Virtual Christmas Market - Meet The Brands
You can feel it in the air in Dublin, Christmas season is finally here! I wanted to do something a little different this year, as you may know or if you don't follow us yet on Instagram since our lockdown started here in Ireland I have been sharing small businesses on my stories daily. I always try to shop small and shop local as much as possible, but I wanted to take it a step further and use my platform to help support other small businesses as well. A major reason I love to support small businesses is because there is always a great story behind the brands, who sometimes is incredibly just one person! I wanted to share with you a bit about the 20 brands that are part of our virtual Christmas market this year. If you see something you like, check out their shops, reach out to them on social media, share their posts and help spread support of small businesses this year. Without further ado here is a bit about each brand!
1. Studio Eight -
I’m Kirsten and my small craft business is Studio Eight. I create personalised keepsake gifts and home decor from my studio in County Cavan . I create bespoke gifts using your special dates,names and occasions. Making pieces to treasure your memories.
I use a combination of papercraft, print and embroidery in my pieces and I love using bright colours .
You can find me at www.studioeight.ie
And Instagram and Facebook @studioeight.ie
2. Badger & Blue -
Badger & Blue offer unique gifting pieces influenced by spectacular Irish landscapes. Shipping worldwide ✨
Located in the heart of rural Kerry, each gift, card and print is created by Niamh to bring the magic of Éire into your home. Find us at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/badgerandblue
Use code 'Hue20' for 20% off over €10
3. Loveable Lots -
Claire gave birth to her daughter Rosie during lockdown in April 2020. Becoming a first time mother has its own set of challenges, couple that with the country being locked down, family unable to visit and offer hands on support and supplies hard to come by, it wasn’t the easiest start to motherhood. As gifts came flooding in from friends and family near and far the love literally poured through the door. This is where the concept for Bear & Bairn was born - we can’t easily visit loved ones at the moment, but we can send them tokens of our love and support through their letterbox.
We strive to support Irish products where possible, but some of new mum and baby life essentials are just best made elsewhere - so we’ve imported them for you to send on to make those first few months as special and comfortable as possible for the new family. Find us at: https://www.bearandbairn.com.
7. Lieberpink -
Hi, my name is Anna. A Dublin based Illustrator and due to my love for the colour pink, I created Lieberpink 💕 Lieberpink is a place full of happy, bright and pink illustrated goods that will brighten up your day. You will find stationary, cards, stickers and prints on my website: https://lieberpink.com/new-products.
8. Farmyard The Label -
The small and timeless collection is completely designed by me and inspired by Motherhood, nature and Ireland. The sewing machine has always been in my life. I grew up with my mother making clothes for me, she taught me how to sew and knit, and I then went on to study textile design in university (NCAD Dublin). It was there where my love of childrenswear was discovered and I went on to design, buy and source for some of the leading childrenswear brands in the world.
Since becoming a mother in 2017 I have had some time to put pen to paper and design the collection I’ve always dreamt about. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!
Emma x you can find us at: https://farmyardlabel.com.
9. Cardfetti -
Hello! 👋 I’m Amanda and I make happy, confetti filled cards. After graduating college with a degree in Graphic Design -- I decided to pursue a career that I love. Cardfetti is my dream job.
A little about me..I’m always up for an adventure 🏔 and enjoy drawing, being outdoors and playing video games with my husband. I have a serious sweet tooth. 🍫 🦷 My favorite color is purple and I never turn down the opportunity to eat tacos. 🌮 Use the code 15confetti for 15%off. Find us at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cardfetti
10. Tasmin Bassett Art -
Hey I'm Tasmin. Living and working in Ireland I offer custom professionally painted watercolour pet portraits and ink illustrations to immortalize pets past or present on paper. Along with hand-sculpted personalised decorations, clay crafts and greeting cards I'm your one stop shop for handmade gifts suitable for all animal lovers. Creativity has been my passion since forever and I love nothing more than making pieces of art for fellow animal enthusiasts. Whether for yourself or someone you love my crafts are guaranteed to bring a smile and last a lifetime. Find us at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tasminbassettart.
11. Roses and Swallows Crafts -
Hey everyone. So a little about myself. My name is Emily-Rose. A Dub originally but living in County Laois the last few years. I'm 30.. ish 🤫 I have two small kiddies. Littlest is currently teething so I'm up late at the moment as I write this. I studied Photography in college, and also web design. I Gave up work a couple of years ago when I had my first baba and haven't looked back best thing I've ever done. What could be better getting to stay at home with your kiddies, and then do the crafty bits on the side.. at 11pm at night.. when I should be catching up on my sleep 😉🤣 I do a little bit of everything but the last while have stuck to designing prints. It's been a horrible past few months for us all in lockdown and these prints can just brighten up your home a little. Or even better as a pressie to someone to put a little smile on their face. Thanks so checking my page/posts. And thanks to Tory for organising it all ❤️🌹 Stay safe. Use the code xmas10 for 10% off. You can find us at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rosesandswallows.
