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63 days until due date

63 days until due date

Sixty-three days?! That’s nothing. I have all the feelings. I am thirty-one weeks today and oh boy, do I feel it. Generally speaking I am doing well! I feel healthy, I have enough energy each day to get me through until about 1.30pm and although […]

Baby Shower Supplies

Baby Shower Supplies

Whether you are going all out and hiring a venue and catering and the whole shebang, or if you are doing something at home with a budget, your baby shower can still ooze fabulousness, instgrammableness and loveliness! I have always loved hand-making as much as […]

The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies

The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies

This coming Saturday is our baby shower, and over the weekend Pete and I were all systems go. Over the weekend, Shari and I did a huge shop for all of the food for next weekend, as well as ordering the balloon bouquets and buying napkins and plates and decorations and everything else in between. We also visited a few clothes shops to try and find me a dress for the occasion.. alas, my boobs proved far too problematic. Nearing a G-cup now (…yep), my maternity bra has its work cut out for it. The thick straps are a godsend for my back but also mean I can’t wear anything with a thin strap. The high cut of the bra again, an absolute dream for me but it means that pretty much everything I wear has to have a high neck cut. I did try some dresses on without a bra to see if it could work.. It can’t. Not at all. No. Shari and I both learned that there is definitely such a thing as too much breast.

Yesterday, Pete spent most of the day outside getting our garden and outdoor area ready for the barbeque. He gurnie-ed (I don’t know how to make that a verb), and weeded, and mowed, and raked and anything else you can think of that is an outdoor domestic task. He did it all and the place looks freaking immaculate.

I, on the other hand, made about a thousand cookies.

I have really gotten into my baking lately, especially since purchasing fondant icing tools from ebay among a plethora of different shaped cookie cutters and letter embossers. I ordered a baby shower set of cookie cutters last month that included a bib, a onesie and a baby bottle. I also love anything that is homemade (we all know that by now) as well as anything personalised. So, I am so chuffed to share The (Oblivious) New Mama’s Personalised Baby Shower Cookies!

Vanilla Snap Cookies

Ingredients – 

185g butter

1 cup caster sugar

1 and a half tsp vanilla extract

2 and a half cups of plain flour

1 egg

1 extra egg yolk

Method – 

Blend butter sugar and vanilla in a bowl or food processor

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth dough forms

Dive the mixture in half and roll to about 5mm thick on baking paper

Refrigerate for about ten minutes

Using your cookie cutter, cut out cookies and bake until a light golden colour

Icing

I have tried a few different ready-to-roll icings now but have found that the Coles brand one is the easiest to work with and, therefore, gives better results

If you are wanting to work a colour into the icing, tear the icing into chunks and place in a bowl

Squeeze as much colouring as you want onto the icing and knead until it is consistent the whole way through

On baking paper, roll the icing out to the desired thickness and use cookie cutters or icing stamps to shape icing

Dip your finger into some water, rub onto the back of the icing and press gently onto cookie and let set

For our baby shower, I tried to stay away from everything being BLUE. Instead, we are going for a more natural palette including a lot of whites, light browns and dark greens. It is a very rustic theme that we are going for, and I will be adding pops of blue throughout the decor including a couple of blue balloons, blue lollies and some light blue napkins. I wanted to keep that theme going with the cookies however I did make more blue coloured ones just to add that little bit more blue to the mix.

This may sound completely lame – but I am definitely past the point of caring about how soppy and love-dovey I sound – but I loved making these for my little man. I loved creating the ‘Baby Boyle’ cookies with our son in mind, and every time I finished a batch I would run down to Pete in the yard and show him and we hugged each time and then he would say, “For our little man” and rub my belly and then we would kiss. It’s just such a simple touch that adds so much warmth and love to a baby shower, and come on – how freaking adorable are they?!

