What’s in an illustrated name?

blog 2 Annie and Emily

I have been instagramming my name prints of the top 6 favourite names currently in fashion in the UK, according to Country Life. EMILY here is no. 5 in the listing, and ANNIE does not appear. But I had such fun photographing them amongst our flowers. ( sadly Emily's cistus are now a dry yellow ball, having not been watered by the boys during my few days absence in Scotland - oh la, do they have eyes?! ) Are you a blue or coral pink girl? Our Lara is definitely a blue, she just never suited pink as a baby. Do you like my story letters, where each letter tells a story as in EMILY or prefer to choose your own illustrations from my story boards to tell your story? Annie was my mother's best friend and always had lots of dogs, usually waifs and strays from a dog's home, and flowers abounded in her life.(plus the odd rabbit, that familiar friend in every Scottish garden...)
I can still smell the scent of Lady Alice every time I think of Annie.

October sun!


After a failed attempt to convert me to the sport of racing bikes, Mr A has given me a pea green dutch bike on which to roam the English countryside, with a huge basket for a camera, a sketch pad, forages such as this old man's beard - inspiration to add to From Sal's ever growing story boards of illustrations. Do look at what is already on offer at www.fromsal.co.uk, choosing special illustrations and scroll up ... I will draw my bike - though we do already have Claire's green bike, be it a bit racier than mine!
Any illustration can decorate any card - good for personalised correspondence cards - or print - a name print, a special occasion print in celebration a wedding, a 21st, an anniversary,  a birth to a  80th or 90th or 100th birthday - great for those who have everything they need and enjoy being reminded of happy memories which from Sal can create for you in illustrated alphabet letters and your own choice of special illustrations.

Victory for England!


England's victory yesterday inspired me to send this to a football mad friend - Printed on matt card, our postcards can be personalised with your own handwritten message  to meet any occasion. So no need to wonder who to send the last letter left in your postcard tin to!


Personalised wedding illustration

Personalised illustrations for a wedding.

Earlier this year a friend's daughter asked for illustrations for her wedding . She sent me a collection of photos of the bride and groom and  I depicted them zooming away in Charlie's old triumph, in a dress suitably vague but attractive, so as not to give a clue to what the real one would look like. This was used on the actual invitation and reappeared on the service sheet. I also created table place name cards illustrated with a selection of objects special to them. This could also be used to print stationary to use for 'thank you for my wedding present' cards. Just send photos and this can be done for you . Would also make a great special occasion print for the happy couple.


Prince Louis

Prince Louis Special Occasion Print

Here is our Special Occasion name print celebrating the birth of the new Prince Louis.

Old school tuck boxes have earned their keep


T is for tuckbox which has earned its keep long after the school years as the perfect storage for illustrated letter placemats. Here we are at Clem's fair in Wiltshire this weekend.

Clem’s Spring Fair

Clems Fair

Getting ready for our 1st fair this year at this wonderful place in Wiltshire.


Placemats by Sal Ashmore

Treat your family to a set of personalised mats and coasters to celebrate Easter.

20% off to loyal customers till the 28th March.

We can gift wrap and send them with our own Easter card and your message.

Happy shopping!


Greeting Cards by Sal Ashmore - Valentine Frank

Just in time for St. Valentine’s!

Order online and we will send your Valentine a card. Any name/message will be pasted on to resemble an old telegram.

‘will you? would you?!’
text inside reads ‘be my Valentine’
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‘Valentine Mice’
text inside reads ‘BE MY VALENTINE’
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From Sal

Happy Christmas


Happy Christmas!

Thank you to all for your support and making 2017 such a great year for From Sal.

To quote a fellow stall holder - when someone buys from a small business, a real person out there dances a real dance!