Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Last Call for Competition Donations!

Hi All,

I'm finalising plans for the Shop Handmade UK competition / giveaway. Thanks for those who have donated items already: See The Woods, Studio Gilead, Hollie Lollie, CV Jewellery, April Daisies, Beady Pool, Jenny Flower Blue, Dig the Earth, Dollipops, Myfuroshiki, Mia Belle Jewellery, Milly & Pip, Big Blue Bed & Gooseberry Moon.

The deadline for donations is October 9th. The competition will be open from 19th October to 30th November. There will be a dedicated competition page on the website, all designers who donate will have their store details added to the page. The competition will be promoted outside the crafting community with an aim to draw buyers to the directory and in turn to your selling sites. The competition and all prizes will be displayed at the Handm@de Fair in Oxford on 29th November where Shop Handmade UK is co-exhibiting with Mia Belle Jewellery. Last year Handm@de Fair Oxford had over 1300 visitors so we're hoping to gain many entrants to the competition from this fair.

If you would like to donate please leave a comment here or email me on info[@]shophandmade.co.uk.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Monday, 28 September 2009

Blog Competition Winners Announced!

Hi All,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was made up of toffee pud and DVD's on the sofa + a little bit of work.

Thanks to everyone who entered my first blog giveaway to win one of 3 advertising spots on the blog. Winners were drawn this afternoon:

1st Handknitted Things
2nd Dinky Daisy
3rd Claire Hurd Design

Congrats to the winners.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Friday, 25 September 2009

Try new markets & list your handmade goods for FREE!

Hi All,

Most Sellers are now planning their Christmas stocks, planning any craft fairs we have booked and looking at ways to capture new customers. Many of us are already selling on multiple sites and I think it's fair to say what works for one seller doesn't always work for another, therefore it's best to try different selling sites for ourselves. If you're like me and want to know what's new and where you can try for free then read on as I've found a few new selling sites but more importantly those I'm featuring today are FREE to list on so you can try them without spending a penny.Dreamaid - This UK based site with a global presence is not entirely new, they launched in April this year however much PR work since has been focused on their charity, but that's changing. This site has an interesting concept, Dreamaid is a selling site supporting artist / designers like you and I globally plus there is the Dreamaid Charity which aims to support artisans in poorer countries to help get their products to markets out side their normal reach and for a fair price. Sellers can list as many products as they wish for free and in line with their ethos you can donate a percentage of the sale of your goods to the Dreamaid Charity thereby giving poorer artisans a chance to create and support themselves. Currently listings are indefinite and you only pay a fee of 10% when you sell an item. The site has many new functions and features in the pipeline and the site also supports multiple currencies & languages.

Dreamaid is now focusing on their UK promotions and will soon be featured as part of a 1 hour documentary due to be aired on UK TV in November. No doubt the public interest and their online traffic will skyrocket as a result of this publicity. So with free listings, charitable donations and well planned PR, now is definitely the time to try Dreamaid.

My Ehive - Another UK based selling platform who is just 1 year old and rapidly growing, My Ehive works on a subscription basis with a choice of three shop levels. Your subscription is the only fee you pay, no other listing fees or commissions are payable. Starting on the first level, Bronze will get you a free shop which allows up to 5 products. You can upgrade to Silver for just £4.99 pcm allowing up to 25 products and Gold for £9.99 pcm which allows up to 100 product listings. Both Silver & Gold shops offer some great features like detailed stats, discount codes, shop sections & stock control. All listings no matter what level of subscription you sign up to are indefinite and My Ehive support multiple currencies. I think the Bronze level is a great starter package to give My Ehive a go and all for free.

Dawanda - Based in Germany and considered the main EU selling site it has 3 selling platforms, German, French & English. Currently listings are free on the French & English platforms whilst they are in Beta. They do intend on charging in future but will announce this to members in good time before fees are implemented. As a guide fees on the German platform currently start at €0.10 and increase to €0.30 depending on the price of your item. You only pay a commission of 5% when an item is sold and all listings are live for 120 days. While listings are still free, which might only be for a few more months I'd try out Dawanda now.

