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Planning . . . And how Pinterest doesn’t count!

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I’m having a Baby Shower!!! Hooray!!! I’m pretty excited to show off our home again, and I have found a love for entertaining. Although, I have found some things that my pregnant belly and I are not loving. Shopping, Being   Organised. Cleaning.

I am spending a lot on Pinterest being inspired. Which was helpful maybe two weeks ago. But tonight, as I look through some of the gorgeous lolly buffets, home made buntings and delish looking desserts, I realise that will a full day at work tomorrow, and the Pretties at swimming and acro on Saturday, that my timeline is pretty slim to scour op shops looking for glass bowls and jars, or hit cake shops for sweet mini cookie cutters.

I am determined to have helium balloons, and I am determined to have a bunting/banner that says “SUGAR AND SPICE” I have a delightful assortment of sweets, I have an action plan to bake on Friday/Saturday morning, and I have a gorgeous friend, brilliant family who are also bringing treats for our guests to enjoy.

So the theme of our baby shower is pink, red, white & grey (to match the nursery!) and, of course, “Sugar and Spice, And all things Nice”. The plan is to turn our dining area into a lolly buffet, with scones, donuts, macaroons, sugar cookies and fruit platters for afternoon tea. Pink Sparkling wine, Raspberry and plain lemonade for refreshments and hot drinks for those who need it. Plus some sweet Cider for the boys to sit out the back with.

I made our invitations in Photoshop (along with some thank you cards, and an editable birth announcement so they all match) sent them out in pretty red envelopes with silver writing. My mother was horrified I’d posted her one, telling me it was a waste of a stamp, but I’m a firm believe that it’s always nice to get something in the mail at isn’t a bill – even if you’re expecting it.

I have, however, struggled to find anything to base my decorations off in my chosen colour scheme . . . But maybe that’s a good thing and my Baby Shower will simply forge its own way forward!! But until I can show off the pictures of what I’ve done, here are some of the places I found inspiration;

From Project Nursery –

From Catch My Party –

From Hello-Naomi –

Pretty#3 and I are 29 weeks today . . . I had a dream about her last night, and it felt so good to feel her chubby heaviness in my arms. BUT she did look completely different to the rest of us, with black hair and so chub. My big Pretties where both long and lean, with PrettyM having reddish hair (like mine) and PrettyC being the same baby, just with a thick chunk of dark brown hair right on the top. We were so thrown by the littlest pretty looking so different that she didn’t suit any of the names on our short list!! Yikes!

I’m off for some last-minute tidying before hitting bed for the evening!!

I’ll be doing some Baby Shower prep photo updates, so watch out for those!!




The plans of mice & men . . .

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When I had my two big pretties, we where renting. With PrettyM I was able to put up removable decals in her nursery, but there wasn’t a huge range of them 8 years ago. They where “Henry’s Nursery” themed and we teamed them with Yellow and Purple accents, a Yellow bookcase and light brown wood. By the time PrettyC came along, we’d moved and C slept in with us. We even abandoned the change table, opting for a caddy of supplies we carried to various rooms in the house. PrettyM had a big girl bed, but no theme to her room.

I have loved having our blank canvas of a house to play with decorating wise. It’s a work in progress, and some times it feels too big and I wish it was done already, but most of the time I love just being here.

We were so lucky to be able to get a 4 bedroom house, and we will originally signed the contract for this house, 2 years ago, I was pregnant. It seemed perfect, 3 bedrooms in the “kid wing” of the house, and three kids to fill them. We signed our contract, the following weekend was easter and so with our Easter wishes to our family and friends, we announced that we were expecting our first home and our third baby. Sadly, that baby left us after 13 weeks and after a traumatic hospital stay, we were left with our beautiful home plans but with one flaw – an empty fourth room.

Throughout the build this empty room was a heavy burden. There where days I couldn’t even go into it. I wasn’t sure we would ever have another baby, my husband didn’t really want to try again, afraid we’d have to go through all that pain again. I made plans to have a “craft/sewing/scrapbooking room” but I was never really sure I’d be able to enjoy our little empty room for myself. I knew it would always be “the room that isn’t the nursery”. When we moved in, we put boxes in there that we didn’t know what else to do with yet.

We found out I was pregnant about 2 weeks after. It was like she waited until we moved.

At 14 weeks, 3 days after Christmas, after we’d told everyone, I began to bleed and I was convinced that this pregnancy was all over . Again. I was devastated and Husband was heartbroken.

As miracles would have it, we were both amazed to have another scan that showed our Pretty#3 was perfectly fine. My little girl was a fighter. Even so I promised myself we wouldn’t purchase anything or do anything in the nursery until I hit the 24 week mark. Viability.

Today I am 28 weeks. We’ve taken our time, but I am finally letting the excitement of this take over. Last weekend, we painted our nursery. I think Husband must have said to me about six times “W . . . we’re painting a nursery!” The man makes me swoon.

Sooo . . . lets talk colours!!! OMG it was so hard to choose! I didn’t want to go too girly, but I did want something that I could update when she gets a bit bigger. It also had to be somewhat neutral, as we plan to upgrade the house in 3 or 4 years and would probably need to sell.

After weeks of searching Pinterest . . . I decided on Grey, Red and Pink. And this little mousey from IKEA was my main inspiration;

Isn’t she sweet??

A very, very generous girlfriend of mine has given us a beautiful cot and change table in a dark stained wood, which has now been set up and we’ve painted the walls in Dulux “Silkwort”

And here is the fabric I plan to use for little projects . . . curtains, mobiles, cushions, lampshades.

I’m currently putting together a list of all my favourite nursery/kid’s room blogs for inspiration . . . I promise I’ll share them with you soon!!



Sneak Peek . . .

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As promised, today I’m going to show you some plans for Pretty#3’s nursery . . . so here are some sneak peeks before tonight’s post!!

Have a fabulous Thursday!!!



Why, Hello there!

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Welcome, welcome, welcome.

Here is my new blogging adventure; 3 x pretty. Why the name? Our home is trying it’s best to make the world three times as pretty, with three beautiful little girls growing up in it. Well, two and a half little girls currently. Pretty # 3 is due in July, 2012. This another reason for the blog adventure, to capture these last weeks of what is very likely to be my last pregnancy. Unless we win lotto. And even then I’d probably go rescue some babies from overseas, rather then put up with the swollen ankles and separating stomach muscles again. Sigh.

This isn’t my first blog, in fact I’m no stranger to the blogging world. My last blog was listed under my full name and dedicated mostly to scrapbooking, which I was teaching etc in at the time. It also happened that our middle child was born during this journey as well, and I often read back through my old blog posts with a smile. So I’m looking forward to telling our stories, sharing our laugher, our hopes and our failures. I’m looking forward to becoming a stay-at-home-mum for the first time in 5 years, even if it’s only for 8 short months.

So the journey begins today – Easter Sunday. Which is fairly apt given the symbolic nature of today, don’t you think?

I hope you like it here 😉