Say a Festive Hello To…Retro Violet

Remind us about you and what you create?

My love of the twenties fashion and culture first inspired me to make the original Polite Friends Rings. Since then my inspiration comes from many different fashion eras and I’m always working on expanding the collection. I also make a Sugar Violet range, specifically designed with children in mind.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

For the first time I have a Christmas range which includes a Santa bell necklace, Lucky Angel bracelet, Snowman hairclips and Tree decorations.

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

Yes, there are quite a few gems: Pop-Up Vintage Fair, Johnny Loves June Vintage Fair and Jesse Jumbles Marvelous Christmas Market.

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

Yes, it was amazing and spectacular. So many talented people under one roof! It truly was magical, there was a great atmosphere with a creative workshop room, a tearoom and a clown making funny shaped bracelets out of balloons!  I met some really lovely customers and stallholders, and even won a prize in the raffle.

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

I’d like Retro Violet to keep growing, last year I was just doing stalls but this year I also have a pop-up shop in Gorgeous Gerties, Dorking. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Next year I’m hoping to develop my online shop too.

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

Going Christmas Crackers!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

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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Applications are released!

Today our application for our christmas fair on the 16th November have been released! If you didn’t get an application no need to worry as you can apply here:

All details are on the application. Hope to hear from lots of you and good luck!

Please note: There is over 200 of you on the mailing list for stalls now, and only 34 stalls available- so places are very limited. Please don’t be disappointed if we don’t accept you this time, and don’t let that put you off applying again in the future.

Applications close on Sunday September 15th so don’t delay. Stall holders will be announced on here at the beginning of October.


1 day to go!! Reason 1 to visit: Our Stall Holders!!

Well the big day is almost upon us and just over 24 hours to go until we open our doors to all you lovely lot!

Reason 1 to visit: our super stall holders! You will find over 35 of them nestled in Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton. From jewellery, to greetings cards, prints, to vintage, ceramics to knitted creations, chocolates to soaps, bunting to face painting and much much more!

See our stall holders page for a full list of who will be joining us on the day.

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regulars and also so new faces too! They will all help make our 1st Birthday extra special!

Come along tomorrow and meet them all!

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

George- Polka Dot Cloud

George- Polka Dot Cloud

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

cheska- Mooshpie

cheska- Mooshpie

Calico & Cotton

Calico & Cotton

Ilona Drew This

Ilona Drew This

Irene Dobson

Irene Dobson

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Say Hello To…Flipper Clown

Need something to amuse the kids in the holidays? Well as well as the super stalls, workshops, cake and face painting we also have Flipper Clown joining us for some extra fun!

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“Flipper, Clowns, juggling, balloon artist…a mixture of fantasy and color, always ready to have a new adventure somewhere in the world is joining us in our fair…he will create funny sculptures only with the use of colored balloons…are you ready???”

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Find out more:

Say Hello To…Emily Makes

Today we warmly welcome a Fairy Tale Fair newcommer- Emily of Emily Makes, who will be providing a lovely sweetie butterfly workshop, as well as selling her creations. Find out more…
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Please introduce yourself and tell us about your work?
Hello! My name is Emily and my stall is called Emily makes! I create hand embroidered unique gifts, including framed pictures, hooped pictures, bunting, clothing, bags, aprons, bibs and more! My inspiration comes from my family, whether that be in the form of a quote from my mum, or my children’s favourite characters! My family trees are my most popular item at the moment and makegreat presents!
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How would you describe your style of work?
My work is completely unique and individual. Its a little bit quirky and kitsch, but wants to be pretty and elegant!
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You are providing a workshop stall at The Fairy Tale Fair- what can we find and make at your workshop?
At the workshop we will be making sweetie butterflies! A cute way to store your sweets, that can be completely decorated and personalised by you!
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Do you take part in other craft fairs or events? 
I can often be found at Sharnfold Farm in Eastbourne, where I regularly attend events and pop by at the weekends to have a stall!
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This is your first Fairy Tale Fair, are you looking forward to it? 
This is my first fairy tale fair and I’m very, very excited!
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How can we find out more about you?
If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my facebook page at

2 Days To Go Until The Fairy Tale Fair!

Just 2 days to go!!!! Reason 2 to visit our fair on Saturday the 9th of March:

Keep the family entertained!

Need something to keep the kids amused this weekend? Tired of dragging them around town? Want something different to do? Looking for a family activity for Mother’s day weekend? Well we’ve got it covered!

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At The Fairy Tale Fair as well as over 35 craft stalls with lovely handmade creations and gifts you’ll also find face painting by Sparkles Face Painting- many visitors commenting ‘the best face paint we’ve ever seen’ at our previous two fairs! There is also craft workshops- make your own bead jewellery, learn to crochet, take part in our felt workshop, make your own cake themed clay jewellery, or be pampered in our vintage beauty parlor!

