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By handmadecraftcompany, Jun 17 2017 11:00AM

I never thought I'd get so drawn into an awards process but The Muddy Stiletto Awards certainly brought out my competative side!!

I was addicted to checking the cocktail glasses and percentage of votes on their website!!!

The last 30 minutes was hilarious and frantic in the shop, we were grabbing (politely I may add) each customer that was coming in and asking them to log on and vote. It was so close between us and The Corner Shop at Woolhampton, with both of us swapping between 1st and 2nd place every few seconds it seemed!! There were literally decimal places of a percentage in it!!

Then right at the last minute the website went down...aaaaahhhhhh!!!

We then had a long and agonising 5 hour wait to hear confirmation of who had won 1st place........

The results were in.......the screams from myself and Gayle of Enchanting Glass Designs who I share my unit with I'm sure could have been heard for miles around! :)

The Handmade Craft Company had won!!! Hooray!!!!

It means so much to me, the lovely ladies that work for me and to all the talented crafters that hire shelves from me to sell their amazing, different and quirky creations.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our customers, friends and families that supported us by voting and spreading the word :)

By handmadecraftcompany, Jun 7 2017 10:04AM

During May we were lucky enough to be nominated for the Muddy Stiletto award for 'Best Gift Shop in Berkshire' !!

2 days ago I woke up to an email telling me that we'd made it to the final 5 !!!

How exciting is that!?!?

Now I'm not going to get my hopes up (well I'll try not to anyway!) but to win would be so amazing! Not only for me but for my fabulous staff, Gill (Mum), Bex and Jo and for all of my extremely talented crafters, artists and designers too!! It would make all the hard work worth it.

Voting is live on the Muddy Stiletto's website from 7th - 14th June, it'll be fun to keep and eye on it and see what's happening!!

So, if you'd like to vote please click here.....


Your support would be hugely appreciated :)

Thank you

By handmadecraftcompany, Apr 9 2017 11:26AM

Well I just don't know where this year is going?

March has come and gone in a flash.

We were busy with our Meet The Maker throughout the month. Several customers came in to meet some of our crafters specifically, some just stopped in passing. Lots of interesting information was learned about how the crafters create their works of art. Our crafters enjoyed meeting their customers face to face.

Workshops have been ever popular with lots of new skills being picked up and enjoyed.

We've also now added Crochet and Patchwork to the list of things that are being taught, and new dates for needle felting will be released soon!

By handmadecraftcompany, Feb 8 2017 08:41PM


Chemogiftbags is for ladies and gents who have Breast Cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy in the Thames Valley area. Chemogiftbags offers a service of providing a Chemogiftbag that has items suitable for use before, during and after chemotherapy. All of our items are donated by members of the public or local businesses.

The Chemogiftbags are all lovingly packed by hand with the recipient in mind. The bags are then distributed to Ambassadors in different areas of the Thames Valley. If you would like to nominate someone to receive a Chemogiftbag, please contact Chemogiftbags, we then contact the Ambassador for that area and then they in turn will make contact with the nominee and arrange to meet at the hospital on their next appointment.

You can find out more information about Chemogiftbags Charity No.1168095 on their website www.chemogiftbags.org/

Items needed for the bags are as follows...

Blankets - Fleeced, crotchet or knitted. and also patchwork.

Toiletry bag - for over night stay.

Face cloth,



Tooth brush (child's) - gums can be very sore and bleed.

Lip salve

Wide toothed comb


Anti bac - keep those germs away.

Cup - for when you are having chemo

Crafts that have been donated by Crafters – something to make you smile

Organic Surge - all over body wash, shampoo

Salt Of The Earth products

Tropic donations All Natural Products - any natural product free from nasty's, that have no alcohol, perfume and are paraben free (as much as we are aware)

Black nail varnish - try to keep nails

Pill box - Many patients have various amounts of tablets to take

Note book and pen - as you become forgetful (Chemo Brain)

Beanie hats/Head scarves - Keep head warm as of hair loss

Cosy fluffy slippers - Chemo can cause cracked skin. So the softer the better, grip/tread slippers for gentleness to your feet

By handmadecraftcompany, Jan 15 2017 08:00AM

Not sure what happened to 2016, one blink and it was gone!!

After a well derserved break and rest over Christmas we welcome in a fresh new 2017.

There are lots of plans for the shop this year to make it even bigger and better!!

Fun crafting workshops

New stock

A move around of displays

Shop window dressing

Meet the Maker days

and much more....!!

Keep and eye on the website and facebook page for more information.

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