If you or someone you know is having a baby shower and would like to order some The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies please shoot me an email or a direct message on Instagram. There are boy and girl options and I can customise orders to pretty much whatever your heart desires!! I would love to be a part of your special day in the sweetest way possible!

Baby Shower List(s)

Baby Shower List(s)

Lists are my favourite. I have mentioned that several times. Lists give me direction. Lists allow me to plan. Lists let me know when I have achieved things. I have several notebooks that I use specifically for list-making. Planning a baby shower, it turns out, […]

Entering the third trimester.. 84 days until due date

Entering the third trimester.. 84 days until due date

Well – we made it! I am 28 weeks today, marking the start of the third and final trimester. THE HOME STRETCH. All things considered, I am feeling pretty good! I definitely feel heavier and getting on and off the lounge and in and out […]

Homemade Baby Shower Bunting

Homemade Baby Shower Bunting

Our baby boy’s baby shower is a mere nineteen days away. In that time, Pete needs to finish building our barbeque and installing out outdoor wood-fire pizza oven (YEP!), we need to get the furniture for the nursery, I need to order our cake with my mum as well as purchasing balloons, and decorations, and tableware and all the food and all the beverages AND finish off all of the homemade elements that I am making for the day. Safe to say, we have a busy couple of weeks ahead of us.

So, wasting no time at all I wanted to share with you my homemade baby shower bunting! We are not going for the traditional EVERYTHING IS BLUE BECAUSE WE ARE HAVING A BOY kind of baby shower. Instead, I will be decorating our home and the main grazing table with natural colours like brown, white and dark green with splashes of blue here and there. As far as decorative buntings go, I have purchased a flag bunting as well as a DIY blackboard bunting, both of which are from Kmart. To go with these, I decided to create a ‘woodland creatures’ bunting (which, I discovered, is a HUGELY popular theme that I had no idea about). I decided this for a number of reasons – 1. they are adorable, 2. they go with the colour theme, 3. Pete is a man of the outdoors and 4. once we reveal the name we have chosen for our son, it will all make sense.

So, without further ado, The (Oblivious) New Mama’s Homemade Baby Shower Bunting!

 

Supplies – 

thick twine

sticky tape

brown card stock

scissors

glue

your choice of printable woodland creature (or any other graphic of preference)

ruler

pen/pencil

 

Method – 

Do some research and choose the graphics you wish to use on your bunting (Pinterest is great for this)

Print out your images and cut them out

Place largest image on your brown card so you can work out the dimensions of each flag – do not stick down yet!

Once you have measured out the size that you want your bunting flags to be, measure out a stencil (you can make them whatever shape you want, I chose the same shape flag as the cake topper)

Cut out each flag, position and glue each illustration down – one illustration per flag

Place each flag face down on a flat surface with about a 15cm gap in between each, cut your length of twine and attach each flag with sticky tape!

 

Once I have strung up our buntings ahead of the baby shower, I will be posting photos. I cannot wait to see it all come together (and I bet all of you are JUST as excited as I am..)!! In the coming weeks, I will also be posting some great original content on the following:

 – putting together a gift registry that suits you

 – baby shower essentials, a checklist of items you will always need no matter what kind of baby shower you are having (straws, cups, napkins, etc.)

 – how to create the perfect (and totally instagrammable) grazing platter table

 – a round-up of everything that we have bought for the baby shower including balloon bouquet ideas, decorations we have purchased, food purchases, etc.

Homemade Baby Shower Cake Topper

Homemade Baby Shower Cake Topper

Craft holds a special place in my heart. When I was a toddler, Mum and I spent dozens of afternoons cutting out pictures from magazines and calendars and newspapers and making collages. We made fairy wands, and stuck gems on everything that we could get […]

113 days until due date

113 days until due date

I am absolutely exhausted. I am in good spirits, I am the happiest I have been in a long time but I am ridiculously tired/spent/debilitated. There is nothing left in the tank. Bubba has been going through a big growth spurt this last week which […]