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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Say Hello to Say hello to Freyelli by Ellie Hipkin

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

I am a local textile artist, and I hand paint onto silk. I paint original artwork taking much of my inspiration from the wild flowers that grow on the beaches around Brighton and the south coast. From this inspiration I also hand paint clothing, scarves, cushions and bags.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

For about 18 months, I started painting again on maternity leave after having my daughter. I worked as a fashion designer in London for 12 years working with some of the biggest high street names. Because of my design background textile, print and embroidery is a strong theme throughout my work.

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My original paintings and cushions are my best sellers. So for Christmas I have been busy painting more cushions ready for the up and coming fairs. I have also added mini original paintings to make buying  original painting more affordable and perfect for a Christmas present.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Painting onto silk is a very organic experience and once you start adding the dyes it reacts differently every time, making each piece unique.

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

Mainly the Makers Boutique fair, I occasionally take part in the Brighton Craft fair. In the past I have been part of the Dragon Fly House open house also.

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

I am taking time off next year to have baby number 2, due on the 2nd of Feb, but I will keep painting when I can!

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

Children, excitement, family, great food!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freyelli/133112546828684

www.freyelli.com

http://www.pinterest.com/freyelli/boards

Say a Festive Hello To…Show Me Shiny Things

Today we are pleased to welcome back fliss of Show Me Shiny Things, who you can find in our workshop room, surrounded by lots of lovely beads!! Find out more…

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

Hi, I’m Fliss. I live in Hove and I work in mental health services. I’m studying to hopefully be a psychotherapist one day. I like to entertain myself with yoga, skating by the sea, and making jewellery and accessories… it gives me a great excuse to collect lots and lots of shiny things!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been making jewellery for just over a year now.  I was inspired to have a go after a friend made me a memory wire bracelet.  It was a great way to make use of my half forgotten collection of beads!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

Necklaces are my best sellers; the silver chain with the little ‘two birds on a branch’ pendant and my newer range of coloured glass pendants on black lace.  For Christmas I’ve been making some special festive earrings and giant pins, with snowflakes, holly and candy cane silver charms. I’m also adding a collection of shiny things for boys, so perfect stocking fillers for everybody!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love seeing my range of jewellery getting bigger and better, and designing the craft fair displays. It’s great fun to set it up and show lots of people what I’ve been making.

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

Yes, during this past year I’ve attended a few craft fairs in Brighton & Hove (Brighton Craft Fair, Brighton Craft Alliance), Worthing (Bartie’s Boutique) & London (Brighton Belle’s at Old Spitalfields Market). I’ve also had jewellery on display at the lovely ‘Sunshine Books, Art & Coffee’ cafe on Hove Street since the May Open Houses. This will be my third Fairy Tale Fair, very excited!

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

I’m planning to do some work on photography and online sales in 2014. I want to set up my etsy shop, keep working on my facebook page and I would love to get some items on ‘not on the high street’. As well as continuing to get to craft fairs and markets!

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

Lots of new shiny things!!

Any other comments you wish to make:

It’s always excellent fun being part of the Fairy Tale Fair, and especially running the jewellery workshop making bracelets with kids. None of this would be possible without Claire’s hard work, so a big thank you! Here’s to a magical fairy tale Christmas fair!!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.facebook.com/showmeshinythings

A Festive Welcome Back to….. Pomelo Crafts

We are excited to welcome back Pomelo Crafts, again another Fairy Tale Fair regular, and Patcham based too! We love Lynn’s wonderful sewn creations, especially the cute little purses and i-pad cases!…

Remind us about you and what you create?

I’m Lynn and I live in Brighton with my family. I love making useful creations in the form of different types of bags and purses – make-up bags, toiletry bags, phone sleeves, glasses cases, coin purses, kindle cases, iPad sleeves.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

Not as such, but all my creations make great Christmas presents. I’ll have some fabric gift bags with me and they really are a nice way to present smaller gifts.

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

Yes, The Fairy Tale Fair is the first one of the season, but I’m also taking part in the BIG Brighton Christmas Fair at the Sallis Benney Theatre on 8th Dec and I’m excited about the Jessie Jumbles Marvellous Christmas Market in Billingshurst on 14th Dec. I’ll also be taking part in an Open House over the weekend of 8/9 Dec.

