Friday, 24 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Three

Today is day three in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Mary Menzer from  fairlymerry.blogspot.com so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Craft a Creative Business by Fiona Pullen - review and giveaway

So earlier this week I got my hands on a copy of Fiona Pullen's book, out today, Create a Craft Business, which is the only craft-related book you will need buy this year or next year. 237 pages JAM PACKED with information, tips, advice, suggestions, ideas and plans for your crafting business.    And that could be any crafting business at any level at all, whether you're the biggest fabric shop in Europe, a small Etsy retailer, a fabric printer, a market crafter or one small blogger starting out.  You can get hold of this book here right now,  from Amazon next week or from Amazon in the US in January or you can leave a comment below to win one of four copies I'm giving away.

The most useful crafting book I've ever bought

The book covers six main areas, each in huge detail.  Those areas are Where do I start? Legal matters, Presentation, Social Media, Selling online and Selling offline.  Within each of those chapters, there is a wealth of information presented in an easy to digest way.  Fi herself says this book  is "designed to be dipped into so that you can go straight to the aspect you want to learn about at any given time."  Each page is filled with bite-sized chunks of information such as tips on post-it notes, activities to complete, useful links, information from people in the know, regulations you need to know about etc.  I knew how hard Fi had worked on this book but had no idea how much information would be packed into it.

Hundreds of little post-it note tips give you advice throughout the book. 

Areas I instantly found of particular interest to me for example included how to improve the traffic to your website, taking great craft photos, getting started on new social media such as a blog or twitter, how to get started on doing you own accounting and many many more.

Advice for all kinds of craft businesses

This is the kind of book you need to carry around in your handbag (or briefcase), leave on your bedside table or leave in the car door so that you can dip into it at any time and pick up a few more snippets of information and advice to help build and expand your business.

Fiona Pullen shares her wealth of knowledge on SEO in this book

A lot of the advice comes from Fi herself who I regard as the pivot around which the whole British sewing community revolves.  Her website The Sewing Directory brings together every element of this community in one place and she is always the person I go to for good, sound advice in relation to my business with Lily's Quilts.  She is also a lot of fun and is THE source for all information sewing-related in the UK.

 
Six useful chapters each contain endless detailed chunks of information within them. 

It is her own experience and knowledge in setting up and running this business that she draws on  principally in this book but she also draws on advice from all sorts of other figures in the crafting community including for example, advice from Nel Whatmore on licensing, Kristin Link from Sew Mama Sew on community building, Alex Veronelli from Aurifil on Social Media and many many more.

Packed full of tips and advice from industry insiders

To win a copy of this fabulous and indispensable book, just leave a comment and I will pick four winners a week from today. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day Two

Today is day two in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Rossie Hutchinson from r0ssie.blogspot.com so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop Day One

Today is day one in the Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop.  On each of the seven days of the schedule (see below) we have one of seven talented quilt-bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.  Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the blog hop to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Today it is the turn of Sonia Spence from fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk so hop on over to her blog to see what she has made.  


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

Next week and the week after, we have seven talented quilter bloggers showcasing projects using the new Autumn fat eighth packs from Oakshott.


Grab the button below and follow along the seven stops along the bloghop which starts Monday and follows the schedule set out below to find lots of new ideas and inspiration for what to make with these beautiful fabrics.


The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence               fabricandflowersuk.blogspot.co.uk
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson        r0ssie.blogspot.com
24 October     Mary Menzer                 fairlymerry.blogspot.com
28 October     Alison Dutton                allison-sews.blogspot.com
29 October     Nicholas Ball                 quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com
30 October     Kati Spencer                 fromthebluechair.com
31 October     Wynn Tan                      zakkaArt.typepad.com

Friday, 17 October 2014

Elephant In My Handbag Giveaway!

Today we have a £25 gift voucher giveaway from my newest sponsor, Elephant in my Handbag.   We also have a voucher for 10% off your first order at Elephant in my Handbag using code Lilysquilts.  


EIMH is a family owned craft and fabric business based in Hawkhurst in Kent in the south east of the United Kingdom.  





Their mission is to find interesting and exciting things for their customers to use to create unique projects.  

They are a Top Rated Seller with over 2,000 positive feedbacks on eBay and have over 11,000 likes on Facebook.  

They have sold to countries all around the world from Chile to France, Russia to Australia - if you want references, just ask!


For a chance to win the voucher, leave a comment letting me know which is your favourite fabric at Elephant In My Handbag. 

Sponsor News

Pink Castle Fabrics are are starting their new Art Gallery Fabrics Bundle club.  Sign ups before Oct 20th will start with the first bundle, Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker.


Eclectic Maker are running  some Free Motion Quilting classes in their Worthing shop studio from the end of October.  They are running two six week sessions, one on Wednesday evenings from 22nd October and the other on Tuesday mornings from 28th October.  








My fave bundle of the week has to be this Suzuko Koseki daisies bundle from Sew Me A Song.



 

New Moda Pre-Cuts include Red, White & Free by Sandy Gervais and Crazy For Red by Minick and Simpson.



Fort Worth Fabric Studio have 30% off Lecien Flower Sugar with code sugar30, good through October 23 and 40% off all remaining Ahoy Matie by Northcott with code ahoy40, good through October 23.


Oakshott Fabrics are celebrating autumn with their Autumn colourshott fabric packs which are available also to buy with yardage as a kit to make my Autumn Checkerboard quilt.


Celtic Fusion Fabrics have great new Robert Kaufman Shetland  and Mammoth flannels in stock. Gorgeous and soft, double napped for extra coziness . . great for shirts, Pjs and cushions.  If you are feeling more adventurous, a lovely A-line skirt would look great in the grey herringbone.





Thursday, 16 October 2014

Flash News

Elephant in My Handbag are having their quarterly clear out TONIGHT. 100's of Bolt Ends, Clearance Fabrics & Bundles will be sold off in one evening. You need to pop back to Elephant in my Handbag Facebook page at 8pm TONIGHT.  Jo will post a password at 8pm on Facebook - then just comment SOLD plus password on fabrics you want to buy - First person to comment wins the fabric - simple !