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Like everything in life...

Posted by Monica Harper on

 

Like everything in life there are ups and downs, twists and turns, and sometimes just a hard smack against the perpetual brick wall of life where you ask yourself "Now What?!"

Here is the story of why things needed to change:

So, if you have been following along for a while, you probably know about the beginning starting with MoMa Baby; which almost instantly turned into MoMa Baby and Toddler. You may also know the story of Howard (if not read here), the true reason behind why the company was started. 

Well, let's skip the long story, the stuff I will save for the therapist and just say that I needed to shake things up!

So at the end of last year (2018) I took my savings and decided to embark on a trip. To be honest, financially, it was the dumbest thing I could have done. Mentally and emotionally it was the best thing. The distance reminded me that the world continues to move. That my problems didn't matter when I was on the other side of the Earth and that the only thing I needed to do was to transition my world to the other side. No I am not moving... I wish though. However MoMa Baby + Toddler is in a complete state of transition. I wanted to be able to grow and flourish and reach a larger audience.

Out of this desire House of Moma has bloomed!

House of Moma is for everyone. So when someone asks me who I design for, I design for YOU! HOM is for the new, the learning, the transitioning and the living.

It's a lifestyle brand! We are going to have the same awesome baby and toddler clothing but with the addition of Adult clothing (you may have already seen some of the tabs pop up on the site), and eventually a selection of home products. I hope to create a community where we can have fun, we learn from one another, help one another and chat with one another.

All of the products will be slowly added to the site so that we don't rush any part and only provide you with the best. Make sure you check out Fall 2019's The Lifestyle Collection

You may have noticed a new website address (make sure you bookmark it). 

Thank you for supporting MoMa baby and we hope you love House of Moma.

XO -MO

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DIY Costume ideas using MoMa Baby pieces

Posted by Monica Harper on

I thought it would be a lot of fun to share with you all some DIY costume ideas. These honestly can be made in an hour, and most of the materials *cough* all of the materials can be found at a dollar store, at least that is where I found mine!

The costumes I have picked use our MoMa Baby pieces and to be real I actually came up with 5 DIY costumes but I will save the others for another time. I will be sharing 2 costumes a Pineapple and a Black Cat, leave a comment letting me know which one is your favorite! 

DIY Pineapple 

So if you have been a fan of MoMa Baby for sometime you may be familiar with are Pineapple Print Spurts Harems, heck you may actually have a pair for your little one they were seriously so popular this past Spring and Summer and Yes we still have some in stock! These pants were the inspiration behind this costume! There are 2 DIY elements, a simple no sew cape, and a pineapple crown/headpiece.

So lets start!

What you will need

  • MoMa Baby Pineapple Spurts Harems (get them here)
  • 1 1/2 yard of Yellow Fabric (I use a basic cotton fabric but a warmer fabric like fleece would also work nicely)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape/Ruler
  • Top (that fits your little one)
  • Black Marker
  • Green Felt
  • Hair Donut 

Once you have collected all of your supplies you are ready to begin!

Lets begin with the cape 

Part 1

Grab your top and measure from the shoulder to the hem, record that measurement and add a couple inches this will be your radius for the cape. For example for the one pictured the top was 16" I added 2" to make it 18".

Then take your yellow fabric, fold it in half twice! You should have 4 layers of fabric!

Then fold it into a triangle (as shown)

From the corner with all folds, measure down your radius and mark it all around to you have a quarter circle of markings.

Now cut along that line!

Unfold your fabric so it is in half (it looks like an upside down half of a taco shell)

Grab your top and place it in the center with the top if it at the fold.

Mark where the top opens and cut it slightly wider than the top, in a small oval shape.

Then cut down about 2" on the front this will make it easier to put on.

Lastly, draw on some ^ shapes randomly around the cape.

The Cape is DONE!

Now the Pineapple Crown!

Bring out your Green Felt, Hair Donut, Marker, Scissors and hot glue gun. *optional thin elastic to attach at the end so it wears more like a party hat.

So take you Green felt and measure your hair donut on it.

Draw a line length wise on the felt, this will give you a point not to cross when cutting the fronds.

I drew my line at 2.5" but probably should have made it closer to 1.5-2" my crown ended up being very tall.

Next draw some fronds at different heights and widths this will allow for more dimension.

Once you are happy with your fronds, determine which way you want to glue on your hair donut. 

Where you start the roll the fronds shouldn't be cut down too far as the middle ones you will want to stay more upright and the outer fronts you want to cut further down closer to line you originally drew so that they flop down.

Now cut the fronds out!

Hot Glue the Hair Donut and felt rolling it up.

