New Site Now Launched!

We have some exciting news! We’ve just launched a new website, yay! Pop over to www.thefairytalefair.co.uk to explore all it has to offer!

Whilst we’ve loved this blog for 2 years we have outgrown it now, and needed a proper site to contain all our important information and such!

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Over 60,000 of you have now viewed this blog- so THANK YOU! We hope all our followers will pop over to our new site too. On the blog section you can also follow our blog just like you did with this one, just click on any post and enter your email in the sidebar promo!

You’ll also see we’ve announced our Christmas dates!

Join us on November 15th in our usual home of Patcham Methodist Church- over 35 stalls of festive goodies, craft workshops, vintage tearoom, face painting and much more! Applications open 1st September.

Also announcing our big Christmas fair- The Fairy Tale Fair at Brighton Racecourse!! Over 100 stalls- this is going to be Brighton’s biggest handmade Christmas craft fair so not to be missed! Applications are now open! Click here to find out more and apply!

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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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The Fairy Tale Fair is Today!!!

Our fair is today!!! Join us from 10.30 – 4 at Patcham Methodist church for lots of craft-y fun!

Please pop along and support our local sellers who have spent a lot of time getting the wares ready to sell for you today! Over 35 of them await- jewellery, ceramics, cards, prints, glassware, sewn creations, crochet, bags, cushions, knitting, felt creations, Easter gifts, accessories and much more!

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Plus don’t miss our craft workshops, for all ages: felt an egg or animal, polymer clay jewellery, giant knitting, beaded jewellery, make a felt finger puppet, or chalk painting!

Also not to be missed our wonderful vintage tearoom run by Rosehip and face painting in the cafe area too!

Bring the whole family along for a fab Spring day out for all! Hope to see you there!

Click here for full address details.

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1 Day To Go!!!

The big day is nearly upon us! Remember to join us tomorrow from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8TA.

There will be over 35 local craft and vintage stalls, a craft workshop room, charity raffle for The Martlets, vintage tearoom, face painting and much more!

Don’t forget to join our Facebook event here, and invite all your friends!

Patcham Youth Silver Band outside the venue

Patcham Youth Silver Band outside the venue

Click here for full location details. Buses 5 and 5A run every 10 minutes from central town and stop just seconds around the corner- ask for Patcham Clock Tower stop. FREE parking too!

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! If you are bringing little ones remember they are welcome to dress up in their most sparkly fairy themed attire!

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Take Part & Learn Something New!

In case you haven’t heard our craft fair is this Saturday 12th April! As usual will will also have our craft workshop room with Easter workshops suitable for all ages! Here is a run down of what to expect:

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Felt workshop with Karen Rao:

This time we will be felting our own ‘Magic Eggs’ This is suitable for all ages. We will use very soft and highly coloured Merino Wool with lots of soapy water.  You’ll just have to come along to find out more! Also felting animals including rabbits and chicks as usual! 

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Polymer clay jewellery workshop with Mini Patisserie:

Easter themed polymer clay workshop, making Easter eggs and rabbit brooches as well as learning how to make cupcakes and other yummy looking creations out of clay, then take home to bake and wear!

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Make your own beaded jewellery with Show Me Shiny Things:

New for the Easter Fairy Tale Fair, we will be making extra colourful elasticated bracelets in our workshop. We have a lovely selection of stars, hearts, glittery, glow-in-the-dark and colourful beads – the hardest part will be choosing which ones to use!!  Only £2 to make a bracelet (or we could make two, and give Mum time to look round the fair..!)  Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

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Learn Giant Knitting with Yellow Bear Wares:

Learn how to use ‘EXTREME KNITTING NEEDLES!’ These are giant wooden knitting needles which are 61cm long that have been hand-made. I will be running workshops alongside my stall giving you a chance to try knitting with these monsters. I will also have pairs of the needles available for purchase if you like what you have experienced or if you want the perfect Easter gift for the knitter in your life!

