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I’m BACK!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Well hello everybody long time no blog.
I just wanted to pop in and let you all know I am still around. I have had trouble updating the blog due to timing as I am now 24 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy has stripped me of all my energy. Personally, I feel it is unnatural to work full time, be pregnant, have a toddler and also wish to pursue extracurricular activities such as sewing and blogging. Another thing that stops me from being able to update the blog was my own indecisiveness. I didn’t want to blog about things that weren’t actually happening or I haven’t fully decided upon. So let’s visit what has actually happened.

As mentioned previously, I am pregnant! My husband and I fell pregnant with our second child after 9 months of trying. I know this isn’t a lot for other people but we had such great success with Audrey, it came as a bit of a shock. 

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I also contributed my free time to a creative endeavour which was published by Style Me Pretty I was approached by Mornington Peninsular photographer to be part of a styled feature.

It was also featured by Ivory Tribe

I was only 7 weeks pregnant and in the thick of extreme fatigue when I put together this wedding stationery suite.

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 I was pleased with the results as I’m sure all the other people that contributed are. All credits are in the 2 links above.

Photos – Michelle Pragt of In Photography

If you are a bride to be do not hesitate to check these people out especially if you are located in Victoria. If you’re interested in my services then distance isn’t an issue.

With what little spare time I had left I dedicated it to sewing as the sewing bug has hit me. It has been extremely frustrating though to try and sew with a toddler around. It is also quite dangerous without anything between the toddler and the sewing area in terms of a barrier. She is an opportunist and will grab the pins, scissors, fiddle with the overlocker, play with the iron cord, etcetera, at any given chance. But I love her to death and she’s the reason why I sew.

Here is a look at some things I’ve made.

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But the biggest thing to come out of being pregnant and wanting to sew all the time is – What are we going to do with our house?

We currently reside in a 2 bedroom house. We have decided to stay put and live with what we’ve got. Doing an extension to include more room is just not something we can do at the moment with our financial situation and not something we will see happening in the next 7 to 10 years. With another child on the way and my desire to sew, we are in desperate need of room. We have finally decided after months of deliberation is to convert our garage into a usable space. We looked at all sorts of other options like knocking down the garage and removing it. Having something built externally and craned in or put together on site.

Jenny Rose Innes on Instagram posted from her builders, a new endeavour there pursuing with outbuildings which are built off site and brought in. I was keen to go ahead with that until I had more people look at my existing garage and comment “why don’t you just fixed the garage the way it is?” And that is the direction we will head in.

The garage is 3 metres by 8 metres giving us 24 square metres of usable space it just needs a facelift I have had a builder come around and quote. Still waiting for the quote but I will go into this further in another blog post.

Another thing that is happening around our house is we are changing the disgusting ugly terrible aluminium windows back to the former western red cedar windows.

To match what was there already there but sadly removed by people that clearly have no taste. I now need to get a quote on putting lead light in the front 3 windows that face the street to match my neighbour’s bay window and other houses in the area from the same era.

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You could say I am in nesting mode but the truth of the matter is nothing will be done before this baby arrives. Typical! I have made peace with that and have just moved on.

Another thing that has been happening around my house is gardening. I planted spring bulbs that gave me a beautiful display in my front garden bed which has now finished flowering.

We were all so sick to death of having plants in the black plastic pots we bought them in years ago, we have now repotted all our plans into terracotta pots.

We planted out the garden bed that goes part way along the length of the garage with iceberg standard iceberg roses, buxus and lavender. We will extend this garden bed to be deeper as it appears the roses don’t have quite enough room. It is a narrow garden bed.

The great thing with knowing we are just going to stay in the house the way it is means we can now renovate it to completion. We were too hesitant to do any renovations because anything we did do would be affected by an extension later. It would be in effect a waste of time and money but now that we are just going to have a 2 bedroom house with the studio, we are quite happy to finish everything off. Such as the second bedroom, the large laundry and the gardens. This gives me a lot of excitement and I feel very creative. It took a lot of time, discussions and number crunching to get to this decision but I feel this is the right decision for us at the right time.

