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NEW Burrow and Be muslin cot sheets December 07 2016, 0 Comments

Gorgeous new muslin cot sheets from Burrow and Be are due in store mid December. We're so excited!! 

burrow and Be muslin cot sheets


Wilson & Frency has arrived!! June 03 2016, 0 Comments

bassinet sheets and cot sheets soft cottonBeautifully soft cotton wraps, bassinet sheets and cot sheets, designed by Wilson & Frenchy, combining a crafty vibe with a smattering of nature. Produced in fair trade compliant factories. 

 


Summer 2016 Collection is on the way! September 09 2015, 0 Comments

We're very excited to have the gorgeous Summer 2016 Uimi collection winging its way to us.  Watch this space....


Things we love: Pop Factory's new winter 2015 collection March 17 2015, 0 Comments

One of the many things that we love about New Zealand is the number of clever creative cookies out there, particularly those who are creating and making things for kids.        
We've just returned from a few days in Australia and upon coming home I was very excited to read about the new Pop Factory Shop winter 2015 collection.  This collection draws inspiration from 'The Wharf' and features a gorgeous new sailor character which you'll find throughout the collection.  Here are a few of our favourites pieces.  I have a feeling that the Pops Knit Crew will be making it's way into someone's wardrobe very soon....  Click on images for links xx
  
 
 
See more of the collection here - www.popfactoryshop.com/collections/newarrivals
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Room tour: Ellia's Room August 21 2014, 0 Comments

We read a fair few blogs here at feather the nest, and in the past have shared some of our discoveries over at Mini Style Blog.  So when we came across a feature of little Ellia's room, we knew that it was another room tour that we had to share.  Ellia's clever mama is Natalie of Glitter and the Girls fame and her styling of Ellia's room is simply beautiful.  Here is a sneak peak, but head over here to to see more.  We particularly love the gallery wall and bedding!  Thanks so much for sharing Ellia's room Natalie - you are one talented mama!  xx 
    
 
 
 
 

Blogs we love: Better Snacks August 18 2014, 0 Comments

There are many talented and inspiring mamas out there, so we thought that we'd start a new feature on the blog that shared a few of our favourites.  Better Snacks is first up.  As a busy working mama, I'm often at the supermarket trying to hurridly decide which version of a particular product is better for my kids. 
 
That's where Better Snacks comes in.  Rae takes the guess work out of choosing which is the better snack, by reviewing how much sugar, fat and salt content is in products that are regularly requested by kids.  We love that the blog features products that are readily available in NZ supermarkets and it's Rae's honest and real approach to feeding her own two kids makes the blog feel very relatable and helpful.  We're also pretty excited that Rae is open to reviewing your favourite products so drop her a note if there's something you'd like to know.
   
 Head on over here to see her latest review xx
  

 


DIY Project: Baby and Toddler Swing July 25 2014, 0 Comments

For most adults, swings seem to bring back memories of carefree childhoods, hours spent at playgrounds and the closest you've ever felt to the freedom of flying.  Most kids seem to love the sensation too and when we found this DIY project, we knew that there would be a few of you who would be clever enough to take it up.  We found this beautiful (and very easy-to-follow) DIY indoor swing for kids over on one of our favourite blogs, A Beautiful Mess.  The swing was created by the very talented Rachel from Smile & Wave.  Click here for the more photos and for the instructions.  We'd love to see your efforts if you give this one a go this weekend!  xx
  
 

DIY Project: Free printable Superhero cuffs July 18 2014, 0 Comments

Personally, as a parent, one of the most stressful notes that comes home from daycare and school is 'Don't forget that it's dress up day on Friday'!  As a working Mum, a mad panic generally sets in as I realise that I'm not going to get anywhere near a toy store before the weekend.  So when a fellow working Mum sent me the link to these free downloadable Superhero cuffs, I immediately book marked them, knowing that in the future I'll be able to print them out and turn a standard cape and tights into a Superhero outift in no time.  Thanks so much Kate over at Kate's Creative Space - you've saved this working Mum from some panic in the future!  Click here for more info and for the downloadable pdfs xx
  

Inspiration board: Bunk beds July 01 2014, 0 Comments

Bunk beds have been a hot topic here at feather the nest for the past few days, as one of the team is looking at sleeping arrangements for their expanding family.  Whilst researching (read browsing Pinterest for hours) options, we discovered that bunk beds have come quite a long way since most of the team were kids and we were pretty impressed at the selection of modern and spacious bunk bed options around.  Below are a few of our faves.  Click on photos for links xx
  
  
 
 
 
 
 

Inspiration board: Slides and swings June 24 2014, 0 Comments

We've had some great feedback from some of you after our blog post on playrooms, so we thought that we'd share a few more of our feather the nest favourites.  Pinterest is full of creative and inspiring ways to decorate your kid's bedrooms, and we've noticed a recent trend where swings and slides are being brought inside and into kids bedrooms and playrooms.  We love them.  Click on images for links xx

 


Kids' books: Dear Zoo June 05 2014, 0 Comments

Lift-the-flap books are a favourite in one of the feather the nest team's households, and Rod Campbell's book, 'Dear Zoo', is particularly well loved.  The simple drawings and easy to follow to story make 'Dear Zoo' a great gift.

