Could you work full time with hubby? Or mum? A brave move some might say but one that often creates the most beautiful businesses!
Did you know some of the most successful businesses in the world are family run; such as Nike, Volkswagen and Samsung. There’s something very special about a family partnership, making a joint dream a reality and working together to make it a success.
Here we speak to some of our very own family businesses and hear how it works for them...
The letters have probably gone to Santa and the lists prepapred but we have put together a few of our favourite gifts to suprise your little ones this Christmas. So whether you have a pretty princess or a dino mad dude,we have it covered!
If you're looking for a perfect stocking filler, a little something to make someone smile or let them know you're thinking about them this Christmas, then take a peek at these gifts available over on the website now...
Jewellery for her...
We are more than a little bit in love with the gorgeous pieces from Samphire Jewellery - our featured seller this month. The simple designs and cool colours that Crista uses in her jewellery are just beautiful.
Here Crista talks about her inspirations and challenges she faces as a small creative business.
And if like us you have fallen in love with her work - you can grab yourself 15% discount off at check out this month - just use code FEATURED15 and enjoy!
Hi I’m Crista, the owner, designer and maker at Samphire Jewellery.
I have lived by the sea in Devon for 20 years with my husband and two children. My background is actually in foreign languages and although I no longer directly work with them all the time, I still love to travel and speak my languages whenever I can. My family is from Holland so I’ve always been drawn to all things Dutch, Danish and Scandi in general. I love their style and simple cool colours and it inspires the simple, stylish clean-lined jewellery I love best.
Go big or go home - That's our moto here!
Ok so it's not our moto but maybe it should be because we are going big this year with over £400 worth of gifts up for grabs !
Welcome to the launch of our Win Christmas Competition - Yep, that's right you could win Christmas - admittedly not your Turkey & Stuffing but over 30 gifts and Christmas home decor from our amazingly talented designers and makers! How great is that?
Not only could you win this huge prize but all sales from entries to this competition will be going to the wonderful Home Start UK Snowflake Appeal , a fabulous charity we wholeheartedly support.
From Home Start UK - About our appeal
''Every child Home-Start supports is as unique and fragile as a snowflake.
Right now thousands of young children are experiencing hardship or tragedy through no fault of their own.
Many families need support to get through some very tough times and this is where Home-Start can help. Sometimes we are their last chance.''
You can watch a video and find out more about the charity and their wonderful snowflake appeal, supported by Kirstie Allsopp
Let's be honest, we all know one. A man who we dread buying for at Christmas. We rack our brains trying find a gift for then perhaps resort to a box of chocs and a pair of socks?
Well check out our top 10 gifts for your man. Whether he be a hubby, daddy or grandad, we're certain you'll find the perfect gift!
Lots of personalised gifts for something really special. Find lots of inspiration over at the website too.
Our featured business this month is Fox & Whale Designs . Owner Liz designs and creates the most wonderful personalised artwork.
Like many creative people, Liz spent many years in jobs that didn't 100% tick her creative box - then her children inspired the creation of Fox & Whale Designs.
Some of Liz's fabulous designs will be with us at The Handmade Fair so if you're planning to visit - do pop by to stand E58 and say hi!
We are so completely in love with Made By Nanny and their rather fabulous range of baby and children's clothes and accessories. They are our featured business this month at Walter & May, read on and you can hear more about their story, what inspires them and how great it is to work with your mum!
We are so super proud at Walter & May to have some of the best UK designers, makers and creative businesses working with us. We wanted to take part in The Handmade Fair for lots of reasons but not least was the opportunity to showcase some of our makers designs and products to people equally as potty about Handmade as us!
Our makers products will be on show to a huge audience and this will be a great opportunity to grow their own brand and spread the handmade happiness to most probably the biggest audience yet!
We have over 30 businesses showcasing products at the Fair. Here are just some of the makers involved and a sneak peek of what will be with us at the Fair: