Thursday, 14 February 2013

Nautical Themed Baby Boys' Clothes from Mothercare

Much as I love expensive baby clothes, I'm always on the search for cheap but cheerful outfits, and I love the nautical look for baby boys. So I was thrilled when I stumbled on this amazing selection of onesies, jumpers, leggings and dungarees from non-other than Mothercare. With most items under £10, you've got to love the great British high street!

Top Row: A. Boat T-shirt, £5 B. Bibshort Set, £10 C. Leggings 2 Pack, £7
Bottom Row: A. Striped All In One, £8 C. Polo Romper, £8

Top Row - A. All-In-One Blue, £8 B. Mix & Match Dungaree Set, £11.20 C. Fleece Dungaree Set, £8
Bottom Row - A. Striped Hooded Cardigan, £12 B. Velour Dungaree Set, £14 C. T-shirts 3 Pack, £10

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Baby Portraits by Caught the Light: Baby Bo-Bo

As my own baby's due date fast approaches {seven weeks to go, eek!}, I've become intrigued by the different styles of baby portraiture. I'm really keen to get some professional pictures taken of our son, but I'm not sure when is the best time. You don't want to organise it immediately after the birth, because they might still be red and squished, but then you don't want to leave it too late, and miss those all important first days. Our wedding photographer was Chloé Brown from Caught the Light, and we love her work, so we'll definitely be asking her to take our baby portraits. Take a look at her latest shoot below. Brand new parents Jing and Bai invited Chloé to take pictures of their beautiful son Bo Bo shortly after his birth. I adore his Stokke Sleepi cot and mobile, and his cute striped onesie. Such gorgeous pictures!

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Carnival Baby Shower: DIY Invitation Tickets

Making the Carnival Baby Shower Tickets was a little bit fiddly, but it's definitely do-able, even if you're not a professional graphic designer. The secret is to be adaptable, and use the computer programmes you understand. For me, that's Picasa, Word and iPhoto. Picasa is a free programme, which you can download from the internet, and it's seriously easy to use. This tutorial will help you adapt any free printable, so it's worth saving!

First of all I downloaded a free printable of a carnival ticket invitation that best resembled the look I wanted. I found this amazing template from The Burk Family Blog via Pinterest {right click, Save As onto your Desktop}. To find your own template, the best search to use is 'free printables' and then any other key word. If you can't find one on Pinterest, then Google Images is a great place to look as well.

The next challenge was to delete all the bits I didn't want. Both Picasa and iPhoto have 'Retouch' functions. I find the iPhoto Retouch the most effective, so I imported the file into iPhoto and smudged away.

Carnival Baby Shower DIY Invitations

My birthday is fast approaching, and as it's my last one before I become a mother {eek!}, I've decided to go the whole hog, with a joint Carnival Theme birthday party and baby shower. As ever, my first obsession was styling the invitations - I think it's key to any party to build anticipation with fabulous stationery, and with the right kit, it's super easy to DIY. Take a look my Circus Bunting invitations below, complete with DIY instructions. And if you're looking for more Carnival baby shower ideas, then definitely check out my Pinterest page.

Making the invitations was a two stage process. First of all I made the bunting cards, and then the carnival tickets to slip inside.

What you need
Hint: I find all my supplies via eBay to get the best prices!
* this Carnival ticket template {published with thanks to The Burk Family Blog}
white cards 4" x 3"
striped blue & white paper bags
washi tape
star squeeze punch
A4 red card 220gsm
* white address labels 100mm x 34mm
* plain white sewing cotton
* sharp scissors
* sticky tape
* glue
* a printer with black ink
* a guillotine {or be very good at cutting straight lines}