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natural #giftideas wonders

You’ve heard people talking about the wonders of nature.

Well, UK indies and creatives produced it in spades on #naturegiftsday – the latest in a series of special #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM theme days on Twitter – last weekend.

Makers were truly inspired, drawing on all forms of the world around us in a bountiful display of #giftideas. We wish we could go wild and reproduce them all – it always seems unfair to single some out – but here’s what we’ve picked for now:

Clockwise (from top left):

  • Photo pendants – with images ranging from plant cells to rock thin sections as seen under the microscope – from York scientific gift maestros SciArtImages
  • Framed autumn gold leaf collage from Shipley digital artist Crafty Arts
  • Ladybird earrings with frosted Indian agate beads from Shropshire nature-loving artist and maker Pagan Nature
  • Hand-crafted leaf jewellery created using images transposed onto aluminium from Surrey photographer and maker Photofinish Jewellery
  • Skeleton mermaid, squid and octopus from the weird and wonderful world of Cornwall mixed media sculptor Kurious Things
  • Glass bead and wire tree sculpture from Cornwall-based wire tree artist Twysted Roots
  • Beebombs containing 18 species of native British wildflowers to revive garden bee populations from Edinburgh arts, crafts and homeware collective Art and Craft Collective
  • Goldfinch embroidered lavender bag from innovative Chilterns stitch designer Embroidered Collection
  • Centre - hand-painted woodland hanging pebbles from Edinburgh arts and crafts topliners Elbri Crafts

Join us on #UKGiftHour UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon for weekly #giftideas magic. We’re the #supportsmallbusiness #giftfinder at your fingertips!

We reproduce product pictures with the sole intention of promoting the work of the UK indie or creative concerned. Where possible, we will link it to the owner's site to make it easier for potential customers to reach the buying point. We are not interested in or in any way attempting to pass off the products or pictures as our own. If you are an indie or creative and you are unhappy with any aspect of our presentation, please get in touch and we will cooperate to ensure all due permissions and credits are honoured and made clear #shopindie #supportsmallbusiness

charming #giftideas introductions

We call them our ‘fabulous first-timers’ – the UK indies and creatives who make their bow on #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM with new #giftideas.

Our weekend Twitter #shopindie marketplace regularly welcomes newcomers and what’s even better is that more than a few stick around!

Here’s an example of what extra they bring to the #supportsmallbusiness extravaganza.

Clockwise (from top left):

  • Handcrafted soy candles, reed diffusers and wax melts from Fife luxury home fragrance creator Rock n Rose Aromas
  • Working model railway inside a vintage suitcase from Suitcasetrains – each one unique and available to buy or commission
  • Handmade tree of life art card from nature-inspired Leeds artist cardsbymormorjan
  • Vegan cork clutch bags from global vegan-friendly gift ideas sourcers and producers Vegan Vibe Global
  • Bee print geometric tote bag from Cheltenham lifestyle gift ideas designer FelicityRobyn
  • Keepsake Flagmate keyring from Birmingham travel accessory outfit Storyteller – 10% of each purchase helps fund educational projects globally
  • Limited edition fox digital painting from Suffolk artist and supporter of creative crafters Resplendent Artworks
  • Keyring refashioned from old British coin by Stirling cash upcycler JHTCoins – coins of your choice can be turned into jewellery, too
  • Centre - Subscription box of colourful, high-quality socks from Bristol footwearpreneurs HaveYouSeenMySocks

Become one of the regulars on #UKGiftHour UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon. We’re the #supportsmallbusiness #giftfinder at your fingertips!

We reproduce product pictures with the sole intention of promoting the work of the UK indie or creative concerned. Where possible, we will link it to the owner's site to make it easier for potential customers to reach the buying point. We are not interested in or in any way attempting to pass off the products or pictures as our own. If you are an indie or creative and you are unhappy with any aspect of our presentation, please get in touch and we will cooperate to ensure all due permissions and credits are honoured and made clear #shopindie #supportsmallbusiness

welsh #giftideas talent sings out

It’s time to visit Wales on our round-UK tour of independent businesses and creatives who grace the timeline of #UKGiftAM, our weekend #shopindie Twitter marketplace.

As well as being the land of my fathers, it’s clearly the land of prodigious #giftideas – as we hope our selection shows.

