Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Personalised Baby Board Books: now available laminated!

It's almost a year now since I introduced my new range of personalised baby board books - and in these last months they've become one of my most popular lines! The books are all handmade, and feature your own photos and wording throughout.

Measuring 10x10cm, the books are ideal for younger readers who love looking through them and recognising the images inside. I even had a customer this week who told me that her little girl kisses every page! 

There are currently 9 designs to choose from, and I'm really pleased to announce that all designs are now available in a more hard wearing laminated version.

Let's face it, younger readers can be dribble chops so I wanted to introduce the laminated version particularly for them! The laminated board books can be wiped clean with a damp cloth so if your book gets a little bit sticky its not the end of the world!

The laminated books also have a brighter, more vibrant feel to them and smooth glossy finish. 

In response to customer demand I've also introduced a faster delivery option too, so those who need their book with them a bit sooner than upgrade to 1st class recorded delivery so that their book reaches them in 1-2 working days.

If you haven't seen the board books yet do head on over to the website and take a look: they're perfect for Christmas, birthdays, and much more - and not just for younger readers either, parents and grandparents love them too!

Sarah x

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Theme of the Week: Typography

The trend for graphic typography prints and word art has been around for a while, and shows no sign of leaving - with good reason. The strong graphic style suits just about every decor and adds a timeless and classic feel whilst also giving a contemporary touch to your home.

I have a slightly obsessive love of typefaces - I have an ENORMOUS range on file that I've gathered over the years, and I still can't get enough! I'll happily sign up to 'font of the day' emails just to get a daily fix in my inbox!

My typographic prints and gifts have been my most popular lines in the last couple of years, and my ranges have grown to embrace the trend, incorporating both strong colours, monochrome, softer pastels and bold word styles to hopefully suit all tastes!

So, my Theme of the Week this week is Typography - and I've rounded up a few choice from the PhotoFairytales site that I hope you'll love:

1: 'Family Sayings' canvas print, printed to order and available in any colour of your choice, from £18.95 - part of a range of canvas designs
2: NEW Personalised Alphabet Nursery print, £23.95 - a generous A3 size print on beautiful traditionally made watercolour paper
3: 'Written in the Stars' personalised print, from £15.95 - part of the range of 'Love Print' designs in a choice of print sizes
4: Wooden Photo Blocks, from £27.50 - stunning sepia-toned hand crafted blocks in a choice of wording options featuring your favourite photos
5: 'Biscuits' Word Theme print, £22.95 - part of a range of A3-size word theme prints, created to order and available in any colours of your choice
6: 'Word Art' print, £15.95 - personalised inspirational monochrome prints, available in boy or girl options 

PLUS: See the 'Competitions, Discounts & Giveaways' tab above for details of a discount code for the Word Art prints - ends soon!

I hope you've seen something you like - there's plenty more on the PhotoFairytales website, so if you're looking for a special gift or a treat for your own home do have a browse around the site today and see what you can discover!

Sarah x

Monday, 4 September 2017

Theme of the Week: Back to Nature

September... it's a funny old month... according to meteorological types the 1st of September heralds the first day of autumn, but the shift from one season to the next is always tricky. Not least in the wardrobe department: what to wear!

Is it going to be cold? Hot? Can I wear a jumper yet? Do I still wear my shorts? Yes, us Brits often find that transitional time a bit hard (she says, wearing a summer t-shirt and fluffy slippers).

So let's not say goodbye quite yet to summer - let's enjoy those last few warm days (possibly wet, yes, but at least vaguely warm), and postpone moving indoors completely for a little while longer.

My theme this week is all about nature: except spiders, they're a nightmare at this time of year!

Here's a few of my picks for this outdoor/indoor time of year:

1: Bee's Knees canvas design, from £18.95 - part of the new canvas collection
2: Bespoke Wooden Plaque, from £10.95 - add any wording of your choice, choice of bow styles
3: Berries personalised mug, £13.50 - lots of other designs also available
4: Farmyard personalised board book, £25 - handmade to order, other designs available
5: Forty Winks fantasy photo portrait, from £24.50 - created from your photo, other designs available
6: Garden personalised embroidery hoop print, £19.95 - handmade, other designs available

So, which is your favourite season - summer or autumn? Are you looking forward to cosy nights in and frosty lawns, or will you be missing the long hot days and lazing in the garden? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

Sarah x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The post holiday meltdown...

