a sleep in, a long shower and spoiling myself with a cooked breakfast. But with two young kids 9.30am means you better get moving. With one child on a mission to seek and destroy and another attached to my hip I managed to break a glass saucepan lid which shattered into a million pieces, yet another task to complete. Noah gleefully turned every task involving him (hair brushing, teeth cleaning, dressing…) into a game of chasey. Ivy, finally off my hip now decided to test out how quick I could run by looking for different ways to cause herself grievous bodily harm. Somehow I managed to get the kids in the car and we were on our way on time.

Our outing went well for about half an hour but ended in a massive tantrum from Noah and I left with both kids in tears feeling utterly exhausted. We got home and the kids decided that this morning’s antics were so fun that they’d go another round. That was around the time I reached my limit. I hate yelling at my kids. It’s not a form of discipline I ever intend to use but kids just have a way of pushing you, as all parents will know. So by the afternoon after finally getting Ivy down for her nap I was tired, feeling sick and dealing with an enormous amount of mummy guilt. All the usual questions were going around in my head…’Am I a bad mum?’, ‘Will my children be damaged from my yelling?’, ‘Why can’t I keep it together?’ and also ‘How will I ever last until the kids go to school?’ That last one always ensures more mummy guilt.

It’s funny that some of the most helpful advice I have received as a parent has been from my childless-by-choice sister. She once pointed out to me after I told her about my constant mummy guilt that ‘Questioning your parenting skills is what makes you a good mum! If you thought you were doing everything perfectly then chances are you’re not.’

So I gave her a call and we had a lovely long chat and I felt a lot better. She always puts things into perspective. She reminded me to give myself a break! Parenting these days is really hard. Society expects so much and we have such high expectations of ourselves. We are constantly being judged and analysed by everyone. There is always some study analysing how children are affected by this or that. Everyone is trying to show a perfect image of their life on social media. It’s no wonder so many people feel like they’re not doing enough.

So I decided to write this post as a reminder to mums reading to give yourself a break. You’re doing a good job. You’re not superwoman; you’re just a woman doing her best. If you lose your shit at your kids on a bad day, you’re still a good mum and they’ll be fine.

As I sit here watching my children playing quietly together, fed and bathed waiting for daddy to come home, I think I’m not doing too bad of a job. I’m not perfect but no parent is. And tonight I refuse to feel mummy guilt. Tonight I am going to be happy that I did my best. I love my kids more than anything in the world and they are always my number one priority. All you can do is love your kids and do your best.

Thanks for reading!


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Spring in my step

Spring is here and I must say I’m very impressed with the week Melbourne has planned for us. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like winter; snuggling up with the heater on, rainy nights, plenty of layers of clothing to hide my post children body….But by the end of a long cold winter like this one has been, I’m pretty keen for some sunshine.

Spring is a great time of year when you have little ones. It’s warm enough for plenty of outdoor time; trips to the park, hours on the trampoline, weekend drives to the beach. Yet it’s not so hot that you have to worry about covering every centimetre of skin with clothing or greasy sunscreen. Yep Spring is definitely my favourite season.

To celebrate the end of winter I have two specials running for the month of September:

The first ten orders placed on my website will receive a free Poppet teether! Currently only available as part of my gift sets, they are a great alternative to plastic teething aids. Made from solid maple wood and polished with organic beeswax and olive oil wood polish, they are perfect for soothing baby’s gums. The ‘bunny ears’ are made with designer cotton fabric and bamboo fleece, so soft and great for little fingers to hold. They are super easy to clean, simply remove the ‘bunny ears’ and throw them in the wash. All teethers are handmade by yours truly and are available in my full range of fabrics, just put your selection in the comments section when placing your order.

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Secondly I am offering 10% off all orders until the end of September! Just enter the discount code ‘SPRING’ at the checkout to redeem.

As always I have been sewing up a storm at Little Poppet HQ. I am working on some new gift set options which I can’t wait to reveal! The new ‘made to order’ range will include a variety of different sets to suit any budget. I will be including some new products with options for you to customise your set, making it a truly unique and special gift for a new baby. I’m looking to launch  these in late September so stay tuned!

I leave you with a a few photos from our Father’s Day. With both dad and dad-in-law interstate, Father’s Day is generally a pretty low key event in our house. We began the day with hubby’s favourite breakfast, freshly made waffles and coffee. We then took a drive down to Brighton Beach to enjoy the sunshine, A lovely relaxing day.




