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!