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Want to dig up this ugly slopey concrete and lay down a stone patio.

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Don’t let the flakey paint throw you. Just received a quote to replace the glass on the windows in this room and fix the sash weights as the windows will be heavier and THEN, we will get them painted. They are actually in great condition. It is just flakey paint.

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A metal shed that I want to remove and replace with a cedar cute cottage shed. Mint and rosemary going crazy! Neglected mother in laws tongue in the background. . . I don’t really like this plant and guess who gave it to me. . . GUESSSSS, you will never guess!!!!

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Teddy Bear Magnolia about to flower. I have 3 of these plants and I have just had them planted into MUCH larger pots before we decide where they will go in the garden and they are doing much better. I was scared they were going to die a slow death.

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Stupid bats came through last year when my neighbours had these trees in their yard and shat everywhere. That is what the marks on the garage are! But our neighbours removed those noxious trees! And this year, no bats!

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My little topiary collection! My favourite is Korean buxus! I love my standard bay tree too! Friends got us a bay tree seedling for our house warming and sometime last year I decided I wanted to train it into a lollipop and massacred it. Left a tuft of about 4 leaves on top. My husband was shocked when he saw it and a bit mad, I said, just trust me!! AND LOOK AT IT NOW!

(GOD I HATE MY BROWN COLORBOND FENCE! But I love them too. They are in good knick and there is no fencing dispute between neighbours that I have seen play out at the court house, so gotta be grateful)

Another future blog post will be year of the garden YOTG that will be 2016 when I am on maternity leave!! I can supervisor children and my husband can garden to his heart’s content. It’s impossible at the moment to do much on both of our separate weekends (me: Thursday and Friday, Him: Saturday and Sunday) as we are alone.

Really looking forward to maternity leave next year and I’m not going to do something silly like I did with Audrey and only have 4 months off. I’m going to enjoy my time with my family and hopefully have a year off.

 Thank you for getting this far and can’t wait to update you further.

The Nursery – Part TWO – After

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Wardrobe – Favourite second hand store. 1950s. $500

Cot – eBay. Fresh coat of white paint and new screw holes to make it higher (It just had one setting before because it had drop side rails, but I wasn’t interested in using them, so we have raised it and when she grows, we will lower it to its original height) $100

Change Table – Ikea Hemnes hack. Read the tutorial here. $581.70

Bookcase – Designed by me and made by a customer of my husband. This was just a standard bookcase, made back when we were living in our apartment. It floats from room to room as we need it. It has now come to rest in the nursery.

Wingback armchair – Coco Republic. Bought at their warehouse sale. $800

Rug – Coco Republic. 100% wool cream stripe rug. Bought on sale. $300

Curtains – Sewn by me. Indian white cotton with silver metallic stripe. $12 a metre on sale. Deep pleat tape and hooks from Spotlight.

Curtain Rod – Spotlight. $60

Cot skirt – Sewn by me. 100% cotton with embroidery pink dots. $15 a metre

Door stop – Sewn by me from cot skirt fabric and cushion fabric.

Baskets – Ikea. $20 each

Tags – Made my me. See tutorial here.

Ceiling Light – Masters. $80

Lamp – My House. On sale. $140

Side table – Vintage shop. $60

Picture ledges – Ikea

Bebe artwork, Striped bow artwork and leopard spots artwork – Watercolour and acrylic painted by me

Patchwork quilts – Sewn by my Mother.

The room was filled with items that were either 2nd hand/vintage, handmade, on sale or gifts! That is what I set out to achieve from day 1. The only items from a baby shop is the change pad and the mattress.

Click here to see Part One

The before shots

Introducing!

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

She is here!

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Born right on her due date after technically 56 hours and 10 minutes of labour.

Everyone is doing great! Looking forward to filling you in on the details.

Recently. . .

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Hi Everyone, I am still around.

Pushing 39 weeks el-preggo-relli. That is Spanish/Italian for up the duff. Or UTD for short.

In other news. Crazy mumma to be nesting has been in full swing.

