It's all about connection & kindness...

Hello, I'm Kuhla Shine

card maker for over 30 years

and owner of Handmade Dorset.

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I believe:


Kindness makes the world go round… humour helps!


Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot.


Bespoke & quality doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

about me

Even though I’m an introvert and love quietness and solitude I’m super passionate about connecting people and celebrating life’s milestones and moments – be that a special birthday, anniversary or achievement (heck some days I want an award for getting out of bed and there’s a card for that too!).

I’m a trained fine artist and love to illustrate my stationery, yet it’s often the words and personalisation that repeat customers come back for – how magical to receive a card or gift created especially for you? As a maker it’s a delight to offer this service knowing it makes so many people happy.

what handmade dorset stands for


Having an open heart and mind – seeing the world with wonder and applying that mindset to our products.


Family and friends are a blessing – we’re here to help you tell them that you care.


Our planet is precious. Our products and packaging are made from recycled and recyclable materials.

interesting things about me

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Mum to 4 amazing kids and Nanna to 7 – that’s a lot of personalised cards!

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Neurodivergent – helps me to see and share the magic.

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An ordained Interfaith Minister – powerful fuel for my love of ceremony, celebration and finding the right words.

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3rd generation maker and now two of my daughters have handmade business' too – just don’t ask us about our craft stashes!

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Still use my local village Post Office because I believe in supporting small, independent businesses. #shopsmall

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Proud supporter of the #justacard campaign

Have your day brightened!

From Valentines, to Christmas, journalling to letter writing and printable seasonal papers – we’ve got oodles of bright, beautiful and kind stationery.

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