Here you will learn more about my Handmade online businesses specialising in Bath & Body and Jewellery.

You will also hear a little about Hancox Homestead our family business and our adventures of living on a hobby farm and setting up a Golf Driving Range.

Thanks for taking the time to sit, read and share with me and my family.

Warmest wishes to all, Helen & Family.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Variety is my spice of life!

My husband asked me "what is your general product in your shops?" My reply was "I don't have a general product!"

At this moment in time you will see jewellery and bath & beauty in my shops and whilst I am working to improve the existing products and my photography, I am already thinking about other product categories to list.

I also told him "that's why it is called Hancox Homestead not Hancox jewellery etc..!"

For those of you who know me you will know my crafting history, for those of you who don't you are about to find out!

I should start and tell you why its called Hancox Homestead, well as you know my surname is Hancox and Homestead came from the hobby farm we live on, Hancox hobby farm didn't have the same ring!

Hancox Homestead isn't just about me, it is a family company my husband sells firewood (and is also a talent woodworker) and we sell the freerange eggs our happy chickens lay - for now!  I am researching dairy goats in hopes to have them this Spring as I would love to use it for my soaps, plus I love animals!

My crafting started twelve years ago, I started with flower arranging, dry & real and then I expanded on to making greeting cards with my mom. It was short lived though as my mom was diagnosed with cancer and the distance of working together was too much. Mom is in the UK I am in Canada. My mom has recovered (infact next month see's her treatment finished!) We sold all our stock and raised 600GBP which we gave to the hospital that has looked after my mom so well. I still like to make cards and you will see some on my store.

Always one to be getting crafty I started making crafts for my home, twig and berry wreaths for my walls, wreaths for Christmas, Halloween etc., mason jar lamps, twig tree decorations & flower arrangements, toy & storage bags the list goes on. It also flows out in to our gardens with the bird houses I have made with my eldest daughter who is four.

My family and friends are my guinnea pigs!, they have been receiving my products for years. It was with their encouragement that I decided to set up and sell in November 09'.

I have lip balms, candles, cross stitch, sewing projects and I am working on wool pets as well as my soaps and jewellery. So for me variety really is my spice of life and whilst you may not get to see all I do as I tend to add items that will ship at least now you have more of an insight in to Hancox Homestead.

Our latest bird house with Scamper cat who was feeling photogenic!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spring clean = free shipping!

I am Spring cleaning my shop so to speak as of today 7th March 2010! As I have lots of new designs/items I want to add I would love to see some of my existing stock sold so I have decided to pay the shipping on existing items in my store. Any purchase made on existing stock I will refund you the shipping this is a limited time offer until 14th March 2010!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Just in time for Spring

With the long winter hopefully drawing to a close and the sun shining brightly in the blue sky it is that time of year when our thoughts turn to Spring.  We look forward to the singing of the birds and the Spring bulbs starting to poke their little heads up out of the soil.  If you are like me you are probably looking at what seeds you are going to start indoors to plant out when Jack Frost has gone.  Spring brings beautiful splashes of colour that brighten up our lives and sweet little lambs hopping over the pasture we could watch for hours.  With Spring in mind I have made these items:

Pink Flutterby necklace

Bunny soap

Daisy chain necklace