New Look Responsive Website

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT

New look responsive website for www.artcraftfinder.com 

Improvement from feedback

Based on feedback from our members and the public we have been very conscious that we needed a website which could be used easily on smart phones and tablets. Businesses who list and customers who search are very likely to use their smart phones to do so, which led to the decision to create a new responsive design.

Responsive Design

We are delighted to announce that we have completed the work required and now have a new look website which has this responsive design.  Everyone can now search, become a member and create listings on smart phones, tablets or desktops. 

New Layout

The layout has also been changed to make the search facility more easy to use. Now customers can search  by category or by typing words into the search field.   The categories and sub categories  have been reduced  in number and we have included more images in the layout. 

We are very pleased with our new look, and feel sure that everyone will approve.  Feedback is very welcome, so if you have any suggestions which can further enhance what we do then please let us know, we want to keep improving.

Our aim remains the same…..promoting the Handmade Industry and all that it stands for!!  Our annual subscription also remains the same at £10 per year.

To become a member and get your business/events listed with us then please just click below.  

https://www.facebook.com/ArtCraftFinder/

The Crafters Roadshow at Thistles Shopping Centre, Stirling

Warm Welcome at The Thistles

By The Crafters Roadshow & Their Stallholders

We had another lovely visit with Sharon of The Crafters Roadshow. We also met most of the very artistic and talented people who so religiously continue to book stands at the fantastic venues that TCR choose.                  http://www.thecraftersroadshow.com/

It was hard to get all their forward plans out of Sharon. So much of what TCR has in the pipeline is hush hush for now until things are finalised. Some of the things she could share….they continue to work on their new web based shop. They will continue to introduce their huddles (pre-built, uniform stalls) to all events as they are able, and they are looking at 7 day per week pop up shops.  Lots of plans which they continue to work hard with, in their mission of promoting Handmade in Scotland….very much like ourselves at Art Craft Finder!   http://www.artcraftfinder.com

We hope that we can continue to keep working hard together with keeping quality art and crafts very much to the forefront.

We must thank everyone for making us welcome and for showing  interest in our ever growing directory. It was lovely to meet existing members, some of  whom we had met before and others, for the first time.

Until the next time…. we hope to also visit East Kilbride, Silverburn, Aberdeen and Ayr in the future.

 6:14

 

Crafters & Hobbiest’s Paradise & Dream

Crafters & Hobbiest’s Dream

Buttons & Blethers is a new business for Crafters of all kinds so I decided to go along and see what it was all about for myself.  After all, that’s what Art Craft Finder is for!!

Maggie gave me a really warm welcome when I went to visit her at her premises in Elgin Industrial Estate, Dunfermline.  As you walk through the door of Buttons & Blethers you find that there is a lovely selection of healthy food available from the take away. All Maggie’s cookery certificates are on display, including one for having been on Masterchef in 1997 so you know the standard she is aiming to achieve with her food. After having been shown around and enthusiastically told  about how her dream came about, I can see that Maggie aims to offer the best of everything at affordable prices right across the board.

When I first opened the door to go through to the back shop, it almost took my breath away.  Where do you start??  It is such a bright welcoming space and whilst it has lots of stock and different workspaces, it is in no way cluttered.

The Shop

There is a wide selection of beautiful materials, wool, haberdashery, knitting & crochet patterns, crochet kits, children’s craft kits and Maggie is gradually adding to the selection. In the pipe line there are plans for cake decorating equipment and craft supplies of all types.

Sewing Machine Hire

At the back of the room there is a work station with sewing machines which can  be hired by the hour.  As well as “ordinary” sewing machines there is also an over locker and programmable embroidery machine for the more skilled amongst sewers.  Help is always available and a bit of guidance when starting out.

Retail Space for Artists  & Crafters

There is a beautiful selection of good quality yet affordable handmade gifts, jewellery and soft furnishings on display by local artisans although some are from much further afield.  Anyone who wishes to can hire shelf space by the month for £15.  There is no further commission to pay.  Maggie is always looking for exciting new things to display and add to the current selection.

