Etsy Craft Party, 6th June 2015!

Edinburgh Etsy Craft Party

Hooray! We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting this year’s Etsy Craft Party again in bonnie wee Edinburgh. Prepare yourselves for a fabulous day of sweet treats and crafting collages at Paradise Palms, our favourite home away from home…

Edinburgh Etsy Team Craft Party

6th June 2015, 2 till 5pm

Tickets £5 per person, which includes all your materials so no need to bring anything extra unless you have a collage project you’d like to work on.

Open to everyone! Come along and bring a friend – the more the merrier….

Follow the hashtag #eetcraft to see images from our previous Craft Party & Pop Up events

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Small Business Saturday! Support local makers at the Etsy Pop Up Shop!

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Today is Small Business Saturday, an international day encouraging people to support small and local businesses instead of hitting up all the usual high street and online shop… And with the Edinburgh Etsy Pop Up open for business this weekend, you can do your bit in helping the small start ups from the city and snap up some incredible handmade gifts at the same time!unnamed

Open today from 10 – 6 and closing tomorrow, Sunday 7th December (open at 12 noon) at 5pm, you can pop into our Rose Street store and discover products from our incredible local artists showcase. Everything you see is for sale and you wont be disappointed! We’re super excited to have Edinburgh based photographer Paul of Marrz Photo photograph the store to show it in all it’s glory before we sell out of everything. We’ve been open since Friday and stock is flying out the door! ETSY (25) ETSY (18)ETSY (42) ETSY (12)ETSY (2)But the event isn’t just for shoppers, on both Saturday and Sunday, ladies will be able to pop in for vintage hair and make up at a snip thanks to local salon Lipstick, Locks and Lashes who will be getting you glam for £5 – £10. What a great way to start your day

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ETSY (35)ETSY (16)As you can see there is something for everybody, making it the perfect spot for your Christmas shopping. But if you cant come along to see us, do remember, these artists are all selling online within their own Etsy shops too! Click here to discover more about our incredible makers and order yourself something extra special!

Click here for further details on the event,


Edinburgh Etsy Pop Up Shop NOW OPEN! 5th – 7th December

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The doors to the Edinburgh Etsy Pop Up Shop are now open! Based upstairs from the Made From Scotland shop at 115 Rose Street, Edinburgh’s greatest local artists and makers have come together to curate an extra special Christmas store which is open from the 5th to the 7th December.

With a vast array of handmade goods including clothing, jewellery, home-wear, prints and accessories, the collective has presented a creative and unique hot spot in the centre of the city which is bound to be bustling from start to finish. Everything in the shop is for sale including the furniture, the pieces used in the wall displays and even the handmade crates used in their extremely well decorated ‘Christmas tree’.  As each item is original and one of a kind, it’s certain you’re going to walk out with a gift that’s unique and extra special. Needless to say, the sooner you get down there the better – items are selling out already!

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With Saturday the 6th of December being Small Business Saturday, this is the perfect place to purchase Christmas presents, support local small businesses and shop small. Alternatively, for those of you who can’t make it to the shop you can still purchase goods from these makers online; click here for an introduction to each of the makers involved, what they create and a little tip for the best things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas. But remember the shop is also open until Sunday at 5pm,


Opening hours:

