Monday, 25 June 2018

and the winner is....

All the entries for the ticket giveaway were put into to generate a winner.

And the winner is.....

Kate Fox

Congratulations Kate.  Please get in touch with your email address.  I will pass this onto the organiser who will email your tickets.  I will not keep your details once I pass them to ICHF.

Thank you to everyone who entered, sorry I couldn't give you all tickets.  If you would like to go to the show continue reading for all details.


The Creative Craft Show Birmingham

NEC, Birmingham
29 June -1 July 2018
Open:  10am – 4.30pm (5pm Sat)

Adult £10 (£8 Advance Price)
Senior £9 (£7 Advance Price)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket

For more information or to book tickets please visit  Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

Follow the creative Craft Show on Twitter @thecraftshows
Find them on Facebook – Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Shows

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Win a pair of tickets to the The Creative Craft Show Birmingham....

Win tickets to The Creative Craft Show 

I’ve teamed up with the organisers of The Creative Craft Show to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the fantastic crafting extravaganza, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 29 June - 1 July 2018. 

Visitors will be treated to over 100 stands selling the latest supplies, inspirational features and a host of experts on hand to give advice and share top tips.

Features at this show include:
  • a free programme of quick and easy workshops and talks
  • papercraft demonstrations, jewellery making and beading as well as knitting, stitching and dressmaking features
  • the latest products and creations from the world of creative craft
  • new and exciting crafty ideas, tips and inspiration

How to enter....

There are a number of ways to enter the Creative Craft Show ticket giveaway, and each one will be counted as one entry, so do all three and you will be entered three times!

The deadline for entries is midday (BST) on 24th June 2018. The giveaway is only open to UK entrants, sorry my international chums!

The winner will be picked at random and announced on 25th June 2018.


The Creative Craft Show Birmingham

NEC, Birmingham
29 June -1 July 2018
Open:  10am – 4.30pm (5pm Sat)

Adult £10 (£8 Advance Price)
Senior £9 (£7 Advance Price)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket

For more information or to book tickets please visit  Alternatively, phone the Ticket Hotline on 01425 277988.

Follow the creative Craft Show on Twitter @thecraftshows
Find them on Facebook – Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Shows

Ts and C’s
Standard Terms and Conditions apply
Travel costs and expenses to and from the venue are not included in the prize
Deadline for entries is midday in 24th June 2018
Prize has no monetary value and is not transferable
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Friday, 30 March 2018

CHSI Stitches 2018.....

Last month I attended the CHSI Stitches show at the NEC.  CHSI Stitches is a free event for the creative craft industry.  It is across two halls: fabric, yarn and textiles in one hall with papercrafts, art materials and hobby crafts in another.

It is a great opportunity to see what the trends are, here is what I spotted....

In recent years there has been a resurgence in people learning, what were once considered traditional crafts such as, knitting and crochet.  There is no sign of this trend slowing down, I saw cute Amigurumi every where.  Amigurumi is Japenese for crocheted or knitted (ami) and stuffed doll (nuigurumi).

Other "old" crafts like macrame are being revived and reinvented.  I've seen this trend coming through on my Instagram feed and I definitely want to try this again.

Tropical brights are still strong with flamingos, llamas and pineapples look like they are hanging around for 2018, which I think is great news because I love this fun trend!

Felting was a craft that I saw a lot of at the show and I saw these guys which were a fun take on taxidermy without the cruelty

The event is for the trade you can't buy anything on the day and suppliers will generally have a minimum order requirement. However if you are not trade it is still an interesting event to see the future trends and be inspired, especially if you go along to one of the seminars or workshops.  I attended a talk on Social media for business and came away with Warren Knight's top 5 tips:

1. Get started
2. Prepare and research
3. Know your customer
4. Be consistent
5. Have a plan.

These are only my highlights of the day and most of the exhibitors will also be at a lot of the craft shows coming up throughout the year which are open to the public.  Will you be going to any?

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Upcyling challenge....

Spring has finally sprung in the UK which makes it a perfect time for another #CraftBlogClub challenge!

