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!!