Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Very British Meet up!

I had a lovely time yesterday at our monthly meet up. Nicolette was kind enough to host the event in her lovely home. We had lots of tea and cake all in the name of charity! Here are most of us, including Ralph who was very excited by all the visitors! It was great to spend time getting to know team members both old and new (to the team!) within a relaxed environment. We also raised some money for Macmillan Cancer support- just over £45. Some of us showed projects we were working on and we all bought a little handmade prize for a lucky dip (I was really pleased with my gift- a beautiful beaded collar!) Lynn even made a beaded bracelet whilst we chatted. A lot of chat was about the upcoming craft fairs and how each person was preparing for them as well as feedback and advice to anyone with any questions (e.g. where's a good place to buy...) offering invaluable information. It was agreed by all that we should do something similar again soon and hopefully have an even better turnout next time!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Pinterest Module

This September, as a team, we are looking at Pinterest. Lizz Parris-Bryant from MidSummerLily has been kind enough to volunteer to organise this for us all! The way we approach these modules is fairly laid back (hopefully!) in order to appeal to everyone. The Dorset Team is large (and fast growing) and it is therefore impossible to pitch the modules to each individual level. This means we have absolute beginners who (to use this month's subject as an example) don't have a Pinterest account at one end of the spectrum and at the other, those who have been a keen pinner for a while, know a substantial amount and gain sales via the Pinterest platform. We 'meet' weekly online; each Tuesday evening from 8pm until 9pm via the Dorset Team thread page (you have to be a member to access this). We started on Tuesday- missed it? It's easy to catch up, why not join in now?! You can be as active in the discussion as you'd like! Think you're a Pinterest Professor?! Join in and help the members who are getting started or need help. I have always found the modules to be a big help and yes, it can be a bit hectic as life tends to get in the way a bit so you may be conducting the chat whilst wrestling children into bed or cooking and eating tea but, it's a great way of getting to know other team members as well as learning something. Hope to see some new faces as well as the week one pinners next week! If you want more information, please comment here or visit the team page: Ruth

Upcoming Craft Fairs

It's very exciting to be part of the Dorset Team at the moment. Some of our team members are busy behind the scenes organising not one, but two craft fairs! Here is some info regarding the fairs...I will add more details as we get closer to the dates. Our Autumn Craft Fair will be taking place on 26th October at Hoburne Park and it is now fully booked! The stall holders are a mixture of art and craft makers, most of whom sell on Etsy. We have another Craft Fair at Christmas, this time exclusively for Etsy Shop owners and this will be in Wimborne on 6th December. There are a few places left as this post goes to press! I'm looking forward to sharing with you the makers who have booked their stalls- both fairs are set to be wonderful events, if previous Craft Fairs are anything to go by. We are already showcasing some of the lovely items our team members are going to be selling at these events so watch out for treasuries and information on here too! Ruth

Friday, 12 September 2014

It's Not Quite Autumn Here Yet

We've still got plenty of green leaves and a few flowers blooming here in Dorset! Here's a bunch I picked from the talented makers of the Dorset Team, all based in this lovely English County. Enjoy!

Green owl bracelet, leafy, woodland, owls,
18ins Throw Pillow Cushion Cover in Green and White Floral Designer Fabric
Lampworked Glass Daisy Chain Necklace Handmade and One of a Kind
Tiny Pottery Treasure Pot Green Home Decor Made in UK
Pretty country style green and cream flowered cotton half apron
Original 1950s Pair of Green Floral Rose Curtains
Purple Bead & Green Leaf Earrings
Ladies Girls Hand Crocheted Yellow Green Orange and Cream Flower Shoulder Hip Bag Purse
Green umbrella key chain with bronze colour split ring key ring jump rings and a umbrella charm - weather rain raining raindrops rainbow
Vintage St Michael Scarf with Dancer and Musician Design, green and brown scarf, Italian scarf, renaissance style
Art deco style tealight glass holder with green flower decorative candle
Crochet Top. Crochet Halter Top 'Vilma'. Handmade in 100% cotton. Hippie/Boho/Coachella. Colour pale green.
Green Floral Manicure set
Handmade Danlgy Butterlfy Earrings for Pierced Ears Greens & Yellows OOAK
If I had a single flower for everytime I thought of magnet with striking red flowers in green fields with tree
Cricket embroidered pillow

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning Event

Hi All,
For our monthly get together this September, we will be fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support.  I'm sure everyone is aware of the important work the charity does but if you would like more information and even some tips and recipes for the day, please visit their website:
The official date for this is Friday 26th September, however we are holding ours on Saturday 27th to accommodate work commitments.  Nicolette from Nicolette Dawn is organising this event for us so a big thank you to her for taking this on. 
The event will take place in Christchurch from 10.30am.  For more information, please send your email address to Nicolette via her Etsy page:

During the event we thought it would be fun to donate a small craft item you've made and then charge for a lucky dip. That way we not only raise some money but we all go home with a lovely handmade item.

We thought the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning (MacMillan's biggest fundraising event) would be a great opportunity to meet up and also raise a little money for this deserving cause.

I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new ones!