Say hello to….Yellow Bear Wares

We look forward to welcoming Fairy Tale Fair newbie Claire of Yellow Bear Wares, who you will find in our workshop room. Find out more about her wonderful quirky vintage knitting needle jewellery….

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

Hello! my name is Claire, I design and make jewellery for my Etsy store Yellow Bear Wares. I’ve always been a maker but I am reasonably new to the world of ‘crafting to sell’ and so far I am really enjoying myself, I’m very excited to be a part of the Fairy Tale fair on November 16th.

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I create my jewellery using vintage and second hand plastic knitting needles. I design and make rings, bracelets, necklaces and I have just launched a new design of mine- knitting needle earrings!

They are the perfect gift to buy for a yarn lover, knitter, crochet fan, crafter or someone that appreciates the upcycled and quirky idea of jewellery made from knitting needles!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started making knitting needle bracelets for friends and for myself a few years ago and then last year I decided to make some for my parents stall ‘One Bright Spark’ that they take to markets in the South West of England.

The process of making them for my parents enabled me to realise how much I missed the ‘hands on’ making part of my life as it had started to fade away what with work and life!

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I really enjoy the whole method, from rummaging through boot sales and charity shops to find my needles through to the challenge of experimenting and designing my items and having the final pieces ready to photograph and sell (or to add to my own jewellery box!). My Etsy shop has been open since February this year.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My rings have proved to be very popular at the few craft fairs I have done, I think it’s a combination of the bright and funky colours and the idea of it’s previous life as a crafting implement that excites people.

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At The Fairy Tale Fair on the 16th of November I will be adding a new line to my stall: ‘EXTREME KNITTING NEEDLES!’ These are giant wooden knitting needles which are 61cm long that have been hand-made by my father. I will be running workshops alongside my stall giving you a chance to try knitting with these monsters. I will also have pairs of the needles available for purchase if you like what you have experienced or if you want the perfect Christmas gift for the knitter in your life!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Designing and making! I love trying to think up new design ideas and literally noodleing about with my needles! When inspiration hits me I really enjoy trying to create the vision I have had, sometimes I am pleasantly surprised and it’s the mistakes that make the best results.

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

I have a few fairs lined up in the run up towards Christmas. I’m excited to be doing Craftaganza for a weekend (30th November/1st December), Art Junky at the Phoenix for the first time on December the 14th, and also ‘We Made This’ on December 21st for those late gift buyers! It’s my first year doing the Christmas run so I’m currently trying to figure out just how much stock I’ll need and focusing on creating a display for my new designs.

I’ve just had some very exciting news that I will be participating in an open house in May next year, this will be a completely new experience for me and I’m looking forward to it already!

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

I hope to develop and expand my Yellow Bear Wares activities, I’m thinking about opening an online Folksy store to help my UK sales base to grow. I have some new design ideas, which are a bit different to my current products but would fit the ‘knitting’ theme and I am hoping to get them out of my brain and into reality in the not too distant future!

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

Family, indulgence, loved ones, excitement, sparkle.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/YellowBearWares

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YellowBearWares

Blog: http://yellowbearwares.wordpress.com

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Say Hello To…Calico & Cotton

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We are a Mother and Daughter who have a passion for the Arts and Crafts! We opened up our Etsy shop in May 2012 mainly focusing on Rag Dolls but since then our shop has really grown with range of different items, including Bunting, Cushions, Personalised Felt Letters, Vintage Inspired Jewelry, Soft Toys, and more!:)
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How long have you been making your craft items?
About 1 1/2 years
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?
At the moment the best seller is the Felt Letter. I do a range of designs for them but also love love love, doing custom designs!:)
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What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I love that the road is endless with what you can do and make, its so much fun coming up with ideas and seeing the end result! 
Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Yes also this year I will be taking part in Made my Monday market and Barties:)
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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Would love to be able to have our items in shops and really just grow as a buisness.
Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:
Family
Fun
Magical
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Any other comments you wish to make:
We are extremley happy to be taking part in The Fairy Tale again, love it sooo much! Really great atmosphere, everyones so friendly and as a mother I think its really great for kids, they can do workshops and have thier face painted and we can shop!:)
Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.etsy.com/shop/calicoandcotton
www.facebook.com/calicoandcotton
 