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

Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to take part in all of The Fairy Tale Fairs and they’ve all been amazing. There’s such a lovely atmosphere and it brings a bit of glam to Patcham (I actually live in Patcham).

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

Just to carry on doing what I’m doing. I started Pomelo Crafts because I love sewing and that’s how I want to keep it. I’m still determined to open an Etsy shop though!

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

Controlled festive chaos! (wow, managed that in 3)

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I can’t wait!!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.facebook.com/pomelocrafts

A Festive Welcome Back to… The Silver Hut

Today we welcome back Chloe of The Silver Hut, who has been with us since the start of our fairs! We can’t wait to welcome her and her wonderful silver creations back!…

Remind us about about you and what you create?

The Silver Hut is a small company based in Brighton that specializes in 925 gemstone jewellery.

I love to take my inspiration from the beaches and rock pools of Brighton as well as the natural world around me.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

This year I have a new wintery collection planned, with snowy whites, Swarovski crystals and silver snowflakes. This collection is due to be released in November at the Fairy Tale Fair!

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

I have a few other fairs planned, including the collaboration Christmas fair between The Fairy Tale Fair and Barties Boutique held in Worthing! You can check out all the details of my up coming events on my website!

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

I have attended all of The Fairy Tale Fairs since it launched just over a year ago and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. This fair is my favourite to attend, it is always stuffed full of hand made treasures, activities, entertainment and of course the most spectacular cakes I’ve ever seen! The whole fair has a wonderful buzz about it which the stall holders and the customers seem to get energized from. If you weren’t in the Christmas spirit before you arrived then you will be by the time you leave this fair!

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

I recently released my ‘Wedding and Occasion collection’. I now have some beautiful designs for special days, all available to order in your custom colours and sizes. I’m hoping to attend lot’s of wedding fairs next year and expand this business more, so watch this space!

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

Love, Thank’s, Family, Excitement!

Any other comments you wish to make:

Miss this fair and you’ve missed out!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.thesilverhut.co.uk

www.facebook.com/thesilverhut

Say Hello To…Calico & Cotton

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We are a Mother and Daughter who have a passion for the Arts and Crafts! We opened up our Etsy shop in May 2012 mainly focusing on Rag Dolls but since then our shop has really grown with range of different items, including Bunting, Cushions, Personalised Felt Letters, Vintage Inspired Jewelry, Soft Toys, and more!:)
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How long have you been making your craft items?
About 1 1/2 years
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?
At the moment the best seller is the Felt Letter. I do a range of designs for them but also love love love, doing custom designs!:)
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What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I love that the road is endless with what you can do and make, its so much fun coming up with ideas and seeing the end result! 
Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Yes also this year I will be taking part in Made my Monday market and Barties:)
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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Would love to be able to have our items in shops and really just grow as a buisness.
Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:
Family
Fun
Magical
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Any other comments you wish to make:
We are extremley happy to be taking part in The Fairy Tale again, love it sooo much! Really great atmosphere, everyones so friendly and as a mother I think its really great for kids, they can do workshops and have thier face painted and we can shop!:)
Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.etsy.com/shop/calicoandcotton
www.facebook.com/calicoandcotton
 

Say hello to…… Caleigh-ill

Today we welcome another Fairy Tale Fair newbie, which we are super excited about- Caleigh-ill! We LOVE her creations and we think you will too! Find out more about her and her wonderful creations…

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

I’m Caleigh Illerbrun (aka Caleigh-ill…). I’m originally from Canada, having moved over to the UK 6 years ago. And I do a lot of drawing/painting.. which I put onto various products. I also paint custom things, such as my ‘Russian Owls’.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been creating and making for all my life but only started to sell my creations properly upon being inspired by all the lovely crafty-ness going on in Brighton.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

By far my best selling is the ‘A Chase’ design on coasters. They are a limited edition of 50 sets total and I am quickly nearing the end of their run. View here.

I don’t normally do festive items, but this year I’m hoping to get some holiday gift tags featuring the ‘Nakkid Owls’ http://www.caleigh-ill.com/nakkidowls.html

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy the process of creating the most. I feel that I would always be creating something no matter what, even if I did not have an outlet to sell my products through and even if my creations never saw the light of day.
I also enjoy seeing people’s reactions to my work at markets and fairs.

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

I have done other markets in other cities, but Brighton is by far my favorite. The community of crafters and customers is the best of anywhere I’ve been.

