Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Wedding Fete

Im getting ready to take part in the Wedding Fete event in Didsbury tomorrow.

Here's what the organisers have to say about it:



The North West’s finest gather at The Wedding Fete

The Wedding Fete, which brings together the north-west’s finest wedding industry talents, is taking place on Sunday 29th Parsonage, on Stenner Lane in Didsbury.

Open to the public from 11am to 4pm, this relaxed and friendly event will inspire visitors, making it the perfect choice for couples wanting the highest quality and service from local independent businesses.

Following the huge success of the first Wedding Fete in April, the region’s leading wedding industry suppliers will once again be on hand to offer advice and expertise to couples.

Award winning bridal boutique The White Closet will treat brides to their stunning collection of gowns from UK leading designers, including Jenny Packham, Charlotte Balbier and Claire Pettibone, as well as Twobirds bridesmaids dresses, shoes and a selection of veils and handmade accessories.

Lynette Page Make Up will be launching her eagerly-awaited own label make-up range at The Wedding Fete, as well as offering free make up trials on the day; The Flower Lounge will have inspirational floral ideas and help for choosing the perfect bouquet and displays for your wedding; The dynamic duo at Dotmoxee Photography will be on hand to answer your wedding photography dilemmas and Black Ribbon Designs will have their pretty handmade wedding hangers and stunning stationery on display.

Guests can sample the sensational wedding cakes from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company and alternative cake ideas from Didsbury favourites The Cheese Hamlet; Cupids Treasure will add a timeless elegance with their creative headdress designs and Harriet and Dee will have gift ideas in abundance, from memory boxes to jewellery for attendants.

Pebble in the Pond will help to set the scene of The Wedding Fete with their handmade decorations and details, including vintage styling and an array of products to hire; Didsbury’s Urban Angels will be showing how to create perfect wedding hair styles; and quirky handmade felt wedding dolls by Pepper Pot Handcrafted will be available to order and personalise for your special day.

If you’re planning a vintage party, Love in a Teacup has some wonderful crockery for hire; Silvie Designs will be showcasing their bespoke stationery; and the fete will see the unveiling of a converted chauffeur driven VW camper van named Bruce from Great White Occasions, which could be the perfect mode of transport for your wedding!

The Wedding Fete wouldn’t be complete without The Mighty Boof an instant photobooth with plenty of props to add to the fun of your day and, ahead of his first album launch, popular Irish singer songwriter Nicky McCallan will be playing a live acoustic set throughout the day.

Competitions will be running throughout the day with the opportunity to win prizes for your wedding including a luxury hamper from The Cheese Hamlet.

In addition, The Wedding Fete will be packed with a whole host of other wedding industry specialists, to help plan your wedding. Guests will be treated to a luxury goody bag* including free Molton Brown treatments, as well as discounts and offers from the exhibitors.

Ailish McDonnell, organiser of The Wedding Fete says, “We are delighted to once again bring the finest wedding experts from across Manchester and the North West to the beautiful Old Parsonage in Didsbury village. The Wedding Fete stands out against the run-of-the-mill wedding fairs, showcasing the very best in what the wedding industry has to offer without having to travel far and wide.

“Everyone involved in The Wedding Fete shares a similar thinking, working hard to deliver the best, with their reputation making them stand out from the crowd.

“As a wedding planner, I understand a wedding is the biggest and most important day for many, and it’s crucial that money is spent on products and services that can be relied on.

“The Old Parsonage is a beautiful wedding and reception which remains open thanks to the community and funding of The Parsonage Trust.

“A minimum £1 donation will go to The Parsonage Trust and the upkeep of the Old Parsonage and its stunning gardens.”

To pre-register or for more information email info@keepcalmmarryon.com or call 07732531910. Follow on Twitter @theweddingfete and Facebook: The Wedding Fete for a full list of suppliers** and updates.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Craft Fair Preparations: Felt and Vintage Map Bunting

Only one week to go until I will be at the Cheshire Showground Food Festival so I am working on final preparations now.