Say hello to…… Caleigh-ill

Today we welcome another Fairy Tale Fair newbie, which we are super excited about- Caleigh-ill! We LOVE her creations and we think you will too! Find out more about her and her wonderful creations…

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

I’m Caleigh Illerbrun (aka Caleigh-ill…). I’m originally from Canada, having moved over to the UK 6 years ago. And I do a lot of drawing/painting.. which I put onto various products. I also paint custom things, such as my ‘Russian Owls’.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been creating and making for all my life but only started to sell my creations properly upon being inspired by all the lovely crafty-ness going on in Brighton.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

By far my best selling is the ‘A Chase’ design on coasters. They are a limited edition of 50 sets total and I am quickly nearing the end of their run. View here.

I don’t normally do festive items, but this year I’m hoping to get some holiday gift tags featuring the ‘Nakkid Owls’ http://www.caleigh-ill.com/nakkidowls.html

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy the process of creating the most. I feel that I would always be creating something no matter what, even if I did not have an outlet to sell my products through and even if my creations never saw the light of day.
I also enjoy seeing people’s reactions to my work at markets and fairs.

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

I have done other markets in other cities, but Brighton is by far my favorite. The community of crafters and customers is the best of anywhere I’ve been.

My website has all my confirmed upcoming Markets this Christmas: http://www.caleigh-ill.com/

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

I’m happy with the place I’m at right now with my artwork and products; there is of course always room for growth and I’d love to be in a position to not need a full time job.

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

Delicious food with family.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

There’s always time to eat cake.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://www.caleigh-ill.com/
https://www.facebook.com/caleighill.art
http://www.behance.net/caleigh-ill
http://instagram.com/caleigh_ill/
https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/caleighill
https://twitter.com/caleigh_ill

A Festive Welcome Back to….Jelly Roos

On this gloomy Sunday we bring a bit of cheer your way and welcome back the lovely Natasha of Jelly Roos…

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I’m a mum of three, who happily creates a range of tiny houses perfectly magical and useful aswell with hidden space inside accessed via the opening roof.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I will have some specially created little gingerbread houses

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

I’m at The Big fab Christmas Boutique in worthing on 7th December, We Made This on 21st December in the Friends Meeting House Brighton and Made My Monday every Monday up until Christmas in Seaford The Clinton Centre

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

I always enjoy the day, it has such a warm atmosphere..its my first Christmas fairy tale fair though and I can’t wait!

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

Being able to continue creating items that are special to me but are loved by others too.

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

Sparkly, magical family time!

Find out more:

www.jellyroos.com

www.etsy.com/shop/JellyRoos

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Say Hello to…Retro Violet

Today we welcome Emily, of Retro Violet, who makes the most beautiful vintage inspired jewellery. This is her first Fairy Tale Fair and we look forward to welcoming her!

“I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved.”– Emily, Retro Violet

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

At University I studied Fine Art then went into Photography and Digital Design. I’m fascinated by the world in miniature and I’ve always wondered how I could turn my photos into jewellery. This gave me the idea to turn my digital collages into jewellery. I am keen to create something unique and make it affordable for everyone. I love images from different eras and digitally layer old postcards, textures and other ephemera to make my designs. I also have a penchant for France and all things French so this creeps in too!

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How would you describe your style?

My style is best described as modern vintage inspired, I guess!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I had the idea for Retro Violet in 2010 but only really started selling in Spring 2012.

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

I would say my best seller is the lovely little dove brooch.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Most of all I enjoy the design stage – it’s fun coming up with new ideas. I also love doing the stalls: meeting interesting and talented people and soaking up the atmosphere.

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

Yes. Pop Up Vintage, Hassocks / Vintage and Very Nice, Chichester / Big Brighton Fringe Fair / Johnny Loves June Vintage Fair, Shoreham-by-Sea / Floral Fringe Fair, Knepp Castle. I’m always looking for new fairs to try out.

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

I would love to expand my range to include textiles and cards. I’m a very creative person and would love to have more time to put into the business (currently I juggle it around a full-time job). I’ve also been taking part in the Etsy Mentor Month (the Brighton Sellers Team are fabulous!) This will hopefully boost my online sales – it’s been very worthwhile and have a brilliant mentor.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved. I already have some cute things for little ones but I’m excited to create some fairy inspired items too.

