Artists Open Houses!

The artists open houses are open once again across Brighton! Be sure to pop along to some before the end of May- they are open this weekend and next. Most houses open 11-5.

View the open houses site for full details of all houses or pick up a brochure from across the city.

We’ll be visiting a few this weekend. We recommend a visit to The Cake House, which contains a few of our previous stall holders! You can find the Cake House at 37 Cleveland Road, Brighton- which is opposite Blakers park and has free parking. Open 11-5pm.

Pop along for lovely art, crafts and jewellery, and yummy cake and soup in our kitchen and garden cafe.

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Keep the Kids Amused this Easter Holidays!

Kids getting board over the Easter holidays already?! Don’t want to drag them around the shops? Looking for a family day out? Don’t want to pay an entrance fee?

Then join us! There will be unique handmade gifts, Easter fun, cakes, face painting, balloon modeling, craft workshops for all ages, a charity raffle, & more! They might even spot a fairy or two if you are lucky! And its free to enter all day! 

cute dolls by Darcy and Flo

cute dolls by Darcy and Flo

Easter iced biscuits by Rosehip

Easter iced biscuits by Rosehip

Hair ties by Jessie Jumbles

Hair ties by Jessie Jumbles

Felt workshop by Karen Rao

Felt workshop by Karen Rao

Face Painting

Face Painting

Patcham Youth Silver Band outside the venue

Patcham Youth Silver Band outside the venue

We are open 10.30am – 4pm this Saturday 12th April, at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton. There is also free on street parking, so you can make a day of it! Full location details here >

Rosehip: Vintage Tearoom Menu!

As you’ve already heard Rosehip will once again be running our vintage tearoom, which we are super excited about!

Their final menu for the day is now in and it sounds amazing! There is something for everyone, all ages, and some gluten free items too!

Final menu from Rosehip for the vintage tearoom is here:

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CAKES, BISCUITS and TARTS
Simnel Cake
Dark Chocolate Layer Cake with Salted Caramel
Pineapple Hummingbird Cake (Never-Ending Cake)
Lemon and Poppyseed Meringue Layer Cake
Almond Apricot Pansy Cake
Chocolate and Raspberry Brownies
Earl Grey and Bergamot Cupcakes
Raspberry and Passion Fruit Muffins
Passion Fruit Sandwich biscuits
Little Cherry Bakewell Tarts
Shortbread Fingers

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GLUTEN FREE
Thai Rice and Coconut Cake
Blood Orange, Lemon and Almond Cake

CHILDRENS’ TREATS
Little Chocolate Easter Nests
Little Vanilla Daisy Cupcakes
Gingerbread Bunny Biscuits

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SAVOURIES
Cheese Scones
Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas (pasties)*
Goats Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion Tart*
*Served with a selection of salads

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DRINKS
Selection of teas and coffee
Hot chocolate
Selection of fruit juices
Water (Still and fizzy)

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…..mmm! Plus hand iced gifted Easter biscuits!

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Say Hello to…Miss Muffin Top

Today in the second of our stall holder posts we welcome back the oh so yummy Miss Muffin Top and her magical looking chocolates! Find her in the entrance hall on April 12th…

Tell us/ remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

Cute, Quirky, glittery chocolates and other confectioneries, perfect for giving as gifts or just as a little treat to you. There is now a wide selection of vegan goodies on offer due to vegan demand!

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How long have you been making your chocolates?

Approximately 4 years!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

The best seller has to be the vegan peanut butter cups however I reckon there will be a new favourite at the Easter stall as I bring out a wider selection of vegan friendly chocolates and treats!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

They’re so pretty and glittery but the best part is the fact that they’re edible!!

Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

Indeed I do! It’s a surprise 😉 but I promise there will be more vegan and gluten free treats on offer!

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

Not at the moment although I would love to start selling my treats at other quirky events so if anyone has any suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me or approach me at my stall…I won’t bite!

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

My goal is to open up my own quirky, vegan chocolate shop/ tea room as I also make baked goods and enjoy catering to people with dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free (check out my face book page for details).