Im stocking up on lots of products, including some brand new items so my latest task was to make some signage for my stall which I thought I would share with you....


I wanted to make some bunting with PepperPot written on it. I decided to make something completely different so tried out an idea I've had in mind for a while.

I always enjoy working with felt, so I started by cutting out nine pairs of flags in pink and green felt. I wanted to letters to be cut out of the felt, so I had to make letter templates.

 There are of course so wonderful stencils and templates available to buy, but I used foam bath letters to draw card templates for the letters I needed.


 I cut out the letters in the middle of the felt flags

 I recently bought some old vintage maps and sheet music from a charity shop so I thought this was a good opportunity to use them. I cut flags out of the map, slightly smaller than the felt flags so  they wouldnt show at the sides when sewn.

 I then stitched each pair of felt flags together with a piece of map sandwiched  in the middle, I then stitched around the outline of the letter to hold the map in place and to define the letters more clearly.

Once all the pieces were sewn together I trimmed the flags with pinking shears to finished them off then attached them to some cream bias binding, and here is the finished product:





 So if you are in the North West of England on 10th or 11th August come along and join in all the fun at the Cheshire Food Festival - lots of good food, craft stalls and family entertainment - find out more at http://www.cheshireshowgroundfoodfestival.co.uk/, and if you do come along make sure you come and say hello!



Monday, 8 July 2013

Pinterest Fantastic Five: Washi tape projects

Yes, I know Im very late to this particular party but I have only just realised that sticking tape on things is actually rather enjoyable.

I bought my first batch of Washi tape a couple of weeks ago to customise some ring boxes, and discovered it is a lot more fun than sticking sellotape on stuff.

In honour of this I decided to find some new excuses for buying even more washi tape...

This idea from Shannon Clarke (@madiganmade) on the Washitapecrafts.com website is really simple but very pretty - one way to keep my daughter supplied with new hairbands, especially if you add some extras like felt flowers...



I love these bird houses from @Toriejayne on http://toriejayne.blogspot.fr - these would look really lovely in a hallway to hold all your keys



Carrie (MakingLemonade1) from http://makinglemonadeblog.com has a tutorial for making letters as a kids craft idea and has some good ideas for how to use the finished letter



Run out of surfaces in your house to cover? Why not start on your finger nails like this example on http://meijosjoy.blogspot.de



There are lots of variations on the theme of washi tape flags / bunting, I like the cake toppers, like this one from (@DressMyCupcake) on http://blog.dressmycupcake.com which would look lovely on a birthday cake.



Well there are some suggestions to start with - Im off to buy some more tape...


Monday, 1 July 2013

Open for business...

The Summer 2013 Craftfest event is now underway and there is plenty to see. You can visit the Craftfest event online at http://creative-connections.ning.com/. The event runs until Sunday 6th July and features around 100 stalls offering a huge range of handmade goods and craft supplies.

Here is my stall, which is listed in the Gifts section.



Find more photos like this on Creative Connections


To keep up with all the latest news from sellers, many of whom are offering special offers including free postage or discounts for the event, you can read the blog at http://craftfest-events.blogspot.co.uk/, visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeConnectionsNetwork.



Alternatively, why not follow along on twitter using #craftfest







To celebrate craftfest I am offering 10% off all orders over £5 for the week of craftfest in my Etsy store using code craftfest10 - so come and have a look!!


    


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Craftfest: you are invited to an online summer fair...

The Summer CraftFest event is nearly here, so why not take a look at what will be on offer from 29th June – 6th July.

 You can read all about the various sellers and see previews of their stalls on the craftfest blog at http://craftfest-events.blogspot.co.uk/

Sellers are grouped into 7 teams and between them they can make just about anything. You can also keep up with all the sellers and their products through the facebook site at www.facebook.com/CreativeConnectionsNetwork.   Are you going? Then join in the event


 Each team also has their own Pinterest board, so if you are a Pinterest fan (and who isn’t…) then you have an excuse to browse through even more lovely images.
I am part of the Red team – here is our board:






Each seller has a stall at http://creative-connections.ning.com, and once the event is underway the whole creative connections site is transformed into a virtual market place for you to search and browse for fabulous handmade items.

