Say Hello To…The Doll Maker

Today we welcome Fairy Tale Fair newbie Caroline, of The Doll Maker, we thought her dolls were wonderfully suited for our fair and unique as well. Find out all about her…
Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
When describing my work, I would say it’s a collection of weirdly beautiful dolls. All of which have been individually hand sculpted and hand stitched using cernit doll making clay and vintage fabrics.
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How long have you been making your craft items?
3 Years
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?
I do make commission dolls if someone would like a doll made for a special gift or of someone they know.
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What do you enjoy most about your craft?
All the different aspects of doll making which include; design, sculpting, face painting and dress making. I love it all!
Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
I sell at Art Galleries, Open Studio in Stroud 2011, Vintage & Art Fairs.
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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I will always keep making more dolls but at present I am also studying ceramics and  enjoying using paper clay and porcelain to create some other fairytale work including lace dresses and forest creatures.
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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:
Family, Feasting, Rubbish TV, Buying Local for presents, Thinking of others less fortunate
(thats more than 5 words, but we’ll allow it just this once!! 🙂 )
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Any other comments you wish to make:
At Christmas time buy Local, buy Handmade, buy Resourcefully or even make your own Handmade Gifts.
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Say Hello To…Trish Palmer

We first met Trish Palmer at our last Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have her back again.

“I use crafts to unwind but I still get a real sense of achievement when I finish an item from scratch and a friend or family member wants to take it home with them.”– Trish

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

I taught Textiles at the local secondary school for over 30 years and my love of embroidery and decoration dominates all my craft work. I work small and like my items to be practical but fun as well. It’s good to laugh so I try to incorporate some fun in my pieces.

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

I knitted some realistic looking cacti for the last Fairy Tale Fair and they were very popular. I think it was the fun element of expecting sharp prickles and finding soft mohair or angora wool instead.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I use it to unwind but I still get a real sense of achievement when I finish an item from scratch and a friend or family member wants to take it home with them.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Only the Fairy Fairs and this will be my second.

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

For Mums – Patchwork pin cushions, Embroidered needle cases, Angora knitted brooches, Embroidered abstract fabric brooches, Book worms and Knitted cacti.
For Easter – Embroidered egg pin cushions, Easter fairy peg dolls, Easter felt animal brooches and hanging embroidered fabric decorations.

You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it?

Oh yes! So many craft minded people in the same place at the same time with tea and cakes on hand. What is not too like?

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

I hope to continue making craft items that people like, expand and try new ideas – maybe learn how to crochet after 40 plus years of knitting!

Meet Trish this Saturday the 9th March from 10.30am at The Fairy Tale Fair, Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton.

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Say Hello To…Four Little Walls

Today we introduce you to another Fairy Tale Fair newbie! Four Little Walls and her wonderful dolls house creations. They may be small but they are super cute, and fit our fairy tale theme perfectly! Find out more…

“I love hearing how customers are planning to use their miniatures, there are some very imaginative collectors about!” – Kat, Four Little Walls.

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

I’m Kat, owner of Four Little Walls.
I basically play with doll’s houses for a living! I currently stock a range of hand-painted and hand-made furniture and accessories for the mini home as well as small, bespoke houses, hand built with my Dad. (He’s a carpenter which comes in handy!)

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How would you describe your style?

Eclectic. I like to have a little bit of everything in my mini rooms!

How long have you been making your craft items?

For myself, over 10 years, the blog has just had its first birthday that’s where I like to try out ideas and see what people think.

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

50 Shades of Grey! Seems there’s a saucy side to doll’s houses!
Second to that the mini pumpkins always go down well.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Planning new rooms and themes for the blog and shop is always fun, and I love hearing how customers are planning to use their miniatures, there are some very imaginative collectors about!

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

I sell at craft fairs in Kent and the South East throughout the year as well as specialist doll’s house events.

What items and Mother’s day/ Easter gifts will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I’ll be showing a collection of hand finished furniture and accessories. Including the exclusive ‘Distress Yourself’ items. Wooden furniture hand painted with lashings of chalk paint in pretty pastel shades, ready for you to sand and distress to a shabby chic effect. Sandpaper and ‘Distress management’ tips included. You’ll also be able to pick up your hand made mini Easter eggs, calorie free of course!

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

For 2013 I’ll be continuing to grow the range of furniture and accessories as well as working on some new, bespoke houses with Dad. I’d also love to do a pop-up shop, that’d be great fun!

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Due to the tiny nature of the items, Four Little Walls products are not suitable for young children as they are a choking hazard. 
(We are introducing a ready-made range of items for 3 years and up this Spring)

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Find out more: Blog: www.fourlittlewalls.blogspot.com
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We can’t wait to see Four Little Walls little stall on Saturday the 9th March!

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