Impressive Pets, Paws and Pooches

Impressive Pets, Paws and Pooches

Pampered Pets, Paws and Pooches

All are welcome at Impressive Memories.

With an estimated 60 million pets in the UK, most households share their day to day living with a furry friend. Dogs are still top favourite…
Some of my earliest and happiest memories involve the pets I grew up with. I couldn't imagine life without them - I am definitely a fan of dogs - if you are too, then read on!
  • Raffles – 1979 I was just 5 when we got Raffies, he was a Yorkie. Throughout growing up, Raffies was just always there – holidays, trips – wherever we went, he went!
  • Ziggy – 1992 I was finishing 6th year at high school planning to head off to Aberdeen in the Autumn to study Music for four years. We had to say goodbye to Raffies the day after my final school performance.  Having never lost a dog before, the heartache was a whole new and horrible experience. But, it made way for Ziggy.  I had wanted a westie FOREVER, the deal was that if we got a puppy I would train him before leaving home – which I did.
  • Eilidh – 1997 After completing my degree I came back to Fife (through necessity, not choice) but Ziggy was well and truly no longer my pup, so I’d bought my own house, I needed my own westie!
  • Arthur – 2009 Erin was now the age I was when we got Raffles, and I felt it was a good time for us to get a puppy. Caring for a dog teaches children about life, responsibility & respect. Arthur is our beardie – with his one blue eye and one brown, he is quite a character.
  • Farrah – 2014 As a gift to myself for plunging into full time self employment, I decided I wanted a cockapoo!! Working from home meant they weren’t left alone, they’d keep me and each other, company. Farrah is a lively little lady who drives us mad with her nonsense!

Why am I rambling on about my dog owning history?

Well, for me, dogs are a huge part of day to day life and they have been a big part of my most Impressive Memories over the years.  I would encourage all pet owners to consider capturing a memory of their pet.  I am happy to help explain what can and can’t be done with your four-legged friend.

I think it is also very important when you choose someone to work with your pet that they are relaxed and happy to be around dogs and that they have enough experience to keep your pet safe, relaxed and enjoying the whole experience too!

3D Paw Casting

I absolutely LOVE casting paws.  The detail in them is so amazing and paws are so unique…just like our hands are…so combining the two is such a fab memory to capture.

I have cast enormous Rottweiler paws, down to tiny little terrier paws…each paw I’ve cast has had its own story to tell. Some happy, some sad but all impressive.  The bond between a dog and their owner is so special and seeing the dogs trust their owner, and me, letting me dip them in sticky gloop is magical.

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Digit was a very impressive Rottweiler.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t petrified when he arrived! He was a very VERY large dog who had been through a lot of treatment and had every right to not trust me…but he was an absolute gentleman. (He did terrify me by growling in my left ear as my jugular was within eating distance, but of course he didn’t…he much preferred his tub of fresh strawberries! No sausages for this beautiful boy).

We knew when casting him that his time left was shortened, but nobody realised that by the time his cast was finished and competed (approx. 5-6 weeks) he would no longer be with us.  It made the cast even more impressive for his owners who were very glad to have captured and held onto a memory of Digit.

Guide dogs are truly impressive and I was genuinely in awe of the bond this chap had with his long serving owner.  Man and dog relied on each other.  They communicated in their own language and in their own way.  It was a heart breaking situation as both man and dog now needed different levels of care which meant staying together was just no longer possible.

Thier friend arranged for me to cast the loyal duo.

Nothing was going to stop the pain of separating them, but having a tactile memory of his best friend, we hoped may bring comfort and reminders of happy times. This guide dog deserved a long and happy retirement by the sea…which is what he got.

Not all castings are sad occasions.  Most are done for fabulous four legged furballs who are just as much part of the family as the human ones are.  Do you know a dog owner who might like to have a cast created?

FAQ's

Can all breeds of dog be cast?

Yes, and no. Some are much more suitable than others but potentially all can have a cast taken. It’s the final end result that is important and that is why I prefer to have a chat to owners first to explain some of the problems which might make your dog more or less suitable to have a paw cast taken.

Is it only for dogs?

No, I have cast cats too, again…best to get in touch if this is something you’d like to do.

My pet has passed away, am I too late?

I am able to help after your pet has passed away, but timing is absolutely essential. Every minute that passes makes it less likely to be achievable so please, I know it is a horrendously difficult time, but if this is something you’d be interested in – contact me.

Do I need to travel to you with my dog?

Yes, I need to meet your dog in ‘person’ to create a 3D life cast. I live beside a reservoir and woodland area which is a fantastic walkies for after your work of art is created. I can sometimes arrange a home visit. Again, just ask.

