Monday, 30 April 2012


Good morning everyone!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  I'm grumpy today because my internet's running so slowly I can't list any new items on Etsy.  Hopefully I'll get through this blog ok...

If you have spent the weekend trying to figure out the theme of Friday's blog, I'll put you out of your misery.  It was...  The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble, depending which country you're in).  If you're still confused I'll explain what all the clues meant at the bottom of this post.  There were 2 people who got the answer right so I flipped a coin and the winner was Patricia O'Reilly, who gets this Avengers logo keyring.

Today we're  looking at handmade items made from copper, and just to make things difficult for myself I'm avoiding jewellery.  Enjoy!

Copper Butterfly Gift Tag by littleredrobinetsy
£3.50 (+ 1.50 p&p)
Unusual keepsake copper gift tag butterfly shaped with stamped message.  This butterfly gift tag can be customised and personalised with your own message up to 50 characters including spaces around the outside of the butterfly for a unique gift tag which can be treasured afterwards. The butterfly measures approximately 5cm across at its widest part.

Handbound Faux Leather Journal with Copper Buckle by lisaorourke
£13 (+ £2 p&p)
This gorgeous red journal is handbound using the longstitch method and is made of faux red leather. It has pink and red patterned paper inside and is fastened with a handforged copper buckle and belt made from machine stitched red and white cotton patterned fabric. The book is 15 and a half cm long and 11 and a half cm wide with 30 blank cream paper pages. 

Copper Flower Triptych by LivingStoneCrafts
£48 (+ £4 p&p)
The Lily, The Rose & The Tulip, this charming picture is made in copper and depicts the three flowers in an Art Nouveau style. The flowers are carefully worked into the metal using the repousse technique. It is given a lovely patina and they have been double mounted and presented in a natural wood frame. The picture measures 19.5x30cm. 

Hammered Copper Bookmark by BlackOrchidDesigns17
£6 (+ £3 p&p)
This lovely funky bookmark has been hand shaped and hammered, Then adorned with lovely Opalite gemstone beads, each link has been individualy hand shaped and hammered also.

Knitted Copper Wire Octopus by JohnBinetFauvel
£186.34 (+ £3.79 p&p)
Copper Octopus - Knitted Recycled Copper Wire Sculpture
General dimensions are -
15cm / 6 inches
15cm / 6 inches
6cm / 2.5 inches
This piece is made solely from recycled electrical copper wire salivaged from a transformer. 

Ladies Masquerade Mask by gringrimaceandsqueak
£37.90 (+ £4.42 p&p)
Pretty ladies masquerade mask in copper wire with hand beaded panels, finished with black satin ribbon. A very dainty piece, with delicate beading in topaz colour seed beads, designed to accentuate rather than hide.
Dimensions are 19cm (w) x 6cm (h), handmade 

Miniature Copper House Ornament by StudioJewellerybyJo
£28 (+ £2 p&p)
The Town House is made from Copper with a silver door, windows and Chimney, this little house stands on its own and is for display only.  The Town House is antiqued to give it that weather beaten look and is coated in a wax to prevent to much further aging but being copper this will naturally occur anyway.  The Town House measures approx 30mm x 10mm and the houses are frabricated using copper sheet not clay

Moss Green Photo Frame with Copper Leaf by nebauerandanthony
£25 (+ free delivery)
This decorative leaf-scrolled frame has been painted moss green and hand-decorated with copper leaf. It is finished with two coats of hard wearing varnish to protect the leaf.
External Measurements: 27 x 22cm

Photo Size: 16.5 x 11.5 cm (6.5 x 4.5")

Copper Wire OOAK Bird by PoppySeedCats
£15 (+ £2.70 p&p)
Here is an adorable bird made out of copper wire, he measures 100mm (length) X 70mm (height) X 60mm (width). This little birdy is one of a kind OOAK.  It is lightweight and free-standing and would make a lovely addition to anyone's bedroom or study. 

So, you want to know how all those items were clues to The Avengers?  Here's a quick run through...

1. Silver Aries Zodiac Constellation Pendant - The film Zodiac starred Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr, who are both in The Avengers

2. Silver Pearl Curve Earrings - A clue to Scarlett Johansson, star of The Girl with The Pearl Earring and The Avengers

3. Firefly Print Hobby Horse - Avengers director Joss Whedon created the TV series Firefly

4. Knitted Rainbow Rattlesnake - Samuel L Jackson stars in the Avengers and Snakes on a Plane

5. Marvel Monkey - Fairly obvious this one - The Avengers is a Marvel comic

6. Sherlock Holmes Print - Robert Downey Jr played Sherlock Holmes in 2 films

7. Sterling Silver Shield Ring - S.H.I.E.L.D.

8. Stars and Stripes Apron - Captain America

9. Terracotta Thor's Hammer - Thor

10. Bowler Hat and Union Jack Handstamped Gift Tags - This one's a bit of a red herring - it's a clue to the 1960s British TV show The Avengers.          