I hope everyone has a fabulous week, thanks for reading!


Poppet chat with ‘Spot of Yellow’

Hi to all! My apologies for not keeping up with my blog during the last fortnight. My few days in Albury visiting the folks turned into a week! I haven’t visited since Christmas so it was great to have some time away to relax.

This week I chatted to Jodi from ‘Spot of Yellow’. Jodi creates the most gorgeous greeting cards, make sure you check out her page.

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1. Please tell us about yourself, what you do and how you got started?

My name is Jodi. I am a greeting card design. l hand draw the designs first working with paper and pen, then when l am happy with the design l scan it into the computer, clean it up and then redraw it with a special pen to create a screen which l print off. It’s a long process but very enjoyable. I just love to draw and have done so for a very long time. When l travelled l always took a drawing pad which became my journal of images instead of words. I studied Graphic design after high school. Which l just loved. But when l had my first child l have a passion, a goal, really a hope that l wanted to design and sell my own greeting cards. I tried my luck at a local market. I did really well. So then l thought l will try a shop. What’s the worse they can say “no”. So l held my breath and showed my designs. They took them and a big order too!! That was it, l was hit with the creative drive to keep going. I just kept going into stores and kept selling. Today l have a great number of retailers around Australia. I am forever adding to my range of hand drawn, hand screen printed greeting cards. I just love creating images.

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2. Why ‘Spot of Yellow’?

I am just addicted to the colour yellow. My mum fondly tells the story that when l was around 3, l use to take my pink dress off and put my yellow ones on! So the colour has been with me for a long time now. I love having a spot of yellow everywhere. So it made it a great name for me.

3. What does your typical day look like?

I am a mother of 2 so my design work has to fit in with our daily routine and children’s activities/playdate. But the kids are wonderful and sit happy in the pram as l sell into store or restock. i am blessed. My son (3 years) has a real liking to drawing so as my daughter (15 months) has her daily naps he will join me in the studio where l get some design work done as he draws. He really enjoys watching the printing process also. I always have a drawing pad with me so l can work on my designs as l am on the go. I touch base in my studio everyday. I miss it too much if l don’t and have to keep up with orders.

4. What inspires you?

I am easily inspired. But l make it my business to get to every exhibition l can and read design books and mag. My children’s passion is a great inspiration and a lot of the kids range is drawn for them. That’s why l think people like the designs so much because they are well thought through and have an idea behind them. I love flowers and so enjoy drawing them as well.

5. What do you most enjoy about running your handmade business and what are the challenges?

I really love the printing process. I love smearing the paint across screen. I love the noise of putting the squeegee down the screen running the paint over the whole image. And the anticipation of picking up the screen to see if it’s a perfect print! I also like the reaction l get from people when they see the greeting card for the first time. But l do find the business side a bit harder. But you can’t have it all. I find it all takes practice.

6. What item do you most enjoy making?

I really enjoy making the designs. I love the challenge of getting a design to work on paper and then to transfer it to printing. You have to sacrifice some elements when printing. But that’s OK as l try to make my designs bold and simple. I love getting everything ready for a print run. Folding the paper. Stamping the backs of the cards with my Spot of Yellow stamp. Then applying the paint and printing the card. Once the cards are finished packing them all with envelopes and putting them in their plastic sleeve, then sending them off it to the world. Then l like to imagine someone picking my cards to give to their someone special. It’s a great feeling.

7. What do you see in ‘Spot of Yellow’s future?

I hope Spot of Yellow continues to grow as well as it has in the last few years. I look forward to creating more designs that the public like and enjoy.

8. What advice would you give someone thinking of starting their own handmade business?

Just do it, give it a try. I got the advice the worst thing some one can say “no”. Once l was told that it made it much easier to approach people and see if they wanted to stock my product. Really research where you want to see your product don’t just let anyone sell it. Its your art. You have put a bit of yourself in to it. Its hard work, low pay. But the most enjoyable thing l have ever done. It’s a buzz.

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9. What are some of your favourite handmade businesses?

Oh there are so many but just to name a few – Cheeky pickle, Nest Accessories and OSONiA Designs.

10. How can people purchase your beautiful products?

Please find me on facebook.com/spotofyellow or email me at spotofyellow@gmail.com for a list of my stockists.


Thank you so much Jodi for taking the time to tell us about your lovely business!

