Why Buy Handmade – Exclusive Coupon Code – Four Shop Reviews and My Handmade Buying Experience

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post on an Etsy team – All Handmade By Me – and how to find handmade sellers on Etsy. To continue the handmade discussion I think I write, at least in my opinion, why buy handmade. I should at this point confess that at this time last year, I knew nothing of Etsy or the handmade universe about to engulf me. It was through finding a venue to sell my silk scarves that I found everything else. Another background point is that normally I don’t shopping. Supermarket or department stores are a nightmare for me. The bad lighting gives me a headache, they play terrible music, it’s over crowned and always full of the same old stuff. I don’t mind buying on-line and I do like walking out the old quarters of towns, looking in unusual shop windows. I now love buying handmade and Etsy is perfect for this. I do have sift through to find the jems, but that’s the same anywhere. My Etsy wish list is now pages and pages long. There is however just one problem (yes there is one) and that is that I am never going to have enough money to afford it all!

I could at this point list the many reasons why buying handmade is good, for example: because you are supporting small artists and not multinational companies, what you receive is one of a kind and made with care and attention etc. This list goes on and I know each of us can add our own feelings to it, but as you’ve probably heard much of this before, I think I’ll now just share my handmade experience over Christmas. There are four shops featured in today’s article, all I have either brought or received gifts from.

Just a quick note to say here, that all the opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post. And please forgive the less-than-great photos, the light is dull here today.

Secret Santa Gift from Uniquely You Jewellery – note the shop is closed at the moment but will re-open in February!

For the first time ever, I played Secret Santa this Christmas, with other members of the Handmade team.  As a “Santa” I had fun creating a silk painting for the person I was buying for and then sent it off.  I received my gift two weeks before Christmas from Katie Joy in England. The wait till the 25th was terrible. For days I kept looking at the purple-ribbon wrapped parcel and in the end I had to put it into the Christmas tree, just to get it out of temptations reach. I held out and on Christmas morning I opened the parcel. Look what was inside!

Handmade Ring by Katie Joy

Handmade Ring by Katie Joy

Ring Close Up - By Katie Joy

Ring Close Up – By Katie Joy

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A lovely mixed media ring, its colours matching my blue/purple silk scarf..

It’s barely been off my finger ever since!.

Uniquely You Jewllery

Uniquely You Jewellery

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Goodies from FlahertyNaturals 

As some of you may remember, I featured this great shop in my 12 shops for Christmas series. Well in my discussion about her natural skin care products I chose the lip balm as my favorite item, as we can get some very bitter winds over here and my lips often suffer a lot. It’s owner Debbie upon reading this, was wonderfully kind and set me a lavender lip balm and a perfume stick for Christmas!

Lavender Lip Balm and Perfume Stick - FlaheryNaturals

Lavender Lip Balm and Perfume Stick – FlaheryNaturals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender Lip Balm and Perfume Stick - FlaheryNaturals

Lavender Lip Balm and Perfume Stick – FlaheryNaturals

 

 

 

 

The lavender smell is lovely, reminding me of warm summer days. Plus both are a prefect size to carry around with me. They fit into any size bag!.

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Lavender Lip Balm -FlaheryNaturals

Lavender Lip Balm -FlaheryNaturals

 

Debbie has very kindly offered us all a special coupon code to spend in her shop. No minimum or maximum spend! Just type in MAATSILK10 at checkout to receive 10%off.  So it’s time to stock up on lip balm, perfumes sticks and everything else we might need. Have a look round her shop, she has something for everyone.  Let’s treat ourselves!

Visit the shop here:

Christmas gift bought from Page Free

Buying for my father is always hard. He always has everything he wants and I often spread hours trying to find something. However this year it was easy. I was reading through the list of team Handmade Monday sales and came across this shop. I bought this there and then. This year I think got his present right with this set of coasters from Page Free.  They came really fast, in beautiful wrapping and he loved them!

Set of Coasters from PageFree

Set of Coasters from PageFree

Christmas Gift from ShuliDesigns

Shuli Designs is another shop I featured in my pre-Christmas blog series and I decided to buy my brother one of her lovely little spinning tops. Not only did it arrive very well packaged,  in pretty wrapping, with a little free gift but it’s really well made and spins perfectly. I love the pattern and way it swirls into the handle.  I’ll be going back to this shop, as now other family members all want one!

Spinning Top from ShuliDesigns

Spinning Top from ShuliDesigns

So all in all, I conclude that buying Handmade was a really enjoyable experience and all the items received with be treasured. Who could ask for anything more?

I’ll be back next Tuesday with a new range of silk paintings!

Have a creative day.

M

FIN

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9 thoughts on “Why Buy Handmade – Exclusive Coupon Code – Four Shop Reviews and My Handmade Buying Experience

  1. meg says:

    I agree. I can’t afford all my favorites either, but I am hoping that I can help the handmade community by sharing their creations for others to find and fall in love with. Just like the four items you featured. Going to their shops right now!

    • MaatSilk says:

      Thank you meg! I agree completely. I love sharing and supporting handmade artists on this blog and I think any support is important, even if it’s small. I got some money over Christmas so now I can do a little shopping!

  2. shulidesigns says:

    Dear Maisie,
    Really enjoyed to read your article, it’s an honor be mentioned in your blog!
    You selected a very good variety of items to display.
    I think you are right to encourage supporting small handmade business of independent artists.
    I always buy from other artists and it makes me feel great.
    Many thanks again,
    Good luck!!!
    Shuli

  3. Joy says:

    Dear Maisie,
    I’m happy to meet another member of the All Handmade by ME team through this venue! Thank you SO much for following my blog, it’s brand new as you can tell. Your silks are absolutely gorgeous and your Etsy shop is just lovely! Like you, at this time last year I had not even heard of Etsy and now I think it’s the only place to shop, well, there are other sites for handmade work, but because I have an Etsy shop that’s mostly where I am. I opened Joyful Linens on October 20, but since last February (a year ago) I’ve been studying and learning about how to make an online creative business successful~~it’s a process as you know~~and it took me months to work up my courage to actually click OPEN!!! I think the hardest thing, or maybe it just takes the most time, is spreading the word about our shops and finding our target customers, so I do appreciate so much that you have my shop listed on your blog. One thing I truly love about this business is the camaraderie of other artists and how we all support one another, what a gift and a blessing.
    joy

    • MaatSilk says:

      Hello Joy,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog and shop and for your kind words. It’s great to meet you too! I think it’s important we handmade artists support each other and stick together. I’ve met some really nice people, all ready to help each other.

      I also live in a countryside “paradise” in the middle of nowhere. Imagine hillsides full of olive and almonds tress, dry and dusty in the summer, green in the winter. No snow or crystal clear streams (muddy rivers when it does rain) but lots of sunshine, birds and wonderful fresh air. I find most of my inspiration in the countryside around me. I am working of a scarf design based on the wild spring flowers.

      Before I opened I spent ages going over and over everything. I think’s it’s an achievement to just hit the open button! I opened my shop October 24, so we are very close together. Although I had been silk painting for years and had sold a couple of scarves before then, (mostly to friends, but it all counts).

      I agree that finding target customers is the hardest. I sure it’s true for any business or product. My plan for now at least (because I have to have one or this is the sort of thing that keeps me awake at night) is to grow slowly, but steadily, expanding my shop and range over a period of time. Hopefully I will gather some great customers and the word will spread through them as well.

      I love the bright colours and patterns in the fabric you use to make your pillow cases. I always want to surround myself with colour.

      All the best and good luck with your lovely shop.
      Maisie

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