Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Handmade Does ‘Wear it Pink’!

Just a quick but very important blog post to let you know of an important campaign that is currently happening in the crafty world...and it is not too late to join in!

A group of very talented crafters are participating in the ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign where during the month of October they are donating a percentage of sales to the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

Handmade does 'Wear It Pink'

This is an excellent opportunity for any makers of handmade crafts to support this charity and in return have some great exposure for your craft.

Or please visit and purchase from the talented crafters knowing that a percentage of sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

You can find out more information and how to join in here: Handmade Does ‘Wear It Pink’.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The CraftsforCharity heart gets bigger!

We did it! CraftsforCharity has now raised over £700 for charity! A massive ‘thank you’ from me to everyone who has helped to support the crafts directory; CraftsforCharity just gets better and better and that is a huge sum of money to have raised in a little over a year.

Congratulations

Since I last blogged we have had some lovely and very talented crafters join, so please give them a warm welcome!

The first thank you goes to FloralGifts4U who specialise in creating floral posies, bouquets and cupcakes from socks, bibs, washcloths and handkerchiefs.

The second thank you goes to Udelovich Designs who provide jewellery classes and courses in the art of Chain Maille and Wire Work Jewellery making.

The third thank you goes to The Emporium Oundle who are a small bespoke gift shop selling all things handmade including soaps, candles and jewellery.

The fourth thank you goes to Jonathon Leech Artistic Woodturner who produces truly unique bowls, dishes and platters from locally-sourced wood.

The fifth thank you goes to Lala Lampwork Beads and Jewellery who produce handmade glass lampwork beads and jewellery. This is also the first craft facebook page to have been listed within CraftsforCharity.

A big thank you to everyone and I am looking forward to celebrating the next achievement for CraftsforCharity!

Mick

Friday, 20 May 2011

Happy Birthday to the Crafts Directory

Yes CraftsforCharity was one year old last weekend and a great first year it has been too! With over 140 craft listings and has raised over £660 pound for charity it has far exceeded my expectations.

Happy 1st Birthday
But the best thing so far happened this last week on the eve of the Craft Directories 1st birthday. I was contacted by Andrea, the Managing Director of Interiors Bis Limited, who are a very nice interior design company based in Chelsea in London.

Andrea explained that over the years they had collected an awful lot of fabric swatches from their suppliers. They had come across CraftsforCharity and wondered if I would be interested in receiving fabric swatches which we could then use to make something to sell to make money for Macmillan.


Make for Macmillan

I immediately put Andrea in touch with Make for Macmillan who I recently featured on the CraftsforCharity website. Make for Macmillan recently let me know that they have just received the first delivery from Interiors Bis Ltd of a huge amount of fabric and leather!

A big thank you to Interiors Bis Ltd for being so thoughtful and a pat on the back for CraftsforCharity for making it happen!

One new very talented and lovely crafter has joined the crafts directory this week, so a big welcome to Jubilicious Jewellery. Jubilicious Jewellery is run by Sarah who has a degree in jewellery and silversmithing. Please have a visit to see her gorgeous handmade silver, gemstone, pearl and shell jewellery.

Thank you to everyone and cheers to another year for CraftsforCharity!

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Make for Macmillan - Make a difference

I am proud to introduce you to Make for Macmillan, an online auction site of handmade items to sell to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Having been diagnosed with cancer on Nov 10, Clare decided that she wanted something good to come out of her diagnoses. So here is her new baby Make for Macmillan.

Please support this great cause by creating and donating something you have made, if you are not crafty you can simply donate money or you can donate crafty materials (or socks) which we can turn into something to sell to make money for Macmillan!

Make a difference, Make someone smile, Make today matter, Make Macmillan Cancer Support your charity of choice, Make something with your hands and support today! Make for Macmillan supporting Macmillan Cancer Support!

To get involved please visit the Make for Macmillan Facebook page here: Make for Macmillan and share it with your friends too!

Make for Macmillan

I have had eight new craft listings in the crafts directory since I last blogged, how good is that!

So to welcome the very talented crafters who have recently joined CraftsforCharity please say Hi to...


The first thank you goes to Blue Shed Crafts who produce hand knitted, sewn and crocheted gifts for you, your home and your pets. They also make other wonderful items including decoupage and decorated boxes.

The second thank you goes to Knitting Snippets a craft blog by a UK crafter that is mostly knitting orientated but sprinkled with other crafts, her garden and life ... you have got to see the Custom Order Budgies blog post!

The third thank you goes to Craftytwit craft blog a Craft blog from Beckslayer. With regular information about craft projects, new products and some great giveaways, there are also weekly step by step projects to follow too!

The fourth thank you goes to Anaheera Beautiful Jewellery made with Passion (and gemstones, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals)! LesleyAnne is also happy to make custom made orders and her website is Fabulous!

