Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spotlight on Heartfelt Handmade

As the creator of Heartfelt Handmade, Marie Kitchen uses felts and fabrics to make a range of lovely personalised name banners, letter hangers and other cute decorations for all occasions, with great attention to detail and a wide range of colours. All her items are hand cut, hand stitched and made-to-order. You are definitely guaranteed an original as no two items are made exactly the same.

Star name banners

Marie's always had a creative streak and is a self-taught stitcher with an unrelated background in the travel business! Going back to work after having her second child was not a suitable option and didn't fit in with her young family anymore. This is when Marie's hobby of making personalised gifts for the children of her friends grew and Heartfelt Handmade was formed in Jan'08 - spreading felty loveliness to the world!.

Heart name banners

Marie sells her items online, on sites specialising in handcrafted products such as Etsy and Folksy, she has also realised the importance of social networking sites in the promotion of her business and tweets on twitter, uploads all new images to flickr , writes her own blog and has a fan page on facebook. The crafting community provides her with fantastic support and inspiration as well as free advice when needed!

'Going Dotty' Letter Hangers

Marie will have a selection of her name banners on show at the fayre, all are made to order and if you place an order on the day, Fri 12th June, there will be no p&p charges applied. Why not buy a raffle ticket and be in with a chance of winning one of Marie's beautiful name banners?.

All the wonderful raffle prizes have been donated by the stall holders and proceeds go to our local charity, Pepper. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the day or prior to the fayre at most of Berkhamsted's Junior schools, toddler groups and you may even see us along the High Street handing out our flyers and spreading the word.

Hair clip Tidy

Other handcrafted items to be found on Heartfelt Handmade's stall are these handy hair clip tidies (with pockets for bobbles and bands too). Having two little girls was enough motivation and inspiration for making these, hair clips were found all over the house prior to their creation.

Birdy Birdy Tweet Tweet hangies

You can also pick up a cute birdie to hang from a peg anywhere in your house - such cuteness!

Tooth Fairy Pillow Monsters (but not scary!)

There will also be a range of alternative tooth fairy pillows in the form of Mr or Mrs Monster inspired by Marie's wobbly toothed 5 year old, Maddie. They have a clever pocket on them to place a tooth in which doubles up as somewhere safe to stash the cash from the generous tooth fairy (cash not included!).

Marie welcomes all custom orders and in the past she has customised a bread bin for a wedding - instead of a wedding list the couple had requested help towards the cost of their honeymoon - hence the bread bin - somewhere to place all that dough! She has also made party favours such as dino badges and cupcake hangers and takes great pleasure in making such special mementos.

Dotty Dino badges and cutesy Cupcake Hangies

There are plenty more mama spotlights to come, so please keep reading our blog as we countdown to our first Bumps, Babes & Beyond Fayre.




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