Say Hello To…Cat-a-Cake Creations

Today we hear from our fair organiser, Claire Montgomery. Claire will also have a stall at the fair and will be selling under the name of Cat-a-Cake Creations. Find out a bit more about her…

“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

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 have recently re-branded under the name of Cat-a-Cake Creations, in line with my new website and Etsy store.

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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 £7 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!

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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!

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

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses in May and December each year. This May I will again be part of The Cake House, which is a lovely child friendly houses with lot of cute arts and crafts (and rainbow stairs), as well as a new house- The Dog House which is a great well established house with over 16 artists- find out more about them on my website. I’ll also be taking part in more craft fairs and local events during the summer.

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

I will be selling a range of cute gift ideas for both Mother’s day and Easter. These include greeting cards- my dotty chick card won a Pinterest competition last year and is very popular! Also I have made some special little felt chicks that come in their own little pouches to keep warm. They want to be your friend so please say hello on the day! There is only 3 available- so be quick! Also I will have badges, pocket mirror, earrings, necklaces and much more to choose from.

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

Yes I took part, and organised it! As with the summer fair 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. It rained hard ALL day for the Christmas fair but that didn’t seem to put visitors off- there was a steady flow of people all day and it was particularly busy in the morning. 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 Spring fair will be just as magical, we have so much to offer 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.

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 9th March, 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 (just set up new page under my new name and would love some more fans!): www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

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Say Hello To…Owl and Otter

We first met The Owl & Otter at our last Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have them and their wonderful laser cut creations back again.

“We’ve taken part in the last two Fairy Tale Fairs and they have been brilliant. We’ve met some lovely customers, made friends with wonderful crafters and eaten some gorgeous cake…”– Rachael, Owl & Otter

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

My name is Rachael and I’m the face behind the Owl & Otter, which is based in the sunny seaside town of Brighton. The Owl & Otter started on my living room floor when I was making favors/table decorations for my wedding. We had a very tight budget but we wanted to have all our friends and family around us so I set to work. It was a lot of hardwork, especially fitting it around my work, but I got there and it was a fantastic day overall! The wedding showed me that I loved creating beautiful presents and decorations and from that day on, I have set about making products that I would want in my own home and in July 2012, the Owl & Otter was created.

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

Our best seller by far, is our lovely jewellery tree. It features the Owl & Otter’s little feathered friends and its absolutely brilliant for storing earrings, bracelets and necklaces. This product started life as a solution to my jewellery storage needs! Its lovely to think that other people, around the world, who also have a jewellery tree that I designed on their dressing table.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

There are many things I love about my business. I love being creative and working with clients to ensure they get the perfect product. I have been self employed for nearly 2 years and its been a fantastic experience. Its taught me a lot about myself and given me the flexibility to pursue new crafts and ideas. Its a lot of work and its not uncommon for me to finish orders late at night but its worth it.

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

At the moment, The Owl & Otter is only going to attend The Fairy Tale Fair but we do have big plans for the future so watch this space!

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

We’ve got some cracking products to sell at The Fairy Tale Fair, which we hope people will like. We have recently created a range of felt coasters, which are perfect as a Mother’s Day present. We’ve also just designed a new clock using cherrywood and acrylic and a XL jewellery tree, perfect for necklaces and larger pieces of jewellery, which we shall also be selling in March. We are also excited to have our eco-friendly ready to paint Easter decorations, perfect for children to paint over the holidays.

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

We’ve taken part in the last two Fairy Tale Fairs and they have been brilliant. We’ve met some lovely customers, made friends with wonderful crafters and eaten some gorgeous cake! Each fair has had a great array of people, from children to grandparents, and has been superbly promoted by Claire. I have been looking forward to the next Fairy Tale Fair since, December!

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

We’ve got a number of plans for the future. I want to continue expanding the Owl & Otter range and continue to offer quality products which are finished to the highest standard. I’m looking forward to making new clocks, photo frames and mirrors. In the meantime, I am concentrating on getting the stock ready for March!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
If you’re wondering why we’re called the Owl & Otter, its basically because my husband’s nickname is nightowl and my favorite animal is an otter. While some people have doves at their wedding, we had owls (see cheesy photo)

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View and buy online:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/OwlandOtter

We look forward to welcoming Owl and Otter back this Saturday the 9th March!

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!

Say Hello To…Owl & Otter

Today we meet Owl and Otter, who make fab, unique laser cut gifts! Find out more…

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

The Owl & Otter is based in the lovely seaside town of Brighton and we make beautiful gifts and household items. I design each product and then the finished design is sent to be cut out with a fancy laser. After the laser has finished its magic, we finish the items by hand and then hey presto, you have a beautiful gift!

