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Creative Crafting magazine began in August/September 2009, when a group of crafting friends on the Creative Connections network decided that it would be a good idea to raise awareness of the crafting community. From this point they started work and the first issue of Creative Crafting was published in October 2009 and are still publishing today.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Meet the Christmas CRAFTfest Stall Holders - Blue Group

So here is another selection of the Christmas CRAFTfest Stall Holders for you to get to know...
We are doing a selection of blogs with a little information about the stall holders so that you can have a sneaky peak before the event on the 26th and 27th November.
BITS AND BOBS CRAFTS
Hi, my name is Bev Newman and I’m a lifelong knitting and crochet “addict”. I love to create but prefer to develop my own ideas as opposed to following patterns. I also love a challenge so focus on using recycled, upcycled, end of line and surplus materials to create my makes. I also like to use non-traditional “yarns” such as “plarn” and fabrics. For CraftFest I’m concentrating on ladies accessories and gift items, all original designs and unique. It’s highly unlikely you’ll find somebody wearing the same as you! My work is inspired by nature and vintage, especially art deco and the 20’s and 30’s. I welcome commissions too so if you see something you like, but would prefer a different colour or want it made bigger or smaller, just message me and we can discuss it. I also love to knit for babies and children but tend to give baby makes to friends and family! However please contact me if you want something specifically for a baby or child as I’m more than happy to oblige!

MISS BOHEMIA
Miss Bohemia is a jewellery designer who creates fantasy, fairytale, whimsical and vintage styled and jewellery and accessories. My collections include darkly romantic creations, Alice In Wonderland, Mermaids, Victorian inspired pieces and whimsical designs. My range which includes jewellery, trinket and keepsake boxes and the new addition of fabric based designs including purses, cushions and wallets.
GRACE'S FAVOURS
Grace's Favours made excellent quality handmade gifts and goodies for the home. For children and grown-up children alike we have personalised christmas stockings, tree decorations, wall art, personalised room signs, educational toys and much more. We can customise any item to suit a particular theme or colourway. Visit us at www.facebook.com/gracesfavours for a sample of what we do.
THE LEMON TREE
I live in Berkshire with my husband and son and spend most of my spare time designing and making items of jewellery inspired by nature. I make fine silver jewellery from silver clay and combine it with a variety of gemstones. I am also a Level 1 Certified Art Clay Instructor and hold silver clay workshops throughout the year, currently in Botley, Hampshire
A HOME FOR ALL SEASONS
A Home For All Seasons is the brainchild of Caishnah Nevans (aka Miss Crafty), long time crafter and big time procrastinator. Having delayed and deliberated for far too long, this winter marks her decision to spread the handmade love and offer her products in the form of A Home For All Seasons - (further items available from http://www.ahomeforallseasons.co.uk)
All items are inspired by a desire to make home the only place you want to be, whatever the weather/season. From cosy woollen cushions to quirky embroidered wall hangings, each item is made with care and attention to detail.
Not content with homewares, A Home For All Seasons also make gift items that allow you to take a little piece of the AHFAS feel with you - handwarmers, pin cushions, tote bags..
We are based in North Lanarkshire, Scotland and do our best to work with local suppliers as often as possible. We also pride ourselves on the number of our products which are produced from upcycled materials. Not only is this a positive step environmentally, it also means many of our products are only available in limited numbers, making them both extra special and highly sought after.
We also welcome commission work ,and the associated challenges it presents in meeting clients expectations, so please feel free to contact us with any requests and ideas you may have.
EXCLUSIVELY BY CLAIRE
Exclusively By Claire started after my love of cardmaking took over my life! I make handmade cards and invites. Most of my current orders are personalised and adapted to fit the requirements of the customer. But for events like this it is great to be able to make a wide selection of cards and different styles. I love working with craftwork cards and docrafts products so expect pretty, cute, vintage themed cards. My aim is to provide an alternative to store bought card but at a similar price.
THE VERY SMALL COMPANY
Based in Derbyshire but shipping worldwide, I'm a magpie who sells beads and other jewellery-making supplies; ribbons, buttons, unusual fibres and yarns, fabrics; creative textile supplies; Tando Creative chipboard products, and other craft supplies - in fact anything that takes my magpie-eye!

As a keen crafter I know you don't always want to buy 100 of something when you only need 10, so I tend to sell things in small amounts. However if you need anything in a larger quantity, please contact me - I may be able to help!

I also make handmade jewellery and country-style gifts. My jewellery range includes pieces made with handmade lampwork beads (some of which I make myself), Karen Hill Tribe silver, crystals and freshwater pearls - but I like to cater for all budgets by making similar pieces in various plated finishes.
BOWS AND BUTTERFLY'S
Is a small business based in northampton, we sell hand painted gifts for the home, from shabby chic floral heart bunting, hand painted alphabet victorian letters, childrens door name plaques (cars, pirate ships, beautiful ornate butterflys) all of which can be personalised with any name, we have also just added our new christmas range, with lots more to come over the coming weeks, we are super excited about our up coming east of india small hand painted gifts range. Please come and visit our website, www.bowsandbutterflys.co.uk
FUNKI MUNKI BADGES
Funki Munki Badges is a website run by myself (Leah) and my fiancĂ© James. It's a well-needed creative release for me as I have a chronic illness and can't work. We make 1 inch/25 mm circular pin button badges and same sized fridge magnets. We have over 3000 designs on the website with more coming all the time. We have automatic bulk discount discounts on the website, offer free worldwide delivery when you spend £15 or over, and we LOVE your custom orders.
Badges are cheap and great for gifting. Be it Halloween badges in party bags for your kids, Christmas badges attached to gift tags to give them a bit of 'oomph', a way of expressing your individuality on your bag or jacket, a way to spell out your love to your significant other or a way to find out who's who at a wedding, there's a multitude of reasons to buy badges. For businesses, there's nothing like a cute badge to make your event or website stick in someone's mind
PAULINESCRAFTS
My name is Pauline, I live in Devon but before that I lived in Germany where I taught myself how to make gorgeous Ribbon Decorations for every room in the home.
Each one is different and totally individual. I hand-make each and every one, so you can be sure that when you buy one of my Ribbon Decorations you are getting a unique item .
I hope you find something you like to add to your home or to give to someone as a gift either at Christmas time or a Birthday. Enjoy Shopping.
If you would like to ask any questions about my craft then please email me at phayward.artichokecrafts@gmail.com