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Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Chocolate!!! (of course),

Bunnies,

Family,

Easter lunch!

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

Yes I have taken part twice now and loved every minute of both times.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Can’t wait to take part again!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Muffin-Top/209648499045508

http://instagram.com/miss_muffin_top

Say a Festive Hello To…Rosehip

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about how Rosehip began…

Hello! We are two vintage-loving cooks and crafters, Emily Wade and Wendy Bell, and we both live in Lewes. We met through our young children being at the same nursery. One day while chatting in a cafe over tea and chocolate brownies it became clear that we both share a passion for food, flowers and styling. One thing (well, brownie) led to another (brownie) and from there we decided to create a bespoke vintage catering and event styling company together.

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What do you enjoy most about Rosehip?

We relish every opportunity to be creative and dynamic. Our different styles of working are complementary and bring further dynamism to an already highly creative process. All of what we do is creative and that is what we love!

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What is your most popular cake or yummy treat?
One of our most popular cakes is our 6-layered ombre cake with homemade passion fruit jam and white chocolate ganache frosting and for treats look no further than our melt in the mouth macarons!
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Can we find you at any other events over the festive season?

Yes! We will be at the Christmas Vintage Fair at Middle Farm – 23rd & 24th November, and the Artists and Makers fair in Lewes on 30th November, where we will be selling our homemade iced Christmas biscuits, homemade crafts and vintage wares.

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Before all that we’ll be running a pop up cafe as part of ‘Carnivale Creative’ at the Lewes Town Hall on Thursday 5th December. Doors open at 5pm, as this is the Lewes’ Late Night shopping evening. Some vintage circus-themed delights we are planning include rainbow confetti cake and candyfloss topped cupcakes, as well as—of course!—moustache cookies on sticks. As well as the cafe there’ll be live music, stalls and various other acts. Another fun date for the diary!

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We really look forward to seeing you at the Fairy Tale Fair; come over and try out our Pomegranate jewel cake (gluten free) or a slice of Italian chocolate and nut Christmas cake with whipped cream, or maybe a slice of Lime and pistachio cake (also gluten free). Or if you feel like something savoury, how about our hand-raised turkey, bacon and apricot pie or maybe our pea, tarragon and cream cheese pithivier. There will be plenty more on offer too.

Describe what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less:

Celebrate all that you treasure!

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This is your first fairy tale fair, are you looking forward to it?

We are delighted to be part of the Fairy Tale Fair, do pop along and see us. We promise to delight your taste buds and provide you an enchanting festive experience.

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To find out more about us visit our website www.rosehipsussex.co.uk and facebook page www.facebook.com/rosehipsussex or twitter@RosehipSussex

Full menu for Fairy Tale Fair:

Menu for Fairy Tale Fair

Savouries

Cheese and rosemary scones

Festive ploughman’s lunches

Hand raised turkey, bacon and apricot pie; or

Potted stilton with port, served with a spiced pickled pear; or

Pea, tarragon and cream cheese pithivier.

Served with a selection of salads, chutneys and pickles, and a slice Flint Owl artisan bread with butter.

Salads: Spiced brown rice salad with nuts and seeds

Christmas coleslaw

Dressed green salad with sprinkles

Chutneys etc: Christmas chutney

Pickled shallots in sherry vinegar

Cakes etc.

Italian chocolate and nut Christmas cake with whipped cream

Spiced apple cake with brown sugar frosting

Chocolate Yule Log

Cranberry and white chocolate cake

Pomegranate jewel cake (gluten free)

Lime and pistachio cake (gluten free)

Snow flecked chocolate and sour cherry brownies

Spiced carrot cupcakes

Star topped mince pies, with homemade mincemeat

Mini apple and cinnamon pies

Biscuits etc:

Clementine macarons

Angelic star florentines

Ginger snaps

Vanilla shortbread snowflakes

For the kids

Gingerbread snowmen

Star shaped jammie dodgers

Mini vanilla Christmas cupcakes

Drinks

Selection of teas and coffee

Hot chocolate with marsh mallows.

