Saturday, 30 April 2011

Men Who Craft and the Gifts Made for Them

Good morning everyone and welcome to our latest special feature 'Men who craft and the gifts made for them' 


With the crafting world dominated by women it can be easy to assume that most of them are and the men who craft sometimes get a little lost, this feature has been set up to celebrate the men who do craft and craft well. Tending to favour big or graphic based crafts there are also a lot of behind the scene crafters who help design and encourage the women fronting the business and sometimes with the love and support some of us women would be crafting any longer. To say there aren't many men crafting would be a lie, maybe they don't physically pick up a bead but they can offer something more important and for that we will love them forever.


With Fathers day also coming up, wouldn't it be nice to buy them something other than socks this year, so included with feature is a list of businesses providing new, different and special ideas for men's gift buying.


So without further ado this one guy's is for you!


Men on the front line:


Scorpion sculpture 
Used with permission from Scorpion Sculpture 
If you are looking for something unique then this is the place to begin, started by a experienced brick layer and drystone waller this businesses is part art and part self discovery. His creations are grand, well designed and well made. His artwork is very realistic and certainly creative. Plus if your not looking for art and more of a wall or feature then you don't need to look any further. For more information and a full gallery you can visit his website and facebook page.
http://www.johnnyclasper.co.uk/gallery/main.php
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scorpion-sculpture/176369842381897


Zebra Print & Design - Darlington


If you are looking for fantastic graphic design and leaflet printing for your business then here you go, designed and printed by the man in charge, you are sure to find something that suits your work and says what you want how you want it. Not looking for business printing? Looking for a customised printed t shirt or mug as a gift then don't move they can provide this also! For a full gallery of his work you can visit his facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zebra-Print-Design-Darlington/160973167256165


Men behind the scenes:


Tracy-Louise Jewellery Srajd


A beautiful range of handmade and self designed jewellery for any occasion. Behind the scenes we have a man who helps design and sometimes make the jewellery being made. For a full gallery of their work you can visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracy-Louise-Jewellery-Srajd/115359171873159?


Chicme


Country, chic and vintage style gifts. Behind the scenes we have a man who helps make and encourage the work being made. For a full gallery of their work you can visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicme/112527022136731


Gifts aimed at men:


Sutton Soap Handmade Natural and Organic Soap


Has a great collection of men's soaps, including a gardeners 'tuff' soap so if you are looking for something a man can pamper himself with for a change then why not pop by their website for more information. For a full gallery of works you can also visit their facebook page.
http://www.suttonsoap.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/SuttonSoaps


Funky Freaktures
Do you know someone who loves golf? Then these can make fantastic and funky creatures to act as golf club covers. These would make a wonderful fathers day gift or a gift for someone who would love something a little unique. For a full gallery of works you can visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/FunkyFreakturesPage


Scratchy cat crafts
Have an amazing collection of handmade crafty gifts including notepads and more. They are  making wooden keepsakes at the moment and one of which is a sheep which says ' I love ewe daddy' Perfect for fathers day! For a full gallery of their work you can visit their website and facebook page.
http://www.scratchycatshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Scratchycatcrafts


Ladybird Pottery


If you are looking for something truly unique as a gift then look no further, this mobile pottery painting studio has a wide range of options available for you. So visit their website and facebook page for more information and a gallery of their work.
http://www.ladybirdpottery.co.uk/index.php
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladybird-Pottery/118980454800080


Pickle Paints


These wonderful and unique hand painted t shirts can also be designed for men and as a great fathers day present children can send in paintings to be copied onto a t shirt for their dads! Visit their website and facebook page for more information and a full gallery of their works.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/picklepaints/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pickle-Paints/137556366296470?sk=info

TLC Nappy Cakes


Not wanting to leave out gifts for men these have made wonderful handmade Guinness flannel cakes. These will make great fathers day or birthday gift for the man in your life. For more information visit their website and facebook page for a full gallery of their work.
http://www.tlcnappycakes.co.uk/#/flannel-cakes/4549338148
http://www.facebook.com/tlcnappycakes 


Sweet Moments (cakes by Aly)
Used with permission from Sweet Moments (Cakes by Aly)
Know someone with a sweet tooth? Then look no further, these have a wonderful range of handmade chocolates, flapjacks and brownies. Perfect for fathers day or just to treat the man you love. Make sure you order early as these are made to order! For a full gallery of their mouth watering treats visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/sweetmomentscake


