Three signs were recently commissioned for the new premises of “Lazy Days Cupcake Boutique” at the “Heart of the Country Shopping Village” in Swinfen.
Following a hugely successful year since the launch of this business, new premises were needed to encompass the bakery and an enlarged cafe area, and I am proud to say that we were commissioned to design and provide the shop signs.
Three items were required from bishops-wood. A huge 1.2m wide by 1.6m long sign to hang outside the shop showing its services, a re-directional sign to guide customers to the new premises, and a 2m long chalkboard for a children’s seating area.
The finished products are displayed below…
Large 1.2m wide by 1.6m long sign designed as a retro/vintage wooden advertising hoarding. The plank effect was emphasised by slight routering before the company logo and services were hand-painted onto the 36mm thick sign.
1.32m long Re-directional sign finished and ready for positioning. 2m long “tots corner” chalkboard with company logo cut-out of top of board in position as a backboard to the children’s seating area.
A set of 15 boxes commissioned as table centre-pieces. Customer asked for “rustic design” not pristine wood, and designed their own logo to go on to 2 sides of the box. The other 2 sides were to have hearts cut-out of the wood. The boxes were to hold 4 containers of jam-jar size.
New wood was purchased, as the dimensions were quite specific, and not enough reclaimed wood could be found to complete the commission. The new wood was first distressed, marked and cut-to-size before it was soaked in a “stain” hand-mixed from various colours of acrylic paint to give an authentic aged look. Each component was then sanded smooth and hand-painted with the customer designed logo before each box was assembled.
bishops-wood have been busy on a huge range of customer projects over the past few months. Some large, some small, but all highly individual and unique.
Here are just a few of the recent designs made to our customer specifications…
3D photo cut-out designed from customers own photo of girl pushing man on swing. Outdoor plaque made to customers spec in hardwood and weather treated. ”Event Date” for wedding with Bride and Groom’s names hand-painted on design.
Repaired and renovated “love-seat” with names hand-painted on to weather-treated seat. Small key holder designed and produced to customers exacting specifications. Wheelchair ramp made to customers exacting specifications in pressure-treated wood.
Flat hand-painted personalised VW camper van. Hand-painted personalised narrowboat design from customer supplied photograph. Extra-large (3′wide by 5′ high) chalkboard with 3D pop-art “Wow” design at top.
Customers who tour and visit camper van festivals or camp sites can request a pitch marker to place on the pitch when temporarily leaving the site. Send us a photo of your van and have a hand-painted image painted on the plaque. The fixing pole can be detachable for easy storage.
The plaque is made in pine. Soaked in Cuprinol preservative which protects against rot, fungal and pest attack. Then hand-painted in external water resistant acrylic, and finally varnished with an external satin varnish giving total protection.
Here’s what a happy customer said about their plaque shown below…
“Our camper-van sign looks excellent – thanks so much! Lots more detail & depth than we expected!”
Similar products can also be designed for moorings when on boating holidays etc.
Several more unique commissions have been fulfilled for a variety of external plaques.
These include totally unique Stable door plaques where portraits of horses have been painted from photos supplied.
photo of Ellie (LE) Photo of Nutty Photo of Sprite
Ellie (LE) plaque with horseshoe Nutty plaque Sprite plaque
Other recent customised plaques designed and created for front doors, secret gardens, or children’s hidey-hole sheds are shown below…
House number with company lorry made in teak measuring 10″ x 11″ wide. Secret garden plaque made in pine measuring 10″ wide x 6″ high. Child’s hidey-hole “Batcave” plaque made in teak, measuring 11″ wide x 7″ high.
As with all bishops-wood personalised products, we design these external plaques in consultation with the customer to deliver a highly unique product. External plaques are cut from 18mm pine or 25mm teak, soaked in Cuprinol timber treatment protecting from rot, water, fungal and insect attack. After painting they are varnished adding a final layer of protection against the elements.
Unique personalised plaques start from £20.00
We have had a number of requests for wooden heart frames to surround personal messages and poems. The frames we designed for our Mothers celebration lend themselves beautifully to this end. Illustrated below are designs we created for a Degree graduation present and a frame for a self-penned poem. Both have hand written personal messages on the frame as well as the individual message within the frame.
Potting benches made from pressure treated wood dipped in Cuprinol preservative ready for the application of a coat of colour are the latest addition to our range of goods.
The ones shown here are 5’6″ tall with two top shelves, a base shelf, and a deep enclosed drawer with hinged top. They come with a personalised seed tray and cost £120.00 each.
Love is in the air, and weddings and wedding anniversaries are certainly generating a demand for our personalised intertwined hearts.
Indeed, what better way is there to celebrate these occasions than with a lasting memento from bishops-wood. See below for a selection of some recent requests….
Intertwined hearts are free-standing, or can be made for wall-hanging, or just lie flat.
Hearts come in a variety of designs, including jig-saw hearts. There are popular phrases to choose from, or you can dictate your own phrase or words to be put on the hearts – on the front or back of the hearts. Indeed, you can change any aspect of the design, including the size, colour, or shape of the hearts.
As with all bishops-wood products we say… “tell us exactly what you want and we will make it for you”