Bring out the 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.

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/

We Love Bunting!

Oh yes we do! Especially that of Bunting Boutique! Bunting Boutique are a small company based in Brighton and will be supplying wonderful bunting to decorate our fair with. We used their bunting for our Christmas fair too and got such nice comments on how nice the venue looked!

Find out more about this wonderful company…

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“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!”

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Find out more and get in touch via their website here: buntingboutique.co.uk

Brighton Christmas Boutique Market

We wanted to let you about Belle’s Events Christmas Boutique Market at The Brighton Centre this Saturday, which we are super excited about as it looks like its going to be a great event full of festive cheer!

About the market:
“Brighton is full of festive fun throughout December so we thought we better join in and let the city shoppers have a chance to vere away from the high street and find some unusual gifts and festive treats. Located just behind Churchill Square on the back of the Brighton Centre you will find a Christmas Bonanza! The venue is the former EAST WING of the Brighton Centre and still has this sign above the door. Simply walk down West Street and take a right just before the seafront and we’ll be there on the left.

With over 30 unique and some vintage inspired stalls under one roof we challenge you not to find something for under the Christmas Tree, be it vintage wrapping paper, fairy lights or a present for your quirky Aunt Mabel, we have it all.

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And not only do we have all that but we are very proud to present Brighton’s very own Rock Choir, they will be belting out some festive and some not so festive songs to carry you on your merry way. Fancy a hot toddy, a mince pie, a cuppa, a glass of wine, well then this is the fair for you.

Buggies welcome, as are jolly people who fancy a change.

Is it expensive to get in? Ofcourse not! It’s one whole earth pound! You can also enter a charity raffle which could win you a hamper of goodies donated by the stall holders and the money will go to The Rocking Horse Appeal.

Nuff said I reckon, see you there shoppers of Brighton!” Find out more and join the Facebook event here!

A Guest Post From…Bunting Boutique

Today we have a special post from Bunting Boutique, who will kindly be supplying some of their beautiful bunting for the fair. Bunting Boutique is Brighton based and uses vintage fabrics to hand make lovely and unique bunting. Find out more…

“I love vintage goodies so working in the textile field using vintage materials is like a dream come true for me. Its great being inspired by the fabric itself and knowing you can breath new life into it.”- Sue, Bunting Boutique

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

I am the maker and designer behind the company Bunting Boutique.
Bunting Boutique can be found down on the sunny south coast, tucked away on a side street a stone’s throw from the beach. In our studio surrounded by an array of fabrics, trinkets and knickknacks we lovingly make every strand of bunting by hand.
The vintage ranges are our signature and are little works of art in their own right as each piece is totally unique. By incorporating things like a crocheted doily, a gorgeous trim detail or an area of hand embroidery, every piece has its own story, its own history and we hope a wonderful future.

How would you describe your style?
Classic with a vintage edge.

How long have you been making your craft items?

Bunting Boutique has been up and running since 2009 but I have been working in the textile field for 12 years

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love vintage goodies so working in the textile field using vintage materials is like a dream come true for me. Its great being inspired by the fabric itself and knowing you can breath new life into it.
I also love working on bespoke orders – helping brides to personalise their special day, mums to create bunting to fit in with their child’s bedroom colours or simply working with clients on our personalised lettering service using appliqué or hand embroidery.

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

This year for the first time we have taken part in a few Vintage Wedding Fairs that has been great.
I have always been involved in the open houses and this December the Boutique will be showing at Cross Street Workshop in Hove. We will also be at the Designer and Maker Fair in Lewes Town Hall on 1st December.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I have lots of plans for Bunting Boutique, now that our new website has gone live I hope to have an online shop put on there soon. Plans to expand our wedding ranges will take place in the spring of next year, to offer brides more inspirational ideas for their big day.

I am always expanding our existing ranges, brand new this autumn is our Christmas Advent Bunting and we have just developed a paper range using vintage children’s books. Long term I would like to continue using vintage materials and develop a home ware range.