12. Sugar & Storm -
Sugar & Storm is a small Irish business that launched in May of this year. It is run by myself- Amy, and my partner Colin. We make sustainable, organic children's clothing with quirky designs that are exclusive to us. Sustainability is very important to us, which is why all our packaging is eco-friendly. So too are the dyes used to print our fabric. I make the clothing myself, using the softest organic cotton jersey. Many of the fabric designs are inspired by my own childhood and my love of the sea. The designs are playful and vibrant and I've been told by people, that they have never come across anything like them before- which were obviously lovely compliments that I was delighted with! :) Our most popular design features Hook Lighthouse, which is in Wexford where we are based. I'm learning from customers that Hook is a special place for so many people. It is also very special to us because one stormy winter's day it's where I came up with the name Sugar & Storm! Colin is responsible for all the tech side of things, his engineer brain is good at that sort of stuff, which is lucky because my creative brain is not! ;) Saying that, I do love a good chat on Instagram, which is the social media platform that we are most active on. You can find us on Instagram.
Our website to view all the unique comfy kid's clothes is www.sugarandstorm.ie Thanks for reading, Amy
13. Katie Whitton -
Hi I am Katie, I am a freelance illustrator living in East London. I create designs for Textiles, Childrenswear, Greetings cards, Stationary, Homewear and more. I love to use bright colour in my work. I am inspired by nature and enjoy painting flowers, animals and big bold patterns. Find us at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/katiewhittondesign Follow my work @Katiewhittondesign.
14. Bubba Baby -
My name is Laura, I’m a mum of 3. I make Bubba Baby Covers which are multi-use covers, from covering baby, to shade/drizzle/wind, breast feeding, trolley covers, swing/ high chair cover, whatever you need.
I started making the covers when I wanted to find an alternate cover for my car seat and not a rain cover that would mist up but something I could easily access my baby, so I could have a barrier between my baby and harmful germs, unwanted hands, wind and drizzle.
The material to make Bubba Baby Cover come from Europe as I buy smaller quantities of each so I can have larger ranges/styles and something to suit every mums taste. Find us at: https://www.bubbababy.ie.
15. L.B. Illustrations -
L.B. sells colourful art prints, and unique illustrated greetings cards, notebooks, wrapping paper and gift tags. As well as beautiful hand painted Christmas baubles designed to be a unique keepsake that can be treasured forever or given as a thoughtful gift. Baubles are painted to order, so can be personalised with a name, date, initials, word or letter. All products are printed on FSC credited paper or card and all packaging is recycled and plastic free.
L.B. offers a beautiful gift wrapping service and cards can also be handwritten with a message and sent directly to the recipient. Find L.B at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lbillustrationstudio.
Tír na Nóg alludes to the Irish Celtic Myth and means "Otherworld". It is described as a supernatural realm of everlasting health, abundance and joy. Our luxury scented soy candles encapsulates the essence of this Myth. All our candles are lovingly hand poured in small batches in our home located in Dublin. Jessica & Stephen Maguire are thrilled to present the Aromatherapy at Home Collection with four fine fragrances that smell amazing. Made of 100% Soy Wax infused with essential oils and natural ingredients. We utilise reusable glass containers with sustainable wood lids wrapped in our sophisticated and signature eco-packaging. Find us at: https://www.tirnanogcandles.com.
17. Kind Jewels -
My name is Lyndsey! I set up Kind Jewels in March last year. I specialise in creating pieces by hand using recycled precious metals & responsibly-sourced gemstones, sourced from around the world. Every month I donate 10% of sales to my favourite animal rescue. All pieces and gift packaging is animal & earth-friendly, too! I am currently offering a free gift with each purchase. You can find me at: https://www.kindjewelsjewellery.com.
18. Face2Face Earrings -
My name is Múirne Cocoman and I’ve recently set up my Kildare based business selling hand made earrings crafted using gold and silver wire. I create many different designs and styles so that there is the perfect pair of earrings for everyone! I was inspired to set up my business when I discovered my love for line drawings and Picasso styled portraits, and so, I began to create my unique Picasso earrings. This Christmas I have also added free gift wrapping to every order. Earrings range from €8-€10 with postage to ROI for €2 and international for €3. I hope you love my designs as much as I enjoyed making them. Find me at: https://www.depop.com/muirnecocoman/.
19. Sticky Stationery -
At Stickystationery we stock a range of quirky journaling and lifestyle stationery. We keep a wide range of tapes, paperclips, stickers and pens, to suit all budgets. Stickystationery was born, as I searched around for just such items one night last year, but my mum maintains it was inevitable, as I never went anywhere that I didn't come back with a pencil or a rubber. We endeavour to showcase funky little bits and pieces of stationery, that brighten up any planner. Pop in and have a look at look at our lovely little gems. See you soon x #stickystationery Find us at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/stickystationeryco.
20. Suchness Jewellery -
I hope you enjoyed learning about all of the small businesses involved with our virtual Christmas market this year. Thank you everyone so much for your support and as I mentioned this is why I love shopping from small businesses is because there are such great stories behind each and every one. Happy Christmas season! - Tory