We're going to be upcycling!

Spring is a great time to have a clear out and find old stuff.  Instead of throwing things out why not upcycle? 

What you choose to upcycle and the craft techniques you use are up to you.  It could be revamping an old pair of jeans, turning that sad looking plant pot into fab crafty storage container or refurbishing an unloved piece of furniture.

  • We will be revealing our upcycled projects in our Twitter chat on 25th June 2018 and If you have a blog also present your lovely project in a blog post by this date.
  • Please mention #CraftBlogClub in your blog post and link back to this page.
  • Let us know how you’re doing throughout the challenge on Twitter. Don't forget to use our #CraftBlogClub hashtag.
Anyone can join in the challenge, don't worry If you've never joined a #CraftBlogClub chat before, everyone is welcome!

I hope you will join in and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!!...

Monday, 19 February 2018

what's new in fizzi~jayne's HQ?....

Well, it's been a while since I've posted on here. It wasn't because I was sat in front of Netflix eating my body weight in chocolate, although I do like that idea! The reality was the run up to Christmas was super busy, January was playing catch up and I'm just one person.

The good thing is I've been missing the creative process of writing and sharing my creative life with you so I plan to make more time for blogging and get ahead with scheduling posts, so when life does get busy there will still be regular posts. That's the plan, anyway!

So, what have I been up to?

January was a chance to take a step back and see what I have achieved so far and what I can improve on in the year to come.  I haven't got any new year resolutions as such but my goal is to grow and improve on what I started last year.

The last few months of 2017 were busy with the build up to Christmas, making stock, attending craft fairs etc. Even during this time my number one sellers were still the Scrabble Birthday cards.  

designed and handmade by fizzi~jayne makes....
available in various ages in my shop

In October I re-opened my Etsy shop just to see if it was worth having and the result is, it's staying open! 

fizzi~jayne workshops....

craft workshop Christmas box

My biggest achievement last year was that I taught my first workshop and we made Christmas gift boxes. 

This was something I wanted to do for a long time and I finally ignored my fears and did something about it.  I was worried I wouldn't be good enough to teach, that no one would enjoy the class, basically self doubt reared it's ugly head.  However, I loved it! I forgot I was teaching and was in the moment enjoying it and everyone else seemed to have a good time too!

I have more classes booked for February and March at No3 Royston (see the details here) and I'm looking for a second venue to teach at too. 

New products....

Last year I took steps to grow my business by finding a manufacturer to produce my designs on coasters.  It was a big decision to move away from hand making them but it was a process that was not efficient and with a lot of waste.  They are still my designs and I have found a manufacturer based in the UK, which was also important to me.

Gin and tonic coaster

Beer coaser

By using a quality producer means I can grow my business and give me the opportunity to design other types of products in the future.

As a February treat I have reduced my coasters to £3.50, usual price £5, until 28th February and they are available in both my Folksy and Etsy shops.

I've started to sketch new designs and I'm also attending an evening course on Adobe Illustrator so there is lots of creativity and experimentation going on behind the scenes.  I hope to have something worth showing soon.

In order to create new designs and improve my illustrations I have been drawing more regularly just for fun and been sharing them on Instagram under the hashtag #fizzidoodles. 

This has been great to get the creative juices flowing and giving me some stress free me time.

It hasn't all been about work....

Weight loss has been on my "to do list" for a while and I hadn't gotten very far but back in September I joined Weight Watchers and so far I've lost 32 pounds!

My weight loss has helped improve my fitness which is good as I've signed up to do a half marathon in March!! I signed up for the half before I joined Weight Watchers and although I've always been a runner, this will be the furthest distance I have ever run! I will be running in memory of my Nan who we lost last year, raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.

As part of my training I ran the Winter 10KM in London and here I am with my medal....

I've set up another Instagram account @fizzijayne_runs, specifically for my running and weight loss progress.

My plans for the rest of this year are to...
  • teach more workshops
  • create new designs and add new products to my range
  • get back to weekly posts on my blog.  
  • continue with my health and fitness journey. 
  • being creative, just for fun!

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