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


Monday, 23 August 2010

New Sample Sale Sets Added! Still 50% off!

Hi Everyone,

I'm really pleased to announce that the final 19 Sample Sale Sets are now on sale in the Shop Handmade UK store on Folksy. There are now a total of 34 sets on sale with a mix of jewellery, stationery, homewares, fashion accessories & more. Each set is 50% off the RRP with proceeds being returned to the designers. So now is the time to save money and support UK designer-makers.

I'd like to thank all the wonderfully talented UK based designer-makers who have participated in the Sample Sale project:

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Opportunity - Calling Designer-makers in Lincolnshire

Hi All,

I've been contacted by Laura who is the owner of Pink Power Photography & Gifts in the Bailgate area of Lincoln. Laura sells her own photo art via her retail store along with many handmade crafts from local artisans. Laura is now looking to expand the products her store stocks and is seeking designer-makers in all crafts, in particular she in seeking makers of plushies, sock monkeys and children's gifts.

You must be based in Lincolnshire and be happy to work on a consignment / commission basis. For full details please contact Laura directly via laura@pinkpowerphotography.co.uk.

Laura is not looking for photography & greetings cards at this point in time as Laura's own products cover these categories.

This is a great opportunity if you are seeking to start on the road to wholesaling or are looking to increase your current stockists.


Saturday, 7 August 2010

New Featured Designer - Sooziebee

Hi All,

I'm really pleased to bring you a New Featured designer. Come and meet Sue, the artist behind from Sooziebee. To read my full interview with Sue and see her beautiful work click here.


Sunday, 11 July 2010

Directory Overhaul

Hi Everyone,
The Shop Handmade UK directory has steadily been growing and has now reached over 1500 UK based designer-makers so I think it's time for an overhaul of the directory. My aim is to help shoppers find you and your products based on the end use or function. I'm proposing removing just 2 categories, changing the names of others and adding to most a range of sub categories as some of the main categories like Jewellery, Accessories and Homeware & Gift are getting very large. I'd also like in each sub-category to feature in the top 5 product spots a product from every designer-maker listed in that sub-category so there is variety on each page.

Here are my proposed changes:

Accessories - Stays the same, add subcategories:
  • Phone / i-pod cases
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Hair accessories
  • Children's & Babies accessories
Art & Design - Stays the same, add subcategories:
  • Illustration
  • Prints
  • Originals
  • Sculpture & Design
Bath & Beauty - No change

Cards & Stationery - Stays the same, add subcategories:
  • Greetings cards
  • Notebooks
  • Papercrafts
  • Invitations
  • Wedding
Ceramics & Glassware - Removed as the category it based on medium used not function. The majority listed fall under Homeware & Gift so most would move to these categories. Some jewellery designer-makers are listed here, they will move to Jewellery.

Fashion & Hats - Name change to Fashion & Clothing add subcategories:
  • Women's
  • Men's
  • Children's
  • Babies
  • Footwear
Hats will be moved to Accessories.

Handbags & Purses - Stays the same, add subcategories:
  • Handbags
  • Clutches
  • Totes
  • Purses
  • Other
Homeware & Gifts - Becomes Homewares, (new category created for Gifts) add subcategories:
  • Lighting
  • Wall Decor
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Furniture
  • Home Decor
Gifts General - For all products that don't really fit into other categories from Edible goods to unusual good that would generally be gift related only.

Jewellery - Designer / Fashion & Gemstone - Combine all 3 Jewellery categories into 1 main category with new subcategories based on medium & style:
  • Silversmith / metalsmith
  • Gemstone
  • Precious Metal - Silver / Gold
  • Resin
  • Wood
  • Glass/Lampwork
  • Ceramic
  • Fashion Beaded - Non precious
  • Plastic / Kitsch
  • Vintage Style
  • Repurposed
  • Wedding
Knitting & Embroidery - Removed as the category it based on medium used not fuction. Goods in this category will move to Accessories, Fashion, Homewares or Gifts.

Photography - No change

Plushies & Dolls - Change to Plushies, Bears & Dolls, add subcategories:
  • Dolls
  • Teddy Bears
  • Sock monkeys / monsters
  • Plushies general
Supplies - Stays the same, add subcategories:
  • Fabric
  • Knitting
  • Jewellery
  • Papercraft
  • General crafts
These are just proposed changes, I'd really like your input and suggestions especially on the new sub-categories so please leave a comment and let me know what you'd like to see.


Shop Handmade Australia

Hi All,

Well it certainly is a small world and only about 4 weeks before I was due to jet off down under on holidays I was contacted by the lovely Julie of Shop Handmade Canberra in Australia. Their setup is slightly different, they started with their very popular Handmade Markets held 4 times each year which has now grown to become a high street shop in addition to the market. Shop Handmade Canberra opened in April only 7 weeks prior to my visit and I have to say the shop is gorgeous and the ladies behind the concept were lovely and all so very talented.

My visit was timed well as the next day the Handmade Market was on so I ventured over to browse over 120 stall holders in a beautiful location with so much on offer. It got my mind racing and I could just see so many of the gorgeous products our UK designer-makers create on the shelves of a high street shop dedicated to only handmade. Here's a look at Shop Handmade Canberra and some of the things I bought while there.
Store front in Allara Street Canberra

Me with Rachel from Shop Handmade Canberra

Shop Pics

Some of the goodies I purchased
Thanks to Julie, Tania, Rachel & Jennie, the store is stunning & it was so lovely to meet you all and see a team so dedicated to handmade.