Valentine or Galentine?


13th February, “Galentine’s Day” is gaining popularity as a day for ladies to celebrate ladies, friendship and platonic love. Although the term was new to me until this year, the idea of celebrating platonic love around Valentine’s Day isn’t. As a child my Grandad would send my brothers and I Valentine’s cards with money in them every year, this is the same Grandad I mentioned in an earlier blog post who actually passed away on Valentine’s Day when I was 13. I remember speaking to him on the phone, the day before he died, and thanking him for the card that had arrived a day early.

As a teenager and young woman, I have to admit, I found Valentine’s Day awkward and quite stressful. So much so that when Valentine’s Day approached only a few month after meeting my now husband, I suggested we skip Valentine’s Day altogether. He must have asked me five times in the run up to Valentine’s Day if I was sure about not celebrating it, I think he thought it was a test until I convinced him I was serious! So, my hubby and I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day in 15 years of marriage; I could totally see me sending Valentine’s cards to my future grandkids though!


White Agate and Rose Quartz couple's bracelets.


However, lots of people LOVE Valentine’s Day and look forward to it with great anticipation! So, of course there are many items in my shop that would make great Valentine’s gifts. I have a range of couple’s bracelets in my Etsy shop. Whether it’s one of the “You complete Me” or “Forget Me Not” sets, a personalised His and Hers set or a Galentine’s gift for you and your bestie, a Chalso couple’s bracelet set makes a great gift.

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Symbols of Love


Obviously when we think of love symbols we instantly think of “love hearts”. However, if you are looking for something a little more subtle, “forever love” can be symbolised by circles and infinity symbols.


Not just for Valentine’s

These make thoughtful gifts not just for girlfriends, but for daughters and grandaughters, mothers and sisters or of course, your gal pals!

If you are looking to order gifts for Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day and are outside the UK, please place your orders before 29th January. If you are in the UK, please order by the 7th of February.

Love Sarah ❤️ xox



Chalso Couple’s bracelets

Chalso Circles

Chalso Hearts



Roundup of 2017

One of Chalso’s most popular Christmas gifts in 2017 was the Chalso Circles mother and daughter(s) necklace set. I had a feeling this set would be popular as the first set I made was quickly snapped up by my own daughters and the eldest hasn’t taken hers off since she got it! Other popular items, in what was a very busy run up to Christmas, were minimal Sterling silver pieces and Lava jewellery including the new personalised couples bracelets.



Chalso fundraising update

For the last two years Chalso has supported #GivingTuesday. In 2017 there was also a charity bracelet available all year from which all the profits were donated to the Clyde Cash for Kids 1000 Faces Campaign.


Chalso raised £238 for Clyde Cash for Kids in 2017. Thank you to all my customers for making this possible!


Family time

Right now, I’m taking a short break from Chalso to spend the Christmas holidays with the family, going to the beach and the ballet and building snowmen!! My Etsy shop is still open for orders but, the first post office run won’t be until the post office opens again after New Year. In the meantime why not sign up for the Chalso newsletter for your exclusive discount code or pop over to your favourite social media and follow Chalso there?



See you in 2018!

Love, Sarah xxx


Further reading and links

Chalso Etsy shop

Clyde Cash for Kids website

#GivingTuesday website

Scottish Ballet

Giving Tuesday 2017 blog post

Summer trends blog post

Chalso on Instagram

Chalso on Twitter

Chalso on Facebook

Chalso on Pinterest

Etsy Made Local 2017 Highlights

Wow, wow, WOW! Etsy Made Local Glasgow was amazing!

I dubbed up at about ten to eleven on Saturday with my volunteer hat on. The queue was down the street and stayed that way all day, although it did move quite quickly, there was a constant stream of people joining the end. My fellow orange-aproned volunteers and I were all about keeping everyone happy, doing tea/coffee and change runs for the vendors and handing out chocolates to the lovely people waiting to come in.

About 4pm, I was ready to make my escape and get back to prepping for Sunday. I did manage to grab a few bits before I left though!

Chalso at Etsy Made Local 2017
Items from ZoeScottDesigns, BitterLimeDesigns, KnottyKnottyMacrame and CaliGirl.

On Sunday, we’d made it into the Sunday Herald and it was looking to be another record breaking day. I was unaware of all this at the time as I was busy setting up and once the doors opened I don’t think I looked up until 2 o’clock! What a buzz! Only problem was I was too busy to shop, what I great problem to have!

Chalso at Etsy Made Local 2017
It was so busy, this is the only quick snap I managed to take all day!

