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Craft Fair Survival

17 Mar

I survived my first craft fair!

It was actually disappointingly quiet but that’s the risk you take with these one off events.  Despite the lack of patrons I learned a lot about not only selling in public but also about my business.

The great thing about selling online is that I can try out a couple of new products and post them in my shop for minimal cost.  As long as my photography is in keeping with the rest of the shop then things don’t look out of place.  What I discovered when I started to set up my table is that I have a lot of different products.  My scarves are made from a variety of different materials, in different patterns and at different price points.  This made my display look pretty disjointed.  It was the same with my range of jewellery and beanie hats.

I now have a plan to create a much more streamlined looking range of products.  I’m first going2014-03-11 18.43.21 to implement this with my beanie hat range with the help of my latest wool order.  I really love the slouchy pom pom hat pattern that I’ve created so I’m going to knit a wide range of these in loud, funky colours.

I’m then going to apply the same strategy to my scarves – choosing one or two patterns that I enjoy to knit the most and then create a whole range of these scarves in different colours.  This will allow me to produce a series of scarves at the same price point and in the same good quality material.  I’ll still of course be open to custom orders if anyone had a specific style or pattern in mind.

I also want to concentrate on hammered jewellery and I’m going to be moving away from my beaded creations. SilverStrandEarrings4

This is all going to take time but I just know it will be worth it.  I’m hoping that next year I will be ready to attend a proper full day craft fair with a very professional looking range of products.

I get the keys to my new house a week on Friday so I’m very excited but this probably means that my shop plans will take a little longer to implement!

Don’t forget that you can still get 15% off everything in my Etsy shop with Coupon Code MOVINGSALE!

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I’ve just bought a house!

1 Mar

That’s right, after a pretty stressful couple of weeks we can finally relax and celebrate the fact that we are getting onto the property ladder!

Claremont Manor

This isn’t our house…

It all seemed to happen so quickly from realising that we had enough of a deposit to start looking, to finding a house we really liked.  It’s a two bedroomed house with a garage and box room that can be used for my crafting, and it’s near the train station so I can still commute to work easily enough.

We submitted our offer the morning after viewing the house (which sounds a bit mad but it ticked all the right boxes, so why hang around and potentially miss our chance?).  It was such an anxious wait and I couldn’t stop looking at my phone in case I missed the call from our solicitor but we heard back within a couple of hours.  It was such a lovely surprise to have our offer accepted without any negotiation involved (although in the back of my mind I’m now wondering if that meant we could have gone in at a lower price..!)

It was then a case of finding out if the bank would lend us the money we needed.  We didn’t get an appointment until a week later and I couldn’t stop thinking about it – I was starting to go slightly mad.  I wanted to celebrate the fact that our offer was accepted so badly but didn’t want to set myself up for a fall if the bank decided they wouldn’t approve a mortgage.  The appointment with our mortgage adviser finally happened and it seemed to go well.  We passed the all important credit check which was a huge relief, but after going through the rest of the paperwork our application was referred to the underwriters for approval.  I was back to the anxiety stage as we had to wait two more days to find out if we were going to get the funding for our house.

Suburban Cottage, Auckland

…and neither is this!

On the Saturday afternoon we got the phone call to say that our application had been approved by the underwriters, and exactly 10 minutes later Scotland scored the amazing dropkick that saw them win against Italy in the Six Nations, so it turned out to be a pretty good day in the end!

I’d already started to plan how I wanted to decorate our lounge/dining room so it was such a relief to know that this wasn’t in vain.

So now I’m thinking it would be a good idea to try to sell some stock before the big move!  We get our keys on 28 March so I’ll probably close shop for a couple of days seeing as things are going to be packed up in boxes.  Until then however I’m going to hold a 15% off sale!  Just use coupon code MOVINGSALE for 15% off everything in my Etsy shop!  Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up too (30 March in the UK) so what a perfect opportunity to show how much you care with a handmade gift from The Candy Tree.

