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An insight into whats happening at Sadie and Sid Arts

Moving House!

11 August 2017

Finally its happening!  We are off to Kibworth to a fantastic new home in Gladstone Street.  Very different from Mowsley but just as great.

It will take us a while to get back up to speed with our pictures so please be patient with us. We will need to have a brand new studio built in the garden so it's going to take a while.

Building the new studio

26 September 2017

Todays the day! Bentleys Sheds are putting our new purpose built studio and workshop.  We can't wait to get in there.

The studio is finished ! No excuses now !

26 October 2017

It's up and we painted, carpeted, fitted it out and had the power connected up.  It's even got a radiator so there really are no excuses for not getting in there and making some beautiful new pictures!

 A fresh new look

1 November 2017

We have freshened up our image  with a bright new suite of stationery, signs and  labels, and the dark green bags are back. We hope you like it as much as we do.  

 Gift Vouchers are now available

3 November 2017

You can now buy Gift Vouchers from us to give as presents.  These are available in sums of £15 and £25 which is the typical cost of our small and medium pictures 

 Picture mounts now cut in-house

22 November 2017

Tina has got even more choice now when it comes to the mounts she uses around our pictures as we now cut these out ourselves using our new Logan Matt Cutter. Keep your eye out for new shapes and sizes.

 Event Planning for 2018

31 January 2018

Check out where we are going to be this year on our Events page.  We will be revisiting some of our favourites such as Ladies Who Love to Shop and Lamport Hall but we will also be attending some exciting new events and some great new locations. 

 Mothers Day - Sunday March 11th

26 February 2018

Looking for something special for your mum? Take a look at this beautiful new image, which Tina has made for this years Mothers Day.

It can be personalised with your own message and the appropriate number of little chicks. The picture is approximately 8 inches square and comes framed in a choice of finishes (from £32).  Other sizes can also be made to order - please just ask.

 The snows got us! 

28 February 2018

Unfortunately, we have had to pull out of our first event of the year at the Artisan Emporium in Towcester Town Hall, due to the predicted heavy snowfall for the weekend. As far as we are aware, the event is still going ahead, but please check out on social media for the latest info.  

 An inspirational break in Rome 

4 April 2018

Well four days in Rome was a welcome and exciting break.

The city is fabulous with so many amazing things to see, the food (especially the Gelato!) and drink is great and the people were really friendly. Now back at work getting ready for our next at the Battle of Bosworth Spring Fair on Sunday 15 April. Why not pop along and say hello, you could make it a real day out and take a look at the battlefield  and the spectacular Visitor Centre.

 No 56 Coffee Shop, Kibworth - Great new place to visit

12 April 2018

Congratulations Louise, not only is your beautiful Coffee House and Gift shop a great place to relax, eat and drink, it's also proving to be a  very popular place to pick up some lovely gifts.

We are delighted to have a selection of our pictures on display and to be making regular visits down to you to replace all the ones you keep selling for us! Thank you.

No 56 Coffee Shop

 Late Notice Event - Artisans of Market Harborough

12 April 2018

Just to let you know, we will be attending the next Artisans event in Market Harborough, this Saturday 14 April. 

It's always worthwhile popping along to the historic Old Grammar School in Market Harborough (next door to St Dionysius' Church). 

There will be a wide variety of lovely handmade products crafted by local artists and makers.

Entry is free and we will be there from 10am until 4pm. See you there!

 Castle Ashby Gardens Craft Fair

29 May 2018

Well this is an event for the diary for next year!

What a fabulous location, not only are the gardens spectacular and well worth the entrance fee, but the walled garden where the craft fair is held is simply wonderful. It's a lovely place to take the whole family with a fantastic traditional Carousel, which was free for under 12's and only a £1 for everyone else! Punch and Judy performed repeatedly in a refreshingly non-PC performance which was hilarious for children and adults alike. The refreshment marquee was busy both days and the bar was stocked well with much appreciated cold drinks, all this accompanied by a wonderful Jazz Band with an amazing lead singer.

As soon as we get the dates for next year we'll be posting them on our site.

Next event the ever popular Foxton Festival on Saturday and Sunday the 16th and 17th of June. Another great day out for the whole family.

