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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Baby Talk

Although technically this is a photography blog... it doesn't matter that I include other bits and pieces in my life, does it?

I hosted a baby shower for my big sister last weekend. We decided to go with a loose theme of 'natural/organic'. I thought it would be fun to share ideas and see what things have worked for each of us and our littlies. There are so many amazing natural resources out there that aren't particularly well known, so I wanted to exchange recipes and remedies (and then post on here for others to read too!).
However, I wasn't sure if it would really work as a party theme... (this was my first baby shower!), but the ladies that came along rose to the challenge and arrived with some wonderful ideas and things to share. It turned into a really fab, girly afternoon.

{Homemade lavender treats from Clare!}

{Baby goodies!}

I put together a little brochure with some recipes and info for everyone to take home...

Here are some of them:

- Infuse olive oil with chamomile & calendula flowers for 6 weeks, strain the oil & discard the herbs. Massage onto baby’s skin or put a couple of drops in their bath. 

- Chamomile tea drank in small doses can also be good at helping soothe eczema and colic.

- Bathe nappy rash in bath of Bicarbonate soda over 3 days to heal (can also be used smeared on bug bites in a paste substance).

- Breastmilk in the ear is a good way to treat an ear infection. You can also mix a solution of ½ hydrogen peroxide and ½ warm water and gently squirt it into the baby's ears with a medicine dropper several times a day. If the infection is advanced or if it gets worse, see a doctor immediately.

- Oatmeal Baby Bath: 1 cup of whole oats, whirl oats in a blender or food processor until they are reduced to powder. Sprinkle powder into the bath and swirl. You will be amazed at the softness of the water and of your baby's skin..

- A good natural antibiotic ointment to use on baby is honey. Be sure, however, that your baby cannot get it into his mouth. You can also use breastmilk. 

Simply apply the honey or breastmilk to things such as an inflamed circumcision cut or infected umbilical cord and cover the area if necessary, otherwise let it get some air.

This post is also very useful, I used some of her suggestions too!

Delicious herbal teas were given by a friend... with all the details of what they're good for:

- Nettle and Peppermint tea. For windy babies and good for mummy particularly if she's had a c-section.
- Blackcurrant, Ginseng & Vanilla. For vitamin C and 'pick me up' on a tired afternoon. 
- Sweet Fennel for both of above, gripe pains and wind for baby.
- Lemon and Ginger. A good comforting drink with vitamin C, revitalises you, restores energy and healing levels. 
- Chamomile. For the opposite to help you sleep and relax.
- Green tea. For detoxing and good at increasing metabolism, helping to loose any baby weight. 

Anyway, I hope this info comes in useful for you some time or another, whether you have little ones or not! :)

Friday, 21 September 2012

*Under Construction*

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I'm mid-way through creating my 2013 calendar! Here is a preview of the photos I've picked for next year. 

I've included some images of the secondhand bits and bobs I've pick up recently, with a few flowery ones dotted in between.

The calendars will be available in my shop... which currently has nothing in it! I'm hoping to sell my photos as postcards and greeting cards there too. :)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

This week I've been working through some new images and trying to decide on which ones to select for my 2013 calendar. Purple flowers were a favourite subject it seems this year... (see image in my blog title for example!)

But I do love this one of the white poppies (at least that's what I think they are!). Unfortunately I don't think it will make the calendar... but I'm thinking it could work quite nicely as a postcard or greeting card perhaps?

Couldn't resist also including this lovely photo of my sweet girls sharing the swing! Happy times. :)

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Work & Play

I just love the colours in this bouquet of flowers. Taken from a wedding I photographed a few weeks back and have finally finished editing this afternoon... phew! Weddings are such a big old job... 

Also starting to think about putting together my 2013 calendar. It seems my 'to do' list just keeps growing. I want to get a nice little stash of stock together to take around the up and coming Christmas fairs that are held around these parts. Being new to the area, I'm keen to make an introduction and do that all-important networking.

In other news.... here are my lovely girls. 

They have just got to that lovely stage where they make up little games together. It's funny to watch Jemimah try to engage with Anouk and include her in her little role plays. Anouk just goes along saying "yesh" to any old thing (well almost!).

It's amazing to observe this cheeky little toddler and see her unique personality coming through.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

A start.

Here it is... my new blog.

I hope you like the new look and layout.

I'll be back soon...