Hea'ram-skearam Soap Company


Want to buy your man a special shaving soap gift set? Then look no further. Handmade soaps, shaving goods and more can be found here, using where possible natural ingredients. Men need pampering too! Visit their website and facebook page for more information and a gallery of their work.
http://www.hearamskearamsoapcompany.co.uk/store/Default.asp
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearam-skearam-Soap-Company/109004825792574

Jeeberella's Craft Castle
Used with permission from Jeeberella's Craft Castle
Don't forget cards! These have a fantastic range of handmade cards for all occasions, bookmarks and door hangers. Your sure to find something you want whether your searching for fathers day cards, cards for the man you love or if you are a man looking for a card for his special woman. Visit their facebook page for a full gallery of their work.
http://www.facebook.com/Jeeberella

Burgh Bakes - Homemade Gourmet Marshmallows
Used with permission from Burgh Bakes - Homemade gourmet marshmallows
Are you looking for something sweet but unique? Then look no further! Handmade flavoured marshmallows. Not only do they look fantastic, they are packaged wonderfully and come in several different flavours. Perfect as a treat for your loved one or as a different fathers day present. For more information and a full gallery of their work visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burgh-Bakes-Homemade-Gourmet-Marshmallows/160818280623765

Well there we have it, some men who craft and a wide variety of gifts created with men in mind. For more great businesses like those shown visit our website and facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/OurLocalCrafts
http://www.ourlocalcrafts.co.uk/

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Finding Your Local Craft Fairs

So you've decided on your craft, you've made your items and you've even started working on your website or facebook page but what next?


How about a local craft fair or market? But where to start looking and when?
The UK has a lot of craft fairs and markets in nearly every area at one time or another and depending on the fair and place competition can be fierce.


Your best bet is find a small local market and work up. You can find a lot of information on upcoming markets all over the internet but they can be difficult to find especially for smaller markets and fairs. The trouble isn't with the markets themselves you can find a gem of a market that will work for you in the most obscure places, the trouble is marketing and a lot of organisers will assume you will find them which is a tactic that will only work so far. If you are new to markets and fairs you might not know this or you may think the market isn't well organised which is a shame and is why a lot of good local markets aren't doing so well.


The best places to start your search are:


http://www.craft-fair.co.uk/Diary.cfm
These have a wonderful list of craft fairs and events around the UK


http://www.stallfinder.com/
A great website for finding fairs and markets in the UK as well as having a stall holders directory.


http://www.nmtf.co.uk
Can help you find markets and also is a fantastic insurer. Insurance is a major necessity and you will find that most markets and fair organisers won't consider you without it.


http://www.artsandcraftsdirectory.co.uk/craftfairsinjune.html
A wonderful page of upcoming craft fairs in the UK


Other fantastic places to find local markets and fairs are your local councils websites and public notice boards in supermarkets, libraries and churches.


Tips:

  • Don't be afraid to contact the organiser even if no tables are available, many good organisers will have a list of people at the ready just in case stall holders pull out or as a first to call for their next fair or market. Some organisers may even be able to point you in the direction of other fairs and events that aren't full.
  • Book your stall early! Events with stall available will easily fill up, don't put it off.
  • Make sure if you pay upfront or a deposit for your stall that it is refundable in the off chance they have to cancel the fair or something serious has come up your end and you have to miss the fair.
  • Give the organisers a contact number, sometimes stalls are cancelled and the organiser unable to contact you can't let you know. There is nothing worse than preparing a massive range of stock, getting excited and waking up early and finding out you are the only person who has shown up.
  • Parking is important, some fairs or markets don't have parking, make sure you know where you and your car are going especially if you don't live in the area.
  • Get insurance. This is very important and is there to protect up. Market insurance isn't that expensive and can save you a lot of trouble.
  • Tell friends and family. The more people to turn up to the market the more successful it will be and therefore more likely to be there again.
  • Take business cards. People may not buy from you that day but giving them another way to find you may prove very profitable!
  • Have fun. Markets and fairs are great for selling but they are also great for meeting new people and contacts.
I hope you have found this special feature useful. If you know of any great places to find craft fairs and markets let me know and I will add them to this feature.
You can find us on facebook and our website.

