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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 13 November

It's full steam ahead as there's only 42 more sleeps until Christmas! Our decorations are flying out the doors, and this years biggest hit are our Personalised Snowman Place Cards

Couldn't be happier with the response to our Snowman place cards! These little guys are cut from @gfsmithpapers Lockwood Green and Vermillion card stock to jazz up any Christmas dinner ⛄

Posted by Urban Twist on Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Met Office officially named their first storm Abigail (which sounds like 'A Big Gale' - good one, Met Office) but personally we can't see much difference between this storm and every other downpour that visit Edinburgh on the regular. 

rainclouds gathering over North Berwick Law ☁☔ #daytrip #wanderlust #rainyday #edinburgh #scotland

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But every cloud has a silver lining, as they say. Being couped up on rainy days gave us some time to indulge in some mulled wine (don't let it boil or it will burn off the alcohol) and baked camembert (Jamie Oliver's recipe called for stale bread to be baked with the camembert, but we think it's tastier with a fresh baguette). 

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 6 November

It's only November but the Christmas season is well and truly upon us, and everyone is getting in on the action. Our Personalised Family Trees have been featured on the MadeForMums Christmas gift guide! 

Thanks so much to MadeForMums for including our Personalised Family Trees in their Christmas gift guide!

Posted by Urban Twist on Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Family Trees also have the opportunity for a major feature in the #ShopifyPicks campaign. The more votes we get, the more we have a chance of featuring, so make sure you check it out! 

Edinburgh has seen a miserable few days, but it hasnt' dampened our spirits, especially not while we celebrated Bonfire Night yesterday. It won't bee too long until the snow begins, which is excellent timing for our brand new Personalised Snowflake Christmas Tree Decorations


If the snow makes you want to curl up underneath a big blanket, you should take some hearty soup with you. Crack out the slow cooker and make some of this incredible French Onion Soup, and follow it up with some Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

 

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 30 October

It's been a busy week! We rolled back the clock for daylight savings time, which means the sun is going down a little sooner, and coming up a little earlier, and on Tuesday morning we were treated to a spectacular sunrise in Edinburgh. 

The #edinburgh #sunrise never disappoints #nofilter

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But even bigger and more beautiful news from Tuesday is that we have launched our new Personalised Baby Plaques! Welcome a newborn to the world with one of three adorable designs engraved with personalised details of the baby's birth.

In other exciting news for Urban Twist, we've had a number of our products entered as #ShopifyPicks, after featuring on Pinterest for several days on the Shopify Community Board

Today we're featured on the Shopify Merchant Community Board on Pinterest! You can also follow us at www.pinterest.com/urbantwist_uk/

Posted by Urban Twist on Thursday, 22 October 2015

Cocktail lovers rejoice! Cocktails in the City comes to Edinburgh on October 29th and 30th at Mansfield Traquair, but if you can't wait that long, Harvey Nichols Bar has shared their Botanical Garden cocktail recipe for you to make in the comfort of your own home. 

After finding out that processed meats have been classified as carcinogens by the World Health Organisation, we've been desperately searching for alternatives to satisfy our burger cravings. Luckily, we found it in the for of these epic Crispy Quinoa Burgers, topped with sweet potato fries, beer caramelised onions and gruyere cheese. Yum!

  

Even though it's only Halloween tomorrow, the Christmas season is well and truly underway. We created some bespoke Edinburgh baubles for Bonkers Original Gift Shop on Hanover St and some St. Andrews decorations for their shop in the historic Fife township.  

 

We've also been working on some surprises to send out with every purchase through the website. Keep your eyes peeled... 

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 23 October

Wednesday marked #BacktotheFutureDay as we passed the iconic date, 21 October 2015, that Marty and Doc travelled to in the second Back to the Future movie. When you think about it, all of the Back to the Future movies are now set in the past...

Urban Twist has joined Polyvore! A selection of our products are now available to add to collections and sets on the biggest social platform for style trends. 

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Halloween is just around the corner, and we've been thinking ahead for both our costume planning and our spooky movie watching.  

Whether your Halloween plans involve trick-or-treating, costume parties or drinking wine in your pyjamas while you watch...

Posted by Urban Twist on Monday, 19 October 2015

Halloween also gives us a great excuse to go all out on the sweets. If you like brownies, cookies and M&Ms why not eat them all at once with this gooey cookie brownie recipe.  

If you've been following us on Instagram, then you'll know we love Fridays and any excuse to indulge in a G&T. The good news for Edinburgh locals is that the Edinburgh Gin Festival is coming town this weekend, so there will be plenty of excuses for indulgence in some gin beverages! 