It’s not absolutely everything Wales has to offer – there are many more magical makers and we’ll be back to highlight them after we’ve visited other parts of the UK.

Clockwise (from top left):

  • Where better to start than with a Welsh dragon – in the form of a notebook/sketchbook – from Llanelli illustrator The Little Welsh Studio. Jackie Evans' creations also include ceramics, jewellery, bags and funky fun homeware.
  • Paracord bracelet from Carmarthenshire outdoor gifts specialist Adventure Accessories – made from parachute cord, the bracelets can also be fashioned into keychains featuring the colours of your favourite team, charity or regiment.
  • Baby friendship wish bracelets by Dimensional Art – the Barry-based handmade greeting card and gift provider strikes the right sentiments for birthdays, weddings, anniversary and all manner of celebrations.
  • Botanical resin art by Cardiff’s Maia and the Wildflower – designer Jane’s daughter Maia collects wildflowers every day which Jane then incorporates into enchanting nature-inspired resin wall hangings, jewellery, memorial hearts and home décor.
  • Painted lady butterfly cushion featuring an image captured by Grey Feather Photography of Aberystwyth – photographer Claire Scott’s bold and bright shots aim to capture the beautiful colours found in nature.
  • All Good Things are Wild organic T-shirt by Conwy design collaboration Cawdaw – based in Llanfairfechan, their designs of clothing, tablet sleeves, tote bags and more focus on the natural environment.
  • Luxury bubble bowl candle from Red Kite Candles of Powys spa village Llangammarch Wells. “Fruit Salad” has three layers of colour and scent – orange is tropical mango fragrance, yellow is zingy lemon and the red layer is strawberry.
  • Handmade heirloom doll with hand embroidered face and crochet bag by Pembrokeshire creator of whimsical home décor and quirky characters Wubsys – one-of-a-kind treasures, keepsakes and conversational pieces.
  • Centre – Handmade wooden Bwci-Bloc toys by Joey Bananas Handmade, Vale of Glamorgan designers and printers (in Welsh as well as English, of course) of fun monster-inspired cards, prints, books, notepads, bags and backpacks.

Wherever you live in the UK, join us for UKGiftAM on Twitter every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-noon. We’re the #supportsmallbusiness #giftfinder at your fingertips!

We reproduce product pictures with the sole intention of promoting the work of the UK indie or creative concerned. Where possible, we will link it to the owner's site to make it easier for potential customers to reach the buying point. We are not interested in or in any way attempting to pass off the products or pictures as our own. If you are an indie or creative and you are unhappy with any aspect of our presentation, please get in touch and we will cooperate to ensure all due permissions and credits are honoured and made clear #shopindie #supportsmallbusiness

powering up #shopindie

There are a couple of #shopindie factors that can’t be denied. . . the weekend Twitter marketplace #UKGiftHour has got power and the buyers and sellers who take part have got taste! Here’s the latest rundown of original and thoughtful #giftideas that have been snapped up from our UK indie and creatives during the three-hour Saturday morning and Sunday morning showcase.

Clockwise (from top left):

1. White ‘full fog’ quartz oval pendant wrapped in silver wire by Southampton jewellery designer Oi Shiny

2. Leaf patterned cork wrap journal by Cambridge bookbinder and designer Craftedbooksbysueday. “I sold this just after #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM,” Sue tweeted, “so I think the #UKGiftHourPower magic is definitely working.”

3. Dichroic glass pendant with ripples of blue on silver by Peterborough contemporary glass artist Samphireglass

4. Citrine gemstone necklace by Glasgow jewellery designer Chalso Jewellery. She told her #UKGiftHour customer: “Just heard the cha-ching, thank you very much for the order!”

5. Adventure journal and stencil set – a #shopindie collaboration between Nottinghamshire craft house Spratts Designs and South Wales outdoor gift specialists Adventure Accessories

6. Frosted bead earrings by Yorkshire jewellery designer TwiggyPeasticks

7. Eco friendly ‘Bluebell Wood’ greeting card printed on recycled paper by Reading artist DaisyWings

8. Silver and enamel earrings in olive green by East Sussex jewellery designer MaisyPlum

9. Centre - Faux succulent planter with dachshund design by Norwich ceramic artist Hazlehurst Ceramics

Isle of Wight recycled fashion designer Samm Designs was also good enough to report during our recent #ecogiftsday – one of many special hashtag themes we run during the year: “#UKGiftHour you have worked your magic again, just had an Etsy kerching!”

