Say Hello to…Trish Palmer

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

I  taught Textiles at the local secondary school and introduced knitting, patchwork, embroidery, tie/dye and many of the older crafts back into the lessons. After 32 years I took early retirement and now have the time to experiment using the older crafts with a modern touch – its fun!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have always made craft items. I enjoy embroidery and love to embellish with beads and ribbons. My daughter wore homemade clothes as well as hand knitted woollies and of course soft toys.

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

My knitted Cacti continue to be very popular because they look so vicious but are soft, safe and never die. Super Star peg dolls sell well. They are all modeled on Lady Gaga so are very different, full of character and style.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Its keeps me out of trouble! The difference between each Cacti or Peg Doll as it is finished still amazes me and I am always pleased with each individual look. Looking at different craft items and then trying my own version still gives me a kick!

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

Easter Cacti, Peg doll kits for those who cannot or should not have chocolate and some hand painted Easter cards for those who prefer them without bunnies and lambs.

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

No. I only trade at the Fairy Tale Fairs

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

I think I have been lucky and achieved my ambitions to teach but I would not say No to losing some weight and being fitter.

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

Fresh start, best foot forward.

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

The Fairy Tale Fairs are so friendly, so well organized it’s always a delight to take part.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Looking forward to the day and meeting more craft minded people.

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Say Hello to…Lovely Deer

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

I sell a range of bespoke Silver Jewellery, where each piece is hand made. I love to doodle, I apply these doodles/illustrations, with a sprinkle of imagination to a range of usable ceramics and home ware.

Lovely Deer was created from just wanting to do something that I loved every day, but that would allow me to expand into different products. I love making things out of any material I can get my hands on!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Around a year,

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

Yes our polished twisted sterling silver handmade bangle.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the making process and the excitement of creating a product by hand.

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

I have some very cute bunny plate products for sale.

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

Yes Apple Ducks craft fair and am looking at attending more fairs and markets in the future.

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

My plans are to make, market, write, love, laugh, and sell. I have lists and sketches of things I am so excited to make when I find the time!

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

Exciting, Chocolate, Bunnies and Fun.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I look forward to meeting you

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://lovelydeer.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/lovely.deer.5

http://lovelydeer.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/Lovelydeer_

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http://instagram.com/lovelydeerhomeware

Say Hello To…The Silver Hut

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

Hello I’m Chloe, owner and designer at The Silver Hut, I make 925 Silver and Gemstone Jewelry which is inspired by my natural surroundings, especially our famous seafront and beaches here in Brighton.
I also have a ‘custom’ wedding and occasion jewelry service which is full of very sparkly Swarovski Crystals and pearls.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been making jewelry ever since I can remember but managed to turn my passion in to a small business back in 2010 by attending small craft and school fairs, I then took the plunge into online selling with my shop on Etsy.co.uk and also Facebook.

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

My best sellers are my lovely cluster earrings which I make in all colours and sizes, I can never seem to make enough of them and also any item from my Sea Life Collection; I find that my customers love to be able to take a bit of Brighton with them where ever they go!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love it when you sell a piece that you have put a lot of hard work in to and have really enjoyed making to a customer and they love it just as much as you do, it is one of the most satisfying feelings ever.

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

This Easter my £1 lucky dips will be back with a re-stock for my younger customers with some little wearable Easter treats in, as well as some new pieces in my Fairy Tale Collection with some summery colours, silver flowers and insects.

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

Yes I do! You can find me at all sorts of fairs and craft markets in Brighton. I put all my up coming events up on my Facebook page and my website.

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

I would like to find some fairs or markets slightly further afield of Brighton and also to have a big re-stock for my stall with some new collections and some larger more intricate pieces.
I would also like to build more awareness in my wedding collection and see if I can get to more wedding fairs, as well as I would love to get some wedding boutiques to stock my designs.

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

Fun, Family, Reflection, Chocolate, Spring

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

I always enjoy my day with The Fairy Tale Fair! It is the most vibrant, exciting fair that I attend. It is always stuffed full of very talented designers and makers, the workshops are great and both kids and adults can enjoy them, the tea room has the most amazing cakes and savoury snacks I have ever seen and there is always a good buzz about the room!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Can’t wait to be back!

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

Say Hello To…Darcy & Flo

Today we welcome fairy tale fair newcomer Darcy & Flo, and their wonderful handmade dolls, made from the most gorgeous fabrics! Find out more about them…

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

Darcy & Flo designs and makes quirky, bright, affectionate and collectable textile dolls with a pretty hand embroidered face that makes you smile as you walk by. For Spring 2014 we are launching a range of lovely quilts, cushions and other pretty things to compliment our jolly dolly range.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have always sewn and crafted since learning as a child with my mother, through to making clothes as a teenager and now in recent years I have been making quilts, cushions and textiles dolls

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

Dollies, dollies and more dollies! There must be lots of little (and not so little) girls beds with a Darcy & Flo doll on them.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy creating something beautiful that will be loved and enjoyed by others. What is so great about having a stall at fairs and markets is that you get to see the response to your work. My dolls always make people smile, whether they stop and chat or just browse on their way by.

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

I have some pretty spring like fabrics that I am going to use to make some new dolls, especially for the Fairy tale fair. And I am launching my new range of quilts, cushions and other pretty things.

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

I have been a regular at Makers Boutique in Brighton, Jessie Jumbles Marvellous Fairs and Handmade with Love @ Tunbridge Wells and this springtime at Horsham. It is great how much effort goes into event planning now to make it a really enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

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

For Darcy & Flo to be a huge success on the scale of Cath Kidston. You’ve got to have a dream…!

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

Rest, relaxation, family, friends, chocolate

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.darcyandflo.com

www.facebook.com/darcyandflo

www.twitter.com/darcyandflo

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