I studied art & fashion in my youth (makes me sound ancient) then went on to be a fashion buyer for high street retailers over the last twenty something years. I was made redundant at the beginning of this year and, as I suffer with Fibromyalgia and have 2 young children, I struggled to find a new job.
I started painting as an outlet for my creativity but also to help with my mental well being and it turned out that people liked what I did & encouraged me to sell my art. I love the painting but not everyone can afford to invest in art right now so I have recently branched out and set up Made Up using the sewing skills from my Fashion degree. I try to re-purpose old fabrics and clothes to make something beautiful from something old and unloved.
Carole Duck – Duxenall Dog Bedz
Duxenall Dog Bedz is the name of my business ( Surname, and used to have smallholding in S. Africa with ostriches and all!)I have invented and hand make a wood and canvas dog bed which is totally flat-pack!Can be posted out and taken on holidays.
62 yrs old now and a cancer survivor. Whilst in treatment the doctors told me to eat anything and everything to combat the weight loss.Well! 6 yrs later no-one has yet told me to stop! Needing exercise and having moved from a flat to a house with a garden, I got my latestfurry friend Harry, he is a cross labrador collie. He chewed the expensive beds and cushions I bought for him so I decided to make something I could replace myself. Friends liked the design, Harry didn’t chew it once and a leaflet came through my letterbox,saying there was funding available for new business ideas in my area. I applied and the rest is history!
Normally making at home and selling at local craft and pet shows, covid has made me attempt to find a market online. So here I am!
I have extended my product range to now include, doll beds – also in the flat-pack format for the Tiny Tears size Doll, doggy bandanas, doggy fetch cushions,and covid masks made from waterproof ripstop canvas and double layer cotton inners, as I wear hearing aids,I have designed the elastic to go around the whole head and not the ears for comfort.
Grandmother to four, eldest is 17 yrs and youngest twin girls are nine, my world!I am hoping the eldest grandson will be joining me in the business and taking over the reigns one day!
Moira Davies – Personalised Gifts from MoiraCraft4you/Cardiff/Wales
I am originally from Scotland, but have lived in Cardiff ,Wales since 1975, I have two grown up children and 3 Grandchildren who love to craft with their Grandma. I have been selling in Craft Fayres over the years, but of course with this virus, I have had to depend on selling online.
I enjoy all crafts, and mainly sell my cards and Letter frames, everything I do can be personalised.
I am hoping to be successful on this site and in this venture and look forward to making and selling and sharing my various items, with you
Oliver Karger – The Runner’s Wall
Hello everyone, I am Oliver, owner of The Runner’s Wall medal displays. It probably comes as no surprise that I am a runner, cyclist, swimmer and lover of all things sporty, exercise based and everything that keeps us healthy & strong. The Runner’s Wall is all about celebrating achievement, success and providing a reminder of your journey & commitment behind every medal that you have earned. Our medal displays are all made & designed in the UK but we ship all over the world and it puts a huge smile on my face knowing that we are helping people celebrate their events worldwide.The Runner’s Wall started off in 2011 as I wanted to display my own medals rather than having them sitting at the bottom of a drawer. Not being able to find anything suitable I decided to reach out to a local laser cutting company to get one customised for myself. When I saw how good it was I instantly knew that other athletes would love the product. And so it began, where the business has developed from a single display for ‘runners’ to where it is now. A range of stylish and contemporary displays covering a range of sports from triathlon and football to judo and equestrian rosette displays. Inspiration for new products is both challenging & exciting, yet offering a personalised service to create custom displays for people is always one of my favourite aspects of work and one of the most popular requests that we receive.Alongside providing a quality product with top customer service, I really want to give people a reason to smile and feel good about themselves every time that they look at their medals hanging on the wall. Our medal displays are designed to bring joy, pride and a feeling of achievement- so go ahead, celebrate your successes with The Runner’s Wall.
Sarah Howes – EVJ Personalised
Hi. I’m Sarah, founder and owner of EVJ Personalised and mum to a teenager who’s not only my world but the inspiration for my shop name.
I’ve always loved making gifts for family and friends and now I’m lucky enough to be able to work a part time job and turn a hobby and love of crafting into a small business
I live in the East Riding of Yorkshire and have posted out gifts all over the country as well as to the USA, so my small business is gradually growing.
We do a wide range of products to buy my most popular buys are personalised frames, many of which are custom designed, all are unique and all created by me, on a laptop from my home.
Get in touch today to customise a gift for that special someone, at EVJ Personalised 100% love, care and attention to detail goes into all our gifts
Thanks for reading and happy shopping
Lynn Purslow – Neillynn Rocks
I’m Lynn from Neillynn Rocks and I am the one that makes the jewellery for you, I also prep some of the Fossils that we also sell along with the Crystals and Minerals. I have always had an interest in Crystals and Fossils, so taking that hobby and putting it to some good use, I decided to make my own jewellery using the Crystals and Fossils that we have collected over the years. And now 20 years + on I am still doing so, along with my husband Neil. I have been using Resin to make some of the jewelley ans most of the keyrings as this gives me a different medium to work with and also a lot more scope. The Fossils go nice into the Resin as do the flowers, thus giving you an unique item of jewellery. We also sell Crystals and have a good range of them at resonable prices, some of them tend not to be sold as I tend to get over attatched to them ! This also extends to the Fossils, much to hubbys annoyance ! I tend to make my jewellery on the way the stones look and fit together so this leads to the designe and the look of the item, I tend not to make more than 1 unless asked to do so, If that designe is popular, then I will use different stones to keep from having repeats all the time. Every item that I have for sale is made by myself and most can be changed if needed, thats the beauty of making and designing your own. If I use the Fossils along with the Resin that then is unique to that one, as with nature being what she is no two are ever the same. I was asked by Kath, my next door neighbour, to make her a set after she had see me with earrings, necklace and a bracelet on and then her friends also wanted some making and that started it all off and we are still here after 20 + years ! I enjoy what I do and it gives pleasure to them that receive that one special item that has been made for them. We have loyal customers that buy from us all year round, if it is at one of the shows that we do or at the Goostrey shop in Cheshire , so we decided to try the internet to reach out to others all over the country for them to be able to see what we do and to be able to buy from us but still get the customer service that we extend to our customers here and at the shows, no shows this year though due to the virus,. We hope you also like what we do and come and give us a try. All of the items come boxed and we even make the boxes !
Claire Connell – Not Just Cards
I’m Claire and I own Not Just Cards. It all started when I made cards for friends and family then people were asking to buy them and that’s when Not Just Cards was created. At Christmas time I usually have a stall at a Fayre but this year it has gone virtual. Instead of sticking with just cards, I started making gift tags then went on to personalising champagne glasses and now sanitiser bottles which have proved very popular recently. I have even started Christmas decorations as well. I sell a lot of cards where a customer would like them personalised so nothing is impossible, all you need to do is ask