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


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!


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!


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!


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.


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