Olympic Gift Mania

We have some true Olympian heroes in Britain, Jess Ennis, Mo Farrar and the Brownlee brothers to mention only a few, and as the dawn of the Paralympics looms we look set to build on the fabulous events of the past few weeks. 

I feel truly inspired by the Games and the athletes taking part and I have to say that I am extremely proud to be British at this time. Sport crosses barriers and strikes a chord in the hearts and minds of spectators who, whilst they may be stood on the side lines are no less involved at the time the competition takes place. 

During the Olympics I uploaded some fabulous baby shoes to ArtyHarty.com, some of which are sports inspired and there are even some Union Jack shoes – after all it’s been quite a year for us Brits with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee preceding the Olympic Games. Image

They are handmade here in Great Britain and specially designed for baby feet. Made from leather and suede, many are available in gift sets with a matching vest and hat. Designed to be easy to slip on and remove, they keep babies feet warm in winter and cool in summer and have anti-slip soles. Such a fabulous idea, however, it’s the design and the attention to detail that really caught my attention and I just had to give ArtyHarty.com customers the chance to see them. They’ll make great gifts and I’m expecting them to fly at Christmas – perhaps not as fast as Usain Bolt granted! 

We have some great designers in Britain and I’m a big fan of British talent be it designers, crafters and artists or our sporting heroes. 

And did you know that a Brit invented the World Wide Web – well it has to said that I for one didn’t and was quite surprised when it was announced at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Thank you Sir Tim Berners-Lee without you ArtyHarty.com would simply not exist nor would this blog or even WordPress or Google – imagine that!


Craft Fair for Everything Handmade


Well, over the Bank holiday weekend I took some ArtyHarty stock over to Harrogate to show at a craft fair. The Made-It Craft Fair will run for 6 weeks at the famous RHS Harlow Carr Gardens on the outskirts of Harrogate.

There are lots of handmade products on show all at reasonable prices and made by talented artists and crafters. From jewellery to original artworks; hand turned wooden items to shabby chic signs; unique cushions to stuffed toys and handmade soaps to kiln fired and hand painted ceramics, to name but a few.

The weather was pretty good over the weekend and I rocked up to lend a hand on the Sunday which was just as well as the weather had brought out hundreds of visitors to the gardens, with many also visiting the fair which is based in the Bath House in the Harlow Carr grounds. 

Well worth a visit if you fancy a day out at one of the largest garden centres in the UK and taking in some of the handmade crafts at the fair – one thing is for sure any purchases you make will be unique and made in this fine country of ours!