Monday, 21 July 2014

New Hare Notebooks

Since I was commissioned to make a box with a Moongazing Hare on the lid back in May, I have been asked to make more boxes and to make similar as framed pictures so I have had my latest piece printed as a Notebook cover and as a greetings card.

Notebooks £5.95

The notebooks measure 14 x 14 cm and the pages alternate between plain and ruled making them perfect for sketching and keeping notes.

The cards measure 12 x 12 cm and are left blank for your own special message. They also look great framed!


Also new in stock are these square Island Cottage and Boat cards.




And Washing Day is back in stock as well.
I made the original for this picture quite a few years ago now. The sea was made using the embellisher machine, incorporating lots of texture and colour with a bit of stitch for added detail. The roofs on the cottages, the sea wall and the washing were made from Harris Tweed.

My four different Mouse Mat designs are all in stock again. 'Hannah's House' bottom right is always the first to sell out.


Mouse Mats £6.95

All of the above can be found in my Etsy shop here 

The school holidays here in Scotland are well under way.
I took my daughter on the train up to Findhorn for a few days last week to join friends who are on holiday there.


Thankfully the sun shone and we spent most of our time on the beautiful beach there.


We caught this beautiful sunset on Friday night.


Lovely clouds catching the light.


Below was early evening midweek. The children had a ball with their body boards and I enjoyed a few dips in the sea too.



My 2015 Calendar is still available to Pre Order at the special price of £8.50 (normally £10)

You can find it in my Etsy shop here 







Monday, 7 July 2014

*Special Offer* Pre Order Your Aileen Clarke Crafts 2015 Wall Calendar


My 2015 Wall Calendar is now available to Pre Order.
My sample calendar arrived today and I have been busy liaising with my printers to get it just right.
You can Pre Order now at the Special Price of £8.50. This offer will end as soon as my Calendars arrive from the Printers when they will go on sale at £10 each.


The Calendar is A4 in size, folding out to A3 with a different full colour print for each month and a whole A4 page in list format to write on.
A4 measures 21 x 30 cm opening to 30 x 42 cm.


The images include Cottage Scenes, Seascapes, a Highland Cow and a Moon Gazing Hare.
Calendar comes wrapped in a cellophane envelope to keep it nice and pristine until January 1st.



You can order the Calendar now in my Etsy shop here 
Postage costs are as follows
UK £1.40
EU £3.85
US £4.90
Canada £4.90
Australia £5.20
Everywhere Else £5.20

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Aileen Clarke Crafts at The Rowan Tree Gift Shop in Falkland

Since this is the only photo I have of the front of The Rowan Tree shop, I'll have to tell you the story behind it.
Last weekend we took my 9 year old daughter along to Falkland Traditional Music Festival as she wanted to enter the Under 12's Fiddle Competition. She did really well at the competition and got a certificate for 2nd place as well as a really good critique from Fiddle Player Paul Anderson. 
After the competition I popped in to The Rowan Tree to drop some new stock off and she asked her Dad could she have a go at busking! Well she struck up a tune right outside the shop and had £6 in her case before the first tune was finished! We moved up the street to have coffee at Fayre Earth Gift Shop and she played a bit more and came away with £24 in all and whole lot of new confidence and the desire to learn more tunes. She has only been playing for a year but has never been a chore to listen to. Some beginners can be a bit screechy but she seems to have a natural affinity for the instrument which is great!


We had a really lovely afternoon. The village had a great holiday atmosphere about it and we enjoyed sitting on benches outside, chatting to folk we new and taking a wander along to the duck pond and back.



Back to The Rowan Tree though. 
I'm delighted to be stocking this lovely little shop with a good selection of my Jewellery and Brooches.
The shop is right on the High Street opposite the palace and is a little treasure trove of pretty things including jewellery, scarves, bags, clothes and other accessories.





I have already treated myself to a scarf and a lovely top from this rail below! 


I delivered some more new stock yesterday including these Felt Flower Pendants.


A range of my new Bracelets.


Lots of Earrings in heart, circle and square shapes.


A few Rings in both this long oval shape and a regular oval shape.


Lots of Tartan Bird Brooches flew over last month. Also available in red.


A selection of my Leaf shaped Brooches are also in stock.


