My name is Michelle Blackmore
Hi, I'm Michelle and I love to spend my time making your keepsakes. Whether you choose a quilt, blanket or cushion, I want to create something for you that is going to make you smile (and maybe tear a little) and bring you comfort. I am making it my mission to bring smiles to as many faces as possible, in my own little way.
I'm sure you've browsed a few keepsake websites, trying to find the one that has a style you love and a keepsake maker that you feel you can trust with your treasured clothing. It's such a big decision.
You need to make the right choice. So, to help you decide, here's a bit about me.....
Sewing is my passion. In fact, any type of needlecraft will keep me happy. I first picked up a needle at age 5 or 6, when I repaired my pippa doll nurses outfit. From then on I was hooked.
After years of sewing for pleasure I started my business back in 2013 with a Facebook page and my passion to sew and crochet. I didn't have any direction at first and fumbled around making different things.
Then I received a message from a lovely lady asking me if I could make a memory quilt from her son's baby clothes. I love quilting and thought that this was a lovely idea so excitedly said yes! Although I was nervous cutting into that first baby grow, I loved the experience of transforming those cute baby clothes into a beautiful quilt.
And that was it, I had my light bulb moment. This is what I wanted to do! I enjoyed making that first memory quilt so much that I wanted to do it again and again. I loved the idea that I was making something that would be treasured and bring so much pleasure to others. And so, Bunty's Basket Keepsakes was born.
When I'm not sewing...
you will find me crocheting, knitting, cross stitching (in fact, anything crafty!) or eating scrummy cake.
I love vintage 40's and 50's style clothing and bits and bobs. You can often find me mooching around vintage fairs when I get the chance.
Here are a few fun facts about me -
- I dabbled in learning to belly dance and took classes for a year.
- I have never (at the time of writing this) been abroad.
- I've had a bash at learning to play the guitar.
- I've had 3 ghostly experiences and am definitely a believer.
- I believe that we all have Angels watching over us and regularly ask mine for guidance.
- I have a serious cake addiction!
To get to know a little more about my background and experience and to help you decide if I am the right person to create your keepsake for you, read my Bio below.
Thanks for reading My Story. I'd love you to sign up to my monthly newsletter, so that I could keep in touch with you about all my latest news. If you'd like me to make you a beautiful keepsake, click on the links below to see what you would like to have made. If you have something specific in mind, I can also work with you to make something bespoke. Get in touch here to discuss your ideas. I'd love to hear from you.
Love and blessings,
Michelle has a varied work background. After qualifying as a secretary she worked at Birmingham University as a Faculty Receptionist. Following that, whilst raising her family of 3 children she worked as an Administration Assistant and an Avon Rep.
After enjoying her experience in sales she changed career and worked for many years in specialist retail as a Bridal Consultant. There she was able to put her sewing skills to good use and gained experience in bridal and bridesmaid alterations. She was trained in many aspects of the bridal trade, including fitting toiles and made to measure gowns, learning machine embroidery, intricate beading and is skilled in making bridal veils too.
Over the years, Michelle has experience of using her sewing skills to make clothes, soft toys, curtains and soft furnishings. She is also passionate about quilt making and has also been a keen cross stitcher since the age of 18. Michelle was taught to knit at the age of 12 by her Nan, and taught herself to crochet in later life. Michelle has a lifetime of experience in needlecraft.
She is qualified to level 2 advanced in dressmaking and is a member of the Guild of Keepsake Artists, a group of specialists offering a whole range of keepsake items.
Michelle's business is her passion, it also gives her freedom and flexibility, which was so important to Michelle when she was caring for her disabed husband, who she sadly lost to cancer in 2018.