I love supporting small UK businesses. At this awful time, they are in desperate need of our custom, so I thought I would do a series of posts highlighting some of the small businesses I have bought from during lockdown. You may notice a theme running through them…
Today, I would like to share with you Driftwood Designs. Founded in 2005 by Lizzie Spikes, Driftwood Designs sells products featuring Lizzie’s wonderful artwork. Even better, Driftwood Designs is situated in Aberystwyth, here in Wales.
I came across Driftwood Designs on Facebook and having followed the link to the website I immediately fell in love with some of the designs. Much of the artwork is Welsh-themed or of local scenes, and this is what drew me to the cards. I’m always in need of cards and postcards to send to friends and penpals, so I spent some time selecting my favourite ones.
This card depicts some of the best plants for attracting bees (in fact, I already have a few of them in my garden!). The cottages are based on the picture-perfect ones found in the artist’s dad’s town of Newport in Pembrokeshire.
The Beaufort Wind Force Scale is an empirical measure for describing wind intensity based on observed sea conditions. It is beautifully illustrated here showing the flat, calm waters of wind speed 0 up to the stormy seas of hurricane-force 12.
This wonderful illustration is based on a quote by W. B. Yeats – “The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” Look closer at the sea… What can you see?
The title translates to “Flowers of Wales” and the card illustrates the different flowers of each of the counties.
An illustration of the moon phases from waning to waxing in our night skies
Of course, they sell far more than cards. There’s fine art prints, hoodies, bags, posters, bunting, notebooks, mugs, badges and more. Plenty to choose from!
The cards are printed locally, on recycled card, and each card is supplied with a recycled, brown envelope. Something else to note is that UK delivery is free on all orders.
I placed my order on 9th April 2020 and it arrived just over a week later, which I think is pretty good going considering I ordered just before Easter weekend plus everything we have going on with the coronavirus.
I’ll definitely be ordering from Driftwood Designs again and I hope I have enticed my readers to do so too. The illustrations are just wonderful.
Please note: I bought these cards with my own money and I am in no way affiliated with Driftwood Designs.