Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Feeling organised? Then maybe it's time to sort through that abundance of old baby clothes and create a beautiful keepsake...

The start of a New Year tends to bring out the organized side in many of us, whether it be re-organising the kitchen cupboards, making room in the playroom / bedroom for the abundance of new toys or the arduous task of re-arranging the attic.

So what better time than now, to start sifting through all those old baby clothes that you haven't had the heart to let go of, but you know won't ever be worn again.

Even worse, you are unlikely to ever see them, except in the instance that you are organising the attic!

We wouldn't suggest being ruthless and giving them all away but instead why not pick your absolute favourites and consider turning them into a stylish patchwork quilt, blanket or cushion full of special memories for you and your child?

That way those pre-loved baby clothes that had been gathering dust in the attic can be transformed into a family heirloom that can be seen and treasured every day?

Just a thought.........


For more information see: Memory Quilts & Blankets  

Monday, 14 January 2013

Handmade Monday: Snow, Giant Fish & Projects In The Making

Firstly, I'd like to wish everyone at Handmade Monday a very belated but happy new year.  I hope you all had a fab Christmas and for those of you on Crafts Forum that did Secret Santa - hope you all enjoyed the gifts that you received. 

We had a great Christmas and our special guests helped to make it one to remember...  it certainly had the desired affect when a huge remote controlled, helium-filled shark and Nemo came 'swimming' through the air in the lounge.  Much to the delight of the kids - especially the biggest kids!

We have set ourselves several new years resolutions this year, one of which is to start celebrating more occasions with our keepsake gifts.  First up is Valentines day.  Admittedly we don't have long to complete our designs and start promoting them but we are on the way. 

Here's a first glimpse at our little 'I Love You' valentines owl. He / she is just missing the eyes and personalisation - which can either be I Love you on the front or a name (or other short message).  We will also be giving customers the option to add a message to the back of the owl.  Finished pictures will be posted soon!

We have lots of other items in the pipeline, which are being designed not only to celebrate Valentines Day but also for weddings and anniversaries to give as gifts or to create your own special keepsake.   Here's just one of them - free standing wooden hearts.  We have a few ideas for these, but won't share them just yet - not until they've been tried and tested anyway.  Hopefully we will be posting finished pictures of these next week too.

The final project, which has admittedly been going on for some time, is a photo collage wooden letter plaque.  This particular letter is free standing but can also be mounted to the wall. Again, hoping to post finished pictures next week. This particular letter is for "Daddy" but it could be any letter, any colour or any name. 

So needless to say, there is a lot to be getting on with this week!  I'm going to head over to Handmade Monday this afternoon to see what everyone else has been up to. 


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Free Dellivery For Keepsake Frames for a limited time

Given that one of our New Year's Resolutions this year was to offer our customers and readers more promotions and offers, we are now offering free delivery for all keepsake frames ordered between now and Friday 18th January.

Our deep shadow box style frames are great for displaying precious keepsakes and 3d items.  Most are 55mm deep and come with a box fixed to the back of the frame, which is easy to open and close using two screws. 

If you are looking to frame castings of your baby's hands or feet, their first comforter or even their first shoes - we think our box frames will fit the job.

See our range of deep box frames for keepsake displays

Have a great weeked!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Happy Belated New Year! Our New Year's Resolutions!

Happy 2013 !

How is it already 11th January?  I'm not sure how that happened so quickly but here we are, now wishing you a 'belated' Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and for those that bought gifts from us, that they were well received.  Thank you for all of your support throughout 2012 and we hope that we can continue to help you find the perfect keepsake gift in 2013.

