Say hello to…Anna’s Drawing Room

Today we are excited to introduce Anna’s Drawing Room who we are excited to have at The Fairy Tale Fair on November 16th! A regular on the Brighton craft scene, yet this is her first Fairy Tale Fair, so we hope she has a magical day… find out all about her wonderful nature inspired drawings…

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

I draw and make prints and cards inspired by nature, usually featuring birds, bugs and plants.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have drawn and painted as long as I can remember, and the prints etc began 2 years ago.

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

My best seller is the owl flying on a green background, and yes I will have Christmas cards and gifts for sale.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Watching as a line becomes an image on a page. Always learning something.

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

Yes, this year I exhibited with Maker’s Boutique on the seafront and Brunswick Town Art Fair. Events this autumn/winter include Brighton Craft Fair, We Made This Market, Bartie’s Boutique and Jessie Jumbles Marvellous Christmas Market.

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

I have a long way to go yet to achieve my ambitions. Who knows how long it will take but I am going in the right direction! I hope to make great progress in the next few years, and spend more time trying new techniques including fabric and pattern design.

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

Home, Love, Family, Food, Decorations!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to participating in my first Fairytale Fair. I came as a visitor in the summer and thought is was great.

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
annasdrawingroom.co.uk 

facebook.com/AnnasDrawingRoom

twitter.com/AnnasDrawing
pinterest.com/annasdrawing
etsy.com.shop/annasdrawingroom

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…… The Pigeon’s Nest

We are looking forward to welcoming The Pigeon’s Nest to The Fairy Tale Fair! We know she has followed and been a fan of the fair for a long time now, so its great to have her as one of our lovely stall holders! Find out all about her creations…

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

I’m Rebecca and I crochet and sew my little fingers off making lots of lovely creatures  and gifts for others to love and treasure. I live in my little nest with my husband and dog, Chekhov. My shop name has come out of a college nickname (due to wearing a lot of grey and picking at anything that resembles food) and it made sense to focus my hooks and needles on creating birds and beasts!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I am currently in my 2nd year of crocheting. I taught myself through Youtube! I have been sewing on and off since I hit my teens. My dad is great with a needle and thread.

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

My Robin Red-Breasts always do very well at Christmas, and their cousins the Love Birds do really well all year round. I have quite a few festive bits and bobs this year, including crochet Christmas baubles and Christmas Puds!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the fact it is portable. I do it on my lunch hour at ‘The Real Job’, I’ve taken it on flights, on long car journeys, to friend’s houses….  I have even taken it to the pub when I was overrun with Christmas orders last year!

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

I do! I have 8 or 9 fairs booked up for the Christmas season in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. I will be popping a post up on my blog soon detailing them all!

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

My dream would be to run The Pigeon’s Nest as a full time job. Every purchase is a small step towards that goal and I truly appreciate every person who has bought from me since I opened.

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

The perfect excuse for more puddings!

Any other comments you wish to make:

So excited to be taking part in FairyTale Fair this November.  I will have to keep my hands in my pockets as not to spend all my cash on others fabulous crafts!

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Find out more:

http://www.thepigeonsnest.com

http://twitter.com/shinypigeon

https://www.facebook.com/ThePigeonsNest

http://shinypigeon.wordpress.com 

 

A Festive Welcome Back to….. TheBigForest

In the first of our festive stall holder posts for our Christmas fair on the 16th November we proudly welcome back TheBigForest and their wonderful felted creations and Christmas makes! TheBigForest are well known across Brighton, London and beyond and their Etsy and Not on the High Street shops are always popular, however they have chosen The Fairy Tale Fair as the only Brighton based craft fair to sell at this Christmas- so make sure you pop along and don’t miss your only chance this Christmas to meet them in person, as they are lovely people! Find out all about them…

Remind us about you and what you create?

TheBigForest is a designer/maker business based in Brighton and London and we make wondrous goods to delight and thrill!

Our goods include magical illustration and cut-out-and-make Christmas cards for adults and kids and a range of stunning handmade items in wool felt including mobiles for baby; animal, bird and bug key rings; brooches; forest inspired finger puppets; accessories; unique large handmade animals for decorative display; Christmas decorations and …..well come along to The Fairy Tale Fair and take a look, there will be lots more on our stall!

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

We will indeed! We have been designing some very special Christmas treats that will only be available at The Fairy Tale Fair.

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

Only one – The Craft Central Christmas Fair in Clerkenwell, London at the end of November. But our goods are always available on line at Not on the High Street (just search for TheBigForest) and in Brighton at the stupendous and ridiculously wonderful Wigwam Toys in Preston Drove.

