My Daddy’s Cufflinks

My Daddy’s Cufflinks

Woweee mummy, I feel just like a movie star! You recently commemorated my handprints and footprints in fine silver encasing them forever. Just like they do on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Small Print Basingstoke

It’s lovely to capture precious moments in life, through photographs and videos and you believe it is really important. My Daddy carries a photo around in his wallet and takes me to work in his pocket and loves to show me off, however for Fathers Day you wanted to buy something for him that he would cherish and would be practical.

My daddy works in a suit, he’s a London suit. My Daddy can’t carry me to work and I’m sure his colleagues wouldn’t appreciate a terrible two running havoc in the office. *picture THAT Mummy!* So with a bit of digging my mummy found a wonderful company online called Smallprint which can take direct contact prints from a child’s hands and feet and reproduce in a wearable form.

Small Print Basingstoke

They are an international company that have local franchises from the US and Australia to the UK! Smallprint was set up by a mum who also wanted to cherish her little ones and make pretty keepsakes. It sounds like a great idea and Smallprint make jewellery for women and men! BINGO – Perfect for Father’s Day! Smallprint’s cufflinks are cool and Daddy can wear me on his sleeves with pride.
Smallprint’s jewellery is cast in fine silver and not sterling silver which means it is slightly softer and you are paying for better quality. Sterling silver contains a mixture of other metals and alloys which means it is 92.5% pure, while fine silver is 99.9% pure. However, all the items that are attached to the imprint jewellery such as chains, clasps, key fobs etc is in sterling silver. Smallprints jewellery range start from £45 (the cheapest being a fingerprint charm) and include all consultation and materials in order to get the perfect print and the jewellery item and delivery. 

Smallprint Basingstoke

It may seem expensive but you get what you pay for and is reasonable for a personalised piece of jewellery. It would be perfect for a special occasion. Smallprints turnaround time is usually four weeks. Smallprint jewellers take time to make sure your pieces are finished to perfection. However we found out that if you have special birthday or anniversary and you’ve left it a bit late, let them know and they will see if they can fulfil your order in time…what nice folks!

We contacted our local Smallprint franchise based in Newbury and Basingstoke and organised to meet up with a lovely lady called Liane at a local craft fair. Here I had direct contact prints taken of my hands and feet, while we pretended to Daddy that we were making something for Grandma. My mummy found the perfect item for Daddy on their stand which were beautiful cufflinks. Shhhhh don’t tell Daddy!

Small Print Basingstoke

Taking a print was fairly easy as all I had to do was dampen my feet and hands with some solution and stand on special paper. This captured my unique prints. It was good fun and the kind Smallprint representative was very friendly and put my mind at ease. My feet tickled when she rubbed the safe, non-toxic ink-less solution on my skin with a pad. Afterwards she showed us the print to make sure we were happy. As you can see it came out very well 🙂 Prints on paper can be taken from the day a baby is born as you can get a good shape of them.

Small Print Basingstoke

We patiently waited a couple of weeks for our cufflinks and they arrived through the post. We had to grab them before daddy saw them. They came beautifully presented in a little black bag and box and look really smart. They came with a little information note on how to care for the jewellery and a mini silver cleaning cloth which was handy as well. The prints on the cufflinks are clear and you can make out the shapes of my handprint and footprint. We were pleasantly surprised how well they reproduced on such a small piece of jewellery.

Smallprint Basingstoke

Shhh. Don’t tell daddy we’re giving then to him for Father’s Day we can’t wait to see his face! We think Daddy is going to be really happy with them. Smallprint also do a wide selection of jewellery and silver items, so if you are looking for an unusual and personalised gift then this would be a fantastic place to start.

