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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.

How To Fold Paper

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 🙂

Valentines Day

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

Send a Letter to Santa!

Letter to Santa, Our Handmade Collective

Since Santa is super busy making all your festive goodies at this time of year he has asked the Our Handmade Collective Christmas Elves for some help collecting everyone’s Christmas wishes!

In store we have our very own North Pole Postbox for you to post your letters to Santa. Just pop back in store to collect your reply from Santa himself! You can either print the template from the image in this blog and bring it with you to post in the special North Pole Postbox or if you need inspiration, come along to the shop and complete a letter there… then leave the rest to us!

Letter To Santa

The last guaranteed posting date for you to be able to receive your reply from Santa is Friday 19th December at 5.00pm. He is very busy, after all!

Why not combine your trip with a visit to the MORE Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine shopping event on the 4th December? RSVP, here!

Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas! 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.

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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

 

Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!

There are only 62 days until Christmas!! Don’t panic, if you haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, we’re waiting for you at Our Handmade Collective.

Even better, we’re going to make the task FUN. Bucket loads of our sellers will be in attendance on 30th October wearing daft Christmas jumpers and handing out Mince Pies & Mulled Wine. You can even kiss your sweetie under the Mistletoe.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, how about 10% off hundreds of products in store for one night only? Handmade, unique and a bargain. Why, you might just get all your presents in one go!

Handmade Christmas Shopping Event

Competition, Win, Handmade

On the night we’ll be announcing the winners of the Box of Delights raffle! Get your ticket in store now for just £1. Proceeds go towards saving the beautiful clock in our Grand Arcade and restore it to it’s former glory.

As well as being an unmissable night, our festive party marks the start of our Christmas opening hours. We’ll be open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK and for those who can’t stomach weekend shopping, you can pop in after work on a Thursday until 8pm!

Late Night Shopping Leeds

If you’re at a complete loss for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas, you’re in luck! Our staff are experts at gift giving and will be more than happy to help you pick out the greatest gift you’ve given yet. We even offer gift wrap from £1.50. If you really can’t decide, give the gift of choice with our gift vouchers available in store! You could only get a better service from Santa himself! 😉

Don’t forget your Christmas jumper at the event, there’s a prize for the best one! 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!

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!

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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.

Thank You for a Fabulous Weekend!

Thanks to everybody who came and joined in our first birthday celebrations last weekend. We had so much fun and it was so lovely to see the Grand Arcade buzzing with excitement.

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We really enjoyed seeing some of our favourite customers and meeting so many new faces. We hope you found the perfect gift in our shop and that you will spread the word about us to your friends. NatShop(Co-founder Natalie outside the shop – above)  cakemontage (Our yummy birthday cake! – above)natandclaire(Both co-founders Claire and Natalie raising a glass to celebrate our very successful first year of trading – above).

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We also really appreciate the support that we have received from Leeds-List, as Independent retailers we need a big voice! Their latest feature on us is here, and as ever is a great read – thanks again guys! http://leeds-list.com/style/independent-leeds-our-handmade-collective/

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