An upcycled giveaway

I had an idea, for a new kind of bunting.  Keeping the theme of upcycyling, I thought why not denim?  We are always going through denim trousers, and the remaining fabric is always in good nick. So, I used some sheer fabric I have from swatches from the clothing industry, that would have otherwise been thrown away, and combined with some denim, to create a stained glass window effect.

The prototype I created had a few flaws in it, that often occur when you are trying a new idea.  But they don’t detract from the overall effect of the bunting, so I thought I would use the prototype for a giveaway prize.

So let me introduce…

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You will need to visit my facebook page to enter, which can be found at

Best of luck!


A TV campaign

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At the beginning of May a call went out for people to apply to be in Etsy’s first ever UK tv advert.  After some logistical considerations, I applied, and then didn’t think too much of it afterwards.

To my utter amazement, I was selected along with my bunting (and 60 odd other Etsy sellers).  So a beautiful sunny Wednesday in mid May I found myself sat on a train with lots of business commuters, speeding my way to London.

The day was amazing, if exhausting!  A fantastic insight into advert production and the work that goes into making a 30 second advert!  I met lots of wonderful Etsy sellers, all of who were equally as passionate about handmade.  If you click on the icon below, you will be able to see some of their wonderful products.


You can get a feel for the day of filming itself through this behind the scenes footage that has been produced.

The advert itself is now live, and can be seen over the next three weeks on Channel 4 and Sky channels.  But in case you don’t catch it on the telly, it is also on you tube  Look out for the bunting ;)



Missing in action

Apologies for being absent for so long.  Things have been wonderfully busy at Aisling Designs, with custom orders keeping me busy for the last few months, but there have also been some technical issues with the Aisling Designs page, which are not fully resolved.

Whilst I am unable to post pictures at the moment, why not check out my Etsy shop ( ) to see what has been added recently.  You can also keep up with me over on my Facebook page ( ), which is currently having a little giveaway (closing date tomorrow evening).

Thank you for your patience, and I hope to be showing off my new buntings to you very, very soon.

A new venture

A few months ago a group of artists who had go to know each other online decided to enter into a partnership and set up their own website.  I was fortunate to be asked to join them, and so we set about creating our own website, which would be another avenue to get our products into the big wide world.  Each of us has their own specialisms.  So we have a knitter, jewellry designer, a potter, needle felt artist, someone specialising in felt creations, another specialising in creating beautiful purses, a very talented tatting artist, and a photographer who puts their photos on items such as phone cases, cushions etc. And then there is me with my bunting too.

Between the nine of us, we have a wide variety of products, and plenty of ideas!  We can be found at  Please come and check us out, we would love to see you there.

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Trying to get your name out into the big wide world is an integral part of any business.  But with no budget to work with there is a limited amount that you can do.  So recently I have been doing a little more to try and promote myself, and get people thinking about Aisling Designs.

I was very happy to be asked to create a bunting for a recent Etsy meet up in Nottingham.  It  managed to get into the photos of the event, which have since been posted in various places on the internet, as well is an article in a Nottingham newspaper.

Other ways of promoting Aisling Designs recently include taking part in a free shipping promotion that is happening on Etsy.  So for the rest of March you can get free shipping within the UK in my shop and others, by using the code FREEMARCH13.  The other shops taking part can be found here.

Also on Etsy, I am taking part in a team giveaway, in association with the British Emporia Team.  Which means that the winner will get £100 to spend in ten shops taking part in the giveaway, that’s £10 in each shop.  More details can be found  here.

Then there is the “networking”.  Facebook and Twitter are great for this (when I can think of something to post about ;) ) If you haven’t yet found me in these places I am on Facebook right here, and Twitter just here.  Every Tuesday and Thursday evening between 8 and 9pm there is a #uketsyhour on twitter, so if you want to find more UK based crafters, it might be worth checking this out, I have found some wonderful shops there, that I would never have come across otherwise.


And the winner is…

Thank you to everyoone who helped me celebrate my first year on Etsy by entering my giveaway.  There were 32 names put in the felted bowl this morning.

I asked for a volunteer to draw a name from the bowl, and my lovely middle son, Alec kindly offered.