Now you have your crown. 

To add the elastic hot glue it to the hair donut.

The taller your crown the heavier it will be so make sure to secure it firmly.

I attached the crown by pulling the hair through the hair donut and bobby pinning it in place.

DIY Black Cat

So here is a super quick Black Cat Costume. Please note that I was unaware that Feather Boas (especially those from the Dollar store) were made of real feathers, this DIY was made using a Feather Boa but I do not support the use of feathers or any animal products in Clothing. I apologize for this and have changed the supplies accordingly however the techniques used are the same

MoMa Baby items needed are;

Bodie Pullover in Black

Black/Charcoal Stripe Spurts Harems

DIY Supplies

Thin Headband

Black Felt

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Rhinestones (optional)

Pink Felt (optional)

Black Faux fur fabric 

Strong wreath wire or Wire Hanger

Black Elastic

DIY Ears

To make the ears get your headband, Black felt, scissors, and hot glue gun. If you want to use the optional rhinestones and/or pink felt grab those as well.

Take your felt and cut it into 2 6"x6" squares.

Fold each piece in half diagonally, cut out ear shape. You can draw out the ear first and then cut if you want, I just decided to go for it and trust it would work out. Take your folded cut out ear and use this as a template to cut out the other ear.

Now place the ears on your headband and hot glue them around the headband.

*if you want to add pink felt to the middle of the ears to make them appear more cat like do this now. Cut you pink felt into ear shapes, smaller than your black ears.

Once the hot glue is dry, you can decorate with your rhinestones.

I had self adhesive rhinestones that made this project really quick, if you have regular ones just use your hot glue to stick them on. **be careful not to touch the hot glue**

Once everything is dry you have your Cat ears.

Black Tail

Take out your black (faux fur) fabric, Strong wreath wire or Wire Hanger and your hot glue gun and some black elastic.

Measure out how long you want your tail with the wire. Mine was about 20" long.

Make a loop in both ends of the wire and make sure that you will be able to fit the elastic through the loop.

Measure the waist of the little one who will be wearing the tail and add about 2". Cut your black elastic at this length, feed it through the loop of the wire and secure with a knot.

Now take your fabric and cut into 2" wide strips the number of strips will depend on the fabric. Take one strip and begin wrapping it along the wire, as you wrap add some hot glue to secure it into place. Keep repeating until you reach the end. 

Make sure you secure the end of your fabric the loop at the end.

Using the wire will allow you to bend and mold the tail to your liking.

as I mentioned my tail used a feather boa so it looks different but the method above should produce as a similar looking tail.

Put it all together

 

Hope you enjoyed! Don't forget to leave a comment and if you enjoy these types of posts let me know. This was a lot of fun! 
XO 
-MO
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Why Bamboo?

Posted by Monica Harper on

To begin maybe we should give you a brief background of what Bamboo Fabric is.

So bamboo fabric is a natural textile that is created from the pulp of bamboo grass. Now the Bamboo used to produce bamboo fabrics is not the same as the bamboo that is Panda food. Bamboo is easily replenished and does not require pesticides to grow, I know amazing right! Bamboo plant is deemed one of the most sustainable plants this is because it grows super fast and it does not require chemicals or irrigation, and it biodegrades faster than those oil-based synthetics.

Now for the fabric that we use, we use a blend with a base of bamboo rayon, which is made by dissolving pulp bamboo into its cellulose component and then it gets spun into viscose fibers. So our clothing that is made of bamboo rayon on average lasts longer and holds its shape even better than clothing made of simple bamboo fiber. This is great since we design clothing that we want to last a long time.

So here are some amazing advantages and the Why we use Bamboo Fabric!

  • Eco-friendly 

Bamboo is truly amazing at protecting the planet’s resources. The grass takes only two years to mature and it doesn’t require any fertilizer or pesticides to grow. The bamboo used in clothing is produced in an eco-friendly process and will have at least an Oeko-Tex 100 certification. (If you want a blog post on Oeko-Tex 100 certification comment below)

  • Built in Temperature Control

Bamboo fabric, has amazing moisture wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate. This makes it great for both hot and cool climates, bamboo clothing is temperature regulating. This is ideal when it comes to baby and toddler clothing as it keeps your little ones cool in the summer and warm in the winter! 

  • Chemical Free

When processing is complete, the bamboo fiber does not contain any harmful chemicals; this is as per the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.

  • Hypoallergenic

Bamboo Fabric clothing is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture absorbent and fast drying. 

  • Texture

If you have felt our clothing you already know about this but bamboo fabric can feel like silk or very soft cotton. 