 Hopefully see you there!

 Where did the Summer go!

29 August 2018

What a great Summer full of fantastic events!

Foxton Festival is just getting bigger and bigger each year.

We ventured into Derbyshire for their County Show at the very impressive Locko Park.  Thousands came and endured sweltering weather, whilst experiencing all the different attractions.  May be a bit too warm to be inside an enormous Marquee that day!

The heat continued as we returned to the Ashby Show, which was just as good as always.

And finally, over to the Canwell Show, the people were just as lovely and the attractions were great.  Definitely worth a visit.

Literally, the next day we drove off very early down to Cornwall for some hard earned R&R.  We found a beautiful little cottage just outside of Port Isaac and enjoyed a week of Cornish hospitality, countryside, beaches and of course Pasties!

Back now busy trying to create some new pictures and looking forward to the next round of events.

 We're heading back to Mowsley!

29 August 2018

We are delighted to have been asked to attend a brand new Christmas Market being held at Mowsley Village Hall. Having lived in the village for 10 years it will be a great opportunity to see some old friends and neighbours.

Put the date in your diary, it's Sunday 18 November from 10am to 3pm.


 Thank you Market Harborough Building Society

1 October 2018

We are delighted to have been invited to display a selection of our pictures on the Local Artists wall at the Market Harborough Building Society, Harborough Branch for the month of October.

Why not pop along and have a look at what Tina has been up to recently.


 We are off to the magnificent Lamport Hall -

Autumn Gift and Craft Fair - 13 & 14 October 2018

10 October 2018

We are really looking forward to this years event at Lamport.  It's always a great day out with masses of stalls and displays, from fine art and jewellery to clothing and toys, plus everything else you can think of! Not forgetting all the fabulous locally produced foods and drink. We're setting up in one of the stables again this year so should have lots of room!  Hope to see you over the weekend.


Mowsley Christmas Market - Sunday  18 November 2018

16 November 2018

Just putting the final touches to our collection of pictures for our return trip to the Village Hall in Mowsley. Can't wait to see some old friends and neighbours and catch up with village life!


New Shop! - Simply Salvaged Interiors - Heart of the Shires Shopping Village - 1 February  2019

30 January 2019

We are really excited, we've got another shop lined up to sell our pictures! We will be setting up on Friday at Simply Salvaged Interiors in the  renowned Heart of the Shires Shopping Village. It's a really great place to visit with lots of interesting shops selling all sorts of different things from gifts to clothes, jewellery and one of the best Kitchen shops in the country plus a wonderful café and restaurant. Well worth a drive out on the A5 just down to Weedon, you can't miss it!


Here it is, our new display at Simply Salvaged Interiors - Heart of the Shires Shopping Village 

15 February 2019

Well we've got the display up now and it seems to be going down really well. We have already had to go back twice to restock. Dawn at Simply Salvaged Interiors has been really helpful and kind and we appreciate this a lot. So thank you very much. The whole Heart of the Shires Shopping Village  is well worth a visit and looks really great in this beautiful spring-like weather.


New Dark Grey Frames - and it's all thanks to one of our lovely customers. 

20 March 2019

The lady mentioned that she had a preference for a slightly darker frame colour, which tied in with something we had been thinking for quite a while. After numerous experiments, we have chosen this very stylish modern looking, dark grey colour.  We know that the choice of frame colour is down to personal preference and the picture's location, so are very pleased to add this to our range of colours. 

New for Designs for 2019 -featuring a fantastic acrylic paint that looks almost like glass. 

11 April 2019

Tina has been very busy in her studio working with another type of acrylic paint that has a wonderful lustre and an almost shimmering effect. In the image we have shown a new gold heart in the increasingly popular dark grey frame, alongside a crushed sea shell heart.  Next to these is a stylish but simple grey vase using a mixture of the new acrylic paint with a gold watercolour collar in a light grey frame.  Checkout our gallery for more images of these. 

New lights illuminate display at Simply Salvaged. 

1st May 2019

We are really pleased with the new spot lights installed at Simply Salvaged which highlight our display beautifully. Why not pop along and check it out ,not just for our pictures, there's lots more to see to see as well at the Heart of the Shires shopping village.  

