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Most people I know are going on holidays and enjoying the sun. We move house next week so not much fun here! Rather than wallow I decided to bring some summeryness to myself and whipped up a batch of some Neroli Body Butter. Although you might not have heard of Neroli (wild orange) my guess is that you will know the scent straight away. It's a holiday in a jar!

If you too need a holiday in a jar, here's how:
30g Shea butter
10g Almond Oil
10g Coconut oil
15 drops Neroli Essential Oil
Whip it up and slather it on!
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Makey Mamasthanks Claire Dormand xx2 days ago
Claire DormandYou're right misty. This must smell delicious! Last summer we were in exactly the same position - we tried to renovate most of our house between May - August & then had to move in with only 2 bedrooms finished & a camping cooker in the kitchen. No holiday all summer either :( I wish I'd had the sense to whip up something like this to make me feel better. It will be bliss in your new house when you are all settled in. Hope the move goes really well & let us know if you need any help xx2 days ago   ·  1
Hannah KingOh this sounds amazing, Misty!2 days ago

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Makey Mamas shared Bliss Bristol's photo.

I'm thrilled that my co-cordainator of the *Hearts for mums on Mother's Day* won an award for all her efforts from the charity she represents, Bliss Bristol. It was Catherine who originally approached me 2 years ago and asked if Makey Mamas could make just 34 hearts for mums spending Mother's Day in Southmead NICU. As you know we exceeded that target may times over and hearts got distributed to over 77 units across the UK this Mother's Day alone.
Catherine, You are amazing and have worked tirelessly. Thank you for all that you do xx
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Yesterday I was honoured to receive a special dedication to families award at the Bliss thank you event. All the volunteer work I do it to ensure as many families as possible can reach support at such a difficult time

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One person's trash is another person's treasure.
This statement has never been more true after we found this crocodile head costume in our neighbours recycling this week. Tiny Creature's favourite book at the mo is 'The Enormous crocodile' so you can imagine what a treat this went down.
We have had such fun with it.
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Ariane France LangGorgeous Crocodile! :)2 weeks ago   ·  1
Charlie CharlstonFabulous dress!! 😉2 weeks ago   ·  1

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I used to be creative and make some lovely things. Now I got to retail parks and buy toilet brushes. The upside is that Tiny Creature is rather enjoying this change of lifestyle and decided to make her own toilet brush out of her Stick Man and a fluffy pink thingie.
House move 4 weeks and counting....
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Elisa TunksWoohoo to TC! xx3 weeks ago

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Imagine my delight when I opened my post to find a heart had been sent to me to celebrate the birth of Mini Creature!
Many of you will know the significance of this but for those of you who don't this is what it's all about....
For the last 2 years we, and by 'we' I mean you lot, have been making crocheted/ knitted hearts for mums spending Mother's Day in a NICU (Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit) with their tiny ones. This year 1810 were made and sent to 77 NICU's all over the country. It has amazing! Anyway, out of all the hearts this was my favourite, I even photographed my 34 week pregnant bump with it on the day we got all the hearts in. This heart was kept back for me by my fellow co-coordinator, Catherine from Bliss Bristol. Weirdly she never saw this photo I took so it was pure coincidence, 1 in 1810 chances, that she kept me this heart!
I was very touched. Special thanks to lovely Emma who actually made this heart, along with 52 others. I've never met Emma but like so many of you who contributed to our Hearts project I feel a sense of togetherness within this crazy time of motherhood.
Correction: Ive just had a message from Emma and she didn't make this one. SO, we have a Makey Mystery on our hands... who made this heart??
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Hannah KingOh that is just Amazing that you ended up with your favourite heart!! A beautiful heart for a beautiful Mama 😘4 weeks ago   ·  1
Hannah PlummerSimilar to some of mine but it's not. Looks like the same yarn though!4 weeks ago   ·  2
Sumayyah MalnaThat's so lovely! X4 weeks ago   ·  1
Deborah Rose Sunrise DenmanAww that's so lush....xx4 weeks ago   ·  1

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Just before I had Mini Creature (now 7 weeks!!) I created a 'Fiddle Pack' for Tiny Creature so that she'd have something new to occupy her when I was doing epic amounts of feeding. I never got round to completing all the parts; this was the final Fiddley thing.....
Introducing the 'Aunty Kimberley' game. That's what I grew up calling it, however a wise woman has recently told me it's called matching pairs or the memory game. Do you know that one I mean?
I raided my fabric scraps to do it. Nice and simple.
I'm going to put together a post on all the things that I made for her 'Fiddle Pack; what has worked well and what hasn't!
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Del SurmonGreat name... Love it1 month ago   ·  1
Maria HickmanThis is fab! I reckon with my poor crafting skills I could even manage this! Hope all is going well 😊. X1 month ago   ·  1
Priscila TipladyWe used to call this game Pelmanism xxx1 month ago   ·  1
April IlesLovely idea! Hope you & Clove are doing well. Xx1 month ago   ·  1

