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pendant_2For some truly spectacular pendants have a look at the range produced by the Kimberley based artist Caren Burns that we have available.  These are part of Caren’s Collection and each of these handmade pendants is made from multiple layers of dichroic glass where each layer is hand cut, carefully designed and then fired at 800⁰C to make exquisite patterns and a stunning final effect.

Have a look at some of the following examples that Caren has recently produced and I am sure you will be impressed by the stunning colours, textures and unique designs.

pendant_1As each pendant is handmade they are unique and you will not see another one like it so you know no one else will be wearing the same design as you.

As a resident of Kununurra, Caren’s unique designs are inspired by the incredible landscapes, scenery, animals as well as the geography of the Kimberley.

Follow this link to see more great examples of pendants from Caren’s Collection as I am sure you will find something for yourself or one that would make an ideal gift.

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Spring has arrived in Australia so it won’t be long before you will be pulling out the sleeveless tops and dresses and catching some sun.  To me that always means it is bangle season.  The seasons in Kununurra are a little different to those in most other parts of Australia.

I love bangles no matter what the season, but they look so good against the skin and shining in the sun, don’t they?

We are proud stockists of a gorgeous range of bangles (and earrings) from The Bangle Business, another clever Kununurra business.  These are not only stunning pieces, they are also fair trade.

We stock bangles for all tastes, occasions and budgets.

The Alana is a set of 5 slim, multi-coloured bangles which are lightweight and easy to wear.  They are colourful and make a really satisfying little noise as they jangle together when you move your arms.  It is only $12 for the set.

For more formal occasions you might choose something like the Jocelyn.  This is glamour.  It is a hinged bangle decorated with intricate flowers of clustered crystals.  It is an eye catching piece with the feel of old Hollywood.

I also love the sparkling black Trixie bangle.  The colour makes it a very versatile piece and the shining black crystals really shimmer in the light.

These bangles are all handmade by artisans in rural India.

A bangle or two can give a lift to any outfit and the bright colours are very cheering.  Wave goodbye to winter with the happy jangle of bangles at your wrist.

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With 3 fabulous ranges Jellystone Designs has a jewellery product for all ages and stages.

Their Tuggable and Suckable range is jewellery designed for mums to wear with babies and children in mind with the Chewable range (yet to be released) being specifically designed for the active child 3 years +.

Jellystone Designs silicone jewellery not only looks great but is a non toxic alternative to regular costume jewellery.  Jellystone Designs Jewellery has been tested free from BPA, PVC, Cadmium and lead.  It has a fabulous feel and texture that Mums and bubs love and can be easily cleaned with soapy water, a wet wipe or in the dishwasher.

Suckables – Suitable for 0 – 36 months
Theses funky teething jewellery pieces are safe for bubs with BPA, PVC, Cadmium and lead Free silicone.  They are also a fashionable and functional teether for modish mums on the go.

Tuggables
Tuggables is Jellystone Design’s “mums-only” range of silicone jewellery. These silicone jewellery pieces not only look great but are a non-toxic alternative to regular costume jewellery.  The Tuggables range includes large chunky pendants secured with a practical break-away clasp.  The custom-designed clasp is designed to separate easily when tugged so mums can wear them with confidence around inquisitive babies and toddlers.

 

Chewables 3years +

Looking for a tug proof non toxic jewellery for your toddler ?  Cords that break apart not fall apart.  Silicone that is non toxic and soft on emerging teeth. The chewable range is ideal for active children, with a breakaway clasp parents can feel safe knowing that necklaces won’t break apart and can reduce the risk of choking for children when snagged.

This range is coming in 2012.

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dichroic glass jewellery

You might have seen our stunning dichroic glass pendants which have been handcrafted in Kununurra by Caren Burns of Caren’s Creations.  Each piece is an original and because it is handmade, cannot be reproduced exactly.   That means no one else will ever be wearing the same piece of jewellery as you.

I know you have been amazed by the colour and design of Caren’s dichroic glass pieces but you might not know much about what dichroic glass is and how these pendants are made.   There really is a lot of technique involved in the process.

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So what is dichroic glass?

Wikipedia says “Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple micro-layers of metals or oxides which give the glass dichroic optical properties”.  Dichroic means that the glass actually splits the light into different rays which affects the colour you actually see.  It looks like one colour until you move it and see it in a different light and then it changes completely.  The word ‘dichroic’ comes from the Greek word di-chroos or (di) two  and (chroos) colour. 

Dichroic glass has been in use since at least the Roman times but more recently NASA refined it for use in their space program.

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Lycurgus Cup and Ancient Rome – photo credits http://www.frogheart.ca/

Dichroic jewellery is made with layers or hand cut glass.  First a base layer is cut.  That is often a black or dark colour so that the dichroic colours will shine out clearly.  Then the artist needs to cut the pieces of dichroic glass into shapes to use in the pendant and lay them out into the final design. They are stuck into place so they don’t shift.  When the artist is happy with the design, they place the clear sheet on top and it’s ready to be kiln fired.