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Chalk painting with Earth Kids:

‘Earth Kids’ invite you to crush and mix your own paint using chalk, a natural resource from our very own Downs. Choose a wooden shape to decorate with your paint any way you like. Keep it bright and white or add a natural ingredient to give a dash of colour!

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Felt Finger Puppets by Emily Makes:

Felt finger puppets- they are sewable, and other cute Easter themed creations. 

Hope to see lots of you on Saturday from 10.30am stopping by our craft room!

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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 >

Say Hello to…Karen Rao Felt Artist

Tell us/ remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
My name is Karen Rao and I am a felt artist. I create wearable art using just wool, soap and water!
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How long have you been making your craft items?
I fell in to felt making about 5 years ago just by chance after attending a children’s workshop with my kids. Together we created a large scale wall hanging. After multiplying to a living room full of dramatic seascapes, I turned to animal wall art, floral corsages, felted rocks …… then hats. This is where I am now, animal eared hats with blends of different colours and  fibres. These result in hats that are realistically rich in texture and depth.
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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
I sell at craft fairs and my easy shop: http://karenrao.etsy.com. The husky hat and my cat hats are popular, especially the black cat hat. Recently one was snapped up by celebrity Hollywood tattoo artist Kat Von D!
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What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Felt making is so versatile that it can almost lead you to new directions! My work is constantly evolving as I find new inspirations and new techniques! Felt can be wall art, it can be worn or it can be a sculptural object – it’s uses are limitless. I enjoy showing people the ancient wet felting process and seeing their fascination as they rub the wool with soap and water, resulting in their very own work of art to take home.
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Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?
I’m always striving to come up with new ideas for the wet felting workshops! This time we will be felting our own ‘Magic Eggs’ This is suitable for all ages. We will use very soft and highly coloured Merino Wool with lots of soapy water.  You’ll just have to come along to find out more!
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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
You can see me in many craft fairs around Brighton including:
May Open Houses:
The Cicada House and Teresa Winchester, both on The Fiveways trail
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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
My plans are to keep creating, raising my profile and to make accessories that people really love to wear.  I’m sure I wrote this last time but I’d like to set up my own regular workshops. I’ll be collecting information from potential participants, so please give me a nudge.

 

Say Hello to… Shiny Pigeon

Today we are super exited to welcome back the lovely Rebecca of Shiny Pigeon, she was very popular at our last fair and we’ll sure she will be again!…

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

Hello! I’m Rebecca and I create whimsical woodland creatures and gifts from fabric, felt and yarn. I work out of the back bedroom of our Nest, normally with our woof, Chekhov laid around my feet and my husband on a very important conference call on the desk next to mine. My creations are inspired by the books I read as a child and I hope to invoke the nostalgia of Enid Blyton, Kenneth Grahame and Richard Adams for the young…or at least the young at heart.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t making something, I am quite lucky to have been encouraged to ‘be quiet and find something to do’ from an early age. I taught myself to crochet around 3 years ago and I have been sewing since I was allowed to use a needle. I opened the digital doors of The Pigeon’s Nest in 2012 as an outlet for my creativity, and I haven’t looked back.

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

This year, my rabbits have really done well…. I think I have a certain Christmas ad from John Lewis to thank for that. They make fabulous gifts for children and newborns too…I love getting bunny snuggle photos!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love to respond to what customers want. I’ve added so many new colour ways recently after getting commissions and then falling in love with the result! The biggest head over heels moment I have had recently has to be for my bunny in a lemon yellow, requested by a customer. I want to make a whole warren full of those beauties!

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

For spring and summer my Love Birds shed their Christmassy colours for pastels and there are chicks galore! Of course, my rabbits will be making an appearance….what is Easter without the Easter bunny?

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

I am very excited to be part of Cowpie this year. Having moved from Dorking, it will now be held at Blue Anchor Farm in Lingfield on the 11th of May. Looks like it should be a brilliant day for all the family!

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

I have so many plans for The Pigeon’s Nest! I have recently put some of my makes into a lovely brick and mortar shop in Horsham, and this year I hope to find another lovely little boutique, perhaps in Brighton who would stock me too.

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

Spring has finally sprung. HOORAY!

