Say a Festive Hello To…Kirstin Stride Designs

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

Hello! I’m Kirstin, I make shrink plastic jewelery. I’m a little obsessed with birds and all things vintage so I tend to draw these things and make them into brooches, rings, necklaces etc

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been using shrink plastic for about 2 years now, I’m a trained silversmith but at the moment I prefer drawing and painting so this material is the perfect thing for me!

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

My best sellers are my hand painted bird earrings. I’m very excited about christmas, I’ve never made any specifically festive items so this year I’m trying a few new pieces. Basically I’ve drawn Santa hats on everything!
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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love creating things and it makes me very happy when someone’s face lights up because of something I’ve created.

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

I’m a full-time maker so yes I take part in many fairs and events. I’ll be at Craftaganza and Craftyfox market in December and at the Powder Christmas fair later this month.

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

Well my plan was to do this full-time and luckily I’ve achieved that, now I just want to keep growing as a business and keep enjoying it!

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

Mulled wine, fairy lights, christmas music, food, loved ones.

Any other comments you wish to make:

I love christmas!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirstin-stride-designs/125020474236644?ref=hl
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kirstinstride?ref=si_shop
http://kirstinstride.com

Say Hello to Say hello to Freyelli by Ellie Hipkin

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

I am a local textile artist, and I hand paint onto silk. I paint original artwork taking much of my inspiration from the wild flowers that grow on the beaches around Brighton and the south coast. From this inspiration I also hand paint clothing, scarves, cushions and bags.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

For about 18 months, I started painting again on maternity leave after having my daughter. I worked as a fashion designer in London for 12 years working with some of the biggest high street names. Because of my design background textile, print and embroidery is a strong theme throughout my work.

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

My original paintings and cushions are my best sellers. So for Christmas I have been busy painting more cushions ready for the up and coming fairs. I have also added mini original paintings to make buying  original painting more affordable and perfect for a Christmas present.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Painting onto silk is a very organic experience and once you start adding the dyes it reacts differently every time, making each piece unique.

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

Mainly the Makers Boutique fair, I occasionally take part in the Brighton Craft fair. In the past I have been part of the Dragon Fly House open house also.

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

I am taking time off next year to have baby number 2, due on the 2nd of Feb, but I will keep painting when I can!

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

Children, excitement, family, great food!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freyelli/133112546828684

www.freyelli.com

http://www.pinterest.com/freyelli/boards

Say a Festive Hello To…Cheap Frills

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

I am a total magpie, so anything sparkly or pretty gets my attention. I used to love rooting through my Grandma’s jewellery box for charms and trinkets and the cameos always really appealed to me. So much of what I do now is cameo related. I have always had a fascination with faces and the stories they tell.

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How would you describe your style?

Eclectic and nostalgic. My jewels seem to range from classic vintage inspired cameos to ultra modern neon skulls. I just create a mishmash of everything I love.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started in October 2011, with one mission: To make a Queen Elizabeth I cameo ring. I always wanted one! I got a little side tracked, made other things and built up a bit of a collection. When I did eventually make the ring, she was a sell out.

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

The animals always seem to go down really well. My other top selling items are probably The Henry VIII charm bracelet, Lord Pug Necklace and the feather bracelets.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

It’s exciting when I have a brain wave and I’m inspired to make something new. I love rooting around for findings. Meeting new people is fantastic too! I made a very close friend through the craft fairs.

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

I’ll be at Johnny Loves June, in Shoreham on the 8th Of December and
Jessie Jumbles Marvellous Marketon the 15th December

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

We’ll have to wait and see.

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

Yes, it was fabulous!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.cheap-frills.co.uk
Facebook
Twitter

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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

A Festive Welcome Back to… I like CATS

This time last year The Fairy Tale Fair was Toby’s first ever craft fair, now one year on and a well known member of the Brighton Craft scene, and Brighton Etsy Team leader, we are super excited to welcome Toby and his super cute cat creations back! Find out more…

Remind us about about you and what you create?


