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Summer 2013 Giveaway - Made by Mums with Love

28/07/2013 - Matt Chatterley

Fancy a cheeky summer (handmade) shopping spree?

MBM Monkey Business Well, here we are again - it's been a little while! Various things (including holidays and a bit of a rush at work) have meant that we've had to condense several giveaways into one - but it's a special one, so don't worry!

We are considering making our giveaways "seasonal" rather than monthly, although we haven't made a decision yet - it does depend on interest from sponsors. At the moment our list of willing participants is quite short, so if you'd like to see it remain monthly, why not get in touch?

This month's sponsor is Louise from "Made by Mums with Love", who are kindly offering a £25 gift voucher to the lucky winner. Their website is a great embodiment of what we believe in here, so it's really exciting to be able to introduce you to them - you can read all about what they do in Louise's own words below.

MBM Birth Announcement In a slight change to our usual format, because the images in this post are from different makers, we've included a short write-up of each item at the end of the post.

The rules remain as ever: to enter, visit our sponsor's link(s) (at the end of the post) and post a comment here, telling us which of the items you've seen is your favourite. Entries are accepted at our discretion and the winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway will close at midnight (GMT) on Saturday 10th August 2013.

So, it's over to Louise - founder of Made by Mums with Love!

MBM Great Hatsby My name is Louise and I'm the founder of Made by Mums with Love. Like so many mums-to-be I was part of an online baby group counting down the months, days, contractions until the arrival of our latest addition to the family, (baby number 3). It was in this group (full of mums with babies due in April 2012) that I met some amazingly talented mums who kept themselves busy by crafting, making all sorts of beautiful items from hand. This was the first time I became aware of the growing number of mums turning to arts & crafts to help contribute to the household income. I quickly decided that wouldn't it be great if there was one place to shop online to buy from these mums? And so the concept was born!

After a year of designing the website and fine-tuning the idea alongside juggling the day-to-day life of running the home and three young children I was finally ready to launch in February 2013.

Made by Mums with Love is a new website full of gorgeous, unique and often personalised handmade gifts for children and the home. The website devotes it's entire platform to helping mothers of all ages, shapes and sizes to sell their carefully handmade wares.

MBM Dribble Bib I myself have always loved handmade, handcrafted items and I would say that having children most definitely reignited my love of all things handmade. As a child, I was introduced to my favourite arts and craft book ‘The Readers Family Digest of Things to Make and Do'. I also learnt a lot from my mum who is incredibly talented and has a real eye for style and putting things together – she also taught me how to sew. I have to admit, as much as I love to dabble in the odd bit of sewing here and there, I'm no natural!

When it comes to selling handmade items I'm better leaving this to the wonderful crafty mums out there and doing everything I can to grow the Made by Mums with Love website to an audience not typically accustomed to buying handmade wares using my past experiences in marketing, online and PR.

If you would like to keep up to date with our news please link to any of our social media network pages below and visit our website to sign up to our newsletter.

Items pictured

'Monkey Business' 3D Paper Cut Framed Birth Announcement handmade by Little Jems priced £22 plus P&P. Crafty mum behind Little Jems is Jemma Nelson and this item is made-to-order and delivered in 10-14 days. http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/seller-profile?vendor_id=218.

Elephant Birth Announcement Frame by Handmade by Bex priced £27.00 plus P&P. Crafty mum behind Handmade by Bex is Rebecca Knapp and this item is made-to-order and delivered in 3-4 weeks. http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/seller-profile?vendor_id=114.

Great Hatsby - Handmade Personalised Family Tree Cushion priced £40.00 plus P&P. Crafty mum behind Great Hatsby is Rachael Uffendell and this item is made to order and delivered in 3 – 4 weeks. http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/seller-profile?vendor_id=70.

Baby Doodahs Little Heart Bandana Dribble Bib (can be personalised) priced £6.00 plus P&P. Crafty mum behind Baby Doodahs is Morvern Shaw and this item is made-to-order in 10-14 days. http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/seller-profile?vendor_id=267.

Visit Made by Mums with Love now!

Giveaway listed at: ThePrizeFinder - UK Competitions and Competitions Today.

Comments (63)

Gravatar for Si Easton

What a fantastic array of work there is on the site! It's hard to choose a favourite but I do love the family tree paper cuts by Paper Cut Design.

Posted by Si Easton on 28/07/2013 16:29:58

Gravatar for Linda Rumsey

So many gorgeous designs, but the Elephant Love Handmade Cushion by Kew Design has stolen my heart!

Posted by Linda Rumsey on 28/07/2013 18:33:17

Gravatar for Kayleigh Shaw

In love with the digger design tie back by handmade by Bex but everything on the site is gorgeous! X

Posted by Kayleigh Shaw on 28/07/2013 21:35:30

Gravatar for karen hill

thanks so much for the chance to win this x

Posted by karen hill on 29/07/2013 09:37:52

Gravatar for stacey kirkbride

i absolutely love the elephant frame

Posted by stacey kirkbride on 29/07/2013 10:03:35

Gravatar for Becky

I love the jungle themed mobile. thanks for introducing us to this site!

