Say Hello To…Cat a Cake Creations

Today we say hello to Claire of Cat-a-Cake Creations, who is also our fair organsier! Claire creates whimsical themed laser cut jewellery, greeting cards and accessories which fit perfectly with the fairs theme…

“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

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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 started designing the laser cut jewellery just over a year ago and since then it has had great feedback and features!

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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 £8 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! During the summer my ice cream necklaces from my new Carousel collection have also been popular- The Fairy Tale Fair will be my last fair of the summer months so get one quick before they melt!

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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! Dot the dalmatian will also be available at the fair!

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Do you take part in other craft events and exhibitions?

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses as part of Brighton Festival in May and December each year.

Excitingly my jewellery was also part of the catwalk collection at High Street Fashion Week in London in April this year which got great feedback and lots of features on fashion blogs. I also managed to speak to Charlotte Church at Brighton fashion week, and she wore my silver bird earrings for the event, which she was photographed in the Daily Mail the next day.

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I also have lots of events booked for Autumn and Christmas already- including Belle’s Vintage wedding fair- which will be my first wedding fair which I am very much looking forward to, Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks- again this will be my first vintage fair so looking forward to that too, and starting to book up for Christmas fairs too! Better get my festive hat on!

What items and summer creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling pieces from my new Carousel collection- including ice creams, doughnuts, seagulls, cake, teddy bears, carousel horses and more- all hand designed and laser cut locally. As well as my usual favorites- Buddy the cat, Nigel the sausage dog, my earrings in various animals, badges, pocket mirrors and more! Lots of little bits for kids and nice gifts for presents or just a treat for yourself!

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

Yes I took part, and organised it!  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. 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 Summer fair that marks our first Birthday will be just as magical, we have so much to offer and come such a long way in a year, 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.

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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 10th August, 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 : www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

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Say Hello To…Polka Dot Cloud

Today we welcome back George of Polka Dot Cloud. We love her quirky, colourful characters! Find out more…

“The Fairy Tale Fair was such a lovely experience, everyone is so friendly and what is particularly nice is that everyone share the same love and passion for craft and making, its simply a wonderful experience to share that with others…”– George, Polka Dot Cloud

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

My names George, I teach Fashion, textiles and costume during the day, and make magical characters in the evenings, Polka Dot Cloud was created from an accumulation of daydreams and make believe stories. The characters are quirky and celebrate their usual naive appearances. Made up from remnants of fabrics, I like to think of them supporting sustainability within the land of fabrics as well…

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky, odd, magical, whimsical, make-believe coming to life with a huge imagination.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About a year and a half properly now, I began when my little girl ruby was first born, but went into teaching so that kind of got slightly railroaded with paperwork! But now the dust has settled a bit, I’ve had more time to give my little make believe land the time and attention it deserves!

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

The lollipop heads are quite popular, Bunny and the peculiar creatures are very popular and Cecil and Cecilia the story telling cats {finger puppets} have grown to be very popular amongst mini people with huge imaginations!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love being able to create the ideas that op into my head, since my MA , my style of creativity always veered here and there and everything in everyday life intrigued and inspired me. But it has matured well and been fine-tuned. I find the most exhilarating elements for me, are sketching the idea, creating the character in 2D designs, and then bringing them to life. Pattern cutting as an absolute first love for me, so this is an aspect I really enjoy about my creative process.

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

I do local fetes and fairs at Ruby’s school, and Makers Boutique, I also do stalls at The Sallis Benny theatre in Brighton Uni and art Junky

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

Oooh I have so many plans, they are scribbled down in sketchbooks and notebooks scattered all over my house! My main plans for the future are to really grow Polka Dot cloud with lots of love and inspiration form everyday life, I have some big plans and developments that are being worked on at the moment in time for Autumn and Christmas, but they are still at prototype stage, so I won’t jinx myself just yet!

