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Creative gifts: My favourite five

Christmas is just around the corner so today I’m going to bring you a little bit of inspiration, thanks to some very talented artists and craft enthusiasts. I always like to support small businesses and individuals and as these items aren’t mass produced the recipient of your gift will be getting something truly special and more personal. Click the name to be taken directly to the shop.

My Favourite Five

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Lyndsey Green Illustration

Rabbit Illustration eco tote bag, £8

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Aside from the fact that this is a fantastic illustration (and perfect for any animal lover) I also love the fact that this bag is eco friendly. Delivery is just 95p.

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Artwork by Angie

Dog illustration print, £14

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As a dog lover this really appeals to me. I love the cheerful colours and humorous caption too. This would be great for someone who has a dog. Postage is free.

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Casey Illustration

Watercolour robin illustration print, £6

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I just had to include this! I think this has so much character and is really unusual. You’ll also find a selection of printed gift tags in Casey’s shop. Postage to the U is free.

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Lyndsey Green Illustration

Red fox cushion, £20

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This is one of Lyndsey’s illustrations printed on a faux suede cushion (so perfect for art-loving vegans!). It’s also available on an eco cotton bag. Postage is a reasonable £1.50.

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Inkishop

Dog mug, £10

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I love everything in this shop! From the quirky tote bags, to the adorable cards and mugs, they’re all quirky and guaranteed to bring a smile to any animal lovers face! Postage £4

 

 

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Sew colourful – upcycled clothing collection update

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Introducing the latest addition to my 2017 eco clothing collection. Made using upcycled material, and sewn entirely by hand! The breathable, light-weight cotton and vibrant colours make it perfect for summer. The bottom is decorated with delicate and wooden beads, and the waist is elasticated. I’ll be using this pattern again with all kinds of interesting and unique materials, so keep an eye out for photos on my twitter and facebook!

 

In celebration of all things upcycled and eco-friendly, I’ve done some digging to unearth some of Folksy’s best upcycled and eco makes. Support small businesses whilst also supporting our Earth by checking out these talented makers:

Andiecrafts – Who would want to use plastic shopping bags when you could show off this colourful creation?

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QuiltingDemon I love all of shop owner Lesley Bywater’s colourful, unique creations, and the majority are made using upcycled materials! I adore her crazy patchwork slippers and coats.

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JD Crafts – Talented crafter Jan’s shop has a wonderful collection of makeup bags and tote bags made using recycled fabric. 

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Wearable art – 10 to try

If (like me) art is your passion, you’ll know that the ‘creative feeling’ doesn’t just stop when you put down that paintbrush or pencil. I’ve been searching the net for unique ways to take a little work of art with you wherever you go, and better still these lovelies aren’t mass-produced by machines, but preserve that personal touch by being made by individual artists/crafters.

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I absolutely love the art work of etsy shop owner Sarah Cox. This brooch shows her quirky style (definitely check out her pet portraits with a difference!) You can find this beautiful brooch in her shop, SarahCoxArtwork.

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Another brooch, again with a unique style. This is hand-painted by Natasha, owner of etsy shop NatashaArtdolls. Better still, there’s 15 designs to choose from! Good luck in deciding…

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It was difficult to decide what to feature from LRsWorkshop – the converse shoes they’ve transformed into works of art, or one of their eco bags. Eventually I opted for this bag as I was drawn to the striking design.

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HELUNArt on etsy is full of colourful treasures, including this hand-painted top. I love how intricate and boho the design is.

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Roseberry Art & Craft, opened this year, is one of my happy little discoveries. On my wish list is Viola’s super sweet robin bookmark and hand-painted original daffodil card. What’s great about Roseberry Art & Craft is that each piece is an original, meaning you’re truly getting something one of a kind.

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If you’re looking for something a little bit different, then Ruth, of ShePaintsSeaglass is the answer! I love her miniature art works, which are painted on found items from the beach, including (you guessed it) sea glass, but also pebbles.

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As soon as I saw the adorable makeup bags in MosMea I fell in love. Any cat lover will break a smile at the sight of this little gem! And there’s good news for dog lovers too…

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I’ve always loved looking through nature books for their illustrations, especially those depicting birds. The talented Meryl, owner of etsy shop FelicitiesCrafts offers beautiful, predominantly nature-based makeup bags, including this hand-painted gem.

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Another item that appeals to my nature-loving side and available in various colours. I love these hand-painted bee brooches from Jessie Growden’s Folksy shop.

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Another Folksy find…QueenofPersia offers some unique and interesting jute bags; creative and useful – perfect to store your art materials in and take on your travels with you.

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