When LP was born we looked everywhere for somewhere that did hand and foot prints of babies. We wanted something good quality that would last forever but at an affordable price – everywhere seemed to charge £100+ and we couldn’t justify that expense, not even for a baby keepsake that we would treasure forever.
I came across a local company, Pottery Pals, who offered something different – outprints, rather than just prints. They were made using an imprint of your baby’s hand and foot in clay. I loved the look of them and they came framed for £55. I thought this was a much better price for something that looked great quality.
On the day that we went to get her outprints done, LP was in her snowsuit, it was November and freezing outside. We had to strip LP off to get her foot free to do the outprint and remember her scrunching her toes up every time it went into the clay. Eventually, after 3 or 4 attempts, the prints were complete!
We had to wait 2 weeks for our finished article to be made, but we loved it!
When Troy was born we knew we wanted to get his outprints done too, at the same age, so that we would always have them as a comparison and memory of our children’s baby-hood.
At the same age, 12 weeks, we went and had Little Man’s outprints done. The price had gone up over the 2 years – now £60 for the prints but still incredibly good value for something that you can keep forever – and a moment that you will never get back.
Again we waited 2 weeks and were more than happy with the results. It was only when we got home that we realised, over the last 2 years, that LP’s outprints had faded – they no longer had their golden glow on them. We know now though that in time LM’s outprints will also fade and we’ll be left with a matching pair!
They now stand together on our living room wall, LP and LM, both at 12 weeks – Little Man already has hands 2cm bigger than his Sister’s at the same age! Amazing how different babies are.
I would definitely recommend Pottery Pals to anyone local – it’s part of Holme Grange Craft Village which has numerous craft shops as well as a lovely cafe. It’s well worth a visit anyway, a lovely little place that you don’t find very often – unspoilt and quaint.