I love to make my own handmade things, and I love to buy things handmade by others. In fact I feel rather strongly about it.
Why buy a generic gift set from the high street when you could spend less, or the same, and get something totally original whilst supporting small producers?
|Halloween Spiders by Diomo Glass on Folksy|
I am sure those that read my blogs need no convincing, I am more than likely preaching to the choir.
|Hair flowers by Calexendra on Etsy|
The spiders are my most recent purchase - for my Halloween decorations - they are simply too cute for words, I am tempted to keep them out all year round. The flower hair clips are from one of my most favourite Etsy sellers who happens to also be a fellow Kentish girl! I wear one or two of her flowers every day, it makes it look like I have made an actual effort with my appearance rather than just scraping my hair back in a hurry :)
I have a very talented best friend who is a fiend with beads and a wire cutter. She made the above necklace for her shop and I nicked it before it could get listed. I wear many of her items every day and I always get comments. It's great to say, "This? Oh, it's handmade...I got it from Folksy..." in reply to the where did you get it question.
|Blue and Pink Rose Clock by Elibee Gifts on Folksy|
The creativity that is out there in the UK, lurking on Folksy and Etsy, is amazing.
|The Green Collection Button Ring by Maisie Wilson on Folksy|
And so many people don't even know about such sites! Folksy especially seems to be rather unknown.
|Key to Your Heart Earrings by Lonely Hearts on Folksy|
The whole process of buying directly from sellers on Etsy and Folksy is wonderful. When your item arrives it is often wrapped so beautifully you feel you are getting a gift sent by a friend.
|Sterling Silver Textured Surface necklace by Esme Dodsworth Design on Folksy|
And the best part is that you are getting something totally original as something handmade will never be totally uniform, will never look as though it fell off the production line.
|Vintage Image Christmas Decorations by Silent Theatre on Folksy|
So you can always be safe in the knowledge that you carry a little bit of originality with you wherever you go. Like the brooch on my shopping bag which gets used every single day...
|Flower brooch by June at Noon on Etsy|
So with Christmas season starting more or less now (yay!) don't forget to buy handmade - your friends and family will be delighted and you will get a reputation for being a great gift-giver! You know it makes sense.