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
 
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Say a Festive Hello To…Rosehip

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about how Rosehip began…

Hello! We are two vintage-loving cooks and crafters, Emily Wade and Wendy Bell, and we both live in Lewes. We met through our young children being at the same nursery. One day while chatting in a cafe over tea and chocolate brownies it became clear that we both share a passion for food, flowers and styling. One thing (well, brownie) led to another (brownie) and from there we decided to create a bespoke vintage catering and event styling company together.

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What do you enjoy most about Rosehip?

We relish every opportunity to be creative and dynamic. Our different styles of working are complementary and bring further dynamism to an already highly creative process. All of what we do is creative and that is what we love!

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What is your most popular cake or yummy treat?
One of our most popular cakes is our 6-layered ombre cake with homemade passion fruit jam and white chocolate ganache frosting and for treats look no further than our melt in the mouth macarons!
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Can we find you at any other events over the festive season?

Yes! We will be at the Christmas Vintage Fair at Middle Farm – 23rd & 24th November, and the Artists and Makers fair in Lewes on 30th November, where we will be selling our homemade iced Christmas biscuits, homemade crafts and vintage wares.

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Before all that we’ll be running a pop up cafe as part of ‘Carnivale Creative’ at the Lewes Town Hall on Thursday 5th December. Doors open at 5pm, as this is the Lewes’ Late Night shopping evening. Some vintage circus-themed delights we are planning include rainbow confetti cake and candyfloss topped cupcakes, as well as—of course!—moustache cookies on sticks. As well as the cafe there’ll be live music, stalls and various other acts. Another fun date for the diary!

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We really look forward to seeing you at the Fairy Tale Fair; come over and try out our Pomegranate jewel cake (gluten free) or a slice of Italian chocolate and nut Christmas cake with whipped cream, or maybe a slice of Lime and pistachio cake (also gluten free). Or if you feel like something savoury, how about our hand-raised turkey, bacon and apricot pie or maybe our pea, tarragon and cream cheese pithivier. There will be plenty more on offer too.

Describe what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less:

Celebrate all that you treasure!

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This is your first fairy tale fair, are you looking forward to it?

We are delighted to be part of the Fairy Tale Fair, do pop along and see us. We promise to delight your taste buds and provide you an enchanting festive experience.

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To find out more about us visit our website www.rosehipsussex.co.uk and facebook page www.facebook.com/rosehipsussex or twitter@RosehipSussex

Full menu for Fairy Tale Fair:

Menu for Fairy Tale Fair

Savouries

Cheese and rosemary scones

Festive ploughman’s lunches

Hand raised turkey, bacon and apricot pie; or

Potted stilton with port, served with a spiced pickled pear; or

Pea, tarragon and cream cheese pithivier.

Served with a selection of salads, chutneys and pickles, and a slice Flint Owl artisan bread with butter.

Salads: Spiced brown rice salad with nuts and seeds

Christmas coleslaw

Dressed green salad with sprinkles

Chutneys etc: Christmas chutney

Pickled shallots in sherry vinegar

Cakes etc.

Italian chocolate and nut Christmas cake with whipped cream

Spiced apple cake with brown sugar frosting

Chocolate Yule Log

Cranberry and white chocolate cake

Pomegranate jewel cake (gluten free)

Lime and pistachio cake (gluten free)

Snow flecked chocolate and sour cherry brownies

Spiced carrot cupcakes

Star topped mince pies, with homemade mincemeat

Mini apple and cinnamon pies

Biscuits etc:

Clementine macarons

Angelic star florentines

Ginger snaps

Vanilla shortbread snowflakes

For the kids

Gingerbread snowmen

Star shaped jammie dodgers

Mini vanilla Christmas cupcakes

Drinks

Selection of teas and coffee

Hot chocolate with marsh mallows.

