Inspiration #6. Picnic perfection.

It’s summertime in Australia. Time for large brimmed hats, picnics in the park and lazy days at the beach!

Why not be a little bit fancy…? Our Zose Designs hair clips are the perfect accessory this summer.

Inspiration - garden hats copyHappy summer from Zose Designs. A dash of sweetness and an ounce of love.

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Travelogue. Bali inspiration.

We recently spent three weeks in Bali on our fourth trip. This time I really kept my senses open to all of my surroundings, finding inspiration in just about every place I went. I spent a few days searching for materials for new Zose Designs creations. I found LOTS!

Bali offerings

Above: Daily offerings provide food for the soul…

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This photo (above): Beads, beads, beads! We spent a fun day in several bead shops. My daughter just loved it.

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Both photos (above): We came away with these gorgeous beads and more…

A dash of sweetness and an ounce of love from Zose Designs.

Inspiration #5. Delectable desserts.

Mmmmm. I indulged in this dessert on a recent trip to Bali. The colors, the sounds, the smells and the tastes of Bali provided much inspiration for new Zose Designs product ideas… Who knew that inspiration would strike while eating this simple masterpiece?

ice cream bali

A dash of sweetness and an ounce of love from Zose Designs…

Christmas pancakes

All for the little one’s Christmas joy. Ho ho ho!

It’s berry season in Australia. Fresh organic strawberries and homemade organic raspberry jam with chocolate chip eyes and nose.

ho ho ho pancakes

A dash of sweetness from Zose Designs.

Sew cute. Stylish kids’ clothes on a budget. #1

I never knew how to sew. But when my daughter was born, something snapped and I bought a sewing machine. Suddenly, I was sewing baby clothes like a woman possessed. Most of the clothes turned out very well, even if the seams were a bit crooked at times. Unfortunately, babies grow so quickly, that she was able to wear each item only a few times. So, I thought I would preserve the memories here, and also share the sources for some of the patterns that I really liked.

I searched for most of my patterns online. Some were free, some were not. And once I became comfortable with sewing, I even created some myself. Here is one of my first blouses. This is called the Magic Pocket Blouse, and I got it from Mani Mina online. I think it turned out pretty cute with a polka-dotted pink circle pocket against a pink, blue and red flowered jersey fabric.  I am completely a novice at sewing, and this was not difficult at all.

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Another pattern that I absolutely loved, was a reversible pinafore with bloomers. The pinafore was soooo easy that it was nearly impossible to make any mistakes. And since it is reversible, so you get two outfits from one. I made several of these, and gave some away as gifts. You can see the reverse pattern on the middle and third photos below.

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The pattern for the pinafore is from Sew Sweet Patterns. It is for both the pinafore and matching bloomers. In one of the outfits I added an elastic band around the leg, and in the other a normal hem.

Please check back for more patterns and crafts. Happy sewing!

A dash of sweetness and an ounce of love from Zose Designs.