With Love…

When a young mother could not bear to discard her first baby’s clothes, she decided to make them into a keepsake for her daughter. That baby was my granddaughter, Hollie and three years later, Hollie was joined by Imogen.

Laura, their mother, kept everything… making them gorgeous family scrapbooks, patchwork quilts, and stuffed toy keepsakes with their outgrown clothes and special outfits. Not only was I impressed by her skill with a needle, I loved how much care she put into the designs, cherishing each memory for future years in a very practical way.

Laura writes, “I was on maternity leave after the long-awaited arrival of my daughter, Hollie Olivia. I wanted to keep hold of as many memories as I possibly could. So when it came to her outgrown clothes, passing them on wasn’t an option. Living in a one bedroom maisonette at the time, there was nowhere to store them. That’s when I decided to make her a teddy and a blanket. Fast forward three years… we moved into our first house together, the little one is now at playschool and in summer 2017 our family of three became four and we welcomed our second daughter, Imogen Lucie.”

Friends and family saw the stuffed animals and quilts and, thinking it was a lovely idea,  they passed bundles of clothes to Laura from which she crafted teddies, reindeer, blankets and a whole menagerie of animals. Each keepsake is personal, most are hand embroidered with names, dates and special messages. At first, it was all about new babies, but then she was asked to create keepsakes of other special events, like weddings and birthdays. The most touching were the memory bears she made for those who had lost loved ones, crafted from items that were known and loved too.

I have watched her skills grow, from the first hand-embroidered gift tag on the home-made chocolates she and my son made as Christmas gifts many years ago, to the beautiful things she now makes, each one crafted with just as much love. She takes each story personally and I have watched her smile and weep as she has shown me what she has made over the years.

Knowing the difference it can make to a child to have a parent at home, the idea of using her skills to help her daughters in a more practical way began to grow. In today’s world, both parents are often obliged to go out to work, but a possible solution was right at Laura’s fingertips and, with the proud support of my son, With Love Keepsakes was born.

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Laura has just launched her new website and shop. There are many pictures of her work and a brochure that tells her story, and I hope that some who read this will visit her site and fall in love with her work. What the brochure does not tell is the personal story behind the keepsakes. She called it ‘With Love’ because each unique keepsake really is made with love, both that of the person who chooses one and that of the young woman who makes them, and it is the love of a young mother for her daughters that brought the idea into being.

Visit Laura’s website at With Love Keepsakes

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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53 Responses to With Love…

  1. rivrvlogr says:

    What a great idea. I wish her the best of luck.

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  2. Mary Smith says:

    What a wonderful story, Sue, and a fabulous idea. I wish Laura every success with her venture.

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  3. It is a beautiful idea and the personal touch is even more so knowing that these gifts are made from items belonging to a particular individual.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    This is a wonderful idea and I wish your daughter in law all the very best in her new venture. I shall definitely be visiting 💜💜

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    Wonderful story, Sue, and gorgeous toys. If I EVER become a grandmother, I’ll keep this site in mind.

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  7. Darlene says:

    Laura is incredibly talented. I am impressed with people who develop a successful cottage industry. I’m sure she will do very well. xo

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    These are adorable and a wonderful idea – best of luck to Laura in her new endeavor.

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  9. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    To leave you tonight a heartwarming post from Sue Vincent who introduces us to a very special mum.. to Sue’s two granddaughters.. Laura has a very special skill and that is to create something beautiful from baby and toddler clothes into a keepsake… do head over as Laura now has a website… very special #recommended.

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  10. ksbeth says:

    amazing and she is a natural talent

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  11. They are awesome
    When my grand daughter started Kindergarten
    I sewed all her school dresses
    I wonder if my daughter stashed so away.
    My granddaughter is now 18 and a freshman in college

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  12. Really lovely work. A little far away, but i wish you all the very best with the venture!

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  13. Laura Ashton says:

    Thank you for all your kind words and wishes ❤😚 xx

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  14. How amazing, Sue. So nice that Laura could turn her creativity and passion into a business that lets her work from home. Going back to work away from your kids is a total killer in my view.

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  15. A really wonderful idea.

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  16. jenanita01 says:

    What a wonderful idea!

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  17. Jennie says:

    This is lovely! Such a wonderful idea.

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  18. dgkaye says:

    Hi Sue! I’m just surfacing back into blogland after returning late last night. What a beautiful post and a fabulous idea to make such items with love indeed. ❤

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  19. jjspina says:

    How beautiful these items are for you and the children to talk about! Laura is truly talented! Best of luck to her in her new endeavor – making things from love! Thanks for sharing these lovely items with us! hugs xx

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