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Mollie Makes – win a years free subscription!

by Folksy Support

Mollie Makes issue 2

For people who love the crafty life!

A guest post from Lyndsey Mayhew of Mollie MakesIssue 2 is out 9th June – Today!
Mollie Makes was born out of a love for living and loving handmade and being proud of it! Like Folksy sellers, to us it’s more than just a hobby, it’s in everything we do.

Long gone are the days when crafting was something we did on our own and didn’t really talk about. These days you can hardly shut us up! Whether we’re visiting a craft workshop, holding a crafternoon or posting our makes on Facebook or Twitter, we love sharing our projects with our friends.

We love that there is a whole world of beautiful blogs out there featuring some stunning photography and there’s nothing we like more than having a good nosy round. Mollie Makes is all about curating the very best of online in a print magazine and although we enjoy perusing online, nothing beats our love affair with print because we will never stop loving holding a beautiful magazine that you can pick up when and wherever you fancy

Mollie Makes is all about sharing our finds with the wider world, and on the cover of our first issue we were delighted to feature Folksy seller Sara Sinaguglia’s gorgeous apple cosies which went down an absolute storm! In issue 2 we are featuring a plethora of Folksy sellers including the gorgeous crocheted cleaning cloths from Scrubbitty and clever uses of vintage maps courtesy of Curious Things and A Magpie and a Dove.

100% organic cotton cloths

Editor Jane Toft says: “We fell head over heels for Sara’s apple cosies and what’s more we have been so pleased to see our readers success with them when they’ve posted photo’s on Facebook.

“We have had such wonderful feedback from the first issue and heard some fantastic stories how people have been inspired to pick up a crochet hook for the first time. Mollie Makes is all about encouraging an “I can do that” attitude, and in each issue we hope to give our readers not only inspiration but projects they will love to make.”

Each month alongside a great cover kit, we give readers a peek inside the homes of the world’s most creative crafters; inspiring projects to get your teeth into; round ups of the most covetable stash, and tours of the crafty capitals of the world.

It’s really exciting to see how many amazingly creative people there are in the blogosphere. We are always looking for unusual ideas, quirky projects and talented people to contribute, so if you think you fit the bill, just drop us a line.

Keep up to date with Mollie Makes news at www.molliemakes.com . Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @MollieMakes

Win a years FREE subscription to Mollie Makes

Mollie makes have very kindly offered one of our Folksy blog readers a years free subscription to their gorgeous crafty magazineTo be in with a chance of winning, please leave a comment telling us what you love about buying handmade! We’ll draw a name at random from the entries. Entries will be counted up to 12pm on the 16th June and the winner will be contacted and announced shortly after.

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jo June 9, 2011 - 6:23 am

To have something that is individual and that is different from what you can buy in the high street. And to have something that you jnow time, effort and love has gone into making it.

Rebecca June 9, 2011 - 6:42 am

I love finding out all about how something was made, so that when I give it as a gift I can tell the recipient all about it and spread the craft love!

Jenny June 9, 2011 - 6:50 am

I love knowing that each piece was uniquely made with care, that the artist had a lot of joy in creating it.

Lynsey aka Swirlyarts June 9, 2011 - 6:53 am

I love buying handmade as I love getting the story behind the object and actually meeting the person who made the object is pretty cool too. Also it has become a way of life for me – I always look on Folksy first when buying gifts for people.

Becci June 9, 2011 - 6:59 am

I love buying handmade because each piece is individual and made with love and care, whenever I wear something handmade I always get asked where it is from.

Amanda Fletcher June 9, 2011 - 7:00 am

What I love about having something handmade is the fact that I know a lot of time, effort & love will have gone into making it. I love the fact it is a unique item that only I will have and the gift becomes even more special if you know a little bit about the person who made it and what drives their passion.

Jules June 9, 2011 - 7:11 am

What I love about buying homemade is the individuality of the item, not being mass produced you can be fairly sure that not every other person walking down the street is carrying/wearing the same thing as you. Also making things myself, I also know how much I enjoy creating things, so I know whatever handmade item I buy, I can be sure the creator has loved every process of making that item, from choosing fabric, choosing design, to producing the finished product…….there is something personal about having a handmade item :)

merille jane June 9, 2011 - 7:14 am

I love to buy handmade because crafted goods are individual and made with care and love.

Polly June 9, 2011 - 7:16 am

To have something made with love , not mass produced in horrible conditions!

Daisie June 9, 2011 - 7:25 am

What I love best about handmade is that no one in the whole world has one exactly the same as me!! x

Lucie Brown June 9, 2011 - 7:47 am

Buying handmade makes the piece so much more individual & you know someone has put alot of time & care into each item :)

Denise June 9, 2011 - 7:58 am

I love buying handmade because you’re giving something which is unique and it’s been made with love, care and dedication. I love getting something handmade, it make’s me feel really special!

Pantsandpaper June 9, 2011 - 7:59 am

That extra special touch, knowing that someone has put great care and work into something and it usually comes so beautifully wrapped. Makes a nice change from being shoved in a carrier bag.

