Our final day of rainbows, featuring Ip Dip Sky Blue.

Today is our final day of rainbows and I have to confess that we cheated slightly by slipping in an eighth day, although when you see what I have to show you, I’m sure you will agree that it is too beautiful not to share. I would like to say a huge thank you to Stickerscape, Emma Vallis, Hope and Rainbows, Mary at The Hearty Life, Sylvanian Families and todays thanks to Ip Dip Sky Blue. It has been lovely to have so much support in sharing our rainbows, raising awareness of Pregnancy and Baby Loss and providing a gentle reminder to those in desperate need of hope that with every storm, a rainbow will appear.

When Ip Dip Sky Blue expressed their interest in taking part in Rainbow Week, and offered to send us a beautiful personalised cushion, I knew immediately that it should be for Eva. Although all of my children are rainbow babies, Lewis included, Eva was the first little one who healed our hearts after losing Joseph and, in that way, gave us hope of going on to have more healthy children.  It would be impossible to describe just how happy she has made us, how she made the pain in my heart, that I had carried for six long years, hurt a little less, how she reminded me that through the darkest of storms, there is always hope. As far as rainbows go, she was the brightest, most beautiful rainbow we had ever seen. And four years and two more rainbows later, I still pinch myself at how lucky we have been.

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After browsing the Ip Dip Sky Blue facebook page, I fell in love with just about every item Louise has made, particularly her beautiful cushions. It comes as no surprise that Louise has a background in fashion and textiles which she clearly put to good use by starting up her business in 2012. As a mum of two boys she is familiar with the ideas, colours and patterns that appeal to young children and at the same time, fulfilling the needs of parents by providing high quality, beautifully made products that can be treasured forever.

All of Louise’s cushions are custom made and can be personalised with names, colours, size, characters and incorporate just about any theme or special items that are precious to each family. There is so much thought, and skill, that goes into each cushion and had it not been for our love of rainbows I would never have been able to choose a favourite!

Louise also makes “My Day” banners which can be used to help children establish routines or for parents with busy schedules. Again the banners are all custom made and can include names, days of the week, activities, feelings and just about anything else you can think of. As a Mum of four children with so much to remember each day, I think that these are a lovely, fun way of teaching the children about routine, organisation and responsibility.

Having spent the last couple of weeks admiring all of Louise’s creations, we were so excited to return home today to find out cushion waiting for us. The cushion was well packaged in a large cardboard box and wrapped in tissue paper with a beautiful little card and a personal message, perfect for when sending as a gift. When we opened it up both of the girls let out a shriek of excitement, “It’s a rainbow!!”, cried Megan. “And it has my name on it!”, asserted Eva as she snatched the cushion from my hands and held onto it tight!

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I am a huge fan of hand made products, both for giving as gifts and buying for my own children, and the quality of this cushion most definitely didn’t disappoint. The colours and patterns in our rainbow cushion are so vibrant that the photos simply don’t do them justice.

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The reverse of the cushion has the most beautiful rainbow coloured fabric, which is perfectly stitched to border the rainbow, and a discreet zip at the bottom means that the inner cushion can be removed and the cover washed when needed.

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We chose to simply have Eva’s name on her cushion yet it would be lovely to have a date of birth or a christening date if buying for a baby, and for anyone having a rainbow baby, this really would be the perfect gift. Retailing at £33 (price correct at time of publishing) I would be more than happy to pay that price for something so well made and personal.

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Eva was delighted with her cushion, as was I, and I even had to prise it off her to eat her pizza this evening! At four, she is so excited by anything that has her name on it, especially when it means that Megan has to keep her hands off!

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I love discovering a treasure like Ip Dip Sky Blue, it is so important that we support small businesses, and I will most definitely be buying more of her creations for our family and friends children in the future.

You can find the Ip Dip Sky Blue Facebook page here and the shop over on Etsy.

I have loved sharing eight beautiful days of rainbows with you all and tonight, as every night, I shall be holding my four little rainbows in my arms and feeling eternally grateful that for us, and for you all, dreams really can come true.

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61 Comments

  1. October 31, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    What a beautiful touching post, and gorgeous pictures, the cushions look fab I love hand made things, I like the sound of the routine planner going to check it out 🙂 xxx

  2. October 31, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    what a lovely story and initiative. The items are also very cute, I see them very sweet, like Eva. You took amazing pictures of her x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Ahh thank you. She’s so precious to us, rainbows are so beautiful! xx

  3. October 31, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    What gorgeous designs the rainbow one is perfect.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      It really is beautiful! xx

  4. November 1, 2016 / 8:37 am

    oh honey she is so beautiful and I love the way you described her helping to heal you and give you hope again, I felt the same with Aspen. It is such a gorgeous and well made cushion and a beautiful keepsake xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Thank you Mac, these rainbow babies are so special aren’t they? xxx

  5. November 1, 2016 / 9:26 am

    How beautiful and I am so happy you have your rainbow babies to share your life with. I know exactly how losing children can affect you, after losing identical twins. I have really enjoyed your 8 days of rainbows x

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Oh Cathy that must have been devastating for you, I can’t even imagine. We have been very lucky to have four healthy children, and although there should have been five, and fifteen babies lost to miscarriage, I am so grateful for what we do have. It’s important to focus on that isn’t it? xx

  6. November 1, 2016 / 9:47 am

    What a lovely initiative and the designs are amazing, so colourful and cheery. Who can feel sad, looking at a rainbow?

