Mothers day gift ideas

Looking for something unique and personal this Mothers day?

We have put together some of our new favourite gifts to help make picking something for the lovely lady a little more stress free.

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Engraved Message Terracotta Window Box

A personalised oval terracotta plant pot engraved with your special message.
A modern take on the traditional Tuscan terracotta planter, this is a great pot for flowers on a window ledge. We can also include a selection of seeds including flowers and herbs. If your wonderful mum is green fingered, she’ll love this.

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Metallic Family Tree Stone

A grey pebble engraved with your family names around a tree, highlighted in gold or silver.
A gorgeous gift this Mother’s Day, this unique family keepsake includes the names of Mum, Dad and the children. The more names you have, the larger the pebble will be.
The engraved text is highlighted in the metallic finish you choose. A gorgeous natural keepsake to commemorate special occasions.

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Personalised Botanical Heart Print

A detailed botanical illustration of flowers and foliage surrounding a heart – a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
Gorgeous detail is inspired by traditional natural history etchings, yet the monochrome design will look fresh and contemporary on any wall. Printed with your names and choice of phrase or date. The design can be printed in Black and white or infilled with delicate watercolour.

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Personalised Engraved Wreath Flower Pot

A gorgeous for Mums – a terracotta flower pot engraved with your initials or name inside a wreath, with a message or date below.
We can also include a packet of flower seeds – choose from Thyme, Forget me Not, Clover, Sunflower, Sweet Peas, Chamomile, Poppy or Lavender.

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Personalised Family Line Portrait

A graphic hand-drawn black and white line illustration of a person or family based on your photograph.
Hand drawn by artist Christopher Lock in North Devon – with over 12 years experience he is able to capture excellent likeness and character. These contemporary portraits use graphic black line to capture the subject with a splash of charcoal watercolour.

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Personalised Bouquet Cushion

A gorgeous watercolour illustration of flowers behind your initials. Personalised with your name(s) and message. Perfect for the lovely lady in your life

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Personalised Mummy And Me Book

Celebrate that special relationship between Mother and Child with this unique personalised story book all about Mum.
A gorgeous keepsake that Mum and the children can enjoy reading together. Personalised throughout with what your Mum loves – from what she does, favourite food, games, clothes, hobbies and film. The front cover is printed with the name of the child as the author and their’s and their Mum’s name picked out in the clouds in the sky.

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Perfect Personalised Plant Pots

Our terracotta plant pots are all hand engraved in-house at our studio in North Devon. They are a great keepsake for the person who has everything. With lots of variations of personalisation there will be something for everyone.  –  from Chilli pots to wedding dates .

Terracotta provides great growing conditions for plants as its natural porosity allows the pot, compost & plant roots to “breathe” whilst assisting in reducing the likelihood of over-watering.
These terracotta pots are fired at a high temperature in modern gas fired kilns to give consistency of colour and making them highly durable. The colour is predominantly terracotta red with flecks of white and pale grey.

They make a thoughtful gift for Weddings, birthdays, mothers day or just because…..

 

Personalised Couple’s Celebration Flower Pot
Celebrate a special day such as a Wedding or Anniversary with this elegant terracotta flower pot engraved with your name and special date. Engraved with your names around a large ampersand, with a date below.

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Personalised Engraved Wreath Flower Pot
A gorgeous terracotta flower pot engraved with your initials and date within a wreath, perfect for weddings, valentines or an anniversary. Engraved with your initials within an oak leaf border, with a date below.

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Personalised Forget Me Not Hexagonal Pot
A gorgeous geometric terracotta plant pot engraved with your special date and names – perfect for Weddings, Valentines or an Anniversary. Remember that special date with this unique Forget Me Not flower pot. Engraved to order with your initials or a name and a metallic heart in either gold or silver above the words “Forget me not”.

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Personalised Friendship Hexagonal Pot
A gorgeous geometric terracotta herb pot engraved with your name and the phrase “My all thyme favourite”
Engraved to order with a name and a metallic heart in either gold or silver – perfect for friends, loved ones or to say thank you to that special person. Suitable for inside use on a kitchen shelf or in the garden.
Available with a packet of Thyme seeds – an aromatic herb with a warm, subtle taste.

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Personalised Gold Arrow Hexagonal Herb Pot
A gorgeous geometric terracotta plant pot engraved with your initials and a gold arrow – perfect for Weddings, Valentines or an Anniversary. Engraved with a letter either side of an arrow highlighted in gold

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Personalised Love Conquers Thyme Hexagonal Pot
A gorgeous geometric terracotta plant pot engraved with your initials – perfect for Weddings, Valentines or an Anniversary. Remember that special date with this unique Thyme herb pot. Engraved to order with your date above “Love conquers Thyme” and a metallic heart in either gold or silver.
Available with a packet of Thyme seeds – an aromatic herb with a warm, subtle taste.

