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Are you looking for an original gift for someone special?

Why not commission a piece of unique artwork?

We are offering a new service. We can create an illustration in our style of your house, favourite pub, beach, car, or perhaps much-loved pet.

Just send us a picture of the subject forward or side-facing and we can give you a free quote.

Email your request to: 
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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.

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.

The Year Of Adventure

The first month of the year is drawing to a close (finally, it’s been such a long month). How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions? I’ve noticed that the gym car park is no longer overflowing each morning. I suspect a number of those who committed to Veganuary are counting the days until they can bite into a bacon sarnie oozing with tomato sauce (that’s if they haven’t succumbed already) and dry January could be about to get a whole lot wetter.

This year, we vowed not to make any of those resolutions that are oh-so-easy to break. We made one that we really want to stick to and that will make an immense difference to our lives. We resolved to have more adventures.

That doesn’t mean that we’re about to fill our backpacks and head off travelling around the world. Been there, done that and bought the tie-dye t-shirts. But it does mean that we’re going to visit new places, try different things and enjoy new experiences.

We started simply – a winter walk in a previously undiscovered woodland, a spectacular Sunday lunch in a pub we’d heard so much about but never quite got to, an intense new exercise class and a challenging online course.

Then there’s the fun of researching and planning the adventures to come – camping weekends in summer, family trips overseas, new recipes with unusual ingredients to try and, of course, the endless list of pubs for Sunday lunches all over the UK.

We still dream of loading up the campervan and meandering round unknown territories, but for now, we have more simple adventures to plan and enjoy. Now that’s one resolution worth keeping.

Secret Postcard Sale

This is one secret that you shouldn’t keep to yourself!

We’ve created a unique postcard which will feature as part of the Made in Essex Secret Postcard Sale alongside 99 other fabulous creations.

The sale will raise money for an incredible local project run by the charity, Metal, providing art classes for people living with dementia. Follow @metalsouthend and their #netparkwellbeingproject for more info.

You’ll find all 100 postcards (including the Art of Adventure one obviously) on display at 70 The Broadway, Leigh on Sea from Sat 26th Jan – Fri 1st Feb. Pop along and check them out. They’ll also be online afterwards from Saturday 2nd Feb.

If you want to get your hands on a Golden Ticket and the chance to own one of the mini masterpieces, you’ll need to get in early. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 26th January on made-in-essex.com and you’ll also find full details of the fundraising initiative there too.