THE JOY OF CRAFT

Taking a look at a new TV series which is a joyful celebration of all things handmade, plus I explain how you can discover your creative side with me in an inspiring environment.

“It’s lovely to create something that’s a bit of you.”

“This forces you to slow down. I have no sense of time.”

“I feel like a kid again.”

“It would really give me some me-time.”

If you’ve been watching the fantastic BBC Four series MAKE! Craft Britain, you may have heard the show’s participants uttering the words above. The programme follows members of the public as they attend workshops to learn a range of new-to-them crafts, from rag rugging to letterpress. It’s a wonderful watch.

The first episode of the series featured hushed voices, satisfied smiles and enthusiastic noises as the workshop attendees turned their hands to time-old traditional craft skills, while artists working in embroidery and paperart showcased their work and explained why they loved it so much. “Even a single sheet of paper can be made into something quite beautiful,” explained one origami addict.

That’s something you’ll discover on my papercutting workshops, when you learn basic cutting techniques with a scalpel before moving on to choose from a wide range of pre-designed templates (or you can design your own). The goal of my workshops is that you’ll leave feeling like the MAKE! Craft Britain participants – having learned something new, challenged yourself and made a beautiful piece of art.

GIVE YOURSELF SPACE

In our busy modern lives, it’s easy to get caught up in busy-ness. I don’t know about you, but as an adult I’m endlessly rushing around to get jobs done, I often put my own needs at the bottom of the pile while I make sure everyone else is happy, and my head is a constant flurry of important dates to remember, school events, play dates and to-do lists – that’s before I even get started on my work!

And those are just some of the reasons I love teaching workshops. Like the participants in the MAKE! Craft Britain workshops, I adore the me-time that my craft brings me, I love slowing down to create something beautiful from paper, and I love putting my heart and soul into what I do. Workshops give me the chance to share that passion, while helping others enjoy the benefits papercutting can bring – relaxation, quality time spent learning something new, challenging yourself with something creative you’ve never attempted before, and learning a skill you can enjoy for life and apply to lots of different things; whether it’s creating a handmade card for a loved one or making a personalised papercut wedding gift for your best friend.

Teaching at Swallows & Artisans

Teaching at Swallows & Artisans

WHY COME TO ONE OF MY WORKSHOPS?

So what sorts of things happen on a Beginner’s Papercutting Workshop with Holmes-made Papercuts? First up, we meet each other, share a brew and have a mingle to get to know one another. My workshop groups are always very small so that I can give you dedicated one to one time while I teach. It’s all very relaxed and laid-back; you can be as chatty or as quiet as you like – there’s no pressure (although it’s very likely you’ll make some new friends on my workshops!). Next up I go over what we’ll be covering during the session, which varies depending upon how many hours we have, but will always involve learning how to use a scalpel safely and accurately, trying out colour infills, developing an understanding of how to design your own papercuts (even without much artistic skill – perfect if you want to be able to translate your new knowledge into making gifts or cards for others!), and choosing from a range of pre-designed templates to cut, so that you leave the workshop with at least one completed papercut ready to gift or keep for yourself. If you prefer, you can design your own piece to cut – I’ll help you with this. There’s also the opportunity to purchase tools, a mat and more templates for a small fee, and I even offer framing if you’d like to take home your completed piece ready to display!

If this all sounds a bit beyond your skill level, please don’t worry. Everyone who comes on my Beginner’s Workshops is an absolute beginner (or at least has very limited experience), and I’m always astounded by how well participants do under my guidance. Within a few hours of practice, you can create smooth lines, steady cuts and beautiful works of art using my templates, or I can advise you on how you can design your own! After the workshop, you can use these skills again if you wish; either by downloading and printing more of my templates, or by creating your own designs for invitations, cards, unique art work or gifts. Papercuts make wonderful gifts for birthdays, weddings, Christenings or Christmas, and if you decide to continue your newfound skills after your workshop experience, I’m always on hand with advice via email should you need it!

YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE

I’m really keen to teach at venues which reflect the vibe I want my workshops to have. It’s important to me that I teach in relaxing locations, like at Swallows & Artisans in the Lake District, or ArtisOn in the Yorkshire Dales. In these places, the stunning surroundings help to inspire creativity (the views across Coniston Water from the workshop at Swallows & Artisans are just breathtaking). These venues bring a touch of luxury for my attendees, with shelves filled with artisan makes and comfy areas in which to relax when we’re not busy learning. I also want to ensure that the venues where I teach help my attendees to feel looked after and nurtured – from warm, comfortable surroundings to a healthy, wholesome lunch.

