Posts tagged ‘Ceridwen Hazelchild Design’

June 22, 2017

Today in the studio….

I love seeing the mix designs customers choose – today I am sending off a cute collection of woodland animal totes, including a fox, badger, hare, and robin! For more info on my bags, gifts, accessories, and handmade homewares visit: http://ift.tt/1OXMC93
March 29, 2015

This week in the studio

I’ve been working on some Easter designs recently, like this bird‘s nest tote bag!

Getting some inspiration at London Zoo today!

I’ve been making a lot of new products recently and it’s wonderful to see them doing so well! I’ve spent the whole morning making more canvas wash bags and digital media cases!

I’m planning on making lots of these lovely fabric storage boxes today! Which is your favourite design?

What do you think of my latest new product? Last night I launched my illustrated coin purses – perfect for holding loose change, stashing away makeup and carrying a few everyday essentials!

What a beautiful sunny day! The kitty cat has spent the whole day sun bathing in the studio, whilst I’ve been sewing and refilling the stock cupboards after a busy week!

Making egg cosies in preparation for my stall at Peckham Crafty Fox Market on Sat 11th April!

Have a wonderful Sunday, folks!

January 26, 2015

This week in the studio…

#Illustrated #Fabric #Storage Bins are now available! Are there any of my other #designs you’d like to see on these? http://etsy.me/1pm9ANi

Pressing a few of these beauties this morning!

There are still a few things left in my Seconds #Sale, with up to 50% off #illustrated #bags with minor imperfections and errors! http://etsy.me/1C1WUwH

Lots of these lovely #illustrated #tea towels heading to new homes this week! http://etsy.me/1pm9ANi

The new #packaging is going down well! These #totes are getting ready to head off to one of my stocklists…

Pencil case #fabric, ready to be sewn…

Gathering a little #inspiration for more illustrations today…

There may be snow on the ground this morning, but it’s bright and sunny in the #studio and feels like spring is on the way!

January 9, 2015

This week in the studio…

Seconds sale continues in my Etsy shop…

Preparing colourful new illustrations to be pressed onto fabric … It’s so great having time to draw again after the busy Christmas season!


Experimenting with making some new products, like this fabric storage bin with my new koi carp illustration!

I’ve been making banner flags  – which #designs of mine would you like to see on these?

Who likes these little illustrated wooden decorations?

Here you go – brand new designs available in my Etsy shop! Any toadstool fans?

 

Remember to ‘like’ the Ceridwen Hazelchild Design facebook page to keep up to date with offers, deals, and new products!

September 1, 2014

Free Tea Towel with Orders over £25

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It’s been an exciting few weeks in the studio, and to celebrate we’ve got an extra special offer for you!

Spend over £25 in my etsy shop and get one of my Fox Linen Tea Towels absolutely FREE!

Head over to my etsy shop and treat yourself – browse my range of tote bags, pocket mirrors, pencil cases, notebooks, badges and cards. Lovely illustrated textile accessories inspired by nature, tradition and everyday objects, with a focus on colourful design and environmentally friendly products.

This offer is available until Friday 5th September 2014, while stocks last! Minimum spend of £25 GBP excludes P&P.

January 1, 2013

Change of Business Name

The decision to change the name of my business from “Mystic Moose” to “Ceridwen Hazelchild Design” was based on a drive to forge a closer connection between my artistic practice and my craft business. Alongside my illustrated fabric goods that I make for sale, I also create installation and sculpture artworks which deal with concepts of memory, nature and childhood. This side to my artistic practice has been somewhat abandoned whilst I have been focusing on developing my creative business, and I now want to create a closer link between both creative outlets.

But at the heart of the name change was the urge to enable valued customers to identify with the maker of the products they were purchasing. As a frequent buyer of handmade beauties, I enjoy learning about the maker or designer; knowing and sharing the maker’s name is part of this process. By renaming my business Ceridwen Hazelchild Design I aim to provide a closer link between maker, products and customers.

Although the products I make and sell now have new tags, labels and packaging with our new logo, we will continue to provide the lovely designs and high quality goods our customers have come to expect.

For more information please visit our new website: www.ceridwenhazelchild.co.uk or if you have any queries please email me at design@ceridwenhazelchild.co.uk

Useful Links:

Website: www.ceridwenhazelchild.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ceridwenDESIGN

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ceridwenDESGINS

Etsy: www.ceridwenDESIGN.etsy.com

Badges, Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 Roasted Chestnuts

The Christmas season seems to have arrived with amazing swiftness this year, and December has flown by in a blur of tinsel and gift wrap. I wanted to take this moment before I settle down to eat some roasted chestnuts by the fire, to say a huge thank you to all the friends, family, beloved customers, new followers, and fans  who have made 2012 a fantastic year all round! I whole heartedly wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

Pocket Mirrors, by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

I already have a few new products and designs lined up for 2013, along with some exciting updates in the next week about changing my business name!  The New Year will bring an expansion of our online shops and I will hopefully be participating in more craft and design fairs, so watch this space!

Lavender Bags by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

Whilst our online shop is readily available for any new orders, all orders made during the next week will be posted on 2nd January, so that the Post Office and I can have a well deserved rest for a few days!

