Tuesday, 31 January 2012


This week I opened a DaWanda shop for a new project (more about that later in the week...) so today I'm bringing you some of the handmade goodies available on DaWanda.com.  If you've not heard of it, DaWanda is a handmade marketplace from Germany which is expanding out into the UK and France.  The main advantage to DaWanda is that there are no listing fees and just 5% commission on sales.  As it is based in Europe it will also bring products to a different market than US-based Etsy and UK-based Folksy, which means lots of new customers who haven't seen your products before.  Hurray! The disadvantage is that the prices are all in Euros, so I'm coming over all European for this post.

Coconut Shell Belt by willowbeeaccessories
€11.60 (+ €3.85 p&p) 
Total cost is roughly £13

Belt handmade from polished coconut shells and nylon threads.

Silver Daisy Ring by ArtisanSilver
€40 (+ free shipping)
Total cost is roughly £33.50

A beautiful ring made from silver art clay.

Felt Name Canvas by jiddumdesigns
€26.84 (+ €2.23 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £24

A handstitched canvas personalised with your child's name.

Wooden Octopus Toy by Noel-Studios
€32.80 (+ €9.30)
Total cost is roughly £35

Hadmade wooden octopus with floppy elasticated legs

Orange Shoulder Bag by Scissorstudio
€20 (+ €4 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £20

 Handmade orange cotton bag lined with striped cotton.

Olive Green Orla Purse by ThirtyfiveFlowers
€20.50 (+ €3 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £19.50

Handmade purse using Solid Orla in Olive green by Heather Moore of SkinnylaMinx, lined in grey spot cotton with a brushed brass frame.

Red Felt Poppy Brooch by Lupin
€11.25 (+ €2.25 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £11

Handmade from felt, with bead detailing and a brooch clasp, this pin is approx 1 3/4 inches (4.5cm) across.

Funky Handmade Purse by loxie
€14 (+ €3 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £14

A unique purse made from handcrafted vinyl.

Seedbom by kabloom
€11.50 (+ €2.95 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £12

Seedboms are friendly bombs that contain all the necessary nutrients to grow flowers virtually anywhere!

Elena Sock Bear by eckelandnoo
€14 (+ €3 p&p)
Total cost is roughly £14

This sock bear is one of a kind and has been lovingly handmade and handstitched from a sock, felt and buttons.

Monday, 30 January 2012

An Unwanted Jumper

It's amazing what you can do with an unwanted jumper!  Take something old and make something beautiful.

Shoulder Bag with Geometric Design by JumpUp
£28 (+ £2.50 p&p) 
Made from a sweater that was shrunk in the wash.

Chunky Knit Jumper Cushion by akcflowerdesigns
£19.58 (+ £3.26)
Made from an old jumper.

Floor Cushion by littlemissloolies
£45.69 (+ £26.11 p&p)
Made from a Fair Isle sweater.

Fingerless Gloves by minniemoonstone
£5.22 (+ 98p p&p)
Made from a wool sweater which has been felted.

Flower Keyring by wullibulli
£4.00 (+ £1.25 p&p)
Made from an unwanted jumper and felt.

Patchwork Cushion by TheFeminineTouch
£37.21 (+ £2.28 p&p)
Made with shapes cut from unwanted jumpers.

Whale by TreacherCreatures
£13.06 (+ £3.26)
Made from a felted wool sweater.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Undiscovered Shops

Yesterday I shared some of the gorgeous items available in new shops on Etsy, today I'm going to show you what you could be missing by looking at undiscovered shops.  These are shops which have been open for a while but only have a couple of sales.  These shops usually have items which are as good as, or even better then, much more popular shops but for one reason or another have slipped under the Etsy radar.

Helen Andre from EnchantedCobwebs create one of a kind lampwork glass and wire jewellery inspired by nature.  Items can be customised on request.  The shop currently has 10 items of jewellery priced £13 to £26.

Diomo Glass UK
This shop stocks a variety of handmage stained glass items including coasters, lanterns and suncatchers.  They currently have 34 items in stock, priced between £4 and £40.