I like people to leave my workshops feeling refreshed and inspired, and that they’ve had a great day which has been good value for money. The feedback I’ve received over the years certainly reflects this, and it’s why I continue to teach papercutting workshops to keen attendees – I just love sharing my expertise and passing my passion on!

If you fancy joining me at my next workshop, it’s taking place at Swallows & Artisans in Coniston, in the beautiful Lake District, on Saturday April the 14th. There are a limited number of tickets, and you can get yours here! Swallows & Artisans is a gorgeous purpose-built workshop space with sweeping views over the shores and fells around Coniston Water. There’s a really delicious hot lunch provided, and all the cake you can eat (it’s not a Holmes-made workshop if there’s no cake!). Tickets for the day are priced at just £75 for six hours of indulgent relaxation learning a wonderful new skill, along with all materials and tools, plus lunch and refreshments included. You’ll have the chance to take home your tools and more templates, and to have your piece framed up too if you like (small charges apply).

INSPIRATION ON TAP

Swallows & Artisans is right next door to Lanehead, the historic home of artist William G Collingwood, where Arthur Ransome taught William’s grandchildren to sail in Swallow II. This provided the inspiration for the book Swallows & Amazons – hence the workshop venue name! Lanehead is a beautiful period property, tucked away off the beaten track, and steeped in history with luxurious accommodation. If you like, you can book to spend two or three nights here when you book in for my workshop – why not make the most of your time in the Lakes? You could even book on to The Creative Nib’s Modern Calligraphy workshop, which is taking place at Swallows & Artisans the day after my workshop, for a weekend full of creativity and learning. You can find out more about accommodation options here or alternatively (if you need any more persuading) just look at this stunning bedroom view! Fancy waking up to that…

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The view from one of Lanehead’s bedrooms. Nice!

I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be teaching later this year at The Artisan Hub, a new venue between Stafford and Wolverhampton. The workshop will be on a weekend – we are still firming up dates, but the summer months are looking most likely. The best way to stay up-to-date on this event (and all of my events!) is to sign up to my mailing list here, where you’ll receive a newsletter about once a month letting you know about forthcoming events, new products and other Holmes-made goodness.

As always, if you have any questions about my workshops or my work, use the contact form on this website to get in touch, and I’ll get back to you soon!

The next episodes of MAKE! Craft Britain are on at 9pm on BBC Four on 28th of March and 4th of April. Make sure you tune in to watch more crafts being covered, including jewellery making, cross stitch, mosaic making and knitting. It’s definitely worth a watch!

 

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Love is in the air!

A little seasonal update for you! First up – hello 2017! 2016 was the year of the exhibition for me, with shows in London and Yorkshire (there’ll be a review of the year to follow); it looks like 2017 will be the year of the workshop, as I have a few planned already.

The gifting year is well and truly underway, with lots of interest in my latest Valentine’s designs. I’ve been busy creating some new pieces including my sweet retro typewriter card, which can be personalised with a couple’s names. Featuring the wording “A true love story never ends”, and based on an original hand-drawn, hand-cut papercut, these cards are available in my Etsy shop. They’re like a little love letter, and great for all lovey-dovey occasions, from Valentine’s to engagements and weddings – or simply just to send someone a message (customers can personalise the quote section too!). It’s just one of a number of perfectly romantic cards available in my online store now.

Just a little reminder that my order books are currently open and I’m accepting commissions for a wide range of pieces; from papercuts featuring special landscapes (after the success of my Whitby and Malham Cove pieces last year!) or buildings (like my York Minster piece created in December 2016), to my more widely-known family trees and filled letter cuts. You can order these via my Etsy shop or directly from me via the contact page on my website.

March and November will see me host workshops at Artison near Masham in Yorkshire. With a hearty lunch, refreshments and cake provided, I’ll be tutoring participants in the fine art of papercutting for pleasure. Find out more by visiting the Artison website!

Here’s to a great 2017.

Melissa x

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On creative block, not being good enough, and not giving up.

‘I used to be a papercutting artist.’

‘I was a self-employed creative, but I’m taking a break while I decide on a new direction.’