Craftfest is an online craft fair, so no need to worry about parking, bad weather or crowds of people – you can sit back at any time of day (or night) and browse through a huge range of stalls from over 100 sellers in your own time.


 So come along, join in and see what fabulous handmade goodies you can buy…



Saturday, 8 June 2013

Pinterest Fantastic Five: Crochet Tutorials

Its been a while since in did a top five from my Pinterest wanderings.  One of the many things on my to do list is to learn how to crochet (again) - I have really fond memories of my Nana teaching me when I was young, and as I now use finger knitting in some of my work I think I need to get the skills back.

As learning to crochet seems to be really popular at the moment I thought I would find my 'fantastic five' of tutorials on Pinterest at the moment:

This simple 'magic ring' tutorial from Heidi Bears blog looks like a great place to start with very clearly marked images throughout and a nice crocheted circle to embelish other work.


I love this flower from A Blade of Grass  as it is different to standard crochet patterns and the pictures in the tutorial look very clear.


You don't need to have a baby around to love baby shoes, so here is a tutorial from Annoo's Crochet World (@anoocrochet) for making really cute baby booties - starting to get a bit trickier, but still has lots of pictures to follow as well as written instructions.



I know from my finger knitting obsession that connecting ends together in continuous pieces can be difficult, so this invisable join tutorial from Crochet Nirvana (@crochetnirvana) would be really useful



If you are feeling brave and ready for something that looks a bit more advanced then you have to try a Yoda from Happy Together (@jessfediw) - if this doesnt inspire me to become a crochet expert then I dont know what will!!



It's hard to pick just five examples - Pinterest has an almost endless supply of crochet inspiration and help so go on and get started and if you do make something then post a comment so we can all see your hard work!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Preparing for Craftfest

We are only a few weeks away from this summer's Craftfest event so I'm busy getting my stall ready.



Craftfest runs 29th June - 6th July and is an online event so you can visit any time. There are loads of lovely stalls to browse through jewellery, homewares, gifts and much more. Here are some of the items on my stall:




Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

You can keep up with the craftfest promotions on twitter using hastag #CRAFTfest


Selling at Craftfest

If you sell handmade goods and want to join there is still time to get your own stall - visit http://www.craftfest-events.com/, stalls start at just £5.

If you want to know about my experience of craftfest first time round you can have a read of my previous blog post at http://pepperpothandcrafted.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/craftfest-spring-2013-reflections-on.html


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Recommended Read: CraftblogUK




The amazing thing about connecting online with other crafty people is how many fantastic resources you come across. The difficulty is trying to remember them all, so here is the start of a new series of posts about some of the blogs that I love, to help me keep track and to let others know about them too.



Im starting with the amazing Craft Blog UK managed by Hillary Pullen. (http://www.ukcraftblog.com/)

Craft Blog UK!
If you are starting up a craft business and are new to social media this is the first place to visit, the site is full of advice on how to develop your online presence through blogging, twitter, facebook etc. Some of the posts include: 10 ideas for blog posts, bloggers guide to pinterest, twitter basics, making the most of your facebook profile and bookmarking as well as posts on ideas of groups and useful links.

If you have ever wondered how to add a feature to your blog or make the most of a profile and then searched online for the answers you will know how technical (and confusing) these can get. The posts on Craft Blog are really well written and easy to follow. There will be advice on how to do things you had never even thought about!

CraftBlog also houses a fantastic Blog directory of all things craft and design, so there are loads of great blogs to find and connect with. You can add your listing to the directory too.

There are images on the site to inspire you, which come from the work of others who have joined in on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/groups/craftbloguk/pool/.

To keep up to date with everything from Craft blog UK, including twitter events and discussions, follow on twitter at http://twitter.com/haptree for loads of updates.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Capsule wardrobe - coffee crafting again

In my last post I showed you what I had been doing with my Nespresso bag - here are the results of my second day of playing!

I had a second bag handle left over, so I decided to have a play with some coffee capsules to make a necklace.