Friday, 27 April 2012

Guess The Theme

Morning all!  I'm going to try something new today - instead of telling you what the theme is, I want you to have a look at all these lovely items and try to work out what the connection is.  Once you know what the theme is, leave your answer as a comment on the wall of the new Buy Handmade British Facebook Page.  Entries sent by email and comments on this blog, twitter or the Cute Kids Clocks facebook page will not count.  Everybody who gets it right will be put in a hat and one person, drawn at random, will win a small prize.  I'm not telling you what the prize is because it's relevent to the theme.  You have until 6am (BST) on Monday to get your entry in and you're only allowed one entry - if you have more than 1 guess I'm just going to take your first answer.  The winner will be announced in this blog and on facebook on Monday morning.  Good luck everybody!

Silver Aries Zodiac Constellation Pendant by sjegan
£40 (+ £2 p&p)
A circular pendant of diameter approx 2cm the silver has been hammered for texture, and domed to give a nice 3D aspect with holes drilled to represent the stars of the constellation Aries. The necklace will be packaged with a fact sheet about this constellation. The piece is suspended on a 18 inch sterling silver chain.

Silver Pearl Curve Earrings by LouyMagroos
£38 (+ £5.45 p&p)
Handmade Silver Art Deco inspired, curved stud earrings with freshwater pearls.  Inspired by the glamour of the 1920’s Art Deco, geometric shapes and sweeping curves.  This classic design is so feminine and charming, the long curve of the silver elongates the neck and creates an elegant silhouette.  Measure approx 4.5cm long x 1.5cm at the widest points. With a 1cm round dome in which the freshwater pearl is set.  The black oxidized silver domes really set off the silver, and the pearls give the glamorous style of Art Deco a revival.

Firefly Print Hobby Horse by corduroykisses
£20.29 (+ £9.51 p&p)
‘Firefly’ flies through the night at the speed of light. He is a marvel to be seen as he shimmers and dances in the sky.  He is a traditional Hobby Horse with a varnished wooden shaft and wooden rotating wheels and comes with ribbon bridle. Suitable for children over 3 years old.

Knitted Rainbow Rattlesnake by ButterflyLove1
£12.68 (+ £2.70 p&p)
This lovely snake is made out of a hard wearing sock wool, which can be machine washed on a low wool wash, and he's been stuffed with hypoallergenic polyfil.

Marvel Monkey by MonkeyMakerUK
£15.22 (+ £2.22 p&p)
Hand and machine-stitched sock monkey, made from top quality new socks featuring Marvel characters Captain America, Wolverine and Spiderman, and plush non-allergenic washable filling.
Approx 35 cms

Sherlock Holmes Print by lizzylemonsouthsea
£12 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Art print for adventurers, and for lovers of fun and of the wisdom and wit of the great Sherlock Holmes.  The quote is digitally printed onto 300gsm acid free card. The image area is 7x5". It comes in a 10x8" mount ready for an an off the shelf frame of your choice.  The words are in various shades of blue, with 'escape' highlighted in orange, but can also be done in a custom colour scheme.

Sterling Silver Shield Ring by AlteredExistence
£66.59 (+ £4.12 p&p)
Handmade in sterling silver, weighing 14.5grams, 2.5mm thick and 23mm wide at its widest point 

Stars and Stripes Apron by BronteApronsNVintage
£16 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Don't let the need for practicality drag down your gorgeousness! This pretty yet practical utility apron has six big pockets and a key clasp for your keys.  Ideal for craft show vendors, market stall sellers, gardeners, baristas, waitresses... Whatever you choose to do, you'll always have your stuff handy with this apron. The six big pockets and key clasp take care of that for you!

Terracotta Thor's Hammer by RowanSongCrafts
£23 (+ £3 p&p)
Thor’s Hammer is a representation of Mjolnir, the magical hammer that the Norse God Thor carried.  The structure was inspired by traditional representations of the Hammer and has been created using slabs of clay with the details hand modelled. Symbols included or alluded to on this piece include the Oak leaf, the Sun, ram's horns, and the Sowilo &Thurisaz runes, all connected to the nature of Thor and his mythological stories. The piece is approximately 18cm tall and 11.5cm at its widest point.