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See here! I made these 3 things in the same day that I went on a mad cooking brigade and whipped up a whole freezer full of meals!

It is a cushion cover, a door stop and a tissue box cover. Made from James Dunlop arabella fabric.

The door stop is a necessity. The door just seems to swing in the nursery. I filled it with a zip lock bag of expired rice (I don’t cook rice ever, Not sure why, I like it, but it is a bit hard for me LOL) then filled it out with stuffing.

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The nursery door had been finished painting and hung by my husband all by himself! I think he got the hint from the last blog post LOL!

The cooking involved:

1 bolagnese sauce

4 lasagne dinners

2 cannelloni dinners

1 roast tomato sauce (made from all the tomatoes in my garden)

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That is 2 kilos of tomatoes that we grew all by ourselves!

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And a widdle capsicum! I roasted that too, I mean, why not!

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Then blitzed it all up and this sauce formed the base for the other meals.

I also made:

96 meat balls divided into 4, 24 ball servings. (12 each)

1 meal of the meat balls in the sauce.

I had ambitions to cook up more, but there is only so much cleaning a husband can do. I already made him clean the kitchen twice!

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This is the state it was in both times. There is not a spare inch of counter space or a clean item left in our unrenovated kitchen.

He obliged without the slightest hint of a whinge! That, that there is TRUE LOVE!!

See the fan just out of shot? It is $12 of saviour! I have been MELTING! Melting I tell you. I cannot cool down.

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Meanwhile in the garden! Isn’t this pretty?

I love it!

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The day before, she was still closed and goblet like. The next day I race out to see here and these little things have already fallen off!! Hmmphh! What gives?

I also cut another flower (this time before it had dropped any) and placed it into a vase and it turned brown so fast!

Don’t magnolias make good cut flowers??

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Sometime last week (well week before now), my nursery change table was featured on Ikea Hackers. I forgot to state the obvious about removing the aesthetics when it actually comes time to use it for it’s purpose and was semi-slammed in the comments! HEHEHE jealousy.

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I also managed to high tail it to Coco Republic for a look-see. A lovely lady spent a bit of her time with me talking about my living room! I didn’t buy anything and she didn’t push me. She was a great help in gaining clarity and direction. It is abundantly clear that I now NEED this fabric!

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Alexa Hampton for Kravet

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To make 2 throw cushions for my orangey coloured settee.

I honestly thought the settee needed re-upholstering in a more pleasing colour for it to work in my living room. But she proved me wrong! I can see this working.

She told me to save my dough on that. And I am so happy. Because the upholstery on the settee is in PERFECT condition! Sometimes I just wish there was a big hole it in somewhere to force me to re-upholster it! But is perfect luscious velvetiness condition.

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How do you even describe this colour? I was trying to describe it to the SA. It is a hard one.

Also at Coco Republic I need to buy this petite chair and foot stool for my baby girls nursery!!!

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Too cute! I didn’t dare look at the price tags. It is Oly San Francisco branded. In other words, to me, that means, don’t bother!!

Talking about the nursery. I am NEARLY ready to reveal the nursery!!!

It may be before I give birth, but no promises!

Inner thoughts

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Just some ponderings from my psyche this past week.

I hope I go into labour naturally. I hope my water breaks in fantastic fashion. I have gone through 9 months of being pregnant, I want the big finale. I want the drama.
I want to make that phone call to my husband, whaling down the line, “I’m in labour!!!”
I am excellent in a crisis. My Husband? No, not at all. He is a planner, a documenter. Needs all his little ducks lined up.

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The moment they are not, it all comes crashing down. I am certain he will drive us the wrong way to the hospital, because he will be a bunch of nerves and won’t think straight.
I actually stated this to him and he goes on to tell me that he actually doesn’t know how to get to the hospital. He has never been!!!!!
Great! I sarcastically think.

