Shop small this Christmas

As Etsy Team Captain for Barnsley I help Etsy sellers to make their online shops as successful as possible and assist them with any issues they may have.

I also usually organise the annual Etsy Made Local Christmas market where online Etsy sellers have physical stalls and sell their products in person for the day.

Sadly due to Covid19 we can’t do that this year, so I thought I’d share some of my team’s shops with you in order to promote their businesses.

Support your local community by shopping small

I feel really passionate that we should change our habits and make more of an effort to buy from small business – especially right now!

When you buy from a small local business you help your local economy and promote employment in your area. Your money is also more likely to get reinvested back into your town so it supports your community.

This means that you, and the businesses you are supporting are helping your town/county/country get back on it’s feet after the pandemic. And I think that’s pretty cool!

Below I introduce a handful of my Crafty Business Barnsley Etsy Team members to you. I hope you take a moment to have a look at their pages and find something to give as a gift to one of your loved ones.

Carter & Francis

Carter & Francis have been making items from reclaimed, vintage and waste materials since 2011 and have been up-cycling materials for many years previously.

They make and sell kids and adult accessories, including scarves, headbands, bags, girls dresses and gifts.

Owner Natasha said “We design and make accessories for all ages that re-use a wide range of materials, some of which would be destined for landfill. Whether it is from offcuts, fabric samples, reclaimed & vintage materials and discarded clothing. Even the tiniest scrap of fabric is used to cover buttons, make trims for decoration, buttons & trims are re-purposed from damaged or worn out clothing, which in turn is used for linings, pockets and more.

Showing how materials can be reused, in a fun and interesting way and making items to be loved again. Depending on what we have this dictates the products we make, so it’s the challenge of seeing what can be made without creating waste.

Free delivery for any orders of £50 or more and we now offer gift wrapping (all up-cycled or vintage materials of course!) including a gift card with a detachable origami star decoration.”

You can take a look at her work here:

Frankie and Sidney

Owner Mandy has more than 35 different needle felting kits available, and new ones in the pipeline.

“I have been designing and manufacturing needle felting kits for three years, and been self employed for just over 2 years.” says owner Mandy.

“My kits are original to the market, I only use quality components in my kits, and am always thrilled with my reviews.

My products are usually based on natural things and nature. Occasionally I have created fantasy designs.”

You can find out more and buy Mandy’s products from her Etsy shop:

LIFE is better in COLOUR.

Laura introduces herself “My name’s Laura, and I’m the colour loving, tea drinking, positive thinking person behind LIFE is better in COLOUR. I sell bright & cheerful brooches, badges & stationery to add colour and positivity to your life!

LIFE is better in COLOUR started in 2016, and I’ve been doing my best to make life more colourful ever since.

In my shop you’ll find a rainbow of different products – colourful collections of brooches, badges, artwork and stationery – many of which feature motivational phrases for an added burst of positivity. As well as being super colourful, all of the items are lightweight and easy to post – making them great gifts to send to far-away friends!

My products are all inspired by the idea that #LifeIsBetterInColour Everything I do is aimed at encouraging people to live life on the bright side!

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You can take a look at her work here:

Black Bee Creative

Yes, you read it right! This is my shop! I hope to bring some sunshine to the world by producing fun and quirky prints.

I create personalised portraits, celebration date canvases and cards to make people smile. I’ve been selling my illustrations for over 8 years and I love seeing peoples faces when they receive their items.

In my shop you’ll find examples of illustrations of families which I create bespoke for my customers. I love capturing someones personality in my fun, simple style.

You will also see my celebration date canvases which are a perfect gift for a wedding, anniversary or to commemorate a baby being born. A lovely reminder of a special day!

You can find out more and buy my products from my Etsy shop here:

Lizzie Peace Silver

Lizzie Peace Silver makes artisanal silver jewellery, handcrafted, one piece at a time, using geometric shapes as a basis for their designs.

Owner Liz says “I have been making jewellery for just over 2 years, attending evening classes to learn skills while I was still working as a maths teacher. I quit teaching in July 2019 so that I can devote more time to my creations.