Mulled winter berry cordial

Selection of fruit juices

Water (Still and fizzy)

A Festive Welcome Back to….. Ilona’s Kitschen

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I work part time as a teacher of Science in a pupil referral unit in the city and make polymer clay charms. I have now added some resin charms to my collection.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I have some limited edition festive charms available, some resin Christmas decorations and some festive earrings. As it is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who I will also have some Doctor Who pieces.

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

No. The Fairy Tale Fair is my craft fair of choice.

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

I love doing the Fairy tale Fair, the atmosphere is always great and I have met some lovely people.

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

I went part time this September, which allows me to spend more time making things. So far on my day off I have been making festive bits and pieces and I have to say it is a great way to spend a day. It would be lovely to do this full-time but at the moment I really enjoy teaching Science, especially in such a challenging environment.

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

Doctor Who Christmas special! Whoop!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to the Fairy Tale Fair at Christmas. I had such a lovely time last year, met some really great people and enjoyed the festive atmosphere. See you there!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.facebook.com/IlonasKitschen
Twitter: @ilona_dioxide

Brighton Craftaganza Christmas 2012!

We wanted to let you all know about Brighton Craftaganza (to those that don’t already know!) which is this weekend in central Brighton! Some of our Fairy Tale Fair stall holders will be selling at this super event known as one of Brighton’s biggest and best craft events! It is held in the beautiful Fabrica Gallery on the corner of Ship St and Duke Street in Brighton’s lanes.

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It is one of your final opportunities to get your gifts handmade this Christmas! Make your presents unique, one-off and made with love by local crafters. There will be all sorts of crafts and festive gifts for all ages and to suit all budgets, so why not pop by!? Entry is also FREE and there is a cafe area. Find out more on the Craftaganza Facebook page here.

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Hope to see you there!

The Fairy Tale Fair is Today!!!!!!

Well after months of preparations, planning, making, and flyering the day is finally here! The Fairy Tale Fair opens at 10.30am! Come along for handmade crafts, jewellery, festive gifts, workshops for all ages, face painting, beauty, vintage items, and enjoy tea and cake in our vintage tearoom!

Some creations on sale include Christmas cards, artists bears, bags, badges, laser cut jewellery, Christmas decorations, prints, silver jewellery, felt creations, glassware, vintage items, bunting, crocheted characters, peg dolls, handmade foxes, pocket mirrors, hair pieces, kids clothes, purses, cotton gifts, sweet trees, wooden gifts, screen prints, soaps, book art and much much more!

Please pop along and see us and support our local makers! Avoid the stress and queues in town and get free parking and keep the kids happy at The Fairy Tale Fair. Buy handmade gifts this Christmas and give unique and one off presents you won’t find on the high street!

Our lovely stall holders will be ready and waiting to greet you and tell you all about their wonderful creations! We are here for one day only so make sure you don’t miss us! Find us at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN18TA. Free on street parking. Buses 5/5A Patcham run every 10 minutes from town and stop just seconds around the corner (Clock tower/ Ladies Mile Pub stop). Full location details here. Open 10.30am, until 4.30pm!

IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!!

1 day to go!!!…Reason 1 to visit our fair!

A Proper family day out!

It is now just ONE DAY until our Fairy Tale Fair!! Our final of a week of reasons to visit us is simply to have a proper family day out! Bring your kids, partner, mum, dad, gran, granddad, friends, neighbors- everyone is welcome! Entry is free and once inside there will be something to suit all- from crafts, jewellery, accessories, to festive gifts, stocking fillers…to face painting, balloon modeling, craft workshops for all ages…to getting your nails done on our beauty stall and not forgetting yummy cakes, festive treats and pastries in our vintage tearoom! It really is going to be MAGICAL and makes a great day out for all!

We really hope lots of you can make it- it would be lovely to see lots of you in person! Doors open at 10.30am tomorrow! Find us in Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN18TA. There is free on street parking! If traveling by bus the routes 5 and 5A to Patcham are what you need and get off at the clock tower/ Ladies Mile Pub stop. See full location details here.