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

We took part in the very first Fairy Tale Fair (we knew you before you were famous!) and we loved it. It was good to see such high quality work by other makers and the cakes and tea were damn special too.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? 

It’s been a wonderful year for TheBigForest. We were interviewed about our work and influences by Made in Felt magazine (it’s by the same publishers as Mollie Makes), our work has been featured in magazines in the UK and Scandinavia and we have begun to expand our network of wholesale outlets.  We have also made a lot of commissions for adults and kids rooms too, these are real bags under our eyes and distinguished grey hairs I’ll have you know.

In 2014 we will be expanding our business,  developing our lecturing and teaching work, working with new retailers, building our on-line selling and continuing to create goods our loyal (and new) customers love!

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

Family; Love; Forests; Stolen; Woodburner.

Any other comments you wish to make:

Come to The Fairy Tale Fair! It will be one of the most inspiring fairs this Christmas and everyone loves handmade festive gifts.

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

You can catch up with our adventures at our blog: thebigforestuk.wordpress.com

Or on Twitter: thebigforestuk

Or how about liking our Facebook page at thebigforest and maybe even winning a wonderful give-away?

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Say Hello to Miss Muffin Top

Today we meet Miss Muffin Top who we welcome to The Fairy Tale Fair for the first time! She will be one of our entrance stalls selling the most wonderfully sparkly looking chocolates and treats!…

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

I’m 19 years old and have been running a small online cake and confectionery business for a few years. I specialize in creative and quirky cupcakes and have recently expanded into making chocolates which is what I will be selling at the fair.

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How would you describe your style?

Pretty and rustic, handmade and gift wrapped chocolates. Perfect as gifts or as an indulgent treat for yourself

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How long have you been making your chocolates?

I have been practicing making chocolates for the past 6 months.

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

My best seller is definitely my dark chocolate and raspberry cups. Dark, indulgent and moreish. A favourite for the adult pallet.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

It’s edible! They make lovely little pick me ups if you are in need of a sweet treat.

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

I have taken part in a couple of fairs and market stalls selling my chocolates and cakes but Fairy Tale Fair will be my first proper fair which I am very excited about.

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

I am looking to open up my own small confectionery shop, specializing in cute, edible, vintage styled treats.

Find out more:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Muffin-Top/
www.instagram.com/miss_muffin_top

Say Hello to…Beautiful & Useful

We are excited to announce another Fairy Tale Fair newbie- Beautiful and Useful and their unique and quirky memo boards! Find out more…

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

I have a degree in 3D Design and after retirement finally had the time to put it to a use! We design and make stylish box framed Memo Boards, with upcycled Tea Towels, vintage fabics and embroidery and also print onto Irish Linen.

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How would you describe your style?

Bold and modern.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About 3 years.

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

The ‘Vintage Brighton Poster, board is very popular especially in this area!

Also our dog lead hangers are a great success.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

We love buying fabric!

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

Yes, Brighton Open Houses, Vintage Fairs around Sussex, Lancing College Craft Fairs ,and Kew ,Burford and Dulwich College

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

To improve our website sales so we have enough money to make more boards and buy more fabric!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
The Fairy Tale Fair has given us an opportunity to try out some cute designs

Link to website & social accounts:
www.beautifulanduseful.co.uk
facebook: Beautiful and Useful Memo Boards
Twitter: Beautiful and Useful

Say Hello to Calico & Cotton

We first met Calico and Cotton at our spring Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have the mother and daughter team back again. Find out more about them…

“We Absolutley loved The Fairy Tale Fair! Such a great atmosphere, amazing stallholders and the workshops were great…”Becky, Calico & Cotton

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

We are a Mother and Daughter team who have a passion for the Arts and Crafts. Our items include Beautiful, unique Rag Dolls, Knitted Cats ( full of character! ), Childrens Felt Pictures, Vintage Inspired Jewelry and many more!

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

We have a few… The Fairy Castle Picture, Rag Doll and the Brooches seem to be a favourite to!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

We love coming up with new ideas and being able to create them and seeing the end result!

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

At the moment we have just been with The Fairy Tale Fair.

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

Absolutley loved it! Such a great atmosphere, amazing stallholders and the workshops were great ( epecially for the kids! )

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

We hope that one day we will be able to sell through shops and just to be able to continue what we are doing!

Any other comments you wish to make:

We cant wait to see everybody there! It’s going to be fantastic!

View and buy online: www.etsy.com/shop/calicoandcotton

We look forward to welcoming Calico & Cotton back on Saturday 10th August! 3 weeks today!

