I can’t believe we are already in May! This year seems to be ticking over quickly and it’s already time for another guest blog! This time from Loretta at True Love Keepsakes. Loretta makes beautiful customised jewellery with fingerprints and hand stamps etc. I’ll leave it to her to tell you all about it.
I’m delighted to be a guest blog on for the lovely RowRow and Kades, thanks for having me as part of their 5,4,3,2,1 Guest blogs!
Hi, my name is Loretta and I’m the owner of True Love Keepsakes, a business I’ve been running now since 2014!
I’m a Londoner born and bred but moved to Birmingham almost 11 years ago for Love. I fell in love my Brummie, called Richard, who was already a Dad at the time to an almost six year old little boy called Joshua who lived with Richard full time. I couldn’t ask Richard to uproot his son from his family, school and familiar surroundings to come and live with me in London so I took the plunge, left my job as a teacher in a Primary School, found another teaching job in Birmingham and in the Summer of 2007 made the move up to the second city.
Fast forward to 2018, I can say I’m pretty settled in this city now and this is home to me especially after giving birth to my son in 2011, this is now his home too and this city has captured my heart.
My 5,4,3,2,1 Things are based on some info about me and my business, they’re in no particular order but all are important to me!
5: One of My Biggest Achievements
Graduating with a 2:1 honours degree in Fashion Design with Business in 2000. I was so proud that three years of studying had paid off. I ventured straight away into the world of fashion and beauty, working for two PR companies in London’s West End, before realising it wasn’t for me and I needed to do something that I enjoyed doing every day. I left that industry, took a two week placement in a school, loved it and went on to study a Post Graduate in Primary Education, became a Primary Teacher and as they say, ‘the rest is history!’
4: Becoming a Teacher
I can remember my first official day as a Newly Qualified Teacher, walking into my Reception class to be greeted by 30 small faces staring back at you waiting on your every word and relying on you to give them the best start to their education. It was nerve wracking to say the least, I soon got used to it and 13 years later, I still love this job which I now do as a Supply Teacher whilst growing my business.
3: Becoming a Mum
I had been Step-Mum a number of years before deciding to have a child but nothing prepares you for this wonderful experience and journey. It is by far the most challenging thing I’ve had to do and at the same time the most rewarding. There truly are no words to describe the immense love, sense of protection and responsibility you feel when you bring a little person into this world. It truly changes you as a person and you see the world with a different set of eyes, everything you do, you have your child at the forefront of your thoughts, their presence never leaves you.
2: Why Keepsakes?
Well, my son is my one and only and when he was a baby, being a first time Mum, I was so surprised of the changes I would see on a weekly basis, his growth, his facial changes, his overall development seemed to happen at lightning speed!! I sometimes would wish I could stop the hands of time just to savour that moment that detail, that first smile, those tiny, perfect fingers, those cute feet. I took lots of photos and prints of his hands and feet to preserve those memories as much as possible. In 2013 after spending a year returning back to full time teaching, I decided to leave as I felt that something had to change. I was desperate to spend more time with my son, he was growing and changing so quickly I felt that the time and effort I was putting in at my job was at the expense of being the Mum I really wanted to be for my son. After doing a lot of research into franchises not liking the huge financial commitments, I was lucky to come across The Keepsake Association which I am now a proud member of. I trained in Fine Silver Keepsakes and The Keepsake Association gave me a huge amount of support to launch my business and still offer me business support to this very day. I can now say I am the proud owner of chains and bracelets, containing the precious prints of my son’s fingerprint, handprints and footprints, something that I can treasure forever.
1:What’s behind the name?
I chose True Love Keepsakes as my company name because having a child made me realise what True Love really is; what it really feels like and what is means. I, like all parents, love their children deeply, we care and raise them with so much passion and determination to do right for them so that they can have the best life possible. Creating precious memories for other parents is what I’m passionate about, knowing that I can create something so that they have a piece of their children with them always, is what drives me to continue growing my business.
Thank you so much to Loretta for her guest blog. Her love for her son shines through so much!