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Our Summer 2015 Intake of New Artists & Crafters

Twice a year, in January and July, we have the pleasure of welcoming new artists and crafters into Janet & John. Sometimes it’s just one, depending on space, but this summer we’re delighted to be introducing three!  Now they’ve all arrived instore, we thought it would be good to share a little bit more aboutContinue Reading

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day in Scotland is always the fourth Sunday in Lent (as in the rest of the UK) and so the date varies each year with Easter.  This year it will be Sunday March 15th. The UK seems to be alone in tying Mother’s Day into the Christian calendar, although there is no agreement inContinue Reading

It’s Sale Time!

It’s January!  We’ve had a lovely Christmas break with our family, taken down the decorations and now it’s time for our sale.  Or should that be sales?  You see, in most cases, each individual artist and crafter who sells through our shop (we have over 45) gets the chance to have their own sale twiceContinue Reading

A New Short Film For Janet & John From Simon Parnham Films

It’s been available on Facebook for a a week or so now, where we’ve been running a competition based on this film.  But now the competition has closed, it’s time to share Simon’s wonderful and very Christmassy film here. Post by Janet & John Update May 2015: Simon’s film company is now called Merkstreet andContinue Reading

And So… Into Our Second Year

Our 1st Birthday celebrations are over and we’re into our second year!  In some ways it doesn’t seem anything like that long since we opened the shop, yet we feel very at home in De Courcy’s Arcade. We have welcomed some new contributors into the shop recently: Gorgeous mixed media brooches from Yowe   PrintsContinue Reading

Summer Plans

We’re told that Glasgow’s schools break up today for the summer, so it’s time to look forward to an exciting summer in Janet & John, involving the Commonwealth Games, some extra days of opening and our 1st birthday. The eyes of the world are focusing on Glasgow this summer for the Commonwealth Games.  Much ofContinue Reading

Time For Tea

We really enjoy putting on special events to highlight the work of our artists and crafters.  Typically, we offer 10% off a particular craft (or group of crafts) over a Bank Holiday weekend.  Last September it was jewellery and more recently we’ve had a sewing themed weekend.  We joke that whatever the craft/theme, customers willContinue Reading

We’re On The Road Again…

About once a month we like to take Janet & John “on the road” by taking a stall at a craft fair.  We see this as a way of promoting the shop, promoting our individual artists and crafters’ work and keeping in touch with the craft fair scene to see what’s new out there.  AsContinue Reading

Memories of Holy Week and Easter

This year I knitted traditional egg cosies to sell in Janet & John with the (now) traditional creme egg in a white porcelain egg cup.  Yes, creme eggs have shrunk – I had to wrap them in tissue paper to get them to sit in the egg cups. Egg cosies took me back to myContinue Reading

You’ve Got To Be The Right Kind Of Crazy To Make A Business From A Hobby

In this week’s blog post Aleksandra Diamante, from AleksandraDESIGNS, writes about how her hobby developed into an expanding business: When I first started out making jewellery five years ago it was to fill my non-working days with something creative and fun. I was running a Kinesiology practice deliberately part-time back then and tried my handContinue Reading