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Creative Craft Classes – 12th March 2015

Today we’re welcoming Chloe and Lucy, two of our resident makers, to the blog to get to know a little bit more about them and find out what fun happenings will be part of their workshops at our brand new Creative Craft Classes starting this month.

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas – Origami For Card Making | 12th March – Book here!

Life's Big Canvas Workshop Leeds

My mission is to make the whole world a playful place, and to encourage creativity, even in the most mundane places and stubborn people. I started by painting animals, but now I mainly fold paper.

I create whimsical items for the child within – whether it’s a simple badge, a notebook made with a book cover you remember as a child, or something you can’t believe was ever once a piece of paper – I am fascinated by how something flat like paper can become three dimensional with a few folds.

Life’s Big Canvas has been a part of the independent retail scene in Leeds for the last three years, being involved in shops, fairs, workshops and galleries. I will always continues to experiment and play daily, wherever I am.

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How did you first get involved in making your craft?

I started making stuff five years ago, and it was mainly jewellery, but then one january I started making origami boxes for putting the jewellery into, and just got obsessed with paper. I still do other stuff, but it’s the paper that always stays around.

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

I had no other choice, unfortunately. I was signed off work with sickness, and my sick pay ran out – the doctor said I wasn’t well enough to work, but the DWP said I was, so the Job Centre suggested I take self-employment credit (a scheme that I’m not sure if it still runs or not) and that got things moving. That makes it sound like it’s not a dream or a love, but I think I would have got to this point eventually, I was just pushed a bit sooner.

Origami Workshop, Leeds

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

I used to run the Paper Folding Workshop at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton every month. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing people see forms come out of their flat paper. The realisation in people’s faces when you get the that point where suddenly you can see what it’s meant to be is priceless!

Lucy from George & Lilly – Make A Felted Picture | 12th March – Book Here!

Felted Picture Workshop

I work from a small studio in my house, I’m a trained graphic designer but currently work at a printers part time. Im originally from Wiltshire but have been living in Leeds for 6 years with my husband and 3 cats. I enjoy anything creative although my passion is obviously feltmaking, DIY and gardening.

How did you first get involved in making your craft?

Though a trained graphic designer I’ve always been interested in textiles, arts and crafts. While at university I lived with a lot of design & crafts students and was very jealous of everything they were creating in their lessons.  I started using craft felt but found it very thin, I found out I could make thicker felt from wool so after going to a couple of evening classes I started making my own and things have evolved from there.

George&Lilly Workshop, Leeds

What made you decide to take the leap to start selling your work?

After selling a few things to friend and family I decided to start doing craft fairs to see if my products would sell well with the public.  I enjoy selling my items to the public as it’s nice to hear first hand feedback and see people enjoy what I have made.

What’s your favourite thing about running a workshop or class?

Ive run many workshops before; I love seeing what designs people come up with. Even the most uncreative person can come up with  fantastic piece of felt art!!

To book onto Make A Felted Picture, Origami For Card Making or to view our other Creative Craft Classes, pop along to this link or call 0113 2443454

See you there x

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Valentines Gift Ideas

Valentines Day is only five days away… if you’re lost for ideas this year, pop into Our Handmade Collective where we are more than happy to offer our expertise to help you pick out the perfect one of a kind present for your favourite person.

Best Independent Shop In Leeds Music Themed Valentines Card

Beautiful cards, homemade fudge, geeky framed art, scented candles, unusual jewellery, handmade smellies and endless cute and fun heart themed gifts from over 50 sellers all housed under one roof. We love these paper folded tulips that will last as long as your relationship and this vinyl record card for those who share a passion for music.

We offer a gift wrapping service too, so you could drop by on your lunch break and leave fully prepared for the most romantic day of the year. Don’t forget we’re now open Mondays too!

Alternative Valentines Gift Ideas Handmade Jewellery and Gifts

If you’re stuck for something to do on Valentines Day why not come along to the Grand Arcade: we have a gorgeous vintage tea shop, authentic Colombian coffee, a wide range of dishes on offer in our vegetarian restaurant and you could even pick out your own gifts from our emporium of handmade goodies 🙂

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See you at the shop x

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Leeds

The first shopping Saturday in December has come to be known as SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, supporting and promoting all those lovely independent businesses that make up the corners of your city and online.

Come on down to Our Handmade Collective today and not only will you be celebrating our little shop with us, but you will also be supporting all our independent designers too – there’s 58 designers all under one roof!
If you shop with us today you’ll get an awesome goody bag and two stamps for the price of one on your loyalty cards!!

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Small Business Saturday Leeds

There are incredible benefits to shopping small: Each product is handcrafted with incredible attention to detail and you’d be hard pressed to find the same product elsewhere on the high street.

Get something a little bit different for your loved ones this year and if you’re completely stuck for ideas there are no better experts than the staff at Our Handmade Collective to help pick out the perfect gift. We’re friendly and easy to approach and we genuinely love each and every product in store, handpicked by our owners Claire & Natalie.

