Friday, May 25, 2012

Elliot's Newborn Photo Shoot

When I was pregnant with Elliot I saw some newborn photos of a friend's baby and decided to book in a session for our little guy.
 I have lost so many digital photos of Rosie and Harry over the years through computer crashes and there is very little left of them in their early years. It was heart breaking.
The talented Anna at Ruby and Marie Photography is so amazing and did a great job of working with our newborn.
She had all sorts of tricks up her sleeve to settle him and make us feel comfortable throughout the session.
We are thrilled with the results and are so glad we did this as they are memories we will treasure forever.
They are only tiny for such a short time!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Birth Announcement

For a long time I have admired the birth announcements I have seen on Etsy. There are some really creative ones out there, but I wasn't really keen on paying for one. :)

My first attempt at my own birth announcement.
Unfortunately I don't have Photoshop either so the idea of making my own was one I hadn't considered. I also wasn't sure that my technical skills would be up to such a project.
Draft version complete, ready to add colour to.
Recently during one of my quiet afternoons while Elliot was feeding I decided to multi-task and do a quick Pinterest search and see if I could find a free tutorial for making your own birth announcements and as luck would have it, I found one!
Colour draft complete.
The blog, Out of Alabaster had a great, easy to follow tutorial and best of all...all the programmes you need for creating it are free! You just need to decide what information you want to display. I chose Elliot's name and birth details.
Found an all old frame to display my announcement in.
I spent a few minutes playing around with it and came up with a very basic birth announcement for Elliot. I wasn't able to find some of the fonts I wanted, so I had to improvise and find some other substitutes.
Ready for the wall.
There are so many different colour options available and if you spent a bit more time on it (or are a bit more computer savvy than me!), I am sure you could easily replicate some of the gorgeous ones over at Etsy. This one still needs work, but in the meantime, it has added a personal touch to little Elliot's room.

Friday, May 11, 2012


Our little man has been doing a lot of this in these early weeks and he is at that lovely stage where he will sleep almost anywhere. I have always looked with envy at mothers with babies who will sleep anywhere. Mine were never like this. They loved their own beds right from the start and although this worked well when we were at home, it was a nightmare when we were out.
 They would not sleep in the buggy, carseat or even being rocked in someone's arms. In an attempt to see if I can change this, I am trying to sleep Elliot in all sorts of places around the house and using the buggy, bassinet and moses basket. It remains to be seen whether this will work or not! lol.