As lovely as it was to have a couple of weeks holiday, the pay off for any small business owner is always the tidal wave of orders, emails and messages that build up while you're away. I got back to work this Monday, and I'm just about up to date with things now after a few days of real 'nose to the grindstone' type long hours!

So with my little moment of time I have this afternoon I thought I'd share a very rare image with you taken during our holiday... this is my dad, baking a cake. And not just any cake - the very first cake he's ever baked. In fact, the first of anything he's made food-wise (if you don't include tea making and biscuit tin pilfering)!

What the photo doesn't reveal is my mum off camera, with hands to cheeks and more than an air of anxiety! And what you can't tell from the picture either is that seconds after it was taken he decided he couldn't 'fit' all the cake mix in the tins so he might as well eat the rest. And we won't mention the icing debacle... let's just say it came out quite runny... 

But hey, there's a first time for everything - although I have an idea it'll be the last time too, if my mum has anything to say about it!

As well as going to stay with my mum and dad down in Somerset, we had a few days at home, stay-cation style, with day trips out and about in our lovely Norfolk. One of our days out took us to a smashing park in Norwich next to the University campus. It has a lovely clear bubbling stream and Freddy couldn't believe his luck when we told him he could actually go in!


It's unbelievable to think we've only got just over a week left of the school summer holidays - the summer always goes so fast! Before you know it we'll be nearing Christmas... in fact, now I've said that I've realised I can't stick around any longer, I've got some new goodies for the website I really need to get started on!

What have you been up to during the summer, been anywhere nice?

Sarah x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Summer Holiday time!

Just a quick reminder that I'm now away on my summer break for a couple of weeks. You're still very welcome to place orders while I'm away, the PhotoFairytales website is still open, but just be aware that I won't be able to start your order now until I'm back on August 21st so there will be a delay I'm afraid.

Sarah x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Spotlight on Wow Thank You - the British marketplace for crafters and artisans

It might be the height of summer right now, but the weather has a determinedly 'British Blighty' feel to it this week! I'm heading off for a couple of weeks' holiday next week, so it looks as though it'll be windy trips to the seaside trying to stop our chips or ice cream from taking flight!

Oh well, I prefer the seaside when it's good and blustery, and a bit damp - it's character building!

Before I head off though, I wanted to show you a few things I've discovered this week on It's a British online marketplace for UK designers, crafters and artisans and there's a huge range of items there waiting to be discovered - here's just a few:

British handmade gifts at

1: Gin Chopping Board, from DaleWood Craft Designs - engraved and personalised solid beech chopping boards, ideal for chopping your lemon when you're fixing that perfect British G&T!
2: Personalised Pudding Dessert Spoon, from Impressions to Keep - a vintage silver-plated spoon personalised to order - a stylish way to eat your Eton Mess this summer...
3: Beefeater Felt Name Garland, from Fuzzy P's Crafts - handmade to order, these gorgeous garlands add a fun finishing touch to your child's bedroom or the baby's nursery.
4: London Bus canvas print, from PhotoFairytales - created to order and personalised with your chosen name and date, a lovely gift for a new baby or child's birthday.
5: Calming Lavender Gift Set, from Just Be Natural - luxury handmade treats created using Carshalton lavender, a heritage lavender favoured by Queen Victoria herself!
6: Handmade Chocolate Buttons, from Cocoa & Heart - yes, these really are chocolate! Stunning handmade Belgian chocolates lovingly created by hand in Kent.
7: Bicycle Basket Garland, from Anne's Floral Gifts - fun, quirky and quintessentially British: who wouldn't want a handmade flower garland on their bike!

Have a browse around the site, I'm sure you'll find some new discoveries you'll love!

Sarah x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Last minute Father's Day gifts - still time to order a personalised print!