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

I honestly had SO much fun at the last Fairy Tale Fair. I was quite poorly and was slurping Lemsips under my table, but that didn’t put a dampener on my day at all! Everyone was so friendly (and SUPER talented!) and it really felt like a buzzing community of fabulous makers. It was a great way to spend my Saturday!

Any other comments you wish to make:

The Pigeon’s Nest has made the leap on to Etsy, and I am very pleased we have. Not all my wonderful things are listed yet, but I am just very pleased to be part of such a wonderful online community…. You can find me at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ThePigeonsNestUK .

I can’t wait to be back at The Fairy Tale Fair! 😀

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://www.thepigeonsnest.com

http://twitter.com/shinypigeon

https://www.facebook.com/ThePigeonsNest

http://shinypigeon.wordpress.com 

But what is a craft fair without bunting….?

We love our bunting here at The Fairy Tale Fair! We can’t wait to show off the beautiful bunting by bunting boutique, which will decorate our fair once again!

Bunting Boutique's bunting at our spring fair

Bunting Boutique’s bunting at our spring fair

Here are a few words from Sue, owner of Bunting Boutique:

“Down on the Sunny South Coast, tucked away on a side street a mere stones-throw from the beach resides Bunting Boutique, makers of the most exquisite handmade one-off pieces of bunting.

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In our Aladdins cave of a studio, surrounded by a myriad of fabrics, tools, nic-nacs and trinkets, we lovingly construct strand upon strand of bunting, the colour and fabric of every single piece carefully considered, every stitch laboured over.

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Our vintage ranges are little works of art in their own right, and with materials sourced from all four corners of the globe (well, Sussex anyway!) you can guarantee that every bundle is totally unique.

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By incorporating things like a crocheted doily, a gorgeous trim detail, or an area of hand embroidery, every piece has it’s own story, it’s own history, and we hope, a wonderful future!

If you’re looking for something specific, something more personal perhaps, then please click here to read more about the many bespoke services we can provide.

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We can hand embroider letters onto linen to create words or phrases of your choice, or we can design and make Bunting to your specification.

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You can choose the patterns, fabric and colour scheme of your choice to guarantee it fits perfectly wherever it ends up hanging.

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If you have a special piece of vintage linen which is sentimental to you and would like to see it transformed into a lovely garland, we will gladly help you to realise this. So head over to our Bespoke page for more details.

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

It’s no secret we really love what we do, and we love to create items that you’ll find inspiring and enhance and transform your home, bedroom, wedding venue, caravan or garden into a magical space.”

Find out more about Bunting Boutique here.

See their bunting decorating our fair at Patcham Methodist Church on April 12th!

Say Hello To…Jelly Roos

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

I’m a mum of three, with a love of miniature. I design and create special little fabric houses with beautiful details just perfect for fairies! I get excited about fabrics and vintage buttons and love using them to produce unusual Jelly Roos products.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been running Jelly Roos for about 1yr and a half, but have been working on my unique line of ‘shelf houses’ over about 7 months.

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

My unique design of beach hut, created from beautiful fabrics and with hand stitched details which opens to reveal a storage space.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Seeing and hearing the public’s response to them.

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

My ‘shelf houses’ are great for giving Easter gifts in!

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

I am focusing on online sales and wholesale but am looking at booking more markets for later on in the year.

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

To promote my work to a wider audience.

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

Fluffy, sunny, fresh, chocolate!!

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

An amazing atmosphere, great mix of stall holders and fabulous visitors…you can’t beat it for a wonderful day out.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I can’t wait to see fellow stall holders new items and have a good browse!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.JellyRoos.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/jelly.roos

Say Hello to… Lubilou Ceramics

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

Hello, i’m Lisa from Lubilou Ceramics and I make sheep, chickens, harebbits, brooches and home decorations.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Ive been making for a few years now.

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

It changes all of the time and just when I think i’ve made enough of one thing it’ll be something else that takes over in the popularity stakes.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Being free to do what I want to do and having fun.