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We have home decor ideas from gorgeous lamps to fun signs to brighten up your bathroom and kitchen, hand sewn gifts, scarves and mittens for your Grandma who is always hard to buy for, a fun and kooky moustache for your daughter, gifts made from a vinyl record for your musician boyfriend, a cute dog brooch for the dog walker and gorgeous handmade jewellery for your mum, sister and girlfriend. We also provide a gift wrapping service too, so you can leave with all your presents bought and wrapped with weeks to go!

While you’re here you can grab a coffee at Casa Colombiana or groom that post Movember facial hair at The Traditional Shaving Company and support all the amazing small businesses that we live alongside in the Grand Arcade!

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Don’t worry if you can’t make it today, you can support us everyday as we’re now open until Christmas Eve.

See you at the shop x

We need more Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine…

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We’re recovering a little after our Christmas Launch event – all your Our Handmade Collective Christmas elves are worn out, but our little happy hearts are filled with love for everyone that came out to join us, brought friends & family and shared the event far and wide. It was fantastic to see so many of our lovely customers drinking mulled wine and eating our award winning fudge! THANK YOU.

Christmas Display Leeds Award Winning Fudge LeedsHandmade Christmas Decorations Our Handmade Collective Customers Our Handmade Collective Mince Pies Handmade Gifts Leeds Our Handmade Collective Staff Handmade Christmas Decorations Shopping Grand Arcade Christmas Ornaments Christmas Shopping Event Late Night Shopping Leeds Our Handmade Collective ChristmasWe had an absolute blast! How about you? In fact, we had so much fun that we’re secretly planning a follow up event! What do you think, would you like More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine?

Let us know if you’d like to come back again and we’d love you to share your purchases with us on social media… unless they’re gifts of course! Those need to stay super secret.

Don’t forget that we are also now open every day until Christmas so you can shop with us at your convenience….including late night Thursdays until 8.00pm.

If you enjoyed your shopping experience, please feel free to pop us a review on Trip Advisor – we’re number one for Shopping in Leeds you know! Cheers!

See you at the shop x

 

The Awesome Student Guide To Leeds Indies

Freshers! Welcome to Leeds. Grab a cuppa and snuggle yourself down with a blanket, Yorkshire style, while you read through our Awesome Student Guide to Leeds Indies at The Grand Arcade.

Freshly Ground Coffee Leeds

Late night studying or researching local bars? Get your caffeine fix from Casa Colombiana; coffee and food with a Latin twist. Their coffee is roasted on site, making it as fresh as possible. Try it black with a lump of rustic brown sugar.

Tired of having to pick the only veggie option on the menu when out with your new pals? Pop in to Roots and Fruits where all the offerings are vegetarian. Tasty options for vegans too!

Last minute visit from the parents? Take them for afternoon tea at Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom for a super suave cuppa instead of letting them into the kitchen you haven’t gotten around to cleaning from last night’s party.

Wet Shaving Leeds

Pruning the perfect hipster beard? Pop along to The Traditional Shaving Company for expert advice or get it all lopped off by Byron the Barber.

Sister in town and recently engaged? Take her along to The Bridal Emporium to try on dresses and get ideas for the big day. You’ll score the highest sibling points on offer!

Jazz up your new pad with some bobby dazzler accessories from The Little Button Co or paint up an unloved thrifted find with some chalk paint from My Vibrant Home.

Impress your first Uni date by buying them a drink at The Pit, but let them get the round in at Santiagos!

Best Birthday Present Ideas

Finally when birthdays arise, pop along to Our Handmade Collective for all your gifting needs. When they see the great gifts you come up with, everyone will want to be your friend 😉 And don’t forget to get yourself a little treat from us for all your hard work!

Student Guide Leeds

You can find even more information about us in your handy student guide from Leeds List.

See you at the shop!

We Scooped Up at Leeds Indie Awards!

Leeds Love Affair AwardsWe just have to say, we love being an award winning shop! Not only were Our Handmade Collective nominated by the public for Best Place To Shop and Best New Business 2014 (you lovely lot!) in the Leeds Love Affair Indie Awards, but we only went and won Best Place To Shop as voted entirely by the public! Thank you so much for your kind nominations and votes, we are so proud to be your no. 1 shopping emporium!Leeds Love Affair Awards at The Tetley

Leeds Indie Awards Show
The awards ceremony was hosted by the lovely folks at The Tetley. This was the first time we’d been along and it really is a stunning venue; the lovely bar sits under the original neon Tetley brewery sign with outside picnic tables looking out across a beautiful garden. Inside you can hang with friends and some of our team enjoyed a nice meal pre-show!Leeds Indie Awards Best Place To ShopWhy yes, we were even lucky enough to meet Mr Burton from Educating Yorkshire who enthusiastically presented each award. We think he was a bit overwhelmed by the support from our lovely stockists, designers and makers who attended the awards to cheer us on – we think we made quite a spectacle when we were announced as winners. Isn’t he lovely!?Meeting Mr Burton, Educating YorkshireOur award is now sitting in pride of place on our counter in the shop, so do be sure to pop in and see it in all it’s glory. If you’ve never been to the shop, you’re clearly missing out! Come on down and introduce yourselves, you’ll soon be part of the furniture.

