Bunnyfest!

Easter is drawing near and that means the Easter Bunny is preparing for all that lovely Easter fun and delicious chocolate eating. To celebrate, we have compiled a selection of some of our best bunny products, which I'm sure you will love as much as we do!

Bunnyfest

So, starting from the top left and going in a clockwise direction we have......

 A fabulous Jane Foster rabbit toy with a stylised flower design. Jane Foster produces some gorgeous retro inspired soft toys, and this is one of our favourites. We only have one of these left (in pink), so if you want it you'd better be quick!

Next up is one of our bestselling prints by designer Becky Baur. Rabbits feature in many of her designs and we just love the striking nature of this Rabbit with Camera Print.

OYOY is a Danish design company who produce some delightful and incredibly stylish interiors products for adults and children. This wooden rabbit decoration is an example of their simple but stunning design. This decoration can be hung from the leather string provided or it can be sat on a shelf, using the wooden stick provided (which holds the separate pieces together). It makes a lovely decoration in a nursery or childs room, but would also make a lovely decoration in an adult space as well. Please note this is not a toy.

This Becky Baur Watermelon Print is another of our bestsellers, and it conjures up thoughts of sunshine and holidays. What's not to like about that!

If you're looking for a baby toy or a lovely gift for a newborn, this Roly Poly Rabbit toy by Danish designers OYOY will fit the bill nicely. It makes a sweet tinkling sound when rolled around and is made from soft cotton with embroidered facial features. The neon orange knitted ruff around it's neck provides a fantastic pop of colour.

And here we have another Becky Baur rabbit! We love them so much! This Rabbit with Pineapple poster has a pastel blue background, which is a lovely shade for spring.

Our final bunny product is this absolutely stunning Cot Bed Set by Lulu and Nat (centre image). It features delightful screenprinted orange bunnies on one side and an alternate bunny print on the other side. It is made from 100% Indian Cotton and is really soft for your toddlers skin.

We hope you like our selection of bunny related products!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

We would just like to wish all you lovely people a very Happy 2016! Hope it's a good year...

So, what's in the pipeline for Zigzag & Zebra this year? Well, we will be expanding our range of Baby Gifts, Lighting and Wall Prints, as well as adding fabulous new products as and when we see them. You will see more from our Scandinavian suppliers OYOY and Sebra for amazing kids design products. We are constantly on the lookout for stylish, well designed kids products, so if you are a designer or maker of lovely children's things, please get in touch!

 

Posted on January 5, 2016 .

It's our 1st birthday!

30% 0ff everything! Use code BIRTHDAY at checkout

30% 0ff everything! Use code BIRTHDAY at checkout

Today, it is exactly 1 year since we launched the website, so it's a momentous occasion for us! Hooray!

As a celebration we are offering 30% off everything until the end of September, just use code 'BIRTHDAY' at checkout. This is to say thank you to all our customers, old and new. We hope you will continue to support us and enjoy what we have to offer.

We have relished the challenges, the ups and downs and the excitement of running a new business and will carry on searching for beautiful, creative products for you and your children. We will be getting lots of new lovely things in stock in the run up to Christmas, so keep checking back for ideas on creative play and gift ideas.

Thank you again!

Posted on September 14, 2015 .

Life in a Pod

Having just returned from having a lovely week at Trecombe Lakes in Cornwall, I thought it only fair that I should share what this delightful little 'glamping' pod site has to offer for families looking for something a bit different for a holiday base.

 

Firstly, if you like a bit of peace and quiet, but in a family friendly environment, this place is perfect. There are only 5 wooden 'pods' on the site, each sleeping 4 people, and they are well spaced out, each with their very own firepit area, decking and BBQ. Perfect for cooking up sausage and marshmallow feasts! The situation is rural, yet only 10 minutes from beaches, Falmouth, the Helford River, lovely gardens (Glendurgan and Trebah) and gorgeous eating places such as The Ferryboat Inn and The Potager cafe (I could write a whole separate blog on the fabulousness of this garden/cafe!).

Each wooden pod is stylishly furnished with everything you should need, including it's own shower room/toilet, hot running water, electricity, heating, proper beds (a double and 2 singles), cooker, fridge and beanbags for lounging. So, in other words, all your creature comforts! They were nice and warm and toasty inside, being well insulated for all weathers. The insulation also makes them amazingly quiet inside and we never heard a peep from the other pods, despite there being a mixture of babies, young children and slightly older children in the mix! So, the opposite of nightime on a normal campsite!

The grounds of the site are amazing as well, with lakes sprouting enormous lily pads, woods, rowing boats to use whenever you wish (lifejackets provided), a woodland play area with climbing wall, swings, tree house, swinging tyres, etc and lots of nice lush grass (helped by the wet weather!) to play ball games on. Also, there is the communal lodge house which has games, a DVD player, information leaflets, lifejackets, highchair, large fridge and microwave amongst many other useful items.  This is accessible at all times and is useful on rainy days. There are also logs, kindling, firelighters and charcoal available as you need it, with an honesty box for payment. So no excuses for not embracing the outdoors!

