Look where my clock found itself!

Sometimes you get a lovely surprise and this was one of those!  Look where my wine o’ clock ended up yesterday!

Daily Express

Daily Express

Some of my products are sold on Swanky Maison as well as my own website - and Cath and Emma from Swanky are very good at getting publicity for their partners.

daily express wine o clock

red hot...

So today there will be a lot of painting of clocks to get those orders made.  I’m off to chuck some logs on the woodburner to warm up the studio!  Today isn’t the coldest of days, despite it being January, but a warm studio helps the paint dry as well as cheering me up!

Merry Christmas

The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped and in some homes even the turkey is well on the way to being cooked.  All that remains is for me to wish a very merry Christmas to you and yours.

white xmas plaque

white Christmas

I also want to say a big thank you to all my customers this year.  It is such a privilege to be able to earn a living creatively and I really couldn’t do it without customers!  So thank you.

Merry Christmas.  Enjoy!

Ordering for Christmas 2013

Just a quick note from me today as it’s busy, busy, busy in the workshop now.

family plaque with names

personalised family plaques are popular right now!

I really do appreciate orders being placed as early as possible for Christmas, as they are all painted to order by one pair of hands (mine!).

I’m sticking my neck out and saying all orders (for UK delivery) received before the 15th December will be sent out in time for Christmas.  If you order before this, it makes my life a little easier!

dreaming of a white christmas funny hanging plaque

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas but when the white's gone we'll drink the red

A huge thank you to all my customers and especially those of you who have already placed orders for Christmas!  Most orders up to now have gone out within a few days (except money boxes, which will be sent on Monday or Tuesday – thanks for your patience while I’ve been waiting for stocks of blank money boxes!).

You can buy personalised family plaques here and Christmas plaques here.


Tage bis Weihnachten

It’s a long time since I studied German at school!  But getting a couple of orders for these “days till Christmas” chalkboards in German was a lovely, fun reminder of the language I enjoyed learning (I loved German and wish I could remember even half of what I learned all those years ago!).

tage bis weihnachten

Tage bis Weihnachten chalkboard

There aren’t very many days left till Christmas, but as I make these chalkboards to order, you can have them in any language and with pretty much any wording.  You can order them on the Christmas page on my website.

It’s busy here right now, but orders for these chalkboards are currently taking just a few days.

Observatory Door Plaque

A customer recently asked me to make a door plaque for her husband’s observatory – he had just moved his telescope from a room where it was constantly being tripped over to its very own space in an attic room and I guess the move was worthy of celebration in a small way!

observatory door plaque

personalised observatory door plaque

So while he was away, this plaque was secretly ordered and put up on his new observatory door.  I hope he likes it!

I have now added the observatory door plaque to my standard range – simply because the hard-to-find items always turn out to be my best sellers – and I guess personalised door plaques for home observatories are probably not all that easy to come by!

observatory door sign

Tony's Astro Den

If you happen to be looking for your own version (the wording can be changed to anything as long as it fits) I make them to order, usually within a week, and you can find them in my personalised door plaques range.

Personalised Penguin Clock!

This penguin is a new addition to the personalised clocks range!

personalised penguin clock

personalised penguin clock

What do you think?  He was made at the request of a customer, but I thought he’d fit right in!  You can buy him (and other clocks) on the personalised clocks page.

penguin clock


As with most of the 1st Unique gifts range, these clocks are hand painted to order – so please leave plenty of time, especially if you are ordering in November or December.   Most of the time, orders can be completed in a few days – if you want to be sure of a delivery time, you can email me: wendy@1stuniquegifts.co.uk.

First Day at School Gifts

It’s that time of year again – small children are starting school for the first time, looking super cute but tear-jerkingly grown-up in their new uniforms, and the bigger children are going back after a lovely summer at home.

art hanger personalised boy with school uniform

Look what Scott made in school today - somewhere to hang his mini-masterpieces!