My website has all my confirmed upcoming Markets this Christmas: http://www.caleigh-ill.com/

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

I’m happy with the place I’m at right now with my artwork and products; there is of course always room for growth and I’d love to be in a position to not need a full time job.

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

Delicious food with family.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

There’s always time to eat cake.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://www.caleigh-ill.com/
https://www.facebook.com/caleighill.art
http://www.behance.net/caleigh-ill
http://instagram.com/caleigh_ill/
https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/caleighill
https://twitter.com/caleigh_ill

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…Lulalupin

Today we meet Lulalupin- who is new to our fair so we can’t wait to welcome her and her unique craft pieces. Her creations are very detailed and theatrical- like something straight out of an enchanted fairy tale! Find out more…

“Pulling initial ideas together and seeing them form into beautiful things. I also love seeing my pieces worn by people, it’s a thrilling moment!”– Lucienne.

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

I’m a multi-disciplinary artist. I have always painted as well as done pieces of performance. I have always had a strong interest in textiles and fabrics and for the last 3 years that’s what I’ve been concentrating on. I make a wide range of things and some of my best pieces have come out of combining different artistic styles. A few examples of things I make are head pieces, garters, cuffs and collars, fabric wedding bouquets and corsages.

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How would you describe your style?

Finely detailed, sumptuous, dramatic, playful, theatrical. My 100% percent silk pieces in particular came about from wanting to produce work that was a keepsake in a throwaway culture – work with an element of the fantastical or magical…a hint of Elizabethan and Victorian…a found treasure.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Oh about 3 or 4 years

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

My tattercuffs probably, and the baby bunting. Everyone likes baby bunting – you can take it and have a little celebration anywhere.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Pulling initial ideas together and seeing them form into beautiful things. I also love seeing my pieces worn by people, it’s a thrilling moment!

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

I have done several other events, including wedding fairs. I’m hoping to have my things in an open house next year. I also have some of my work displayed and for sale in what was Big Bead Boutique and is now The Parlour Rooms, on Dyke Road; and a selection of pieces in Velvet Tattoo on Norfolk Square.

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

Obviously to keep selling more of my work and to continue building up my business and my customer base. I would also quite like to do some costume work, perhaps for film, theatre and television. I do really miss painting, so would like to do more of that in the next year. But mainly I just want to keep enjoying what I’m doing.

Find out more: http://lulalupin.co.uk

Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair

Kelly started Belle’s Events in 2012 and her first ever fair was Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair at Hove Town Hall where she was working in the events office. After a rather disastrous visit to a local wedding fair with her beautiful car Belle www.sussexlovebug.co.uk Kelly was on a a mission! Her vision was to create a fair for couples and suppliers to come together under one big vintage inspired roof to chat, enjoy the atmosphere and discover that there are people out there that will love what you do or simply ‘get you’, that’s what it’s about after all, finding the right person to help create your vision. The fair attracted couples from near and far who were desperate to find something different, something unique, something really special.
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A year on and with 7 fairs under her belt we are very excited about Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair number 4, she’s gone all out this time and has been blown away by the sheer amount of contacts she has had since Christmas. When I spoke to Kelly she told me that she is most thrilled that she has regulars now, it’s something she never thought would happen and she really does appreciate them. The entertainment that Kelly has arranged for Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair is a reason on it’s own to visit on the day. Johnny Zero, Kelly’s right hand man on the day will not only be crooning his way around the event but has created a wonderful line up of acts including Cherry MorelloMaria Soriano,  Mr Tunes Vintage DJwho recently wowed Kelly at the Doily Days Loves Weddings Magagazine launch party. Also the wonderful Noelle Vaughn, not to mention the brilliant Anna Sin and the Jukebox Bandits. These acts will be playing throughout the day in different locations and will be available to talk to about booking them for your wedding.
Belle's Bridal Boot Fair by Tino&Pip Photography

Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair by Tino&Pip Photography

Being a crafty kind a girl I am most excited about the new addition to Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair, The MAKE Fabulous Wedding area run by Donna Hogarth of Fabulous Flora. This area will give crafty, DIY brides the chance to try their hand at crafts that will help them to make special handmade pieces for their weddings. Recently Donna ran this area at Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair and had brides making their own jam jar flower displays, it’s such a great idea, take your Mum and Bridesmaids along to have a go too, you never know, this could save you a few pennies and turn out to be a whole lot of fun, Donna also run hen packages.
The Tinderbox