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Link to website & social accounts:

Website: www.retroviolet.co.uk

Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RetroVioletDesign

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RetroViolet

Twitter: twitter.com/_RetroViolet

Say Hello To…Hello DODO

Today we welcome back a Fairy Tale Fair favorite! Ali and Jam of Hello DODO have taken part in every Fairy Tale Fair, and we are pleased they will be with us to celebrate our first Birthday! Find out more about their colourful screenprint creations…

“The Fairy Tale Fair is an absolute MUST SEE event! This will be our fourth time selling at the Fairy Tale Fair and it is one of the biggest dates in our diary. It really isn’t like your average craft fair!” – Ali & Jam, Hello DODO

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

Hello! We are Ali & Jam AKA hello DODO, the playful printmakers. We are a Brighton based couple with a love of fun, bright and clever graphic design full of animals, typography and puns (often all three!) We come up with our ideas and design them together, before eventually handprinting them on to posters, tote bags and now t-shirts too…all from our kitchen worktop :o)

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How would you describe your style?

Our style is definitely bright and fun with lots of clever little twists which you have to keep an eye out for! Our designs are perfect for bright homes, children’s bedrooms or nurseries or for anyone with a good sense of humour and a love of bold design. Often people pretend that they’re buying our designs for their kids but we know it’s really for them!

How long have you been making your craft items?

We have been making our designs since October 2011 and have grown considerably since then.

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

Our most popular screenprint to date is our ‘I Love A Nice Lion On A Sunday” which we’re just about to launch as a t-shirt for men and ladies too! But we also have a new design ‘Bear With Me…’ which is giving the Lion a good run for his money. People do love a good animal pun :o)

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I think the biggest enjoyment is sharing our ideas and hard work with other people, it’s so lovely when people really get what we do and appreciate it. We’re also incredibly proud to have taught ourselves to screenprint from scratch…it took a VERY long time to master the craft and we just really love it. Another thing we enjoy is that hello DODO is a complete collaboration between the two of us, so it’s kind of our baby.

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

Yes lots! In Brighton you can find us at Craftaganza and at the Maker’s Boutique exhibition in the Fishing Quarter Gallery on the seafront. We’re also going to be at Crafty Fox in Brixton in October and Handmade Christmas at the O2 in December! We have also taken part in AT Open House during December and May which is an incredible Artist’s Open House in Brighton.

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

We’re excited to be launching our t-shirts at the moment and have LOTS more planned. We also have a whole list of new designs waiting to be worked on and an exciting collaboration in the pipeline. Our plan is to keep growing hello DODO as big as we can and eventually quit the day job. We also do branding and design work through hello DODO so this is a part of the business we’d like to grow also. WE’RE EXCITED! 😀

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

The Fairy Tale Fair is an absolute MUST SEE event! This will be our fourth time selling at the Fairy Tale Fair and it is one of the biggest dates in our diary. It really isn’t like your average craft fair! Most families and visitors come to the fair and end up literally staying for the entire day! There is so much to see and get involved with and the cakes are AMAZING!

www.hellododoshop.etsy.com
www.hello-dodo.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/helloDODOshop
www.twitter.com/hellohelloDODO

Say Hello To…MiniPatisserie

Today we welcome back MiniPatisserie who will again be running a polymer clay workshop for us. Find out more…

Hi, I’m Caroline of MiniPatisserie. I make jewellery with my own handmade charms.

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I ran a craft workshop at the spring fairy tale fair which went really well. This time there will be an even wider range of bits and pieces to decorate, including pizza slices, cakes and animal shapes and also more things to make with them (jewellery, key-rings, bookmarks and phone charms).

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There will my own handmade jewellery on sale as well. Photos of the creations from the last fair can be seen on my website www.minipatisserie.co.uk. See you in a few weeks!

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Say Hello To Mooshpie…

Today we welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regular Mooshpie. We love her enchanted illustrations…

“I have done The Fairy Tale Fair twice and both times have loved it. It’s a great atmosphere with shoppers staying all day and enjoying the craft workshops and eating some of the best cake i’ve ever eaten at a craft fair.” – Mooshpie.

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

Hello I’m mooshpie an illustrating, screen printing, bookbinding, cake baking whirlwind.

I make lots of lovely treats for you and for your home. Illustrated hand printed wall hangings, totes, tea towels, prints, cards and hand bound books straight from my shed in Brighton!

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How would you describe your style?

