Say Hello To…Lottie Leo

In the first of our summer 2013 fair stall holder posts we meet a new seller to The Fairy Tale Fair. We fell in love with these cute little needle-felted characters, and can’t wait to see them at the fair on the 10th August! Find out more…

“I love the process of turning an idea into a reality. I try and do that in many areas of my life, but with craft, it’s a great feeling, to see something come to life from just a few materials and imagination!”– Lottie Leo

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

I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I make crafty things, I sing and write songs and every now and then I like to get the oil and canvas out and paint! A few of years ago I was working in a beautiful gift shop, which sold lots of lovely handmade gifts. So I started making cards to sell in the shop. I based all the cards around two characters who I named ‘Lottie’ and ‘Leo’. I was so excited when people bought them that I was inspired to sell more of the things I make. At the start of this year I decided to start a small online blog/ shop named ‘Lottie Leo’ and I’m just beginning to get the ball rolling!

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How would you describe your style?

I make a variety of gifts, from needle-felted animals to wooden hanging signs. My favourite materials to use are paint, felt and wood. The wooden signs and wooden fridge magnets have quotes written on them, all of which I have painted completely by hand. No two of my items are the same. I love everything to be unique. My Needle- felted animals are created entirely from wool and then I make them little clothes and give them accessories! I think I’d describe my style as ‘Sweet’, ‘quirky’ and ‘Shabby Chic’.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been making craft items since I was about 10! I used to make cards, scrapbooks, bags, pencil cases and other handy things, but always just for me or friends and family.

Apart from the cards I used to sell in a local gift shop, I have only recently started to sell my items.

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

I don’t think I’ve sold enough yet to have a best seller, but I’ve had lots of lovely feedback and encouragement and I’m looking forward to seeing what my best seller is when I do this craft fair in August!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the process of turning an idea into a reality. I try and do that in many areas of my life, but with craft, it’s a great feeling, to see something come to life from just a few materials and imagination!

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

I plan to take part in more fairs and markets in the future.

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

I’m very excited about the future! I plan to take part in fairs, markets and open houses as well as developing my online blog and facebook page. I’m thinking about possibly starting a needle-felting workshop for people who want to learn, and so, maybe, if I get enough interest, that could be on the horizon too! Lots of exciting ideas!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I will be donating 10% of everything I make at this fair to ‘Cruelty Free International’ to help try and put an end to animal testing for cosmetics.

Find out more about Lottie Leo:

http://lottieleo.blogspot.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/lottieleogifts

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Say Hello To…The Cotton Elephant

We first met The Cotton Elephant at our first Fairy Tale Fair, she returned for Christmas and we are lucky enough to have her back again for Spring too! Find out more…

“I would like to live in a cottage, with a herd of micro-pigs and some chickens and spend my time split between my sewing room and my allotment! In the meantime though, I’m quite happy to just spend a few hours a week with a needle and thread.”– Siobhan, The Cotton Elephant.

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

I am the Cotton Elephant and I make gifts, home wares and pretty things from fabric. There’s no theme to my creations as such; they’re just whatever pops into my head. I particularly enjoy making patchwork quilts for babies, but I also like making smaller items such as cushions and decorations (including, of course, little Cotton Elephants). For the next Fairy Tale Fair I am working on a new range of Mothers’ day gifts including jewellery wraps and purses, which I will be selling alongside some old favourites such as my beach-hut door stops and applique cushions.

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

My personalized baby blankets have been selling really well this year (something to do with the baby boom I think!) and that’s great because I get lovely pictures sent to me of super-cute babies enjoying tummy time on my creations! Items from my seaside range also sell well; I have sold some of my beach-huts as far as the USA.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I have a busy and quite demanding day job which involves me spending most of my time in front of a computer. I really love being able to unwind in front of the sewing machine, or sitting with a cuppa and hand-sewing the final touches to a new creation. Sewing gives me the chance to be creative, which I wouldn’t really have otherwise.

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

I have done two other Fairy Tale Fairs – they’re absolutely brilliant! I hope to do more fairs this year.

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

I’m making a range of products with some fab new silk fabric I have found; purses, make up bags and jewellery wraps which will make lovely gifts for mums. I’m also selling a range of smaller items which will make lovely little gifts.

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

I loved it! Meeting so many other crafters and lovely members of the public was absolutely great. It was also really festive – and I LOVE Christmas!

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

I would like to live in a cottage, with a herd of micro-pigs and some chickens and spend my time split between my sewing room and my allotment! In the meantime though, I’m quite happy to just spend a few hours a week with a needle and thread.

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You can find out more about The Cotton Elephant here:

www.facebook.com/thecottonelephant

www.etsy.com/shop/thecottonelephant

We look forward to having her again on Saturday the 9th March- it’s going to be magical!

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