Yesterday's South West Business Showcase

Yesterday's special showcase and shout-out was for businesses based in the South West UK. Here are the businesses that are from that area!


Deb's Home Fragrances 
Based in Somerset. You will find a gorgeous range of sand candles, drawer freshners, pot pourri and more for your home. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Debs-Home-Fragrances/139851426027190


Cardium Design 
Based in Devon you will find fantastic graphic design for you or your business. They have a wonderful portfolio so pop over to their page and see if they can help you.
http://www.cardiumdesign.com/
http://www.facebook.com/cardiumdesign


Sarah's Card Creations 
Based in Somerset you will find gorgeous handmade albums and canvas clocks. If you are looking for a gift for someone who likes something a bit different then pop over to their page and see for yourselves what's on offer.
http://sarahscardcreations.co.uk/default.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarahs-Card-Creations/107279319320158


Cat's Crafty Crafting
Based in Bristol you will find a gorgeous range of handmade wooden items for your home including trinket boxes, plaques and more. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cats-Crafty-Crafting/134022233313797


Fat Free Felt 
Based in the South West, you will find the most amazing cakes made from felt! These beautiful creations will make great presents especially for those who love cakes but are dieting. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer.
http://www.fatfreefelt.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/fatfreefelt


Card Mania 
Based in Wiltshire you will find beautiful handmade cards for all occasions. If you are looking for something special pop over to their page and see how they can help you.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Card-mania/102721556461516


Tishooart 
Based in Dorset you will find amazing pieces of art for your home set on gorgeous glass bowls and more. If you are looking for something unique and beautiful then pop over to their page to see what's on offer.
http://www.tishooart.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tishooart/144659192268562


Nelly&Jack
Based in the South West they have a gorgeous range of hand made gifts for both young and old. Made using beautiful fabrics and a lot of love these items will be loved by all who receive them. Pop over to their page and see for yourselves these beautiful creations and if you know someone who would love them pass along their details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NellyJack/113291562066778

Donna's Crafts and Supplies
Based in Cornwall, South West. They sell craft making supplies, from ribbons to ultra fine glitter I'm sure you can find what your after. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer and if you know some one who would like their items please pass along their details.http://www.facebook.com/pages/Donnas-Crafts-and-Supplies/192320704140796

The Maniac Monsters
Based in Cornwall, South West. They sell wonderful handmade 'monsters' each one is unique and lovingly made. (And if I can say not monstrous at all but enormously cute!!!) Pop over to their page and see what's up for adoption and if you know someone who would love one of these critters then please pass along their details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Maniac-Monsters/182607881758026

Nat's nappy Cakes 
Based in Devon, South West they make and sell fantastically made and practical new baby gifts all neatly packed in the shape of a cake! With a teddy on top!! Pop over to their page and see for yourselves these wonderful creations and if you know someone who would like these then please pass along their details.
http://www.natsnappycakesandgifts.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nats-nappy-Cakes/120063058013140

Tillys trinket box
Based in Devon, South West they sell a wonderful range of new and pre loved baby clothing and gifts. Well worth a visit to see what they are offering and if you know someone who would love one of their items please pass along their details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tillys-trinket-box/190575624299577

Josceline's Homemade Haven
Based in Cornwall you will find a beautiful range of handmade hats, bibs, bags, aprons and much more. All made with fantastic fabrics your sure to find something you like. Pop over and have a look at the gorgeous items on offer and if you know some one who would be interested please pass along their details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joscelines-Homemade-Haven/128587920518760

Josceline Tratt - Independent Pampered Chef Consultant
Based in Cornwall, you can find high quality kitchen tools and host a 'cooking show' in your home, it's a great night for you and your friends. So if your from the area take a look at their page or know someone who is then please pass along their details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Josceline-Tratt-Independent-Pampered-Chef-Consultant/181239378586184
http://www.pamperedchef.biz/joscelinetratt

Millie's Bags
Based in Somerset, you can find beautiful hand made bags, scarves and accessories. If your looking for something special as a gift then pop over to their page and have a look at what's on offer. If you know someone who would love their items then please pass along their details. 
http://www.milliesbags.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Millies-Bags/111696598850879

