In my opinion, one of life's little treasures is discovering the talent of an independent artist, seller or creator- and being able to make a little part of what they do your own- shopping 'indie' if you like. It feels like being let in on a really cool secret, only one you want to share and water like a little bud- until it becomes something bigger, exciting and even more likely to grow...

This deep analogy my friends, is how I describe Etsy and it's bustling online home of independent retailers and wonderfully creative people. Just over a week ago myself, and some of my favourite ladies from the blogging world (read: Carrie, Lucy, Dunya, Kbel, Amy, Kate and Hannah) paid a visit to Brighton to meet some of the cities Etsy sellers, learn a little about what they do- and give it a go for ourselves- pretty special if you ask me! After indulging in a healthy lunch at hotspot Silo- we headed to Lick HQ to set up our stations for the afternoon, and indulge in crafty classes from flower princess Georgie St Clair and Designosaur- as well as meeting some other fantastic sellers (Toby from I Like Cats- getting serious purry kudos too, and not just from his Spice Girl postcard)!



After trying our hand at some of the crafts, we managed to chat to some of the creators, watching them in their natural habitat, and creating some of the most unique and special pieces you can pick up. With playful wood, acrylic and fine jewellery from RockCakes, delicate silver pieces from Oh Someday, whimsical laser cut goodness from Cat-a-Cake- accessories were firmly covered. We also got to meet hello DODO and their amazing screen printed graphic creations (think greetings cards and totes), Ellen from B Millinery and her amazing fascinators and headpieces- as well as discover In The Making, a dyed and graphic homewares shop too.



It was so wonderful to be able to get a little behind the scenes peek of how these people work, a mini preview of what their workshops look like (think plenty of paint pots, slogan notebooks and cat pictures a plenty) and get to know a little more about one of my favourite online sites. I've linked all of the shops above, so be sure to take a little nosey at some of the amazing goodies for sale. I've also updated my Brighton guides for anyone thinking of paying a visit, so if you're planning a sleepover of your own you can see where to stay here, what to do here and more ideas here. Thank you again Etsy for the perfect couple of days!

x

In my opinion, one of life's little treasures is discovering the talent of an independent artist, seller or creator- and being able to make a little part of what they do your own- shopping 'indie' if you like. It feels like being let in on a really cool secret, only one you want to share and water like a little bud- until it becomes something bigger, exciting and even more likely to grow...

This deep analogy my friends, is how I describe Etsy and it's bustling online home of independent retailers and wonderfully creative people. Just over a week ago myself, and some of my favourite ladies from the blogging world (read: Carrie, Lucy, Dunya, Kbel, Amy, Kate and Hannah) paid a visit to Brighton to meet some of the cities Etsy sellers, learn a little about what they do- and give it a go for ourselves- pretty special if you ask me! After indulging in a healthy lunch at hotspot Silo- we headed to Lick HQ to set up our stations for the afternoon, and indulge in crafty classes from flower princess Georgie St Clair and Designosaur- as well as meeting some other fantastic sellers (Toby from I Like Cats- getting serious purry kudos too, and not just from his Spice Girl postcard)!



After trying our hand at some of the crafts, we managed to chat to some of the creators, watching them in their natural habitat, and creating some of the most unique and special pieces you can pick up. With playful wood, acrylic and fine jewellery from RockCakes, delicate silver pieces from Oh Someday, whimsical laser cut goodness from Cat-a-Cake- accessories were firmly covered. We also got to meet hello DODO and their amazing screen printed graphic creations (think greetings cards and totes), Ellen from B Millinery and her amazing fascinators and headpieces- as well as discover In The Making, a dyed and graphic homewares shop too.



It was so wonderful to be able to get a little behind the scenes peek of how these people work, a mini preview of what their workshops look like (think plenty of paint pots, slogan notebooks and cat pictures a plenty) and get to know a little more about one of my favourite online sites. I've linked all of the shops above, so be sure to take a little nosey at some of the amazing goodies for sale. I've also updated my Brighton guides for anyone thinking of paying a visit, so if you're planning a sleepover of your own you can see where to stay here, what to do here and more ideas here. Thank you again Etsy for the perfect couple of days!

x

15 comments:

  1. I like doing DIY my self and i just did so yesterday and this post is awesome!

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  2. This post is so lovely, it sounds like you had an amazing time. I absolutely love that illustration with the roses in the hair, it's so pretty!

    I have an Etsy store and it always blows my mind to see the creations and talents of all the different sellers on there.

    // Oh Dollymix

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  3. This is why I love etsy, everything is so pretty and individual! Loved hearing about some wonderful sellers!

    Infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  4. This looked like such a cute, enjoyable day!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Que legal, deve ter sido muito divertido!

    Beijos, Jell & Marcelo ♥
    www.urbanoeretro.com.br
    youtube.com/blogurbanoeretro

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  6. I love this! Its something I really want to do more of, its really just better for everyone! Original stuff for your and business to talented individuals!

    www.georginahart.co.uk

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  7. Can I just say, I absolutely loved this post! It was so well written plus the pictures are gorgeous! :) seems like you had loads of fun and it's a really cool concept too! I had never heard of these types of workshops... :o seems like it's such a fun place to be!! Being all creative! :)

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

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  8. Beautiful photos Olivia! I love doing crafts like this, looks like a lot of fun.

    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

    Btw I’ve made an anonymous survey that I would love for you to have a look at! It aims to gather data on rates for sponsored posts, so that new bloggers can be better informed. :)

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  9. If there was a way I could magically embed myself into those photographs, I would then be in my absolute element. I wish I could get involved and have a little group of people near me to create with, make and bounce ideas and inspiration around the room. Looks like a lot of fun to have been had there.

    Rebekah | OH NINE TEN STUDIO

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  10. Everything looks so cute and kitsch!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  11. I love Etsy and buying independent is so important! They usually have better products as well :P

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  12. colors everywhere!
    www.killthemwithchic.com

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  13. Thank you, ya total BABE STATION - it was a pleasure having you. And here's to the next trip *cough* Australia *cough* ha ha! x x x

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