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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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!

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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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Say Hello To… Lisa – Celestielle Paint. Face & Body Painting

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Today we welcome another fair newcomer, Lisa of Celestielle Paint who will be bringing the fairy tales to life by painting faces in our cafe area!…

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

I’m Lisa from Celestielle Paint, I’m an award-winning Brighton based face & body artist. I provide high quality, professional face & body art for children & adults alike.

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How long have you been painting faces?

I first started painting faces around 3 years ago. The first faces I painted were my children’s and I was immediately hooked! Before long, I was being asked by friends to paint at their children’s parties and it has snowballed from there!

 

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

The most popular request by far is the butterfly! Closely followed by flower fairies and monster faces…

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Honestly, I love it all, but the best part of the job is holding the mirror up to show the finished design and the huge beaming smile that follows!

Will you have some special Spring time Easter designs on offer?

I have some very cute Spring designs which girls and boys love!

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

I have painted faces at a huge array of events, from huge music festivals, airports, football stadiums, shopping centres, night clubs, food festivals, charity fundraising events and many more. Check out my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/celestiellepaint for details of where you can find me

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

Last year was a very exciting year for me – being accepted as a member of FACE – the Face Painting Association and being awarded Paintopia Face Painter of the Year were particular highlights. This year I will be taking classes with the World Face & Body Painting Champion, Matteo Arfanotti from Italy, which I am super excited about!

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

Children, chocolate and community!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.celestiellepaint.co.uk
www.facebook.com/celestiellepaint

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…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…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

Meet Stitch & Loop at Barties!

We are Amanda and Claire, two firm friends who, 18 months ago whilst shopping in beautiful Chichester (we may have had a coffee and a cake or two in Carluccio’s….), decided that we were not getting enough ‘making’ time and that we would meet once a week, on a Thursday, to drink fabulous coffee, make fabulous things and dream fabulous dreams. We did this for a year and then decided that we should make this work for us and our fledgling business, Stitch & Loop, was born. In effect, we are a business that has arisen from a mutual love of making beautiful handmade products around our kitchen tables.
 
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We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone at Barties Boutique on Saturday and most certainly have some inspiring gifts for everyone for Christmas. These include:
 
Beautifully presented preserved lemons
Chunky vibrant, felted and embellished bracelets
Fabulous all enveloping wraparound French style aprons with a twist for men and women
Freestyle embroidered brooches
Contemporary textile art pictures (with patchwork, embroidery and knitting we focus on freestyle stitching and use fraywork and selvedges)
Kooky textile small accessories (ranging from rings to bookmarks)
Hand knitted gadget covers with a twist
 Quirky individual rag dolls made with vintage and Japanese fabrics
 
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What we enjoy most about our work is that we love our homes and derive great satisfaction from making beautiful things for them and for ourselves to wear. We both have a love of colour, texture and quality and are prepared to pay for good quality and impeccable style.  In fact, it is this penchant for all things fabulous (Anthropologie being a particular weakness!) that has necessitated the launch of Stitch & Loop as a provider of the means to fund our shopping habits!
 
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We have sold at one other market over this Christmas period and stock three shops: Strawberry in Chichester, Rare Rabbit in Arundal and Vintage Rose in Storrington.
 
Five words that sum up Christmas; well they would have to be: log fires, mulled wine, cosiness, snow and love.
 
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You can find out more about us from Twitter (StitchnLoop), Facebook (StitchandLoop) and our blog (loopystitching.wordpress.com). Our website will be up and running soon after the New Year too stitchandloop.co.uk).

Meet Crowns from Ashes at Barties!

Please introduce yourself and what you create:
My name is Natalie, creator of Crowns from Ashes. I create unique jewellery handmade from recycled materials such as comics, plastic bags & crisp packets.

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Are you looking forward to selling at Bartie’s and do you have some lovely festive gifts ready for everyone to buy?
I am very much looking forward to selling at Bartie’s. My designs would definitely make original Christmas gifts. I will also have some cheaper sale items which would make great stocking fillers.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I enjoy making each item individual. Almost all my designs are one of a kind so I see them all as having their own character. As I’m using recycled materials I work with what I have to hand so I get most excited about collecting and finding used materials that have interesting colours and patterns that I can work with.

