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Our First Opening Weekend

Phew! The Opening Weekend of Our Handmade Collective is over! We now have 2 days off to make more lovely things before we open again on Weds at 11am. We’ve been really touched by the lovely things that people have been saying when they visit the shop.

Here is a gallery of some of the colourful creations we have in Our Handmade Collective. They include:

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^ Bath bombs by Little Shop of Lather;

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^ Vintage inspired aprons by Kitsch-ina;

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^ Bbeautiful button rings by The Button Boutique;

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^ Glass by Tina Green Glass Artist;

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^ Colourful crochet by Rose Cottage Crafts;

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^ Tasty preserves by The Seasonal Larder;

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^Nappy cakes by Bottoms-up Nappy Cakes & Huggable soft toys by Ted&Co Handmade;

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^ Illustrated cards by Clarry Cards;

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^ Photographic printed coasters by SciArtImages;

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^ Printed Cushions by UrbanFox and by Createve;

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^ Cute button hearts from Imagine by Lindsay Chapman.

The whole of Handpicked Hall is a treasure trove of loveliness with other makers selling their beautiful creations. I was very tempted to buy some fabric kits from our neighbour Love Me Sew.

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I was also mesmerised by the stunning needlefelting of Miss Marmalade. Like us she is a permanent stallholder in Handpicked Hall and will be there every Weds-Sun. I fell in love with this colourful felted table which has pride of place inside the main Vicar Lane entrance to Handpicked Hall.

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In our next blog post we’ll show you the fun activities we had this weekend. It was so popular that we plan to run a Kids Korner where your kids can play whilst you look through our wide range of gifts!

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Meet Button Boutique AND Aunt Sally’s Upcycled Vintage China

Now for a rare treat – a maker so talented that she has TWO businesses! Today we find out more about Michelle O’Regan of The Button Boutique AND Aunt Sally’s Upcycled Vintage China.

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As The Button Boutique, Michelle makes handmade silver plated, nickel-free jewellery made with vintage and contemporary buttons. Michelle uses a huge array of buttons, making many of her rings unique. I have my eye on a very pretty pearl and white button bracelet that fits me just perfectly!
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Michelle says,

I began making button jewellery out of a desire to wear kooky and bold one-off rings and so my button obsession began…. The Button Boutique was born from the discovery that other people shared my affection for buttons and soon rings were followed by necklaces, bracelets, hair slides and earrings.

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Michelle’s newest business, Aunt Sally’s Upcycled Vintage Crockery, create quirky objects for the home by upcycling antique and vintage crockery. Her range includes Scented soya teacup candles.

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Anyone for afternoon tea?