The first big holiday of 2016, Valentine’s Day, is almost upon us. I usually like to mark holidays with handmade cards and kids crafts but when I don’t have time, am lacking inspiration or looking for something a little more slick, I like to turn to creative local businesses, especially those run by fellow mums.
Sarah Austin of Happy Days is one such mum sharing her creativity with the world through her graphic design business. Her designs are fresh and funky and I especially love her range of cards which have a cheeky bit of humour as well as a local vibe (does anything say Dubai more than camels and Jumeirah Janes?!)
“Happy Days is all about making products that make people smile. I design fun greetings cards, personalised wall art and quirky cufflinks.” Sarah Austin, Happy Days
In the lead up to Valentine’s Day I wanted to share with you this customisable ‘LOVE’ artwork which Sarah has designed. Isn’t it fabulous? It was inspired by Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE stamp which was designed for the U.S. postal Service back in the 1970’s. This stamp design can be printed and professionally framed to make a special Valentine’s gifts for your own Loves (big or small!). The artwork is A4 and priced from AED225 for a professionally framed piece; A3, A2 and even A1 sizes are also available. It can also be printed onto canvas if preferred.
My favourite thing about this design is how much flexibility there is for customisation and personalisation. Not only can you choose the stamp colour from Happy Days’ carefully selected range of colours, but you can also personalise the names, date and text on the post mark so that it can be used for so much more than a Valentine’s Day gift. How about “Engaged on” for an engagement gift or “Married on” for a wedding or anniversary gift (remember the traditional gift for that all important first wedding anniversary is paper). You could use “Born on” or Special Delivery” to make a unique new baby gift or add ‘1st/2nd love’ or ‘1st/2nd/3rd born’ to the stamp for some super sweet nursery wall art. It could also make a great housewarming gift if you add the neighbourhood, Dubai and the year – I often give “love” based housewarming gifts as I like to wish people a home full of love.
You can see more from Happy Days and order from the Happy Days Little Majlis shop at www.littlemajlis.com/shop/happydays. Go on, buy local, buy handmade, spread the love this Valentine’s Day and make it a Happy Day!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, all views expressed are my own and I have not been paid for this post (although Sarah did once let me have some of her extra cucumber seedlings but I managed to kill them off before they bore any fruit so that doesn’t count for anything!)
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What do you have planned for your loved ones this year? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!