Posted by Becky on 29/07/2013 11:05:41

Gravatar for LieSL

'Ducks' Custom Toy/Storage Boxes by Chillywigs.
My sister is having a baby soon and this would make a marvellous gift for the nursery she and her husband are planning.

Posted by LieSL on 29/07/2013 11:32:24

Gravatar for Rebecca Smith

I love the Handmade Personalised Family Tree Cushion, what a gorgeous idea!

Posted by Rebecca Smith on 29/07/2013 21:06:42

Gravatar for Julie Cole

The nautical handmade in York storage baskets are lovely!

Posted by Julie Cole on 29/07/2013 21:44:37

Gravatar for Isabel O'Brien

My favourite is the Gemma Baby Romper by MummyLovesLily. It would suit my little tiny baby niece, Willow.

Posted by Isabel O'Brien on 30/07/2013 07:25:58

Gravatar for Kim Harvey-Nash

It's really hard to choose my favourite item from the website but I love the teepees, the dinosaur soaps and the Cath Kidston coasters to name a few. What a great idea of having the crafty mothers join together!

Posted by Kim Harvey-Nash on 30/07/2013 09:27:43

Gravatar for Marion Weir

I absolutely <3 Great Hatsby cushion.

Posted by Marion Weir on 31/07/2013 20:36:36

Gravatar for Lisa J

Some fantastic items on this site but I particulary love the Ceramic Tile Coasters by Stony Beach Designs

Posted by Lisa J on 02/08/2013 22:07:48

Gravatar for Jess Howliston

WOW so many beautiful items!! I do however have a weakness for owls and I love the Wooden Owl by Little Baby Buntings its so cute!!

Posted by Jess Howliston on 04/08/2013 22:23:03

Gravatar for shelley stevenson

loving the family tree cushion its fab

Posted by shelley stevenson on 05/08/2013 01:43:53

Gravatar for Victoria Easton

Great Hatsby - Handmade Personalised Family Tree Cushion - this just caught my eye, it looks great and can be passed down the family

Posted by Victoria Easton on 05/08/2013 11:24:24

Gravatar for Katharine Hodkin

I love the toy storage boxes

Posted by Katharine Hodkin on 05/08/2013 19:49:50

Gravatar for Jennifer Hudson

I love the Baby Doodahs Owl Bib - so sweet.

Posted by Jennifer Hudson on 06/08/2013 14:28:05

Gravatar for Julie Fisher

Fab competition. Everything is so beautifully made. Each piece must take hours!

Posted by Julie Fisher on 06/08/2013 17:15:41

Gravatar for Sarah H

So many gorgeous items - Especially love the Ceramic Tile Coasters with Cath Kidston Rosalie Design :-)

Posted by Sarah H on 08/08/2013 11:44:14

Gravatar for eddie britton

Loving the family tree cushion! Great idea, so unique!

Posted by eddie britton on 08/08/2013 14:54:11

Gravatar for Amanda Milton

I love the Bubblegum Pink Jasper Necklace by Jemabi Designs,it's so pretty

Posted by Amanda Milton on 08/08/2013 15:18:13

Gravatar for Mary Heatley

I love the Decoupaged Cath Kidston candle holders.

Posted by Mary Heatley on 08/08/2013 17:17:35

Gravatar for janine atkin

i love the Elephants' Custom Toy/Storage Boxes by Chillywigs

Posted by janine atkin on 08/08/2013 19:40:11

Gravatar for Samantha Ripley

The Twit Twoo birth announcement is adorable

Posted by Samantha Ripley on 08/08/2013 21:42:16

Gravatar for Sarah Cooper

I love this http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/gh005-great-hatsby-handmade-personalised-family-tree-cushion

Posted by Sarah Cooper on 08/08/2013 22:09:19

Gravatar for caroline kelly

All lovely things, I like the monkey personalised print

Posted by caroline kelly on 08/08/2013 22:14:05

Gravatar for Helen Ely

I love the handmade personalised family tree cushion. What a great site!

Posted by Helen Ely on 09/08/2013 06:45:14

Gravatar for zoe lucas

I love the hand made family tree cushion. Its a fantastic way of showing off your family history

Posted by zoe lucas on 09/08/2013 07:51:38

Gravatar for Gabrielle Svensson

I love the Pink Floral Patchwork Quilt made by A Mothers Love

Posted by Gabrielle Svensson on 09/08/2013 08:37:58

Gravatar for Lucy Mayer

Oh, what gorgeous things! Love so many... if I had to choose, then I guess the elephant birth announcement for twins is my favourite - I found it so hard to find twin things! :)

Posted by Lucy Mayer on 09/08/2013 09:39:04


Great Prize :)

Posted by KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS on 09/08/2013 10:10:40

Gravatar for Linda Guest

I love the elephant cushion

Posted by Linda Guest on 09/08/2013 10:41:20

Gravatar for lynn neal

I love the family tree cushion

Posted by lynn neal on 09/08/2013 11:28:52

Gravatar for Irene murdoch

I like the Agate gold necklace by Jemabi Designs

Posted by Irene murdoch on 09/08/2013 12:01:40

Gravatar for Lynne Rea

My brother is 50 on the 2nd December and he collects elephants, the Elephant Cushion would be perfect

