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Violet Studio launches festive craft and stationery collection

The new Christmas collection invites crafters and stationery lovers of all abilities to spread festive cheer with hand-made cards, crafts and gifts - all made with love. Home For Christmas from Violet Studio, a brand from global craft business Crafter's Companion, features products to entice everyone from beginner makers to expert crafters. It includes pom poms, stamps, stickers, ribbon, paper pads, toppers and much more. Plus comprehensive kits with all the materials to craft home-made Christmas cards, gift wrap and decoupage designs.

Posted: 9 November 2021

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November 15th revealed as the UK’s most popular day for crafts

With Halloween now around the corner, arts and crafts enthusiasts are set to scour the internet for the most original "DIY" pieces to show off, and certain days of the year feel craftier than others, a new study has found. The study, conducted by Design Bundles found that last year Halloween, with an average of 14,800 searches per month, was the second most popular holiday based on the volume of internet searches for crafts inspired by the event, second only to Christmas, which received 18,100 monthly searches.

Posted: 4 November 2021

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#Bluhacks from Blu Tack® Ads Return to Sky TV

Bostik's #BluHacks TV advertising campaign returns for another year, promoting alternative uses of its iconic, reusable adhesive, Blu Tack®. Supported with a huge £3/4 million budget, viewers will see a mixture of 30 second and 10 second adverts airing from now until 17th December on Sky TV.The Blu Tack® campaign aims to drive frequency of purchase by highlighting the product's multitude of uses, or #BluHacks, that make everyday life that little bit easier. Whether you're removing fluff from clothing, levelling a picture frame or fixing a wobbly table, there's a #BluHack for that!

Posted: 2 November 2021

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Success for London Stationery Show

The London Stationery Show has reported a successful event for its live show held in October, with both visitors and exhibitors alike reunited with friends, colleagues, and clients.According to the team, it didn't take long before stationery buyers were placing orders face-to-face, keeping up to date with current trends and getting hands-on with new products. Alex Butler, Event Director, says, "Having had a tumultuous two years, we were ecstatic to finally get back to the Business Design Centre and bring the stationery community together once more."

Posted: 1 November 2021

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Countdown to The Knitting & Stitching Show

The Knitting & Stitching Show is the UK's biggest textile event and will take over Halls A, B, C, M and Q at Harrogate Convention Centre from 18th-21st November, 2021. Opening hours are 10am-5.30pm daily (closes 5pm Sunday). Whether you're an expert stitcher or a complete beginner, the show offers inspiration, education and fun for all. Hundreds of hands-on workshops are the highlight of the Harrogate show and the popular Creative Living Theatre programme will be packed with free demonstrations.

Posted: 28 October 2021

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Visitor registration now open for Toy Fair 2022

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) has announced today that registration has now opened for visitors and media to attend Toy Fair 2022. Following a hiatus in 2021 due to the unfortunate COVID-19 pandemic, the 68th Toy Fair will return to Olympia London from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th January, 2022. Press Day is scheduled for Tuesday 25th January, 2022. Attendees can now register to attend for free through the official Toy Fair website: www.toyfair.co.uk

Posted: 26 October 2021

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Hale Events celebrates 30 years of trading

Hale Events, the B2B events organiser based in Somerset, is celebrating 30 years of trading in 2021. Hale Events connect food, drink, gift and home companies, with trade buyers, in South West England. Based in the historic town of Axbridge the company has now been trading for 30 years, employing a small close-knit team, and recently marked the occasion with a company barbecue complete with commemorative cake! Mike Anderson, Managing Director, says, "It's been two very challenging years for the events sector. However, we are now planning our events with confidence, and companies are booking stands because they are feeling the same way. We have to get on with it!" For more information about Hale Events and its trade shows, visit www.hale- events.com

Posted: 25 October 2021

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Explore Bookmarked

Search Press and David & Charles have teamed up to create Bookmarked, a free-to-join website that offers inspiration and creative insights to art and craft enthusiasts the world over. Bookmarked has been developed by these two award-winning publishers to connect the global art and craft community with brilliant authors and their amazing books. The site features articles, reviews and interviews from hundreds of authors as well as an exciting range of extra features and exclusive content...

Posted: 21 October 2021

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The stationery community reunites at London Stationery Show

"Having had a tumultuous two years, we were ecstatic to finally get back to the Business Design Centre (5th-6th October) and bring the stationery community together once more" says Event Director, Alex Butler.Both visitors and exhibitors alike were reunited with much-missed friends, colleagues, and clients, and it didn't take long before stationery buyers were placing orders face-to-face, keeping up to date with current trends and getting hands-on with new products. "It's great to be back seeing our clients again. Being able to present products, not over video calls, but at the show where visitors can touch and feel the products", commented Glenn Bowen of Pukka Pads. Rachel Owen, who heads up the marketing for Staedtler UK said that "it's great to be back seeing customers face-to-face and having those quality interactions, as well as being able to meet new customers".

Posted: 20 October 2021

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Introducing Crafty You Crafty Me

Introducing Crafty You Crafty Me, established in 2020 designing and manufacturing contemporary craft kits with an eco-conscious mind-set. The company's kits are developed and manufactured in the UK with a focus on enabling a new audience to discover the joy of craft. Crafty You Crafty Me is proud to be stocked in shops across the UK and believes in the benefits of craft for mental health. Through these kits Crafty You Crafty Me offers the ability for everyone to relax and get crafty.

Posted: 19 October 2021

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