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 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!


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!

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 keep spreading the word!

Many thanks


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!


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, 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.