Life in the Slow Lane: CATE'S BABY SHOWER

Wednesday 29 May 2013


Today's blog post is a very special one......for a very special friend!

I remember the exact moment that this Virtual Baby Shower for our Australian blog friend, CATE was conceived (so to speak!). 

DEB TURTLECARRIEKARENDENISE and myself were sitting around DEBS14's dining table (happy days!!), talking about the various blogs we visited and the friends we had made online. Deb Turtle mentioned Cate, and how baby number 5 was on her way and how nice it would be to throw her a Baby Shower ....totally impossible as she lives in Australia, we thought...but as we talked it through, we realised that we COULD do something...and a Virtual Baby Shower was born!! We decided to make pages for an 8x8 album, which would be sent to Cate...our reckoning was that she just MIGHT be lacking in time to do much scrapping, but we wanted her to be able to record those first precious moments/days/weeks in the life of her new bundle.

When I thought of the kind of papers I wanted to use for the pages for Cate's baby album, I remembered the beautiful collection that DEBS14 had put together for us that day at her house......

.......and I knew there were some perfect papers and embellishments there - and it all just seemed so right...full circle as it were!

And these are the layouts which are on their way to DEB TURTLE...and will then make their way to Cate:

Now, there's no way I'm going to offer advice on looking after babies to Cate...after five babies, that really WOULD be teaching your grandmother to suck eggs....but I thought I would share this poem by DOROTHY LAW NOLTE, which has always been a favourite of mine:

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. 
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. 
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. 
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. 
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy. 
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. 
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. 
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. 
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience. 
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation. 
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. 
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. 
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal. 
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. 
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. 
If children live with fairness, they learn justice. 
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect. 
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about 
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live. 

I really do wish we could all have got together for your shower, Cate...but hope you have enjoyed the virtual one.

Thanks, Deb for co-ordinating this lovely event!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx


  1. Alison! This is so perfect. Your post, your layouts, and that poem. :o) I don't know what I love more - the fact that this virtual baby shower is happening today, or the way it came about while Carrie and I were in England. I'm so happy today, and I hope that Cate will be as well. :o)

  2. I love the story of how the whole idea came about! It makes me think maybe we'll have more events like this in the future..we need to see who we can persuade into a virtual hen party next!!

    It's a really lovely post and I bet Cate'll be chuffed to bits with it

  3. I remember our brainstorming session well, too! :) Love how your pages turned out...I have used my scraps since our time together as well.

  4. I thought I recognised those papers! What a lovely layout and I'd love to see how all the pages look together when Cate receives the album.

  5. Lovely heartwarming post and lovely girly pages x

  6. What beautiful pages you've made, I'm sure Cate will adore them. I also love that poem, it is so perfect,
    Jo xxx

  7. What a lovely idea! Cute papers and pages:)

  8. Just lovely! I love that poem!

  9. I have had that poem on my fridge for several years, it was given to me by a friend at playgroup and I think it is fantastic.
    It just goes to show - put a group of great bloggers together and look what they come up with!

  10. What a lovely idea! There is such a lot of caring ladies out there in blogland! Beautiful pages, they will make a stunning book.

    Hugs, Estelle xx

  11. I have that poem in a book I made for Ben many years ago.
    This was/is such a lovely idea of Debs, your pages are beautiful and how lovely it must have been to work with pink and girly.

  12. A virtual baby shower for a blog friend was a great idea! With baby number 5 I doubt Cate had time to make an album so this one will be extra special. Terrific layouts!

  13. What a great poem & your pages are precious! Great to "see" you at the shower!

  14. Cate will be super pleased - these are gorgeous pages for her book. I do love your poem too x

  15. What a beautiful post. I can just imagine how much your pages will be loved

  16. thank you for the pages (love the pops of green!) and the poem


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