November 26, 2012
Today I want to tell you all about a fantastic online store.
It’s owned by my fabulous little sister Hayley and a friend… so I am a little bias in my recommendation…. but after I have shown you a small selection of an enormous range of products, I am sure you will agree with me.
Tuxedo Sam (and Friends) USB stick. 14 year old has one and loves it! Once the kids get to high school the USB becomes their best friend. These little guys wont be lost like the boring generic kind…. and are easily recognisable. Even Dad’s and nephew’s would enjoy these.
Djeco make fabulous product. They provide great structured art projects which are vital for building skills. Over the years we have enjoyed many of these craft boxes. They are beautiful indeed.
Covering crafts from colouring, collage, puppet making, folding and knitting these sets ….made for boys as well as girls are highly recommended.
Made by the same company (and often included in the kits) are these felt painting textas and oil pastels. Be warned however….once you buy a child these beautiful textas they will never want normal ones. They make truly beautiful marks and last and last. Well worth the investment.
The oil pastels are also lovely to create art with. you will want to sit alongside your child and draw with them. I think they are better for older children ….. maybe 8+ as they can be a little messy (like oil pastels are)
The Ni Hao Noodle bowl is a fun way to introduce chopsticks to your children. The set comes with a noodle bowl, a patterned plate and a cute set of ‘kid friendly’ chopsticks. The little rubber man holds the chopsticks together making the pinching action that much easier! ….almost like holding a pencil and squeezing. A great gift for 6+ noodle lovers.
We have enjoyed our chalk placement outside and inside. The girls use it to make signs on the cubby house and I sometimes use it to write a list of jobs for them to do…. It’s so much more fun to rub a job off with your hand after doing it!
What is not to love about this sweet Alice in Wonderland necklace (also available as a brooch)? Wood cut and light. Beautiful. You can also get other Alice in Wonderland characters.
The ride on bug.… yes, sadly we are past this, but have many fond memories of the girls zooming around on these. Stylistically so much more beautiful than the plastic ride on…and great for imaginary play.
Past this one too but loved it when the girls were very little. I loved the lightness of the elastic and wood….didn’t hurt when it inevitably hit them in the face! Skish Classic.
I think my all time favourite gift from Scallyoop is Klop. A fantastic park game. It plays like a cross between bowls and boules with a twist or two.
Our family regularly take Klop to the park just with us or with friends and play across generations. The game is well weighted so adult or child can win….. but it’s not all luck. Brilliant!
Now….. my picks for this Christmas and beyond.
This one is for me! Yes there are gifts for adults too!
Love this idea! …..and Balsam wood Plane Card just $7.95
Another Djeco kit! Un-tricky origami Only $12.50
How about this exquisite wooden puzzle? Lovely.
I have loved these for a while. Such a great idea for the ‘construction kids’. Make-a-do kits.
There you have it!
Some of the best gifts you will find…. and you don’t need to go to the shops! Yay.
The site has soooo many more things to love….. and if you get in quick (before Dec 9) adding the code scallyoop10 will give you $10 off if you spend over $30 and put you into the draw for a $150 scallyoop shopping spree.
Why are you still here?
November 21, 2012
Some of you may have already seen her in this.
A super comfy fun favourite.
….and so super easy …..
Sorry it’s been so long since an upcycle!
June 26, 2012
At the beginning of the year I bought this bag for 12 year old to take to school.
It was a little too small from the beginning and was pushed to it’s limits many times.
….. and ….well it broke.
The closures came away and it got a ‘cannot be mended’ hole in the base.
She was very sad because she really loved the illustration…… so I upcycled it into a new bag.
I used the picture as a zippered front pocket with a little pen pocket to the side.
She needs a bag for her extras…. PE clothes, dance clothes, drama costumes….that sort of thing.
I even reused the original bags inside pocket on the new one.
The black bag was already made I bought it at BlankClothing for about $4.
April 5, 2012
You can see our inspiration here.
