Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Have you heard of PicMonkey?

I love PicMonkey!!

If you want a super quick way to make a collage of your photos without having to register, sign up or download anything then I cannot recommend PicMonkey enough!  It is so super quick and super easy to use and is a super way to showcase items!  I have created some collages of some of the fantastic items for sale at September CRAFTFEST

Items featured belong to: The Old Button, Little Creatures, DaisyDoosDesign, Ellorias Boutique, Created in Cloth, Free Spirit Designs, Sockies, Milly and Me, Channelled Creations

If you want to create your own collages then check out PicMonkey!

All the above sellers can be found at CRAFTfest which begins 1st September 2012!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

CRAFTfest Sept 2012 - more from the Lilac Lovelies!

Showcasing some more from the Lilac team over at the September CRAFTfest, we have:

Tangent Crafts
Quirky handbags and purses, called Zaggs and Purzes, made from zips. Zaggs are fully lined with tartan and are accessorised with a Zagg flower, a button and a bit of sparkle.

Inspired Scrapbooks
Making a variety of papercraft items, including mini scrapbook albums, cards, gift bags and note cards. All my items are made with love and care, using high quality materials.

InspiredbyJANIE is a wonderful way to express your Unique personality with pieces of jewellery that speak to you individually. I pride myself on using using gemstones, beautiful glass and acrylic beads.

Camelot Creations
A most unusual shop - designing and selling medieval and renaissance style cloaks, clothing and accessories.

Designing printable partyware for crafty people to print out and make up at home. You buy the artwork directly, they send you a PDF via an email link and you print it out, and make each of the goods yourself; a great activity to keep kids occupied pre-party!

Come and join us for CRAFTfest - 1st - 8th Sept 2012!

Monday, 20 August 2012

CRAFTfest Team Leaders!

As many of you know the team leaders at CRAFTfest work incredibly hard to help all sellers set up their CRAFTfest stalls, answer any queries and encourage promotion between sellers!  So this week I thought we could show our appreciataion to the wonderful team leaders at CRAFTfest with a Blog dedicated just to them! 

LILAC team - led by Flick from Perfect Patchwork!

Perfect Patchwork is based in Devon in the Southwest of England, where we pride ourselves on the individuality of our work. All our products are made from the finest 100% cotton patchwork fabrics, and designer yarns.

We design many of the products ourselves and are proud to carry an extensive range from handicraft items, household goods and beautiful quilts, from baby sizes to king size. We are happy to design a quilt of your choice at no extra charge.

Perfect Patchwork Baby
Beautiful items for babies!

Perfect Patchwork Supplies
A great range of supplies for the crafter, including kits, wadding, cushion pads and more.

PURPLE team - led by Gill from Personal Space Interiors

Personal Space Interiors is the home of handmade vintage and retro style home furnishings, gifts and accessories. All items are individually designed and handmade by me, Gillian Davidson. I find my inspiration from all around – antique shops, fairs, nature, film – whatever catches my eye. I’ve always loved to create and craft and I’m constantly looking for new skills to learn.

I only use the best quality fabrics and materials I can find – you won’t find any backing fabrics, fillers or other cheapies in my designs. Every item is carefully produced to make sure you get the best quality product and always at an affordable price. My cushions are machine sewn and hand finished with great care and attention to detail. My crochet work is all hand produced using fine mercerised cotton giving a luxurious finish highlighting the intricate designs.

I offer a bespoke service to help you make the most of your favourite things and give them a new lease of life. Why not reinvent your items to create a new look for your home? Change curtains into cushions, a dress into a bag, a scarf into a fragranced hanger... the choice is yours.

TEAL team - lead by Lorraine from Lorraine Dowdle Creations

Hand creating gorgeous glass beads and incorporating these original gems into wearable creations is exhilarating! The most rewarding and exciting thing for me, is to bring joy though my work.  May my hand created glass art treasures bring immense joy to the receiver whom will create luscious one off pieces of their own. xx Thank you for browsing.

Lorraine Dowdle Supplies
Making hand made glass treasures for all your jewellery making needs.


CORAL team - led by Sally from The Bead Bounty

My name is Sally-jo and I run The Bead Bounty which had it’s 4th birthday on Valentines day 2012. I have been making jewellery for as long as I can remember and turned this skill into a business in 2008. I use many kinds of techniques in my jewellery making from wire work to needle and thread weaving but the thing I enjoy the most, is making the beads at the torch and seeing the molten glass turn into a one of a kind bead creation that cannot be repeated.

