Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Happy Christmas from Crafts for Charity

One last blog post from Crafts for Charity before the Christmas festivities start to wish everybody who has supported the crafts directory over the last year a very happy Christmas and New Year!

Crafts for Charity has gone from strength to strength in 2010 and I am looking forward to seeing how it further develops and supports handmade crafts and charities in 2011. The directory currently has 113 talented crafters listed and has now raised £480 for charity which is superb!

Crafts for Charity Christmas
I would like to welcome the latest crafter to join this week who has made two listings in the crafts directory and has also given me lots of suggestions and great support.

Many thanks to Seodra Gift Emporium and their stunning handmade jewellery at Seodra Jewellery and their super cute baby gifts sets and accessories from Seodra Tots.

Thank you again to everyone for your support this year and I am looking forward to next year which will be a great year for handmade crafts and supporting charities.

Happy Christmas!

Mick

Monday, 29 November 2010

More Handmade Jewellery for Charity

I hope everybody is well and keeping warm, it is a little fresh outside isn’t it! It feels like months since I last blogged, but I am sure it hasn’t really been that long. It has been a little quiet recently with people joining the crafts directory; however I had a nice surprise this week when two more handmade jewellery makers joined the directory.

This makes a total of thirty-four handmade jewellery artists to join the crafts directory which is incredible and such great talent too! I am even considering splitting the jewellery category into sub-categories, maybe by jewellery type just so that it doesn’t become one great long list!
jewellery for charity
The crafts directory has now raised £476 for charity (so close to the £500 that I was hoping we could raise by the end of the year).

So many thanks to the following who joined this week, I really do appreciate you getting involved.

The first thank you goes to Beau Jewellery who designs and makes unique jewellery using a wide variety of materials including wood and glass beads, Millefiori pendants and Swarovski crystals.

The second thank you goes to Erika Price Designs and her Etsy shop selling beautiful lampwork glass and sterling silver necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She also donates all her profits to charity!

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support and don’t forget that if you want to treat you or a loved one to some gorgeous handmade, please visit the crafts for charity jewellery page!

Mick

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Get a Movember Moustache Necklace

Yes you read the title correctly, the month formerly known as November has been declared as a moustache growing charity event by the Movember foundation in aid of Prostate Cancer.

The latest featured crafter in the crafts directory is Stars & Scars who is selling Moustache necklaces and for every necklace sold £1 is being donated to the Movember Foundation. These will make great Christmas presents for either a lady or a man, each moustache is hand-drawn and you even get the choice of the style of moustache; there is the Handlebar, the Dali, the Hillbilly and the Poirot.
Moustache Necklace
You can read more about Stars &Scars and find a link to her Folksy shop here: Stars & Scars Crafting for Charity.

Apart from the latest featured crafter there have been no new listings in the crafts directory this week. Onwards and Upwards!

Mick

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Art and Craft Fair in aid of the British Red Cross

I hope everyone is well and preparations are going to plan for Christmas. I have added news of a Art and Craft fair to the crafts directory this week. It is being held on Saturday 11th December in Knutsford and is being held in aid of the British Red Cross. Further details can be found on the Crafting for Charity website page, so if you get chance please enquire about having a table or pop along for some Christmas shopping!
British Red Cross Craft Fair
We have had one new listing in the crafts directory this week, so welcome and many thanks for joining (the first Polymer Clay artist to join the directory) to Ama Aqua cake toppers who as the title suggests make beautiful bespoke handcrafted polymer clay cake toppers and ornaments.

If anybody hears of any craft events or groups raising money for charity please let me know. I have been experiencing quite a lot of trouble this week trying to get information from such groups. It appears that nobody wants free advertising for their fund raising!

Mick

Friday, 29 October 2010

Crafting for Charity – Helping a Good Cause

Hi all, I hope you are all well and busy crafting in readiness for the Christmas rush! You may remember during my recent blog giveaway that one comment that was raised was to have a news section for the charities that the crafts directory supports.

Well, I have made a start on that this week, but have initially created a page that provides news on craft events and schemes where we can use our crafting talents to help a good cause. This will provide details of craft fairs and other craft related initiatives such as sewing, knitting or card making for charity or a good cause. The page can be found here: Crafting for Charity, please take a look and let me know what you think.


If anybody finds anything that I can add to this page, please email me and I will be more than happy to add it to the news. It doesn’t have to be charity related, as long as it is a good cause and related to the making of handmade crafts.

No new listings in the crafts directory this week (it has gone a little quiet in that area). But we have had a new featured crafter added to the increasing list of arts and crafts makers who help charity. Many thanks to The House of Zed who make Martingale collars and accessories and regularly donate these to raise funds for dog rescues and charities.

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support, and don’t forget to consult the crafts directory when you are looking for those handmade Christmas presents.

