Friday, 27 November 2015

Support Small Business This Black Friday

It's 10am, so I'm assuming by now most of you have already taken advantage of lots of the Black Friday sales on offer this year! For me, Black Friday is the chance to treat myself to items from other independent businesses that I might not be able to afford the rest of the year, and a way of doing a little spot of Christmas shopping with lots of unique handmade gifts on offer. So instead of fighting on the high street this Black Friday, why not avoid the queues and support your friendly neighbourhood small businesses online instead?

By shopping with small businesses this Black Friday, you're not filling the pockets of a big corporate empire, you're helping someone eat that month and generally afford to live. You're helping an independent business survive and grow by funding supplies and new products. But most importantly you're helping someone continue to do what they love every day and call it a job. And above all you're buying a unique product and experience that you just won't find on the high street!

I've done a little round up of some of my favourite online offers to help you get started, but feel free to comment below with any others you'd like to share too.
  • Obviously I couldn't help but start with Little Miss Delicious ;) Get 50% off everything* until 11.59pm tonight (GMT) at! No discount code needed, no hassle, just automatically reduced prices and mega savings on lots of cute handmade delights! Why not do a spot of Christmas shopping early on our website? With a wide range of accessories, greeting cards, beauty, home decor, jewellery and stationery products to choose from, there's something to suit every taste and budget. *Excludes mystery packs and made to order items. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Does not affect previous orders.
  •  And if the one day offer wasn't enough, you can get an amazing 20% off the Little Miss Delicious Etsy store all weekend with the code BLACKFRI20. Valid until 11.59pm Monday 30th November, my Etsy store is full of handmade Christmas Decorations and Cat Toys that are exclusive to the store - you won't find them on my website, or anywhere else!
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics are having a huge sale until Monday 30th November, with 60% off selected items!
  •  The glamorous Betty Blues Loungerie are offering free worldwide shipping until Monday 30th November with the code BLACKFRIFREESHIP15
  • Janine Basil has 20% off everything with the code XMASISCOMING, until 30th November.
  • Sacred Stitches have 3 amazing offers going for today only! 15% OFF - Spend over £25 use code: BLACK25, 25% OFF - Spend over £50 use code: BLACK50 and 40% OFF - Spend over £150 and use code BLACK150. Valid until midnight 27th November.
  • Sugar and Vice have an amazing 35% off all personalised jewellery for today only! Ends midnight 27th November
  • 20% off everything at Miss Fortune until 30th November, with the code BLACK20
  • And last but definitely not least from my favourite offers so far, you can get 15% off all purchases over £5 from Clumsy using the code PAYDAY15
Will you be supporting handmade and small business this Black Friday? Feel free to comment below with your favourite discounts running this weekend! 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Last Chance To Shop The Halloween Collection!

It's been a crazy few weeks here at Little Miss Delicious HQ - the Halloween Collection went up, as well as lots and lots of other new products (view all the newest additions here), and I've already been hard at work getting stock ready for events and the Christmas rush, as well as working on even more new designs. Who needs sleep when you run a small business? ;)

So to help make room for all the new stock, the Halloween Collection is now an amazing 40% off, but be quick - it'll only be available until 11.59pm Sunday 15th November 2015! Full of spooky cuteness, it includes lots of jewellery and accessories that would look adorable all year round.


Upcoming events:
14/11/15 - North East Product and Talent Market, Newcastle
21-22/11/15 - Film and Comic Con, Newcastle
06/12/15 - Christmas Canny Crafty, Gateshead

Friday, 23 October 2015

Feature Friday: VE Cosmetics

This week's Feature Friday post is all about the 100% ethically sourced independent cosmetics brand VE Cosmetics. VE Cosmetics was born out of a love of make up and cruelty free choices - all their products are handmade, vegan friendly and not tested on animals. Having recently became vegan I jumped at the chance to work with them when they got in touch!

I created an exclusive limited run of Pixie Poop logo necklaces, based on their logo by The Patchwork Monkey, to celebrate the launch of their new Pixie Poop eyeshadow range.

The Pixie Poop necklaces comes on a 16" chain, and like all Little Miss Delicious designs, all the necklaces are hand sculpted from polymer clay, baked then hand painted and glazed for a shiny finish.

If you purchase it with a Pixie Poop eye shadow it even comes in its own little presentation box! 

Find VE Cosmetics online:

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Deliciousaurus Collection

It's been nearly a month since my last post, and what a month it's been. As well as upping my training for the Great North Run (I'm running for the British Heart Foundation this year - click here to check out my Just Giving page), getting a new kitten so Salem has a little friend, turning 25 and going dairy free, I've also been snowed under with Little Miss Delicious work! 

There's been a huge summer sale (sign up to my mailing list so you don't miss out on any future offers!) to help make way for new stock, including the new Deliciousaurus Collection - definitely a personal favourite so far. I've been obsessed with dinosaurs since I was little, and with Jurassic World coming out it felt only fitting to finally make a dinosaur inspired jewellery collection.

