Monthly Archives: January 2016

Checklist

Craft Fair Checklist

Continuing our occasional series of posts with ideas and tips for new crafters, this time we’re looking at preparation for the craft fair itself. Here’s our Craft Fair Checklist.

So you’ve booked the date and the venue. A few days before the event, take some time to check that you’ve though of everything. Use our

Craft Fair Checklist

Weather

Weather
Check The Weather Forecast
  • Have you got enough waterproof boxes, clothes, covers if wet weather is forecast?
  • You’ll need warm clothes if its going to be cold – and don’t forget a hat and pair of gloves.
  • If we get a summer, have you got sunscreen ready.
  • How will you secure your stock if it’s windy?

Stock

This may be blindingly obvious, but double check that you have enough stock to:

  1. Fill your table or pitch
  2. Reserve  stock to replace all the items that you sell
  3. Enough to last the duration of the event

Display

Jewellery Display
Part of our jewellery on display

How are you going to show your products off to their best advantage?

  • Try to get some height onto your table
  • Use props, if appropriate
  • Acrylic or wooden shelves give lots more horizontal space to show things off.
  • Can you hang items from twigs?

Table Cloth

Derby Mind Body Spirit Fair
Our tablecloth at a fair reaches the floor

An important part of your stall presentation is the table covering. Think about the colour, the fabric and whether it will show creases. Always ensure that your cloth reaches the floor at the front of your stall. Not only does this look neat, it allows you to hide your extra stock, your lunch box, etc out of the public’s sight.

Price Cards and Tickets

Always try to have price tickets, labels or cards for every item that you sell. Many people don’t like to ask in case they can’t afford to pay.

For some crafters, handwritten tickets are perfect, but you can always us a computer to create a consistent “brand” to your tickets and signs. It is good to laminate signs because card and paper starts to curl up at the slightest sign of damp.

Pricing and Discounting

Setting the price for each item can be agonising. The things to take into account when setting prices include:

  • The cost of your materials
  • The cost of tools and equipment used
  • The cost of the space that use to make and store your craft materials
  • The cost of your time
  • At what price are your competitors selling similar items
  • What you think the customers will pay

Al some point, you will get a customer asking for a discount. It is worth deciding what your discount policy is before this catches you by surprise. Some crafters never give discounts, others are willing to do so when, for example a customer buys several items or spends more than a certain sum.

Change

Pile of coins
Have you got enough change?

Have enough change in the right coins that allow you to give change for £5, £10 and £20 notes. Keep your change (and your takings) safe at all times. Many market traders and crafters have a money belt with large pockets at the front that they never take off during an event.

Sellotape, Stapler, Scissors

It’s a great idea to have a craft fair toolkit. As an absolute minimum, you’ll need sellotape, a stapler and a pair of scissors. You might also find a use for clamps, pliers, screwdrivers, drawing pins and other things as you build up your experience.

We now always carry a bottle of bleach after a fair when our stall was over a very smelly drain.

Other items that you should keep in your toolkit:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Public Liability Insurance Certificate
  • PAT Test Certificate if you use electric lights or appliance
  • Food Hygiene Certificate – if you sell any kind of food

Business cards

We give every customer a business card – and quite a lot of people who just browse too. We want repeat customers at future fairs and customers to visit our website. So our cards have our web address and we make a point of telling them about our calendar page.

Business cards are a cost before you take any money, but they are a wise investment. Our are ordered online from Vistaprint, but there are plenty of printers and other suppliers.

Over to You

What would you add to this Craft Fair Checklist. Please leave us a comment.

 

Trending Colours for Spring 2016

The colour gurus at the Pantone Fashion Colour Report tell us that spring 2016 the trending colours will

Transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.

(Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute)

Fashion and jewellery designers have gone for a range of colours that refer to the natural world and evoke tranquility and relaxation.

There are also influences in the colours of the urban design and of vegetation. There are also hints of travel in the colour palette. Sometimes these influences appear as unexpected combinations of colours.

It is easy to see the influence of artists in this spring’s styles and colours. In particular the styles of Matisse and Picasso shine through. The destinations of Cuba, the Caribbean and South America come to mind as designers play with vibrant colours that are combined with relaxing, classic and more natural tones.

For Spring 2016, there are no colours only for women or only for men.

The Trending Colours for Spring 2016

Rose Quartz PANTONE 13-1520

The soothing colours are led by Rose Quartz, which is a Pantone colour as well as a semi-precious gemstone. Rose Quartz represents compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.

Rose Quartz. Pantone 13-1520
Rose Quartz. Pantone 13-1520

Peach Echo PANTONE 16-1548

Shades of orange are well established and this spring’s variant is Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.