Friday 5th December: 10 – 6pm

Saturday 6th December: 10 – 6pm

Sunday 7th December: 12 – 5pm


115 – 117 Rose Street (between Castle Street and Fredrick Street)  Google Maps


Etsy Pop Up Shop! Edinburgh, 5th to 7th December

This month the Edinburgh Etsy Team is incredibly proud to present our first ever Christmas Etsy Pop Up Shop!
For 3 days only, you’ll be able to pop in to our bricks and mortar shop and check out the most incredible products from 21 of our greatest local makers… It’s going to be the ultimate hot spot for your Christmas shopping this year if you’re looking for some extra special gifts that you can’t get on the high street!
We’ll be open on the 5th, 6th and 7th of December above the Made From Scotland shop at 115 – 117 Rose Street, which is two seconds away from Princes Street and right beside some great lunch & cake spots… Like you need more reasons to come see us! We’ll be there on Friday and Saturday from 10am till 6pm and we’ll be open on Sunday from 12 till 5pm. Perfect!
With heaps of great gift ideas, it’s a brilliant way to Shop Small and support our local artists this year, not to mention that it’s also a great way treat yourself to something unique and magical too! With a collection including handmade jewellery, bespoke accessories and furniture, prints, and bags, there really is something for everybody… And, to make the event even more spectacular, we’re really excited to have pin up parlour Lipstick Lashes and Locks doing quick fix hair and make up for you to make your day even more fabulous!
Excited? Us too!
We’d love to introduce you to a few of the artists and makers involved in the event, so to give you a taster of what’s in store A few members have dropped in to let you know what they make, what their favourite product is and what their favourite thing to do in the city for Christmas is. And remember, even if you can’t attend on the weekend you can find them all online through their Etsy shops, so be sure to take a look at how amazing our local talent is!
Dodo of Diedododa 
Tell us what you make?
I actually love working on a variety of things – from hand painted furniture to original artworks, prints and cheeky little cards. I am a lover of the colourful, the sinister and the absurd and take most of my inspiration from wildlife, nature and anatomy.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
My favourite product right now is the painting of a Wompoo Fruit Dove on round canvas – the bird’s facial expression can change to suit a variety of situations  – “Easy there, I’m watching you”, “I approve of your shenanigans”  to “well hello there,gorgeous”….I love products with a bit of attitude 😉
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
In between getting presents organised for people and stock made up for the shop I actually have a little Christmas tradition in which I take one day to go around all my favourite independent shops to treat myself to a few things. I am a strong believer in that you can never have enough jewellery so, to name a couple, Black Box and Hannah Zakari are always on my treat route.
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Tell us what you make?
I make contemporary paper jewellery incorporating resin and metals. My designs are ideal for paper anniversary gifts and one of a kind presents.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
I’m very fond of my PEN necklaces because the design is very organic and minimalist, you can dress it up or down, and it goes with anything and everything. I’m sure to receive compliments every time I wear it, which I love because it gives me the opportunity to brag about my designs when I go “I made it” :o)
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
But of course, mulled wine!
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Tell us what you make?
Chairs, chairs, chairs, footstools, cushions and other textiled goods.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
My favourite piece is the Victorian chair above, the essence of classic style in modern interpretation,
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
Love the Edinburgh Christmas vibe, all of it, every little bit.
Niki of Unified Space 
Tell us what you make?
I design products for the contemporary home. I print my designs on to various surfaces including linen, bone china and silk. They are light, airy and simplistic and I hope they look fresh and optimistic.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
My favourite product from my collection is the above ‘Twigs’ Linen Union tea towel, because it reminds me of Spring and new shoots and I like the fresh white linen next to the vibrant green design. Customers like it too because they can buy a matching bone china mug and a Letterpress card with the same design.
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
I love Edinburgh at Christmas because it’s full of excited and happy looking visitors from all round the world and I enjoy watching them taking photos of our lovely city – makes me feel proud to be a resident.
Nicola of Hello Strumpet  
Tell us what you make?
We make little cocktail hats and accessories from vintage and heritage fabrics – all with a retro twist. Our favourite fabrics are tweed, especially Harris & Donegal; vintage bark cloth and Liberty prints. Everything we make comes from our own patterns and designs and we offer a bespoke service as well as our ready-to-wear hats.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
My personal favourite at the moment is the Bunny, a cute little leopard print hat with a big bow which looks like a pair of bunny ears but it changes all the time!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
I just love spending time with friends and family at Christmas (cliched but true!) Shopping wise I love the glass animal stall that is always at the German Market! I don’t know why but I just love a blown glass mini creature!
Vicky of Vivid Please 
Tell us what you make?
I illustrate and design quirky and playful phone cases, wooden brooches, stationery and prints. I’m really influenced by junk food and retro humour and think it’s important to make trivial products that people happy!
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
It’s a toss up between my pretzel iPhone cases and donut notebooks . . . I love everything sweet and salty at the moment and these two items are always in my handbag!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the giant Christmas tree in Jenners; it takes up the whole shop and when I was little we used to visit Santa’s Grotto there! Now I’m a bit older, I love popping upstairs to the cafe and get a gingerbread man and a nice cup of tea after an afternoon of shopping – there is the best view of the Christmas Market and the castle from there!

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Tell us what you make?

Handmade dolls, fabric brooches, covered buttons and doll making supplies.