Sarah Hughes June 9, 2011 - 8:02 am

When you buy handmade you get a unique product, made with care by a real person. Everything I’ve bought from Folksy has been sent beautifully packaged with a handwritten note from the seller. This just makes the item extra special.

vInTaGe VioLeT June 9, 2011 - 8:05 am

what i love about buying handmade is how you can sure no-one was exploited in the production of your buy – upcycled, vintage AND handmade well that’s even better :D

ladypennyjane June 9, 2011 - 8:07 am

I love knowing I have something individual and buying direct from the maker I am helping someone’s crafty business dreams come true – even in A small way.

The Design Notebook June 9, 2011 - 8:16 am

Buying a handmade item directly from the maker means the world to the person at the other end. It boosts their self-esteem and shows them that people love what they create. Furthermore, sellers of handmade items truly care about their customers and will offer you a better service than any big business could ever do.

Lizzie June 9, 2011 - 8:16 am

I love knowing that there is a story to what I buy, whether it be at the point of fabric purchase, or when the machine decided to kick up a fuss or a stitch went wrong…thoughts and stories are in every one.

karen tait June 9, 2011 - 8:20 am

I like buying Handmade because you never find anything else like it Its an individual piece of work that somebodies put their heart and soul into and when you are a hand maker you appreciate every customer xxxx

Adele June 9, 2011 - 8:24 am

There is always something special and unique about handmade. You know an individual has spent time and energy designing and then creating the piece, and you know you are dealing directly with that person, which gives the piece a personality.
Handmade – always made with love <3

Kerry Lou June 9, 2011 - 8:26 am

Buying handmade is buying something special, buying something that another person has lovingly made and put all their effort into. I love buying handmade because of the individuality of every item and the knowledge that someone out there is smiling because I’ve bought something they put their heart into.

Tracy Roe June 9, 2011 - 8:28 am

What love most about buying handmade is the fact that you’re helping a talented someone to make a living from the wonderful things that they create. Handmade products carry a little piece of their maker with them and I love the feeling that the things you buy have a story and personality behind them.

cassandra June 9, 2011 - 8:29 am

I love buying handmade because you can find truly original makes that appeal to the individual not the masses,xx

pollypurplehorse June 9, 2011 - 8:30 am

I love handmade, you can be sure you have purchased something unique, there’s no better thrill then seeing a smile on a recipients face when you give them something special as a gift :-)

Stacey June 9, 2011 - 8:31 am

Handmade means unique one of a kind and that’s why we buy it, make it because no one else will have one too. I like being different, I don’t want what everyone else has got I want my own unique things.

Handmade is more of a pleasure to sit and look at!

helen wright June 9, 2011 - 8:36 am

I love handmade cos each piece is different and special and put togeathet by loving hands.

Rin June 9, 2011 - 8:39 am

I’ve never liked mass market goods
All stacked up to the rafters;
I’d rather buy my stuff handmade
From independent crafters.
Their wares are much more personal
Unique and full of vision;
Such treasures are an obvious choice
It’s not a tough decision!

Rebecca June 9, 2011 - 8:43 am

I love buying handmade because you know that someone has really put some love into what they’ve made. You’re buying something that was loved and cared about whilst it was being created, and at the same time you know you’re being truly valued as a customer.

Wendy June 9, 2011 - 8:47 am

Handmade is: individual, different, quirky, original, usually a good choice environmentally, better quality, well designed, better value for money, makes a difference to the maker as well as to the buyer, *and* makes a difference to the world.

It’s the future – the way to go.

Gemma June 9, 2011 - 9:00 am

I love the uniqueness you can often get with handmade. How else could I get a girlie hand embroidered SHARK purse for a very girlie but shark obsessed friend of mine!
Good luck everyone xxx

Sarah Page June 9, 2011 - 9:07 am

I love buying handmade because everything you get is individual!

bex June 9, 2011 - 9:22 am

What a generous giveaway! ive been trying to find mollymakes in my local w h smith but they dont have it!
i love buying handmade because i think its great knowing that no one else will be wearing the same necklace as you or the using the same purse.
i also like handmade because you have a more direct relationship with the person that made it.

Helen June 9, 2011 - 9:48 am

I buy handmade for gifts, because I know no-one else will have bought my friend that gift, and because I know that so much love and hard work will have gone into it. I think buying a handmade gift makes the recipient feel special and as if it’s been made especially for them, because it is so individual and unique :)

averilpam June 9, 2011 - 9:52 am

I love buying handmade and supporting other artisans.

Kryshees June 9, 2011 - 9:54 am

I love the uniquness of handmade and the quirky personalitiesbehind every piece!

Julie June 9, 2011 - 9:55 am

I love to know all teh time and care that has gone into making something – and that it is unique or very nearly so.

Laura June 9, 2011 - 9:57 am

It’s so much more special when someone has made it by hand and thought about every detail.