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Personalised Love Is A Flower Hexagonal Pot
A gorgeous geometric terracotta plant pot engraved with your initials and date – perfect for Weddings, Valentines or an Anniversary.
Remember that special date with this unique hexagonal plant pot. Engraved to order with your details and “Love is a flower, let it grow”. The metallic heart is available in either gold or silver.
Available with a packet of flower seeds – Forget me not, Clover, Poppy, Sweet Pea, Lavender or Sunflower.

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Personalised Our Time Engraved Date Pot
Celebrate a special day such as a Wedding, Anniversary or Birthday with this elegant terracotta flower pot engraved with your special date and names. Engraved with your date shown in vertical numbers with your names below.
Available with a packet of seeds – choose from Thyme (to celebrate time!), Forget Me Not (for love), Clover (for luck), Sunflower (for happiness) or Sweet Peas (for bliss and just because they’re so pretty!)

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Engraved Terracotta Chilli Pot And Seeds
Grow your own chillis in this personalised engraved terracotta plant pot, perfect for birthdays and food lovers. Engraved with the recipient’s name above a decorative skull. Below the skull we engrave HOT CHILLIS and theres room for a message below eg: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY etc.

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Engraved Terracotta Pot
An elegantly shaped terracotta pot engraved with your initials and special date within a wreath. Perfect for wedding table decorations, or anniversary keepsakes. A great gift for partners, family or friends. Leave the terracotta in its natural colour or fill the engraving with gold.

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Hexagonal Engraved Chilli Pot
Grow your own chillis in this personalised engraved terracotta plant pot.
Engraved with your name and Demon Hot Chilli’s. Choice of three shapes – hexagonal with separate tray and small square or large square.
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Personalised Big Letter Engraved Terracotta Pot
An elegant terracotta flower pot engraved with a large letter, name and personalised message. The large letter is engraved above the recipients name with a message below eg Happy Father’s Day. The chilli plant is not included but you have the option to add a packet of Demon Hot chilli seeds with your order. Red Demon are attractive dwarf plants ideal for edible and ornamental use – they have a powerful taste and are suitable for sowing indoors in containers.

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Personalised Family Tree Pot
An elegant terracotta flower pot engraved with a tree design, the family name and then up to 5 names below. Perfect for Mother’s Day.

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Personalised Hexagonal Herb Pot And Tray
A perfect home for your fresh herbs, ideal for keeping them to hand & in good condition on the kitchen windowsill. Perfect for Mother’s day. This hexagonal terracotta herb pot with matching saucer has been designed to perfectly accommodate the fresh herbs sold in supermarkets in square plastic pots. Simply remove any wrappers & drop your choice of fresh herb into your herb pot.

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Engraved Terracotta Letter Pot
An elegantly shaped terracotta pot engraved with a large letter and name below. A sleek contemporary shape with an engraved letter makes a perfect present as a plant pot or even a desk tidy

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Personalised Terracotta Planter
A personalised oval terracotta plant pot engraved with your choice of text.
You could have a family name or Mr & Mrs and the wedding date – the choice is yours.
A modern take on the traditional Tuscan terracotta planter, this is a great pot for flowers on a window ledge.

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Personalised Terracotta Wine Cooler
A perfect gift for wine lovers or a couple celebrating a wedding or anniversary, a terracotta wine cooler engraved with names and wedding date.
Designed to take advantage of the natural cooling properties of terracotta – just soak the cooler in water to lower the temperature of your wine, or help to maintain the temperature of pre-chilled wine.

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NEW!! Original hand drawn people portraits!

original_original-pencil-portrait (2)The illustrators are always hard at work in the studio here at Letterfest HQ, creating books, art prints, house portraits, wedding venues and pet portraits! Now we have our newest member to the Letterfest team, Chris, we have people portraits now available.

Chris talks us through how he creates these impressive drawings and a little insight to his passion behind it all…..

REFERENCE PHOTOS:
The first process for any drawing is finding a good reference photo. This is a collaborative process between myself and the client as we pick through a number of photos to see which will work best as a drawing. Photographs of people pulling a funny face, or a photo which has been taken at an odd angle won’t translate well into a drawing. When we look at a photo at a weird angle our minds automatically correct it and ignore the fact that the eyes look strange or the nose looks really wonky. Even if the same image is drawn with 100% accuracy, our minds don’t recognise it as a photograph, and therefore those weird angles and obscurities will stick out like a sore thumb. The best types of references pictures are ones which are taken straight on, profile, or at a 3/4 angle. The photos should have even lighting with no harsh shadows or over exposure. The photo also needs to be a high resolution which has a clear, crisp image.