I am super excited that spring is just around the corner. I will be announcing some great September specials in the coming week. To be the first to know please subscribe to my newsletter via the button on my website.

Sunday sounds like it’s going to be a gorgeously sunny day here in Melbourne, perfect to celebrate Father’s Day! Have a great day all the wonderful dads out there.

Thanks for reading!


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Poppet chat with ‘Enoch and Plonk’

With so many wonderful handmade businesses popping up all the time, I thought I would start featuring some of my favourites on my blog. This week I interviewed super talented and creative Nicola from Enoch and Plonk. Like myself, Nicola has recently launched her own online shop for her unique and beautiful children’s clothing.


1. Please tell us about yourself, what you do and how you got started?

I’m Nicola Thomas artist, designer and owner of Enoch and Plonk, a kids clothing label specialising in handmade original, upcycling, contemporary, spirited designs in bold and dramatic fabrics. Enoch and Plonk designs appeal to style savvy retro rock lovers and avant-garde fashionistas.

Ten years ago I was quite contented being a stay at home mum with a new baby at 35.  I’d always been hugely creative.  I’d taught visual arts and design and technology for 9 years and while at home with my 2 children I was always making stuff for them to play with, I’m a whiz with a hot glue gun and a cardboard box.  Making clothes was something I’d always loved the idea of doing, I’d even considered it as a career while at school, and having two gorgeous energetic lively children gave me ample opportunity.  Moving into business was a slow process for me.  It took a while for me to pluck up the courage to show anyone what I was making.  Once I had, the idea of starting a small business seemed more of a real possibility than some unobtainable pipe dream.   People liked what I was making and asked me to make items for their children.  It was an amazing feeling.

2. Why ‘Enoch and Plonk’?

Enoch and Plonk is the nick name that my father gave my sister and I when we were little.  When I was trying to decide on a name for my business I had a huge list of possibilities but nothing jumped out at me as being significant or having any sort of emotional attachment.   Enoch and Plonk just stood out as the best choice because it is a name I have heard for 40 odd years and never got bored of hearing it. It is fun and while sentimental for me isn’t slushy or cute.

3. What does your typical day look like?

I have two kids of school age so every morning is spent getting them ready for their day.  After they’ve been seen off I check emails and messages, catch up with the news from family, friends and pages I follow on Facebook and then begin my work day.  Each day is different depending on my mood but can be spent, designing, creating, writing, emailing, researching or all that other boring stuff that stay at home mums have to do…the cleaning, washing, cooking and shopping.  If I can squeeze it in I spend an hour at a gym class, either yoga or pilates.

4. What inspires you?

Inspiration can come from anything and anyone. I feel I bring a lot of my own personality into the designs I create. Yes I’m influenced by the music I listened to, the movies I see and the experiences I’ve had. I have a passion for colour, pattern and the unusual. I’m a great believer in self expression and individualism which is reflected in my designs.

5. What do you most enjoy about running your handmade business and what are the challenges?

I love the flexibility.  I can fulfil the need I have to create and this is something that is very important to me.  Making for the pure enjoyment and then establishing a business fulfilled a need to grow. It’s enabled me realise my true and full potential.  Spread my wings and become a more confident woman.  The challenges come from trying to be a good mum to my kids, one of which is disabled and therefore needs a lot of my attention, and trying to earn enough money to continue doing what I love.


6. What item do you most enjoy making?

I enjoy whatever it is I’m working on at the time.  Very few of my designs are the same so each one is exciting to make for me.  I’ve just started to develop a design for some shorts and the challenge is great.  From tweaking the pattern to selecting fabrics and producing the finished design it’s all a thrill.

7. What do you see in Enoch and Plonk’s future?

I’d love Enoch and Plonk to expand. Be available through boutiques who specialise in upcycled and/or funky clothing for kids.  I can also see a time when I design my own fabrics and prints to incorporate into skirts, dress, shorts and tops.  Anything is possible.

8. What advice would you give someone thinking of starting their own handmade business?

Learn as many aspects of running a business as you can, have your fingers in lots of pies and don’t be shy.  Connect with other designers and creators, network and value what you do.  When you know your business inside and out go and find your customers…..promote yourself in the ‘right’ places to the ‘right’ people.

9. What are some of your favourite handmade businesses?

I have a few friends through Facebook and I’ve known them since the beginning of Enoch and Plonk.  I’ve loved watching them develop and evolve, something that I feel is vital in any creative field.  It’s this I admire in these other businesses.  The ability to experiment and value the innate changing nature of creativity.

