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August 2017

BABE, DIARY, MAMA

PHOTOBOOKS!

22nd August 2017
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I hope it is not just me who is 2.5 years behind on Francie’s photo books! Our photo books are one of those things that are constantly on my mind and my to do lists yet I just get further and further behind as the days go by. That is why I think that photographer Robyn Davie‘s photo book service is the most fantastic idea. All you do is send Robyn a selection of your photos and she will do the rest, no more excuses mama! We chatted to Robyn about this fantastic offering!

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Tell us about your photo books?

Oh, I’m so excited about these photo books! This has been a passion project of mine that has been a long time coming – mostly because I’m an utter perfectionist and it has taken a good eight months to find a couple of printing companies, and the beautiful matt papers and covers that I’m happy with.

The part that I love the most is the A Year In Your Life photo books which I’ve just started working on this year – they’re gorgeous memory keepers, showcasing 20-30 images from each month of a year out of your life! These come in soft or hard cover, in 20×20 or A4, and are a fantastic way of cataloguing your life.

Here is a video of her 20×20 book which gives you an idea of how beautiful the books are.

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What inspired you to create this new offering?

As a photographer it breaks my heart to think of my own personal photos trapped inside my computer, and it always is such a wonderful trip down memory lane when I stumble across pictures from a forgotten holiday, dinner with friends or memorable moment. My aim is to get those treasured photos off your phone or computer and into print, because there is something truly magical about being able to run your fingers across the surface of an image, or to stand back and admire a big blown up photograph on your living room wall!

How does it work?

In order to get started on your order, send me an email and we’ll get chatting about prices and packages. I’ll then need 20-30 images (depending on the size of the book that you choose) per month from a year in your life – this is the fun part, where you get to look back and choose the best moments from that year, and they can be anything from bath time to visits from the grandparents to birthday parties.

And then I’ll gather up those images and curate a beautiful photo book for you! All in all the design and printing takes about 2-3 weeks, depending on the time of year. We’re a little busier around Christmas time, so give us a few extra weeks to process your order then.

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Are there different options to choose from?

I also offer three other gorgeous options when it comes to photo books – mini softcover flip books (with a similar feel to a magazine), hardcover A3 and A4 books (great for showcases a photo shoot, a family holiday or a special event), and premium genuine leather and linen covered books (great for the big life events – weddings, engagements and 60th birthdays!).

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Do you have tips for choosing images for the album?

Don’t just focus on the big significant moments, this album is a wonderful opportunity to include the tiny little things that really make you love your family – making pancakes on a Sunday morning, a trip to feed the ducks at the park, your little one absolutely covered in their favourite food and loving it!

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OUR FAVOURITE AFRIKAANS BOOKS

21st August 2017
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Since both Bailey and mine husbands are afrikaans, we are bringing up our children bilingual. We are always on the hunt for great Afrikaans story books and have had loads of mums ask us which are our favourite. So here is a list of Francie’s favourite Afrikaans books at the moment.

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  1. Die apies se dieretrein by Rosamund Haden & Tony Pinchuck
  2. Die krokodil wat vir water gegril het by Gemma Merino
  3. Hoera Beertjie by Julia Huberry and Coraline Pedler
  4. Die leeu wat saam was by Tiziana en John Bendall-Brunello
  5. Die Skilpad-besie se plan by Julia Donaldson*
  6. Die beer end die klavier by David Litchfield
  7. Tjokkie by  Julia Donaldson*
  8. Annabel en Beer by Lisa Stubbs

*All of Julia Donaldson’s books are a hit, the other we have are Kris de kat, Rower Rot, Stokman, Superwurm and Zok

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BABE, PLAY

ACTIVITIES AT HOME: STICKY WALLS

1st August 2017
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So many people have asked me on Instagram about the activities I set up for Francie Sugar and her cousins so now I am starting to blog about them.

This week I created “sticky walls” for Francie and Jack – they had the best time exploring how different stick on the vertical surface.

What you need:

A range of items: from leaves, to straws, bobby eyes and cotton wool. I used items that I found around the house. Items that stick easily are best, Francie’s favourites were bobble eyes, cotton wool and coloured paper.

Sticky plastic (i.e. contact paper)

Tape

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What to do: 

Using the tape stick your contact paper on the wall- sticky side up.

Lay out your little items

Let your little one start sticking!

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