My name is Toby and I like CATS. I create feline inspired illustrated paper goods such as greetings and note cards, handmade contemporary accessories such as brooches and purses and a new range of handmade cushions, produced using limited edition custom printed cotton fabrics.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?


Yes! I will have my new range of Christmas cards plus some hand painted festive decorations to add Catmas cheer to your tree!

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


Lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair you will find me at Craftaganza and We Made this Market in Brighton, and Renegade Craft Fair and Crafty Fox Market in London

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


This will be my fourth time at The Fairy Tale Fair and I can’t wait, especially as it’s the Christmas fair! The atmosphere at the fair is always brilliant, with so much to do for the whole family there’s never a dull moment.

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


The smell of tinsel.

Any other comments you wish to make:


Meow =^._.^=

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:


i-like-cats.co.uk


ilikeCATSshop.etsy.com


@TobyilikeCATS

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

1 day to go!! Reason 1 to visit: Our Stall Holders!!

Well the big day is almost upon us and just over 24 hours to go until we open our doors to all you lovely lot!

Reason 1 to visit: our super stall holders! You will find over 35 of them nestled in Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton. From jewellery, to greetings cards, prints, to vintage, ceramics to knitted creations, chocolates to soaps, bunting to face painting and much much more!

See our stall holders page for a full list of who will be joining us on the day.

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regulars and also so new faces too! They will all help make our 1st Birthday extra special!

Come along tomorrow and meet them all!

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

George- Polka Dot Cloud

George- Polka Dot Cloud

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

cheska- Mooshpie

cheska- Mooshpie

Calico & Cotton

Calico & Cotton

Ilona Drew This

Ilona Drew This

Irene Dobson

Irene Dobson

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen Rao Felt Artist

3 Days to go! Join us and Take Part in a Workshop!

Reason 3 to visit our fair this Saturday the 10th August: Take part in one of our workshops!

We will have a craft workshop room full of delights to take part in, suitable for all ages!

Joining us in the workshop room we have:

Show Me Shiny things– beaded jewellery workshop. Make your own jewellery to take away, lots of fun to be had with big selection of wonderful beads!

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Karen Rao Felt Artist– wet felt workshop- create a 2D cute animal character, gift a felted rock or make a felt ice lolly- the possibilities are endless and this workshop is always popular with all ages!

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Mini Patissierre– Polymer clay jewellery workshop. Learn the art of making miniture creations from polymer clay, then take home to bake youself. Make a mini clay cake, or doughnut or anything you wish!

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AnneMarie Hughes: Fused Glass workshop. Learn the art of how fused glass jewellery and creations are made. Annie is bringing a mini kiln to show you the process from start to finish. Demonstrations throughout the day.

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Emily Makes– Make a wonderful sweetie butterfly. One for the kids to enjoy making the cute and colourful character to store a few yummy sweeties!

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Also in the workshop room will be I Do Brighton Beauty who will be providing a range of beauty treatments at special prices for the fair. Including manicures, pedicures, massage and more. Find out more in her interview post here.

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Can’t wait to see you all take part in a workshop on Saturday! It’s going to be magical!!

Say Hello To…The Silver Hut

Today we welcome back Chloe, of The Silver Hut, who we have been lucky enough to have at all our fairs! She will be back again this Saturday to help us celebrate our 1st Birthday! Find out more about her lovely jewellery…

“It is very satisfying when a design makes it from paper into an actual finished piece; even better when you sell it to a customer who loves it just as much as you do!” – Chloe, The Silver Hut

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

Hello, I’m Chloe, owner and designer of The Silver Hut. I make 925 and Karen Hill Silver, gemstone jewellery which I sell at lot’s of local fairs and markets as well as in my online shop on Etsy.com.

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How would you describe your style?

I like to use inspiration from the natural world around me. I have a large collection which is focused on the beach and sea life, living in Brighton there is always something about which helps me spur off a new design!

