So, I'm sure many of you are starting to get a tad stressed about the imminent arrival of Christmas, and the need to buy interesting and funky presents for a multitude of people. Well, look no further!
Many of you will have heard / made use of etsy, where you can buy some really gorgeous hand-made items. However, I think you would agree that, because most of the sellers are based in the US, the postage can often make things seem like much less of a bargain. Well, there is now a UK-based equivalent called Folksy. This is still very new, but features the most amazing hand-made items such as handbags, jewellry, clothing - and all from designers / crafters based in the UK.
As I said, it's still very, very new - but new designers are setting up shop on Folksy every day. So, why not head over here with your Christmas shopping list, grab yourself some bargains and support UK crafting at the same time!
Among some of the treasures to be found are the following (these are just a sample of my favourites):
Pink Murano Glass
pendant from Leeski
Ella Grey handbag
from Emma Gordon
from Purple Sparkle Crafts
Citrus button necklace from Noodlefish
Clutch bag / purse
from Sow's Ear
I think you'll all agree that these are all truly beautiful and original products - I never cease to be amazed at the amount of sheer creativity that is flying around in this country.
And yes, in case, you're wondering, I do have my own shop on Folksy. There's not much on there are the moment, but eventually I'm planning on having a whole range of knitted and crocheted products, as well as my Mum's (and maybe mine?) patchwork quilts - she just has to send me the photos!!!
Hoping this helps to sort out some of your Christmas shopping - and please spread the word as far and wide as you can!