15SaleBannerAs we’re moving into a house that doesn’t seem to have been decorated for 20 years, I’m also planning on taking some before and after photos to show our progress in bringing it up to date – so stay tuned!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

29 Nov

If you haven’t already started, then now is the perfect time to get on with your Christmas shopping! ImageThis weekend I am holding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy shop and everything has been marked down by 15%!

ImageThe Candy Tree is currently offering a wide range of goodies that are just perfect for giving. From Cross Stitch Christmas Cards, to bImageeautiful sterling silver jewellery and my new range of knitted hats which are ideal for keeping warm in these cold months. Of course you could always treat yourself to a new scarf whilst you’re at it!

The sale runs from first thing on Friday morning right the way through to midnight on Monday (GMT). There is no need to mess around with coupon codes as all of my products have already been marked down by 15%.

Happy Shopping!

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Ruffle Scarf Sale!

4 Aug

Autumn will be upon us next month – I just love going out for evening strolls and kicking up the leaves.  The sunsets are always more beautiful at that time of year and the colours of the leaves are amazing.

In order to celebrate the changing of the season and cooler nights approaching, I’ve decided to have a Ruffle Scarf Sale!  For the rest of August my ruffle scarves will be marked down by 20%!

These ruffle scarves are 100% acrylic which makes them soft and slightly stretchy.  They come in a range of vibrant colours and the ruffles create a lovely texture.  In addition to full length scarves, I also have a number of shorter scarflettes which come with their own coordinating scarf pin.

All of my ruffle scarves have been automatically reduced by 20% until midnight on 31st August (GMT), so there’s no need to worry about entering coupon codes – the hard work has already been done for you.

These ruffle scarves also make wonderful gifts for Christmas, so head on over to my Ruffle Scarf collection in my Etsy shop!

The Week Ahead – Christmas in July Sale!

1 Jul

I can’t believe it’s July already, and before you know it, it’s going to be Christmas again!  What better way to get ready for the best day of the year by checking out Etsy’s Christmas in July Sale!

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Everything in my Etsy shop is included – not just the Christmassy goodies.  Simply use Coupon Code CIJUK10 for 10% off your order!

There are many shops taking part in this wonderful sale.  Click here to see a selection of goodies from other shops around the UK.

This sale is running for the entire month of July, so what are you waiting for?  Cosy knitted scarves and hand stitched Christmas cards all make gift giving that bit more special.  Show someone that you really care with a handmade present!

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Spring Clearance

4 Apr

I’ve been a multicrafter for a while now and it has some benefits.   If I get bored with one project, I can take a breather and move on to something else, before going back to my original piece with renewed passion.

However, I’d never want to spread myself too thin, and that’s why I’ve decided to try to streamline my shop a little.

Now only £7.70!

Now only £7.70!

I made my first patchwork cushion about 3 years ago after watching a crafty series on TV and loved sewing my range of adorable mini scatter cushions.  I’m now down to my last three and thought it was time I discontinue making them and focus on my jewellery, knitting and cross stitch designs (because let’s face it, that takes up enough of my time as it is!).

This one is my favourite

This one is my favourite

My final three cushions have been marked down by 30% and this is a permanent reduction until all three sell.  These cute patchwork cushions are hand stitched and one of a kind, so why not keep a little bit of Candy Tree history in your living room, or even in the back of the car?

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Click here to be taken to the Patchwork Cushion section in my Etsy shop.  There’s no need to enter any coupon codes – the prices have already been marked down for you.

PatchworkCushionsI’ll be sad to say goodbye to my cute little cushions, but it’s for the best and I just know there are some loving homes out there just waiting for some handmade additions!