 What’s your favourite product from your collection and why? 
Kokeshi dolls – new product range
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Tell us what you make? 
I handcraft jewellery, gifts and accessories made with British supplies.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why? 
My favourite product is my happy jars.  These are a favourite for me for so many reasons.  I feel they are my most original and unique product, a great gift and they helped me combat depression!  To use the jars the idea is whenever anything good happens no matter how big or small write it down and put it in your jar.  Whenever you feel a little down read back and remember all of the good times.
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas 
I love the Christmas market but also the shows! I haven’t been for such a long time but this year we are off to see the Stick Man at the playhouse! I can’t wait!

Tell us what you make?
My inner child comes out to play when I create – I love to paint in a variety of styles including whimsy and naive. As a child I used to sew clothes for my dolls and it has spilled over into adulthood. I love making cloth art dolls in primitive and quirky styles and sometimes plain daft!
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
I only ever make one-off pieces, but this one has to be one of my favourites!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
Edinburgh has a special allure at Christmas time – a magical city full of lights and festive cheer when buying presents is topmost in everyone’s minds.
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Sofronia of Wooden TreeHouse 
Tell us what you make?
Hi I am Sofronia and I make jewellery and accessories. I use mini wooden embroidery hoops, leather, resin and threads to create small and cute earrings, necklaces and brooches.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
At the moment I am in love with my mini embroidery hoop necklaces! I enjoy the whole process..from choosing the fabrics and the design to very last stitch that I make!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
These Christmas will be my very first Christmas in Edinburgh and I am so looking forward to it! The atmosphere already feels cristmassy and I can’t wait to see the city at its most!

Tell us what you make?
I make mosaics from recycled materials.  They vary from small home and garden decorative items such as plaques and mirrors, to kitchen and bathroom splash backs on commission.  I also enjoy making visual art pieces for exhibition.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
I love the hanging hearts, which have daisies or thistles one side, and usually some text on the other side, such as ‘you make loving fun’. They are suitable for outdoors and make a fun decorative item for the garden.  They also tick all the up cycling boxes as the materials include vintage ceramics, other crockery and recycled tiles then made on a base which originated from a polystyrene box which my weekly fruit came in! The hanging loop is from various random glass & china beads.
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
I do enjoy the buzz of Edinburgh during Christmas, as I am based in a small town in Perthshire (Crieff), so a trip to the city is one to enjoy.  Both my children work at the Christmas Market on Princes Street, so I must say that is my favourite, as visiting them there is the only time I get to see them at until Christmas Day!  Otherwise, Valvona & Crolla at this time of year is always good.
Kate of Kate & The Ink 
Tell us what you make?
I design and make stationery and screenprints.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
My favourite product from my collection is probably my UK Shipping Areas screenprint. I designed this for my Dad’s house which is in a really remote spot on the Isle of Harris. We listen to the shipping forecast on radio 4 every night when we’re there because we have a wee boat – I love the nostalgia associated with it. The chart hangs on the wall in the kitchen and we’re especially interested in any gale force winds that are forecast in Hebrides, Fair Isle, Faeroes and Bailey!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
One of my favourite things to do in Edinburgh at Christmas time is actually something I enjoy doing throughout the whole year! Enjoying a nice glass of wine or beer in a cosy pub, maybe Cloisters because they have a fire, followed by a good film at the Cameo.
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Tell us what you make?
I studied furniture design and cabinet making and currently sell a range of handmade home accessories and jewellery, predominantly in wood. My new ‘facetnation’ range is inspired by geometry; an obsession for all things faceted and combines wood with bright pops of colour.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
My current favourite product are some limited-edition Ash Serving boards I’m currently making especially for the Edinburgh Etsy Pop Up. They combine the organic shapes of some lovely sustainable Scottish Ash, with some faceted edges and have little hand-made dipping bowls with colourful glazed interiors – perfect for the parties and entertaining!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
Edinburgh is such a beautiful city to live in, and I love it at all times of year, but I must admit in these cold times – I do love grabbing a Chilli and Clove hot chocolate from Lovecrumbs on the way to work, it’s a perfect for a pick me up and gives a warm glow! I also love the amount and variety of independent shops we have in the city (I work in Hannah Zakari, Candlemaker Row), it’s great being able to buy unique gifts for people whilst also sustaining local businesses.
Vicky of Hipster Spinster 
Tell us what you make?
I design prints, cards and homeware items such as cushions, coasters and mugs which mix vintage influences with contemporary styles.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
Favourite product is probably the 2 matching Heart Prints which feature beautiful passages about Love from Corinthians.  Others seem to agree as it’s one of my best selling products!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
As Nov and Dec are my busiest months of the year I don’t get much chance to enjoy the festivities as I’m usually just running between the printers and the Post Office, but the twinkling lights that adorn the trees along Princes St are always a lovely reminder that it’s only a few weeks til my one proper holiday of the year…!
Tell us what you make?
I make gifts from upcycled unloved crockery. I get the crockery from thrift shops and use tile nippers to cut up the pieces then I glue them on to pieces of wood.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
I think my favourite product from my collection is my blue bird in flight. I just love him and I think it turned out well. They come to life more when I grout them and you can even see a wee personality!
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
Ive been away from Edinburgh for 6 years so at this rime of year, with the dark nights im loving all the pretty lights. I think it shows Edinburgh at its best. I love the festive markets with all the food and craft stalls and its a great way to showcase all the talent out there.
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Jenny of Pearl Swirl
Tell us what you make?
I make delicate wire-wrapped jewellery with a bohemian feel, using semi-precious stones, crystals, pearls, and quality vintage components where possible. Hand-wrapped wire is a key detail of every design and becomes decorative as well as functional.
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
I really don’t have a single favourite – when I make a new design I often set one piece aside for myself and wear it around nonstop for a few weeks. I pass this off as ‘quality control’, but really it’s just that I can’t resist! However I usually favour delicate, dainty pieces over large statement ones, in my everyday wear.
Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas
I love hot chocolate and even though it’s available year-round, I see it as a Christmas treat, so I love to sit in cute cafes amongst Christmas decorations and people watch or do some work. I particularly love the Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield for its cozy decor and proximity to my flat.
Tell us what you make?
Illustrated goodies: prints, cards, jewellery, soft furnishings, bags… List could go on!
What’s your favourite product from your collection and why?
This time of the year it has to be Grumpy Henry – for when you’ve had just about enough of christmas. He comes on a Christmas card 😉