Mulled winter berry cordial

Selection of fruit juices

Water (Still and fizzy)

Say Hello To…Sweet Dreams Candy Cart

We look forward to welcoming Natalie of Sweet Dreams Candy Cart back who joined us last Christmas. Her cart is beautiful and she will be selling some lovely yummy sweetie treats for kids and big kids!

Remind us about about you and what you create?

Hi My name is Natalie and I run Sweet Dreams Candy Cart, vintage sweet cart hire for weddings & special occasions. Also US style popcorn machine and lockable post box, wishing well hire. Also Sweet Cones and Jars.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I will be selling sweet cones, jars, snowman soup,  fabric heart wreaths and xmas candle jars.

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Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

Yes I am booked into Belles Christmas fair at the Brighton Centre, Eastbourne’s lark in the park

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I had a lovely time at the last Fairy Tale Fair, I met some lovely suppliers, crafts persons and customers . There was some wonderful items on sale which make lovely Christmas presents.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am in the process in buying a Candy Floss machine

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Family get together

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.sweetdreamscandycart.co.uk

The Fairy Tale Fair Summer 2013!

Well the day has finally been and gone and what a magical day it was! Full of crafts, vintage tearoom, cakes, workshops and more! There were lots of you through the door once again and we heard some lovely comments about the fair and standard of stall holders.

We also held a charity raffle for the Brighton RSPCA, where our stall holders kindly donated handmade prizes to be won!  We raised £189 which has gone directly to the Patcham shelter to help the animals!

Some photos of the day follow and view them all on facebook here. Thanks to Kate Trevor for the photography. View her site here.

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Hello DODO

Hello DODO

Ilona Drew

Ilona Drew

I like CATS

I like CATS

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Little Mouses

Little Mouses

Fairy Letters

Fairy Letters

Mooshpie

Mooshpie

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

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We raised £189!!

Check back tomorrow for details of our Christmas fair!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Fair is TODAY!!!

In case you haven’t heard The Fairy Tale Fair is today! Join us from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Crafts, jewellery, vintage, face painting, workshops, kids fun, charity RSPCA Brighton raffle, vintage tearoom and more!!

Can’t wait to see lots of you today!

Need help finding us? Find out how here

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1 day to go!! Reason 1 to visit: Our Stall Holders!!

Well the big day is almost upon us and just over 24 hours to go until we open our doors to all you lovely lot!

Reason 1 to visit: our super stall holders! You will find over 35 of them nestled in Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton. From jewellery, to greetings cards, prints, to vintage, ceramics to knitted creations, chocolates to soaps, bunting to face painting and much much more!

See our stall holders page for a full list of who will be joining us on the day.

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regulars and also so new faces too! They will all help make our 1st Birthday extra special!

Come along tomorrow and meet them all!

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

George- Polka Dot Cloud

George- Polka Dot Cloud

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

cheska- Mooshpie

cheska- Mooshpie

Calico & Cotton

Calico & Cotton

Ilona Drew This

Ilona Drew This

Irene Dobson

Irene Dobson

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen Rao Felt Artist

4 days to go! Keep the Kids Amused!

Just 4 days to go!! Reason 4 to visit our fair…keep the kids amused!

Kids getting bored already during the summer holidays? Don’t know where to take them to keep them entertained?  Don’t want to pay an entrance fee? Then join us at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday!

As well as all the craft stalls there will also be face painting, craft workshops including beaded jewellery and sweetie butterflies, Flipper Clown who makes amazing balloon characters, lots of yummy cake and a special charity raffle with the RSPCA in attendance!

Join us from 10.30am – 4.30pm for a great day out for all the family! FREE parking also, and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop less than a minute away.

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Calico and Cotton

Calico and Cotton

Sparkles face painting

Sparkles face painting

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

Lottie Leo

Lottie Leo

Keep up with all the latest on our Facebook page >

 

 

 

 

Let them eat CAKE!! 5 days to go!!

