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

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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