Peach Echo Pantone 16-1548
Peach Echo Pantone 16-1548

Serenity PANTONE 15-3919

Blue is well-represented in the Spring colours. The first of these is reminiscent of the expanse of the blue sky in spring. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.

Pantone 15-3919 Serenity
Pantone 15-3919 Serenity

Snorkel Blue PANTONE 19-4049

A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue is probably part of the  navy blue family, but with a happier, seaside feel. The name alone implies holidays and escape.

Pantone 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
Pantone 19-4049 Snorkel Blue

Buttercup PANTONE 12-0752

One of the more vibrant colours for Spring 2016 is this Buttercup  yellow. Again, this evokes sunshine and holidays.

Pantone 12-0752 Buttercup
Pantone 12-0752 Buttercup

Limpet Shell PANTONE 13-4810

Continuing the seaside and holiday theme, Limpet shell is a shade of aquamarine that suggests clarity and freshness. With crisp and modern influences it also evokes tranquility.

Pantone 13-4810 Limpet Shell
Pantone 13-4810 Limpet Shell

Lilac Gray PANTONE 16-3905

The feature colours in any collection need neutrals to offset and bring forward their brilliance. Lilac Grey is, as its name suggests, a subtle lilac hint to classic grey.

PANTONE-16-3905-Lilac-Gray
Paantone 16-3905-Lilac-Gray

Fiesta PANTONE 17-1564

In a palette of muted, relaxing colours, the vivid red of Fiesta adds a touch of vivid, fiery excitement. Here is another reference to holidays, and to a Latin temperament.

PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
Pantone 17-1564 Fiesta

Iced Coffee PANTONE 15-1040

Another muted, neutral colour brings an earthy quality that provides a base for designs using the blues, green and yellow hues. Iced Coffee is a softer earthy colour than the deeper browns.

PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
Pantone 15-1040 Iced Coffee

Green Flash PANTONE 15-0146

At first glance Green Flash appears to be the sore thumb in this colour collection. However, when combined with the other colours, it adds more of nature’s influence to inspire designers.

PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash
Pantone 15-0146 Green Flash

The top ten trending colours for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016 are:

  • PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
  • PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
  • PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
  • PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
  • PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
  • PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell
  • PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray
  • PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
  • PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
  • PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash

Source: http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2016&pid=11

New Look To Our Home Page

We’ve added a great new look and a new way to get to some of the main areas of our website shop from our home page though this set of clickable pictures.

Swarovski Crystals in Birthstone ColoursDichroic Glass Category ImageSteampunk PendantsPurse Pads - Pretty Notepads for your purseGemstone Jewellery

This feature is known as a slider and shows some of the product ranges that you can find in our shop. It also provides a great new way of exploring these products by clicking on the pictures as they scroll round.  Each picture will take you to the right place in our shop to see and buy the range of products shown.

Why Use a Slider?

One clear advantage of using a slider is that website owners can place all their important content in a visually appealing and interactive slideshow at the top of the page before their main content. This allows users to quickly see the highlights and take action.

Sliders can run slideshows automatically without user input by moving slides on pre-defined time interval. Sliders can also respond to user interaction like click or swipe to view next or previous slides. Additionally, sliders can also have buttons or thumbnails which users can click to view a particular slide in the slider.

(From: http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/slider/)

Over To You – What Do You Think Of Our New Look?

We’d love to know what you think of this addition to the site. Please leave us a comment below.

Heart Pendant 18mm Light Siam Swarovski Elements

Garnet – January Birthstone

Garnet, the January Birthstone, is mined in a rainbow of colours. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized colour of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.

This gem is also available inthe deep red Bohemian Garnet, the vibrant green of the Russian Demantoid. We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron.

January Birthstone - Garnets in various colours and cuts
January Birthstone – Garnets in various colours and cuts

Legend says Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travellers to protect against accidents far from home. Garnet is the January Birthstone, but with its stunning variety of colours and its mystical powers it has been given as a gift for all occasions for centuries.

Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays and jewellery.

See more at: Wixon Jewellers Website

January Birthstone from LoveTaliesin Jewellery

You can see an ever changing selection of semi-precious jewellery set in 925 silver on our craft fair and sales stalls. See our calendar page to find out where we are going to be.

You can also find the January Birthstone in our Swarovski Crystal Elements range on the stall and here on the website. The red colour known as Siam are a great match for the deep red Bohemian Garnet.

Click on the images below to see more about the Swarovski Siam jewellery available at the moment.

Heart Pendant 18mm Light Siam Swarovski ElementsHeart Pendant 18mm Dark Siam AB - Swarovski ElementsSwarovski Heart Set Dark Siam ABSwarovski Butterfly Pendant and Earring Set Light Siam