Saturday, 24 December 2011
A very Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful customers and friends of The Handmade Emporium and a healthy and Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to another fab year of fantastic UK handmade treats and hope you all will join us, too!
Can't thank everyone enough for all their support this year and for choosing to buy your gifts for your loved ones with us. It's a real pleasure to think our handmade crafts are making their way to homes across the UK.
Just a quick blog post, as I can hear the family wrestling with the turkey in the kitchen accompanied by bursts of horrified laughter - I am fearing the worst!
All the best,
Rebecca, Millie the Cat and Family
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Just a quick reminder that our last UK order dates are as follows!
Royal Mail First Class : Sunday 18th December
MyHermes Courier : Thursday 15th December
Orders received after this date can not be guaranteed for Christmas, so please don't leave it too late!
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
‘Cold Process’ means that the oils are kept at a low a temp as possible to preserve their nutrients and so that the Essential Oils do not react in the mix or evaporate too much. This preserves the qualities of each individual oil so the gorgeous scents comes through in the final product.
It also smells absolutely divine!
To see our range of handmade cold process soaps, or other UK handmade treats and gift ideas, please visit our website by clicking any of the images or links, or go to : http://www.thehandmadeemporium.com/
Monday, 31 October 2011
Sparkling for the season or treating someone special with a piece of gorgeous UK handmade jewellery need not break the bank this year - Caroline of Chain of Daisies creates gorgeous vintage style pieces without the high-street prices.
Simple and chic, from her home in the East of England Caroline creates simple, light and elegant pieces of jewellery.
Her theme is 'Vintage meets modern simplicity with a twist'.
All earrings are mounted on sterling silver ear-hooks (great for those with sensitive ears or a sensitivitiy to some metals) and come in a simple gift box. Gift bags and gift wrapping is available.
Glam up for the season with some dazzling vintage gems - visit The Emporium website today to order online safely and securely for delivery to your door. Click any of the images to visit us, or go to : http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Luxury Candles in Glass
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Here at The Emporium we love scents - from the varied scents of our unique candles to the luxury blends of essential oils found in the creations of Ceri of Oakwood Soaperie.
We believe every home should smell great, without using artificial plastic-ey air fresheners, so we've created a new range of highly scented candles in quality stylish glassware.
Above is our fresh and clean "Sunwashed Linen" candle. Floral and crisp, it smells of washing straight from the line on a sunny day. With the lid off, or when lit, it will lightly scent your room. But all our candles in glass also come with a solid lid, so you can control the scent when unlit, too.
The containers for these candles can be washed out and used again as lovely modern storage jars - they look great in the kitchen.
Finally, they also come completely gift boxed as shown - making them a lovely little gift.
We completely handmake these candles to order so you get the freshest scent possible.
Find them at The Emporium website at : http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/
Or click any of the images to go directly to the Emporium Candles page.
Monday, 26 September 2011
We pride ourselves at finding the very best in stunning, unique jewellery and gift ideas - with the amazing titanium jewellery by Jane and Julian of Swordweaver Armoury a fantastic example of this.
Above is "Little Blue", a unique titanium collar that makes a bold and beautiful statement.
And here we have a striking bangle in a mix of gorgeous colours.
But what is Titanium and why use it in jewellery? Well, it's a light-weight, incredibly strong metal with some amazing properties. Very tricky to work with, but with a little persuasion it can be persuaded to take on many colours of the rainbow, which is how these amazing coloured pieces are created.
Jane and Julian have a passion for creating colour with titanium when the titanium is anodised. There are two ways of doing this, either with heat or by placing the item in a slightly alkaline bath and passing a current through the water. Either way, an oxide layer is formed on the surface of the metal and this acts like a prism. Different voltages – or temperatures- create different thicknesses of oxide, so different prisms. Light passes through the oxide layer, is split, bounces back and you see colour. Different colours, according to the thickness of the layer.
Because the titanium is polished and the oxide layer is itself reflective, sometimes you can get a sort of double bounce. The effect of that is that you’ll see two or even three different colours, depending on the angle from which you view the item of jewellery. (The bi-phasic or tri-phasic effect).
The real skill is in controlling this, knowing how to create different shades and different bi-phasic and tri-phasic effects.
Titanium jewellery by Swordweaver Armoury is truly unique and one of a kind and we offer a range of beautiful contempory jewellery options on our website, in whichever set of gorgeous colours you desire.