Mick

Friday, 22 October 2010

Support Handmade and Charity this Christmas

With the ever increasing number of quality handmade crafts joining the crafts directory, there is no better place to shop for handmade products this Christmas. All of the makers have supported charity through joining the directory and we even have a section devoted to crafts that support charity through their work.

The featured crafts section of the crafts directory is really taking off and I am personally finding it really enjoyable finding these makers of handmade who support charity through their work.

The additions to the featured crafts section this week include SimJaTa who is donating a custom handmade tote bag to raise funds for Woof Beginnings Christmas auction 2010.

Also we have featured Handmade by Jess who is selling Sterling Silver Awareness Ribbon Charms to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and donating jewellery in support of Women for Women.

smiley handmade snowman
We have had three new lovely crafts join the crafts directory this week, so a big thanks to:

The first thank you this week goes to Handmade by Jess and her hand crafted jewellery incorporating a variety of materials, including crystals, glass beads, Swarovski pearls, sterling silver charms and silver plated findings.

The second thank you goes to Sparrow Primitives specialise in quality, unusual handmade gifts and home accessories. Choose from a wide range of shabby chic, primitive and country style items and bring a touch of vintage charm to your home.

The third thank you goes to Bits and Bobs Crafts and her craft blog that promotes the use of recycled, upcycled and surplus stash materials to make beautiful things. The craft blog Includes promotion of Folksy sellers, ideas exchange, design processes and focuses on vintage items.

Don’t forget that if you are looking for unique Christmas presents this year, please consult the crafts directory. You will find lots of handmade products made by crafters who care.

Mick

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Featured crafts who raise money for charity

If you have visited the crafts directory recently you may have noticed a new addition to the website, featuring arts and crafts that raise money for charity through their work.

This is where we will make a feature, i.e. dedicate a whole page to anybody who makes handmade goods and sells them in aid of charity. This can be either a percentage of profits go to charity; the handmade items are donated to charity of by helping to raise money for a charity through craft fairs for example.

So far we have three featured crafts, Ciren’s Call who raises money who raises money for the Many Tears animal rescue, Sew Mama who supports the Macmillan Cancer Support and Glamglass Gifts who raises funds for the Eyefund. You can read about their stories on the website.

Featured Crafts
If you are one of those people who help charity through your arts and crafts, please email me and I would love to make a feature of you on the website.

We have had one new member join the directory this week and it is her second listing for the lovely SimJaTa. This time it is her Special by SimjaTa Folksy shop selling carefully hand crafted specials including handmade scarves.

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support for the crafts directory and if you know of anyone who supports charity through craft, please send them my way!

Mick

Thursday, 7 October 2010

CraftsforCharity on Facebook

For those who haven't come across our facebook page yet, CraftsforCharity has launched a facebook page to spread the word to a wider audience. Many thanks to my blog follower Grannysmither who suggested that we should have one during the recent blog giveaway. The facebook page was launched this week and within three hours of being online we had over 100 fans, and this number is growing every day. So many thanks to those who have 'liked' the page and if you haven't yet, you can find us here:

http://www.facebook.com/Craftsforcharity

facebook button
I will use the page to announce changes to the crafts directory (of which there are several planned), new members of the directory and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

Talking of new members, we have had a couple of new crafts join the directory this week:

The fist thank you this week goes to Cherry Tree Handmades who sell handmade items using crochet, knitting and textiles to include traditional granny blankets, scarves, cards and pictures, through their Folksy shop.

The second thank you this week goes to Sew Mama who produce handmade boutique baby bags and handbags with matching accessories. Sew Mama Donating 5% of all sales to the Macmillan charity.

Many thanks to everyone again for your support. I am currently working through the comments left as part of the recent blog giveaway, so expect a few changes to the directory in the near future...and don't forget to fan our facebook page.

Mick

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The 1st Blog Giveaway winner is...

Many thanks to those who took part in my 1st Blog giveaway, I have had some great comments on how the crafts directory can be improved, and have already started to implement them.

The comments that I have taken into consideration and will be implementing are:

SimJaTa – ‘its just perfect as it is’
Shpangle – ‘expand the website into promoting crafters who already make for charity’
Monkeyloulou – ‘clickable adds that people could donate’
Grannysmither – ‘a facebook page’
Top Floor T – ‘see some news from the charities’

So in total I had 5 comments (including my own) so that means the blog giveaway raised £3 for charity. I have donated this to St John Ambulance. I know I stated that it would be given to a random charity; however I changed my own rules and decided to donate it to the charity with the lowest number of donations made on the website, and think that is fair. You can see the donation on the JustGiving page:

http://www.justgiving.com/Crafts-for-Charity-St-John-Ambulance

So now to the big question, who is the winner of the giveaway....

DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....


....well I said it would be random

MORE DRUM ROLL....


....but then changed the rules again....