Social Circle

There is a lovely area where crafters can come in, take a seat and work on their chosen piece whilst socialising with fellow crafters. Buy a coffee, cake (from the beautiful home baked range) or some healthy lunch from the  kitchen – or all of them if you found that you wanted to socialise for longer whilst completing your work.

Group Class Space

Full of cupboards with every type of crafting material you can think of. Filing cabinets full of sewing patterns (1000s of them) and plenty of work space.  This is the hub of everything that Maggie is trying to acheive.  The Education Centre!  Classes of every description are held on an ongoing basis.  Mornings, afternoons and evenings, week days and Saturdays too. Take up a new skill or enhance an existing one in a wide variety of subjects ( Even languages!!)…..and for the Kiddies there are birthday parties and craft classes.  There is a fantastiic programme of activities set up to cover the summer holidays which will help keep the wee ones occupied.

This delightful oasis has parking right outside the door, is all on one level with no steps to deter the infirm or wheelchairs.  I could not fault anything about it.  Wonderful staff and a real delight to visit. Thanks for making me so welcome.

Future Plans Include

  • Cake decorating classes
  • Outside Catering
  • Cookery lessons
  • Supply of wedding cakes
  • Hen parties – Fascinators/Life Drawing

To contact Maggie go to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/buttonsandblethers/  or visit her website https://www.buttonsandblethers.co.uk/

Search for Maggie’s business and so many more that are related to the art craft world on http://www.artcraftfinder.com/

 

In The Garden With Friends – Exhibition

3 Week Long Art Exhibition@ The Bield, Tibbermore.

We were delighted to be invited by a few of our members to attend the private viewing of this wonderful exhibition on 12th May, 2017 which has been expertly put together  by Katy Galbraith of Recycle Me Mosaics, Crieff. We have seldom seen an opening night event so well attended. There are over 30 artists represented with a wide variety of beautiful work on display and available for sale.

The sales desk had a constant stream of customers and was kept very busy. We met a few happy artists who had sold work on the night and we would expect that this will continue throughout the time the event is on.

Although mostly Perthshire based artists, there are also some artists represented at the exhibition who have come from further afield. 

Opening Times For The Exhibition

The exhibition runs from  Sat 13th May  – Sun 4th June and is open from 10am – 5pm (Closed on Mondays). With such a wide range of work to choose from, the exhibition is well worth a visit.

  • Jewellery
  • Furniture
  • Felt art
  • Paintings
  • Cards
  • Prints
  • Ceramics
  • Stained glass
  • Willow sculptures
  • Mosaics
  • Paper cuts

Dave Hunt

https://www.facebook.com/DavehPhoto/?pnref=lhc

Gillian Hunt

https://www.facebook.com/GillianHunt.Photographic.Artist/

Catriona Glass

https://www.facebook.com/CatrionaGlassArt/

Caron Ironside

https://www.facebook.com/CaronIronsideDesign/

 

Willow Works

https://www.facebook.com/willowworks.biz/

Diana King Jewellery

https://www.facebook.com/dianakingjewellery/

Gail Stirling Robertson

https://www.facebook.com/Gail-Stirling-Robertson-ARTIST-199119283495025/?ref=br_rs

Morag Lloyds

https://www.facebook.com/MoragLloydsPaintings/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Art Craft Finder

Pop across to http://www.artcraftfinder.com to search for all types of art. From high end commissioned items to affordable gifts.

“Handmade Find” – Visit to Mugdock Makkers Art & Craft Gallery Shop

Gem of a “Handmade” find

Mugdock Makkers Art & Craft Gallery Shop

Our quest is always to find  good quality hand created items and the people who create them.   With this in mind, we made our way to the Mugdock Makkers Art & Craft Gallery Shop on 9th April 2017. What an absolute gem of a “Handmade” find.

