12 Jul 10

Finland has it all!

So its been a week or so since I last posted, yes I’m still here!

I was away last week in beautiful Finland. I went there last year and loved it so much I just had to go back.

This time we were mostly based in the Helsinki area where we visited the excellent Design Museum which was having a retrospective of Oiva Toikka’s work. Oiva is most famous for creating glass birds and starting the company Iittala, ceramics and glass share design aspects even if the making process is radically different.
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28 Jun 10

Blogging tips for crafters

You may have noticed in one of the comments in my previous post Carolyn asked for some blogging tips. These are just my tips they aren’t definitive and I’ve probably left a lot out.

I think blogging can be separated into different actions.

1. Preparing your post.

Even before you start writing your blog post you should be thinking about what you’re going to write about. I usually try and start thinking about my next post straight after my last one.

This gives me time to think about it and prepare any photos required for the post. In taking photos you should treat these exactly the same as the product photos you have in your shop. Make them look professional even if you only use two or three in the end.
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21 Jun 10

Happy Fathers Day!

I hope you all had a great day with your Dads. My Dad and I went to Hexham Races, it was ladies day and the hottest of the summer I’ve experienced yet. Dad didn’t win anything but I came up trumps for the first race of the day winning £20.

I also got my Dad a couple of small gifts some beer soap from The Beer Soap Company and the great dad songs card by Konnie Kapow!


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16 Jun 10

Getting crafty for Fathers Day

Dads are difficult, for some reason mothers day is easy perhaps its something about being the same gender. New shoes, a handbag, trip to the spa all these things are great for Mums but what about Dads?

I’ve got my fathers day just about wrapped up but if you’re still struggling for ideas heres some great craft tutorials of things you can make yourself. Handmade always means more, perhaps its not as expensive but you put in the time and effort to make something just for Dad.


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9 Jun 10

Crafting together

Its been a while since I posted anything that was directly craft / making related. I was asked the other day by Amity of the UK Etsy blog if I could provide some photos of me and my dad together both what we’re like now and when I was young.

I didn’t actually have any pictures on hand of myself and my Dad crafting, we don’t normally craft together at the same time and usually I just ask him for advice if I’m having difficulty. So the other evening there were some pots that needed glazing and so we decided to do them together for a change.


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