Visiting Craftworks Cambodia in Phnom Penh

2020-08-09T09:37:13+01:00

It was on a buying trip to Cambodia that I arranged to visit the offices & craft centre of Craftworks Cambodia in Phnom Penh. It is The Kingdom of Cambodia’s capital city & sits at the junction of the Mekong Tonlé Sap and Bassac rivers. Map of Cambodia showing Phnom Penh Founded in [...]

Visiting Craftworks Cambodia in Phnom Penh2020-08-09T09:37:13+01:00

Worry Dolls explained…

2019-10-13T19:19:46+01:00

WHAT ARE WORRY DOLLS? Worry dolls, or trouble dolls, (in Spanish they are refered to as Muñeca quitapena) are small, "dolls" that originate from Guatemala, although they are also found in parts of Mexico. HOW ARE THEY MADE? In Guatemala, they are made by hand using a base of wood or wire, wool and recycled [...]

Worry Dolls explained…2019-10-13T19:19:46+01:00

The story behind our Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India

2019-10-10T16:38:39+01:00

Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India. This project involves a Fair Trade group based in Delhi, India that helps street children and orphans sleeping rough in the railway station in New Delhi. It was established in 2004 by "grown up" ex-street children, who decided to make bags from recycled newspaper in order to provide [...]

The story behind our Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India2019-10-10T16:38:39+01:00

What exactly is Hemp & the Cannabis Sativa Plant?

2019-09-25T10:38:18+01:00

"Hemp” is another name for the Cannabis Sativa plant. This same species of plant is also refered to as Marijuana. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Did you know: the oldest known records of hemp farming [...]

What exactly is Hemp & the Cannabis Sativa Plant?2019-09-25T10:38:18+01:00

What is The Hamsa Hand?

2019-09-09T11:14:54+01:00

The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern palm-shaped amulet symbolising the “Hand of God”. It depicts the open right hand. It is also popular in northern Africa. In all faiths it is a protective sign. One style is shaped like a regular hand and the other has two symmetrical thumbs, which is the most [...]

What is The Hamsa Hand?2019-09-09T11:14:54+01:00

Are these the ultimate ethical gifts for the eco geek or keyboard warrior?

2019-08-01T09:32:47+01:00

Are these the ultimate ethical gifts for the eco geek or keyboard warrior? We stock a range of environmentally-friendly products created from green recycled computer circuit boards. •  Cut into shape by a cutting machine, they are always hand-finished to create the final product. •  So, why not make an environmental difference in the way [...]

Are these the ultimate ethical gifts for the eco geek or keyboard warrior?2019-08-01T09:32:47+01:00

Safety Tips for Candles & Tealights in the Home

2017-04-20T12:06:00+01:00

I get asked a lot about safety tips & advice from customers who have bought candles or tealights from us and want to use them safely at home. There are 3 "Basics of Candle Safety" which are: - 1/ Never leave a burning candle or tealight unattended. 2/ Never burn a candle on or near [...]

Safety Tips for Candles & Tealights in the Home2017-04-20T12:06:00+01:00

New Fair Trade Jewellery from Latin America

2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

We have recently taken delivery of a new range of Fair Trade jewellery from Latin America. Mainly earrings, but also some bracelets and pendants. This range has been sourced by a UK-based business called Tumi Jewellery who ensure all their products are Fairly Traded and bought directly from the skilled artisans who make them. That`s [...]

New Fair Trade Jewellery from Latin America2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

The Story of Kazuri Beads Jewellery, Kenya

2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

KAZURI is a Swahili word which means "small and beautiful". Kazuri Beads, as a business, has an interesting backstory. THE ORIGINS... Founded by Lady Susan Wood, who was born in 1918 in a mud hut in a West African village. Her parents were missionaries from England. Lady Wood was sent back to England to be [...]

The Story of Kazuri Beads Jewellery, Kenya2016-10-27T16:24:53+01:00

How to Clean and Care for Felt.

2016-10-27T15:04:50+01:00

This is a question I get asked often, because we sell lots of felt bags and purses. The truth is, felt is simple to clean & care for. HOW TO CLEAN FELT... Wiping with a wet cloth will remove most stains. If the item needs to be thoroughly cleaned, hand wash it in luke warm [...]

How to Clean and Care for Felt.2016-10-27T15:04:50+01:00