Mayflower events and their super yummy cakes will be joining us once again to help celebrate our 1st Birthday! Just 5 days to go until our fair now and here is one of the top 5 reasons to visit…

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At each fair they have almost, if not completely, sell out as their yummy cakes and treats are always so popular, and look so pretty too.

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They will be running our vintage tearoom, serving tea, coffee, cake and other delicatable delights on beautiful vintage china. So you can sit and relax in between browsing the stalls and taking part in the craft workshops!

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Mayflower Events specialises in organising, styling and catering for tea parties and supplying beautiful vintage crockery, vintage china, cakes and catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties, stag parties, birthday parties and christenings in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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See photos of their yummy cakes at our previous fairs…

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mmmm…find out more about Mayflower Events here.

Say Hello To…Cat a Cake Creations

Today we say hello to Claire of Cat-a-Cake Creations, who is also our fair organsier! Claire creates whimsical themed laser cut jewellery, greeting cards and accessories which fit perfectly with the fairs theme…

“Visitors to our fair seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day!”– Claire

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Remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

As well as organising this fair and working full time at a design studio, I also regularly sell at craft markets across Sussex. I sell a range of whimsical & animal themed laser cut jewellery, greetings cards, pocket mirrors, badges, cotton bags and more! All of my work is hand designed by myself. I started designing the laser cut jewellery just over a year ago and since then it has had great feedback and features!

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

My ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklace is always popular. He is based on my own pet Buddy the cat, who is a big fluffy black cat who likes lots of cuddles! The best thing about having him as a necklace is he can be any colour I want him to be! Other than Buddy then my earrings are always popular- at two pairs for £8 they are very good value and come in various cute animals, colours and all have silver plated findings and come in a little pouch to keep them warm! During the summer my ice cream necklaces from my new Carousel collection have also been popular- The Fairy Tale Fair will be my last fair of the summer months so get one quick before they melt!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy translating a design that starts in my head, to a sketch, then to a visual, then to a piece of jewellery, then selling it, seeing peoples reactions and hearing their feedback on it is always good. It’s a great feeling to see someone wearing a piece of your jewellery- its nice to know that it is appreciated. I recently sold an item from my Etsy shop to a lady in America, so Dot the Dalmatian necklace was wrapped up and sent off to sunny Florida- alright for some! I think Etsy is great to get your work known further afield and its a great feeling knowing a little item you had an idea about is now sitting as a lovely necklace in a house half way around the world! Dot the dalmatian will also be available at the fair!

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Do you take part in other craft events and exhibitions?

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses as part of Brighton Festival in May and December each year.

Excitingly my jewellery was also part of the catwalk collection at High Street Fashion Week in London in April this year which got great feedback and lots of features on fashion blogs. I also managed to speak to Charlotte Church at Brighton fashion week, and she wore my silver bird earrings for the event, which she was photographed in the Daily Mail the next day.

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I also have lots of events booked for Autumn and Christmas already- including Belle’s Vintage wedding fair- which will be my first wedding fair which I am very much looking forward to, Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks- again this will be my first vintage fair so looking forward to that too, and starting to book up for Christmas fairs too! Better get my festive hat on!

What items and summer creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling pieces from my new Carousel collection- including ice creams, doughnuts, seagulls, cake, teddy bears, carousel horses and more- all hand designed and laser cut locally. As well as my usual favorites- Buddy the cat, Nigel the sausage dog, my earrings in various animals, badges, pocket mirrors and more! Lots of little bits for kids and nice gifts for presents or just a treat for yourself!

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You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it?

Yes I took part, and organised it!  It was great to see it all come together on the day and see the happy faces of the children and customers who visited! It takes a lot of work to get the crowd in we did- thousands of flyers through doors, adverts, lots of posts on this blog, keeping up with social accounts, sending emails, contacting press and much more- but I think it is all worth it in the end. Visitors seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day! I hope this Summer fair that marks our first Birthday will be just as magical, we have so much to offer and come such a long way in a year, so please don’t miss it!