Last minute Father's Day gifts - beautiful personalised prints for him

It's Father's Day this weekend, but if you haven't got anything planned yet don't worry there's still time - but be quick!

Order a 10x8" size print before 5pm today and I'll make sure it's dispatched 1st class tomorrow. There are some great ideas here, but find even more over in the Gifts for Him section on PhotoFairytales.

  1. 'I Love You this Much...' personalised print, available in a range of colours, £15.95
  2. Father's Day personalised print, available in a range of colours and wording styles, £15.95
  3. Cook's Conversion Chart, personalised and available in a choice of colours, from £15.95
  4. Family Print 'Tree' Design, range of colours and other styles available, from £15.95
  5. Superhero personalised print, £15.95
  6. 'Giant Vegetable' personalised Vintage Print, other designs available, £15.95
  7. 'Always be Yourself: Captain America' personalised print, other characters available, from £15.95

A gorgeous wall print, created and personalised just for Dad or Grandad!

Remember, only the 8x10" size prints can be guaranteed to be dispatched on Friday - there are other designs available too, so do take a look on the website. All prices shown include 1st class recorded delivery. When you place your order, pop a note in the 'special instructions' space on the order form to let me know you need it for Father's Day and I'll make sure the order is prioritised for you!

Sarah x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Brand New: personalised Canvas Prints

'Bee's Knees' personalised canvas - a lovely gift for all ages in a bright, summery dotty yellow!

I'm really pleased to announce the arrival of lots of fresh new canvas designs for the summer!

All the latest new designs have been gathered on one page on the PhotoFairytales site, so you can easily find them. Each one can be personalised, and there are designs to suit all ages and occasions.

With Father's Day just around the corner, a personalised canvas would make a really thoughtful and lasting gift for dads and grandads. Be quick though: last orders for delivery in time for the 18th is next Tuesday (the 13th June)!

STOP PRESS: I'm running a brilliant Flash Sale on the 8x8" and 10x10" canvas prints over on Facebook right now - but be quick, its for a very limited time only! Visit the PhotoFairytales page now by clicking here.

My artwork designs are printed onto canvas and assembled by a small family-run business based in England who specialise in creating quality prints. The canvases are stretched over strong, quality wooden frames with corner wedges to ensure the correct tension.

'Daddy Snores' - a sweet gift for dad this Father's Day!

I really hope you like the new designs - which one is your favourite? 

'Princess Kitten' and 'Bear Prince' - perfect for a child's bedroom or baby's nursery

Oh, and don't forget to take a look at the Discounts and Giveaways page (link at the top of this page) as I'm running that FANTASTIC limited time offer on all canvases AND a giveaway too!

Sarah x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Brand New: 'Family' wooden photo blocks

I'm so pleased to introduce these gorgeous new 'Family' wooden photo blocks - they're a truly special sentimental gift, beautifully finished by hand and featuring your own photos too

These are an addition to the range of stunning handmade wooden photo gifts already available on the site, and I think they'll be absolutely perfect to celebrate your family or mark an important event such as a wedding or anniversary - ideal for Mother's Day or Father's Day too! 

Each block is created from solid wood and has the 'Family' lettering on two sides, plus your own photos on the remaining sides - featuring 12 of your favourite photos in total. The blocks are carefully sanded and hand waxed with Annie Sloan wax to give a wonderfully beautiful aged look. With gorgeous sepia tones to compliment the wood, you can arrange the blocks any way you wish: in a tower, in a row - change their layout every day, and turn the blocks to change the photos on view.

These handmade blocks are part of a lovely range of wooden photo gifts, created for me by a small independent business based in the South of England. Their attention to detail is wonderful, and their items are really special. Take a look at the PhotoFairytales website now to view the full range.

With wedding season upon us now, these will make a really unique gift for the bride and groom - something they will treasure and enjoy forever. Looking for a Fifth Wedding Anniversary present? The 5th anniversary is represented with wood, so these wooden blocks would make a perfect gift!

I really recommend these (I've got a set of 'Dad' blocks in the same style here at home which my daughter gave to her dad for Father's Day), so do take a look at the rest of the items available.

