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Christmas is a ver busy time for us and in addition to selling online we also have some upcoming fairs we will be attending.

Granny Would Be Proud @ Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, Edinburgh
18th November 2012

Sick Kids Christmas Craft Fair @ Meadow Bank Stadium, London Road, Edinburgh
25th November 2012

Granny Would Be Proud @ Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, Edinburgh
9th December 2012

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Crafter at work

Looks like the rise in the self representing artisan is is starting to get noticed. I can’t help feeling that a lot of this is going to fall flat unless we can start handing the skills we are learning (which I’m very sure are different from the skills that our ancestors learned, different tools, more marketing slanted, knowledge of applying for funding etc…) on to the next generation.

Have any of you considered taking on an apprentice?

Did you manage to do an apprenticeship in your craft?

Are you part of a circle of crafters that share information, skills and advice?

I can see things starting to come together now, with more craft groups forming and people being able to share information and ideas. The bigest thing I still notice about “craft” is that it’s so very disparate and exists in pockets with very little crossover. I could understand it if these pockets were skill dependant, but they are very much social circle dependant.

Having run the Craft Fairs in Edinburgh Facebook Group for a couple of years now it still amazes me how many completely disparate groups of crafters are out there in Edinburgh alone. I’m still stumbling accross multiple new organisers of craft fairs every year. When I say new, I mean neither the crafters I know or myself have heard of them, not the fact that they have just started. Most of them have been running fairs for years.

I strongly reccomend that anyone who is involved in craft makes an effort to socialise with other crafters, both at fairs and outside it. There’s so much information and support out there that you will never hear about unless you speak to other crafters and start crossing into those other pockets.

Without that crossover of ideas, passion and skills Scottish crafters will continue to reinvent the wheel and fail to reach the hights of what is possible. If you are edinburgh based I recommend you consider some of the existing groups like Craft Reactor or Granny Green’s Big Night Out elsewhere maybe look for things like a local Craft Mafia or just hunt about online.

Image: federico stevanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Craft Reactor Logo

I was along at the Craft Reactor meetup last night for a bit of a hang out and a play with some new components I’m toying with at the moment. I had a great time nattering to some very experienced crafters who were full of great ideas.

It’s very odd to be speaking to other crafters in that sort of environment, as normally I only get to speak to crafters between customers at a fair or in quite business focussed chats when we are planning something together. It’s so much nicer to be able to just hang out and share ideas, it was a great way to get some different perspectives and really get your juices flowing.

All in all a great evening and I recommend dropping by if you are a local crafter.

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Shell Pendant Purple Mat

If you didn’t have a chance to see my new range of pendants at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Stall on the Royal mile, I’ve posted up a sneak peak at some of the pictures over on my Facebook Page.

Why not head over and take a look.

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Royal Mile Craft Fair

It’s the last few days of the Edinburgh Festival and I’m continuing to sell at the Royal Mile until it ends. The stall if there until 8pm most nights, so why not drop round and say hi. Stall Special offers will be continuing, and are still only available from my stall on the royal mile.



On top of these great prices on the stall I am also offering further great savings when you buy multiple pieces or sets!

As a special thank you to all my loyal Facebook fans I’m offering a 10% discount at my stall for anyone who is a fan of the Hearts of Glass Facebook page.

Just show me my Fan Page on your mobile and earn your discount!

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Logo

I’m up at the Royal Mile this week, continuing to sell away. I’m expecting to have a few new ranges in stock on the stall from Tuesday, so please drop by and take a look and let me know what you think.

Stall Special offers will be continuing, and are still only available from my stall on the royal mile.



On top of these great prices on the stall I am also offering further great savings when you buy multiple pieces or sets!

As a special thank you to all my loyal Facebook fans I’m offering a 10% discount at my stall for anyone who is a fan of the Hearts of Glass Facebook page.

Just show me my Fan Page on your mobile and earn your discount!

For even bigger savings let me take your photo and add it to the Facebook Gallery for a further 10% saving!

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Find Hearts of Glass on Facebook

As a special thank you to all my loyal Facebook fans I’m offering a 10% discount at my stall for anyone who is a fan of the Hearts of Glass Facebook page.

Just show me my Fan Page on your mobile and earn your discount!

For even bigger savings let me take your photo and add it to the Facebook Gallery for a further 10% saving!

These offers are only available from my Edinburgh Festival Stall beside the gallery at the mound 11pm-8pm until Friday .

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Coins

I’m running some great special offers at my Edinburgh Festival Stall this year. They are only available from the stall though, so you need to come over and check them out.



On top of these great prices on the stall I am also offering further great savings when you buy multiple pieces or sets!

All of these offers are only available from my Edinburgh Festival Stall beside the gallery at The Mound 11pm-8pm until Friday.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Logo

For the eleventh year running, the Fringe will be organising vibrant Street Events, which will take place on the Royal Mile and Mound Precinct for the duration of the Festival. The event will feature street performers, Fringe performers, buskers, portrait painters and much more. A vital part of the mix are our two arts and craft markets – one on West Parliament Square and one on the Mound Precinct.

The 2010 festival dates are 6th – 30th August but stalls will be operating from Saturday 7th to Monday 30th August.

Every year there is a massive selection of crafters that exhibit as part of the Festival Fringe. This year I’ll be one of those Crafters sharing a stall with Becka’s Insects. I’ll not be there all the time, but if you are passing, please drop by and say hi.

Must remember to bring a chair, they will be long days :-)

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Spivtastic

Keep an eye on the website and facebook for more details.

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