In keeping with New Year's tradition, we've decided to come up with some Resolutions for For Keep's Sake in 2013 - all are based on giving more to our customers.
  1. Offers & Promotions.  We want to introduce regular monthly promotions to both our newsletter readers and Facebook fans. The offers will be promoted at different times of the month and the offer itself may differ completely.  If you want to be kept updated with all of our offers, all you need to do is Like us on Facebook and Sign up to our Newsletter - which can be done through the signup button on the bottom left menu of our home page.
  2. More products & designs.  We are always looking to add new designs to our ranges, but in 2013 we want to give you even more variety through new designs and product lines. With this in mind, if you have anything specific that you have been looking for or any bespoke requests we are more than happy to look into them for you.
  3. More Occasions. Many of our personalised gifts and keepsakes are baby-related but this year we want to broaden this to include any occasion where a special keepsake will be treasured. We are already working on ideas for Valentines Day and will also be here to help you with some gift inspiration and special keepsakes for Mother's Day and Father's Day.
  4. Loyalty Points Scheme.  We want to start rewarding customers that shop with us time and time again.  We will be launching a loyalty point scheme imminently to say thank you and to start giving something back to all of our loyal customers.
So these are our resolutions. We've limited them to four to help us stick to them.  We are really excited about all of our plans for 2013 and want to make this year, our year, for giving back to you.

Do you have any New Year's Resolutions on either a personal or business level?  We'd love to hear them if you do - just leave a comment.

Thanks for reading and here's to an exciting 2013!

Lots of love

Friday, 23 November 2012

Silver Fingerprint & Handprint Jewellery - What is the minimum & maximum age for prints?

We are often asked about the minimum and maximum ages for our fingerprint / hand print jewellery. The answer is actually different for both, as we use a different process for collecting the prints. 

Fingerprint Jewellery

Fingerprint kits include a putty like substance which is pressed onto and molded around the finger to create the print impression.  The print that is transferred onto the charm is the exact replica of the print taken - so the finished print will look identical.  

Each child is different and develops at their own rate, but generally speaking their fingerprints don't become properly defined until they are around 6 months.  We therefore recommend that customers wait until a baby is 6 months old before taking a fingerprint - or that the customer takes a handprint or footprint instead.
Handprint / Footprint Jewellery 

There is much more flexibility with the handprint / footprint jewellery.  These require a (mess-free) inkless print kit
to take the print - which is then shrunk to size, to fit the charm.   There is therefore no minimum or maximum age for handprint / footprint jewellery, it can be used for new borns, through to 100+ year olds!   This means you can even use two prints on the one charm, which is not possible for fingerprint jewellery.

If you already have a print (that you can email or post) we can even use this to produce your silver hand print or footprint jewellery. 

For more information on fingerprint / hand print jewellery please visit our website.


Monday, 19 November 2012

Getting slightly carried away with Christmas! Personalised decorations - Handmade Monday

Cheeky personalised gingerbread men
We're certainly feeling the lead up to Christmas, so much so that this is my first Handmade Monday post in a few weeks. 

As well as getting busier with Christmas orders, we've also been attending lots of fairs, markets and shopping events, as well as creating lots of new designs for our range of personalised Christmas decorations.

You may remember a post a while back, showcasing the first of our decorations - these have been really popular, particularly our cute reindeer:

Personalised Reindeer

At our customers' requests we have also created a range of personalised Christmas tree decorations.

Personalised Angel Tree Decoration

Personalised Gingerbread Man Tree Decoration

Personalised Snowman Tree Decoration
Personalised Reindeer Tree Decoration

Personalised Black & Silver Star Tree Decoration

Personalised White Cut-Out Star Tree Decoration

Personalised White Cut-Out Star Tree Decoration
Personalised Elf Heart Tree Decoration - we have male and female Elves!

One of my daughters even came up with this design, whilst fiddling around with my stock whilst my back was turned...... perhaps we'll have her working for us when she's older, we've already sold a few of them!!

Personalised Red & Silver Star Tree Decoration

We have lots more Personalised Christmas Decorations on the website, as I said, we have got slightly carried away with Christmas this year.  But have also loved every minute of it.

Lastly, I wanted something different for my two girls that we could bring out every year and use in either their bedroom, playroom or our lounge - so I made them each a free standing Christmas name plaque:

So yes, been very busy (much like the sound of everyone else on Handmade Monday) and are preparing to (hopefully!) get even busier, before a much needed Christmas break!