I’ve been busy making some of these personalised art hangers for customers (many Scottish schools are already back so it’s no surprise that most orders have been for Scottish customers) and these ones are completely personalised, not just with names and wording, but with school uniforms too!  They make superb first day at school or back to school gifts.

personalised art hanger

personalised with any school uniform

You can tell me exactly what uniform you want on your plaque, and whether it’s a little girl or boy, what hair and skin colour – and even the hair style.

personalised art hanger school uniform

Look what Alana made at school

They may not be quite as cute as that four-year-old in a brand new uniform, but they do rank well on the cute factor!

And they also give little ones somewhere special to hang their artwork proudly.

art hanger personalised

Look what Oliver made at school

And if you’d like your message writing in another language, or have it posted somewhere else in the world?  Just let me know, because I’m pretty sure it’s possible.  I’m not multi-lingual though so I will rely heavily on you for the text!

personalised art hanger in dutch

this art hanger in Dutch was posted to a little boy in Germany

If you’re interested in finding out more, or if you’d like to buy one, pop over to the personalised art hangers page on the website.  The maximum time they’ll take is 10 days within the UK, but it will probably be quicker (you can email me: wendy@1stuniquegifts.co.uk with any questions).

Announcing a Giveaway!

Well, it’s that time of year when a lot of people are thinking about schools… first day at school, back to school, that sort of thing.

So, I thought it might be nice to give away an art hanger.

personalised mini masterpiece hanger

personalised mini masterpiece hanger

These are super little gifts for a small child who might be starting school for the first time.  Or it could just be a gift that keeps a little one’s artwork organised and proudly displayed for the family to admire!  They make great gifts for Grandmas too!  What grandparent doesn’t love their grandchild’s early scribblings?  Or maybe that should read masterpieces? ;-)

Each hanger has two wooden pegs securely glued to the back of the plaque and has a rustic jute string hanger and gingham ribbon.  The plaque itself measures 15cm x 7cm and is completely hand painted and hand finished.

personalised art hangers

personalised art hangers

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell me who you would give your art hanger to.  You can leave me a comment below.  You can get an extra entry by telling me (in the comments) that you have shared this on Twitter with the hashtag #artgiveaway, or that you shared it on Facebook or Pinterest.

If you are a lucky winner, I’ll let you know by email (so make sure you leave your email address when commenting – it won’t be seen by anyone else and I won’t use it for any other reason).  You’ll be able to choose from hearts or stars on your art hanger and you can choose your colours and wording (including the personalisation).

A lucky winner will be picked on 22nd August 2013.

And if you aren’t lucky enough to win, or you’d like to stock up these art hangers for gifts, you’ll be pleased to know you can at the moment buy 4 art hangers for less than the price of 3.  It’s a special offer for a limited time only.  Pop over to the website now to find out more!




Life is Better at the Beach!


seagull on a beach sign

One of the things I’ve been doing a lot of recently is drawing with my black pen – specifically to create these digital stamps (like the seagull, above, who is sitting on a sign which says life is better at the beach)

Since starting my digital stamps website, I’ve come across people who are passionate about digi stamps and use them a lot as well as people who have never heard of them.  If you’ve never heard of them, the term digital stamp might be a bit confusing, because they’re not really stamps – but they are used in the same way as a rubber stamp might be.  I’ve explained a bit more on this post: What is a digital stamp?

With this lovely sun we’ve been having in the UK, life is definitely better at the beach!



Handmade Harbour website…

I’ve been missing from this blog for far too long – but there’s a reason…

thank you sewing machine image

thank you sewing machine image


I’ve been busy building a new website at Handmade Harbour which is where I’m going to be selling:

* digital stamps for card makers

* sewing patterns

* handmade one-offs (usually things I have designed for magazines)

Do pop over and have a look.  I’ll be adding new things every week!  For more news about it, the Handmade Harbour blog will be kept updated.

Meanwhile, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’ve neglected 1st Unique Gifts.  It might look that way from blogland, but my fingers are still covered in paint on a daily basis.



Actually, I’ve just looked down.  It’s not just painty fingers.  My clothes are covered in paint too.