Tracy's Treasured Keepsakes is based in Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire but helps customers all over the UK.
Tracy’s Treasured Keepsakes began in 2018 when my youngest daughter Harriett was just 8 weeks old.
I was looking for someone to create a keepsake from my eldest daughters clothes when i came across a sewing pattern to make one myself. I had a sewing machine that I regularly used a few years before so figured it would be a nice project whilst on maternity leave.
I did a practice run and really enjoyed it. The idea to offer them to others and start a business actually come from my husband. I posted a photo on my social media and my friends went crazy for them. Before I knew it I was designing a logo and starting a business page on Facebook.
In my head I only considered the baby keepsakes. I think it’s because that’s all I could see having my own Newborn at home. It wasn’t until someone contacted me asking me to make her some memorial items as she had lost their son that I discovered the power of how my work helped families while they were grieving. And I absolutely loved being able to help with this and I still do.
I continued building my business whilst on maternity leave and returned to my admin job part time. I was booking in 5 keepsakes a week.
At the start of 2020, I attended The Baby Show at the Excel in London. It was such an amazing experience. Its crazy that a small business like me would be amongst so many big and amazing brands.
In July 2020, the time came for me to take my business full time. My waiting list had doubled in size so this allowed me to take more work each week and reduce my list. My business has evolved and grown every day since and my passion for memorial keepsakes hasn't faltered, if anything its grown bigger. I'm always looking for new ways to make my keepsakes more personal and in 2021 I was able to branch out into printed keepsake gifts too.
"I really love my memory bear and it has brought 'Mum' back into the room rather then laying in a drawer if that makes sense!
But why is Tracy's Treasured Keepsakes different?
There are lot of keepsakes companies out there, Tracy’s Treasured Keepsakes is different as I like to make each customer experience personalised. Your memory bear/elephant/blanket - what ever you choose, will be bespoke to you; so the service I provide will be too. I treat each and every keepsake as if it were my own.
The process for having your bespoke keepsake created is very simple. First you choose which design you would like your favourite items of clothing made into, simply order your chosen design and secure a space on my waiting list. As your space approaches you'll need to send your items to me, then just relax and wait for those updates whilst I create your keepsake.
Once completed your keepsake will be returned to you by a fully tracked service to ensure its safe arrival back home.
Then just choose where you will display your keepsake for every one to enjoy.
I am an award winning business...
I am also pleased to say that my business, Tracy's Treasured Keepsakes is now a double award winning business.
Working solely on my own, this is a huge achievement.
At the beginning of July, I received the New Business of the Year award for 2023 in the local Biz4Biz awards.
The New Business of the Year was open go any Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire Businesses that was in its early years and demonstrated rapid growth since starting up. They show a clear marketing plan and development strategy that demonstrates where they are heading in the future.
Becoming an award winning Keepsake Business is the most exhilarating part of running my business to date. You can read more about the awards in my blog.
With a week of receiving this amazing award I was informed I was the winner of the LuxLife Perfect Gift awards 2023 for the 'Most Thoughtful Sentimental Gifts Business 2023 in Bedfordshire'.
Want to see more examples of my work?
If you haven't done so already you are welcome to follow me on social media where I share before and after to provide you with inspiration as to what can be done with your precious clothes.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. I hope we can work together on creating your beautiful keepsake(s).