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A new direction…

Ive been doing a lot of thinking lately about life, business and the future.  Trying to pin down exactly what you want is sometimes hard..especially when you feel grateful for the life you have.

I have had a lot of changes in my personal life in the last 12 months and it has led to a lot of upheaval and soul searching.  On top of that trying to balance the birth of my second child with running Alphabet Monkey. And all the ideas I had to grow it in 2015-16 had to take a bit of a back seat which has been very frustrating.

But lately I’m trying to search around inside for what it is I really want. Well its taken me a couple of months but I feel like suddenly the fog is has to cleared and  I can see a world of new possibilities.

I was thinking back over all the jobs I’ve had and how I came to start Alphabet Monkey in the first place. So today I thought I’d share a little background because I feel bit like my journey is starting to come full circle.

I grew up in a home with a creative mother ( signwriter by trade) who was extremely talented at sewing.  I remember sitting on the floor among the scraps of exotic laces and silks in the wedding dress boutique where my mother worked.  I remember going to classes to make porcelain dolls and ceramics with her. Going to the Doll shows that she entered and won and selling my little Fimo (moulding clay) teddy bear miniatures for $2 a pop while she sold her dolls and dolls clothes.

She taught me to draw, paint, and finally sew when we first launched the idea for Alphabet Monkey.

mothers day

She got me my first job at 14 in a local craft store in our tiny seaside village.  We used to have classes to make fabric covered tissue boxes, decorate hats for walls..I was a gun with that spray glue..hehe it was the late 80’s after all.

Always with her support, I then went on to own a gallery, work as a visual artist ( remember the frangipani craze, I could paint one in my sleep), and worked in the interior design industry before having my little boy.

 

So in looking forward , I have been looking back to what I loved about  Alphabet Monkey and what is was that drove me in the beginning.   The answer is pretty simple…just like my mum, I love creating.

So the future for Alphabet Monkey is going to be all about this…

We will get back to basics with our focus on boys ranges. I’m going to explore the new world of modern quilting and bring some of those minimalist designs to you…because I need to create things I love.

And best of all I’m going to let you in on all the fun when we launch our  Make it Yourself Range in September 2016. Get ready to make your own quilt or enlist the help of your mother, grandma or aunt who are all wanting to make something for your little one.  We will have patterns and kits including pre cut appliqués and our exclusive fabrics so you can experience the feeling of creating it yourself.

I’m so excited to be sharing this with you and we will soon be off to Bali where I can can oversee the production of our fabrics ready for our kits..it’s going to be hard to narrow it down to a few designs.

You can follow my life in our Bali house on instagram on my personal account @nicole.nicol or check out our little house @villa.nanas

 

 

 

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Yellow Elephant Crib Bedding Range Returns….

Yellow elephant quilt range by www.alphabetmonkey.com.au #elephantquilt #elephantnursery

Creating an elephant nursery? We have you covered.

Our much anticipated yellow and grey elephant baby nursery range is now in stock.  We currently have the XL patchwork cot quilt (100x130cm), bunting and the cute patchwork lumbar style cushion cover.

We are also have  some new elephant toys and garlands to match our new sunny yellow as well as some cot sheets and cushions in the fun new spotty print.

 

Yellow elephant range by www.alphabetmonkey.com.au #elephantnursery #elephantquilt #elephantdecor

Elephant crib bedding and patchwork cot quilts by www.alphabetmonkey.com.au #elephantbabyquilt #elephantnursery

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Trend Watch- Cactus

cactus trend nursery mood board by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

You may have noticed the cactus trend growing as you see the motif popping up all over the place.. kids prints, cushions, clothing. Well its just a natural progression from the Mexican trend which is everywhere in fashion, interiors and even food.

I’ve always been a huge fan of cactus..of the living variety, and I actually still have a couple from the last time aztec and mexicana was all the rage..yes showing my age here.

So i thought I would pop together a bit of an inspiration design board that could be used for a nursery or a big boys room..and I thought our Ashkii pattern and colour way went with it just perfectly.

Links below if you want to find some of these products.

1. Declan cot by Incy Interiors

2. Cactus Lamp by Cotton On

3. Grid cushion by Alphabet Monkey

4. Assorted bedlinen and Ashkii Single bed Quilt Cover Set by Alphabet Monkey

5. Cactaceae Print by Amelie Mancini

6. Cactus cushions by XanderLouKids 

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Brave Arrow Nursery

brave moodboard ..new range by alphabet monkey.com.au

I just wanted to do an update on the Brave Arrow Indian nursery range.  It has been a very popular design..probably because of the current trend for black and white nurseries as well as it’s simplicity.

