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Heartsong Creations children’s clothing

This independent Australian-owned business uses certified organic cotton to create “inspired” sustainable wear for babies and children. Melinda Chiew, the owner of this business, is a former colleague who

left publishing to create Heartsong. 

She says Heartsong was first conceived in 2003 when she struggled to find a truly special “Congratulations on your new baby” present for her friend who had just given birth to her first child.

“I wanted to send something useful, unique and personal, which was meaningful and reflected the “blessing from above” that my friend had just given birth to,” she says.

The Heartsong range includes T shirts, onesies, bibs, long-sleeve shirts, long-sleeve coveralls, tanks, singlets and hats etc for children 0 to 6 years.

Melinda is kindly offering the special of 10% off online orders. Enter the following discount code at the online checkout: postcard10.


Heartsong Creations

Website: www.heartsong.com.au



Multi-lingual ABC Blocks

For Master O, I was looking for some blocks and I came across these beautiful ones at a wonderful environmentally friendly children’s toy store in Newtown called Flying Penguin. We got the French ones, to mix it up a little bit. 

From the Flying Penguin website entry:

Looking for the perfect heirloom baby gift? Lindenwood Blocks are it: a delight to touch and classically beautiful.

With two embossed letters on each block, bevelled edges and non-toxic ink, these blocks are produced in America from replenishable local kiln-dried Basswood. These blocks are ideal to decorate a newborn baby’s room and perfect educational play as the child grows – encouraging physical, intellectual, creative and social skills.

This French language set includes 32 blocks providing 2 complete alphabets, numerals, and 32 different animal pictures.

Age: 2+

Size: each block is a 4.4 cm cube. The set is 38 x 18.5 x 4.5 cm

From Lindenwood’s website:

“We have always manufactured our products with an eye to the environment. We strive to be responsible in both our process and ecological impact. We repurpose scrap and virtually every grain of wood dust at our factory. Horses bed on our wood curls and our wood salvage is used to heat homes.”

“With Safety being our number one concern we would like to respond to the continuing concerns over lead paint in the manufacture of toys.

Lindenwood, Inc. would like to reassure all customers that “Uncle Goose” brand alphabet blocks and all other Lindenwood products are made to exceed all voluntary and mandatory standards for lead content in toys. We produce 100% of our products within our factory in Grand Rapids, allowing us to control the entire process from wood milling and inspection through to shipping.

•Our products are made from replenishable Michigan grown, Kiln-dried Basswood.

•We use non-toxic, child-safe inks with the added safety of being independantly tested for lead before their use.

•CPSIA Compliant – ASTM-F963 / EN-71 Compliant

•We have eight points of inspection in our process that insures high quality and we are constantly working to improve.”



ABC Blocks (in various languages)

Available from Flying Penguin 

Shop 1, 359 King Street, Newtown

Email: info@flyingpenguin.com.au  
Ph: 02 9516 2842

First Italian Words and Stories
For the  little cugini I managed to get first Italian word books and bilingual storybooks.  The first Italian word books are Oxford University Press’ First Italian Words, with over 400 Italian words and their English translations, and Usborne’s First hundred words in Italian.
The Oxford First Words series aims to give children a head start in learning another language. Each title takes the reader on a picture-book journey through a day, cleverly interweaving lots of familiar settings and cute little dinosaurs. There is a birds eye view of first thing in the morning at home, the journey to school and inside the classroom, a birthday party and even a trip to the seaside. Over 400 foreign words and their English translations are given in illustrated color bands on the side of each page. There is also supplementary material at the back – a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes both flat and three-dimensional, opposites, the weather, time, plus a comprehensive index. The fun illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.


  • Over 400 Italian words and their English translations
  • Illustrated by the picture book artist, David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly)
  • Expertly-levelled supplementary material on counting, colours, opposites, the weather and shapes

48 pages; Over 400 color illustrations.; 10 3/4 x 8 1/2; ISBN13: 978-0-19-911100-8ISBN10: 0-19-911100-6

Book Bags

And for something to put all the beautiful books in, I stumbled across these hand made book bags, when I attended a local Christmas night market. Made by Susan Wells, swellgal book bags can be personalised with childrens’ names via very cute colourful buttons that Susan added on when I put in an order. I loved them so much that, apart from putting in an order for some of the gorgeous littlies I know, I even got one for myself (in a very fetching zebra-like textured material) to hold my documents for the day. It’s perfect since takes A4 size documents comfortably and looks so stylish too.

swellgal Book Bags by Susan Wells
Available via phone and email orders
Ph: 0419 613 106
email: swellgal@tpg.com.au