The last few weeks have been extremely busy at Crafty Penguin. Its been none stop! Today is the first time I have had chance to sit down at the computer and update the website. I thought I had better update you all as well, on what has been happening, now I'm sat back in front of the laptop.
Crafty Penguin has been busy with new products, stalls and networking. More on all of this to come.
Continuing on from the Igloos I shared with you all in my last blog, Crafty Penguin Christmas decorations are now available to order. They can be customised with your very own message on the penguins tummy. They are all laser cut by Hobbilicious who have once again done an amazing job of developing my design into reality. The penguins have all been painted in acrylic paint and covered in a clear wax. Your chosen message is then vinyl cut and added to the penguin. It would be great to receive pictures of these hanging from your Christmas trees later in the year. If you need anything laser cut I would highly recommend Hobbilicious who are fantastic. Follow them on Instagram or give them a like on Facebook.
Staying on the theme of Christmas. Crafty Penguin has stalls booked at Christmas Fairs in the run up to the big day. You can check them out on the events page of the website.
At Crafty Penguin work is also underway on a range of hand drawn Christmas cards. Here is the first of the designs. Crafty Penguin dressed as Santa and ready to deliver your presents.
To improve your enjoyment of the Crafty Penguin brand, work has been underway to improve packaging. All online orders come with a flyer, free sticker and a feedback sheet. So you can leave a review about your experience and the product you have bought.
Here is a photo of what you will receive when you place your order online. This photo is courtesy of a lovely customer.
When you visit my stall at a craft fair I realised their was one major fault when you purchased a product. I had nothing to give you to take it away in. This problem has been resolved with the help of Package Me Pretty , who has done an amazing job of creating me a small stamp of my logo. I have used this to put my logo on small paper bags that customers receive on their purchase. Give her a follow on Instagram.
The Crafty Penguin colouring book is a new product to the shop. They are A5 sized and feature 10 Crafty Penguin designs. The pages are high quality thick paper so you can use a variety of media to add colour to the designs. There is also a range of difficulties in the designs to cater for all abilities. These give you a chance to colour in Crafty Penguin in your own way. If you purchase a colouring book, share your colouring pages with Crafty Penguin on social media so I can create a gallery of all your masterpieces.
Meeting and Greeting
Over the last month I have met so many lovely people through Crafty Penguin. I have met lovely fellow crafters/artists/designers who make amazing products. I often find myself buying gifts at events as well as selling. I have had a great time. I am also always on the look out for penguins. I'd like to introduce you to Peter Penguin. Who I purchased from a lovely lady last weekend. I'm so sorry I didn't get your businesses name to give you a mention. If you see this let me know and I'll give you a shout out. I love Peter and he's happy sat on my desk. As well as making new connections I have also come across friends from years ago, that I haven't seen in a very long time and it has been lovely meeting you again.
Crafty Penguin has had lots of busy weekends out on the road. The antics started last month with a stall at The Old Rectory in Handsworth on Bank Holiday Monday. Where I met a lovely lady who runs Wild Ginger, she had the stall next to mine. She make amazing jewellery, and yes you've guessed it! I made a purchase this time of some lovely umbrella earrings. Have a look at her Instagram page her work is fantastic.
This event was followed by a stall in Mortomley Park at High Green for Party in the Park hosted by High Green in Bloom. The day was a lovely community event with lots of local people getting involved and making a great event. Even the weather held out as the sun shone all day.
Last weekend saw Crafty Penguin get involved in Valley Events first ever Craft, Gift, Psychic & Wellbeing Fair at Burton Street at Hillsborough. Once again I had a lovely day and met more fantastic people. There were more amazing craft people showcasing their work. I'd like to give a mention to a couple of people who I spoke to on the day Joflibear, who creates gorgeous bears with a twist visit their Instagram page to find out more, and also Tinkerbell Gifts who makes amazing hand engraved glasses, that can be customised with your own design.
Making my own apron
Mixed in with all the excitement of events I manged to arrange an afternoon with a lovely lady, Helen Moyes to make my own half apron to use on my stall. I spent a lovely afternoon working with her and having a nice relaxed time chatting about all things crafty. She was superb and taught me some new tricks to improve my sewing skills on my machine. I also got to create my own Crafty Penguin half apron in the process, which had its first outing at an event last weekend. It is perfect for keeping all my bits and bobs in when doing my stall and helping me remain organised. Helen Moyes is a textile artist who makes fabulous designs of her own and also runs workshops. Give her a like on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.
Crafty Penguin takes on board feedback and comments from customers to help develop the brand. The next idea came from a lady at an event recently who thought my designs would look great on baby grows. So here you go, here's a picture of the latest product to be added to the shop Crafty Penguin baby grows in the unicorn and love design.
If you have any ideas to help develop Crafty Penguin and our handmade and original design products, get in touch through social media.
Hope to see you soon