Baby Name Pictures 
Based in Devon, you will find beautifully hand painted personalised pictures for children. They can be made to order and come in varying sizes, you won't be disappointed with the quality nor style, pop over to their page to see for yourselves and if you know someone who would love them too please pass along their details.
http://www.babynamepictures.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Name-Pictures/139538419443416

Twinklicious, Twinkles Jewellery
Based in Somerset you will find beautiful handmade one off pieces of jewellery. If you're looking for something special and made with love then you will find it here. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer and if you know someone who would love their ranges please pass along their details.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Twinklicious-Twinkles-jewellery/193246377373071



As you can see there are some wonderful businesses in the South West, make sure you pop round and see what's on offer. If you're not from the South West and want to see businesses from your area check out our other blog postings or visit our website and facebook page!
http://www.facebook.com/OurLocalCrafts
http://www.ourlocalcrafts.co.uk/

We also provide a wide range of other special feature blogs including 'Mums who make to make end meet' and our special feature 'occasion cakes and chocolates' 
If you would like your business included make sure you stop by our facebook page and see what our next feature will be about.


For £1.99 per business we also offer a full business feature advertisement of your business, no other business will feature with you and it is a chance to tell people who you are and what you offer, including pictures, advertisement and where possible product reviews.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Mum's Who Make To Make Ends Meet Special Feature.

Today's special feature focuses on Mum's who make to make ends meet. The crafting world is made up of some very talented people from all walks of life; young, old, married, single, men and women, crafting does not discriminate! But out of all the groups there is an growing number of mums out there that are crafting as a way to make ends meet be it due to a family illnesses or disablities causing them to be both carer and breadwinner to their families or for those just wanting to pay for the little things in life including holidays and treats.


Many of these mum rely on word of mouth and friends of a friend to earn what they do, so here is our attempt to get the noticed by a wider range of people. You will find good quality, often overshadowing that of high street equivalents, handmade and unique goods for sale. 


We have a wonderful collection of businesses and their items to show you, so grab a brew and settle down for some great shopping!


Hair Accessories Boutique - Based In Ireland - Posts to the UK and Ireland
Used with permission from Hair Accessories Boutique
This is run by a stay at home mum of 4, who tired of spending a fortune of her daughters hair accessories decided to make her own and business took off! You will find a gorgeous collection of hair accessories, made with bright fabrics and a lot of care you are sure to find something you love. You can find a fully gallery of their work available on their facebook page. 
http://www.facebook.com/hairaccessoriesbowtique


Butterfly Candles and Soaps - Posts across the UK
Used with permission from Butterfly Candles and Soap
Looking for some time to yourselves? Candles and great smellies? Then look no further, here you will find an amazing collection of handmade candles and soap, made from quality ingredients and presented beautifully, you won't be disappointed with what you see. For a full gallery of their work please visit their website and facebook page.
http://www.butterflycandlesandsoaps.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Butterfly-Candles-and-Soaps/106239439442322

Clips & Glitz - Posts within the UK
Used with permission from Clips and Glitz
Mum of 2, she began making and selling hair accessories after being unable to find something different and unique to put in her little girls hair and the business grew into designing and making hair clips, headbands and bracelets for other people. If you are looking for cute designs made with quality fabrics then these are for you. You can even design your own hair band and clips for a more personalised touch. For a full gallery of their work visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/ClipsAndGlitz

Happy Plants - Plants can be delivered around Swansea and Llanell everything else can be delivered across the UK.
Used with permission from Happy Plants.
After deciding to take a career break to look after her youngest at home this business has to pay for all the extras including day outs and school trips. They have a beautiful range of handmade candles, wooden giftware and of course plants. If you are looking for something unique and beautiful as a gift then look no further. For a full gallery of their work visit their website and facebook page.
http://vickyshappyplants.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/HappyPlants


Sok-tastik animalz - Posts within the UK
Used with permission from Sok-Tastik Animalz
A small family run business offering personalised sock animals. If you are looking for hand made unique gifts of the cuddly variety then look no further. These beautiful animals will be loved from the first day. They have a wide variety of materials to use so that you can request the perfect sock animal for you. For a full gallery of their work visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sok-tastik-animalz/111757562233409

