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Friday, 13 December 2013

Last order dates for Christmas

It's pretty manic here at the moment with orders flying in. I've just reached 200 sales on Folksy and have had my busiest month ever since starting my business, smashing my targets for the year. And to celebrate I shall be having some proper time off over Christmas - I think I've earned it!

If you'd like to buy something from the say it shop, please get your orders in by this Sunday, 15th December. I'm going to close shop Monday morning to give me chance to make up all the orders and get them in the post so they arrive in time for Christmas. All my shops will be closed until Saturday 4th January, so make sure you get your orders in this weekend.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

St Andrew's Church Fair

I don't do very many craft fairs because they tend to be a bit hit and miss. It's a big time commitment to make up enough stock and spend the hours stood behind the stall selling it. It's great when they go well, but a bit of a risk if you've not done that fair before and don't know how much you'll sell. Also, now a lot of my new products are personalised it's pretty hard to sell these at a craft fair.

So this Christmas I have done just one craft fair, at my local church. Out of all the ones I've done before it is by far the best. There was a great atmosphere and it was very busy. They combined it with the village Christmas light switch on, and the brownies sang Christmas carols round the newly lit tree.

So here are a couple of photos of my stall. As I don't do many fairs I haven't invested in many props or stands. The lady next to me had a fab card rack that looked really professional, so I was a little jealous! But I think my stall looked ok. And customers seemed to think so as they were happy to spend - it was the best fair I've ever done. It's satisfying at the end of the day to feel like you've actually been paid a decent wage for once!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Music inspired gifts

I can't believe how close we're getting to Christmas! Last order dates are fast approaching so this will be the final gift guide for this year.

This week I've been browsing my favourite handmade shops searching for Christmas gifts that anyone musical would like. From guitar patterns to upcycled records, these are my favourite music inspired gifts.

Guitar pendant necklace by Baronyka on Misi
Treble Clef clock by Neltempo on Etsy
Cassette notepad by Fresh Creative Designs on Folksy
Musical notes iphone case by Cambridge Craft Studio on Etsy
Black and white keyboard cufflinks by Urbaneye Cufflinks on Folksy
Vintage sheet music heart brooch by House of Ismay on What I Always Wanted
Guitar noticeboard by Chandler's Country Gifts on Wow Thank You
Record bookends by When the Music's Over on Etsy

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Blog and Buy Sale Christmas Wish List

Have you seen the Blog and Buy Sale Christmas Wish List? It's a collection of over 250 products showcasing the very best creative gifts from artists and designers. There are some fantastic present ideas included this year, and I'm delighted that two of my products are among them.

I thought I might share with you some of my other favourites too. But it really is worth checking out the whole Wish List because there are far too many amazing products to share here.

Hand thrown ceramic mug
by Helen Faulkner Ceramics

Flying owl illustrated lamp
by A Northern Light

Food guide tea towel
by Food Guide UK

Autumn oak table lamp
by Hunkydory Home

Perpetual calendar
by Block Design

Christmas bingo game
by This Is Knockout

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