‘I worked as an artist, but…’

No matter how I try and phrase it, it doesn’t sound right. What is all this ‘used to be’, this ‘was’?

What do I mean, I’m ‘taking a break’?

I’ve never taken a break. I don’t take breaks. My brain never stops. I have always been creative. It runs in my blood, from my grandparents to my beautiful daughter, there’s a creative root that’s grown and flourished and blossomed throughout my life – whether it’s painting from my imagination as a toddler, working as an arts co-ordinator to support young people with disabilities, writing articles for national magazines as a journalist, or creating bespoke keepsake papercuts for great clients.

I’ve never not created.

But suddenly that blossom has withered away. My petals have fallen.

Trying to get my head round the concept of taking a break from my creativity, or even – heaven forbid – actually stopping papercutting… Well, it’s difficult.

For a few weeks, I haven’t created much at all. It seems to have started a while back, perhaps triggered by some rather nasty personal insults which caused me to question myself a little too much (apparently, I’m “just a mum who cuts holes in paper in her daughter’s bedroom” – the things people say when they have a keyboard to hide behind). I’ve been going through the motions. I’ve posted out Etsy orders in between being mum and caring for my family during the Easter holidays. Commissions have taken a back seat while I wrestle with ‘just not feeling it’ – thank you to those understanding customers. I’ve spent time with family, time alone, time online trying to breathe new life into my creativity with the support of a network of amazing fellow business owners. I’ve spent time exercising, meditating, reading… But very little time at my cutting mat.

The feeling of not creating is a very strange one indeed. I’ve come to realise that the minutiae of running a creative business (and the vast amount of non-creative time that involves) has started to overcome me. Keeping up with the admin, marketing, accounts, social media, getting my product photography just so, setting out plans for the future… But wait a minute. When did I last sit with a pencil and just draw? When did I last go for a walk in nature and not check my iPhone for Etsy stats or Instagram likes? When did I last spend an evening with my family without responding to client enquiries or updating product listings in my online stores?

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It’s Spring – time to gather up my petals and start blooming again.

I’ve come to realise that what I’ve been experiencing isn’t creative block. It’s creative overload. Surrounded by highly talented peers who are consistently coming up with bestsellers and new concepts; constantly seeing apparently perfect, organised lives and brilliant businesses on social media… I won’t be the first creative person to tell you that my ideas don’t feel original, that I can’t come up with anything new, that people must be bored of what I do, that I feel like I’ve no sense of direction, that I’m just not good enough. But all of these thoughts have whirred around my head in recent months.

Ah, self doubt. How I loathe you.

I wish I knew how to quit you.

And it’s been so hard, so hard when everyone else seems to be doing great, and when working alone (when I usually really value my solitude) can make me feel like the loneliest person on the planet. Not physically alone, but also alone with those isolating, almost self-indulgent thoughts.

I’ve reached out. I’ve spoken to other creatives, to friends, to people who follow me on social media. I know I’m not alone – in every sense of the word.

From my best friend: “You’re such a talented person. Taking some you time is maybe what you need.”

From a brilliantly creative online friend: “You may find you don’t need a massive break,  just time to remember how to be you again. You are a papercut artist, that’s what you do.”

Who is this ‘you’ that they speak of? I’m not sure who she is… I am my business and my business is me, and if I never have another decent creative idea ever again OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE WORST FEELING EVER!

And yet another wonderful original creative talent: “You are more than capable. Please don’t think you’re on your own with this, you’re not, at all.”

Of course, when you’re in the mire of creative numbness, feeling like you’ll never have an original idea ever again (while simultaneously beating yourself up about having such narcissistic thoughts when there are so many more important things going on in the world), these loving, supportive words bounce off your psyche like raindrops on a leaf-laden forest floor. Just not in such a beautiful way.

Because, when you keep telling yourself the same thing over and over, sometimes you start to believe it. Even when, deep down, you know it’s not the truth.

When you’re used to always being creative, creative block is a very scary feeling. None of my ideas feel like mine, you tell yourself. I will never be able to create anything ever again – you’re convinced. What if I never have any more ideas ever again!? My brain is empty. Literally empty. And this sketch looks too much like this other artist’s work. And I can’t do this design because everyone is doing this style and I don’t want to look like I’m jumping on some sort of bandwagon. And I can’t even put my pencil to paper as I’ve talked myself out of having any sort of talent or four years’ worth of happy, satisfied customers. That never really happened, did it? Face it, you’re just not good enough.