Sarah x

Friday, 10 March 2017

Mother's Day is soon - check out these truly special gift ideas!

personalised handmade gifts for mother's day

Before you know it Mother's Day will be here, so it's time to start planning that special gift for her!

Mums are experts at being organised and getting things done on time: don't let her down on Mother's Day, get super organised and order that unique personalised present now. Something that's been made to order, just for her...

  1. 'Mum is Never Wrong' print, available in a choice of colours, £14.50
  2. 'Kitchen' design wall sign, available in a choice of colours, other designs available, £17.95
  3. 'Practically Perfect' canvas print, other designs also available, from £16.95
  4. 'Housework' Vintage personalised print, £14.50
  5. 'Springtime' handmade board book, other designs also available £25
  6. 'Everything Stops for Tea' personalised mug, many other designs available, £12.75
  7. Personalised Newspaper, available framed or unframed, from £15.95
  8. Supermum personalised print, available in various wording options, £14.50
  9. 'Mummy' personalised hand painted plate, available in a choice of colours, £21.50

Don't forget, there's free UK delivery on all items too. There are loads more great gift ideas over on the website, so do take time to have a good browse! Please order soon as all items are handmade to order and take time to complete before they can be dispatched. See the PhotoFairytales website for full details.

Sarah x

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dates to celebrate in March (that you really shouldn't miss)...

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month! 

It's March already, what have you got planned for the month? Nothing exciting in your diary? Well, worry not, I've found some special dates for you to pencil in and add a little sparkle (kind of) to your day...

  • NATIONAL PIG DAY – March 1st A day for celebrating all things swine related (I'm not sure having a bacon sandwich counts).
  • NATIONAL COLD CUTS DAY – March 3rd Absolutely not related in any way to the event that took place two days previously.
  • NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD DAY – March 6th Fish fingers, chips and peas for dinner tonight then...
  • NATIONAL CROWN ROAST OF PORK DAY – March 7th Is it me, or is there a theme playing out for March..?
  • NATIONAL PROOFREADING DAY – March 8th The day four cheking you're righting and tpying does'nt have any mistooks and is perfcet.
  • NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY – March 9th But not pork ones hopefully...
  • NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY – March 12th Ah, that's more like it - sounds nice!
  • NATIONAL EARMUFF DAY – March 13th Rain or shine I'll be wearing mine, will you?!
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CRAFT DAY – March 14th Pritt stick and glitter at the ready! Followed by damp cloth and hoover in overdrive...
  • EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS WRONG DAY – March 15th Yes, you're right, what you thought is wrong today. But it'll be right again tomorrow so don't worry.
  • ST. PATRICK’S DAY – March 17th See, a proper day - celebrate by having a Guinness.
  • NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY – March 18th Celebrate this day by doing that thing when you meet someone walking towards you on the pavement and both step in the same direction. 
  • NATIONAL POULTRY DAY – March 19th If nothing else at least it gives pigs a day off.
  • NATIONAL PUPPY DAY – March 23rd Awwww......
  • RED NOSE DAY - March 24th Don't forget to donate
  • NATIONAL SPINACH DAY – March 26th Yum! (Or yuk, depending on your preference)
  • NATIONAL BUNSEN BURNER DAY – March 31st The day for marking the birthday of German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen who invented the telephone. No, just kidding, he invented the Bunsen Burner. Not sure how you'd celebrate this one, but you've got a whole month to plan.

See, barely a day to get bored in March! Oh, and the first day of spring is on the 20th too, so it just gets better and better!

Sarah x

Monday, 27 February 2017

Brand new Personalised Board Book Designs!

I've just introduced two new designs to my existing range of personalised board books - including one that will be perfect for Mother's Day!

Since I introduced my new handmade board books at the end of last year, I've received some fabulous feedback. It's also been really interesting to discover who the books are being given to - to begin with a lot were being bought for youngsters as Christmas gifts, but it soon became apparent that my customers were being rather inventive with their books! I've received orders in foreign languages (to help spouses with their studies!), orders for birthdays and christenings, honeymoon keepsake books, bon voyage books, lots and lots of 'I know we're moving/live far away, but don't forget us' books, quite a few lovely adoption books, Valentine theme books, and loads more!