Titanium is non-reactive, light, resists all corrosion and will not react to the oils from our skin (perfect if like me your skin stains if you wear certain metals). 45% lighter than steel but just as strong, titanium jewellery is sturdy and light as well as absolutely stunning - why not see for yourself on the website by clicking any of the pictures or visiting : The Emporium at http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Denise crafts these gorgeous fabric animals with love and care from her home in Lincolnshire.
Each friendly little creature is unique - handstitched and designed individually to make the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for someone special.
From cuddly sock creatures suitable for anyone over three to plush animals with motivational poems, she creates sturdy and soft new friends.
You can even name some of them, for that truly bespoke touch.
Visit her shop page on the Emporium to see more of her lovely creations by clicking on any of the images or by visiting : http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/adoorableark
Free postage and packing to the UK is included in the price of all her creations, too.
Or, see more of our gorgeous UK handmade gift ideas and treats at The Emporium main site at : http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Phew, that's better!
Needed to give myself a little bit of a treat this morning, so plopped one of these in my bath. Feel all soft, smooth and gorgeously smelling, now.
Packed full of plant butters and oils to nourish your skin, fragranced with essential oils of Jasmine and Ylang ylang, these bath melts by Ceri of Oakwood Soaperie are perfect for a little pick me up and a pamper. Drop into a running bath, climb in and let the nutritious oils feed your skin with vitamins and minerals.
No need for a moisturiser after one of these luxury melts as the oils sink in to your warm skin and provide all the moisture it could need. In fact, you can even split them in two for two baths - they're that packed full of gorgeous scent and moisturising oils.
Our customers love our bath melts, too - see the website for glowing 5 star reviews, such as "it melts really well, smells GORGEOUS and is a little bit of well deserved yummy heaven for anyone in need of a bit of TLC!"
Treat yourself or someone special today with a bath melt (or two!) from The Emporium. At just £2 each, they are a affordable way to really give yourself a proper pamper! Click on any of the images to go to Ceris page featuring the bath melts, or go to The Emporium Oundle website at : http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/ to see our entire range of gorgeous handmade goodies!
Monday, 22 August 2011
Design graduate Amy Lewin (aka 'LewinLoves') creates gorgeous baby books that will last and be treasured.
Each book created completely to order - you can choose the name on the front, the colours and even the bow on the presentation box that it arrives in.
Perfect as a Christening, new baby of babys first birthday present, these books can store all of babys photos, trinkets and mementos safely and with style.
Each book arrives in a lovely presentation box, ready to be given.
Make an impression and show you really care with a fully customised handmade baby book today from LewinLoves at the Emporium.
Simply click on any of the images to go directly to the LewinLoves webpage, or visit the Emporium at: http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/ for lots more amazing handmade gift ideas.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
We are featured in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph - click the link or the image above to go to the site and read the whole story: Rebecca gets boost from Dragon Theo!
DRAGONS’ Den star Theo Paphitis has given an Oundle craft business the seal of approval on social networking site Twitter.
The well-known businessman chose The Emporium Oundle as part of his Small Business Sunday initiative which uses the hashtag #sbs (Small Business Sunday).
Theo invites small businesses across Twitter to contact him and then handpicks six winners each week, retweeting them to his 152,000 followers.
“This is fantastic news for us. To be recommended by Theo is a real joy and we will be working very hard to live up to this honour,” said Rebecca.
Monday, 15 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Helen, aka 'Cottage Candles', creates beautiful handmade beeswax candles from her home in Ketton near Rutland Water in the UK.
Thoroughly luxurious, these candles are clean and natural.
Available in sets of pairs or three, or individually priced (just use the options on the page and the prices will adjust accordingly), the candles make a lovely addition to any eco-friendly, natural home. They give off a slightly honey-like aroma as they burn, plus burn cleanly without any sooty residue or chemicals.
Characteristics of Beeswax
- 100% beeswax candles burn longer than ordinary paraffin candles
- Beeswax candles burn with a brighter light than normal wax candles
- Beeswax does not give off a sooty residue or release chemicals as it burns
- As a beeswax candle burns, negative ions are emitted which clean the air by latching onto the positive ions which cling to airborne particles of dust, mould and odours, thereby purifying the air
- Beeswax gives off a wonderful mild aroma of honey
- Beeswax candles are thoroughly luxurious!
All these gorgeous candles and plenty more natural, handmade and eco-friendly gift ideas can be found on The Emporium Oundle website - just click any of the images to go directly to the Cottage Candles page, or go to : http://www.theemporiumoundle.com/