Say a Festive Hello To…Show Me Shiny Things

Today we are pleased to welcome back fliss of Show Me Shiny Things, who you can find in our workshop room, surrounded by lots of lovely beads!! Find out more…

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

Hi, I’m Fliss. I live in Hove and I work in mental health services. I’m studying to hopefully be a psychotherapist one day. I like to entertain myself with yoga, skating by the sea, and making jewellery and accessories… it gives me a great excuse to collect lots and lots of shiny things!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been making jewellery for just over a year now.  I was inspired to have a go after a friend made me a memory wire bracelet.  It was a great way to make use of my half forgotten collection of beads!

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

Necklaces are my best sellers; the silver chain with the little ‘two birds on a branch’ pendant and my newer range of coloured glass pendants on black lace.  For Christmas I’ve been making some special festive earrings and giant pins, with snowflakes, holly and candy cane silver charms. I’m also adding a collection of shiny things for boys, so perfect stocking fillers for everybody!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love seeing my range of jewellery getting bigger and better, and designing the craft fair displays. It’s great fun to set it up and show lots of people what I’ve been making.

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

Yes, during this past year I’ve attended a few craft fairs in Brighton & Hove (Brighton Craft Fair, Brighton Craft Alliance), Worthing (Bartie’s Boutique) & London (Brighton Belle’s at Old Spitalfields Market). I’ve also had jewellery on display at the lovely ‘Sunshine Books, Art & Coffee’ cafe on Hove Street since the May Open Houses. This will be my third Fairy Tale Fair, very excited!

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

I’m planning to do some work on photography and online sales in 2014. I want to set up my etsy shop, keep working on my facebook page and I would love to get some items on ‘not on the high street’. As well as continuing to get to craft fairs and markets!

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

Lots of new shiny things!!

Any other comments you wish to make:

It’s always excellent fun being part of the Fairy Tale Fair, and especially running the jewellery workshop making bracelets with kids. None of this would be possible without Claire’s hard work, so a big thank you! Here’s to a magical fairy tale Christmas fair!!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.facebook.com/showmeshinythings

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween everyone! We hope you have a super spooky day! Lots of half term fun activities and Halloween Parties going on across Brighton and beyond! Got any Halloween crafty creations you’d like to share with us?! Send us pictures on our facebook page!

Here’s some Halloween Inspiration and fun… (all images sourced via Pinterest, and we do not own any of these creations (sadly))!

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Our Fair is TODAY!!!

In case you haven’t heard The Fairy Tale Fair is today! Join us from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Crafts, jewellery, vintage, face painting, workshops, kids fun, charity RSPCA Brighton raffle, vintage tearoom and more!!

Can’t wait to see lots of you today!

Need help finding us? Find out how here

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4 days to go! Keep the Kids Amused!

Just 4 days to go!! Reason 4 to visit our fair…keep the kids amused!

Kids getting bored already during the summer holidays? Don’t know where to take them to keep them entertained?  Don’t want to pay an entrance fee? Then join us at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday!

As well as all the craft stalls there will also be face painting, craft workshops including beaded jewellery and sweetie butterflies, Flipper Clown who makes amazing balloon characters, lots of yummy cake and a special charity raffle with the RSPCA in attendance!

Join us from 10.30am – 4.30pm for a great day out for all the family! FREE parking also, and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop less than a minute away.

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Calico and Cotton

Calico and Cotton

Sparkles face painting

Sparkles face painting

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

Lottie Leo

Lottie Leo

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One Week to Go!!!

Well time is flying quicker than the fairies and our fair is now just one week away!

This time next week our fair will be in full swing with over 35 craft, jewellery and vintage stalls, our craft workshop room (polymer clay jewellery making, sweetie butterflies, make a felted animal or gift a felt soap, beaded jewellery making and more), vintage tearoom, RSPCA charity raffle, face painting and much more!

