Sunday, 30 June 2013

Weekend Collage Spot! 30th June 2013

Weekend Member Collages
Enjoy a selection of member products made up into beautiful collages. 

First PCG member collage of the day belongs to Gyllawoodpens
Beautiful handcrafted pens!

Next today we have the wonderful FizZy Bob'S!

And finally today we have PCG member LittlemouseLilly

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Weekend Collage Spot! 29th June 2013

Weekend Member Collages
Enjoy a selection of member products made up into beautiful collages. 

The first of our weekend collages is PCG member Tracy from the fabulous Glasspirations

Next today we have PCG Member Tre-Vorr Crochet 

Take a look at PCG member The Old Button Fabulous creations!

Friday, 28 June 2013

PCG Today! - 28th June 2013

Elsewhere in the PCG

It's Funtine Friday today!
I will be wandering through some of our members website and seeing what I can find. 

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Just wandered by PCG member Colabean Curiosities site.
Based in Norfolk in the UK with a vast selection of goodies it is well worth a look.

I found this gorgeous Hello Cupcake Bag!

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Looking for that perfect Teachers Gift?
These are gorgeous from PCG member Purple JoJo's Craft Designs


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Just look at this gorgeous Alice in Wonderland Charm bracelet by PCG member Josephines!


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A sunny piece of Wall Art by Raggedy Lils

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We are still looking for more 'Partners in Crafts'.
We have four lovely sewing/crochet ladies awaiting partners from different crafts.
http://www.procraftersguild.com/partners_in_crafts.html

  

Thursday, 27 June 2013

PCG Today! - 27th June 2013

Today's New Members

Member No: 270613469
Joyce Barrie from Jollysam
in the UK


Elsewhere in the PCG

Spotted on our PCG Members Pinterest Board!

Beaded Gold Pen / Ballpoint Pen with Geometric Pattern by Beadwork & Coe, £37.00

http://pinterest.com/pin/372391462908907773/


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We have four sewing/crochet members looking for 'Partners in Crafts'. Is this you?

http://www.procraftersguild.com/partners_in_crafts.html


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Aren't these fabulous!
Created by PCG member Quernus Crafts

Now available! Little Mice with Name Plaques, beautifully hand-stamped by the lovely Rebekah Heyburn Jewellery - Personalised, Hand Stamped Silver :) Each Mouse is £22 plus P&P. I'll be listing them soon, but if you'd like to order one, do get in touch (allow 2-3 weeks for delivery as they are made to order).
 

PCG Member Focus - Raggedy Lils

PCG Member Focus!
Meet Member No: 100513446
Clare from Raggedy Lils


Hi, my name is Clare Nicholls and I run ‘Raggedy Lils’, a handcrafted home d├ęcor business. I specialise in making shabby chic and vintage style items for the home, all hand made by myself in my individual style.
I have always been interested in arts and crafts, I studied Art and Design as well as Craft, Design and Technology at A-Level. My inspiration for ‘Raggedy Lils’ came from my first creation, a rag wreath made from scraps of material and a wire coat hanger for Christmas for my home.


At that time I was a single parent looking to find employment that was flexible to fit in around family life with 2 children. Looking at paid employment was proving unsuccessful and after studying Business Studies and other courses with the Open University I was ready to do something other than motherhood! A friend and volunteer from Home Start, Pearl Rees, had suggested I made and sold my wreaths and so ‘Raggedy Lils’ was born, named after the use of rags and scraps of fabric and after my daughter Lilly-Mae.
The items I make are individual and one off decorative pieces created and inspired by up cycled materials and decorations I use. I still make the rag wreaths, but also now make wall art and cushions (now I have conquered my fear of a sewing machine!) There’s nothing better than the feeling I get selling one of my pieces, as I enjoy making them so much and it’s a complement when it’s appreciated by another household.


Setting up a business for me was proof that I can be more than just a mum and now I can show my children that hard work and dedication are important in life. Even as a single parent, with careful time management it is possible to run a successful business. I would say the first steps to becoming an entrepreneur would be a unique and marketable product that is financially viable, registration with the correct government bodies and lots of networking and advertising to get your name out there.



‘Raggedy Lils’ is still in its infancy and I am sure there are lots out there that I need to learn. It is all made worthwhile when I receive interest and compliments I receive from fellow crafters and businesses.

