Shops We Love: Shared Earth


Nowadays it’s naturally assumed that everyone knows what “fair trade” means, however back in 1986 “fair trade” wasn’t really a phrase that was really known. Jeremy Piercy picked up on this fact and set up the first Shared Earth shop in York.

Shared Earth’s aim is simple: “As the UK’s largest retailer and wholesaler of handmade and eco-friendly Fair Trade gifts, our aim is to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged people in developing countries, benefiting local community projects and keeping alive traditional skills that would otherwise be lost.”

As Jeremy says in his book, Coffins, Cats and Fair Trade Sex Toys, “By buying fair trade products, you can do as much good as charities, helping the people who really need it. In fact, you can do more, because if trade becomes fairer, and people throughout the world can make a better living for themselves, there wouldn’t be the need for some of these charities in the first place.”

We popped into the Liverpool store (71 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ) and bought this gorgeous rainbow Suncatcher with little birds (we took 2 pictures in our garden to show how lovely it is):



We also took some pictures inside the store and of their Father’s Day window display:










It’s such a lovely store and we can’t wait to go back and buy more lovely things! 🙂

The Liverpool store is open (subject to change):
Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm

Shared Earth also has a store in York: 1 Minster Gates, York, YO1 7HL and is open (subject to change):
Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm

It’s Friday, fancy a drink?

AAA - It's Friday - alcohol

It’s only blummin’ Friday! It has been a long week at Merryn Magazine and we can’t wait to relax with a little drink. If you’re not sure what tipple you fancy, we’re here to help! These are our favourite alcohol related finds on Not On The High Street 🙂

Top row (left to right)
Jelley’s English Elderflower Vodka from Jelley Distilleries
Cheese And Wine Hamper from Helen’s Hampers
Make Your Own Apple Cider from Victor’s Drinks

Middle row (left to right)
Cherry Brandy Liqueur from Friary Liqueurs
Mojitos Cocktail Kit from Taste Cocktails
Bottle Of Golden Caribbean Rum With Recipe Cards from The Duppy Share

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Classic Summer Cocktails from Tipple Box
Ginger Punch from World Of Zing
Set Of 24 Mixed Cocktails from Poison Cocktails

19th May is Notebook Day

Notebook Day

According to Days of the Year, today (Thursday 19th May) is Notebook Day. When we were younger, we’d spend ages making notes in our notebooks. Today, we’re exactly the same, but it seems to be a never-ending to do list! These are our favourite notebook finds on Etsy 🙂

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Personalised Boy’s Animal Notebook from Made By Ellis
Small Cactus Notebook from Not Only Polka Dots
Personalised Gift Notebook from Betsy Jarvis

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A6 Jellyfish Jotter from The Animals Of
Giraffe Notebook from Nature’s Pals
A6 Cat notebook from I Like CATS Shop

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Art and Craft Alphabet Notebook Set from Becka Griffin
Sweet sugared doughnut notebook from Petite Polly
Vintage Inspired Typewriter & Flower Print Memo Notebook from RubyUniqueGifts

18th May is Golf Day

Golf Day

According to Days of the Year, today (Wednesday 18th May) is Golf Day. Apart from a few rounds of Crazy Golf, we don’t really have any golfing experience, but it looks like a fun way to spend a day in the outdoors. These are our favourite golf related finds on Etsy 🙂

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A golfer lives here… with his best ever birdie sign from Little Chalk House
2 Golf cart charms antique silver tone TT66 from Nicole De Bruin
Personalised Golfer’s/Golfing Retirement or Father’s Day Card from Helen McCartney Designs

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Personalised Golf Cufflinks from Highland Angel Shop
Born To Golf Forced To Work Hoodie from One Two Three T
Fathers Day Golf Gift for Dad from Perfect Little Prints

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Worlds best dad par none golf farthers day golf pun light up sign from Incredible Innovation
Golf Mug, Time for Tea from Cute Craft Cabin
Golf Keychain from You Love You Shop

We are now on Spotify!

One thing we love here at Merryn Magazine, it’s music. We’ve been a bit of a late adopter to Spotify (apparently it launched in 2008 – oops!), but nevertheless, here we are! You can befriend us here 🙂

We have created a couple of playlists: New music – April 2016 and New music – May 2016 and these playlists contain both signed and unsigned UK artists. As much as we love to champion signed artists, we love music of all kinds, and want to celebrate all music, whether the artists are signed or not. We will be adding new music all time, so why not give us a follow! Also, if you know of any new music we don’t have on our playlists already, let us know so that we can include them! 🙂

National Chocolate Chip Day!

Chocolate Chip Day

We were so excited to find out it’s National Chocolate Chip Day today! They are so versatile and make plain biscuits even more tasty. Here are our favourite chocolate chip Etsy finds 🙂

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Handmade Mini Food Polymer Clay Chocolate Chip Cookie Magnet from Sweet The Small Stuff
Chocolate Biscuit Food Monster Design iPhone Galaxy Cell Phone Case from Casehype
Handmade Chocolate Chip Cookie Necklace from Shiny Creations On Etsy

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cufflinks from Mixed Up Dolly
Happy Cute Cookie Plush Cushion from Little Miss Delicious
Polymer Clay Chocolate Chip Muffin Earrings from Giraffes Kiss

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Ice Cream Cone Hair Clip from Suzzlescraft
Mint Choc Chip – White Chocolate Bar from Cocoa Tabby Chocolate
Hand drawn unisex white cotton chocolate chip cookies biscuits socks from Hand Drawn World

12th May is Nutty Fudge Day

Apparently, 12th May is Nutty Fudge Day, which is music to our ears! We’ve had a look around the internet for the loveliest fudges that we’d like to eat on Nutty Fudge Day (though really, we should have done our research a month ago to enable us to buy the goodies we’ve found online in time!). Ah well, for now, we will have to drool at the images, but hopefully not into the keyboard…

Click on the image to be taken to the relevant website 🙂

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwich Fudge from MamasCookiesFudge

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Sandwich Fudge from MamasCookiesFudge


Peanut Butter Fudge from Marmalady

Peanut Butter Fudge from Marmalady


Chocolate & Hazelnut Fudge from SweetieLoveUK

Chocolate & Hazelnut Fudge from SweetieLoveUK


Coconut & Pistachio Vegan Friendly Fudge from SweetThingsbyLeoh

Coconut & Pistachio Vegan Friendly Fudge from SweetThingsbyLeoh


Walnut Fudge from Johnson's Toffees

Walnut Fudge from Johnson’s Toffees

Shops We Love: Dollydripp

We have been scouring the internet looking for fab new shops, and we found Dollydripp! Sarah, the lovely lady behind Dollydripp, has some gorgeous outfits, sleepwear, jewellery, homewares and accessories 🙂

01. AAA ( Dollydripp)

Clockwise from top left
Black Skull and Crossbones Bustier Top, £30.00
Satin Bomber Jacket, from £95.00
Halter Neck Top, £45.00
Wet Look Skater Skirt, from £60.00

02. AAA (Dollydripp)

Clockwise from top left
Navy Anchor Pillow, £28.00
Teacup Necklace, £8.00
Pink Telephone Necklace, £4.00
Rock and Roll Cushion, £28.00

9th May is Lost Sock Memorial Day

Today (9th May) is Lost Sock Memorial Day. No-one is really sure how Lost Sock Memorial Day came to be celebrated (or should that be lamented?), but we know all about the missing sock struggle. Many a time we have been folding our washing and found that we are a sock down. Just where do they go? Is there a sock party taking place somewhere? Well, we may have found the answer…