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You can also enjoy tea and cake in our vintage tearoom, have the chance to win a Easter hamper in our raffle, listen to our performer Bryony Brooke singing and much more!

It’s a perfect day out for all the family- so bring your children, partners, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors…everyone you can!

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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:

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:

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

5 Days To Go Until The Fairy Tale Fair!

The Fairy Tale Fair is now just 5 days away! How time is flying! Still so much to do this week including thousands of flyers in homes in the local area, posters, a newsletter, more stall holder interviews on here and much more!

Over the next 5 days we will be posting ‘5 reasons to visit’ blogs, the first of which is today…

Reason 5 to visit our fair: Take part in a workshop & learn something new!

This applies to all ages- we have 5 workshops including:

– Karen Rao Felt Artist- make your own gifted felt items. Gift a Brighton rock or soap, or make your own felt Easter chick. Learn to felt with a simple technique using only water. This is a great workshop for all ages and Karen will be on hand to teach you step by step.

– MiniPatisserie- Learn to make cute cake themed jewellery from polymer clay and take home to bake yourself! Much fun for all ages!

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-The Beauty Artist- vintage beauty parlour stall- Hayley will be providing a range of beauty services for special prices at our fair including nails, vintage hair styling, make up and glitter tattoos for the younger girls! This makes the perfect Mother’s day treat or pre-Saturday night pamper! See the price list below for details…


– Show Me Shiny Things- a bead workshop, kids and big kids can come along and make some lovely jewellery from a great range of beads. Perfect to keep the family amused or as a unique Mum’s day gift!


-Sugarglass- a crochet workshop for all ages. Learn the basics of crochet, watch it demonstrated and follow simple patterns.



Don’t miss these workshops at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday the 9th of March! Open 10.30am- 4.30pm.

You can also find face painting and balloon modeling in the main hall plus lots more!

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Say Hello To…Jenny Rutterford Photography

Today we have another special guest interview, this time from Jenny Rutterford who will be photographing our fair and make sure we capture the day in style! Find out more about her below…

“I am so excited to be photographing the Patcham Fairy Tale Fair!   I met many of the artists at the Christmas Fair, and loved the quality and uniqueness of their work…”– Jenny

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into Photography?

I am Jenny, a wedding and lifestyle photographer living in Shoreham-by-Sea. I have loved photography since childhood, and after getting my first film camera, became hooked on the excitement of creating images that were special to me, from which I could relive events as I had experienced them.  Years later, and with two children of my own, I decided to fulfill my dreams of capturing other people’s special memories.  I still feel the same rush of excitement I felt as a child each time I am behind the camera.

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What do you enjoy most about photography?

I love the creativity!  For me, wedding photography is the most fun – one minute I am capturing the flower girls laughing together, the next, creating fine art images of the bride and groom in a beautiful setting.  I love the trust people place in me to be a part of their day – not only as a photographer, but often as agony aunt, kids’ entertainer and even emergency seamstress!  It’s a real people focused job, which I love.  There is a big responsibility to capture every moment and every detail perfectly, and the buzz of adrenalin does not stop from the bridal preparations, until the last dance.  It’s exhausting, but so very fun!

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What inspires you?

It might sound bizarre for a wedding photographer, but I draw most of my inspiration from photographing landscapes.  There is something magical about getting outside in beautiful light, and capturing a breathtaking view simply for pleasure.  I head out with my tripod ‘just for fun’ at least once a week, finding inspiration in beautiful skies at sunrise, or crashing waves on the rocks (I feel very lucky to live near the sea).  Social media is great, and I enjoy following the blogs of world class wedding and fine art photographers.  But ultimately it is when I am outdoors in nature that I have my best ideas.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future?

I have recently moved back to Sussex with my family, after five years living and photographing in Florida.  We had an amazing adventure, and I was privileged to build up an extremely loyal client base, enjoying word of mouth referral for weddings and family portraits.  It takes time to build this level of recognition, but I am committed to achieving this in the UK.

I am currently working towards professional membership of the Master Photographers’ Association, with the aim of achieving my wedding licentiate by the end of the year.  In January, I also started a 52-week photographic blog for 2013, which is uniquely focused on images in and around Shoreham-by-Sea.  This began as a fun project purely for my own inspiration, but is gaining readership, and generating other leads and enquiries.  I’m not sure where I’ll be in 3 years time, but it’s exciting!

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Are you looking forward to attending the fairy tale fair?

I am so excited to be photographing the Patcham Fairy Tale Fair!   I met many of the artists at the Christmas Fair, and loved the quality and uniqueness of their work.  I am planning to photograph in the morning, then return in the afternoon with my 8 year old daughter, who would absolutely love making something at one of the crafting workshops.  It’s a great atmosphere, and a perfect mother-daughter day out!

