Bank holiday family fun day & craft fair!

It’s always nice to support budding entrepreneurs…you’re not only investing in the local economy but you’re helping someone’s dream become a reality.

Those of you who follow my blog should know how much I love shopping online.  It’s easy, it’s convenient, and you don’t have to disturb the dog/cat who’s curled up on your lap!  But I also love a craft fair, especially one that welcomes the whole family.  At the end of May, Quiddity Gifts will join 18 other talented creatives as part of a bank holiday family fun day in Cheshire.

Here’s a chance to get to know the entrepreneurs who will be taking part in this year’s fair:

Quiddity Gifts run by yours truly and my mini dachshund Maya (logo inspiration, lap warmer, and postman greeter) from Crewe, Cheshire.

I started making paperclay jewellery in motivational leaf and cloud designs, but over the years have expanded to meet the needs of my customers.  Morse Code necklaces are now the most popular item with secret messages ranging from names to dates to downright rude messages! I love custom orders and my favourite piece to make is always a custom design for a bride’s big day!  Check out the new collection of beach inspired turquoise jewellery that will be available at the craft fair:

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Handmade jewellery by Quiddity Gifts

 

Bella’s Boutique , named after owner Michelle’s Yorkshire Terrier, is your one stop shop to find the perfect gift for your four-legged yappy companion: from collars to pet beds, squeaky toys to fancy dress!

She also stocks the best-selling sports harness, which is a comfortable and stylish alternative to a dog collar.  Already got one of those? Wondering what to get for the dog who’s got everything? How about some doggy perfume! You’ve got to pop by the fun day to check that out, or take a peek at the website.

Bella's Boutique

 

All Good Things run by the lovely Anna and Lynn, the brains behind this wonderful community event, will be there with bows on….literally as their shop is a treasure-trove of ribbons and bows, wool and material, buttons and …well, you get the idea!

And if you don’t know your darning needle from your rug hook, treat yourself to a readymade item.  My favourite are the adorable owl cushions, but who could say no to a cuddly teddy or cute hedgehog?! If it’s a baby shower gift you’re looking for, they have a lovely selection of knitted baby booties.  Older children would love a reading pillow to store their favourite night-time story book.  Come and see all the goodies at the craft fair:

All good things

Family Fun Day

All about Taurus

Anyone born between April 21st and May 21st is a Taurus…a stubbornly determined bull!  Click here for more information about Taurus, or keep reading for a gift guide of handmade items all specially selected for this zodiac sign.

How do you describe Taurus characteristics? Let the gifts say it all! From printable wall art by ADesignFor to a T-shirt by SassySmack and even a gorgeous makeup bag by MichelewithasingleL

Did you know each zodiac sign has their own bird? Taurus actually has three: the dove, sparrow, and swan.  Swans are stunningly beautiful and the fact that they mate for life has made them a symbol of everlasting love, making a swan charm bracelet a romantic gift for the special Taurus in your life. Click here to read my previous post about swans.

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The zodiac flowers for Taurus are: rose, poppy, and foxglove. How about a rose-themed paper cutting by colorstorydesigns , or stunningly detailed needle-felted foxgloves in gorgeous shades of purples and blues by tillyteadance? Poppies are one of my favourite flowers and I just love everything MaisyPlum does, so these gorgeous enamelled copper poppies would be top of my wish list.

If you’re looking for a unique zodiac inspired gift for a Taurus lady, why not consider aromatherapy? Each zodiac sign has specific essential oils that are recommended to work in harmony with the characteristics of that sign. Pairing a special blend of essential oils by MysticMomentsUK with handmade oil diffusing jewellery by QuiddityGifts would offer your special Taurus a stylish way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. You could even tweak the jewellery to include a birthstone, gemstone, or favourite colour beads. Click to read more about zodiac aromatherapy for Taurus.

Although Taureans enjoy practical gifts, who wouldn’t love this adorable teddy by KnittedStoryBears? And if you’re a tad better at wielding a crochet hook than I am, you could have a go at making this adorable bull with an instant download pattern available from DioneDesign.