And here is the result - I used the bag handle, added some blue capsules cut to make rings to hand from the bottom, and other capsules wrapped around the handle,then I added a piece of finger knitting to finish the necklace.


The colours of the capsules are lovely, so I had a play with some more and made this too - guess if you have a Nespresso machine and no garden it could be the way forward...



Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Bag Lady Bling

A bank holiday wouldn't be a bank holiday without a trip to the Trafford Centre, so we joined the rest of the North West of England on Monday afternoon.

We didn't stay long, but we did buy some coffee while we were there, and came home with a bag.  It was going into the recycling bin until I decided to try a little experiment



I took the handles off and had a play with creating some jewellery using beads and embroidery floss I had lying around. 

This was the result - from one handle I made a bangle and a ring:
The ring is taken from a small section, molded around my finger, secured with a small piece of floss and I then attached a bronze butterfly bead to the front. To make the bangle I threaded on some beads with holes large enough to fit the twine handle through, then used two lengths of embroidery floss to secure the two ends together, making sure it was large enough to fit over my hand.





So there you are - still haven't decided what to use the other handle for, but I think I have found a new excuse to go shopping!


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Crafting with the kids - our Easter bonnet reveal!

So tomorrow is the big Easter bonnet parade at nursery, so this morning bright and early we took a trip to hobbycraft for essential supplies. After a fun filled half hour of running round the aisles we were ready to buy - felt, ribbons, chickens, and hats - we managed to spend a small fortune and set off back home.


Two hats to make - one pink princess bonnet and one cowboy hat. I set to work on some felt and fabric bunny ears - the felt was a bit too thin so needed some extra support to make them stand up so i used iron-on interfacing between each layer, then attached them to a band of felt which i sewed onto elastic so it can go on (and come off) the hats easily.

with the ears made,we decorated the rest of the hats - some fabric paint, ribbons and butterflies. Each had some chickens on the top - the pink hat had a fluffy nest around them.

So here they are: ready for the parade and hopefully best in show!!





Any one else been making hats with the kids - would love to see your finished articles. Why not tweet me a link - www.twitter.com/pepperpotcrafts 

Monday, 25 March 2013

Easter is coming and the hats are getting made

With only a few days left until Easter I have turned my attention to the important task of making Easter bonnets for the children. This sounded like a fantastic excuse to amble around Pinterest for several hours (I did look at some bonnets in that time...)

Here are a few of the ideas I found:

This bonnet is decorated with some fabulous crocheted flowers and eggs



You can find out more on the blog at http://www.lululoves.co.uk/index.php/item/crochet-an-easter-bonnet-a-mini-egg-pattern.

Want to try something a bit different, why not make a lace bonnet



You can learn how at http://www.advanced-embroidery-designs.com/projects_2009/guide_battenberg_hat.html


There are lots of ideas for easter bonnets on the Organised Housewife blog at http://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/holiday-seasons/easter/more-easter-bonnet-hat-ideas/

I love this one


For some more ideas, why not visit my Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/pepperpotcrafts/easter-bonnets/

I'm off to plan our creations - they will then have to pass the four-year-old fashion police and the nursery's choke-tester before work can begin, and with the additional input of two preschoolers they may not turn out exactly as I plan, but I'm sure we are going to have a great time making them!

I will be back later in the week to share our finished masterpieces.

Friday, 22 March 2013

#CRAFTfest Spring 2013, reflections on a busy week

This week was my first experience of the online CRAFTfest event, which brings makers and designers from around the world together online to sell and promote a massive range of fabulous handmade goods.

As I am only a few weeks into my online venture my aim was to meet new people, learn new ways of communicating and promoting my work online, and hopefully build my presence online.

As CRAFTfest is moving towards its close, I can happily say I have fully achieved!

I have tweeted, pinned, blogged; had an introduction to backlinking (not totally successfully!) and signed up to new systems like StumbleUpon and RebelMouse. I have connections to so many new people through various networks - many are fellow craftfesters who have been so busy promoting the event and making new links with one another, but some of my connections are with other people finding me from all of the activity.