John Menage's inspiration for his free flowing and spontaneous watercolours comes from time spent in the Mediterranean areas of Italy and Greece.  His shop stocks 12 prints of his original watercolours for £10 each.

Angela Pearson from MagpieTerrace makes and sells handsewn accessories, housewares and gifts.  This shop currently stocks 33 items, priced from £2 to £15.

Emilia from Meelia primarily works with found objects, fabrics and papers to create unique including cards, candle holders and embroidered pictures.  The shop currently has 10 items in stock priced between £2 and £196.

Sandis Klimovics from Sandija1986 knits and crochets shoes and booties for babies from newborn to 6 months.  She currently has 26 items in stock, priced from £8.50 to £12.
anmimo sells original paintings.  The shop currently stocks 39 paintings priced £25 to £60.

SewShaw sells original handmade toys and textile gifts. The shop currently stocks 16 items, including dolls, brooches and teddies.  Items are priced from £7 to £30.

Richard Baxter from SweetAdelineFandC creates unique boxes and items of furniture from hard wood.  The shop currently has 2 items - a trinket box for £180 and a hall table for £600.

Victoria Loxton from vloxtonart creates handmade items such as jewellery, ceramic flowers and notelets, as well as original oil paintings.  Her shop currently has 25 items in stock, priced from £2.50 to £30.

Crafty-Bitz Valentine's Showcase

The wonderful people at Crafty-Bitz are showing off gorgeous handmade Valentines gifts from 30 different crafters.  This event is running all weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th January).  Why not pop over and check out all the lovely crafts, including this little fellow on the right.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

New Shops on Etsy

Every day crafters open new shops on Etsy.  As Etsy's such a large marketplace many people find it difficult to get their products noticed and customers can be nervous about buying from a seller who doesn't have any feedback.  So today I'm going to highlight some of the gorgeous items you can find in recently opened shops.  Please show these new sellers your support by looking at their shops and adding any items you like to your favourites.  We all need a bit of encouragement from time to time.
Astronaut Pillow by SixesnSevens
£39.57 (+ £4.15 p&p)

I absolutely adore this handpainted pillow.  The pillow case is made from calico cotton with a pale blue cotton panel. SixesnSevens opened their shop in December and currently stock seven pillows, a pin cushion and a doorstop.

Sea Green Glass Hemp Bracelet by ZilverbizJewellery
£5.28 (+ £0.99 p&p)
Natural beige hemp bracelet with embedded 8mm sea green crackle glass beads.  Total width approximately 10mm.  The size is adjustable due to sliding knot closure.  ZilverbizJewellery opened their shop this month.  They currently stock 68 items of jewellery all under £10!

Felt Heart with Embroidered Flower by SophiesCupboard
£3.00 (+ £2.00 p&p)
This incredibly cute enmbroidered felt heart has a satin ribbon for hanging.  SophiesCupboard opened their shop this month.  They currently stock 10 felt hearts, a flower brooch, two pictures and three sorts of confetti.

Heart Bunting by RoseCottageCraftsUK
£9.00 (+ £1.50 p&p)
This crocheted heart bunting is about 3m long.  It has nine hearts and can be made in any colour you like.  RoseCottageCraftsUK opened their shop in December.  They currently stock this heart banner, crocheted Christmas puddings and square crocheted cushion.

Matilda Mouse by FeltLikeaMouse
£20.77 (+ £1.98 p&p)
Matilda is needle felted from purple Merino wool with black onyx beads for eyes.  She is 13cm tall.  FeltLikeaMouse opened their shop last Friday and currently stock seven needle felted mice.

Hello Scrabble Card by sojeanbrodie
£1.81 (+ £0.66 p&p)
5"x5" card hand stamped with rubber stamps and ink on 250gsm with envelope.  Personalised cards are also available.  sojeanbrodie opened their shop on Tuesday.  They currently stock twelve Scrabble cards and two rings.

