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Bear & Willow

Creating Smiles and Memories – where it all began.

I’ve started this blog as an opportunity to introduce myself, and to share some of my thoughts about memories, keepsakes and remembering what’s important – to you.

I started Bear & Willow in my sunny living room in Western Australia almost 6 years ago. Back then it was just a desire to get back to being creative, and making beautiful things that I could gift to others. I didn’t know then that it was going to become a business – I just had friends who were about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and I wanted to make them something special.

When my daughter was born my sister gifted me the most adorable keepsake book, with pages dedicated to photos, and her birth stats. I’ll admit, I don’t have a great memory without little things to spark them – whether its a note, a photo or a song. This little book is just the perfect prompt for my memories … and the smiles … to come flooding back.

I wanted to make them something similar – a perfect keepsake of their wedding and first year of married life. And so I made my very first starbook – a beautiful yellow, grey and silver book inspired by the colours from their wedding. I quizzed them for all the details, found a picture of the church they married in, and got copies of some of their favourite wedding photos. They all came together to make a book I was so proud of – and their reaction was everything I’d hoped it would be. It was something special and unique to them, a forever reminder of an incredibly special day.

That was the start of what has become a wonderful journey for me. Now that Bear & Willow is more established I wanted to start sharing some of my memories, how I make them and how I treasure them. This blog will be a mix of stories and ideas to help spark your own smiles and memories.

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