Now, before you all think, geez what a useless husband. He has come to all my ultrasounds, but they weren’t at the hospital.
Making mental note to do a test trip to the hospital. But I have this feeling it will all be in vain. I feel like I am going to be given a date and be induced. I kind of feel that is an anti-climax. So ripped off. Having said that, who cares!!!! You have an end date. You can be calm. No more uncertainty. (This would thrill my husband)

So over on the twittersvere, a lovely lady with her first bub has the same due date as me and she gave birth this morning!!!!!!! I was reading her tweet while at work. AND I AM WORKING NEXT WEEK TOO!

I love to go out with a bang. I don’t do things by halves. All or nothing.
This has caused great stress to my male boss. (Isn’t it funny that men seem to be more sympathetic to pregnant women then women, “Suck it up princess” like that mole from Nepean Hospital!!) He really doesn’t want me to work next week.
I keep assuring him that it will be fine, but he retorts with a hysterical, but what if it isn’t??? It is a huge possibility that you will go into labour.

With me informing him about this lady having the same due date and giving birth, I really didn’t help the situation!!

I just have tomorrow and Monday to work and then I have 3 days off and then I am working Good Friday through to Easter Monday. THEN I AM ON MATERNITY LEAVE. I have complete and absolute faith that I will make it!

Although, there is one flaw in my plan (That is unless I go overdue) I haven’t factored in any time BEFORE having a baby to just spend the day with my husband. I think that was a big oversight, but I really want all the extra money from the Easter long weekend before commencing motherhood and maternity leave.

I want the money for rugs & light fittings! Bizarre, I know. Call me crazy, but all I want to do is buy lamps and light fittings. My house has just the standard issue ceiling batons and in the year we have lived here, I have only managed to buy and replace 3 of them. 2 in the hallway and 1 in the nursery and they were all cheapies.

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I want some gorgeous designer ones, imported from the US, naturally darlings!
Like I said, I don’t do things by halves.
But it seems like Australia does. Have you seen the light fittings we have on offer?? I am sure you have heard other bloggers lament on the very poor selection we have available. They are tacky and cheap! They have no place in my home.

Enough waffling. Let’s talk business.

On Tuesday the Electrician is coming to do odd jobs here and there, but especially, installing the power leads for the wall sconces on the chimney breast! (Why do I keep having workers start on Tuesdays?? It is suppose to be my day of rest!!)

Oh well, time is running out.

My wall sconces have arrived in Australia, they are just being re-wired.

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Hopefully they are done before the Easter break and I can pick them up on Thursday.

My husband is commencing work on the mantle.

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He is sanding it and priming it. He is not certain what paint to use for it though. Anyone want to chime in?? I am thinking acrylic with a top coat or two of clear varnish. Or just enamel paint? He is concerned about the heat. (Rookies here, can you tell?)

He has also finished painting the nursery door and has asked me to help him put it back on??? The fuck?? I am 38 weeks pregnant. You won’t let me bend over to plug my laptop power in, or be in the same room when the microwave is on (Seriously, the other day he asked me to leave and close the door behind myself) but oh hey honey, help me hang a door! Men, so silly!

Waffling again.

Still waiting on cornices, not sure what is going on there. It was a particularly windy day yesterday and all the crap from the ceiling was blown all over our desk! YAY.
But. . .  It is going to look AMAZING when complete!

Soon I will be posting my nursery reveal posts. I just need to clean the bloody room up. I just can’t find room for all the stuff my spoilt little girl has to take nice piccies. I keep walking in there with the best intentions to get on with it. But then I umm and ahh and get overwhelmed. Move one item to one side of the room and then back again, being all preggo and indecisive and then walk about again!! But rest assured ladies (men, do I even have male readers? Google analytics can’t decipher that) I will get there!

My Baby Shower – Part TWO

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Welcome to Part TWO. To see Part ONE – Click here

Then it was time for the gift opening. This was akin to climbing Mt Everest. People are so generous when it comes to babies.

My mum has made me 2 quilts. one was when I was still sleeping in a single bed and the other is a big double size one. She never got around to finishing our wedding quilt (Few technical machine problems, bit too hard basket for that one). Yet, in the space of a few months, she has made THREE quilts for our little baby.