Posted by Lynne Rea on 09/08/2013 12:25:32

Gravatar for Ingrid Rendell

Oh the Great Hatsby tree is such a wonderful novel idea it is beautiful

Posted by Ingrid Rendell on 09/08/2013 13:58:45

Gravatar for Jo Booth

so many beautiful things ! Wish the 3D name pictures weren't limited to birth announcements, I'd love to get one for my daughter !! This picture set was beautiful

Posted by Jo Booth on 09/08/2013 14:36:36

Gravatar for Mich1

I wish I was as talented as this

Posted by Mich1 on 09/08/2013 18:04:15

Gravatar for Elaine Livingstone

lots of lovely stuff, but love this will be great for my twin granddaughter when she is finally born http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/baby-child/childrens-clothing/jackets-coats-ponchos/baby-fleece-poncho-by-toddlingtogs

Posted by Elaine Livingstone on 09/08/2013 18:46:00

Gravatar for Natalie Crossan

I also like the jungle themed mobile :)

Posted by Natalie Crossan on 09/08/2013 19:23:37

Gravatar for Tracy C

What gorgeous items, my fave though is the family tree cushion - beautiful.

Posted by Tracy C on 09/08/2013 19:41:21

Gravatar for Clair dutton

Family tree cushion

Posted by Clair dutton on 09/08/2013 20:07:38

Gravatar for Miss Helen Southam

The jungle themed mobile i love, perfect for my little girl!

Posted by Miss Helen Southam on 09/08/2013 20:35:44

Gravatar for charlotte Summers

There are some really lovely things on this site. Wel1 done to all the mums!I love this slate runner http://www.madebymumswithlove.com/home-garden/shop-by-room/kitchen/handcut-slate-runner-scottish-slate-gift

Posted by charlotte Summers on 09/08/2013 20:54:48

Gravatar for Naomi Buchan

I love this item for my hallway 15" 38cm Love Heart Rag Wreath by Kate Ellerby Designs

Posted by Naomi Buchan on 09/08/2013 23:32:59

Gravatar for Anne KIAZ Brookes

I love all the things with jungle animals on, would love some for my new grandson.

Posted by Anne KIAZ Brookes on 10/08/2013 01:09:56

Gravatar for Lynn Gibbins

The handmade wooden bunting is just gorgeous.

Posted by Lynn Gibbins on 10/08/2013 07:19:40

Gravatar for zoe matthewman

These gifts are so beautiful

Posted by zoe matthewman on 10/08/2013 08:37:57

Gravatar for Maria Messruther

I just spent over an hour on the site lol and not looked at everything properly such a good range of items that look great. My favourite item is the ask me about my dark side top for kids it made me giggle and i know my son would love it

Posted by Maria Messruther on 10/08/2013 09:00:54

Gravatar for Amanda Carter

What beautiful gift items. So original, lovely in any home

Posted by Amanda Carter on 10/08/2013 09:07:52

Gravatar for Lu

great selection

Posted by Lu on 10/08/2013 09:12:59

Gravatar for Colin Gault

Great Comp

Posted by Colin Gault on 10/08/2013 10:13:28

Gravatar for Philip Cooke

Toy Storage Boxes

Posted by Philip Cooke on 10/08/2013 11:52:55

Gravatar for donna large

they are all wonderful gifts

Posted by donna large on 10/08/2013 12:18:06

Gravatar for Kirsty Nugent

The handmade personalised family tree cushion is so cute. Amazing gift idea!

Posted by Kirsty Nugent on 10/08/2013 13:39:02

Gravatar for Laura Vitty

I love the homemade bunting - reusable for every celebration and way better than those plastic shiny banners!

Posted by Laura Vitty on 10/08/2013 15:07:37

Gravatar for Jill Fairbank

Some wonderful gifts on here

Posted by Jill Fairbank on 10/08/2013 15:44:00

Gravatar for Lynda Avery

Love the links to suppliers etc. It seems cross stitch isn't as popular as it used to be, :-(

Posted by Lynda Avery on 10/08/2013 19:12:33

Gravatar for Karen Dixon

i hope to win - it all looks fantastic

Posted by Karen Dixon on 10/08/2013 19:23:40

Gravatar for Kim Willing

I love the handmade personalised family tree cushion. Fabulous items.

Posted by Kim Willing on 10/08/2013 21:50:03

Gravatar for Matt @ Handmade Crafts

And that's all folks! It's all over and the winner is... Lucy Mayer - congratulations, Louise will be in touch with you soon.

To everyone else, thank-you very much for entering and please watch this space for our next exciting giveaway, coming soon!

Posted by Matt @ Handmade Crafts on 12/08/2013 10:59:31

Gravatar for Louise Grimes

Hi everyone, thank you so much for all the interest and the lovely comments! I myself run the website, (a mum of 3 under the age of 6) alas I don't have a creative bone in my body and agree there are a LOT of very talented crafty mums out there!

Best Wishes


p.s. Thanks again Matt for running the competition : )

Posted by Louise Grimes on 15/08/2013 21:36:10

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