Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spare Oom Dreamin

It’s nearly time to spend endless hours among the plants, birds and critters in spare oom. Soon the blanket will be out permanently with books ready to read, picnics ready to be eaten, and a little squirmy buddy to introduce to the outside world. 

The list of improvements to our spare room are ongoing, but here are a few things I’ve been dreaming of recently:

Paint it black - our little shed would look amazing with a darkened touch

Curling up with little buddy in an extra large, cozy egg chair

Hanging a little flora or fauna amongst recycled bottles and ceramics

Stringing up lights for those warm nights

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A little party for little buddy

A couple weeks ago we threw a little shindig in anticipation of little buddy’s arrival. Far from the traditional baby shower, I really wanted T to be there - after all, he played a big hand in making this little family of ours grow. And why stop there? We extended invites to those people who make us feel most loved and have held our hands throughout this journey. Who needs a ‘girl-only’ crowd when you can have a crowd full of love?

The table was set with fresh florals, recycled and vintage glass jars & pottery, and homemade pom poms (which I made for little man’s gender reveal). While visiting my family in Iowa, I adored these flags that mama used to decorate my niece and nephew’s room with. Even though T & I didn’t know we’d successfully make an Iowa baby (!), I decided to buy some for our little buddy. A few months down the line (and a huge belly later) they played a key leading role in the look of our party.

On the menu:

- vanilla cake with chocolate fudge icing. decorated with fresh flowers, woodland creatures, and handmade 'oh boy' cake topper (baked and decorated by me!)
- my signature sugar cookies: daisies, rosebuds, ‘Oh Boy’ & ‘B’ scripted cookies
- popcorn bar & candy filling station (subtly chosen in boyish colours)
- T’s savoury pork meatballs with pasta & a mini sandwich selection (bless that boy!)
- freshly cut veggies
- tea and coffee station

Friends and family also loaded us with finger sandwiches, scrumptious baked goods (have you heard of fifteens?!), cheese twists, potato salad, etc - there was enough food to entertain for days!

As a keepsake from the day, we left out a book for loved ones to fill out their guesses on:

- baby names (favourite guessed include: Buddy, Elvis, Tiny)
- birth date & weight (14lbs & 2 weeks late wasn’t a nice answer!)
- who & what little buddy will look like (Jarvis Cocker? What have I been up to??)

The day was laid back/emotional/fuelled by food/filled with love. 
All of the above. 

A special thanks to all who made our day wonderful (whether near or far). You know who you are. We love ya'll so much.Xx