Extra Event added to our calendar!

1st June 2019

We are heading over to the Royal Oak in Kirby Muxloe  (LE9 2AN), not for a drink and a taste of the renown fantastic food, but for Cherry & Blossom's Summer Makers Food Gift Market.

Why not pop along and see what's on display from a variety of local artisans, and maybe at the same time enjoy the hospitality that will obviously be available.  The Market is on from 10am to 3.30pm and entrance is £1 in aid of C.R.Y - Cardiac risk in the Young Charity. Looking forward to seeing you later.  

Prints are finally here!

1st August 2019

Well, after only three years we've finally cracked copying and printing our pictures.

Tina has been very busy producing a brand new range of watercolour paintings which very cleverly incorporate her trademark floral designs in the shape of much loved animals and objects. There are Cats and Dogs, Rabbits, Owls, Alpacas, and many  more, plus Hearts and Flowers.

We have produced both prints and greetings cards and will soon be adding them on the website once our online store is launched.

We have the full range of cards on show at the fantastic Simply Salvaged shop within the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village and our prints are available in the equally lovely No.56 Coffee House here in Kibworth.


Trust Pilot reviews are now available 

14th August 2019

We've created an account with Trust Pilot so that our customers can leave feedback on what we do.  Fingers crossed all good, but if we have fallen short, we need to know about it so that we can address any thing we have done wrong.

So far we've received some great reviews, which hopefully will be reassuring to people who are not familiar with our work.


 Busy, busy, busy!

5th November 2019

We are now right in the middle our busiest time of year. We had a fabulous weekend at Lamport Hall at their Autumn Gift and Craft Fair and followed this two weeks later at the ever popular Ladies Who Love to Shop event here in Kibworth, which was just as busy as ever. So a big thank you to the organisers and to all the lovely people who came to see us and buy our pictures. Tina is now locked away in her studio trying desperately to replace some of the pictures we  sold, ready for our next big event, which is the Wicksteed Gift and Craft Fair this coming Saturday and Sunday!  

 New Collection of floral designs

10th November 2019

Tina is always looking to create new designs, which nearly always are for our own home, and when she is satisfied that they are just right, become available for sale.

Here you can see the display she has painted in our front room, which are now available for sale.  You can see more designs in our Gallery including some sumptuous tropical leaves.  

 Hello 2020!

8th January 2020

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who supported us last year.

We really do appreciate the very kind comments you make, it gives us confidence that we are on the right track.

We are now busy planning our schedule for this forthcoming year, which will see a mixture of new and existing work, fingers crossed another shop plus a selection of exciting and interesting events.

Watch this space plus our Facebook and Instagram feeds for the latest news.

 Etsy Shop Update

9th January 2020

As some of you may be aware, Etsy is a web based retail environment that showcases a vast array of handmade products from all around the world. 

We have created our own Etsy Shop where we have started to upload some of our picture and card designs. Having now got through the manic Christmas rush, we have been able to add lots more designs, especially showcasing the array of floral dog breed designs we have. We will be adding more designs over the next weeks and months and will extend the range to include some of our most popular pebble and mixed media pictures. Happy shopping!

 Unique Wedding Gift

16th January 2020

This was an unusual commission we received from a gorgeous young couple who got married in November last year.

They wanted Tina to design a beautiful centre piece picture surrounded by an over sized mount. The picture was then displayed at their wedding and their guests were invited to write comments on the mount, which they now have as a lasting reminder of a most fantastic wedding day.

It proved to be a very successful way of capturing the comments, kind, loving and humorous from lots of their family and friends.

If you would like something similar, we are always happy to try to come up with a design for you.

 Personalised Wedding Gift

16th January 2020

We've been working on some more print images incorporating Tina's floral letter designs. The one shown here is our very own picture giving our wedding date and where we got married. Very handy for remembering the wedding anniversary!

We will be adding these to our Etsy shop shortly, but if you would like to order one straight away, please just contact us.

 Watch this space!

