Monday, 11 June 2018

Celebrate creativity with Just a Card Week 18 - 22 JUNE

I first heard about the 'Just a Card' campaign via Twitter about two years ago. The campaign came about when Artist & Designer Sarah Hamilton saw the quote "If everyone who'd complimented our beautiful gallery had bought 'just a card' we'd still be open" by store keepers who'd recently closed their gallery.

This prompted a call to action! Designer/Makers and independent shops and galleries need a voice. People seldom realise the considerable costs involved in exhibiting at design shows or keeping a shop open. Stand fees, power, materials, wages etc need to be met before even a penny of profit can be realised. Running a shop is often a labour of love. Without dedication and passion, and crucially sales, it would be another boarded up eyesore.

The 'Just a Card' campaign has gone from strength to strength. It brings designers, artists, shop owners and the wider public together to create a truly thriving creative community. Despite the name, the campaign is about more than buying just cards. Every single mug, pin, cushion, print or book you buy from an independent shop or designer makes a huge difference.

To celebrate and build on this success, Just a Card is inviting everyone to participate in JUST A CARD week on 18 - 22 JUNE!

JUST A CARD week will include an Instagram challenge, business advice, giveaways and much, much more...

Head over to their website to find out all the details

Everyone passionate about creativity and independents is invited to share their stories on Social Media, and their work places too. People are asked to celebrate the contribution independent shops and creatives make, plus post images of the hundreds of JUST A CARD stickers, encouraging people to support independents, which are popping up in shop windows all around the country.

I used to be a Features Writer for UK Handmade Magazine and have interviewed a number of designer makers. I know how much dedication and hard work goes into running an independent business. We need to celebrate all the people who put so much effort into keeping their creative dreams alive.

I think the JUST A CARD initiative is wonderful and I urge you to join in and spread the word.

Keep up to date with all the latest JUST A CARD news on their Twitter and Instagram

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Share your craft projects on Instagram with the June hashtag

Half Term is over and it's back to school and work. The weather has kept us on our toes, beautiful sunshine one minute and torrential downpours the next. I hope you've all had a creative May. Do you have a craft project or two planned for June? If you enjoy sharing your creative life on Instagram, then please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_june throughout the month.

All crafts more than welcome. At the end of the month, I will choose some of the images that have caught my eye and put together a round-up post over on Instagram and here on my blog. You can find my Instagram here. I also share as many of your images in my Insta stories as I can throughout June.

Looking back over the previous few weeks, #craftingismytherapy_may turned out to be a busy month, we had a number of new contributors, which is always lovely to see. I always enjoy seeing the wide variety of crafts tagged. Up to now, nearly 4000 images have been added to our monthly feeds. I love being part of this creative community and thank you to everyone who joins in each month.

Below is a small selection of the creative images tagged throughout May.

You can find out who the makers are behind the images by following this link

– Please share the love and comment on images added to the #craftingismytherapy_june feed.
– If you tag your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_june on any social media channels that would be great. This will help me to grow the community. I will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention me @pouchvintage
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!

Follow me on Pinterest to see blog posts, tutorials and much more...

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Share your craft projects on Instagram with our May hashtag

It's the first of May and the sun is out...for now! I hope you've all had a creative April. Do you have a craft project of two planned for May? If you enjoy sharing your creative life on Instagram, then please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_may throughout the month. All crafts more than welcome. At the end of the month, I will choose some of my favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram and here on my blog. You can find my Instagram here

Looking back over the previous few weeks, #craftingismytherapy_april turned out to be another busy month. So many beautiful craft projects in our feed, I really enjoy seeing the wide variety of crafts tagged. Up to now, nearly 4000 images have been added to our monthly feeds. I love being part of this creative community and thank you to everyone who joins in each month.

Below is a small selection of the creative images tagged throughout #craftingismytherapy_april.

You can find out who the makers are behind the images by following this link

This month I would like to welcome @sunna_crochet as our guest co-host for May. Check out her Instagram feed to see her pretty crochet projects and her new obsession - embroidery stitches.