That evening, at home with a glass of wine and a big grin on my face, I turned to the Facebook vendors group to give my thanks to the Glasgow Etsy Team leadership for organising another hugely successful event. I spent the next wee while reading through all the similarly gushy messages from other vendors, it gave me such a warm feeling to be part of such an amazing event (and no, it wasn’t just the wine!). Thank you Glasgow Etsy Team and everyone who came along to Etsy Made Local 2017!!

Not Black Friday, Indie Friday!


Looks like I’m not the only one fed up with Black Friday! The Just A Card campaign are so fed up they’ve created an alternative, Indie Friday!

“Black Friday is the scourge of the festive season – great for deals but not exactly dripping with the spirit of Christmas! And as independent businesses it’s more or less impossible to compete; both on pricing, and for the attention of your customers.

So this year Just A Card is painting Black Friday indie! On 24th November we’re summoning you to join our #JACIndieFriday campaign, a celebration of all things colourful, passionate and independent. And the best thing is that all you have to do is make as much noise about your product and business as possible!” Kayte Ferris


I’ll be tweeting and retweeting loads of fab indie businesses tomorrow as well. Check out the hashtag #JACIndieFriday on your favourite social media, you’re sure to see something you like, made with love and, if you buy it, you can be sure, you will be the cause of someone’s happy dance tomorrow!

Read more on the Just A Card website

Happy shopping!!

Christmas is coming!

Etsy Made Local is almost upon us! It’s a great event featuring a broad selection of local Etsy sellers. A fabulous opportunity to support local makers and get some Christmas shopping done!

Etsy Made Local 2017 at The Briggait in Glasgow 2nd and 3rd December 2017 11am - 4.30pm
Etsy Made Local 2017

I will be at Etsy Made Local in Glasgow on Sunday 3rd December. If you are local, please come along and say “Hi”! If you aren’t local to Glasgow, look out for an Etsy Made Local event near you, they are happening all over the world on the first weekend of December. To see a vendor list for Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December visit the Glasgow Etsy Team website or the Event page on Facebook.

Here is a selection of the items I’ll be taking to Etsy Made Local and are available now from the Chalso Etsy shop.


Festive colours!

Green Malachite earrings with Sterling silver or a red Carnelian bracelet with 9ct Gold, Chalso’s got you covered for festive accessories!


Chalso Circles

Beautiful Sterling silver jewellery, you’re sure to find a Christmas gift to suit any of the ladies in your life in the Chalso Circles collection!


Birthstone jewellery

Birthstone jewellery makes a great gift for her. These are the winter birthstone pendants, Garnet for January, Amethyst for February and Aquamarine for March.

Chalso winter birthstone pendants
Chalso winter birthstone pendants


Gifts for him too!

This Lava and Tigers eye necklace is just one of the gifts for him available in the Chalso Etsy shop, you can see more here.

Mens Lava and Tigers eye necklace


Last dates for Christmas orders

If you are ordering from outside the UK, please order before the end of November.

If you are in the UK, please order before 18th December, earlier if possible!


Further reading

More on Etsy Made Local

More on the Chalso Circles collection

More on Chalso Birthstone jewellery

Sign up to the Chalso Newsletter for shop updates and exclusive special offers direct to your inbox!



Autumn days

I always find the transition into autumn difficult. We have a saying in Scotland which gets used a lot towards the end of August “the nights are fair drawin’ in”. Because, in June it is pretty much light all the time, come late August it becomes noticeable that the nights are getting dark again, this signals the end of hope for a good summer, until next year! Us Scots are ever hopeful for a good summer, phrases like “scorchio” and “taps aff” are bandied about at the first signs of warm weather in May and the radio and newspapers will run stories predicting the hottest summer EVER. The reality being we are lucky to reach a 20°C day time temperature in July. The hope is not totally unfounded though, every 10 years or so we really do get a melt-the-tar-on-the-roads-hot summer. To be honest though, what makes a good summer isn’t the temperature, it’s the blue sky, the lack of rain. A poor summer in Scotland consists of endless overcast days and rain, lots of rain.

September I find a bit depressing as summer comes to an end and another long dark winter looms ahead. However, by the time November comes we are getting the usual predictions of a white Christmas (which come true about as often as the predictions of a hot summer!), Christmas preparations are well under way and I have forgotten about the disappointment of a wet summer and am enjoying autumn for the joys it brings, the colours of the leaves, the rainbows, the clear frosty mornings, the cosy jumpers and wooly scarves!



Etsy Made Local 2017

Etsy Made Local is on for the third time in Glasgow this year! As in previous years, the venue will be The Briggait on the first weekend in December (2nd and 3rd December 2017 from 11am – 4.30pm).

The Briggait is an amazing venue but, in December, it will be cold! Bring your woolly jumpers, coats and hats, think out door market on a dry, crisp, winter’s day!

