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