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

Yes I have and yes I certainly did! It was such a lovely experience, everyone is so friendly and what is particularly nice is that everyone share the same love and passion for craft and making, its simply a wonderful experience to share that with others. The face painting was incredible as well; my only regret was not having time to get my face painted!

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Find out more:

http://www.thewhimsicaldaydreamer.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dot-Cloud/249474715173763

Just too Sweet…

We came across these super sweet (literally) creations on trendhunter.com today. Somehow we had been unaware of the artwork of Japanese artist Osamu Watanabe until today! Well…we were in for a yummy looking treat…

Candy Shoes- every girls dream?

Candy Shoes- every girls dream?

His work is made up of pure candy sculptures and often uses whimsical subjects such as rabbits, deer, shoes and cake. The sculptures certainly look good enough to eat (although you wouldn’t, it’s too pretty to destroy)!

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The article on tendhunter.com describes his work as:

“Willy Wonka would definitely approve of this series, as it is succulency sweet. Watanabe has a way of turning any object into a mouth-watering dessert with a technique known as Kawaii. It is very predominant in Asia to find jewelry in the form of ice-cream sundaes and fondue, along with a plethora of accessories.”

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yes, that is a candy mini cooper! Put us down for one of those please.

yes, that is a candy mini cooper! Put us down for one of those please.

sweet or unsweet- the book

sweet or unsweet- the book


There is also a book available, Sweet or Unsweet, which we might have to invest in!

What do you think of these deliously cute creations? We think they’d be great at our fair- or maybe our fair could travel to Japan one day!

Say Hello To…Vera Jane

We first met Vera Jane at our last Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have them and their amazing teddies back again.

“I love finding beautiful fabrics, experimenting with new details, developing my style and skills.”– Lucy, Vera Jane

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

Hello there, I make one off items with attention to detail, using sweet and unique fabrics – These items currently include Home Wares, Teddy Bears and accessories.

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

There is always a lot of love for the Teddy Bears and last time at the Fairy Tale Fair, the headbands were quite popular!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love finding beautiful fabrics, experimenting with new details, developing my style and skills.

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

Vera Jane is currently exclusive to the Fairy Tale Fair!

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

My little one of a kind pouch bags and cushions make lovely gifts. The majority of them have sweet spring and Easter themes.

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

Yes! We had a great time; it’s such a lovely event and a perfect setting for Vera Jane goodies.

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

I’m currently working on a website and various new collections. I’m also aiming towards stocking some retail outlets.

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Any other comments you wish to make: I look forward to seeing you all at the fair! 🙂

Find out more: www.facebook.com/verajanes

Buy Online: www.etsy.com/shop/verajanes

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Say Hello To…Madison Honey Vintage

Today we hear from Madison Honey Vintage. We are very excited to have them and their super popular jewellery at our fair! If you haven’t heard of them then where have you been!? They have even been featured in Vogue Magazine!

“Madison Honey Vintage offers a collection of romantic and dreamy limited edition jewellery.”- Kimberley, Madison Honey Vintage.

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

I am a mum to two little ones and I design and make jewellery using vintage components in my “spare” time…

How would you describe your style?

An Eclectic mix of Unique Fashionable Shabby Chic Vintage made for the budget savvy.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

About 3 years

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

My collection of vintage lockets are very popular

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Working with my customers to create their perfect piece of jewellery.

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

Vintage fairs mainly

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

Vintage heart lockets and roses and personalized initials, Vintage locket with Blue Bird- You will be able to buy customized pieces at the fair, I will make them up for you then and there for you.

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

To carry on doing what I’m doing for as long as I can.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Madison Honey Vintage offers a collection of romantic and dreamy limited edition jewellery. Each piece is handcrafted using only the most original and beautiful vintage pendants, pearls, Swarovski crystals, lockets, Limoges and charms to create that perfect lust after piece.

