The UK is without doubt one of the most creative and diverse places on Earth.
The talent of makers and artists needs a vent, a channel that allows both new and experienced people the chance to market and sell their work. They also need to network with their peers to exchange ideas and experiences. The craft fair can be that channel. It challenges people, it inspires and motivates people to do better and more.
Supporting your local craft fairs as a visitor and purchaser, helps to grow the community and encourage further creative, social and community wealth.
Hopefully most of you know that I run workshops to teach others the wonderful art of hand spinning but just why is that? It is often said that one should never make a hobby oneís business or the enjoyment will be lost. That could be very true given the general pressures of running a business but I have come to understand that it is all a matter of pace even if that pace often seems unmanageable. Thatís when I really have to take a step back and reflect on what I have been doing and what I want to achieve. I often have so many ideas ... read more >
Happy Friday everyone! I am planning a weekend of painting my latest commission of a tiger, which is a bit more unusual than my usual horses! This commission is especially romantic as it was requested as a Christmas present from a loved up husband to be who wanted a special piece of artwork for his fiance, as this will be the first Christmas in their new home together! I am excited to say I have booked on to my first ever craft fair, taking place on the 11th November at Haydock Racecourse. I am very excited as I have mainly focused ... read more >
I Found out recently that I need to vacate my little workshop, so Im going to make another space in the back of my garden. Not the best timing with the run up to Christmas but never mind, it will be great when Ive finished it. Planning this sort of thing is tricky, especially when space is limited and money is tight, but its the sort of challenge I enjoy once I get going. My Art and Crafts are not the sort of thing you can do at the kitchen table, space to make a mess and be creative as well as down tools and lock up without worrying ... read more >
Hi Everybody I have been working hard since April,2018 setting up my new business Bev Heaton Designs. I make and customise bags in particular, seagrass, straw and Hyacinth beach bags with flowers, shells, beads and bows. As from Monday 22nd October,2018 I will be officially trading and ready to get out and about at my first events. I am going to try a few arts and crafts events before Christmas to see how things go and hopefully get a lot more booked in the New Year. I am going to Notcutts Garden Centre, Widnes 2nd ,3rd and ... read more >
Well, off to the craft fair at Stratford Town Hall on Sunday, 28th October. I am looking forward to meeting up with the stallholders that I saw last month and seeing what goodies they have this time. I will be taking some more Christmas things this time, as it is always a good idea to start shopping early. I have some lovely Advent calendar panels ready to be made up and they can be personalised with names if requested. My grown up children have had theirs for years and it is always a nice welcome to Christmas when they come out ... read more >
We believe that one of the best ways to grow the community is by your recommendation. It means that we need to be as good as we can be, so that you would be proud to tell your friends about us. The referral page has been available for a long time but until now there has not been a way for you to send a direct invitation to a friend. Once you have a listing on the site, you can use the referral page and have access to the new Invite a Friend form. When you invite people, that you like, and they sign up, both of you get extra quality ... read more >
Transformation is a process that we all find ourselves in and one thing I love about working with pearls and lava beads is that I am so aware of the process that each has been through before they are seen. So like our lives! Are we not all in a constant process of change as we work through or deal with all that has happened to us in life, often hidden from those around us? Consider the pearl...... It starts with an uncomfortable disturbance in the very centre and vulnerable part of the oyster. How does it cope? By enveloping ... read more >
Ive had an online shop on Etsy for just under a year now and have noticed a big difference over that time. They have change many things, such as allowing non handmade good to be sold. They have also changed the way search results work, meaning that larger, handmade items (such as my steel roses) that are not bought frequently (such as card etc that are cheaper to produce and sell) do not end up at the top of buyers search results. Not to mention the minefield of free shipping. Im getting a little fed up with it and wondered if anyone ... read more >
My name is Marie, and I have always loved sewing, purely as a hobby, and used to make a lot of cross stitched and embroidered gifts for family and friends. In 2003, a good friend of mine introduced me to machine embroidery and I was immediately hooked on the possibilities and details that I could explore. I bought my first machine second hand and loved it, but I was limited to the size of embroideries that I could do, so I bought a newer bigger machine with better scope and that was it... I was in my element. I would sew on anything ... read more >
I attended the Mynt Image Craft market at Guilford on Saturday 8th September and enjoyed every minute. Paul, who was managing the event ensured we all knew what we were doing, confirmed times with us and made us all comfortable for the day, he even gave us a quick H and S talk to ensure we knew what to do if things went wrong. He then spent most of the day outside advertising the event, calling out and spinning his sign, fantastic work. Personally I had worked hard all week (as well as the weeks before) to get ready, ensure I had ... read more >
I am delighted to have now written, illustrated and self-published two, in a new series of childrens picture story books! Both cute, rhyming tales with endearing illustrations, follow the antics of the farm and woodland creatures living in or near Yew Tree Farm. Each story also gently explores certain social or behaviour issues, within the safety of the animals world- with that all-important happy ending of course! Included in both books are optional Guidance Notes at the back, which provide possible questions and answers regarding ... read more >
I often get asked about Cleaning and Caring for Your Jewellery, whether its for a piece Iíve made or not. It really goes without saying that if you look after the jewellery you have it will last and stand the test of time. There are a few pieces of corse that will last longer than others even if you do nothing with them. For example if you own a pair of simple diamond stud earrings that you never take off, then these arenít really going to get loads of wear compared to say a ring because there in your ears! They will however get ... read more >