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Quilt 1 – Aussie Animals. This was made before we knew what gender the baby was. This is the biggest one as well.

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Quilt 2 – I call it pretty purple parasols.

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Quilt 3 – This is the quilt I designed and purchased the fabric for on my babymoon.

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All 3 quilts have been professional quilted by a friend of my mothers, Julie. She is amazing. If you are a patch-worker and looking at out-sourcing your quilting, I can pass on her details to you.

She also did the last quilt as a rushed order so that it was ready in time for the baby shower. I am so grateful for that!

The first one has outlines of Australian animals and boomerangs. The second one has rain clouds and parasols. The third one has hearts and butterflies.

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She also knitted this little cardi (Just needs a button)

My Aunty also made a patchwork quilt.

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My long term friend who is starting out sewing, like me, made me a quilt. I love the colours. One side is flannelette and the other cotton.

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(As well as a fabulous nappy tower/cake filled with so many goodies)

Photo courtesy of my friend

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I love polka dots!!

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Thankfully I am having a baby in the colder seasons. These gorgeous blankies will get plenty of use.

I LOVED every gift I received!!! Here are some more.

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This doll is just GORGEOUS! So, so so so so so so cute

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The plushies I received. Who remembers golliwogs? I had one. Did you? Now my little girl will have 2. A boy and a girl.

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Comes with little bloomers as well. It is from Stevie & Me. Cute little brand and made in Australia. I know, I’m shocked too.

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Cute little playsuit

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Wooden bird mobile

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I love this photo so much!!! My husband took this pic while I was at work. My heart is just swelling up, thinking about him pottering around the nursery playing with things!!!

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My sister got the baby this swing. My brother bought us a car seat.

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YAY!! Not one but two purebaby jumpsuits.

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Here are my lovely guests who braved the torrential weather to cosy up with me in my house to celebrate.

(P.S, as well as plentiful flowers, we also went crazy on balloons too)

I didn’t get any photos once the party started, so these last few are from my sister’s mobile off the trusty facebook.

I really believe now that I am ready for this baby and I don’t need to go to the shops for anything else besides a baby monitor and bottle steriliser. Items I knew I needed but decided not to buy I was given as gifts! Like baby bath products, nappies!! cloth nappies (I couldn’t find them anyways) nappy bins, baby bag, clothes hangers, bibs, all sorts of items.

I just need to pack my hospital bag now and wash EVERYTHING.

Oh and also do a nursery blog post. You can see quite a bit of the nursery in these pics, but it will have more details.

My Baby Shower – Part ONE

Monday, February 25th, 2013

I think this will be my most prettiest post ever!

Behold,

My baby shower!

I have to write my thank you cards before I forget everything (too late, already have! I have this super rare condition that effects every pregnant woman, it is called ‘baby brain’ That’s a technical term. I got it bad.)

Thankfully my wonderful god mother wrote everything down for me. She is truly the best.

I went for a very loose theme of ‘nesting’

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First of all, thank you to my husband, my sister and my mother for helping me pull this off! Thanks for making fun of me when the day was over for being a sooky la-la in the morning. I was all devo’d about the weather and teary up, acting like, what’s the point, no ones coming!!!

In the end, everyone showed and the weather wasn’t a factor one bit.

In November we attended this wedding in those pics you will notice my sister wearing a gorgeous dress. I said to her, “that dress, my baby shower, I want!!!” And I prayed and prayed that I would be able to fit into it. She kindly obliged and it just fit.

(Do you borrow clothes from your siblings? It is the best)

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If I had my baby shower any time hereafter, it would have been a no go. So that worked out well. It is by David Lawrence.

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I actioned this clothes line to hang it my bay window. I bought these onsies from Coles for a whopping $2 each! (On sale)

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I then went to spotlight and bought these iron on transfers! What a great way to jazz them up for a couple of dollars.

On Friday I woke at 5am and went to the flower markets. I didn’t really have a plan or idea, I know I just like pastel colours and pretty. So I did a lap and still hadn’t purchased anything, then I was getting completely overwhelmed, I did another lap and I could see that lots of the flowers were disappearing and it was starting to become slim pickings. I had to spring into action and talk to myself a bit. I then went on a frenzy and bought so many flowers. I came home and started arranging them.