So all in all, this is a really wonderful place for a relaxed family holiday, enabling you to enjoy the outdoors, whilst having a lovely cosy pod to curl up in at night. I would thoroughly recommend it!

 

 

Posted on September 4, 2015 .

Summer lanterns

Now summer is supposedly here, our thoughts have turned to the garden, leisurely barbecues, glasses of wine in the sunshine and warm evenings lounging in deckchairs, hammocks or maybe an old camping chair! So, we have been looking at lovely summer lanterns to provide a magical atmosphere in the garden.

Here are some of our picks....

Woven sell a really nice range of stylish garden lanterns, including the wire framed Scandinavian design Amno lantern which has a strong graphic feel to it and some lovely coloured glass lanterns which can all be hung up or placed on a table for instant atmosphere.

Nordic House also have a gorgeous industrial zinc lantern which oozes Scandinavian charm and style.

So much loveliness for the garden, beach or picnic. Is all we need now is the sun to shine!! Better go and get some charcoal just in case...

 

 

The White Company have a rather gorgeous simple metal garden lantern which would make a  stunning addition to a table at a party or barbecue. We love it!

Finally, these cute little punched can tealight holders sold by Griege would make a stylish display for an event, particularly when grouped together on a table. The star design is lovely for a twinkly summer evening.

Posted on June 4, 2015 .

Food Battles

I know this is a familiar story......the 'challenges' of getting kids to eat a healthy, balanced diet!

The problem I have is that I have one child (age 5) who eats everything I put in front of him (the more exotic looking the better!), including spicy food, lettuce, veg, curry , and one child who eats almost nothing I put in front of him and would rather live off pizza (plain), plain pasta and hotdogs (quorn). So despite my best efforts to encourage healthy eating and a diverse range of foods, I appear to have failed, with my 6 year old anyway. Mealtimes are a constant battle, with cries of 'this is disgusting!', 'why do you always make me yukky food?' and 'I'm not eating THAT'. Trying to find a happy medium for them both is extremely tricky!

Also, although I do enjoy cooking when I have the time and energy, I prefer everyday recipes which are easy and simple to prepare, which don't involve copious amounts of chopping, blending, whisking etc and which generally use a maximum of two pans. Call me lazy.....

So, I have been searching for recipes which I hope will be healthy, tasty, filling, easy to prepare and that they will both enjoy. Not an easy task...

Just click on the links to get the recipes.

Firstly, this 12 minute chicken and broccoli recipe by gimmesomeoven.com is ideal, using simple, healthy ingredients. So easy and tasty! 

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chicken-broccoli-recipe/

Here are a couple of wonderful recipes by Savvymom  

As a lighter meal, these tuna and apple stuffed pittas are delicious and healthy and very quick to prepare.

Also by  Savvymom these chick pea patties make a delicious meal or snack, depending on what you eat with them. They are delicious with salad or maybe new potatoes and veg for a heartier meal. The good thing is you can make loads of them and they are easy to transport for snacks on the go. Toddlers love them!

http://www.savvymom.ca/index.php/eatsavvy/meals/tuna_and_apple_stuffed_pitas
http://www.savvymom.ca/index.php/eatsavvy/meals/chickpea-patties

Spaghetti always goes down well in our house, due to the novelty value, so it's hard to go wrong with this delicious carbonara recipe by Damndelicious

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Finally, here is a lovely sweet snack to finish off, found on Hello Wonderful. This is actually quite healthy using yoghurt and strawberries and it looks stunning! Also,it's great for cooling down with on a hot summers day. 

http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/EASY-KID-SNACK--STRAWBERRY-YOGURT-BARK#_a5y_p=3626402

Hope that you have found something to try for your picky little eaters!

 

 

Posted on May 12, 2015 .

Creative Printables

Sewing cards from Kids Activities Blog

Sewing cards from Kids Activities Blog

As this is our first post of 2015, we want to wish you all a fantastic 2015 (slightly belated I know!) and hope that life is good. 

It's January, it's cold, it's snowy, it's wet......the sort of weather that makes you want to stay indoors with slippers on, hot chocolate in hand with the kids happily playing....ha ha, we can all dream!! Also, everyone has spent up over Christmas and in the sales, so that got us thinking about 'indoor free stuff'. The internet is useful for all sorts of amazingly good things (as well as shopping!) and we have found some lovely creative, gorgeous and fun printables, and what's best is....they are all free to download! So why not get printing out some of these fab activities for learning to draw, making things and some are just lovely pictures for your wall (ok, this could be difficult if you don't have a printer...).

For young children these constellation sewing cards by Kids Activities Blog are a really lovely, simple idea for improving hand eye coordination and for learning about star constellations. You just need a hole punch and a needle and thread (Tip: For younger kids make the holes a little bigger and you can capture some wool inside a small piece of pipe cleaner and bend it to form a 'needle'. Supersafe!)

 

Whilst on the subject of stars, how about this lovely printable wall art by Lost Bumblebee, to bring a little night time magic to your child's wall.

 

 

Another printable artwork by Lost Bumblebee is this colourful text print above, which we adore! 