EVEN MORE DRUM ROLL....


....and have decided to give it to...

AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF DRUM ROLL...



...... everyone!

No, you don’t have to share it, but I have made four so you can have one each. If you can email me your address (crafts [at] craftsforcharity.co.uk) that will be great and I will get them sent out this week.

Many thanks and congratulations to everyone for taking part, and I am already looking forward to the next one!

Mick

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Crafts Directory with a Heart

It is great to see this week new listings from some really talented crafters and even a craft supplier. If you are looking for a handmade Christmas present this year, don't forget to consult the crafts directory. You will find gorgeous handmade gifts all handmade by people who care!

Heart Crafts
To welcome the latest crafts to register with the crafts directory this week I would like to say a big thank you to:

The first thank you this week goes to Court & Spark. The Folksy shop selling handmade textiles by Philippa Harding Brand who is and currently making and selling Christmas Decorations for the 2010 holiday season.

The second thank you this week is for Little Dragon Jewellery who creates original designer jewellery, handcrafted in Yorkshire. The jewellery is predominantly made from sterling silver, beads and polymer clay.

The third thank you is for Sprinkles and her Folksy shop selling handmade necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more...I even noticed a Twilight Edward/Jacob themed bottle opener keyring when I went to visit her shop.

The fourth thank you is for Moody Cow Designs and her Folksy shop selling handmade bags of all shapes and sizes. She design and create unique handmade handbags and accessories and each piece is made with love and care.

The fifth thank you this week is for MakingYourOwnCandles who offer a range of high quality candle making kits, ingredients and equipment aimed both at experienced candle makers and newcomers to this wonderful hobby.

Many thanks to everyone, and for your continued support for the directory. Don't forget there is a poster that can be downloaded from the site here : CraftsforCharity Poster

Mick

Monday, 27 September 2010

Blog Giveaway!

It has been a great achievement for the crafts directory this week, having had it's 100th craft listing and we have also now raised over £400 for charity!

So to celebrate I am going to do a blog giveaway. I am always looking for new ways to expand the crafts directory to make it an even more useful resource for crafters and visitors. I am asking for comments and suggestions on what additions you would like made to the website to make it an even more useful resource for both crafts and charities.

The winner will get this Cake Sprinkle pendant, handmade by me at Shpangle Jewellery. You can either keep it for yourself or it would make a lovely Christmas present.

Cake Sprinkle Pendant
The rules of the giveaway are as follows:

1) You must be following this blog and registered with the crafts directory.

2) You need to comment on this blog post with your suggested addition or idea that you would like to see made to Crafts4Charity.

3) Only one comment per person and each suggested idea should be unique, and not repeated by another comment.

For each unique and achievable comment (decided by me), I will donate 50p to a charity listed in the crafts directory.

The giveaway will close at Midnight on 4th October. I will then announce the winner some time during Tuesday 5th October, when I will also announce the total money raised, and the charity it will be going to, all randomly decided.

Good Luck and I look forward to your comments!

Mick

Friday, 24 September 2010

CraftsforCharity Blog Giveaway Soon!

The first news this week is that the crafts directory has now raise £389.50 for charity and has now 97 crafts listed. I have always said that when we achieve 100 crafts I will do a blog giveaway. This will be a giveaway to charity but will involve everybody so watch this space for the coming week or so!

Blog Giveaway
We have lots of new lovely crafts listed in the directory this week

The first thank you this week goes to JB Woodcraft who creates traditional games , puzzles, wooden bookmarks, quilter’s rulers, wooden card embellishments, fridge magnets, all crafted in wood by JB.

The second thank you goes to Yiotas Xstitch who design and produce unique and original cross stitch kits and patterns with whole stitches only. Their patterns are available by post or by download!

The third thank you goes to Gill Oglesby Jewellery who specialise in handcrafted gemstone jewellery. Using high quality materials, such as Sterling Silver beads, semi-precious gemstone beads and freshwater pearls.

The fourth thank you goes to If I was a Rich Girl and her Folksy shop selling Jewellery for special occasions. Beautiful jewellery you won't find in the shops, and ideal jewellery for all special occasions, wedding, birthday, anniversary.

The fifth thank you goes to Skyjewels and their Folksy shop selling a variety of handmade jewellery and wedding accessories available, from value pieces to bespoke pieces. Christmas items are also available too!

Many thanks to everyone, and be prepared for the giveaway!

Mick

Friday, 17 September 2010

CraftsforCharity Directory Poster

The first news this week is that I have added a downloadable CraftsForCharity poster/leaflet onto the website. It is in .pdf format and can be printed directly from the site by clicking on the poster image. Feel free to hand it out or display at craft fairs etc to help promote the crafts directory to a wider audience.

You can access the poster from my website page here: CraftsforCharity Poster.



As promised I need to thank the latest entries into the directory including the first artist to be registered with the directory.