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And making a HUGE mess!

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I am most impressed with them. I used up every spare vase, jar, glass, bottle, vessel I could get my hands on to. They were some desperate times.

This is my favourite arrangement and also the last one I put together.

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This vase is from my wedding 

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I have never known what to do with it, because the opening is so wide, flowers just flop all over the place. But because I had so many bunches of beautiful flowers left over and I was determined not to waste them. I just shoved them all in there with some vines in the bottom acting as quasi florist foam to hold everything upright. PERFECTION! (I know, I am SO modest) Possibly better then my wedding flowers. (but probably not)

Here is my sweets table.

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It was the plan to action this with the help of The Home Empress, Leah, but due to a truly regrettable and unforeseeable sad event. She was unable to assist, obviously.

So the table looks a little sparse, but I did the best I could on my own and no guest went hungry. I made the cake in the centre. I cut one slice towards the end, because it is so tall, 3 people shared that one slice and that was that with the cake, in the bin it went. It had cream cheese in the icing and it had been sitting out. I wasn’t upset by this as it was just packet mix that was on special (I can hear Leah’s disapproval over this LOL) I would have loved to make a gourmet yummy cake, but so thankful that I didn’t bother considering it’s fate.

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The cupcakes were from Vanilla Cupcakery in Kingsgrove. I thoroughly recommend this place! They are so fresh and yummy! I ordered cupcakes from this place way back in August last year to announce to our families that my husband and I were expecting a baby. We communicated this message via them opening the box and seeing this:

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They were quizzical for a few seconds, then the penny dropped. Applause all round.Then the dads went to the bottle shop for champagne and the mums cried.

Sorry about that interlude, I never got around to posting that, back to the main event, the baby shower.

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We played some really great games. First up was “The price is right”

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We had 10 baby related items (That I displayed in my hideous un-renovated 70’s kitchen cabinet) That ghastly thing finally got put to use.

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You had to put them in order of lowest cost to highest.

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My friend who has 3 bubs won this, with a dismal 5 out of 10 correct. (I think we made it a bit too hard) But when the husband came home after the party had ended, I asked him to play and he got 6 correct. THAT WAS SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!

We also played “Spit the dummy” Who can spit the dummy the furthest. THIS WAS HILARIOUSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My gorgeous god sister was so shy to spit it out. She has way too much class and this was obviously beneath her LOL but was a good sport in the end and spat that thing across the room! My cousin who has a 1 year old decided to B.Y.O dummy from her son, she thought it had better aerodynamics! Sadly not, as my Aunty Barb was the biggest dummy spitter of all with an impressive length achieved.

We played the game where you cut a length of string (In this case pink knitting wool) Wrap it around my belly and who ever is the closest wins. Oddly my mother in law won this game! She thinks I am much smaller then I am and often buys me clothes that don’t fit, yet keeps buying our baby clothes that are so far advance, She bought some size 3, YES THREE clothes for the baby (erm toddler). They are going to be practically vintage by the time the baby can wear it LOL. Bless her heart. I’ll never understand.

 We wanted to eat donuts hung from the clothes line without hands, but sadly, because of the weather, this didn’t happen.

We also had jelly babies in a jar and you had to guess the amount. My cousin who got married over a year ago won it. I told her that she was next to make a baby now. (like catching the bouquet at a wedding) Because the last baby shower I went to, I guessed the amount of popcorn in the baby bottle correctly and everyone was asking me at the shower, oh when are you guys going to have a baby and I was like, pffft please, I am not ready. Then bam! 2 weeks later. “Rob, I want to have a baby”

So we are eagerly awaiting to hear news in a couple of months LOL.

My sister also made a “baby” play list. Featuring songs like Britney spears, hit me baby one more time. Justin Beiber and I was like baby, baby, baby Oh!!

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This was the bon bons. Easter eggs in bird nests. My baby is due around Easter time and fits with the nesting/bird theme.

