Find out a little bit more about FromLucy and meet the team! Fromlucy.com started in a greenhouse!
Lucy started creating and developing her unique product ideas in her head whilst watching her young children play daily in their greenhouse. Lucy set out with no financial backing, no contacts and a sketchbook full of ideas to become one of the most creative and talented illustrators and product designers in the UK.
FromLucy quickly grew from a one woman show into a highly regarded business with a team of creatives in just three years and now enjoys a wide range of clientele, including Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Emma Willis, Colleen Rooney and many more.
Today, it is the destination for personalised illustrated gifts and beautiful products to celebrate every occasion. FromLucy is also the home of the Hedgehugs brand of children’s books, cards and gifts.
Here at FromLucy we are all proud to support UK business, and use local suppliers wherever possible in our products, and we pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service.
We hope you enjoy shopping with FromLucy!
Lucy, Steve and The Team
The Boss, the One Woman Idea Factory, The Reason For All This!
Lucy persevered with her unique & beautiful illustrations throughout the early parenthood years, to become one of the most innovative & creative illustrators, product designers & book authors in the UK. She regularly wakes in the early mornings with new ideas, all of which end up as best selling products, often winning many awards. Lucy has created nearly all of the products for FromLucy as well as ideas for other companies.
Lucy now has a superb team who have all been taught, nurtured and slightly scared into recreating and bringing to market her beautiful designs. Lucy learned everything she knows from her husband and business partner Steve. She has recently learned never to let him write her biog unsupervised.
Steve is the co-owner of FromLucy, and co creator of the successful Hedgehugs brand with Lucy.
Steve and Lucy develop all of FromLucy‘s products together, as well as creating & writing children’s books as a team.
Steve has also been a TV presenter for the BBC and ITV for 20 years and always has his feet placed firmly on the ground, thanks to the FromLucy staff never pandering to his minor celebrity status.
Helen started out as our picture framer, and her skills in organising & preparation soon caught our eye, so she swiftly started taking charge of the organisation of our entire studio.
Now if you look up the words 'organisation' and 'organised' in the dictionary, you just get a picture of Helen. This leads to much confusion as huge multi-national business 'organisations' are now known as huge multi-national business 'Helens', and the mafia dons in New York are so cross that they now have to say that they are profiting from underground circles of 'Helen' Crime. It just doesn't sound as mean as Organised Crime.
Adored by all who work with her, there is nothing that Helen cannot turn her hand to. She also laughs like Mutley the dog from Wacky Races, which is just brilliant.
Susanne speaks about a hundred different languages, and when she joined us, we had to try and work out which language was her native tongue. After hearing fluent Spanish, Dutch, Italian etc, we decided to delve deeper to reveal her true identity, a bit like the kids from Scooby Doo, but without trying to pull her head off at the end. We first noticed her efficiency which is clear in everything she does. Then we also realised she just gets straight to the point in any conversation. Some might say blunt, but as she is looking over Steve's shoulder while he writes this, he won't say that. Finally, when we found her hidden shrine to David Hasselhoff under her desk, we KNEW that Susanne is, of course, from Germany. But she is ours now, and we're keeping her.
Susanne has many roles and responsibilities, and manages to do them all brilliantly, even filtering out Steve's terrible jokes in the process
James is our assistant illustrator and graphic designer, who helps Lucy with the never ending conveyor belt of design needs for the many products that FromLucy creates. He also has the 'enviable' job of sorting out where on earth Lucy has saved her images/files on our shared drive and re-naming them from something totally unconnected to what they are, to something that gives more than a slight clue as to what that image/file is. James collects trainers, and actually has more pairs than our Steve. Steve is working on it. James is also one of those people who somehow, by a mix of dark magic and sorcery, gets through every day with NO CAFFEINE. Seriously.
Durks, or 'Stephen Durkin' as his parents called him, is the man who makes everything technical not only work, but work better/faster/smoother at FromLucy. He creates processes, then creates handbooks to follow those processes, and we all follow on like the rats following the Pied Piper, but hopefully with a happier ending. As Durks is called Stephen, our Steve (who is also a Stephen) demanded a 'Stephen-off', to determine who would be triumphant and keep the name. This involved feats of strength, stamina, and knowledge of Stephens throughout history.
Obviously Steve won, as he is stronger, tougher, and is also the one writing this.
Lisa joined us to help with the stacks of orders for our personalised books. After using a machete to wade through the jungle of customer invoices, she managed to find a computer and keyboard in the undergrowth, and got to work. She has been solidly working on the books ever since, and we are now just about able to see the top of her head. Lisa is also one of those people that always has really nice packed lunches. We are all hoping for even more book orders so that she will be trapped in an even bigger invoice jungle, and we can attack her packed lunch like a bunch of hyenas.
Olivia is an absolute genius social media and blogging expert, who has already made great waves in the online world running media pages for many A-list celebrities. She has not decided if our Steve is famous enough to add his personal pages to her growing rosta, but she does sit next to him in the office so will probably be gradually worn down over time. Lovely Livvie is also our rootin' tootin' yeeha country girl. This means that she is rather partial to country music, so partial in fact she often travels all the way to Nashville just to soak up the atmosphere of leather boots, big hats and smokin' gunpowder.
She fits in perfectly there with her long flame-red tresses, her cowboy boots, her knowledge of all things Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and err... her strong midlands accent.
Olivia is awesome. She is a valued member of our team, great fun to be around, and has such a broad taste in music she enjoys both kinds: Country AND Western.
Lizzie is a talented illustrator, and joined our team just after our other amazing artist and illustrator James joined our flock, and they assist Lucy with her multitude of illustration projects. Now the three of them live in a happy world or pencils, pens, scanners and Photoshop. She is an ace person to have around, and used to sit next to Steve in our office very near the stairs, which Steve often pretended to push her chair towards, creating much hilarity and joy for Lizzie.
Lizzie is a whizz with a pencil and paint, and she always creates beautiful handmade fonts that make printed words look SO amazing. Words like: Steve you are so funny' or 'Steve it's so much fun working with you' or 'The best thing about working here is Steve'.
She is yet to write those words, but it is surely only a matter of time.