One of the things I have enjoyed the most is getting to see everyone's work. My previous post celebrated all the treasuries craftfesters have set up on Etsy, but tools like Pinterest have been fabulous for bringing together images which showcase just how much talent CRAFTfest brings together.

People have been busy pinning all week, but here is a snapshot- taken from my pinterest board




CRAFTfest runs until 23rd March, so there is still time to browse through the stalls at http://creative-connections.ning.com/ (PepperPot is in the Gifts section).

You can find me around the web at the following locations
on Twitter www.twitter.com/PepperPotCrafts
on Facebook www.facebook.com/pepperpotcrafts 
on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pepperpotcrafts/

and of course here on my blog.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A CRAFTfest Treasure Trove....

CRAFTfest is in now in full swing, with over 2000 visitors by the start of day four. If you haven’t visited yet you are missing out – you can find CRAFTfest online at http://www.creative-connections.ning.com – my PepperPot stall is featured in the Gifts (mixed) section.
My fellow craftfest sellers have been doing some amazing work in blogging about the stalls featured at craftfest, want to know more? Then have a look at this #craftfest blogroll:

http://craftfest-events.blogspot.co.uk/
http://silentcompanions.blogspot.co.uk
http://personal-space-interiors.blogspot.co.uk
http://jangilldesigns.blogspot.co.uk
http://craftycolacreations.blogspot.co.uk
http://beadedbazaar.weebly.com
http://theoldbutton.blogspot.co.uk



I sell on Etsy, and myself and other CRAFTfest Etsy sellers have been busy creating treasury lists on Etsy – want to see some of the items featured at craft fest? Then have a look at some of these:


'craftfest spring collection ' by realmgemsdesign



$20

$18

$14.5

$10

$18

$24

$5

$75

$14

$14

$12.95

$20.45

$54

$12.5

$25

$4.5


'CRAFTfest March Blues' by pepperpotcrafts



$96

$45

$38.5

$18

$10

$20

$36

$30

$18

$2

$18

$15

$25

$14

$10

$18


'CRAFTfest March Brights' by pepperpotcrafts



$3

$1.5

$15

$4.25

$8

$15

$30

$13

$8

$2

$4

$20

$5

$39

$30

$18


'REDdy for the weekend!' by BeadedBazaar



$1.5

$35

$8.75

$60

$7.5

$5

$16

$1.5

$19

$32

$10

$39

$21

$10

$5.5

$15



'16 Shades Of Gold And Yellow' by RavensStainedGlass



$8.75

$22

$35

$15

$10

$8.5

$7.5

$6

$32

$17.5

$12

$8

$16

$14

$1.5

$16


'A Touch Of Pink From CRAFTfest' by RavensStainedGlass



$15

$8

$7.5

$35.6

$13

$4.75

$16

$15

$15

$19

$25

$48

$22

$4

$5.1

$15



'It all starts with the earth.' by amanda83024



$28

$3.5

$70

$10

$4

$19

$18

$15

$16

$43.5

$25

$15

$6.5

$17

$33


'colourful easter spring' by littlegr



$4.5

$1.25

$5

$4

$30

$38.5

$15

$36

$22

$18

$7.5

$22

$6.95

$35

$15


'Spring is green' by SussesSpindehjrne



$22

$14.95

$12

$2

$15

$18

$15

$23

$8

$15

$25

$7

$5

$10

$22


'Animals of the world' by amanda83024



$12

$65

$15

$12

$12

$12

$18

$13

$30

$24.99

$12.95

$18

$7

$3

$3

$17.99


'Last things first.' by amanda83024



$40

$2.95

$15

$55

$4.75

$37.5

$10

$42

$5

$32

$10


'Everythings coming up Green, Spring is on its way !!' by lynseylovesxxx



$26

$8.02

$47

$1

$6.5

$35

$12.95

$4

$149

$10

$55

$45

$20

$7.5

$14

$7



Thank you so much to all those who have taken the time to include my designs in their blogs and treasuries - know about one I have missed? Leave me a comment to let me know!!