Fancy a cheeky summer (handmade) shopping spree?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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'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