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  • How Green in Your Business? | Milomade
    DIY Earrings Eco Chic Collection Eco Notepads Eco Silver Enduring Love Envelopes Exhibition Experiments Fabric Facebook Fife Food Free Shipping Funding Gifts Gift Tags Gift Vouchers Giveaway Hair Illustration Instagram Jewellery Kinghorn Maps Michael Mosley Milo Milomade Shop MuseumsSheffield Music Film New Stockists Next Steps Programme Offer of the Month Open Studios Packaging Paper Patterns Peandants Photography Pinterest Recycled Recycled Silver Recycling RePlumbed Collection Rings Round The Horn Sale Sea Glass Sewing Silver Social Social Media Spoons Stationery Stocking Fillers Studio Tax Textures Trade Shows Travel TTC Pregnancy Twitter Upcycling Valentines Gift Vintage Website Wholesale Windchime Winter Warmth 2015 Work In Progress How Green in Your Business 7th September 2010 I was recently asked this question by the guys at Makers Online with regards to how I package my goods as well as how I present them They asked me to answer a few questions and my answers appeared on their blog in July I ve only just got round to noticing Ooops So if you d like to find out where I source all my biodegradable packaging or find out how I make my gift bags or find out what goes into making my craft fair displays read on We all know how it important it is when buying things at a supermarket to try and find ways to reduce the amount of packaging we purchase with our goods but when it comes to the day to day running of your own business it can be harder to incorporate especially when selling online involves sending your goods through the mail or at craft fairs and shops where items need to be wrapped up to protect them I ve strived hard over the past few years to keep to theme of reduce reuse recycle when it comes to packaging up my goods whether this be for online sales or for selling at Craft Fairs and Events I ve always thought it was important to be consistent throughout the whole process of my work from start to finish and so sourcing or making the right kind of packaging has always been a high priority Initially it was hard to source biodegradable bags for my work so I resorted to making my own gift bags from magazine pages but as my product range grew so did my need to find ready made packaging that was eco friendly I now have two suppliers that I can trust and who produce a huge array of biodegradable bags and boxes and I can now devote more time to making products and not into making packaging I do still use my own made gift bags at craft fairs though as people love them Visit the Makers Online blog to find out more about biodegradable packaging How Green Is Your Business Part 3 All Wrapped Up Craft fairs are a great way to promote your business and meet your buying public but getting your display to not only look good but stay within the eco friendly ethos

    Original URL path: http://www.milomade.co.uk/blog/2010/09/how-green-in-your-business/ (2016-02-13)
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  • HaarShop coming soon… | Milomade
    Horn Sale Sea Glass Sewing Silver Social Social Media Spoons Stationery Stocking Fillers Studio Tax Textures Trade Shows Travel TTC Pregnancy Twitter Upcycling Valentines Gift Vintage Website Wholesale Windchime Winter Warmth 2015 Work In Progress HaarShop coming soon 6th August 2010 In collaboration with King Creosote and the Fence Collective the lovely Kirsty of Lovely Pigeo n is setting up a pop up shop and creative extravaganza for the duration of the Haar Festival which runs from the 14th 22nd August The HaarShop will feature work from lots of local and a few non local artists and creatives Kirsty got in touch with me a while back and asked me to contribute some of my Milomade creations to sell and I was more than happy to oblige So the HaarShop will be selling a selection of my work at this years HaarFest in the Pop Up shop which will be situated in the Murray Library right on the harbour in Anstruther As well as work on sale there will also be creative music sessions art installations and workshops including patchwork song writing and sunshine printing so please come along and support all the artists involved I drove up to Cellerdyke yesterday to drop of a case full of jewellery and stationery and got to get a sneak peak at the work of the other creative folk involved Here is a selection of images to give you a taster of what is going to be on offer Jill Calder http www jillcalder com Eilidh Borland http eilidhborland blogspot com Ian Hilke MacIntyre http www macintyre art com Loren Brand http lorenbrand carbonmade com Ruby Loves Red http www rubylovesred com Tommy Perman http www surfacepressure net Elsie Dodds http elsiedodds com Sean Dooley http www seandooley com Gemma Correll http www gemmacorrell com Jane Smallcombe http www appliqueoriginals co uk Wooden Tree http wooden tree blogspot com Hilary Grant http www hilarygrant co uk Clootielugs http clootielugs blogspot com I m sure I ve left some people out so I ll update the list once I m alerted to any missing persons Milomade that s me http www milomade co uk I have supplied 10 Vintage Button Pendants vintage buttons set into antiques sterling silver 64 68 which are all unique one of a kind creations apart from the yellow one pictured above which is part of a limited edition run of 5 but I ve not made the other 4 yet I have also supplied 8 beautiful Antique Silverware Rings all made from the stems of antique silver teaspoons prices vary from 35 50 these are all limited editions too so snap them up while they re available Also available are three unique leaf pendants 65 that are made from the bowls of antique silver teaspoons nothing gets wasted you see On the stationery front there is a selection of music and snoopy envelopes 2 95 as well as some packs of gift tags 2 85 made from music and

