Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Are you being hit by the Royal Mail Postal Strikes?

I have had such a headache and continue to do so with the recent actions and news of Royal Mail's postal strikes, just having heard another will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week - whatever next?

Here is some great news for small businesses, and all of you who heavily rely on the Royal Mail for business. Visit this great website PARCEL MONKEY. Obviously if your customers are prepared to pay a little more then this is the way forward. It is so easy and simple to use, set up an account, and follow the online route to send your parcel to your customer in time and tracked by a reputable courier.

I have had the most efficient customer service from this company, not just through their site but also asking lots of questions and receiving immediate response, also I was upgraded as a customer, so it really is worth taking a look. I just had them come to my studio and pick up 4 parcels, hassle free...... :o) now who is smiling

At least when my customers agree, we can now have their order sent tracked via this route, so no chance of lost parcels, or delays beyond our control. Its also nice to spread the word about Parcel Monkey and even become a fan!

Please do forward this BLOG on and tell everyone about PARCEL MONKEY. Whilst you are spreading the word please tell all your family and friends where the best Baby and Children's Personalised Gifts can be found.......... Illustrate My Name - Everything from Personalised Christening Gifts to Personalised Christmas Gifts and much much more!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Don't you just LOVE these Personalised Christmas Sacks!

Only 64 Days to Go......

A very very talented individual makes these adorable Personalised Christmas Sacks for us at Illustrate My Name. Tailored for the whole family, such a perfect final touch under the Christmas tree this year! Get the children one each and even personalise them with 'Mummy' and 'Daddy'! They will be bought out year after year and really beat the plastic ones I had as a child! Although saying that they did still get bought out year after year but I think a fabric sack such as this has been so lovingly made and will be lovingly cherished by the owner, no matter what age you are x

They really are my favourite Christmas Gift we are offering; in saying that just take a look at the entire Christmas Gifts Range, which is constantly being added too, I am sure you will find something you just can't resist ...... Stockings,Keepsakes, Santa Arrows, Personalised Dressing Gowns, Hearts, Hearts and more Hearts!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


It is always nice to hear about us in the press, not to mention when it is local recognition! It really has made my day and such a joy to read such a lovely piece about Illustrate My Name (and myself, pictured above) in this weeks Oxford Times InBusiness Magazine

I have always felt the importance of being acknowledged and recognised locally as a big step in the growth of any business. For Illustrate My Name to get coverage like this will not only tell everybody about the business, but also you get to see the person behind the business; and although lots of hard work is involved in the running of my business, alongside bringing up my two children, it is a huge achievement to be operating such a successful online gift store, making lots of people smile with the beautiful gifts on offer.

I am also extremely proud that I design and produce the illustrated artwork myself, these being the Illustrated Framed Names and Silhouette Art, which are in fact our top seller and how the business began for me. I am also proud how much of the business is based on word of mouth and repeat sales, something which proves we are offering a great service from the actual product ordered to delivery and complete customer satisfaction.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Smith (Business Editor), for such a great coverage - And of course why not take a look at the adorable Christmas Gifts we have on offer, its not too early to start looking for that special present!