etsy made local 2015

Etsy Made Local 2015: Etsy Comes To You!

etsy made local 2015

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post in association with Etsy, and contains affiliate links.

I’m a big fan of online shopping site Etsy.  If you’re not familar with Etsy, it’s basically a marketplace for small scale makers, crafters and vintage sellers worldwide.  It’s generally my first stop when I want to buy some unique artwork or homewares for my home; unique and thoughtful gifts for the ones I love; one of a kind or vintage clothes; and for crafting supplies.  It has the feel good factor too, as I know my purchases support independent makers and sellers, rather than lining the pockets of CEO’s.

While shopping online on Etsy from the comfort of my sofa is easy, I do enjoy visiting craft fairs.  There’s nothing quite like meeting the makers of the products you’re buying, to find out more about them and the process involved in the making of the particular item.  So imagine my excitement when an email landed in my inbox, informing me about a series of Etsy Christmas Pop-Up Shops – Etsy Made Local – happening in 13 cities across the UK on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December.

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If you’re in or near Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Bristol, London, Dorset, Portsmouth or Brighton this weekend then do pop along!  Entry is free, you don’t need a ticket or to RSVP, and it promises to be a fun day, and a great way to do your Christmas shopping (or pick up a treat for yourself!).  Find out more about your local Etsy Made Local event here.

To give you a taste of what to expect, here are some of my favourite items from some of the makers who will be at the pop up shops this weekend:

etsy made local guide

Felt Mistletoe (£5) (Glasgow) / Wrist Warmers (£24) (Portsmouth) / Origami Necklace (£24) (Brighton) / Rabbit Earrings (£8) (Cambridge) / Owl Collar Clips (£16) (London)

If you’re not nearby, or not able to attend you can also purchase these items online via Etsy using the links above.  You can also see more on the Etsy Made Local page.

I’m hoping to get along to the Etsy Made Local event in Glasgow on Sunday, so hopefully see you there!

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    Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #2

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    I’m continuing on from Monday’s ethical Christmas gift ideas post, with another ethical Christmas gift guide.  Monday’s post was home wares orientated, this post has quite a feminine focus, with ethical gift ideas for her from UK independent shops and makers.  Again, I’m keeping things budget friendly – everything in this guide is no more than £45, with ideas starting from just £7.50.

    An Ethical Christmas Gift Guide for Her

    ethical xmas gift ideas

    Clockwise from top left:

    1)  Organic Prosecco (£11.50) from Planet Organic because who doesn’t love Prosecco, especially on Christmas Day!  And I’m hoping organic means less of a headache the next day?!  I sadly won’t be able to indulge in any over the festive period but I’ll be saving a bottle for the New Year for sure!

    2)  I love this cheery Amarillo wash bag (£20.93) from Nancy Straughan.

    3)  This recycled sari make up bag (£18) from People Tree (take 10% off with code MF10) is made with leftover fabric and yarn, and ethically made in Bangladesh.

    4)  This Bee Canvas Shopper (£7.99) from Oakroom Shop would be super handy to keep in your bag, and looks lovely too.

    5)  This iPad case (£20) (also available for the Kindle), from Truro based Etsy seller Cherry Plum Tree, is great for tech lovers.

    ethical christmas gift guide for her1)  This sycamore seed necklace (£20.92) from Victoria’s Aviary would make a gorgeous touch to any wardrobe.

    2)  How cosy do these handknitted fox mittens (£32.39), made from 100% British lambswool, look?

    3)  These fairtrade star earrings (£9.95) from Decorator’s Notebook are beautiful.  It would go perfectly with this necklace that’s on my wishlist too!

    4)  This feather bookmark (£7.50) is a great gift for book lovers and can be personalised on the back for that extra special touch.

    5)  And finally, I’m a little bit in love with the handmade bags from The Linen Garden.  This blue one (£42) is a favourite.  Be warned though that the bags are made in small runs and sell out quick!

    There will another two ethical Christmas gift guides to follow next week – do look out for them!

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      Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #1

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      With four weeks to go until Christmas I thought I’d share a few little ethical Christmas gift ideas.  I’m all about supporting independent shops and makers so everything I’ve featured is direct from a UK independent shop or maker.  As always, I’m mindful of budgets so everything is £45 or under, with items starting from just £6.75.

      In this first post I thought I’d put together some a selection of ethical homeware gift ideas.  I had a lot of fun putting this together (I love homewares!) so I hope you enjoy or find it useful!

      Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

      ethical christmas gift ideas

      Clockwise from top left:

      1)  I have a Bygone Press Print in my living room, but I’m very taken with their fern print (£15.99) – I like its old school charms!

      2)   This LED battery powered lighted house (£25) from Southampton based Etsy seller Erinnies, would look beautiful on a shelf or mantlepiece.

      3)  This British made 100% recycled wool throw is just £16 from The Future Kept.  I’ve got one on my list for sure!

      4)  I’m completely in love with this house plant pot (£16.50), again from Etsy seller Erinnies.

      5)  This Let It Snow embroidered hoop (£12) would make such a cute gift!
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      1) I’ve had one of these Custard Cream Cushion (£32) by Nicki McWilliams on my wishlist for years!  One day!

      2)  This Coffee and Tea Calendar (£16.50) from Willow & Stone would be perfect for any tea or coffee connoisseurs.

      3)  A Bee Hotel (£19.95) is always a great idea for anyone who’s a lover of our little fuzzy friends.

      4)  Some stork scissors (£6.75), which are pretty and practical for any keen sewers!

       5)  And finally, this beautiful yellow enamel Mini Moderns Kettle (£45).  All I can say is a big YES PLEASE!!

      I’ll be posting a couple of ethical gift guides in the coming week, but you can find more ethical Christmas gift ideas in previous years posts, where items may still be available.

      I’ve also got some Christmas non-gift ideas in my archives, as well as 10 homemade Christmas gift ideas that might come in useful!  Other things that might be great to make (even if you’re not DIY inclined!) are these easy beeswax candles (I promise anyone could make them) and this homemade reed diffuser DIY (again, I promise, anyone could make these!).

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