We feel we have been working towards Christmas forever and then we remember we are only just over 6 months old! This Christmas we really want to bring a wee bit of the handmade into as many lives as possible. Whether you like to buy handmade gifts or buy a kit to make a gift we hope we can help. Our online shop is very new and is building all the time. We have tried to make all our items affordable and tempting in equal measure.
At Crafts & Company we have also been busy preparing for a whole run of Christmas markets on the island. Santa Sparkle at the end of November kicked off the season and I am not sure we will take breath until our last one just over a week before the big day.
We are constantly mindful of working with other creative people so we are running our first Christmas Crafts Day with profits to the RNLI. Creating with other people while drinking tea and eating cake could easily become our strap line. This will be our third charity craft workshop and in this one we will be painting Christmas decorations (including a gorgeous sleigh), decorating willow wreaths and then creating our Christmas table flowers. I wonder how much tea will be drunk that day?
Last month we launched our brand new Craft Club which will meet every month to share project ideas, update on charity campaigns, have a go at a wee make and eat cake. In November we began a hoop art and the time flew by. We are looking forward to seeing people’s finished pieces. In our December meeting we are making felt Christmas robin hangings. We are also opening up our club to people off island from the beginning of 2017. This will allow us to send out our wee kits and create a wider membership. So many people have expressed an interest in our crafting for charity work that we thought we would extend our club. All members are entitled to a discount card for products, free goodie bags and access to our monthly newsletter. Registration is just £2.50 and then £6 per month and you can pay via paypal so the process of joining is really easy. If you would like to join you can register now and pay after Christmas. Just complete the contact form below.
So it has been a very busy time at Crafts & Company and we have a lot more in the pipeline. From January we begin our Guest Maker programme with their work appearing on our web shop. Our first maker has already listed her luxury colouring book as we all agreed that this would make a lovely Christmas present. From January you will see a different side to Lesley’s creativity and we can’t wait to share this with you. From the turn of the year we are also beginning a product commissioning process and we have had an early meeting with a talented designer so watch that space as well. Our charity work will continue with support for the Backpack project where we will be decorating pencil cases with craft club members to be included in the backpacks that go out to the children in Malawi. We are also hoping to take this charity campaign out on the road to deliver this workshop to other community groups who want to support this worthy charity. Do contact us if you would be interested in helping.
The other things in the pipeline are mere grains of thought but as soon as we have had our development day in early January we will be able to share. The fundamental message we hope we are communicating is that there are lots of ways to work with us and we would love to hear from you any time.
Warmest regards to everyone,
Coral & Fiona
Crafts & Company