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Kate StaniforthWe were sent the most exquisite pair of knitted socks which were WAY too small. But daughter still uses them on her dolls and teddies!1 month ago   ·  2
Emma HopkinsAt least a day is better than none at all xx1 month ago   ·  1
Anne BiestaGood you took a few photos then whilst they fitted !1 month ago   ·  1
Katie SweetBut super cute for the day x1 month ago   ·  1
Pegah EsmailiShe's got your legs! 😉1 month ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartBut mega mega cute!! :) x1 month ago   ·  1

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The most popular creative workshop I run is the Baby Casts and Prints. It's not hard to see why when you see this plaster cast of Mini Creature's feet inside Tiny Creature's. The finish is pretty rough finish but I'm tickled pink by it.
Mini Creature 12 days old
Tiny creature 2 years, 11 months and 12 days old
I'm praying it doesn't break in our impending move. I could never re-create such cuteness again!!
Have you made a plaster cast at home after attending the workshop?
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Liz HarperWill there be a workshop for this soon/ over the summer? (Sorry not sure how long you are off for. Congrats by the way)xx4 weeks ago   ·  1
Katheryn GallagherBeautiful. Hope all going well as a mama of two x1 month ago   ·  1
Hannah KingOh Misty this is just amazing!!1 month ago   ·  1
Felicity HillThat's lovely x1 month ago   ·  1
Cara JayneAw that's so gorgeous xx1 month ago   ·  1
Jasmine Hawthorne-TunksThat's incredible x1 month ago   ·  1
Elly WhiteCuteness1 month ago   ·  1

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I've always wanted a rainbow room so badly, so I am living vicariously through my toddler.... this is her new room at our new and (still unfinished!) house. Although I like to think I could have turned my hand at painting this myself, I didn't. I got in another Makey Mama and I'm so glad I did. It is lush and Tiny Creature hugged it with joy when she saw it!!
This is just the start of the rainbow joy for her room... I'm having so much fun doing it!
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Faye DickerOh my goodness! Jemima would just love this- she loves rainbow so much she wants to be one when she grows up! We must have one! X1 month ago   ·  2
Amanda Woodman-HardyOh I love it!! I want one in my room now. Who was the artist?1 month ago   ·  1
Louise Mustafaomg i love this i have a rainbow baby and he needs this for his room1 month ago   ·  1
Georgina HoleI'm just organising a rainbow party for my one year old and I'm super jealous. I think you are a fellow little bird mummy aren't you? 🌈1 month ago   ·  1
Maxine PorterLove it! I have a 4 yr old wanting a rainbow room but not sure my painting skills are upto it 🙊x1 month ago   ·  1
Charlie CharlstonLove the way the colours overlap and blend together. It looks so warm and calming 💙💚💛💜🌈1 month ago   ·  1
Faye DickerPS I'm not a natural when it comes to making, so was very proud when I managed to make this:1 month ago   ·  2
Shagufta ShaikhI would like to see the whole picture please. Have you painted the whole now or just part of it?1 month ago   ·  1
Sarah MillsMay I have contact for lady who did it please x1 month ago   ·  1
Jo YoungIt is so joyous!1 month ago   ·  1
Amy HurstOh my goodness, this is amazing! 🌈🌈🌈1 month ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartI wholeheartedly approve, of course ;) x1 month ago   ·  1
Madeline FrancesOh Misty, I love it so much! You have inspired me!1 month ago   ·  1
Emma SwannI love the way tc is there as the pot of gold!1 month ago   ·  2
Steph LockyerBeautiful!1 month ago   ·  1
Laura StotesburyKaty Stotesbury this made me think of you!1 month ago   ·  2
Lucy ParkerThis is lovely! I hope you're all doing well x1 month ago   ·  1
Hayleigh JonesMaisie has our Florri Rainbow in her room. Rainbows are so beautiful xx1 month ago   ·  1
Hannah Kathryn Walkiewicz🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 gorgeous - hope bub is well and build cracking on x1 month ago   ·  1
April IlesAmazing! Xx1 month ago   ·  1
Kate TuckwellFantastic1 month ago   ·  1
Kate StaniforthBeautiful!!1 month ago   ·  1
Deborah Rose Sunrise DenmanRaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiinnbbboooooowwwwwww1 month ago   ·  1
Georgina HoleArgh! Amazing!!!1 month ago   ·  1
Elisa TunksThis is fab 😄1 month ago   ·  1

