The Fairy Tale Fair is Today!!!

Our fair is today!!! Join us from 10.30 – 4 at Patcham Methodist church for lots of craft-y fun!

Please pop along and support our local sellers who have spent a lot of time getting the wares ready to sell for you today! Over 35 of them await- jewellery, ceramics, cards, prints, glassware, sewn creations, crochet, bags, cushions, knitting, felt creations, Easter gifts, accessories and much more!

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Plus don’t miss our craft workshops, for all ages: felt an egg or animal, polymer clay jewellery, giant knitting, beaded jewellery, make a felt finger puppet, or chalk painting!

Also not to be missed our wonderful vintage tearoom run by Rosehip and face painting in the cafe area too!

Bring the whole family along for a fab Spring day out for all! Hope to see you there!

Click here for full address details.

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1 Day To Go!!!

The big day is nearly upon us! Remember to join us tomorrow from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8TA.

There will be over 35 local craft and vintage stalls, a craft workshop room, charity raffle for The Martlets, vintage tearoom, face painting and much more!

Don’t forget to join our Facebook event here, and invite all your friends!

Patcham Youth Silver Band outside the venue

Patcham Youth Silver Band outside the venue

Click here for full location details. Buses 5 and 5A run every 10 minutes from central town and stop just seconds around the corner- ask for Patcham Clock Tower stop. FREE parking too!

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow! If you are bringing little ones remember they are welcome to dress up in their most sparkly fairy themed attire!

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Say Hello to… Shiny Pigeon

Today we are super exited to welcome back the lovely Rebecca of Shiny Pigeon, she was very popular at our last fair and we’ll sure she will be again!…

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

Hello! I’m Rebecca and I create whimsical woodland creatures and gifts from fabric, felt and yarn. I work out of the back bedroom of our Nest, normally with our woof, Chekhov laid around my feet and my husband on a very important conference call on the desk next to mine. My creations are inspired by the books I read as a child and I hope to invoke the nostalgia of Enid Blyton, Kenneth Grahame and Richard Adams for the young…or at least the young at heart.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t making something, I am quite lucky to have been encouraged to ‘be quiet and find something to do’ from an early age. I taught myself to crochet around 3 years ago and I have been sewing since I was allowed to use a needle. I opened the digital doors of The Pigeon’s Nest in 2012 as an outlet for my creativity, and I haven’t looked back.

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

This year, my rabbits have really done well…. I think I have a certain Christmas ad from John Lewis to thank for that. They make fabulous gifts for children and newborns too…I love getting bunny snuggle photos!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love to respond to what customers want. I’ve added so many new colour ways recently after getting commissions and then falling in love with the result! The biggest head over heels moment I have had recently has to be for my bunny in a lemon yellow, requested by a customer. I want to make a whole warren full of those beauties!

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Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

For spring and summer my Love Birds shed their Christmassy colours for pastels and there are chicks galore! Of course, my rabbits will be making an appearance….what is Easter without the Easter bunny?

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

I am very excited to be part of Cowpie this year. Having moved from Dorking, it will now be held at Blue Anchor Farm in Lingfield on the 11th of May. Looks like it should be a brilliant day for all the family!

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

I have so many plans for The Pigeon’s Nest! I have recently put some of my makes into a lovely brick and mortar shop in Horsham, and this year I hope to find another lovely little boutique, perhaps in Brighton who would stock me too.

Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Spring has finally sprung. HOORAY!

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

I honestly had SO much fun at the last Fairy Tale Fair. I was quite poorly and was slurping Lemsips under my table, but that didn’t put a dampener on my day at all! Everyone was so friendly (and SUPER talented!) and it really felt like a buzzing community of fabulous makers. It was a great way to spend my Saturday!

Any other comments you wish to make:

The Pigeon’s Nest has made the leap on to Etsy, and I am very pleased we have. Not all my wonderful things are listed yet, but I am just very pleased to be part of such a wonderful online community…. You can find me at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ThePigeonsNestUK .

I can’t wait to be back at The Fairy Tale Fair! 😀

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://www.thepigeonsnest.com

http://twitter.com/shinypigeon

https://www.facebook.com/ThePigeonsNest

http://shinypigeon.wordpress.com 

But what is a craft fair without bunting….?

We love our bunting here at The Fairy Tale Fair! We can’t wait to show off the beautiful bunting by bunting boutique, which will decorate our fair once again!

Bunting Boutique's bunting at our spring fair

Bunting Boutique’s bunting at our spring fair

Here are a few words from Sue, owner of Bunting Boutique:

“Down on the Sunny South Coast, tucked away on a side street a mere stones-throw from the beach resides Bunting Boutique, makers of the most exquisite handmade one-off pieces of bunting.

