Category Archives: Craft + business and making money

And the Etsy gift card goes to …


The random number generator thing have me number 33, which was Gill, who is going to spend her £100 Etsy gift card on something for her three grandchildren’s mothers. Hurrah!


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Giveaway! £100 Etsy gift card


It’s nearly Christmas, which means you should probably start trawling Etsy for all those handmade presents you’re going to buy (supporting indy designer-makers, especially at this time of year, is A Very Good Thing).

To help make it a little easier (and to celebrate the launch of Etsy gift cards), Etsy have given me a £100 vouchers to be given away on Make And Do With Perri. Hurrah!

So, this week just leave a comment below and I’ll randomly choose someone to give the gift card to. Why not tell me what you’d buy?

To celebrate the giveaway I’ve started this Pinterest board where I’m collecting all this prints on Etsy I’d buy if I had a spare £100.

* A few T&Cs *

– You must live in the UK

– You must leave the comment before Friday 22 November 11.29pm


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Etsy: how to sell – an interactive guide

Etsy interactive

I love this interactive guide – it has everything you need to set yourself up as an Etsy seller.

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Nike can help you craft. Really.

The company known for fancy trainers has just launched an app for makers.

It’s not as mental as it sound.

The new app, Making, shows makers how eco-friendly the materials you want to use are. Wanna make with silk? Or cotton? It’ll show you how much water is used in the production, what chemicals etc, and compare it to other comparable fabrics. Pretty ace, huh?

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How to do your own PR: my Crafty Fox Talk

In August, I’m doing this.

“Are you a busy creative, struggling to find the time or the know-how to promote your business effectively?   Come along to the second edition of Crafty Fox Talks and seek inspiration from our influential panel of speakers. Perri Lewis will tell us about how to best to approach journalists and bloggers with your work. Miss Cakehead will focus on the use of creative imagery and PR campaigns and Zeena Shah will speak about her own personal experiences of promoting her handmade brand.”

Date and time: Thursday 15 August 2013
Venue: Collective Hub, 37 Camden High Street (via Symes Mews), London, NW1 7JE
Tickets: £18 (early bird) / £22 (plus booking fee). Includes talk with Q&A, drinks and goodie bag.

Do come and join us.

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Knitting is good for the economy

Yes, really.

“Knitwear company BS Attwall has announced the creation of 130 new jobs in knitting, design and garment production following a new factory deal in Leicester, UK.”

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Cath Kidston: not the domestic goddess you think she is?

Apparently not.

““I am not a domestic goddess. I’m always riveted to know who these domestic goddesses really are. Where are they all?”, she told the Telegraph’s fashion editor Lisa Armstrong at Hay festival. (via the Telegraph)

I reckon this is an EXCELLENT opportunity to post this picture: Cath Kidston inspired nails (via Victoria’s Vintage)

Cath Kidston nails

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Me + Not On The Highstreet Make Awards 2013

The good news? I’m very excited to be a judge in this year’s Make Awards, along with Holly Becker of decor8 and the two founders and a couple of other most excellent guys. I’m in very good company and very honoured to be there.

You guys can vote too.

The bad news? I’ve spent so much time on NOTH that I now want to buy EVERYTHING.


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Nicola Horlick: when on earth does she have time to sew?

The uber-business woman admits to the Daily Mail that she loves it. Fair – it’s an amazing de-stressor – but, still. She’s got FIVE kids and a MEGA job. I write about this kind of thing, and still rarely get the time to make.

I’m glad she does though.

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Jewellery makers: you need to know about this shiz.

The London jewellery meet-up is a monthly networking event for jewellery designers who want to get ahead in the business side of their, well, business. It’s organised by the very awesome Jessica Rose of the London Jewellery School.

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