Organised for the third year by the Glasgow Etsy Team, there will be over 60 different Etsy sellers on each day, from all over Scotland.

It all started in 2015 when the amazing dedication and hard work of the Glasgow Etsy Team leaders made it a day to remember.

Etsy Made Local 2015 was such a huge success that in 2016 it was extended to cover two days to allow an additional 60+ sellers to take part (including me!).

Of course, I managed to do a bit of shopping while I was there!

I was lucky enough to make the cut for Etsy Made Local 2017 too and I’m looking forward to it already! See you there?

Etsy Made Local 2017 at The Briggait in Glasgow 2nd and 3rd December 2017 11am - 4.30pm
Etsy Made Local 2017

For more info see the Glasgow EML 2017 Facebook Event Page and the Glasgow Etsy Team website. For more on the organisation behind Etsy Made Local Glasgow, see this blog post by the Glasgow Etsy Team Captain.

Vendor lists for Glasgow Etsy Made Local 2017 at The Briggait:

See who’ll be there on Saturday 2nd December 11am – 4.30pm.

See who’ll be there with me on Sunday 3rd December 11am – 4.30pm.


CAF Event

Following on from my involvement in Giving Tuesday last year, I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to the CAF Scotland Giving event at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh earlier this month.

CAF Scotland Giving


The whole report is available to download here. In summary, it turns out us Scots are a pretty generous bunch, not just with our money, but also our time. The really encouraging thing for the charities there was to see that a lot of young people are donating their time by volunteering.

As the report shows 56% of giving to charity is in the form of cash so, there was an interesting discussion about how charities can continue to receive donations as the world moves closer to a cash-less society. As we increasingly swipe, click and tap to pay for things, there is less loose change for charity cans.

After the talk, I met some really lovely ladies who were there representing the charities they work for. Antonia from Euan’s Guide, Euan’s Guide is the disabled access review website that aims to ‘remove the fear of the unknown’ and inspire people to try new places. Angie from SANDS Lothian, a charity supporting families after the death of a baby. And Susie from RDA, whose horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.

All in all it was an interesting and enjoyable evening.


Further reading

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website

Giving Tuesday 2017 blog post

UK Giving Tuesday website



Giving Tuesday 2017

Giving Tuesday is the antidote to the massive consumer frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a worldwide day of giving, a day to do good stuff, a day to make a difference. It doesn’t matter who you give to, choose an international charity or a local one. It doesn’t matter what you give, whether you make a trip to a charity shop with some clothes from the back of your wardrobe or run a marathon for Cancer Research, whether you donate time or money, cakes or clothes.

I use social media a lot to promote my business so I thought this was somewhere I could help spread the word about #givingtuesday. In November lots of businesses are promoting #blackfriday sales but last year I decided, instead of having a sale, I would donate 10% of my November sales to Clyde Cash for Kids. During November, I promoted both #givingtuesday and #cashforkids on Twitter and other social media.

This year I thought it would be a great idea to get more people involved. Most people I spoke to about Giving Tuesday last year, had never heard of it. So, I’m putting the word out to the Glasgow Etsy Team, and all Etsy sellers, let’s do this!

Many of us already give to a charity close to our hearts and many of us raise money for that charity through our Etsy shops. Giving Tuesday gives us the opportunity to raise the profile of our charity work. As a community, Etsy sellers can really help raise awareness of #givingtuesday whilst still supporting our chosen charities.

Whether it’s a percentage of sales/profit or a dedicated charity item in your shop, what ever you choose to donate, I just ask that this November, you share what you are giving on social media using the hashtags #givingtuesday and #GETgiving and, most importantly, make a donation to your chosen charity on Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday falls on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year it’s the 28th November 2017. Let’s do this!


Further reading

Giving Tuesday website

Chalso case study

Previous blog post on Giving Tuesday 2016

Chalso on Twitter

Glasgow Etsy Team website

Just a card day

There are lots of generous people out there encouraging and supporting small businesses. The Just a Card campaign, for instance, encourages people to support independent shops, galleries and Designer/Makers because every sale makes a difference, even if it’s “just a card”.



The very first JUST A CARD day is on 28th September 2017.

Just a card day 2017

On Just a card day you will find hundreds of makers, artists and independent shop and gallery owners posting their stories on Instagram, using the hashtag #justacard and #justacardday. It will be a day of discovery! You can join in too by sharing your story or liking/retweeting the Just a card message or by buying from a small business, every purchase counts no matter how small!

Small purchases really do make a difference, even if it's "just a card"


Lots of small and micro businesses sell on Etsy, including me, so remember:

Lemonade Design Studio


You can see my story on the Chalso Instagram and in this previous blog post.



Keep up to date with the Just a card campaign on their blog, Instagram and Twitter.