Celebratory Draw!! 6 years and over 800 customers

Whoop-whoop and wowsers, I can’t really believe it. November 2020 marks my 6th anniversary of my Etsy shop and also my 800th sale. I’ve now sold to every continent, and almost every country (west of the Black Sea, that is!). My World Map Of Domination is looking smart

As usual, with a milestone I like to do something to mark it, and as this year is particularly challenging for just about everyone I know* I want to offer a way for us all to feel a little more empowered – I think the lack of autonomy is where most people I know feel hit the hardest.

Bear with me, this is likely to be a long and rambling post, and there are fewer photos – please stick with it 😉

Rather than offer a piece of my jewellery to win, I’m going to ask everyone to give a shout out to a small business / artist / craftsperson / independent that they love who they know could do with some support so that we can all go and visit their social media pages and see what we can do to give them a boost at this time.

Not all of us will have any money to spend on gifts this year and most of us will have less cash and fewer spending opportunities – but the upside for many is that reduced socialising often comes with a small saving of time and money, so perhaps you could utilise that for good and feel as though you are being supportive in the process.

Here’s how:

Look though my suggestions, and those of the comments made by everyone else. Look at the pages / accounts I follow for ideas and inspiration, I can’t put everyone I love into this post, because it would be far too long. Visit my Facebook and Instagram accounts to see other creatives I love who are amazing artists and allow yourself some fabulous glass / ceramics / art / embroidery / jewellery on your screens

Visit the websites and social media pages of the people and small businesses mentioned. If you see something that you love, or that resonates – you don’t have to buy it, you could just put a comment on the page / post so that the person running it feels a little bit of support. I promise you it will give them a lift and will really cheer them. If you’ve used them in the past and have been meaning to get around to leaving a review now is the time to do it. Go on, you know you want to 😉

If you can share their shops / blogs / businesses online with your friends, even better. Bookmarking them for when you do have occasion to make a purchase? Awesome. Making a purchase? Outstanding. Thank you

Think laterally about your gifts this year – perhaps your favourite therapist can’t open for treatments, but they offer gift vouchers (Tola Health is mine).

My hairdresser (Fika Salon) had only just opened for business on her own, after having cut my hair for years (AshSalon). I’ll be asking if she’d like me to prepay for my next cut that was due during November

Have you thought about what you are planning to do about Christmas and birthday cards? Here are some of my go to sellers (some of you may have received a #CheeryUppy card made by them over the past year)

Heather Riches; Michelle Broad; Ruth Thorp;

Local delis and favourite suppliers will be offering deliveries, as will many florists (I haven’t forgotten the surprise and delight of a bottle of Northmoor gin that appeared at my door earlier in the year) Here are some of my locals: Bon Gout Deli in Magdalen Road, Daisy Cafe Fore Street, Heavitree

And random #CheeryUppy gifts from Madeline Bunyan; Chloe Lamb; Francesca Kay; PopupDesignGifts;

Is someone you love self isolating? Perhaps they’d like a craft kit or course, or a book to read or listen to – here are some suggestions

Cath Janes; Sarah-Jayne Fragola; JJ Marsh; DV Berkom; Jane Davis

Perhaps you could you give something similar to someone you love, or perhaps they could organise one for you.

If you feel you need to shop with one of the larger chain stores, that’s fine, don’t beat yourself up – after all, they have staff employed too and will be paying business rates, tax etc, which we need, but do, please, choose wisely. Are they an organisation you feel cares for their staff, paying them properly, with decent working conditions, or are they only interested in their bottom line?

Finally – Please, Please, Please share your favourites and your recommendations in the comments below. I’ve only listed UK small businesses, but don’t let that stop you doing this for your local favourites. At a later date (after this current UK lockdown) I’ll put the names of everyone who commented into a draw, and I’ll send them a virtual gift voucher they can spend in any of my shops – on something shiny for them, or if they want to regift the voucher they can do so.

In the meantime, stay cheery and stay safe.