Zibbet - Launched in February this year, it's founders are Australian based but this site certainly has a global feel to it. Zibbet offers 2 subscription based shop levels. Basic which is free to list and no commission charges which allows up to 25 products & Premium which is currently on a limited and reduced rate of $7 pcm, normally $15 pcm and allows unlimited products. Zibbet obviously came into this market listening to sellers needs and with some great features like coupons & discounts, import from Etsy, shop customisation, bulk image upload and copy existing listings, I think this could be one to watch.

So all you need is a little time and your products could be in a whole new marketplace capturing new customers, all for free.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Monday, 21 September 2009

New Designers

Hi All,

I've just added 66 new designers to the directory this weekend. We now have over 1100 designers listed on the directory and it's growing every week. Here's a selection of the fabulous products available, to view all new designers visit the directory and browse the categories for the 'NEW' icon.
From top left:
seventyseventyone design, Hartfelt Design, The Botanical Concept, See the Woods Designs,
lissi, Hooray4Clay, Blue Serendipity Designs, Wiggle,
Elfie et Sylvie, Sew Christine, Julia Smith Ceramics, Hathor's Bath,
Dollipops, The Posh Scarecrow, Candara Design Photography, Silver Moss Jewellery,
Toast Rack, Pretty Goods, Claudia Varosio, Alice & Charlotte

Blog Giveaway

Hi All,

Just a quick blog giveaway and going by the weather in my area these are needed. Hand Knitted Things is giving away a gorgeous pair of Cable Hand Warmers in your choice of colour. Visit the blog for details on how to enter.
Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Friday, 18 September 2009

New Blog Layout & Advertising Giveaway

Hi All,

You've probably all noticed now that the blog has had a new layout and a few additions to it. I'm really liking the 3 column layout, for anyone who wants one scroll to the bottom of the blog and click the link. It's now allowing more content including polls, I've added one to the right about catalogues and will add another soon on wholesale orders. Poll information helps us all learn more about how we plan to grow our businesses and helps me determine how Shop Handmade UK can help.


I've also added advertising to the top left column, for details on advertising on the blog click on our advertising page. So now to the good bit, to launch the new blog I'm offering 3, one month advertising spots, 1 per month from October to December. To enter the giveaway just leave a comment here. The giveaway will close Mon 28th at noon. Winners will be selected using random.org, 1st winner will have first choice of month, 2nd winner next choice and 3rd winner remaining month.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
twitter.com/shophandmadeuk

Monday, 14 September 2009

New Featured Designer - Hollie Lollie

Hi All,

Now the kids are back to school and things are back to some level of normality I've a lovely new Featured Designer for you. Meet Clare from Hollie Lollie who creates a range of gorgeous fashion accessories, home accessories & home decor perfect for gifts. Read the full interview here.


Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk
www.twitter.com/ShopHandmadeUK

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Promotional Opportunity & Giveaway Request

Hi All,

Promotional OpportunityYou've all heard the saying 'a picture speaks 1000 words' and that's so true when it comes to our products. Without images to show what we make we'd likely not have any buyers.

Shop Handmade UK is now at the point where I'm designing cards, flyers, online adverts & press releases therefore I need images for these to help buyers see the quality of the goods that all you talented designers make. To do this I need your help and permission. If you would like to submit your images to be used in Shop Handmade UK's promotional and marketing material or have any questions then please get in touch via our contact page or leave me a comment here. As these images will be used for print they must be 300dpi high res. If you do not have any in high res then your images may be used for online ads. Please only send a link to your product and I'll be in touch to request high res images.

Where will this marketing material be used? Business cards would be used daily, flyers are being designed to be distributed at events such as the Misi event in Bristol and Shop Handmade UK is exhibiting at Handm@de Fair at Oxford in November so these will be going directly to buyers. Images would also be used for online advertising on quality and well known websites of course.

