Monday, 27 February 2017

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tales From The Disabled Crafter - February 2017

So I’ve got to the end of January and finally my craft room is back to some semblance of order apart from still being overcrowded with crafting items that I cannot find home/space for.  I should feel proud as literally after the craft fairs in December it not only have the decimation of the remanence of makes for the craft fair, but everything unsold and the structure of the stand got dumped in there.  But I’m not proud, I knew it would be some recovery for me after the events, and we had a very quiet Christmas too, but I still beat myself up over not achieving more.  So why am I telling you this, well in fact this is not uncommon with any crafter, those that are well, those that run crafting part time alongside other jobs, those that are a house-parent and a crafter and those like me disabled and crafting all set ideals that sometimes we know from the outset are beyond reach and then punish ourselves when we feel we have not done enough. What is enough?  Here lies the problem, crafters/artists have to in a lot of cases create and sell their work, it’s a dual role one that is difficult to balance, you can spend all your time at fairs, marketing on social media, topping up your websites, stocking shelves in shops where you have rented space and therefore neglect the creating side of the creative wheel. Or we flip that round and spend all the time creating (especially if your busy with orders)and neglecting our presence outside of the ‘Crafting Zone’, to future and repeat customers and finding that when we have dropped out of people’s minds the sales do too.  We have to keep that wheel turning and turning smoothly.  Now I admit I am a failure, I am a cheeky fat hamster who looks at the wheel and feels daunted by it. I step on, go for a little spin, get out of breath and exhausted, to then step off and leave it in the corner for a while, achieving very little. Come on hands up all those that have started a new year’s resolution and haven’t maintained it. So what am I doing, I’m creating fits and starts for both the sales and making, this isn’t good I’ve not got my wheel running smoothly, and risk it coming off its frame altogether.  So, I have started a new plan (not a New Year’s Resolution, I suck at those to), to research ‘the wheel’ to make it work for me and keep me running at a pace that I can and then implement and maintain.

Well how on earth do I do that, in truth I’m not yet sure, I have started by buying an A4 diary, and I’m looking at and trying bullet journaling. I’m researching more into social media and the platforms and tools to help make this work for me.  I plan to start a mailing list and engage my followers, with my future and existing customers with direct contact of my makes, well as we know social media doesn’t show all our magic to all our followers so I need them to be able to see the magic I am making.  I’m working on my selling platforms, current and future ones, I have to make it as easy as possible for people to buy from me don’t I?  But I can’t do this all in one day, and if I tried I will have pushed my little fat hamster body to exhaustion on the wheel.  So I’m making to-do lists, daily ones (yes even weekends) and there is only a few items a day, but I also add in the other things that may crop up and throw themselves into my day, like an order, *whoopee*.  This is so that when I’ve not completed an item on the list I can possibly see why the day didn’t go to plan,  though, I don’t have as yet a tick box for the cat sleeping across my keyboard therefore I could not type *grins sheepishly* which I think should be added. 

It’s even got me on a new make, a stencil to slot into a diary that gives you tracings to bring alive your bullet journal *go me*. So as I move further into February I am still using the diary, which has to be a first for me.  My planning today is already interrupted with an order, a make which will take me most of this coming week, but I have a stencil for that to add it to my journal, so when I look back I can see that is why the next article for the Professional Crafters Guild took me longer,  *sneeks off to make a coffee while no one looks*.

Catch you soon xx Saz xx

You can purchase my Bullet Journal here on Etsy at or you can come and chat to me on my face book page Spratt’s Designs

Monday, 6 February 2017

PCG Creative Showcase February Part 2

Welcome to our Guild Creative Showcase

If you are a Ruby or Sapphire member of our Guild you can submit a product to add to our showcase from the members area on our website.
Created by Guild Member T2Kreations
Wooden Makeup Brush or Makeup Holder. 
This lovely makeup brush holder measures 195mm X 70mm X 70mm and has 10 holes of varying sizes to allow storage of either makeup or makeup brushes.You can choose from either, not engraved, engraved as shown or engraved with the text of your choice. 

Created by Guild Member Cotswold Characters
Available for adoption! These to beautiful pegasus creations are looking to bring magic to their forever homes! Just £16 plus P & P of £4 they can be flying their way to you!


Created by Guild Member Alfie Moon Designs
I Work All Day Tote Bag
Great new dog design! 100% Cotton Tote bag


Created by Guild Member Custom Hair Accessories
Sinamay side-swipe brimmed hat trimmed with 5 hand sculptured calla flowers featuring Swarovski Elements stamens.
All creations are fully handmade and shipped in a hatbox where it can be stored when not in use. Created in the colour of your choice.


Created by Guild Member Fire-Drake Jewellery
Patterned Silver ring with Lapis Lazuli

A Sterling Silver finger ring with patterned shank and a pretty lapis lazuli cabochon which has been set at the centre.

Created by Guild Member Iain S Byrne, Wildlife Art
A dog art print depicting the portrait of a brown Newfoundland dog. Amber is a young and very friendly Newfoundland who would spend hours just playing. I had to bribe her with treats to capture this portrait.