The first thank you this week goes to Diggi Woodturning who creates unique hand turned gifts for all occasions. Ideal for weddings, anniversaries, retirement, birthdays, plus special awards or achievements.

The second thank you is for Alyssa Smith Jewellery, who creates stylish and unique jewellery handcrafted in her Hertfordshire workshop. Her collections capture the essence of nature, romance and fairy tale themes!

The third thank you goes to Soap of the Earth for their Handmade Natural Soaps and Toiletries. They have developed over 30 unique recipes incorporating the very best of natural botanical skin care products.

The fourth thank you goes to Card Making Princess and her folksy shop selling unique and one of a kind cards for all occasions. All her cards come in a cello bag, from a smoke free and pet free home.

The fifth thank you goes to Heidi Bjork who is an Icelandic freelance artist living in the UK and paints watercolor art in black & white. Heidi’s latest black and white watercolor art features love, romance and passion.

The sixth thank you goes to the SewingCafe who provide a wide range of cross stitch kits, tapestry kits and other quality sewing materials and items. They offer free UK delivery and will deliver worldwide!

Many thanks to everyone!

Mick

Monday, 13 September 2010

Thank you to the Folks of Folksy

I've had lots of new entries in my crafts directory this week and a lot of that has been down to the lovely people of Folksy who have helped to make the directory more visible. From messages on their forum to posting on facebook and twitter they have managed to not only attract more wonderful members to the directory but have helped to raise even more money for charity.

Crafts Directory - Folksy
I have become a little behind with my thank you's again this week so there will be more later on in the week.

The first thank you this week goes to The Doll House who produces funky cards, prints, gifts and even T-shirts. The Dolls House can even personalise your chosen item at no extra cost!

The second thank you goes to Silky Prudence who makes hand knitted and vintage inspired accessories including shawls and funky neck warmers in the softest wool and cute little scarves in the season’s favourite colours.

The third thank you goes to Bright Sparkle Jewellery who makes unique handmade jewellery to add fun and colour to any outfit and for any occasion; all handmade with love and care, using high quality materials.

The fourth thank you goes to Higgs & Kisses who crochet accessories and children's clothes. Her creations include brooches, baby shoes, hats and even crochet book marks, all handmade with love.

The fifth thank you goes to Owl Loves Panda who produce delicate, dainty and quirky jewellery inspired by nature, pastel colours, animals, vintage fabric and anything romantic.


Many thanks to the people of Folksy and everyone for all your efforts in promoting the directory.

Mick

Monday, 6 September 2010

Craft Suppliers Welcome

I am only going to give a quick blog update this week on our crafts directory. We have only had one new listing this week within our crafts directory however it is nice to welcome another arts and crafts supplier to the directory.

The directory has become a great resource for anybody looking for quality handmade crafts, suppliers of craft making equipment and supplies and even a few blogs.

Crafts Directory - Suppliers
The thank you this week goes to Jasmines Cards, a family run business which started in early 2007. Jasmines Cards supply craft and scrapbooking supplies including cardstock, tools and accessories, stamping products and just about everything for your crafting needs. They also have a wedding section that supplies wedding stationery and gift ideas for your wedding day.

Again I would like to thank everyone for talking, messaging, tweeting and everything else you are doing to help the directory grow and in turn raise lots of money for charity.

Mick x

Friday, 27 August 2010

More Talented Crafters

As promised in my last blog post, I would like to welcome more talented crafts who have registered recently with my crafts directory recently. Most of these have joined as a result of the lovely messages that were put on the Folksy forum so many thanks for the people of Folksy for helping me to promote the craft directory. Included in the list of talented crafters who have recently joined is the first knitting craft to join the directory!

Crafts Directory - Knitting
The first thank you goes to The Crafty Bride and her Folksy shop selling boa scarves and other accessories such as lace shawls which are perfect for weddings. Many other handmade accessories are also available too.

The second thank you goes to Maxine Veronica Jewellery and her Folksy shop selling unique handmade jewellery. She only makes one-of-a-kind jewellery and has a passion for making handmade beads using polymer clay.

The third thank you goes to Bliss Knits and the first knitting craft to register with my directory. Her Folksy shop sells lots of accessories and home-ware that she has hand knitted or crocheted; perfect as gifts or to treat yourself.

The fourth thank you goes to Averilpam Design and her Folksy shop selling handmade one-of-a-kind jewellery and bags. She makes her own handmade beads for use in her jewellery with both
silver and copper components.

The fifth thank you goes to Rainbow Rocks and her Folksy shop selling beautiful pieces of jewellery using semi precious gemstones of all colours of the rainbow. Bespoke jewellery orders are also welcomed.

The sixth thank you goes to Time and Tide Jewellery and their beaded jewellery making workshops and charity events, based in Wiltshire. A large part of Time & Tide Jewellery’s events involve Charity Fund Raising.