And lots of Textile and Resin Pendants in various shapes and colour ways.


It is fantastic to have so many great gift shops in our area of Fife, all supporting local artists and makers. As much as I love exploring wild places on my holidays, I do love a wander round nice shops on a day out.
If you are too far away to visit this shop in person but are interested in any of my work, please feel free to get in touch at aileenclarkecrafts@yahoo.com or visit my Etsy shop here 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

15% Off Anything in My Etsy Shop





Etsy have made a TV advert here in the UK and the team have very cleverly made it possible for us to have our shop name added to the last 10 seconds for sharing on our websites and social media pages! 

You can enjoy 15% off anything in my Etsy shop until the end of June by using the Coupon Code JUNESWOON at the check out. 

Happy Shopping!




Saturday, 14 June 2014

June Update

The weeks following Open Studios back at the start of May have been a flurry of fulfilling wholesale shop orders, working on commission pieces and building stock for last weekend's fair.
This Textile Box below was a special commission for a retirement gift. I have to say that it has been my favourite make this year! I was asked to make a moon gazing hare with purple and mauve shades in the background. I have heard back from my customer and from the recipient and they both loved it! 


The Craft Fair on Saturday at Falkland was a great success again. This was my third time exhibiting at this event. I really enjoy taking part in local events and it was great to meet lots of customers from near and far who made it along to the fair to see everything 'in person'. 


We had some visitors round from the palace for a cuppy!


With Falkland village being such an attractive place for tourists to visit, we get a lot of international visitors to the fair as well which I really enjoy.

I also delivered an order of Jewellery and Brooches to The Rowan Tree Gift Shop on the High Street in Falkland. This lovely little shop is right opposite Falkland Palace and specialises in all things girly, gifty and glam. These new Plaid Birdie Brooches will be winging their way there soon as well as some Felt Pendants and Wrist Cuff Bracelets.


Birdie Brooches £12 each


I'm trying to keep my Etsy shop as fully stocked as possible but have nearly run out of Sheep Jewellery. I do have these little necklaces at £12 each but have no earrings or larger pendants at the moment. I'll probably get more made next week.





I do have some of my new Bracelets in stock though. They are made with stitched fabrics set behind glass into silver plated findings. They close with a toggle clasp and feel really light on the wrist.


These two are 20cm long and fit loosely round an average wrist.


This Bracelet below is slightly larger at 22cm and would fit a wider wrist


Bracelets and Earrings are all £18 each. 



So that's a quick update of what's new from me this month. I have SO much to do before our schools break up for the summer holidays in two weeks time. When I realised that the end of term was looming I had a sudden thought that my Printed Mugs, Notebooks and Mouse Mats would make good end of term gifts for teachers.
All of these can be found in my Etsy shop here









Monday, 2 June 2014

Falkland Craft Market Saturday 7th June 2014

I will have a stall at Falkland Craft Market this Saturday, the 7th of June from 10am - 4 pm.



I've been really busy building my stock up and have some new Textile and Resin Pendants and Earrings ready.


Oval Seascape Pendants with Full Moon
£24


Earrings £18



This week I will be busy making lots of felt pendants, brooches and earrings with sheep on them. 

 Sheep Earrings £18

Sheep Brooches
£18


I will have my full range of printed cards, notebooks, mugs and mouse mats with me as well.


Cards £2.50 each or 5 for £10 at Craft Fairs.



Mouse Mats £6.95


Mugs £8.50 
£32 for the Set of 4


My Notebooks feature printed covers of felt pictures I have made. The pages alternate between plain and ruled making them perfect for sketching and keeping notes. The notebooks measure 14 x 14 cm and are spiral bound with 38 pages of good quality paper.
£5.95 each or £5 at Fairs.

I have lots of Brooches ready for the fair and will have some original framed pieces with me as well.






This is my stall from last year's fair in October.



Falkland itself is such a lovely village to visit with beautiful shops such as Fayre Earth Gift Shop, The Rowan Tree and The Cottage Craft Centre. There is also the palace and gardens as well as cafe's, pubs and all the pretty  cobbled streets and cute houses.




Come along for a great day out and I look forward to seeing some of you there! And if you are interested in anything you see here but can't make it along, please feel free to get in touch with me or visit my Etsy shop here.  



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