Della's Sweet Treats - Will be able to post within the UK
Used with permission from Della's Sweet Treats.
Setting up her business in the hope that she can stop working full time and be at home more, Della's Sweet Treats opens on the 15th June. If you have a sweet tooth, looking for a great gift or wanting to cater for a wedding or occasion and need wonder wedding favours then look no further, handmade using quality ingredients truffles, chocolates and more. For a sneak peek of what'll be on offer visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/DellasSweetTreats


Gifts 4 The Family - Posts within the UK
Used with permission from Gifts 4 the Family.
Using the money made from sales this mum treats her kids and uses whatever's left to buy more materials. You will find nappy cakes, hampers and more here. They have such a great range your sure to find something you want, whether your looking for a gift to treat yourselves or to treat someone else you won't be disappointed. For a full gallery of their wares visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gifts-4-The-Family/182143941823822


Little 'erberts - Posts within the UK
Used with permission from Little 'Erberts.
Any extra money made is a bonus to this mother of 4. If you are looking for unique children's clothing that have personality then look no further. You will find amazing, bright and cute clothing for your little ones. There are both girl and boy designs. For a full gallery of their range please visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/littleerberts

Belladumpling - Posts within the UK
Used with permission from Belladumpling.
This stay at home mum uses the money made to subsidise her family's income in a financially tight economy. So if you are looking for handmade and personalised wooden home wares then these are for you. Suitable for children's rooms, wedding gifts, birthday's and more. You will find a full gallery of their work on their website and facebook page.
http://www.belladumpling.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belladumpling/122514194493006


Hand Made Sparkle - Posts within the UK


If you are looking for jewellery making supplies at great prices then this is the place for you. They have a wide range of glass beads, charms, crystal beads and findings so you are sure to find something you like. You will also find a small collection of handmade jewellery for sale. For a full gallery of their wares please visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hand-Made-Sparkle/147387301952501


Making rainbows. Sun catchers by Tracey - Posts within the UK


Do you love sun catchers? Then you will love these, gorgeous handmade sun catchers in a variety of designs, perfect for the summer, you are sure to find something you love. For a full gallery of their works visit their facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Making-rainbows-Sun-catchers-by-Tracey/199524506752813


Caroline's Creations - Posts within the UK
Used with permission from Caroline's Creations
This single mum needed extra income to supplement her 2 day jobs without working nights and decided to work from home making and selling fantastic handmade bath bombs and other great looking bath products. These make wonderful gifts and are great if you need a night in with yourself. For a full gallery of their work visit their website and facebook page.
http://www.carolines-creations.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carolines-Creations/168138703196382


Baby Name Pictures - Delivers worldwide
Used with permission from Baby Name Pictures
This mum has been making and selling products since her daughter was born.. 5 years ago! You will find a wonderful collection of handmade, hand painted individual pictures for children and babies. These make wonderful gifts that last. You will also find a wonderful collection of Wedding and Christening pictures too. For a full gallery of their work visit their website and facebook page.
http://www.babynamepictures.co.uk/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-Name-Pictures/139538419443416


There you have it, fantastic items made and sold by fantastic people. 


You can find all these and more on our facebook page and our website. If you love shopping then visit our page and see for yourselves what's on offer!
http://www.facebook.com/OurLocalCrafts
http://www.ourlocalcrafts.co.uk/
If you know someone who would be interested in this feature or others we publish please feel free to pass it along :)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Leaflets

Have just been designing some leaflets to advertise our website and facebook page so that I can go and hand them out to the general public and advertise your businesses more :)


Here is a little sneak preview, it may change slightly but you should get the idea!


Let me know what you think :)

Summer Fashion Special

This last weeks weather has been fantastic, the majority of the UK saw clear skies and beautiful sunshine and we are only in April! If this weather continues right through to June then summer is going to be fantastic.
But what to wear?
We can all find a pretty summer dress or a great pair of shorts but what about accessories? Bags, Jewellery... Shoes?
There are so many great accessories out there that's it's easy to lose track of something you've found or to just get swamped completely. 
And if you're looking for something special or handmade, where do you go? How can you find what you're looking for no matter your budget?
Our Local Crafts has put together a wonderful list of fantastic businesses offering handmade summer fashion accessories all in one place, so sit down, relax and get ready to browse this years summer fashion special.