    Original URL path: http://www.milomade.co.uk/blog/2010/08/haarshop-coming-soon/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Craft Fair Re-Cap | Milomade
    Eco Chic Collection Eco Notepads Eco Silver Enduring Love Envelopes Exhibition Experiments Fabric Facebook Fife Food Free Shipping Funding Gifts Gift Tags Gift Vouchers Giveaway Hair Illustration Instagram Jewellery Kinghorn Maps Michael Mosley Milo Milomade Shop MuseumsSheffield Music Film New Stockists Next Steps Programme Offer of the Month Open Studios Packaging Paper Patterns Peandants Photography Pinterest Recycled Recycled Silver Recycling RePlumbed Collection Rings Round The Horn Sale Sea Glass Sewing Silver Social Social Media Spoons Stationery Stocking Fillers Studio Tax Textures Trade Shows Travel TTC Pregnancy Twitter Upcycling Valentines Gift Vintage Website Wholesale Windchime Winter Warmth 2015 Work In Progress Craft Fair Re Cap 31st July 2010 I recently did a craft fair at Ardross Farm Summer in the Loft and thought I d post up some piccies of my stall and the event It was the first craft fair I d done in a long while so I was a bit nervous and not sure what to expect but it turned out to be a really good weekend I d only done one craft fair with this group before and they re all such lovely people and always joking and laughing that it s easy to forget you re at work I met some really lovely people too even some of my Facebook fans came along and said hello which was lovely When I was getting stock ready in the weeks before I tried out lots of layouts for my stall as it s always good to be prepared so you can set up quickly It wasn t clear how big a table I was going to get so I worked on a 5ft width and created a really nice tight layout like so It took me ages to decide how to display my new button stack necklace then Colin suggested I give manny a very long neck and hang my necklaces from a piece of dowel I also created a new wire tree for my mobile phone charms based on the tutorial I featured recently I recently bought lots of small cigar boxes on eBay to showcase my badges and gift tags and think these all look great When I got to Ardross to set up I discovered I had a whole 8ft table all to myself this meant I could spread out my display and show more work which was brilliant I was really impressed with the display once it was finished as I was trying out a few new things like showing my brooches on Manny and my new hair bobble display and I was excited to get people s reactions This is how my display looked It was great to have such a wide space I had my stationery on the left and my jewellery and accessories on the right The venue is quite dark but luckily I was situated opposite the only window so benefited from some natural light which was great It was a really busy weekend and here are some images of

