Tuesday, 31 March 2009

What's New @ Shop Handmade UK for April

Hi Everyone,

New Designers - There are 23 new designers now listed on the directory. Don't forget they are even easier to spot, just scroll each category for the 'NEW' icon.

Featured Designers - The first of our Featured Designers is now live on the site. This is your chance to meet the designer and creator of fabulous handmade loveliness. Our first Featured Designer is Rachel from Rachel Lucie Jewellery Designs.
You can read her interview with Shop Handmade UK here.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandemade.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Another UK Etsy Treasury

Hi All,

Here's another Etsy Treasury featuring the talented designers and craftspeople we have in the UK, some of these are new to Etsy so have a browse and discover!

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Friday, 20 March 2009

Giveaways, competitions & sales

Hi All,

Just reminding you all about the Competitions page. Najmuthakib has a bracelet giveaway that closes today and a new 20% off sale has been added by Mia Belle Jewellery.

If you have a blog giveaway, sale or competition get in touch so I can add it to the page. All listings are free!

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Monday, 16 March 2009

New designers + easy find feature!

Hi All,

I've just added 29 new handmade artists, designers & makers to Shop Handmade UK + to make searching for these new additions easier, I've added a simple easy find 'NEW' button. Now at a glance you can see who has just been added to each category and have a browse at their fabulous goods.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Friday, 13 March 2009

Handmade Comic Relief







Hi All,

What better place to spend your pay this week than at Crafteroo's Comic Relief store on Folksy.com. They have already raised over £400 from donations by a selection of talented UK artists, designers & crafters. We've picked out just a few of what's on offer, grab something for yourself or a friend today and help a worthy cause.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

UK Etsy Treasury

Hi All

Here is a selection of those featured this month on Shop Handmade UK in an Etsy treasury.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Monday, 9 March 2009

What's New @ Shop Handmade UK for March

Hi Again,

So what's new at Shop Handmade UK this month?

March Features - As it's March I have new category features throughout the site so do have a click about and see if one of your fabulous pieces has been featured.

Jewellery Category Split - I have finally completed the split of the ever growing Jewellery category into 3 as follows:

1. Jewellery - Designer Metalwork
2. Jewellery - Precious Gemstones
3. Jewellery - Fashion

This split has reduced the size of the category and I feel it allows buyers to define their needs quicker and easier as the product features at the top of each category show a better representation of the type and style of jewellery in that given category.

Gallery Page - Every month or thereabouts I update the entire site with new featured product pictures, all 95 of them. Rather than just delete them I thought it would be great to see them in a gallery style. We all love to shop by pics and this helps buyers see in a very quick glance the type of products being made and more importantly the superb quality on offer. Another tool to prove handmade is a good choice.

Featured Designers - Finally I've added the Featured page. I aim to have the first of our seller / designer feature go live by the end of March. A mini feature will also go here on the blog with link to the full article on the site. If you are interested in being featured or would like to nominate someone, please drop me an email here.

Competitions & Offers Page - I see great sales, competitions or blog giveaways so I've created a page for them to be listed and advertised. This offers great free exposure to increase traffic and sales. If you have a sale, comp or giveaway you would like listed please drop me an email here.

That's all for now,
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

New Coriandr Feature!

Hi Again,

We have some Fab news from online selling platform, Coriandr.com. They have just introduced Seedlings which is very similar to Etsy Mini. I personally think it's even better as it allows the same row and column input but it's not static, when you refresh the page it actually rotates your products randomly so visitors will never be bored. If you are a seller already on Coriandr.com then try try Seedlings for yourself.

If you are not yet selling on Coriandr.com then it might be worth checking them out as they offer forever listings, that's right, pay your fee once and that's it until your item is sold.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

780+ UK Designer / Makers listed!

Hi All,

I've been busy with new features on the site and have lots to blog about but thought I'd start with un update of the wonderful talent listed on Shop Handmade UK. We now have over 780 UK based designers, artists, makers & crafters listed with links to all of their sites. If you're not yet listed then fill in the form here, its FREE!

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

UK Selling Opportunities

I'm still here! I'm currently updating Shop Handmade UK with new sellers of handmade lovelyness. Most submit via the site but I also trawl the main sites to find new sellers. As a jewellery maker I'm used to the jewellery categories bursting with listings, it's a competitive product so I was amazed to see some categories offer a few opportunities. If your goods fall into these categories or if you've been thinking about turning your hand to something creative or perhaps a new craft then it might be worth considering a new store:

Coriandr

Edible - There are no Edible goods listed on Coriandr. Folksy as yet does not permit edible goods so if you make yummy treats worth a look.

Bath & Body Care - There is just 1, yes 1 Bath & Body care seller listed AND they are US based, IMO this is a great opportunity to set up a shop here and benefit from UK sales.

Candles - Only 1 seller with 4 items.

Furniture - Just 1 page.

Folksy

Furniture - Again there are only a few pages. You needn't make from scratch you can upcycle or decorate.

These are observations only and we really like to promote the 3 main UK based selling platforms (Coriandr, Folksy & Misi) as these are most likely to bring in UK buyers and support us UK makers.

Cheers,
Belinda