Alison June 9, 2011 - 9:57 am

The thing I love about buying handmade is that you can guarantee that those are the things that others will admire and comment on, as they really stand out as not being mass produced.

Amanda June 9, 2011 - 9:59 am

I like knowing that it was made with passion by someone who cares about the process.

Nicola June 9, 2011 - 10:08 am

To have bought something beautiful, individual and well-made that supports artists and crafters

Lydia June 9, 2011 - 10:15 am

To have something made with love from the garden shed tops the high street every time.

Helen June 9, 2011 - 10:20 am

Buying handmade is buying a mini work of art each time. It allows me to buy something tailored perfectly to my tastes or to the recipient’s taste.

Chantal June 9, 2011 - 10:22 am

They make you feel special

Vicky June 9, 2011 - 10:27 am

To buy handmade is to help support local businesses, to support fellow crafters and to give that special unique something that isn’t mass produced, that someone has taken the time to lovingly make and to perfect.

Ruth June 9, 2011 - 10:37 am

I love buying handmade because of the personality and quirkiness that is part of every purchase. Handmade items have got soul!

Andrea June 9, 2011 - 11:06 am

My favourite part of buying handmade is meeting the maker and talking to them about how the item was made. Love supporting the handmade community!

Ana Goncalves June 9, 2011 - 11:12 am

I love buying handmade because it is about finding something that is unique and produced by the artist with tender loving care. I can always find a gift for everyone, as there is always something that matches one’s personality.

Rachel June 9, 2011 - 11:20 am

I love buying handmade because I love imagining the person sitting their in their house, or flat, or boat (!) and making it. I also love encouraging other people to buy handmade things & showing them it’s not just “homemade” but items that are made to even higher standards than mass produced things.

Laalaa June 9, 2011 - 11:23 am

I love buying handmade because I know that I’m getting something original that has been made with love. As a maker myself, I also like to support other crafts people so that we can compete with mass production. I encourage everyone to buy handmade.

Maria June 9, 2011 - 11:29 am

Just because handmade things are extra special!! They mean so much more because of the time and thought that has gone into the designing and making.

Kay June 9, 2011 - 11:37 am

Handmade items contain the love and care the makers put into them which shows in the result. When I have something lovely in my home looking at it makes me conjure up stories of people working away in interesting places and studios surrounded by their materials, with a big grin on their face…

Caroline June 9, 2011 - 11:38 am

I love to support individual makers like myself and choose something that hasn’t been mass produced.

Caroline June 9, 2011 - 11:39 am

I love to support individual makers like myself and choose something that hasn’t been mass produced.

Claire-Lou June 9, 2011 - 11:51 am

I buy handmade because I am a sucker for something quirky and one of a kind. As a full time designer maker myself I know just how much thought and hardwork has gone into handmade pieces. Perhaps making me appreciate them even more.

Melnic June 9, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Handmade is unique, no one on the high street will have the same thing that you have!

apryl brincklow June 9, 2011 - 12:21 pm

I want to support real people and I despise everything that mass produced stands for.

Becky wood June 9, 2011 - 12:28 pm

I love buying handmade items because it makes you feel special knowing you have something unique that was created with care & love. I also love buying handmade items for gifts, spreading the joy of crafts!

melissa June 9, 2011 - 12:34 pm

I love to buy handmade because it supports an indie business and an individual. Buying form the mass market only squashes the hand made with support to the oligopoly. Besides handmade things are always that much lovelier!

Ellie Whitehead June 9, 2011 - 12:34 pm

To get things that are special, plus I have a friend who has EVERYTHING and this is a way to find her something different!

Steve Fletcher June 9, 2011 - 1:01 pm

I’m entering this with the hope of winning the subscription for my wife. If I knew as much love & passion had gone into a handmade item as much as the love & passion my wife puts into the things she makes then I would want to buy handmade. My wife recently got together with a group of friends, all Mums, who have various crafty talents & now they make things for each other & teach each other new crafts in exchange for other gifts or help such as gardening, massages etc. I think it’s a great way to learn new things & a great thing for the community too.

Sarah June 9, 2011 - 1:13 pm

When you buy handmade you know that you’re getting something that someone has put time, effort and love into rather than something a machine has made by the thousands. Theres something wonderfully personal about it :)

Trish June 9, 2011 - 1:14 pm

The joy of buying something that is unique and beautifully crafted with love…..the story behind the item and the maker….the knowledge that you are supporting small businesses, that you have an opportunity to get to know the maker,to even have something custom made especially for you by a very talented crafter…..some of the reasons I love buying handmade.

Danielle Mansell June 9, 2011 - 1:27 pm

I love that handmade means that the craft made is always unique to the creator. Not matter how many people you find making jewellery/cards/knitwear etc they all have passion for what they do and their own inspirations for what they make.

Buying handmade also mean that you can get that unique gift or you are even able to commission a one of a kind piece! No where else than a handmade shop will I find the passion for and enjoyment of what they offer.

Gemma Hadley June 9, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Buying handmade is great as not only is it a brilliant way to purchase something truly original, it also allows you to buy something which has been crafted with love.

