Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in

I’ve been kept very busy over the last month, having been working with The Arcade Vintage Festival, Alternative Barnsley and One Over The Eight to put on the fantastic Arcade Christmas Festival at the beginning of December, and more specifically organising the Crafty Business Networking Group’s pop-up shop that we held there.

The following Barnsley based businesses and organisations took part in the pop-up shop showcase: Amy Law Photography, Black Bee Creative, Blu MooJulie Pratt JewelleryKarl Smith Mens GroomingKatie Needham Music TuitionTouchy Feely TextilesTracey Mawson Ceramics and  Swanswell.

True to our crafty roots, we went DIY and the group met when we could to first make, and then put up the decorations in the very big, very bare shop. No mean feat when we’re all so busy and on a tight budget! I won’t forget those wooly snowballs in our window display any time soon! I should also give a shout out to Scott at Wood and Wolf Illustration for making our windows beautiful with his fabulous pugs in antlers designs that he created especially for us.

As soon as the doors were open at 10am we had people coming in to listen to the music and see what goodies they could find for Christmas (in fact people were coming in before we were even open!) Many also took part in the great workshops we had on offer throughout the day, including creating Christmas decorations, cards, brooches, paper flowers and jangling some jingle bells to some festive favourites! It was a great turnout and we were kept busy all day until it started to get dark and by that time, I’ll be honest, it was freezing!

Thank you to everyone who came along to support us on the day, helped out behind the scenes, and most of all to the group members who put so much effort in to make it a success. I feel we have proved that Crafty Business really is a networking group with a difference!

Here are some of the highlights. (The best photos were taken by Amy Law Photography!)


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