Tell us what you love the most about Edinburgh during Christmas

I am normally so busy I don’t get to enjoy it too much… But a glass of mulled wine always saves the day!

Such a cracking set of makers with some excellent Christmas tips there!
We hope you have time to come visit us in our little Pop Up Grotto and get some extra special gifts this season… And if you can’t wait till then, make sure you hit up these lovely artists Etsy shops by clicking the links beside their names!
See you on the 5th, 6th and 7th!
The Edinburgh Etsy Team



October Meet Up: a mini craft party

Hello All,

So, ahead of Etsy HQ coming to host a brilliant Saturday full of seminars at Gayfield Square

We are going to make some decorations for the event and we thought it would be good fun to make this the theme for our October meet up. We will be learning how to make origami creatures and paper bunting. Any other ideas are welcome!

We will be providing some tissue paper and old magazines/newspaper to keep it eco friendly 😉 If you have any other supplies please bring them along!

Let us know if you will be able to make it. It will be so lovely to see you all and have an informal craft party!



Etsy Craft Party @ The Haven, Edinburgh, 6th June 2014

WHOA! We’ve just thrown our first ever Edinburgh Etsy Team event and it was a total blast! Our Etsy Craft Party at The Haven Cafe on the 6th June and we’re super proud to report it was a raving success! There was cake, crafting, goodie bags, and an amazing group of people having a laugh and getting to know one another … it really was the best night out we’ve had in forever! 


 Our lovely #EETCraft guests at The Haven


The Haven is an amazing cafe on the corner at Anchorfield, Newhaven. If you’re ever in Edinburgh you have to go check it out! As you’ll see from the pictures they have such a ‘pinteresting’ space and Natalie and the team make the most amazing cakes; you’ll never want to leave! Whilst they normally close around 5pm, tonight we took it over from 7-10pm to have our party. We sold out of tickets really quickly and the place was totally full by 7:30 – it was incredible! 
Myself, Zyzanna and Fiona all came down to set up early. You may have noticed that I’ve been really quiet over the last couple of weeks – thats because I was so busy making decorations for the event! I shared my tassel garland DIY the other week and have been obsessively making them since. They look so fab up, I’m so glad I learned how to do them! 
As well as the bunting I made pennants with things like ‘Eat, Sleep, Craft’ and ‘Yay’ on them as well as banners that said things like ‘Make and Do’ and ‘Girls Are Magic’ … because of course we are 😉


With a great selection of music playing and a cheeky nibble on our specially made ‘Slice of Haven’ traybake for the event (it’s the most delicious treat with oreo, maltesers, chocolate and caramel in it – seriously, they have so many tasty things to choose from it’s insane!) the party had already begun before people had arrived!