Part TWO – Coming up next!

 

Gestational Diabetes

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Yep, I’ve got it. My dream pregnancy has come to an end.
Well, I wouldn’t go that far. Me living my pregnancy vicariously through a caramello koala has now come to an end. I personally still feel great. My baby is growing, I am still under my pre-pregnancy weight, she is moving around and I am in no real discomfort. My mood is good as well.

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 One minute everything was going super duper, then bam, bladder infection, extremely low vitamin d (even after 2 weeks in the sun) low platelets, the most agonising leg cramps and now gestational diabetes.
Luckily I work Saturday, Sunday and Monday and I have plenty of time to attend all these new appointments that I’m now obligated to. (Disregarding the one I had to go to on a Monday, it is the only day they conduct them! Bringing my sick days from work due to the pregnancy to a grand total of 2!)

 After being diagnosed with GD, you attend a 3 hour class with dietician and a diabetes educator nurse. There are two things to point out.
Firstly “You cannot give yourself GD!” PHEW!!!
Sure, being overweight and having a family history does contribute, which in my case is a Tick, Tick.
Secondly “There was nothing I could have done to prevent getting GD” Phew!
Because when my GP told me I had pipped the post with a reading of 8 when it had to be under 7.9! I was feeling rather deflated and like a total failure.
So, to hear those 2 points was a relief and my mood elevated slightly.

When I had my first appointment with the midwife at the hospital and they ordered me to have the 75gram Glucose tolerance test (the 2 hour one) early and again at 28 weeks. I asked them then. “Please help me, guide me. What can I do to stop this from happening? I’ll be more active, I’ll eat less sugar, you just say the word and I will do it.” Their response was, nothing. It is out of your control and is already pre-determined.

With that in mind, I carried on like normal, if it was written in the stars for me then so be it.

In short, Gestational Diabetes is caused by your pregnancy hormone blocking the pancreas from letting out enough insulin to come and take the sugar out of your blood. Because you feed your baby through your blood stream the baby is getting all this sugary blood and can make the baby quite big. This can be controlled with diet. Making sure you don’t eat too many carbohydrates, so you can keep your blood sugar readings under a certain amount.
However, in some cases, that is still not possible. Meaning insulin injections or medication is required. It is also possible to have GD with one pregnancy and not another.

 Thankfully, I have been able to control mine with diet. I have to keep a food diary of everything I consumed and at what time. I also need to prick my finger FOUR! Yes FOUR times a day, (WHY ME?????????)
Once in the morning, before you get out of bed. You try drawing blood from yourself when you are half asleep and busting to go to the toilet, getting that droplet of blood onto the end of stick, in the dark, so you don’t wake your husband is worthy of a medal in itself.
Then 2 hours after breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 To date I have pricked my fingertips at least 88 times. In the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. I don’t even want to do the maths to work out how many times it will be till I give birth. (Okay, I will. 47 days x 4 times a day = 188) Ouchie wow wah!

 I thought I was DONE with the blood tests and people jamming needles in me. No, far from it, now.
When it comes time for me to prick my finger, you can see little droplets of sweat, I guess it is, pop up on my skin. When I have blood tests, my hands get so clammy and wet. I dislike it. (Even when I watch tv of someone doing something scary, like bungee jumping, I feel it for them)
But in all honesty, it is really not that bad. I don’t want to glorify it or generate the appearance that it is really bad. So many people have diabetes and it is just something so many people have to do and really, it is not that bad. It’s not great either, I am quickly running out of places to shove the damn needle. You can see lots of tiny red dots over my fingertips.

Also, when you have to prick your finger sitting in your car in a car park. You fuck up getting the blood on the stick and have to grab another one out of the closed jar while balancing the droplet of blood, yet you go to grab it and brush your fingertip on the WHITE part of your black and white stripe skirt, marking your skirt and loosing the droplet of blood and having to stab yourself again! Yes that, That is FABULOUS!!!!

At least I don’t have to take insulin as well, because that would mean 8 needles a day.