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PENCIL PORTRAIT TURNAROUND TIME + AMENDS:
Depending on how many subjects there are, pencil portraits usually take anywhere between 10 – 30 hours to complete. I usually start with the eyes, then the nose and mouth. I then complete the shading on the cheeks, forehead and chin. I usually leave the hair until last (which is my favorite thing to draw!) Limited amends can be made once the portrait has been completed, such as lightening or darkening some shading. I don’t usually allow amends during the process as the client may request changes to an area which is not finished yet, therefore I usually wait until the project is near completion before sending through a proof.

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PENCIL PORTRAITS MATERIALS:
Windsor & Newton 250gsm Extra Smooth Bristol board – A thick paper which has a very smooth surface. It’s very durable, therefore you can build up many layers and also erase pencil strokes without the risk of damaging the paper. There isn’t a lot of tooth on this paper as it is so smooth, which is perfect for creating smooth blending.

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Faber Castell 9000 series Graphite pencils – These pencils are probably the best drawing pencils in the world! They are manufactured to such a high standard, they are incredibly smooth to draw with and the different values in the range are excellent. I prefer this brand of pencil over any other because they are not grainy, therefore you can create perfect blending without the risk of little specks or grain from the pencil.

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Faber Castell Polychromos pencils – These are coloured pencils and for black and white portraits I use the cool grey set 1 – 6, paynes grey and black. These pencils are oil based, are lightfast (meaning they won’t fade over time) and have a strong lead, which prevents the lead from breaking. They are excellent because they can be sharpened to a fine point, which is perfect for adding in fine details.

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Caran D’ache Luminance pencils – These pencils are super expensive so I only have a couple of the white pencils, and they are the best white pencils ever! These pencils are waxed based so the lead is super soft and has a smooth, creamy texture. I use this pencil for blending the polychromos to create a really smooth texture. This white pencil is also really opaque which is perfect for adding highlights onto of darker colours.

 

MY FAVOURITE PORTRAIT:
Each drawing I do usually becomes my new favourite, but I think my favourite portrait to date has to be the a portrait of a horse and jockey, which was given to my grandpa as a Christmas gift. He was a huge horse racing fan and the drawing hung proudly on his bedroom wall.

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BEST REACTION:
The best reaction I received from a portrait was from my grandma in 2009. I had drawn a portrait of her mum from a photograph taken in the 1920s, and gifted it to my grandma for her birthday. It was a complete surprise and she absolutely loved it. She opened it and immediately started crying (this was the first time I had ever seen my grandma cry). Then because my grandma was crying, my mum started to cry, then because they were both crying, my sister started to cry, all while I’m just stood there confused wondering if she was crying because she didn’t like it or because she liked it. Thankfully she loved it and it was put up on her living room wall that afternoon. Seeing her reaction from something I had created was a great feeling, and something that keeps me inspired today, knowing that something I have created can have an impact on that persons life.

PREVIOUS PORTRAITS:
Over the last few years, the majority of the portraits I have drawn are for people who will be giving them to a loved one as a gift. I have drawn portraits of couples to be given as a wedding presents, children to be given as christening gifts or for mothers day and fathers day, and families to be gifted to the parents at Christmas. I also draw many pieces which I give as gifts, usually at Christmas and birthdays. I think original drawings make perfect gifts as they spark an emotion, they can be treasured for a long time and the person who receives the gift knows there is lots of thought and lots of time has been invested in it.



Supermum! Mummy and me book is now available!

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Mummy and me book is now available!

After lots of creative brianstorming the eagerly awaited ‘Mummy and me’ book is now launched. We had a massive success with the Daddy and me book, even winning product of the year 2016, and this is the next one in line.

We have taken lots of feedback on board from our customers on our previous books and its really helped us perfect this one.

Our series of books now include:
Personalised North Pole Adventure Book
Personalised Eggcellent Adventure Book
Personalised Daddy And Me Book
Personalised First Christmas Storybook

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Tom and Wendy toyed with the idea with choosing a different animal to star in the book but after much deliberation our lovable polar family had to be kept.

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Tom’s newest drawings are just as adorable as the last, you’ll find lots of hidden gems in this book – reindeer slippers, a fishcake, penguin friends and even a polar bear in a yoga outfit. His quirky little touches throughout really show the level of care, detail and fun that has been put into creating this beautiful book. Check out the ‘bear spray’ on the dressing room table or the penguin in the cinema having two boxes of popcorn.

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Like the Daddy and me book it celebrates the relationship between the children and the mum. As its written on behalf of the child the personal details that are put into the book make it such a special gift that both the Mum and child can read time and time again. A wonderful keepsake that will be loved by all the family.

