I sometimes get the guilts as a Mum. I try my very hardest to be everything to everyone all the time and do it all to the best of my ability too. Most of the time I just manage to do a very mediocre job however. Somehow my standards are never going to match my reality and I have had to swallow that.
When I first started having babies, I would record every single milestone that popped up along their route to biggerdom: Baby's first smile, first tooth, first steps, first word and so on. I have some lovely fat record books full of each of my children's firsts and I really love to revisit them when I come across them, as do the kids themselves.
Then number six arrived.
All of my best intentions for storing my last little girl's first moments somehow got muffled by the constant noise and demands in my life.
Sadly, there is no baby record book for this little one...I just didn't get around to buying one.
All is not lost though, after all, I started this blog soon after Miss Celeste arrived as a keepsake of our time at this lovely stage of our lives. So while there is no book as such, detailing the exact date Celeste grew a first tooth or walked a few precious steps, there is this blog in its place featuring so many images of my baby, growing each day.
It is my legacy of love.
Miss Celeste may be the 6th child in this family, but she certainly holds the record for being the most photographed of all my children. This is contrary to the popular belief that subsequent children are rarely photographed It simply isn't true - not one iota!
When I was asked to review Crafted Keepsakes here on Six Little Hearts, I was almost relieved. My Mummy guilt was finally passed a salve I could apply to that persistent throbbing baby book grievance.
I think my baby girl will truly forgive the absence of a record book when she can see the love we have for her, hanging upon her bedroom wall.
Crafted Keepsakes is a new and beautiful business by talented crafter Karine Lim. Karine fashions precious personalised shadow-box frames which make wonderful gifts for very special occasions.
Karine designed this stunning frame as a gift for my Little Miss and we couldn't be more thrilled with it! This is lovelier than any baby book and I feel it captures something heartfelt and unique in its format that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
I studied Interior Design at university, and for as long as I can remember, I have always loved the creative process of designing and making things.
I started Crafted Keepsakes earlier this year when I decided I wanted to make gifts for friends and family. So many people around me were having kids and I wanted to give them something special, handmade and unique. The response I received was overwhelming, with many telling me to make the frames available for purchase – so I did!
Although it’s something I only do on the side (I work full-time in the beauty industry), Crafted Keepsakes fulfils the creative side of me. It keeps me busy - thinking up ideas and customising - but I thoroughly enjoy it and of course the happiness it brings to the person receiving them (the frames) is a huge bonus!
I am understandably in love with Celeste's shadow box. Karine worked with me via email to create something truly unique and individually reflective of my baby daughter. I asked for pink, girly and sweet and I think this is exactly what I received and I adore it. There are fabric letters, ribbons, buttons and paper craft all displayed so effectively.
The glass-fronted frame measures a perfect 10' x 10' in a white wood which can be efortlessly matched to any décor.
Karine can expertly customise a frame for any client's requirements too, so don't limit these to just a nursery. The frames are a perfect way to capture any special event - from births, christenings, weddings and engagements to birthdays. They are a gorgeous nursery essential and would make a stunning baby shower gift too.
You can see more of Karine's beautiful designs which include shadow boxes, personalised frames and even Scrabble tile collages on her Facebook page here.
Orders can be placed via the Crafted Keepsakes Facebook page (using the ‘Shop’ tab) or on Australia's own craft market website Made It. Karine discusses each client's specific requests in detail and emails images of her briefed creations for approval before finalising on any design.
The order turnaround time was very reasonable, (around 10 days for us) and our parcel was carefully wrapped and arrived fashioned ready for gift giving.
Crafted Keepsakes are priced at $40 for the Scrabble tile design collages and $45 for the style as shown here. Delivery is $10 on standard orders. (One frame.) If you require something more specific, Karine can work with you as she welcomes special orders. There are endless possibilities with this concept.
I am thrilled with Celeste's personalised piece of wall art. I think it is not only beautiful, but reflective of the heartfelt joy I feel as a Mum of this little girl right now. It is a stunning keepsake which we will cherish into the future and I am so happy to have discovered this business.
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*Six Little Hearts received a complimentary frame from Crafted Keepsakes in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.