Have you been celebrating 5 to 9 week?

Posted by MatW on Thursday, May 13th

This week,  Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation released her second book aimed at helping people start-up and grow their own home businesses, and Coriandr is profiled in it; woohoo!

‘Working 5 to 9 – how to start a successful business in your spare time’, offers 50 ideas for businesses you can start on the side, and showcases 60 successful 5 to 9′ers alongside advice on sales, marketing, technology, and how maintain your social life whilst working day and night! To celebrate the launch, Enterprise Nation  have decided that this week is now 5 to 9 Week. Now, I realise we’re announcing this a bit late in the week, but you’ve still got a chance to win a copy of the book this Friday! Head over to the Enterprise  Nation’s own announcement for more details.

A big thanks to Emma and Enterprise Nation for Coriandr’s profile, and for their support of the (ever growing) UK handmade scene.

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Holy cow that’s awesome

Posted by MatW on Wednesday, May 5th

As you know, we don’t often do “Holy cow, that’s awesome!” posts around here, but sometimes you stumble across something you’ve just got to share! In this case, I’m talking about the artwork of  Alexa Meade. She takes the traditional technique of Trompe-l’oeil (which means “trick of the eye” in French) to a whole new level. When I first saw pictures of Timmy walking the Metro, I was a bit underwhelmed; “what’s so great about an impressionist figure painted on a photograph?!” I thought… It wasn’t until I realised that I was looking at a photograph of a person used as a canvas, that it became obvious just how fantastic Alexa’s work is. A big thanks to the awesome WebUrbanist blog for dropping that gem into my Google Reader.

For those of you that have been around since the early days, you’ll know I have a soft spot for paper art, so this post can’t go out without sharing a great paper animation called The Ostrich by Lucas Zanotto:

Finally, a big thank you Become’s Shopaholic blog for our mentioning us in their regular Carnival of Shopping feature. It’s great to see the more mainstream search / retail websites getting excited about the handmade movement and indie retailers. Long may it continue!

Craft Juice Promotion

Posted by MatW on Friday, April 2nd

Craft Juice dreaming

Last week Hamespun requested some help sharing her creations on the craft promotion / sharing site Craft Juice. A few changes later and our item pages are now much friendlier and more readily shared across many different social media sites and networks. Sharing your creations on Craft Juice is easy; simply copy the URL of the item you want to share…

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…then head over to Craft Juice to get the ball rolling!

  1. Join Craft Juice (a very quick process, and importantly; free!)
  2. Click “Submit new Craft Item”
  3. Enter the URL of the item you want to share.
  4. Select an image from the selection Craft Juice pulls from your listing.
  5. Fill in the description and add some tags.
  6. Check the preview to see it’s all looking good, then click “Submit”. Done!

Of course, if Craft Juice doesn’t appeal to you, don’t forget to use the little “Share” button on each and every product page on Coriandr. This little button gives you quick access to nearly 280 different social meida, networking and news sites! So whether you’re a Facebook addict,  spend all your time strolling through Stylehive, or simply want to email an item to a friend; we’ve got you covered.

Want Coriandr to intergrate with a great website / service you use? Leave a comment about it and we’ll see what we can do!

Search engine improvements

Posted by MatW on Thursday, December 3rd

With a prod, a kick and the occassional fortifying cup of tea, the latest Coriandr update went live in the wee hours of yesterday morning. Mainly concerned with improving site speed, nothing much will appear to have changed unless you look at the web address bar whilst browsing the site…

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Can you see what it is yet?! Essentially we’ve gone through the entire site and updated all the ugly, old links with search engine friendly new ones;

old: http://www.coriandr.com/item?item=4791

new: http://www.coriandr.com/item/4791/mohair-cuff-gloves

Although modern search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc) can figure out what is going on in either situation, the new links are much kinder for us humans. Search engines have got some amazingly clever algorithms for calculating a link’s ranking, and anything that improves human readability is seen as a very good thing.

Item pages aren’t the only ones benefiting from this small, but significant change; shops, profiles and categories have all received a link makeover. Any old links floating around the internet will still work of course, but who wants browse http://www.coriandr.com/results?cat=10 when the listings are probably so much nicer in http://www.coriandr.com/category/jewellery/rings?

The upshot of all this is that our search rankings for both on- and off-site links will improve, and better rankings means more exposure, and more sales for everyone!

Free promotional flyers!

Posted by MatW on Friday, November 6th

After a small delay (damn you UK postal service!) our promotional flyers have finally arrived! Woohoo! :)

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Love Handmade Promo Flyers

These flyers are meant as completely free promotional material, available to all, so if you want to grab yourself a pack or two head over to my Coriandr shop and put an order in, we’ll even cover the postage costs. There are two designs to choose from, sorted into packs of 20 and 50. The “www” prefix has even been left off of the coriandr.com link so that sellers can write their shop url in there. :)

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Love Handmade

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Buy Handmade Or...

During the course of designing these flyers, we came up with a few alternatives that didn’t make it to the printers for various reasons. We’ll be making those extra designs (plus the two above) available for download soon in our Promotional Materials section.

Trick or Treat!

