Great Graduation gifts with a personal touch

Celebrating a loved one passing that big exam or seeing them graduate and gain that degree can be fantastic! Trying to find them a less corny gift to tell them how proud you are can be less fantastic. When my little brother graduated from university last year I was surprised to find that all that was on offer in ways of gifts for graduates were cheap, plastic ‘token’ presents, or nothing at all. Seeing your little brother graduate is a huge deal, shouldn’t his present reflect that? So this year, with my brother, Paul’s help, I have designed a few personalised gifts that can be tailored made to be just …

The journey of designing to selling.

  Every collection starts from a tiny idea that, with a bit of pulling and stretching develops into a full scale project. Our jewellery and gifts can be inspired by anything from a great song on the radio, to the doughnut I had for lunch. As soon as I have even the hint of an idea, I hit the books, (sketch books that is.) I do a rough doodle of the initial idea and come up with relevant words which I then google and search for on Pinterest. This brings forward more images that inspire more ideas. If I can find a running theme connecting the majority of my favourite …

New Year’s resolutions- The Shiny Future

     Hello all, we hope you had a very happy Christmas and wonderful New Year’s day! Last year, we had the main goal of getting our website up and running. Obviously, we achieved it, since you are here at the home of Shiny Creations. But we have so much more we still want to do.  Fortunately, we have a sneaky suspicion, 2015 is going to be our year. So we have planned a jam packed, epic four seasons for all you Shiny fans. But of course, not everything always goes to plan, and thank God, because some of our best ideas have come from complete mistakes! This year you …

Time and Effort

Anyone interested in turning their craft hobby into a legitimate business will find that two words will come to own them- Time and Effort. When I first set out to sell my little hand-made trinkets and doodles, I was very aware that there may come a day when I regretted turning the pass time that I loved into my 9 to 10 job. Because that is the reality of working for yourself, being your own boss and selling products that you have made and advertised. You are up until gone 12 at night making products and then up at 6 ready to set up for your next craft fair. After …

Why I Make

  My favourite time of the year has always been Christmas. I get childishly excited at the prospects of letting everyone in my life know how well I know them and how much I love them by getting them the perfect presents.  At some point in the 20th Century, Christmas has been lumbered with a whole boat load of stress for the shoppers and profit and loss predictions for retailers. I like Christmas because it means I have an excuse to get creative with my presents. It’s more personal, more enjoyable and considerably cheaper to have a go at making gifts. I rarely walk into shops and find the perfect …

Hey, you found us! (Way to go you!)

    Hello all!   This is Helen here, Creative Head of Shiny Creations. We are delighted that you found us and our unique and personal gifts. This is our very first week as a fully functioning website but we have been making and selling our hand-made products for over two years now! Since business was going well, we decided to jump into the 21st Century by having a home online. On this site you can buy our hand-made kitsch and quirky jewellery and gifts under our ‘Shop’ section. Or you can order your own custom made item to be delivered anywhere in the world in our ‘Order a Unique …

A Big HELLO from Shiny’s

Hey there! You’ve found our first blog post! (Woo go you!) Sadly, this is just a placeholder whilst we get our blogging going, so check back soon when we have some super-awesome-exciting content here for you to read!