I almost forgot to tell you about one of my last book purchases in Tokyo. It’s a Marimekko e-Mook. An e-Mook is all the rage in Japan apparently, a cross between a magazine and a book, with the kicker being a premium gift all for around $15. There were a heap of fashion labels doing them with some worthwhile gifts, but I liked the cheerful bag included in this one. We accidentally stumbled on the Marimekko store in OMOTESANDO, it was all gorgeous but a little expensive for my budget, so a $15 bag was a special treat!
The book is essentially a product cataloug with some lovely interiors and a free dress pattern. Here I am having some fun modeling my bag. It’s super fun, perfect for this spring and summer.
Have you ever bought a product just because of the ‘Gift with Purchase’?
You may have noticed lots of travel talk on the blog of late, that’s because it’s at the front of my mind…
Emma and I are off to Argentina on Tuesday morning for several weeks. We will be visiting family I have there, they are all so excited to meet Emma.
So my shop will be on holidays whilst I’m away. My last postal run will be tomorrow morning, so if you need anything order it now! If you are on my mailing list you would have received a nice 20% discount code you can use to shop while the shop is ‘resting’.
If you would like to sign up to the mailing list to receive your code, you can sign up here and I’ll email it to you tonight.
I haven’t started packing yet, just sorting out an excessive amount of paperwork that needed Notarizing and several visits to government departments to get stamps and seals. Red tape and big dollars just for documents that may not even be looked at. Grrr!
It’s a really long trip so I’m hoping my iPad will keep Emma entertained for most of the long transit waits. I’d love some suggestions for great apps that don’t need wi-fi.
I’m hoping to keep blogging whilst I’m away and will be taking my Dad’s mini laptop to keep you all up to date on our experiences. There are also heaps of scheduled posts planned to ensure you don’t miss me too much while I’m away.
So what are your best tips to keep kids entertained on a 20 hour journey? I’ll need all the help I can get!
Yes it’s true! The easiest cake you’ll ever bake. No need for fussy measurements or recipe books, if you can count to four you can make this cake.
It was the first recipe I ever baked as a kid, and still make it occasionally now and then when unexpected visitors pop in.
It differs slightly than other 1234 cake recipes I’ve seen, as this one uses cream not butter.
A 300ml tub of thickened cream is the key! You just use the tub to measure out the other ingredients:
1 (300ml/10 oz) tub of thickened cream
2 tubs of sugar
3 tubs of SR flour
Wizz it all up in your mixer, it will make a large amount of quite a thick batter. Pour into a greased cake tin (2 regular sized ones or one roasting size tray)
In the oven at 180 ℃ (350℉). The time will depend on the size and shape of the tin, maybe 30-45 min or until a skewer comes out clean.
The lovely thing about this cake is you can get a little bit creative depending on what other ingredients you have on hand. I usually add a dash of vanilla extract for extra flavour and often I reduce the amount of sugar (it’s pretty sweet).
I’ve made two examples here, the top one had some apple slices laid on top, the bottom one was an attempt at a choc marble cake with cocoa mixed into half of the batter (left this one in the oven a little too long so it’s a tad brown).
Some other suggestions: add sultanas or candied fruit, add a mashed banana, some food colouring to make rainbow cake…I’d love to hear your ideas.
Now I can’t say this cake will win any awards. The recipe tends to result in a slightly crumbly cake that won’t win a purist over, but it’s tasty and easy and lots of fun to make.
Try it with the kids, I’m sure they’ll come up with a few interesting variations.
I came back with only a handful of books from my trip to Japan, not because they were expensive or the choice was poor, on the contrary. The selection and prices were amazingly good, but unfortunately books are heavy, so I had to control myself. Our hotel was next door to a massive bookshop, so I spent plenty of time browsing.
This is what I cam home with:
Felt Goods by Tabatha Naomi, full of cute characters to make out of felt with instructions and patterns.
Mini Cross stitch book. Great for buttons and brooches
A couple of cute needle felting books
And this book about Cute Tokyo Shops which was really nice to look through to get an idea on places and areas to visit. It was all in Japanese so we had the concierge point out areas on a map. Google maps helped too. Both A-materials and pin’ups were in Kichijoji, a really great area to visit for quirky shops and vintage goodness.
Pop over to Pilgrim’s blog to check out the books she bought in Tokyo…
You all know how much I adore the Scandinavian clothing ranges stocked by Baby goes Retro, now they have a New and Exclusive Range – adorable Danish baby and kids label, AlbaBaby!
AlbaBaby is designed with inspiration from the designer Majken Banke’s own childhood, hence the hint of a cool retro vibe and the vibrant colours. The use of clever and funky details makes for garments that are easy to use, flexible and above all, comfy for children to wear.
The fabrics are strong and long lasting so the clothes are perfect for active kids that love to run, play and climb to their hearts content! All styles are made in small batches, which make them unique products.
In stock now – HotPants suit, dresses, overalls, waistcoats, hoodies and baggy pants. AlbaBaby offers great trans – seasonal pieces to affordable prices. I personally really like the overalls with the double buttons on the straps and roll up cuffs. Apart from the super awesome retro styling, this really clever design allows growing kids to wear these for several years, just button a little higher and off you go.
If you want to check out the full range, pop over and visit Baby goes Retro and make sure you like them on facebook too. Tell them Cinti sent you.
Oh and before I forget. The Baby goes Retro gals have just opened up a bricks and mortar store in Mooloolaba QLD, so if you are lucky enough to live on the Sunshine Coast, make sure you pop in to the new shop. It looks so colourful, choc full of scandy goodness…
‘Twas a beautifully sunny today, perfect for a bit of flea market fun. Camberwell market was our destination of choice, along with the rest of Melbourne it seemed.
Ran into my pals Nat and Estelle who had stalls selling some pretty nice vintage wares, Emma just wanted doughnuts and Mr Man was in charge of toddler wrangling.
I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, although I couldn’t resist these Dutch clogs at $5 a pair. They will be added to my accidental clog collection
And probably my most favourite find for a long long time is this mosaic plate. It was just $5 too. I think I may start a plate wall soon, although a single plate may look a bit lonely.
The lady that sold it to me told me that she had quite a few at home and they were really well made. She knew this because when she smashed them up to get the tiles out, it was almost impossible to pry them out!
I was speechless. So I’ve rescued this vintage find from a possible tragic end, my good deed for the day is done.
You’re gifts will always look professionally wrapped when you add this pretty gift bow to it. I used to do a lot of gift wrapping when I had the store, and customers would always appreciate the extra effort I went to, but really it was not much effort at all. I’d make the bows up in advance between customers, then whip them out at a moments notice.
My video tutorial explains the process really clearly, all you need to have on hand is a roll of Poly Ribbon (Florist Ribbon) and a pair of scissors.
Hope you enjoyed the video, please leave any questions you have in the comment section below.
Occasionally it’s nice to look back on ones blog archives and reminisce. If you are new to My Poppet, I urge you to step back in time and have a poke around some of the older posts, there is lots of inspiration to be had.
Here are a few things that may interest you from this time last year.