To keep up the new tradition, when I started designing one of my latest books ('Springtime', pictured above), I wanted to create a book with parents in mind - something that would work really well for babies and toddlers, but would also make a really unique and special present for Mother's Day, Father's Day or for new parents/adopting parents. So this book is full of parent and child images - gorgeous illustrations of animals with a soft, pastel colour scheme that I think will appeal to all ages. 

So if you're looking for something really different for Mother's Day for a new mum, or perhaps granny, this could fit the bill perfectly!

The other new design I've introduced is quite different. The 'Jungle' design is full of bright and colourful animals in really bold colours. Something that will appeal to both little boys and girls, with cute friendly jungle animals on every page. The existing 'Farmyard' design is one of my most popular, and I'm hoping that the new 'Jungle' theme will give customers an extra choice with plenty of colour!

You can find all the designs (there are now 9, and I have more ideas in my head so watch this space!) over on the PhotoFairytales personalised board book page here.

I really hope you like the new designs!
Sarah x

Friday, 10 February 2017

Last minute personalised Valentine Gift Ideas

Put some love on their wall this Valentine's Day!

There's still time to order an 8x10" personalised print in time for Valentine's Day.
Make sure your order is placed by 3pm this Sunday and it will be completed and dispatched via 1st class recorded delivery on Monday.

Shown above: Personalised Timeline Prints
Celebrate all the most important moments of your lives together with this romantic contemporary print in a clean and simple design. Available in a wide choice of colours, 8x10" size £16.50 including P&P

Scroll down for more gift ideas...

  1. 'Waves in the Sea' personalised 10x8" print, more designs available £14.50
  2. 'Bowls' personalised 10x8" print, available in a choice of colours £14.50
  3. 'Kissing' Vintage Print a fun personalised gift with a nostalgic feel, other designs available only £14.50
  4. 'I Love My Home' personalised 8x10" print, available in a choice of colours only £14.50
  5. Family Prints personalised 8x10" print, in a choice of styles and colours £14.50
  6. 'You Rock My World' personalised 8x10" print, other designs available £14.50
  7. 'Written in the Stars' personalised 8x10" print, other designs available £14.50
  8. 'Love You This Much' personalised 8x10" print, in a choice of colours £14.50

Don't forget: you must have your order placed by 3pm this Sunday if you need delivery in time for Valentine's Day! Visit the PhotoFairytales site today

Sarah :)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Personalised Valentine's Day Gift Ideas just for you...

Top pick of the best handmade, personalised gift ideas for you this Valentine's Day...

  1. 'Nature' design personalised Love Poem, shown in black and white - other colours and designs available, from £14.50
  2. 'Summer of Love' personalised mug - wide choice of other designs also available, £12.75
  3. Love Gift Box - mini hamper, personalised and full of treats and a special personalised love note too, £16.95
  4. 'You Rock My World' personalised print, part of a range of personalised Love Prints, from £14.50
  5. 'Ding Dong' personalised wall sign (interior or exterior use), part of a range of designs available in a wide choice of colours, £17.95
  6. 'Love Story' personalised canvas print, wide choice of designs available, from £16.95

Visit the PhotoFairytales website now for even more great gift ideas for your loved one - but don't leave it too late to order a bespoke and personalised gift!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Valentine's Day - time to start planning that present!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner - have you started thinking about that special gift yet??!

I've got some gorgeous personalised and truly thoughtful romantic gift ideas over on the website for you - so take a few moments to have a browse and find something they'll love opening on Valentine's morning.

You've put up with the snoring, you've put that row about the TV remote behind you, and you've worked out whose turn it is to put the bin out - so now its time to put a little romance back into your heart with these gorgeous Valentine gift ideas!

This year I've introduced a fabulous new little mini-hamper - a little giftwrapped box filled with romantic treats your loved one will have fun discovering! Only £16.95, the box is personalised and comes with a special love note featuring your own message to your partner. Outrageously romantic, and really unique.

Don't leave it too late though - time is getting short to order that special personalised present in time for Valentine's Day!

Sarah x

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