How can we find out more about you?

Please head over to my website to see my portfolio and local landscape blog.  And, just for being a reader of the Fairy Tale Fair blog, if you (or a friend) are getting married, please contact me and mention the Fairy Tale Fair for a generous 20% discount on all wedding packages booked in 2013.

If you’re on facebook, you can find me there too:

And finally, I’d love to meet you in person at the Patcham Fairy Tale Fair on 9th March – please don’t be shy about introducing yourself!

The Yummy Mayflower Events!

Today we catch up with Mayflower Events who have run the vintage tearoom at our past two fairs. Customers were amazed at the quality and whimsical looking cakes and treats. They will also be serviing tea and coffee in vintage china and more…
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‘The Close Shaves’ vintage singers enjoying tea!

“The best bit about Mayflower Events is getting to bake beautiful cakes and share them with people, all served on pretty vintage china that we have been collecting for years. We get to meet lots of lovely people, and be part of some wonderful events – a perfect job!”– Lucy, Mayflower Events
Tell us a bit about Mayflower events and how it started?
Mayflower Events was started by three sisters, Lucy, Robyn and Harriet a few years ago – it combines our mutual love of good homemade food and pretty vintage china. We love baking cakes and other sweet treats and then serving them at tearooms and other events on our beautiful vintage china. We have a great selection of pretty tea pots, cute tea cups & saucers, cake plates sugar bowls and milk jugs that we hire out for events such as weddings, baby showers and christenings.
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Cakes at our summer fair

What do you enjoy most about your business?
The best bit about Mayflower Events is getting to bake beautiful cakes and share them with people, all served on pretty vintage china that we have been collecting for years. We get to meet lots of lovely people, and be part of some wonderful events – a perfect job!
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Our summer fair

Do you have a bestseller?
We sold out of all of our cakes and other treats at the last two fairs so it’s very hard to say what was our absolute bestseller as everything went so quickly! However, our lemon drizzle cake is always very popular – the key to a good lemon drizzle is getting lots of lovely zesty lemon flavour into the cake to balance the sweetness of the sponge and the homemade sausage rolls received really good feedback.
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You took part in our previous two fairs, did you enjoy them?
The last two fairs were fabulous fun – so many good quality, talented craft stalls run by some wonderful people. As soon as the doors opened, the fairs were jammed full of visitors having a great time.
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What treats can we expect from you in our spring vintage tearoom?
We have lots of yummy treats planned for the vintage tearoom in Spring – all of our food is homemade with really good quality ingredients. There will be the usual delicious cakes including carrot cake, coffee cake, apple cake, victoria sponge and also cupcakes, Easter cookies, hotcross buns and then some savoury items such as sausage rolls and pasties filled with a spicy chickpea, tomato and spinach mix.
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Mayflower events at our summer fair

How can we find out more about you?
Our website has lots more information about what we do, and we also have a facebook page, twitter account and blog:
Cakes by Mayflower at our summer fair

Cakes by Mayflower at our summer fair

Say Hello To…Sparkles Face Painting

We are pleased to welcome back Carol of Sparkles Face Painting to our Spring Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday the 9th March. Let’s remind ourselves about Carol and her wonderful face painting….

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you have been face painting…

I have been face painting for 7 years Firstly as a hobby at my daughters school and friends parties. Gradually it turned into a business and now I have 7 face painters working with me in the team. I recently was face painting at the London Boat Show in the and have been as far as Kuwait for a 6 day booking.

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What do you enjoy most about your face painting?

The children faces when they look at themselves in the mirror after being painted, its magical.

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You took part in our Christmas fair, did you enjoy it and find you were popular with visitors on the day?

I did not stop face painting all day, this spring I am going to offer balloon models as well as face painting, I did this in the summer and they were very popular.

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Can we find you at any other fairs or markets for Spring 2013?

No. The fairly Tale Fair is the only one I face paint at. It’s great fun because my Mother and daughter join me for the day, They both enjoy it. Otherwise I am generally booked up for corporate events and children parties.

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Find out more and make a booking with Sparkles Face Painting:


Say Hello To…Basement 68

Today we have a quick say hello to post from Paul Cherrill of Basement 68. He will be joining us at the fair, with a range of quirky and colorful greeting cards! Find out more…

Tell us a bit about yourself and style….

Paul Cherrill is a Designer and Illustrator with almost 20 years experience working in the Children’s Book Publishing market AND IS THE FOUNDER OF THE DESIGN STUDIO BASEMENT68. A renewed focus on illustration has lead to the launch of a new portfolio November 2012 – with a quirky style, vibrant colours and interesting textures. He lives in Brighton, with his wife and young daughter and loves music – from playing the acoustic to collecting vinyl to the live experience.

What will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?
Greetings Cards.

How can we find out more about you?
Twitter: @paulcherrill

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

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