Interview with Leigh Hodgkinson

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How did you start as an illustration?

I have always loved illustrating and designing, at college I had intended on studying illustration but got side tracked by the animation department which seemed so creative and fun . So then I went to film school to study animation direction and worked in the animation industry making short films and stuff for tv. During that time, the most amazing job of being art director landed in my lap. It was for Tiger Aspects Cbeebies show “Charlie and Lola” based on the books of Lauren Child. After the first series I was desperate to do my own stuff again and got in touch with Lauren Childs agent and showed her all the books and stories I had made (for myself!) She got me some meetings at different publishing houses and from that point on, I have been lucky and have published lots of books.

What fascinates you most about writing and illustrating for children?

I don’t overtly try and write and illustrate for children… I just do what is natural to me and what I like or find interesting. I suppose some might say that I have never really grown up, in the respect that I love dreaming, and seeing the magic and fun in everything. Most people lose a bit of that and perceive it as being not relevant and childish. I think there is a big difference between being childish and childlike. All children are naturally inquisitive and open to new ideas- I think that those are wonderful qualities and a great shame most lose this as they journey through life. I like to create characters and narratives that are familiar, but to inject absurdity and things out of context to create interesting discord that can be enjoyed, and then thought about.

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Thank You Card Sayings: Phrases and Messages to Say Thanks

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What to Say in a Thank You Card

Having a tough time writing a thank you card? You’re not alone. It can be difficult to know what to write in a thank you card, and some people neglect writing them altogether because they can’t think of what to write. Don’t fall into this trap!

The list below contains thank you card sayings that you can use to help you get your ideas in a card. This includes:

  • General thank you phrases
  • Thank you messages for gifts
  • Thank you messages for services
  • Things to focus on during your writing process
  • Common words of gratitude to include or inspire

Feel free to use them the way they are or tweak and edit them to your liking so that it fits you and the receiver. Lastly, don’t worry too much about what you write in your thank you card—it’s always better to send a card than to not send one!

General Thank You Phrases

Below are some general thank you phrases if you want to keep things short and sweet. You can also expand on these if you’d like.

  1. Thank you.
  2. Thanks a ton.
  3. I feel so blessed.
  4. I’m so thankful.
  5. Thank you so much.
  6. My sincerest gratitude.
  7. My deepest gratitude.
  8. Many thanks.
  9. You are very generous.
  10. You are so thoughtful.
  11. Thanks for everything.
  12. I really appreciate this.
  13. I can’t thank you enough.
  14. Words can’t describe how thankful I am.
  15. All I can say is, thanks!
  16. Thanks for being there when I needed you.
  17. I appreciate your time.
  18. I appreciate your generosity.
  19. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
  20. I want to extend my gratitude.

Thank You Card Messages for Gifts

People say thanks for many things, but getting a gift is one of the more common reasons. Below find some sample thank you card messages for a gift:

  1. “Thank you for the generous gift. You didn’t have to, but you’re the kind of person who does, and I really appreciate it.”
  2. “Many thanks and gratitude for your gift. I’m very lucky to know you and feel incredibly blessed.”
  3. “Somehow you knew exactly what I wanted, and I didn’t even know what I wanted. You’re an amazing gift giver. Thanks so much!”
  4. “You nearly shocked me when I opened my gift. I couldn’t believe what you’d given me. You knocked my socks off. I’m so grateful to have a friend like you.”
  5. “I was so touched when I opened your gift—you left me speechless! Thank you so much.”
  6. “I’m very grateful for the gift that you gave me. Please know that it definitely did not go unnoticed and I’m glad to know someone as generous as you. Thank you!”
  7. “Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your gift meant the world to me but not only that, I’m thankful to have a friend like you and hope we get to hang out soon.”
  8. “You mean a lot to me and so did your gift. Thank you so much!”
  9. “I was so touched. I’m very grateful to have you in my life and will put a lot of use into your gift.”
  10. “Giving a gift like that should be illegal. I’m surprised you haven’t been placed under arrest for your excessive generosity. Thank you!”
  11. “I don’t know what you were thinking when you gave me this gift. You must either be crazy or really generous to have done that. Since I know you aren’t crazy, that leaves generous. Thank you so much.”
  12. “You made my day when I opened your gift/card. What a fun/terrific gift. Thank you for making my day.”
  13. “You made me feel so special when I opened your gift. I knew that you spent time, effort, and energy to make sure it was awesome, and it was just that. Thank you.”
  14. “Thank you for the much-needed _________. I was so pleased when I opened your gift and just knew you’d be the kind of thoughtful person to get me something like this. Thanks.”
  15. “Perfect is the word that comes to mind when I try to describe your gift. I don’t think I myself even could have gifted anything better. Thanks for knowing me so well.”
  16. “Your incredible generosity and thoughtfulness shone through in your card. You didn’t have to do that, thank you!”
  17. “Thank you for knowing me so well and for the perfect gift. One of the best presents I’ve ever gotten!”
  18. “You never fail to surprise me. Thank you for such a terrific gift.”

