Did you take part in Just A Card Week? We did and we really enjoyed finding out more about other independent businesses, as well as sharing a little about ourselves. In case you missed it, here's our week of posts.
Day 1 - YOU
We're Canalside Creations, a family craft business making colourful children's coat hooks and hand drawn baby vests. Mr CC and I are ably helped (or hindered depending on your point of view) by toddler boy and baby girl.
It all started a couple of years ago when I became increasingly bored of all the blue and grey baby clothes for toddler boy, so I started drawing my own baby vests in every colour. It was just the same except a sea of pink when baby girl came along. And we had a similar issue when decorating the kids' bedroom so Mr CC set to making our own nursery accessories, focusing on coat hooks because we're a practical bunch.
Mr CC, an engineer, does most of the woodwork and designing, while I add the colour and words. We believe all kids deserve all colours, so you'll find lots of fun and bright designs, but no gender labelling here.
When we're not busy with family life you'll find Mr CC growing something delicious in the garden or building something interesting in the shed. I'm partial to a bit of patchwork in my spare time - in all the brightest colours of course!
DAY 2 - JUST A CARD
What does #justacard mean to us?
When it's your small business that you're putting so much time, energy, resources and love into, making a success of it is so personal. So it's never just a card, or in our case just a peg or just a vest, it's another small step towards keeping Canalside Creations going, not having to take on full time employment away from home, and so spending more time with the children while they're small. And that's pretty priceless to us!
DAY 3 - COMMUNITY
It's time for some handmade community shout outs!
Our first shout out is to Retford Hub who are a volunteer run shop in #Retfordselling handmade goodies by local makers. You'll find knitwear, artisanal food, cards, baby gifts, woodwork, books by local authors, homeware, artwork, cushions and so much more!
Thanks for adding something special to Retford highstreet and showcasing lots of local talent.There's also a café, a gallery, tourist information and regular workshops. If you're nearby, you can find them opposite the Sebastopol Canon in the town centre.
We couldn't stop at just one #justacardweek shout out, so here's our second handmade hero!
Carlton House Vintage, Arts & Craft Centre is THE place in #Worksop for all your handmade and vintage requirements. Spread over three storeys, it's a proper Aladdin's cave of treasure. Impossible to list everything you'll find there, but here's a few ideas: upcycled furniture, baby clothes, knitwear, woodwork, frenchic paint, handmade signs, artwork, soap, homeware and much more. This is all housed in a beautiful grade 2 listed building on Carlton road, right near Worksop town centre.
There's also a delicious café, photography studio, regular workshops, hair salon and a sunny courtyard outside to enjoy your cake and coffee. Thank you for providing a platform for so many talented makers and helping bring some much needed diversity to Workshop's highstreet.
DAY 4 - WHAT'S NEW?
As it happens, we've just started a new range of wooden maps. It's a departure from kids' nursery decor, but something we've been playing with for a while. We think they'd look great in any room or office.
Our wooden maps are made from beautiful solid oak and can be engraved for personalised keepsake of a place that's special to you. Choose your finish, and whether it's wall mounted or free standing.
My favourite thing about our wooden maps is how each piece of wood is different so each finished map is unique.
DAY 5 - HAPPY DANCE
This is the dance we do every time somebody buys handmade from us. This is of course an artistic interpretation, I was feeling shy this morning. But you get the idea!
You'll have to check out our Instagram feed for our happy dance.
Did you take part in Just a Card Week? If so, please share your Happy Dance, I loved watching them!