What other Impressive Memories can I have made?

2D Imprints & Outprints

I offer a range of 2D paw imprints and outprints. These are perfect for dogs that are less suited to 3D casting.  They are quick, fairly mess free and still give lots of in depth detail.  You can create plaques, framed pieces, hanging decorations, Christmas decorations…all sorts.

Ceramic Painting

Yes, I mean ceramic painting for dogs…why not? Have you seen the mess a toddler makes with a paintbrush? Well trust me…dogs can be just as creative!!!  Proud parents love to see their child’s hand prints painted on mugs…why shouldn’t we celebrate those paw prints too?

Jewellery

One of my absolute faves…solid pure silver dog nose, but not just any dogs nose…YOUR dogs nose.  Those noses are as unique as our fingerprints.  On a necklace it can look stunningly abstract and certainly a talking point.

Paw prints can be shrunk onto charms just as hands and feet prints can.

Distance is no problem for all jewellery items. All pieces can be bought online and created by posting a kit to capture the details that I need to make your impressive memories.

Thanks for reading and taking a ‘paws’ out of you busy day.  If I can ‘lead’ you to any more information, just ‘howl’ and I will em’bark’ on helping you.

Is it time to go walkies now?

Have an Impressive Day, Jen x

Back to School…

Back to School…

Back to School…

Waaaaay back in July the daunting prospect of entertaining, feeding, motivating, reasoning, refereeing and CONSTANTLY tidying up began…yup, once again it was “THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS”.

daughter & horseWeek One began full of anticipation of spending quality time with my daughter – this was not to be. I am not a horse, therefore I have very little appeal to my daughter. Day one began idyllically as she headed off on her favourite activity…involving…horses. Day one also included an eventful air ambulance and a trip to Ninewells – another joy of horse riding. Thankfully my sproglet was not injured, only witnessed the fall of another not so lucky rider.  Here’s hoping week two is a little less eventful.

Week two went by fairly calmly if I remember.  I spent most of my time juggling work and chauffeuring the jodhpur legged one, to various locations…different day…different dirt track.  Returning several hours later to collect the muddier, hungrier version than I dropped off.

Week three – the midway point – hump week…wakening to the mantra “Hang in there…you can do this…after this week, there are less weeks to go then we’ve had…stay strong”.  In between driving on the dirt tracks and washing the jodhpurs, that little mind monkey reared its head…whispering loudly -” It’s time to be buying the new school uniform…don’t leave it to the last minute…you’ll regret it…DO IT NOW…good mums will have done it already…you are a failure to motherhood…” I asked the preteen what she would be requiring, but only got a shrug and a grunt…If I had suggested a visit to Jack Wills, I might have got a better reaction than my choice of Asda or Matalan! Silly me!

Week four – I don’t remember a great deal about week four – I had toothache.  painkillersNever have I swallowed so many painkillers and tried to keep functioning, hoping that if I didn’t acknowledge it, it wasn’t actually happening. Delighted to say the codeine addiction is now under control and the tooth (which has already had root canal treatment followed by a crown) has survived. Who knew that teeth that have gone through all that can STILL fester into pain that is comparable to child birth without the epidural OR maternity leave? Thank you codeine for being there for me in my time of need.

Week five – no time for complacency, DO NOT let down your guard!  This is the week you reach out to other mothers and join forces…you form teams and find safety in numbers – Let the sleep overs commence!  If you look after someone else’s child, a beautiful thing happens – THEY LOOK AFTER YOURS!!!  Just when your purse and fuel tank are almost as empty as each other – a guardian angel offers to temporarily home your child. **High Five** The word sleepover used to fill me with dread – sleepless nights, homesick children, peanut allergy fears, dying slightly inside when child X tells you they can’t sleep unless the bedroom is 17 degrees and her bed is facing the moon. But this year was different…they came, they stayed, they fed themselves, washed beds themselves and remained reclusive in the confines of the bedroom 90% of the time (when they weren’t out riding). Maybe preteens aren’t so bad after all? (Remember the week 5 warning – do not become complacent!)

school-bag-1275044_960_720Week six – The uniform is ordered and the chauffeur is more than willing to drive anywhere now, because she treated herself to a lovely new car. Much to the disapproval of the preteen who cannot see the need for a new car when she does not have a new horse, but full approval of the fact that the new car talks to her iPhone (which coincidently was dropped in one of the many horse fields and needed its own air ambulance to the iPhone repair shop to repair it – another unexpected financial hit for mum’s purse with the promise of “I’ll pay you back”).

Erin on Day 1

Normal service shall resume on Wednesday…

So, Impressive Mummies…what does Wednesday mean for you?

