Say Hello to… I Drew This

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

I Drew This illustrates gorgeous greeting cards and prints.

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How long have you been making your craft items? 

I have been publishing cards for 2 years.

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

My balloons Little Tweets card is a best seller along with all of my Mischief designs particularly my Pocahontas girl, what makes this so special is that it is an illustration of my daughter.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft? 

Bringing an idea for a range to life and then seeing peoples genuine joy when they see them.

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

I will have a really cute easter card this year of a bunny with a spectacular Easter bonnet!

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

I have just taken part in the We Made This fair in Lewes which was great and this year will be at my first Open House on Montpelier Road, Brighton.

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

I will be taking part in a trade show PG Live in 6 weeks in London where I hope to find lots of new stockists and find commission work for I Drew This.

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

Rest, chocolate, family, friends, happiness.

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

I LOVE the Fairy Tale Fair and always enjoy the day!!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts: 

https://www.facebook.com/ilonadrewthis

www.ilonadrewthis.blogspot.com

https://twitter.com/ilonadrewthis

Say Hello to Ribbon Real

Today we are happy to welcome another fairy tale fair newbie, Ribbon Real:

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

I’m Lynn Watt and I run Ribbonreal – home of beautiful  hand made vintage kimono silk homewares and accessories.

I make fabulous kimono cushions in hand painted and embroidered silks, but I make lots of other pretty things besides ; )

I come from a Fashion and Design background and have a passion for all things vintage and Japanese.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been making kimono crafts for 4 years now – wow – time flies when you’re having fun! I needed to find an outlet for my creative self after giving up my job as an Art Director on a lifestyle magazine to become a full time mother of twins.

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

This is a bit tricky as each of my cushions is a complete one off but I know that red cushions with either cranes or cherry blossoms always go from my shop really quickly and my geometric pattern cushions are very popular and on trend right now! Also, at fairs I sell kimono hairbands and these always sell like hot cakes!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I’ve always been inspired by the orient especially having lived so close to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, and one day I just stumbled upon my kimono man-in-Japan on the internet! I was hooked on collecting kimono fabric from that day and I admit I’m a bit of a hoarder now! I am addicted! But I couldn’t believe how sad it was that kimonos were being un picked and sold off in strips. It’s amazing the art and craftsmanship that has gone into each kimono. So I wanted to make something out of the silk that could be equally special and beautiful and handed down for years to come. Each silk is so unique and special and it is such a beautiful medium to work with. I am so lucky going to my studio everyday to work with such beautiful cloth.

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

I have lots of gorgeous seasonal cushions featuring butterflies, birds and florals. I also make flower soaps inspired by my love of the orient and I have made a very special little vintage bunny who will be carrying a kimono silk carrot! Nom nom.

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

I try to get out there as much as I can as my products are so tactile! I am a regular at Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks and am stocked at Brigden & Bayliss in Lewes aswell as the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.

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

I am always inventing new ways with silk and my mind is always wandering and creating new things. Next on my list is to design my own fabric inspired by the amazing patterns I have discovered in kimono silks. But I need more spare time for this to happen!

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

Springtime, birth, joy and happiness!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LynnWatt

https://www.facebook.com/Ribbonreal

https://twitter.com/ribbonreal

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Say Hello to… Shiny Pigeon

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

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

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

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How long have you been making your craft items?

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

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

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

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring has finally sprung. HOORAY!

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

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

Any other comments you wish to make:

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

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

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://www.thepigeonsnest.com

http://twitter.com/shinypigeon

https://www.facebook.com/ThePigeonsNest

http://shinypigeon.wordpress.com 

Say Hello to… Lubilou Ceramics

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

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

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Ive been making for a few years now.

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

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

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chocolate and bank holidays!

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

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

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Any other comments you wish to make:

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

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.lubilou.com

www.facebook.com/lubilouceramic

www.twitter.com/lubilouceramic

Say Hello to…Stitch and Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Say Hello to…Miss Muffin Top

Today in the second of our stall holder posts we welcome back the oh so yummy Miss Muffin Top and her magical looking chocolates! Find her in the entrance hall on April 12th…

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

Cute, Quirky, glittery chocolates and other confectioneries, perfect for giving as gifts or just as a little treat to you. There is now a wide selection of vegan goodies on offer due to vegan demand!

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How long have you been making your chocolates?

Approximately 4 years!

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

The best seller has to be the vegan peanut butter cups however I reckon there will be a new favourite at the Easter stall as I bring out a wider selection of vegan friendly chocolates and treats!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

They’re so pretty and glittery but the best part is the fact that they’re edible!!

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

Indeed I do! It’s a surprise 😉 but I promise there will be more vegan and gluten free treats on offer!

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

Not at the moment although I would love to start selling my treats at other quirky events so if anyone has any suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me or approach me at my stall…I won’t bite!

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

My goal is to open up my own quirky, vegan chocolate shop/ tea room as I also make baked goods and enjoy catering to people with dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free (check out my face book page for details).

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

Chocolate!!! (of course),

Bunnies,

Family,

Easter lunch!

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

Yes I have taken part twice now and loved every minute of both times.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Can’t wait to take part again!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Muffin-Top/209648499045508

http://instagram.com/miss_muffin_top

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