And so it continues, round and round. The nasty cycle.

Weirdly, all I’ve wanted to do since this murky creative fog descended is to write. Which is what I used to do – and do well – before my daughter was born. In a cruel twist of post-baby nose-diving self-confidence, I gave that up (not good enough! Are you spotting a theme here?) to pursue papercutting, which I loved (love). So perhaps I do still have a little creative ember burning away inside of me. Maybe I just need to find that spark to light it up again.

At times like this, I seek advice everywhere. I want to know what my favourite thinkers and influencers think about creative block, about self care, about keeping going and trying new things. The brilliant Austin Kleon quips: “You can’t find your voice if you don’t use it” and (pertinently, for me) “You have to remember that your work is something you do, not who you are.” Phew. Well that’s a relief.

Meanwhile, my beloved Elizabeth Gilbert tells me: “Done is better than good,” and “Perfectionists often decide in advance that the end product is never going to be satisfactory, so they don’t even bother trying to be creative in the first place.”

Elizabeth? Is that you? Actually inside my mind??

I could read every opinion and every theory about the situation, continue my procrastination and prolong my fear of getting wrong the commissions that a few of my wonderful (and patient, and understanding) clients are waiting for. But I still wouldn’t find the answer. Why? Because only I have the answer. And I know, through all my denial, dilly-dallying, self doubt, lack of confidence, anxieties over my abilities, that the answer is very, very simple. Too simple.

Do the thing.

Draw the sketch. Create the piece. Cut the paper. DO THE THING.

Actually doing the work, getting my ideas down (preferably free of my own judgement and self-criticism) is the only way I can get past this block. To rediscover my love of the process, to reignite my passion for the craft. It is truly the only way.

So that is what I’m going to do.

One pencil line, one scalpel cut at a time.

I’ll see you on the other side. Who knows what may happen…?

Words and images © Melissa Holmes :: HolmesMadePapercuts

Holmesmadepapercuts is on Etsy!

After almost four years of creating my hand-drawn, hand-cut papercuts and lovely printed products, I’m thrilled to let you know I’ve now created a shop on Etsy.

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Etsy is one of the world’s best known marketplaces, and it brings together creative entrepreneurs like me with lovely shoppers like you. Since being founded in 2005, Etsy has grown to have 1.4 million active sellers (I’m a little fish in a huge ocean of talent!) and a huge 20.8 million active buyers. It’s a safe and secure method of shopping online, and I’m pleased as punch to be part of it.

For now, I’m maintaining my website at www.holmesmadepapercuts.com while I shift everything over to Etsy and decide whether to do away with my old site and stick with just Etsy, or if to maintain both sites at the same time. Bear with!!

Right now you can order a small selection of fine art prints, a bunch of beautiful originals and my fabulous printed mugs, notebooks and greetings cards. You’ll also find my Beginner’s Papercutting Sets and a new addition – papercutting templates, for those of you who’re keen to try your crafty hand at my designs (instant download templates will be available soon, all templates are for personal use only).

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Of course, much of my time is still taken up with wonderful bespoke commissions, which are an absolute privilege to cut, and I’ll soon be adding slots for these to my Etsy shop once my order books are a little quieter. In the meantime, you can always email me to reserve your own commission slot via hello (at) holmesmadepapercuts (dot) com

I’ve also joined my local Etsy Team, so expect to hear news in the future about local events I’m taking part in alongside fellow Leeds-area Etsians.

I hope you like the new shop and find buying from it a pleasure! I’d love to hear your thoughts, so if you have any comments or suggestions (be kind, I’m completely new to Etsy!), I’d love to hear them.

That’s all for now,

Melissa

All images and words © Melissa Holmes :: holmesmadepapercuts, unless stated/otherwise credited. Please do not use, alter, copy or redistribute without my prior consent.

Breathless with gratitude.

As I approach my fourth year of papercutting, I look back over the wild ride of the past three years since I first picked up a scalpel and “had a go”.

Gosh, it’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has been going on!! But as we approach Christmas and I take a quick breather from the commissions I’m working on which will be gifted on the 25th, I want to take a brief look back over this year.

From having the privilege of completing lots of beautiful personalised commissions to creating a number of new print designs, to launching my own website and online shop and taking part in the Small Business Saturday national bus tour, 2014 has really been a busy year for me!!