Activity Village have some useful printables for learning how to draw London landmarks, such as Big Ben, The Tower of London, London taxis, buses etc. They are very simple and easy to follow images and are probably suitable for children over the age of 5 or 6. They provide a starting point for children who may be daunted by the thought of drawing something as complicated as the Tower of London! So come on, let's get drawing! 

 

These 'Let's have an adventure' printable artworks are perfect decoration for any little adventure seeker and there are also a few different colours to choose from. They are made by  Oh So Lovely Blog

Lastly, we think these ballerinas with snowflake skirts by Krokotak are really lovely and could be used as party decorations or a row of them could make lovely 'bunting' for a child's room decor. So, if you have a child who loves making things, these are easy to make and they make a stunning decoration too.

Hope you like some of these ideas for thrifty decor, art and craft. There are many, many more creative activities to be found out there on the internet. Pinterest is a great source of creative ideas, so why not take a look at Zigzag & Zebra's pinterest site 

http://uk.pinterest.com/zigzagandzebra/

and you could also maybe set up your own ideas boards/inspiration boards. Happy pinning!

 

Posted on January 24, 2015 .

Scary fun for Halloween

Some people (maybe even a lot of people!) are extremely organised and plan weeks ahead for such events like Halloween, Christmas and Birthdays (unlike me, I'm a little more last minute....it's usually a panic induced scramble to the shops). Anyway, for all you quite organised people out there I thought I'd suggest a few fun and creative Halloween activities to plan for your parties, for dressing up your home or just for being plain scary at home. Boo!

When my two little terrors were younger, I was a little bit reluctant to celebrate Halloween for fear of scaring them and scarring them for life....and also because I had a slight dislike of trick or treaters and would often pretend not to be in when that knock on the door came! (I'm sure I'm not the only one who did this...am I?!) Anyway, gradually, over the years it's getting harder to ignore as now my boys are 4 and 6, and well, lets just say, for them the scarier the better! Halloween has become an occasion which none of us can avoid and a last minute dash to the shop to stock up on chocolate buttons just won't cut the mustard any more.

Last week one 'fun' activity involved making telescopes using flashing eyeballs.....but I think the less said about that the better!

There are so many fun and easy crafts and decorating ideas to do for Halloween, so here are a few ideas....

I thought this decorating idea from inmyownstyle.com is a simple and stylish way to bring a bit of spookiness to your home decor, using the technique of tying black ribbons around twig branches and dotting the eyes with white puffy paint to make these clever little bats. I think I'll be popping out to get some black ribbon.....

If ghoulish eyeballs are your thing, (and lets face it, who wouldn't want to be without an 'easy eyeball garland'!), these fab printables from www.pagingsupermom.com  enable you to create a bold and scary door garland using paper plates, some glue and ribbon. So easy.

Some more great ideas for crafting were found on  www.craftymorning.com with ideas for ghost prints using footprints, pumpkin lanterns and toilet paper roll pumpkins. I think these are fab, and not too difficult to do. So come on, get out the paints, glue and scissors and maybe a dollop or two of Halloween magic and you too could have a cool, fun and spooky house for Halloween.

Last but not least, I think these cute little Spooky Boo Brownies found on bettycrocker.com are really sweet and probably taste delicious too.

Have a spooktastic Halloween!

Posted on October 21, 2014 .

Looking for inspiration?

Are you looking for inspiration for redesigning or organising your child's room? If so, take a look at some of our ideabooks on  www.houzz.co.uk where we collate some of our favourite rooms, which have a style we love. There is a whole host of ideas for every room in the house, plus designers, stories and all things interiors!

Posted on October 9, 2014 .

Too many apples? Get creative.....get printing!

Last autumn, we had apples galore! Apples all over the garden, apple pies, apple crumbles, apple sauces, you name it, we tried it...as did all the neighbours!

Well, this year we don't have quite so many apples (due to a bit of drastic pruning), which is quite a relief as we've only just finished picking them up from last year! As apple season is now upon us, I have been inspired to write this post....about apple printing. Why not do something creative with all the excess apples, especially the ones that aren't quite edible. It is a fun and inexpensive way to introduce the techniques of simple printmaking to children of all ages and even the adults will enjoy the instant gratification of producing something beautiful in an instant!

There is a lovely idea on ehow.com for printing with produce to produce lovely artwork for your walls, for unique handmade wrapping paper or lovely cards to send out. It is so simple to do and the kids have a great time producing colourful art prints. 

Apple printing

Apple printing

Another idea is to print fabulous paper lunch bags as seen below, which I'm sure would add novelty value to your child's lunch, as well as looking amazing. This idea could also be used for adding an individual touch to party bags.

Apple printed lunch bags

Apple printed lunch bags

This apple wreath made from apple prints is another lovely idea to brighten up your home for autumn by joining together a number of individual cut out apple prints to form a wreath shape.

Well, finally, lets just say 'we love apples!' Maybe that is why we love this gorgeous apple screenprint by Jane Foster, which is a vibrant, colourful and lovely graphic image which would be striking in a kitchen or a child's room.

Hope you've find these ideas useful for any excess apples you may have. 

Happy printing!

Posted on September 20, 2014 .