16th January 2020

What you might ask is this? Well it's going to be our new space within Simply Salvaged, the wonderful shopping emporium located in the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village on the A5 near Weedon.

We've taken on this extra space so that we can display our new range of personalised pictures. These all feature our floral designs and are perfect for a wide variety of occasions. You can see examples of these in our Gallery and you will be able to buy them from here, No.56 Coffee House in Kibworth and our Etsy shop. We're off later this week down there to do some shop fitting, shelving, lights etc. Fingers crossed it all goes well!

 New Unit at Simply Salvaged!

7th February 2020

Here it is, our new unit at  Simply Salvaged, located in the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village on the A5 near Weedon.

We've taken on this extra space so that we can display our new range of personalised pictures. These all feature our floral designs and are perfect for a wide variety of occasions. You can see examples of these in our Gallery and you will be able to buy them from here, No.56 Coffee House in Kibworth and our Etsy shop.

 Personalised Pictures now available on-line

13th February 2020

If you would like to order one of our new personalised prints, please visit our Etsy shop where you will find our full range of pictures.  These include the special occasion celebration prints for weddings, births , christenings, birthdays or for no particular reason other than you want to give some one you care for something unique to them.  

 Stop Press  - Dog Lovers!

16th February 2020

Not only have we added our range of humans pictures, more importantly we have now added our range of doggy prints to our Etsy shop where you can create your own personalised picture to celebrate your loved canine one (or more!).  Whether you have your own Jarvis Cocker - just love that name, or Captain the Pug, you can create your own unique picture.  We are constantly adding to our list of breeds, so if you can't see yours, don't worry we can design a new one for you.  If you have a good old fashioned "Heinz 57"  just pick one of the designs that looks closest to your little beauty. We can post them out to you, the small ones are £20 and the larger ones £25 including postage.  

 New Look Business Flyers

22nd February 2020

We've been working on some new flyers that we can hand out at events or leave on our shop displays. We wanted them to represent what we do but we couldn't decide which design we liked best  - so we printed both of them!

Our latest retails outlet - Vintage Guru St Giles St. Northampton

27th February 2020

Here's Tina having just set up our new display within Vintage Guru in St Giles Street, Northampton.  If you've got a spare hour or so, pop along and lose yourself in a shop full of an amazing array of goodies from jewellery to scented candles, vintage clothes to jigsaw puzzles, the list is endless!

Pebble Pictures now on Etsy

4th March 2020

We have now put a selection of our most popular pebble pictures on our Esty Shop. For our families of Owls or sheep you can choose the number of pebbles required to represent the appropriate number for your family.  There is also the option to choose the colour of frame you want.  Obviously, if you can't see what you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to come up with something that suits.

Makers Market by Mon Amie Living

2nd May 2020

Today we would have been displaying our pictures at the event organised by Louise and Julie of Mon Amie  at Kibworth Grammar School.  This event brings together an amazing collection of wonderful local artisans and makers and has proved to be incredibly popular. Sadly obvious reasons this event has been postponed now until November, however, all is not lost as you can see a great deal of the exhibitors online following this link to the Makers Market website put up by Louise and Julie. 

We hope you give it a view and enjoy what you see.

Wishing you all the best and hoping you all stay safe and well.

Heart of the Shires Reopens

15th June 2020

In line with Government restrictions, Simply Salvaged Interiors, has been closed during the lockdown period.  We are delighted that as of Monday 15th June, the whole shopping village at the Heart of the Shires will be open once again.  They have implemented a thorough COVID protection regime and are asking visitors to follow the guidance given in order to ensure everybody remains as safe as possible.

No 56 Kibworth Reopening 10 am 18 July 2020

12th July 2020

We are pleased to confirm that No56 of Kibworth, will be open from Saturday 18 July offering their wholesome range of freshly prepared food and drinks together with a wonderful variety of original gifts and handmade collectibles.  They have implemented all of the necessary measures to ensure both customers and staff are safe and have created a brand new garden area offering ample space to enjoy your refreshments. Tina has completed one her new line drawings of the shop, which are now available to order. We supply these personalised A4 prints in a choice of coloured frames starting at £35. 

