In an attempt to be crafty for my mother-in-law's birthday a few years ago, my husband and I used an at-home plaster kit to make a decorative print of Big Sister E's hands. The result? A gritty, bumpy, uneven gray slab that is nice enough to keep... out in the yard. It's the thought that counts, right?
Had I known there was another way to preserve the memories, a way to create a beautiful keepsake that would be high quality and gorgeous and worthy of displaying in any room of the house, I would have chosen that route instead. Because if I had known that the amazing creations from By Baby are stunning enough to last a lifetime, our gift would surely have been treasured for just as long.
Their full names are on the actual piece and the font is perfect. Just the right combination of cute and classic.
By Baby is a small, mom-owned business that captures children's hand and foot impressions in ceramic clay and handcrafts them into a unique, high-quality keepsake that any parent or grandparent will love. Whether you are creating a print of one child or siblings or making adorable ornaments or the most unique birth plaque (order one and bring it to the hospital with you!), By Baby is the place to go for premium gifts for yourself or others.
Fully customizable and extremely easy to use, the impression-making kits you receive after ordering from By Baby are mess-free and a lot of fun to use. Instead of the sloppy mixing that we used on our own, this kit came with clear instructions and multiple containers of soft, child-friendly modeling dough.
Instead of me stressing about chalky plaster getting everywhere, both Big Sister E and Little Sister B were more than happy to help roll out the dough and press their hand directly into their own section. When we needed to retake Little Sister B's (due to her having too much fun smooshing the dough), all that was required was to roll it back into a ball and flatten it out once again. There is definitely mom ingenuity behind these kits!
After zipping the imprints in plastic bags and packing them neatly into the provided box, I sat down to choose between all of the wonderful personalization options for my Sibling Print. By Baby doesn't just allow you to add in your child's name, you have a great array of options when it comes to the shape, layout, font, text, print colors and even the ribbon to adorn your print. You can add upgrades such as polka dots, stripes and any number of cute icons.
After mailing off my selections and impressions to By Baby, the only thing left to do was wait. In approximately 6 weeks, our Sibling Print arrived, safely-wrapped and in pristine condition. After having seen the samples online, I had an idea of what this would look like but actually seeing the keepsake in person is another story. The details are amazing!
Along with turning my choices of shape, font and more into a beautiful print, even the small aspects are pretty incredible. Each little line in my daughters' hands is shown and the depth of the 3-dimensional ceramic is just right. I love the way the colors go together perfectly and the shine off of the piece grabs your eye and makes you want to examine it closely. When my husband first saw it he commented on how well it had turned out, which is an extreme rarity for him. Thumbs up, By Baby!
As well as their gorgeous Hand and Footprint Keepsakes, By Baby has many other beautiful gifts that the whole family can be involved with and anyone would love to receive. This is definitely the premiere site to visit for ceramic impression keepsakes that will be cherished for a lifetime. Plus, thanks to the generosity of By Baby, one person will get to create their own amazing masterpiece, because...
One lucky person will win a Double Print Keepsake* from By Baby! ARV $67!
*The prize will be awarded in the form of a gift certificate, so the winner will also have the option of putting it towards a different By Baby item, if preferred.
To enter to win: Visit By Baby, browse their wonderful selection of products and tell me which one(s) you would like to own or give as gifts.
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Giveaway will end on May 27th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only.
A big thank you to By Baby for providing a Sibling Print Keepsake for me to review as well as a Double Print Keepsake for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.