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Puremess

Puremess make natural, sustainable skincare products using oils, waxes, butters and botanicals that are amazing for your skin and kind to the environment. Everything is packaged in refillable, recyclable or biodegradable bottles, jars and tubes. We are proud to have have plastic-free skincare status. We have a range of face and body ...

Wholesome Scent Company

Wholesome Scent Company started out with the purpose to shake up the scented candle and home fragrance market. We were sick and tired of seeing a lack of high-quality, and sustainably sourced products being sold on the market. From scented candles to skin-softening products, paraffin is one of the most used ingredients found in competitor ...

Marinova Creative

Victoria McGillicuddy is a London based artist and art teacher and the sole abstract artist of Marinova Creative. Marinova Creative was founded in 2020 with the aim of creating both affordable and luxurious abstract art. Creating art for all, promoting happiness and reflecting the beauty of the world into different interiors is at the ...

Naturally Lady Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads

I founded my business in 2019, after I started sewing and using my own reusable washable sanitary pads made of cloth materials. They completely changed my life as I was having some skin rashes and irritation from constant use of disposables. Then I decided to start making and selling to help many other woman out there to change their ...

Angela Lilley Photography

As well as being a wedding photographer I also undertake portrait photography, product photography, corporate events and commercial commissions. I have a great love of the countryside and wildlife, particularly The Staffordshire Moorlands, Peak District and The Lake District. I sell my images on deep framed canvas, as framed or mounted ...

Emreyhill Jewellery

Emreyhill is a unique creative small Family business based in Kent. We use ethical antique Venetian Millefiori trade beads! Celebrated among the most distinctive of beads, the Millefiori has become nearly synonymous with the West African Trade. Made from famed Murano glass, Millefiori beads derive their name from the Italian words for ...

Sugar Lumps Jewellery

Hi Im Alice, owner/ designer and creator of Sugar Lumps Jewellery, a one woman business! I take inspiration from the shapes and textures of the natural world and use this to create beautiful pieces of jewellery that will last a lifetime. I always use recycled sterling silver and sustainably sourced gemstones in my work. I also release ...

A Little Indulgence

Welcome to A Little Indulgence! I started my business early 2022 and I have been working on creating my brand of skincare and home fragrance products for the past 2 years. It has certainly been a learning curve and a bit of a journey and I have had many hoops to jump through with regards to meeting all of the regulations to be able to ...


Gumec Crafts - Glass - BuckinghamshireAngela Lilley Photography - Photography - StaffordshireMarinova Creative - Painting - EssexWarm Woolies - Knitting - KentRust and Wonder Photography - Photography - SurreyEmreyhill Jewellery - Jewellery - KentTHE WAX SHACK - Pottery and ceramics - EssexFlossie Flowers - General Crafts - MiddlesexBonsaiLand - General Crafts - HampshireAlec Padley - Wood turning - LincolnshirePuremess - Health and Beauty - SurreyCodi Couture - Sewing - Bristol
Dry January Skin

Not only can the cold weather at this time of year start playing havoc with your skin, the after effects of a season of rich food and alcohol have a part to play too. Letís start with the weather! Cold weather is super tough on your skin because the cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air that draws moisture away from your skin. Going from harsh winds to dry indoor heat worsens the problem, especially when there ...

The power of optimism on success

Taking a quick look at Pluchikís Emotion Wheel gets us the formula, Anticipation + Joy = Optimism. Anticipation is looking forward with expectation and prediction, whilst joy is a feeling of happiness. An optimist is therefore someone that predicts a happier future. Both anticipation and joy are considered positive emotions and so optimism is positive. Now that we have a perhaps simplistic definition of optimism, it is a little easier ...

Exciting times ahead in 2023

In looking to develop this group of Staffordshire makers and small businesses I met with Angie to discuss ways of networking and promoting these businesses with local companies. I am hoping that I can offer some support to those who want to develop their product photography skills or offer discounts for those who would like me to produce professional photos for them to use in promoting their products. ...

My 2022 journey

Hi All, Well overall 2022 has been a good year. I have had a stall at Romsey and Hungerford craft fairs run by Mynt Image, plus a few others local to my hometown of Whitchurch, the majority of them have been really enjoyable and I have met some lovely stall holders too. Its so nice to met like minded people. I have also learnt a lot this year, not only about craft fairs but also about linocut printing, honing my skills and producing ...

Earn a thousand pounds a year tax free

Starting out as a small business owner can be quite daunting, thinking up business names, registering with HMRC, dealing with tax etc. However, if you are running a side hustle to make a little extra money in these rather difficult times, then the Trading Allowance may be just what you wanted to know. Simply speaking, it means that if you turn over £1,000 or less in a year from your side hustle (April to March) you do not need to ...

The Future of The Customs Project

If I was told about where we are today when I was handed the first pair of shoes in lockdown from my friend, I would not have believed how far we have come. Two years on from then and I am so grateful, looking back is great, but we are nowhere near where we want to be and have so much more to give. Iím not exactly sure where we will be in another two yearsí time, but I canít wait to find out. Before we move on, I must thank the team ...

How We Work

Angelus is a California based company and has been supplying leather paint since 1907 they are still at the top of their game and the forefront of the customising industry are the supplier we use for painting our products. Offering full water resistance, durability, and scratch resistance. They allow our amazing artists to paint on products where the customer can be confident that the designs wonít peel, fade, crack or rub off. Customs ...

Robs Story

The first COVID lockdown gave me time to sit down and work on art more than I had been able to do for years. As many weird habits and hobbies sparked from lockdown, so did my passion for painting trainers. My friend came to me one day with a scruffy pair of trainers, he wanted to give them a new lease of life and introduced me to the idea of custom shoes. This was something I had never heard of and went along with it! I painted a (very ...

Food and foliage gifts are always a winner

Christmas gift giving can get really difficult for the people in your life that seem to have everything already. I generally have that problem with my parents and older family members. They often say that they donít want anything. My mother has simply offloaded many of her possessions, because she either hasnít used them for years or she just doesnít want to dust them anymore! However, she is always happy to receive food gifts or ...

Ayamiico Banner arrives Hurrah

Having been busy over the summer months with fairs predominantly in the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells many friendly and helpful customers suggested we obtain a banner with our contact details and information. We did not hesitate to take up the suggestion and we are so pleased with the results! We cannot wait to display this banner this coming bank holiday weekend at the Pantiles. ...

Handcrafted for life

A life of learning from experience... Over the years, my handcrafted wood products have found themselves all over the UK. They are all handmade, not mass produced by machine. I take great pleasure in my work and where convenient, ask my customers to send photographs of when, a door canopy, mantlepiece, gallows brackets, wooden coat racks or other work are fitted and finished, great to see! ...

The birth of The Calm Goddess

Hey Everyone and thank you reading. This post is how we came to be. How the Calm Goddess became the Calm Goddess. It will be a little series going from the idea and researching till finally becoming what we are today. I am hoping that with this blog I can help some of you understand the complexity of starting and running a small business and all the hassles I have had to get to where I am. Also the journey of me getting there. So ...

The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth.

The talent of makers and artists needs a release, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers to exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more.

Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor and purchaser, helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.