Must be time to start warming the mulled wine and mince pies....

Monday, 12 November 2012

Silver Fingerprint Handprint Jewellery - Christmas Deadlines

Due to an overwhelming demand for our silver fingerprint / hand print jewellery, we are currently working on a 21 day turnaround (extended from our usual 14 day turnaround) and we have had to move the Christmas delivery cut-off forward.

*** Christmas Deadlines ***

If you are looking to buy a piece of silver fingerprint / hand print / footprint jewellery for a gift this Christmas you will need to make your purchase by 12pm 19th November 2012.

We will despatch your kit within 24 hours and you will need to return your prints by 30th November 2012 to guarantee delivery of your finished item before Christmas. 

Completed prints returned after this date will not be made until January 2013. Please bear in mind when returning your prints that we are already noticing delays with the postal system.

Thank you
FKS xx

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Personalised butterfly name plaque, in memory of an angel.

When we were asked to make one of our hanging butterfly plaques for a mother who had sadly lost her child at the age of 2, we were really touched and hugely honoured to be asked to make something so special and with such significant meaning. 

At the customer's request (a friend of the mum) we were asked to keep the butterfly as white as possible but still personalise it with the name.   This was the result - both our customer and Sammy's mum were really pleased with the butterfly plaque, which was simple, but beautiful.

Thank you for letting us be part of something so special. xx

Friday, 12 October 2012

Personalised Dinosaurs and Giraffes... finally!

In one of our recent posts we shared our new designs for wooden name plaques.  You may recall that we mentioned they were the first of a new series of designs - with many more coming.  This is still the case, but it's taken a little longer than anticipated, following what I can only refer to as a creative block!

We were so pleased with the owls, birds and elephants that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make sure that the next part of our project - i.e. the giraffes and dinosaurs - came out just as well. 

It took a couple of weeks to get this far:

We had selected the potential colours that we liked and then....... nothing.......

.......until now. 


Personalised Dinosaurs Gifts / Name Plaques

Keeping in theme with our dinosaur wooden wall letters, we thought it made sense to stick with green and beige and spots!  The look just as cute on their own as they do together.

Personalised Giraffes Gifts / Name Plaques

We thought we'd try out the giraffes in beige and cream - but they can of course be painted in blues or any other colours. We love the small splashes of colour on them that really brighten them up.  The giraffes would make fab gifts for new babies and christenings.

Well, after such a long wait, we hope we didn't disappoint....!


Monday, 8 October 2012

Happy 1st Birthday to Archie!! Handmade Monday 87

handpainted wooden name plaques & personalised gifts
Well, I wasn't sure I was even going to make it this week.  Things have been busy as usual and this last week included the 1st birthday of a gorgeous little boy called Archie. 

With it being such a big birthday and the fact that his parents are very close friends of mine, I wanted to give him something special and of course something that he could keep.  So needless to say, I made his birthday presents ;o)

Archie's dad loves football and is a fireman, giving me two themes. Archie's mum and I opted for the Fireman / Transport theme - for what seems like obvious reasons to us.  (Football.....bah!)

This is what he got:

Fire Engine Name Plaque / Door Sign

name plaques door sign plate handpainted wooden personalised gifts
Fire Engine Name Plaque
A fire engine name plaque for his bedroom door.   Slight confession.... I actually made this a couple of months ago for him, but ended up holding onto it to show at a couple of craft fairs we attended (the shame....!).  It was definitely time to hand it over!

Transport Themed Wooden Wall Letters

wooden wall letters boys nursery bedroom transport car
I also made some transport themed wooden letters for his bedroom wall.  The letters are 20cm high (size of the capital letters) hand painted in royal blue and decorated with individually hand painted wooden vehicle shapes - including a fire engine, of course!