The Tinderbox

Outside Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair you will obviously be able to meet Belle herself in all her glory, VW Splitty Wedding Hire Crepe Lui and the cutest little caravan in the world, The Tinderbox. Inside there will be over 50 vintage inspired wedding suppliers to speak to during the day, each of them really talented and inspiring. Kelly’s fairs are not like your average wedding fairs, if you haven’t been to one yet this is the one to go to, even if you’re not getting married it really is a fun day out. Egg & Spoon will be there with a pop-up tea room too so you can stay for lunch. I would advise that you take some cash on the day as stall holders will be able to take deposits and there will be a chance to have your hair and make-up done by Coco Belle Styling or Pretty Pout.
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VW Slitty

If you are one of the first hundred through the door you get a complimentary glass of processco served by Glass Acts who hire out crystal glasses for weddings.
Entry is £3.50
For more details about this fair and others by Belle’s Events please go to the website: bellesevents.co.uk

Say Hello To…Polka Dot Cloud

Today we talk to Georgie of Polka Dot Cloud, we love her quirky, colourful little creations!…

“I enjoy being able to translate my imagination into a keepsake for others to share…”– Georgie

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

I make an array of whimsical creatures from my imagination. They are quirky and inquisitive.

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky, colorful and delightful

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started back into crafts and my own mini business last February, I teach fashion and textiles along side this

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

The little lollipop heads are popular as is bunny from the Peculiar little things collection

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy being able to translate my imagination into a keepsake for others to share

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

I sell at Makers boutique and Craftaganza and the yard as well

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

Cecile the Story telling Cat and a new collection of knitted bunnies!

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

Ooooh too many to list, I am a bit of a daydreamer, and have many ambitions for the future, I have fulfilled done of them, through my teaching by being able t share my skills and knowledge. But ideally I would love to run my own tea shop, selling my own home made cakes and toys by the sea….one day…

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Find out more:
thewhimsicaldaydreamer.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dot-Cloud/

Say Hello To…Vera Jane

We first met Vera Jane at our last Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have them and their amazing teddies back again.

“I love finding beautiful fabrics, experimenting with new details, developing my style and skills.”– Lucy, Vera Jane

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

Hello there, I make one off items with attention to detail, using sweet and unique fabrics – These items currently include Home Wares, Teddy Bears and accessories.

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

There is always a lot of love for the Teddy Bears and last time at the Fairy Tale Fair, the headbands were quite popular!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love finding beautiful fabrics, experimenting with new details, developing my style and skills.

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

Vera Jane is currently exclusive to the Fairy Tale Fair!

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What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

My little one of a kind pouch bags and cushions make lovely gifts. The majority of them have sweet spring and Easter themes.

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

Yes! We had a great time; it’s such a lovely event and a perfect setting for Vera Jane goodies.

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

I’m currently working on a website and various new collections. I’m also aiming towards stocking some retail outlets.

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Any other comments you wish to make: I look forward to seeing you all at the fair! 🙂

Find out more: www.facebook.com/verajanes

Buy Online: www.etsy.com/shop/verajanes

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Say Hello To…Gifts By Gemma-Louise

Today we meet a Fairy Tale Fair newbie, Gemma. Gemma designs the most beautiful patterns and translates them into wonderful gifts and homeware. Find out more…

“I love seeing my drawings evolve into beautiful designs then creating them into products for people to then like themselves and want to buy my gifts! “– Gemma

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

My names Gemma and Im the creator of Gifts By Gemma-Louise. I’ve always been a crafter and studied a BA(Hons) in Surface and Textile Design finishing it two years ago, this is where my love of craft and handmade textiles came to life. Having wanted to turn my love and passion for my work into something more than a hobby, I set up Gifts By Gemma-Louise in January 2013, so its still very much in the early stages but I’m loving every minute of it! My work is made from eye catching floral designs created from original artwork drawn by myself then made into giftware products for all occasions, this is what makes my work unique as all the floral fabrics and papers I use are all my own designs so you wont get them anywhere else.

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How would you describe your style?

I take my inspiration from flowers, I’m drawn in by their shapes, colours, textures and I love the details they have. I would say my work has a stylised look with striking patterns while using fresh colours.

How long have you been making your craft items?

