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Nostalgic toys – trend watch

alphabet monkey Arrow bedlinen with Sara Carr toy www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Ive noticed that crochet and knitted nursery toys has been a growing trend over the last few years and have often seen and admired the work of UK based Sara Carr whose quirky little creations have popped up in a many a nursery online.

I put the growth of this trend and its continued popularity down the notion that in todays digital world we all crave something more simple..from an earlier simpler time. This nostalgia makes us hungry for little reminders from the past.

Alphabet monkey bedlinen with Sara Carr toy www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

So I couldn’t wait to order one of Saras’ creations for my new baby who will be here with us by the end of the month.  My son and I looked over her site and we chose this adorable little wolf.  And when he arrived I can tell you the quality and detail of this little guy was worth it.  So much so that at my sons insistence we ordered the larger orange fox for him which we had passed over earlier.  He loves it and has been sleeping with it ever since..

 

Into the woods nursery board by Alphabet Monkey. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

 

So I made up an ‘Into the Woods’ nursery board with a black and white scandi edge..a perfect little nursery to add your little wolf or fox to.  It features our Arrow bunting, quilt and teepee cushion which can all be found in our online shop.

Sheepskin from Ikea, Oeuf Sparrow cot in birch from Urbanbaby, Replica Eames Rocker from Matt Blatt.

Linen by alphabet Monkey with crochet bunny by Marigurumi Etsy shop

 

And as I mentioned earlier, crochet is also very big.  I happened to receive this cute bunny all the way from Spain from super cute Marigurumi Shop on Etsy.  I highly recommend you check out her shop if you are looking for a unique baby gift.

 

 

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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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Ashkii Range , Spring/Summer 2014-15

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We are incredibly excited to present you with the first pics of our Ashkii Range.  We love these story shots by local photographer Jade Flores Photography capturing the spirit of our Ashkii Navajo boy .. determined, adventurous, inquisitive.  Loving to explore nature, and the opportunity to be a free range kid with his tribe of buddies.

We have been waiting so long to launch it and now the time has come..yay!    We have made it so easy for you to create the modern nursery of your dreams and we now offer items to take you right through to the big boy bed.  The mix and match options are endless giving you the starring role when it comes to styling up a storm in your little mans room.

Preorders will be available staring Monday 8th July to claim a piece of this super cool range from our first shipment.

This range will only be available initially through our own store http://www.alphabetmonkey.bigcartel.com

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Finally… New range sneak peek

 

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

Good morning all and happy monday…

I’m very excited to present to you our next two mood board for our coming India style ranges…Ashkii and Brave.  There are many pieces that can either work together or work alone.

In fact , when I look over what we have designed and ordered I think wow..so many designs and options. No wonder it has taken so long to sort out!!  These ranges will be produced in extremely limited runs of 12 at a time.

So my inspiration for the Brave range has been to take the vibe of the American Indian trend and translate it into pieces that will look great in any space.     I’ve worked  in the arrow motif into an understated monochromatic look for those of you who love the minimalistic look or you can add it into the colour and astern of the Askii range below.

Ashkii (which means Boy in Navajo) is inspired by the colour and pattern.  And we are featuring a rich green and mint for those looking for something new.

We have collaborated with talented illustrator Pete Cromer ,  who sketched our super cool teepee design.  We love this sketchy free hand style and think it works very well in our new pieces.

Ashkii and Brave are both inspired by and made for little babes and boys who are free spirited and full of energy.

Who love to play make believe in the forest or in their makeshift teepee.

Who want to chase and roll and throw things and explore.

ashkii moodboard

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS..

Our patchwork quilts will now come in the boori size as the standard size.  At 100x140cm we know you will get maximum use out of your quilt and I also think this is a great size to then use as a throw on the single bed.  We will have two styles of single bed quilt cover and matching pillowcase  and they will be reversible with cool prints on both sides (one in Storm range and one in the Ashkii/Brave range).

All our quilts will be larger than our current sizes and our fitted sheets are big enough to use on a boori cot or a standard cot so we hope we can keep more of you happy.

I am also excited about the patterned fitted sheets as I feel that it is great to be able to have the sheet be such a feature..especially when we don’t use the quilts for sleeping when they are so young (Check SIDS recommendations in your country)

I know many of you have boys that share rooms so the range will be able to be used on both cots and single beds..and you can mix in a pillowcase or a cushion here and there with what you may already have to create a coherent look in the room but that doesn’t have to all be identical.  And before you ask about king singles or doubles..no we can’t accommodate those sizes due the fabric width and printing restrictions.  So our primary focus remains on the nursery but we are allowing some options to assist you in transferring to the big bed..

I have learned over the past nearly four years of creating and growing Alphabet Monkey is that my mums and mums to be are very design savvy.  They love to invest in quality, cool design and they like to get a bit creative when putting their children’s rooms together.  I like to think that we can give you access to designer items that can be worked with in many different ways so that every little boys room is as unique as they are.  We encourage you to mix items we have with things you already own or go all out and get the full range and your little guy is set for years to come.

We will be doing preorders in June..stay tuned or keep up on Facebook.

 

 

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