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The book is personalised throughout with what Mum loves – from what she does, favourite food, games, clothes, hobbies and film. The front cover is printed with the name of the child as the author and their’s and their Mum’s name picked out in the clouds in the sky. You can also change the main name to whatever you want – Mummy, Mum, Mama etc. If there is more than one child to include that’s no problem, we can include up to 3 children.

original_personalised-mummy-and-me-book (6)To give you an idea of how the story will read we have put an example in the description of the product and I’ve out it here below –
Mummy lives with (enter family names) and me in (enter address eg: a little white house in St Albans). She is a very busy (enter job e.g.: full time Mummy, or Shop Manager) (enter job description e.g.:looking after me at home, or looking after all her staff and customers). She is Amazing! She keeps our home looking perfect – although she hates (enter housework she hates e.g.: ironing Daddy’s shirts). Mummy is fantastic in the kitchen. Her favourite food is (enter food). My favourite food is (enter child’s favourite food e.g. milk). She makes me giggle at bath time, blowing bubbles and making sure I’m clean, even behind my ears. She loves to play games with me – she makes everything an adventure. My favourite game is (enter favourite game e.g.: peek-a-boo!). She looks beautiful whatever she decides to wear, although she likes (enter favourite clothing e.g. stripy tops) most of all. My favourite thing about Mummy is her (enter thing e.g.: big smile, lovely eyes etc). She smells really nice when she gives me special Mummy hugs. In her spare time she likes (enter favourite hobby)… she is really good! Sometimes we watch her favourite film (enter film) before snuggling up in bed. Mummy, I love you more than anything in the whole wide world, love (name of child) xx

Birthdays, Mother’s Day or just because this makes a thoughtful and touching gift for all those Mums with young children.

Happy reading!

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Behind the scenes

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We get asked quite often how we create our personalised illustrations – whether its a wedding venue, family home or favourite place. So we thought we would give you a little insider knowledge on what happens to your hand drawn portraits behind the doors at letterfest HQ.

  • 1Our talented illustrators hand draw your image from the photograph supplied by you. They take into account any special requests you may have made, taking out unsightly features etc.

Step 2 scanned drawings

  • Their drawings are then scanned on to the computer and the manipulated in Adobe Photoshop to ensure good contrast for the next step in the process.

Step 3a - image trace

  • Our skilled artworkers take over at this point and your drawing is taken into Adobe Illustrator. It is placed on the correct sized template and then has our special filter run over it to ensure we get good clean line reproduction. They then manually colour your image using our tried and tested palette of muted shades.

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  • Finally your personalised text is added
  • At this stage if you’ve requested a proof we will screenshot your drawing and send you a proof for approval. If not, we will give it a final check over before printing to art paper and sending down to our dispatch team for mounting, framing and packing.

Step 4 - add text

 If your interested in buying one of the beautiful illustrations we offer there are plenty to choose from in lots of different style. Please feel free to head on over to letterfest.com to take a look or just follow the link below .

http://www.letterfest.com/products/Illustration

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Welcome to the world of detail

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If you have not already seen or heard about our detailed illustrations we create here at Letterfest you need to keep reading.

Most people have their own style, quirks or features they love about their home and lot of our products we created here have a contemporary feel, however, not everyone has the the same vision when it comes to decorating their home. This is where our detailed illustration comes in. We like to think of it as a more traditional, classic look about it that will suit just about everyone.

Our normal house portraits have beautiful soft colours like duck blues and greens, this detailed portrait is black and white so can fit in with most colour schemes. It includes textures such as brick and roof tiles and some of the surrounding landscape, a big contrast to the house portraits which are a more simplified drawing of the photograph we’ve been provided with.

Still not convinced……. ? take a look at some examples of previous work.

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Its a beautiful drawing of someone’s home based on a photo provided by you, hand drawn by artists working in North Devon. The drawing uses detailed linework to illustrate the different materials and textures of the building.

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Each detailed portrait can take our illustrator up to a day to draw so the time and care is really taken with each individual order.

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Its hand drawn black & white drawing of the property, not a computer generated image, so we can add or remove things you don’t want eg: cars, lamp posts, and we won’t include elements such as dustbins, satellite dishes etc. We sketch the view from the photograph (ie the same perspective) and include textures such as brick and roof tiles and some of the surrounding landscape.

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The illustration is scanned in to the computer so any smudges, corrections etc can be cleaned and touched up. Your choice of personalised text in the font your have requested is then added before its digitally printed in black and white on 200gsm acid free, fine grain artists paper. All illustrations are then mounted ready to be framed(if required) and packaged up ready to be sent.

If your interested in purchasing this for a loved one or maybe just for yourself you can click on the link below

http://www.letterfest.com/products/Illustration/Personalised-detailed-house-illustration-gift

 

 



Put a ring on it….

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When it comes to popping the question its no longer as simple as saying those four words ‘Will you marry me?’. Nowadays, you know full well everyone will want to know the story behind it – did they get down on one knee? was it somewhere magical? did they do a romantic treasure hunt or was the ring hidden in your dessert at a picnic?

