Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Bank Holiday days out in Norfolk...

It's a rare gift, a May Day bank holiday weekend with the sun shining! But that's exactly what we got last weekend - and we managed to get a couple of fun days out and a chance to top up our Vitamin D at the same time!


Day one was pretty boring: housework and staying in waiting for the TalkTalk repair man to arrive blah blah, but Sunday and Monday we made the most of it and headed out for the day.

On Sunday we visited Sheringham Park on the North Norfolk coast. Run by the National Trust its a little gem, although I think we were a week or two too early for all rhododendron bushes; but hey ho! With several walks to choose from of differing lengths, you can opt for a short meander or a good old trek. We went for the middle option! There are some great viewing towers to climb, with some fabulous views across the Norfolk countryside and out to sea. There are hills too (take that Noel Coward)!

Bank Holiday Monday threatened a bit of rain in the forecast so we decided to head to Hunstanton (or 'Sunny Hunny' as it's known) - the only west facing seaside resort in Norfolk. It was actually another lovely day (thanks Sunny Hunny) - so we had chips on the prom followed by a visit to see Ernie the Turtle and some very cute smiley Rays and Pot-Bellied Seahorses in the Sea Life Centre. We got to see the otters and seals being fed, and visit the poorly rescued baby seals in the hospital.

We thought about bringing one home - because, let's face it, who wouldn't want a baby seal for a pet? - but decided we didn't want to give up the bathroom that much. 


We stared at the penguins and they stared back, and we decided that they could probably be replaced with plastic ones and nobody would be any the wiser.

Half an hour walking in circles around the gift shop, and then just as we were about to leave the heavens opened. And yes, we'd parked the car a million miles away so we ended up having a squirmy damp drive home in wet jeans. But it didn't really matter - we'd had a good time and although it was back to work/school the next day we had a 4-day week ahead of us. And look: it's Wednesday afternoon already!

Sarah x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

So, what do you do then…?

Let me be perfectly honest here - as a child, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I didn’t know what to say. Most things I said in reply would have a question mark after them, suggesting pretty clearly that I didn’t really know: Vet? Lorry Driver? Police Detective? Zoo Keeper? 


Yes, these were all things I stated at one time or another (I think Police Detective also entailed the vague idea of moving to America and being a bit ‘Starsky & Hutch/Charlie's Angels’ so I don’t think it was a genuine dream…).

And, the thing is, I still don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up…

At school it seemed as though every one of my friends knew exactly what they were planning for their future - and it usually involved a proper job title. Something like: Teacher. Doctor. Hairdresser. And so on, and so on… Even now, here, right this moment, there is a proper grown-up woman typing away at her computer who struggles to actually know what to call herself. You see, I don’t really have a proper job title these days. Mumpreneur? Graphic Designer? Business Owner? Erm… Artist? - crikey no, that’s much too grandiose!

As business owners we’re supposed to have this thing called an ‘elevator pitch’. For those who don’t know, this is a sentence that perfectly sums up what we do and who we are in the time it takes to move between floors in a lift. You know, just in case we end up in one standing next to Richard Branson or one of those Dragons who asks us to validate our existence. With the idea being that we have this sentence so well-honed and keyword packed and witty and entertaining, that they are bedazzled by us and immediately offer us a quintillion pounds to be a part of our exciting venture. Makes sense.

Erm, I’m still working on my elevator pitch… and I think, if I still struggle to find a job title for myself, it’s going to still be a while coming!


So, whenever anyone asks, I usually say I’m either a graphic designer - which I think makes them think I’m working on multi-million pound contracts creating advertising campaigns, or I work in media or something flashy - or I say I run my own design business. If I say that they usually ask, ‘ooh, what do you design?’, and I mumble things about websites and personalised prints and gifts and things… before abruptly running out of steam. And the problem there is I think they then go away picturing me playing with Pritt sticks and glitter and an online account with Hobby Craft, and selling my sticky crafting in village halls and scout huts (but mostly to my mum). And that’s not what I do at all!

It really is hard to come up with something that sums it all up - and I’ve been doing this since 2009! I wear so many hats in my PhotoFairytales role that it’s nigh on impossible to find a sentence (or even two) that describes all the various parts of my job.

So, if you ever do meet me and inquire politely ‘So, what do you do?’ don’t be at all surprised if I sigh a bit and say something like ‘Orangutan Charmer’ or ‘Handsome Cab Light Fitter’ or ‘Dog Whistler’ - because any of those sound much more interesting than my usual mumbling!

Sarah x

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Personalised Family Tree prints - new colours, new sizes!

My bespoke Family Tree prints are a perennial favourite with my customers - they make such a fabulous gift for so many occasions, it's not hard to see why they are so popular...

  • Now available in a choice of 2 sizes, and 6 gorgeous colours.
  • Prices start at just £16.95, including UK delivery.


The perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for grandparents, a stunning wedding present, a unique keepsake to mark the arrival of a new baby...and so much more; this personalised print is a wonderful way to mark so many special occasions.

Your Family Tree can feature 3 generations across two families, up to around 28 names. Each print is created to order for you, and you receive a proof copy of the artwork to check before it is completed. The prints are smartly presented with a backing board and mount, and are sealed in a clear presentation sleeve. They will fit into any standard 8x10" or A3 size frame.

Next time you're looking for a truly unique gift and feel a little stumped, why not take a look at these Family Tree prints - and be a gift giving genius!

Sarah x


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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Competition: ends very soon!

My fabulous competition this month ends tomorrow - so only a few hours left for you to enter!

Entry is really easy - just click on the 'Competitions, Discounts & Giveaways' tab above and you'll see all the details.

You could win one of 3 'Word Theme' prints - a series of 8 designs, which can be printed in any colour to suit your interior. You can choose any of the designs, and this bespoke A3 size print will be winging its way to you!

Go on, have a go - you just might win!

Sarah x



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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Free Easter Egg Hunt Kit!

It's an early Easter this year, which means the chances of having a warm and sunny day on Easter Sunday for an Egg Hunt are slim!

So if you think you'd rather stay indoors where it's warm and dry, why not download my free Egg Hunt Kit printables - everything you need, right down to the invitations, to plan a fun hunt for your little ones.


I've left the clues blank, so you can create your own to suit the ages of your participants. The age group I think the hunt is best suited to would be roughly 5-10 years, but younger ones will still have fun taking part (they might just need a little help from an adult!).

There are 5 parts to the Egg Hunt Kit, to download just follow these links:

Egg Hunt 'To Do' List - this lists everything you need to plan the event, and what you'll need to buy
Egg Hunt Sheet 1 - print one of these sheets
Egg Hunt Sheet 2 - this has invitations and instructions for each participant, so you'll need to print off as many copies as you may need depending on how many people you are inviting or who are taking part.
Egg Hunt Sheet 3 - this is a sheet of 4 clues, so depending on how many clues you are planning to hide you may need to print off more than one sheet.
Egg Hunt Sheet 4 - this has 4 sets of bunny feet, so print as many as you need to dot around your house!

You can print the downloads onto normal paper. Sheets 1-4 are laid out '4 up' so you'll need to slice these sheets into quarters.

Ideas for clues: Depending on the age group of those taking part, your clues to range from the super-hard cryptic type, to the more straightforward! There are some great ideas here...

(You are welcome to download this kit for your own personal use only. It is not to be sold or used in any commercial way.)

Have a fun egg hunt this weekend - whatever the weather!
Sarah x

PS: While you're here, why not enter my competition too? Just click on the 'Competitions' tab at the top of this page!

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