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Frayedattheedges is very busy at the moment getting ready for not one but TWO markets this coming weekend. Oh yes that means you’ve got two days to buy my work direct from me. On the 14th May I’ll be at … Continue reading
As it’s the end of the year and a time to reflect I thought it would be fitting to share some lovely goodies I’ve bought from Sottish crafters. I’d love to get a glass cabinet to keep everything in but the pieces are meant to be used, worn and loved so that’s what I’ve done.
I know the word craft has been debased in the past but we are taking it back and the level of talent is increasing year on year. Everyone I am showing here either sells on their own website, ETSY, Folksy or MISI and they have twitter, Flickr and blogs pages too if you want to delve in deeper. So…here we go…
The first person I’d like to introduce you to is Laura Baillie who is based in Paisley http://www.laurabailliedesigns.bigcartel.com/ I really love the mix of beads and colours she put in this necklace. It is delicate but makes a lovely statement.
Based in Glasgow (& Morayshire) is Rebecca Holland who makes beautiful brooches http://www.cottoncandycorsage.com I’ve bought several from her and they brighten up any coat or bag I put them on. Upcycling an old tartan tie into this fabulous brooch is a great idea and I always get comments when I wear it.
Moving over to Edinburgh is Alison Reid and her lovely silverwork http://www.folksy.com/shops/alibalijewellery When I saw the felt necklace (above) it made me smile and I had to buy it. It’s a bit of fun and slightly different to her other work. In the picture with different pieces of jewellery you can also see some beautiful silver love heart ear-rings I bought from her. In fact I loved them so much I bought a similar pair fo a friend’s 30th birthday present.
More recently I’ve been introduced to Julia Smith who is based in Govan, Glasgow http://www.juliasmithceramics.com/ and Lucy Jackson http://www.lucyjacksondesigns.com/ I have been eyeing up their work and was lucky enough to buy some at the last Dennistoun Craft Fair. In fact the ring is a collaboration between them as the centre of the ring is one of Julia’s ceramic buttons that Lucy made into a ring.
Well I hope you like that quick guide to some unique items I’ve bought this year has inspired you to think about buying local…or certainly away from the high street. Will leave you with a collection of pictures which probably don’t do any justice to the items but you’ll no doubt see me wearing them soon.
Just like the weather I seem to be non-stop at the moment. After a spell in bed with the dreaded lurgy it’s been full steam ahead for me.
The main reason for this is it’s the Dennistoun Craft Fair on Saturday 28 November http://www.dennistouncommunitytogether.org.uk and as always I’ve got a stall there.
I’ve a lot of new goodies on offer such as
As well as the above I’ll have an assortment of other sweet, knitted items (though I’m gutted I didn’t have enough time to finish some more scarves) and cards.
Dad’s also got his stall with beautiful pictures and cards made with pressed flowers from his garden. He’s even trying his hand at making necklaces with them. Here’s a sample.
I really like them and might even have to buy one for myself.
After the fair? Well I’m going to gt to grips with on-line selling and make more of my shops.
I’ll also be keeping an eye on Folksy’s Upcycle Christmas as I hope the auction which starts on 7th December goes well http://www.folksy.com/shops/frayedattheedges Talking of which I must remember to take the skirts I’ve entered to the DCF so you can have a look at them if you want.
Have fun and don’t forget you can also follow what I’m up to on Twitter http://twitter.com/JuJuDollie and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=90342957614
Hope you’re all having fun.
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It was a strange time at the Dennistoun Community Together Craft Fair yesterday. For all the advertising on radio, papers and round the area it was quite quiet. I doubt there was anything more the organisers could do to let the good folk of Glasgow know about it.
However, as always I really enjoyed it. There’s a lovely atmosphere at this fair both between the stall holders and the public as well as within the stall holders themselves.
I love the fact I get a chance to speak to others and get inspiration from them. Everyone makes what they sell and are happy to talk about their work. I believe there was even a bit of bartering between crafters. This, to me, is what a craft fair should be about.
OK, we all want to sell and make a wee profit but I’ve visited some fairs that are really slickly produced where it costs a fortune to have your 6 foot space and it just doesn’t look fun.
I tried out some new pieces and they seemed to go down a treat. Quirky brooches and bags which certainly made people smile.
So here’s to the next fair and whatever it holds.
Well it’s been about a week since my website (http://www.frayedattheedges.co.uk) was launched and I’m really pleased with the comments I’ve had. Now it’s time for the real work…SELLING!
I’m already a regular at the Dennistoun Craft Fair but now I’d like to start dip into the world of on-line selling. I’ve already set up a shop on ETSY.com on recommendation from people who already sell on it.
The first step is organisation of my time. From creating good photos, to pricing and then putting them on sale it all takes time.
So, I’m off to find my diary and start…OK maybe it’s a bit late on a Friday so will find my diary and start tomorrow.
Well it was a you-win-some-you-loose-some kind of day yesterday at the Dennistoun Craft Fair.
It was the quietest fair so far and there’s no rhyme or reason to it. It was widely publicised but still quiet. Instead I took heed of the words of wisdom I received at my first craft fair when another stall holder told me just to go with it and not worry about a slow day.
That’s held me in good stead and I had fun yesterday. What it did mean was I could spend time talking to customers and browsers. I like to find out a bit about who I am selling to and hopefully this will help inform me.
I was surprised how far some people have travelled including Stirling and Ayr. I did sell to a lovely person from Rome and I know my dad, who also has a stall, has a commission from one of his regulars who is going back to the USA.
The other lovely thing about it was being able to talk to other stall holders and gleam some insite into how they work and where they sell.
As usual the standard on show was amazing. honestly you should come to the next one in September as there are some hidden gems there. As it was slow I stopped myself from going into temptation and buying from several sellers, but I do have their cards (yikes!) so may talk to them on line soon.
I’ve also downloaded some pics of my work to Flickr which you can get a link to at the side of this blog.
Phew! think that’s all for tonight folks. Sweet Dreams x
Tomorrow I’m back at the Dennistoun Craft Fair and am (almost) organised. This will be my 4th time there and I really enjoy it.
Tucked away in the East End of Glasgow this is a great craft fair, especially for newbie sellers like me. In the church hall on Armadale Street there are normally around 20-25 crafters on two floors and you can buy almost everything. Certainly the last couple of times I’ve been beside a wonderful seamstress who makes soft furnishings and scarves and on the other side of me is a fab photographer who sells beautiful cards and pictures…and these are just two of the stalls!
Previous stall at DCF
As we’re gearing up for summer I’ve got some lovely hair slides, brooches and cuffs to sell. They go from the prettiest pinks to electric blues. I’m experimenting with some tote bags but as there are only a few if you get one they’ll be a limited edition!
I’ll leave you with a link to Dennistoun Community Together which hosts the craft fair & also has links to a map and directions.
If you come along please say hello. You’ll find that all the stallholders are friendly and like to spend time chatting. Now where is that tablecloth…