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I hope to continue to organise The Fairy Tale Fair, and help it grow. I have plans to make it bigger and expand, but I’d always like to keep its local roots as it has a real community feel! I’d also like to organise more events, such as charity events, weddings and other fairs/ markets across Sussex.

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I’d also like to continue to develop my design career and one day aim to have my own greeting card range and exhibit at a big trade show in London. I also have a keen interest in Children’s books. For my final project when I was at university I created a book of nursery rhymes- I’d like to continue to develop this and one day write my own children’s book too! Oh and I’d like to own a cute little cake and craft shop in Brighton by the seaside- everything would sparkle and be lovely!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to this Saturday the 10th August, and hope lots of you can visit our lovely fair on the day. We are open from 10.30am, and you can see full location details here. It’s a great day out for all the family and there really is something for everyone.

Find out more:
Web: www.catacakecreations.co.uk
Facebook : www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

Say Hello to Miss Muffin Top

Today we meet Miss Muffin Top who we welcome to The Fairy Tale Fair for the first time! She will be one of our entrance stalls selling the most wonderfully sparkly looking chocolates and treats!…

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

I’m 19 years old and have been running a small online cake and confectionery business for a few years. I specialize in creative and quirky cupcakes and have recently expanded into making chocolates which is what I will be selling at the fair.

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How would you describe your style?

Pretty and rustic, handmade and gift wrapped chocolates. Perfect as gifts or as an indulgent treat for yourself

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How long have you been making your chocolates?

I have been practicing making chocolates for the past 6 months.

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

My best seller is definitely my dark chocolate and raspberry cups. Dark, indulgent and moreish. A favourite for the adult pallet.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

It’s edible! They make lovely little pick me ups if you are in need of a sweet treat.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I have taken part in a couple of fairs and market stalls selling my chocolates and cakes but Fairy Tale Fair will be my first proper fair which I am very excited about.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am looking to open up my own small confectionery shop, specializing in cute, edible, vintage styled treats.

Find out more:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Muffin-Top/
www.instagram.com/miss_muffin_top

Say Hello To…MiniPatisserie

Today we welcome back MiniPatisserie who will again be running a polymer clay workshop for us. Find out more…

Hi, I’m Caroline of MiniPatisserie. I make jewellery with my own handmade charms.

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I ran a craft workshop at the spring fairy tale fair which went really well. This time there will be an even wider range of bits and pieces to decorate, including pizza slices, cakes and animal shapes and also more things to make with them (jewellery, key-rings, bookmarks and phone charms).

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There will my own handmade jewellery on sale as well. Photos of the creations from the last fair can be seen on my website www.minipatisserie.co.uk. See you in a few weeks!

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Just too Sweet…

We came across these super sweet (literally) creations on trendhunter.com today. Somehow we had been unaware of the artwork of Japanese artist Osamu Watanabe until today! Well…we were in for a yummy looking treat…

Candy Shoes- every girls dream?

Candy Shoes- every girls dream?

His work is made up of pure candy sculptures and often uses whimsical subjects such as rabbits, deer, shoes and cake. The sculptures certainly look good enough to eat (although you wouldn’t, it’s too pretty to destroy)!

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The article on tendhunter.com describes his work as:

“Willy Wonka would definitely approve of this series, as it is succulency sweet. Watanabe has a way of turning any object into a mouth-watering dessert with a technique known as Kawaii. It is very predominant in Asia to find jewelry in the form of ice-cream sundaes and fondue, along with a plethora of accessories.”

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yes, that is a candy mini cooper! Put us down for one of those please.

yes, that is a candy mini cooper! Put us down for one of those please.

sweet or unsweet- the book

sweet or unsweet- the book


There is also a book available, Sweet or Unsweet, which we might have to invest in!

What do you think of these deliously cute creations? We think they’d be great at our fair- or maybe our fair could travel to Japan one day!

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