The seventh thank you goes to Sadaqards and their Folksy shop selling a selection of handmade and alternative cards to both raise awareness and money for the Pakistan Flood Appeal.

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support for the crafts directory.

Mick x

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Great achievement for the crafts directory

Another fantastic week for the crafts directory with lots of new listing and donations to charity. Many thanks for the lovely people on Folksy for their help promoting the directory on the Folksy forum and it has meant that the directory has now raised over £300 for charity WOW!! It has only been going three months and has managed to raise a huge amount for charity and has attracted lots of gorgeous crafts...now over 75 lovely crafts!

Crafts Directory - 300
I have had so many listings in the directory this week so this will have to be another 2-part blog post, so if you are not welcomed here, I promise that you will be on my next blog post later this week.

The first thank you goes to Cards and Candles for All Occasions and their second listing in the crafts directory, this time for their gorgeous candles. All candles are hand poured using Ecosoy wax, and can be handcrafted to your personal requirements.

The second thank you goes to Unique Beaded Gems and their handmade 'one off' pieces of jewellery, made using semi precious gemstone beads. Specialising in chunky jewellery, they also offer a bespoke design service.

The third thank you goes to Mi Mi B and their handcrafted jewellery made using a variety of quality materials including, sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, Murano glass and freshwater pearls.

The fourth thank you goes to Helen Jane's Designs and her Folksy shop selling gifts and home accessories, all handmade by Helen Jane from her little cottage in Rural Wales. Her items are made using new or recycled & vintage fabrics and embellishments

The fifth thank you goes to Top Floor Treasures and her Folksy shop selling handmade fabric treasures including cushions, pencil cases, decorations, buttons, etc. Customisation requests are always welcome, and a good, friendly customer service her priority.

The sixth thank you goes to Made By Val and her Folksy shop specialising in handmade, fairy doors, I spy bags, various magnetic items, hair accessories and many other gorgeous and high quality craft items. Custom orders are also always welcome.

Many thanks again to everyone!

Mick

Monday, 16 August 2010

Another great week for CraftsforCharity

It has been another fantastic week for the Crafts Directory with another five crafts businesses joining the directory. Somebody pointed out recently how the crafts directory 'has some very fine talent on it'...and I totally agree. All of the crafts listed in the directory are extremely tallented and produce high quality items. It is such a bonus being able to do this directory as I get to visit all the fantastic websites, shops and blogs by these crafts people..I have even bought one or two things off some of them too!

Sunflowers
So, to welcome the new crafts businesses whome have joined the directory this week I would like to thank:

The first thank you goes to Claire Manwani Potter and her very unique handmade ceramics, many of which are functional, including items that have a use around the home. You have just got to visit this website to see the ceramic cat...a must for any cat lover!

The second thank you goes to Bigbluebed and her Etsy shop selling handmade textiles, flowers and Dorset buttons. Bigbluebed will also create custom Dorset buttons for your sewing, crafts, outfits or to decorate your accessories.

The third thank you goes to Craftee Cardz and her blog containing information about her craft experiences, ideas and where she can be found to purchase her lovely cards. Craftee Cardz produce Handmade greetings cards for all occasions: birthdays, Christmas, Easter, as well as personalised cards.

The fourth thank you goes to Pixie Doodles who as a needle felting artist, specialises in making unique, one of a kind teddy bears, animals,creatures, brooches and felted jewellery. All of her creations are needle felted by hand using only the best quality materials.

The fifth thank you goes to Natty Netty who sell a variety of card making supplies, specialising in Iris Folding, Die-cut Decoupage and Wedding Stationery materials. Established in 2005, Natty Netty is the winner of Best Independent UK Craft Retailer in the 2009/10 Craft Business Awards.

The directory is now a great resource for anybody wanting to buy handmade, however their are a few categories that are empty...so keep spreading the word!

Many thanks

Mick

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Too Expensive to Promote my Craft

I was a little annoyed recently (and I rarely get annoyed), when a facebook 'friend' suggested that many people were not joining my crafts directory because they couldn't afford it in these 'hard' times...

Excuse me? But the minimum donation is £2 - just £2 and for that you get a listing for life, plenty of promotion and all the money is going to charity. There is no catch at all. And did they realise that whilst trying to promote their craft using 'free' tools such as Facebook, Twitter, forums etc it is still costing money (electricity, PC wear and tear and not to mention loss of production).

Piggy Bank
I just don't get comments like that and they are very negative. I am trying my hardest to do something good with this for everybody. This week a fellow crafter informed me that they had received hits to their website from the crafts directory. And this can also be confirmed by the click counts against all the directory entries.

The directory is obviously ranked highly by Google for crafts/charity combination searches, and the directory get hits every day from people searching for this. It is even ranked on page two of Google for 'crafts directory' search, and that is after just 3 months of being online!

