PERSONALISED CARTOON CUDDLYS – New from Shiny Creations!

Introducing our brand new service, personalised cartoon cuddlys! Just send us some nice clear photos of yourself or whoever you want us to make, along with any details like what clothes they should be wearing, with any props or pets or in any particular pose and then we will hand draw the cartoon version and print it onto fabric. Then transform your cartoon cuddly pal into a beautiful little plushie full of polystyrene beans to be extra squishy! A brilliant unique gift for a friend or loved one, or get your whole family made with all their little personalities proudly represented in these adorable cartoon creations! Only at www.shinycreations.co.uk or …

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

Let’s face it; us ladies are a little spoilt for choice when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. We have a huge range of flowers, chocolates, jewellery, clothing, books, cuddly toys and other suitably romantic gifts designed for us. But when it comes to shopping for our men folk, the high street seems to be sorely lacking in manly love gifts. Even the Valentine’s cards seem to be geared towards the girls but don’t really have anything suitable for the dudes. Well, we like to think that Shiny Creations has a little something for everyone, especially if you can’t find it anywhere else. So, I’ve dedicated this blog post to …

Summer Festival Wedding

We love festivals; the live music, the dancing like nobody’s watching, the flags and banners, we’re even a fan of the mud if it means we get to break in our awesome polka dot wellies! So, by that logic, a summer festival themed wedding should be even more fun. We created this mood board teaming with ideas of how to have an epic wedding, festival style! xoxo This theme was requested by Codie, thanks for your idea! xoxo

How Shiny Creations Saved the Day.

One of the many reasons I started Shiny Creations was because I loved making personal gifts for the people I loved. That soon leaked into making personal gifts for strangers. It’s not just the simple act of making a fine craft by hand that I enjoy, but also in the agonising, tiny details that make a product truly personalised. I will often spend days working on a product until it is perfect. Though yesterday I took on a challenge that had me wondering if I had been dropped on my head as a child and everyone just forgot to tell me. Yesterday morning I received a panicked phone call; a …

How to stay motivated when working for yourself.

Being your own boss can be amazing. You can take breaks when you want, you can work in your pyjamas and can sort your own priorities. But, if you are not careful, those breaks can start getting longer and longer, you may find you never wear real clothes again and work becomes less of a priority and more of something you might do after you binge watch a new show on Netflix. Procrastination is the enemy of any entrepreneur and can be the death of great art. But not to worry- there are a few handy tricks I have found help me stay on track. Allot your time-  Living by lists …

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 …

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 …