I’m pretty sure the biggest panic there used to be was to pick the perfect ring, now there is all sorts of pressure with how your going to ask the all important question.

Not to fear though, we have a few ideas hidden up our creative sleeves. But shhhh keep these secret…..

Do it like the penguins do. (romantic and cute story to follow I promise)
If you and your partner are beach lovers this could possibly be the one for you. Say it with a pebble…. maybe take them to a little spot where you have strategically placed the personalised stone for them to find.

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”Humans give flowers and candy when wooing a lady. Penguins give rocks. Not just any rocks, though — male gentoo penguins search through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest, most perfect ones. When a penguin has selected his pebble, he presents it to his intended companion. If she approves, she puts the stone in her nest and the two are well on their way to becoming mommy and daddy birds. Pebbles are so important to the penguins that males often fight over the prettiest selections.”

PicMonkey CollageAs it happens, we have just the product for such an occasion. Our proposal pebble! These pebbles are not man-made. They are natural stones smoothed flat on river beds and hand engraved and painted to your specifications. You don’t have to have your loved ones name of course, why not put the date instead that you plan to propose on.

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We have a great selection of personalised prints that are a wonderful way of popping the question. Why not give your ‘fiance to be’ a framed art print with the date that you plan to propose on….. it may even take them a while to realise.

Our story date print…..
05.02.14 – I said Hello  
06.06.15 – We moved in
14.02.17 –  You said YES!

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Personalised woodcut beach print, everyone loves going to the beach and writing their names in the sand. A wonderful proposal you can keep in your home forever.

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Those lovable penguins are back again…..
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We love this idea! Hide the proposal in a wordsearch personalised around you! Whether its names, places, or words of love we can put it in this print. Within it is also the words MARRY ME. A wonderfully cute and unique way to ask the all important question.

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Fill a box full of their favourite things, sweet treats, maybe a bottle of bubbly for when they say ‘yes’, memories you’ve had together, photos….. the list is endless. Just don’t forget to put the ring in there too! personalised with your initials and a special date!

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New Year, New Products

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Its a new year so that can usually only mean one thing, the world of social media takes it upon themselves to push the ”New Year, New You!” resolutions, gym memberships and health kicks! We have tried our best here, some of us are on the no sugar or no caffeine diets ie no fun!

We have reached the end of January 2017 with our creative minds in full flow here at LETTERFEST HQ (Mainly to keep ourselves busy and away from the biscuits and left over Christmas chocolates). We are really excited about some of these products and we hope you will be too.

 

Personalised Botanical Heart Print

Illustrated by Alice, who has a great eye for detail, is this botanical drawing of flowers and foliage surrounding a heart, it was inspired by Alice’s love of tattoo designs.

The monochrome design will look fresh and contemporary on any wall and printed with your names,choice of phrase and date it is perfect for Anniversaries, Weddings or Valentines.

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Personalised Feather Print
A gorgeous watercolour illustration of feathers around your chosen phrase in calligraphy. Design available in soft blues, greys or sepia with charcoal text.
Choose from phrases –
You tickle my fancy,
Birds of a feather are together forever,
You make my heart flutter
or just have your names in the calligraphy.

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Personalised Geometric Heart Print
 A geometric illustration personalised with your names and special date.
Modern love requires some modern art – update your walls with this on trend graphic illustration this Valentines Day. Choose from monochrome Black and White or softer greys.

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Personalised Graphic Initials Print
Celebrate your relationship with this personalised art print, printed with your initials either side of a graphic ampersand.

Further personalised with a date or message if required. Gorgeous geometric design with a modern twist this Valentines.

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Personalised Lightening Bolt Print

 Celebrate your relationship with this personalised art print with a graphic lightening bolt, your names and special date.
Printed in a graphic geometric pattern this contemporary print is a modern way to celebrate your love this Valentines Day. Your initials are printed either side of the lightening bolt, with your names and special date below the phrase – “Like a bolt from the blue, I fell in love with you”.

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Letterfest.com will be getting a makeover soon so for now these products are only on Not on the high street so watch this space for newer fancier letterfest.com coming soon!!



Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of….

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We have drawn many incredible buildings and places since Letterfest began. One of the most iconic and memorable is that being New York.

We have drawn them for varying different occasions for customers-  engagements, weddings, holiday destinations or just it being a favourite place.

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  • The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and the seven continents of the world, indicating the universal concept of liberty.
  • Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe and a 35-foot waistline
  • Approximately 4m people visit the statue each year. In comparison, over 6m people visit The Eiffel Tower, and 3.5m visit The London Eye.