  • Relieved to wave them off back to wonderful school life?
  • Looking forward to a moment of peace and not hearing “MUUUUM” repeatedly?
  • Have you started threatening that bedtime will be becoming earlier yet?
  • Will the car drive itself to soft play automatically, as it’s become your second home?
  • Does the prospect of going food shopping alone actually sound quite appealing?

Who's Starting Primary One?

Waaaaahhh…The moment feared by many! The BIG day arrives – STARTING SCHOOL!

You feel excited and proud that they are growing up, but sad to watch them becoming more independent and not needing us so much.  Realising how precious those first few years are and wanting them to slow down!!

  • Will your little person be skipping off down the school path, beginning their journey into education?
  • Have you been reminiscing and wondering where the heck the last 4 years have gone to?
  • Have you ironed name labels onto every piece of fabric? (Did you see the hack to use your hair straighteners instead of the iron? I’d rather break the iron than my GHD’s…)

Are you lying awake at 3am overthinking?

  • What if he doesn’t make friends?
  • What if she gets bullied?
  • What if they can’t manage the work?
  • What if they cry when I go?

DO NOT WORRY!

Be impressively proud that you have created independent little sponges who are ready to soak up all the new learning and experiences that school will bring them.  Capture this milestone, remember with satisfaction that YOU created this fabulous little human who is now stepping up, and stepping out into their journey.  What better reward could you ask for than knowing you helped them begin their expedition?

Mums know how hard it is to let go of that little hand, and teachers do too. That little hand that you’ve nurtured and watch grow. You held it tight and kept them safe, and now it’s time to let it go…just a tiny bit…

handsSo DO NOT WORRY about them, because they will be absolutely, perfectly happy…they will have a coat hook AND a tray…with THEIR name on it.  Your little sponge will be safe, cared for, looked after, guided, nurtured and ready to flourishWhy? Because YOU gave them everything they needed – go you!!

Celebrate the impressive memories of this special day.

Starting school is one of life’s very Impressive Memories.

Letting go of that little hand at the school gate. Trusting your most precious possession to skip off along the path, on their new adventure.

That little hand that you’ve held so tightly, has grown, and keeps on growing. Where do the years go??? Your Impressive little person has reached ANOTHER milestone – time to capture the moment.

Keep them close to you forever.

Wearing it wherever you go, showing the world how precious this little person is to you.  It makes a bespoke keepsake while capturing a unique memory of those Impressive Memories in your life.  Capture yours today.

**Impressive Offer for all NEW PRIMARY ONE PUPILS - In Aug 2016**

**ORDER a featured CHARM and MAKE A FREE Handprint MUG too!**

Keep a little piece of them with you forever x

Come and Paint a Memory!

Make an impressive memory of that little hand on a beautiful ceramic mug. Treasure the moment and remember how much this little hand has grown, and how much more growing it has ahead of it! A great way to remember this milestone moment.

**SPECIAL OFFER**

All new primary one pupils can come and make a handprint mug for just £9. Monday – Friday between 1-3pm until August 23rd, 2016.

Message me, comment or call to find out more…why not make one for an Impressive Granny too?

Have your cameras poised with stiff new uniforms (with growing room) and a whiff of new gym shoes in the air. Safe in the knowledge that there's...

Only 38 school days until the October Holidays! YAY!!

How to create a fingerprint impression for fingerprint jewellery

How to create a fingerprint impression for fingerprint jewellery

How to create a Fingerprint Impression…

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You’ve decided to create an Impressive Memories Fingerprint Charm – What Happens Next?

You have 3 choices –

  1. Book an appointment. I will take the impressions for you. We can discuss your jewellery and once it is ready, you come back to collect it (or have it posted to you if you prefer).
  2. Order from my website. All fingerprint jewellery includes a FREE FINGERPRINT KIT.  Kits can be posted anywhere in the UK, when you return the impressions to me I will make your jewellery.  You’re still welcome to collect your finished item, or have it posted to you when it’s completed.
  3. Buy the kit separately.  If you would like to capture a fingerprint impression, but you’re not ready to order just yet…This option lets you capture an Impressive Memory now, and the prints can be safely kept for many years if you decide that you would like to order jewellery.

How difficult is it to take a fingerprint impression?

Not difficult at all.  It is quick, clean and easy to do.  I’ve put together a video to show what’s involved.  If you have any questions, please just ask! You can contact me HERE.

 

1. I’d like to make a booking please.

2. I’m ready to order online NOW!

3. I’d like to order the kit only.

Psst – Have you read this?

If you would like to receive a copy of my Impressive Memories Jewellery price list, you can find it HERE.

Read the TOP 10 QUESTIONS I get asked about jewellery HERE.

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