I am an absolute sucker for all things personalised, one quick glance at me and you'll see my gorgeous fingerprint necklace with Toby's newborn fingerprint and his name on it then wander around our cottage and you will find various photo cards, mugs and gifts, Phil's inscribed whiskey glass, my inscribed trinket box and now, some very special gifts for Toby's first birthday. I had decided a while back that a keepsake teddy would be a lovely gift for Toby's first birthday and after seeing some great reviews for Keepsakes From My Sewing Room, I sent Gemma a message to see if she could help.
Toby turns one in 5 days (in case you hadn't noticed me going on and on about it all week!) and over the last couple of weeks he has gone from absolutely loving water and trying to dive headfirst into the swimming pool each week as we walk in to clinging on to me like a baby monkey, crying when we're in the pool and screaming during bath times. It's been fun!
I have been a keen traveller for as long as I can remember. From childhood holidays to Spain, Portugal, Florida and many more to my first solo trip on a student exchange to Quebec aged 16, I have always loved the thrill of discovering somewhere new to me. As a painfully shy child, I would never have imagined that I would do the student exchange and what it would lead to. Spending a month with the host family in Quebec, surrounded by a language I only new through GCSE European French (there is a difference!), really boosted my confidence and upon my return I knew that I would be spending more time travelling than studying. I hadn't ever figured out what I would do at university anyway, so I don't think it was much of a shock to anyone when I made my education a travelling one.
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