There’s a lot of comic darkness from studying folklore, fairy tales and children’s stories in the illustrations for my prints and hand-tooling for my journals. Taking inspiration from woodland animals – in knitware, japanese shrines, 19th century fairytale prints and books, quintessential British home decor- think doilies and net curtains, small wooden buildings and of course my shed.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

mooshpie started many mooshes ago… i’ve been making things for friends and family for a long long time. Mooshpie kind of grew from that starting off as a place to showcase my lastest doings to being my job. I studied Fine Art Printmaking and moved to Brighton to do my Masters. Since then, I’ve experimented with animation, spending a month in Vancouver learning and training with the best 2D animators in the industry. I’ve made mini comics for sale in local shops and conventions. I’ve learned the art of traditional book binding over six years and created lots of lovely handbound journals.

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

My Iari fox print is my best selling image and is available on screen printed totes, tea towels and wall hangings.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love processes that take patience and a long time to create, screenprinting and bookbinding in my studio shed at the bottom of the garden. It’s a tad hot in there at the moment (37 degrees) so lots of icecream and iced tea is needed 🙂

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

I have done Craftaganza twice this year and also for Christmas 2012. I hope to take part in it again this year. I’m also planning getting into the Open houses for Christmas this year too.

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

I’ve recently set up my Etsy shop  which has been great fun and a lot of hard work. I have still got lots more products to put on there. But by the end of the year it’s going to be full of super cute things for you to buy. I’m also working on new designs for new super lovely new things to sell coming soon….!

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

I have done The Fairy Tale Fair twice and both times have loved it. It’s a great atmosphere with shoppers staying all day and enjoying the craft workshops and eating some of the best cake i’ve ever eaten at a craft fair. I’m really looking forward to selling at the Summer fair and to see what other talented makers will be there too!
Find out more:
www.mooshpie.co.uk
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/mooshpie
https://twitter.com/mooshpie
http://www.facebook.com/Mooshpie

Say Hello To…Claudia Made This

Today we welcome back Claudia, of Claudia Made This. She makes super cute jewellery and other crafty creations!..

“I took part in the spring Fairy Take Fair, it was a fantastic day, the fair has a wonderful atmosphere and was buzzing all day. It was lovely to see whole families out enjoying crafting and buying handmade work.” – Claudia.

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

Claudia Made This, began a few years ago whilst I was at university studying Graphic Design. I love designing and making all sorts. I create a range of cute fimo jewellery, that is suitable for children and the young at heart! I also make beautiful 3D wall art.

How would you describe your style?

Bold with a side of fun and whimsy!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been developing my designs for just over 2 years now.

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

For the jewellery it would have to be my range of clic-clac hair grips, they are so popular, because they are perfect for little girls hair. The Daisy 3D art is my most popular design; there must be lots of girls called Daisy about!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy getting to experiment, always coming up with new ideas and designs.

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

Yes, I have taken part in many markets in Brighton including Craftganza, The Brighton Craft Fair and The Brighton Craft Alliance. I have also been part of pop-up shops and sell online.

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

I hope to keep building up Claudia Made This and continue developing more designs to keep my work fresh and exciting.

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

I took part in the spring Fairy Take Fair, it was a fantastic day, the fair has a wonderful atmosphere and was buzzing all day. It was lovely to see whole families out enjoying crafting and buying handmade work.

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Find out more:
www.facebook.com/claudiamadethis

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ClaudiaMadeThis

Say Hello To…Lottie Leo

In the first of our summer 2013 fair stall holder posts we meet a new seller to The Fairy Tale Fair. We fell in love with these cute little needle-felted characters, and can’t wait to see them at the fair on the 10th August! Find out more…

“I love the process of turning an idea into a reality. I try and do that in many areas of my life, but with craft, it’s a great feeling, to see something come to life from just a few materials and imagination!”– Lottie Leo

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

I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I make crafty things, I sing and write songs and every now and then I like to get the oil and canvas out and paint! A few of years ago I was working in a beautiful gift shop, which sold lots of lovely handmade gifts. So I started making cards to sell in the shop. I based all the cards around two characters who I named ‘Lottie’ and ‘Leo’. I was so excited when people bought them that I was inspired to sell more of the things I make. At the start of this year I decided to start a small online blog/ shop named ‘Lottie Leo’ and I’m just beginning to get the ball rolling!