Ashkii /Brave SS14/15 by Alphabet Monkey www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Our quilt is back in stock as pictured here..black on the front with white with black arrows on the back.  The Arrow cushion and the sheet are expected to be back in stock this month sometime.

And in other news I am testing samples in grey and white too so I’m hoping to add those to the Arrow range in the next few months.

Below is a sample of a cot sized quilt cover which we will also have arriving soon.  Perfect for that stage between a cot quilt and moving into a big bed.  Enables you to pop an insert inside for the cooler weather.

Baby Cot Quilt covers in arrow print by alphabet monkey.com.au

 

And like our Single bed quilt cover it is also reversible.  this one features the Little Teepee with Tree print on the reverse side. It is piped around all edges and our fabrics are screen printed by hand onto a beautiful soft quality poplin which washes up beautifully.  And best of all the blacks are strong and true and don’t fade after a couple of washes..a problem I had previously found with other fabrics and printers.

 

Cot quilt cover by alphabet monkey.com.au

 

And of course our popular Ashkii single bed quilt cover set will be back in stock this month too so we will let you know when it is.  Featuring the black arrow on one side and the modern Teepee Triangle geometric print on the other.

Ashkii single bed quilt cover by blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

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A baby is coming… Maternity break

Baby belly pics..not long now.

Its the last day of the year,

Well I’m not sure if you all realise but I have a baby coming very soon..in fact this year has gone so fast its just really crept up and now we only have about 4 weeks to go. So i guess I will need to think about closing the shop for at least a couple of weeks probably from the 20th January- 10th Feb.

I’ve been sharing a few snaps of my growing belly on instagram. Are you on instagram?? Its my favourite social media and I share lots of customer feedback shots, products and also everyday life because I think its just a more personal forum.  You can find me here.

So we have finally officially packed up the sewing room and are making the transition into a nursery.  Its finally starting to seem real!!  So there will be some quilts and items that may not be available for a while as I will be taking a break from doing the sewing myself…mainly the blue and the yellow elephant quilts.   I will be transitioning over to focusing on selling the designs that I’ve been having made up for me in Indonesia…so really most of your favourite designs will still be available especially our new mint elephant range and our Teepee ranges.

This is the only way that I can keep things going while still have Campbell to look after and also baby number 2.  So I’m sorry to disappoint the many of you who write asking for me to custom make things or to remake older items that you find on pinterest.

I also have a lot in store for the new year too to expand the ranges so hopefully we will have lots of new things to see soon and launch by April.

I also want to take this time to thank you for your support of Alphabet Monkey and helping me create this tiny business that has allowed me to let my creative design juices flow and allow me to run a business and contribute to my family whilst still being able to be home with them.  I really am lucky and couldnt ask for a better arrangement .

So on that note..i wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2015 will be a great year for all of us..one that gives us new opportunities to grow and experience life at whatever point you are at.

nicolexx

 

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Custom name cushions

Custom name cushion covers in a rainbow of colours. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Our custom name cushions now come in a rainbow of colours and it didn’t take much time for all of you to try them out.

This bundle was a selection of our christmas orders all ready to be sent out. I couldn’t resist stacking all the colours together.

custom name cushion by alphabet monkey

This green is the perfect addition to compliment our Ashkii Range.

Custom name cushion by alphabet monkey . www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Of course you don’t have to limit yourself to a name..we can put any word you like onto the cushion.

You can check them out in store here.

 

 

 

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Trend Watch; Metallics and Copper

Metallic touches in the nursery www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Ok so metallics have been popular for quite a while now as we have discussed previously..many of the coolest interior trends are tending to seep into the coolest nurseries and kids spaces too.

Ive always been a fan of silver but the latest gold, copper and bronze offering give us an opportunity to create something different.  the most popular way to introduce metals into kids spaces seems to be through wall decals/stickers and through lighting.

Metallic touches in the nursery. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

I have seen many gold and copper nurseries over the last year and they have tended to be very feminine and frilly affairs so I was pleasantly surprised to find these more unisex and boyish options for you to be inspired by.

This rose gold Ellie cot by Incy interiors has been styled in a decidedly unfeminine way which is great to give you inspiration..especially with the mustard (another up and coming colour).  I think most people would tend to automatically picture this cot in a girls pretty nursery so it was very clever of them to show it here in a different way.

Metallic touches in the nursery www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

I love the simplicity of this delicate looking copper mobile (below).

Metallic touches in the nursery . www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

I’ve most commonly seen copper/bronze paired with pinks and corals which I do love, but how great does it look with these mint and aqua tones.

Very fresh and the metallic touches lift the simplicity of this room.

 

Metallic touches in the nursery. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

We might do another post soon of some of the more feminine metallic rooms too..I may need to create one for myself…

And so I’ve put together a little inspiration board of products that can help add that little metallic touch to your nursery.  I have already got my eye on a few of these pieces for my new nursery.