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In our Aladdins cave of a studio, surrounded by a myriad of fabrics, tools, nic-nacs and trinkets, we lovingly construct strand upon strand of bunting, the colour and fabric of every single piece carefully considered, every stitch laboured over.

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Our vintage ranges are little works of art in their own right, and with materials sourced from all four corners of the globe (well, Sussex anyway!) you can guarantee that every bundle is totally unique.

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By incorporating things like a crocheted doily, a gorgeous trim detail, or an area of hand embroidery, every piece has it’s own story, it’s own history, and we hope, a wonderful future!

If you’re looking for something specific, something more personal perhaps, then please click here to read more about the many bespoke services we can provide.

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We can hand embroider letters onto linen to create words or phrases of your choice, or we can design and make Bunting to your specification.

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You can choose the patterns, fabric and colour scheme of your choice to guarantee it fits perfectly wherever it ends up hanging.

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If you have a special piece of vintage linen which is sentimental to you and would like to see it transformed into a lovely garland, we will gladly help you to realise this. So head over to our Bespoke page for more details.

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

It’s no secret we really love what we do, and we love to create items that you’ll find inspiring and enhance and transform your home, bedroom, wedding venue, caravan or garden into a magical space.”

Find out more about Bunting Boutique here.

See their bunting decorating our fair at Patcham Methodist Church on April 12th!

Say Hello To… Lisa – Celestielle Paint. Face & Body Painting

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Today we welcome another fair newcomer, Lisa of Celestielle Paint who will be bringing the fairy tales to life by painting faces in our cafe area!…

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

I’m Lisa from Celestielle Paint, I’m an award-winning Brighton based face & body artist. I provide high quality, professional face & body art for children & adults alike.

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How long have you been painting faces?

I first started painting faces around 3 years ago. The first faces I painted were my children’s and I was immediately hooked! Before long, I was being asked by friends to paint at their children’s parties and it has snowballed from there!

 

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

The most popular request by far is the butterfly! Closely followed by flower fairies and monster faces…

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Honestly, I love it all, but the best part of the job is holding the mirror up to show the finished design and the huge beaming smile that follows!

Will you have some special Spring time Easter designs on offer?

I have some very cute Spring designs which girls and boys love!

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

I have painted faces at a huge array of events, from huge music festivals, airports, football stadiums, shopping centres, night clubs, food festivals, charity fundraising events and many more. Check out my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/celestiellepaint for details of where you can find me

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

Last year was a very exciting year for me – being accepted as a member of FACE – the Face Painting Association and being awarded Paintopia Face Painter of the Year were particular highlights. This year I will be taking classes with the World Face & Body Painting Champion, Matteo Arfanotti from Italy, which I am super excited about!

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Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Children, chocolate and community!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
www.celestiellepaint.co.uk
www.facebook.com/celestiellepaint

Say Hello To…Jelly Roos

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

I’m a mum of three, with a love of miniature. I design and create special little fabric houses with beautiful details just perfect for fairies! I get excited about fabrics and vintage buttons and love using them to produce unusual Jelly Roos products.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been running Jelly Roos for about 1yr and a half, but have been working on my unique line of ‘shelf houses’ over about 7 months.

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

My unique design of beach hut, created from beautiful fabrics and with hand stitched details which opens to reveal a storage space.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Seeing and hearing the public’s response to them.

Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

My ‘shelf houses’ are great for giving Easter gifts in!

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

I am focusing on online sales and wholesale but am looking at booking more markets for later on in the year.

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

To promote my work to a wider audience.

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Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Fluffy, sunny, fresh, chocolate!!

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

An amazing atmosphere, great mix of stall holders and fabulous visitors…you can’t beat it for a wonderful day out.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I can’t wait to see fellow stall holders new items and have a good browse!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.JellyRoos.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/jelly.roos

Say Hello to…Earth Kids

Today we welcome Earth Kids, who you’ll find in our craft workshop room. They’ll be conducting a wonderful Easter themed workshop, read on to find out more:

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

We are all about getting back to nature, creating using natural resources and getting children of all ages involved in nature-based activities, inside and outside.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

Earth Kids have been organising activities for over a year now, but this our first fair craft stall!

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

Our activity for this event is definitely a proven favourite… Kids just love to crush and crunch chalk to mix and create their own paint. And then to be able to use it to decorate something they can keep is a bonus.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Working with children and helping them understand all the exciting stuff about the natural world around them.  Like the chalk that is right under their feet!

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Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

The children (or adults!) can choose from a selection of wooden Easter animals and shapes which they can decorate however they like, to take home.