 Another way I am looking at it is, it is a blessing in disguise. Meaning I won’t stack on the weight with the last 7 weeks to go (I’ve actually lost a couple of kilos) and it is very interesting to see how carbohydrates can affect you. I am sure after I have the baby, I would be interested to see after having a slice of cake or a big plate of pasta (my 2 favs) how my blood sugar levels are, just for curiosity sakes.

It is teaching me good eating habits I can continue with my life and our new babies life.

Baby sleeping room

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

My wallpaper is yet to arrive. :(

It has hindered me from starting other projects in the nursery, as I wanted there to be some consistency and match items with it.

With 3 weeks till the baby shower, I am majorly freaking out. I kinda wanted the room looking pretty spiffy. Anyways, life goes on.

Hopefully it will arrive tomorrow. Then on Tuesday I am going to buy my curtain material. I want to make curtains like this.

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Where the top fifth is one colour and the rest is another. I just can’t figure out the colours!!!!!

Help me. I am taking suggestions.

On Friday I bought a light fitting for the nursery. We are on major budget now (because I want to start another costly project in a different part of the house and with that to consider) I decided to buy a cheap fitting from masters.

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Tah Dah! It is a capiz shell pendant.

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You can call me excellent at being pregnant in the most sarcastic tone.

I hung this light myself on the top step of my step ladder! Very big no-no’s for a third trimester preggo.

I don’t love it, but I do like it. Ideally I would like it to have a nice canopy and a chain, but beggars can’t be choosers. I ended up with this option, because it was deemed “D.I.Y” on the packet, It just simply plugged into a batten holder, which is what this room had already! I wanted to make it easy on my husband as his do list was getting longer, and the days are getting shorter. But it was supplied in only one length of cord, which was far too long, even though we have tall ceilings. So the husband still had to strip the wires back and cut them etc etc! But that didn’t take long. Then when he went to re-hang it did he finally ask, Um how did you have it hanging if I am on the top step and I am taller then you and I am still reaching up!

Ahahahhaha. I coyly said, the baby helped me.

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I also like the light fitting because it looks similar to this ~$3000 beauty from Oly (Available at Coco Republic)

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Another thing that arrived this week is my Lorca fabric. (Needs an iron)

(as well as a roll of Sanderson wallpaper, I just had to have it)

I have just (lazily) moulded it around a throw cushion. It is so exquisite. Silk with huge embroidery flowers.

Still tossing up to make another cushion for this chair in a velvet.

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Like this?? A round cushion?

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I watched my husband painfully paint one for the sides of the cot with a brush. He managed one coat of primer on one side of a cot in one weekend!

BABY SHOWER, LESS THEN 3 WEEKS AWAY!

I told him to stop and to go and buy a sprayer. He has done so now. Let’s see how that works out.

There are so many other projects to work on! Arrgghhh. Stress out.

I still need to plan my baby shower, sew my curtains, sew 2 cushions, sew a cot skirt, sew my nursery curtains and do my change table!!

Possibly work on the gallery wall for the hallway and the nursery!

Way too much! I feel overwhelmed!

Ok guys, I need colour suggestions for the curtains. White cot, wooden wardrobe, beige wingback chair, green and pink cushion & lavender change table (If it ever arrives)

Nursery Updates

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I have hit pause on the nursery, reluctantly and completely out of my hands.

I am stilllllll waiting for the Schumacher lavender sisal wallpaper to arrive. There is constant communication going on and it looks like it should be here by the end of Jan or first week of Feb!

So I cannot really go on with much else until I have that paper in my hand and can take it to fabric/decorating shops to match colours.

I.E pick curtain fabric!! That is the major one.

But here is a little snap shot of how it is coming along.

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The first row is my ikea hack plans.

The second row is my lamp, my cot and my armchair

The third row is my framed shell artwork and 2 samples of fabric I would like for the curtains. I want a paisley fabric. The last picture is of my window with my white roman shade.

The fourth row is fabric that will feature in the room, my wardrobe and the floor plan.

(right click on the pic and go “view image” if you wish to see it bigger)