*I’m particularly thinking of those working in the NHS many of whom are close to collapse, physically and emotionally; teachers finding it close to impossible to balance the demands placed upon them; people home-schooling; furloughed staff no longer with employment or wages; small business having to close, with minimal or no support and that’s before I even think about those people who are finding the enforced isolation beyond challenging. Hugs to you all, I hope that this helps you find a way of creating some positivity

About DawnGillDesigns

Finally able to make stuff and get paid for it!!! How cool is this?!
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15 Responses to Celebratory Draw!! 6 years and over 800 customers

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    This is such a lovely post Dawn and what a great idea to encourage us all to support local businesses. I try to support Jason’s wood craft – find him on facebook or at his shop in Cardigan where he sells his own woodturning and also work by other makers. Congratulations on the well deserved success of your own business. I wish I had known you when we lived in Polsloe Road many many years ago!

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  2. acflory says:

    I love this idea! Oh, and Happy Anniversary. 🙂

    I’d like to point people at a lovely artist here in Melbourne:

    And still in the southern hemisphere is a lovely lady in South Africa who creates fabulous children’s books – and she creates the characters out of fondant [icing]:


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  3. Great idea and where do I start… My mum is worried about Christmas and asked me for a list of people she could go to… So here’s the ones I have sent her so far…. Although there will be more
    Great little plant pot accessories https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/659483961/cat-potty-feet-plant-pot-feet-antique
    Stunning and lovely pottery with soap and candles in collaboration with another small maker https://shorefired.co.uk/
    Superb homewares from teatowels to beeswax wraps and candles https://joannedepace.com/
    Excellent aromatherapy products and blends https://bohoboaromatherapies.co.uk/
    Everyone needs chocolate and these are excellent
    Great art and homewares from pet portraits to teatowels, oven gloves with lovely animal designs
    Stunning art… Linocuts, collographs, cards etc
    Wonderful pictures crested from beach clean finds by Laura in Plymouth
    And delightful ceramic houses, and decorative pieces

    Hope that helps xx

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  4. dvberkom says:

    Thank you, Dawn! I love, love, love this idea. I have ordered face masks from several shops on Etsy, but this one is my favorite: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AFRILEGE It’s Black-owned and their product is high quality. Their customer service is phenomenal, too.

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  5. katechiconi says:

    Sorry, it’s going to be a long one! I’ve separated by Buy and Inspiration, and there are sites in both Australia and the UK, as well as further afield. Happy Anniversary!
    Modflowers: handmade dolls and creatures – https://www.modflowers.co.uk/
    Bobbie Dogs: handmade natural dog treats – https://bobbiedogs.com.au/
    Coffee Works: coffee, chocolate, gifts – https://coffeeworks.com.au/coffee_works_mareeba
    Hawthorne Supply: fabrics, patterns, notions – https://www.hawthornesupplyco.com/
    Fifi’s Fabricology: fabrics, patterns – https://www.fifisfabricology.com.au/
    45 Southside Gallery – https://www.45southside.co.uk/
    Down to Earth Cards: Iris Milward – https://www.downtoearthcards.co.uk/artist-cards-grouped-by-artist/iris-milward.html
    Britta Boeckmann, BoldB jewellery – https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoldB
    Hadar Jacobson: jewellery, art – http://artinsilver.com/

    Sophie Digard: textiles, crochet – no online presence but you can see her work here: https://www.frenchneedle.com/collections/sophie-digard
    Alabama Chanin: sustainable clothing design – https://alabamachanin.com/about
    Dale Chihuly: glass art – https://www.chihuly.com/
    Karen Bit Vejle: paper art – https://papercutart.no/new-bit-in-action

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  6. Wow, what a great idea. Ok, a few suggestions for wonderful gifts:
    Wood carving, including beautiful shawl pins, hair pins love spoons and pyrography: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArtisIgnis
    Ruth Packham’s amazing felt (finished pieces and kits): https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Ruthfully
    Dragon themed books and gifts (Andy is a fantastic artist) from Wales, where we still have wild dragons: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DragonsofWales
    Little Wren Pottery (some lovely yarn bowls): https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleWrenPottery

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