My name is Debbie and although the title suggests there is more than one of us making your precious keepsakes, it is for the time being just myself making and my younger daughter helping with the paperwork side.
I started off jewellery designing about 8 years ago now. I decided that I wanted to make more personal and meaningful items for people, so almost 5 yrs ago, I started doing memorial pieces with cremation ashes and hair/fur. I have had some wonderful customers and some beautiful letters, cards, and feedback that just warmed my heart. I feel it is as emotional for me to make as it is for you to receive, and I have had the privilege of hearing some wonderful stories, and some sad and heartfelt stories that have really humbled me - it has been an honour to make each and every piece.
Each and every piece holds it's own beautiful story and is unique to you.
I was asked many a time if I would make a breast milk piece, but at the time it was not a skill that I had yet mastered. Setting cremation ashes is a straightforward process compared to breast milk, which has many steps in its creation, from chemical preservation to the finished piece. Several years, and a lot of research later, and the breast milk jewellery was then ready for public purchase. Making these special keepsakes for Mums is truly beautiful and such a lovely idea which I wish had been around when my girls were babies.
All materials are respected, name tagged and preserved on the day I receive them until I am ready to start your order. I always keep materials separate and I deal with one customer order at a time. I have had many experiences from previous jobs dealing with bagging and tagging and ensuring all details are accurate down to the finest detail. Previous employers have been the Met police and I was a phlebotomist with the NHS for a number of years. So I hope that may bring a little more reassurance.
I have also suffered a lot of loss in my own life, my Mum to cancer and my Dad who took his own life, grandparents and family pets, so I have a complete understanding of how people may be feeling at an emotional time in their life.
I am also a mother who knows the importance of bonds between mother and child. I adore my girls. Thea who is 23 and Page who is 22, wow, how time flys.
I am letting you know some personal info about me happily and freely, as due to the nature of my business you guys let me into a little of your world when I make a keepsake for you, as you are sending materials that you hold close and entrusting me, so for me to give a little of myself back to you is important and hopefully make you see a real person is making your keepsake rather than a nameless faceless person on the big wide web.
Below is a picture of my Big babies Thea & Paige, now and then and my fur babies Hugo & Max <3 and me. Three girls together that will hopefully become Sentimental Keepsake & Daughters. To see a more personal account from the heart please see https://sentimentalkeepsake.co.uk/blogs/the-keepsake-diaries/international-womens-day-2018-my-own-story