If your stylish Taurus isn’t so keen on bragging about her star sign, treat her to minimal beaded jewellery with her zodiac sign encoded in a secret message spelled out in silver-plated dots and dashes. Morse Code necklaces by QuiddityGifts.

Other handmade gift options include a personalised mug with an adorable illustration of a Taurus bull by Sophie0610Designs, a constellation tote bag by HeartAndWillowPrints, and a trendy notebook by JournalandCo.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the Taurus men out there! A quality leather keychain by NairiLeatherFashion or stunning framed copper bull by MyCopperCraft would make great gift ideas.

And, if you’ve left it until the last minute, don’t worry because there are great options that aren’t just gift certificates. Take a peek at these downloadable art prints:

Whatever gift you choose, don’t forget to include a birthday card!

 

All items featured in this blog were personally selected by me as I think they’re gorgeous – no commission or deals for me if you purchase them, but if you value handmade items, please do take a minute to check out the Etsy shops and support small businesses.

All Quiddity Gifts jewellery can be found at www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk or in my Etsy shop.

Swan Fever!

If you read my last post, you’ll know I’m not too fond of birds.  Well, swans aren’t too fond of me!  Fortunately, the photo of them attacking me on the Isle of Wight was “accidentally” deleted.

But, is it just me, or are there swans everywhere these days?swan charm bracelet-2

It’s got me thinking and it’s really no wonder swans are so popular.  They’re one of the species of animals who mate for life and two swans posing with their slender necks forming a heart shape has become symbolic of everlasting love.  Did you know, it’s actually possible for a swan to die of a broken heart if their mate dies?  How romantically tragic!

Feeling inspired by the Easter holidays and spending time with loved ones, I’ve created a stunning charm bracelet featuring adorable swans and heart charms…and a little bit of bling with Swarovski elements crystal beads too.  Whether it’s for a Mother’s Day gift or a romantic treat for your someone special, it’s sure to put a smile on her face.

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Swan bracelet available to purchase on the QuiddityGifts website or on Etsy.

FUN FACT! According to an article by Annie B, each zodiac sign is connected to specific birds and swans are linked to Taurus (April 20 – May 21), Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22), and Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20), so this charm bracelet would make a fab birthday gift for her!

If you’re not in the mood for jewellery (don’t worry…it sometimes happens to even the best of us!), how about taking a peek at some of the other gift ideas from talented members of the Etsy UK community?

But since swans are trending all over the world at the moment, I thought I’d highlight some of the talented makers from other countries.

Embroidery hoops seem to be popular in Australia, and these examples from InaSudjana and RubySewOh are just gorgeous!

Also from Australia is this pretty pink wall clock by NestAccessories which would look lovely in paired with this swan princess wooden decor by Myletterdeco from Israel.

From Europe, I’ve fallen in love with this swan ring by fraufischers in Germany (she also has a dachshund version of the ring which I just have to have!!!) and the very clever paper origami earrings by FrenchPaperArt

There were so many lovely swan makes from across the pond in good ol’ U.S. of A., but I finally managed to choose my favourites, including a unique wooden statue by RhondaBrownArt, an eco-friendly wooden toy by MonkeyandBeanDesigns up in Alaska, and the cutest little dress by the lovely Kelly at GirlWithATwirl.

 

Are you a swan lover?

What’s your favourite swan make featured in this post?

What would you like to see in upcoming blogs?

 

All items featured in this blog were personally selected by me as I think they’re gorgeous – no commission or deals for me if you purchase them, but if you value handmade items, please do take a minute to check out the Etsy shops and support small businesses.

All Quiddity Gifts jewellery can be found at www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk or in my Etsy shop.

Hello Spring…Easter’s Coming!

Spring is finally here…the birds are chirping and Easter is just around the corner!

spring chick earringsNow, I absolutely love Easter egg hunts …especially when I’m looking for yummy chocolate, but this year I’m treating my friends and family to spring chick jewellery instead.