If you're selling or looking for gift ideas- or just like to spend time in fun and supportive company - there's always a welcome and plenty of inspiration at #UKGiftHour #UKGiftAM from 9am-midday every Saturday and Sunday.

• We reproduce product pictures with the sole intention of promoting the work of the UK indie or creative concerned. Where possible, we will link it to the owner's site to make it easier for potential customers to reach the buying point. We are not interested in or in any way attempting to pass off the products or pictures as our own. If you are an indie or creative and you are unhappy with any aspect of our presentation, please get in touch and we will cooperate to ensure all due permissions and credits are honoured and made clear #shopindie #supportsmallbusiness

indie businesses chart new way ahead

UK creative and independent designers and craftspeople are rising to the challenge of progressing in today’s mass-manufactured and competitive marketplaces.

They’re establishing a stronger platform and louder voice by sharing ideas, skills and resources in collaborations and collectives.

One such initiative – an enterprising link-up between Nottinghamshire craft house Spratt’s Designs and South Wales outdoor gifts specialists Adventure Accessories – made a big impact on Twitter after its launch on the top-trending weekend hashtag hour #UKGiftHour.

The two businesses joined forces to produce a traveller notebook and activity stencils set, (pictured above) a 40-page A6 journal with cork fabric cover and accompanying activity shapes enabling buyers to plan and record trips and adventures.

Saz Spratt of Spratt Designs created the special adventure stencil and Sarah Skilton of Adventure Accessories adapted her notebook designs to incorporate it.

“The set has three options with the notebook – the bookmark stencil, an A6 'page-size' stencil or both stencils together,” Sarah explained. “We have sold a full set with both stencils and Saz has sold the stencils separately too.”

The promotional video about the set has now received over 15,700 views.

“The decision to team up was logical one,” Saz added. “We both make products that work well together. By joining forces, we felt we could increase the reach of our small business and double the promoting efforts.”

Both agreed that good communication is key to a successful collaboration. ”When we decided to make a go of working together, we got to know each other a little better – what did we like most about our business, what did each of us think our strengths were and what did we like least,” Sarah said. “For me, photography is my weakness, but I enjoy blogging and social media.”

So Saz created the launch video and took charge of product photography. Both created the wording for the listings because, Sarah explained, “SEO does not like duplicate exact matches - and being able to use each other’s keeps the adverts and promotions fresh.”

The idea to collaborate grew out of Instagram’s #MarchMeetTheMaker promotion, which asked participants to name who they would like to work with.

Sarah and Saz already knew each other from Twitter chat hours – and indeed had bought from each other – when Saz “half-jokingly” responded that it would be fun to combine her stencils with Adventure Accessories notebooks.

“I replied this was an awesome idea and that is was something we could look at together,” Sarah said. “We started messaging on Twitter which quickly became a couple of emails and then Saz created a WhatsApp conversation at the beginning of April. We now message each other several times a day.

“Not only have we created a great product together we have also formed a lasting friendship.”

Background


• Sarah Skilton (above) created Adventure Accessories in 2018. A small creative handmade business based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, it combines a passion for adventure with a love of crafts. Sarah helps you to reconnect with nature and find unique handmade gifts for outdoors; with inspiration and ideas for everyday expeditions. www.AdventureAccessories.co.uk

• Saz Spratt (above - working on another of her designs) started Spratt’s Designs in 2014 when she was medically retired from mainstream work. She was not prepared to do nothing. Starting with relearning skills she was taught and gained while training and working as a stage manager, Saz has been able to add gold leafing, graphic design and traditional painting skills to the wide range of crafts she loves to make. www.spratt-designs.com

• #UKGiftHour is a top-trending Twitter weekend hashtag hour which showcases original and thoughtful gift ideas from UK independent makers and creatives. Creator David Knight, a former journalist, also set up the gift ideas referral website Presents of Mind, which matches gift suggestions from indies and creatives to the firsts and fame of each and every day of the year. www.presentsofmind.co.uk

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