Any other comments you wish to make:
This Christmas the Boutique is offering lots of festive treats. We have bunting and stockings made from some lovely Scandinavian style printed fabric. Lots of new Vintage doily pieces for those of you who are planning a vintage style Christmas. Brand new Advent bunting which is a great handmade ornament that can be looked forward to being pulled out every year and filled with your own choice of treats. Please check out my Etsy store to see all the new Christmas ranges.

Find out more:
www.buntingboutique.co.uk
www.dandelionandolive.co.uk

Say Hello To…Karen Rao

Today we introduce Karen Rao, a unique and exciting felt artist. Much of Karen’s work is animal inspired and she is a regular at the Makers Boutique craft market and Brighton Artists Open Houses. Karen will also be conducting one of our workshop stalls where you can learn to felt a soap or Brighton rock! Find out more…

“My individual method of felt making results in highly colourful, stunningly tactile works of art that are rich in texture and depth!”- Karen Rao

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

I am a felt artist creating unique animal inspired wall art for kids, cosy handmade floppy eared felted hats and pretty floral jewellery. More recently my ‘Brighton Rocks’ have joined my felted goodies.

How would you describe your style?

Bright, dynamic and tactile. My individual method of felt making results in highly colourful, stunningly tactile works of art that are rich in texture and depth!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I stumbled across felt making about 4 years ago

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

Rose brooches always sell well, either dainty and discreet or large and vibrant. The fastening makes them a versatile accessory, worn as a hair piece or as a corsage.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Felt is such a versatile medium that I am constantly experimenting and branching off into new areas. There is a whole world of inspiring techniques that I have yet to explore!

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

I regularly attend the monthly Makers Boutique. I’ve taken part in Art Junky, The Brunswick Festival and Art Fair , The Brighton Mini Maker Faire and my work can be seen in Open Houses in the Fiveways and Dyke Road Trails.

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

I will be running a ‘Felted Soap Workshop’ where you will Create a gift using the wet felting technique to encase a soap in seamless Merino wool. This work of art is meant to be used as a scrub – you are still felting it as you use it! You can alternatively take part in the popular ‘Felt a Brighton Rock Workshop’.

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

Earlier this year I ran a couple of ‘Whole Class Workshops’ in schools where we made some stunning large scale wall hangings. This is a direction that I definitely would love to be more involved in. In the meantime I have taken the plunge and announced some dates for my own felt making workshops.

Any other comments you wish to make:

I have found that people of all ages love to learn the ancient art of felt making and how they can make material using just wool, soap and water! I’m looking forward to inspiring more of you at my workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair

Find out More: website: http://karenrao.com/ | Etsy: http://karenrao.etsy.com | Facebook

Say Hello To…Big Bead Boutique

Our latest Say Hello To post is with the lovely Big Bead Boutique. We are so excited to have them at our fair and for them taking time out of their busy schedule to be part of it!

“When I opened my shop last year it really was a dream come true and I have loved every moment. I feel very lucky to spend my working days in such an inspiring place.”- Big Bead Boutique

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

I have been a fashion retail manager for 15yrs and opened my 10yr dream of my own beautiful bead/wedding shop last year. I make handmade wedding accessories and jewellery. I am very interested in current fashion trends and I think this reflects in my designs I’m also a big fan of anything old and love the vintage revival that is happening at the moment.

How would you describe your style?

Very feminine, reflects current trends and with a vintage twist..

How long have you been making your craft items?
12yrs

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

In the wedding I would say its the birdcage nett headdresses, and in the beads its all my vintage style charms and my Skulls.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Finding interesting products to incorporate in my designs. Working with my brides to create a beautiful headdress for a bespoke piece and hopefully fulfilling thier dreams and making thier day extra special.

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

Yes I have held an Artist Open house and get out and about to promote the shop as much as possible.

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

A selection of beads, handmade jewellery and the children will be able to make a bracelet for a small charge.

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

For the boutique to be ever evolving with its products, services and activitys ie…( birthday and hen parties plus workshops.)

Any other comments you wish to make:

When I opened my shop last year it really was a dream come true and I have loved every moment. I feel very lucky to spend my working days in such an inspiring place.

We can’t wait to rummage through all the beautiful beads at the fair! And children will have great fun making jewellery!

Find out more: www.bigbeadboutique.comwww.bigbeadboutique.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter

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