Kimmi, Kokeshi & Babooshka Dolls

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Most of you are probably familiar with the Kimmi Dolls (aka Kokeshi dolls) I have displayed in my kitchen (above). What you might not know is that I have a soft spot for both Kokeshi dolls and Matryoshka (aka Babooshka) dolls. Between Allegra and I we have a few bits and pieces inspired by both types of dolls including this blankie that my sister bought for Allegra before she was born...

This photo was taken almost a month ago...
Allegra @ 3 months old.

I love the story behind what Kokeshi dolls stand for...

'Kokeshi dolls have been a Japanese cultural institution for over two centuries. Giving and receiving Kokeshi dolls dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867) in Japan. Kokeshi dolls were handcrafted by woodwork artisans of the time known as Kijiya, (which means woodworker in Japanese) to be given away as tokens of love and friendship. Kokeshi dolls were given as gifts to newborn children as a lucky charm to bestow good wishes for a healthy child.'

Above: Kimmi Doll Collectables

Yesterday a friend of mine was kind enough to forward me the link to the T2 webpage as she thought these T2 Kokeshi Jars were right up my alley (thanks Bree!)...

These jars come in red...


And blue.

I was already a fan of T2's beautiful products, however, I had not yet seen these cute and practical, hand painted, air tight jars! Perfect for either decoration or storage or perhaps the perfect gift to give as they are a symbol of love and friendship!

How about you... are you a fan of Kokeshi or Matryoshka dolls?!

Happy hump day :) x

Allegra Isobel Bouw is 16 weeks old!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yes I know, 16 weeks old already! And yes, I am now one of those parents constantly saying 'Oh they grow up so quickly don't they?!' But it is so very true. I'm doing my best to hold back the tears each week as I find myself packing away outfit after outfit... our baby girl really is growing up far too quickly! The above photo was taken earlier today and it doesn't matter how much time I spend with Allegra, the love, pride and pure joy I get when I look at this beautiful, innnocent, precious face never (ever!) wanes.

I thought I'd share a few more pics of our beautiful Allegra taken over the last week or so...

Going for her first spin in her new
and second set of wheels!

A lazy Saturday morning poolside with Mummy!

Seeing the world from a different view since
strengthening her neck over the last four weeks!

Allegra just doing what she does best...
being TOO darn cute!

Hee hee... gotta love the dropping of the bottom lip! :P

What else can I tell you?! Allegra continues to be one happy and very chatty little lady. It seems she doesn't want to miss a thing! This week she has been turning up her 'cuteness factor' when it comes to nap time by throwing herself into conversation... and with her heartmelting voice oohing and ahhing at me, it's hard not to be sucked in :P Allegra does not have a dummy but this last week has mastered the art of sucking her thumb when she is tired or relaxing in the bath. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but it sure is ridiculously cute! With the little TV that we do let her watch, she seems to have developed a bit of a crush on Mickey Mouse and move over Jolie, it appears there is a new Angelina on the block... Angelina Ballerina that is! And well, I can tell you that Mr B and I are SO thrilled, SO proud and SO in love with our perfect little creation that Allegra already has us entertaining the thought of Baby Bouw #2... but let's not get too ahead of ourselves right?! :P

Have a great weekend! x


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You will love this! Over at they have a section on Decorating & Design which includes a brilliant series called 'High/Low'. Basically, they create two rooms which to the naked eye appear almost identical. It's not until you really study each room carefully that you can pick out which items are in fact different. And the biggest difference is one room is created at a 'high' cost and the other at a 'low cost'. What a great concept to show you how to get the look you want BUT at the fraction of the cost! Seriously, it's crazy how much cheaper the 'Low' looks are...

Check out these highs and lows...

Above: 'high' cost of $20, 893...

Above: 'Low' cost of $4408.

Above: 'High' cost of $10,571...

Above: 'Low' cost of $3727.

Above: 'High' at a cost of $5874...

Above: 'Low' at a cost of $1003.

Above: 'High' at a cost of $10,101...

Above: 'Low' at a cost of $4194.