We look forward to welcoming you tomorrow, and feel free to bring some fairy magic and dress up for the occasion if you wish! We will have several photographers at the venue and the best dressed and most enthusiastic on the day will get featured on our Facebook page!

Say Hello To…Handmade & Vintage

Say Hello to the wonderful Handmade & Vintage who take old vintage items and makes them into something beautiful and useful! We are excited to see Trudi at the fair, find out more about her below…

“I love collages, fifties colours, natural textures but mostly I’m obsessive about finding a new use for old things…”- Trudi, Handmade & Vintage

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

Handmade & Vintage takes old things and reworks them into something new and useful. Old postcards become lavender sachets, vintage textiles are made into hat-stands, tapestries become seats, old china turns into hair clips … you get the idea! I’m pretty certain that reusing and recycling handmade goods will make a home a happier place!

How would you describe your style?

I love collages, fifties colours, natural textures but mostly I’m obsessive about finding a new use for old things…

How long have you been making your craft items?

Making things to sell for about 2 years, making or transforming things in the house… years!

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

It depends on the time of year but just now the Christmas printed bunting is pretty busy as are the vintage china bits and bobs.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Rescuing things from drawers, giving them a new use and getting people to love them again.

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

Yes, mostly around Brighton and Sussex. I missed the last Fairytale Fair because I was on holiday so I’m really looking forward to being a part of this one. Apart from that, this December I’m part of the fab Open House at 4 Park View Terrace (Stanford Road) Brighton, BN1 5PW and I’ll be back at the Makers Boutique on December 1st. I’m also at Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks on the 17th November. There’s a whole list of fairs here. Mostly I sell on the Handmade & Vintage website.

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

Christmas decorations and small, made from vintage gifts

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

I’m keen to come up with a new use for a mountain of sixties plastic toys!

Find out more: www.handmadeandvintage.co.uk  |   Facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadeandvintage

Don’t miss Trudi and her beautiful items on the day!

Say Hello To…Vera Jane

Say Hello To Lucy of Vera Jane. Lucy is pretty new to the craft fair scene but we think her creations will go down wonderfully, especially for our Fairy Tale Fair- we have our eye on one of her beautiful teddy bears!

“I’d like to imagine all my items in this sort of fairy-tale forest imagination land where you can eat the trees and the clouds are candyfloss!”– Lucy, Vera Jane 

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

Hello! My name is Lucy I’m a very enthusiastic seamstress and the maker behind Vera Jane. I mostly make one of a kind item’s from lovely materials such as imported Japanese fabrics, vintage pass me downs and other cute finds I’ve been collecting for a while now!

How would you describe your style?

Some words I would use to describe it are – whimsical, sickly sweet, magical, cute! I think it’s a sort of fantasy style… Think of dreams you have when you are young or the magical stories you get told…I’d like to imagine all my items in this sort of fairy-tale forest imagination land where you can eat the trees and the clouds are candyfloss!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been sewing on and off for a good few years but started Vera Jane recently which is named after my lovely Nana who was also a seamstress. She always encouraged my creativity and gave me some good advice along with her button tin 🙂 So it felt very appropriate and inspiring to name this after her!

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

Not yet! There seems to be a lot of love for the Teddy Bears and more recently the Alice in Wonderland Skirt made from amazing Fabric by Kokka!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I do enjoy each stage in its own way but the creative part is definitely a great bit… This is where I choose the fabrics and decide what to make from it… Then experimenting with different colour combinations and other materials is really exciting to me! Although I can spend ages doing this so maybe not the most productive! It’s also such a nice feeling when people appreciate your work and love their item 🙂

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

My first fair was with my sister in Alton but it was a rainy day and not many people showed up. Other than that I did the Brighton craft fair at the friends meeting house in June which was lovely but I still feel pretty new to it all!

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

I will be selling a range of mostly one of a kind items including – Home wares and Teddy’s and also accessories and a few things to wear. They are a combination of festive colours and my usual brightly coloured treasures.