12th July 2020

We are now offering a brand new range of commissioned hand drawn pictures. Tina is able to capture the essence of peoples properties in a simple and charming  way.  We supply these personalised A4 prints in a choice of coloured frames starting at £40. If you would like one, please contact us or alternatively visit our Etsy shop.

Simply Salvaged Interiors - Re-opens Wednesday 2 December

1 December  2020

We are delighted that our friends at Heart of the Shires Shopping Village are able to open their doors once again following the end of Lockdown 2.  Our display is within the wonderfully diverse retail space of Simply Salvaged is fully stocked once again. As the shopping village is in the Tier 2 Lockdown area, you can safely browse around the great selection of independent shops, and enjoy some wonderful refreshments at Darlington's Tea Room. 

It's well worth taking a nice drive down the A5 to this peaceful, rural shopping oasis.

National Cotvlid Lockdown No.3 

4 January  2021

In accordance with Government regulations all of our retail outlets are closed until further notice as they fall within the non-essential retail category. With the current pandemic situation worsening we must all abide by the lockdown regulations.  Hopefully, with the roll-out of the vaccination programme over the next weeks and months, will see life returning to something more like normal. Wishing everybody the best for the future.

New - Send a Little Hug Gift Box

15 February  2021

We are delighted to say that after designing and creating a range of beautiful little gift boxes containing a clay heart and a small notelet, we have been overwhelmed by the response we have received. In the first few day after posting on social media we've had than more than 50 orders, which means hopefully there's going to be a lot of people out there who are going to receive a nice little surprise hug through the post!

Thank you to all who have ordered them so far.  Tina is busy making more hearts, so if you would like to send someone you love one of these, please get in touch.

A whole new range of Notelet Boxes

16 February  2021

Boy have we been busy!

We've put together 5 complete collections of Notelet Gift Boxes.

Each box contains a different unique designed image together with an envelope and a matching gift tag.

There's a selection of animals, doggies, abstract shapes, pebbles and natural flowers and plants.   

Take a look at them in our Etsy shop , where you can buy them for £10 including free UK delivery.

Our range of gift boxes grows!

3 March 2021

Boy have we been busy - again!

There's just no stopping us now.  Tina is mastering her clay shape making skills and is producing beautiful little heart and flower shapes along with her original house design. These are now going into our growing range of gift boxes, which now include  Wedding, Birthday and New Home, in addition to our popular Send a Hug box and of course, not forgetting Mother's Day!

Take a look at them in our Etsy shop , where you can buy them for £8.95 including free UK delivery.

Happy Mothers Day!

3 March 2021

Hopefully all you lovely mums out their that received one of our Mothers Day gift boxes liked their present, I know ours did!

New display at Simply Salvaged Interiors

27 March 2021

Well after some head scratching and lots of scribbled drawings, we have completed our latest project which was to design and build a display for our new unit in Simply Salvaged. As you can see, it is one of their window units so it needed to be quite visually appealing.  We just need to get it stocked ready for opening on Monday 12 April!  Simply Salvaged is located within the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village which is near Weedon, Northants. It is well worth a visit, not just to see our range of goodies but also to see a wide range of interesting independent shops, including one of the finest cook shops - Abraxas Cook Shop, together with the outstanding Darlington's Tea Room.

Yeah - We're open again!!!!

12 April 2021

Finally, we are delighted to confirm that lockdown restrictions have been lifted and our friends at Simply Salvaged are open once again. We have re-stocked our existing unit  with a variety of pictures and displayed our new range of stationery goods on our new unit.   We hope that you can get along there and have a look at our goodies. Heart of the Shires Shopping Village which is near Weedon, Northants is home to a wide selection of independent businesses selling all manner of great things.

Lamport here we come!

14 August 2021

Well after more than 18 months we are delighted to be back at the fantastic Lamport Hall.  We are so happy to be set up at their Arts, Craft & Design Fair in the fabulous stable courtyard.  The event is on Saturday and Sunday (14 &15 August) from 10am until 4pm both days. With the weather looking good for the weekend it should be a great turn out.  We set up yesterday and have had a sneak preview, it  looks like there's lots and lots of great stalls with some lovely things. Can't wait for it to start!