Monday, 19 February 2018

what's new in fizzi~jayne's HQ?....

Well, it's been a while since I've posted on here. It wasn't because I was sat in front of Netflix eating my body weight in chocolate, although I do like that idea! The reality was the run up to Christmas was super busy, January was playing catch up and I'm just one person.

The good thing is I've been missing the creative process of writing and sharing my creative life with you so I plan to make more time for blogging and get ahead with scheduling posts, so when life does get busy there will still be regular posts. That's the plan, anyway!

So, what have I been up to?

January was a chance to take a step back and see what I have achieved so far and what I can improve on in the year to come.  I haven't got any new year resolutions as such but my goal is to grow and improve on what I started last year.


The last few months of 2017 were busy with the build up to Christmas, making stock, attending craft fairs etc. Even during this time my number one sellers were still the Scrabble Birthday cards.  

designed and handmade by fizzi~jayne makes....
available in various ages in my shop

In October I re-opened my Etsy shop just to see if it was worth having and the result is, it's staying open! 

fizzi~jayne workshops....


craft workshop Christmas box


My biggest achievement last year was that I taught my first workshop and we made Christmas gift boxes. 




This was something I wanted to do for a long time and I finally ignored my fears and did something about it.  I was worried I wouldn't be good enough to teach, that no one would enjoy the class, basically self doubt reared it's ugly head.  However, I loved it! I forgot I was teaching and was in the moment enjoying it and everyone else seemed to have a good time too!

I have more classes booked for February and March at No3 Royston (see the details here) and I'm looking for a second venue to teach at too. 


New products....

Last year I took steps to grow my business by finding a manufacturer to produce my designs on coasters.  It was a big decision to move away from hand making them but it was a process that was not efficient and with a lot of waste.  They are still my designs and I have found a manufacturer based in the UK, which was also important to me.


Gin and tonic coaster


Beer coaser



By using a quality producer means I can grow my business and give me the opportunity to design other types of products in the future.


As a February treat I have reduced my coasters to £3.50, usual price £5, until 28th February and they are available in both my Folksy and Etsy shops.

I've started to sketch new designs and I'm also attending an evening course on Adobe Illustrator so there is lots of creativity and experimentation going on behind the scenes.  I hope to have something worth showing soon.

In order to create new designs and improve my illustrations I have been drawing more regularly just for fun and been sharing them on Instagram under the hashtag #fizzidoodles. 









This has been great to get the creative juices flowing and giving me some stress free me time.

It hasn't all been about work....

Weight loss has been on my "to do list" for a while and I hadn't gotten very far but back in September I joined Weight Watchers and so far I've lost 32 pounds!

My weight loss has helped improve my fitness which is good as I've signed up to do a half marathon in March!! I signed up for the half before I joined Weight Watchers and although I've always been a runner, this will be the furthest distance I have ever run! I will be running in memory of my Nan who we lost last year, raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.

As part of my training I ran the Winter 10KM in London and here I am with my medal....



I've set up another Instagram account @fizzijayne_runs, specifically for my running and weight loss progress.

My plans for the rest of this year are to...
  • teach more workshops
  • create new designs and add new products to my range
  • get back to weekly posts on my blog.  
  • continue with my health and fitness journey. 
  • being creative, just for fun!




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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

#CraftBlogClub challenge ~ crafty resolutions...

It's time for our first #CraftBlogClub challenge of 2018!

The challenge is.... "Crafty Resolutions".

Following the popularity of this challenge in previous years, we thought it would be perfect to start 2018 challenging you to learn a new craft or technique.

Whatever your crafting resolution, this challenge is hopefully the motivation to get you started.


The Rules....
    • Learn a new craft, or,
    • Try a new technique within a craft you already enjoy, or,
    • Use that new machine / craft tool you haven't taken out of the box yet, or,
    • Pick up a craft you haven't done in a long time.
  • We will be revealing our makes in our Twitter chat on 20th March 2018 and If you have a blog also present your lovely project in a blog post by this date.
  • Please mention #CraftBlogClub in your blog post and link back to this page.
  • Let us know how you’re doing throughout the challenge on Twitter. Don't forget to use our #CraftBlogClub hashtag.
As it is a new craft/technique and the thought of having to complete a project may be terrifying, don't worry, the whole point of the challenge is to have fun learning a new skill. If you don't have a completed project we still want to see your work in progress.