Designer Shoes Not Designer Prices - Delivers within the UK
Used with permission from Designer Shoes Not Designer Prices
If you are looking for some fabulous shoes this summer then look no further. Beautiful designer shoes at affordable prices. They also provide mother of the bride shoes and matching handbags so if you are planning a summer wedding then this could be you one and only stop for beautiful shoes. If you have the perfect dress then you'll need the perfect shoes, visit their website for all the latest in footwear fashion.
http://www.designershoesnotdesignerprices.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/designershoesnotdesignerprices


Debi Designs - Delivers within the UK


If you are looking for pretty and bright handmade jewellery to match your summer clothing then your sure to find something you like here. Made using bright, fun and colourful materials, there are a wide range of items for you to look through. If you are planning a summer wedding then make sure to check out there tiaras especially if you are looking for something different. Visit their website to see a full gallery of their designs.
http://www.debidesigns.co.uk/Tiaras-and-Hair-accessories.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Debi-Designs/116936888359690


Pretty Lil Things - Delivers within the UK


Are you a fan of brightly coloured handmade floral jewellery? If so then you can find a wonderful range of them and other designs here. You will find wonderful designs in a variety of bright colours in bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Visit their page to see a full gallery of their works.
http://www.facebook.com/Pretty.Lil.Things.1


Luvlii - Delivers within the UK


If you are looking for great handmade bags and clothing then look no further, handmade with wonderfully bright and fun fabric, they have a wonderful collection of clothing, bags and scarves. They have some truly beautiful items for summer and a fabrics section to help you find the designs that suit you. Visit their page for a full gallery of their designs.
http://www.folksy.com/shops/luvlii
http://www.facebook.com/LuvliiBags

Lindy's Loops - Delivers within the UK


Are you looking for retro inspired bags and dresses? Then you can find them here. Handmade using wonderful fabrics you will find fantastic bags and dresses coming soon perfect for a retro feel summer day. Visit their page for their gallery and visit their blog for updates on up and coming items.
http://www.folksy.com/shops/LindysLoops
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindys-Loops/107489712670765
http://lindysloopsuk.blogspot.com/

Millie's Bags - Delivers within the UK
Used with permission from Millie's Bags
If you are looking for fantastically made knitted bags for summer then look no further. Made from a variety of great colours and finished beautifully you won't be disappointed this summer for lack of bags! As well as bags you can find a great collection of other summer accessories from headbands to scarves. Visit their page for a fully gallery of their work.
http://www.folksy.com/shops/MilliesBags
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Millies-Bags/111696598850879

Summer accessories don't have to be only for adults. You will find some gorgeous hair accessories and bags for children and young adults here:


Nelly & Jack - Delivers within the UK
Used with permission from Nelly&Jack
If you are looking for wonderfully cute handmade hair accessories then you will find them here. Using sweet pastel colours, these accessories will stand out and make any summer dress sweeter than usual. You can also find fantastic drawstring bags perfect for a variety of summer activities. Visit their page for a full gallery of their designs.
http://www.folksy.com/shops/NellyandJack
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NellyJack/113291562066778

Charlotte's Gifts - Delivers within the UK
Used with permission from Charlotte's Gifts
Are you looking for pretty handmade headbands for your toddler? Then look no further, handmade using bright summer colours and pretty floral and butterfly designs. With a variety of colours this great you are sure to find something you are looking for. Visit their page for a full gallery of their designs.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlottes-gifts/192823737413442

There you have it, a wonderful collection of items and accessories for summer, if you are looking for something specific that isn't on here why not visit our website or our facebook page where you will find over 300 fantastic handmade crafting businesses from around the UK.
http://www.facebook.com/OurLocalCrafts
http://www.ourlocalcrafts.co.uk/

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Midlands Business Showcase

Today we showcased businesses from the Midlands, since we last showcased that area we have quite a few more members from there and here they are:


Beading Barn 
Based in the Midlands you will find a wonderful collection of beads and findings, perfect if you are looking to make your own jewellery or if you already do. Pop over to their page and see what they can offer.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beading-Barn/146507602082826


Funky Freaktures 
Based in Lincolnshire they have a wonderful collection of unique critters and bags. They are brilliantly made and will make a great present so pop over to their page and see what's on offer.
http://www.facebook.com/FunkyFreakturesPage


Hand made with love - Especially for you 
Based in the Midlands you will find a gorgeous range of handmade accessories and wooden home wares. Pop over to their page you won't be disappointed, your sure to find something you like.
http://www.hmwithlove-especially4u.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hand-made-with-love-Especially-for-you/151486338243365


