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Friday, 14 December 2012

Folksy Friday: Stocking fillers

There's just enough time left before Christmas to order your last few presents. Stuck for ideas to fill those stockings? I've been browsing Folksy for little gifts that would bring a smile to their faces on Christmas day.

This is my last post before Christmas. I'm taking three weeks off now to visit family and enjoy a well earned break. So I'll see you in January.

Rose fabric covered compact mirror from It was meant to Bee#
Appliqued heart keyring from Buttercup Boutique
Robin brooch from The Imagination of Ladysnail
Felt and button hair clips from Marthamoo Beads
Green button earrings from The Button Box
Rudolf magnet from The Mosaic Garden
Felt reindeer decoration from Simply Creative
Tinos mini map jotter from say it

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Folksy Five #12

The observant among you will notice that there are only four Folksy shops featured in today's Folksy Five post. It's a busy time of year, particularly when all your orders are handmade, packaged and dispatched by you. Thank you very much to the four shops who did find the time to take part.

If you have any last minute Christmas shopping to do it's definitely worth checking out the handmade goodies made by these very talented designer-makers. Click on the shop banners to head over to their shops on Folksy.

And as usual I asked each seller to pick their favourite item from the say it Folksy shop.

Skiddaw button magnets
chosen by Felt Mountain Studios
Santa Maria gift tags
chosen by LO! Designz
Rhodes map notebook
chosen by Prince Design UK
Munich vintage sheet music notebook
chosen by Kirstie's Allsorts

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Wednesday One Day Sale

Thank you cards handmade by say it

For the final time this year, here is today's Wednesday One Day Sale.

Wednesday One Day Sale

All packs of thank you cards and notecards are half price.

Pack of two notecards handmade

That's a pack of two cards for just £1.50 plus P+P.

Handmade notecards with little white flowers

Grab a couple of packs of notecards now so that you're ready to write your Christmas thank you letters!

Hello notecards handmade by say it

Friday, 7 December 2012

Folksy Friday: Why are men so hard to buy for?

Both my dad and my husband have Christmas birthdays, which is so inconsiderate of them as it means I have to think of twice as many things to buy them! I don't know why men should be so hard to buy for, but it always seems much easier to think of things for women. However, I have been searching Folksy and have surprised myself in finding lots of lovely gifts that would make very nice presents for the guys.

Beech tablet stand from Beba Bespoke
Skinny knitted tie from murraynag designs
Chai stripe kindle case from Leanne Woods Designs
Wooden bowl from JVKWoodArt

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Wednesday one day sale

This week's one day sale is...

Buy one pack of gift tags and get one free.

Pop one in your basket and let me know in the comments box at checkout which pack you'd like free.

That's 8 Christmas tags for £2. Amazing price for handmade tags.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Craft Fairs

I'm not sure at what point I decided that two craft fairs on consecutive days was a good idea... I spent most of last week worrying that I'd run out of stock at the first fair and have nothing left for the second.

My stall at Swanland Nurseries Christmas Market

I didn't need to panic though, because I hardly sold anything at the fair on Friday. 7 hours standing in the cold for little profit. It was plenty busy enough, and there was a great range of stalls, so the organisers weren't to blame. It was a lovely event, people were just watching their pennies. 

Saturday afternoon I sold three times as many items in a third of the time, at a little local church fair. It was very, very busy, again with more people browsing than spending, but it was much more worth me going. 

My stall at St Andrew's Church Christmas fair

The most popular item by far was these music notebooks. I only had one left for the stall on Saturday and that sold in the first five minutes. They've been selling well online as well, I can't make them fast enough! 

That's it for craft fairs this year. I will have to think long and hard about whether it is worth doing any next year. By the time you take into consideration the fee for the stall and the cost of my time preparing and on the day, it's much cheaper to stick to online selling.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Folksy Friday: Gifts for the ladies

This week I've been browsing Folksy for luxury gifts for the ladies in your life. Whether they be mums, wives, girlfriends, sisters or daughters there are so many lovely handmade gifts on Folksy it was hard to choose just a few. The links to the items are below the picture - please pop over and see what else these wonderful shops have to offer.

Chunky bead amethyst necklace from Anna King Jewellery
Sea green knitted lambswool scarf from Gabrielle Vary Knitwear
Heather purple hat from More Tea Vicar
Small felt pouch from Created and Felted
Kingfisher knot brooch from Ritzy Swish
Red ribbon flowers from ffflowers

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Interesting Reads #2

Just a few of the things I've been reading / making / pouring over in the last couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy them too.

I've been making these origami boxes out of vintage maps and they look fab. 

Just, wow!

I've only had chance for a quick glance through but it looks excellent and I'm looking forward to finding time to sit down with it in the new year.

Some great tips from Handmade Success for things you can easily do to improve your blog (this isn't a new post, but I only just found it).

Definitely one to come back to when I'm thinking about getting my own site. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wednesday One Day Sale

Welcome to the Wednesday One Day Sale. This week I'm linking my one day sale to CRAFTfest.

Pop over here to browse the Christmas cards in my CRAFTfest stall. Choose one you'd like to buy - and another that you would like to get for free.  Then pay here by adding this special one day sale listing to your basket and let me know which two cards you would like.

This offer applies to all single Christmas cards. Only until midnight though, so hurry up!

Monday, 26 November 2012

CRAFTfest: lets go shopping

The largest international online craft fair is well under way. Over 250 independent sellers have come together to offer you a unique shopping experience. From the comfort of your own home, browse hundreds of handmade items including jewellery, beauty products, cards, fashion and toys. A great place to do your Christmas shopping.

We've had over 40,000 views in the first 3 days! Please consider popping over to take a look at the very talented craftsmanship of these makers. 

These are some of my favourite items. Click on each image to view the rest of the items for sale from that stall. And don't forget to take a look at the say it stall too!

Oakapple and Rose
Created in Cloth
Personal Space Interiors
Bonnie Beads
Woolly Pig Designs
Serenity Potions
Hannahbella Cards and Lovehuggles
Raven's Stained Glass
Scent Cosmetics

It's been a while since I last linked in with Handmade Monday, but if there's not enough handmade goodness for you at CRAFTfest pop over and take a look at the lovely things the Handmade Monday-ers have been making this week.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas gift tags

Some of the very organised among us have nearly finished their Christmas shopping. I even have one friend who has all her presents wrapped! Though most of us are a few weeks behind the super-prepared, we will need to get round to shopping and wrapping at some point. And when that happens, we will need to label our presents so we know who to give them to and they know who they are from.

There was one Christmas I can remember where we all had to swap presents amongst ourselves and try and guess who should have which one as all the labels had fallen off. They are an important addition to a present!

You could put a boring white sticky label on. Or one of those slightly more festive decorated ones. But if you want your presents to stand out from the pile under the tree you'll need a good quality gift tag. Why not consider buying handmade tags this year and supporting small businesses. See my range of gift tags here, or browse Folksy for lots of lovely handmade wrapping and tags.

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