May update from Chalso

Bit of a random title that doesn’t really tell you what to expect or give you any reason to click through to read more… hey ho, here we go anyway! It’s been an exciting and busy month at Chalso HQ! I have my first stockist, a local gift shop called Paper Isle, and I’ve been promoted to Captain of the I Heart Scotland Etsy Team!

 

Paper Isle

A beautiful, newly opened gift shop in Clarkston, Glasgow, Paper Isle stocks lots of beautiful cards and gifts, many by local makers. There is certainly something for everyone at Paper Isle!

 

I Heart Scotland Etsy Team

The I Heart Scotland Etsy Team is a small group of Scotland-based Etsy shop owners. I’ve been a Leader of the team for a while, my role has mostly been to keep the team Twitter and Instagram going. Recently, the team Captain stepped down and I was asked to take her place. I’m very excited about my new role and have been putting some thought into how I’m going to take the team forward. One of the first things I’ve done is set up a team Pinterest profile. There are 20+ group boards for members to pin to. If you are a Scotland-based Etsy seller, pop over and join us! If you are a lover of all things Scottish or live in Scotland and like to support local makers, come and follow us, we’d be glad to see you! 😀

I Heart Scotland Etsy Team logo
https://www.etsy.com/uk/teams/7223/i-heart-scotland

 

Fathers Day

Now to more important things! Fathers Day is 17th June this year. There are lots of gift ideas for Dad in the Chalso Etsy shop including matching Father and son/daughter bracelets and family birthstone bracelet sets.

If you are ordering Fathers Day gifts from outside the UK, please order by 28th May. If you are in the UK, please order by 11th June via the Chalso Etsy shop. 💙

Thanks for reading!
Sarah xx

 

Links

I Heart Scotland Etsy Team

I Heart Scotland on Instagram

I Heart Scotland on Twitter

I Heart Scotland on Pinterest

Paper Isle on Instagram

Chalso Fathers Day gift ideas on Etsy

 

 

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Is Spring finally here???

The River Clyde with the Glasgow Science Centre and SEC in the distance.
The River Clyde with the Glasgow Science Centre and SEC in the distance.

After a very chilly Spring Break, the kids are back at school and the sun’s come out, well it did for one day anyway, today we are back to “baltic”! It feels like every year Spring takes longer to arrive, I still have daffodils in my garden that haven’t opened! However, thoughts are turning to upcoming summer weddings judging by the increased popularity of Chalso wedding jewellery this month…

 

Wedding Season 2018

Introducing a new addition to the Chalso Etsy shop, just in time for
Wedding Season 2018! This Sterling silver heart bracelet makes a great flower girl gift!

Sterling silver initial heart bracelet
https://www.etsy.com/Chalso/listing/582859028/

I’m also happy to take custom orders for variations on a Chalso Classic or to make multiples for your bridesmaids. These three bridesmaid necklaces were a recent custom order for 9ct Gold versions of the Sterling silver single pearl necklace already available in the Chalso Etsy shop.

 

 

Spring birthstone gifts

Diamond is April’s birthstone. I make two Diamond necklaces, a raw Diamond necklace made with 25 tiny, sparkly raw Diamonds on Sterling silver chain and a black Diamond necklace made with seven cut black Diamonds on a Sterling silver chain. Both are perfect minimalist pieces, putting a Chalso twist on the traditional idea of a Diamond necklace.

 

 

If you are planning ahead and looking for a gift for a May birthday, Emerald is May’s birthstone. There are Emerald necklaces and earrings available in the Emeralds for May section of the Chalso Etsy shop.

 

 

Here’s hoping Spring arrives in earnest really soon!!

Sarah 🌱 xoxo

 

Links and further reading

Family fun in Scotland

Birthstone jewellery blog

Chalso Wedding ideas on Etsy

Chalso birthstone jewellery on Etsy

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Thinking of mum

Gift ideas for mum

Mothers Day in the UK has passed, but many around the world don’t celebrate Mothers Day until May. So, whether its mum’s birthday, Mothers Day or just a wee thank you gift for that very special lady, here are a few gift ideas for mum!

Personalised jewellery makes a great Mothers Day gift. The pendant shown is solid Sterling silver with initials stamped on each side representing each member of the family. I made one of these for my mother-in-law, each side stamped with the initials of her grandchildren, one side for each of her four children’s children.

Sterling silver bar necklace. Solid, Sterling silver, rectangular, hanging bar pendant on Sterling silver chain. Makes a great gift and can be personalised too!
https://www.etsy.com/Chalso/listing/540326682/

 

As well as the Chalso Circles Collection which is full of gift ideas for mum, there are also some great Mother and daughter and family jewellery ideas in the Chalso Etsy shop.

 

Kids are people too

As a mum myself, doing my best to bring my kids up to be confident, knowledgeable, healthy and responsible adults, it saddens me to know that so many children, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the best start in life. When I was a kid, I struggled with feeling less important than everyone else, not being respected as a person in my own right. It was never my mum who made me feel like that though, in fact she bought me a badge with “kids are people too” on it when I was very small. I remember it well, but have no idea what happened to it. I searched online recently to see if I could find one the same, but came up with nothing so, I got some made! I am now selling these in my shop with all profits going to Cash for Kids.

 

Love Sarah xoxo

 

Further reading and links

Gifts for mum from the Chalso Etsy shop

Chalso Circles

Chalso fundraising page

Chalso community and charity page

Cash for Kids website

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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.
https://www.etsy.com/Chalso/listing/465071540/

 

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

 

Links

Chalso Couple’s bracelets

Chalso Circles

Chalso Hearts

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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

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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!

#JACIndieFriday

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 justacard.org.

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
https://www.etsy.com/Chalso/listing/269679747/

 

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

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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.