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How would you describe your style?

I make a variety of gifts, from needle-felted animals to wooden hanging signs. My favourite materials to use are paint, felt and wood. The wooden signs and wooden fridge magnets have quotes written on them, all of which I have painted completely by hand. No two of my items are the same. I love everything to be unique. My Needle- felted animals are created entirely from wool and then I make them little clothes and give them accessories! I think I’d describe my style as ‘Sweet’, ‘quirky’ and ‘Shabby Chic’.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been making craft items since I was about 10! I used to make cards, scrapbooks, bags, pencil cases and other handy things, but always just for me or friends and family.

Apart from the cards I used to sell in a local gift shop, I have only recently started to sell my items.

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

I don’t think I’ve sold enough yet to have a best seller, but I’ve had lots of lovely feedback and encouragement and I’m looking forward to seeing what my best seller is when I do this craft fair in August!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the process of turning an idea into a reality. I try and do that in many areas of my life, but with craft, it’s a great feeling, to see something come to life from just a few materials and imagination!

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

I plan to take part in 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?

I’m very excited about the future! I plan to take part in fairs, markets and open houses as well as developing my online blog and facebook page. I’m thinking about possibly starting a needle-felting workshop for people who want to learn, and so, maybe, if I get enough interest, that could be on the horizon too! Lots of exciting ideas!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I will be donating 10% of everything I make at this fair to ‘Cruelty Free International’ to help try and put an end to animal testing for cosmetics.

Find out more about Lottie Leo:

http://lottieleo.blogspot.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/lottieleogifts

Say Hello To…Cat-a-Cake Creations

Today we hear from our fair organiser, Claire Montgomery. Claire will also have a stall at the fair and will be selling under the name of Cat-a-Cake Creations. Find out a bit more about her…

“Visitors to our fair seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day!”– Claire

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

As well as organising this fair and working full time at a design studio, I also regularly sell at craft markets across Sussex. I sell a range of whimsical & animal themed laser cut jewellery, greetings cards, pocket mirrors, badges, cotton bags and more! All of my work is hand designed by myself. I have recently re-branded under the name of Cat-a-Cake Creations, in line with my new website and Etsy store.

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

My ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklace is always popular. He is based on my own pet Buddy the cat, who is a big fluffy black cat who likes lots of cuddles! The best thing about having him as a necklace is he can be any colour I want him to be! Other than Buddy then my earrings are always popular- at two pairs for £7 they are very good value and come in various cute animals, colours and all have silver plated findings and come in a little pouch to keep them warm!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy translating a design that starts in my head, to a sketch, then to a visual, then to a piece of jewellery, then selling it, seeing peoples reactions and hearing their feedback on it is always good. It’s a great feeling to see someone wearing a piece of your jewellery- its nice to know that it is appreciated. I recently sold an item from my Etsy shop to a lady in America, so Dot the Dalmatian necklace was wrapped up and sent off to sunny Florida- alright for some! I think Etsy is great to get your work known further afield and its a great feeling knowing a little item you had an idea about is now sitting as a lovely necklace in a house half way around the world!

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

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses in May and December each year. This May I will again be part of The Cake House, which is a lovely child friendly houses with lot of cute arts and crafts (and rainbow stairs), as well as a new house- The Dog House which is a great well established house with over 16 artists- find out more about them on my website. I’ll also be taking part in more craft fairs and local events during the summer.

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

I will be selling a range of cute gift ideas for both Mother’s day and Easter. These include greeting cards- my dotty chick card won a Pinterest competition last year and is very popular! Also I have made some special little felt chicks that come in their own little pouches to keep warm. They want to be your friend so please say hello on the day! There is only 3 available- so be quick! Also I will have badges, pocket mirror, earrings, necklaces and much more to choose from.

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

Yes I took part, and organised it! As with the summer fair it was great to see it all come together on the day and see the happy faces of the children and customers who visited! It takes a lot of work to get the crowd in we did- thousands of flyers through doors, adverts, lots of posts on this blog, keeping up with social accounts, sending emails, contacting press and much more- but I think it is all worth it in the end. It rained hard ALL day for the Christmas fair but that didn’t seem to put visitors off- there was a steady flow of people all day and it was particularly busy in the morning. Visitors seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day! I hope this Spring fair will be just as magical, we have so much to offer so please don’t miss it!