Love Bella x
Disclosure: We received a discount off this item in order to write an honest review.
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Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Jewellery

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Jewellery

Dear Mummy, you’re not a massive jewellery wearer so it surprised me when you stumbled upon a local company at a table-top fair whose designs you liked. See, you’re drawn to quirky things and when it comes to the jewellery you wear, it is very minimalistic and funky. Your not a big fan of floral and delicate. It might have something to do with the fact that you’re a bit ‘grungy’ and wear black a lot! 😉

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers are a local company based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, they are one of the numerous imprint jewellery makers in the area, but what makes them stand out from their competitors is the unusual range jewellery products they ‘stamp’ on. Sheri, the owner, is a mother of two children and knows how important it is to capture your children growing up. Time goes too fast, so recording their little fingerprints/footprints in silver is a beautiful way to capturing that moment forever. A great heirloom for future generations too. She produces beautiful and individual pieces and is very passionate about her job. Everything is handmade, fired and locally produced and Sheri is a member of the Guild of Keepsake Artisans. She’s not part of a franchise either.

Each piece you see on her website is cast, engraved and polished to a very high standard. As its handmade it is also is very tactile and organic looking which adds to the appeal. Any irregularities are part of its charm.

We had a nice little chat with Sheri at Ainee’s Bazzar and we were impressed with one design in particular. It’s was a very simple rectangle column pendant called a Ingot Fingerprint Pendant which costs £95.00. My mummy was drawn to it instantly as it was so unusual. She liked the fact that my name could be added to the reverse too. The pendant and chain is made out of 92.5 sterling silver and has a good weight to it. The process to get it ordered was really simple. Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers sent us out a print-taking kit.

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers process

We were sent the moulding kit to do ourselves in the comfort of our own home a couple of days later. It arrived in a little envelope with 3 clear pots and one side of A4 instructions.We had enough impression putty to take 3 impressions of each fingerprint and the full instructions were very helpful. We had to mixed the blue putty with the white putty between our fingers until it was soft and pliable. Then quickly I had to fingerprint it. I kept squirming and treated it like play dough…so once I had fingerprinted it, I wanted to squash it! DOH! Two attempts later we had a print. Thankfully we didn’t run out of moulding putty! Phew! We couldn’t really see how good it was, but sent it back in the envelope to Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers once it had hardened (took about 10 minutes). We had to sign a form to say we were happy to proceed. Sheri used that little mould to create my mummy’s unique piece of jewellery. Depending how quick you are with getting the moulds back the whole process can take between 14 – 28 days.

We eagerly waited the finished article. It came through the letterbox a couple of weeks later and was presented in a beautiful gift bag and box. My mummy opened the box and was thrilled with it, however daddy said the imprint could have been clearer, but that’s as much to do with my fighting fingers and my mummy rolling and mixing the putty numerous times and not Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers fault. It was enough to show my little finger print in the silver and that was enough for my mummy.

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Box

Daddy thought it looked like a dirty smudge on the pendant but my mummy was happy and as she has to wear it, that’s all that mattered.  Even with few lines or undefined ones you still get a lovely finger shaped dimple imprint and I was fascinated with it and kept wanting to place my thumb in the imprint to compare. Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers does say on their website that in most cases the fingerprint is very clear but it does depend on age and the depth of lines on the finger. Tiny babies will have less defined prints as the lines will not have developed.

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Pendant

It’s lovely that my mummy can wear a momentum of me around her neck and that it is abstract enough that you can’t instantly recognise what it is….a real selling feature for her. My mummy is now thinking of ordering more when I grow-up for Grandma and Grandpa.

They also do Paw Prints, Raise Impressions, Nursery Prints and a whole host of silver jewellery ranging from keyrings to charms.

If you’re looking for something standard and flawless then we would recommend going to HS Samuel, but it you are looking for something handcrafted, quirky and unusual then this is the place for you! The price is not cheap, but the memories attached to the experience of making the moulds and the end jewellery creation makes up for it. Everytime my mummy looks down at it she will remember the day we help make this piece of unique jewellery…and that’s priceless.

You can find Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers on Facebook.

We hope you like our pendant and review!

Love Bella and her mummy x

Tiny Toes and Sticky Fingers Jewellery

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Ainee’s Baazar children’s market

Ainee’s Baazar Children’s Market

Dear Mummy, what better way to spend a wet and miserable day than shopping! We’re not shopping in a shopping centre though but at a small independent children’s market in Basingstoke. It’s called Ainee’s Bazaar and with only a handful of events under its belt it is still very new on the Baby & Children’s market scene in Hampshire.

