Wishing all my Little Look readers a very merry little Christmas! It been a crazy year and apologies the blog has been a little quiet, Thicket & Thimble dolls are taking so much of my time. I’ve exciting plans for both next year so watch this space!
Sending Christmas wishes to all,
Thicket & Thimble woodland dolls is a project that’s has been forming in my mind for a long time, even before motherhood. I’ve been working on my designs for a while now and I’m thrilled to share them with my Little Look readers.
I was inspired by memories of my grandmother, the creativity she passed down to me and the incredible talent she had with a needle and thread, so I borrowed a sewing machine and taught myself to sew.
Crafting my endearing little characters has been a hugely fulfilling creative process – new ideas are forming in my mind constantly and it’s a joy bringing them to life and a dream come true knowing they bring happiness to others.
I’m still learning and evolving; seeing the individuality of each doll come alive as it’s made is a joyful process and allows me to continue finding inspiration in nature, travel and fashion.
Each thicket & thimble doll is made entirely by hand in my home, using noble and hand-dyed fibres and every doll is a limited edition design.
With the warm weather finally on the way I’ve been shopping around for some summer shoes for Alba, but it’s so difficult to find simple but nicely designed styles…I’m not a fan of motifs and bright colours (can you guess?!). Here are some of my favourite styles out there at the moment to offer a little inspiration for understated styles that don’t compromise on style.
Alba rocking her Start Rite Bubble shoes
This post is sponsored by Start Rite Shoes
We caught up with incredibly creative London based Mums Julia and Louise to find out more about Loola & Goo; their beautiful range of childrenswear and accessories.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your beautiful designs?
We love all things vintage especially the glamour of the 1920s flapper girls with their elegant beaded dresses and feathered headdresses. We often get a spark for a new design by an elaborate fabric or trim and use it as the foundation for a new idea.
What made you want to start Loola & Goo?
Louise and I met at our eldest sons’ school and got chatting in the playground. Lou is a fashion designer, specialising in embellishment, and I come from a theatre costume background and it seemed a perfect combination of skills. I was heavily pregnant with my third child at the time but Lou persuaded me that going into business together was a great idea! At the time we had 4 boys between us and needed a bit of froufrou in our lives! It definitely helped that we ‘clicked’ straight away.
What was the inspiration behind the name?
It is an amalgamation of our nicknames as children. Louise (loola) and Julia (Goo). My older sister couldn’t say ‘Julia’ so called me ‘Gooua’ and it stuck. We tried various combinations but ‘Loola & Goo’ seemed to sound the best!
What advice do you have for creative mums who want to start their own business?
It is such an exciting thing starting a new business, although it definitely has its ups and downs. If you have an idea you are passionate about, go for it! There is little to touch the satisfaction of creating something beautiful that people love. Don’t expect to break even for a while though and it is an enormously steep learning curve. You learn to shoulder the blows quickly too! Soak up as much advice as possible and plunge in.
What do you love most about where you live?
It is a fantastic child-friendly community in Hither Green/ Lee, South-East London. There is a beautiful park, some great pubs and restaurants for those rare nights out and, although it is within easy reach of the centre of town, it has a lovely village feel. Home and Kids offers a beautiful selection of homewares and Crimson & Clover has an eclectic mix of vintage clothes, cards and beautiful cushions. There is also an amazing amount of creative talent in the area: Braveling, Lara and Ollie, Theatre Tots to name a few off the top of my head!
As busy mums…how do you fit it all in!?
Erm…. As and when we can and thankfully we have supportive husbands who do their share of the childcare when we are away at trade fairs etc. It’s amazing how much you can squeeze into a spare hour… I have learned to be incredibly focused! We have had numerous meetings with babies/ tantrumy toddlers hanging around in the background! It definitely helps to have a sense of humour about it all!
Thank you Julia and Louise for letting Little Look into your dreamy wardrobe! To find out more about Loola & Goo visit their website here
What are Loola & Goo’s plans for the future?
To keep on keeping on, try and crack the bridal market and perhaps earn a salary one day!
With Easter fast approaching and little bunnies beginning to get excited about egg hunts and chocolate, we’ve scoured the shops for the best Easter buys that don’t involve the sweet stuff!
To brighten up a chilly March day and to celebrate the start of Spring, I thought I’d share some photos from Alba’s Christening in July last year. In honour of our little flower we chose a floral theme, using contrasting Liberty Prints for the invitations and flowers wherever possible. I’ve always loved Liberty Print, there’s something timeless and classic about them in children’s rooms and on little girl’s party dresses.
The super talented Lila hair accessories made a beautiful blush pink circlet for Alba, featuring delicate clay Alba roses of course. The ruffle cake included a tier from our wedding cake and was topped with pink peonies and the favour for guests was a little potted pansy with the message ‘Thank you for helping me grow’.
I’ve included some of my favourite Little Look Liberty Print products to get you in the mood for warmer days to come!
Some of my favourite Instagram photos from February; a first birthday, lots of fun styling projects and the first signs of spring!
I was thrilled when Susie Watson Designs asked me to review their new nursery range. I’ve long been an admirer of their classic English designs and attention to detail. The muted tones, ticking stripe detail and appliqué design used in the children’s range is beautiful and it pairs wonderfully with traditional styled toys by Danish brand Maileg.
Each piece of the textile range is dyed and woven using traditional technics and production is overseen by a master weaver. Everything is handmade by skilled individuals as part of a fair-trade ethos.
We’re giving away a piece from the Susie Watson Designs children’s pottery range, check out our Instagram to enter!
For more information on Susie Watson Designs you can visit the website here
I’m always on the lookout for new children’s products; both for Little Look and my daughter Alba, so Little Shrimp was a welcome discovery. Founded by clothing designer Donna Barron, Little Shrimp create a range of beautifully soft baby accessories and clothing, using eco-friendly Oeko-tex cotton. The cotton is sourced by skilled experts to create quality children’s clothing that washes and wears beautifully. Everything by Little Shrimp is designed, printed and made in the UK.
These bibs will be perfect for Alba as the dreaded first teeth are still on the way. It’s great knowing she’s wearing a quality cotton product that won’t irritate her delicate skin. You can find out more about Little Shrimp and shop the collection from their site here.
Quirky kid’s beds are so much fun for little ones and it’s not just racing car beds on offer anymore – from budding astronauts to happy campers there’s a style to suit all interests and personalities. Here are some of our favourites!
Teepee Cabin Bed £460 – Woood – Design55.com
They can sleep under the stars every night in this teepee style bed, we love the Scandi styling and bare timber detail
Tent Bed £1,245 – Idyll Home Ltd – Notonthehighstreet.com
More of a traditional take on the camping theme, love the addition of this canvas awning
Bunk Pod £2280 – E-side – Notonthehighstreet.com
We love the 60’s styling on this bunk pod and the citrine finish is a real statement
Luxury Bunk Bed £1645 – Oliver Furniture – Cuckooland.com
A Little Look favourite, simple Scandi style design and practicality meet in this beautiful bunk bed. Team with the iconic Small Stuff doll’s cot for a cohesive look