 


Inspiration board: Playrooms June 03 2014, 0 Comments

As much as I love that our kids enjoy actively setting up imaginary shops, or building train tracks that run the length of our house, there are some afternoons where I wish that I could shut the door and hide the mess that is ensues.  I've often thought how great it would be to have a kids playroom where they could leave their imagined worlds set up, all ready to go for tomorrow's dreaming.   I'm inspired by all of the below, and hopefully one day, we'll have enough room to make a playroom a reality.  Until then, we'll continue with our 'let's just tidy up at the end of each day' mantra.

 Click on the images for links xx

 


Media: KiaOra - Air New Zealand's inflight magazine May 06 2014, 1 Comment

Wow - feather the nest has had a huge amount of media support these past few weeks!  We were very excited to discover our Mint Indiana blanket in the latest issue of KiaOra, Air New Zealand's inflight magazine.  Thanks so much Karen! xx

 


Media: Cush & Nooks May 05 2014, 0 Comments

The lovely Vic from Cush & Nooks has included our organic Uimi cushions in her 'Cushion-mania' round up last week.  You can find our Uimi cushions under our Product page.  Make a cup of tea and click here to head on over and have a read.  Thanks so much Vic! xx

 


Media: Beau Monde Mama May 04 2014, 0 Comments

The gorgeous Emma over at Beau Monde Mama has featured our Goo Collection cot sheets in one of her blog posts this week.  You can find both sheet sets in our Product page.  Click here to head over and have a read - thanks Emma! xx

 


DIY Project: Felt Crowns May 02 2014, 0 Comments

This is a relatively easy DIY project this week.  The clever Jenny from Hello Bee posted this project a while ago, but crowns are never out of fashion and these gorgeous little numbers would make a great addition to any dress up box.  Or you could make several of them and hand them out as favours at your next child's birthday party.  For instructions and more info visit www.hellobee.com/2012/05/30/diy-felt-crown/ x
   
 
 
  
     

DIY Project: Free printable fruit April 25 2014, 0 Comments

We love it when people share their clever ideas for kids and think it's even better when they're happy to share them for free!  Play kitchens and toy food are a rather big deal in one of the feather the nest team's house at the moment and when she came across these gorgeous free printable fruit, she knew that it was something that she had to share with our feather the nest family.  To download the free printables visit www.mrprintables.com/play-fruit-templates.html x


Inspiration board: Book storage April 08 2014, 0 Comments

Here at feather the nest, we believe that learning to read and becoming lost in a good book are vital in helping to develop kids' imagination and that books should be available and accessible in every kid's bedroom. However as any parent or grandparent knows, a love of reading and books comes a whole new storage challenge.  If books aren't easy to grab and put back, then kids are less likely to choose to read.  When looking for "easy-to-access but also easy-on-the-eye" storage inspiration, Pinterest has plenty of ideas.  Here are a few of our favourites.  All links are in images x 
 
 
 

DIY Project: Plantable Felt Garden Box April 04 2014, 0 Comments

This has to be one of the sweetest and most clever DIY projects that we've come across.  The clever Katie Shelton, from A Beautiful Mess, has created a very easy to follow, DIY guide to creating your very own plantable felt garden box.  It's the perfect indoor project as we head into Autumn and Winter.  Katie's instructions and more info can be found here - www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/03/diy-plantable-felt-garden-box.html x 


Kids' Books: The Man From the Land of Fandango April 03 2014, 0 Comments

We think that books should be a vital part of any kids' room and as they often on display as part of a room's decor, we thought that we'd start reviewing and featuring some of our feather the nest team's favourites.  We'd love to hear which titles are favourites in your house too - comment below or send us an email and we'll look to include them in this feature.

This week's pick is 'The Man From the Land of Fandango' written by Margaret Mahy.  It's circus like nature and hilarious rhymes make 'The Man From the Land of Fandango' a regular bedtime story in one of our team's households.  There are loads of onomatopoeic word and the beautifully colourful illustrations offer plenty to look at.  Highly recommended x

 


Inspiration board: Accents of orange April 01 2014, 0 Comments

Whilst we love lots of white and neutrals here at feather the nest, there is something refreshing about accents of colour peppered in with those neutrals, particularly in kids' bedrooms.  Lately we're loving the hints of orange that are coming through.  Here are a few of our favourites (all links are in images) x
   
We LOVE this rug...
   
  
   
And this teepee... who wouldn't want to crawl right in there?
   
  
   
We love this mural too...
   
 
     
 These cushions add just the right amount of colour to this older kid's bedroom... 
    
 
   
And how can you go past a bright orange Eero Aarnio puppy?  
   

Photo: Oh Deer cot sheet set March 30 2014, 0 Comments

We love this photo of our Goo Collection Oh Deer! organic cot sheet range in Millie's room.  The soft hues are beautiful without being overly girly.  We love x

More stock: Gelati knit blankets from Goo March 22 2014, 0 Comments

We're pretty excited about the arrival of the new gelati knit blankets from Goo Collection this morning.  Made from 100% certified organic cotton, they are perfect for snuggling as the weather begins to get a bit colder.  Available in both pink and blue.


Inspiration: Nicolas' bedroom March 03 2014, 0 Comments

We read a fair few blogs here at feather the nest and one of our all time favourites is Mini Style Blog, a collection of beautiful products, stylish DIY ideas and photos of inspirational nurseries.  They recently featured the playful and colour laden room of Nicolas.  We particularly love how 'real' this room is, which is refreshing in a world of immaculate and very perfect Pinterest photos!  Thanks for sharing your little boy's room Katia.  We think it's gorgeous.  See the feature on Mini Style Blog here - http://www.ministyleblog.com/blog/nicolas-room-tour2722014 
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