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Love is in the Air…


We have some amazing handmade Valentine’s Day treats in-store now for you – from traditional to contemporary, funny to sentimental and quirky to tongue-in-cheek gifts, all handmade and unique!


There are  gifts for the girls, gifts for the guys, traditional gifts of jewellery, sweets, chocolate, little tokens to amuse and delight – and some quirky and special treats you won’t find anywhere else!
Here are just some of the goodies we have available:



And…. as if all this isn’t enough we are also running a series of ‘Personalise your own cards while you wait’ workshops!

card workshops

On 2nd, 8th and 9th February you can call in to us and meet PetelovesOrla and Boondoggle Studio, who will have a range of cards available which you can have personalised for the fabulous price of £4.00 – a truly unique greetings card! Some choices of card include:

cardcard2Hope to see you there! Don’t forget with the changes to Handpicked Hall you can now only get inside from Grand Arcade. The main entrance to Handpicked Hall on Vicar Lane is now closed but you can still get into Grand Arcade from Vicar Lane or New Briggate and then come upstairs where the fun is happening!


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.