Friday, 12 December 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Story books are such an important part of childhood. You learn so much from them and it follows you all the way till adulthood. The funny stories you read or listened to your parents read to you as a child pretty much stick with you forever. Storybooks are also a great way of parent-child bonding!
Home Grown Books believes that reading is the key to lifelong learning, we couldn't agree more. They have a great range of books that they collaborate with artists and educators to produce. The graphics and themes appeal to both parents and children, which is amazing!
We even included this adorable holiday set in our gift guide.. a Knit cat with a book.. which kid would not enjoy that!
Aren't our little house props adorable? The House Boxes are courtesy of Famille Summerbelle.
.. Home Grown Books
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Surprise, surprise! We are hosting a BOOK SINGING this Saturday in the Bloesem Shop in Singapore. Author Rubyellen Bratcher of Let’s Sew Together is in town and now is your chance to meet her personally ... that is if you are in town :)
WHERE: Bloesem Shop - 59 Eng Hoon Street in Tiong Bahru
WHEN: Saturday 28 June between 10am-12pm
The book is all about simple sewing techniques for you to craft together with your kids!
Sew with them! Rubyellen has created 30 simple projects that encourage families to spend more time together through DIY activities.
Perhaps you wonder why Rubyellen is here in Singapore well we invited her to host some creative workshops. She is going to teach us how to make felt flower garlands and hair bows like these ...
ps. if you look at the picture just above ... how clever to have a chalkboard wall hanging like this. I bet Rubyellen made it herself too :)
Hurry as we only have 20 copies left!
Image credit: a beautiful mess and ah that's love - Video credit: Cakeflix Wedding Films
.. My Cakies
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
We recently met Bronwyn since she moved to Singapore from Europe. Thankfully for moms with a passion like her, that we have such personal products like Simply for Flying, a flight log book for the little ones. After much difficulty in finding one that was age appropriate for her two young children, Bronwyn decided to design her own on suggestion by her brilliant husband.
The cute characters and activities within the book are a great way for kids to past the time, as well as, to keep track of all their travels. The second part might not make sense to them just yet, but they'll be happy to look back when they're older. It's also a great keepsake for the parents!
What's great about Simply for flying is that it doesn't just end at the flight log book. There are many more fun aspects of Simply for flying that you can find on the website. Under printables, you will be able to find printable luggage tags, coloring sheets and even pre-flight checklists for parents. Bronwyn has seriously thought of every small details when it comes to travel.
.. Simply for Flying
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 by Irene Hoofs
One of our very first visitors to the Bloesem Creative Space was Hedwige Jacobs. She has been living in Singapore for 3 years and had heard about us through a friend (the power of word of mouth!). She is an artist and illustrator and together with Vanessa Del Fabbro, they create these lovely childrens books about the adventures of COCO.
The latest book in the Adventures of COCO series sees COCO in Rome. We love the quirky illustrations of COCO rome-ing around (sorry, bad pun). With all the sights drawn in the book, its like taking a mini vacation, especially great for educating children! COCO definitely needs to visit more places. Get your hands on the books here and here.
More pictures after the break.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
I've known Paul for a few years now, we first connected when he started his blog. Meeting him first online, then in person, Paul has become an online friend. This is the miracle of the internet!
From blogger to owner of your own print magazine is quite admirable ... and I am happy to announce we are even going to be selling sweet paul magazine in our brick and mortar Bloesem shop in Tiong Bahru next year!
But for the sweet paul kids Holiday edition there is no need for you to come all the way to Singapore in fact just stay where you are and simply folow this link and download the digital issue, you will not be sorry ... hundreds of pages of cheer Christmas inspiration!
I think the magazines you read says so much about your personality and the things you like or how you would like to live your life. To us, the Sweet Paul reader is cheerful, creative and fun! The magazine is not only full of beautiful pictures, it also has craft projects for days.
Enticing you with delectable pictorials, we can't help but want to try to recreate the things we see in the magazine.
Thankfully many of the craft projects in the magazine are also online
, but downloading it to your ipad makes life so much easier. Technology nowadays... with magazines like sweet paul, it's simple to make life beautiful!
All images are from the Kids Holiday magazine by sweet paul.
.. sweet paul kids Holiday edition
Monday, 28 October 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Today's quick start features Martha Stewart's favorite crafts for kids book. I'm amazed at how many crafts are packed into this 350 page book of endless fun for kids and maybe their moms and dads too!
I'm still going through the book (its going to take some time to get through all the activities, there is quite alot of them!) but so far a favorite has got to be 'Painted Umbrellas'. The name says it all and i think its a great simple project for the young ones to get creative with paint and something they actually use .... no need for them wait long I believe with rainy season in most countries right now.
Another nice project is the Leaf Alphabet ... I saw some great variations floating on pinterest the last coupe of weeks but Handmade Charlotte's one must be the most perfect one! ... couldnt resist sharing the cute image by Sabine Timm too ... :)
Join in the fun, you can get your copy of the book here.
.. Martha Stewart's favorite crafts for kids