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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Millie Beau Designs, Camberley
Dear mummy, it’s not often that we stumble on something that takes our breath away. This has got to be one of the cutest dresses we have ever seen! We’re drooling over photos we found on Twitter of party dresses made by a local dress designer based in Camberley, Surrey, UK.
Millie Beau Designs is one of those quirky designers that you find on #handmadehour. We usually spend hours swooning on Pinterest and Etsy looking at funky kids wear daily and we don’t think you can get much funkier than this.
We love the fabrics Millie Beau Designs use and the reversible dress design. It’s perfect for when you are at multiple events and need to have a quick clothes change for another. (Sounds like a trip to the Oscars eh?) Over the weekend, we had a couple of parties to go to. I spilt food down my frock and then my daddy quickly changed by baby grow, reversed my dress and TAD DAH! A whole new look.
The other side has rainbows and unicorns on it! Which is always a winner for my mummy as she LOVES unicorns! There is no-show through and the hems match perfectly which demonstrates a good seamstress.
This A-line reversible tunic dress is so easy to wear and it has a long shelf life. I’m also going to wear it as a top instead of a knee-length dress when I get bigger.
The arms have plenty of room and are cut generously. Our dress is for a 2-year-old but Millie Beau Designs do a range of different sizes and styles of clothes on their Facebook page too. Prices range from £8-£15 for sale items up to £25-£30 for more bespoke dresses. Well worth the pennies!
We love the attention to detail and their dresses are all handmade and unique. The large plastic buttons are colourful and fun but also practical as they aren’t fiddly small buttons! Daddy approves of this design feature as he has fat thumbs!
Well done Millie Beau Design, a beautifully cut dress, well made and quite the head turner with a funky and unusual fabric used.
We can’t wait to expand our collection further, these dresses are perfect layered up over long sleeves and also with bare arms in the summer time as they have been made from soft cotton. The perfect day dress and party dress combined.
We’ve teamed our Millie Beau Designs dress with tights from Boden and Sky blue shoes from Livie and Luca.
Love Bella x
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