New bespoke house name sign! The customer commissioned a layered sign in the same style as our Art Nouveau sign, but with a Lily theme. We’ve done a few variations on this design now, and this Lily one is quite chunky compared to the others so wasn’t sure how it would work, but really pleased now I can see it finished! Will be going off to Guernsey tomorrow.
We’re always surprised by how popular this design has become, both as a weathervane and a sign – thought it was very much a one off commission at the time of doing the original design. Looks great here as a swinging sign, I think the mounds of earth either side of the digger gives it a bit of context and brings the design to life. So a very contemporary design for a traditional style of swinging sign.
Three new house name and number plates; all bespoke designs sent out last week. The wisteria was by far the most difficult.. the customer had sent us photos of her beautiful pergola covered in Wisteria, but getting the flowers to look right and be recognisable in silhouette form was far from easy! I love Alpacas so was delighted when she phoned to commission this design. I think our favourite of the three is the Giraffe, Elephant and Acacia tree; originally the design idea just involved the two animals, but the tree frames the image so nicely, and helps to create a typically African scene. The middle design was thankfully quite a straightforward one, as the customer knew exactly what she wanted and provided a really clear image of her dog to work from; a Shiba Inu.
This design originally was just in the back of the portfolio as a design I was working on, (I had done a version with a Cat as well) until a Christmas craft show at I think Arley Hall, when a customer saw it and burst out laughing as it reminded her of her husband and dog. So she bought it for him as a set of hooks. It’s been on the website for nearly 18 months, and selling reasonably well, before two people in the same week phoned to ask if we could produce this design firstly as a sign and secondly a weathervane. So now you can buy the full set!
Our second design for a Dachshund House Name Plate.. The customer contacted us through the website asking for the Dachshund silhouette to be in a design similar to our logo. We’ve done this before for a Border Collie farm sign design, around this time last year I think, so I was able to swap the dogs over, and alter the height of the vines a little, allowing for the much shorter legs of the Dachshund.
Our range of house name and number plates, traditional swinging signs and farm signs has grown so much over the past year that I’ll be spending the afternoon organising this section of the website as its starting to look a bit chaotic! Several new designs to upload over the next couple of days too, including a Fordson Major Weathervane that we are both really pleased with.
Here’s the other new sign we have put up outside our workshop, this one is wall mounted just above our often missed letter box. Its the same design as our beautiful Fox weathervane, just on a smaller scale. We’ve also put this fox into a hanging basket bracket design at the request of a customer we met at Arley Hall in July, and have a batch on order with the laser cutter at the moment. Would be really nice to have a pair of these new hanging basket brackets outside the workshop so we’d have the full set of this design!
One of our new display items finished last week just in time for the Hodder Valley show. The design was done for a bespoke weathervane last month, but we had several of these cut as we really liked the design. Annoyingly it is very slightly too big to fit in any of the boxes with our other display signs!
The name ‘Hart’ is an old word for Stag, and ‘Brae’ means a hillside.
Just about to package this bespoke swinging sign ready for sending out at the end of the day. The customer contacted us through the website asking for a bespoke design involving two Jack Russells, preferably with one sitting down. I sent over two possible designs so he and his partner could chose between something fairly simple and also a more decorative sign. I think at the time I personally preferred the more ornate design, but now seeing this one finished I think the simplicity allows the dogs to stand out and be the focal point of the image.