A crafters passion for their work always shows in the end result and being able to have these made-with-love creations dotted about my house means a happy home! :)

Cat Among the Pigeons June 9, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Hi what I love best about buying handmade is that when you hold and look at the item you can see and feel the creativity and love of the individual that made it; it brings you close to that maker.



Victoria wilkins June 9, 2011 - 2:24 pm

I love the thought of hand made items having a sense of history. From the creativity of the person who made and designed a piece of work to the journey it makes as it is given or bought and then enjoyed or loved by someone else. A crocheted Blaket for example which has been lovingly made and given to a child and then passed on to their children is why I feel hand crafts should always continue.

Sarah Wilson June 9, 2011 - 2:33 pm

What I love about buying handmade is that I know I’m going to have something unique! I love standing out and I love one-of-a-kinds, so handmade is perfect for me! :)

Made by Loulabelle June 9, 2011 - 3:26 pm

I love knowing that the handmade item I’ve bought has been crafted by a real person who spent time and pride thinking about the object they are creating.

Colette June 9, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Ever since I was a little girl my Grandma wouldn’t accept a birthday/christmas/mothers day present if it wasn’t handmade. She would say that it wouldn’t have any thought in it (harsh I know) so since then, I have bought or made presents which have been handmade. It is not just the time spent making the item, but the materials used and the iniative used to make such special items. Atleast with buying handmade, you know that you won’t be able to find a million copies in new look, topshop etc.

You always appreciate the sentimental handmade items that you buy, they give you a sense of the person that made it and they somewhere knew that it would be right for someone out there. There is always a handmade gift that is made for someone!

Also, when buying handmade, you are not giving to a huge company that your few pounds will make a huge difference to, but with handmade, the business appreciate every item you spend your money on.

Keep buying handmade!


Clare June 9, 2011 - 4:19 pm

I love to buy handmade as each item has been individually produced and lovingly made, and therefore is unique to itself – not like mass produced manufactured goods. I also love the finishing touches and the quality of handmade.

Lilian June 9, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Modern living puts so much emphasis on the destination, but sometimes it’s the journey that gives the most joy. I love handmade because it is a celebration of the journey :)

littlewrenpottery June 9, 2011 - 4:54 pm

I love buying handmade because I’m buying from a real person who’s put spirit into what their making. I like to own things that are truly unique.

Jude June 9, 2011 - 5:17 pm

I love knowing that as much enjoyment has gone into creating an item as I will get from owning it or gifting it.

Yvonne Izard June 9, 2011 - 5:23 pm

I love being able to custom make things to the way I want them, so they become unique and individual. I also really enjoy the process itself. Plus its a fantastic lift when someone says ‘Did you make that? Wow!’

bagladee June 9, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I love buying something handmade because you are buying something which the designer/maker has loving created and invested a part of themselves in the process. There’s nothing better than giving a handmade gift, its so much more personal and thoughtful than something you could just get on the high street.

bodkin and bead June 9, 2011 - 6:12 pm

I am totally passionate about the things I make myself and so handmade has become a livestyle choice for me wherever possible. I try hard to be ethical in choosing fabrics, beads, buttons for my items; using vintage and recycled where possibleand I look for makers who fit into these categories, knowing that their work is made with passion and care. This is so important to me I now run a monthly handmade market with another folksy seller, in order to give more people the opportunity to buy & sell individual handmade items.

Jenna Piper June 9, 2011 - 6:15 pm

To know that someone has put time and commitment into making that special little something, created with love, with the assurance that it will be unique and timeless.

Alison MacPherson June 9, 2011 - 6:35 pm

I love buying handmade as you get something different from the homogenous”stuff” you find in large stores, something with care and love and creativity in it.

Shaz from OddSox June 9, 2011 - 6:53 pm

The whole process of buying handmade is such a pleasure. I love the choosing part and also knowing that I can talk directly to the maker if I have a special request. It’s so refreshing to be able to buy unique work accompanied by personal service.

charlotte June 9, 2011 - 6:56 pm

At last a beautifully produced magazine to inspire the crafty person within anyone.

sandra reynolds June 9, 2011 - 7:00 pm

handmade is unique,unusual,quirky,different,its more meaningful to give or recieve handmade items as more thought and care has gone into its making.

Kandipandi June 9, 2011 - 7:16 pm

It’s just amazing to own something that someone has made with love, something they have enjoyed making. I just love telling people the stories behind the stuff I’ve bought and made it makes the items special and buying handmade often feels like you’ve received a gift; even though you paid for it.

Kez Heath June 9, 2011 - 8:08 pm

I love buying handmade because in doing so as you are supporting traditional craft rather than mass production and getting usually a better quality product that is unique and creative.

Karen Nelson (canuknitit) June 9, 2011 - 8:18 pm

Handmade is just totally individual, attention to details is better and is better made. Who wants to wear or have what everybody else does, not me

Christine Emberson June 9, 2011 - 8:35 pm

Handmade doesn’t have a price tag because it is priceless!

