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Monday, January 26, 2015

we love australia

compiled by Kate Waters from Handmade Cooperative

Australia Day has to be the best day of the year. Nothing beats being given a day off specifically to go to the beach with my surfboard, and perhaps a kangaroo or two wandering by. This selection Australian handmade gifts have put me in the spirit to celebrate all that is Aussie. Now, where did I put my thongs?

1. surfboards and sand tshirt by SunHaze
2. green and gold thongs handmade card by Mum & Me Handmade Designs
3. felt fairy bread by Mel's Creative Wishes
4. kangaroo mask by Schooza
5. koala handprinted soft toy by Babee & Me
6. girls ruffle swimmers by SunHaze
7. navy chevron boys shorts by ted and toot
8. Australian bird badges by Badge Bliss
9. personalised map love card by the little card boutique

compiled by Kate Waters, tickle ambassador and editor of Handmade Cooperative

Made by hand. Made with love. Made in Australia.
At Handmade Cooperative, we celebrate and promote the best in Australian handmade kids clothes and gifts. For those sourcing for a central theme or collating a look for a child, we hunt out the most gorgeous and unique children's clothes, toys and accessories. Choosing handmade gifts for kids just got a whole lot easier.

Handmade Cooperative - Bringing you the best in Australian handmade kids clothes and gifts. www.handmadecooperative.com.au

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

{behind the scenes} a week of celebrations


Happy Wednesday!!

The week since Christmas holidays has been a busy one - a flurry of emails, goal setting, action planning and getting stuck in to issue 19!

Entitled 'inkling', issue 19 is all about celebrating. There are so many things to celebrate in life, really there are - just step back for a moment and really appreciate what you have around you - fresh air, blues skies, flowers, smiles, hugs, gorgeous friends, a healthy family - these things alone call for celebration!

And then there are those special occasions that really shout for celebration - birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new arrivals, the launch of an issue...so many things! Yes, on occasion I have been accused of going over the top for birthdays. Growing up, mum made sure our birthdays were the most special days of the year - it wasn't so much about the gifts or parties - they were just magical. I try to do the same for my children and for others. I just really LOVE a good celebration, I love the planning, I love making things look pretty, I love watching people enjoy themselves and escaping from real life for just a moment.

This week is full of celebrations in my life - lots of our gorgeous friends & family are celebrating their birthdays! Sending huge birthday wishes to you all - Erin, Heidi, Andy, Aaron, Paul, Rachel and especially Jacq, who is turning a special number this year!!

We're having a dinner party this weekend to celebrate and I have a little last minute styling to organise! Dinner will be Indian (yum!) and Jacq has a wonderfully eclectic style - so I'm going for a bohemian look. First port of call - pinterest! Here's a board I'm working on for inspiration...

Wish me luck!

What are you celebrating this week?

Tanya x

Monday, January 19, 2015

mega handmade giveaway

We've teamed up with eight of our favourite Australian designers and makers to bring you this awesome package of creative goodies - valued at over $500 - and one lucky tickle reader is going to win it all!

Share a photo of the summer issue of #tickletheimagination and you could win our mega handmade giveaway package - valued at over $500!

Simply take a photo of our issue 18 cover and share it on Instagram with #tickletheimagination. The most creative snap will WIN our mega handmade giveaway package!

your prize includes:
1. Two gorgeous A4 prints of your choosing from Inaluxe. Value $90-$108. www.inaluxe.com.au
2. A 5x7 print of your choosing from milk & cookies. Value $20. www.milkandcookies.com.au
3. Quote pendant of your choosing from Starzyia. Value $20. www.starzyia.com
4. A gorgeous sewing case, filled with tools and materials, designed to inspire young sewers from Sew Sista. Value $59.95. www.sewsista.com.au   
5. Set of books ‘Collective Nouns’ - book 1 and 2, from Red Parka. Value $59.90. www.redparka.com.au
6. 4 sets of ‘blossom & cat’ earrings. Three hand painted earrings: I heart you, water melon, daisy and glitter cat head. From blossom & cat Value $58. www.blossomandcat.com.au   
7. Succulent kokodema from Little Lands. Value $40. www.littlelands.com.au
8. ‘Bunny in Love’ ring from Fleur Envy. Value $220. www.fleurenvy.com

how to enter...
Upload your photo with #tickletheimagination and be sure to follow and tag @tickletheimagination.

Entries will be judged by editor, Tanya, and the tickle team, and the image we determine as the most creative will win the prize!

Entries close 28th February 2015.

terms and conditions:
1. Entry is open to Australian and New Zealand residents, aged 18 years and over.
2. You may enter as many times as you like, maximum one entry per day.
3. Prize include regular postage within Australia or New Zealand.
4. Prize may not be exchanged for cash.
5. Entries will be judged by editor, Tanya, and the tickle team and the photograph determined the most creative will will the prize. The judges decision will be final.
6. The winner will be contacted via their instagram page and will be announced via the tickle the imagination blog and social media networks.
7. The winner will be required to supply their postal address for delivery of prize.