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

I have lots of plans and ambitions for the future! I’ve had a colourful start and would like to continue improving my skills and also learn new ones. I plan to work on new collections and make more wearable pieces. I also hope to have a website next year where I can showcase my work and also have online shopping there too.

Any other comments you wish to make:

Thanks for having me at the fair, I am very excited!

We look forward to welcoming Lucy and her beautiful creations on the 24th! Find out more on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/verajanes. Also view her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/VeraJanes

Say Hello To…Mooshpie

Something for the weekend? Today we say hello to the lovely Cheska of Mooshpie. Cheska visited our first fair and we can’t wait for her to take part in our Christmas one in two weeks time! Find out more about her and her creations below…

“I’ve always enjoyed making things for gifts for loved ones, creating a truly unique item. There’s nothing like going into my shed on a crisp weekend morning and printing up a storm…”- Cheska, 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. From screen printed shoppers to dainty wall hangings. Everything I sell is designed and created by me in my lovely shed!

 

I did Fine Art printmaking as a degree about 10 years ago and love a bit of screen print and etching action. i also dabble in animation and have studied book binding.

My fondest piece of equipment is my trusty Gocco( a Japanese mini screen printing machine) this is what i use to create my cards!

I also bake rather a lot too, though that’s more of a hobby.

How would you describe your style?

I’m inspired by many things from folklore, woodland animals – in knitware, japanese shrines, 19th fairytale prints and books, quintessential British home decor- think doilies and net curtains, small wooden buildings and of course my shed.

This all translates into giving my pieces a dark and whimsical style.

How long have you been making your craft items?

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’ve worked on some exciting projects including a comic and illustrations for the white night festival in October 2010. To recently designing a range of illustrations for Wedding In A Teacup an online boutique selling “an array of handmade items and fabulous finds to help you create your own unique and beautiful wedding day”.

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

I just had my first craft fair at the Makers Boutique on the 3rd of November.

My Tea towels sold really well there!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I’ve always enjoyed making things for gifts for loved ones, creating a truly unique item. There’s nothing like going into my shed on a crisp weekend morning and printing up a storm.

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

I did my first fair (for couple of years- had the minimooshpie inbetween then) at the Makers Boutique on the 3rd November I will also be selling at Craftaganza on the 8th and 9th December

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

I will be selling dainty wall hangings, hand printed cards, screen printed tea towels and shoppers, screen printed Christmas wrapping paper, hand bound journals and some hand printed baubles.

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

I really need to get my online shop sorted out to thats my most pressing plan for the close future, I’ve also got an old Adana printing press thats crying out for some print attention, so will be trying that out soon.

As for mooshpie’s future, lots more fairs in 2013, more exciting products and lots more cake too.

Find out more: www.mooshpie.co.uk

We can’t wait to see Mooshpie at the fair on the 24th, lots of festive gifts beautifully screenprinted with love!

 

A Festive treat from…Mayflower Events

Today we introduce to you a special post featuring Mayflower Events, who will be in charge of our vintage tearoom and baking wonderful festive treats! Mayflower Events are a vintage china hire and wedding events company who attended our last fair. They were extremely popular with our visitors and we can’t wait to welcome them back. This time they will have an actual vintage tearoom area where visitors can sit and enjoy yummy cake, tea in vintage china and it will be decorated magically!

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We love combining excellent quality ingredients to produce something that looks and tastes wonderful….There is something special about serving people a good cup of tea and a slice of cake and seeing them relax and enjoy a little break. –  Lucy, Mayflower Events

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

Mayflower Events is a local company that specializes in baking delicious cakes, brownies, biscuits and other sweet treats for tea rooms and other events. We also have a fabulous selection of beautiful vintage china, so our cakes are served on pretty vintage cake plates and our tea is served in dainty tea cups and saucers. Our tea rooms are decorated with vintage style bunting, vintage linen and lace table cloths and stunning vintage cake stands.