Both hats cost less than $8.
Mummy was really happy with the outcome, and the girls had a great time.
It’s something of a spectacle to see 730+ kids, plus a good number of teachers, getting creative.
December 15, 2011
Leading up to orientating 5 year olds to school, she began getting very excited about upcycling skirts into dresses.
We had made one in the past, and she really enjoyed wearing it….bit small now…
On a recent trip to the Op Shop, 5 year old bought me the two ladies skirts and suggested we make dresses for her ‘try out days’. She called them this because she was under the impression that she would try it…ask the teachers a few questions (Like what is 2+2… because if they didn’t know, then she thought they wouldn’t make very good teachers)…..
Anyway we thought we would turn it into a fun activity together. She would pick some pieces from the Op Shop and I would make her some things to wear. While I sewed she sat on the floor and floated around watching and learning what Mummy does.
These are what we ended up with!
The first one is simply made by attaching ribbons to the top of the skirt and tying them together at the shoulder.
With dress two, I made fixed straps with ribbon and attached the ties. I also added a little ribbon on the skirt yoke to draw the ribbon print into the overall dress.
The skirt and top is a little complex to explain in a sentence, but I hope to share a tutorial of how to do it soon. It’s a great (cheap) way to introduce children to sewing…..
November 28, 2011
Ideas for Little Girls
Ideas for Little Boys
November 26, 2011
hd: Do you have any new ‘funnys’ for us?
tc: This year I have tried to encourage my positive side and come up with ‘Best. Day. Ever!’ & ‘Happy Go Lucky’ & ‘Sunshine & Lollipops & Rainbows & Everything’. Just try being grumpy when you’re wearing one of those!
tc: I sometimes engage with social media here -
but when it’s really important (like a sale) I will send a message to my mailing list which you can join by clicking ‘keep me posted’ here -
hd: Last year, rather than offer a purchasing deal on your shirt…. which are really well priced anyway…..you offered a give-away. Thank for that. What would you like to surprise harrysdesk readers with this year?
tc: Since I’ve been accentuating the positive this year I’ll give one lucky reader a ‘Best. Day. Ever!’ t-shirt. They come in coal or brown & are available from kids size 3-6m to 14y.
November 16, 2011
Last Thursday was the official opening of my friend Bec’s store in Newtown, Little Big Tween. Or LBT for short.
You may recognise the name from a post I did a month or so back about a new wholesaler.
Yes, harrysdesk accessories are available at LBT.
In the comments of the post I said I had more exciting news associated with this venture…. and now all can be revealed.
A couple of months ago Bec asked me if I could help out with her clothing design drawings and fabric specs. Yes! what I trained to do all those years ago.
I gingerly agreed.
….and I have enjoyed it a lot.
The sketching, dreaming and designing, to Bec’s specifications, has been nothing short of a pleasure.
Fitting it in around an already packed to the brim family life was tricky and some mornings I could be found up before the sun (quite an achievement for a non-morning person like myself) busily sketching and colouring and sticking. Tim and the girls have been fantastic, making all the extra hours possible. We had a few hairy moments…
I will let you know once the winter collection arrives…. as that is the season I have been working on!
At this point I am hoping I can continue to help Bec out as I can….learn lots from her ‘make it happen, with a smile on your face’ attitude…. and keep harrysdesk rolling along and growing into the new year.
This may explain why the blog has been a little removed lately. Sorry…. and thanks for sticking around.
The clothing in the store now, is wonderful and seriously worth a look.
October 18, 2011
You can now get harrysdesk brooches and hair accessories from LBT King Street Newtown.
If you have children size 6 to 14 this shop is well worth a look. Great appropriately styled clothes for this age group.
Due to the one off nature of harrysdesk products you will need to pop into the store to see them…. 541 (south) King Street, Newtown walking towards St Peter’s Station….. yes! the groovy end of King Street.
For everything else, or if you are a non-local, you can visit the website.