Emma Gwilliam June 9, 2011 - 9:54 pm

To buy handmade is to show appreciation of someones work, to recognize the love, care, attention, time and detail that someone has put into their work, Buying handmade is to know you have something special, original and unique! It will be cared for more over mass produced items because it can never replaced!!!

Melanie Wickham June 9, 2011 - 9:58 pm

Nothing feels better than buying handmade – a one off piece that means an artist or craftsperson can live a creative life and make a living by enriching the rest of our lives – hurrah!

Stephanie June 9, 2011 - 10:38 pm

I love buying handmade because I know the maker has enjoyed choosing and buying the yarn, material, beads or whatever has been used to make the item, then enjoyed making the item and thenenjoyed someone else buying and passing on the joy.

I know I love buying my beads, making the piece of jewellery and then when someone likes it enough to buy it I know I am thrilled and the love for handmade continues.


The Felt Works June 9, 2011 - 11:41 pm

I love buying handmade as I know that it’s unique and has been made with skill,care and attention to detail.

martina walters June 10, 2011 - 7:08 am

I love the fack that no two items are exectly the same, each one is unique and that makes it that extra bit special.

Deanne June 10, 2011 - 9:05 am

I love the unique idea of handmade, I love that the person I’ve purchased or made the gift for knows I went out of my way to find this and knew it was for them instantly x

Lorraine June 10, 2011 - 1:11 pm

What’s not to love?!

I love having things that are beautifully made and different to all the mass produced stuff on the high street. It’s so good to know that I can support someone else who does what they love for a living. It’s a win win situation!

Rebecca Emery June 10, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Buying handmade is like buying a little love from someone else.

Lisa June 10, 2011 - 1:18 pm

The love and care that goes into something handmade is so indescribable. Time and devotion that goes into something that can’t be done by just anyone, we don’t all have the talent to create from virtually nothing.
Wearing something hand made makes me feel special, to know someone took pains to make something special for little ol’ me….. :o)

H is for Home (Adelle) June 10, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Buying handmade means:

* I’m receiving something made with love & joy

* I’ll be owning something one off & unique

* I’ll be supporting an independent designer/maker

Claire June 10, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Time is precious: once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. When you buy handmade, you buy a little bit of someone’s precious time which has been devoted to making something just for you.

Michalene June 10, 2011 - 3:33 pm

I love buying handmade as you know it is made with love and unique.

City Chic - Jamie June 10, 2011 - 3:50 pm

I love knowing that I am supporting a small business and the connection to the crafter, it’s a wonderful feeling!

Sarah (Iris May Designs) June 10, 2011 - 5:16 pm

The thing I love about buying handmade that a lot of care, love and attention has gone into the finished product. You also know that not everyone ion the whole planet will have the same item as you. You can build relationships from buying things handmade and help small businesses grow!

Helen June 10, 2011 - 8:46 pm

My favourite thing about buying handmade is that what you are getting is totally unique and quirky. I love that it might be a tiny bit wonky with the odd missed stitch or extra brush stroke – it proves it was made lovingly by hand and not by a machine!!

Magpie Mimi June 11, 2011 - 8:35 am

I love handmade as there’s love and care that’s gone into that piece and hard work too. It makes a gift more unique and I think the recipients appreciate them more. It’s often more quirky and if you’ve got a really nice vendor (see masochist!) they may even customise something for you!

Elle @ The Crazy Gecko June 11, 2011 - 8:50 am

I love to buy handmade and to feel the love a passion put into that object. To feel when someone elses hands touched it not where it was passed down a conveyorbelt or through hundrends of different machines and stranggled in plastic wrapping. Handmade items make use of the objects around us as materails not go sourcing everything from chep factorys abroad.
But most of all I love the fact that you know it made somebody happy to make that item and you are happy to buy it … what more could you want?

Emily @ Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi June 11, 2011 - 6:03 pm

I love buying handmade items because I get something unique, that’s been made by someone for whom crafting is a passion.

I know that the person who made it wasn’t working under awful conditions (like in a factory), and because they set the price of their products, they (hopefully!) get a fair price for their creations and will go on being able to produce more lovely work!

Julia K Walton June 11, 2011 - 6:04 pm

I love buying handmade, because you get an item that few other people will have, made with great care and often great value for the amount of work that has gone into it. My friends always ask where I found their presents, and, of course, I say ‘Folksy’ ;o)

sonya June 11, 2011 - 8:50 pm

Handmade is the epitomy of he-ART and SEW- l. (heart and soul… get it) Crafty use of words?? :)

Sarah June 11, 2011 - 10:17 pm

I love the thought of the time and effort that went into making the crafted item. So much nicer than something mass produced.

Patricia June 12, 2011 - 8:16 am

I love buying handmade things because i know they’ve been made with lots of love and they are unique.