Posted by digtheearth on Tuesday, October 20th

The pumpkin is lit, the door is locked and you’re watching your second scary movie from behind a cushion.. There’s only two weeks until Halloween, and still enough time to stock up on fantastically spooky handmade goodies here on Coriandr.

This week I’ve picked my favourite ghoulish treats for one of my favourite times of year, as usual, just click on any of the photos for more info!

Trick or Treat Bag by Nicsknots

Trick or Treat Bag by Nicsknots

Immense Print by Lady Twiglet

Immense by Lady Twiglet

Horror Monster Movie Bag by Uniquely Different

Horror Monster Movie Bag by Uniquely Different


Scary Spider Wall Decals by Jolyon Yates

Scary Spider Wall Decals by Jolyon Yates

Halloween Horror Cherries by Rocky The Zombie

Halloween Horror Cherries by Rocky The Zombie

Om Nom Nom by Tiny Pretty Things

Om Nom Nom by Tiny Pretty Things


An Accident by Eye Love

An Accident by Eye Love

Sugar Skull by Random Granny

Sugar Skull by Random Granny

Small Organic Felt Pumpkin Head by Snowdrops and Daisies

Small Organic Felt Pumpkin Head by Snowdrops and Daisies



That’s all from me for this week, I’ve got some pumpkin carving to do! Happy Hallowe’en!

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Billing system update

Posted by MatW on Monday, October 19th

I’m pleased to announce that the billing / invoice system update went off smoothly during the (far too) early hours of this morning! :)

In an effort to simplify the billing process, we no longer allow under- or over-payments, and now associate each payment with a specific invoice. Whilst this does mean the system is slightly less flexible than before, the end result is that everyone’s billing summary and account standings are much simpler to understand and consequently far more useful.

Billing summary screen

Billing summary screen

At the end of each month we’ll gather up the fees displayed in the upper box, then generate and “issue” an invoice. Once issued you’ll have 14 days to pay an invoice before it becomes “overdue”. To settle an invoice, click on the “make payment” link and you’ll be taken to the invoice summary page. From there, it’s simply a case of clicking on the Paypal symbol and following their instructions.

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Happy 1st Birthday Coriandr

Posted by MatW on Monday, October 19th

I can’t believe that only 12 months have passed since Coriandr opened it’s doors! It’s been a fantastic year watching the community grow, things take shape, and sales steadily build. Since our launch in Oct 2008, our 220,000 visitors (from all corners of the globe) have viewed over 1.3 million pages, and those numbers are growing (in bigger leaps) each day!

It’s been great fun designing, building and running the site, and getting to know everyone (I’ve learnt so much that I must have gone up at least 2 hat sizes!). For a bit of birthday fun I’ve stitched together a “quilt” made up of a selection of our 1st year’s worth of listings, hope you like it! :)

Listings Quilt 2008

Listings Quilt 2008

Finally, a big thank you goes out to all the crafters, bloggers, friends and family that have supported and helped grow Coriandr over the last year; it wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Don’t think we won’t be calling on you for another year running though, we’re all set to make some big waves during our “terrible twos”, and we’ll certainly need your help to do it!

Twittering Tweeps!

Posted by digtheearth on Monday, October 12th

Twitter is everywhere these days and rapidly on the increase. The question asked now is, who do you know that doesn’t tweet? Even 10 Downing Street does it!

To celebrate everything Twitter, here are my favourite tweety items from Coriandr this week!

Flowery Bird Wooden Brooch by Pickled Weasel

Flowery Bird Wooden Brooch by Pickled Weasel

Liberty Birds – Hand Drawn Buttons by Spare Button

Liberty Birds – Hand Drawn Buttons by Spare Button

Little Birdie Key Ring by Tomato Tea

Little Birdie Key Ring by Tomato Tea

Woodland Feast by Sweet Art

Woodland Feast by Sweet Art

The Lovebird in the Gilded Cage by Jemima Lumley

The Lovebird in the Gilded Cage by Jemima Lumley

Song of the Morning by Tiny Pretty Things

Song of the Morning by Tiny Pretty Things



These are just a few of the fantastic tweeting items you can buy on Coriandr this week. Find out more about any of the pieces shown – just click any image for a direct link to the artisans Coriandr shop.

Featured Seller – Sarabuk

Posted by digtheearth on Monday, October 5th

Hello! My featured seller this week is a talented silversmith, who is based very close to my home patch in West Yorkshire. Beautiful buttercups and African inspired graphic shapes abound…

Sarabuk

Introduce yourself…

My name is Sara Bukumunhe and I make silver jewellery from my cellar workshop in Bradford. I am married to Andy and we have two children, Hope and Nye. I also work part time in a jewellery gallery and help out with bookkeeping for my husband.

How did it all start?

It started with an evening class over ten years ago, purely as a hobby. One of the first things I made was my wedding ring, so there was a bit of pressure to get it right and made on time! I remember I was still filing it the night before the big day. When I left my job to work with my husband and have my second child 5 years later I started making jewellery for others and started selling to friends and family, and it’s grown from there.

I spent the last 2 years completing a Foundation Degree in Art and Design Enterprise which taught me the basics of starting and running a Jewellery business. I have my jewellery in two galleries at the moment, Art Parade in Saltaire, Bradford and Divinity in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. I’m planning to approach many more in the next few months.

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