Friday, 28 June 2013

CRAFTfest is here again!

Yes it's sofa shopping time again - CRAFTfest is open for business from now until 6th July.

There are gorgeous goodies galore with over 100 stalls showcasing everything from homewares to pet goods, bath & beauty to baby clothes. So while you're having your morning coffee, here's a peek at what's on offer from our lovely team leaders.  

The fabulous Scent Cosmetics have taken the world of soap to another level with their stunning soap art.

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Exquisite lampwork beads and buttons from The Bead Bounty

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Bright and beautiful beaded jewellery and gifts from Beaded Bazaar
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Tea cup candles, coasters and gifts from Cola Creations

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And for fellow online business owners, why not update your look with branding from  AvAnna Designs

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Visit CRAFTfest at Creative Connections all day, all night, all week 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

It's freebie magazine time!

Oops I forgot to share this month's issue of Creative Crafting magazine. Here you go...

In this months' issue I have some great recipes for penny pinching, making an Indian feast from store cupboard basics and a few bits and pieces lurking in the fridge. Enjoy!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

A new venture for the weekend - dressmaking...

What do you do on a rainy Saturday when you haven't made any plans, you don't need to be anywhere and you've got the day to yourself? Well I thought I'd give myself a challenge this weekend and try my hand at dressmaking.

This is a brand new venture for me. I've made all sorts of home furnishings and artwork but I've never tried my hand at making clothes, apart from knitting. So with my birthday gift voucher in hand, off I went to John Lewis to buy a pattern. I decided on a 1960s vintage dress pattern (well I would, wouldn't I?) as I had some of my gorgeous vintage linen rose fabric left over.And I must say, I'm really pleased with the results.

The best thing is knowing I have created something unique. I fiddled with the pattern to change the neckline so it really is my own. And it fits perfectly, unlike anything off the peg. I think I may have found a new obesession...

So to all of you potential crafters out there, follow my lead and try something new. You might just surprise yourself!

Monday, 10 June 2013

One week to closing - time to grab your place at CRAFTfest!

There's only one week left to book your stall at summer CRAFTfest. Click on the image below to go to the CRAFTfest website.

Just in case you've been hiding for a while and wondering what CRAFTfest is, here's a quick guide:

  • CRAFTfest is a virtual craft fair hosted online at Creative Connections
  • It's for crafters of all types, making and selling their own handcrafted goods
  • The fair is online 24/7 from 29th June until 6th July
  • Stalls cost just £5.00 for the whole week if you set up yourself. There are other options available if you would like us to set up for you.
  • CRAFTfest is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work, with promotion activities taking place all week
  • It's a great place to meet fellow crafters, share experiences and learn new skills.
Why not take the plunge and give it a go? You only need to have four items or more available to sell to take part so it's a great starting point if you've only just been bitten by the crafting bug. If you'd like to find out more visit the CRAFTfest website or pop onto Creative Connections, join the community and meet us in the chat room to say hi. We'd love to see you there!

Monday, 3 June 2013

My website's moving - Weebly here I come!

Times are hard at the moment aren't they and I'm sure we're all looking for ways to save money wherever we can. So you can imagine my reaction when I got a lovely automated email the other day telling me that my website hosting was up for renewal for the tidy sum of £221.00! Not a hope in hell at the moment. So please bear with me while I create a new website for free on Weebly.

The address for my website is still the same:

But for the time being you may encounter a few glitches here and there until I'm completely transferred to my new host. On the positive side, apart from being free, it gives me the chance to streamline everything and make my site easier to use. It'll all be worth it in the end I'm sure. Meanwhile, here's a sneaky peak of the new look...

I think it looks nice and fresh so I'm pretty pleased with it. Let me know what you think...