    Original URL path: http://www.milomade.co.uk/blog/2010/07/craft-fair-re-cap/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Craft Fair Crazy – Part 3 | Milomade
    Twitter Upcycling Valentines Gift Vintage Website Wholesale Windchime Winter Warmth 2015 Work In Progress Craft Fair Crazy Part 3 30th June 2010 Not only have I been working away like a busy bee on envelopes and my shop keepers dummy display I ve also been busy making more paper garlands and coming up with a neat way to package them up My old sewing machine is on it s last legs though and the tension control is not what it used to be sounds like it s a bit incontinent in it s old age and I guess it is a little every now and again it just looses control of the thread and I end up battling away with a pin trying to untangle knots I think I need to it back to the sewing machine man in Edinburgh for a little TLC to get oiled and tightened and cleaned the machine is about 50 years old or older even so it needs the occasional M O T to keep it running smoothly and I hope it ll keep on going for many years to come But help is at hand I posted up a message on freecycle yesterday asking if anyone has a sewing machine they no longer use I don t need anything fancy just something small compact and simple Amazingly a couple got back in touch almost straight away saying they had a small Singer sewing machine that needed a loving home so I m off to pick it up tomorrow I can t wait It sounds really small and compact which would be ideal I ve just taken a few quick snaps of the packs on my windowsill to show you the lovely packaging I ve made The ones pictured above are my love heart paper garlands made from recycled sheet music and as you can see come in a variety of thread colours red green turquoise and pink so far there might be more by the end of the week Each garland is approx 5 metres long and requires a whopping 10 meters of thread so I m running a little low of thread at the moment and need to stock up with some more Isn t my packaging lovely Again I m using ethical biodegradable cornstarch bags and card so the card can be recycled and the bag thrown in the bin and you can have a clear conscience knowing that it will degrade naturally and cause no major impact on the environment The love hearts measure approx 1 across and I ve particular attention to get them all lined up and facing the same direction One of the garlands has them all lined up side by side but I decided they looked better end to end I ve also made love heart garlands from recycled envelopes these look lovely and for some reason I sewed all of these with blue thread Lots of blues white and greys with the occasional red or

    Original URL path: http://www.milomade.co.uk/blog/2010/06/craft-fair-crazy-part-3/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Craft Fair Crazy – Part 2 | Milomade
    BCTF Books Bracelets Business Buttons Charity Chess Christmas Christmas Shopping Commissions Competitions Copper Craft Fairs Creative Recycling Cutlery Decorations Discount Voucher Display DIY Earrings Eco Chic Collection Eco Notepads Eco Silver Enduring Love Envelopes Exhibition Experiments Fabric Facebook Fife Food Free Shipping Funding Gifts Gift Tags Gift Vouchers Giveaway Hair Illustration Instagram Jewellery Kinghorn Maps Michael Mosley Milo Milomade Shop MuseumsSheffield Music Film New Stockists Next Steps Programme Offer of the Month Open Studios Packaging Paper Patterns Peandants Photography Pinterest Recycled Recycled Silver Recycling RePlumbed Collection Rings Round The Horn Sale Sea Glass Sewing Silver Social Social Media Spoons Stationery Stocking Fillers Studio Tax Textures Trade Shows Travel TTC Pregnancy Twitter Upcycling Valentines Gift Vintage Website Wholesale Windchime Winter Warmth 2015 Work In Progress Craft Fair Crazy Part 2 30th June 2010 I love making envelopes I can t stress that enough and over the past week or so I ve been cutting maps sheet music pages from comic annuals etc into envelope shapes I ve then been folding and gluing and packaging them up it s been hard work but I love repetitive tasks like this and I do love making envelopes I know I ve already said that but I do So if you come along to Ardross Farm on the 10th 11th of July you ll have the following to choose Envelopes made from recycled Sheet Music always a favourite Maps and Road Atlases Snoopy Annuals The Victor Book for Boys Annuals 2000AD Science Fiction magazines Beano Magazines So there s tons to choose from They come in packs of 5 with lick and stick flaps and 5 address labels wrapped in ethical biodegradable corn starch bags all that for just 2 95 a pack not bad If you can t make it to the craft fair