BirdieGingham Accessories for you and your home 
Based in Birmingham you will find a gorgeous collection of handmade home wares and accessories. If you are looking for something special and different for your home then pop by their page and see what's on offer!
http://www.facebook.com/BirdieGingham


Madeforu Bespoke and Made for u
Based in Tamworth you will find a great collection of gifts, handmade cards and sweet bags. Pop over to their pages to see what's on offer at the moment, their gift baskets look fantastic.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002279660037
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Made-for-u/147719285287155


Eleanor Jane Cards 
Based in Walsall you'll find some great handmade cards for all occasions. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer and how they can help you.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002285638725


Artemis Designs 
Based in Lincolnshire you will find a stunning collection of unique handmade jewellery. If your after something different and special then pop over to their page and see for yourselves these gorgeous pieces.
http://www.artemisdesigns-jewellery.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/ArtemisDesignsJewellery


Crafty Critters 
Based in Lincolnshire you will find a fantastic collection of handmade children's clothing, bright and funky you're sure to find something you want. Pop over to their page and see for yourselves what's on offer. They also have 10% off orders made before April 30th!
http://www.facebook.com/CraftyCrittersShop


Sweet Bottoms 
Based in Derby you'll find a wonderful collection of gifts including handmade nappy cakes, sweet bags and more. Pop by their page and see what's on offer at the moment.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Bottoms/184913861538948


Delicious Catering and Cupcakes, Leicester
Based in Leicester you will find a stunning variety of handmade cakes for all occasions, they are wonderfully presented and will make a great centrepiece for your event. Pop over to their page to see for yourselves the gorgeous cakes on offer.
http://www.deliciouscatering.moonfruit.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Catering-and-Cupcakes-Leicester/151173138260416


Elderberry Blue 
Based in the Midlands you will find some beautiful handmade cards, using some great materials I'm sure you find something you like. Pop over to their page and see what's on offer.
http://www.elderberryblue.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elderberry-Blue/190908574278097


Kate's Cards 
Based in Derbyshire you will find a fantastic range of handmade cards for all occasions, if you are looking great cards with personality then these are for you. Pop over to their page and see for yourselves what's on offer.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kates-Cards/157226060955988


Crystal Bears 
Based in Derby you will find amazing handmade teddy bears and jewellery. If you are looking for a great gift then look no further and no 2 bears are exactly the same.
http://crystalbears.co.uk/default.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/crystalbears2011


Cute as a button 
Based in the Midlands you will find gorgeous handmade bags, bunting and hair clips, if you are looking for cute and bright accessories then these are for you. Pop by their page and see for yourselves what's on offer.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cute-as-a-button/201545279868244


Exclusively by Claire 
Based in the Midlands, they sell beautiful hand made cards for all occasions. Made with gorgeous materials you will definitely find something your after. Pop by their page and see for yourselves the beauty of these cards.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exclusively-by-Claire/200188420002511



Be-Dazzled2011 
Based in Northampton they make and sell beautiful jewellery. You will find some gorgeous pieces that would make great gifts for either yourselves or someone you love. Pop over to their page and see what they have on offer at the moment.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Be-Dazzled2011/217074324975581



Relatively Pink 
Based in Rugby, they make and sell stunning hand made cards, paper bouquets and other beautiful paper craft items. Items can be made to order so pop over to their page and see what they can offer you.
http://www.facebook.com/relativelypink1



The Empire Soap Collection 
Based in the Midlands they sell soaps, bath bombs, shampoo and other wonderful pampering goodies. So if your looking for some beautiful 'me time' products pop over to their page and see what's on offer. If you know someone who could do with some good quality pampering then please pass along their details.
http://www.theempiresoapcollection.co.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Empire-Soap-Collection/132983483437673



TinksTreasures 
Based in the Midlands, you will find gorgeous hand made jewellery. Perfect for gifts for yourselves or others, you will find a piece you love. Pop over to their page and see these beautiful creations for yourselves. 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TinksTreasures/125668290838898



There you have it, our growing range of businesses in the Midlands, if you are looking for businesses in other areas you can find them on our facebook page and website.
http://www.facebook.com/OurLocalCrafts
http://www.ourlocalcrafts.co.uk/