Tuesday, 7 December 2010

No More Present Panic

Christmas is well and truly on the way, and with the icy arctic blasts showing no signs of abating, the best way to do your christmas shopping this year is with your feet up, by a roaring fire, complete with a glass of mulled wine.

With our economy in what seems to be a permanent crisis, its even more important than ever to support small businesses close to home. Shop Handmade UK features hundreds of british designers in its directory and there are so many choices online when it comes to handmade present options. So I have picked out some of my favourites from the directory (and from a few other places too) to help ease the burden of deciding what to buy your sister / father / friend / postman / neighbour's dog etc this year.

I'm looking at homewares and accessories and a smidgen of fashion, some of my very favourite things.

Happy shopping!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Blog Contributors Wanted!

Hi All,

With our upcoming directory changes I'm looking for volunteers who would like to contribute to regular blog posts here on Shop Handmade UK's blog. The new directory will have 12 categories and I'd love for each category to have a regular guest contributor to post here on new designer-makers in that category, finds, business tips and more. The 12 categories are:
  • Accessories
  • Art & Design
  • Bath & Beauty
  • Cards & Stationery
  • Fashion
  • Handbags & Purses
  • Homewares
  • Gifts
  • Jewellery - many subcategories so looking for more than 1 contributor
  • Photography
  • Plushies, Bears & Dolls
  • Supplies
So what's required to become a guest blogger?
  • Each guest blogger would only need to contribute once per 4-6 weeks
  • You would need to commit to contribute for a min of 4 months preferably 6 months
  • You need to be passionate about handmade & be involved in a hand making venture
If you are interested please contact me direct on info@shophandmade.co.uk with the following information:
  • Your preferred category you'd like to guest blog for
  • Link to your store / products
  • Links to any articles written for your own or other blogs
  • How long you can commit to guest blogging for
  • Any other info you feel is relevant
If you have any questions at all please contact me on info@shophandmade.co.uk or post below.

PS: Don't forget you only have until Dec 17th to save 50% in our Gift Set sale!


Friday, 19 November 2010


Hi All,

I'm really pleased to announce that our Online Shop for our limited edition Gift Sets is now open. Our shop and the Gift Sets will only be on sale until Friday 17th December so you need to get in quick to pick up a steal especially with a huge 50% off all Gift Sets.


Friday, 8 October 2010

Featured Designer - Charlie Moo's

Hi All,

I apologise it's been so long since my last post. Our latest Featured Designer is the very talented Joanne from Charlie Moo's. Not only does she run her party bag business but she also runs a local networking group for mums in business and recently won Dorset Business Mum of the Year. You can read our full interview with Joanne here.

PS - Have you noticed we've had a mini make-over? I hope you like the new look.


Monday, 13 September 2010

Got cupcakes? We have!

Hi All,

This week is National Cupcake Week and whilst I love to indulge in the real thing I thought I'd stick to gorgeous cupcakes without the calories. Six of our fabulous Sample Sale sets include cupcakes from soap to brooches and appliques'. All Sample Sale sets are offered by the designer-makers at 50% off RRP and make great gifts for 1 or more.

The Pretty & Pampered set includes a Rose Cupcake Soap from Sud 'n' Sooth
This set is £13.50 in the 50% off sample sale (RRP = £27.00)

The Jewellery Lovers Set No.1 includes a felt Cupcake Brooch from Jim Jam Sandwich
This set is £12.45 in the 50% off Sample Sale (RRP = £24.95)

The Pamper & Cupcakes Set includes both a felt Cupcake Brooch from Jim Jam Sandwich &
a cute Cupcake Applique from Felt Like Stitchin
This set is £9.95 in the 50% off Sample Sale (RRP = £19.90)

The Jewellery Lovers Set No.3 includes a felt Cupcake Brooch from Jim Jam Sandwich
This set is £15.98 in the 50% off Sample Sale (RRP = £31.95)

The Girl About Town Set No.2 includes a cute felt Cupcake Applique from Felt Like Stitchin
This set is £15.75 in the 50% off Sample Sale (RRP = £31.50)

The Jewellery Lovers Set No.2 includes a felt Cupcake Brooch from Jim Jam Sandwich
This set is £15.98 in the 50% off Sample Sale (RRP = £31.95)

Show us your favourite cupcakes!


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

New Designers!

Hi All,

I'm back from my summer break, had a lovely time in North Devon, was our first visit to the area and I'll definitely return soon. Now I'm back I've re-opened our Sample Sale store on Folksy so make sure you have a browse because all our sample sets make perfect Xmas pressies and with 50% off what's not to love about that.

I've also just added 23 new designer-makers to the directory, here is a peek at a few with a jewellery & art theme.

Love Birds Necklace £86 by Alyssa Smith Jewellery

Girls Personalised Embroidered Picture £40 from Housley & Co

Sterling Silver Orbital Bracelet £30 from Triplemoonstar Jewellery

'Rowan' Art Print 8 x 10 £10.50 by mochalulu

Groovy Star half hoop Earrings £10 by Esme Dodsworth Design

Postcard from Paris Necklace £11.30 from Plastic Bat