Craft community, Craft fairs

Craftfest!

Craftfest is nearly here!

Put your feet up, heat up some mulled wine and browse this unique online craft fair event, with over a hundred stalls full of  gifts, fashion, cards and art. There are stalls to browse to find gifts for him, her, home, baby and child, pets and much more besides.

Start shopping and get sorted for Christmas early at creative-connections.ning.com/

Here’s a peek at some of the goodies on sale:

For kids:

Gifts for kids at Craftfest

Gifts for kids at Craftfest

L-R – Rocket in Space (Button Owl), Personalised Red Sailboat (Isabella Winstone CreativeDesigns), Reversible Organic Cotton Aprons (The Old Button), Maxi stocking (Alice Cook Designs), White Unicorn (Magic Pumpkins and Faery Dust)

For her:

Gifts for her at Craftfest

Gifts for her at Craftfest

L-R – Needle Case (Vicky Myers Creations), Purse (Strombolitwo), Leaf necklace (The Little Red Hen), Calla Lily Soap (Scentcosmetics)

Cat and dog notecards

Cat and dog notecards

There is so much more! I am really looking forward to taking part with my stall of cards and custom drawings.

Craftfest runs from 16-23 November 2013.

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Craft community, Craft fairs

September…and thoughts turn to Christmas

The end of the summer holidays means Christmas is coming.
It might sound early, but in craft terms I’m leaving it until the last minute…

My sons (well two of them) have learnt to get in early and I’ve had their requests in. One wants a jumper, a thick, stripey one that I’ll have to find a pattern for, as well as some good value, yet good quality wool.
The other wants me to paint a scene from his favourite Ian M Banks book…quite a challenge…not just painting a sci-fi landscape, but also seeing where our imaginations collide!
My youngest is 14 and not excited at the prospect of my handmade gifts. There is time to change his mind!

I’ve also got a few craft fairs lined up.
The first is next weekend and I need to see if I can tweak my table set up to display my pictures and cards at different heights as I’ve heard this is more appealing.

I have another four before Christmas, two in November, two in December as well as the Christmas online craft fair,  craftfest which I love because it involves other crafters in promoting each other’s works. It’s a really good way to learn to promote yourself online as well as picking up sales.

My next job, as well as a couple of commissions, is to get some Christmas cards and gifts made.

I’ve been playing with ideas, but have lots more I need to experiment with/get right.

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Maybe I will start a bit earlier next year, but as I only started Pastelesta in November last year, a week before my first ever craft fair I still have a lot to learn.
And whatever I make, Christmas carols are strictly forbidden until December 1st!

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Craft fairs, Starting up

Dog show

What a beautiful bank holiday Monday for a day at the dog show.
Stall ready, the only problem today was the wind which kept blowing the cards away!

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Saw lots of beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes, so interesting to watch them all and their different personalities.
Had a few enquiries about portrait, gave out dome flyers and sold some cards so a good day.

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It was all in a good cause today with proceeds to Guide dogs for the blind and Blind Veterans UK, organised by the amazing Joshila fresh from her fundraising marathon running across the desert. Read more about her at http://www.joeythelittletrooper.com/

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You can buy my cards online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/pastelesta

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