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Find out more: www.madisonhoneyvintage.co.uk

Say Hello To…Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi

We welcome Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi today. We love their beautiful accessories and the attention to detail they each contain! Find out more by reading Emily’s interesting interview below…

“I love the reward of making really elaborate pieces and the amazing feedback I get from those!”- Emily, Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I make hair accessories and brooches from folded silk and other fabrics. They are inspired by the Japanese traditional craft of kanzashi making. Kanzashi just means ‘hair ornament’ in Japanese, but there is a particular technique for folding silk squares into petals which is the basis for all my designs.

How would you describe your style?
I am inspired by traditional Japanese style and colour sense, particularly the love of seasonality, so wearing things that suit the season. But I am also inspired by modern Japanese fashions for kimono wearing (I collect kimono) and want to create accessories and jewellery that are modern and wearable for UK woman today who have a love of Japanese style!

How long have you been making your craft items?
I’ve been making since September 2010 and selling them since May 2011.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
This particular style is very popular (below), I think because it is fascinator size, but quite simple, so it makes a very affordable fascinator: see it here. It sells best in bridal colours!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
I find it really soothing just sitting down and making them, but I also love the sociable side which comes with it, meeting other makers, chatting to customers – I get a real kick when I make a sale too! I love the reward of making really elaborate pieces and the amazing feedback I get from those!

Do you take part in other craft events?
I try and do a craft fair at least once a month, but not more than twice a month or I get too overwhelmed and don’t have any time off with my husband. I do the Open Houses too- in fact I am on the lookout for a Christmas Open House at the moment! If exhibitions come up I try and do those too as they are good opportunities.

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?
I am going to be selling my usual range of hair clips and brooches ranging in size from teeny tiny, to huge and bold, all in jewel coloured silks. I’ve also just made a range of hair sticks, which are proving very popular. I will have a very select range of pieces in vintage kimono silk, my favourite of which are the necklaces, another new line for me! The kimono silk pieces are really something special and most pieces are absolute one offs!

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I’d like to find some more wholesale stockists and shops to stock my work. I am currently only stocked by the Royal Pavilion Shop in Brighton, and I’d like to build on that. I would also like to be featured in more magazines! I need to finish editing my photos and get a press release together in order to achieve that though!

We can’t wait to see how pretty Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi’s stall looks at The Fairy Tale Fair- make sure you don’t miss it!

Find out more: Website | Etsy | Facebook | Twitter | Blog

McQueen Rainbow Dress Goes Gummi!

Teddy Bears Picnic anyone?

If you haven’t already seen these photos around Pinterest and other sites then this is impressive!

TWELV Magazine have re-created Alexander McQueen’s famous rainbow feather dress out of yummy gummi bears! 50,000 of them in fact! The dress was created by Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Marakum who hand stuck each gummi bear onto the dress, taking 3 weeks!


We are super impressed with the effort and creativity of TWELV Magazine have gone to for their debut issue. The model you see in the dress is Jessica Pitti and the dress was made to fit her measurements (although maybe she needs to eat a few of them!) and ended up weighing over 220 lbs!


We can almost smell that childhood memory sweetie scent! And the dress certainly looks good enough to eat. Yum yum!

See TWELV Magazine‘s website. 

If the Shoe Fits…

These are Christian Louboutin’s Cinderella style glass slipers which have been recently revealed! We want a pair! Christian Louboutin said, “The slipper is the magic wand of transformation, which conjures confidence, beauty and love,” The dream is a major factor in my language of design. There are no limits in the world of fantasy and there is always a happily ever after.”

Sketch of the shoe

Sketch of the shoe

Cinderella Style Shoes

Cinderella Style Shoes

See more about the shoes on this Happily Ever After Article on Vogue.

Also see this interesting article on Fairy Tale Fashion (also from Vogue) hitting the catwalk. Designers are inspired by the whimsical fairytale stories and characters, as are we!

See the articles on Vogue here.

Thanks to Jessie Jumbles for sending us the link!

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