The Bead Bounty Supplies

Here you will find gorgeous Hand Crafted Lamp Work Beads to turn into your own Beautiful one off creations. Made with the finest glass, my beads are kiln annealed for strength and durability and are hand cleaned.

And behind the scenes we have:


Anna from The Crystal Lady and Mystic Earth

Crystal Lady Designs is a family run business in the South West of England. We offer a professional service where each piece is hand made to order. This enables us to create orders to the customers requirements. We are always happy to create jewellery in a desired length, style, colour etc.

Mystic Earth

At Mystic Earth, our jewellery and accessories are professionally handcrafted to help you.  We offer a 'Just for You' service where we match each stone specifically to you as a person.

Avril from Sprinkles Sparkles

Sprinkles Sparkles provides a variety of handmade jewellery and accessories for any occasion that won’t burden your purse!

We offers a range of different styles of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hair accessories, gifts ‘n’ treats and more!

Lu from Handmade in Keswick

I'm Lu, and I make contemporary mixed media art, some of which I feature on handmade sketchbooks, notebooks and journals.  My work is a bit quirky and unusual, but I find that people seem to look at pieces and know immediately who they're gonna buy for.  The books especially make lovely little hostess gifts and thank you gifts for when you don't want to give flowers or chocs.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The latest from the Lilac Lovelies at CRAFTfest!

With less than a month to go until CRAFTfest begins there is still plenty to do! Not least to introduce some more of the Lilac Lovelies!

So without further ado here we go!

Siog Designs

Creating masterpieces in headwear!  Gorgeous fascinators, hats, hair clips and much  much more!  These really are absolutley stunning items!

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Beaded Bazaar

Joy the beading Queen!  Creating stunning beaded jewellery, from delicate ear rings and bracelets to chunky beaded necklaces!


Exactly as it sounds!  Specialising in handmade collars, leashes and accessories for your pet!

Cottage Soap Company

Creating sumptious handmade soaps packed full of the finest and most luxurious ingredients.

Watch this space, I shall be Blogging about more great stalls that will be at the September CRAFTfest!!

If you're interested in reading more about how you can get involved in CRAFTfest, have a look here! or check it out on Facebook or follow on Twitter

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

More Lilac Lovelies - CRAFTfest Sept 2012!

With the September CRAFTfest drawing closer and closer there's still plenty of time to showcase some more wonderful creations from the Lilac team - or as we like to call ourselves the Lilac Lovelies!
So to kick us off we have:

Specialising in handmade cotton patchwork cushions and wool felt bits and bobs! KOOSHKA are always working on new products and expanding their range using other fabric items and a wider size range of cushions/scatter cushions.  One of their creations is fantastic fun egg cosies made from felt which are adorable!

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Making adorable unique handmade plushies.  If you don't know what a plushie is then you have to check them out - complete cuteness!! I love Cedric the party Sloth!

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Pollyanna Jewellery
PollyAnna Jewellery - specialising in knitted wire jewellery, semi-precious gemstone and wedding jewellery. I adore the intricate knitted wire cuffs.

Hoobynoo World is a happy place where the sun is always shining! It is filled with a whole host of fun and fabulous characters, each with their own unique, bouncy personality!  Meet Solly the Sun, Clarissa the Cupcake or Derek the Whale!

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Brimble Originals
Designing and making beautiful decorative felt items such as felt flower wreaths, gift boxes and envelopes. The flower wreaths are stunning!

I hope you've enjoyed checking out the talent.  More Lilac Lovelies to come soon!!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A little bit more talent from the Lilac team over at CRAFTfest Sept 2012!

Introducing some more of my fellow Lilac team mates for CRAFTFest September 2012! Please do feel free to visit all the stalls over at CRAFTFest - the photos I have included below are just some of the gorgeous items that are available!

Perfect Patchwork
Creating beautiful Patchwork and Quilted Items.

Baby Perfect Patchwork
All good things for the Baby and Child, including Quilts, bags & knitted items.

Making handmade soaps, bath bombs and lip balms from the most natural and skin friendly ingredients available!

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Bibs n Pieces
Creating gorgeous items for little ones; bandana dribble bibs, taggy blankets, personalised buntings, keep safe cushions or cot blankets made from your childrens clothing.

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KK Marie
Designing and creating unique pendants.

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D&D Designs
Creating beautiful beaded jewellery and bookmarks

There are lots of other stalls selling lots of lovely items.  I shall be Blogging about them in the coming weeks!