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You are invited to Our Birthday Bash!

We cannot believe it but Our Handmade Collective is almost one year old! On 14th June we will have been trading as a collective for exactly one year. So to celebrate we are having a party and you are all invited!

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Workshops and Demonstrations (12noon – 3pm):

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas will be helping you to make an origami shirt, just like these on her Father’s Day cards (see photo below). This activity is free to participate in but any donations to the Grand Clock Fund would be gratefully received.

Sarah from Button Bears by Gifted With Love will be showing you how to make a mini bear keyring  (cost £1 with 25p from each bear going to Grand Clock Fund).

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Grand Prize Raffle:

There is also a Raffle with a Grand Prize of over £250 of handmade creations. You can buy your tickets for £1 from the shop in Grand Arcade, Leeds. All proceeds will be going to the Grand Clock Fund to restore the Animated Clock in Grand Arcade. The winning ticket will be drawn at our Birthday Bash!

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Caption Competition:

You can also enter our caption competition by clicking here to go to our Facebook page and enter your comment.


Decorate a Deerhead Competition:

You can decide how you would decorate one of Oh Deer’s deer heads and what you would call your creation. Enter our competition in store to see your deer head made and win a gift voucher. Be sure to enter before the 6th June!!

Oh Deer will also be allowing a generous 20% discount on any deer heads purchased during our Birthday weekend!


In just one year we have gone from strength to strength and expanded from the original 19 sellers to nearly 55 of us now! That is down to you and your lovely comments and support – Many Thanks.

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Hope to see you at the Birthday Bash – bring a friend or the family and have fun in the Grand Arcade, Leeds Saturday 14th June. Or if you are in Leeds on Sunday 15th June to watch the #SkyRide then pop by and get a last minute Father’s Day gift.

Hope to see you soon x

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

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Yesterday if you went down to Our Handmade Collective you would have been sure of a big surprise! We had an indoor teddy bear’s picnic under the stunning new glass roof of Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds.


We organised the event with our friends and fellow Handpicked Hall stall-holders Thistlemist Farm. Jo and Brett of Thistlemist Farm made great little packed picnics which were free for anybody bringing their teddy bear along!

My children loved the little jam sandwiches with the crusts carefully removed, the teddy bear shaped crisps and cups of fresh strawberries.


There were also lots of free activities for the children to do after they had eaten their picnics. We had make your own pasta necklaces, colouring-in sheets, sticky mosaic shapes, face-painting and a great wordsearch with a prize if you finished it! We won a delicious cake pop made by Emma from Our Handmade Collective.


There was also a giant snakes and ladders game and inflatable connect 4 game. A lot of these activities are available throughout the school holidays as part of Our Summer of Craft. Later on Jo from Thistlemist Farm read stories with the children.


Lots of the children fell in love with Handpicked Hall’s Anthony Blackburn’s giant teddy bear and many of them were having their photos taken with him! Along with Claire from Our Handmade Collective!!

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It was a lovely afternoon and all the children had lots of fun. We would like to thank Jo and Brett of Thistlemist Farm and several members of Our Handmade Collective who came along to help and to join in with the fun. But most of all we would like to thank all of  YOU that came along to join in our fun. We really appreciate your support.