10. How can people purchase your beautiful products?

I’ve just opened a new shop on bigcartel  where customers can find my new collection.  Alternatively I can be contacted through my shop or website for custom orders or to discuss design possibilities.


A big thanks to Nicola for sharing her handmade journey and congratulations on her new online shop! Make sure you check out Nicola’s gorgeous creations!

In my world I have been making something a bit different this week, doona covers for my little niece and nephew. I love making things for my loved ones🙂 Also I will be taking a little break to my home town of Albury for a few days to see family and catch up with some old friends.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week!


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It’s finally here!

Today is a big day at Little Poppet headquarters…a day I have dreamed about for the last couple of years. This is pretty much the most exciting news I’ve had since launching my little business.

Our new website is live!!! You can now order any custom made baby sleeping bag, stroller blanket and more directly from www.littlepoppet.com.au ! The gorgeous design was created by super talented Andrea from Design and PR Girl and the development (the behind the scenes techy stuff) was done by the lovely Emma from Morris Bear Designs.

Along with a huge range of designer baby sleeping bags and blankets come a few new products. I have a selection of newborn gift sets available for little Masters, Misses and some neutral options. One of my Collaborate for a Cause team members Margot from Lolli & Bean has created some gorgeous matching crocheted owls for my chevron gift sets which you will love! I will be gradually expanding my range of gift sets to include a variety of different pricing options and some one of a kind sets.

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I have also introduced Twin Packs which allow you to choose two different tog sleeping bags at a discounted rate. Here are my gorgeous twin niece and nephew in the Rainbow Poppet Twin Pack.


Sleepy Wings swaddling jackets are available to purchase through my site. These are great for using over sleeping bags when your little one still likes to be swaddled. Here is Miss Ivy modelling her Sleepy Wings over a 0-6 month Garden Poppet sleeping bag when she was only 8 days new.


Look how my girl has grown!

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Sorry I’m supposed to be talking about my website not getting side tracked and showing off my daughter again…

Feel free to have a browse around my website. There is plenty of information including details about tog ratings, safe sleeping, a sizing guide and of course a huge gallery of photos provided by Jennifer Elizabeth Photography and Memories of Mine Photography; two exceptional photographers who I highly recommend.

Ordering from Little Poppet has never been easier! Thank you to everyone who has supported my little business so far which has helped me to reach this milestone and this new exciting phase for Little Poppet.

As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!


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Collaborate for a Cause raises almost $50,000!

The Collaborate for a Cause annual auction concluded last night and yet again it was a huge success! The grand total of $48,959 was raised for 146 charities, that is just mind blowing!  The two collaborations I took part in raised $155 for Cerebral Palsy League (newborn hamper) and $175 for Opportunity To Do (nursery décor package). Thank you to the winning bidders Lorraine and Christie-Lee! This year was my first and I will definitely be involved again next year. What a wonderful experience it has been. I have loved collaborating with my fellow handmaidens and creating something beautiful. I was also lucky to be the winning bidder for a gorgeous little outfit for my son Noah!

Boys outfit

Not only is the entire outfit handmade by two talented ladies; Jenna from Small White Bird and Jennifer from Quackary Hand Made, but Jenna also designed the jeans, tee, cap and scarf through her sister business Apple & Fig! I will share some photos of Noah strutting his stuff once I receive them.

I’m sure everyone is sick of having their newsfeeds flooded with C4AC news, I promise no more spamming!

I also wanted to give you a sneak peak from my recent photo shoot with Melissa from Memories of Mine Photography.


My gorgeous niece and nephew in one of my sleeping bag twin packs which will be available very soon!

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Miss Ivy loves to be the centre of attention!


My sweet babies Ivy and Noah, best of friends…most of the time!

This week’s blog is short and sweet but make sure you don’t miss my post next week as I have some HUGE news!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel x

Collaborate for a Cause is this weekend!

The time has almost arrived for this year’s Collaborate for a Cause and there are some absolutely divine collaborations up for auction. For those that don’t know, Collaborate for a Cause is an annual Facebook based charity auction. Handmade businesses partner with each other to create unique, handmade pieces that are auctioned to raise funds for charity.

This is the first year that I have been involved with C4AC and it has been a fantastic experience. I got to work with two groups of super talented fellow mums. We are all very proud of what we have created.