Say Hello To…Fairy Letters

We are super excited to welcome back Fairy Letters to our fair for summer! They attended our Christmas fair and visitors adored their personalised letters from the fairies, fairy wish jars and other cute gifts full of sparkle and love! Find out more about them and how you can pre-order your personalised fairy letter to be ready and waiting at the fair!

“We enjoy making friends with all fairy followers around the world and getting letters back to fairies from all around the world.” – Emily, Fairy letters

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

We make fairy items that we personalize and send all around the world! We have also started making adjustable leather and Swarovski rings for adults and gifts for the home.

How would you describe your style?

Crafty with a touch of magic!!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

A year and a half now but expanding slowly!

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

Our best sellers are our miniature fairy wish jars and personalized fairy letters.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Making friends with all fairy followers around the world and getting letters back to fairies from all around the world.

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

Only a few but the Fairy Fair is our favourite by far!!

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

We are expanding our gift range to make some more products for the home and our founder is also releasing her own blog … will update you all soon!! We are also starting some arts and crafts workshops for children and adults please let us know if you would be interested!

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

We loved the last Fairy Tale Fair it was truly magical and can’t wait to come again!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Can’t wait to see you all there. If you would like any personalized letters doing we can either make in advance or on the day! If you would like any doing specifically please email: fairyletters@strawbug.co.uk

Find out more:

http://strawbug.moonfruit.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Strawbug

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…MiniPatisserie

Today we say hello to Caroline of MiniPatisserie who makes the most adorable polymer clay jewellery. She will be conducting a workshop where you can make your own creations from polymer clay and take home to bake yourself.

“I would like a miniature cake-themed jewellery craze to sweep the nation so I can get well on the way to making my first million. Other than that I’m really looking forward to running my first workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair.”– Caroline

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

I’m Caroline from MiniPatisserie and I have been making polymer clay jewellery to sell for the last couple of years, although I started making things for my sister’s Sylvanian families a couple of decades ago.

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

My miniature jars of marshamallows are very popular.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I like thinking up ideas of miniature cakes to make and watching kids pick their favourite.

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

I have had a stall at quite a few small festivals in Brighton and have been part of a couple of exhibitions. I have also sold my jewellery in shops in Lewes and Brighton.

You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?

People will get the chance to make their own polymer clay charms to attach to jewellery, which they can then take home to bake in their oven.

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

I would like a miniature cake-themed jewellery craze to sweep the nation so I can get well on the way to making my first million. Other than that I’m really looking forward to running my first workshop at the Fairy Tale Fair.

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Find out more:

www.minipatisserie.co.uk

We look forward to taking part in Caroline’s workshop on the 9th March!

5 Days To Go Until The Fairy Tale Fair!

The Fairy Tale Fair is now just 5 days away! How time is flying! Still so much to do this week including thousands of flyers in homes in the local area, posters, a newsletter, more stall holder interviews on here and much more!

Over the next 5 days we will be posting ‘5 reasons to visit’ blogs, the first of which is today…

Reason 5 to visit our fair: Take part in a workshop & learn something new!

This applies to all ages- we have 5 workshops including:

– Karen Rao Felt Artist- make your own gifted felt items. Gift a Brighton rock or soap, or make your own felt Easter chick. Learn to felt with a simple technique using only water. This is a great workshop for all ages and Karen will be on hand to teach you step by step.
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– MiniPatisserie- Learn to make cute cake themed jewellery from polymer clay and take home to bake yourself! Much fun for all ages!

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-The Beauty Artist- vintage beauty parlour stall- Hayley will be providing a range of beauty services for special prices at our fair including nails, vintage hair styling, make up and glitter tattoos for the younger girls! This makes the perfect Mother’s day treat or pre-Saturday night pamper! See the price list below for details…

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– Show Me Shiny Things- a bead workshop, kids and big kids can come along and make some lovely jewellery from a great range of beads. Perfect to keep the family amused or as a unique Mum’s day gift!

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-Sugarglass- a crochet workshop for all ages. Learn the basics of crochet, watch it demonstrated and follow simple patterns.

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Don’t miss these workshops at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday the 9th of March! Open 10.30am- 4.30pm.

You can also find face painting and balloon modeling in the main hall plus lots more!

Need help finding us?- Click here for details.

Competition Time!

The Fairy Tale Fair Facebook Competition is only on for one more week! Don’t miss this opportunity to enter and win a special hand designed Daisy the Deer necklace by Claire Montgomery Design. She is laser cut in a cherry wood veneer and has three beautiful hearts engraved.

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To enter simply head over to our Facebook page now and LIKE our page, and comment/ tag yourself on our post about the competition at the top of the page so we can keep track of you! You can also enter by entering your email here.

Good luck- competition closes next Friday!

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