Treasury – Sweet, sweet Spring

15 Mar

‘Sweet, sweet Spring’ by The Candy Tree

A selection of sweet pastels, perfect for Spring.  All of these shops are offering free UK postage with the use of Coupon Code FREEMARCH13.  Find more products included in this offer right here – http://etsy.me/YxjvPu

Pink Nebula Galaxy Earrings …

$14

Pink Cute Monster Custom Plu…

$40

Guerrero Porcelain Ring Band…

$36

Origami Rose Necklace Fabric…

$24.5

Elephant bracelet hipster st…

$13.5

Womens lace shawl / scarf – …

$75

Beaded Dangle Earrings, OOAK…

$18

Violet Pastille Ring. Copper…

$12

Hand Dyed Sock yarn, Merino…

$20

Burgundy Rose Beaded Bracele…

$14

Botanical Flower Watercolour…

$45

Summer Yellow & Green Blosso…

$39.5

Hoop wall art Swallows in fl…

$16

Vintage lilac ring adjustabl…

$12

Pink Bow Hair Clips Crochet …

$5

Silk carrier rods, hand dyed…

$2.5

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Don’t forget that The Candy Tree is also offering free UK postage for the rest of March – just use Coupon Code FREEMARCH13 at checkout! www.TheCandyTree125.Etsy.com

Ruffle Scarf Sale!

15 Feb

I’ve gone a little overboard with the knitting over the last few months and find myself with a cupboard exploding with ruffle scarves in a rainbow of colours!

Seems to me like the perfect excuse for a sale, so I’m offering 20% off all of my ruffle scarves and scarflettes for the next two weeks!

So what if spring is supposedly approaching?  I wear my own pink and purple ruffle scarf most of the year (I do live in Scotland after all) and it’s always winter somewhere around the globe!

These ruffle scarves are 100% acrylic and come in a range of colours to match your style.  The layered yarn creates waves of textured ruffles and is slightly stretchy – not to mention soft and comfortable to wear.  In addition to full length scarves, I also have a number of shorter scarflettes which come with their own coordinating scarf pin.

All of my ruffle scarves have been automatically reduced by 20% until midnight on 28th of February (GMT), so there’s no need to worry about entering coupon codes – the hard work has already been done for you.

So if you’re looking for a special birthday present, getting ready for Christmas ridiculously early, or just want to treat yourself – head on over to my Etsy shop sale!

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

23 Nov

I thought I would help you all kick start your Christmas shopping by taking part in Etsy’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale weekend!

Choose your own initials to create the perfect customised gift!

This Rainbow Scarf is knitted using thick, chunky wool for extra warmth!

Everything in my shop has been marked down by 15%, and there are many great gift ideas to choose from, from sterling silver jewellery to knitted scarves to personalised cross stitch earrings!

This sale will be running from first thing on

Friday 23 until midnight on Monday 26 November (GMT) and you don’t need to worry about entering any coupon codes – all of my items will have already been discounted by 15%.

Click here to be taken to my Etsy Shop and get shopping!

These rings make the perfect stocking filler

Destash Alert!

11 Aug

Up until now I’ve been keeping all of my beads and findings together in a painted cardboard box which was pretty to look at but a nightmare for finding what beads I needed (plus the box was starting to fall apart)!

So after about 7 years of creating beaded jewellery I have finally invested in some clear plastic boxes to organise my beads into.  Not only can I see what beads I need at a glance, I no longer have to fish into individual plastic baggies and scatter seed beads across the floor!  I have no idea what took me so long – these two boxes cost me about £5 in total, including postage!

My new level of organisation doesn’t stop there –  I moved from creating plated jewellery to sterling silver a couple of years ago but never did anything with the unused plated findings…until now!  A good destash is not only therapeutic – it means I can help out fellow jewellers with some bargain supplies!

Click here to be taken to the new destash finding section of my shop!

I have a selection of gold plated calottes, earwires, headpins, lobster clasps, crimp covers, jump rings and some cute silver plated daisy bead caps, but remember – once they’re gone, they’re gone!  All of these findings are unused but because they have been sleeping in my bead box for some time, I am offering them at very competitive prices!

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I wonder what beautiful treasures will be created with these findings – it’s great to know that they’ll be put to good use instead of sitting unused in a drawer!