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This (awful photo - taken whilst BF'ing) is Tiny Creature applying some of the botty butter she made for her baby. She spent about 20 minutes carefully mixing together thin air to make it, chatting away to herself the whole time. When I asked her what was in her remedy she replied: "it's got all sorts of flavours to help ouchies"
I am soooooooooo proud!
My website has my recipe for botty butter on it- under 'resources'. It has a bit more ingredients than Tiny Creatures and is lovely soothing stuff.
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Hannah King👋🏻 wonderful!! It's so lovely when you get to catch glimpses of how your passions influence your children, isn't it?! Today, R picked up my DSLR and said, 'I take a photo of you and J, Mummy.' Proud mama moment for me too that she knows how to work it (although needs support to actually take a photo!)1 month ago   ·  1

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I miss running my Natural Skincare workshops- the smells, the chatter, the supportive atmosphere of women working together to create gorgeous natural products, so I am thrilled to share with you about another mama who runs Natural Skincare workshops, Claire from Bare-All Skincare Co.

Claire is running 5 workshops over June and July with each workshop focusing on a different topic: the hands, the face, the hair, the feet and the body. Make at least 2 of your own products each week to take home.

Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, and a half-day Spa Day on Saturday 30th July, 10-1pm.

The workshops cost £25 each (£37 for the Spa Day), there are discounts for block bookings of 3 or more, (and even a sneaky discount if you book all 5)

Email bareallskincare@gmail.com to book

www.hamiltonhouse.org/event/natural-skincare-workshop/2016-06-15/
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Man Beast might have made Tiny Creature a completely awesome water wall but I continued my yearly birthday tradition of making her a birthday dress out of one of my old dresses. Guess which present she'll prefer?! Pahhhh!
I'm sure I should get some extra mama points for doing it with newborn Mini Creature strapped to the front of me :)
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Laura VincentSo pretty! Am so very impressed, how do you find the time?! x2 months ago   ·  1
Amie JohnsOh well done Tunks, that's gorgeous! xx2 months ago   ·  1
Katie TraceWow, skills!! I love the dress! xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Amy HurstSuper mama! What a gorgeous dress2 months ago   ·  2
Elizabeth JaneIt's beautiful- you're so talented! Lucky Luna to have such a lovely dress 😀2 months ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartThis is absolutely amazing!! :) hope you're all well, lovely xx2 months ago   ·  1
Bryony KayGorgeous and super poppers x2 months ago   ·  1
Jo YoungLove it! X2 months ago   ·  1
April IlesGorgeous! Xx2 months ago   ·  1
Nicola Anne CunningtonWhat a lucky girl 😍2 months ago   ·  1
Priscila TipladyVery happy birthday to darling Luna xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Emma HockridgeWow stunning dress! X2 months ago   ·  1

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Every summery bank holiday weekend needs water fun.....This is what Man Beast has been working on for Tiny Creature; a water wall.
To make it, he raided the skip at our unfinished house (yes, it's still not done!), scavenged from the neighbours recycling bins, hunted through Scrapstore (have you been??), and even found some bits in a hedge. He was a man on a watery mission! TC hasn't seen it yet but we played on it for ages this afternoon!
I can show you close up photos if you want more detail to make your own.
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Bryony KayOoo I've been meaning to make one of these for ages, more pics please x2 months ago   ·  1
Meriel ChapmanThat's amazing - what a genius brother I have! xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Charlie CharlstonWhat is the blue board made from? It's beautiful! X2 months ago   ·  2
Laura HardyAlan Hardy Seren would love this!!2 months ago   ·  1
Deborah Rose Sunrise DenmanAs my toddler would say ... WOOOOOW.... indeed xx2 months ago   ·  1
Elisa TunksLove this misty!2 months ago   ·  1
Beck KinnerslyLove it! Clever Pete. Hilarious if you like playing with it more than TC :) xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Abby FraryLove it! And so would Aiden... ☺2 months ago

