It’s that time of year again, when us Babyology writers make a list of our very favourite posts from the past twelve months. As Babyology’s party queen, I spend much of my time soaking up the spectacle of our readers’ parties. So it has to be something pretty special to drag me away from pom poms, bunting and birthday cake. Here are my favourite (non-party) posts from recent months. And, as it happens, they almost all have something in common – they’re the work of a brilliant bunch of Australian designers and artists.
I’ll start this tribute to all things Aussie with the clever collection of educational toys and other covetable things from newcomers Ozzilla. The boys behind Ozzilla floored me with their way cool Australian-themed products earlier this year. Now, it seems, everyone else is mad for them too.
Here’s another hip Australian gem that caught my eye. A Little Pocket is everything that’s good about the local fashion industry. Only in miniature. We’re pegging the young dynamo behind this Melbourne-based label, Laura Natale, as a designer to watch. Her designs for kids are bold, original and – most importantly – very, very wearable.
It was the pure creativity, mixed in with a generous dab of genius, that hit me when I came across these stunning cracked log lamps from Tasmanian furniture artist Duncan Meerding. Another young Australian designer destined for big things, Duncan crafts the beautiful lamps by hand from logs that would otherwise be destroyed in wood burners. We love that they’re now finding new life in your nurseries.
Remember our post on these fun mermaid tails from MerFin? The original design of drop-dead-gorgeous Byron Bay gal Kazzie Mahina, they’re my final homegrown favourite and proof that Australia really is the clever country. Creative, too.
Now, my final favourite post is a review of awfully sweet picture book The Kissing Hand. While not an Australian book per se, it’s certainly a theme that many Australian mums and dads can connect with. It tells the tale of Chester the racoon and how his mum helps overcome his angst at starting school and heading off into the big, wide world for the first time without her. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to keep a tissue handy. I reviewed it at the start of the school year, but it’s also a handy read for toddlers starting childcare or children switching schools mid-year.
Stay tuned for a look through my favourite party posts of the past twelve months later this month, and check in to see our writer Suzi’s favourite posts tomorrow.