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

I hope to continue to organise The Fairy Tale Fair, and help it grow. I have plans to make it bigger and expand, but I’d always like to keep its local roots as it has a real community feel! I’d also like to organise more events, such as charity events, weddings and other fairs/ markets across Sussex.

I’d also like to continue to develop my design career and one day aim to have my own greeting card range and exhibit at a big trade show in London. I also have a keen interest in Children’s books. For my final project when I was at university I created a book of nursery rhymes- I’d like to continue to develop this and one day write my own children’s book too! Oh and I’d like to own a cute little cake and craft shop in Brighton by the seaside- everything would sparkle and be lovely!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to this Saturday the 9th March, and hope lots of you can visit our lovely fair on the day. We are open from 10.30am, and you can see full location details here. It’s a great day out for all the family and there really is something for everyone.

Find out more:
Web: www.catacakecreations.co.uk
Facebook (just set up new page under my new name and would love some more fans!): www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

A Festive Gift From…Hello DODO

Today we have a lovely festive gift for you in the form of Hello DODO. Hello DODO are a Brighton based screenprinting, crafty couple full of loveliness and colourful ideas! They took part in our last fair and we heard everyone say such nice comments about their work. We are pleased to welcome them back for our Christmas fair. Why not find out more…

“The Fairy Tale Fair is the best new event to come to Brighton in ages! We’re soooo excited to be a part of it again!…”- Ali and Jam, Hello DODO

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

We are Ali & Jam AKA hello DODO! We are playful printmakers based in Brighton and our one aim is to make people smile! :o)
We design and handprint our own range of screenprints and tote bags. We also have a lovely range of greetings cards, relief prints, digital prints and badges. We are passionate about bold and bright design, clever wordplay and visual puns.

What festive gifts and creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

As well as all our usual products we will be selling our fantastic Love Santa tote bags! This fun festive design is also available as cards. We will also have our already popular Christmas Party Animal cards!

You took part in our last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it and did you find your creations were popular with visitors?

We loved it!! There was such a lovely community atmosphere and visitors seemed to stay for ages, chatting to makers, eating yummy cakes and getting their kid’s faces painted (the most AMAZING facepainting we’ve ever seen!) The hello DODO products went down very well and we got such fantastic feedback from everyone :o)

Will you be taking part in other events over the festive period (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

Yes loads!! We are doing different fairs most weekends before Christmas, you can see all our upcoming events here. We will also be part of the amazing AT Open House, 42 Hendon Street, Brighton, BN2 0EG.

Any other comments you wish to make:

The Fairy Tale Fair is the best new event to come to Brighton in ages! We’re soooo excited to be a part of it again! :o)

Find out more about Hello DODO by visiting their blog: http://www.hello-dodo.blogspot.com

Also visit their Etsy shop: http://www.hellododoshop.etsy.com

We look forward to welcoming the DODO’s and their creations on the day! Make sure you don’t miss them!

Also see their original Say Hello To post here.

And finally see this exciting post on their blog about their commission for The British Travel Awards!

Say Hello To…Stiff Stitches

As we near ever closer to our fair we still have lots to tell you about our stall holders! Today we speak to Stiff Stitches – Crochet Emporium. Find out more about her lovely wooly creations…

“I love taking a load of wool, buttons and so on, and creating something with it’s own personality. When it goes right, there is a magic moment where any doubt disappears and you fall a little bit in love with what you are making.”– Stiff Stitches

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

I learned to crochet last November and to say I became instantly hooked is an understatement (as well as a bad pun). Now I am never happier than when crocheting with a cup of tea, maybe with an episode of Poirot or Gardener’s World for company (I may be 35 but I’m not above falling asleep on the sofa while listening to the wireless). I have dabbled in various things – baby blankets & booties, hats, bags etc, but my main products are cushions and Amigurumi – small crochet characters ranging from sea creatures to Stormtroopers.

How would you describe your style?

Colourful and wooly.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About nine months. A friend of mine showed me how to crochet a flower and I literally couldn’t stop from then on…it felt like a language I already knew but had forgotten!! Crochet makes perfect sense to me and so far it seems that there is no limit to what can be made with yarn and a crochet hook!

