Tag : etsy
Tag : etsy
Although having been a resident of Northamptonshire for several years now – I was sadly, actually unaware until last month that there was such a thing as both a special ‘Northamptonshire Flag’ – and also a special county ‘Northamptonshire Day‘ on 25th October… Did you know? BBC Radio Northampton have also been holding a wonderful event over the last few years, on a weekend as near to 25th as possible, since 2014 when the flag and county day became established. The event highlights and celebrates all things fantastic about our wonderful county – the heritage, the producers, the things to do and see, the crafters…
When the opportunity arose to be a part of this special day for 2017 – this time to be held at Holdenby House on Sunday 22nd October – I jumped at the chance! And boy, was that a good decision! The day was simply brilliant – and made me proud to be part of such a vibrant community. There were foodie delights, beautifully made crafts and decorations, beers and ales, simply stunning falconry displays, archery, balloon modelling, face painting – even ferret cuddles and racing!! We were fortunate with the weather being on our side – an unexpectedly cold but crisp day of blue skies, sunshine – and some crazy winds thanks to Storm Brian, but none the less the people poured in for a day of fun, heritage, history and merriment! With approximately 2,000 people coming in through the door – I was lucky enough to meet some amazingly interesting people, make new friends and understand a small slice of just what our county has to offer!
The Crafty Lass stand was demonstrating making fabric tinsel and wreaths – ahead of the upcoming Christmas craft workshops – and also briefly appeared both live on BBC Radio Northampton with Carson Wishart and for a short stint in the ‘Talk Tent’ discussing just how important craft is – and how it can be a therapeutic opportunity to relax out of our busy working lives.
A particular shout out and thank you to the wonderful Elke Pollard who I met today and loved my craft demonstrations of fabric tinsel so much she bought the demo make to wear as a scarf! What a trendsetter!
Thank you to everyone who came along, watched the demonstrations, bought from The Crafty Lass (our greeting cards and some beautiful fabric fat quarters were for sale!) and were excited about coming along to the craft workshops! Also to all the other lovely producers and traders who I met today. Finally, a MASSIVE thank you to BBC Radio Northampton and Holdenby House – what a fantastic event you put on! See you next year!
The Crafty Lass Etsy store took a small break over the last few months whilst I am on maternity leave – and while I am still enjoying some amazing time with my ever growing lovely little one (check The Crafty Lass Instagram account for lots of photos!! #babyspam) – the Etsy store has now reopened!
To celebrate, there is currently a 20% discount* on all purchases over £5.00 – simply use the code REOPEN17 at the checkout! 🙂 The perfect place for your Valentine’s Day cards (it may still be January, but it’ll be here before you know it!!)
And keep checking back – as there will be some exciting new designs coming very soon…!
It’s been a whole year since I did a blog post with exactly the same title – and I started that with the below:
“Well, it’s that time again – where exactly has the Summer gone? To be honest, we haven’t had much of an actual ‘Summer’ have we? It’s the 27th August and I am sat here writing this with a hot cup of tea, wearing a warm and cosy woolly jumper looking out on to a grey sky!”
Well, this year – it’s 1st September, and actually it does feel a little like Autumn today with a fresh and crisp start – but we certainly have had some lovely hot sunshine recently! However, the statement of ‘where has the Summer gone?’ still stands. In fact – where has that whole year gone?! Time is absolutely flying by! I don’t think it helps that this year, I am counting down in weeks (and days!) to a very important date (my due date!) – but, it still doesn’t explain why time just disappears. Time flies when you are having fun, right?
As I felt last year, and do every year – I LOVE this month – it definitely feels like the start of a ‘new year’. January – the more traditional associations with a new year – it’s always colder, drearier, damper, the nights draw in even earlier. Christmas – the best time of year for me – has been and gone, and the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Don’t get me wrong, I still do feel full of possibilities and ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ in January, but September somehow seems to beat it. A new school year, a new start. We still have Christmas and the surprises of the festive period to come, we have the colder nights with warming stews, roaring fires and cosy nights indoors to look forward to. And from a personal perspective, as have already mentioned in this, and in several previous blogs – a new baby to look forward to for ourselves!
I have found a few more exciting craft ideas that you could make for the start of a new term – why not try your hand at one of the below ideas!
1. Book Covers
When I was at school, you always had to cover your books. Do you still have to do this now…? Generally just to protect them from damage being flung around in your bags, from the inevitable lunch box leaks but also, really I used to just love how pretty they used to look all covered and matching! I used to use old wallpaper for a hardy, but (probably didn’t realise then!) in fact a very stylish look! This tutorial goes one step further with a lovely fabric cover design. So clever!
A very simple, but oh so effective way to update your stationery with Washi tape! Washi tapes are available in countless of colours and patterns so pick one you like and just get sticking! I personally LOVE the broad range of designs available from Joe and Flo on Etsy!
3. New Bag?
A handmade neon-painted pencil case, what could be better? I love the colours and lining that ‘Dear Handmade Life‘ have used here – but you could pick and choose whatever suits you! Why not even coordinate with your book covers, washi tape pencils and new PE bag as above! A really great step-by-step tutorial including photos for each stage which hand holds you through the project. I wish I needed a new one (I already have 3 on the go at the minute!!) otherwise this would be straight to the top of my ever growing makes list!
Not really a ‘craft’, but thought these were really sweet! What a lovely way to make your little kiddiwink (or other half, or whoever you want!) smile by popping these into their lunchbox. They are free to print – or, if you don’t want to use these specific ones, why not make your own?
They will either think you are cute, or crazy – but they are certainly a fun way to make someone’s day!
Make. Create. Inspire.