And the name that was drawn out, and therefore  the winner of the chick and nest, is….

Congratulations Clair, if you could let me have your address, I will get your prize to you.

Not wanting to leave everyone else with nothing.  I am taking part in a free shipping promotion on Etsy.  So any purchase within the UK, for the duration of March will be entitled to free shipping by using the code FREEMARCH13.

Competition time

In 4 days time it will have been a year since I opened Aisling Designs on Etsy.  It has been a very steep learning curve, learning how to promote myself (which I’m still not very good at!), learning how to take better pictures, and how to try to make your products seen in such a massive market place.  40 sales in a year is a good starting block, and I am excited to see where Aisling Designs go this next year.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me this last year, and to celebrate I would like to offer you the chance to win a little Easter decoration.

This is what you could win.  Perfect for the Easter table or even for a seasons table.  A cute little chick is just emerging from it’s silk cocoon egg, with one of it’s siblings not far behind it.

How can you win?  I’m not a great fan of making people jump through hoops, but in the name of promotion (remember I said I wasn’t very good at that!) I would like you to promote this in any way you can, so follow me on twitter, facebook, Etsy, and of course you can sign up for update right here on my blog. The more you do, the more chances you have of winning, just leave a post below and let me know what you have done, and where you have shared it.

The closing date for the competition is 28th February 2013 at 9pm.

Thank you again, and good luck.


Market Day 30th August

As there is no Shop of the week this week, I thought I would introduce you to some shops that have been kind enough to feature a product of mine in a treasury over on Etsy.  Please check out the wonderful work that these people make.  They  are all fantastic.

First up is REDceramics, who produces such wonderful ceramic creations.  From pots to ornaments, coasters to jewellry.  I love this wordy bowl she has.

Secondly we have Washedupfamily, which is a newly formed shop, selling beautiful sea glass finds that they have turned into the most stunning jewellry.  I must admit to have completely fallen in love with this pendant.

Thirdly there is WharfedaleWoolworks who does her own hand-dyed wool and yarn, she has a sale on until the end of August, so you will have to be quick, but there are some wonderful wools there, and I may or may not be coveting this fantastic laceweight yarn ;)

Next up there is Nannie Cool, who creates beautiful items for children. As a big fan of carrying your child in a sling I love the slings she makes.  Sadly my carrying days are over, but there are some beautiful slings here.

And lastly there is TheYarnOwlsNest, another new shop selling handknitted items for children.

Market Day – August 22

Sorry, running a day late this week.

I would like to introduce to you this week a shop that is full of the most delicate items.  TataniaRose creates beautiful tatted items. From jewellry to bookmarks, cards to christmas decorations.  Tatting is something that reminds me of my Nan, she used to create beautiful tatted edges to table cloths, and I remember watching her hands whizzing into and out of the thread she had wrapped around the bobbin (is that what it is called?) Please check out the wonderful creations at TataniaRose, it is an artform that seems so rare these days, but is so beautiful both to watch and to see the end results.

Another bit of exciting news is that there is now a new team on Etsy.  Green Parents is a group of people from the green parent forum that also run their own etsy shops.  We thought it would be a good idea to work together to help promote each other.  All of us are juggling crafting and children, so please come and visit us and see what we are up to.

Hope you enjoy this weeks “shop of the week” courtesy of CraftBritannia group on Etsy.

Market Day

Borrowing an idea from an online friend who blogs here, about having a weekly market day, where I introduce some fellow artisans.  Over on Etsy I am part of Craft Britannia team and they have a “Shop of the week”, which sounds like a good place to start.

This week it is The Feminine Touch who creates beautiful knitted items, often recycling materials too to create wonderful items for the home and for wearing.  I created a treasury inspired by her wonderful glasses case.

I’d also like to introduce you to Natalie who is also on Etsy at EnchantedFabricsuk who featured me in a blogpost over on her blog at Mostly Fabric.  She has the most wonderful organic fabrics, as well as some beautiful German Westfalenstoffe fabrics.

I apologise for not being able to show any screenshots, I have yet to figure that technical aspect out!  But please check out the links to these two creative women.