Each pair of earrings has a one-of-a-kind design of Swarovski crystals, imitation pearls, or even gemstones.  Take a peek and choose your favourites.

Only £5 per pair, gift-wrapped & ready to give.

I’ve always been slightly scared of birds…yup, Hitchcock is definitely to blame! But I can’t deny how gorgeous they are.  Here are some of my favourite handmade Easter makes, all are available for sale on Etsy, including: needle-felted chicks by JacarandaTreeUK, personalised hanging chicks by Vintagestitchstudio, personalised polymer clay keepsake by MadebyIzzyGifts, and fabulous bunting by Littlewhiteboutique and xFabFeltCraftsx

Fancy treating yourself or someone you love to something a little less “Easter-y”?  If you’re looking for wall-art, there’s a great selection available including a colourful giclee print by JayPeaStudio, a unique & creative 3D papermache bluetit by ArtsaFlutter, or a dictionary print featuring lots of colourful birds by ThePrintCave.  For those of you who love personalised gifts, RowanTreePrints offers a unique take on the family tree.

Now, if you like birds as much as I like dachshunds (which is a lot!), you’ll probably want to take them with you, So how about a bag charm by elliestreasuresuk or a brooch by AlisonWhateley, or mariaaelenboutique?  You could even try to make your own pretty little puffin with a tutorial kit from BumblebeadCrafts.

And finally, the winner of the most colourful sparkly bird award has to be this hand-stitched peacock with sequins, gems, and beads by TextilesByBecca!

Sparkly Peacock by TextilesByBecca

 

All gifts featured in this blog were personally selected by me as I think they’re gorgeous – no commission or deals for me if you purchase them, but if you value handmade items, please do take a minute to check out the Etsy shops and support small businesses.

All Quiddity Gifts jewellery can be found at www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk or in my Etsy shop.

Happy Birthday Aries!

Zodiac signs are fascinating because even if you don’t really believe in them, it’s hard to deny that some of the descriptions aren’t spot on.

aries zodiac necklaceThis month it’s time for Aries to celebrate their birthday and since my mum’s an aries, the zodiac necklace designed for stubborn rams has been approved by her!  Fortunately the crystals sparkle in the light and make a great substitute for Diamonds, April’s birthstone.  Ok…not sure mum agrees with that part of the design!  Don’t forget to check back for another blog post all about this gorgeous birthstone.

Aries are known to be independent, brave, and enthusiastic…definite leaders.  Does that  sound like an Aries you know?  How about these famous Aries: Robert Frost, Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lady Gaga.

Details:

  • Lucky number is 9
  • Get along great with LEO and LIBRA
  • Enjoy your day on TUESDAY
  • Feel good colour is RED
  • Gemstones are TOPAZ, SAPPHIRE, JASPER, and AQUAMARINE.

Gift Ideas:

  • Aromatherapy is connected to astrology and Aries can benefit from essential oils to calm their aggression and encourage their leadership qualities.

LifeForceEssentials

If you’re not up to experimenting with mixes of essential oils, why not try a specially blended combination of essential oils made just for your zodiac sign? This essential oil roll on from LifeForceEssentials is so convenient to just pop in your bag and carry with you.

 

If you’d like to experience the benefit of essential oils in style, why not try aromatherapy jewellery?  Quiddity Gifts offers a range of natural lava rock jewellery as well as trendy modern aromatherapy lockets from hypoallergenic stainless steel.  Click here to view the range of aromatherapy jewellery

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The necklace spells out ‘ARIES’ in Morse Code and features crystal beads to represent the birthstone for April.  It’s also available with Red Carnelian beads to represent FIRE as this is the element that rules the Aries star sign, but like most jewellery by Quiddity Gifts, it can be customised with your favourite beads – glass, crystal, pearls, or gemstones…the choice is yours!