#tgif can only mean one thing ?? #ginandtonic #gin #happyfriday #regram from @hendricksgin @boylanheritage

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 16 October

All the leave are brown, and the sky is grey... Autumn has officially hit the UK. That means an increase in the consumption of hot chocolates, which of course means you're going to need a coaster to put your cuppa on while you watch Strictly Come Dancing/The X Factor/Gogglebox/whatever reality-based television program takes your fancy. 

Gloomy colours over Arthur's Seat today #edinburgh #scotland #clouds #mountain #ruins

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Lucky for you, we just released new Personalised Portrait Coasters on our website! Crafted from cherry wood veneer, our coasters feature cameo silhouette portraits in six customisable designs for adults, children and pets, making them perfect for families of every shape and size.


If you want to use them for a beverage with a harder edge, we have you covered. This Classic Hot Toddy recipe from 12 Tomatoes gives you an instant warm and cozy feeling. 

It's been a busy week for commissions, with a massive order of bespoke greeting cards getting sent out to the Clifton Suspension Bridge

Our products are spread far and wide, with VK Gallery in Cambridgeshire also stocking up on our distinctive spiral design Christmas decorations.

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 9 October

Don't miss out on your chance to 15% off when you spend £50 or more on any of our product on Not on the High Street! Just enter the code LUCKYME at checkout. Our Christmas tree decorations are especially popular this time of year, in particular our brand new acrylic snowman family decorations.

Our newest product went online this week. Our Save the Date announcements are available in five stylish designs, including hearts, leaves, butterflies, wreathes and a Scotch Thistle design that is especially unique for traditional Scottish ceremonies.

 

Papercutters are the new trendsetters, and we've been ahead of the curve for years. The Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2015 show had a resplendent papercut jungle set, but we've been celebrating our local architecture with papercuts for years. Earlier in the week the Forth Rail Bridge was closed down but we had a permanent view, and yesterday we marked National Poetry Day with our Scott Monument design.  Keep up with all our tastemaking by following us on Instagram and Twitter.  

"Forward and frolic glee was there,The will to do, the soul to dare,The sparkling glance, soon blown to fire,Of hasty...

Posted by Urban Twist on Thursday, 8 October 2015

Speaking of tastemaking, we found a recipe for homemade Tim Tams on Blogging Over Thyme and needless to say we got a little bit excited. Tim Tams are a staple Australian delicacy, and are delicious in their own right but can be taken to the next level with a Tim Tam Slam. Do youself a favour and make yourself some of these ASAP. 

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 2 October

 

Today is the last chance to use our exclusive subscriber discount code! Not on the High Street surprised us on Monday with their own sale that offered 15% off when you spend £50 or more, so we decided to expand and apply our discount to EVERYTHING on our website. Get 14.85% off all of our products when you use the code UTNEW2015 at checkout. 

Our newest product went online this week. The Personalised Christmas Heart Hanging Wreath is made from cherry wood veneer and is delicately crafted into a distinctive heart shape to be personalised with a special message, creating a truly unique gift for the family.

Everyone was out watching the supermoon lunar eclipse this week, and we captured our view of the beautiful skies on Instagram

post eclipse sunrise #nofilter #edinburgh #sunrise #supermoon

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If you're in Edinburgh (like us) and you love coffee (like us) then don't miss out on the first ever Edinburgh Coffee Festival at Mansfield Traquair on 3 October. The festival is celebrating Scotland’s coffee scene with workshops, tastings and demonstrations and features 27 handpicked artisan coffee roasters, speciality tea stalls, cafés and coffee equipment companies.

If that doesn't satisfy your caffeine cravings, you could try making some Salted Caramel Mocha Nutella Brownies from Half Baked Harvest. These decadent treats are topped with a coffee caramel sauce spiked with Kahlua.

If you've got any leftover Kahlua from your brownie sauce you can make a classic White Russian (the way The Dude drank it in The Big Lewbowski). If you're in Glasgow or Edinburgh you can drop by Lebowskis, where they have 27 different kinds of White Russians on the menu.  

 

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TGIF @ Urban Twist: 25 September

New website, new discounts! To celebrate the launch of our shiny new website, all personalised art is 14.85% off using the code UTNEW15 at checkout. 

According to JK Rowling, Harry Potter's family tree can be traced all the way back to the middle ages. Unfortunately none of our designs are quite big enough for them. 

credit: Warner Bros/MTV.com

Our Christmas decoration range has some fresh additions with a range of personalisation options.

Ready for the weekend? Sam Linsell from Drizzle & Dip has everything you need to know about how to make the perfect G&T. If you have a sweet tooth you can take it to the next level with these gin and tonic cupcakes.

Are you following us? Check out @urbantwist_uk on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and don't forget to like us on Facebook

 

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