I could knit before I could walk!!! Or so it seems that way 🙂 I honestly can’t remember a time in my childhood when I wasn’t knitting or crocheting.  

Hand Knitted Ribbed Beanie

Before I opened my Etsy shop, I was making things for myself and for friends and family. I soon found that I was receiving lovely compliments about my work and people started to ask if I actually made things to sell, and so it began…. I already had an eBay shop that I used mainly to sell unwanted things from around the house that Mike and I had accrued over the years, so I began to make and list my handmade items there firstly.

Then one day, I discovered Etsy.  

Etsy is an American e-commerce company who focus on handmade, vintage items and craft supplies. The handmade items that you find on there are, not only unique and of high quality, but you can rest assured that they have been made with love and that a lot of time and effort has gone into the production process.

I absolutely love creating things for my Etsy shop and sometimes, I actually find it difficult to keep up with demand. Over the years, I have been experimenting and finding out what my customers want so I am very much concentrating on the items that people are asking for nowadays and you can guarantee, I usually have two or three projects on the go at any one time.

crochet Hot Water Bottle Cover
Chunky Knit
Blue Scarf

I also love to give and to receive handmade products as gifts as I know that there has been a lot of love, care and attention to detail that goes in to something that has been handmade and, without a doubt, you also get a much better quality and unique product than the mass produced items that you find in the shops.

Buying handmade items also helps to support local craft industries and keeps the Etsy community a good and interesting place to shop.

So why not give it a go? Next time you have a birthday coming up, why not purchase a beautiful unique gift for your loved one and make them feel loved?

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