So make sure you don’t miss out! We’ve plenty to keep the kids entertained so bring the whole family along. There is free parking and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop just a minute away (ask for Patcham Clock Tower stop).

Hope to see you there!

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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

Say Hello To… I Like Cats!

Today we are excited to welcome back Toby of I Like CATS with a big MEOOOOW! Find out more about his super cute and quirky cat creations!

“I love that I get to go to fairs like The Fairy Tale Fair and meet lots of lovely people – both crafters and other stall holders!”– Toby, I Like CATS.

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

My name is Toby and I like CATS. I make cute things for other people that like cats too! From knitted cat face brooches, hand drawn jewellery and handmade purses and pencil cases to illustrated greetings cards and other paper goods! My newest items are hand painted wooden brooches.

How would you describe your style?

Cute, fun, colourful and happy

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been making as I like CATS for just over a year now, but I’ve been a crafter since forever.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I get to look at lots of pictures of cats and not feel guilty about procrastinating. Plus I love that I get to go to fairs like The Fairy Tale Fair and meet lots of lovely people – both crafters and other stall holders!

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

I love doing fairs and have had stalls at a couple of local ones including Craftaganza. This year I am hoping to travel outside of Brighton for some, and perhaps take part in an Open House at some point too.

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

I’ve got lots more products in the pipe line which I can’t wait to get into production, I just have to sell some more things to be able to buy the materials!

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

This will be my third time at The Fairy Tale Fair and each one has been super fun with lots going on. I can’t wait to have more cake and I know I will come home having spent most of my profit at other stalls!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
i-like-cats.co.uk


ilikeCATSshop.etsy.com


@TobyilikeCATS

facebook.com/ilikeCATSshop


instagram.com/meowtobycat

Say Hello To…Bets and Bobs

Today we meet a Fairy Tale Fair newcomer- Bets and Bobs. We are excited to welcome her and her unique, quirky creations. Find out what shes all about…

“I love nothing more than to see people smiling when they read my cards. Some of them are quite cheeky so there’s often an element of surprise!” – Emma, Bets and Bobs

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

I work in PR 4 days a week after taking the decision in January to go part time and focus on my creative ventures one day a week. I started making cards and gifts for friends and family and they always commented on how nice they were but I just thought they were being kind. It was amazing when I did my first market a couple of years ago and strangers bought my creations! It has given me a lot of confidence and I love meeting new people at fairs, markets and crafty get-togethers. I mostly produce greeting cards with stamps and stenciled, using typography to make people smile. I also make pictures using sheet music and decoupage that I love as they are all one of a kind. I also enjoy event styling so I have spent the last few summers making weddings look pretty too.

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How would you describe your style?

Fun and quirky. I love nothing more than to see people smiling when they read my cards. Some of them are quite cheeky so there’s often an element of surprise!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I did my first market a year and a half ago and since then I have been doing as many as I can – I’m really excited to be joining the Fairy Tale fair in August, as it’s a great opportunity to meet other clever crafty Sussex folk!

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

It depends where I am selling. If I’m at fairs and people can see my work then the pictures always go down well and it’s always nice to be able to have a bespoke gift made. My cards always get a laugh though too!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love talking to people that come and see my stall as it’s the best way to find out what makes your potential customers tick. It’s a massive help for the whole creative process too. I keep a little notebook with me to take note of any weird and wonderful things that pop into my head so I love it when I create a card based on my ramdom thoughts and observations and them somebody else appreciates the humour as much as I do!

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

I have been building up my fair and market presence recently, so it’s really interesting to see the different types of people that go to all the different events in Sussex. I’m working on having some of my pictures and cards at my first open house this Christmas – which is very exciting!

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

Once I have my website up to scratch I’m looking forward to putting some of my PR knowledge into practice and spreading the word about Bets & Bobs. My ultimate dream would be to have my own shop that sells my creations and other designer/makers in Brighton/ Sussex – it’s nice to be ambitious!

 

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Find out more: http://betsandbobs.bigcartel.com

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