Emma June 12, 2011 - 5:02 pm

I love anything handmade… from cards and candles to brightly coloured bunting…
I love personalising my home with handmade items to give it a cosy and unique look…

Jennifer June 12, 2011 - 5:15 pm

I love handmade goods, there is a realness about them which them so special to me

Stephanie Ellison June 12, 2011 - 7:56 pm

I love handmade because of its uniqueness and that no one else will have another quite the same. I also like the fact that something handmade has a little bit of the person who created it lovingly wrapped up inside!

Jessica June 12, 2011 - 8:22 pm

I love feeling a connection with the person who made it. It’s so much more special than buying something from a huge, faceless corporation.

Lauren Ghani June 12, 2011 - 8:28 pm

i think handmade gives objects so much more meaning and worth. Its one a kind and you feel special knowing that you have something unique that no one else does

Sally Stone-Thompson June 12, 2011 - 8:58 pm

I love the connection to the process of the object that a handmade item has!

Jeanne Gwin June 12, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Since I am a “handmaker” I love the things others made dearly. I know the though, time and pleasures that they experience. I love to share my “handmakin’s”

Elisa Esteve June 12, 2011 - 9:01 pm

I love that no two items are the same, the individuality and above all the care and love that has gone into each item.

laura dean June 12, 2011 - 11:07 pm

Handmade seems to lift my heart like no other. I love its uniqueness and seems more expressive than anything that is mass produced. When its handmade you appreciate the skill and time involved. Its all looks so beautiful and fun and makes me feel all creative!

Luan Pessall June 13, 2011 - 8:41 am

I love buying something made with love!

Hayley June 13, 2011 - 10:13 am

I love buying handmade because it’s like buying a piece of the makers soul.

Geekery By Emily June 13, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Because handmade is best!

I’ll keep it short and sweet since you’re just drawing this at random :o)


penelope June 13, 2011 - 2:11 pm

It reminds me of my mum, and all the homemade presents that I didn’t quite appreciate when I was young.

Liz June 13, 2011 - 5:09 pm

I love buying handmade as each piece has a little piece of it’s creator in there which gives the piece a lovely energy.

Tyne Watson June 13, 2011 - 5:59 pm

I love quirky whimsical objects that no else will ever own! x

Flora June 13, 2011 - 6:18 pm

I love knowing that a large percentage of what I am paying for an original and beautifully made item is going directly to the person who made it. And that I’m making someone else happy by giving them a unique gift.


Flora June 13, 2011 - 6:20 pm

I love knowing that a large percentage of what I’m paying for an original and beautifully made item is going directly to the person who made it! And that I’m making someone else happy by giving them a unique gift.

Sarah Mellor June 13, 2011 - 10:58 pm

I love buying handmade because it makes the world a much better place!

Summer June 13, 2011 - 11:28 pm

The reasons are many! It’s celebrating the craft and the creativity of someone else when you buy their handmade product and I love being able to do that.

Sam June 14, 2011 - 12:53 pm

I love the uniqueness of the item and the high quality. Plus they are usually wrapped up so prettily. Fighting back against the big commercial giants too makes me happy.

Alix of Bigbluebed June 14, 2011 - 1:07 pm

I love buying handmade because it offers something unique in a world of replication. You know that thought and care and often love have gone into the creation of something special. Something that has been and will be treasured by maker and recipient alike.

Namik June 14, 2011 - 1:55 pm

I love to buy and support handmade because the items are so much more personal as someone has put a lot of their time and effort into creating something unique.

Sarah June 14, 2011 - 2:24 pm

I love that each item which is handmade is totally unique. Even if the maker made ten, they are each individual and no one would have one exactly the same!

Shohreh June 14, 2011 - 2:59 pm

I just love handmade products because they are individual and a lot of thought has gone into them.

Gill June 14, 2011 - 4:14 pm

I love knowing I’m buying something made with love which is totally unique!

Michelle June 14, 2011 - 6:26 pm

I LOVE buying handmade items!
They are always unique and beautifully made!!
Whether it’s a gift for a friend or a treat for myself,
It’s always special buying something made with love!

Sarah June 14, 2011 - 6:38 pm

To me, the best aspect of any handmade item is it’s individuality- no two of the same product are ever the same! In a world that is becoming more and more dominated by large commercial companies, it is comforting to know that there are traders out there who take pride in what they produce.

Judith June 14, 2011 - 9:42 pm

For me the thing about buying handmade is that you know it has been crafted with LOVE. Someone has put time and effort into creating something they love for us to also love.
I just subbed to your magazine having got issue 2, sadly missing out on issue 1. Congratulations on a fantastic publication. x

Deb June 15, 2011 - 2:53 am

Handmade just seems way cooler. Who wants mass produced anyway?

Nik June 15, 2011 - 8:25 pm

You can’t beat handmade, you can feel the love that goes into making something.

Ali June 15, 2011 - 9:37 pm

I love buying anything handmade as the time and care that has gone into the making makes it feel so much more special. You know it is unique to the creator and this is what makes it even more desirable to me.

Lolita Vontorch June 16, 2011 - 1:36 am

I love handmade because it is from the heart!

