April 13, 2017
Heirlooms and family treasures are cherished objects with a great amount of sentimental value – but as many of them have aged, they’ve also become less relevant to our modern lives. Whether it’s vintage doilies from a much-loved aunt or a classic wedding dress that isn’t likely to come into style once more, these items inhabit a strange middle ground: they’re too emotionally valuable to part with, but they don’t serve a purpose in 2017.That’s where upcycling comes in.
Upcycling is a fantastic way to breathe life into a treasured object or heirloom, making it more practical and relevant without losing its sentimental value. Could you upcycle your old family heirlooms? Here are some ideas to get you started.
A great way to repurpose old baby clothes (especially if you’re ruling out any more children and have no use for them in the future) is to turn them into a blanket or a teddy bear that your little one can still enjoy.
The charming quilts or blankets can accompany a child through their life – and many parents enjoy the thought that their first ever baby clothes are still keeping their precious child warm and cosy. A teddy bear is also a fabulous way to turn baby clothes into something useful, without losing out on any of its sentimental value.
Doilies are seen as a thing of the past nowadays – we rarely use them in our homes, yet many families have vintage doilies that have been passed down from previous generations. These intricate and beautiful items are perfect for turning into a piece of wall art – simply layer two or three doilies in an interesting pattern, then choose a backing colour and frame the piece. What a lovely way to keep a part of your distant relatives’ memory alive in your own home.
Many families are in possession of letters, recipes or other documents from previous generations of their family. In a lot of cases, the script and handwriting is beautifully precise and ornate – almost artistic in its style. You can scan these old documents and have the text printed onto fabrics using a variety of online services, or you could print out a replica and have it framed as a piece of art for your own home.
There are a multitude of tutorials online to turn receiving blankets (the first blanket you ever hold your baby in) into soft crocheted bowls. These can be kept by the parents (they make an ideal place to store jewellery or hair accessories), or handed down to the child to do as they wish with. If kept in good condition, they could even be handed down through subsequent generations.
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December 11, 2018
If the festive season didn’t feel exciting and filled with wonder already, along comes your little one and gives you a fresh perspective on what the Christmas season truly means.
Making that first Christmas special can feel overwhelming, you want everything to be picture perfect but you know they’re not going to remember all the fuss.
Gift giving for your newborn is the easy part, after all, you want to spoil them. But we’ve listed below some thoughtful first Christmas presents that will last well beyond this Christmas and go on to be treasured keepsakes in their lives.
November 27, 2018
It’s true what they say - children are the ones that make Christmas special.
With festivities fast approaching, you may be getting overwhelmed in the planning of your baby’s first Christmas. And that’s completely understandable.
After all, as parents, we want to make it perfect for them and create memories that can be looked on in many years to come.
Although your little one will not remember their first Christmas, traditions are a great thing to begin to establish during Christmas, as they can continue year-after-year, and become something that your child cherishes about the festive season when they are older.
To help inspire you, we’ve listed some of the thoughtful traditions you can begin to help your baby’s first Christmas to be magical, in the hope they will last far longer than the real fir tree.
November 13, 2018
As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.
As famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”
And when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background.
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