How long has it been since Mayflower Events was founded?

Mayflower Events has officially been serving cakes to happy customers for just over two years now, but the team behind Mayflower Events has been baking for many more years for friends and family.


What do you enjoy most about your job at Mayflower?

We love combining excellent quality ingredients to produce something that looks and tastes wonderful. All of our cakes are homemade and one of the best bits of our job is sitting down and deciding what selection of cakes to bake for an event – usually a mix of some of the favorite classics like rich chocolate cake and lemon drizzle and then some more unusual combinations like our fabulous peanut butter cake or our gorgeous white chocolate & raspberry.
There is something special about serving people a good cup of tea and a slice of cake and seeing them relax and enjoy a little break.


What festive treats will you be selling on the day of The Fairy Tale Fair?

We have so many wonderful things planned for The Fairy Tale Fair – we will be serving Christmas cookies, Christmas decorated cupcakes, some biscuits that can go be hung on the Christmas tree (if they last that long!), homemade mince pies and much more including miniature gingerbread houses! The tea room will be decorated like a Christmas grotto with holly, Christmas baubles, bunting, fairy lights and tinsel.


Do you take part in other events or where else can we find you?

We take part in many lovely events throughout the year details can be found on our Facebook page or on our blog. We also cater for private events, such as weddings, corporate parties and birthdays – just take a look at our website www.mayflowerevents.co.uk for more information.

You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair- did you enjoy the day and find that visitors liked your cakes?

The last Fairy Tale Fair was fabulous – the range and quality of craft stalls was outstanding and the fair was busy all day long with lots of customers from the moment the doors opened. The tea room was a huge success as people sat with friends and family to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake after browsing all the wonderful craft stalls. The double chocolate brownies and fresh strawberry & vanilla cupcakes sold out in record time and by the end of the day all of our beautiful cakes had gone!

Mayflower’s yummy cakes at the summer Fairy Tale Fair!

We can’t wait to try Mayflower’s delicious cakes again, they are certainly not to be missed! Find out more about Mayflower events via their sites…

Web: www.mayflowerevents.co.uk   |   Blog: www.mayflowerevents.blogspot.co.uk

Also see their original ‘Say Hello To’ blog post here.

A Festive Gift from…Sparkles Face Painting

Today we welcome back Carol from Sparkles Face Painting. Carol took part in our last fair and everyone (children and adults) was amazed by her face painting! I heard several times through the day- ‘thats the best face painting I’ve ever seen!’

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

I am a face painter and specialise in bright sparkles face paintings.

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

We will also be selling a selection on hand painted origianl art cards for all occassions as well as Christmas cards painted by carol sparkles.

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

We were very poplular and had a que nearly all day for face painting it was great fun with such enthusastic children.

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

Just Loads of Christmas party bookings 🙂

Any other comments you wish to make:

We look forward to seeing you all again, Carol.

We look forward to welcoming Carol and her sparkles back to really bring the fairy tales and festivity to life!


Above: Carol at the summer Fairy Tale Fair.

See her website here: http://sparklesfacepainting.co.uk/

Over 10,000 views!

Our blog has now had over 10,000 views! That is amazing and more then we would of ever hoped for! Thanks for everyones continued interest in the fair, and we hope that many of you can visit our next fair on Saturday the 24th November! It’s going to be magical!

In the Press!

After the success of our 1st fair in August this year we are back for a festive special this winter (if you haven’t already heard)! Next fair is Saturday 24th November 2012- save the date, its going to be magical! For more information visit the About page.

We are in the process of designing new flyers, posters etc. This is an ad just sent of to Nostalgic Union magazine for their November edition! We also sent an ad off to Inside Magazine yesterday- so hopefully you might see us around!

We can’t wait for our next fair- we have a new bigger venue and even more crafty stall holders this time! As well as a vintage tearoom with festive treats and a workshop room with a range of craft workshops for all ages! Hope to see you there! A full updated list of stall holders will be up soon!

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