Giveaway Request

As mentioned above Shop Handmade UK will be exhibiting at the Handm@de Fair at Oxford in November and in the lead up to this I'd like to launch a Competition to win a selection of gorgeous handmade goodies. This will be promoted mostly outside the crafting community with an aim to draw buyers to the directory and in turn to your selling sites.

I'm aiming to promote the competition at Handm@de Oxford with the closing date shortly after. This will be promoted on the Competitions page on the website, anyone who donates a prize will have their item shown with a link to their store &/or blog. If you would like to donate a prize then please get in touch via our contact page or leave me a comment here.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Friday, 11 September 2009

Sales, Giveaways, Discounts & More.....

Hi All,

I've 9 offers to blog about so lots of savings to be had and goodies to win!

Sew Scrumptious has a blog giveaway to win a super cute bib. Visit her blog for full details on how to enter. Closes Sept 28th.
Ali Bali Jewellery has free shipping this weekend on selected rings. Check out her cute Draw for me Silver Keyring while you're browsing.



Claire Hurd has a blog giveaway for her gorgeous 'With Love' appliqued heart cards and a handmade coin purse . Visit the blog for details on how to enter. Closes 1pm Wed 16th Sept so don't delay.


















Silver Moss Jewellery has a blog giveaway for these pretty Wire sculptured Heart Earrings. Closing date is 14th Sept so enter now!











Kitty Eden is having a Sale on a selection of her pretty brooches. Sale starts Sat 12th Sept until stocks last.

See the Woods Designs is having a Summer end of Season sale in her Folksy store with all summer jewellery reduced to half price. Grab a steal before their all gone!

Button Bay also has a Summer Sale on offering a selection of her brightly coloured felt brooches at reduced priced. Sale is on while stock last.

For all you sewers out there Ready, Steady, Sew is offering a free Michael Miller or Alexander Henry Fat Quarter with any purchase of one metre of fabric.
Bliss Knits has a selection of gorgeous knitted scarves on half price sale starting at just £7.50. I know what you're thinking, but don't miss out because you know winter is on it's way! I especially love the Silver metalic Glitter scarf. Sale ends 1pm Wed 16th Sept.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Answers On A Postcard

Hi All,

Katy Penman from Girl Industries is working on a new zine project called 'Answers on a Postcard'. Katy is looking to interview crafters about their inspiration, favourite things and also offer some book reviews, all to be published monthly starting Jan 2010 for the entire year.

Anyone who would like to take part should contact Katy on katy [@] girlindustries.com for a full list of questions. All contributors will have their shop, blog &/or email published so it's a great promotional opportunity for the new year.

I've lots to blog about over the next few days so stay posted.

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Discounts, Offers & an Exhibition!

Hi All,

Good to be back after a few days sort of away from the PC but all the more work to catch up on now. I have 32 new designers awaiting to be added to the directory so that will be my next task. For now I have a few discounts, offers & an Art Exhibition to let you know about.


Susan Green Books is offering FREE Worldwide shipping from her Etsy store until 7th Sept.

Bodrighy Wood is clearing stocks and offering a discount on these 3 Native American style pots in beautiful beech. To read more about this offer visit their blog.

Illusio Creative is offering 20% off all original paintings and illustrations. Those in store now are the last originals available, after Christmas Illusio will be focusing on her prints. Invest in an original now! To read full details visit her blog.


Kate Boyce will be holding her solo exhibition - A Different Light from Sept 23rd - Oct 19th at The Calder Gallery in Hebden Bridge. Kates' work is inspired by local Yorkshire landscapes and beyond and ranges from mixed media canvas's of varying size to framed works on paper. For full details visit her blog.

Coming Soon:
1. Sample boxes, I'm sorry for the delay a few hurdles hit but will have details soon
2. Gift Guide upcoming launch
3. Shop Handmade UK home page advertising

Thanks
Belinda
www.shophandmade.co.uk