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The Tuesday Twist: 2 May

The Tuesday Twist: 2 May

It's All About the Flowers!

April Showers have definitely brought the May flowers to Edinburgh! Everywhere you look, the site of budding crocuses and daffodils as well as rows of gorgeous cherry blossoms line the historic city streets. 

Hanami 花見 

Did you know that the happiness and enjoyment of seeing blossoms in full bloom (in particular the cherry blossom) is a traditional Japanese custom known as Hanami? Our friends at Edinburgh World Heritage have shed some light on this intriguing concept.
If you are looking for the perfect place to take in these local floral beauties, why not take a stroll through Edinburgh's historic Royal Botanical Gardens?
The original garden was established in 1670 and during the 20th century acquired three Regional Gardens – the mountainous Benmore in Argyll; Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders and Logan on the Gulf Stream-warmed southern peninsula of Dumfries & Galloway. Together they represent one of the world’s largest living collections of plants!

Find out more HERE.

Petal Palette!

The idea of edible flowers may sound a bit strange to some, but this trend is becoming more and more popular. Great British Chefs have compiled an array of trendy foods and drinks that incorporate everything from pansies and violets to lavender and rose.

 

Or check out these fabulously floral cocktails courtesy of Buzzfeed

Bring the Garden Inside

Keeping up with flower theme, why not check out our range of of flower themed decor? We absolutely love that Spring is here and we have been inspired by the ever present blooms around us here in Edinburgh!

Personalised Rose Photo Frame

 

Personalised Rose Garden Key Holder
Personalised Wedding Stationary
 
Personalised Save the Dates
 

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The Tuesday Twist: 25 April

The Tuesday Twist: 25 April

Psssst...The secret is out!

Our range of personalised key holders sold exclusively on Not on the High Street are a huge hit! Select from a range of sizes, designs and colours to perfectly suit your home decor!

Visit our Not on the High Street Storefront HERE

This week we are starting to feel the wanderlust creep in! Whether you are thinking about a possible holiday or perhaps even planning a destination wedding, it's time to grab your suitcase, your sunglasses and of course your keys (possibly hanging on a lovely new Urban Twist Key Holder!) and head out for an epic journey!

UNESCO World Heritage

Last week we observed World Heritage Day which is a global cause devoted to the awareness and preservation of historic sites around the world.

 

The travel advice gurus at Hand Luggage Only have created an awesome map that shows you where to find every UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK and Ireland. Road trip anyone?

If you are fortunate enough to visit one or more of these amazing locations and are looking for a unique memento to remember your trip, our intricately detailed papercut artwork of some of the most iconic landmarks in the UK are sure to liven up any wall space!

Explore our entire range of Landmark Artwork HERE

We also love our Wooden Block Engraving that captures that special place which holds your dearest memories. These blocks can be personalised with any country as well as a lovely heart symbol over a specified city location making it an ideal gift for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays!

Personalise yours HERE or check out our modern version HERE

Travelling from Miss to Mrs.

Planning a destination wedding? We just love the idea of incorporating a travel-theme into favours, decor and the cake! We have rounded up a few awesome ideas that capture the spirit of adventure.

Save the Dates: These boarding pass Save the Dates are a great way to get into the travelling spirit while at the same time provide important information that your guests are sure to love reading!

The Cake: From the cupcakes to tiered cakes, these matrimonial desserts are just breathtaking!

Wedding Favours and Decor: The possibilities are endless when it comes to travel decor. 


  

Banish Jet Lag

Often, one of the biggest downsides to travelling is jet lag. While there are a multitude of suggestions to banish the travel bug, the incorporation of green tea  into your diet (in particular matcha green tea) is a natural way to boost your body and overall health.....and yes, beat the jet lag! 

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The Tuesday Twist: 18 April

The Tuesday Twist: 18 April

It's All About Baby!

Social media has been full of pictures welcoming new little bundles of joy into the world! Whether it's attending a baby shower, celebrating the birth of a new baby, or attending a christening, it's clear that baby season is in full swing!

Choosing the perfect gift for these blessed events can be a daunting task. Urban Twist offers a range of personalised products that really add a thoughtful touch to any celebration and make the perfect keepsakes.

   Personalised New Baby Photo Frame  

Sharing the News

Pregnancy is one of the biggest things that could possibly happen in a couple's life, so if you're gonna tell the world, do it with flare! How you announce your pregnancy is a chance to showcase your creativity and achieve that 'wow' moment. 

   

The Pregnant Chicken has compiled a list 60 awesome ways to announce a pregnancy....a must read for any expecting couple!

Ombré Love

A continuing trend this year, featured almost everywhere you turn, is the use of gradient or ombré. This colour transition from lighter to darker hues is a great solution if you just can't decide on just one particular shade. 

We just can't get enough of these baby gender themed desserts! Whether you are throwing a baby shower or celebrating a Christening, these ombre treats are sure to leave your guests smiling. 

 

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The Tuesday Twist: 11 April

The Tuesday Twist: 11 April

New Products! Personalised Photo Frames

This week we showcased two new additions to our popular personalised photo frame range!  Featuring either a delicate fern design or a lovely rose garden design, each frame is available in a gold, bronze, pewter or champagne silver brushed metallic finish.

Each self-standing frame is designed, assembled and engraved in-house at our Edinburgh studio! 

Check out our full range of personalised photo frames HERE.

 

Easter on Trend 2017

This weekend we celebrate all things Easter! Whether you will be dying Easter eggs, planning a visit from the Easter bunny or gathering for a religious service, we hope your festivities are safe and fun-filled!