For the first collaboration we created a bright and colourful chevron nursery décor package consisting of:

–          Two Little Poppet baby sleeping bags (0-6 month 1.0 tog and 6-18 month 2.5 tog)

–          Chevron canvas print with ‘Twinkle twinkle’ by Denni from Printique.  Denni provides my business cards and other printing material for Little Poppet, she has also purchased many of my sleeping bags for her girls! (http://printique.net.au/)

–          Set of cot rail protectors by Tennille from Little Monkeez (http://www.facebook.com/LittleMonkeez)

–          Change pad cover and nappy stacker by Debbie from Precious Beginnings (http://www.facebook.com/Precious.Beginnings)

–          Photography by Melissa from Memories of Mine Photography (http://www.memoriesofminephotography.com)

All money raised will go to Opportunity to Do. Based in Victoria, Opportunity To Do provides a two-sided service. Firstly to raise funds towards projects that directly benefit children and young people to fulfil key areas identified as being the basic rights of every child. Secondly, they offer opportunities for people to be connected to others through fundraising activities they enjoy that also enable to them to help change the lives of children.


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Inspiration for a second collaboration came after creating some handmade hampers for a few friend’s new babies throughout the year. I decided to get in contact with some of my favourite handmaidens and create the ultimate newborn gift hamper! Here are the contents…

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Little Poppet 0-6 month 1.0 tog baby sleeping bag and matching stroller blanket with red minky.

 Nappy wallet

Nappy wallet and coordinating change mat by Amy from Amy’s Little Space – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amys-Little-Space


Size 000 hand appliqued owl onesie by Jacqui from L’il Birdie – http://www.facebook.com/LilBirdieShop

Owl by Margot

Sweet little crocheted owl by Margot from Lolli & Bean. Margot has also created something special for a new product coming to Little Poppet, more will be revealed very soon….



Bib with dummy clip by Jodi from Little Birdie Designs

– http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Birdie-Designs


The hamper is beautifully presented in a cream painted wooden crate by Claire from The Bushel Box Co, ‘Made with love’ stencilled in chocolate brown on one side.


Money raised for the hamper will go to Cerebral Palsy League.


There are hundreds of businesses involved this year raising money for dozens of charities. There are items for babies, toddlers, girls and boys, there are also some lovely sets for the mums including handmade clothing, handbags and jewellery. Here is the album link so you can have a look!


Last week my children and I were in the local paper spreading the word for Collaborate for a Cause. Please share this great event with as many people as you can so we can raise even more money than last year for charity!

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I hope you have an enjoyable week, thanks for reading!


Our little lady turns one.

Yesterday we had a party to celebrate our gorgeous girl turning one; I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown! We had a gathering of family and friends at home and I thought I’d share a few photos of the day. I chose a rainbow butterfly theme to match Miss Ivy’s bright and fun personality!


This is the gorgeous cake by Amy from Cakes for Kids. This is the third cake Amy has made for my children’s birthdays and as always it was spectacular. The cake itself was a deliciously moist rainbow sponge.


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I purchased the Butterfly Kisses printables package from Tania’s Design Studio for the decorations and invitations. Such a fabulous idea! I was able to print off the personalised banner, favour tags, signs, napkin rings, hats, cake toppers, basically everything I needed for the party. The house looked beautiful!


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Even Ivy’s highchair got into the party spirit!


The birthday girl a little bleary eyed but ready to party. I made her little pinny using a Boo! Designs pattern. If you sew make sure you check them out, the most beautiful and easy to follow patterns I’ve ever used. http://www.boodesignsaustralia.bigcartel.com/

(the crazy hat lasted about 2 minutes!)


My darling girl with my mum aka ‘Grammy’.


I didn’t manage to get any decent photos of the food but believe me there was a lot of it! I always manage to over cater but at least I don’t have to cook for days afterwards. The menu included assorted sandwiches, mum’s famous sausage rolls, mini quiches, beef sliders which were a hit, sushi, a cheese platter, butterfly shaped fairy bread, dips with crackers and vegie sticks and an antipasto platter.


My little family, I’m the luckiest girl in the world!

It was a wonderful day celebrating our little girl with our family and friends.

In the world of Poppet, I will be receiving the images from my recent photo shoot this week which I can’t wait to share with everyone. It is also less than two weeks until Collaborate for a Cause, have you checked out the auction photo album yet? There are some really beautiful collaborations this year, I’m so proud to be involved in such a great event!

Thanks for reading, have a great week!