Crescent Wine Bottle Holder by HudsonCarpentry
£19.95 (+ £3.49)
A gorgeous wooden wine bottle holder handcrafted from oak and ash.  The holder measures around 283mm in length, 73mm in width and 40mm at the thickest point.  HudsonCarpentry opened their shop yesterday and only stocks this item at the moment.

You As A Pin Up Girl by jessesharville
£81.80 (+ £2.62)
Send jessesharville 2 photos of yourself and she will draw you as a pin up in the pose of your choice.  Pictures take 1-2 weeks to complete.  jessesharville opened their shop yesterday and currently stock three pin up girl prints as well as the chance to become a vintage pin up yourself.

If you know a crafter who deserves to be featured in this blog, why not comment and tell me about them and they just might be featured in a future post!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Something Scottish

Today is Burn's Night and, as I married my Scottish husband in a church in Dumfries, I always like to mark the occassion.  So today we will be having haggis for tea (yum!) and I have compiled this small selection of beautiful items handmade in Scotland for your pleasure - enjoy!

Hand Printed Floral Cushion by AstridWeigel on Etsy

"The Dancers" by Handmade in Scotland on Facebook

Silver and Kyanite Cuff by Genna Delaney
Wood Fired Pots by Patricia Shone Ceramics on Facebook

Vintage Race Car Wheel Spinner Clock by ronaldgray on Etsy

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Facebook Jewellery

So far I've concentrated on Etsy because that is where my shop is based but there are plenty of other websites selling beautiful handmade items.  Here's a selection of the shops on facebook selling handmade jewellery.
At Enchanted each piece of jewellery is thoughtfully designed and made with the greatest of care and attention to detail by Nicky Townsend, a jewellery designer and precious metal clay artist.  Items are priced from £3.50 to £45 plus postage.  Enchanted Handmade Jewellery is based in Leicestershire.
Biscuits and Bangles create jewellery for all occassions in a range of styles.  Most items are priced under £10 with a small charge for p&p.  Biscuits and Bangles are based in Peterlee, County Durham.

Goodnight Boutique
Goodnight Boutique creates unique accessories and homeware, that have a vintage feel and help you add a little retro glamour to your everyday life.  Items are priced under £10.  Goodnight Boutique is based in Manchester.

Maura Nicholson
All Maura's pieces are original and made by hand from silver, gold and brass, using precious and semi-precious stones and beads. Maura also likes to incorporate other natural materials such as locally found shells and stones and glass beads.  Items are priced from £14 to over £1,000.  Maura Nicholson is based on the Isle of Wight.

The Silver Shack
The Silver Shack design and make chainmaille and fine jewellery, using sterling silver, aluminium and copper with some designs including Swarovski crystals. All designs can be amended to suit and they take custom orders too.  Items are priced from £12 to £85.  The Silver Shack is based in Milton Keynes.
Spun Sugar Jewellery
Spun Sugar handcraft jewellery from sterling silver, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and semi-precious gemstones.  Their online shop is still under construction but you can contact them for prices.  Spun Sugar Jewellery is based in the West Midlands.
Treacle Knights is a new shop selling gold-plated and silver-plated jewellery.  Items are priced from £22.99 to £27.99. 

Wish Handmade Jewellery
Wish was launched in 2008.  Each piece handcrafted and made to order with flawless attention to detail and craftsmanship.  They also have a range for men.  Items are priced from £10 to £40.  Wish is based in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

With U In Mind
With U in Mind are a group of crafters with talents across a number of areas - from flower arrangements (both artificial and real), jewellery, knitted goods, sewing and modelling.  They create unique and custom pieces to the highest quality.  Items are priced from £5 to £15.  With U in Mind are based in Woolwich.

Yogy Creations design bespoke handmade jewellery using pearls and all semi precious stones to create necklaces, earring & bracelets. Additionally, they design engagement & wedding jewelry (diamond + gold bands, pearl necklaces and pearl/precious stone +silver rings).  Items are priced from £5 to £25.