As I used to teach maths, mathematical shapes feature highly in my designs. I use the golden ratio to scale pieces so they are aesthetically pleasing.”

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift have a look at their Etsy shop:

Tracey Mawson Ceramic Artist

Tracey makes hand built ceramic art inspired by nature and has been making ceramics for 25 years.

Talking about her work Tracey said “My ceramic art is hand built using traditional techniques such as slab, coiling & pinching.

I love to create texture in my work, using leaves, shells & ammonites rolled into the surface. Free flowing forms are finished with rustic ripped edges & a variety of firing practices including raku & horse hair keep my colour palette vibrant.

My designs include clocks, hanging planters, vases, family trees & planters to name a few.”

Tracey shared what inspires her “Having grown up on the coast & now being surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, nature’s inspiration runs seamlessly through my ceramics.

I love the freedom of working with clay, there is always something new to try.”

Take a look and buy from Tracey’s Etsy shop here:

Julie Pratt Jewellery

Julie has been making jewellery for over 20 years and she still loves the excitement of creating a new piece!

She shared “I make contemporary silver and gold jewellery in a classic and timeless style. I strive to create pieces that will suit a wide age range and that will be treasured and worn over a lifetime. All my pieces are handmade with traditional techniques in my South Yorkshire workshop.”

“For me, metal is the most satisfying medium in which to work, and I take much of my inspiration from classical themes – the simple line and the circle. I have a huge love of architecture, Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry amongst many others, buildings are a great source of design inspiration alongside Mother Nature.”

Julie also runs various workshops where you can make your own stamped jewellery. See her social media for upcoming events!

You can buy Julie’s work here:

Zekedo Home Scents

What started out as an hobby in March 2019, is now a thriving small business.

Owner Donna Musyka says she started the business because “Shop bought, mass produced products didn’t do it for us anymore. We decided we could make our own and provide unique scents that aren’t as readily available from a retailer.”

Their products are hand scented and infused with unique fragrances. They work on a made to order basis so that their products are made fresh and arrive with their customers full of fragrance. Their products are highly scented and long lasting.

“We have just launched our Autumn Collection incense cones and Scented simmering granules at the beginning of October.”

Check out Donna’s Etsy shop here:

Utterly Unique by Karen Kaye

Karen makes and sells up-cycled paper jewellery, gifts and accessories.

Her items are quirky, individual and original and appeal to people who, like Karen herself, take pleasure in finding a new purpose for something which would otherwise be thrown away.

Karen told me that “from childhood I have always been fascinated by paper and in exploring its possibilities. In 2009 my lifelong passion for paper led me to throw caution to the wind and leave the security of my office job to start my own business designing and creating beautiful items using up-cycled paper.”

“Along with an upbringing that taught me to embrace recycling and re-using, I am inspired by sourcing leftover wrapping paper, old and damaged books, maps, atlases, magazines, calendars, comics books, junk mail plus anything else I can get my hands on and transforming it into something useful and gorgeous.”

Over the last few months Karen has been given a few old and worn out board games which she has been working on transforming into unique and individual wall clocks!

“I hope to have these ready for sale in the run up to Christmas.” she said.
I hope so too, Karen – they sound fab!

You can find Utterly Unique by Karen Kaye on Etsy here:

Pam Goodison Glass

Pam has been making and selling her glass for 7 years. She also teaches people so they can learn how to make their own glass items.

Pam says “Each piece is unique. The glass is used to paint a picture and therefore create a piece of art, whether it is for practical use, such as a coaster, or a more decorative piece.

I love working with glass and creating. I also like being challenged to make bespoke pieces for my clients.”

Pam has worked with the prestigious National Trust and continues to work with Barnsley Hospice.

“I have recently started making Christmas postable kits so anyone can have a go at home if they can’t make it to my workshops. I am also looking at launching a subscription box after the new year. I also offer gift vouchers for workshops.”

Have a look at her Etsy shop to see what she’s been making lately!