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

Poirot, the Belgian detective, definitely. I made the first one as a birthday present for my Poirot-loving friend, in April. Since then I have had loads of requests from family and friends, and have had orders via facebook and Etsy from all over the place – Scotland, Illinois…bizarre but brilliant to discover a worldwide network of Poirot admirers!! And I love making him – each one is different to the last but every time, he is unmistakeably Hercule Poirot :0)

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love taking a load of wool, buttons and so on, and creating something with it’s own personality. When it goes right, there is a magic moment where any doubt disappears and you fall a little bit in love with what you are making. I actually felt quite sad putting the most recent Poirot in a jiffy bag to send away!! But I love knowing that my little creations are going to someone who will enjoy them.

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

My main source for commissions is via my Etsy shop (Stiff Stitches) and my facebook page (Snorkers Imaginarium, just to confuse you), but I will definitely be looking into more events following on from the Fairytale Fair.

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

A big pile of squodgy cushions and a selection of amigurumi characters. Lots of octopii 🙂

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

I am working on an idea for a book of patterns (top secret!) and would like to set up my own online shop at some point. Other than this, it’s all about new ideas – crochet being a somewhat slow process, I have a list of ideas that I haven’t got around to trying yet – my next new project is going to be a Penguin Classics inspired book-style Kindle cover – watch my website www.stiffstitches.com or check my facebook page for first glimpse!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – the other stalls look so colourful and vibrant – it will be great to see what everyone is up to and hopefully try some of that famous glittery candy floss I keep hearing about!!

We can’t wait to welcome Stiff Stitches and her colourful wooly creations at The Fairy Tale Fair!

Find out more: Website | Facebook | Etsy

Say Hello To…The Silver Hut

Today we say hello to lovely The Silver Hut and their beautiful silver jewellery…

“I enjoy making beautiful pieces, straight from the heart”- The Silver Hut

Hello there, my name is Chloe Snuggs and I am sole owner and designer at The Silver Hut.

You can find The Silver Hut at: www.facebook.com/thesilverhut and also at www.thesilverhut.co.uk

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/make?
The Silver hut specialises in gemstone jewellery made with 925, Tibetan and now Karen Hill Tribe Silver.
I enjoy making beautiful pieces, straight from the heart, I have a stunning collection in my shop right now, ‘The Sea Life Collection’. It is inspired by the beaches of my home town Brighton and it incorporates lots of beautiful Aquamarine, natural jade and blue Aventurine gemstones accompanied by lots of little silvery treasures, check it out if you can!

I also have a growing ‘Wedding and Bridal collection’ with gorgeous, sparkling Swarovski crystals, I always was a bit of a sucker for sparkly things!

How would you describe your style?
I’m not totally sure if I have a style really; just beautiful! I make lots of slightly boho or hippy styled pieces and I have quite a few classic, traditional styled things too, especially in the wedding collections. I like my pieces to be strong, neat and they are made with a lot of love!

How long have you been making your craft items?
I got in to making jewellery when I was about 8 I think?! I’ve always been in to all sorts of arts and crafts, but recently rediscovered my passion for jewellery making after having my lovely children a few years ago.

I soon found out that my previous career choice just did’nt fit with family life and feeling a bit lost and confused I rediscovered my old hobby and started to make new items of jewellery that quickly got snapped up by a lot of people I knew. Then they wanted personal designs made up for them and before I knew it I had a little ‘mini’ empire growing.
My little company has now been open for about 2 and half years, selling on-line and also at local craft fairs and markets!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
I have made and sold the best part of 200 of my ‘Stretchy Swarovski Occasion Bracelets’ these are definately my best seller. Also my ‘Multi-strand Occasion Swarovski necklaces’ in green with moonstone, I always want to keep these for myself what ever colour I make them in!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I love to experiment with new materials and techniques. I get bored easily doing the same thing, so every design I have come up with and every technique that I learn does heavily influence my next new piece. Each design has a habit of growing and changing whist it is being made and I some times have to go back and re make the original design because I get a little carried away!

Do you take part in other craft events?
Yes I do. – I attend regular fairs in central Brighton, mainly ‘Brighton Craft Fair’ and the ‘Maker’s Boutique’, these both run the first Saturday of every month.

I have also done some Ladies Nights which are always a little messy but jolly good fun! The Silver Hut is also part of the ‘Brighton Etsy Collective’ which is a team of crafty Brighton designers who have a shop or like to shop on http://www.Etsy.com. We meet up every now and then to discuss events, tips on running our shops and everything else we can think of. We have recently been discussing the exciting idea of pop up shops, so watch out on the high street for us, we may be ‘popping up’ soon.