Friday, January 16, 2015

international book giving day

I love books, LOVE them. I love reading books, I love owning books, I love giving books as gifts and I love looking at the pretty covers and spines. One day I plan to write a book...not sure what it will be about yet, but it's on the list!
So, the idea of an international book giving day is completely my cup of tea!

This special day takes place on the 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.
We caught up with International Book Giving Day volunteer Emma Perry (who you might remember as our bookshelf editor from a couple of years ago) to find out more about this awesome initiative.

Now in its 4th year International Book Giving Day continues to grow from strength to strength. Turning the commercialisation of Valentines Day on its head, people across the globe are encouraged to spread the love of reading by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14th February.

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing childrens access to, and enthusiasm for, books.

To encourage even more people to give books to children in 2015, Chris Haughton has designed this years poster in his unique and vibrant style. Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display the poster to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February.

Chris Haughton has been an illustrator for over 12 years. His first childrens book, A Bit Lost, has been translated into 19 languages and has won 9 awards in 7 countries. This was followed by Oh No, George! in 2012, winner of the Junior Magazine Picturebook of the year award. His latest picture book SHH! We Have A Plan (March 2014) won the AOI award for children's books for 2014.
I am absolutely delighted that Chris Haughton has designed this years poster. His unique, eye-catching style will help spread the word to encourage many more people to give books on 14th February 2015. Emma Perry, IBGD.

2014 saw participants from across the globe donate books to many, many children. Reports flooded in from Fiji, Singapore, America, Nigeria, Canada, France, Australia, India, Czech Republic and plenty more! Books were left in hospitals, schools, trains, parks, playgrounds, free libraries were even set up especially for the day. Scholastic gifted new books to all the children at the Royal Melbourne Childrens Hospital, Publishing House Host (Czech Republic) provided books for children at a travellers centre.

2014 attracted plenty of media attention including a feature article in The Guardian UK, and a letter of support from Australias Childrens Laureate Jackie French published across the media. Twitter was abuzz with #giveabook highlighting tales of generosity as the love of books was shared. Visitors to the official website was double those seen in 2013 as International Book Giving Day continues to capture imaginations.

2015 is set to be even bigger.

  1. Add your name to the list of individuals celebrating International Book Giving Day.
  2. Take a look at how others are celebrating, and get inspired!
  3. Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  4. Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookplate to attach to a book you give to a kid. They’re free!
  5. Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day via Instagram by adding the hashtag #giveabook or via email (amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com).
  6. Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. We have International Book Giving Day posters available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Hindi. You can download and print these posters or share them online.

If you would like further information please contact Emma Perry at emperry@gmail.com
Twitter | @bookgivingday

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 will be a wonderful year!

I know the month is half way through... but that also means there's still half to go (glass half full and all!)
So, if you'd like something pretty to adorn your desktop, here's a pretty little January wallpaper  (in two colourways)
enjoy! x



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Hello 2015!

Happy New Year!!
How were your holidays?
Mine were so, so lovely.
Christmas is always super busy for us, visiting my husband's family for lunch and then mine for dinner. I love it though, always a day filled with magic and wonder - the smell of gift wrap and so much lovely food...soo much lovely food! But I think my favourite part is being woken super early by my three littles to watch them open their gifts - it really is what Christmas is about for me - the joy and excitement on their faces fills me with so much happiness I could burst.
The week following Christmas we spent catching up with more family and friends - loveliness!!
And then off to Busselton for a little escape - such a beautiful part of the world.
It was a fun-filled week of trips to the beach and sight seeing. We visited the Jewel Cave in Augusta (stunning, but oh my goodness the 500 steps back up reminded me just how unfit I am!), Indigo went horse riding in Margaret River at Jesters Flat (truly gorgeous property and friendliest people), we took a mini train ride along the Busselton Jetty to see the Underwater Observatory (which was amazing), a visit to Yallingup Maze was so much fun! We spent hours there doing the puzzles they have out on the tables in the cafĂ©, we ate lots of locally made Simmo's icecream (chocolate nougat crunch is to die for), found time to catch up with a very dear friend and finished off with a night at the drive-in.
Before I left I downloaded this amazing online workshop by Bonnie Christine over at Creative Live. I popped all the videos onto a usb and took my laptop for some holiday learning! Surface pattern design is something I have always wanted to dabble in and this course was so informative and so much fun!
So, after a few weeks away from my desk, I am feeling refreshed and ready to take on the year ahead!!
The past week has been spent putting pen to paper with all the ideas and plans I have for tickle this year... yay!! I am a little bit excited...and possibly a little bit ambitious! But you have to dream big, right? I'll be sharing more about all that as the year unfolds! One of my big goals for this year though is to blog more regularly, so hopefully you will be seeing more of me around here - I am putting together my content calendar and plan of action as we speak.
How about you? Big dreams for 2015? I would love to hear what they are x




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