Ainee's BazaarMy mummy decided to give it a go. It’s always nice trying new sales as opposed to trying to shift items on eBay or Facebay. This is the first time in a long time that my mummy has been a seller. Clothes, shoes and toys have been stacking up for the past year and the house is bursting at the seams so it was ready for a clear out.

The car is packed and my mummy heads down to the sale room with one of her friends. It’s in Chineham Village Hall, Basingstoke just off the A33 towards Reading.

Ainee's BazaarIt’s raining as you unload the car and head indoors, luckily there is plenty of car parking spaces, as Chineham Village Hall has its own carpark. On entering the hall we are warmly greeted and handed an information letter, a free tea/coffee drinks voucher for two people and two stall holder badges. This is very professional my mummy thinks. We have a 6ft x 2ft table to sell on and plenty of space either side to set up a clothes rail. It cost us £12 to hire the 2 hours. Other sellers around us are friendly and chatty too and everyone is in a really good mood. We are allowed to set up a good 50 minutes before the doors open which is oodles of time to perfect our stall.

Ainee's-Bazzar-1The sale opens at 1:30pm and it’s off to a slow start, not the mad rush we expected and have seen at other sales. It was only £1 to gain entry and kids got in for free! It’s a slow burner and before we know it the walkways are filling up at around 2pm, we think this is mainly due to the entertainment which is a sing-along and facepainting by the fabulous Ice Queen on the small hall stage. Lots of children dressed up as characters from Frozen queued along the walkway in front of our stand, which brought more business to the table, we make a lot of sales and this is our busiest period. The Ice Queen entertainer is very convincing and she plays a multitude of different characters on her website Ellen’s Kingdom. She looks good and really engages with the young children. We can see why people came to see her!

On reflection it’s funny that the items my mummy thought would sell, didn’t. Like the MegaBlocks, all the Start-Rite shoes and sensory books. But my mummy thinks this is due to the lack of parents there with younger children and pregnant visitors. On this occasion it seemed there were a lot of older children with parents that wouldn’t be interested in the baby stuff. Even though it is the end of the month and payday, it’s a bad time of the year to be a seller in the transition months after Christmas. We would be interested to try this sale again later in the year.

The crowds dwindle and before we know it’s time to pack up and go home. We broke even which was good so it wasn’t a wasted trip, and my mummy had enough to buy a cute rainbow rainmac from another seller. It was nice to get out of the house for a couple of hours and chat to friends and other stall holders.

Ainee's-Bazzar-4We came across so many great little craft stands there too, like Loopy Needles a who make cute home items and housewares. We particularly loved the easter inspired chick hats and egg cup tea cosies. We were very impressed with her stand and attention to detail.

The lovely Lyverji Crafts whose quirky button balloon artwork caught my mummy’s eye.

Another stand which attracted a crowd was SmallPrint, the original ‘direct contact’ silver keepsake company, who had some lovely silver pieces displayed on her stand.

Ainee's-Bazzar-3My mummy was tempted by the pop-up the tea room at Ainee’s Bazaar provided by Impish Delights, but didn’t have any cake sadly as she was on Lent, however the cakes looked scrummy and the tea room was a fabulous idea!

The quality of the items on sale were in good to mint condition and reasonably priced, you can tell that the sellers at Ainee’s Bazaar had taken time to display and present their goods to buyers.

Ainee's-Bazzar-9If you’re looking for a great afternoon out with the family where you can enjoy afternoon tea, entertainment, buy pre-loved baby and children’s items and purchase from local crafters then this is the one stop shopping experience for you. Hopefully the more promotion they get, the more it will draw in the crowds for the sellers. Ainee’s Bazaar has only been going for a couple of weeks and we predict great things from them. Watch this space Ainee’s Bazaar Baby and Children’s Market could offer some serious competition to other children markets in the area.

Their next event is an Arts & Crafts Market on Saturday 21st March from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Visit their Facebook page for all the event information.

Love Bella and her mummy x