The advice to go and see it for ourselves came from new Art Craft Finder member, Artist, Louise Scott.   She could not have  been more correct. High quality, unique products being displayed so beautifully in a well presented and bright space.  The only thing we were shocked about was how realistically priced these creations all were. We understand there to be approximately 30 artists offering such items from quality handmade knitwear to original artwork, jewellery, glass work, prints, wood turning items…. the list goes on and on. Rarely on our travels have we found such a well laid out and eclectic mix of such a high standard. The shop is a credit to the committee and the artist’s who help run it.

The shop is located in Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie and we would recommend going along to purchase those special gifts we all need to find for those hard to buy for occasions.  You can have a lovely walk around the country park and see the castle (as we did) whilst you are there….just make sure you visit this lovely shop!

Find all kinds of artists on http://www.artcraftfinder.com

 

 

 

Stained Glass Supplies Re Launch and Exhibition – Glasgow

Stained Glass Supplies Re Launch

Re Opening/Re Launch and Exhibition

We were fortunate enough to be invited along to attend this event on 8th April 2017. The Re launch of the Stained Glass Studios brand new Shop and Studio also incorporated an exhibtion. On display was work from local businesses, colleges and artists located in the Wasps Artists’ Studios building in Hanson Street, Glasgow.

Steve showed us around the newly refurbished shop and studio. He explained the changes which had been made, allowing Stained Glass Supplies to double the amount of space they have for storing all the glass and glass making supplies which they stock.  The newly created upstairs area has allowed a larger area for the many workshops which are planned. http://www.stained-glass-supply.co.uk/

The Exhibition showed an array of lovely work and techniques showing off the skill and creativity of the artists who were displaying their work. There were fine examples of different styles of Glass Art, Stained Glass Painting, Ceramics and Copper Plate Etching as well as Needle Felt Work and Crafting.

Art Glass by Catherine Lowe                       http://www.catherinelowe.co.uk/                                                                     

Louise Scott – Artist/Printmaker                                       http://www.louise-scott.co.uk/                                          

Cobweb Stained Glass by Brian James Waugh http://www.cobwebstainedglass.com/

Rosheen Young

Very Fiona, Glass Artist                     https://www.etsy.com/people/fionarew

Chris Jeffree                                          http://www.craftscotland.org/whats-on/event_details.html?event_id=5096

City of Glasgow College were there promoting their Art Glass Design courses. Some of the artists at the Exhibition had attended the courses and were now taking details from people who were interested in taking classes with them.                          https://www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/course-search

The Glasgow Ceramics Studio also had a large variety of work on display. They offer regular adults pottery classes, taster sessions, weekend workshops and corporate team building activities for businesses. http://www.glasgowceramicstudio.com/

There was beautiful needle felt work on display by Moi-Designs and Illustrations and Moira also did a needle felting demo and let us have a try too…. some were more successful at this than others, I have to say. Moira does felt workshops. To find out more, email at moira.buchanan.art@hotmail.co.uk

Zena Murphy from Alchemy Craft Creations was on hand showing a variety of different craft techniques which she uses in her craft classes.  If interested and you could get a group together then she will consider coming to your area.  Just get in touch on zj.murphy@hotmail.com

Art Craft Finder had a successful day introducing the concept of our Search Directory. Everything to do with the hand made industry available in one place for all to find.  Thank you to Stained Glass Supplies for allowing us the opportunity .

http://www.artcraftfinder.com

A larger selection of the photographs taken at the Re-opening and Exhibition

Art Craft Finder Visits ‘Erskine Indoor Market’, Erskine Bridge Hotel, 26th March 2017

Erskine Indoor Market

We picked a lovely day for a trip to the ‘Erskine Indoor Market’ which is held monthy at the Erskine Bridge Hotel.

This is a lovely venue and it had a great variety of stalls.   It is spacious and light, with every facility you could require, and all indoors.  From fresh food to handbags, costume jewellery to cuddly toys, and the main thing of interest to Art Craft Finder, all the lovely Handmade Items !