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

We are planning to have a stall at the Patcham Infants school summer fayre in June this year.

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

Loads of plans to run more craft fair stalls as well as getting our Earth Kids fun Saturday afternoons up and running again. I have enough time on my hands now that both my little ones are now at school.

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Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Crisp bright sunshine….. Grape hyacinths!

Any other comments you wish to make:

Earth Kids are very excited about running our first craft stall!

Find out more:

www.earthkids.co.uk

Say Hello to…Miss Muffin Top

Today in the second of our stall holder posts we welcome back the oh so yummy Miss Muffin Top and her magical looking chocolates! Find her in the entrance hall on April 12th…

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

Cute, Quirky, glittery chocolates and other confectioneries, perfect for giving as gifts or just as a little treat to you. There is now a wide selection of vegan goodies on offer due to vegan demand!

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How long have you been making your chocolates?

Approximately 4 years!

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

The best seller has to be the vegan peanut butter cups however I reckon there will be a new favourite at the Easter stall as I bring out a wider selection of vegan friendly chocolates and treats!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

They’re so pretty and glittery but the best part is the fact that they’re edible!!

Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

Indeed I do! It’s a surprise 😉 but I promise there will be more vegan and gluten free treats on offer!

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

Not at the moment although I would love to start selling my treats at other quirky events so if anyone has any suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me or approach me at my stall…I won’t bite!

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

My goal is to open up my own quirky, vegan chocolate shop/ tea room as I also make baked goods and enjoy catering to people with dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free (check out my face book page for details).

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Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Chocolate!!! (of course),

Bunnies,

Family,

Easter lunch!

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

Yes I have taken part twice now and loved every minute of both times.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Can’t wait to take part again!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Muffin-Top/209648499045508

http://instagram.com/miss_muffin_top

Say Hello To…Jen Moules Textile Design

In the first of our stall holder blog posts for Sprin 2014 we welcome a Fairy Tale Fair newbie, the wonderful Jen Moules Textile Design. Find out more…

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

I am a British designer maker specialising in textile home wares, wallpapers and gifts.

Originally from Somerset I graduated from the Arts University College at Bournemouth in 2011 with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design and now work from my studio in Hampshire. I  draw inspiration from my surroundings and have a passion for nature and wildlife which is reflected in both my textile designs and illustrative work.

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My current range of products include greeting cards, gift wrap, prints, cushions, lampshades, fabrics and wallpapers and are available to buy from my online store.

I also offers a bespoke colour match service for all my products, am available to work freelance and commissions are always welcome!

How long have you been making your craft items?

Jen Moules Textile Design has been in business almost three years, since I graduated in July 2011.

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

Every exhibition or market I take part in there seems to be a different favorite each time but I can say the brighter, bolder colour combinations are always a a hit!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I have a real passion for screen printing. I love that no two prints are ever a like ensuring each product is unique and believe the screen print quality lends itself well to my quirky patterns and illustrations.

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Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

I will be selling a my new range of tea towels for the first time and a collection of gift wrap, perfect if you want to pick up a little gift for someone special.

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

I have taken part in 16 events to date, ranging from small craft markets to large trade shows. I will be taking part in this year’s Brighton and Hove Artists Open House as well as returning to the Festival of Living Crafts at Hatfield House for the second year running. Both events are in May of this year so it’s going to be a very busy month!

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

I hope to expand my range of products but still ensuring all my work is produced in the UK, secure more stockist for my product line and find a regular local selling event.

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Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Chocolate bunnies and a nap!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://jen-moules.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Moules-Textile-Design/278482612234304
https://twitter.com/JenMoules

A Festive Welcome Back to….Trish palmer

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I taught Art/Textiles at the local secondary school for over 30 years and tried my hardest to sneak in, what was considered, the “old” craft skills. I taught the students to embroider, knit, crotchet, use bead work, patchwork and of course use the sewing machines to create appliques.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

This Christmas is going to be “Adopt a Cacti Christmas”. I have knitted some wonderful pet cacti that could be given to anyone as a gift – no care needed – just an occasional dust. I have also bought back my glitzy peg dolls and made up peg dolly kits which would be fab for stocking fillers. My animal badges have also returned with some hand sewn highly embroidered Christmas tree decorations for that special tree.

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

I only work with Claire and the Fairy Tale Fairs.

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

The fairs have a lovely warm and friendly atmosphere. The organization is spotless. The stalls holders and the visitors all appreciate the originality of the crafts on sale and I have received some very complimentary remarks about my work. The coffee, tea and cake work well for me too!

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

I only craft for the Fairy Tale Fairs, friends and relatives. I just enjoy what I do with no pressures – heavenly.

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

Warmth, contentment, family and pets.

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