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A much wanted piece of art; finally on my wall. Photowall! 

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When it comes to prints are art pictures there are only a few things I would really choose to buy. These include most things that fall within the fantasy category and no I don’t mean anything sexual. Think fairies, trolls, unicorns etc. Yes I’m a little weird and perhaps live in a dream world sometimes but some of those fantasy images are truly awesome.

I remember being a teenager and a certain shop in the Manchester Arndale which only sold posters. The posters were displayed in rows of huge boards to look at, with the actual poster being all rolled up, ready to take. I can’t quite remember the name of the shop but it was here where I first spotted some fantasy type posters that I really liked.

So many years later along comes Photowall UK who make wall murals and canvas prints. Yes canvas prints can be bought in lots of places but the ones from photowall can be made very large indeed. And they have a category just for Fantasy along with many other category choices. 

There are so many images to choose from, I could even upload my own if I really wanted to but I have lots of family photographs already on my walls and I’d already spotted this one.

This being the Castle garden unicorn canvas (it also comes as a wall mural). Now my bedroom wall was looking a little plain and bare and I wanted a big canvas to fill the space. These can be made up to 150cm in length which is really big for a standard wall. I ordered mine as 120cms and I’m glad I did not go bigger because it would have been too big. 

Because the canvas prints go really large it does mean they would be difficult to ship without the risk of damage. Also the size of them would greatly increase the shipping costs. Therefore the canvases are sent as DIY packages. Yes I felt quite nervous about the prospect of making a canvas myself. 

The packages is a very tall slim box. The canvas comes in a roll and 4 planks of wood, metal joiners, bolts and wall hanger. No instructions come with the box but there are instructions on the photo wall website along with a video which makes it look extremely easy. It’s not the easiest thing but not too difficult.I think smaller size canvases would be easier. The wood planks have peel off sticky sides which all stick to the edge of the canvas. I found lining them all up correctly very tricky with them being so long. Attaching the fastener and bolts was straightforward and hanging was so-so. Again due to the size it took a while to balance it straightish. 

Anyway here it is, in pride of place on my bedroom wall.

It looks fantastic and is placed on the main wall opposite my bed, so each morning when I wake up, this is what I will see. 

All of these images are taken from my actual canvas and not from photowall.

The detail in this print is just amazing, it’s absolutely beautiful and just the sort of image I’ve been wanting for years. I am very happy with it and even fairly happy that I managed to put the canvas together without help.

The canvases start at £38. The bigger you go, the more it costs. Options include choice of edging and cropping to get the big of the image you want. The canvas can be purchased alone without the frame too. And they have hundreds of images to choose from. I was spoilt for choice and it won’t be long until I buy myself another one.

Father’s Day photo gifts from Snapfish 

Published May 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Snapfish is the home to personalised photo gifts and I have been a customer of theirs for many years. They sell all sorts of photo gifts including cups, cushions, phone cases, place mats, keyrings and so much more. They also do a photo print service and photographs can be uploaded via a mobile phone. 

As it’s Father’s Day next month. I have been asked to come up with some personalised gift ideas from Snapfish. 

I love my wall art and I’m sure most Dads would also love a nice canvas of their children to hang up, especially so the Father’s who don’t live with their children, so this was the first thing I chose to create. 

This photo was taken at Blackpool beach a few weeks back. I’m unsure where Ryan was but I think it’s a really good picture of the girls together. 

Snapfish have many different types and sizes of wall art such as canvases and posters. 

This one is a slim canvas and measures 12×8″. It was really easy to make, I just uploaded the photograph, did a bit of cropping and the canvas arrived within a few days. It is quite small, there are bigger sizes. It can be hung on a wall (hangers not included) or stood up on a unit. 

I think most Dads would love a gift like this for Father’s Day.

And if Dad likes having a lot of memories in one place, and he’s the sort of person who takes photos of the kids but never prints them off then photobooks also make really good gifts.

The smallest photobook starts at just £6.99 for a 6×4″ size. This one has 20 pages which can hold more than one photograph per page. For 8 more additional pages it’s just an extra £1.99. 

Many of the photobooks allow for text and greetings, making them even more personalised. These photobooks mean all Dads favourites pictures are kept in one special place rather than having multiple photo prints which usually end up in a cupboard somewhere. 

Again the photobook creation process is fairly straightforward. It can take a while for multiple photographs to upload depending on the size of the book chosen. Options include colours, texts and fonts plus deciding on the layout of photographs on each page. If like me you can’t be bothered adjusting page layouts then snapfish will do it for you and arrange the photographs on each page and if it does not look right then you can manually change it. 

Visit the Snapfish website for lots more Father’s Day gift ideas.

Hang anything with “Takker”

Published February 12, 2015 by Bizzimummy

I was born without DIY skills of any sort. Any minor attempts at any sort of decorating, fixing or home improvement ends in disaster. I often drop light bulbs when changing them, I have no idea how to change a plug, I can’t hang wallpaper and I’m pretty hopeless at even hanging pictures too. If you don’t believe me just look what happened to my wall!


