12 October 2017

Halloween Craft

A super fast easy craft with our meri meri party plates. This is a super easy last minute trick or treat "costume" or a great craft to do with your childs class. The paper plates come in packs of 12.

You just need some wide paddle pop sticks, tape, paper or crepe paper in your chosen colour and a pair of scissors. Cut the centres from the eyes then cut out wavy strips of paper or straight strips of crepe paper. Tape them into position on the back of the plate and away they go! If your child prefers elastic (so their hands are free for the all important treat collecting) simply staple to the sides to avoid tape popping off and tears mid trick or treat.

 Nununu metallic vest and Goat Milk stripe top also online.


23 September 2017

Halloween Is Coming!

I love halloween. Possibly as much as I love Christmas. I used to buy my Martha Stewart magazines and get excited to dress the little boys up and make gory food. It was not such a popular thing to do twelve years ago! These days it is sooo popular where we live and the kids talk about dressing up for a long time in the lead up. Costume ideas tend to be elaborate initially then whittle down to something doable at the last minute. Such is the busy life of families! I always always make some spooky food and decorate. Even if at the last minute I have three zombies in check shirts we've been living with decorations for a month!

Here is some inspiration for this year if you fancy getting your Martha happening.

I string up silver balloons every year. They make a high impact decoration out the front of your home. You can get them from boutique party brands but I get mine from Spotlight.

A spooky cake is a must in our house! A platter of cupcakes iced as mummies and ghouls will do equally well. Even if you're not entertaining, your kids will love you a little extra for this.

Table setting perfection. Find plastic pumpkins at party warehouse and paint.

Balloon decorating is easy. You just need a sharpie.

Ok a little extra fuss but LOOK at them!! Cute as.

If you don't fancy all that orange and black in the house these are perfect. Again just paint. 

I can hear the screams of terror and delight already.

I am much happier in a house with a mantle. If you've got one go crazy!

My treat offerings last year. Goody bags made of surgical gloves. Trick or Treaters were interestingly horrified and delighted all at once. Just make sure you buy the unpowdered version or only pack wrapped sweets.

My boys proving yellow gumboots work with any outfit and makeup cures all costume indecision.

Find details for these images and many more on my Halloween Pinterest board. 

Happy spooking!

4 August 2017

New Brands At Alfie Wild

This season I'm welcoming two gorgeous brands to the store and both are Spanish.
Bobo Choses and Tiny Cottons have been absolute favourites of mine for years so I'm thrilled that I now bring them to you.

Bobo Choses is a brand created in an old toy factory which seems so fitting for a label focusing on fun, creative fashion and decor for children as well as writing the quirky books to accompany the collections.
It is a sustainable brand using recycled and organic fabrics and materials with production occurring in Spain.

The Dear World collection for AW 17 is focused on our beautiful oceans and the magic they hold within. Creatures from the deep, fishermen, ships and adventures on the seas. How we must be aware and so careful with how we treat them and their inhabitants so that they may continue to be here for us and healthy. Its a collection with a beautiful message.

The second Spanish brand to join us this season is Tiny Cottons. This is a brand that approaches fashion as an adults label. Quality is key for them and every piece reflects this. They also use recycled materials, pima cotton and production occurs in fair trade factories. Caring about the impact of production on the environment and the people creating the products is fundamental to this brands ethos. Their products are again made locally.

AW 17 tells us the story of the people and the landscape of Altiplano. They make reference to the culture in the prints, details, shapes of the collection with the phenomenal quality we would expect. Get off the beaten track and explore.

Both brands reflect what I want at Alfie Wild. Ethically produced, beautifully created fun unisex clothes for our children. These are pieces that grandparents will be happy to buy as well as parents as they speak to all of us wanting the best for our children.
I think you will love both collections and the beautiful sentiments behind these brands like I do.


27 April 2017

To Share Or Not to Share - That is The Question

Most of us have been there- should we put the kids in together?
Perhaps you are having another child and need a nursery. Perhaps you need an office for your home based business or a guest room for friends and relatives that descend frequently.

Our families experience was finding ourselves still living in our two bedroom cottage and having a second child (do we stay or do we go? ) and then, many years after embracing the shared room for our two sons, adding a third son to the mix. We still hadn't moved and we still hadn't renovated. For us there was no choice and, as frustrating as our situation felt at the time, I feel it worked very well. Initially our second was in our room. On our oldests second birthday we moved the boys in together. Our baby was four months old.

Any concerns were irrelevant because we had no choice. Admittedly I was sad not to be decorating a babies room but having the boys together was bliss. Our baby slept through from then on and I honestly believe that he felt the comfort of his sibling in the space with him. Neither woke the other which seemed miraculous. And the decorating part was fun! Once they progressed from a cot and a single into two singles I set it up like a little dormitory. Years later we put them into bunk beds and I made a curtain for the lower bunk and strung lights and bunting across the ceiling as though they were in their own little cabin. This also freed up the ever so important floor space for Lego and trains.

Our third had his "nursery" on a section of wall behind our bedroom door until he moved in with the boys. Yes I had three in one room which sounds crazy. It was a crazy kind of wonderful to be honest.
By then I had painted all our house floors and walls white so their room was lovely and bright. Having the white floors made the room feel much larger than it was and, despite the number of toys and books in there, quite uncluttered. Organisation was key to my sanity and indeed theirs. Wall shelves, a reading nook under the stairs, storage baskets under the two single beds and the cot ( by then we had moved the boys back to this and sold the bunks) and a storage sack at the end of each bed. It worked really well for our lifestyle and most importantly for their relationship.

Now we live in a larger house and the kids have their own spaces. Off they go and close their doors and it makes me a little sad that they aren't still sharing and we aren't all tumbling over each other in our tiny cottage.

I would never hesitate to put kids in together even when you have boy and girl. It makes it a little more challenging in terms of decorating but it is so much fun and so good for them. My oldest children shared until this year. They are thirteen and fifteen and it certainly didn't kill them. When they aren't hiding out in their own rooms these days they are driving each other crazy hanging out in one of their bedrooms. Its quite lovely.

There are many options from dormitory style single beds lined up to even triple bunks to the ceiling or tiered around the walls. Make each childs space personal with some wall shelves for display or treasures and art but make sure there is a designated communal zone too. Younger children need floor space, older children want a reading zone/ music listening hang out and somewhere to work. The possibilities are endless and the rewards for family life can be huge.

* Keep it visually controlled by selecting a colour palette, choosing matching beds ( same style different colours or different styles but the same colour) and bedding.
* Personalise it with a wall display above each bed, different bedside lamps, a little foot rug next to each bed and even a painted or wallpapered panel of wall declaring their sleep zone bringing some eclecticism to the room.
* Communal zones can be made clear with a large central floor rug, coordinated poufs or beanbags and if you have space a long wall built in desk. Again apply the same colour / style rule to the chairs to keep it visually smooth but personalised.



Shared spaces should be fun and function well for your families needs. Just remember storage storage storage.






Image Source
5. decoratualma.blogspot.com
6. photo by petra bindel for elle magazine

Beanbag by Home Day

Bedding By Nord 

Clear bookshelf by Ububub

Bunk Bed by Oliver Furniture 

Single Bed by Laurette 

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