Thursday, 26 May 2016

My #CRAFTfest experience

ColaCreations has been involved in Craftfest for too many years to remember!  In fact I don't know the date of the first event I took part in, but I know I enjoyed it and learnt a lot!  I guess I am what you would now call a Craftfest veteran!
Being involved in Craftfest is so much more to me than just making sales.  I've made new friends and learned new skills.  I never entered any Craftfest event thinking I was going to be inundated with sales without a bit of work from myself, and I think that is a key thing to remember.  Like with anything the more you put in, the more you get out!

The success of each Craftfest event is partly due to  the community spirit!  Craftfest is a crafting community. If we ALL help promote the event then we will ALL benefit!
But Craftfest isn't just about making sales and networking, it is about learning.  I have learned so much about social media marketing since I first started.  From Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest, StumbleUpon and more recently Instagram (in fact I think I have now become an Instagram addict - is the such a thing as IA - Instagram Anonymous??)

If you would like to take part in a crafting event that allows you to meet new friends, increase your social networking presence, learn new skills and make some sales then take part in the next Craftfest event!  TO find our more, click here.

As I mentioned above I have not only made some connections through Craftfest but some fellow minded crafty friends!

So now I'd like to showcase a few sellers that have stalls at the June 20162 Craftfest event!

Arabella's Attic
Arabella's Attic design and hand craft vintage inspired accessories and gifts such as basg, purses, hairpins, combs, kilt pins and mirrors.


Wrapped in Colour
Unique hand-knitted shawls, scarves, hats and gloves using high quality yarns ready to compliment or jazz up any outfit.


Lucy Bradshaw Jewellery
Bespoke handmade sterling silver jewellery with a twist of colour.  Unique and stylish collectins with a classic elegance to compliment your personal style.
If you fancy getting involved then head on over to Craftfest!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

My fellow crafting lovelies!

A quick update from me this week to share a few crafting lovelies that are taking part in Feb 2016 #craftfest, and also to share my latest creation!

So first things first, a few gorgeous items that will be available at #craftfest

A beautiful heart shaped fox art print from Deborah Dey 
A stunning faceted swarovski crystal heart pendant courtesy of Silver Sensations 
An unusual bee patterned dog collar The Crafty Dogue

A gorgeous daisy chain bracelet, made in navy blue and diamond white by K.D Jewellery 
Dog Birthday Card in Cross Stitch from Pig Corner Cards
Audrey & Pink cushion and bag from Carolee Crafts

And last but not least - a new item from ColaCreations!  A recycled candle with a light Bluebell scent in a vintage 'Caprice' patterned teacup.

Don't forget - if you're a craft seller there is still time to book your stall to take part in #CRAFTfest!  If you're a buyer then hopefully this Blog will have given you a little taste of what's to come!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

What's the deal with #CRAFTfest?

#CRAFTfest - February 2016

Have you heard about #CRAFTfest?

Marketing, tutoring, community spirit and lots of fun!

If you have an online craft business then you'll want to be involved in #CRAFTfest, the largest online craft fair.

What are the benefits of getting involved?
1. Sell your creations
2. Networking with like minded people and making new friends
3.  Learn new marketing skills
4.  Gain online exposure for your business

The first #CRAFTfest event is open 26th - 28th February 2016.  The event is held directly on the Craftfest Events website.  The event will have a selection of categories such as Jewellery, mixed crafts, crochet and knitting etc.  Your stall will appear in whichever category you select and the window to your stall will take the customer directly to your online shop, your Blog, your Facebook page - or wherever you want to send them.

The #CRAFTfest team will be with you every step of the way to help assist in marketing the event and in the lead up to the event there will be lots of marketing activities to get involved in to help maximise your promotion .  Your stall will appear on a Blog written by the #CRAFTfest team, and there will also be tweeting fellow stall holders links, posts on facebook, pinning on Pinterest and more.
#CRAFTfest is a community event for everyone to get involved in and part of it's success is down to everyone helping with marketing and networking for the event as this is the best way to get visitors to come along and browse through the stalls. It is also a great opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.
All it costs is £5 (this is purely to cover admin costs to set up your stall)

Limited places available - click here book your stall now!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Blog my dear old friend - it's been a while!

Hello New Year.....

Well hello 2016, how did you get here so fast?? and how did we already get to half way through the January??

With the beginning of 2016 comes lots of New Year's resolutions -including regular Blog writing...although I'm sure I made the same resolution last year, and failed........

But this year is different!

And the first thing different about this year is that #CRAFTFEST is back!! With a brand new look and a slightly different format the first Craftfest event will take place in February 2016.  For those of you that haven't heard about #craftfest, it is a great online craft fair!  Not only is it a fantastic opportunity take part in an online craft fair to generate sales, it's also a great place for business networking and to make some friends along the way.

If you want to find out more about how to take part in Craftfest, then click here for everything you need to know.

It really is a great event to get involved in, and the good news are there are still some limited places available!  Book NOW to secure your spot!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Post #BlackFriday and pre #CyberMonday sale!