This was my Christmas disaster and my attempt to hang a Christmas canvas print on the wall. I used a small hammer and hook. The wall plaster split and now the wall is a mess. Needless to say the Christmas picture got placed on the radiator instead.

Now if only I had one of these before Christmas!


This little gadget is a Hardwall Takker from the Takker Company. This little gadget is an absolute godsend for people like me and its a shame I had not come across it earlier. It would of saved so many disasters.


The Hardwall Takker is the perfect solution for hanging almost anything, be it pictures, canvas, clocks, mirrors or any household items, this is the thing to do it. It replaces the need for hammers, nails, screwdrivers and electric drills and needs no plug or batteries. The device itself is small and lightweight and can be stored away in a drawer. It comes with the following.

1 x Hardwall Takker (with Drill Bit)
24 x Hardwall Takks
4 x Brass Plated Picture Hooks
4 x Brass Plated Canvas Print Hangers
2 x Medium Multi-Purpose Hooks

Replacement hooks and accessories can easily be purchased on the website too.

I have recently received a beautiful canvas print of my 3 children which I really wanted on the wall. I also needed my Christmas mishap covering up so therefore decided to hang the canvas over the hole. As I am rubbish at any sort of hanging job I was a little apprehensive about even using the Takker. “What if I get the hole wrong” , “What if the wall falls down” yes random silly pre DIY attempt thoughts in my head.

The Takker works by way of a drill bit which is cleverly positioned bottom centre of the device.

To use the Takker, it’s best to first mark a hole. Then position the drill bit on the hole.


Take a deep breath! And turn the handle clockwise.

So I turned the handle and thought to myself “nothing is happening” I couldn’t hear anything I could not feel any pressure like a wall being drilled. I thought I must be doing something wrong so I pulled the Takker away from the wall and to my utter surprise!


Ha ha there was a hole. It was so simple I did not even realised a hole had been made. It took about 5/10 seconds to do too.
The holes are 3mm wide and up to 12mm deep on any hard surface. Once the hole is drilled a white tack can then be inserted with ease like this.


Then one of the hook accessories over the tack. In this case it’s a canvas print hanger. As you can see I am hanging this over the awful hole I created previously with hammer and hook.


The canvas print hanger actually reduces the need of hammering anything into the precious canvas prints. The sharp teeth of the hanger grip the back of it, allowing it to hang without extra hooks or wires. Now my canvas is hung and the wall disaster is covered up too. All in less than a minute.


One Takk can hold up to 12Kgs/27lbs when used with the Takker Multi-Purpose Hook. That’s a lot of weight. I have not used the multipurpose hooks yet but they do seem very strong and durable.
Takker is Suitable for brick, concrete block, mortar, plaster, wood and ceramic tiles and I believe it can even be used for making holes in outside walls. This will be useful in Summer for hanging baskets and outdoor accessories.
With the supplied picture hooks I am now able to hang some much needed photographs and pictures throughout my home which I was extremely wary of doing so before. Of course next Christmas will be an absolute doddle now I have this amazing little gadget to hang everything with.

The Hardwall Takker multipurpose hanging kit costs just £22.49. Much cheaper than a drill, hammer and nails and does the job so much easier.
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Full instructions supplied, make sure you read them first.

Wall Create Photo Canvas review and Competition

Published February 12, 2015 by Bizzimummy

My walls have been looking very bare since the Christmas decorations went down, so I was very happy to be given the chance to have a lovely canvas print to hang. My print comes from Wall Create.
Wall Create sell photo canvases and beautiful canvas art.

The Photo Canvases come in several size options and options of edging, wrapping and thickness. The creation process is mobile friendly and takes minutes to do meaning a canvas and be created and purchased very quickly:

I was offered my own photo canvas print to review in a 30x40cm size. The only thing I had to really do was choose a photograph. It’s important to choose a good quality photograph with high resolution, the photographs are enlarged and low quality photographs will just blur and won’t look great. The best are probably the ones taken with a dslr camera which I now have and turn out much better than any taken with a mobile.
I settled on a photograph which I have previously used to make other photo gifts. I think it’s a really good one of my children together. Here is the made canvas.


It’s a really good quality canvas, sturdy, thick and the photograph looks great enlarged too, no blurring or obvious stretching. It looks bright and bold and just great to hang up in my living room.

On the back of the canvas were some hanging hooks to help hang it. There are several ways to hang these, using the supplied hooks, wire or special canvas hangers.

And here it is on my living room wall!


Now my walls don’t look so bare anymore.

The canvases vary in price depending on size and type. One this size costs just £18.97.

Wall Create are offering a prize of a photo canvas to my readers. The competition is open to residents of the UK and will close on February 26th.
To be in with a chance of wining your own wall canvas simply click the link below.


Discount Code

If you don’t win this time then don’t worry as Wall Create are also offering my readers a discount code of 15% off anything. Use code bizzimummy until January 1st 2016.


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