Inspired by all things cute and prehistoric, the latest addition to Little Miss Delicious features dinosaur inspired necklaces, rings, felt accessories and a charm bracelet to match. Terrifyingly cute!


As always, each piece of handmade jewellery has been delicately hand sculpted from polymer clay, then baked and painted as uniform as possible, but the joy of handmade means each piece is unique in its own way. No moulds or stencils are used in the creation of any Little Miss Delicious  jewellery pieces, and everything is glazed multiple times to make it super shiny.

The collection has only been up 6 weeks, but it's already very, very close to selling out so if you have your eye on anything, get it quick before it goes extinct! Shop now

Friday, 3 July 2015

Feature Friday: Washed Out Soap Co.

Earlier this year I started stocking beautiful artisan cold process soap from the wonderful Washed Out Soap Co., which is both luxuriously nourishing and vegan friendly. All Washed Out Soap Co. products are handmade by the very talented Chris for everyday use using high quality natural ingredients and traditional processes. 

Every item is created from scratch by hand in small batches, meaning every item is created, prepared and packaged with the utmost care and attention. As well as being vegan friendly and cruelty free, they only use plant-based oils, and don't use palm oil in any of their products, making them even more environmentally friendly.

I'm also very excited to announce as well as The Classic, a very nourishing, gentle soap, and The Barista, made with a concentrated espresso base and packed with brewed Arabica coffee grounds, I now stock Salt of the Earth, perfect for sensitive skin, and a 3 Soap Sampler Mini Pack with a small tester of each soap included to help you decide which soap to try - although personally I recommend them all! 

I caught up with Chris to ask him a few questions about Washed Out Soap Co., how it started and what the future holds.

What inspired you to start up Washed Out Soap Co.?
At some point early last year, finding myself out of work and bored of jumping from job to job, I started looking at my existing skills, as well as some stuff I had been interested in or looking into for a while, and came upon soap-making; I had tried a few more basic soaping techniques and methods in the past, and went from there. I started working with the cold-process method (generally accepted to be the best method for producing the highest quality soap), and went from there. My focus is on providing a range of natural products to enrich and improve the users daily life.

What's been your favourite moment since starting the company, and what's been the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome?  

The company is coming up to the 6 month mark right now, and I have a handful of moments i'll remember from this phase - the collaborative projects i've worked/am working on, the Great Cynics soap I made to team up with the bands new record... I've worked a handful of really great events, North East Vegan Festival being the biggest at this point. I think the thing that makes me happiest is the amount of great makers and brands i've happened across and connected with off the back of the business.

What does your average day consist of?  

Every evening, I compile my to-do list for the following day. I'll wake up, exercise a little, make some coffee, then fire into it. I will usually start with an hour or so of admin/emails/research and development and/or planning for new items. I might pack some mailorder, in which case i'll take that to the post office. I tend to start practical work (actual production of soaps/butters/etc) around or before lunchtime. A light day might finish around 6/6.30pm, and a long day will take me to around 8.30/9pm. I generally need to fit in a supply run ever other day too - no matter how much stuff I pick up in one go, I always seem to need something else!

Where does your inspiration for new products and scent combinations come from?

 My inspiration for products as well as scents, comes mostly from traditional apothecary supplies and ingredients, coffee, herbology, and nature. I personally really like earthy, woodsy fragrances; mints, pine, rosemary, etc.

What's your favourite item so far?

My favourite item right now has to be the Barista Blended Butter - though our next soap is pretty amazing too! I can't really talk too much on that right now though, secret projects and such!

What advice would you give to a creative start up?

My advice is basically really simple - if you have an idea and you think it can be a viable business, pursue it. It'd be so easy for you to not follow it through, but honestly, it's not the toughest thing in the world to try it out and see where it could go... I suggest talking with independent business advisors, individuals who have gone a similar route to the one you are considering, and talk it through with friends too. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a supportive group of creative people around me who feedback to me constantly, and it really helps. My main point is, do it. I tell everybody to do it! Make your own universe!

What do you have planned for the future? 

I have so many plans for the future! I am always working on new soaps, but also always working on new lines in general. While I can't mention everything that is on the cards at the moment, I CAN mention I am hoping to have our next three or four soaps out this year, as well as hydrosol linen/room/body sprays and tattoo healing balms. Needless to say, I have a busy few months on the horizon!

Shop the full collection of Washed Out Soap Co. available from Little Miss Delicious here, and keep an eye out for new products being added in the future! 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Today's Workspace: Earrings Galore

While working on a fun wholesale earring stud order recently, I also made a couple extra to top up my own stock levels too for

Earring studs are one of the hardest to sculpt and paint, but also the most rewarding. The battenberg is definitely the most time consuming design I do, and for that reason I think it's also my favourite! 

Stud earrings vary in size, but most are under 1", making them very challenging to paint perfectly, but that's part of the fun! They can take a while to get exactly right, but it's such a great feeling watching them go from a lump of brown clay to little earrings I'm happy to send out.

As always, all designs are hand sculpted, then painted by hand and glazed for a super cute shiny finish. No moulds or stencils are used, making each piece special and unique in its own way!

Which design is your favourite?



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