Hello

Hello!

I’m still here I’m not hiding. So for those who don’t know me, I’m Sam the maker being Fantastic Crafty Fox. I started my little shop up back in 2016 and had the most amazing year. I took part in craft markets, opened a shop on Etsy and met some lovely inspirational makers along the way. I started Fantastic Crafty Fox up because I love being creative, I love to drum up ideas and make things from nothing! I lived with my lovely other half in our little flat in a seaside town called West Kirby, but wanting to own our own home after a while we had no choice but to do what most of our generation are having to do these days; and move back home with our parents to save. So currently I am sadly without my studio but as the months are rolling by, I hope to be back and set up again at the end of the year in our new home.

It’s been nice to take time out from making – don’t get me wrong, I miss it very much and find myself fondly looking back at photos. But sometimes it can consume so much of your time and alongside working full-time you find yourself not really stopping or having time to spend with nearest and dearest; which I feel is very important. In the time spent away from Fantastic Crafty Fox, a lot has gone on. I turned the big 30, I was made Junior Buyer in my work, I travelled a lot and saw a lot of my gorgeous friends get married.

Looking forward now I really want to get back to making, I miss it a lot but now I feel I can come with a different approach and not put too much pressure on myself as you should enjoy what you love! I also want to think more about what I want to offer and make, so I intend to post every now again with inspiration, makes and some new ideas to keep the Fantastic crafty Fox going!

Do more of what you love illustration by Lucinda Ireland, Mollie Makes issue 83.

 

 

 

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Crafty October

Hello!

Not been too brilliant on keeping my blog up to date of late but I have been working on a few exciting projects that are coming up that I will be sharing with you soon!

So its October? When did that happen? Well its Autumn and by far my favourite season! The leaves turn to the most beautiful colours, the nights draw in and the wooly socks and jumpers are out! Not sure whether its because I’m a November birthday (November the 5th I get fireworks every year which I love!) But there is something about getting warm and cosy. Of course it means we all start to think of that word… Christmas, which I’m sure makes us all excited really!

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So I thought i’d offer up a round up of what Fantastic Crafty Fox has been up to. Some of you may have noticed over on my Instagram that I have taken part in the #craftyoct photo challenge created by the awesome Amy Panda. I came across this by seeing it on the Merseyside Etsy Teams – whom i’m a proud member of, Instagram page. They have rallied us up to take part and encourage even more crafty makers to join in too!

It’s fun to take part and I have loved browsing the hash tag to see everyone’s take on the challenge! I have also come across some lovely makers too which is always great! So here’s some so far by me…

1. Deskie ย 2. Circle ย 3. New ย 4. Inspiration

Make sure you check it out and click the hash-tag to find some awesome makers!

As its October and Halloween is creeping up on us (excuse the pun) I have decided to make some fun wooly garlands! They are now available on my Etsy shop here .

You will also notice some new pouches that have been added to my shop too, featuring some new fun prints inside.

So other than me being struck down with a cold right now, which I hear a lot of you are suffering with too, that’s about it so far of the Crafty Fox goings on. I’ll now leave you with this little sneak peak of something Christmassy that will be landing in my shop soon too…

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Hello September.

Hello September and hello you lovely lot.

I have been missing recently due to taking some much needed time off. I have been working on that little thing called life balance as working full time in my day job and managing my Fantastic Crafty Fox biz on the side can be a bit of a juggle. But I am back and excited to start on some new ideas and get back in to full swing ready for Christmas, yes I said the C word, it’s September now so I think its OK to do so ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have been looking at new colours, prints and textures and will have some new products coming your way soon. Here is a sneak peek of some of the things that have been getting me inspired from the wonderful world of Pinterest…

 

Hope you like

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Summer Arts Market

Last weekend was the Summer Arts Market at St.Georges Hall in Liverpool, hosted by Open Culture over two days. This is a wonderful event that I have attended so many times as a customer and feel so lucky that in my first year of launching Fantastic Crafty Fox I was picked to be part of.

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I was located in the Grand Hall and grand it most certainly was. Filled with up to 100 stalls of so many talented artists, ranging from ceramics, photography, clay work and knit and even more, you really could get lost within it.

Colorful bunting hung from the walls, while music sung out creating such a happy atmosphere steering you away from the rain that fell outside.

Being part of this event was such an honor, and most definitely one I have ticked off on my ‘to do list’ in life. I met and chatted to so many lovely stall holders,  who you all really should take a look at. Here is just a handful of some I met.

Mighty Pop!

I met the lovely Sarah from Manchester whos shop was so bright and fun! I got this rainbow pin from her that had 20% of it being donated to the victims of the Orlando shootings. Ace shop, go check her out here.

Ruby Tynan

I love Ruby’s work and been a fan for a while, all her work is handmade and made from sterling silver jewellery. I bought from her this gorgeous dainty silver heart ring, see her website for more treasures here.

Made by Nell

Nameart for the young and young at heart, hand drawn, hand painted and Made in Britain. This girl is awesome and so lovely to have met, click here to see more.

So that’s it for my markets this summer for the time being, as much as I have loved to be part of them and met some of the most amazing people who have inspired me, I am looking forward to filling my Etsy store with more products and get to work on my list of ideas I have been excited to do!

 

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Make Me.

Being the crafty fox I am, there are so many things I love to make. I love to give anything a try and currently have a list as long as my arm of all the things I would like to make. I have a notebook that is full of ideas and sketches of things I want to try, however I am very thankful for Pinterest too for being another place to store so many of them! – oh and organizing them! Sounds sad but you know you love to shift them around and change the board covers as much as I do ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I wanted to share just a few of my favoruite ones I have found so far…


Links:

Watermelon cup,ย DIY donut collar,ย DIY Sprinkle pumps,ย DIY Stool,ย Paper Gems,ย Pom Pom Watermelon,ย Pallet Coaster

Will be giving a few of these a try over the next few weeks so will let you know how I do!

Want to see some more? Check out my Pinterest Create Me board for more inspiring crafty ideas.

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What’s New?

Evening all,

I hope your Monday was kind to you, so today’s post is What’s New? Well, I am currently spending any moment I can on my sewing machine or on my pom pom makers getting ready for St Georges Hall Summer Arts Markets. This is an annual event that features over 100 artists and designers from all around and little me is going to be there… *gulps* It will also feature a fantastic Vintage Market I so recommend, Kids craft lab, music and a cafe. Oh and also being held in the most beautiful building, if you have not been before even just that alone is a good excuse to go!

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My Etsy shop is currently looking slightly bare at the moment and this is mainly because a lot of my work is being saved back for the Summer Arts Market. However, some pieces that are not featured on there but will be very soon.

So what can you expect from Fantastic Crafty Fox as the journey continues? Well I have been sourcing some amazing fabric, I don’t think I could of jumped on my sewing machine quick enough when I got home with this lot…

 

You may have noticed up on my Instagramย last week that my new label tags arrived from Woven Labels UK, I was so happy with them! Funny how small things can really make you proud, finishes it off quite nicely I think…

I have been looking at new colours, prints and playing around with more ideas. Pinterest being my favourite place to gather all my ideas together. Here is a selection below that I have been getting inspiration from…

I am looking to bring in more products to create a wider range to shop on my Etsy page. I have been getting some great feedback from people and even some custom order requests. I am always happy to take these, so feel free to email me or DM me on my social media if you have anything in mind. Here is a pom pom garland I made for a baby shower recently.

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Speaking of Poms, today I put up some of my popular pom pom pencils in more colours – these currently have free delivery on them! You can check them out here.

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