Did you all bag some Black Friday bargains yesterday?? If not then don't panic, you could pick yourself up some fabulous buys this weekend!   To celebrate one of the biggest online retail weekends of the year which all culminates with Cyber Monday we are offering a great deal at ColaCreations! 

We are offering 15% off any knitted item!  

We are selling this weekend at #Craftfest - so come and have a browse!

Our fabulous knits include infinity scarves, cowls and arm warmers and are all handmade original designs by ColaCreations. 

Discount available from Saturday 29th November until midnight Monday 1st December 2014

View all knits from ColaCreations on Folksy or WowThankYou

Use Discount code CYBER15

Grab a bargain and treat yourself or make a start on your Christmas shopping!  The knits make great Christmas presents!

The chunky infinity scarves and cowls are wonderfully soft and cosy, designed to keep you warm and snug on a cold day! The infinity scarves are a continuous loop and can either be worn as one long loop or can be doubled up and looped twice around the neck for a more snug fit. The cowls can be worn simply around the neck or to cover your head.  Both the infinity scarves and cowls make simple, stylish and practical accessories to your winter wardrobe.

The hand knitted arm warmers are not only practical but look great too, and designed to keep your arms and hands warm on a cold day but still allow your fingers full movement!

All items are hand knitted in a pet and smoke free zone.

Don't forget to enter code CYBER15 at the check out.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Competition Time!

Win a fabulous prize from ColaCreations! 

We're giving one lucky winner the chance to win one of our beautiful and unusual handcrafted resin coasters filled with a variety of coloured buttons in different sizes. 

This fun and funky coaster is suitable for standard size cups and mugs, wine bottles and vases or just as a decorative item, and would make a fabulous addition to any home.  Don’t miss your chance to win this incredible prize.   

To enter all you need to do is answer a simple question. 

What is the scent of the candle that is named “Candle in a tea cup – rose design”
1. Vanilla
2. Cut grass
3. Jasmine

Click here to enter

Complete the entry form on WowThankYou with the correct answer.  The competition closes at midnight on 31st July 2014.  WowThankYou will draw a winner and notify them.

Friday, 23 May 2014

The faces behind CRAFTfest!

And we're off!   Welcome to the first day of the May 2014 CRAFTfest event!

CRAFTfest is an online craft fair that takes place several times during the year.  As with any event, part of it's ongoing success is due to the preparation and organisation that takes place in the weeks and months before the event itself. 

The ladies behind the scenes are not only responsible for ensuring the event runs smoothly for everyone and to provide help, support and guidance to all stallholders, but they also have their own stalls to set up and promote.

So, who are the little workers behind the scenes and what are their stalls? I'm sure many of you will recognise the mug shots and names of some of our fabulous ladies, but do you know what their stalls are?

Anna, Avril, Jane and Joy (from top left clockwise)

Anna The Crystal Lady with Mystic Earth

Anna not only is the founder of the Professional Crafter's Guild, owner of Creative Connections, editor at Creative Crafting, but she also has her very own stall at Craftfest!  Her stall is Mystic Earth.   

Mystic Earth creates jewellery that combines crystals and gemstones with crystal healing.  Anna is a certified Crystal Healer and spends a lot of her time researching the healing properties of different stones and finding new ways of adding them to jewellery.  Anna offers a very special service where she will research gemstones that are said to be able to aid you with health issues, physical and psychological and other areas of your life and create a piece of jewellery just for you.  The creations can be made for yourself or for someone you love as a gift.  Each piece of jewellery is totally unique and created just for you.

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

Avril with Sprinkles Sparkles Handmade Jewellery

Avril is one of the 'techies' behind Craftfest.  As well as doing an amazing job making sure the Craftfest website is up and running and that all stallholders are in their correct categories with the correct Avatar, she has her own stall at Craftfest.  Sprinkles Sparkles designs and creates a variety of handmade jewellery and accessories for any occasion and all at affordable prices.  With a range of different styles of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair accessories and more there's lots to choose from.

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections


Joy with Beaded Bazaar

Joy is our Facebook Queen and Red Team Leader and tirelessly works helping to promote Craftfest and fellow crafters via the Facebook page. Beaded Bazaar is Joy's stall at Craftfest.  Beaded Bazaar is overflowing with beautiful handmade beaded costume jewellery.  All the pieces are unique one off designs created by Joy.  They include necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches.  Joy does also create custom pieces upon request.

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

Jane with Loopy's Place

Jane is a huge support to the team and as well as leading the Yellow Team she will often be found lurking in the forums and on Facebook!  You guessed it, of course Jane has a stall at Craftfest too! Loopy's Place offers a selection of handmade gifts for the home and family. All the items are beautifully and lovingly created and Jane has many items that are ready to post.  However she also spends a lot of time making items to order to create extra special items.

Find more photos like this on Creative Connections

I hope this has given you a bit of insight into the ladies involved in Craftfest and how hard they work to help promote your Craftfest stalls.  Perhaps we can so the same and help promote their stalls too!

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