Disclosure: We were given a voucher to spend at this event, as well as being given some products in advance in order to blog about it.
A few weeks ago – before everyone took turns being ill and Lydia had surgery – we went to the IDEAS Birmingham Etsy Made Local event. I blogged about the event before we went, and now I’m back to share what we saw, what we did, and what we bought.
Etsy Made Local is an event showcasing local small businesses who sell handmade products, such as jewellery, art, clothing, and so on. There was a good mix of all types of sellers there, and I think everyone who attended probably found at least half a dozen products they’d like to take home – I know I did!
There were loads of family activities on the Saturday, and the girls really enjoyed themselves while I browsed the stalls. They got their face painted (for free!) by Mask of Art, and chilled out for a while with some colouring.
Both myself and the girls had a go at the Floating Crafts workshop to make a Christmas decoration, which are now hanging proudly on our trees! I found this really relaxing and the girls loved the simple yet effective craft project, and the colourful end results.
They also had a great time hunting down all the Birminghamsters which were hidden all around the room, and were rewarded with a little goody bag of their own to keep! Dot Moth Art were kind enough to give them a postcard of Birmingham each to colour in at home, so they came home loaded with fun bits & pieces.
What we bought
IDEAS Birmingham were kind enough to give us some vouchers to do a bit of shopping.
The first thing we bought were these gorgeous bibs from Archie & Co – they are made of super soft cotton and beautifully sewn. I love that they have two poppers so they’ll last longer too, as the baby grows. Georgie’s best friend became a big sister for the second time this month, and these made a perfect ‘new baby’ gift.
What caught my eye next were the hilarious card designs by Pickle & Pig Co – we chose a couple of Christmas cards for our friends, but they also sell brilliant cards for other occasions like birthdays, too. The Deadpool card cracks me up, and I couldn’t resist the ‘Moist Xmas’ one!
For my Dad, I found this gorgeous print of ‘Arfur the Robin’ by Two Four Joy Art. He has a whole wall full on their stairs of nature photographs and artwork, and this will fit in perfectly. I spent ages looking at the different prints and could have happily bought half a dozen, they were so lovely.
I decided to treat myself to a pair of earrings – now the girls are well and truly past the ‘grabbing’ stages I can wear dangling earrings again so I’ve been building up my collection over the past year or so. These hand enamelled wings from Jones Jewellery were just so irresistible – although it did take me a little while to pick exactly which pair I wanted! I loved this whole stall, and might have to treat myself to some more pairs after Christmas.
What we (almost) bought
There were a few stalls that we spent some time browsing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I go ahead and order something from some of these sellers in the new year when money is a bit less tight. My particular favourites were:
Firefly Handmade Creations – I use an electric wax melter in my office rather than candles, and the soy wax melts on this stall smelled absolutely amazing. The girls especially liked the little gingerbread men!
Dippy Daisy Designs – Georgie fell in love with the Penguin key fob on this stand so I think I may have to order one for her birthday in the spring – she adores penguins and always has a couple of penguin presents for Christmas and her birthday. She’s even doing a junior keeper experience for her birthday this year instead of having a party and, fingers crossed, she might get to feed the penguins. They had some lovely bags on this stand, and I’m very tempted to get my Mum one of their knitting project bags for her birthday next year.
Oimillie Lampwork – I really love the look and feel of handmade glass, and this stall was full of stunning pieces. I was quite tempted by some of their earrings, in particular.
Check out the video
Thank you to IDEAS Birmingham for inviting us along to the event, as you can tell we really enjoyed ourselves and came home with some beautiful items. I hope this post gives you all some ideas for spending your Christmas money!