Tote Bags by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design

 

October 30, 2012

Updates with pretty photots

The reason for my rather sporadic blog posting is rather simple. Whilst I would love to tell an exciting tale of adventure and time lapsing away over the summer, honestly, life has just got in the way. Running a business whilst also having a wonderful part time job means my spare time is spent sleeping, waiting for buses, thinking about art, or all three simultaneously. I have been rather lucky and managed to utilise my travel time; my bus journeys are now spent answering email enquiries on my phone, or sketching out new designs or potential new product lines. I’ve even incorporated my post office trip into my lunch time routine.

In these busy times, keeping up-to-date with various online profiles seems to fall behind. For those who are interested, my facebook page for my etsy shop is usually rife with updates every few days, detailing daily activities and sharing photographs of sewing pencil cases and lavender pouches, pressing bags and finishing off pocket mirrors – this page seems to have taken priority, whilst blogging has been neglected. With (dare I say it) Christmas approaching, more and more of my time is spent making crafts than writing about them. Although I never think this is a bad thing – a day spent sewing or pressing is both enjoyable and satisfying – I do enjoy sharing creations and discoveries with followers. One of the great things about my part-time job is that I am exposed to so many talented and inspiring makers, so I am hoping to be able to share a few of my favourites in the coming months, alongside general adventures I’ve squeezed in during my free time.

August 18, 2012

Craft Fairs

This past week has flown by in a flurry of new products and exciting orders, so that my update on my first craft stall seems to have taken a back seat. As I blogged last week about the preparations for my stall at the Made Market on Saturday, I have had many messages asking me how it went and asking for photographs of my stall. I have already posted a few on the Mystic Moose facebook page, but I felt a blog post was needed as well!

All the planning and foraging for display parts paid off, and I was delighted with the way the stall looked. By painting some of the wooden display boxes, which were all different kinds of wood, it gave a more cohesive look and made the products the focal point. Using upturned wine crates added height and depth to the display, and the mixture of large and smaller items drew customers in for a closer look. My one improvement for next time will be the find a better way of hanging the tote bags – I used hooks attached to the edge of the table, which worked really well, but because there were so many designs I felt it looked a little messy!

 I arrived with much more stock than I needed, and two boxes of totes sat under the stall waiting to replenish displays. Even through one never get used, I felt reassured by its presence, and would definitely bring more than needed again. As long as it can fit under the table, the worse that can happen is you turn up looking like you’re moving in!

 

I used the stall as an opportunity to launch a few new product lines; lavender bags, shrink plastic badges and new padded make-up bags. All three were very well received and have been launched in my etsy shop this week!

Selling fabric and paper crafts, and having an outdoor stall means the slightest breeze can cause chaos, which is where gaffa tape comes in. Honestly, my stall was held together with gaffa tape. I picked a spot that was relatively sheltered, but to be on the safe side I used it to tape tablecloths down, the hooks to the side of the stall, bags to their stands, price signs in their places, and to tape string around display boxes to keep cards from fluttering away. I used nearly a whole role, and gave some to my neighbouring crafters. I would recommend taking an emergency role of gaffa tape to anyone doing a stall.

Some things to bring next time:

More change – especially £5 notes!

Table clamps to save some of the gaffa tape.

A calculator – I had one perching on top of my bag before I left, but it must have fallen out!

Another calculator – in case the one you planned to bring goes missing.

A bottle of water, or a flask to tea.

Paper bags for customer’s purchases.

A card machine.

 

The wonderful thing about craft fairs is getting to meet your customers face-to-face. Selling predominantly online means you have some lovely email exchanges, but you never get the casual light heartedness of a conversation. You also have the opportunity to mingle with crafty peers, and meet some truly talented folk!

August 17, 2012

Vintage Spoon Business Card Holder

The night before I was due to do my first craft stall for my etsy shop, I had the sudden realisation that I had nothing to hold my business cards. I spent many hours working on the cards, and I am thrilled with how they turned out, so naturally, I wanted something lovely to display them in.

I remember walking around a craft show and seeing an ornate vintage display for a company’s business cards. It set them off beautifully, and I had an impulse to take one of the cards home as a token to remember both the products they sold and the carefully considered display. But with mere hours to go before my stall, I knew I had to whip something up quickly.

I’ve been collecting old spoons for a while, with the hopes of making something beautiful from them, but never finding the perfect project. I never wanted to waste them or ruin them of a craft that wasn’t right, so they just sat in my art cupboard looking lovely.

But this was an emergency. I rummaged for a hammer from the tool box, and failing to find a large rubber coated one which would have been more suited to the job, used an ordinary metal one to hammer the spoon flat. A combination of pliers and hammering was used to make an ‘n’ shape from the spoon handle and form a basic stand. I was lucky enough to get some metal alphabet stamps for my birthday last year, and tried to stamp ‘business cards’ into the edge of the underside of the spoon, which was then bent upwards at 90 degrees to hold the cards in place.

The whole thing was surprisingly quick to do, barely taking 25 minutes. I was rather pleased with the last minute project, although I doubt the neighbours were thrilled to hear me hammering metal at 9 pm at night!

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