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Are you selling at any other markets over the festive period?
I am selling my jewellery at the Christmas Artist Open Houses on the 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th December at Bordeline Studios, 1 Chapel Mews, Waterloo Street BN3 1AR 12-5.30pm and I will be selling at We Made This on Sat 21st December at The Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF 11-5pm

Describe christmas in 5 words or less:
joyfully giving and receiving

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How can we find out more about you?
Check out my website http://www.crownsfromashes.co.uk/
Please like my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crownsfromashes
You can follow me on twitter here: https://twitter.com/crownsfromashes

Brighton Craftaganza!

One of Brighton’s favourite craft and handmade markets is back, and bigger and brighter than ever before!!!

Held at Fabrica Gallery, Central Brighton for not one but TWO weekends on the run up to Christmas:

Sat 30th Nov/Sun 1st Dec AND
Sat 7th Dec/Sun 8th Dec
Open 11am – 5pm each day

FREE ENTRY

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With a great selection of high quality, unique, contemporary products you’ll find in Brighton this festive season, come along to find a one-stop opportunity to hoover up all your Christmas presents!

There will be a different selection of sellers on the two weekends so why not pop along twice?!

Make sure you pop along from 11am tomorrow and get your gets unique and handmade this yr!

Sellers from The Fairy Tale Fair there this weekend include Cat-a-Cake creations, Kirstin Stride,  Anna’s Drawing Room, Yellow Bear Wares and more!

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1 Day To Go!!

Well the months, days and hours have flown by once again and here we are just one day away from The Fairy Tale Fair- 16th November 2013.

Today we will be busy putting the final preparations together for our fair to make sure it is a magical as possible! We can’t wait to see lots of you tomorrow from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist church, Brighton (full location details here).

Over 35 craft and vintage stalls will join us with their wonderful handmade and hand designed creations, many of which make great, unique festive gifts! Please come along to support our local designers & makers who have worked so hard to get their creations ready for you to buy.

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We will also have 6 craft workshops- suitable for all ages- from beads to polymer clay, to felt to letters from the fairies!

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Make sure you stop off in our vintage tearoom run by Rosehip, they have the most amazing festive menu on offer with an array of treats! See their full menu here.

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We also have more stalls in the entrance, a candy cart, and a charity raffle for The Martlets.

Finally there is lots to keep the whole family entertained too- face painting, balloon modeling, vintage singer Noelle Vaughan in our cafe, and Patcham Silver Band will be performing outside the venue at 1pm!

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So we can’t wait to see you all tomorrow! Bring the whole family- its going to be a wonderful day out!

There is FREE parking too, and free entry! Buses 5/ 5A Patcham run every 10 minutes from town- ask for Patcham clock tower stop! IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!!!

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A Festive Welcome Back to… MiniPatisserie

Remind us about you and what you create?

I’m Caroline and I like to model with polymer clay and especially to make miniature food. I also run workshops at which anyone can have a go at modeling and make their creations into jewellery or key rings.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

Yes, I’ve recently been making gingerbread men, Christmas puddings and snowmen and I will have some of each to be decorated at the fair.

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

In December I have a stand at Craftaganza (at Fabrica) and the new We Made This market at the Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street (details on my website http://www.minipatisserie.co.uk). The Fairy Tale Fair is the only fair where people have the opportunity make their own presents at my stand to give others.

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

Yes, I have run a workshop twice now at the Fairy Tale Fair. There has been a really good atmosphere each time and I’ve been very impressed by peoples’ creations.

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

I am interested in working with precious metal clay so Santa, if you are reading this, you know what I would like for Christmas.

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!: A nice sit-down with chocolate

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.minipatisserie.co.uk

 

A Festive Welcome Back to….Trish palmer

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I taught Art/Textiles at the local secondary school for over 30 years and tried my hardest to sneak in, what was considered, the “old” craft skills. I taught the students to embroider, knit, crotchet, use bead work, patchwork and of course use the sewing machines to create appliques.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

This Christmas is going to be “Adopt a Cacti Christmas”. I have knitted some wonderful pet cacti that could be given to anyone as a gift – no care needed – just an occasional dust. I have also bought back my glitzy peg dolls and made up peg dolly kits which would be fab for stocking fillers. My animal badges have also returned with some hand sewn highly embroidered Christmas tree decorations for that special tree.

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

I only work with Claire and the Fairy Tale Fairs.

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

The fairs have a lovely warm and friendly atmosphere. The organization is spotless. The stalls holders and the visitors all appreciate the originality of the crafts on sale and I have received some very complimentary remarks about my work. The coffee, tea and cake work well for me too!

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

I only craft for the Fairy Tale Fairs, friends and relatives. I just enjoy what I do with no pressures – heavenly.

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

Warmth, contentment, family and pets.

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