Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yellow Dandy Kids Online Store NOW OPEN!


The wait is over, the Yellow Dandy kid's clothing and kid's interiors online store is now open!! We have a great range of products to help you design your child's room in stock and we have pre-orders open for some of the coolest kids fashion from around the globe!! With more to come , so so soon, like the Mini Rodini AW14 Drop one that will be launched tomorrow (Thursday) evening, and it is so cool! 

Today only, we are offering 20% off all stocked items (doesn't include pre-orders) as a bit of a launch offer to start with a bang!! Included in this deal are Sonny Angel mini-figures, Fine Little Day, Lapin and Me Woodland dolls, SwimFins, Lucky Boy Sunday

I am also sooo excited that we will be stocking Rebecca Kiff products! They will be here in about 4 or so weeks!  All handmade by Rebecca in the UK. We are getting baby and kids blankets, pillow cases, Panda wall prints, panda and bunny softies and the new Panda Duvet/Doona cover! And they will be up for pre-order shortly!

We offer Standard Flat-Rate shipping for $8 on all Australian orders, and Australian orders over $150 get free express shipping!

We also have a Flat Rate International shipping for $20

It feels so great to finally have our virtual doors open. Last night Joel and I stayed up wayyyyy to late after the kids went to bed, we were tweaking and fixing! He has a keen editors eye and so much patience, he went through my product descriptions, page by page. Worst job ever! Ha!

And today for the first time in 3 years I am home ALL DAY by myself! Ez is at play-school and Willow is with my Mum. Just so I can make sure everything is going smoothly and to get some ordering and other work done! Although, what I could really do with right now, is a nap!! Ha! But I think I'm too excited to sleep!




Sunday, July 27, 2014

Almost Ready To Launch

This week, my new online store for kids, at www.yellowdandy.com.au is finally opening its virtual doors! And I can tell you it has been a whole lot of hard work, late nights, working weekends and busy nap times for me! Its Sunday afternoon and my family is hanging out, but I am hiding away in the study, tweaking webpages, adding products, sorting out orders and book-keeping! SO much to do, but I really cannot complain, I love it, and its so nice to see a long time dream turning into a reality, and I'm so, so thankful to have a supportive husband who is behind me 100%, he has even declared himself to be 'the warehouse beast' and has gone about storing/stacking/organising all the products and ordering all the shipping materials, he sure is a keeper! 

Some days I wake up with that, oh crap, this is actually happening, what if it all goes terribly, and you know that little niggly bit of self-doubt sneaks in and messes with your head! And then, I just have to push it aside, focus on working hard, and follow my gut! And hope that everyone loves these products and brands as much as I do! 

So on Wednesday morning (8am AEST) all will be revealed. We have such amazing brands on board! I honestly just LOVE them all so much, I want to keep everything for myself!  Then, over the next weeks and month we will have plenty more arriving.

I am constantly discovering new and amazing designers and brands, many are small businesses and parents working at all crazy hours to follow their dreams, it is really inspiring seeing what these lovely creatives and making and designing! 

Here are a few sneak peaks of what you can expect to find at theYellow Dandy Shop!

I am also planning to open with a bit of a bang, so if you don't want to miss out, make sure you subscribe to the shop email newsletter in the sidebar!! 

Thank you everyone for all your kind words and support! It really is so great having such a supportive online community when you are venturing out into something new. 

Although I've been pretty busy and haven't done much blogging lately, I'm still hanging out a lot on Instagram, so come find me there! At @yellowdandy or @yellowdandyshop








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Rabbit Party for Willow


So this post is a little late in coming, its been a few weeks now since Willow turned one. I like to think 1st Birthdays are kind of a big deal, I mean, what a massive year for everyone, and how cute are they when they try cake for the first time! It's amazing to watch their faces! SO, we threw her a bit of a party, and she loved playing with all the balloons, and eating cake, she definitely LOVED eating cake, but there is no surprises there!

Her birthday was an excuse to get our friends to make the hour drive down and visit us and see the new house! We haven't really had lots of time for visitors seeing every weekend we seem to be embarking on some new project, and theres the shop too. It was so nice to see everyone again and just hang out. It maybe got a little chaotic, but thats why I am so grateful for our big house and open spaces!

I feel like with the second child their first year just flies past. Its hard to believe she's almost 13 months, she's given up on crawling and is walking everywhere now, and has said her first official word, which is 'Shoe' closely followed by the word 'sock'. No surprises there really, seeing she's got a pretty great shoe collection already thanks to her mini shoe adddict Mum! A child after my own heart, oh we are going to have some fun!