In this last example, I also love how they have shown what the room looks like as an almost blank canvas displaying only the essential items. This demonstrates what I believe is one of the key points in decorating successfully- keep your essential pieces neutral and then decorate as your heart desires by introducing colours, patterns, prints and textures...

Above: 'High' at a cost of $17,485...

Above: 'Low' at a cost of $4636.

How's that for a game of spot the difference! It just goes to show that you really can create the look you love on a budget! You can check out more High/Low's as well as what products they used to create each look here! x


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Some of you may not know that I have a wee fetish for scarves.... in fact I have at least 40+ neatly hanging in my wardrobe. I didn't always love them but back in 2007 Mr B bought me a scarf that I simply adored. I wore it everywhere and with everything, I just didn't want to take it off! And so my love of what I deem to be one of the greatest accessories a woman can have was born!

Now you all know I love Etsy (that's no secret!) so you can imagine my delight when my friend Linda (thanks again!) sent me the link to Necklush!

LA Times Magazine calls Necklush "the ultimate hybrid accessory, one that will end your "scarf or necklace?" debate once and for all."

'Necklush is an accessory designed to put creativity into your hands. The multiple, seamless cotton loops allow for many different styles and forms, while remaining simple, yet modern. The scarf, cowl and necklace are redefined with the all-in-one patent-pending design of a Necklush.'

Here are a few of my favourites from Necklush's Etsy store...

You've gotta love a scarf and necklace in one right?! You can check out the entire range here!

It's Friday AGAIN tomorrow! The weeks are certainly flying by aren't they?! I've had a productive week with my little lady which included our first (and might I add successful!) trip together to Ikea. This is a great achievement if you ask My B who believes a trip to Ikea under ANY circumstances is not for the faint hearted hee hee :P We purchased a bundle of new frames for some little feature walls I'm working on, including one for Allegra's nursery! I'll be sure to share some pics once they are mounted!

I hope to make it back here tomorrow for a Fancy Friday post... see you then! x

Rebecca's bedroom... suggestions please!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Rebecca, a loyal reader of TWAB (and fellow Melbournian!) emailed me earlier this week kindly asking for some help! Rebecca was hoping I might be able to suggest some curtain or fabric stockists as she is wanting to replace the heavy and slightly dated drapes currently hanging in her enormous and gorgeously organised bedroom! Having not lived in Australia for over three years now, I too had no idea where to start! So I am turning to you, my readers and fellow bloggers for some help with:

1) Suggestions for either Melbourne based OR online stockists of curtains or fabric for curtains.

2) And while we are at it, some suggestions for what type of curtain you think would best suit her french provincial styled room would be great too!

Here are some photos so you can get a sense of the space...

Look at that stunning archway!

Loving her office nook!

Here you can see the drapes Rebecca wants to ditch!

French Provincial style furniture.

From another view...

And again.

So now that you have seen the room in question, can you suggest any stockists as well as what style curtains you think Rebecca should choose to replace these old ones and bring this window back to life?! Sheer, patterned, coloured, neutral? We would really LOVE your input!!! :)

Can you believe it's Friday again?! Mr B has been o/s for the last three days so I am looking forward to him arriving home in the next few hours so we can start our weekend :) I hope you have a great one too! x

Top 25 Creative Moms Nomination!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

When I logged into my emails this morning, I was surprised but super excited to see that I have been nominated in the Top 25 Creative Moms on Circle of Moms!

On March 11th, the top 3 bloggers will get to share their favorite craft or design with an active community of creative moms in a custom issue of the Circle of Moms weekly digest.

To be honest, my initial thoughts were 'Eeek, I'm not so sure I am worthy of this nomination'!!! After all, there are SO many talented and legitimately crafty Mummas out there! BUT I was then reminded that motherhood in itself is indeed a craft and so is using my eye for design as well as my creative juices to offer styling tips, DIY's, recipes and inspiration via Tied with a Bouw!

So, I am humbled and very honoured to take part in this search! I truly value the support YOU my readers give me and I would really appreciate your vote :) CLICK HERE to cast your vote!

Sheesh, between this and entering Allegra in the 2011 Bonds Baby Search, I feel like I am ramming an election campaign down your throats... so I do apologise! What next? Mr B for president?! hee hee :) Thanking you in advance! x


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