Saturday, 11 June 2011

Pledging to buy handmade - June update

In April I wrote a blog post called Pledging to by handmade. Basically, I decided to buy at least one handmade item each month in order to support a fellow artist/maker. It's been an absolute pleasure to do so and I normally manage to buy more than one thing! Here are some of the things I've bought since April along with the details of the makers.
This is Ossie the owl brooch made by UK based Christel of Little Feathers, @ASmallWorldGirl on twitter. It's a really beautiful thing, much more fab in real life. You can see the amount of work that has gone into the stitching and beading. At the moment I have it propped up by my bed. I think I'm going to put it on a handbag.

Clearly I have been into brooches in the last few weeks! I bought this one to get into the British Etsy Team BNR. And also because I love it! BNR stands for buy 'n' replace or buy now replace. I wrote more about BNRs here.
I love this brooch from CLS craft creations, also UK based. It's already pinned to one of my handbags and I've had some comments from admirers.

This necklace is just amazing. I absolutely love it. It's by Markhed design who are based in Canada. You can also now get a bronze version but I went for the silver. Very striking in the neckline.

I bought this perfume sampler set from For strange women. I don't tend to wear perfume that much but I was intrigued by these handmade scents and attracted by the ethos. I think what swung it for me is the perfume called 'winter kitty' which is described as 'This blend is an artisan rendition of the sweet, slightly musky smell of a kitty who went for a winter walk around the neighborhood and came back with firewood smoke and brisk air lingering in his fur. ' I totally love sniffing my cat's fur (he's not so keen on it!) so that really drew me in!
I'm glad I got the sampler set. I really love 'moss and ivy' and 'jaded'. I can now go and buy larger bottles of my favourites.

And of course I've got a wish list for the next few months too!

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