 

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  • A botanical garden and National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx, New York City.
  • As a National Historic Landmark, this 250-acre site’s verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections
  • The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections. There is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands and a forest
  • At the heart of the Garden is the old-growth forest, the largest existing remnant of the original forest which covered all of New York City

 

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  • It erected in a lightning fast 11 months.
  • It became the tallest building in New York City again after the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001. In April 2012 the new One World Trade Center surpassed the Empire State Building in height
  • It has a lightning rod near the top which is struck by lightning around 23 times every year.
  • The building has 103 floors and at roof height is 1250 ft (381 m) tall. The height when including the antenna spire is 1454 ft (443.2 m).

 

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 Brooklyn Bridge 

  • It took fourteen years to build the Brooklyn Bridge and required the labour of over 600 men.
  •  It was opened for use on May 24, 1883.
  • The estimated total cost of the construction was $15 million dollars
  • It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed, originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge and as the East River Bridge

If you have a favourite place with friends, family or partner it makes a great personal gift to keep those memories forever. You provide the photo and the text you would like to personalise it and we will do the rest. You could have, your local park – the place you first met – Countryside – your favourite family holiday destination – A Beach – Honeymoon – Restaurant – Proposal.

You can place your order on the link below

http://www.letterfest.com/products/Illustration/My-favourite-place-framed-personalised-illustration PicMonkey Collage



New letterfest Team member – Chris

We have some new team members here at Letterfest HQ!!!
We thought it was about time we started to introduce them….

MEET CHRIS  -Illustrator
Chris has now been here a couple of months, he started just before Christmas helping us out at our busiest time of year. (what a life saver)!  We are so happy to now have him as a permanent illustrator at Letterfest.
He also was joint winner in ‘The Great British Letterfest office Christmas Bake off!’ (yes it was a real thing, read our previous blog…)

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He has been working on his own drawings for many years so he really has perfected his talent over time. Chris has his own website and blog so you should definitely head over to take a look at some of his awesome work! (see some examples below) https://www.artofchrislock.co.uk/

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Chris has been helping to draw everything here, from wedding venue portraits to favourite place Illustrations to our bespoke pet portraits.
We are pleased to let you know he will also be the super talent behind our new people portraits. So watch this space for more on that……

 

A few words from the man himself…..

What’s your role in Letterfest? - Illustrator

How did you start your career? Drawing cartoons about 12 years ago

What have been the highs of your career (so far!) - Getting to draw all day every day for a living, and getting tweeted by RuPaul calling my drawing ‘Gorge’!

What or who inspires you? I’m inspired a lot by fashion and other artists.

What do you most enjoy about working in Letterfest? The great people and bake offs.

What is your favourite Letterfest product? Detailed house portrait

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Detailed Illustration – from £70

What are your goals for the next year? Start a degree in illustration.

Last holiday - New York

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Last present you bought -
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Last present you were given - Colouring pencils.

Last film that you saw - Rogue One

Last book you read - Digital Fortress – Dan Brown



The Great British Letterfest office Christmas Bake off

What does any super busy office do at their busiest time of year?! Have a bake off!
Yes that’s not a joke, we really did think it was a good idea at the time….

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It started with a harmless comment by Wendy and Tom about the best mince pie recipes and before we new it, James had created it into a competition…. so we were put into pairs to compete against each other –
Alice and B
Wendy and Chris
Chris and Tom J
Charlie and Mills
Wendy and Tom

The only rules being we couldn’t tell each other what we made (to make it fair with the voting) and it had to be Christmas themed…..

Our pairs had a set day of the week to bake (we couldn’t bring them in all on one day- even for the LF team that’s too much to try and eat)

Tom J made Fudge, Mills made chocolate Yule Log (with gold glitter) Charlie -Ginger Truffles, Tom- mince pies Chris- Ginger cake, Wendy- mince pies, Alice – Sausage rolls (extra points for making cheese ones for the vegetarians), B- Spiced Christmas cake.

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And no soggy bottoms in sight! Mary Berry ain’t got nothing on us!

After anonymous voting the semi finalists were Chris and Wendy (yes we had a semi final round, we took it that seriously).

For the final, Wendy and Chris both upped their bake off game, we had mini cups of trifles from Wendy and apple cake from Chris. It was so so tough to choose a winner but in the end the votes made it a draw!!

You’d think we would all be sick of cakes and sweet treats, especially after Christmas, but believe it or not we are already thinking about the next one…..



Its that Black Friday time of year again

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Get 15% off this black friday weekend at letterfest.com

We’re kicking off the christmas season with a 3 day black friday discountget 15% off anything at letterfest.com using code BLACK15 at checkout, starting tomorrow Friday November 25th until midnight Sunday November 27th. Its the best place to get those christmas handmade bargains. We also have some extra black friday christmas discounts at Notonthehighstreet.com with 20% off a selected range of art prints and stationery, exclusive to this black friday weekend. Perfect for those last minute black friday offers and top christmas deals.

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Christmas Tree Craft Kit 20% off at Notonthehighstree.com this black Friday

Make November 24th a personalised black friday with these exciting black friday offers.
Click here to see all of Notonthehighstreet Black Friday offers.