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Marinella BenelliWonderful photos of a wonderful mini creature by a wonderful mama xx2 months ago   ·  1
Hannah KingSuch lovely photos, Misty! I have been so slack at setting aside time to take photos of J and keep thinking I really must do so, as these newborn days are so fleeting!!2 months ago   ·  1
Faye DickerSuch a beautiful bottom! Lovely long fingers- oh Misty, such perfection. XXX2 months ago   ·  1
Katie TraceCongratulations misty!! What amazing photos of such a beautiful girly xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Helen SolanoShe is so adorable can't wait for a cuddle. Lovely pics2 months ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartSo scrummy! And look at those piano playing fingers! Wonderful pictures Misty. What a little treasure xx2 months ago   ·  1
April IlesBeautiful! Xx2 months ago   ·  1
Pegah EsmailiBeautiful! She looks like her sister 😘2 months ago   ·  1
Kat AylwinThis is beautiful! Congratulations x2 months ago   ·  1
Emma HaversonCongratulations Misty xx2 months ago   ·  1
Katheryn GallagherWhat beautiful photos x x2 months ago   ·  2
Ailsa WoodOh my, she is a squishy beauty!! Xx2 months ago   ·  1
Yoko HawkinsShe is so beautiful 😊😊2 months ago   ·  1
Lottie ChaneyBlooming lovely2 months ago   ·  1
Sarah UbhiCongratulations! Xxxx2 months ago   ·  1
Sarah Louise MillichipGorgeous xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Amy McKayBeautiful x2 months ago   ·  1

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You know you have a new baby when the scent of flowers fill the house....
I got a new flower press just for the occasion and Tiny Creature and I had a lovely few minutes in the sun preserving some of the beauty. When the flowers are pressed dry we will use them in Mini Creatures Baby Book. At least that's the idea. They will probably sit in the press for a long, long time.....
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Kathryn BridgfordKaren Algate I am tempted to do this with some of the flowers you bought for E! 💜2 months ago   ·  1

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This little video clip was taken at Tiny Creature's first swimming lesson (she looks so much like Mini Creature), she was just 6 weeks old and slept through the entire thing. I was captivated by her in the water. At almost 3 she can now swim after going to the same Aquatic Harmony swimming lessons this whole time. I love the lessons, I love the teacher I love the location and I love that they are a small independent business. 8 day old Mini Creature will surely be a swimming genius too :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Aquatic HarmonyWe would like to offer all Makey Mammas 15% off our baby and toddler swim classes for our summer term! Just quote MAKEY15SUMMER when booking your first term of baby swim with us :) www.aquatic-harmony.com or email hayleigh@aquatic-harmony.com2 months ago   ·  1
Aquatic HarmonyAhh such lovely footage Misty I remember the day well :) look at your beaming smile :) xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Lara Carpenter-BeckI remember this too! I was there that day! I can't believe it's been 3 years. How lovely 😍 xxxx 💦2 months ago   ·  1

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Look what I made Beauties....Just hours after my last post my waters broke and a few more hours later I caught my little girl as she came into a watery world. Clove Daisy is a little pink smurf May Day baby. From here on in she will be referred to as Mini Creature. ... See MoreSee Less

