Archive | December, 2010

Free Delivery reminder

28 Dec

Until 31st December 2010

Just a quick reminder that I am offering FREE delivery P&P on all orders in my Folksy SHOP for the rest of 2010, so you just have a few more days left to take advantage (offer ends 11.59PM on 31st December 2010).

The value of the P&P will be refunded via paypal after purchase.  All my items are ready to be shipped, and I always aim to post by the next day after payment is received.  🙂


White Christmas?

27 Dec

So, it’s all over now again for another year!

Did you give or receive any handmade gifts for Christmas this year?  If you did, please let us know what is was, and who made it!

White snow covered Christmas Tree © Photo Original Minnie

White snow covered Christmas Tree © Photo Original Minnie

Also, did you have a white Christmas or just a very cold Christmas?  Snow or no snow, I hope it was a happy one!

1 day to Christmas

24 Dec

Hopefully by now you have found, bought, or made all your presents, and have them all wrapped up – ready for the best part – giving!


Original Minnie Hand finished Merry Christmas card with holly berry button

Merry Christmas from © Original Minnie

2 days to Christmas

23 Dec

If all this talk of Buying Handmade for Christmas has inspired you, there are lots of places on the web now where you can purchase direct from the maker all year round for birthdays, anniversarys, thank yous, or just to treat yourself.  If you have a creative hand, you can even set up your own shop!

Handmade Pledge Badge from

Handmade Pledge Badge from

  • You know about Folksy already (all UK makers, some selling worldwide, in £ GB pounds)
  • there is also Etsy (worldwide makers, some selling worldwide, in $ US dollars)
  • and Zibbet (in $ US dollars)
  • and Misi (mostly UK sellers, some selling worldwide, in £ GB pounds)
  • and MyEhive (mostly UK sellers, in £ GB pounds, $ US dollars, and Euros)
  • and of course you can buy direct from the maker face to face at local Craft Markets and Fairs
  • and more…

If you have any recommendations of where to find quality handmade, please let us know and leave a comment…

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3 days to Christmas

22 Dec

Alternative wrapping

Following on from yesterday’s Countdown to Christmas of 4 days to Christmas, I thought I would let you know about an alternative method of wrapping presents – furoshiki.  Furoshiki originates from Japan, and uses beautiful neck scarfs and knots to wrap a gift, instead of using paper, boxes, bags, and sticky tape.

I first came across the concept of furoshiki at a Lush shop (national chain of handmade cosmetics shops).

But after a browse on Folksy, I have found myfuroshiki‘s shop where they print and make some of their own fabrics for furoshiki wrapping and giving.

Myfuroshiki Purple reindeer wrap scarf

Photo from Myfuroshiki Folksy shop - Purple Reindeer Wrap

One of the best things about furoshiki is that you are giving two presents instead of just one, as the wrap can be used afterwards too as a little scarf, or used as a bag tie, or wall hanging… very eco friendly.

You can find out more about Myfuroshiki and ideas on how to use furoshiki by having a peek at their blog.

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Winter Wonderland

21 Dec

How cute are these illuminated animals?

Look carefully and you may just spot a rare pair of ‘glow in the dark’ penguins!

Penguin lights at a Winter Wonderland walk

Penguin lights at a Winter Wonderland walk © Photo Original Minnie

Polar Bear lights at a Winter Wonderland walk © Photo Original Minnie

Polar Bear lights at a Winter Wonderland walk © Photo Original Minnie

Sorry the pics aren’t great, but I thought the life-size Polar Bear was especially cute and had to be shared!  I snapped them recently at a local Winter Wonderland lights walk, and it was appropriately very cold too!  Brrrr.


4 days to Christmas

21 Dec

How cool is this?

You will perhaps have already wrapped all your presents for Christmas this year, but throughout 2011 when you are buying gifts, you may want to wrap it in something a bit different.

I think the wrapping paper from Rapping Paper definitely sticks in the mind.  The concept of UK independent designer Si Hill, this paper is especially great for music lovers!

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