The Handmade Festival 2019

The Handmade Festival 2019 presented by Kirstie Allsop

Last weekend, The Handmade Festival 2019 returned for the 5th year running. Held on the lawns outside Hampton Court Palace, the festival was being presented by Kirstie Allsop and Liz Earle MBE. The weather was amazing and the atmosphere was buzzing!

About the Handmade Festival

The festival began as a fair 5 years ago and this year, it brought together an inspiring collection of creative people, makers and a celebration of all things handmade. There were hands on workshops being held to learn skills in Pottery, Macrame, Watercolour Painting and Crocheting to name just a few. 

Hobbycraft were on hand to talk about how to create a handmade Christmas, from stockings and advent calenders to knit your own jumpers. Visit the online shop* at The fabulous Mollie Makes ( spoke about how to start crafts and covered how to find your audience to marketing and pricing. Kirstie Allsop held a variety of talks including ‘using chalk paint at home’ with the expert in this area, Annie Sloan ( . On Sunday, Liz Earle MBE shared her invaluable advice on how to look and feel great during our mid-life years. I could have done with listening to this! In the afternoon, the winner of The Great British Bake Off, Rahul Mandal talked about the science of baking and made something delicious for Liz Earle on stage. I wish I saw this too.

Aside from all the workshops, demonstrations and talks, there was a Gin tent, numerous food and drink stalls and over 200 makers to shop from. Plenty to keep you entertained all day. I had the pleasure of showcasing some of my products on the Heartizan ( stand, which is the home of the handmade marketplace. It was founded by Chrissie Lowery, who after being rejected to sell on a well known marketplace, decided to launch her own platform to bring together crafters to sell on Heartizan and who would all support each other. Heartizan is also a social media awards winner like myself, having being crowned ‘Queen of Handmade Marketplace’ and one of Theo Paphitis’ SBS winners. 

The Heartizan Stand

I was very happy to be showcasing alongside some fabulous crafters. Here is a round-up of the makers I was exhibiting with and where you can find them on Heartizan:


Vicki makes beautiful jewellery, keyrings, bag charms and other gifts with beads and resin. She also works for the NHS and you can find her products here:


Claire makes gorgeous smelling wax melts and has just launched an advent calender for the festive season. Shop her range here:


Lisa makes beautiful crocheted blankets, scarves, neck warmers and more. You can find her creations at:


Angela and her sister specialise in self tidying, flat lay makeup bags. You can shop their range at:


Mother and Daughter team, Sue and Allie make beautiful jewellery from Silver and Bronze with a touch of semi-precious gemstones. Shop their range online at:


Sue sells a variety of handmade products to raise funds for a rare illness known as AHC. You can read more about Sue stories and purchase her makes at:


Jane specialises in making plaque and wall hangings. You can shop her range at:


Amy makes beautiful dreamcatchers and unique wallets. Shop her range online at:


Angela makes a variety of sewing gifts and essentials. You can find her range at:


Dale makes a delicious range of chocolate gifts and treats. Check out the Heartizan cake that he made for the festival. You can shop his range at:

The Products I Showcased

On my stall pitch, I had the opportunity to sell 5 different products. I pondered what to sell as I have many products in my collection. This is what I decided upon and the links to purchase online:

‘You Are Amazing’ wooden log slice plaque – £10.00 –

‘Let the fun beGIN wood slice coaster – £6.00 –

‘Bakers Gonna Bake’ wooden spoon – £5.00 –

Olive wood baby spoon – £6.00 –

‘You Are My Sunshine’ wooden pebble – £15.00 –

Kirstie Allsop Visits The Heartizan Stand

Kirstie Allsop managed to squeeze in some time on Saturday to come and visit our stand. I missed her by about half an hour, thanks to the M25! She had a wonder around all of our makes and she signed a copy of Chrissie’s new book, ‘The Heartizan Way’. If you are a crafter, then you may want to check it out. You can buy it on Amazon* at

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