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  • Craft Fair Crazy – Part 1 | Milomade
    at Summer in the Loft on the 10th 11th July details on the homepage and I m very busy getting stock ready for that Every surface including the floor is covered with work in progress or work waiting to be packed or finished work waiting to be boxed up This time around I m concentrating on my craft collection and making a lot of stationery lots of badges some really funky new button necklaces and of course my button flower brooches which are a main favourite Talking of which I bought a shop dummy on eBay recently to show off my button flower brooches but as it s made out of polystyrene and covered in a thin stocking type of thing it looked pretty boring when it arrived and I felt the need to vamp it up a little I searched through my stash of vintage fabrics and old curtains and found a pair of dark red curtains with a simple damask kind of pattern embroidered into it in the same colour This was ideal as it s a Milomade colour So how do I go about making a cover for it I found a book called Pattern Drafting in a charity shop years ago mostly because I liked the illustrations and detailed diagrams I never thought I would use it It s a Japanese book that has been badly translated in the English and offers instructions both in English and Japanese The words Easy to Mater on the cover are a little misleading I sat down and read the chapter entitles Method of Drafting Your Own Original Pattern with excitement but that was soon to turn to frustration when I tried to put the theory into practice In theory it seemed pretty straightforward I followed the measuring instructions and measured my shop dummy now lovingly called Manny and noted down his vital statistics I then tried to follow the detailed instructions of converting my list of measurements into pattern pieces for the front and back And it all made sense for a while and I thought this would be easy and then the diagrams stopped corresponding with the text and I got completely bamboozled by it all I felt really despondent at this point as I thought this was something I d be able to do But as I m not a quitter I did a bit of lateral thinking and came up with another way of doing this I found the crappy gaffa tape we bought from Lidl ages ago a bit of a dogy batch that we have no use for as well as an old t shirt I didn t mind sacrificing for the Milomade cause and set to work I covered Manny completely in gaffa tape and then cut all the way up the side to form the front and back I then cut these in half again so that I could just concentrate on getting one side done as I could could then place

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  • My Hair Bobble Dilemma | Milomade
    everytime I do a craft fair I really struggle to find something that works I ve gone through so many ideas and after each fair I ve always come out thinking there must be a better way I m doing a craft fair in July the weekend of the 10th 11th to be precise Summer in the Loft at Ardross Farm near Elie above the farm shop the same place I did the Christmas in the Loft Craft Fair so if anyone s about that weekend it d be great if you popped by and said hello All the details are on my homepage Anyway I make little cards for the hair bobbles to fit onto you can see what I mean in these piccies At craft fairs I ve tried displaying them flat on the table but find that they take up too much room and people pick them up and never put them down neatly and I spend most of the craft fair tidying up my display I also tried displaying them without the cards and put them all on a piece of plastic tubing that I attached to my little white shelves this also held my elasticated button bracelets and safety pin bracelets and as soon as I got some sales I realised my mistake They all looked great but it was a pain to deal with as inevitably someone always wanted one in the middle of the display or at the inaccessible end and I had to take all of them off to get to the pair they wanted and then spend time putting all the rest back on again which is far from ideal So another option I ve tried is to punch holes into one corner of the cards and then hung them at an angle from pins on one of my painted cork boards but in the end decided this looked messy and unprofessional People would take them off and find it tricky to hang them back up or the corner would get ripped if people pulled on them by accident So I opted to put them in a small container instead but found people didn t even give them a look in they went totally un noticed and I also think they looked pretty messy and unconsidered so maybe that s why nobody paid them much attention so that was a bad idea too At the last craft fair I did I cut long strips of thick card and cut little slots into them so that I could slip the bobbles onto the slot via the elastic and the slot would hold them in place this looked great but again in practice it was a bit of a disaster People could see them all clearly which was great but as soon as someone wanted a closer look and took them off the holder it was a total nightmare for them to put them back and I had to intervene and this made

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  • Only a week or so to go… | Milomade
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