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Fingernail Art - Impractical but Awesome!

Thought you would love this crazy fingernail art from Alice Bartlett!  A bit impractical maybe but brilliant all the same - a little community on her fingertips! :)

amazing nail art little people on nails

amazing nail art little people on nails

amazing nail art little people on nails

Sewing Vs Throw Away Fashion - Interesting Infographic

London Fashion Week starts today! Take a look at the infographic in this post that challenges UK buying habits, prompting people to reassess their throw-away fashion lifestyle, and instead, look to sustainable methods such as sewing, handcraft and upcycling - Hooray.

Should this tweet actually say "UK Sales of THROWAWAY online fashion" We are buying more clothes than ever...  and throwing it away when the next trend arrives. 

The stats are quite scary - 1 million Tonnes of textiles sent to landfill every year in the UK alone and a big proportion of that waste is from used clothing.  Take a look at this infographic "Sewing vs Throw Away Fashion"

Infographic via Plush Addict, online fabric retailer in the UK 

This is a mini protest banner created by Sarah Corbett of the Craftivist Collective last year to highlight the inequalities of the fashion world - take a look at her website - The Craftivist Collective if you are interested in finding out more.  Not all of us are talented enough to make our own clothes but we can make more responsible decisions about the clothes we do buy.

And a tweet she posted this morning! "Don't mention the garment workers" - why not retweet it!

Autumn Crafts - Embroidery Hoop Art

I love this embroidery hoop art from The Lily pad Cottage - the text is actually written on with a fabric pen rather than embroidered but it still looks lovely - Autumn is such a fantastic time for craft, long evenings and the amazing autumnal colours for inspiration all around - I can't wait and now I have moved house finally I can get out all my crafty stuff - it's all been in boxes way too long!

I like hoop art and I think it would be fun to have a hoop on the wall in a prominent place (or maybe on a door) that changed with the seasons, a new hoop to celebrate the new season and a great reason to take some time out to reflect while you stitch up a design.

There are a few more beautiful examples of autumnal embroidery hoop art I found too.

Beautiful Autumn coloured threads  - over on Bettinas Treehouse

This is a very fun and simple idea from Shaken Together - I've just been given some felt and have a giveaway coming up to win a big bumper pack here soon, so will be thinking of felt projects I can make up this weekend to share.

These are french knots and seed beads - must take so long - I love the ombre effect and mossy colour. This is available to buy on Etsy from The Chest of Drawers.  Well worth a look at her other work!

This pretty hoop art is by another Etsian - Sometimes I Swirl - I particularly love the choice of fabric and the rustic hoop - would look beautiful on a wall.

I'd love to see any hoop art you have produced please share it on my facebook wall

My own efforts are not quite so accomplished, but it still makes me smile - determined to make something else and add it to my new office :)

Beautiful Crochet - Acorn Pine Cone Brooches

I spotted these from Portugese crochet artist Vera Joan Espinha over on the Flow Gallery Blog.  they summed up how I'm feeling, Autumn is coming and I want to get my crochet hooks and cotton out!

Show Your Work - Austin Kleon

I came across a lovely book called 'Show Your Work' aimed at artists and designers about 'getting your work discovered' whilst browsing on Pinterest and just had to share some of the pages the author has shared - they really jumped out at me, I guess it's the white on black, it makes a message seem ultra clear!  No wonder this is a best selling book!

The author Austin Kleon, has created 10 important points to follow in order to get your work noticed - with the big idea of the book being that work is about process, not product. Through sharing your processes you can gain huge interest in your work, a following which grows exponentially and which you can use for "fellowship, feedback or patronage" as Austin says.

I picked a few of my favourite images out from his Pinterest board and I also just ordered the book myself (a little splurge!) - I'll let you know more once I've had a read (It should be delivered tomorrow!)  I'm hoping it will compliment a lot of my own theories on getting discovered and selling crafts online but I'm always open to learning new concepts and ideas and it looks like a nice book to have on my shelf (I also ordered his other book which looks equally interesting!)

Pizza Slice?

See more here!

Follow Austin Kleon's board Show Your Work! Blogger Kit on Pinterest.

The Cover Story! - Marketing Your Craft Business

The Cover Story!

How do you like the cover of my book?!  "Online Marketing for your Craft Business"

It's so exciting to see the finished cover up on Amazon! I really love it - I think it stands out, there are so many craft business books to choose from, mine is focused on online marketing, I'm not an accountant so I can't help you with your spread sheets I'm afraid, but I am a digital marketing strategist and community manager, so I have written about what I know works when it comes to getting your business noticed online!

A big thanks to the lovely designer Jodie Lystor at F+W Media who seemed to create a cover I love effortlessly! (although I know a lot of hard work went into it really Jo!)

I wanted the cover to appeal to creative people and craft sellers and I wanted it to look both striking, serious and just a little pretty, but not twee! Jo has done a great job to get all of these ideas working together. 

I also  really wanted it to be unique and memorable. When you are trying to get a product noticed it's important to research the competition and package your product in a way that sets it apart.  If someone is browsing I hope they will remember the pretty flowers and distinctive, curvy title text.  When they are ready to come back and buy and this image pops up, hopefully that snap of recognition will really help!  

I was convinced it should be a dark background so it stood out from other books about selling crafts online. I love inspiring quotes on blackboards and interesting fonts (see my pinterest board Craft and Creative Quotes for proof!) and in a small way it also helps get across the educational aspect of the book and the flowers... well every business needs to grow! (maybe I'm clutching at straws here, ha ha!).

 I hope you like my book cover design too!  Please spread the word on Pinterest and any and all of your social networks!  I'll be sharing a post soon with details of all of the 'experts' who have shared tips in the book!

If you would like to see more details have a look over on Amazon for all the info - Online Marketing for Your Craft Business: How to get your handmade products discovered, shared and sold on the internet

Competition, create a cushion design and win £500 of vouchers from Barker and Stonehouse

Do you have a flare for surface and interior design?

Barker and Stonehouse have a competition to win £500 of vouchers to spend on their website - all you have to do is create a design for a cushion. You can paint, draw or design using a computer programme - it's so easy as effectively you are just decorating a blank square in whichever way you like - the perfect competition for creatives!  Please let any friends that may be interested know by sharing the link.

I'm just about to move house - £500 of vouchers for home wares and furniture (it's a lovely site) would be very handy... shame I can't enter as I'll be judging this competition with a number of other craft and design bloggers!
Love these fun abstract face cushions from the site.

The closing date is 31st July, so you need to get cracking with your designs - all the vital details are over on the Barker and Stonehouse website.


1. Go to the Barker and Stonehouse competition page

2. Download the template

3. Create your unique design draw, paint or design!

4. Upload it the website, either scan or photograph your design or simply upload the file if you have used photoshop, or picmonkey etc.

5. Complete the form and mention you heard about the competition from me when asked :)

I can't wait to see your designs!

The full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Barker and Stonehouse site.

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