I also have a collection which focuses on plants and flowers and combines mythical and magical creatures like fairies and unicorns.

I guess you could call my style very ‘Boho’ and ‘Classy Beach Babe!’

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How long have you been making your craft items?

The Silver Hut has been up and running for nearly 3 years now, but I have always made my own jewellery. I made my very first pair of earrings when I was just 7 years old!

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

At the moment I have been selling lots of my gemstone cluster earrings, they make great presents and have so many different colours in them that they suit most outfits. They are also both casual and smart enough to wear whenever you like!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

The making of course!
I have really enjoyed experimenting with different techniques and materials over the years. I love exploring all the different colours and textures of the gemstones and I especially love all the little packets of Swarovski crystals! It is very satisfying when a design makes it from paper into an actual finished piece; even better when you sell it to a customer who loves it just as much as you do!

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

You can find The Silver Hut stall at lot’s of Sussex fairs and markets, keep an eye on my website for up coming listings.

The Silver Hut also has a large wedding collection which is about to be launched as part of a collaboration with some other talented Brighton designers! Further details will also be posted on my website shortly!

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

My future ambitions are to finalise my new wedding collection and to open the new website.
Together with some other designers, we hope to create a new ‘handmade wedding shop’ where you can find beautiful, bespoke wedding accessories, with everything from Jewellery, Tiara’s and haircombs to wedding photographers, cakes and wedding favours, all with that personally designed touch.

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

I have attended every Fairy Tale Fair since it started! It is my favourite fair to attend and wouldn’t miss it for the world! I love the happy vibe that you get from both the sellers and customers, there is always a great combination of crafts and with each fair it gets better every time!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
Yes! Miss this fair and you’ve definitely missed out!

Find out more:
www.thesilverhut.co.uk
www.facebook.com/thesilverhut

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

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… 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


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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…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… Annmarie Hughes

Today we meet a Fairy Tale Fair newcomer Annmarie Hughes. She will be running a wonderful glass workshop with demonstrations of making glass jewellery and more. Find out more about her fascinating skills…

“I enjoy playing mostly, that buzz of not knowing how it will turn out, the buzz when you imagine how something will be and then do your very best to create it.” –  Annmarie.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about what you create…

I’m Annmarie Hughes. I trained as an illustrator but found I was more fine art based. I use bold colour acrylic on canvas or stark black and white ink on canvas to create an ambience of either uplifting harmony or disturbing discord.

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My work depends on mood and I use painting as a form of expression. I found a passion for craft in 2010 whilst using broken pieces of decorative glass my father had made before he died to create jewelery and pieces of objed’art. I then expanded into decorative ceramics using decals, decorative glass using decals, dicroic glass making, and glass painting. I now combine these areas to experiement and make lovely things.

How long have you been making your creations and how did you get into it?

I have been drawing and painting since I was 5yrs old. I came to Brighton to study illustration in 1999 and graduated in 2002. I started to experiment more with craft after my mother passed away and I could not bare to throw my fathers broken creations away so worked towards re-using them. I also bought a mini kiln in 2010 and started to use decals left from my mum and dads glass business to decorate ceramics. In the past few months I have been experimenting with dicroic glass which I enjoy immensely.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy playing mostly, that buzz of not knowing how it will turn out, the buzz when you imagine how something will be and then do your very best to create it.

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You will be taking part in a craft workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair- what will yours involve?

Demonstrations of Dicroic Glass making Glass jewelery making Decal application to ceramics Glass painting Kiln operation I will include fact sheets and there will be a workshop sign up sheet if anyone would like to take part in any workshops starting in September.

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This will be your first Fairy Tale Fair- are you looking forward to taking part?

Absolutely cant wait, the effort organisers put into this show is amazing and I am honoured to be part of it.

How can we find out more about you?

www.annmariehughes.net

annie@annmariehughes.net uk.linkedin.com/pub/annmarie-hughes/12/346/592/

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