Rant over lol...on a lighter note I need to catch up on the latest entries to the directory, so a huge thank you to:

The first thank you goes to Charters Jewellery and her wonderful blog about her one of a kind jewellery creations. Charters jewellery is totally unique and she is always experimented with her techniques and mediums.

The second thank you goes to Happy Sheep Designs and the photographic work of Judith M. Passant. As well as providing photographic prints and cards, she also provides a photographic service for artists and craftspeople.

The third thank you goes to Busy Ted cards that are also created by Judith M. Passant. As well as unique cards featuring Busy Ted you can also purchase other merchandise such as notebooks, rulers mousemats and keyrings.

The fourth thank you goes to Wood Tattoos and their Pyrography designs. A wide range of designs and gifts are available incorporating the art of Pyrography and Simon Easton has also published a book "Woodburning with Style" (Fox Chapel Publishing).

Thank you all, and thank you for reading my rant!

Mick

Friday, 6 August 2010

Back from my Hols

I have fallen way behind with my Thank you blogs again so apologies everyone for that!

I shouldn't really give excuses, but I have recently got from a lovely holiday in Cornwall and have lots of custom jewellery requests that have built up while I was away. That and trying to fit everything in around two very demanding children who are on their school holidays. It's going to be a very long 4 or 5 weeks and I think I am going to need another holiday by the time they go back to school.

Mick - Shpangle Jewellery
This is Round 1 of several thank you blogs while I try to catch up. The directory is going very well, with 62 crafts now listed and it has raised £268 + £47.39 for charity! I am debating whether to expand it to allow crafters to submit stories about how specific or generally charities have helped them in life...if you think it is a bad/good idea please let me know.

The newest members (and apologies for those I haven't got around to yet) are:

The first thank you goes to Coconut Blush and their handmade soap from the heart of the Peak District. As well as making natural soaps, bath products and gifts they specialise in soap for sufferers of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

The second thank you goes to Raggedy Homespun Crafts who make handmade dolls and home accessories. Using only good quality cotton and fabrics they make personalised stitcheries and bunting, home accessories and of course their unique ragdolls.

The third thank you goes to Pipistrelle and her Etsy shop selling beautiful Crochet bags, scarves, brooches, keyrings, purses...in fact everything crochet. A notable feature of her work is the seamless, flowing nature her designs.

The fourth thank you goes to ZaksJewel and their gorgeous looking website selling modern and stylish sterling silver jewellery. Their aim is to produce beautiful, unique pieces of jewellery that make people happy, and many of the pieces are one-offs.

...more Thank you's to come soon!

Many thanks again to everyone for all your support with the directory.

Mick

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Quiet Zippy

Well it had to happen sometime, but with the continued success over the last few weeks with new listings, the crafts directory has been a little quiet this week. I have been feeling conscious that I may be boring people a little with all my tweeting and facebook comments trying to promote the directory that I have also been quiet this week. That and being very busy with my jewellery making and other events like my little boy having Chicken Pox!

Zippy
Anyway, I realise this would happen from time to time so I would welcome any comments on how to promote the crafts directory even further than it has been. Having said all that, we have still had some very much appreciated new listings in the directory this week and even an addition of another charity to the list. As requested by a fellow crafter I have now included The Brain and Spine Foundation to the directory.

So to welcome the latest crafters who have listed since my last blog, a Huge Thank you goes to:

The first thank you goes to Raicreation Designs and her second listing with her Etsy shop selling beautiful handcrafted jewellery that can be purchased in US Dollars.

The second thank you goes to Lou Lou's luxuries and her folksy shop selling quirky, cute and beautiful hand made jewellery Using vintage pieces wherever possible.

...and the last thank you go to me! Although when I initially launched the directory I included my website, I neglected to add my blog and have forgotten about it all this time. So this week I added my blog and made my second donation to a charity..and wow doesn't it feel good doing something for somebody else like that!

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support with the crafts directory and I hope it not only brings you business but continues to raise lots of money for charity.

Mick

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Playing with Numbers

I know this probably sounds sad, but I do love statistics, maths and playing with numbers! I am certainly not a geek, and it is probably due to my engineering background but I get quite a thrill having the challenge of working with numbers. I have spent many an hour throughout my career as a computer engineer staring at screens full of ones and noughts, mesmerised by the communications between two computers.

So to celebrate the 50th, yes FIFTY! Crafts now listed in the craftsforcharity directory, I thought I would give you some percentages! Please don't EXIT). By the way....we have now raised over £200 for charity!