Christmas Gift Guide – For Her

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 Wife, Girlfriend, Fiancé, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Nan, Grandma, Friend, Godmother, God-daughter, Auntie, Niece, Cousin, step mother, neighbour, secretary, teacher …… (I could go on but we might be hear all day).
All of us know at least one lady that would love a thoughtful gift at Christmas time. So we decided to help the choosing what to buy a little easier by compiling together a list of our top personalised gifts for ‘her’. Designed to suit any budget.

 

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 Bespoke Cat Portrait

A bespoke sketch of your cat based on a photograph provided by you, including the cat’s name or personal message below.
The puuuuurfect gift for any cat lover (sorry that had to be done)
We also offer pet portraits so if its a dog, horse, hamster or llama that’s the pet of choice, this makes a great personal gift.

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Family Keepsake Album

Beautiful handmade photograph album, perfect as a family keepsake or Mother’s Day gift.

A personal way to display your special memories – we customise using the names of your family to make up a shape (either heart, house or star) with a central message (such as Happy Mother’s Day Mum) highlighted in the centre.

 

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Doily Gift Box

A gorgeous cardboard gift box printed with different doily designs and your choice of text.
Perfect as a keepsake box or to make a gift extra special. Available in 2 finishes – Kraft Natural Box and white print

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Watercolour Heart Trio Print

A stunning print of three watercolour hearts in subtle greys and charcoals with the words “You complete me” in gorgeous calligraphy.
Beneath the trio of painted hearts is printed your choice of text eg: a message, names and a date.

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Geometric House Illustration

A bespoke illustration of your house based on a photograph provided by you, hand drawn and printed with a geometric background.
This stunning, contemporary house portrait is hand drawn and has graphic black linework to illustrate the building with a printed geometric background in duck-egg, grey and lemon.



Christmas Gift Guide – For Them

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 Families and couples are often a challenge to buy for at the best of times as they usually have most things that they need or want. Luckily for you, we have put together some fabulous (not biased!) gifts below to save you from treks to John Lewis in the busy Christmas shopping madness! A collection of pressies to find them the perfect something they didn’t even know they wanted.

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Watercolour House Line Drawing – (for the trendy first time buyers?!)

A beautiful hand-drawn line illustration based on your photo – a family house, holiday home or a wedding or Christening venue.

The black line drawing is printed in front of a graphic watercolour splash in a choice of 5 colours – yellow, red, teal, blue, or purple. Further personalised with a printed message in a hand painted typeface with a smaller message below.

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Watercolour Family Tree Print – (for the minimalist family?!)

personalised Family Tree with gorgeous handwritten type filled with subtle charcoal watercolour for a soft hand painted look.
We can show up to 5 generations of your family – from Grandparents, Parents, Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. However if you don’t require a section, just don’t enter anything on the form and we will exclude. A special keepsake for all the family, the design is finished with little flourishes of hand drawn leaves, and filled with soft watercolour in greys and charcoals.

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Story Of Our Pets Illustration – (for the animal lovers?!)

A bespoke sketch of your pet based on a photograph provided by you, including the pet’s name or personal message below. The pets are handrawn in a black and white outline and printed on a choice of three backgrounds – duck egg blue, sage green or sandstone.

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Typographic Story Of Us Print – (for the fairytale family?!)

Tell your story in this gorgeous typographic print using hand drawn fonts – the perfect gift this Christmas.
The story begins with “once upon a time” and your names (girl on left, boy on right, or specify your gender). The first event is when and where you first met or had your first date. Then 3 favourite places you’ve visited, your home address, and whether you are married, engaged or living together. We include the names and birth dates of your children and some favourite things you love.

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Bespoke Family Portrait  (for the camera ready family?!)

A beautiful black and white portrait based on a photograph provided by you, capturing that special moment in a unique pencil sketch style.
To guarantee complete accuracy we now use bespoke filters on the computer to turn your treasured photo into a pencil sketch style portrait.

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Personalised Wooden Coat Hook – (for the practicals?!)

A vintage style wooden coat rack personalised with your choice of text.
Inspired by vintage wooden crates and letterpress typography, this wooden coat rack is a perfect addition to any family home.

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Graphic Family Tree Cushion – (for those that mix style with comfort – and love a good scatter cushion)

The names of your family printed in calligraphy on the leaves of your family tree, printed on a faux suede cushion.
Printed with a watercolour splash background in greys and charcoals, with a solid charcoal reverse. If you have a smaller family fill up the other leaves with words, pets or your address, if you have a larger family put more than one person on each leaf.



Christmas Gift Guide – For Him

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Its that time of year again where buying for your other half, brother, father or son becomes increasingly harder. There is only so many times they can have a pair of Mr Happy socks or a Lynx shower gift set.
We’ve got a list of unique personalised gifts that makes that Xmas gift buying a little easier for you…..

