Monday, April 4, 2011

My Favourite Wall

I'm afraid I have an obsession with baby hand and feet impressions. It is HUGE business in England, everyone and their sister seems to offer some kind of keepsake impression. None of my friends scrapbook but nearly all of them have their child's framed footprints on their walls. It was on my list of must-dos when I was pregnant with my first Oompa Loompa.

I lucked out big style, as they offered it as a service at the hospital I had him in. They came into my room when he was four days old and quickly stuck his feet in some clay and voila... this is what I received a few weeks later................

When I had my second Oompa Loompa, I thought it would be really nice to get their hand prints done as well. One of the baby and one of eldest OL . I then repeated this pattern when I had my third OL.

I tried to use different people each time, just to mix things up a bit.

So, when I was pregnant over here with baby OL I thought I better get on the case and find a 'feet impressionist' service. Well, I looked and looked and really struggled to find someone. I rang the hospitals, did hundreds of google searches, looked in the yellow pages, etc. There were lots of DIY kits but I wanted someone to come in and do it. It does not seem to be big business over here, especially in Denver.

After weeks and weeks of searching I finally found someone in Colorado - who happened to live nearly 2 hours away. I begged her to come to my house the day after I got home from hospital. I told her that she was the only person I had found and that I just had to have it done for this new baby otherwise it would feel left out. I sent her photos of my other feet and promised I would make her lots of cups of tea and order Christmas hand print decorations as well. She finally said yes - yippee.

She was good to her word and arrived at my house when baby OL was five days old. She was just wonderful, I told her about how huge it is in England and she said that she doesn't do many newborn babies. She mainly does school age children. I made her lots of tea and ordered anything I possibly could to make her trip worthwhile. Anyhow, I received the finished product a few months ago and could not be happier, she did me proud. They are slightly different to what I have had done before but I really like that.

I now just need to frame these babies and get them on that wall. Yay to perseverance!!!


  1. These are just adorable! How great that you have those keepsakes...they grow up so fast!

  2. What a great keepsake! I can see why it is a favorite wall!

  3. That is a beautiful wall and so lovely to see everyone's prints as they grow, thanks for sharing

  4. Oh, I love these! I suppose you're right--I have seen lots of DIY kits for these, but have never heard of anyone actually coming to your house to do the impressions. :) Such a special keepsake.

  5. Beautiful! What a neat tradition! Yet another special difference you share... you know we love to hear these!

  6. priceless. just priceless. that wall is wonderful

  7. That wall is just gorgeous and adorable. it's cool to see the kids development. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.. :)

  8. These are beautiful! All I have is that black inked footprint on the hospital paperwork! :)