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I would really love to make all my Christmas presents this year. I did a pretty good job of it last year after doing pottery classes and producing all sorts of baked clay goodies for my loved ones, but this year both time and inspiration are sadly slightly lacking. The thing is craft is such a massive thing now, especially with the recession forcing so much tightening of belts, that there are more reasons than ever to think about crafting Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest. For one, it’s immensely satisfying and meaningful (although I’ll admit that it is STILL difficult to think up things for men, especially if you can’t knit), secondly it’s eco friendly, and thirdly, it is or can be much cheaper than buying expensive high street gifts.

I just stumbled across these instructions to make a shopper bag from Daisy Green, an online magazine dedicated to all things green, eco and cool, but if you don’t have a way with a sewing machine, there are always our (very affordable, pretty and extremely durable and useful) Oneless Plastic Bags!

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£10

If you are a dab hand with the knitting needles you could have a go at knitting a soft grey lacey scarf, courtesy of Folksy Makes, but if not, no bother, we have just the thing – a soft grey cotton jersey scarf!

Grey Spot Scarf£19.99

If you have a stash of bright buttons, some felt and a needle and thread, you could try making a brooch, (another Folksy Make), or you could choose one of our recycled felt brooches – still ethical and handmade (just not by you….)!

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Make your own screenprinted card, or buy a set of our handmade, recycled, UK designed and produced notecards.

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£5.95

Now these Upcycled Paper Beads really ARE easy, and no fancy schmancy equipment required. But if you’re all thumbs, guess what. Yup, we have jewellery! And very affordable and pretty it is too. What about this bright and beautiful necklace?indianfestivalnecklace

£16

Lots of ideas, whether you’re a DIY sort of person, or a BIY type (yes, that’s Buy It Yourself). Happy shopping!

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I am VERY excited about our newest products, which arrived today and are already in the shop!

Handmade by Hayley, is, as the name suggests, lovely eclectic jewellery handmade by Hayley Malcolm in the UK. She has worked in the fashion industry both here and in the US before deciding to set up on her own.

Each piece is made by Hayley herself and only a few of each are made, guaranteeing you that satisfying level of exclusivity. Every one is a mini work of art in itself, a strong statement and just the thing to brighten up an outfit. And as if that weren’t enough, the prices are very recession friendly – between £10 and £16! I’d advise you to start stocking up for Christmas now – sister, mum, best friend – who isn’t going to love these?! I can tell you they are even more gorgeous in the flesh and beautifully made as well.

Reckon this Turquoise Fun Bracelet‘ll be a bestseller…

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This Indian Festival Necklace is my personal favourite.

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Red and Brown Eclectic String Necklace

redandbrowneclecticnecklaceIf you’re looking for an affordable gift for a friend, what about combining one of Hayley’s pieces with a jewellery rollJRdetail

or a purse?purses

I’ve just thought of another Good Thing about this jewellery – it’s all slip on – no tricky clasps. Just fling over your head or onto your wrist and you’re off!

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mummyandme1I think the people themselves say it better than I could:

“So what’s it all about? Well, it started through travelling. We always loved to travel. A kaleidoscope of cultures, stories and landscapes made it great to get out of the house, even if it was for a year or two at a time. And from this grew Tales From The Earth. We were clear what we wanted from the start – to create silver jewellery, keepsakes and charms that told stories, like those we encountered on our voyages. Twenty years on, we’re still at it. Travelling. Being inspired. Telling Tales. And people still come to us because they want something beautiful and unusual. Fabulously packaged. For any occasion. If your heart still sings, you’ll love what we do.” Jo Culf and John DeCosta

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Tales From The Earth make beautiful jewellery for men, women and children, as well as trinket boxes, cufflinks and christening gifts, all crafted in sterling silver and packaged in gorgeous aqua and bronze boxes or velvety pouches.

guardianangelpouchEach piece tells a story, written on a little card inside the box.

The company also operate a strict fair trading  policy, making sure that working conditions abroad are safe and adequate, that wages are fair, and that no children work for them. They use locally produced raw materials where possible.worldtoexploreboxBack at home, they use minimum packaging, recycle as much as possible, and contribute to a carbon offsetting programme.

Tales from the Earth products are beautifully made and packaged, and any of them make a superb present that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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I’m not a fan of talking about Valentine’s Day a month in advance (or at all really), but them’s the breaks in this business, and we have just received the most beautiful pieces which would be perfect Valentine’s Gifts. Have a look at these babies:

A sterling silver love letter inside a sterling silver envelope, hung on a lovely silver chain so you will always be able to open the envelope and think of your loved one.

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And this one has chocolate in it, as well as a gorgeous winged heart necklace! It’s from Rococo, a boutique chocolatier from which I used to live around the corner, and let me tell you, this is GOOD chocolate.

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We also have the ever popular Chiming Heart Necklace back in stock. It contains a gorgeous chime based on the ancient Mayan chimes, and is wonderfully soothing for meditation and relaxation. Also excellent for calming babies!

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These are just a few of the delights available on our website. We are so excited about the gorgeous new stock (and there is more to come!), and we know you’ll love it too.

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