The Dorset Team Etsy Christmas Market

Pynq (Yes I DID get a cute reindeer necklace to wear on Christmas Day!
Jessalli Handmade Homewares (I adore Sophia's quirky home wares. She really is one of the best)

December has been such a crazy whirlwind of a month that I haven't sat down to blog about anything, and this makes me very sad, especially because there are so many things that I want to blog about.

One such thing is the Etsy Christmas Market in nearby Wimborne, Dorset, in association with the Dorset Etsy Team. I was thrilled to be apart of this amazing event with Beauxoxo, in the company of lots of local artisans from all over Dorset.

The event was held at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne, Dorset about 20 minutes from Bournemouth. There was a total of roughly 80 stalls from local artists, crafters, illustrators, jewellery designers, cakes, hair accessories (moi!), cards and Christmas ornaments as well as vintage and antique treasures. The event also perfectly coincided with Small Business Saturday, so it was a wonderful opportunity to pick up beautiful handcrafted items for the festive season.

Because there were so many beautiful things I of course got very snap happy, so to warn you in advance, I'd suggest you join me after the cut because it's about to get really photo heavy!
I had a really lovely day selling my hair accessories and loved not only meeting such kind, talented sellers, but also you incredibly lovely lot too! I also had the great surprise of seeing the gorgeous fashion blogger Adora which was the best chance meeting ever, and she's just the sweetest girl.

When I visit fairs like this I normally just take so many photos I feel it's best to leave you with the items I really absolutely adored with a link underneath to their corresponding shop. I really hope you decide to check some of these sellers out as I really felt very honoured to be surrounded by such an army of very, very talented, unique creatives. 

Absolutely stunning handbags and homewares. I fell head over heels with this monochrome vintage dance fabric print clutch. Such a glamorous piece!

I absolutely love Georgia's monochrome designed tees. She has such a defined, fierce sense of branding and I think her shop will be really big in 2015!

The 'Joy For Children' is such an inspiring charity that enables workers in some of the world's poorest countries to earn a decent wage from craft related work. This seller was showcasing gorgeous beaded jewellery and I just loved the ethical, unique story each piece holds.

I adore Katie's gorgeous illustrations and this woodland scene notebook, complete with horses, bunnies and mushrooms is everything!

I had the pleasure of having Sophie as my next door neighbour at this Christmas fair. Her screen-printed designs are stunning and the epitome of classic arts and crafts handcrafted goods.

I do love to see homemade beauty products at a Christmas market, so it was lovely to see the wonderful range at May Cottage. Made from goats milk, coconut and olive oils, May Cottage's soaps are the most nourishing treat you can find. I loved the little gingerbread shape one for Christmas!

Platina Jewellery offered such stunning silver jewellery and the presentation was so lovely. If you're Christchurch (Dorset) based, I'd highly recommend researching the classes they offer too. If you're looking to develop a jewellery making hobby in 2015 it couldn't be better. 

This stall was so, so cute! Lots and lots of sweet and charming felt accessories that anyone would love to find in their stocking!

I loved these quirky scrabble art photo frames. The letter and word possibilities would be truly endless!

Lisa at Secret Serenity is one clever lady. I love her pure silver art clay pieces. This butterfly necklace, in particular, is such a showstopper. 

The little stall showcased the very best of an English crafts stall with Liberty fabric pretties and bunting galore. I loved the Liberty wheat bags!

This stall was so sweet! Their fabrics were lovely, and the stuffed elephants in an array of pretty prints were so cute.

Finally, am I allowed to showcase myself? ;). As you all know I make handmade hair accessories in Dorset as well, hence my presence at this lovely event. My glitter bows were very popular stocking stuffers and I was so pleased to see everyone loving the hair scarves so much as modelled by the gorgeous Olivia. Thank you so, so much for everyone who visited me at my stall and for your kindest support. 

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I really hope you loved the above designers as much as I did? Did any of you make this event? If not, have you purchased lots of handmade presents this year and enjoyed any Christmas markets yourself? I'd love to know so please do tell. 

Thank you so much to Etsy and the wonderful Dorothy Days (you deserve a medal of some kind!) for organising such a great local event where you enabled more people to witness the many artisans that live and work in Dorset.

xoxo

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