Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tagging Tuesday - Belle & Boo

This week I am loving an English shop called Belle and Boo which has gorgeous retro style products.

I really love the style of the prints and could spend a fortune on buying them - 
if I had a fortune to spend!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tagging Tuesday

It's that time of the week again and this week I'm loving these gorgeous hand made giraffe's! In fact, I've just ordered a pair for my lovely new niece Matilda as well as a pair for Annabelle.

Aren't they gorgeous?

These are the fabrics for Annabelle's giraffes

This is one of Matilda's fabrics, I still have to choose another!

Seeing all these lovely hand made products has inspired me to get creative again so I have started work on my own little project... more information once it's all up and running!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Annabelle's Baby Blessing

As promised I am going to post some long-overdue pictures from Annabelle's Baby Blessing at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in Berkeley.

Nan Tien, the name means "Paradise of the Southern Hemisphere', is dominated by a three tired Pagoda which contains three shrines lines with more than 10,000 Buddhas, magnificent gardens, meditation hall and a museum. I really love going to the temple as it has such a tranquil feel to it.

 The Great Hero Wall - the 5 Buddhas mean Confidence, Longevity, Wisdom, Inner Beauty and Calmness.

]Prayer and Wishes for Baby Blessing  ]
Oh, Great Compassionate Buddha!
Today we gathered before you for the Baby Blessing Ceremony.
We pray that under your compassionate guidance and protection,
May these children;
Be free from harm and enjoy a healthy body and mind;
Meet with favourable conditions so that they may grow up with stability and peace
Be intelligent and enjoy learning without difficulties;
Be blessed with good virtues and fortunes, and be loved by all.

Oh, Great Compassionate Buddha!
Please allow them to feel gratitude in their hearts
So that they may cherish the sacrifices others have made;
Allow them to be virtuous and be able to contribute and bring benefit to society;
May they nurture proper beliefs and hold correct views and thoughts.

We really liked the meaning behind the Baby Blessing,  which is why we chose it over a more traditional Christening or Baptism, and I think the Prayer is really lovely.

Annabelle receiving her Blessing

All the babies who were Blessed with Annabelle

Annabelle's Certificate

with my Dad, Annabelle's Grandad

The gorgeous Blessing cake made by Annabelle's very talented day-care Mum!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tagging Tuesday - handmade cards

Lately I have come across lots of lovely handmade products - and I just love anything handmade - so I'm hoping to share some of my favourites with you of a Tuesday.

I'm kicking things off with a few cards that my lovely friend Amanda has made as I think her cards are just gorgeous! I know Amanda used to have a website to sell her cards but sadly people would rather pay $1 from the discount shop than pay for quality so I'm not sure whether she still her website up and running (if you do Amanda post the link in the comments section).

This lovely card was made for Annabelle's first birthday!

Aren't they all lovely? One of the best presents I have been given was a box of mixed cards that Amanda made for me that covered pretty much every occasion, birthday, thank you, wedding, new baby, mother, father and even Valentine's Day!

If you're struggling to come up with a present for that hard-to-buy-for person I can definitely recommend putting together a selction of cards for them to use, it's such a useful gift and even better if the cards are handmade.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Watch out world, here I come!

In the last couple of days Annabelle has started pulling herself upright by clinging to the furniture. At this stage she's still weight-bearing on the tip of her toes so she still has some way to go but we're excited by her progress - especially as she's not crawling properly yet and is still 'commando' crawling!

I have a feeling she'll skip proper crawling and go straight for walking!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Be Careful I Bite!

Two nights ago I was in a deep-sleep when I felt Aaron shaking me awake. Naturally I thought there was something wrong with Annabelle so I jumped out of bed to race into her bedroom only to be told 'you're snoring and it's keeping me awake'.

To most readers this may seem like a reasonable thing to do, however I have to admit I was more than a little miffed for several reasons.

1. I am tired. All the time. No really, all the time!  I'm almost 6 months pregnant, I have a 1 year old daughter and I work 3 days a week - on work days I am away from home for 12 hours at a time - so there's not a lot of time for relaxing. I need uninterrupted sleep.

2. Aaron snores! That's right, Mr complainer himself is a snorer. Hello Pot, have you met Kettle?

3. I can't help it, it's pregnancy related:
As you enter your second trimester you may find yourself snoring for the first time in your life.
According to a sleep survey, about 30 per cent of mums-to-be start to snore during this time.
While you -- and your partner -- may be less than thrilled about this new development, take heart, because there's a good chance that you'll stop snoring after your baby is born. The cause of your midnight melodies is swollen nasal passages. During pregnancy, an increase in progesterone may cause the soft tissues of the nasal passages to swell and partially block the airways. Baby Centre

4. We're only just heading into my sixth month of pregnancy so I still have a long way to go - and pregnancy related snoring is coming along for the ride!

My advice to anyone dealing with a similar problem is to just let it go, pregnant women have enough to deal with without being harassed about their snoring. I can promise you this; if I feel that hand on my shoulder waking me up again because I'm snoring then he may just feel my teeth biting him in response!

After all, there's always the spare room!