If you don't have time to learn a new craft or don't have one in mind, why not go back to something you haven't done in a while? Dust off those sewing machines / crochet hooks / knitting needles / paint brushes etc and get crafting.

Anyone can join in the challenge, don't worry If you've never joined a #CraftBlogClub chat before, everyone is welcome!

I hope you will join in and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!!...




Psst.... If you don't know what #CraftBlogClub is and you like the sound of this challenge, we'd love you to join in and you can find out more here.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

New Craft Workshops....

Back in January I decided this would be the year I would start teaching workshops, well I have finally got a couple of dates in the diary before the year ends, yay!

I will be teaching how to make this exploding Christmas gift box at No3 Royston....



The shop has expanded upstairs so they can now offer workshops and I will be teaching the first one on the 18th November in their new space, eek! 

Workshop details


Learn how to make a Christmas gift box with the surprise element!

Whether you are a complete beginner or you’re already a paper-crafter, it will be a fun class learning skills to construct an exploding gift box from a piece of card.

You will leave the class with a gift box for someone’s Christmas present or you can keep it as a decoration by using it with a battery operated tea light. Both options will be taught in the class and you will go away with full instructions so you can make more boxes.

Class size: There will be a maximum of 8 people in the class which is small enough so I can help every student as I guide you through the process step by step.

Materials: All equipment and supplies will be provided but if you are already a paper-crafter and have a paper trimmer or score board you can bring these along with you if you’d like but not necessary.

Skills needed: No previous experience is required. This class starts at the beginning so is suitable for beginners. The class is only suitable for adults.

If you are interested you can book via the shops website here as well as see what other classes they have planned.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show ticket winners!....

Winners of ticket giveaway


Drum roll please, and the winners are.....
  • Lynn Cooper
  • Krazygal89 
  • JoyOwen63
  • Hayley Small
  • Kathyjaneh 
Congratulations! 

Please email me your postal address so the organisers can send your tickets.

You can check out all the details and plan your visit on the show's website.

Thank you to everyone who entered, Sorry if you didn't win. I wish I had enough tickets for you all.  You can still buy tickets if you would like to go, read on to find out more.... 

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The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show takes place at the Birmingham NEC on 2nd - 5th November 2017.
Opening times 9:30am - 5:30pm (5pm Saturday)
Tickets are priced....
Adult £14.00 (£12.00 Advance Price*)
Senior £13.00 (£11.00 Advance Price*)
Children are free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £6.00
*Complete your order before 5:00pm on 30th October 2017 to receive discounted prices.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa....

It’s that time of year again and we are SO excited here at Craft Blog Club! This year marks our fifth Secret Santa, can you believe it?! I think it’s safe to say it’s our favourite #craftblogclub challenge of the year.

Here is how to join in:
  • If you want to take part please email us at craftblogclub@gmail.com.  Please include your name, twitter name, email address and postal address. Email us by 8pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017. 
  • We will then email everyone back by Thursday 9th November with the name and address of the person you are making a gift for.
  • You then make that person a Christmas gift, this can be anything you like and made from any craft. It would be lovely for everyone to receive their gift in time for Christmas, therefore we have set a deadline for posting the gift by Wednesday 20th December 2017, which the last day for posting 1st class mail within the UK. 
  • Make sure you include a note revealing who you are.  Who you make for won’t necessarily be the person that makes for you.
  • Please only sign up if you can make and send a gift by the deadline. As crafters we all know how much time and love goes into making something handmade so let’s make sure no one misses out.
  • Anyone can take part, don't worry if you have never joined our chats or taken part in a challenge before, we'd love for you to be involved.
The real excitement then begins as we all receive a special handmade Christmas gift from our Secret Santa! We ask that you write a blog post about the wonderful gift you receive and about the gift you made. We suggest you do this after Christmas (so not to spoil any surprises) and by Tuesday 9th January 2018, which will be our first #craftblogclub of 2018. It will make for a great first chat of the year to discuss our makes and gifts.

I hope you are as excited about this challenge as we are. We love seeing all the amazing gifts you lovely lot make for one another.

Want to know more about the #CraftBlogClub? find all the details here.

Secret Santa