Frescrete Ltd

By Sarah Bates

Newly launched business, Chris Maltby at Frescrete who are specialists in concrete repair and resin floor systems have already had some great successes, with brilliant testimonials and lots of enquiries. I have already designed and printed their business cards, email flyers and a promotional leaflet will hopefully be finalised shortly, part of their promotional literature. Social media will hopefully also begin to play a part in their marketing strategy.

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The Ferry Inn

By Sarah Bates

The Ferry Inn, Cawood have launched their summer menu and what a delight it is. We have gone with a vintage duck egg blue colour for the summer to differentiate from the previous winter menu, still keeping the chalkboard style for the typography and using the banners to help guide the customers around the menu. Sharing Platters and Chef’s Special Salads are a great addition for summer so go on treat yourself…


Great testimonial

By Sarah Bates

This morning, collected my emails and there was a fantastic testimonial sat there from Rob and Natalie, from DJL. I designed their branding and website a while ago now – made my day

‘We were recommended to work with Sarah by a friend who had previously
worked with her.
From our very first conversation we were confident we had made the
right choice, we were complete novices at designing an appropiate brand
to showcase our business. Sarah listened, supported and advised on
every aspect, guiding us to make the right decisions for DJL.
Ultimately we have been left with a design we are very proud of and the
response from our customers has been very positive, many of whom only
contact us because of the Van! Thank you Sarah, our business would not
be what it is without your work’

Just a note – Yell did a test on our web page and he said it was the
best score he had seen, he was very impressed with the design and
overall site!! He asked if I had designed it, but I explained it was
you…. Thank you again.

Rob & Natalie

Corporate Identity

By Sarah Bates

I was approached just before the festivities began, to design a corporate identity for a company called International Education Connect. David Blackie was able to give me a full brief and had even done some research to help me start the design process. I presented him with a full range of logos, 19 designs in total, a couple of designs were developed further and one was finally chosen.

The business cards are at print as I write which is very exciting and I have also been working on English in Britain brochure design for David too, which will be going to print next week.

David has been delighted with the designs and my service so far and I have had some lovely comments on email as I worked over the holidays to ensure we go to print early next week,

” You are a star and well beyond the call of duty. Thank you very much for putting so much into this – I can see it’s a lot of work… Thanks again Sarah – I greatly appreciate your work.”

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The Ferry Inn – Cawood

By Sarah Bates

In our historic village of Cawood we are lucky to have a hairdressers, garden center, architect’s studio, caravan park, beautiful All Saints Church, Castle Gatehouse and 3 pubs, one of which is called The Ferry Inn.

Jono, the landlord has employed a new chef and they have together formed a scrumptious menu with a little treat for everyone I’m sure. So I jumped at the chance to design it, as I have been following the chalkboard calligraphers; Tanamachi Studios whose designs are amazingly fantastic and wanted to try my own chalkboard design on something.

Jono was great and instead of going for the “normal” A5 4 page or a folded DL style menu he was tempted by something bigger. So I designed an A3 double sided menu, introduced the old worn paper look to link in with the history of the place and of course inspired by the chalkboard style illustrations I had been looking at and he was impressed. Delivered it today to happy clients!

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A little history of Cawood for those who want to know more, even pay a visit and sample the food for yourselves..

Cawood (other names: Carwood) is a large village (formerly a market town) and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England that is notable as the finding-place of the Cawood sword.
In his King’s England series, Arthur Mee refers to Cawood as “the Windsor of the North”. It used to be the residence of the Archbishops of York. The name is believed to come from the characteristic noise made by crows in the nearby woods. Cawood is south of the point where the River Wharfe flows into the River Ouse which subsequently forms the northern border of the village. Cawood Bridge is the only bridge from the village which spans the river. The bridge was opened in 1872: before then the only means of crossing was by use of a ferry. Dick Turpin is said to have forded the river when he escaped to York, which lies ten miles north of Cawood. The River Ouse used to flood the village regularly in winter.

To read more on Cawood please visit our web site by clicking here.

EQ Weightloss

By Sarah Bates

Another collaboration with Stephen at Orange Crush Design, was designing a downloadable brochure for the EQ Weightloss plan – which sounds great and perfect for those busy lives we lead and it gets results – they have trialed this plan and it works!

Obviously designing a downloadable brochure or an on-line brochure has different set of rules to work with as the viewer has a different expectations and uses it differently – it needs to be bright, eye catching and most importantly easy to read. From the feedback they have got already – it is a success!

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every cloud…

By Sarah Bates

Every cloud has a sliver lining and today it did!

Sat in the garden taking 10 minutes out of a busy day I was overjoyed to see the sun shining only to be overwhelmed with a large black cloud. Rain threatened but then the sun shone out from behind and all was saved! Promise this has not been Photoshop-ed just iPhone camera – stunning isn’t it?

I looked up the meaning from “phrase finder” and this is what it said, ” Every bad situation has some good aspects to it”. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome. So for every pessimist out there this could be a new way of thinking. Generally I think it is a good way to look at things and keep you moving forward rather than looking back!


John Milton coined the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634

I see ye visibly, and now believe
That he, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill
Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,
Would send a glistering guardian, if need were
To keep my life and honour unassailed.
Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err; there does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.

‘Clouds’ and ‘silver linings’ were referred to often in literature from then onward, usually citing Milton and frequently referring to them as Milton’s clouds. It isn’t until the days of the uplifting language of Victori’s England that we begin to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with – ‘every cloud has a silver lining’. The first occurrence that is unequivocally expressing that notion comes in The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1, 1840, in a review of the novel Marian; or, a Young Maid’s Fortunes, by Mrs S. Hall, which was published in 1840:

As Katty Macane has it, “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”

‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud’ was the form that the proverb was usually expressed in the Victorian era. The currently used ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ did appear, in another literary review, in 1849. The New monthly belle assemblée, Volume 31 include what purported to be a quotation from Mrs Hall’s book – “Every cloud has a silver lining”, but which didn’t in fact appear in Marian, which merely reproduced Milton’s original text.


Best Meal Deal

By Sarah Bates

It’s now official and launched… Best Meal Deal!

Working with Stephen at Orange Crush Design is always a pleasure and this is our latest collaboration working for Sazaad, Best Meal Deal offering a fresh approach to voucher deals, exclusively serving the restaurant industry. Though there are many voucher websites, there are few that exclusively offer dining experiences and this is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the exciting new venture.

There’s a very funny video and a catchy tune – so if you want to find out more and get the best meal deals… register here or call Jenni 08435 236 046.

Holmes Dog Walking

By Sarah Bates

It is brilliant to hear from clients and how I have helped them to make a success of their business. Cara from Holmes Dog Walking Services has just been blogging about her client, beautiful walks, the British weather and making liver cake for her clients (pooches). I am just so impressed as her enthusiasm and passion for her job really adds another dimension to her business and service.

Her clients love it too!