The Pinks N Blues CIC - Keepsakes &craft sessions
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Keepsakes & Craft Sessions

I made my first small paper lanterns in 2012 in memory of our four babies for the Wave of Light that year.  I found making them really special as if I was having quality time with our little ones, finding it quite therapeutic.  I have always been into arts and crafts – as a youth worker it was pretty much a requirement but as I’d hung up my youth work trainers a few years previously I hadn’t really done anything until this point.

The response to the lanterns when I shared my pictures surprised me and so I began making them for my new extended family who had also experienced loss from early miscarriage through to neo-natal death.  We had met on twitter and had our little gang becoming really good friends supporting each other through the ups and downs – and we are still all good friends now.  So they became a thank you from me to them for that support and friendship and to remember their little ones gone too soon.

The lanterns were personalised and finding some wooden butterflies I also personalised them and sent them out across the UK and to the USA.  Soon others saw the lanterns and butterflies and began requesting them, as I was not set up as a charity I was unable to raise funds for them however people came forward and helped me by doing some fundraising and buying the items gifting them to me. 

In 2014 I wanted to make more affordable items for people to buy as a keepsake, as long as costs were covered we accepted donations, though we did not exclude anyone who was unable to buy items.  So I made bracelets in pink and blue with charms – the ones with butterflies sold out really quickly, the baby loss awareness ribbon we also added charms to and again these were popular. 

Most of those I work with have not met their baby(ies) and did not receive a memory box so find these items genuinely precious as it gives them something tangible to hold on to.  All my keepsakes are made from the heart and with care and compassion as I know the pain of loss and how much the little things my friends have given me have meant to me in my grief.

See some of the items we make here 

You can join us on the last Thursday of the month at Weoley Castle Community Church where we have a crafting session to make memories of your little ones gone too soon and/or items which we can sell to raise much needed funds. Please email for more details