Handmade Beauty From An Independent Designer

Handmade Beauty

As an independent designer/maker, I am keen to support the UK handmade scene. Over the last few weeks I ve sought to promote a variety of independent artists and designers through twitter (http://www.twitter.com/PoppySparkles_ ) and my blog (www.poppysparkles.co.uk ). Often people have a preconception of the type of person a handmade gift is suitable for. Handmade is not a synonym for naff, old-fashioned or frumpy. The UK handmade scene has come a long way since most people experienced handmade in a cold, drafty village hall. The internet has made handcrafted accessible and helped numerous people with real talent establish themselves and make their work available to all, not just those with exclusive boutiques nearby.

Hopefully this little showcase of items picked from Folksy will show that there lots of gorgeous items for the beauty lover.

Top row: Lip balm by Soapure (http://www.folksy.com/shops/soapure), Handbag Mirror by Nicky Nacky Noo (http://www.folksy.com/shops/nickyp )

Middle Row: Makeup Brush Roll by Funky Diva Designs (http://www.folksy.com/shops/funkydivadesigns ), Bath Melts by Hea ram-Skearam Soap Companny (http://www.folksy.com/shops/hearamskearamsoapco )

Bottom row: Soap & Dish by SoapAroma (http://www.folksy.com/shops/soaparomasoaps ), Makeup bag by Natalie Farrell (http://www.folksy.com/shops/natalie)

Handmade is fresh, unique and vibrant. There is a wealth of gorgeous handcrafted products out there for each and every ‘type of person and more often than not, designers are happy to tweak a design or create something bespoke, creating something that is simply perfect. If you haven t seen the likes of Folksy (http://www.folksy.com ), Etsy (http://www.etsy.com ), Not on the High Street (http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ ), Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous (http://www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.co.uk ) , as well as numerous other websites solely selling handmade, then that you re next stop after reading this!

Written by Viv Smith from Poppy Sparkles, handcrafted birthstone jewellery.