365 Days of Ebonie

I did it. Well, almost! I missed a few days here and there, and some days I resorted to a shot of her sleeping in her cot because I’d forgotten during the day … but I am so pleased with the finished project. The difference between our tiny, sleepy newborn, compared to the cheeky, full of life one year old we now have, is clear to see. All of her days were recorded, from the mundane days, to the days full of adventure, it’s all there in the tiny squares.

Here’s our squidgy, fresh newborn on day 1:

Compared to our butter wouldn’t melt, fiery one year old on day 365:

I first completed a #project365 for Archie in 2013 after coming across the idea on instagram. He was 15 months when I started and that was a really fun age to document as he had so many ‘firsts’ to record in that year. I still love looking at the collage now, and it instantly brings back memories from the days we spent together during that year. A project doesn’t have to be to document a baby’s first year. Our little people grow up so quickly, and looking back over any year when they used to be smaller is so sentimental, whether that be when they were 1, 5 or 10.

I love taking pictures of our day to day lives, and completing these projects made me think outside the box in an attempt to get an interesting picture each day. My photography skills improved no end. I learnt so much about using my big camera in manual mode, but most of the pictures were taken with my iPhone camera so I also learnt a lot about framing, composition, and most of all about the necessity of good natural light!

If you’re considering starting your own project, just do it! I set up a separate instagram account where I could keep a record of all of the pictures together, and it was easy to download them all using InstaBro when I was ready to make the collage. Now, I am no wizz kid using photoshop (that’s on my extending to do list), but I did manage to make the collage using the software with the help of an online tutorial. If anyone wants any help with this then please just ask, I’d be happy to help if I can.

There was a sigh of relief when Ebonie’s project was finally finished. Don’t get me wrong, part of me loved taking the pictures and I’ve captured some memories I will always want to remember, but it did become a bit of a chore on times to take a picture every single day (hence why some days were missed). I will probably get the itch to attempt another project at some point but I’m thinking more along the lines of a whole family project, because let’s face it, there’s rarely a day that goes by without mamarazzi appearing!

The final result is something I am very proud of, and it will be framed and hung (sometime in the next 10 years) next to Archie & Millie’s, for us all to gush over as my little family grows older!

 

 

 

EBONIE’S 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY

It’s been a year! How in the world did that happen?

In so many ways it feels like she’s been with us since the beginning, yet the newborn baby bubble I was in a whole year ago feels like yesterday!

How old are you Ebonie? 

A note for my daughter: My darling Ebonie, you are loved beyond measure. You’re not yet walking, but have mastered your bum shuffle and just this week you pulled yourself up to stand for the first time. You’re favourite place to be is in your highchair! You love food and you conquered baby led weaning like a pro. We still enjoy you sharing our room, although your days are numbered and you’re soon to be shipped out into your own room (not that you’ll notice as similarly to your big sister, you’ve always been the most independent sleeper). Your personality is really starting to shine through; you’re stubborn, head strong and fiercely independent, yet you’re the happiest, loveliest and most chilled baby girl there is. It brings a tear to my eye knowing how fast this next year will fly, but I’m so excited to watch you take your first steps, learn new words and turn into a toddler.

So, back to  the party. We had a low key do on Sunday, with close friends and family joining us at home to help us celebrate our beautiful, scrummy daughter turning the big ONE.

The outfit! Although not a strong theme, Beatrix Potter was featured throughout the party, mainly because I fell in love with this little romper from Her Wardrobe. I wanted to incorporate a babyish style for my baby‘s birthday, and what better way to do that than feature Jemima Puddle Duck and Peter Rabbit? The perfect birthday hat was from the one and only Sprinkle Of Bows.

The cake! One of my fondest childhood memories is of my birthday cakes and feeling so special as everyone gathered round to sing happy birthday to ME! Watching my little ones’ eyes light up as everyone sings to them is always the highlight of the birthday party for me, and even at one year’s old, Ebonie felt that feeling as all the kiddies gathered round her to sing (of course the fountain candle may also be the reason her eyes lit up with excitement). So, the cake is always an important part of our parties. I was on the verge of ordering the cake from a local cake queen, but in the end decided I’d keep to my first birthday tradition and make the cake myself. I kept it quite simple, not too ambitious, and I was really pleased with the result. The cake topper banner was from Pippa’s Party Props who made it last minute for me.

Her sweet little face looking round at her sister … priceless!

The food! We made up little lunch boxes for each child, filled with little sandwiches, a bag of party rings, a box of raisins, a biscuit and a party popper! These were accompanied by fairy cakes, chocolate rice krispie cakes, chocolate fingers and a party necessity, jelly!

The party bags! I ordered the cutest personalised party bags from Paper Pixies on Facebook. We had both girl and boy versions and they were each filled with bubbles, playing cards, a badge, crayons, a postcard and a chocolate coin.

The older kiddies all loved the usual party games; pass the parcel, musical bumps, corners & musical statues, while Ebbie boogied along to some of her favourite chart hits!

The chalk board! Would you believe it that I completely forgot to make this until the morning of the party? I really wanted her to have a chalk board of all her first year milestones and although it’s not perfect and has some wonky text, it does the job.

Happy first birthday Ebonie Elen, we love you so very dearly.

Hello World!

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need.”

I’ve been umming and ahhing about starting a ‘blog’ for quite a while. I absolutely love taking pictures of my little tribe, and often find myself with lots of surplus photos that never make it on instagram in fear of clogging up everyone’s feed. I’ve found myself thinking, “why not start a blog? A space to post my trillion pictures without bombarding anyone. A space where people can choose to see my pictures or not. A space where I can document our days and memories, and hope one day A, M & E appreciate my efforts!” So … here I am, about to begin a blog.

I’m thinking of this space as my online ‘dairy’. My young children are my world, so I’m sure they will take up 80% of my posts, with maybe a snippet of interiors and style thrown in along the way (we’ll see how things go).

I’ll keep this short and sweet for the time being and just roll with it. If you’re already here and reading this post then I’m so happy you’re here and thank you 🙂

Welcome to my world!