To give people inspiration for the evening, I created a ‘wall of fame’ with a few examples of how to stitch into the photographs. These were so much fun to do! I’ve spent the past few weeks collating the most incredible collection of vintage snaps you’ll ever see for the event… it’s immense 😀 If you’d like to try some for yourself you can print out some from my #EETCraft Pinterest Board
china tea cups all set up and ready for our guests…
our very special ‘#eetcraft selfie mirror’ – so people could snap themselves at the event
vintage suitcases, bunting and a wall of mirrors – the Haven is pinterest – tastic!!
embroidery thread for our ‘Recapture’ etsy party theme
David and I making use of our #EETCraft selfie mirror!
All set up and ready to go! Check out that big plate full of ‘Slice of Haven’ – I’m drooling!!
As people started to arrive we handed out our spectacular goodie bags. We’d made special canvas tote bags with our #EETCraft ‘jail bird’ flier on them and they were filled with a crazy amount of goodies… 

We’re really lucky to have some wonderful makers involved in our event – our guests got treats from Jolly Good ClaireabelleMakes Zyzanna The Marshmallow Lady Paper Bureaucracy Fiona Heather and us of course, Vivid Please! The first 20 even got an extra special gift from Etsy 😀

It was so amazing to see people react to their treats! Don’t they look crazy excited!! Don’t get too upset about missing out, becuase we’re really pleased to have a special surprise for you – we saved a couple for you to win!! That’s right, if you would like to WIN treats from the event we’ll be hosting the greatest giveaway of all time in the next day or two. Keep your eye on the blog – I promise, this is not something you’ll want to miss!!
After all the excitement of the goodie bags, we all got stuck in to our wonderful craft-a-thon…
Each table was equipped with vintage photos (reprints), needles, pins and threads to work with, as well as a cardboard worktop so as not to wreck the furniture!
Doing embroidery by stitching into the photographs is really easy. First off you use a pin (or noticeboard tac) to pierce holes into the image to mark out where you’d like to stitch. Then all you do is thread through your needle and embroidery thread. It’s so simple yet incredibly effective!
It was really great to see everyone get stuck in! It didn’t matter that a lot of people didn’t know each other, in fact it was a really great way to get to meet some amazing new people and all work together! Everyone was helping one other and making suggestions on how each picture could be altered; it was such a creative success – nobody got stuck or struggled or couldn’t get involved with the theme. It’s probably the most successful craft I’ve ever seen worked on at such a large scale!
Having printed out over 70 different images, it was phenomenal to see how each one transformed with the stitching. A few of our guests even brought their own images to work on, so we got to see some family heirlooms, wedding pictures and self portraits get the most beautiful make overs. It was a real treat to hear the stories behind each one!
Great artists make great messes, don’t they?
Initially I wasn’t sure how quickly people would work through the project, but actually everyone ended up using the whole 3 hours to make and we had to throw them out at the end! You know your event was a success when you have to kick people out so you can tidy up 😉
ladies hard at work!
I’m a big fan of this giraffe! Doesn’t it look amazing? There were so many incredible artworks by the end of it, it would be impossible to say which was my favourite… Everyone worked so hard and looked so proud of their achievements by the end!
Our  #EETCraft wall of fame! Check out our wonderful guests and their labours of love… each so different and incredible… and so any happy faces!!
Zyzanna, Fiona & Vicky
We’d like to say a HUGE thank you everyone who supported our event including
and especially to everyone who came along and celebrated with us… 
We hope you had a great a time as we did!
Goodie Bag Giveaway coming up shortly … 
And lots more incredible #EETCraft events in the future!

Edinburgh Etsy Craft Party #EETCraft

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Only a few hours till our sold out Etsy Craft Party and we cannot wait! 
We’ve teamed up with The Haven Cafe ( and a whole host of fabulous makers to make our event a night to remember… 
Keep your eye out for updates online; we’ll be tweeting the event live using #EETCraft hashtag and it’s going to be spectacular!
Check back soon for lots of photos and a phenomenal giveaway 😀 
Happy Making!