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Starting out on your own….

If you are starting to paint professionally check out this site for basic information:


If you are starting your own craft business, no matter how small check out:


Whether you have decided to make money from your passion, set up a market or fair, sell to the public for the first time or you have not lifted off the ground as you hoped, help is at hand.

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Paraffin Wax wanted ASAP

Wax wanted asap

Call (087) 648 4740

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It’s Sew easy, Summer camps - - June 2016

6 Week Courses in Dressmaking, Patchwork and Soft Furnishing

There are lots of fabulous summer creations under construction at the moment.  If you are interested in joining one of our courses we have both morning and evening classes available, Monday to Thursday, so we should have a class that suits your schedule.  

To book a class or for further information please visit our website www.seweasy.ie
Contact Maebh directly on:
Phone: 087 953 6818
email: maebh@seweasy.ie
Sewing Skills Bootcamp
You will get so much more from all of our courses if you have experience using a sewing machine.  If not, it would be advisable to do our Sewing Skills Boot-Camp first and then sign up for the course(s) you are interested in.
Our next weekend Sewing Skills Bootcamp will start on Saturday 11th June or the midweek Bootcamp starts on Tuesday 7th June 2016.   The next Dressmaking Bootcamp will start on Saturday 25th June 2016.  Please visit our website for further details.

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The Affordable Gift Fair - Royal Marine Hotel, Dunlaoghaire, Co Dublin - Sunday 29th November 2015


Date:  Sunday 29th November 2015

Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Dunlaoghaoire, Co Dublin

Time:  10am to 5pm


Stand holders so far….
November 29th Exhibitors 2015

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Sunday 15th November- the craft festival - Dunlaoghaire, co Dublin - all welcome!

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DATE:   Sunday 15th November 2015
TIME:   10am to 5pm
VENUE: Royal Marine Hotel, Dunlaoghaire Co Dublin


Inspirational family event!

Check out our list of fantastic stand holders!

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The Leitrim Design house - product development workshop

The Leitrim Design House Present
Design Create Marketplace Product Development Workshops with Eddie Shanahan

Wednesday 1st, 15th and 29th of April

10.30 am – 4pm

The product development workshops organised by Leitrim Design House in celebration of Irish Design will offer inspiration and advice and will act as a stimulus in the development of the design sector with a view to sustaining jobs and creating employment.

The first series of workshops are for newcomers and also makers who wish to review what they have learnt so far.

Training with Eddie Shanahan in the following areas:


·         Branding as a basis for product development


·         The market now & rules for operating in today’s marketplace


·         Consumers now.


·         Design & sources of inspiration including visualisation & mind mapping


·         Building product suites and solutions based product development


·         Editing and reframing propositions


·         Packaging, presentation and pricing


·         Retail formats (including online) and what professional buyers want ?


·         Marketing ideas.


There will be an opportunity for members to participate in

-          Summer showcase in the Leitrim Design House by selection

-          Exhibition in November “Essence of Design”  in the Dock by selection

-          The Leitrim Design House Christmas Showcase by selection


Venue: The Dock, St. Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Please bring a sample of your work to the first workshop.

Booking deadline: Wednesday 25th March 2015

Each session can be paid for individually on the day but attendance at all three session is mandatory.
Fee €45 for each session or €25 for members - registration is for all three workshops so amount must be paid in full by third day (to find out more about becoming a member please email glenda@leitrimdesignhouse.ie)

Further information:
Contact: Glenda Rolston
T: 0719650550
E: glenda@leitrimdesignhouse.ie


Exhibition continues to April 9th2015 @ The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim


www.leitrimdesignhouse.ie   www.facebook.com/TheLeitrimDesignHouse

Follow us on Twitter @LeitrimDesign

071 9650550

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Radio show looking to interview Irish speaking knitting / craft teacher

We’re looking to do a live or pre-recorded phone interview with a person who runs knitting classes that would be able to speak to us on the radio through Irish.

It is for the ‘Caitheamh Aimsire’ or hobbies section so we’d be happy to speak to anyone who has quirky or creative crafting classes on either.

Contact email. ailbheniriain@gmail.com 

Or (01) 6616333

The show is called Beo ag a Dó, and it is on weekdays from 14:00 - 14:30on Raidio Na Life 106.4fm. 

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Do you want to advertise your event, craft supplies or business?

Email me at karen.noticeboard@gmail.com

send me all the details as you would like it seen by others

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Starting out - setting up a fair!

Firstly….your reputation is everything!!!

Do it right the first time, cut no corners, put in as much effort as you possible can, advertise in every way possible, be fair and loyal to the stand holders and then hope for the best!

If you have the intention of making money in every way possible then everyone fails.

If you start with the attitude that growing a business and reputation is your goal and  you look after the stand holders as well as your customers, making sure there is variety and quality available to buy and a fair amount of stand holders with different products then you have a good basis to start from.

Never over-crowd an item (i.e. 6 jewellery/candle sellers out of 20 stands) it is boring for your customer as everything seems to be the same, and your stand holders are not going to sell well as people buying jewellery/candles on the day are spreading their funds over a large number of people.

ADvertise, ADvertise, ADvertise you can not do this enough!

Customers in the door bring a good atmosphere, good sales for your stand holders and the best way to advertise your next venture.

The products on the day need to be of good quality and not unrealistic prices, so ask your potential stand holders to send you images/prices of their work.  If they are ready to sell professionally then they will manage this no problem.


Have your venue, stand holders, advertising and paperwork in order a couple of days before your event.  It leaves room for any unexpected hiccups.

(I recommend that stand holders pay for their space in advance, people not turning up on the day is less likely once they have paid.  When the doors open to the public, it is disheartening to other stand holders and customers to see empty tables, a quick reshuffle makes the place more inviting)

Music….it brings a happy feeling and mood to any event!

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Starting out….selling at Fairs!

You may find my site of use:

The best thing to do is just start.
Find a fair and once you have been accepted then I would recommend having a variety in your price range.  Always an expensive piece as you never know who will walk in the door…it also shows that you are able to make commission pieces and shows your worth.
I always have some pocket money pieces, these are easy for someone to buy on impulse and can be your bread and butter for the day, paying for your stand and hopefully a bit more.

You will learn as you go, what sells, what is most popular, what people pick up and put down quickly when they find out the price!  or what sells out quickly because it is price perfect and appealing to the customer.
It is really up to you, if you find nothing moves but people compliment everything ask them, is the price what you expected etc.  You are there in front of your customers, have the guts to ask their advise!

The recession is a hard place to sell items that are not ‘necessary’ so if you can possibly make pieces that have a need, like a clock, candle holder, advertise as a beautiful and unique wedding gift, gift wrapped and ready to go, home ware, something to wear etc.

People want something that can benefit their lives or make them feel good, and its up to you to make that happen.

Everyone will have their own experience and just getting out there is the best way to learn what you need to do next.

Best of Luck

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