Bowler Hat and Union Jack Handstamped Gift Tags by thedovestop
£3.75 (+ £1 p&p)
Very cute set of 5 hand cut, hand stamped tags with plain white backs, blue eyelet, Union Jack ribbon and red satin cord.  These tags have been stamped with red and blue to make up the Union Jack flag for the background and then have a Bowler hat stamped on the ulternate 'blank 'area in a black ink.  Size: 9.8cm x 5cm approx not including ribbons.

Ok, so you've seen all the items...  Have you figured out the theme?  Head over to facebook and leave your entry on the wall.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Undiscovered Rediscovered

Morning all!  After returning to some of the new shops yesterday, it seems only fair that today we take another look at some of the undiscovered shops I've featured in previous blogs.

Bear and Puma Cushion Cover by ElementalMorph
£23 (+ £3 p&p)
Handprinted cushion sewed together with refreshing green striped cotton fabric. White zip at the bottom of the cushion. Forest with bear and puma illustration is designed and screen printed onto prewashed unbleached cotton fabric. This printed fabric is then carefully matched to the refreshing green striped fabric. Dimension: 15" x 15"

Fenland Boathouse Mailbox Photographic Print by MartinCoton
£22 (+ £3 p&p)
This photograph was taken on West Mersea. It's has this low-lying harbour where old barges and fishing boats are moored to be used as boat houses. The whole area has a slightly unreal feel to it, being only a few inches above sea level all along the coast line.  It is an original photograph professionally printed on high quality archival paper.  Signed by the photographer.

Ginger Cat Tea Cosy Handbag by uoldbag
£65 (+ £5 p&p)
Handbag made from vintage tea cosy, silk nylon lining and gold chain handle.  
Size: 57cm/30cm/5cm.  Made by hand in the UK. Only two available.

Heart Shaped Cushion by creation26
£19 (+ £3 p&p)
Handmade heart shaped cushion.   Both sides are made up in contrasting fabrics. Gingham and wool, or corduroy. The cushion is stuffed with 100% Polyester which is "washable, non allergenic, non toxic, flame retardant". A sprinkling of lavender has been added inside the stuffing, for a pretty smell.  

Olive Green Handprinted and Handmade Door Stop by Popsey
£22 (+ £2.75 p&p)
Removable cover (may be hand washed), hand screen printed with non-toxic water-based inks on white cotton duck fabric and handmade.  Dimensions: 180mm (h) 130mm (w) 130mm (d) approx. Weight: 1.75kg approx. Inner bag weighted with kiln-dried sand & polystyrene beads for a soft feel.  A bold and colourful print with convenient removable cover for washing. No more door slamming moments, this door stop is squidgy and soft to feel but strong.  Outer cover ties at the top with cord, inside bag is completely sealed.

Handmade Polymer Clay Pendant by Dubim
£3.18 (+ free delivery)
These pendants are handmade and one of a kind with a glossy varnish finish. The pendants are attached to a long black lace ribbon that can be a tied at the back to the required length.

'Lucky in Love' Solid Oak Heart and Horseshoe by HeartofOOAK
£30 (+ £6.50 p&p)
This heart is decorated with a steel horseshoe from a Thoroughbred racehorse which has been painted silver and nailed to the heart. This is a large solid oak heart from the very heart of the tree and therefore the hardest oak which makes it very durable.  It would be a good gift for many occasions; weddings, 21st birthdays etc. Or just for someone who loves horses.  Approx. dimensions of heart are 220mm x 200mm x 45mm. The heart is treated with linseed oil only and securely hangs from a single screw inserted into your wall (not supplied) which is completely hidden from view once mounted.

Oriental Balloons Original Framed Art by ForeverFavelle
£15.90 (+ £3.18 p&p)
This picture is an original Papercraft Design on Black card framed in a red glass frame (see the Etsy listing for photographs with the frame).  Perfect for a desk, bedside cabinet, shelf or for the wall.
Paper size: 6" x 4" (apx)
Frame size 8" x 6"

Turquoise OXO Tower Screenprint by Jaysonshop
£108.11 (+ £3.18 p&p)
Limited edition screenprint from Jayson Lilley's Urban series of screenprints.  Vibrant and mature colour combinations are hand-printed on 300gsm Fabriano heavy weight paper by the artist to create this spectacular urban snapshot.
All Signed and numbered, unframed, paper size 50 x 50cm 

Picasso Inspired Portrait of a Woman Tote Bag by madeincrawley
£25 (+ £2 p&p)
A beautiful Picasso bag designed by Tolu Fisher using a combination of applique, hand and machine stitching on an Organic Green Twill fabric called Let it grow.  This unusual design is great to look at and would be a great gift for friends and family. It is lovely and presentable and will nice on any body's shoulder.
Bag size is 14 1/2 x 171/2 inches
Strap is 21 inches long

Posy Mouse Greetings Card by KitchimamaCreations
£2.38 (+ 77p p&p)
Cute and quirky card depicting a mouse holding flowers. Based on an original illustration.
Measures 6inchs x 6inchs
Blank inside and ready for your message!

