I recently had the honour of becoming a godmother to the little girl of one of my close friends – a friend I made through work, a friendship which has lasted well, despite many not understanding what we could have in common!
Anyway, this honour left me with two dilemmas.
Firstly, what do you buy for the baby who has everything? My friend has exquisite taste, is always perfectly turned out, and generally is in a league above my own! How could I do her beautiful daughter justice.
Simple. I put out a call to twitter.
I got loads of really useful suggestions, but none which seemed to quite hit the mark. Then I realised that one of my twitter buddies who had the perfect answer up her sleeve was being remarkably quiet.
The lovely Charis, of Name Art, produces beautiful, personalised, art work, for children and adults alike. My god daughter has a common name, spelt in an unusual way. I thought that a personalised print, in wood and acrylic frame, was the perfect solution. And Charis came through with sugar on top!
The second dilemma was how to entertain a 1.5 year old in a church for an hour whilst the service took place. Luckily, the church my friend had chosen was a child-friendly church. Children were welcomed, toys provided, and no-one batted an eyelid to them running up and down the aisles. Moo, however, seemed particularly keen on making an assault on the altar. Not a great move.
However, in came the snail. The snail in question belonged to the big brother of the star of the show, who is about 4 months older than Moo. It was a really cute, wooden, pull along snail which held the attention of a good handful of the toddlers in attendance. Moo was really quite taken with it, much to the chagrin of big brother!
I have to say I’m really impressed. I love the cute movement of the snail as his body undulates (love that word!) as he is pulled along. I also love that he “self-rights”, as Moo rarely has him sitting properly upright when she starts to pull him.
Finally, I love that he is well made, with a great deal of thought given to the environment in his manufacture.
(And I am assuming he is a he…)
Hello Baby certainly seem responsive – our snail was with us in double quick time, despite using snail mail, and the website suggests that this is the case in standard service, with most orders being dispatched same day. And the website covers a whole range of needs, with an eye to the eco-friendly. I’ll certainly be taking a gander – and in particular checking out the rest of the Plan Toys – a brand I wasn’t aware of, but which has really caught my eye.
Oh, and that panic attack? The Teddy print also came complete with a personalised message at the bottom, with little Lucie’s full name. Imagine my horror when I looked at the order of service in the church to find that Lucie had an additional middle name I hadn’t included.
I sweated it out through the whole service, and on the way to having photos taken cornered my friend. “I have a confession to make”, I said. “The christening present, well, it gets Lucie’s name wrong…”
Luckily I was reassured. The additional middle name was just a formal name, to honour my friend’s maiden name. It wasn’t going to be used. It didn’t matter.
Thank the Lord!
Disclosure: I purchased the name art at full price as I just loved it, and I chose to blog about it because Charis’ customer service is second to none. We were give the Plan Toy Pull along Snail by Hello Baby to keep.
* photos to follow, when my camera decides to work!