Friday, 22 September 2017

What If - a children's picture book

Something very exciting happened this month! I wrote my very first children's book called "What If?". Its very proudly written, illustrated and printed in Ireland.


Have you Ever Played the What If game?
All you need to do is look around you and imagine…
What if the world was a little bit different?
A little more Topsy turvy!!



Its aimed at preschool and early primary school ages and is very colourful. There is also a lollipop to be found in each illustration!














Written by Maria Ryan
Illustrated by Nadia Cruikshanks
Design by Sinead Mallee
Printed by KPS Printers
Studio Photos by AMC Photography Cork

A list of stockists can be found on our website.

Hope you enjoy reading!
Maria 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Alice in Wonderland and our Autumn Winter Collection 2017

Delighted to reveal a few images from our Autumn Winter collection for 2017.
Its inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the tale by Lewis Carroll.
Ive always been fascinated by the story, its the land of make believe and things don't make sense a lot of the time, which is just perfect! There's quite a number of versions of the book here, I did a post on it a few years ago and the illustrations have always been different in through the years. Alice has had blond hair, brown hair, different outfits but mostly the blue. Tim Burton's wonderful movie gave the story such life with his colourful and faithful interpretation.


I have included a few Alice prints in my collection and have made my own version of a modern Alice (it is awaiting photographing this week!)



This needlecord colour and fabric for me is an Alice colour! Its a heavier feel fabric and the colour is perfect for Autumn and Winter. Could be layered up with a choice of tights and tops.


This is a hessian feel fabric, a linen cotton mix with an Alice print.

This stunning Alice print is by the Rifle paper company and is exquisite up close, the gold!


The needlecord skirt , with grey leaf top and matching felt hairband.



 Possibly the most traditional of the Alice prints, vibrant and fun!

All available on our website

Beautiful photography thanks to AMC Photography Cork

Thanks for reading and hope you are a fan of Alice!
Maria



Sunday, 21 May 2017

Unicorn and Rainbow Parties

Hello,

I have had a number of unicorn dresses in my collections for the last couple of years. And they are popular! There are so many amazing unicorn parties ideas online that I have to share a few of my favourite.

 SS17 Pegasus dress


Magical dress in white and pink
All images to follow are from pinterest.


The cake is amazing! But way beyond my baking skillset. Both the confetti and paper tassels are within most budgets!


Very pretty ideas above, lots of pastel goodness.


The cutest little goody bags, and the table cover even has a unicorn print. 


Paper straws add a lovely touch to these drinks


Spray painted mason jars and pastel confetti with some beautiful flowers make a lovely centrepiece



Speaks for itself!

More stunning makes. The drip cake with wings, cake of dreams!
I hope you enjoyed these ideas and you'll find more here ideas/https://www.pinterest.com/lollipopsday/girls-party-ideas/

Happy creating!
Maria

Friday, 17 February 2017

Displaying collections in children's rooms

Our children have the most amazing collections of toys. They really do!

From Lego to dolls to cuddly toys to My Little Pony. Its so easy to pop them into boxes or storage containers. But a really great alternative is to use them as room decoration. I've spotted some gorgeous children's rooms online where they have managed to use toys as decorations in rooms.

The use of unusual shelves and also a dado rail lends itself to showing off the little dolls so perfectly. The addition of a stylish chair and floor cushions also adds the room. I have serious chair envy.


The next room uses a very natural wood palette, even the colours are muted tones, greys, browns, creams and beiges. Shelves are used here for display and also as a makeshift wardrobe. This has allowed the clothes themselves to also become part of the display.


Ok so we don't all have such an beautiful collection of animals and vintage toys but what a wonderful display. The shelving could also be used for any toys and keeping the colours similar makes it very easy on the eyes.



Star Wars! We have lots of them in this house and have the same Ikea wine rack for displaying LightSabers . The shelves are set at different nights and sizes, great for displaying the scene setters.




Adding the rope to the shelf makes it a feature in this room.