Here is my website - http://raggedylils.weebly.com/
My items can also be purchased here - http://www.wowthankyou.co.uk/raggedy-lils

If you would like to be a member focus for the PCG email us at

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

PCG Today! - 26th June 2013

Today's New Members

Supplier Member No: S260613007
Crafty Magpie 

Online Marketplace


Elsewhere in the PCG

'Partners in Crafts' Team 6 is now up and running!
Twinkle , Sparkle & Tinsel Me Now, Personal Space Interiors and RB's SheepyCreations
 
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Congratulations to PCG member Glasspirations. Great job, well done! :)

"Tadah!!!! My very first creation in my own kiln in my own dining room ....very excited :-D"
Tadah!!!! My very first creation in my own kiln in my own dining room ....very excited"
 
 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

PCG Today! - 25th June 2013

Today's New Members

Member No: 250613468



Elsewhere in the PCG

Happy Birthday to PCG member Sonia from Twinkle , Sparkle & Tinsel Me Now :)
To celebrate here is a member focus on the beautiful lady herself!

http://www.procraftersguild.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/pcg-member-focus-styles-of-sonia.html

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We have another 'Partners in Crafts' Team to introduce.
Strombolitwo, Raven's Stained Glass and Royb Puzzles and Pendants
 

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'Partners in Crafts' Team 5 is now up and running.
The Shed, Buzzing Bee Crafts and Christmas Pie Crafts.
 
 
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PCG member fragrantflamecandlecompany.co.uk has new candles and fragrances, each with their own bespoke handmade collectable charm.
 
 
 

Monday, 24 June 2013

PCG Today! - 24th June 2013

Today's New Members

Member No: 240613466
Sharon Collins-Woodley from The Shed
in the UK


Premium Member No: 240613467
Esmie Miriam James from Mijubeauty
in the UK


Elsewhere in the PCG

PCG member Glasspirations have been working on their branding!
Always a good idea, well done. :)


Partners in Crafts 

We set off our first Partners in Crafts Team last week!


Here is how they are getting on:

Maria Deaville Harrop We are already chatting and even though we all have very different crafts, it is interesting that we have similar frustrations, particularly when competing against the mass markets and the perception that because we are crafters that our products should therefore be less expensive.

Kerry Chumbley
Thank you for the Partners in Craft, lovely ladies they are =) We have set up a little private group where we can chat

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Meet our 'Partners in Craft' Team 2!
Shinyies, Glasspirations and Elsie May and Bertha

 
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'Partners in Craft' Team 3 is now up and running! Introductions have been sent to Beaded Bazaar, Maelotti and Piper's Workshop


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If you are a member of the PCG our June Newsletter should be about to drop into your inbox any moment!

Just in case it gets lots in transit you can also find a copy here
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9043f2f0781745759fea9ecfa&id=7529e2c2af

PCG Member Focus! - Styles of Sonia



PCG Member Focus!
Meet Member No: 141111163
Sonia from Styles of Sonia Pte Ltd / Twinkle, Sparkle & Tinsel Me Now 

About Me, Sonia Subash .

I co-founded Styles of Sonia with my husband, Fabian which to date, carries a jewellery design line called Twinkle, Sparkle & Tinsel Me Now.

The name Twinkle, Sparkle & Tinsel Me Now represents the twinkle and sparkle of crystals in all its glory whereas tinsel represents the material of metal that accompanies its outshining partner. 

The name was given with an aim to provide that magical feeling for the person who wears it. It all happened a couple of years ago when I wanted to buy a pair of shoes for my sister to wear on her wedding day and I just could not find one pair that sparkled like a pair a princess would wear. And so I just went ahead and purchased a pair of silver sandals and stitched on about 250 Swarovski crystal bicones onto it. The result was exactly what I wanted it to be and she loved it. Needless to say, she looked just like a princess in those shoes!! It was during this time that I realized how much I loved working with the crystals and I then began to explore and learn more about making jewellery pieces with the crystals ... Slowly; I taught myself wire wrapping and beading and then incorporated these techniques into my designs.

 This is the magic pair of shoes that took me to my magical world of Twinkle, Sparkle & Tinsel Me Now!
I design my jewelry based on what I would love to wear, with the colors that bring out a smile in my face every single time I look at each piece. I use crystals, mainly Swarovski crystals and oriental crystals. Slowly, I have learnt to introduce other semi-precious stones and materials to the mix, for example turquoise and CD pieces. As a Malaysian, I am inspired by Indian, Chinese and Malay fashion as well as the beautiful tropical forests that are so rich in color.

And as I made more pieces, I started receiving orders which then prompted me to turn my passion into a profession. Like my son would say, “Having skills that pay the bills!”
I taught myself how to create a website using Blogger, I have met so many people and I just love where all this has brought me to so far.

These past two years, being able to do this has made me a very happy person. I would encourage anyone with a passion for any craft to just keep doing what makes you happy, as much as you can.

I also have a collection of jewellery made from used compact discs. It is my way of trying to do something for the environment. The more pieces I up-cycle, the less pieces are being thrown away into the ground. 


 
 
So far, my designs have been featured in numerous magazines as well as the local newspapers. We have also been honoured with being able to sponsor the VIMA Music Awards, 2 years in a row now. 

I am also a proud member of the Professional Crafter’s Guild UK and the Arts and Crafts Guild KL Malaysia.





For more information on me and my designs, please do visit my website at www.stylesofsonia.com 
and my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/soniaashleycollections
If you have a Twitter account, then please follow me at Twitter.com/StylesOfSonia