We could not have done this without our wonderful team of makers. This is a team award, Our Handmade Collective wouldn’t exist without our designers to stock with us and join together to shout from the rooftops about what we are doing. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you soooo much to our fabulous makers and to our lovely customers for being part of the award winning Our Handmade Collective! See you soon!Tetley Brewery, Leeds

New sellers and other exciting news…

We are really pleased to announce a few more local sellers have joined Our Handmade Collective, taking us to nearly 60 sellers.

We have admired these sellers’ items for a while and we’re really chuffed that they have chosen to stock with us in the Grand Arcade, Leeds.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post for our other exciting news…

The most recent additions to Our Handmade Collective are:

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The Little Dragon Tea Co.dragon

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In other Exciting News…

Do you remember a while back we asked you to nominate us in Leeds Love Affair Indie Awards 2014. Well thank you very much for doing so as we’ve been shortisted for 2 of the 5 awards!

leedsloveaffairvoteNow PLEASE can we ask for one more minute of your time?

Please click on this link http://leedsloveaffair.co.uk/news/vote-for-the-leeds-indie-award-winners-2014.

Our shop is listed in the 3rd and 5th categories, which are ‘Best Indie Place to Shop in Leeds’, and ‘Best New Leeds Indie Business’. All you need to do is click, no need to give out your details or fill out any forms! You can even do it from your phone or tablet.

“Please note: you can vote once per day, and be sure to share this page with family and friends to maximise votes for your favourites. ”

“Voting will close on 21 August and remember, there is no judging panel. Winners are solely decided by the number of votes cast by you, the Leeds loving public.”

Thank you so much. We really are lucky to have such fabulous and loyal customers.

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.

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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!

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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

Could you do us a favour?

Hi there. Just a quick blog post to ask if you could do us a quick favour, whilst you sit down with a brew??

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We’ve recently added ourselves to Trip Advisor so we can get more feedback from the people that have been to visit us. If you have been to Our Handmade Collective and can spare a few minutes to rate us or leave a short comment, then please click on this link http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186411-d6537779-Reviews-Our_Handmade_Collective-Leeds_West_Yorkshire_England.html and then choose ‘write review’ from the menu bar at the top centre of the page (see red circle in picture).

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And finally…. if you’ve still got tea in your cup and you really like our little shop then please nominate us for ‘best place to shop’ and ‘best new business’ in the Leed Love Affair Indie Awards. Please click on this link http://leedsloveaffair.co.uk/news/leeds-love-affair-indie-awards-2014 and then click on the ‘Let’s Go’ button to answer 5 quick questions about Leeds!

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Many, many thanks. We hope to see you again soon!

Mother’s Day Gifts

We have a lot of new gifts in the shop from our makers ready for Mother’s Day. But what should you get her to make her feel special? How about….

Flowers…

Instead of getting your mum a bunch of flowers that will only last a few days, why not get her a cute crocheted pot plant decoration (with matching card) that she can keep forever! Designed and made locally by Rose Cottage Crafts.

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Or quirky kitsch rings upcycled by Urban Magpie from old china flowers decorations.

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Jewellery…..

Why not treat her to some unique handmade jewellery. We have stunning silver crafted by Seabreeze Designs,

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and lovely sea glass carefully made into unique items by Shedplay.

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Food….

If your mum is a real foodie then why not get her some delicious Harrogate Preserves, Handmade chocolates from Chocolate Chest or sweets from Hello Sweet Thing

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or a wooden board from Gourmet Food Boards.gfboards

or a stylish apron handmade by Kitsch-ina that is too beautiful just to wear in the kitchen!

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Fashion and Accessories….

Does your mum always want to look her best? How about a handmade bag that is unique by Made by Marianne.

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or something from vintage fabrics by Natalie Breeze designs

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We have lots of beautiful handmade bags including this bright range by Punto Belle

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Also stunning range of gadget cosies from Urban Fox

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Bath and Beauty…

Colourful bath salts from Blue Butterfly

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or handmade natural bath bombs from Little Shop of Lathers

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Homeware…..

A wide range of cushion, notice boards, tea towels and mugs from The Little Button Co.

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Stunning hand-painted glasses make a great gift from Handmade by Natalie

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Hanging hearts with beautiful quotations and sentiment on them by The Wilsons

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Or hanging pottery butterflies by Detty Marie Ceramics

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Many scented candles including these in vintage china from Aunt Sallys Upcycled Crockery

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Also upcycled old china plates or vinyl records made into cakestands or sandwich platter (vinyl by Melodies)

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For the mum that has everything….

Hand felted covered books and journals by George and Lilly

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or buy her a craft kit and she can make her own gift and have fun doing it

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Cards and Wrapping…

A wide range of cards for all occasions including for Mother’s Day

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and a lot of them can be frames to make great gifts

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Take advantage of our Gift Wrapping service or buy some special clay tags from RedRat Designs

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