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Monday, 28 November 2011

Crafty-Bitz

Evening all,

Just thought I'd do a quick blog following the announcement that I'm now admin for the Crafty-Bitz website and facebook page :)

I'm really excited to be working with Sarah who runs Dragonfly-Jersey as it's her little baby but, like me, she works full time so needs some help to keep it on track.

For anyone who hasn't heard of Crafty-Bitz take a look at the website and facebook page

But it's free to register and you can sign in with either your facebook or an email address. You set up your profile and then off you go.

It's somewhere to showcase your crafty goodies, whether they're a work in progress or ready to purchase. All we ask is that you put contact details on all your photos so people can get in touch with you if they're interested.

At the moment there are 120 members but a lot of those still need to send in their details to go on the members directory. We'll be doing quite a bit of promoting over the next few weeks and will then ramp it up in January once the madness of Christmas has faded!

We've already discussed ways in which we can engage with members and here are some suggestions:

1. Business page of the day - Picked from the members directory at random we will advertise whatever links we have been provided with. So to be included all members will need to email: sarah@crafty-bitz.com

2. Themed showcases - Not online craft fairs but themed showcases where members can share a limited number of photos with price, description, contact details and links to where item can be bought directly. Each showcase will have a theme

3. Blog - Maybe in the New Year set up a Crafty-Bitz blogger blog if there's demand for it

Well, that's all we've come up with in 24 hours but we're open to any and all suggestions, in fact we're encouraging it quite a bit. We can't guarantee we'll be able to do them all but we'll give them all some serious thought :)

I've also got my own crafty-bitz email too: Natasha@crafty-bitz.com so feel free to send all suggestions there too

Thanks and hope you've had a better Monday at work than I have!

Friday, 25 November 2011

The Handmade Debate

Ever since Folksy brought in their definition of handmade vs assembled I've been meaning to do a little blog about it...so here it is!

The definition of handmade is "made my hand rather than by machine" which is why I've never claimed to be handmade. I design everything myself but I do use "machines" to make all of my items. Pretty much everything I make is designed and printed using my laptop and printer and of course I use the laminator for bookmarks and wall hangings etc.

You can't buy my items in a shop, everything is personalised to the customers requirements so really no two items are ever the same. So my USP has always been the personalisation rather than handmade

So I wonder...does it make any difference to people / customers? Seems as long as people like your items and they're buying them they don't seem to mind whether you're just an assembler or not!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Christmas is coming...

Still can't believe that as I write this blog there are only 34 days until Christmas!!!

First things first:

The Spirit of Christmas Craft Fair closes at midnight tonight, please go and have a nosey as there's over 400 handmade goodies. Not only have I sold a few things, I've bought some things too!

Christmas Shopping

Whilst I have been mega organised and sorted majority of my Christmas shopping still seems to have crept up quite quickly.

Must say that this year Christmas shopping has been a bit of a different experience to the norm. I always get as much as possible online, I'm not one of these people who enjoys going to into town to do my shopping. There's too many people, I can never carry everything and parking costs a fortune.

However, due to the business, this year I've found myself buying handmade goodies from my fellow business pages which has been fantastic. Not only are they handmade but they're also unique.

I've ordered from Candlewick Crafts who not only has done me a standard item but is also creating me something brand new I asked for. And Angelic Folk who has created me something completely and utterly unique.

Won't say any more...just in case!

Had a bit of a traumatic day yesterday. The washing machine decided to break down with a load of washing in it! All plans went to pot, so I'm a bit behind now, got 30 lovely personalised gift tags to make today as well as getting the flat spick and span today. So just a quick update today, here's a festive photo for you all to enjoy :)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

How many days until Christmas!?!

Hi All, been a while since I last did a blog as I've been rather busy last few weeks.

Managed to sort out most of my christmas present shopping online which is a massive relief to be so organised for a change!

I've ordered lots of brown paper and some christmassy stamps to make my own wrapping paper this year.

Today as well, I've also ordered some bits and bobs after taking some inspiration from the christas crafts section on the hobbycraft website. Keep an eye out for those as I'll be sending them to my family and friends but if people like them, I may offer them from the castle too.