Squibbulb Print by craftofboredom
£8.27 (+ £1.59 p&p)
Original of a Squibbulb - an original character created by Anna Legaspi from craftofboredom.
Professional Photo Paper Print (Matte Finish)
8 x 6 inches

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

New Shops Revisited

Today I thought it would be nice to go back to some of the "new shops" featured in January, February and March and see what they're up to now.  It's a little worrying how many of the new shops I've featured now have more sales than me...  it does make me wonder if I should spend more time promoting my own shop instead of blogging about everybody else...  I think once I've got Buy Handmade British up and running I need to concentrate on my shop for a while.  But don't worry, I'll still keeping blogging about everybody else every day.

Almond Purse by SophiesCupboard
£35 (+ £3 p&p)
Handmade purse with 100% cotton lining and felt flower embellishment.
Purse height: 9.5 inches (not including handles)
Purse width: 14 inches
Handle height: 3.5 inches
Handle width: 12.5 inches

Bright Stripe Baby Socks by AmandaMehmet
£5.03 (+ £2.04 p&p)
These lovely baby socks are hand knitted and would be a great gift for a Mother-to-be. The bright primary colors are perfect for a little boy or girl.  These socks are roughly a 6-9 month size, but could be done as a custom order for any size.
50% Superwash Merino wool, 25% Rayon from bamboo, 25% Nylon.
Machine wash warm, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat or lay flat to dry.

Butterfly Print Purse by GraceFaceBoutique
£8 (+ £1.99 p&p)
Vintage butterfly print printed on calico cotton fabric, and backed in a vintage mint floral. Purses are fully lined. Purse measures 16cm by 11cm.

Mid Century Cathrineholm Kitchen Print by visualphilosophy
£28.63 (+ £2.86 p&p)
A homage to wonderful Cathrineholm kitchenware, perfect for brightening up your kitchen!
Digital print :
16x20 inches (40.6 x 50.8cm)
Printed on heavyweight 190gsm matte cartridge paper, using high-quality inks for vibrant, long-lasting colour.  Each print comes with a white border, ready for mounting and is hand signed.

Cat Kicker Scratch Toy by KoogaTree
£7.99 (+ free delivery)
Your cat (or even you and your kids) will love to play with and collect these very durable handmade cat scratching toys. Each can come with catnip or not depending on your preference.  Size: 12 x 12cm

Fantastic Mr Fox Print by helenrobin
£12.72 (+ £1.91 p&p)
You know, you really are ... fantastic.
... and so is this adorable Fox illustration, making a lovely addition to a nursery or child's room or indeed in anywhere in your home if your looking to add a bit of playfulness & charm to a grown-up space.
Digital Print - 8x10 inches.  Professionally printed on 250gsm premium paper, using high quality inks for vibrant, long lasting colour.  Each print comes with a small white boarder ready for mounting.

Felted Mouse by FeltLikeaMouse
£20.68 (+ £2.42 p&p)
Hope has just found her friends online and can't quite understand what they're doing in there...all together ...side by side... in their little boxes...
This little mouse is needle felted over wire so that it can be gently posed.  It is made from Merino wool with black onyx for her beady eyes.

One Shouldered Long Red Dress by HelloLoloJewellery
£66.80 (+ £5.09 p&p)
Elegant one shouldered red long length dress with bow detail on the shoulder. The bow detail also features a silver and bronze diamonte flower. Material is Duchess satin with nylon lace at the bust area which is unboned. It is also piped in satin under the bust and is fully lined. Zip is at the side with a hook and eye at the top. The dress features a 70cm slit up the front of the left leg. Dress can be handwashed in cool water and drip dried.
The dress is lovingly handmade in Scotland by Hello Lolo's professional seamstress

