Love Where You Live

Are you lucky enough to love where you live? We do hope so. It is a life-changing state to be in. When you really believe that there’s no place like home, you can be so much more content and at ease with your situation.

We are lucky enough to live in the UK’s ‘happiest place to live’ – Leigh-on-Sea. It has a good community vibe, estuary walks and seaside, easy access to London and the list goes on.

It’s not just Leigh-on-Sea that has a fond place in our hearts though. We’ve been lucky enough to live in several places that we love – London, Bath, Brighton and Sydney for starters. Each of those cities has a special place in our hearts and memories of our lives there make us smile.

The downside to that is constantly missing something about a place when you’re somewhere else. Whilst we do love Leigh-on-Sea, there are days when we’d love to hop back into our lives spent in the sun, sand and surf of Sydney. But when we lived there, we’d have dreams about English countryside and traditional, old pubs. It’s that old saying about the grass being greener.

Wherever our current home is, we always carry a piece of our other homes with us. It could be a treasured photo, a piece of artwork, a significant song, a memento and, most importantly, our precious memories.

This February, the month of love, make time to celebrate the place that you love. Walk along your favourite track, visit your much-loved café and pub, explore the new stores and browse the old faithfuls. Just make time to enjoy your happy place.

If you love where you live, or know somebody else who does, why not treat yourself or them to a local print of your special place.

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Christmas Is Coming

There is no escaping the fact that Christmas is approaching in a matter of weeks. This year, it’s not any old Christmas. It’s a Covid Christmas. None of us know exactly what that will look like and what will happen before we get there. Our recommendation is to get organised early.

Personalised Prints
If you are looking for an extra special present this year, why not surprise a loved one with a personalised print? We take commissions for unique artwork featuring people, places, pets, pubs or cars to your specifications. These prints do take time, so please chat to us in November in order to allow time for creation by December.

Delivery Dates
When it comes to ordering prints for Christmas, please allow plenty of time for delivery as services may be reduced. To make sure your pictures arrive before Christmas Day, you’ll need to get your orders in before the dates listed below. Please be aware that pictures over A3 in size and all framed pictures are printed and made to order, so please allow at least 3-5 days extra:

UK: Tuesday 15th Dec, 4pm

Europe: Tuesday 8th Dec, 4pm

USA & Canada: Friday 4th Dec, 4pm

Australia & NZ: Wednesday 2nd Dec, 4pm

Rest of the World: Friday 4th Dec, 4pm

These dates are only a guide based on information provided by Royal Mail. Occasionally, international orders can get held up in customs, which is unfortunately beyond our control.

The overall message is to start prepping for Christmas like a boss, and we will do our utmost to get your prints to you before Father Christmas is squeezing himself down your chimney.

Thank you.

We are open for business!

 

COVID -19 Update

Due to the current, extenuating circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we must offer a reduced delivery service, which may mean orders taking a little longer to get to you than normal.

Whilst delivery services within the UK are currently operating with only minor interruptions at the moment, we are putting the safety of our team and the postal service workers first and restricting our demands on them. We intend to make postal drop offs only twice a week, rather than every day.

Overseas deliveries may be affected by delays depending on the particular country being shipped to and their current coronavirus restrictions.

For dispatching our A4 and A3 size prints we use Royal Mail regular postage service. Currently, Royal Mail Post Offices and postal service have NO plans to close or too reduce their regular service. We will keep you updated if this changes.

Our larger sizes prints are professionally printed to order and sent by courier. Our operator, Hermes is delivering in the UK as normal, but overseas deliveries may be affected by delays.

We will continue to send out your orders as quickly as possible, whilst ensuring safety is paramount. Please message us if you require further information.

Thank you for your patience and for supporting our small business at this difficult time.

Stay safe.

 

Makers Market 14th December 2019

Come see us at the Makers Market at Leigh Community Centre in Leigh-on-Sea.

This is our last market of 2019 and has a great Christmas atmosphere. Great for those original last minute stocking filers and gifts.

The Makers Market has the biggest collection of local Leigh artists and makers under one roof.

Find us at The Leigh Art Trail

For one week in June, 60 artists will be showcasing their creations around the happy place that is Leigh-on-Sea. One of those creators is our design maestro, Andrew Sharratt.

This year, Art of Adventure can be found at the iconic Osbornes café, outside The Crooked Billet in Old Leigh. It’s venue 2 on the trail.

Not only do we have a new venue, but we have new designs to share with you too – especially, some local Leigh scenes that we hope you’ll love.

The Children’s Art Trail is another new feature this year, and we’ll be taking part in that too. Get your kids involved in the trail and encourage their creativity.

Put the dates in your diary – Saturday 8th to 15th June – and see a creative, vibrant Leigh-on-Sea. We look forward to meeting you at Osborne’s Café in Old Leigh (venue 2).

Spring Pop Up

This Saturday, you’ll find us alongside the area’s best artisans and producers at the Leigh-on-Sea Spring Pop-Up Market.

It’s the ideal time of year to spruce up your interiors and refresh your décor. Take a look through our range of affordable artwork to find just the piece (or pieces) to perk up your walls. With collections inspired by travel, nature, beaches, cars and more, there’s something for everyone.

Leigh Pop Up Market
12.30 – 4.30pm
Leigh Community Centre

We’re super excited about meeting you all. We do love a market! Those of you who have been following us for a while will know that we started out with a stall at Manly market in Sydney, and we’re still trading there as well as on the other side of the globe.

See you on Saturday!

High Days And Holidays

The surprisingly warm weather we’ve experienced of late has been an eye-opener. It’s made us love where we live all the more. Undoubtedly, our happy place as a family is at the beach. You could say that we do love to be beside the seaside.

February is the month that we dread. In our minds, it is the hardest month of the year. Its only redeeming feature is that it is also the shortest month of the year. Generally, it’s cold, gloomy and downright depressing. This year has been a revelation. The sun came out and our spirits soared. The change in us all was noticeable. Instead of staying indoors planning our binge-watching sessions, we’ve been raring to get outside. Energy and enthusiasm levels have been boosted and we’ve explored new places and enjoyed old favourites.

Half term can often cost a fortune, taking kids to soft play, the cinema and endless other expensive attractions. But the beach, the woods and the parks are free. Our son can spend hours on the beach, digging holes, making sandcastles and finding special shells and stones. Meanwhile, we can sit, breathe in the sea air and relax.

One good habit that we have instigated on our beach visits is that we have to pick up at least five pieces of litter before we leave. Ideally, we shouldn’t have to do this, but the reality is that it needs to be collected. We love our beach days but we hate the rubbish that people leave behind. Fortunately, we’re not the only ones doing this. We’re so pleased to see increasing numbers of people cleaning our beaches and general environments to make them safer and better places for us all to spend our happy times. Now that is showing your love for where you live.