Talking of christmas cards, you'll notice that I haven't got any christmas card designs up yet and at present I'm not planning on doing them. The christmas card market is a huge one, whether it's in the shops, online or places like moonpig / funky pigeon so I've just made a decision not to get into it really.

I like offering things that you can't get mainstream, like the santa stop here signs and the letters from santa instead!

Anyways, I've had a brilliant weekend. Was King Neil's birthday on Friday and we went for a meal last night at this lovely local restaurant that used to be a church. Great food, great company and great cake!


Also had a quick visit from the godchildren this morning, which was fab (even if I hadn't done my hair and make up so looked a mess lol)


That's it for now...only 41 days until christmas eek

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Progress update for October

Apologies for the delay in the October progress update, been a bit mental last few days.

Currently sat at home after having a cup of tea to warm myself up before we head out to look at a potential new place to live. Rent's going up stupidly here and we need somewhere bigger so it's all excited.

Christmas is now fast approaching so been doing lots of christmas shopping online!

October in general was a quiet month so don't have a massive amount of progress to tell you about really, but here goes with some photos too:


  • Craft Fair at the Brown Jug in Newcastle didn't quite go to plan. Only thing I came away with was a bad back!

  • Prep for CRAFTfest is going well. Most of my pink team are in regular contact with me and think everyone's OK with what they need to do. Will be spending the next few weeks ensuring everyone's happy with their stalls and promoting it like mad!
  • Joined the professional crafters guild which hopefully will give my customers a bit more confidence when buying from me.

  • Set up the new website www.jeeberellascraftcastle.weebly.com which is much better as I can control all of the content on it and update it when I need to.
  • Introduced few new products - personalised wine bottle labels (sold x6 within first few hours) and personalised gift tags (sold 30 to best friends!!!) which seem to be going down well

  • Sold some more of my santa letters, going to be making those up this week and getting them ready to post starting w/c 21st November. Not too late to order them either

  • Products of the day and riddles are back and again, going down well. 2 of the 3 products of the day so far have resulted in sales which is brill (technically November but hey ho)
  • Did some custom business bunting for local cake lady Claire

  • Made a nice card for Neil's aunty bit of a last minute thing but she liked it and it did the rounds on twitter too

And I think that's about it really. I'm off work next week so planning on getting all my santa letters made up and ready to post and will be about to answer any queries / take orders

xxx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

An interview with...Kid with camera

So, when I said I had no more interviews to schedule I was wrong lol!

Enjoy!



My business name is simple, ‘Kid With Camera;' and it was set up by myself {Matt Greenwood} in Grimsby, England; as a way to express my passion & love for creating items for other people to enjoy. Although I am planning on University in the years to come, I am currently working as a Photography Technician at a Sixth Form College; which is allowing me to experiment with photographic practices and techniques. Although I specialise in Portrait & Still Life Photography, I have recently discovered my own drawing style within illustration; from which I want to create art for others to experience. I have a wide range of products  available throughout my shops, that is constantly being updated weekly.




My main drawing- style inspirations come directly from the many Masters of illustration such as John Tenniel, to the watercolour drawings of Beatrix Potter; and their influences are very apparent throughout my work. Whereas for my photographic work, I have been looking towards the work of both Tina Madotti as well as Imogen Cunningham. But inspiration does not just arrive from the work of others, but also from my own surroundings, and elements such as experiences, moods and also the weather. 



My business has only been live for one month, and I'm slowly getting my name and products out there for people to see and discover. 'Kid with Camera' was set up as a way to show my creativity and desire in creating art for others to enjoy. 2 months ago, I had progressed from finishing my A Levels to completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. And so over these past 3 years, I have been able to build upon ideas, inspirations and to refine my own styles with Fine Art, Photography and Illustration; and my own education has lead me to create 'Kid With Camera.' My store features a wide range of products from Photographic Prints, to Professionally printed Greeting Cards such as my recent Collection of Birthday cards- 'The Party- Hat Collection.' But one element of my store I take pride in is to focus on customer service, from which I feel is an important aspect for any store or service. 



You can browse, or even purchase any of my products through any of the links below; or please support 'Kid With Camera' by 'liking' on facebook, from which you can keep upto date with any news and new prodcuts! Also, 'Kid With Camera' has a store this year at CRAFTfest so please keep a look out for that! Thankyou for your time!