We met up with Evelyn who organises this lovely event and then we had a wander around.  It was lovely seeing all the beautiful handmade items which everyone had on sale.   It was also great to meet our members who we hadn’t had the chance to meet before.   Also to say “Hi” to the ones we knew already. We were made very welcome by all the new makers we spoke to and we look forward to helping them promote their beautiful creations in our quest to get  “Handmade Is Best” across to the public. You can see all these makers and many more on our search directory

https://www.artcraftfinder.com

We sampled the most amazing chocolates whilst there.   We  would definitely recommend the Aritisan Chocolates by Choco if you are looking for that special treat for either yourself or for a gift. They were devine and without doubt the best chocolates we have tasted to date.

Some of the other makers/creators we saw were

  •       Personalized by Claire
  •       All Things Crafty
  •       Rainbow Creations
  •       Pebble Art By LindaLee
  •       Sams Keepsake Boxes
  •       J Lauren Art
  •       MB Bespoke Glass
  •       Chocolates by Choco
  •       Monteque Button
  •       Venus’s Vault
  •       Baked Glass Creations

If we didn’t get a chance to talk to you whilst we went round, our apologies. We may well see you at other events which we will be attending over the summer months.  However, in the meantime, please get in touch if you would like to list on our directory.

Erskine Indoor Market is definitely worth a visit. We enjoyed our time there and we would like to thank everyone for making us so welcome.

If you are interested in taking a stand then please get in touch with Evelyn via the Facebook link below.

Date for the next market is Saturday 22nd April 2017

https://www.facebook.com/erskineindoormarket/

 

 

Facebook Advert Campaign

We have recently been running a new advertising campaign on Facebook. Our mission is to heighten awareness and increase traffic to the website www.artcraftfinder.com. In return we aim to bring more potential customers to you, our members.

The screenshot above indicates that this debut campaign has been very successful. On the back of this success we now intend running further  regular advertising campaigns on Facebook to increase our reach and increase our “network” size. This is a slow process but we are moving forwards and upwards and hope to reach more crafters and potential customers throughout the UK.

In addition we are planning a Google AdWord campaign to try and reach more of the general public drawing awareness to the wealth of talent that is listed in our directory pages. Watch this space for developments …!

Best Regards,

Annie & Neil
Art Craft Finder
www.artcraftfinder.com

We’re looking forward to an exciting 2017!

Our blog at www.artcraftfinder.blog is one of the new items which is being introduced for 2017 as part of our ongoing marketing campaign. It will allow you to showcase work and tell everyone about what you do…. a day in the life of a busy and creative person.   If you would like to submit an article about yourself and what you are currently creating then please get in touch.  The more the merrier. Let’s get “Handmade” out there and make sure everyone knows that buying a lovingly created piece of work in whatever form, is the right way to purchase that special something for that special someone.  Actually, what are you creating which would make a perfect  Valentine’s Day Gift?

www.artcraftfinder.com

Leuchars Craft Market, Community Centre, Leuchars, Fife

Leuchars Craft Market, Fife

Leuchars Craft Market, Fife

Art Craft Finder visited the 2nd Leuchars Craft Market of the year at the Community Centre in Leuchars today and what a delight it was.  Great bright venue and such talent!  We were warmly welcomed by Rebecca and Debbie who organise the events and heard about the background to raising funds for military based charities which is the reason they both take time to do it.  This event was raising funds for Little Troopers, for all Forces Families.

Thank you to all the crafters and makers who allowed us to talk to them about what they do and how they do it, and to take photographs of them and their lovely work.  We enjoyed our time with everyone and look forward to helping many of them promote what they do and to give their customers and ours the message that “Handmade Is Best”.

  • The Timber Folk
  • Blue Nile Crafts
  • Kilmany Country Crafts
  • Karen’s Kraftastics
  • Kevkraft
  • Drifted into Design
  • Claire’s Creations
  • Scotlands Stonecraft and Gifts
  • Days Gone Bye
  • Jana Anderson
  • Made With Love
  • Candle delites
  • Noah’s Ark Baby
  • Mudness Ceramics