Personalised Wooden Trains

Personalised Handmade Wooden Trains - Gifts Ornament Decoration

Finally, we've wanted to add trains to our new free standing personalised plaques / ornaments so this was a perfect time to come up with a design.  As with the other plaques, there was a small and large train - which can be bought separately, but for Archie I wanted to use them as a set to spell out his whole name.  The thing I love most about these is that they can sit almost anywhere in a room; on a shelf, bookcase, windowsill or chest of drawers.  I also loved the bunting used on the fire engine and thought it would look cute on the trains too.
Realising that Archie is 1 and way too young to appreciate / notice (!) any of these gifts, I also bought him some weebles - so that he still had something to open and throw around the floor!   These were his favourite, of the gifts!
I opened the door to the postman on Thursday and was presented with this:
You'll be able to spot the trains in there, as well as some new and old shapes.  The new ones have kept me busy (and messy) all weekend.  Will be showing some pictures in the next post.

So now we're at the beginning of another week that is likely to fly past as quickly as the last, I'm going to visit handmade Monday to see what else has been happening in the crafting world! 

FKS xx

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Box of Delights!! And the next projects!

When I opened the door to finally see the postman standing in front of me with a large parcel, I knew it could only be one thing.  The box of wooden shapes that I had been waiting, not so patiently, for. 

Since launching our new range of personalised name plaques (shown at the bottom of this post) and personalised Christmas decorations, we've been dying to get our hands on more shapes so that we can come up with even more designs, in time for the busy festive season!

So here it is..... and there is more to come!!  I can't wait to get working on these and have a feeling that my hands / hair / clothes will be covered in splashes of paint all weekend!!

Name Plaques Personalised Wooden Shapes Gifts Baby Kids
These are four of the next designs that we will be working on. 

MDF Wooden Shapes
We have set the standard with our owls, elephants and birds - and we are hoping to achieve the same with all of our new designs....!

name plaques personalised wooden baby kids owls elephants birds
Personalised Name Plaques - For Keep's Sake
Wish us luck!! Will post pictures as soon as they have been completed.
FKS xx

Friday, 5 October 2012

How are Memory Quilts made and Tips for choosing the right quilter

memory keepsake quilts blankets patchwork quilting baby clothes
Memory quilts are a fantastic way to cherish and preserve pre-loved clothes and other fabric items that hold a special place in your heart. 

There will undoubtedly be some clothes that you want to keep in one piece, but there may be a number of other items that you want to keep but are just collecting dust in the attic. 

This is where memory quilts and blankets offer the perfect solution.

What are Memory Quilts?

Memory quilts are created using a range of a customers' pre-loved clothes.  In most cases, mainly baby clothes for a child that is growing up, but we also get asked to make them for families in memory of a loved one.

memory keepsake quilts blankets patchwork quilting baby clothes
Styles and designs will vary according to who you buy your memory blanket from, but at For Keep's Sake they are all patchwork quilts, that are carefully designed using separate blocks from your items of clothing. 

They come in a variety of sizes and make a great keepsake as well as special item with an everyday use!

How are Memory Quilts Made?

memory keepsake quilts blankets patchwork quilting baby clothesAs I said, this does vary depending on where you get your quilt made.  But we believe that the clothes should be an integral part of the blanket pattern, rather than looking as though they've been thrown together and sewn on. 

We carefully cut blocks from the clothes to create a stunning patchwork quilt that not only looks fantastic but maintains its' special sentiment.  

We can also add extra detail to the blanket where we use different sized blocks of clothing and traditional patchwork patterns, as well as lots of extra details such as modified necklines, buttons, frills and re-applique of small motifs. 

Quilts and blankets can even be personalised with a name and a photo.  Each memory quilt is a true one-of a kind keepsake.

memory keepsake quilts blankets patchwork quilting baby clothes
memory keepsake cushion baby clothes patchwork
Having given such a high level of detail and attention to the front of each memory quilt, we also consider the backing to be an important part of the design.  