Everyone loves a bargain right? Well The Crafty Lass is celebrating Black Friday by offering 25% off ALL greeting cards (not just Christmas!)
All you need to do is simply use code TCLBF15 at the checkout! Code expires Sunday 29th November.
Get your order in while you can!
Ho ho ho! Meeeerry Christmas!
Ok, it is only October… however, why not get ahead and get your The Crafty Lass ‘Graphic Brights’ Christmas Cards…on sale via my Etsy shop NOW!
All cards printed on thick, luxurious ‘Omnia’ board.
**Special price for Christmas!**
Cards only £1.80 each (normally £2.20)
Multipack of 6 (1 of each design) only £9.50… therefore only £1.58 per card!
Promotion time! To celebrate the launch of ‘The Crafty Lass’ online Etsy greeting cards shop – there is now a lovely 20% discount off all orders between now and the 30th September!
Simply use this promotional code at the checkout…
Go check it out now! 🙂
The moment you have all been waiting for… well, what I have been waiting for pretty much my whole life.
Today is a big day in The Crafty Lass journey.
It has always been my absolute dream to (a) start my own business (b) this be in craft and/or design and finally (c) have my own online shop selling greeting cards.
Greeting cards are a really important thing to me – we all send/give them regularly – and they mean an awful lot! Just how special do you feel when a little brightly coloured envelope lands on your doormat and you know that someone has taken the time and effort to 1. select a card, 2. hand write it and 3. send it to you – maybe for a special occasion, or perhaps just to say ‘hey’, ‘sorry’ or ‘I miss you’. Even better when it is hand delivered! Whatever the reason, whatever the words inside – it is always special to receive a card.
With today’s multitude of ways to communicate – texting, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, WhatsApp (to name just a few!) – there is still a love and desire to send a REAL bit of post. A hand chosen card, with a lovely little note inside – it means far, FAR more than just sending a quick text message.
The GCA Greeting Card Market Report 2014 reinforces what a huge and successful industry this is with £1.29 billion spent on single cards in the last year – more than tea and coffee put together. More cards are bought per person in the UK than in any other country – 31 per person an astonishing 884 million single greeting cards were bought from retailers of all shapes and sizes in 2013.
For more simply amazing Facts and Figures about the UK card industry, check out the Greeting Card Association’s website!
The Crafty Lass greeting cards are simple, (but effective!) modern designs, all lovingly created (over the last decade!) on Adobe Illustrator, by myself and printed on heavy, white Omnia board within the United Kingdom.
All cards are left blank for your own lovely message – your own words always mean far more!
In addition to my new online store – The Crafty Lass greeting cards are also now stocked at The Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley! Exciting times. 🙂
Following my recent post: ‘The Crafty Lass does…Desk Art – Washi Tape Letters!‘, a friend – inspired by the bright colours and the ability to personalise the idea with her own choice of letters – she approached me to help her create some for a very thoughtful wedding gift!
Romantic ‘All you need is love’ and ‘Mr & Mrs’ tapes were selected, of course!
In regards to the other colours, we considered going down the wedding colour scheme route, then favourite colours, then all neutrals… however, we settled on gaining inspiration from a rather fabulous coloured dress that the Bride owns! A very personalised and lovely range of brights and pastels combined.
So, we slowly layered up the colours across the letters, with ‘All you need is love’ on the ‘J’ and the ‘C’, and appropriately, the ‘Mr and Mrs’ tape on the ‘&’.
And here, are the finished results!
An evening of fun, friends, craft and food – good times.
I do hope that the Bride and Groom had a wonderful wedding day and enjoy their washi tape letters!
Finally some sunshine today! Hoorah! And with such a glorious bright day pouring through our windows, I couldn’t help but re-look at our wonderfully bright wedding ‘guest’ print (instead of a book) on the wall in our hallway.
Our wedding was mildly themed around the fantastic film ‘UP‘. If you haven’t seen it – why not?! Stop what you are doing (although maybe finish reading this first!), hire it out, watch and enjoy! We didn’t want the whole full on Disney theme, but just little touches here and there – with a nod towards the film. The bright colours, our first dance music, and this print.
I like to think of this as a ‘live craft’ project! I bought the original PDF via Etsy and The Inked Leaf, which was personalised with our names and date, but blank and ready for the ‘balloons’. I slightly tweaked the colours of the house myself in Adobe Illustrator once received to suit our own colour scheme (although I could have easily left exactly as it was!) printed out at our local printers, and it was good to go!
We set this up in the ‘Cow Shed’ of the Tythe Barn, an ajoining side room, with colourful ink pads, wipes (to make sure no wayward fingerprints on best clothes!) and people throughout the early evening added their own finger print ‘balloon’ to create this new masterpiece to hang in our home. I did actually print two copies, just in case wine/water/champagne/coffee headed in that direction – it wouldn’t have been ideal, but we could have ultimately started again if necessary! As it turned out, there was absolutely no need, and a few months after the wedding, I finally got around to getting it professionally mounted and framed at Right Angle, Brackley. The final result, is utterly gorgeous, and looks particularly bright and happy in the spring sunshine!
This print is particularly touching, as amongst all our beautiful friends and family, our nearest and dearest – my dear Grandfather’s print is in there somewhere. He passed away at the ripe old age of 98 – around 7 weeks after that wonderful day. We, and all the family are so lucky and grateful that he was there to be a part of it all, he really was a guest of honour! And I even told him that on the day – as caught on camera by our fantastic photographer Mark Lord.
So, if you are looking for something different to the not very traditional ‘guest book’, why not look into doing something with fingerprints instead! A quick Google or Pinterest search will soon lead to all manner of fingerprint art ideas 🙂