The fabric and paper designs I have been creating over many years, Im always drawing and playing around with designs in photoshop but I started making my products in January 2013 when Gifts By Gemma-Louise started.

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

So far my greetings cards have been my biggest seller with lavender scented bags and brooches not far behind.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love seeing my drawings evolve into beautiful designs then creating them into products for people to then like themselves and want to buy my gifts!

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

So far Gifts By Gemma-Louise has held stalls at two craft fairs in Sussex and have another three booked in up till April.

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling a range of greeting cards including mother day cards, there will be coasters, cushions, bunting, hair clips, hanging plaques, decorated wooden letters…. there will also be brooches and lavender scented hanging hearts which make lovely handmade gifts for mothers day.

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

I’ve got lots of plans for new designs and products but as its still a very new venture I’m focusing on getting products made for the craft fairs I have booked and will see what happens from there.

Find out more on Facebook: Gifts by Gemma Louise

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We look forward to welcoming Gemma this Saturday the 9th March!

Say Hello To…MiniPatisserie

Today we say hello to Caroline of MiniPatisserie who makes the most adorable polymer clay jewellery. She will be conducting a workshop where you can make your own creations from polymer clay and take home to bake yourself.

“I would like a miniature cake-themed jewellery craze to sweep the nation so I can get well on the way to making my first million. Other than that I’m really looking forward to running my first workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair.”– Caroline

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

I’m Caroline from MiniPatisserie and I have been making polymer clay jewellery to sell for the last couple of years, although I started making things for my sister’s Sylvanian families a couple of decades ago.

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

My miniature jars of marshamallows are very popular.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I like thinking up ideas of miniature cakes to make and watching kids pick their favourite.

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

I have had a stall at quite a few small festivals in Brighton and have been part of a couple of exhibitions. I have also sold my jewellery in shops in Lewes and Brighton.

You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?

People will get the chance to make their own polymer clay charms to attach to jewellery, which they can then take home to bake in their oven.

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

I would like a miniature cake-themed jewellery craze to sweep the nation so I can get well on the way to making my first million. Other than that I’m really looking forward to running my first workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair.

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Find out more:

www.minipatisserie.co.uk

We look forward to taking part in Caroline’s workshop on the 9th March!

Say Hello To…The Card Tree

Today we meet a new seller to The Fairy Tale Fair- The Card Tree and her wonderful whimsical creations that couldn’t be more suited for our fair!

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“Illustration is just so versatile; I love seeing them printed on objects that people can see and appreciate every day…”– Giulia

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

My name is Giulia; I am and artist -Illustrator. I love painting and drawing children illustrations. I also work on conceptual – figurative watercolors and paintings.

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How would you describe your style?

My illustrations style is colorful, happy, child like, quirky, magical, fairy like, cute and sweet…! I paint a lot of fairies, princesses, unicorns and I love painting positive and motivational quotes to inspire children of all ages!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been painting, printing and cutting for a little over five years now, and I’m loving it! I sell my artwork in my shop: http://www.thecardtree.etsy.com and in gifts shops around the country. I also work on commission and make custom made cards, stationery and paintings.

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

I seem to be selling lots of my little treasure boxes and little illustrated necklaces. I also sell lots of cards and matching gift tags.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Illustration is just so versatile; I love seeing them printed on objects that people can see and appreciate every day, such as prints, treasure boxes, mugs, stickers, diaries and calendars.

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

Yes, I take part on other crafts fairs a couple of times a year, usually during summer. But this year I’m actually doing something a little bit: I’m opening my studio for two weeks during the Surrey Open Studios in June. Visitors will be able to see me at work while painting and illustrating and buy my art and my craft, as well as trying some of my homemade vegan cupcakes!

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

At the fair I will be selling lots of little gifts such as treasury boxes, prints, pendants, party invitations as well as cards.

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

My dream is to work as a professional illustrator full time. I am currently working on a children’s book project, a illustrated card set and book and I am also working with some musicians for the creation for their cd covers. I recently began doing drawing for a local Magazine which I thorely enjoy.

Any other comments you wish to make:


I am so looking forward to the Fairy Fair in March! I look forward meeting all the wonderful people who are going to come thorught the door, and having a stall right at the front will allow me to welcome them in.

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My web site is www.giuliamauri.com and my blog, http://giuliamauri.blogspot.com

We look forward to welcoming The Card Tree on Saturday 9th March!

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