Succulents are a major trend this year in both home and wedding decor. We love this idea, courtesy of The Succulent Source, of using dyed Easter eggs as a decorative plant holder! These little beauties are sure to brighten up your decor! 

If you will be dying Easter eggs this year, why not include some of this year's colour and design trends? From Nail Polish Marbling and Wooden Geometric Shapes to Metallic and Pantone eggs, this extensive list courtesy of Good Housekeeping is a must-read!


If you are looking to break from colourful plastic decor and brightly dyed eggs, this list of 20 Super Chic Easter Decor Ideas is sure to fill you with trendy inspiration!

  

Best Days Out with the Family 

With the kids being out of school, you might be looking for some fun things to do with the family this Easter. As the weather continues to warm, it's the perfect opportunity to get outside and soak up some sun! Our friends at VisitScotland.com have rounded up 37 fabulous 'days out' all across bonnie Scotland.

Check the list out HERE!

  

Traditional Celebrations

No Easter celebration would be complete without a feast of scrumptious foods! While traditional Easter recipes may vary from location, here in Scotland we have a few select favourites that grace our dinner tables each year.

 

If you are looking for a hearty main coarse that is keeping with tradition, a roast leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary is the perfect fit.


Try out this recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.co.uk: HERE

 

 

Another all-time-favourite that can be enjoyed year-round...and we here at the studio definitely do...are Hot Cross Buns. While it is common practise in many households to eat these buns on Good Friday, just how exactly did these sweet delights become an Easter tradition?

These warm doughy spiced breads are frequently adorned with raisins or currants and are marked with an icing cross pattern on the top. Some believed this showed the bread was “blessed” and had the power to ward off evil spirits. It is also thought that this cross pattern actually helped the bread to rise as well as contributed to the longevity of the bread by stopping it going mouldy or becoming stale so quickly. 



The actual history of these buns may extend as far back as Medieval times as twelfth century monks were said to have baked the buns on Good Friday in honour of the upcoming Easter holiday. 

The first reference to hot cross buns as we now know them, appeared during the 1730's with the popular rhyme:

"One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot-cross buns “………..a penny for a larger bun or for two smaller ones." 

Click HERE to find out more about the history of hot cross buns and be sure to try your hand at the easy homemade recipe!

 

 

From all of us at the Urban Twist studio, we wish you a very fun-filled 'Hoppy' Easter! 

 

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The Tuesday Twist: 7 March

The Tuesday Twist: 7 March

Have you heard about Hygge?

According to author of The Little Book of Hygge Meik Wiking, The Danish-coined idea of 'hygge' (pronounced hue-guh) can be defined as 'togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort. It all boils down to the pursuit of everyday happiness – the art of creating intimacy and cocoa by candlelight.' Sounds good right?

The high season of hygge may be nearing the end, but the blustery Scottish weather still evokes a quest for 'cosiness.'

While we wait for the days to be longer and warmer, why not embrace a little self-indulgence with one of these delightful coffee recipes courtesy of 'sofeminine Food & Drink.' 14 Recipes Every Coffee Lover Needs To Try


....And while we are talking about togetherness, in just a few weeks we will be celebrating Mothering Sunday! This time, which honours moms everywhere, is also the perfect opportunity to celebrate family. Urban wist offers a range of Mother's Day gifts that do just that, such as:

Personalised Photo Frames

  

Personalised Family Trees 

Mother's Day Magnets

 

 

Around the Studio

This week in the studio we introduced our newest product collection, personalised light switch surrounds! With several design options to choose from (and more coming soon) you can add a quirky twist to every room in the house! 

 

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The Tuesday Twist: 21 February

The Tuesday Twist: 21 February

Last week at Urban Twist we were busy creating lovely personalised Valentine's gifts for a range of happy couples!
We would like to extend a big thank you to all that participated in our Valentine's Giveaway through Facebook! Our lucky winner was delighted to receive a fabulous 'love-themed' bundle! 

While the holiday of love may be behind us, we feel it is always the right time to show your loved ones just what they mean to you. At Urban Twist, we offer a wide range of personalised products that make perfect all-year-round gifts, such as one of our lovely personalised family trees!

PANTONE Colour of the Year

Just what exactly is PANTONE Colour of the Year?

Every year since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute selects a particular colour to be 'Colour of the Year.' This symbolic selection serves to represent the mood and attitude of what is taking place in our global culture. 

We are absolutely delighted with this year's pick for Pantone colour of the year: Greenery! This refreshing yellow-green shade reminds us that Spring is right around the corner! 

 

 Matcha Cupcakes with Green Tea Cream Cheese Frosting

Keeping with the Greenery theme, these delightful cupcakes, courtesy of Ilona's Passions, are sure to give you a much needy health kick as we near the end of winter. Green Tea is noted to provide such health benefits as boosted energy, improved focus, and an enhanced metabolism! 

 

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New! Save the Date Announcements

Make your wedding one to remember with these unique Save the Date announcements from £2.95

Hanging Floral Heart Wreath Save the Date
Frosted Hanging Heart Save the Date
Heart Hands Save the Date Magnet
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New! Personalised Photo Frames

 

Celebrate a special occasion with our Personalised Photo Frames from £24.95.

Personalised New Baby Photo Frame

Personalised Family Photo Frame

Personalised Loved Ones Photo Frame

Personalised Milestone Photo Frame

Personalised Couple Photo Frame

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