I absolutely love wall art. It really does add character and sparkle and individuality to any home.
But seriously, I’ve wasted many an hour *or four* just scrolling and searching, and adding items to my online basket, but even though some pieces have taken my fancy, for some reason I just never seem to hit ‘BUY’!
The thing is, I think I’m a bit picky which ultimately means that all my walls at home are pretty stark as I just can’t decide on what to put on them.
Generally for two reasons:
Sometimes when I look for art I find loads which are of my taste and therefore just can’t choose between so many, as ideally I’d like all of them;
But sometimes when I look, I just don’t find any I like at all! Which makes me sad!
I do have the odd family photographs in frames, but I’m afraid to say that even the large photo frame currently hanging in our living room, still contains the stock images supplied at point of sale! I have no idea who the people are, and it’s sometimes a little embarrassing to say the least when people ask who they are and I have to own up!
Ok, so this may be down to me and not having enough time in the day to sit down and select from the endless photos on the Mac, but more so it’s because there’s just too much choice and I can’t decide! It’s the Libra in me you see!
I am forever looking for the ‘perfect fit’ pieces, which I’m immediately drawn to. The fun, contemporary and fresh pieces which I think would look fabulous adorning my plain whitewashed walls.
But our walls absolutely deserve to be dressed up.
And I’m not just asking mine!
We all have these amazing blank canvases that just look naked and miserable without a hint of something beautiful adorning them.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be of a certain style – we just need to have fallen in love with it.
After all, this is how we project who we are isn’t it?
This is where we can truly showcase a little piece of our personality, complete with all the oddities and quirkiness that might go hand in hand with that!
Don’t you agree?
A few years ago, whilst on a (very civilised) hen weekend in Bath, we spent the day in the city centre. We walked up and down the streets, admiring all the wonderful shops, street performers and architecture and in amongst the hicaldy-picaldy streetside stalls was one which never left my memory.
I was immediately drawn to it, because as you now know, it’s a pretty big thing when I like a piece of artwork!
The Bertie & Jack market stall, in Burton Street, Bath was just bursting with beautiful and original, one off pieces of cut-out artwork.
I think it was the originality which first struck me, with their bright and contemporary designs and the vibrant colours they had used. Plus I was absolutely taken by their subjects. Fun, imaginative and adorable characters who immediately you fall in love with.
The range is super cute and hugely versatile too.
Their bright, original artwork would fit perfectly in any home space making it a fabulous addition for your child’s nursery, a gift for a new baby, a little something to brighten and lift your bedroom, a fun and quirky gift or a fun and romantic wedding present.
Plus each piece can be personalised too, making it extra special as a heartfelt present to people you care about.
The Bertie & Jack story is also rather a lovely one. And perhaps even one which some of you may relate or aspire to as well!
It was the brainchild of two busy new mums who together, turned their dreams and creative flair into reality, to now manage and run a flourishing business which has been developed and nurtured from love…
And personally I find there really is something rather lovely and special when I buy from small and original businesses. When you buy an item or product, you immediately understand just how much love, sweat and tears it has taken to make, and you can almost feel the passion behind it. It sounds a bit silly but it makes me feel all warm inside.
As quoted from their website:
As you’ll see from our website, we design and make an original range of cut-out artwork. We cut our illustrations from mount board and layer patterns and prints behind the cut-out shape (which are also designed by us). We were the first to create artwork in this way – where the shaped mount board is an integral part of the artwork.
We started back in 2010, not long after the births of our children, Becky’s daughter, Bertie and Emma’s son, Jack. We had just enough maternity savings left to buy a market stall umbrella and pay the first month’s rent at our street trading pitch in Bath. We took it in turns with the childcare and selling; one looked after the babies, whilst the other set up our umbrella and a suitcase to sell, sell, sell. The suitcase often doubled up as a moses basket!
It was a big risk, but one that we’ve never looked back on. We love what we do and work our little socks off; coming up with new designs and surface patterns all the time. We get so much satisfaction from setting up our brand from scratch – with zero investment, zero safety net and in the early days, zero-little sleep! We had to make it work and there’s nothing like the motivation of having new mouths to feed to get you going!
We love being in control of our destiny and the luxury of time with our growing families is priceless.
Becky and Emma x
Also, another thing I admire about them as business women, is that they employ other local mums, who work for them during the evenings, once their babies are asleep and most probably between feeds and nappy changes too!
It really is a lovely brand with some beautiful pieces, each designed as you want them to be.
You can choose which design you like, then add the background of your choice, choose your size, your frame – the possibilities are almost endless!
It really does bring a dose of fun when choosing your wall art or gifts, but then, the added element of the personalisation immediately makes it all the more special and unique.
Which means it’s also great if you have a particular colour scheme to match something to.
For example – my new(ish) grey and yellow living room (read here) has these two little cuties settling nicely into the Midlife Mummy family way of life!
Time for the giveaway!
So, now it’s your turn to own one of these fabulous pieces too, as the wonderful and inspirational Becky and Emma are offering you the chance to win this super adorable little guy…
Meet Tiny Twitt Woo who is looking for a loving new home to take him in and take care of him!
He will be lovingly hand made by Becky and Emma and presented in a 20cm x 20cm frame in either black or white worth £30.00
Of course though, we need to add in that element of fun I mentioned and so of course you will need to stamp your own individuality on the piece and select your favourite colour swatch for the background – (this took me forever!)
Also, if you wish, you can add your own personalised message at the bottom too.
And then, on top of all of this it will be delivered safely and securely to your home in a fabulous gift box.
So, what are you waiting for. Enter now via Rafflecopter below…
And good luck!!
The competition will close on Friday 30th October at midnight, so be sure to get your entries in by then.
The winner will then be selected at random and contacted via email.
Unfortunately this is open to UK residents only.
Disclosure – I was sent a piece of Bertie & Jack artwork for the purpose of this review – but all thoughts and options are entirely my own.