The fifth thank you goes to Sensible Animation who creates stop motion animated music videos and advertisements as well as novelty gifts like 3D caricatures of musicians and TV/film characters etc. A unique gift for anyone!

The sixth thank you goes to CraftyBoots a fantastic craft blog by Stephanie-Emma mainly covering card making and paper-crafts. If you like any of her beautiful cards she can custom make to order too.

The seventh thank you goes to CraftyThinker a craft blog by Amy who is an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator, operating in the Surrey/ Hampshire area. Her blog includes a new project everyday!

The eighth thank you goes to the fantastic Sherieann Jewellery who has been a great support in promoting CraftsforCharity. Her blog includes lots of tutorials and includes a giveaway for each one she makes!

Wow! So many great people have listed in the crafts directory recently and I have enjoyed visiting all of their lovely websites and blogs.

Thank you all!

Mick

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Another great achievement for the crafts directory

A great achievement happened day...we have now raised £600 for the charities that we support, how good is that!

It only feels like yesterday that I was celebrating hitting the £500 mark! Thank you to everyone who has continued to help raise awareness of craftsforcharity. We now have 135 crafters in the crafts directory and it just gets better and better so thank you all!

Chocolates and Ribbon So to thank the latest artists and crafters who have recently joined the directory and have helped to raise this huge sum of money for great causes:

The first thank you goes to Teresa Crafts who is a supplier of high quality cards and envelopes at great value. All cards are made using 300gsm British Made Vanguard card.

The second thank you goes to Fotoviva art prints who have glorious collection of floral canvas art by a selection of professional flower photographers. These can be purchased as canvas prints, acrylic mounts or posters.

The third thank you goes to Card by MrsC who make personalised handmade cards for any occasion. Cards by MrsC can make you a card for any special event and personalised it to your specifications.

The fourth thank you goes to Crafts from the Heath who makes a lovely selection of hand crafted home accessories & gifts. Items include handmade bunting, and handmade wooden clocks and plaques.

The fifth thank you goes to Amies Accessories who are an online handmade fashion jewellery boutique. Amies accessories sell handmade kitsch and retro jewellery.

The sixth thank you goes to Ninja Killer Cat and their lovely blog dedicated to life, Ninja Killer Cat and everything else! Working as a teaching assistant in school, the blog mainly covers crafts made at school.

Many thanks to everyone for your support and helping craftsforcharity to become this huge success!

Mick

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Handmade ‘Blue Lips’ Crafts for Charity

A new featured crafter has been added to CraftsforCharity this week and it is Bits and Bobs Crafts who are selling a series of handmade ‘Blue Lips’ products. These include ‘Blue Lips’ handbags and key rings and are being sold to raise funds for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Please have a read about the products and even buy one or two here: Bits and Bobs Crafts.

Blie Lips handbag
It has been another great week for CraftsforCharity and it has now raised over £550 for the supported charities. This is a fantastic achievement since the website is still less than a year old. A big hello and wave to the latest crafters to join this week and these are:

The first thank you this week goes to Rainbow Rocks Jewellery where you will find lovingly handmade jewellery using mainly semi precious gemstones in a variety of shapes and colours.

The second thank you goes to Turned Wooden Bowls who create handmade wooden gifts including elegant wooden bowls made from some of the most interesting and beautiful English hardwoods.

The third thank you this week goes to LauraFaye Crafts who create handmade jewellery, cards and gifts all of which are Eclectic, gorgeous, bright, funky and contemporary. Also available are her unique OOAK Aceo artworks.

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support!

Mick

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Crafts for Charity events for your diary

I always like it when CraftsforCharity has an opportunity to become more than a crafts directory, and this week it happened on several occasions!

Several craft events, fairs and a new featured crafter were all added to the website this week plus a few more lovely crafty people have also joined!

The first craft event for your diary is a craft fair being held by the Crafty Covern who are a collection of artists, craftsmen and women that hold craft fairs and events. This is their first fair of the year on 5th March 2011 in aid of Cancer Research UK at Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 OQY.

The second craft event for your diary the Vintage Amours cocktail hat making workshop in aid of Cancer Research UK. So come on down to The Railway on Clapham High street on the 31st March from 12pm to 5pm and help us raise money for Cancer Research UK.

I also need to make a HUGE mention to Sherieann Jewellery who is supporting CraftsforCharity by donating ALL of the money made from sales of her earrings to a charity of your choice through CraftsforCharity. For just £3 per pair of earrings including P&P please treat yourself and help a good cause! Find her website here : Sherieann Jewellery.

A Cow!
Why have I used a picture of a cow? Well, I looked for a good ‘diary’ picture on a free photo service that I use and it gave me that! I thought it was quite amusing anyway so thought I would share it.

