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My First Party Bag

My little girl is one and we’ve had a lovely year of singing, reading and walking. We’ve tried to get out and walk each day and our walks have become a big part of our day. We talk (well I do but you can see her taking it all in) and walk and stop frequently to pick flowers or notice something.

 On some of our walks we collected stones and these became the stimulus for a special gift in ‘My First Party Bag’. The stones are worthless but that’s the point, they have been made precious by what they symbolize to us. Having discussed the idea with Lora Leedham, the designer, she suggested that the idea lent itself to keeping the stones as raw and natural as they are. Today we gave them as gifts to the grandmas and aunties, along with a poem and I’m over the moon with them.





Here, to you I give a small stone.

A stone?

A stone. Yes, here, from where I’ve roamed.

This worthless stone is very blessed,

It’s where we walked and took a rest.

Around the world they can be found,

This one, The Land of Origins ground.


So think of me when you touch the ground,

I’m the other side and around.

Around the world I may go

But touch this stone and please know,

I think of you everyday

And that’s the way it shall stay.


Mama Grace



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  1. What a gorgeous idea 💡 wow. #blogstravaganza

  2. That is a fantastic idea! I can imagine doing something similar with a pebble in a beach from a special holiday or from the garden in your first home as you move on. Great inspiration, thankyou

    • You should! Such meaningful gifts. I loved giving them and they loved receiving them, cufflinks are an option too. A great Father’s Day gift. Contact Lora, she’s so good.

  3. This is a great idea, I love gifts that have so much meaning! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  4. This is a lovely idea and very personal. Its a perfect reminder to the wearer of what really is ‘precious’. #AnythingGoes

  5. caitcance caitcance

    That is such a sweet idea! I bet they were touched to receive them. #globalblogging

  6. thismumslife thismumslife

    What a beautifully simple, but wonderfully creative gift! I love the idea, and the poem that you wrote along side these, is so touching. I just love how small things, things that can be so easily dismissed, can be so powerful. Just beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

  7. ceearrbooknerd ceearrbooknerd

    How sweet! 🙂


  8. This is such a lovely idea, something so simple but with such meaning! Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  9. Mom Of Two Little Girls Mom Of Two Little Girls

    Ah, that is so precious. Great idea. The perfect gift for loving family.

  10. Popping over from #TriumphantTales to say hi.
    I’d be really happy with a gift like that from anyone, such a lovely idea

  11. So lovely. I love raw stones they are so beautiful. #MarvMondays

  12. What a beautiful idea. And absolutely love the accompanying words they really touched my heart. Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub with this xoxo

  13. I absolutely and utterly love this idea. There is such meaning behind and the poetry is as fab as ever. #SharingtheBlogLove

  14. What a brilliant idea. I love collecting stones and handmade gifts mean so much more when a lovely sentiment is attached #sharingthebloglove

    • They really do. It’s nice to make others so happy.

  15. Jen Jen

    What a great idea! And that cake, Yum!

  16. This is such a lovely idea. My little one loves collecting stones, what a precious way of holding on to the memory, #PostsFromTheHeart

  17. What a beautiful idea, so simple but so personal and heartfelt. It’s so lovely when there is a real meaning behind a gift and these are lovely. Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  18. I’ve never heard of this before, but its a great idea. I think my daughter would love something like this #KCACOLS

  19. Oh wow. Such a beautiful idea. So meaningful #MarvMondays

  20. What a lovely gift. #ablogginggoodtime

    • Returning via #ThatFridayLinky

  21. What a lovely idea! Beautiful poem too, as usual! Thanks for linking to #GlobalBlogging

  22. Oh this is such a lovely idea. I think the poem is perfect too. There is something very special and unique about each piece and it’s a lovely way to capture and remember those first precious adventures. Thanks for linking with #DreamTeam x

  23. I LOVE this, Do you know I have a section in my purse that is full of little stones my little man has given me. Every one he gave me with love and I want them to be with me all the time. They are very precious. Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again on Tuesday 🙂

    • That’s so lovely! It’s amazing what meaning can be given to something. I hope you do something with these stones.

  24. Accidental Hipster Mum Accidental Hipster Mum

    Fab poem and fab idea! I love how the stones have value in what they represent. When I was little I found a heart shaped stone, painted it red and gave it to my mum and she still has it now!


    • Thank you. I’d love to find a heart shaped one, how randomly beautiful. This must bring such loving memories when she touches it.

  25. randommusings29 randommusings29

    What a lovely idea and the poem is beautiful!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  26. Aww that’s a lovely idea! So unique and meaningful! #AnythingGoes

  27. What a gorgeous idea. I just love it!
    Thanks for sharing with #globalblogging

  28. I love this poem, it’s beautiful. You’ve inspired me to do this with the stones on Brighton beach (where my other half and I first met : ). Thanks so much for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

  29. What a lovey idea! That’s so unique, you’re so creative! #coolmumclub

  30. queerlittlefamily queerlittlefamily

    I love this idea it’s wonderful. Though some of the stones my neighbours’ little girl has collected are a bit big for necklaces. #kcacols

    • Thanks. Yeah, they have to be fairly small and I do make sure she’s not putting them in her mouth but maybe paperweights are the new necklace.

  31. diynige diynige

    What a fantastic idea Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  32. What a lovely idea. I always love gifts that have thought and meaning behind them. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  33. twotinyhands twotinyhands

    THats beautiful it really is. Such a lovely way to share thoughts and memories between family. ‪Thank you for linking it up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  34. This is a beautiful poem and what a lovely idea, it’s so special and such a treasure for your family to keep. The necklaces look gorgeous too! #FamilyFunLinky

    • Thank I was really pleased with how they turned out.

  35. What a wonderful idea and they look great. Such a lovely gift and a lovely poem too. #happydayslinky

  36. The fabulous idea, i loved it. The stone is a natural invaluable thing and if you used it in a pendant then it makes a valuable thing. Nice idea to gift someone special.

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