Jewellery is a popular choice for a special gift at Christmas. Why not make it extra special by buying a handcrafted piece or, even better, commission a one of a kind design. Don't be scared of handmade costing more than the high street, many of these beautiful pieces are under £30 ~ amazing value for what is essentially a wearable work of art.
All of these beautiful designs are handmade by independent jewellers here in the UK. Just click on the photographs to visit their Etsy shops.
I live in "The North" as the motorway signs label us (maybe they should add "there be dragons"!). I spend a fair amount of time outdoors, I garden late into the season and the dogs need walking whatever the weather. Therefore I spend a lot of time thinking about keeping warm and have quite a collection of hats, gloves and scarves.
Accessories are great gifts, usually one size fits all and because they are small items you can choose luxurious materials. You may not be able to afford a cashmere sweater for your best friend - but a pair of mitts may well be within your budget.
Here's a lovely selection of winter warmers, all handmade by independent crafters and designers here in the UK.
And if you fancy having a go at making something yourself please have a look at my own Etsy shop Garden Knits for some simple knitting patterns for very wearable accessories.
I love brooches ... I love birds ... so it stands to reason that I really love bird brooches.
If you - or someone you know - would like a little feathered friend, then look no further than these gorgeous handmade brooches from these talented UK jewellery makers. They all have Etsy shops - just click on the photographs below and fly directly to them.