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

I hope to get around to making some Easter decorations, small sheep that maybe I can call lambs and maybe small chickens that I can call chicks?

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

I take part in Makers Boutique, and Appleducks events, Jessie Jumbles and will this year also be joining We Made This

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

Gosh, I haven’t achieved the plans that I made last time which was to make enough to have a fully stocked online outlet. There’s so much more that I’d like to do with Lubilou but i’m always running out of time, minutes are like seconds and hours are like minutes. I’d like to find a way of slowing down time and making days last longer.

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

Chocolate and bank holidays!

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

I have taken part twice and loved it. It really is all that they say it is…..magical.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

It is wonderful to take part in such a successful fair which is down to the fabulous organiser and the support of the local community.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.lubilou.com

www.facebook.com/lubilouceramic

www.twitter.com/lubilouceramic

Say Hello to…Stitch and Loop

Today we welcome Fairy Tale Fair newbie’s Stitch and Loop who took part in our collaborative Bartie’s Boutique fair last December, they make some wonderful creations, find out more below…

Tell us/ remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We are a small business based in West Sussex. We make textile accessories for the home and to wear. We have a very distinctive style; all our accessories are of interesting texture, colour and style. We are contemporary and use a mix of vintage and contemporary fabrics, ribbons and embellishments to make our accessories distinctive and eye catching.

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How long have you been making your craft items?
Stitch & Loop have been up and running for 18 months.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
We have three best sellers!! Our vibrant textile neck wraps; a cross between a multi stranded scarf and a textile necklace secured with a contemporary textile brooch, our hand knitted mohair and silk frilly embellished neck wraps which are very light in texture and made in zesty spring colours, and finally our hand knitted and hand felted bracelets and cuffs which are embellished in true Loopy style.

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What do you enjoy most about your crafts?
Sitting together with a cup of coffee researching new ideas, discovering new fabrics and getting excited about evolving a new product. We love playing with colour and texture.

Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?
All our products will be geared up for Spring. Bright zingy colours and lightweight items will pave the way for a glorious Loopy summer!!

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Yes we can be found occasionally at the monthly Makers Boutique in Brighton (next one is Saturday 12 April), and Knepp Castle on .31st May/1st June. We also stock Rare Rabbit on Tarrant Street in Arundal, Vintage Rose Cafe in Storrington and Strawberry in Chichester.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
We are almost finished building our website with the help of our creative agency Lime Creative in Borough High Street in London, and the aim is to reach as many like minded people as possible. If you love colour, texture and style then you will love Stitch & Loop products.

Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less
New beginnings, lighter days, daffodils.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.stitchandloop.co.uk
Facebook; StitchandLoop
Twitter;StitchnLoop
Instagram; StitchandLoop
Blog; loopystitching.wordpress.com
Pinterest; Stitchandloop

Say Hello To…ANIMAGICAL : by Bex illustration

Today we are excited to welcome a newbie to the Fairy Tale Fair, Bex of Bex Illustration, who hand draws wonderful shrink plastic animal themed jewellery, which fit perfectly with our fair! We can’t wait to welcome her at her first craft fair!

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

I graduated from University of Portsmouth in 2012 and found myself stuck. I didn’t want a job, I wanted to be my own boss, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Just over a year later, I found my niche and started illustrating animal characters. After holding my first solo exhibition, I learnt how much people liked my characters. The jewellery making began when I shopped for jewellery I dreamt up, which didn’t exist, and decided I would have to make my own!

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My main material of choice is Shrink plastic. It is a way for me to illustrate many different types of characters, in detail, and using bright and bold colours, as well as trial new techniques. I have also recently been experimenting with silver and resin, but I am quite in love with my plastic characters at the moment so the rest is a hobby for now. Perhaps you will see some posh pieces in the near future. Follow my blog to be the first to see 

How long have you been making your craft items?

Around 6 months, although I only recently took the plunge and opened my shop on Etsy, just after Christmas.

