The Flyers are Here!

The flyers for our Christmas fair are now released! They have a new look and we hope you like them! 5,000 of them will be across Brighton over the next couple of months! Please share everywhere you can!

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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…Cat-a-Cake Creations

Today we hear from our fair organiser, Claire Montgomery. Claire will also have a stall at the fair and will be selling under the name of Cat-a-Cake Creations. Find out a bit more about her…

“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

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 have recently re-branded under the name of Cat-a-Cake Creations, in line with my new website and Etsy store.

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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 £7 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!

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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!

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

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses in May and December each year. This May I will again be part of The Cake House, which is a lovely child friendly houses with lot of cute arts and crafts (and rainbow stairs), as well as a new house- The Dog House which is a great well established house with over 16 artists- find out more about them on my website. I’ll also be taking part in more craft fairs and local events during the summer.

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

I will be selling a range of cute gift ideas for both Mother’s day and Easter. These include greeting cards- my dotty chick card won a Pinterest competition last year and is very popular! Also I have made some special little felt chicks that come in their own little pouches to keep warm. They want to be your friend so please say hello on the day! There is only 3 available- so be quick! Also I will have badges, pocket mirror, earrings, necklaces and much more to choose from.

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

Yes I took part, and organised it! As with the summer fair 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. It rained hard ALL day for the Christmas fair but that didn’t seem to put visitors off- there was a steady flow of people all day and it was particularly busy in the morning. 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 Spring fair will be just as magical, we have so much to offer 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.

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 9th March, 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 (just set up new page under my new name and would love some more fans!): www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

Are You Ready For Spring?

The fairies are busy preparing for the Spring Fairy Tale Fair! Applications are now closed, however you can email us if you want to be added to our mailing list for future fairs or in case of cancelations. We had a huge amount of you apply- so thank you for all your interest.

A new list of stall holders is now updated, see the Stall Holders page here >

We have also updated our stall holders gallery, take a look at their wonderful work >

A new page has also been added: ‘What people are saying about us…’, so take a look at this to see what visitors, stall holders and the press have made of our fairs.

We can’t wait to see lots of you on Saturday 9th March- it’s going to be magical! We are open 10.30am- 4.30pm and once again at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton. For full contact details click here >

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Remember to keep up with all the latest goings on, news and competitions over on Facebook and Twitter!

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You can also join our Facebook event, and remember to click the ‘follow this blog’ and enter your email in the top right sidebar of this blog to keep up with the stall holder interviews and their wonderful crafts. Finally don’t forget we are on Pinterest too, take a peek >

Over 20,000 Views!

We are super proud that our blog has now had over 20,000 views! We only launched in May last year and your response and interest has been amazing! As just announced our third fair is coming up this Spring- Saturday March the 9th so please keep checking back and sharing with your friends!

Thank you also to all of you who visited, supported, took part, shared, tweeted, and the 20,000 of you who visited this blog during 2012- it means a lot and has helped make our fairs a success! We hope to continue this success during 2013…it’s going to be MAGICAL!

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The Photos are in!

We have had a first lot of photos back from Kate Trevor Photography.

See them all in our album on Facebook here.

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Over 17,000 Views

Yay! Our blog has now had over 17,000 views- not too long to 20,000 now! Not bad since May alone. Even though our latest fair is over please keep visiting our blog- we will have lots of photos from the fair, competitions, craft stories, Sussex Event updates and more!

Remember you can keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

The Fairy Tale Fair is Today!!!!!!

Well after months of preparations, planning, making, and flyering the day is finally here! The Fairy Tale Fair opens at 10.30am! Come along for handmade crafts, jewellery, festive gifts, workshops for all ages, face painting, beauty, vintage items, and enjoy tea and cake in our vintage tearoom!

Some creations on sale include Christmas cards, artists bears, bags, badges, laser cut jewellery, Christmas decorations, prints, silver jewellery, felt creations, glassware, vintage items, bunting, crocheted characters, peg dolls, handmade foxes, pocket mirrors, hair pieces, kids clothes, purses, cotton gifts, sweet trees, wooden gifts, screen prints, soaps, book art and much much more!

Please pop along and see us and support our local makers! Avoid the stress and queues in town and get free parking and keep the kids happy at The Fairy Tale Fair. Buy handmade gifts this Christmas and give unique and one off presents you won’t find on the high street!

Our lovely stall holders will be ready and waiting to greet you and tell you all about their wonderful creations! We are here for one day only so make sure you don’t miss us! Find us at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN18TA. Free on street parking. Buses 5/5A Patcham run every 10 minutes from town and stop just seconds around the corner (Clock tower/ Ladies Mile Pub stop). Full location details here. Open 10.30am, until 4.30pm!

IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!!

A Guest Post From…Ultimate Wedding Magazine

Today we have a guest post from the popular Ultimate Wedding Magazine, who will be visiting our fair on the 24th November. Find out more about them and their exciting magazine…

Tell us a bit about Ultimate Wedding Magazine?

Ultimate Wedding Magazine is a glossy A5 publication available in the home counties. With it’s exclusive competitions and editorial, it really is a must for the whole bridal party! The magazine is full of unique ideas, venues, new products, real weddings and so much more.

How long has it been formed?

The magazine has been running for a year now. The first issue came out on Valentines Day 2012 and original launched in Hertfordshire. It has now expanded into 5 counties including Beds, Berks, Bucks, Herts, Oxon and North London. We’re fast approaching our first Birthday next year! Over the four issues, we’ve constantly updated and improved the style throughout. Listening to exactly what readers would like to see in the publication and what they love most.

What do you enjoy most about working for Ultimate Wedding Magazine?

The clients! We’ve got a fantastic bunch and we love working with them. Helping them succeed in and out of print is exactly why we’re here.

You will be visiting The Fairy Tale Fair in November- how did you hear about us and what are you most looking forward to on the day?

I’m always tweeting away and noticed Mayflower Events were attending the Summer fair. I decided to take a day trip to Brighton to have a look round. The exhibitors had so much on display, I could have stayed for hours! I’m looking forward to picking up some early Christmas presents at the fair in a couple of weeks!

How do we find out more about Ultimate Wedding Magazine, and where can we find it?

The magazine is available for free at Champneys Day Spas and Resorts, selected Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis stores and wedding shows in the home counties. For this issue only, the magazine is also available in the bedrooms at Le Manoir in Oxfordshire. If you’d like more information on the magazine and to browse the latest issue, visit www.ultimateweddingmagazine.co.uk. You can also find us on Twitter: @UltimateWedMag

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The Fairy Tale Fair look forward to meeting Ricky from Ultimate Wedding Magazine on the day. Take a look at their site via the link above to find out more.

Over 11,000 Views!

It was only a week or so ago we posted about reaching 10,000 views on our blog, well we have already hit 11,000 now! Which is super! Thanks to all those that have taken to time to look and we hope you keep coming back as we have many more exciting posts lined up!

Oh and 3 weeks today until our fair! 24.11.12- Save the date, it’s going to be magical!!!!

Over 10,000 views!

Our blog has now had over 10,000 views! That is amazing and more then we would of ever hoped for! Thanks for everyones continued interest in the fair, and we hope that many of you can visit our next fair on Saturday the 24th November! It’s going to be magical!

In the Press!

After the success of our 1st fair in August this year we are back for a festive special this winter (if you haven’t already heard)! Next fair is Saturday 24th November 2012- save the date, its going to be magical! For more information visit the About page.

We are in the process of designing new flyers, posters etc. This is an ad just sent of to Nostalgic Union magazine for their November edition! We also sent an ad off to Inside Magazine yesterday- so hopefully you might see us around!

We can’t wait for our next fair- we have a new bigger venue and even more crafty stall holders this time! As well as a vintage tearoom with festive treats and a workshop room with a range of craft workshops for all ages! Hope to see you there! A full updated list of stall holders will be up soon!

Our Listing in The Argus, Brighton

Who has seen us listed in the ‘Top 10 Events Not to Miss This Week’ in the Argus, Brighton’s biggest newspaper! We are very excited and honored to have our event listed out of all those happening in Sussex this weekend!

Last Day of Competition!

Remember everyone today is the last chance to enter our competition to WIN a very special ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklace!

 

Simply follow us on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook or RT/Share our competition to enter! But be quick the competition closes at 8pm this evening! 

To view full details and T&C’s see our original post here.

Follow us on Twitter >

Become a Fan on Facebook >

Printed.com to Film Us!

Some exciting news- Printed.com are coming down to Brighton to film at our fair! Printed.com provide high quality digital printing for a range of products including greetings cards, stickers, presentation folders, posters, business cards and more!

A few months ago Claire Montgomery, our fair organiser, won a Printed.com competition on Pinterest, which was in association with Bigsotck image library. Claire won the Easter competition with her ‘Dotty Chick’ handcrafted card design.

AJ from Printed.com will be traveling down to Brighton on Saturday to film Claire’s winner video and our fair. She will also be speaking to other stall holders and the general public- so this really could be our 15 mins of fame! Better make sure we look super sparkly then!

Find out more about Printed.com and view and order their products by clicking here.

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