Metallic touches for the nursery by Alphabet Monkey. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Sources clockwise from top left

1.Bronze cloud mobile from BabyJivesCo

2. Bronze art Print by Laura Blythman 

3. Copper Gem light Cage by Lark

4. Calypso copper stool by Beeline Design on DTLL

5. Copper Square Utility Basket set of 3 by Lark

6. Ellie Cot in Rose gold by Incy Interiors 

7. Copper Diamonds Cushion by Room and Bloom on DTLL

 

You can find all interior images and their sources on one of my nursery boards or on the metallic board on Pinterest.

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Campbells Black and White room

Campbells black and white room..bedlinen by Alphabet Monkey

 

Hi, today I thought I’d share some pictures of Campbells big boy room. As you can see we managed to just squeeze in his bunk bed behind the door. I like this as it means when you look in his door you don’t see the bed taking over the whole room..as it is pretty tiny.

As you can imagine there is no shortage of bedlinen combos here…Today have mixed up a lot of black and white prints from both of my Storm and Ashkii ranges to keep an on trend monochrome look.

Campbells black and white room www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

We kept it pretty simple with black, white and yellow.. as we had already installed the yellow retro style light fitting.  But as time has gone on we have added more colour..mainly from toys and things..its kind of impossible to keep those things out so you may as well work with it.

Campbells black and white room www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Teepee are very popular right now and they are a lot of fun for playing but also for resting and reading a book.  Campbell likes to surprise our dog Jasper who sneaks in here to have a little nap.  The little cane chair is actually one I had in my own room as a child.

Below is a super simple string line which we can peg up memories.

Campbells black and white room www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Campbells black and white room www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Mixing up the black and white raindrops and arrows and teepees.  This is actually the reverse of the Storm quilt.

Below are the super cute little runners given as a gift when he was born..too cute to part with.

Campbells black and white room  www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

This bunk is a lower than normal bunk. He sleeps up on top now but he was able to sleep on the bottom from when he was about two.  Now its a great place to read , play on the iPad etc.

The quilt on the bottom bunk is also the reverse to our Ashkii quilt cover..the one that features the green geometric print on the front.  So we can turn it over and mix things up whenever we feel like it.

Campbells black and white room www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Campbells black and white room www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of Campbells room..I think this is the tidiest it had been in a long time.  I must confess I am one to just close the door and ignore the mess..there are better things to do I say.

You can find our cushions, bunting and bedlinen in our online store here.

Photography thanks to Jade Flores Photography.

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Elephant Nursery Range

Pachy elephant nursery range by Alphabet Monkey, www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

I wanted to share with you the lovely new photographs of our upcoming Pachy the Elephant nursery range in mint green and grey.

They are currently available for preorder and are proving quite popular so far.

The photos were taken for us by local photographer Jade Flores of Jade Flores Photography. Jade is very clever and specialises in portrait photography.

Pachy Elephant Nursery Range by Alphabet Monkey, www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

As you can see the quilt is a generous size tucking right down on a standard size mattress..but it should be great for a boori size also but just not tucking down quite as far.

Pachy Elephant Nursery Range by Alphabet Monkey, www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

The range includes the quilt with our signature hand stitched felt appliqué elephants.  The inner is 100% natural cotton and has a lovely drape.  It has a little more weight in it than dacron or polyester type batting but I think it actually feels a little more substantial and adds to making a high quality product.  That is why I’ve stuck with it instead of switching to cheaper options..I think you will feel the difference.

Pachy Elephant Nursery Range by Alphabet Monkey, www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

So other items in the range include the patch cushion cover, the chevron cushion cover, the bunting flags, the little elephant toy buntings, the hand made elephant toy and it also matches with our grey chevron fitted sheet which coordinates with all our current ranges.

Of course all these items are also available individually.

 

See our elephant ranges here

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Giveaway time…

 

ITS GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!

Teepee pillowcase by alphabet monkey . www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.auSo after your amazing response to our birthday sale, I just realised that we have ticked over 6000 lickers on Facebook and 3000 on Instagram.

So I thought lets just have a little giveaway to celebrate.

We will be giving away two of our super cool and super soft Teepee pillowcases valued at $45  in the beautiful emerald green. One on each social media site.

All you have to do is tag a friend or two on our site and also answer our question.. ‘Would you like to see Alphabet Monkey make cot quilt covers?’

Easy right??

Winners will be announced 8pm Sunday 26 AEST.

Thanks again for all your support.

PS. The Pachy elephants in mint and grey are now available for preorder (delivery sometime in december) and I have some super cute pics of this range to share very soon too.

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