Several new listings in the crafts directory this week so a huge thank you goes to the following:

The first thank you this week goes to The Crafty Beggar who are a family run business offering beads, charms, jewellery findings as well as general craft supplies. They also run craft fairs in aid of Cancer Research UK!

The second thank you goes to Badgers’s Woodcrafts which is the baby of Gordon Quick and a division of Cards and Candles for all Occasions. Badger’s Woodcrafts create products from naturally fallen wood. Take a look!

The third thank you goes to The Knitted Duck who are designers of handmade knitted accessories and knitwear. The knitted duck are happy to take commissions and offer advice to other knitters and offer knitting lessons in the London area!

Phew, what a busy week for CraftsforCharity it has been and long may it continue! If you come across any craft events, clubs or groups helping good causes through their craft please let me know and I will add them for FREE to my Crafting for Charity website page.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Yummy Food Crafts in the Crafts Directory

I hope everyone is well and having a great start to 2011. Crafts for Charity is certainly having a great start with more very talented crafts joining this week and the discovery of a crafter who helps charity through their work.

Dragonfly – Jersey creates handcrafted jewellery and is selling friendship bracelets and is donating at least £1.50 from each sale to Cancer Research UK. You can read more about her and access her online shop here: Friendship Bracelets for Charity.

There have been more great crafts joining the crafts directory this week and I got quite excited to also see a new food craft join. We only have two food crafts now in the directory and I would love to see more because I just love looking at all the great cakes and other delights being offered!

Food Crafts
So to welcome the new additions to the crafts directory I would like to say a huge Hello and thank you to:

The first thank you goes to Beady Eyes Designs and their wedding jewellery and bridal hair accessories. Beady Eyes Designs offer a large selection of bridal hair accessories, wedding jewellery gifts for bridesmaids and bridal jewellery.

The second thank you goes to Ballderdash & Bunting who are a family run business specialising is yummy and beautiful cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, christenings, parties or just for tea! Go on...you know you want to!

Many thanks for all those who have joined this week and everybody else who is helping to promote crafts4charity and you for reading this!

Mick

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Crafts for Charity has now raised over £500

What a great start to 2011 for Crafts for Charity as we have now raised over £500 for charity and almost £600 including gift aid! Many thanks for all your support including those who have joined, those who have put links on your websites and blogs and have helped spread the word. I could never have done it without you and the continued success of crafts for charity is down to everyone.

My target is to raise another £500 for charity in 2011 and as well as the much appreciated donations from crafters who join the directory, I am open to any ideas that you have to also raise money by other means. Please comment here if you have any suggestions or email me via the crafts for charity website.

Five Hundred 500 !
More talented crafters have joined crafts for charity this week and a big thank you to them for helping the crafts directory achieve the £500 mark.

The first thank you goes to Sherieanne Handcrafted Jewellery where you will find beautiful handcrafted jewellery including one off designs of bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Bookmarks and handbag charms.

The second thank you goes to Endless Impressions who create fingerprint jewellery allowing you to capture a timeless, lasting memory of your loved ones in a piece of solid silver jewellery.

The third thank you goes to Magic Lady Crafts who provide a one stop online store where you will find many different craft supplies, from craft storage to jewellery tools, card crafts and more!
Many thanks everyone!

Mick

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Happy New Year from Crafts for Charity

Hi all, just a quick blog post wishing everybody a Happy New Year and also to welcome some lovely new crafters to crafts for charity.

I hope everybody is well and have survived the holidays and I am looking forward to a great year for handmade crafts and equally hoping to raise lots more money for worthy causes. Don’t forget that if you hear of any craft events or groups raising money for charity, and they would like some FREE advertising in crafts for charity please point them in my direction!


Happy New Year 2011
So to welcome the latest very talented crafts to have joined the directory, please say Hi to:

The first thank you goes to Buttons Treasures and their unique and affordable handmade Swarovski and pearl jewellery. They are offering free p&p to the end of Feb so a great place to look for Valentine’s Day presents.

The second thank you goes to The Art Room who offer handmade Arts and Crafts, designed and produced for unique gifts by Kate. She produces fantastic glass sun-catchers and glass paintings and her latest London 2012 Olympic bookmarks!

The third thank you goes to Patch Corner Crafts, the home of die cut shapes. Patch Corner Craft design and produce over 500 different die cut shapes in their family run workshop. They also specialise in wedding favour boxes.

The fourth thank you goes to Nappy Cakes by Laura. Her beautiful nappy cakes are made from nappies combined with essential items such as blankets, muslins, bodysuits, rompers, bibs, hats etc to resemble a tiered cake,

Many thanks to everyone for your continued support to Crafts for Charity.

Mick