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Me with a local councillor and local small business owners in York City Centre as part of Small Business Saturday celebrations. Image courtesy of York City Council. https://www.flickr.com/photos/yorkcouncil/15795905416/in/set-72157649344248052/

In a few days’ time it’ll be exactly three years since I first picked up a scalpel to create a papercut. It was something that would change my life completely. I could never have imagined that within a few of months of starting I would have enough work to keep me going for three years!! The enquiries have continued, the gratitude-filled feedback from my customers just gets more and more heartwarming, and I’m forging links with clients and other businesses which are so supportive and beneficial to both me and my little company… And to others I hope!!

MAKE TODAY MARVELLOUS

A key element of what I do is about spreading joy. It’s one of my main reasons for doing what I do. Whether it’s a personalised family tree cut, a colourful print with a motivational quote or a charitable action (such as contributing a raffle prize to a DEC appeal fundraiser, or helping to raise £750 for Cancer Research UK), I want to use my skill and my reach to help create change. From my clients’ wonderful feedback, I know I am doing that. And it means so much – *so much* – that I am able to do that. I’ve made people I’ve never even met cry with the happy memories that feature in their bespoke commissions. I’ve helped others celebrate birthdays, marriages, civil partnerships, christenings, anniversaries and retirements through my work. My work has been used by my clients to mark a turning point in their lives, a new start, a chance to “Make Today Marvellous” and begin every day with a fresh start and a positive mindset as they glance at my work on their walls.

Do you know how amazing that feels? Can you possibly comprehend the feeling I get when a valued customer (who really doesn’t know me from Adam) opens their heart to me, spills out their soul and explains their motivation for buying an original, ordering a print or commissioning a piece? And so many of them do it – it’s something I could never have anticipated when I first started out three years ago.

And I am so grateful for it. So grateful.

You really are.

NOT ALL PLAIN SAILING

It sounds like 2014 has been a great year for me, and it has in so many respects. But, after a rocky start, I had a breakdown in March and hit rock bottom with my depression. Bad things were going on, work fell to the wayside and life felt incredibly tough. I didn’t open up about it on my blog, on my Facebook page or anywhere really. A tight-knit circle of online friends became my life raft; people to cling to when I felt I was drowning in my emotions, unable to function on the most basic of levels and really struggling to maintain the facade of the happy, joy-making artist. Simply getting by as a mummy, making it to preschool drop-offs or doing the weekly shop, was like dragging myself through wet cement.

This was my third or fourth bout of severe depression. It wasn’t until I posted a pic on my Instagram (a crumpled up tissue with a caption about anxiety and how it had such a control over my life) that I realised I was ok to talk about it. That by opening up a little, I was helping heal myself and also – amazingly – helping others. The tragic loss of Robin Williams saw many more people open up. I began to see a counsellor, I went to group sessions to discuss self-esteem and valuing yourself… Two proper breaks away, with sunshine, beaches and facing my fears and anxieties head on (I can’t tell you the terror I felt at the most basic everyday activities) have helped a lot. The support of friends and loved ones has helped a lot. Opening up about it (a little) to my social media followers helped a lot.

Feeling the love (and the fun!) with some of my online support network in real life in November 2014; an activity that I couldn't have even contemplated earlier in the year. Pictured with fellow small business owners and party types SoFire Creations, Emma Boyes Papercutting Artist, Sarah Travis Artist and Illustrator, Dolly Dearlove and halfpinthome

Feeling the love (and the fun!) with some of my online support network in real life in November 2014; an activity that I couldn’t have even contemplated earlier in the year. Pictured with fellow small business owners and arty types SoFire Creations, Emma Boyes Papercutting Artist, Sarah Travis Artist and Illustrator, Dolly Dearlove and halfpinthome

But mostly, it was down to me. I have had some serious revelations this year about my almost-lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety, and I am so proud of myself for turning it around. It’s taken a huge shift in thinking, in behaviour and in me, but I’m starting to find myself again, feel comfortable in my own skin and – quite simply – to love myself again. Cripes… Don’t I sound mega-cheesy?? But it’s how I feel.

PICK A PART THAT LOOKS GOOD

All of that is for another blog post really, but I wanted to share a little of it with you because it’s true we all have our struggles, our battles and our demons; and in this highly edited, Instagram-filtered, rose-tinted online life, it can be very easy to take things at face value and think everyone has it better than you; that everyone else’s life is more fun-filled, vibrant, picture-perfect and just ruddy perfect than your own. It’s not.