 

All gifts featured in this blog were personally selected by me as I think they’re gorgeous – no commission or deals for me if you purchase them, but if you value handmade items, please do take a minute to check out the Etsy shops and support small businesses.

All Quiddity Gifts jewellery can be found at www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk or in my Etsy shop.

Unbeleafable news!

Excuse the corny pun….I just had to as today is International Forests Day!

For those of you who don’t know, last year I won the #Queenof award for my line of ‘Turn Over a New Leaf’ motivational jewellery, which was inspired by the forests of Eastern Canada and long hikes in Gatineau Park.

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Well, to celebrate all the forests around the world I’m working on a new collection of motivational leaf necklaces and earrings that will be available for sale on my website on Friday.  Lots of one of a kind items that are sure to sell out quickly so make sure you don’t miss them.

I love creating jewellery and honestly believe the handmade touch makes any gift that extra bit more special, so today I’d like to highlight a few of my favourite nature-inspired leaf makes by fellow talented artisans on Etsy.  With one of the Pantone colours of 2017 being ‘Greenery’ these are definitely on trend too:

 

My leaf jewellery is actually made out of eco-friendly recycled paperclay and I love that the finished piece of jewellery is a reflection of where the material originally came from.  These pyrography pieces hold the same concept for me, the trees of the forests burned into the wood that once grew there.  So here’s a shout out to fellow Etsy sellers in Canada and Greece, two wonderful countries that I’ve been lucky enough to live in (yes…I survived many cold Canadian winters) and visit (yes…I ate far too much Baklava while in Greece!)

 

As always, I have carefully selected all of the items to feature on this blog post and have received no financial compensation or incentive for including them….I simply think they’re lovely and want to support small business, talented artists, and budding entrepreneurs.

Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is a confusing holiday as it’s celebrated on different days around the world.  Here in the UK, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is next weekend.

Don’t panic…there is still time to order a lovely pressie to show your mum how much she means to you.  Jewellery is always a good choice for stylish mums, and the handmade touch makes it even more special.

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Visit the new Quiddity Gifts website and find your perfect Mother’s Day gift.  All UK orders will be posted via Royal Mail 1st class delivery, so please place your order by Wednesday to ensure it will be delivered in time for the big day!

Don’t forget a lovely handmade card as the perfect touch to your Mother’s Day gift.  Whether you’re looking for something funny or sentimental, there’s sure to be the perfect card for your mum.  Here are some of my favourites from talented makers on Etsy:

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I have carefully selected all of the cards to feature on this blog post and have received no financial compensation for including them….I simply love them and want to support small business, talented artists, and budding entrepreneurs.  I hope you like them too…happy shopping!

Dragonflies!

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You’re probably wondering WHY I’m dedicating an entire post to dragonflies.

Well, I’ve always liked them.  They’re like butterflies, but somehow cooler.  Did you know they can fly up & down, forward & backward, and side to side?!  And if you’ve been on Pinterest recently, you may have noticed that dragonflies are really trending….I’ve been waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with me!

dragonfly symbolism

The dragonfly is an ancient symbol, found around the world.  It is especially strong in Native American art and legends.  Surprisingly all civilisations have attributed the same symbolism to it: the happiness you feel after undergoing a great change or transformation and finally achieving self-awareness and confidence.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love gifts that are handmade and meaningful, so this dragonfly jewellery set is the perfect gift idea for anyone going through a change in their lives and needing a bit of jewellery….let’s face it, we all need some new jewellery now and then! Click here to take a peek at the charm bracelet and matching earrings. or visit the QuiddityGifts Etsy shop to see what’s available.

If you’re not a fan of jewellery, there are plenty of beautiful handmade makes featuring dragonflies.  Here are some of my favourites from talented creatives on Etsy.  There’s everything from home decor wall art, candle holders, and coaster, to fashion accessories and a colouring card.

 

I have carefully selected all of the items to feature on this blog post and have received no financial compensation for including them….I simply love them and want to support small business, talented artists, and budding entrepreneurs.