Of course, there is a lot more to it than that but now you know a little bit about the jewellery that you love so much.  If you’d like to see some being made have a look at this clip.

(http://youtu.be/OFB2Ls6tZ0I )

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Nowhere else will you find Caren’s Collection of elegant and unique dichroic glass pendants. Each pendant is individually handmade by the Kimberley based artist Caren Burns from multiple layers of dichronic class. Each layer is hand cut, carefully designed and fired at 800°C. The layers of glass are fused together to make exquisite patterns and a stunning final effect. No pendant is the same and you can guarantee to impress with these intricate works of art.

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Spoil someone special with dichroic glass pendants exclusively from Moo Woo.

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Since having a baby my environmental commitments have been mildly compromised. I use modern cloth nappies, but disposable at night, biodegradable wipes, but not flushable and an endless stream to washing powder, sorry about the water but it contains no phosphate. I like to consider myself an environmentalist and have been more fussy with products containing petro-chemicals, parabens and sulphates since reading an article about the adverse affects in children (especially boys – could explain a few male character flaws).

Visiting my Mum in Sydney always exposes me to a completely different world of kids, families, consumer products and trendy new labels. I recently discovered the most amazing, convenient and environmentally friendly KEEPCUP! If your anything like me, a coffee, chai or hot chocolate can make the world of difference to ones mental health. Take away coffee cups are hot to hold, dangerous around children and unsteady. The KeepCup is the perfect solution! Its is made of BPA free, non toxic plastic that is reusable and not clunky like the old aluminum thermos cups. The lid closes nice and tight with a rubber seal over the spout. The cup keeps your drink warm for a long time – enough time to change a nappy, hang out the washing, settle a crying baby and confirm your appointment at the dentist. I have accidently knocked my KeepCup plenty of times and the lid has remained securely fastened with no spills! A fabulous invention and an added bonus ……manufactured in Australia!

Keep Cups come in a wonderful array of colours and two main sizes – Medium ($14.95) and Large ($16.95). Go for the large as you can always put a smaller coffee in it on days you’re caffeine conscious or a large long black with sugar when sleep deprivation has kicked in!

Learning what take away cups are made from has really sold me on Keep Cups! Check this out:
“The paper cup is made from a composite of materials: kraft bleached paper sprayed with a polyethylene coating. Paper cups are often impregnated with toxic dyes which make them difficult to recycle. The plastic lining in disposable paper cups means they are not recyclable. Biodegradation of a paper cup can take 50 years or more. It’s not just the cup and lid that go into landfill. On average, each disposable cup contains 5% of the raw materials involved in the process of making and delivering it. Small acts can make a big difference – for better and for worse. The environmental impact of all single use items is great. Through good design and a little effort we can easily incorporate reuse into our daily routine.

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We are all looking to lighten our load on this earth with minimal impact to lifestyle and luxury. The KeepCup is a no brainer – there is enough plastic in 28 disposable cups and lids to make one KeepCup.” From Keepcup.com
A further discovery this week – WotNot. WotNot is a small business located in Sydney who have started a natural organic label for bubs and adults that contains “100% what’s good,0% what’s not”. Their products are free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics, glycols and artificial fragrances and preservatives. I have purchases their baby wash and love it. Smells great and cleans well. Campbell has sensitive skin and hates having his hair washed. The all in one baby wash is wonderful! I splurged and tried their baby lotion (again excellent) and 30+ spf suncream. The suncream is zinc based with aloe vera and vitamin e. A really nice blend that doesn’t leaving a sticky residue or a suncream sheen on your skin. Safe for kids and not tested on animals.

Happy cup hunting!
Louise xx

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You’ve always wanted a designer look for your home, but somehow can’t find the time or the inspiration to do it. That’s probably because you think that it’s hard to achieve a designer look for your space on a limited time or budget. However, you don’t always need to redecorate the whole space to make it look brand new. A few designer accessories and key pieces will do the trick.

But before embarking on a redecorating project, you might want to take a few designer tips from the experts for affordable redecorating.

Find inspiration from design magazines or by going to Moo Woo to capture the look you are trying to get for your space. Picking items from the same store also makes it easier for you to coordinate the colours and theme of your design.

Another tip is to group items in odd numbers. This might seem too simplistic to have any effect on a room but the explanation here is simple: the eyes see odd numbers as aesthetically pleasing than even numbers. It can be said that the “rules of odd” in composition is also applicable to the design field as well. You can imagine the fun effect you might get from grouping a few items like the Splosh Text Speak cutouts!

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Create affordable drama in your space by changing a few key items in the room. One of the easiest things you can do is re-painting your walls. Changing the boring colours of your room to something more vibrant creates that instant drama. You can also try adding a splash of colour by adding a designer quilt as a throw. The Frangipani quilt is vivid and exciting in colour and would be a stylish focal point of your room.

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Inject personality with a few quirky items on display. Something unusual like Shaggy the Dog is bound to be a talking point, too.

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Great designers often ignore the rules as they test out new ideas so don’t feel restricted by what anyone else says. Try something and see if you like it. It’s your world that you are decorating, after all.

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