It wasn't really a overly themed birthday party, but due to her love of her Ikea Rabbit stuffed toy 'Rab Rab' and her new Mini Melissa Rabbit shoes,  I decided that the cake, at least had to have a Rabbit theme.

I roped a friend into helping me with some DIY tissue paper tassel decorations! And I got the Love Mae party plates and cups and such on sale! Thanks to some inspiration from Babs at Patchwork Cactus we served American Hotdogs with a range of toppings, including chilli con carne, sauerkraut, onions, cheese, all the good American style stuff! We bought Hunsa hotdogs, and Joel, reckons that they are pretty darn close to real American hotdogs! And he should know, they were part of his staple diet growing up! ha!

I also ended up taking heaps of cake photos and not a whole lot else! Thats what happens when you are hosting, you have no time for pictures. I didn't even get one with the Birthday girl.



HER FACE!!! PRICELESS!!! 



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion and is The Musical in Perth


So, Grease the musical is playing in Perth at the moment, at the Crown Theatre! And I was lucky enough to attend the opening night! As a Mum of two little ones its not that often I get to head out to a show, and especially something like Grease that has been a favourite of mine since my childhood, even though the movie came out before I was born!! I cannot even tell you how many times I have watched the movie, and like a true dag, I also watched Grease 2 a lot, and know the words to all of those songs. Yes, I know, it doesn't even compare to the first, but, like I said I was a pretty big Grease fan! As you can imagine I was pretty excited to go, and I had pretty high expectations!

My Mum and I found our seats, and proceeded to wait for the show to start. Moments before the lights went down, a very strange fellow found his seat next to mine. He gave the impression of being homeless, I don't know if he was or not, but with his matted hair, dirty clothes and fingerless gloves, and incomprehensible mumbling it just seemed that way. But, the thing that really got to me was he TOTALLY STUNK! Like, one of the worse smells ever. I kept thinking it was a mix between B.O, cigarette smoke and off milk. He kept mumbling strange things, and although he seemed nice enough, it was really off putting!! I spent the whole show trying to breathe non-stinky air,  by leaning as far away from him as I could!

BUT, apart from this strange fellow, the show was AMAZING!!!

Of course it isn't an exact replica of the movie, and I was intrigued to see all the differences and how they would pull it all off. But, they did, it was clever, funny and entertaining and so much fun! One of those musicals that makes you want to jump out of your seat and dance and sing along! There are a few musical scores that aren't in the movie, and the T.Birds get their own songs which are pretty great! I won't give away too much, just know that you are in for a really fun night out, and you wont want it to end!

I have to say that Eli Cooper who played Eugene, was so, so funny! It was hard to take my eyes off of him when he was on the stage, his dance moves and whole character was just so good!

I loved Rob Mills as Danny, and his Travolta style 'cool laugh' was almost spot on! He was pretty impressive!


Todd McKenney stole the show as Teen Angel. It seems like such a small and obscure part for someone so fantastic, but he made it his own and the crowd LOVED it!! There was lots of cheering and interaction, he is just such an incredible showman no matter the part!


Kirby Burgess as Rizzo was another stand out performance for me. Stockard Channing's are some pretty massive shoes to fill! But, she did sooo well! Really they all were fantastic, you can just see how much hard work has gone into it, and I love that Australia has so much young talent in this musical!

I thought having Bert Newton as Vince Fontaine was kind of odd, seeing that in the movie he is totally hitting on Marty at the dance! But, I'm glad they didn't really add that in too much to the story, ewww!

The whole cast was really incredible, and it is definitely worth going to check out the show!! I'd love to go again, minus the stench!!

It is playing in Perth until 27th July!! So still plenty of time to get TICKETS HERE!








Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bandit Kids: New X Marks the Spot Collection at Yellow Dandy


Have you heard of this cool Aussie kids clothing label, Bandit Kids? If you haven't, trust me you are missing out! It is RAD! They are just about to release their 2nd ever  collection 'X Marks the Spot' and it is really, really cool and seeing how quickly their first collection sold, I would say this is one is about to go even faster!! And, to make it even better, I am so excited that Yellow Dandy will be stocking this awesome label in our new kids store!! YAY!

The first 'drop' of this collection is due to be released at the end of this month, and just happens to coincide with the Yellow Dandy online store launch!! Yep, the store launch is quickly approaching!!

The first release also includes the amazing Pax and Hart collaboration 'Crying Heart Tee' (pictured at the bottom) !!! Can't wait!

I love clothes that are really comfy for kids to wear, but also look really great! How fun are the prints, Ezra has seen the pictures and is already asking for EVERYTHING!!



Photos by @markseabury Instagram) 


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