How would you describe your style?

I love a lot of different styles and materials, I always try to keep the style of the Owl & Otter simple. If I had to describe in one term, I would say it was cottage chic. I always want to create products which are beautiful, cosy and something that I would want in my own home to make me smile.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been designing products for a couple of years but I created the Owl & Otter in 2012. Its been fantastic fun and I find it incredibly rewarding sending a product to a new home.

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

My most popular item has been our Jewellery Tree. The gorgeous tree is ideal for hanging small pieces of jewellery or as a simple household decoration. The swirls and curves of the branches create a lovely Autumn feel and a lovely home for our two little birds. Its my favourite item and I have one sitting on my dressing table!

 

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Its difficult to say, but what I must enjoy is packaging a finished product and sending it to a new home.

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

This year we’ve taken part in a few craft fairs but I want cannot wait until the new year to attend more. We had a great time at the Fairy Tale Fair in August and we are very excited to have a display for Christmas!

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

We have a wide range of products on sale at the Fairy Tale Fair. We will be selling snowflake coasters, jewellery trees, vintage inspired gift tags, word art and so much more.

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

I have lots of plans for the Owl & Otter. I’m currently working on a brand new website for the Owl & Otter, which I hope to have live next year. I love offer a bespoke service and this is an area I hope to expand. I love working with new materials and in the new year I will be working with brass, copper and bamboo, which is very exciting.

Any other comments you wish to make:

There are a range of Christmas gifts and decorations available from the Owl & Otter. Check out our website at http://www.etsy.com/shop/OwlandOtter . We can’t wait to be at the Fairy Tale Fair and we hope to see you there!

Find out more: Etsy | Twitter | Facebook

 

A Festive Gift From…Claire Montgomery Design

Today we speak to Claire Montgomery Design, who is also our fair organiser. Find out more…

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

I am an illustrator and designer based in Brighton. I specialise in hand crafted collage illustrations, and create unique and often surreal work with a personal touch. I make a range of items including greeting cards, badges, cotton bags, pocket mirrors and most recently jewellery. I take part in many craft fairs across Brighton and recently had a stall at Covent Garden, London. I work in a design studio in the week full time and create my crafty creations in my spare time. I am also organsier of The Fairy Tale Fair, so busy busy!

What festive creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale fair?

I will be selling a range of Christmas and greeting cards, many of which are hand glittered. I also will be selling my jewellery range, with the launch of some new winter designs including Daisy the Deer and Fay the Fox! My jewellery is all hand designed and then laser cut from acrylic, mirror or wood. Each piece is unique, and I sell a range of items including necklaces, earrings, charms, phone charms, brooches and more. I will also be selling laser cut, hand decorated tree decorations, badges, pocket mirrors, cotton bags, small Christmas Stockings, prints and more! Lots of gifts and stocking fillers to be found for all ages!

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

I did (as well as organising it!). I had a great day at the last Fairy Tale Fair, it was great seeing all the other stall holders wonderful creations and lots of people turn up to make it a success. It made all the hard work worth it! I am excited about our new bigger venue and even more talented stall holders! I am also looking forward to trying some yummy cake (if I get a spare minute) and see all our workshops in action. I might even get my face painted! I hope lots of people have noticed our flyers, had one through their door, picked one up and come along on the day. This week is a lot of work on the build up to the fair, with thousands of flyers being delivered door to door, blog posts, an e-shot, final preparations etc but I just can’t wait to the day is here! IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!

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

Yes, lots! In fact my next day off is Christmas Eve! After The Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday you can find me at:

  • Two Brighton Artists Open Houses for December- The Cake House, 37 Cleveland Road and Art @ 73 Stanmer Villas, Brighton. Both open from Sat Dec 1st, and each weekend until the 16th.
  • Makers Boutique, New Road, Brighton, Dec 1st, 11am-5pm.
  • Brighton Craftaganza- Sat 8th Dec, Fabrica Gallery, Duke Street, Brighton
  • Belle’s Christmas Market, The Brighton Centre, Central Brighton, Sat 15th Dec.
  • I will be sitting in on The Cake House Open House on Sunday 2nd Dec and Sunday 16th Dec.

Busy busy! But I enjoy the festive period and everyone buying handmade unique gifts for loved ones.

How can we find out more?

You can visit my blog for all the latest updates on my jewellery, fairs and more: www.clairemariemontgomery.wordpress.com

You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope to see you at the Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday! Don’t miss the magic!

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