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 10:21 am

      I agree, rainbows just make you smile don’t they? xx

  7. November 1, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Those designs are amazing! I actually saw the rainbow one on your instagram feed this morning and had to share it to a few friends who are rainbow obsessed! #twinklytuesday

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 2:15 pm

      Ahh thank you! We are rainbow obsessed too!! xx

  8. November 1, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    The designs are amazing, I love that they are so bright and colourful and ive sent your posts to a rainbow friend of mine x

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you! Rainbows are gorgeous, they really make me feel so much happier! xx

  9. November 1, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I love the thought that has gone into each item, the routine items everyone can relate to. Some very poignant items too.

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Yes they are lovely aren’t they? So much attention to detail! xx

  10. November 1, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    This was a truly lovely and amazing series, sad it’s ended. I do love the cushion especially because it’s reversible type and I am sure Eva loves it too

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      Ahh thank you so much. We have plans to carry on the rainbow theme with a guest series, it has been so lovely to share our rainbows! xx

  11. November 1, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Oh wow this is so stunning! She looks absolutely thrilled and rightly so. Thanks for sharing on #TwinklyTuesday xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 1, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      Thank you, she hasn’t put it down since bless her! xx

  12. November 2, 2016 / 8:31 am

    What stunning designs, so beautiful! I need to get some for my kids

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      They are all gorgeous, I have a wish list already! xx

  13. November 2, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Eva’s cushion is beautiful! In fact they all are, I love that they are custom made. That ‘My day’ banner is such a fun different idea to a normal boring calendar.
    #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      They are gorgeous aren’t they? So many beautiful ideas! xx

  14. November 2, 2016 / 9:20 am

    A beautiful post, it’s sweet that you’re a tight knit family! Loving the custom cushions too x

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you. xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      It really is gorgeous! Good luck! xx

  15. November 2, 2016 / 11:40 am

    The cushions are lovely your little ones looks like she loves hers . The backing of it is lovely 😉

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      It’s gorgeous and bright! Thank you for reading! xx

  16. November 2, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I love personalised items and tend to go for items like this when buying presents for the grandchildren as they are that bit different.
    Great cushions, and a lovely way to keep the memories of Joseph alive for the whole family.
    The applique on the my day banner appeals to me as well.

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      Me too, they are so thoughtful aren’t they? Rainbows are so precious to us, thank you for reading. xxx

  17. November 2, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Oh my those cushions are so nice. I would love some fro the twins bedroom, off to take a closer look now

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      They are so beautiful, and perfectly made too! xx

  18. November 2, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Gorgeous pieces, I will have to check them out! #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      She has such a talent, definitely worth a look! xx

  19. November 2, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    It’s beautiful. I love personalised items, it’s just adds something special to them. She definitely looks happy to have her rainbow cushion. Alice would be the same. X #bloggerclubuk

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      She really is over the moon with it. xxx

  20. November 2, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    They are wonderful. They look really professionally done and so colourful!

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you for reading! xx

  21. November 3, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    What a wonderful surprise you had waiting for you on your return from Butlins. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Laura Dove
      November 4, 2016 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Helena, she was over the moon! xx

  22. November 3, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    How gorgeous, I love how colourful the cushion is, Eva looks very happy with it. I love those planners too, such a lovely idea. I will check out her page, thanks for sharing with the #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      November 4, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you. The planners are fab aren’t they? I’m deciding which one to get! xx

  23. November 4, 2016 / 10:22 am

    That’s a beautiful cushion for Eva! I too love hand made gifts, so much work and detail goes into them – the fabric looks amazing. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • Laura Dove
      November 4, 2016 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks Sarah, we love it! xx

  24. November 5, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    What a beautiful cushion! All their products look great, I love anything that is handmade and can be personalised in some way x
    #FabFridayPost

    • Laura Dove
      November 6, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      Me too, they make gorgeous gifts although I now have my eye on all of these products just to buy for ourselves!! xx

  25. November 7, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    What a gorgeous and moving post. I have just been looking at Ip Dip Sky Blue and I couldn’t agree more that there is something so special about handmade goodies. Eva looks thrilled to bit with her rainbow cushion 🙂 Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx

    • Laura Dove
      November 7, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much. She’s over the moon with it bless her, her love for rainbows rivals my own! xx

  26. November 7, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love the healing your little rainbows have given you. Your rainbow cushion is beautiful, handmade stuff is the best. I will have to go and look at the rest of what Ip Dip Sky Blue has to offer. Thanks for linking #FabFridayPost

    • Laura Dove
      November 7, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you, be warned, you’ll want to buy everything!! I now have a very long wish list! xx

  27. November 8, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love the “Eva” touch embroidery too! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Gorgeous isn’t it? Thanks for hosting Su. xx

  28. November 8, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    These are lovely and so is the post – thanks so much for linking to #sharewithme

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you. See you tomorrow! xx

  29. November 15, 2016 / 7:16 am

    I LOVE those cushions, I want to get one for my son for Christmas! The banners are great too, how do these woman do it? The detail that goes into these pillows and banners is amazing : ). Eva looks very happy with her new rainbow pillow! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Laura Dove
      November 15, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      They really are gorgeous. I would never rave about a product I was anything less than happy with and seriously, it is absolutely beautiful! I have no idea how these women find the time, I struggle to get dressed each day!! xx

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