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

It is a draw at the moment between my guinea pig stud earrings and a cheeky gingerbread man riding a piñata (stripy rainbow horse). He was created initially as a novelty one off as I love both ginger bread men and piñatas, but the requests kept coming so I made more hehe.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Bringing characters to life. I like to create pieces with personality, charisma and charm. I mainly create animals but give them human qualities. Watching them come to life is great but watching the effect they have on people that see them, wear them and share them is what making jewellery is all about for me. I have characters which are cheeky, shy, proud, angry, happy, mischievous and serious. I make jewellery we can all relate to.

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

I will indeed. I have some sporty lambs, some musical chickens and even a special surprise creation!

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

Not yet, this is my very first, please come and say hello.

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

I would love to keep making jewellery, possibly get a few creations into shops and boutiques. I would also love to do more fairs and meet people who love, make and buy jewellery as well as people who love animals and there crazy ways.

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The first step is to be able to illustrate full time. I am currently working in a pet shop part time, and although I love my little animals, I want to try and live my dreams. Who doesn’t right? Then I can get a house by the seaside and have lots of pets and my own art studio. But now I am dreaming.

Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less

Treasure-hunts, hope, bunnies, great food

Any other comments you wish to make:

I like to think that when people where my jewellery, It makes them feel a certain way.

To create an initial talking point on a first date, at school or work or could it be the fact that the cheeky sloth necklace they are wearing represents them in some way. To send a message to the world that says hey… I am me and I am fab. I have designed characters which are cheeky, shy, proud, angry, happy, mischievous and serious. I make jewellery we can all relate to.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/bexIllustration

https://twitter.com/BexIllustration

http://bexillustration.blogspot.co.uk/

Say Hello to…Trish Palmer

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

I  taught Textiles at the local secondary school and introduced knitting, patchwork, embroidery, tie/dye and many of the older crafts back into the lessons. After 32 years I took early retirement and now have the time to experiment using the older crafts with a modern touch – its fun!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have always made craft items. I enjoy embroidery and love to embellish with beads and ribbons. My daughter wore homemade clothes as well as hand knitted woollies and of course soft toys.

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

My knitted Cacti continue to be very popular because they look so vicious but are soft, safe and never die. Super Star peg dolls sell well. They are all modeled on Lady Gaga so are very different, full of character and style.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Its keeps me out of trouble! The difference between each Cacti or Peg Doll as it is finished still amazes me and I am always pleased with each individual look. Looking at different craft items and then trying my own version still gives me a kick!

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

Easter Cacti, Peg doll kits for those who cannot or should not have chocolate and some hand painted Easter cards for those who prefer them without bunnies and lambs.

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

No. I only trade at the Fairy Tale Fairs

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

I think I have been lucky and achieved my ambitions to teach but I would not say No to losing some weight and being fitter.

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

Fresh start, best foot forward.

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

The Fairy Tale Fairs are so friendly, so well organized it’s always a delight to take part.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Looking forward to the day and meeting more craft minded people.

Say Hello to…Earth Kids

Today we welcome Earth Kids, who you’ll find in our craft workshop room. They’ll be conducting a wonderful Easter themed workshop, read on to find out more:

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

We are all about getting back to nature, creating using natural resources and getting children of all ages involved in nature-based activities, inside and outside.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Earth Kids have been organising activities for over a year now, but this our first fair craft stall!

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

Our activity for this event is definitely a proven favourite… Kids just love to crush and crunch chalk to mix and create their own paint. And then to be able to use it to decorate something they can keep is a bonus.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Working with children and helping them understand all the exciting stuff about the natural world around them.  Like the chalk that is right under their feet!

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

The children (or adults!) can choose from a selection of wooden Easter animals and shapes which they can decorate however they like, to take home.

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

We are planning to have a stall at the Patcham Infants school summer fayre in June this year.

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

Loads of plans to run more craft fair stalls as well as getting our Earth Kids fun Saturday afternoons up and running again. I have enough time on my hands now that both my little ones are now at school.

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

Crisp bright sunshine….. Grape hyacinths!

Any other comments you wish to make:

Earth Kids are very excited about running our first craft stall!

Find out more:

www.earthkids.co.uk

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