Saturday, August 22, 2009

Start a new Craft this Autumn!

Maybe you were lucky and saw some summer sun but the 'Barbeque summer' we were told to expect hardly materialised, and now the back to school signs are in the shops.

Soon the nights will start drawing in, and Christmas looms dimly on the horizon!

How about this Autumn you take up a new craft? The 'Credit Crunch' has meant that many people aren't spending as much time out, and enjoying evenings at home. A new craft is a great way of passing the long dark evenings, that'll be here before you know it. It's far more rewarding that night after night of telly.

You might have seen that we're collaborating with the Ministry of Craft, (see below) but perhaps you're unable to join us here in Manchester's city centre. Then our extensive range of kits are a great way to try something new. With everything inside that you need to sit down and start crafting with, they're a brilliant introduction to a new and (we hope) exciting hobby!, and the selection covers a really wide range... choose from candlemaking or soapcraft, or perhaps you'd like to teach yourself Lacemaking, Calligraphy or Basketry. There's a great choice of crafts to tempt you with further that really deserve a look! They all include some clear step by step instructions so you aren't left in the dark.

If you've found you've fallen in love with something new, you can usually find everything you need to keep crafting, right here at Fred Aldous. Maybe you might make lots more, to sell at the Fayre's and Craft Sales that pop up in the run up to Christmas!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fascinating Fascinators

In recent years fascinators have become really fashionable, you'll have seen them everywhere in all the glossy magazines, with the likes of Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker and many other celebrities choosing them to adorn the red carpet in their evening gowns and designer shoes. A Fascinator is the fashionable 'icing on the cake'! Chances are they've spent hundreds on their designer versions but you too can now achieve the same glamourous look at a fraction of the price!

We carry all the items you'll need to create your own extravagant confection!

Maybe you've a fancy party, a wedding or a day at the races and don't feel a traditional hat is for you, well with our vast range of feathers, diamantes, and beads you can complement your outfit with a little touch of catwalk panache!

A recent addition to our range is the all important comb base. Clear in colour they'll suit all hair types and blend with practically every look... with the clever addition of some gorgeous plumage from our extensive range and a dab of glue, you'll look every inch the celebrity with none of the expense!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Back to school with Fred Aldous

Have you got a family member waiting on exam results... or maybe it's you yourself, whether it's GCSE's or A Levels, it can be a stress full time.We've got our fingers crossed here, hoping everyone gets the marks they need to get that coveted place at College or University, but more than our best wishes, we at Fred's can offer lots of support to new (and returning) students.

To begin with they'll receive our 10% discount, all year round on production of valid student identification, you can get money off, which really helps, leaving more money for the fun stuff! Often times even when buying goods on offer that discount still applies

Then there's our exceptional range of arts and crafts materials, from the humble pencil sharpener or pencil, to the massive range of artist quality sketchbooks and pads, carry cases and drawing boards, to the stuff like portfolios, paint sets , or the Graphic supplies you're going to have to have.

Chances are if starting a course this September, you'll soon be supplied with a daunting list of equipment that you might be unfamiliar with; we can also help there too, our expert staff will be able to guide you through the maze of options, and help you find exactly what you're looking for, recommending stock we've tried and tested ourselves, so that you can get all the right kit you'll ACTUALLY need, and none of the stuff you don't!

This could just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Ministry of Craft and Fred Aldous,

Crafting is great, we all agree on that don't we?

Whether it's making something to give as a special gift, something that's so much more than just your regular store bought present, or sometimes you prefer to fill you free time with something more rewarding than the telly every night, or maybe it's just a great excuse to get together with your pals and craft together... there are a thousand and one reasons to get crafting, express yourself and enjoy a creative hobby.

If your anything like us, you'll be interested too in learning new skills, finding out in a friendly way how you can pick up a new hobby, acquire a new skill or maybe just dip your toe into a completely different area. There's always something tempting to try your hand at, maybe something you've always wanted to try but perhaps you find going about it is a bit daunting.

Here at Fred Aldous, we're proud to be collaborating with the Ministry of Craft. The Ministry of Craft offer day courses that will support you and guide you towards finding a craft that's new and exciting. With a huge range of projects, aimed at encouraging all levels of Crafter, whether your a total novice, enthusiastic starter, or proficient crafter there's sure to be something that will drive you onwards, support you along the way, and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Based in Chorlton and Central Manchester, with courses run by loads of passionate, inspiring and knowledgable tutors, you are sure to have a great time, and you'll take home the fruit of your days labours!

Click on the link or take a look at our home page and see what they courses on offer... with a huge range of options; from Textile crafts, Digital photography, Mosaic, Screen-printing, Jewellery making, Floristry and Home decor your bound to find something new and interesting that might just open up a whole new world for you!

Perhaps you might like to book a Crafting day as a gift for someone you know, I'm sure a day like that would be VERY welcome by crafty friends and family.

We're hiring!

Ever since our earliest beginnings, way back in 1886, Fred Aldous has been proud to call itself a "family business". Generations later we still feel the same way, confident that our close knit, friendly team feel a part of our family. It's a system that worked for over 120 years, and one we're commited to continuing.

At the moment we are looking to find a new member of the "family" One of our instore experts, Rachel is moving on, to what promises to be a new exciting life in London, and we wish her every success, but that leaves us with a vacancy to fill.

Are you Craft 'mad', customer focused and a keen team player? Perhaps you've heaps of knowledge about art materials and can share that with our customers and you're dedicated to providing a great shopping experience in our Manchester store. Here at Fred Aldous, every day is different, every challenge new and exciting, you'll receive full training in all aspects of the job; it's hard work; but we think you'll find it's also fun!

Do you think you have something to offer? if so you are invited to apply for our Full Time, Permanent Position.

To be considered, simply drop off a C.V at the counter or email it to Paul@fredaldous
Successful applicants will be invited for interview in the next couple of weeks, so don't delay!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Super Sizzix Sale Spectacular!

Are you familiar with Sizzix? Are you a card maker or scrap booker? Well then you need to be! Sizzix machines have been around for quite sometime now, and here at Fred's we are offering an exceptional discount of upto 34% on the full range we carry!

Sizzix machines include the top of the range "Big Shot" to the smaller more compact "Sidekick", and when using the appropriate dies, you can custom create all the decorative motifs you need for you card craft projects... not only do you get perfectly cut shapes every time, but the dies add exciting dimension to the pieces really making things stand out, you can even texturise paper and card to add extra special effects! You can use them with all your favourite cards, card stock and papers to create fabulous decorative details that will make your cards look professional. The only problem you'll have will be choosing from the exciting range of designs!

We really suggest you take full advantage of this fantastic off and stock up whilst they're at this great value price... at these kinds of prices we don't expect them to hang around for long.