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Chris Keeling-RoweAmazing! Awesome photo and lovely name, many congratulations to you all Misty x3 months ago   ·  1
Susy Jackson AzevedoAww, huge congratulations Misty xx3 months ago   ·  1
Victoria Delgado-scottI am so tempted to say 'and here is one I made earlier!' Oops! I said it. I'm a May day Muma (5 years ago! )A big congratulations to you and your family. I am so happy for you. Hugs from us. Look Amy Houghton!3 months ago   ·  2
Amy SearleWell done Misty! Congratulation such a wonderful photo. I was thinking of u today too. Must have known somewhere in my brain x3 months ago   ·  1
Kari WarrenerCongratulations to you and your family. Enjoy these precious days with "mini creature" Clover. Hope Luna is enjoying being a big sister. Take care x3 months ago   ·  1
Debbie NicklessBeautiful picture. Beautiful family. Love you loads. Am hoping too see you all soon. Take care x3 months ago   ·  1
Francesca Deely-LewisCongratulations Misty, I'd been thinking of you today actually. So happy for you. And look at Clove's colour: Absolutely wonderful. Sending love.x3 months ago   ·  1
Rachel WattsCongratulations. She is very cute. Love the name and May is a lovely time of year for a birthday. Hope yr resting and enjoying yr family xx3 months ago   ·  1
Amanda Woodman-HardyCongratulations Misty on bubba 2. What a beautiful photo to treasure forever. Xxxx3 months ago   ·  1
Joanne WhiteCongratulations! My little girl is a may day baby too. She just turned 2. Clove is a lovely name. X3 months ago   ·  1
Amy HurstOh my goodness Misty, she's so beautiful! Congratulations on an epic make! 💜3 months ago   ·  1
Louise MustafaCongrats misty beautiful picture and love the name xxx3 months ago   ·  1
Hannah Kathryn WalkiewiczSo beautiful congratulations to you all3 months ago   ·  1
Allegra AllmanCongratulations Misty, absolutely gorgeous. Xxx3 months ago   ·  2
Piri UitzCongratulations Misty, this is a so powerful picture. Look at that cute pink bundle, gorgeous x3 months ago   ·  1
Sharon FlynnWelcome to the world precious girl xxxxx3 months ago   ·  1
Charlie CharlstonHuge congratulations to you and your wonderful little family. Xxxx3 months ago   ·  1
Emma HopkinsCongratulations :) she's scrumptious xx3 months ago   ·  1
Elizabeth JaneJust beautiful- congratulations xx3 months ago   ·  2
Peasy LuOh beauteous times. Warmest wishes to you all, especially wee Clove. xx3 months ago   ·  1
Caroline JenkinsonCongratulations, what a beautiful picture. Enjoy the first weeks xx3 months ago   ·  1
Debra Newrickabsolutely beautiful........well done and congrats xx3 months ago   ·  1
Jo HoneyOh what a beautiful photograph. Congratulations.xxx3 months ago   ·  1
Alix McKenzie-WainCongratulations to you all. Lovely in every respect xxx3 months ago   ·  1
Claire EdwardsAww so so lush, congratulations xxx3 months ago   ·  1

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At the 11th hour (yes today is D day but no sign of her) I made Pico a very simple hat out of some gorgeous shetland wool. Like everything I make, Tiny Creature assumes it's for her or her cuddly friends, this time 'Prill-a-roo' benefits nicely from the cosy hat!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jo YoungShe'll come now her hat is ready :) Good luck Misty. X3 months ago   ·  1
Fran Harknesshope it all goes well misty and you're cuddling her soon!! x3 months ago   ·  1
Mobeen KhatabAww all the best misty xx3 months ago   ·  1
Green Parenting: El Mundo Toys:)3 months ago   ·  1
Amber WilliamsGood luck misty. I'm sure everything and you will be amazing. X3 months ago
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This zip blankie (it's about 1m x 1m) is part of a feeding twiddle pack I'm working on for Tiny Creature so that she has something to fiddle with when I'm spending hours feeding Pico. The question is... will I get the twiddle pack finished before Pico comes??
5% chance she'll come this saturday :)
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Naomi Anderson-BickleyYou're amazing Misty - whereas lots of mums handover the iPad for entertainment, you are handmaking it :-) X3 months ago   ·  1
Leila CornesLooks like it'll be fun to play with even if it isn't totally finished3 months ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartThe odds are in your favour ;) x3 months ago   ·  1

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It's finally done....Hurrah!
Almost 3 years ago my sister presented me with gorgeous leather bound baby book for Tiny Creature- she adorned each page with crafty goodness and first year prompts. I was a little overwhelmed as it had about 300 pages in it for us to fill with anecdotes, photos and props. Almost 3 years later it is complete and I'm soooooooo proud of it. I'm from Australia and baby books are big deals so it was really important to me to have this for her but also important to finish it before Pico comes.
Did you do one for your tiny ones?
This time I've asked my sister for a mini version for Pico :)
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Heather BurltonI am doing a project life album for my little man using the project life app by Becky Higgins. It has journaling cards with prompts and spaces for photos - easy and I think it looks great. Will print as photo book at the end of the year3 months ago   ·  1
Allison TillcockI made my two 'This is your life (at Ashley Down)' books. School photo and pics of things they got up to during that year. Very cathartic for me 😉3 months ago   ·  1
Beck KinnerslyNancy gave us one and we're filling it in as we go along, not 300 pages luckily! Luna's book looks beautiful xxx3 months ago   ·  1
Maria HickmanYes! My very good friend got me one when we found out we were pregnant. Not 300pages but lovely prompts & I'm pleased to say I have been filling it in the last 10months! Got some great photos to put in there too 😉! X3 months ago   ·  1
Del SurmonWonderful gift, now filled with a lifetime of memories. Xx3 months ago   ·  1
Kimberley Louise McCoolThat is so gorgeous! Love it! Xxx3 months ago   ·  1

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