Our customers can either choose from a plain coloured backing or one of 6 beautiful fabrics.

memory keepsake quilts blankets patchwork quilting baby clothes

Things to consider before purchasing a Memory Quilt

If you are looking into getting your own memory quilt or blanket made, here are  a few things it may be worth considering, to make sure you are pleased with the end result:

  • When looking for a company, it's important that you like the style of the quilter.  Not everyone's style will suit yours, so it would be a good idea to see photos of their work and make sure it meets your expectations.
  • Consider the price.  There is no need to pay over the odds, but if a company is charging a lot less than other competing companies - consider the quality of the materials they use when creating their quilts and also the time they tend to spend on designing and making them.
  • You are choosing to cut up your favourite pieces of clothing to create a special keepsake that you want to last.  This is another reason why your quilter will need to use good quality materials to create the quilt.
  • It's also important that you find out if the fabrics will be stabilized, the type of wadding that they use and how the quilt will be finished (i.e. is it properly quilted) as these factors will all have the biggest bearing on the life and quality of your quilt.
  • Make sure you know exactly what you are getting.  Are you getting a patchwork quilt or a quilt that features whole pieces of baby clothes within in?  What do you want?
  • Finally, most quilters will understand how important this purchase is to you and will make themselves available to you to answer any questions or to discuss any questions you may have.  Make sure you find someone that is happy to do this, so you are left confident that the end product will be just as you desire! 
memory keepsake quilts blankets patchwork quilting baby clothes

If you would like more information on memory quilts or if you are interested in purchasing one, then feel free to visit the links below.

In the meantime, if you've had a memory quilt made or have any tips for anyone looking to get this done - please feel free to comment below.

Love FKS xx

Memory Quilt FAQ's | How to Order Your Memory Keepsake Quilt
See our complete range of memory keepsake quilts, blankets and other items here.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Project Playroom - The Plan!

When we moved into our new house earlier this year, the girls decided to share a bedroom which was perfect as it gave us a spare bedroom that we could use as a playroom.  This meant that after years of having toys littered everywhere, we could finally look forward to reclaiming our lounge and closing the door on the mess.

6 months on.... and despite my best intentions to create a wonderful space for the kids, where they can relax, play and enjoy time with their friends, we / I haven't got very far.  All I've done is throw their toys in the room and lost hours pondering ideas on Pinterest!

In all fairness, they've spent most of the summer outside so we've not had much need for it, but now the weather is turning it's time to crack on.  Here are some pics of how it looks now..... and I'm really hoping to be able so share some photos of the finished room in a few weeks time.

playroom decorating storage ideas
As you walk into the room - this is what you see.... not
particularly pleasing to the eye!! 

playroom decorating storage ideas
Messy cupboard behind the door - the aim is to create an organised
storage space where they can easily see and reach their toys!

playroom decorating storage ideas
And this is the wall on the left as you walk into the room.

The Plan

I am fortunate enough to have a very good close friend who has a natural flair for interior design and an excellent knack for making the most of the space in a room.  She kindly sketched a proposed plan of the room - after I told her how I wanted it to be used. 
My vision is a 'little peoples' lounge / den with a small sofa and TV and a comprehensive storage system that would organise their toys in a way that they could see what they had and actually want to play with them. 
The plan:
playroom decorating storage ideas
In place of the ridiculously large dolls house that
has barely been played with, will be a small sofa
playroom decorating storage ideas
We have different options for the cupboard but it will more
than likely become a cubed storage area with dedicated
space to all the dress up clothes, shoes, bags etc

playroom decorating storage ideas
And on the wall as you open the door, there will be yet more storage as well
as space to have the television, dvd etc.  With even more storage behind the door.

I can't wait to see how it's going to turn out.  I'm going to paint it white, to keep it fresh, bright and feeling spacious - and will accessorise with lots of gorgeous colours.  No doubt, I'll end up making the odd canvas and some wooden letters for it too!! 
So now I've talked about doing it, I'm going to have to get a move on! Will post some pics as / when (if ??) progress is made :o)