An eclectic mix of colours and shelving. Wooden crates, frames and plastic shelves create a very colourful display.


Another one I need to try for all those Lego figures that go missing.


Bookshelves in unusual shapes and colours make a really feature of the books and also provide a lovely contrast to the monochrome wallpaper.


Through the use of imaginative shelving and groupings, toys and books can make such a wonderful addition to the decoration of a child's room. Rather than hiding them away in a storage container and embrace them. I guarantee if you group toys together like these, they suddenly become way more attractive to the child again. I love to gather up groups of dinosaurs or cars and leave them on my littlest ones windowsill. He is instantly attracted to them!




How fab is this room? Love the skateboard shelf. Its a real mix of treasure!

Has to be the best shelf I've seen yet for kids. A piece of wood , painted and used for displaying the animal toys. The dot stickers on the wall add colour and give the shelf an extra element of fun.

Happy Decorating

Maria

You can find links to these photos and more on my pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/lollipopsday/kids-rooms/

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lollipops and Daydreams SS17 LookBook


This year for our Lookbook I wanted to try something new, to do the brilliant photography of AMC Photography Cork justice, so the idea to create a magazine format was born!


The magazine was created and then uploaded to Issuu where you can view it.  Lollipops & Daydreams SS17 LookBook

Hope you enjoy!
Maria 

Friday, 3 February 2017

Toddler Floor Beds


Toddler floor beds at first glance seem to be another trend on social media for children's decor. But there is a theory behind it all. If you've ever been inside a creche or montessori play school the children always nap on floor beds. I will put up my hands and admit that I did presume this was a safety issue (and no doubt it is) and also a cost saving initiative (ten beds would cost a lot!). But it all developed from the Montessori Method of thinking about children.



The Montessory Method as developed by Dr Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor, is a way of thinking about childcare and education. Its theory is to encourage independence, freedom for the child and to encourage development. Having had children go though both play based play school and montessori I will admit to preferring a mix of the two! But all children are different and what suits one may not suit another.


From this school of thought came the idea that floor beds are ideal for children of a certain age. There is no issues of climbing up into beds, everything is at their level and so the idea is to encourage independence.





The toddler bed can fit in very easily with all room styles and can be made relatively cheaply from wood. You can find many instructions online for this including this one below.

They lend themselves to being easily painted and styled up! I wouldn't recommend hanging bunting, lights etc within reach of the toddler so make sure anything like that is well secured or hanging elsewhere.

All images are from Lollipops Pinterest page

Happy Decorating!
Maria 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Wizard of Oz Inspiration for Spring Summer 2017



I loved the Wizard of Oz movie growing up. There was something so magical about it. From Dorothy, to the moving from the black and white world to the amazing colours of Oz, the songs, the characters. It had everything! It was also a little terrifying (those flying monkeys), but still magical.





The blue gingham dress is one that has always stayed in my mind. As has many of the images from the movie. Lollipops and Daydreams anyone? The Lollipop kids surely have a permanent place in my subconscious.




When I began to work on my SS17 collection gingham was firmly in my mind. I sourced a lovely 100% cotton version in a few colours and I've used it in a number of skirts and also on tops and dresses.

Lollipops & Daydreams started with making children's soft furnishings and for this year I am bringing in a new home range for children. The boys range is very much inspired by vintage images of old fashioned cars, toys and planes and I've used gingham also on a number of the cushions.

The contrast of the classic gingham with the land of Oz is also quite striking in the movie. And I couldn't resist a few brightly coloured rainbow prints for summer.



When I think of gingham I am also reminded of a 1930s quilt top I bought a number of years ago. It was from the US and mixed gingham in many colours with some very vibrant florals, see post here.2013/04/1930s-and-1940s-fabrics-vintage-quilt.html



All these influences together are behind the Lollipops and Daydreams new collection, those and a few I had to add in just because they were too beautiful not too! Our new collection is live next week.

Bye for now
Maria