Spring Declutter

Spring Declutter

Spring has sprung and we are in ‘spring cleaning mode’. If you are anything like us you dream of the simple, uncluttered life but the reality is we have kids and a family they come with lots of ..’stuff’

So with kids in the middle of midterm and Easter looming ahead (yes, holidays again!) we were determined to declutter.  We stumbled on a tactic that worked for us: the 5 minute fix. Focus on one area for five minutes and after five minutes walk away.   We were ruthless and binned broken toys and gave away things that our children had outgrown. We were left with 3 piles of ‘fun stuff that they still loved’: small items such as dolls’ clothes and shoes, soft toys and building blocks.  And so our stacking baskets were born. Big enough to hold lots of toys but not too deep so you can easily find them.  And not your usual plastic eyesore! we love them. Hope you do too. 

x Elizabeth and Emma

 

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December at Artisanne

It is a busy time for small business but also behind the scenes at home and as we prepare for the one point in the year where we can really take a moment and really be with family and friends. The downside is the amount of house and home preparation that that takes! 

Storage will always be an issue in a busy family home, but I have found through trial and error that handy baskets are my dream solution and thats really how this obsession with these handwoven lidded baskets began. The living room has the Round Storage for fireside kindling and another sofa side for cosy handy throws.  In my friends boot room alone she has has two. One for hats and scarves and one for slippers, always think that is such a nice idea. Just keeping the hot spots clutter free. But now for that glass of mulled wine....have a lovely Christmas.

x Elizabeth 

 

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Ethical Gift Ideas

Ethical Gift Ideas

Indeed it is still only halfway through November but Artisanne Handmade Baskets founder Elizabeth is rushing about Christmas Fairs and delivering baskets to your homes here in London already. The festive season starts early for small business and it appears for people buying gifts too! We are pleased to be part of the ultimate ethical gift round up from Pebble Magazine some good ideas here...have a read:

The Ethical Christmas Gift List from Pebble Magazine

 

 

 

 

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October is Fair Trade Month

October is Fair Trade Month

Autumn leaves are crunching underfoot, we are ignoring the urge to speak of Christmas although the shops are ushering us in that direction, but this month is important to us because it is Fair Trade Month.
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Ethical living with Artisanne- Prezola Wedding Gift List

Ethical living with Artisanne- Prezola Wedding Gift List

We are pleased to have our baskets with Prezola: Winner of Wedding Gift List of The Year 2016! Offering flexibility and a beautiful range of products ( including some ours if we could be so bold.) Here is their latest article about our work.
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Baskets, Women, Feminism: Interview with Artisanne by Where and Wear

Baskets, Women, Feminism: Interview with Artisanne by Where and Wear

Where and Where, the gorgeous lifestyle, family and interiors website has posted their interview with us! Covering how we became to be in  Senegal, starting a small business, the weaving techniques and skills involved in making our Alibaba baskets and the direct relationship we have with our talented weavers.
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Doing business under the Magic Tree

Doing business under the Magic Tree

I love my trips to Senegal. I come back humbled, exhilarated and exhausted in equal measure, and having always learnt something new from the wonderful weavers with whom we work.
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Why Artisanne?

Why Artisanne?

We are often asked why we called our business Artisanne. Could we not spell?  Was it another language? Like many new businesses in search of name, we brainstormed all sorts of ‘themes’ and options.
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The basket baby

The basket baby

Greetings are very important in Senegal. On meeting someone, one is expected to ask how the person is, how their family is and how the children are… even if you don’t know them.
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Bailgate Independent Article on Artisanne Weavers

Bailgate Independent Article on Artisanne Weavers

The Artisan Marker, which opened at number 86 Bailgate in November, offers, handmade functional goods from local, British and international artists including its very popular traditionally-made hand-woven baskets from Senegal.
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