  • Antibacterial & Odorless 

Bamboo has antibacterial qualities, which are passed down to the bamboo fabric and it is even able to retain through multiple washings. It can also kill odor causing bacteria that live on human skin, making your little one and his or her clothing smell sweet.

  • UV Resistant 

This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities. Now this is just the cherry on top, UV rays are something that can be a problem all year round so using bamboo fabric gives a little bit more protection.

I hope you all enjoyed this brief little textile lesson. Bamboo fabric has become one of our favorite fabrics to use and it is so great for making clothing for babies and toddlers that we can't imagine not having it in our fabric mix. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below we love to hear from you. Check out our newest arrivals and shop some bamboo goodness. Click here to shop!

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Posted by Monica Harper on

It's December...WHAT!!! 

We want to make sure that all Holiday gifts are delivered in time so please keep in mind the below dates.

CANADA

December 16 - Expedited XpressPost & Priority 

USA

December 1 - Small Packet USA Air

December 12 - Tracked Packet USA  

Any orders placed after December 17th, 2017 will be shipped in the New Year starting January 18th, 2018. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check out our stockists during this time.

If you have any questions regarding shipping deadlines please contact us at hello@momababyapparel.com

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Growth and a Fall/Winter Collection

Posted by Maru Harper on

It is our one year anniversary this month and the wealth of knowledge that we have experienced is simply amazing. Just as your babies have grown into toddlers, so has MoMa grown into a fast moving ever surprising and hugely enjoyable child. MoMa has entered its toddler stage, and we must be prepared for the changes that await us.

When we began, our playfulness sent us on an adventure of color and patterns, resulting in a most adorable selection of prints. From the apples, to the floral dinosaurs, and ending with the ever popular pineapples; with each order Monica and I would relish in which prints we could choose next. We developed relationships with the creators of these prints such as Laura May (@Laura_May_designs) whose prints include the pineapples, the jungle and the shadow palm. 

We will continue using some of these prints as they truly reflect the playfulness of our company and the fun behind dressing our babies.

Then as we have been learning about fabrics and textiles, we discovered a plethora of options which opened an entire new world to us. Solids! And the range of tones and colors! More fun to be had and we have.

Our new Fall/Winter 2017 Collection (Click HERE) introduces new solid colors such as our gorgeous Dusty Rose, Deep Teal, greys and browns so in tune with the colors of autumn. But, also the use of  Bamboo and cotton brought us to soft gentle fabrics that are so easy to wear. The Bamboo and Cotton fibre blend is made into soft fleece, and french terry. We also have a cotton Jersey fabric that will no doubt be an every season staple.

So why Bamboo?

Some Benefits of Bamboo fabric:

  • Antibacterial - keeps you odor free and feeling and smelling fresh.
  • Highly sweat absorbent (Pulls moisture from skin for evaporation - moisture wicking) - keeps you dry.
  • Powerfully insulating - keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

New for Fall and Winter, is the introduction of a romper which is so easy to put on and take off thanks to its snap-free, pull on design. The Romper will be available in sizes 0-6 months up to 18-24 months. Our next new design is “The Little M” Dress, designed to grow a whole year with your little one, and can even be worn as a tunic styled top. The dress will be made in sizes 1 to 4 years. These 2 items will be available in mid-September so make sure you are following us on our social media @momababyapparel to stay up-to-date on all product launches.

 

Not only have we continued using our cotton but the addition of bamboo is just another way to ensure that our babies and toddlers enjoy their clothes.  The feel of these new fabrics is amazing; soft and silky beyond description. Can you imagine your baby in our practical, comfy and cozy designs made from buttery soft bamboo and cotton?

We are excited to announce that MoMa is available at some amazing retailers, if you check out our stockists page you can see where you can find MoMa. For those who are my age, grandmas and aunties, the word Stockist refers to the retailers that now carry our baby clothes. (That is an entire subject worthy of its own blog on what Maru has learned from MoMa).

Find us at: Humble Pie Boutique in Cordova Bay, Pueo Boutique in Kona, Hawaii, and Ten Modern Penguins in Vancouver are now carrying our line of Spurts. Click HERE for more information on our Stockists.

It has been a great and wonderful year. Has it been hard? We have never worked harder in our lives! And if a new partnership in business has growing pains, well imagine a mother and daughter partnership. The blessing is that at the end of the day we both come to the conclusion that MoMa is about love.

What was started for Howard, continues for the beautiful and wonderful babies, their mothers and many wonderful grandmothers who have supported us and continue to do so.

Prints, or solids our clothes are a result of your feedback. We would love to hear from you and what prints have been your favourites, and what you think of our new collection.  

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