– Please share the love and comment on images added to the #craftingismytherapy_may feed.
– If you tag your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_may on any social media channels that would be great. This will help me to grow the community. I will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention me @pouchvintage
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!

Follow me on Pinterest to see blog posts, tutorials and much more...

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Join our creative instagram community in April

I'm a little late posting my March round-up. We've been busy enjoying ourselves over the Easter holidays. The Spring Term started yesterday, so I'm catching up with my blog.

Have you any crafty plans for April? If you share your creative projects over on Instagram, simple add the #craftingismytherapy_april hashtag to join our creative community. All crafts welcome.

Looking back over the previous few weeks, #craftingismytherapy_march turned out to be one of our busiest months. So many beautiful craft projects in our feed, it is always a real struggle to narrow it down to nine images for the grid. I love being part of this creative community and thank you to everyone who joins in each month.

Below is a small selection of the creative images tagged throughout March.

You can find out who the makers are behind the images by following this link

If you enjoy sharing creative images on Instagram, then please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_april throughout the month. At the end of the month, I will choose some of my favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram and here on my blog. You can find my Instagram here

– Please share the love and comment on images added to the #craftingismytherapy_april feed.
– If you tag your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_april on any social media channels that would be great. This will help me to grow the community. I will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention me @pouchvintage
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!

Follow me on Pinterest to see blog posts, tutorials and much more...

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Join our creative instagram community in March

It's the first of March and I'm sat here writing this and watching the snow whirl down outside. All the local schools are shut and we have a red weather warning in place for the South West. It's all a bit of a shock to the system as we're usually starting to feel some Spring warmth creeping in at this time of year. Can't complain though, it all looks very pretty from the comfort of a warm home...

The cold weather means I can stay indoors and get some crafting done. Although I suspect many of you don't need the excuse of a cold-snap to get creative.

February was a busy month for our Instagram hashtag. So many beautiful craft projects in our feed, it is always a real struggle to narrow it down to nine images for the grid. I love being part of this creative community and thank you to everyone who joins in each month.

Below is a small selection of the creative images tagged throughout February.

You can find out who the makers are behind the images by following this link

This month we welcome Jenny as guest co-host throughout March. She is a a doctor by profession, but when she has some free time, she loves nothing more than making things with her hands. You can read her blog here and head over to Jenny's @forthejoyofcraft Instagram feed to see more of her crafty makes.

If you enjoy sharing creative images on Instagram, then please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_march throughout the month. At the end of the month, my co-hosts Jennifer Jain, Jenny and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

– Please share the love and comment on images added to the #craftingismytherapy_march feed.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_march on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain)
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!

Follow me on Pinterest to see blog posts, tutorials and much more...

Friday, 16 February 2018

Join our creative instagram community in February

My poor neglected blog! I haven't posted here for over two months. Having taken on more hours in my job, it is increasingly difficult for me to find time to post here. I am going to try and blog more frequently, over the coming months...

Having said that, I'm still active on Instagram. I love being part of the creative community over there and our monthly hashtag is still going strong.

There are heaps of beautiful projects to look at and crafty accounts for you to follow...

Below is a small selection of the creative images tagged throughout January.

You can find out who the makers are behind the images by following this link

If you enjoy sharing creative images on Instagram, then please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_february throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_february on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Follow me on Pinterest to see blog posts, tutorials and much more...

Friday, 1 December 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in December

A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community.
We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout December over on Instagram.
Just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_december to include your images in our feed.

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

November was a busy month for our Instagram community, we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all your creativity.

The grid below shows just a small selection of my favourite images from November’s hashtag. It’s getting harder and harder each month to whittle it down to nine images for my grid. I love seeing all your photos and the wide variety of crafts...thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous images with us. Click here to see the November gallery in full…

Top row, left to right: @cherrypeg, @ella_makes, @myredwellies

Middle row, left to right: @jellybean_junction, @makingpolly, @made.by.rose

Bottom row, left to right: @trishlemoose, @sunna_crochet, @shirleyrainbow_tb

I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_december throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_december on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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