Helen June 16, 2011 - 8:56 am

It is very satisfying to see/wear something you have spent time and effort making. It is even better when people admire it and you can tell them they can’t buy it anywhere but maybe offer to make them one!

Jenny June 16, 2011 - 9:59 am

I love knowing that something is unique when it’s handmade – It’s the only one of its kind! Not to be found on the High Street.

Penny June 16, 2011 - 10:04 am

Every handmade item brings a litttle bit of the maker with them. A good way to ‘spread the love’!

Kirsty Anderson June 16, 2011 - 10:22 am

Handmade makes me happy!

dawn bevins June 16, 2011 - 10:25 am

I love handmade because it has a bit of soul, there is always a real story, and a real person behind it. It is nice to be able to have individual items, that are not cloned on every high street throughout the land :)

Louise Jolley June 16, 2011 - 10:27 am

It’s made with love and is a joy to receive.

Degelijke huisvrouw June 16, 2011 - 10:27 am

I love to buy things that are the result of creativity, love for the product and joy for the maker.

Claire Milne June 16, 2011 - 10:28 am

I love how buying handmade things seems to inspire even the less creative amongst us. The fact of buying a one off, knowing it’s been made taking time and care – and using hands rather than huge factory machines – makes it all the sweeter. Plus the feeling you get when someone comments on that handmade item, and knowing it’s admired and not all and sundry are able to buy on the high street is priceless!

Debbie Ridgway June 16, 2011 - 10:32 am

It’s all about having something unique and that someone else has taken a lot of thought and consideration to make it. You also get to learn how things are made and sometimes constructed.
Handmade things are often a lot nicer, cuter, awesomer (if that’s a word) than the mass produced items out there.

kiki pearson June 16, 2011 - 10:34 am

i don’t want to buy it…i want to MAKE it!!! the world of handmade is a world of inspiration and skill and therein lies my love for it.

katy June 16, 2011 - 10:36 am

I love buying handmade and making handmade items as you stand out from the crowd, support local crafts people and business, attract compliments and feel special sporting something out of the norm

Kate Linehan June 16, 2011 - 10:37 am

I love to buy handmade, as I know that the item is unique, but also that lots of love, care, attention, thought and skill has gone into creating it.

Bernice June 16, 2011 - 10:37 am

I love buying handmade, as items are individual, no two items will have exactly the same stitch in the same place. Handmade items are often quirky and usually a better quality than a mass produced item.There is also a sense of love with a handmade item.

Lauren Bevan June 16, 2011 - 10:37 am

I like knowing that it was not made in a factory by children or people for a few pennies a day. I love the idea that someone enjoyed the creative moment which grew into their design idea for the item, that one moment in time the inspiration hit them, they would have felt so excited, the excitement growing as they worked on their idea watching it grow into their final finished piece. The nervousness as they wondered who was going to like it enough to buy it just before someone came along and fell in love with the creators vision. I love handmade not just for the final piece but for the journey it as been on.

kirsty June 16, 2011 - 10:37 am

It means supporting artisans and having something totally unique x

Sally H June 16, 2011 - 10:38 am

I buy it and make it. I appreciate the individual character that all hand made things have.

Tess June 16, 2011 - 10:43 am

I love having something individual and unique, and made with love x

Charlie Lockwood June 16, 2011 - 10:44 am

I love the fact that someone has taken time to choose and craft and love their homemade items, making each one special and unique. I especially love when people use upcycled items, or make dull everyday things beautiful :)

Peta June 16, 2011 - 10:49 am

I love buying handmade because of the passion behind the creation. Generally it’s unique and the quality is superior to non handmade items.

Maria June 16, 2011 - 10:49 am

I love handmade because every piece is unique and has a story behind it. I like to make handmade goods myself, so I know how much time and love you invert to make something special that makes someone else very happy!

Cheryl June 16, 2011 - 10:49 am

Handmade goodies are unique, beautiful and made with love. They connect us to our past traditions and to stimulate our imaginations about what else is possible in the future. <3

Twizzy June 16, 2011 - 10:51 am

I love handmade because it’s unic, personally, sensitive and made with own heart…it’s simply fantastic :)

June June 16, 2011 - 10:53 am

its got to be the uniqueness, and the love thats gone into creating a one off piece!

Lorna Rae June 16, 2011 - 10:56 am

Home made means unique, personal and something you can treasure and be proud of.

Claire Kemp June 16, 2011 - 10:56 am

Something handmade is always individual, always unique and almost always costs less than the hours of love and attention the maker has put it to producing it :O)

Abi June 16, 2011 - 11:00 am

I like buying handmade because I know it was made with love.

Amanda June 16, 2011 - 11:00 am

I love buying handmade because I know that just as much pleasure has gone into the making as I am getting from the purchasing. The thought about details, little tweaks and quirks of each item, the use of different fabrics – new or vintage – all make handmade extra special and unique.

Emm McAndrew June 16, 2011 - 11:01 am

I LOVE buying handmade for so many reasons:

* It will be unique. Even if it has been made from a pattern it will have at least a stitch different to the rest!