Pine Tea Light Holder with Brown Pot Flower by HudsonCarpentry
£16.95 (+ £3.49 p&p)
The base is made from solid reclaimed pine thats been hand waxed to a smooth and heat resistant finish.  Sitting at the top of this modern shape is a heavy pot flower holding a single soya tea light.  Also included are the 2 other tea lights and all 3 tea lights are soy and come in clear plastic cups, the candles are also handmade. 
Size 25.5 x 18 x 2.5 cm 

You Are Here Pillow by SixesnSevens
£34.99 (+ £4.01 p&p)
For those days when you're a little disorientated, or a guest needs a quiet reminder of just where they are, here is the perfect cushion.
Made from natural calico cotton, hand painted and with a black felt arrow. There is a envelope opening at the back for cleaning and plumping purposes. Comes with a feather filled insert.  Approx 17" square

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

New Shops for April

Yes, it's that time of the month again when we look at the new shops that have opened on Etsy.  It's a good, diverse selection this month.

Light Blue Striped Handwoven Beach Towel by at72
£12.84 (+ £5.10 p&p)
Light Blue Striped Handwoven Peshtemal Towel,100% Organic Cotton, 90 x 180cm. Peshtemals are traditional Turkish towels used in Ottoman Empire in Turkish Baths.  These beautiful authentic towels are becoming very popular by holiday makers as they dont trap sand and also due to its properties by being so thin and absorbent.They will take little space in your luggage.They also make lovely gifts for your loved ones.

'Gutsman' Hama bead Picture by lauracardiff
£7.99 (+ £1.30 p&p)
This is Gutsman from Megaman.  These Hama Pictures can be a stand alone piece, or can easily be turned into badges, keyrings or wall hangings. The designer can also make pieces to order if you send her a picture.

Hackney Wick Map Brooch by DottyandAlice
£5 (+ £1 p&p)
This brooch features a section of a late 1990s London A-Z, focusing on Hackney Wick. Hackney Wick has changed a lot since this map was drawn up, and that green recreation ground you can see is now part of the new Olympics complex. This map has been carefully placed between an antique brass back and an oval dome. The glass dome really makes the image stand out and gives it a cameo feel.  It is approximately 4cm x 3cm (at the widest points, including the setting).

Harry Potter Necklace by LunaMagicae
£9.56 (+ £1.75 p&p)
Harry Potter themed necklace featuring the the words ''Keep Calm And Carry A Wand" in white on a red background!  Details: Silver plated setting, image sealed and held under glass dome approx 26mm in diameter.  Chain: Silver plated 18 inches 

Cotton Kaftan Dress by SingingSlowly
£19.12 (+ £1.78 p&p)
A versatile, chic & beautiful kaftan dress in a teal blue floral pattern. Handmade lounge wear that is light as a breeze - easy to get in & out of. So comfy & easy to move about in.  This dress can be tied up at the waist with a belt (included) or worn very loose without it. Can also be worn with the belt tied at the back for a more fitted & flattering look

Red Paisley Make Up Brush Roll by RitzySwish
£21 (+ £1.75 p&p)
Red, orange, black, grey and white paisley fabric with coordinating red lining and red satin ribbon bow tie. Unroll to reveal compartments containing a set of five make-up brushes, and pockets to hold sponges/wipes. (Five make-up brushes and one sponge included with the product). Velcro close for security. Outer: 100% cotton, lining: 100% acrylic coated polyester. Lining is shower-proof. Size: length 30cm, height 15cm (when unrolled). 

Personalised Pirate Bookends by EdenfieldsDesigns
£40 (+ £4.95 p&p)
These beautiful bookends are a real work of art which I'm sure will be treasured for many years to come. They are ideal as unique birthday gifts for little boys.  Based on the magic of fairy tales each set is made to order and personalised with your child's name.  Other designs are also available.

Red Peppers Limited Edition Giclee Print by StephanieHarland
£20 (+ £3 p&p)
This colorful design of red peppers mixes contemporary food graphics with a vintage twist for a kitchen print with impact.  Images are centered on the paper leaving a nice white border for framing.  Prints are signed on the front and also signed and numbered on the back.

Newsprint Spats by AshleighEllan
£9.40 (+ 65p p&p)
These eye-catching spats will add a little extra brilliance to any boots. Washable for ease of cleaning and easy to put on and take off! 

Denim Panelled Waitress Dress by phylicianjoku
£66.93 (+ free delivery)
Style it out in this statement piece with two tone panelling detail and dainty feminine frills. Versatile to wear for any occasion; flattering to all shapes and sizes.
Fabric: Soft denim with a strecth.
Machine washableor dryclean.
Only small available which would fit a size 8 -10