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Introducing solid food to your baby

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Filled with mixed emotions, it’s that exciting milestone when you first introduce solids to your baby. This step signifies that your little one is growing up, changes are coming, meal times are about to get really messy and their world is about to open up to an exciting array of new tastes and textures.

So get your camera ready, set up your video recorder, make sure you’re not wearing white and get ready for some super cute starting solids moments!

While all babies are ready at different times generally sometime close to 6 months (though not before 4 months) is the perfect time to start experimenting with solid food for babies.

Start with a smooth and puréed consistency, working towards a mash with soft lumps and then from 8 months on you can introduce coarser mashed foods, small soft lumps, chopped or grated small soft pieces, soft finger food while encouraging the art of self-feeding.

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Blog Hop Love – # 1

In my search for gorgeous handmade creations each week I continually stumble across so many other great blog posts from all kinds of genres, so I thought it was about time that I shared at least of few of these each week! So I’ve set up a new series –  BLOG HOP LOVE  #BlogHopLove

So why not pop by each week and see what I’ve discovered – from travel stories, new recipes, craft ideas, home organisation,  personal blog stories, parenting stories and tips, health & beauty, social media tips & tricks and everything in between.

All Natural Tinted Raspberry Lip Balm

DIY Lip Balms perfect for Winter – from the HELLO NATURAL blog


Tickle Tour via the Handmade Cooperative

See all the great DIY / Tutorials recreated by members of the Handmade Cooperative from Issue 20 of the Tickle the Imagination Magazine – from the HANDMADE COOPERATIVE blog


herb seasoned french fries summer recipe

A yummy looking recipe – Lemon and Herb Summer Seasoning for French Fries – from the PAPER AND STITCH blog


Make a Birthday Tshirt

DIY: Make a Birthday Tshirt – from the CREATING REALLY AWESOME FREE THINGS blog


Do you already follow any of these great blogs?? Got any ideas where I should look next week? Why not share your favourite blog links below:

Blog Hop Love – # 1

Fabulous Friday Finds – Boys in Bow Ties

Fabulous Friday Finds Boys in Bow Ties

 Boys Set- Bow Tie & Suspenders Onesie and Pants Set – by Tiny Hearts

Ship Ahoy Nautical 1st birthday Onesie – by Lil Birdie Shop

Navy Braces and Bow Tie Set – by Tina Barton Designs

Baby Boy Bow Tie and Vest Onesie – by Chez Prudence


Don’t you just LOVE the amazing handmade range available out there now for boys! So many great designs, funky fabrics and perfect little sets! Keep up the great work you clever handmaidens!

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Meet the Maker – Tiny Hearts

Meet the Maker Tiny Hearts

Tell us a little about you and your business.

My name is Kay, I’m married, have a teenage son, and we live in the coastal town of Mandurah Western Australia.  My business Tiny Hearts is all about making cute, colourful, professionally handmade clothing for premature babies to 2 year olds.

I specialise in onesies that have colourful handmade designs appliquéd onto them, though I also make harem pants, appliquéd t-shirts, pants, shorts, soft soled shoes, accessories and breast feeding covers for the mums. I originally started making clothes mainly for baby boys, but there has been a demand to have this type of clothing for little girls also, so Tiny Hearts caters for both little boys and girls.


What do you love about your creative business?

For the customers I cater to, being the parents, grandparents and friends buying for infants and toddlers I am able to create whatever I think people would like to see their tots dressed in. That leaves myself a wide scope of cute kids fabrics and appliqué designs to think of and design. I also enjoy the positive feedback I receive when people comment on how ‘cute’ the garments are.

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Collaborate for a Cause 2015

Now in it’s 5th year Collaborate for a Cause just keeps getting bigger and bigger! What an amazing collection of handmade creations are in store for you this year!

If you are not familiar with Collaborate for a Cause – it is a super special annual challenge where amazing handmade businesses from all around Australia – collaborate, create and donate. Businesses get together, decide on a theme then design and create handmade products to package together to create a very tempting collation ready to be put up for auction. Each collaboration group select their own charity recipient and all money raised from the sale of their collaboration goes to that deserving charity.

So after months of organising, designing, sewing, and preparation the auction is ready to kick off tomorrow night 24th July 2015 – 8pm AEST time.

In order to bid (and hopefully win your dream package) you just need to follow a few steps to register as a bidder – you can find all the information HERE on how to bid.

 So I’d love to share all the creations in the auction- but this blog post would go on forever, so here is just a quick selection of some of the amazing collations you will find in this years challenge -

amazing set of toys and games - item #5

amazing set of toys and games – item #5


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Meet the Maker – Monkeychops

Meet the Maker series

Tell us a little about you & your business.

At Monkeychops, I like to create things that are a little different, a little unique and a lot handmade …

I make loads of accessories including:

  • headbands
  • fascinators
  • hair clips and pins
  • hats and beanies
  • hand painted wooden bangles
  • rings
  • bracelets
  • necklaces

I also make homewares including handwoven wall hangings and hessian wreaths and Christmas decorations.


What do you love about your creative business?

I love that Monkeychops  is constantly evolving, I love to create so I just keep adding new and exciting products to my long, long list of projects.  I love that I use recycled denim to create cuff bracelets, I love that I use my grandmother’s button collection to make rings, I love that no matter what I make, it wall always have an element of handmade to it.  And the thing I love most is that I can do what I enjoy and call that work while still have plenty of time for my family.

Monkeychops - Meet the Maker

What is your favourite thing to create?

My latest creative obsession is weaving!  I would have to say my woven wall hangings are my favourite thing to create and make to date.  I love it everything I make, but I think I’ve found my calling in weaving.  I love that it’s an ancient art that is currently having a bit of a renaissance.  It’s addictive and creative and I’m constantly surprised with the end product.  I look at my wall hangings and can’t believe I made that!!

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Handmade Kids
Hello and welcome to Handmade Kids

Hello and welcome to Handmade Kids

Welcome to Handmade Kids! My name is Kylie, self confessed handmade addict, fabric hoarder and mummy.

Here you will find the very best of Australian handmade. Handmade products for babies, kids and families. Enjoy!

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