* It will be gorgeous. Handmade items have usually been dreamed up by one person – not a boardroom full of people.

* I will be buying from a local or small business.

dianne killeen June 16, 2011 - 11:05 am

I dont!!! I make them myself, I just love to make beautiful things— knowing there is no other like them.

Julie and Serena June 16, 2011 - 11:11 am

Love Mollie Makes! Not only is it a great craft mag, but it’s an enjoyable read too!

lou June 16, 2011 - 11:13 am

I love to buy and make hand made, it is a joy to purchase or be given something made with care and attention and passion. I treasure the things I have been given and I hope that the handmade gifts I give show how much I care

Starfish Quay June 16, 2011 - 11:15 am

We love buying handmade because of the work and love that’s gone into each item :) They are always a one-off and it’s hard to get genuine originality these days – but not so tricky with handmade! By buying handmade you are supporting the individual or individuals that are working to make something beautiful with a skill that they cherish and share. We love handmade :)

Jo D-M June 16, 2011 - 11:15 am

I love to support fellow crafters and artists. It’s also lovely to know that someone has put time an effort into making something original and unique. Handmade items have do much more character too.

Eva Leffef June 16, 2011 - 11:17 am

I love the love that’s put into it! You can see and feel that! I love to buy things that I would love to have made myself but don’t because I don’t have the time or skills to.

Jodie June 16, 2011 - 11:20 am

I love that I can communicate with the people or person who designed and made the item.

liddy June 16, 2011 - 11:30 am

Buying something handmade is like buying a little bit of love.

mrspao June 16, 2011 - 11:32 am

Buying handmade means that you have something individual – little stitches, details that don’t appear in mass produced items. Every one is unique as love and labour have gone into the making of it.

Rebecca Jane Lockley June 16, 2011 - 11:33 am

I love buying handmade items to give as gifts. I think it goes the extra mile over something store-bought even if you couldn’t make it yourself.

Kim Thomson June 16, 2011 - 11:38 am

Handmade involves skill, love and individuality. It has it’s own story.

Katie Hill-Lines June 16, 2011 - 11:40 am

I love buying handmade because you are buying somebodies skill and supporting independent artists. Not only that but who wants something mass produced when you can have something beautifully one-off?

Emma June 16, 2011 - 11:43 am

I love buying handmade for a lot of reasons but mainly because I love making things and believe in supporting others who feel the same.
and also because they are always way cuter than mass-produced!
Emma x

Jennie Regan June 16, 2011 - 11:44 am

Handmade items show real thought about the gift and recipient. Items are as unique as the recipient.

Sam June 16, 2011 - 11:45 am

I love buying (and making) unique gifts for family and friends and also like to support small business here on Folksy and locally too.

Patti June 16, 2011 - 11:47 am

I love to handmade things and also buy handmade goods. So one off and original.
Patti xxx

robyn Wilson June 16, 2011 - 11:48 am

I love that I can have something individual, made by someone who loves what they do.

Mary Horesh June 16, 2011 - 11:50 am

I love to buy handmade as you know someone has put love and attention into creating the handcrafted item. I know from my own creating that it brings you a sense of pride making something and then have someone else value it enough to purchase it.

Linda Rumsey June 16, 2011 - 11:55 am

I love to buy handmade items. They are unique and carry a little bit of the individual who made them with such loving care.

Sam June 16, 2011 - 11:56 am

I love so many things about buying handmade..I love to see the handicraft & beautiful work of others and how their passion shines through in their creation; I love the chance to buy unique & original gifts; I love how it feels more personal than buying something from a large company; I love knowing that another crafty individual has enjoyed the creative process that goes into making it; I love to feel that I am purchasing from a more ethical resource than many factory producers; I love the personal touches many fab sellers add to their purchases or purchase notes..and oh so much more! :-)

Zoe Leeson June 16, 2011 - 11:57 am

I love buying handmade items as you and just about feel the love that has gone into creating the item when receiving it :-) Where else would you buy an item and it would arrive in gorgeous tissue paper with a lovely little note attached to it. Also with handmade items are unique rather than factory made , so much nicer.

Please pop me into you lovely giveaway :-)

Alex June 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm

With something handmade there’s a chance for the maker to show their emotions, passion and desire for each individual object making every one of them unique.

Rachel June 16, 2011 - 12:02 pm

I love buying handmade because you will never get the same quality, uniqueness or level of thought and love on the high street…also it’s sustainable and I like to be green when I can :)

Emma Conroy June 16, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Handmade is special. The item has a story, a history, a background. Every stitch, every bead, every piece of glue has been put there by a wonderful person who cares that the object is perfectly finished. There is no comparison to a handmade object. However the item looks – even if it’s been made by a 3 year old – it is perfect!

Katya Cooper June 16, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Handmade stuff just rocks! Its helped me out of so many depressions that its my therapy.

Stacey June 16, 2011 - 12:19 pm

I love buying handmade products because of the love and effort put into each individual piece. I also love the individual quirks and variations that make each piece special.

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