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Tracy's Treasured Keepsakes

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I can't believe how quickly these school years have gone...​

It only seems like yesterday that I was taking that first school day photo.

You've chosen their first school, you've brought all their school uniform and you've ironed it all before neatly waiting for their first day at Nursery or Reception. Now on the morning of that first walk to the school you stand them by a wall or front door to take that obligatory first school day photo. Knowing that every year you'll do the same thing and be so surprised at how much they've actually grown.
Before you know it, that adorable cheeky little face smiling back at you has turned into a more grown up, independent child who is going into their last school year of their school. Maybe they are leaving primary school ready to move onto a school that seems so big for them or maybe they have finished their school years altogether and are leaving for college, university or work. Either way it makes your heart skip a beat.

This is where I am at the moment...

In July 2022, my eldest Elizabeth, will be leaving her current school and moving onto middle school. These last 5 years have gone so quickly but the last 2 I have noticed a huge change in my not so little girl. 
These years at school have helped to shape her into the young girl she is today and I although I certainly don't feel prepared for her to go off to middle school, I'm excited to see how much more she comes into her own.

But what can I do to hold onto those early school years?

Like most parents, we want to hold onto as many moments as we can to remind us of our small children who needed our help with everything. That's why I'm currently planning a special school uniform keepsake bear because she's never going to wear that uniform again. We will be donating some of the uniform but there will be some key items I'll transform into a school keepsake bear so in years to come she can look at the different items and hopefully it will trigger her school memories too. The teachers she once had, the friends she made and the things she learnt. After all these aren't just for us (or are they??)

What school uniform items can be used?

As she grows out of her uniform for this school year I'll be popping aside some bits so I can have the school uniform bear made ready for the end of July. I'll keep aside a polo shirt, a school skirt, a summer dress and a school logo cardigan or jumper. This way I can either make them into a patchwork school uniform bear or even dress the bear in her old school uniform.

Are you sentimental like me?

If after reading this blog your also thinking of that first school day photo and wondering where the years have gone. If you are, why not have your own school uniform bear or even a school uniform cushion made. I offer an array of different animals that can be made from their school uniform.


With my waiting list current at June 2022 now is the perfect time to book in for your school uniform keepsake.

School Uniform Keepsake Bear

A keepsake bear made from school uniform

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Written by Tracy Fishburn.


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