etsy · Folksy · Handmade · Letterpress · small business

Why Shop Handmade? #celebrate_handmade

Hmmmmm …..a lady walked past my craft stall last year …. hmmmmm she sighed and looked up at me and then said ‘Why would I buy a single card from you for £2.50 when I can get 10 in the local discount store for that’?

The neighbouring craft stall owners leaned in with huge furrows across their brows…. they were waiting for my response…..

‘That’s fine’ I cheerily replied….. ‘but let me briefly explain my prices…’

‘My costs reflect the quality of the card stock and work involved. Due to the nature of letterpress, each item will be unique. Each design was hand drawn my myself and printed by hand on a vintage platen press. My cards are not mass-produced, you will not find them anywhere else (apart from local independent shops which I support), you are paying for an individual piece of art directly from the artist’.

 Think of the reasons you send cards, it’s about ‘the thought’ it’s about the time you have taken to make your choice. What does mum love? What would make her smile?

Customers that appreciate handmade don’t look at physical boundaries, they buy with their hearts. Why else would a customer pay to ship a single card all the way to Australia on the other side of our planet? My amazing customers even take the trouble to tell me they have survived their long journey…

Heya Emma, just letting you know the card arrived safely today 🙂 it’s gorgeous!!!

Gabbi – Australia

Printing in the Ellie Press studio = a room in my house!

My Aunty has Parkinson’s disease and recently sent me a birthday card that she had commissioned especially for me because it was hand-made, and she knew I would like that. I was touched that she had gone to the trouble, touched that with her deteriorating condition she had managed to pen the card and get it to the post-office.

A single card can emotionally move you if it’s been really thought through by it’s sender.

The beautifully sewn handmade card I was sent. Unknown maker – if this is you please let me know so that I can credit and thank you!


I could continue and discuss how supporting small business means supporting a mum who is at home to be there for her children, or how it puts money into the local economy, the massive environmental benefits and of course the personal levels of customer service … but you know all of that right?

If like Folksy you support small businesses and feel strongly about keeping craft skills alive rather than supporting large faceless corporations then please use the tag #celebrate_handmade and help spread the word! 

Ellie Press products can be found on Etsy and Folksy which are both marketplaces which support independent makers. Folksy deserves specific mention as they support and nurture UK based designers and makers. 

etsy · Folksy · Letterpress · Notecards

Martini Notecards

These letterpress martini notecards have just shot of the press, they are part of the Ellie Press ‘cocktail’ card collection which also includes kir royale cards, gin & tonic cards and … pinacoda cards (coming soon!).

Printed on A6 sized flatcards (postcards), they make great gifts for your boozy friends.

Every man needs some bond style correspondence stationery right!




These can be found in my etsy and folksy shop along with lots of other items!

Christmas · Folksy · Letterpress

Send a Letterpress Christmas Card this year

There is something about receiving a Christmas card through the post, and for those relatives and friends who you don’t really see over the Christmas period (and you can’t send presents to everyone either!) you want to send a card that stands out.

Letterpress cards have a luxurious quality and tactile feel that have a charm all of their own.

The Ellie Press Christmas Card collection is now available on folksy. And if you’re having trouble choosing which one to buy…we can send you one of each (which is a cheaper way to purchase them to!). If you are after larger quantities (25 or more) then you can also get further discounts, simply contact us for a quote.

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Rabbit under the mistletoe                                       Rabbit in the snow

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Deer Lino Print                                                         Mistletoe Card

And don’t forget to send them before Saturday the 19th December for them to arrive in time (UK only). For deliveries further afield, check with your post office before sending.


My Folksy Summer Six 2015

Schools out…. August is upon us already, now what am I going to do with those kids of mine?

Here’s my Folksy summer six that I have put together to help inspire you over the long long summer (don’t you just love shopping!).


1. Make your own tee pee kit by Boo Bear Bean

What a great idea! My daughter loves crafting so I can see her spending all day outside with this!

2. Bruise Relief Stick By Shropshire Natural Products

I have a son…. do I need to say any more? This should be a staple in any mums bag!

3. Super Hero Masks By Sewmamma

I think my daughter and son would love running around role playing in one of these!

4. Safety Bracelet By Lilly Maes Jewellery

What an inspired idea so you don’t lose your little ones!

5. Dragons Tail by Tired Bear

I just love these Tails…..such a fab gift too.

6. Sunny Day Dice The Barton Gift Shop

A brilliant idea! Maybe they should make one with ‘do the dishes’, ‘tidy your bedroom’…….