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So, here are the percentages, out of the first 50 crafts to list in the directory:

54% are websites
26% are Folksy shops
8% are Misi shops
6% are blogs
4% are Etsy shops
2% are Dreamaid shops

Don't forget everyone, that if you have more than one website, shop or blog, that you can list them all! So to welcome the latest crafters who have listed since my last blog, a Huge Thank you goes to:

The first thank you goes to The Little Bead Box and their folksy shop selling beautiful beads of all shapes, sizes and colours.

The second thank you goes to Clairez Cardz and their website selling lovely handmade cards and paper-crafted gifts for all occasions.

The third thank you goes to HarveyCraftycards who makes beautiful and unique styles of handmade wedding stationery.

The fourth thank you goes to WhichCraft and their folksy shop selling stunning jewellery made from Swarovski crystal and semi precious gemstones.

The fifth thank you goes to Bodrighy Wood and his handcrafted wood turning. Unique items and commissions are available from his folksy shop.

The sixth thank you goes to Kokokelli and their folksy shop selling beautiful handmade costume jewellery and greetings cards.

The seventh thank you goes to Claire Ogden Designs and their unique and individual handmade jewellery 'once seen never forgotten'.

The eighth thank you goes to The Cloth Seller who specialises in providing organic and fair-trade fabric for sewing crafts.

Many thanks again to everyone for all your help in promoting this crafts directory!

Mick

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

A few Questions Answered

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the lovely sunshine! Personally I don't like the heat and even bought myself a Paddling Pool yesterday, well it was for the kids but I seem to be using it just as much as them :)

I have had a few questions this week regarding the crafts directory so thought I should repeat them here as well, so here goes:

Question
Question 1: Would I pay via Paypal?

The JustGiving website gives you the option of paying either via Paypal or directly from your Credit/Debit card. It is totally secure and any money paid goes
directly to the charity of your choice.

Question 2: Do you accept craft materials and suppliers on your directory?

Yes as long as the site is arts & crafts related it will be accepted within the directory. This last week I even included a listing for another crafts directory.

Question 3: Can I list more than one shop/website/blog in the directory?

Yes, you can have multiple listings in the directory however title and description fields should be made unique for each listing. Each listing must also be accompanied by a separate donation to charity.


We have had a few more people join the directory this week and it is lovely to see that it is attracting some wonderful crafters. So to welcome the newest additions since I last blogged, I would like to say a HUGE thanks you to:

The first thank you goes to Just Soaps and Body Care and their second listing in the directory, this time for their hands-on soap making courses.

The second thank you goes to BaggieAggie for their two listings in the directory. For their Gorgeous Handcrafted Bags & Purses, and also for BaggieAggietoo and their Fabulous Handcrafted Accessories.

The third thank you goes to Silent Theatre and her Folksy shop selling Original Artwork prints, keepsakes and cards...so good I even bought one!

Many thanks again for all your continued hard work in promoting the directory!

Mick

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Many More Thank You's

I seem to be writing these Thank you blogs all the time, which is a really really good thing as it means the directory continues to be busy with new listings. I just love reading through the websites, online craft shops and blogs that get listed and have come across some fantastic crafters that I may not have seen if it wasn't for this.

No new categories or charities have been listed this week but we have now raised £185 + £31 gift aid....WOW! There are still plenty of categories (e.g. knitting!) that have yet to have any entries so it would be good to get them started soon. I have also been playing with the 'search' facility and it is fabulous. Have a go, try typing something like 'personalised' into the search field and see what happens, I love it (little things please...and all that!).

Crafts Directory - Thankyou
So to welcome the new additions to the directory since I last blogged, I would like to say a BIG Thank you to the following (takes a deep breath):

The first thank you goes to Hearts and Homespun and their Handmade soaps and body care products.

The second thank you goes to Prem2Pram who specialise in Handmade premature baby clothes and accessories.

The third thank you goes to Itsamistry Design Studio and her Handcrafted custom designed jewellery.

The fourth thank you goes to the Red Ted Art a craft idea and resource blog for young and old.

The fifth thank you goes to The Sewing Directory an online directory of UK sewing businesses.

The sixth Thank you goes to Suffolk Sewing School who offer one to one tuition for all aspects of sewing.

The seventh Thank you goes to Raicreations Designs and Myra's handmade jewellery and greetings cards.

The eighth Thank you goes to Christals Creations and their Folksy shop selling unique handmade jewellery.

Many thanks again for all your hard work in promoting the directory!

Mick

Thursday, 10 June 2010

CraftsforCharity on Twitter

It has been a busy week for my CraftsforCharity directory with lots of new craft listings, requests for new charities and even the addition of a craft category to the directory. Most of this has been the result of our new Twitter account which you can find here: CraftsforCharity on Twitter. I have found it lovely to meet lots of new crafters in the world of Twitter and would welcome new followers to Tweet with!

Twitter
As requested by fellow Tweeters, I have added a new category 'Workshops/Courses' to the directory and have also added a new charity 'Diabetes UK' to the list of supported charities. We now have 35 craft sites listed in the directory and have raised £172 + £29.90 for charity which is incredible!