The collectives website is currently under construction and will be up dated again shortly, check us out at www.brightonetsycollective.blogspot.co.uk

What product / items will you be selling at the fairy tale fair?
All my best sellers of course, plus some stunning new designs to add to my Sea Life Collection and a whole new ‘Fantasy’ collection with mermaids, castles, frog princes and of course fairies, I just hope to have it all ready in time. Ooh I’m so excited!

What are your plans / ambitions for the future?
I think it’s every designers dream of course to be noticed and land that million pound deal! But until then I would love to go a bit more up market, I’m always striving to improve my build quality and want to go onto making bigger and more stunning things, I would like to attend courses to learn silver soldering and also how to actually make my own beads and charms from scratch to my own designs. I would love to be known for those fantastic bespoke pieces.

Any other comments?
Just take care you guy’s and I look forward to seeing you on the big day!

We think The Silver Hut’s jewellery will be very popular at the fair and can’t wait to see them there!

Find them on: Web | Etsy | Facebook

Say Hello To…Sasa Boo

Today we Say Hello To…Sasa Boo! We love her knitted rabbits and we are looking forward to meeting them at the fair!

It’s not about world domination, just bringing new creations to the market which I think are special and affordable. – Sasa Boo

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I work with two incredibly talented Aunts who are skilled knitters and sewers. Together we combine our passion for hand-made crafts and items we wish existed. We have always hand an eye for cute prints, interesting buttons and novel accessories which helped to inspire us to create Sasa Boo. Having worked in jewellery for five years I have a keen eye for what people are looking for and what isn’t in every shop. Combining a love of interesting vintage finds I source items across the world wide web to create pieces that I would love to receive.

 How would you describe your style?
As I’ve got older I prefer to invest in timeless pieces, especially good tailoring and classic prints. However, I have a quirky edge to my style – whether that be a bow here and there or a ribbon worn around my waist, not forgetting my love of ballerina pumps. However, when it comes to the home its a mix of classic country interior meets french boudoir chic. I love to collect ornaments along the way and any pretty print, be it cushions, curtains or bedding.
 How long have you been making your craft items?
My jewellery line which is stocked in a store in Brighton was formed last year. My online shop on etsy was also established last year and has been running successfully. However, I’ve been making and doing long, long before then.Yet, having the confidence to sell your creations is quite another adventure all together and before I was happy just making for friends and family. It is still nerve wracking unveiling your creations, especially when you know how long they have taken to create, but it is always satisfying to hear positive feedback.
 Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
My resin hair slides have been the most popular online item along with my hand-made, water colour greetings cards.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Being a trainee teacher takes a lot of my spare time and I rarely have “me time” but sitting down to paint, make or create is a fantastic way to escape into my imagination and is thoroughly therapeutic. I love seeing my ideas come to life and for me its about making something special and individual.
 Do you take part in other craft events?
I have recently taken part in a fair in Brighton at ‘The Friends Meeting House’ and will also be doing a fair in July in Worthing’s new ‘Barties Boutique’. Towards Christmas I hope to show at Craftaganza in Brighton as well.
What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?
The fair will have a good range of affordable gifts. For jewellery I will be selling some vintage brass jewellery and some sterling silver pieces, I will also have a range of hair slides to. The famous knitted bunnies will be there along with some other knitted items. Fabric hearts and scented pouches as well as hand-made fabric covered notebooks will be on sale to. My most recent creation will be showcased which allows the purchaser to create a personalized greetings card, selecting one of my hand-made illustrated cards and a brass initial or numeral necklace, all for £4.50. A really lovely and simple gift.
 What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
 I’ve always got a head full of ideas and it’s my husband who has to reign me back in. I will definitely continue to create and make, as well as sell at local fairs. I focus alot on the website and hope to expand this in the future. When I can I would love to open my own tea room and would sell all my crafts alongside the delicious cakes and freshly brewed tea. It’s not about world domination, just bringing new creations to the market which I think are special and affordable.
Check us out at the Fairy Tale Fair and online at:
Web: www.sasaboo.co.uk
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/SasaBoo
We can’t wait to see all of Sasa Boo’s wonderful creations and have our eye on her beautiful handmade cards!

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