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For anyone who puts sport first, and work second! A perfect personalised print this father’s day. We print what sport they like eg: cycling, golf, football, ruby, running, sailing… whatever you like. It will be printed Golf first – work last!

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 Personalised Wooden Beer Holder

A great gift for beer lovers – a personalised charcoal crate printed with your choice of text.
This handy wooden crate is stained a contemporary charcoal and can carry up to 4 bottles of beer with a handy wooden handle (sorry – bottles of beer not included!)

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Personalised Selfie Print

Be Instagram ready! A graphic print of your favourite selfie photograph with handpainted type.
Send us your favourite photo and we’ll make this stunning graphic print. It will printed black and white with a grainy texture to the image on either a choice of 4 vivid colours or white.

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Personalised Favourite Place Illustration

A beautiful sketch of your favourite spot based on a photo provided by you, hand drawn by artists working in North Devon.
A perfect memento of a trip, honeymoon or special memory. The drawing style is clean and contemporary with the sky and surroundings picked out in a range of colours.

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Father’s Day Keepsake Gift Box

A gorgeous cardboard gift box printed with hand drawn type all about your Dad.
Available in 2 colour ways – Black on Kraft card, or silver on matt white – and 2 sizes.
Tell the story of your Dad on this gorgeous box – it can make that gift extra special, or be a keepsake in itself for storing Dad’s bits and bobs.

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 Hexagonal Engraved Chilli Pot

Grow your own chillis in a personalised engraved terracotta plant pot.
Engraved with a name and Demon Hot Chilli’s. Choice of three shapes and get the option to include a packet of Demon Hot Chilli Seeds. Red Demon are attractive dwarf plants ideal for edible and ornamental use – they have a powerful taste and are suitable for sowing indoors in containers.



Jigsaw Junkies

Letterfest HQ has recently become the location for puzzling! Our studio table has become the home of ‘naughty kittens’. (not actual real kittens, just a jigsaw version of them).

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It all started when Wendy spent some time chill-axing with Bob on holiday with a jigsaw puzzle and became addicted….

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They have now spread their addiction to the Letterfest Team. Its taking us a while (doing the odd piece now and again or on lunch breaks). A very therapeutic bit of fun in the calm before the storm that is Christmas….. Yes I did say the ‘C’ word!

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Wendy, Bob and with the odd bit of ‘help’ from Travis have finished the most recent ‘underwater fish’. So that will be our next mission. I’m sure you’ll be on the edge of your seats waiting on our progress ;)

 

 



We Won!!!

We are so so happy about winning
Product of the year – children’s category
in the 2016 Make awards.

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This year our Personalised Daddy and Me book was nominated for children’s product of the year and we are so chuffed that we won.

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This is the second personalised children’s book we created and we were so pleased it was such a hit. Tom was the super talent behind the illustrations of the book and Wendy came up with the story and the design. It took months of creative designing/planning/brainstorming/illustrating to create the perfect tale so its great that all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears put into it has been recognised.

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If you want to read more about Tom or how the making of our books you can click on the links below
The making of our personalised books
Our very talented Tom

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A very tearful Wendy accepting our award

What are the make awards about?
(in NOTHS words) The annual celebration of brilliance! A search to find (and salute) the next bunch of talented Partners; those who do creativity, originality and ingenuity better than anyone else.
These awards – selected by our panel of judges – recognise great business strategy, strong growth, clear innovation and impressive originality.
Its to reward the very best ‘wow’ products; the most unique, innovative and inspiring of ideas.

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The beginnings of the book….

This year’s judging panel is made up of industry experts and key figures at notonthehighstreet.com.

Simon Belsham – CEO of Not on the high street
Holly Tucker – founder and chief inspirator of Not on the high street
Sophie cornish – Founder and NED of not on the high street
Ben Spriggs – deputy editor of Elle decoration
Matthew Caines- editor of Telegraph connect

The awards were hosted at the Sky Garden Tower in London, Its a pretty incredible building with a fantastic view of the city.

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Make awards

It was great evening with lots of other very worthy winners. It was really nice to be in the company of fellow NOTHS partners, catch up, share advice and have a good old gossip!

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Tom, Wendy and Bob with our award!

Our latest addition to our perosnalised books is the ‘Personalised First Christmas Storybook’. A beautifully illustrated children’s book, capturing the excitement of your child’s first ever Christmas. Its available now and exclusive to Not On The High Street so head on over to take a look.

Personalised First Christmas Storybook

Personalised North Pole Adventure Book

Personalised Eggcellent Adventure Book

Personalised Daddy And Me Book

Tom and Wendy are working hard on a new book as we speak…. ‘Mummy and me’… so watch this space. It’ll be out in the new year…