So to welcome the new additions to the directory since I last blogged, I would like to say a BIG Thank you to the following:

The first thank you goes to Made With Love Designs and their beautiful handmade greetings cards and personalised cards.

The second thank you goes to Cards and Candles for all Occasions and their personalised cards, candles and gifts.

The third thank you goes to Sketchstitch and their Folksy shop selling original paintings, drawings, cards and more!

The fourth thank you goes to Just Soaps and their natural handmade soaps, toiletries and body care products.

More Thankyou's to come over the weekend!

Mick

Friday, 4 June 2010

Crafts Directory Update

Just a quick update on the status of our crafts directory and a big 'Thank you' to our recent listings. It has been three weeks since the launch of the directory and things are going fantastically well! So far we have 27 crafters listed in the directory and have so far raised £128 for the nominated charities + £19.46 gift aid. The donations are nicely spread across all the charities, which is also a very good sign. I have also today added a new charity to the list, 'Cats Protection' as requested by a fellow crafter on Twitter.

I was also asked today if one person can list more than one shop...the answer is YES! You can list your website, blog, plus any shops like etsy or folksy as separate listings (as long as you make separate donations to charities). Please also try to make the listing descriptions and titles different for each entry and that will enable each listing to rank better in search engines.

Candy
The following craft sites have listed their details in the directory since I last blogged so a huge welcome and Thank you to them!

The first Thank you goes to Expressorize Ure Self and their Misi shop containing handmade quality jewellery & accessories.

The second Thank you goes to Pixie Posy Tiaras and their Misi shop containing handmade bridal and special occasion accessories.

The third Thank you goes to Satoko's Origami Jewellery and their handmade jewellery inspired by the Japanese art of Origami.

The fourth Thank you goes to Blue Fish Handmade and their Folksy shop containing beautiful crochet jewellery and accessories.

The fifth Thank you goes to Mmmm Bath Melts and their Folksy shop provide luxurious, handmade bath melts, all using natural ingredients.

The sixth Thank you goes to Cholcolat A Toi and their personalised chocolate bars, for weddings, a new baby, or a special occasion.

The seventh Thank you goes to Nithria and their land of handmade craft that provide a range of jewellery and cards for all occasions.

Wow! I have finally managed to catch up with all the Thank you's. Many thanks to everyone who is promoting the website and I look forward to welcoming many more crafters next week!

Mick

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Another CraftsforCharity Welcome

Hi all,

I have managed to get behind again with the 'Thank you's' for all those crafters who have recently added their websites, or Etsy/Folksy/Misi shops and blogs to the CraftsforCharity directory. So here is the first group of thanky you's to welcome the new crafters to the directory and there will be more to come later on in the week.
Welcome
The first thank you goes to Carolee Crafts who creates handmade gifts and cards using fabrics, beads, ribbons and lace. Many of her creations can be further personalised with a name or message and beautiful products are added to her website weekly, her newest creations being fruit pocket aprons.

The second thank you goes to Ali's craft studio where Ali creates peelable stained glass decorations. These can be attached to any smooth or shiny surface such as door, windows or mirrors and are totally repositionable and reusable. New to her site are Ali's hand-painted keyrings which can also be customised to order.

The third thank you goes to MornieG Jewellery and her unique handmade jewellery that can be purchased from her MISI shop. All designed and handmade from her home in Wiltshire, she combines sterling silver jewellery with handmade lampwork glass, semi precious stones freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals.

The fourth thank you goes to Ciren's Call who makes jewellery in order to raise funds for the Many Tears animal rescue. Many Tears are the animal rescue that gave her Peaches, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Visit her Misi shop to admire both her gorgeous jewellery and her adorable dog!

The fifth thank you goes to Just K Jewellery who makes handmade resin jewellery and also beaded jewellery. Karen makes all her own resin pendants and beads. From bracelets and cufflinks to earrings, rings and hair accessories, all handmade from her home.

Also, many thanks to all those who are helping to promote the CraftsforCharity directory as it is making a huge difference in getting the word about.

Mick

Saturday, 29 May 2010

The Craftsforcharity Blog

Hi all!

I have decided now to dedicate a separate blog to the craftsforcharity directory and therefore keep my own blog dedicated to my jewellery making and craft work.

This blog will keep you up to date with new listing (which I will always blog about), changes to the directory and future crafts and charity projects.

Crafts for charity Blog
My intention is to develop the directory into something more than a craft directory. I have already purchased other domain names with the intention of providing fellow crafters a means of selling their good and raising more money for charity. This is the long-term intention but first we need to keep promoting the directory so many thanks for all the hard work you have done so far in doing that.

If you have not yet registered with the crafts directory, please have a look and if you need any help, please ask!

Thanks

Mick