Thursday, 31 May 2012

Modern baby book from Plibooks


Modern baby Book



Accordion-style fold-out pages with modernist graphics beautifully frame your memories, photos and other momentos
French and English text
Modernist graphics are the backgrop for you to beautifully frame your memories, photos and other momentos
Complete with height chart on the back also space to add other momentos
 
Each book comes beau­ti­fully pack­aged in a hard­bound slip­case.
We have just received a series of modern memory books from France to record your travels, ideas and babies. The accordion-style fold-out books offer plenty of space for your notes & thoughts. The modern bold graph­ics are beautiful backdrops for your pho­tos, mementos, draw­ings, and anything else you choose to
include
Document the first years of your babies life with this modern baby book from France.  Fill with your own pictures and words the hardback concertina book has a height chart on one side and lots of space  for notes, pictures, footprints & special memories on the other. Illustrated with modern minimalist graphics this is the perfect gift for proud parents, grandparents and friends.  Each book comes beau­ti­fully pack­aged in a hard­bound slip­case, designed as a keepsake for years to come.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A-Z Typographic Party plates by Magpie


We love these A-Z paper plates and cups perfect decoration for a summer party. Each set of 26 cups features the entire alphabet annotated with beautiful images. If you are planning a party please stop by the new party time section of the shop for inspiration and ideas for both decoration and party presents.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Mustache biscuits recipe



Making 300 of these moustache biscuits for a recent event at Kensington roof gardens was quite ambitious in a small kitchen but but lots of fun. Mustache cutters now available in the new cooking and kitchen section of the shop along with other  goodies!


 The recipe

Cookies:

  • 6 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Icing:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons just-boiled water
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • Food coloring, preferably pastes
  • Special equipment: cookie cutters

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and moving towards moussiness, then beat in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, and mix gently but surely. If you think the finished mixture is too sticky to be rolled out, add more flour, but do so sparingly as too much will make the dough tough. Form into a fat disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, place disk of dough on it, and sprinkle a little more flour on top of that. Then roll it out to a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Cut into shapes, dipping the cutter into flour as you go, and place the cookies a little apart on 2 parchment or silpat lined baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 12 minutes; obviously it depends on the shape you're using and whether they are on the upper or lower shelf, though you can swap them around after about 5 minutes. When they're ready expect them to be tinged a pronounced gold around the edges; they'll be softish still in the middle, but set while they cool.
Remove the cookies with a flat, preferably flexible, spatula to a wire rack. When they are fully cooled, you can get on with the icing. Put a couple of tablespoons of not-quite-boiling water into a large bowl, add the sieved confectioners sugar and mix together, adding more water as you need to form a thick paste. Color, as desired. I think pastes are much better than liquid, not just because the range of colors is better but because they don't dilute the icing as they tint. Ice cooled cookies, as desired.
Visit our new cooking and kitchen section of the shop for more ideas

Thursday, 10 May 2012

A wonderful time at One Bigg Magical Party


We packed up some Molly-Meg goodies and went to One Bigg Magical Party on bank holiday Monday. It was so much fun hanging out with the flamingos and ducks in the beautiful Kensington Roof Gardens in London.  The day was full of fun and had a great atmosphere, we had a good time making photobooth props with the children.   Making 300 biscuits was a bit of a mission in a small kitchen but hopefully everyone enjoyed going home with an edible moustache biscuit made by yours truely. Recipe to follow soon

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Introducing beautiful Dolls Villas from Liliane



Molly-Meg is proud to be selling a choice of two beautiful dolls villas from Dutch designer Liliane.  Made in Gemany, the villas are amazingly detailed and have an interesting background.
The thought that has gone into these designs is impressive.  Liliane's background in art and design is accompanied by a sharp interest in education and the well-being of children and families.  This may be what inspires such products designed to aid play and development in both the home and child care settings. They are also used in therapeutic settings to facilitate contact with children, to make diagnoses, and even as a form of treatment.  They can encourage group play as well as inspire adults and children to play together, allowing parents to observe developments within children.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Seven Smooches have arrived!



Molly-Meg is excited to announce the arrival of these beautiful puppets from Seven Smooches.  Jennifer and Stacy met as preschool mothers in Chicago, both sharing a love of children and artistic expression.  With their backgrounds in graphic arts and fashion merchandising, together they formed Seven Smooches.  The puppets are made out of unwanted cashmere and wool sweaters.  The wolffrogelephant and lion are full of character, each has its own quirky feature.  And because of the way they are made, no two puppets are exactly the same!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Our cuddly friends by the Kenana Knitters are here!


Molly-Meg have added these adorable knitted toys from Kenana Knitters. The way these soft toys and puppets have been made makes them even more special. Kenana is a fair trade organisation, all toys are knitted by Kenana Knitters in Kenya. The women of Njoro knit these toys using locally sourced wool. This provides the women with a direct source of income enabling them to improve the welfare and way of life of themselves and their families.  Each woman then signs the label of the toy.  Cuddly creatures each with their own personal touch!