Tag Archive | handmade

The handmade Union Jack

I have officially joined the craze of the Union Jack today. I have made and listed my very own Union Jack Cushion on my Folksy shop:

http://folksy.com/items/3268702-Handmade-Union-Jack-Cushion-

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Flags have always been popular and especially as a tourist anywhere you realise the amount of merchandise out there from mugs and fridge magnets to tea towels and every school girls favourite, the eraser. This year especially with the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics being held in London the demand for British inspired products is massive.

The handmade market is definitely not new to the use of the Union jack image but recently there has been an explosion in the variety of products available. There are some truly beautiful creations out there from the very traditional to the more unusual colour combinations. There are products to suit every taste.
This is a gorgeous creation on the miss mustard seed definitely would be a statement piece:

http://missmustardseed.com/2011/01/union-jack-dresser/

I think sometimes when we use an image that is so well known and loved we can forget the history behind the image. The flag combines the crosses of England and Wales (The cross of St George), Scotland (The cross saltire of St Andrew) and Ireland (The cross saltire of St Partick). The Welsh dragon does not appear as when the first Union Flag was created in 1606, Wales was already united with England and no longer a separate principality.

The origins of the flag can be seen from the standards used in warfare such as by the Roman Legions and the Middle Ages where flags were used as heraldic devices in battle to distinguish the sides. Later during the early 17th Century it was customary and then a legal requirement for ships to carry flags designating their nationality.

Some of my favourite designs from Folksy:

Designed by Suzanne Orme this is a beautiful stained glass Union Jack:
http://folksy.com/items/2970386-Union-Jack

A lovely little pocket mirror to carry around with you by Rebecca Miles:
http://folksy.com/items/3151762-Union-Jack-Handbag-Mirror

A lovely cushion with alternative colours designed by Lydia Brearley:
http://folksy.com/items/3190454-Handmade-Union-Jack-Cushion

A quirky mini inspired cushion by Stacey Clarkson:
http://folksy.com/items/2881974-Union-Jack-Mini-Cushion-

A Sunny Sunday Craft Fair

Yesterday I attended a craft fair at the Last Drop Village near Bolton.  It is a lovely venue, a collection of Georgian farm building which have been made into a hotel and spa with a tea shop and gallery.  My lovely sister Emma came with me to help me out though I think she spent a lot of her time in a queue getting cups of tea.

I met a lot of really lovely fellow crafters and in particular Lynn Holland who does the most lovely illustrations including her cute Doodly Birds collection.  Check out her wonderful blog where she has been kind enough to include a photo of one of my cake stands that she brought off me yesterday.  There is also a link to her Etsy shop, full of wonderful goodies.

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http://oneimadeearliertoday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/oh-no-i-spent-my-profits-on-cake-stand.html?showComment=1333355562931#c2211558179542861471

I love this wedding guest book, perfect for the coming wedding season: http://www.etsy.com/listing/93139600/hand-ilustrated-wedding-guest-book

Yesterday was the best I have done at a craft fair to date.  The last two were definitely more of a learning curve but were still invaluable experience.  Yesterday was the first time that I got my selling hat on a got to grips with properly talking to people and interacting and not waiting for people to ask me things.  I can be a very shy person but I really enjoyed bantering with customers and fellow stall holders and getting more confident and it definitely makes a huge difference to sales.  Also a big tip is standing up, don’t sit down when customers come over it makes a huge difference, it is easier to interact with people if you are on eye level with them.

I have woken up today feeling really good about getting going with my crafty business and planning where I go from here so watch this space……