Claudia is the owner of Sew Much Fun in Alderney, a small island that's a stone's throw from Guernsey and the French coastline. I had never heard of it so when Claudia got in touch to place an order for wholesale I was intrigued.
The island is pretty gorgeous and full of independent businesses. It's three miles long, quite unspoilt, has beautiful sandy beaches, a diverse landscape and it's full of wildlife waiting to be spotted.
Even in Winter it looks magical. I. Am. Sold. I do like to wander the planet and this place looks like it would tick many boxes.
I was pretty chuffed when Claudia asked to create a bespoke card for her shop in the Text From A Friend style. Creating a unique card for customers is a bit more special and personal don't you think?
I've always made and sold hand sewn goods. I always wanted a shop based on handmade (had to wait until my sons were old enough to be left alone for small amounts of time). I started out with just my own handmade items and over the years crammed in loads of beautiful items.
Having an inviting shop which is packed full of amazing items from small businesses is the best. Having people come back year after year saying it's their favourite shop is the best. I'm always looking for new things to make or find a supplier for is a challenge.
It's paramount to my shop. A lot of stock you can buy is mass produced and frankly boring so having handmade is the best feeling to support other like minded people. 75% of my stock is small businesses and ones that supply myself only (due to how small our island is it is a massive plus to me if the suppliers only sell to me here)
I started out without any at all but slowly I added unique cards and the customers loved them. I now have a great selection of simple but beautiful cards that people love.
Alderney is a very special place and having unique cards for people here is a massive bonus. I will be getting more bespoke cards soon.
Alderney is a simply beautiful place. Not easy or cheap to get to but a little bit of paradise when you get here. The freedom to wander at your own pace is my favourite part. The views are breathtaking and unforgettable. Our town is a quaint little cobbled street filled with small independent shops. You won't find a single branded shop here.
The wild windy winters can be amazing as long as you aren't precious about your hair do 🤣 But by far my favourite time of year is the summers. The sunrises are out of this world. We have a week of fun (the 1st week of August) filled with live music, sand castle competitions, floats, quarry parties etc and in my 47 years I have never missed the torch light procession which is simply a stunning experience.
Alderney is the only UK land which was a German prison of war camp. We are the only place in the world to have blonde hedgehogs (not albino). Google them...sooo cute). The people here are very friendly and always happy to help you out.