From Strength to Strength

From Strength to Strength

‘2020’ the year that shook the world…A virus, a pandemic, a worldwide crisis! Like a tornado, the virus picked up pace and affected anyone in its path, turning lives and...
April 01, 2021 — Louise Lowes
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Football Awards - A Personal alternative to a Trophy

Football Awards - A Personal alternative to a Trophy

As a football mother, the end of season recognition for the children and parents is immeasurable; an evening dedicated to celebrate the hard work of those players and their coaches is the perfect finishing touch to the season. Both my sons have been lucky to earn and receive trophies but unfortunately I have also witnessed first hand that those trophies become dust gatherers, end up broken or simply residing in a cupboard.
A mass produced product with a small piece of personalisation. 
As a graphic designer and living with a family of footballers,  I created and test marketed a product that every footballer would love to receive
'The personal alternative to a trophy' 
February 03, 2020 — Louise Lowes
Top Five Valentine Gifts

Top Five Valentine Gifts

Valentine... Yeh or Neh?

Some do, Some don't? and that's ok!

We're all different people, living different lives with different priorities but the one thing we have in common is living in this very fast paced world.

Time passes by so quickly which is why I feel you can use Valentine's day as an opportunity to show your partner what they mean to you. Whether it's a novelty keepsake, sentimental keepsake or something that connects to your relationship, a gift on this day is sure to touch heart.

Here are my TOP 5 Valentine's gifts:

January 21, 2020 — Louise Lowes

Help! What do I buy the Teacher? End of Year Gift?

It's that time of year again mums and dads... 
  • the end of a school year!
  • End of Term!
  • The approach of the six weeks holidays!

Where does the time go??? It seems like only yesterday you sent them off to school on their nerve wracking first day, waving them off into their new class with their pristine school uniform all fresh and new and then 'BAM' in a flash you're faced with another year done, another year older and a child who is growing in front of your very eyes, with so much knowledge than they had at the beginning of the year and that's with thanks to your child;s biggest influence 'Their Teacher!'

June 30, 2017 — Louise Lowes
How to show you care when someone is diagnosed with CANCER...

How to show you care when someone is diagnosed with CANCER...

I recently had an order request from a customer who needed something special for her friend who has breast cancer. I, of course was honoured that I was trusted to produce something for someone going through a very difficult time. A keepsake card was ready to be designed!

My first thoughts was the card needed to give the recipient

  • Strength
  • Positivity

How can one card do that? Simple! It's all about the words / quote... If we get that right it will touch the heart of the recipient and connect them together through this truly difficult time and without having to verbally say a thing!

May 04, 2017 — Louise Lowes

Remembering a loved one at a family occasion...

In February, I had one of my lovely and thoughtful customers ask for my help in creating a Personalised Framed Photo Print for her mum who had her lost her husband - 'her father'.

We all have our own personal thoughts on what's after this life, where do we go?

I truly believe that our loved ones are not far from us, and do send us signs that they're there with us, whether it's a white feather, a smell of their perfume/aftershave and so many more if we of course have opened our minds to accepting the signs.

However, everyone is entitled to their own views but personally the feeling it brings to believe they are not too far from us is reassuring and comforting.

April 13, 2017 — Louise Lowes

Same Sex Couples - Personalised Gifts

I'm still waiting for my wonderful gay mate to marry his wonderful man, so haven't had the honour of attending nuptials at a gay wedding. But I'm sure when they do (if they do...hint hint) it'll be an absolutely fabulous and amazing day!
A mate I went through school with, college with and even my first job with and through all that time it wasn't until after our college days that he was able to talk openly about how he felt!  He had spent so many of his years not feeling able, to discuss or express who he knew he was.
April 05, 2017 — Louise Lowes
Mothers Day is simply about MUM

Mothers Day is simply about MUM

While you ought to treat your mum special every day, Mother's Day is the one-day of the year to go above and beyond to show just how immense your love is for her, so treat your Mum Mother's day. All mums out there, whether it is your mum, sister, wife, or daughter, deserve to be treated like royalty on this day of appreciation.
March 18, 2017 — Louise Lowes

The Power of a Photograph

When we lose someone, we love, I know first-hand that grief is a rollercoaster of emotion. You may feel numb, in pain, angry followed by feelings of emptiness and a loss that sinks deep into the pit of your stomach and no matter how many times people say to you ‘it will get easier’ you have no idea how you’ll ever feel normal again or how you’ll get through the current day, or the next day and so on…

February 27, 2017 — Louise Lowes

A Personalised gift is a POWERFUL gift

As we get older, it is inevitable that the gifts we receive become less, as our social circle becomes more intimate, priorities change and life becomes about eating, sleeping (if you’re lucky), working and cleaning.
February 13, 2017 — Louise Lowes

The greatest gift you can give

As a working mum of 3 highly charged energized kids, a wife to a hard-working hubby and mum to a big bouncy chocolate Labrador…
February 13, 2017 — Louise Lowes