Thank You Card Messages for Services

Performed services or acts are another common reason to thank someone. Whether someone helped you to move, drove you to the airport, or offered you support during a difficult time, it’s always nice to know their time and efforts are appreciated.

  1. “Thank you for your help. Please accept this card as a symbol of my sincere gratitude for everything you’ve done.”
  2. “I’m so blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for volunteering all your time and efforts to help me out. I’m incredibly grateful and won’t forget this.”
  3. “I’m very lucky to have a friend like you. My deepest gratitude for all your help—you’re the best! Thank you.”
  4. “The gift of your help/time/support means more than anything money can buy. I really appreciate all that you’ve done and hope this card provides a small token of my gratitude. Thanks!”
  5. “Thanks so much for all your help when I know you’re already so busy. People like you are rare and I’m very lucky that you’re in my life.”
  6. “You are a rare kind of generous. I’m having a hard time putting my gratitude into words but I hope you know how much I appreciate all your help. Thank you so much.”
  7. “You have given me the gift of encouragement and hope in a difficult time. I am so grateful for your support. Thanks for being there for me.”
  8. “I’m having a hard time putting my gratitude into words. Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me that you’d do that.”
  9. “I don’t know how to properly show my appreciation, but I hope this message is a start. Thank you for your friendship and your help.”
  10. “Thank you very much for helping me out when I needed it. You helped more than you think you did and I hope you know I’m very grateful. Thank you, again.”
  11. “Thank you for all that you’ve done. If ever you need me to return the favor, know that I’m here. You’re a great friend.”
  12. “I was so touched by all the support you’ve given me. Lunch is on me next time. Thank you!”
  13. “Your generosity did not go unnoticed. I’m very grateful for all your efforts and deeply touched that you’d do something so thoughtful. Thanks so much.”
  14. “Thank you for all that you’ve done. It was a wonderful and touching surprise.”
  15. “It was so nice of you to help me out. I really appreciate all that you’ve done and hope that this card will help me to express all my gratitude. Thank you!”
  16. “Thank you a million times over for your support. You went above and beyond and I’m blown away.”
  17. “Saying thank you seems hardly fair considering all that you’ve done. I’m very touched and happy to have you in my life.”
  18. “Please accept my thanks and this card for all that you’ve done for me. I’m very thankful.”
  19. “You deserve so much more than just a thank you. Your help meant the world to me. So for starters, I want to thank you.”

How to Write a Thank You Card

If you read the previous thank you card sayings, you will notice that most of them talk about thoughts and feelings of the gift or the person who gave the gift. The thank you card saying should express those thoughts and feelings. After all, thankfulness is a thought or a feeling. Here are things you should keep in mind if you’re in the process of writing or going over your thank you message:

Initial reaction. Make sure to mention your initial reaction to the gift or whatever the person did.

Example: “I was really surprised by what you got me for my graduation gift.”

Compliment the recipient. Express your feelings about the gift or the person who helped you.

Example: “You are a great friend who I feel I can depend on.”

Give examples of your appreciation. Tell how much you like what they gave you or did for you.

Example: “I used my new luggage already, and it was great. I love the color, sizes, and features. You knew just what I would like.”

Express your feelings. Let the recipient know how you feel in general, whether you’re grateful or touched, it’s nice for anyone to hear about the impact they made if they went beyond material gain (which it usually does.)

Example: I’m so grateful for your help that I nearly tore up—I won’t forget how generous you were.
Properly close.

Even though the whole point of your message is to say thanks, make sure you close with the proper wording. Close with a “thanks” or “thank you” to emphasize how thankful you really are.

These simple messages will likely get you headed in the right direction if you’re stuck for words on  how to say ‘thank you.’

 

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