A real-life moment of pure joy; walking the dog with my daughter in Summer... No filters required.

A real-life moment of pure joy; walking the dog with my daughter in Summer… No filters required.

And it’s this that inspires me. Creating my art (although it can cause me a lot of headaches at times) makes other people happy, and it makes me happy too. I want to live my life authentically, to be true to myself and to create a life I love and that my family loves. These are my goals. I am so privileged to do what I do, and I certainly don’t take it for granted.

FULL STEAM AHEAD

2015 will be an exciting year for me. I’m already setting goals and making plans – something I’ve never really done before (being an expert at bumbling along!!). I have some interesting events coming up which will require a lot of work but could lead to great things, I’m going to be introducing new products and spreading my wings a little, and I’m going to focus more on taking care of myself and my family, as well as keeping my wonderful clients happy.

And although I guess I’ll always live with depression and anxiety, I’m now better equipped with the tools to cope with the bad patches and knockbacks. As a thank you for your support this year, I’m running a little giveaway over on my Facebook page, and will continue to run offers and reward customer loyalty with discount codes in 2015.

Here’s to a wonderful Christmas and New Year for all of my friends, family, customers and supporters. Let’s make 2015 marvellous.

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Inspired by this post?? Want to share your own goals for 2015, or your own milestones of 2014? Feel free to leave a comment!!

Don’t forget I have commission slots available from May 2015 onwards, so if you’d like to commission a special piece, please drop me a line.

The great Holmes-made 1,500 likes giveaway!

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Hello! You’ve probably found this blog because you’re a fan of my page on Facebook, where you can find all sorts of bespoke, hand-drawn and hand-cut papercut loveliness.

As a huge THANK YOU to my fans for helping me hit this wonderful milestone and supporting my little kitchen table enterprise (and for helping me live out my creative dreams!), I’m holding a little giveaway…

One lucky Holmes-made fan could win a unique, personalised papercut owl featuring the colours and fabrics of their choice, which will be cut and delivered in the new year.

You could be in with a chance of winning an unframed A4 papercut owl, personalised to your specifications1

You could be in with a chance of winning an unframed A4 papercut owl, personalised to your specifications

Two lucky runners up will each bag themselves a multipack of my printed Christmas cards (three cards, one of each festive design – for more info see http://www.folksy.com/shops/HolmesMadeCrafts). The runner-up prizes will be delivered before Christmas (all being well with Royal Mail!).

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Entering is easy. For your chance to win, all you have to do is send me an email to holmesmadecomps @ gmail.com (without the spaces) with the title “Christmas comp” in the subject line. Heck, you can even write me a message if you like, but all I need is the email – that’s it. Couldn’t be simpler!! Emails must be received by 7pm on Tuesday 18th December, and I will announce the winners that night. Winners will be notified via email with a little nod on my FaceBook page, since FB rules don’t allow me to state winners on my page!

The winners will be chosen using a random number generator (each email will be numbered and winners will be selected that way).

Erm, I think that’s everything, although I think I’m meant to say that this giveaway is in no way endorsed by or associated with Facebook at all, in any way possible. Ever.

So, if you fancy providing a home to a little feathered friend in the New Year, drop me an email and enter NOW!

It’s just my way of saying thank you for all your likes and love… Just spreading a little Christmas cheer 🙂

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Terms and Conditions:

The main prize is an A4, unframed papercut owl, featuring a personalised name in the leaves.  The winner gets their choice of paper colours, fabric and glittery bits, to be organised in consultation with me in the new year. Prize will be posted out in the new year (mid-January at the latest).

Two runners up will each receive a multipack of Holmes-made Christmas cards; a three-pack featuring one of each design. You can either give them away this year or keep them till next! These will be posted before the last first class posting date (20th December).

Competition entries must be sent to holmesmadecomps @ gmail.com (no spaces) and received by 7pm on Tuesday 18th December. Any entries received after this time will not be included in the draw. I will draw the competition and let the winners know via email and via an announcement on this blog on the same night.

I promise I will never pass your details on to any third party, they will just stay stuck in my email account forever – although I might use them to get in touch with you about future offers or products (let me know if you’d like to opt out).

If you have any questions, please give me a shout – holmesmadecrafts @ gmail.com (without the spaces).