Now with Instagram and Twitter

instagrambigAs time has moved on, Didi Lou Crafts can now be found on more social media. Over on Pinterest, Didi Lou Crafts now has 448 pins across 15 boards and 90 followers with those numbers slowly increasing. New is a presence on Instagram, where Didi Lou Crafts has 68 posts and 122 followers. Also new is a presence on Twitter, where Didi Lou Crafts has made 276 tweets and has 108 followers. I am slowly getting familiar with Instagram and Twitter and whilst I am not a regular every day, I am adding more photos and tweets over time.twitterbig

So it made sense to add these to the website… on the blog page side bar, you will now see links to each of these social media along with the Etsy store and Facebook. Follow and share options are now showing at the bottom of blog posts where you can choose to follow the Didi Lou Crafts Instagram and Twitter accounts and to share the Didi Lou Crafts Twitter account. Pinterest and Facebook were already there, added back in May last year. The other change was to add all the social media options to the About page.

Don’t forget the Didi Lou Crafts Etsy shop, Etsy have introduced a new layout, so it looks very different to before. Mother’s Day in many countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is only a few weeks away (usually the 2nd Sunday of May), and I still have Mother’s Day items suitable for international shipping listed in the Mother’s Day Section and here in the UK, Father’s Day is about 8 weeks away with plenty of cards and some gifts in the Father’s Day Section.

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Etsy Mini on the Website

The Didi Lou Crafts website now has Etsy Mini installed. What’s that I hear you say? I am glad you asked. It is a feature offered by Etsy to show items from Etsy on your own website.

etsymini1I’ve actually implemented Etsy Mini twice on the website. The first is on the sidebar of the blog (home page) where there are the 4 featured items displayed. It is as easy as 1 click on the product or link below and you will be on the DidiLouCrafts Etsy shop. The second is as a new page, called Etsy shop, which opens up to display the latest 15 items from the Etsy store. Again it is just 1 click on the product or link below and, hey presto, you are on the DidiLouCrafts Etsy shop and can make your purchases there.

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Spring Fair in Wokingham

160409craftfair1It felt like ages since Didi Lou Crafts did a fair, but it is only about 10 weeks. Now that isn’t really that long, but in terms of what has happened at home, it feels like it is a lifetime ago. That aside, it was nice to get out again and mix with other stall holders and to speak with the public about my products.

160409craftfair2This fair was held upstairs in a large room in Wokingham Town Hall. I had never visited the town hall before and must say it was a nice room, one I can imagine would be atmospheric for a small intimate wedding party. It worked for a craft fair, although I guess for the organiser the space is quite limited and means only a small number of stalls could be included. The town hall is right next to the Market Place and Saturday is always market day in Wokingham town centre. Being in the centre of town had advantages and disadvantages: there were plenty of people around, but unloading and parking was not as easy as at some halls. However being upstairs did mean people didn’t necessarily know about the fair and the organiser ended up putting balloons outside as well as sending people out to hand out flyers and telling people we were there.

160409craftfair3Didi Lou Crafts had a couple of sales, but it wasn’t the best of the fairs I have attended. I think fairs focussed on a specific upcoming seasonal holiday work better, such as Christmas Fairs. It might have been better to attend a fair early in March to catch the Easter and Mother’s Day trade, but unfortunately with the issues at home that was not possible this year.

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