Say Hello To… Noelle Vaughn

Please introduce yourself…
I’m Noelle Vaughn, a vintage singer and Jazz Chanteuse specialising in jazz standards and vintage classics from the 1940’s – 1960’s. I also have my own vintage radio show on Ridge Radio, every Monday evening from 9-11pm on www.ridgeradio.co.uk.
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Have you been singing for a long time?
Ever since I was little, but I remember being 7 or 8 when I started singing to vintage music.
What do you enjoy most about it?
It’s hard to put into words – I adore music and come from a very musical household. I grew up surrounded by it, so it’s part of my life and I enjoy singing because music is so moving. But I can honestly say that one of the things I enjoy most about it is the pleasure it gives others; that is so touching.
What are your plans/ ambitions for the future, or have you already achieved them?
So far, 2013 has been fantastic – I have performed at some amazing venues, met brilliant people along the way, and just released my album, Bewitched. I am looking forward to seeing what 2014 holds!
Are you looking forward to singing at The Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday?
Very much so, and so are many others who have said they’ll be coming along! The tea room sounds lovely!
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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…Candy Queens

Well it’s only two weeks today until The Fairy Tale Fair! Today we introduce to you Candy Queens- who make magical themed candy floss! We can’t wait to welcome them to the fair! Read about the sparkly yumminess below…

“I enjoy the autonomy of being my own boss, being able to invent new ways of having fun, dressing up, the big smiles on peoples faces when you hand them an amazing glittery blue candy floss… and I refused to sell my life to someone else, and see my days slip away by working in an office. I tried that.”- Carola, Candy Queens

Tell us a bit about Candy Queens and how it started….
The idea for Candy Queens developed organically from a number of things – my love of dressing up, meeting people, the need to be self employed,wanting to have fun whilst earning money, and determination really.

How long has Candy Queens been together?
It took about a year from the first seed of an idea to trialling it at the first Playgroup festival to actually buying a machine and making it happen. We’ve been flossing now for 18 months and cant believe how populare it’s been!

What do you enjoy most about Candy Queens?
I enjoy the autonomy of being my own boss, being able to invent new ways of having fun, dressing up, the big smiles on peoples faces when you hand them an amazing glittery blue candy floss, meeting people, making people happy, it all sounds like a cliche but i made it happen because its what I want, and I refused to sell my life to someone else, and see my days slip away by working in an office. I tried that.

Do you take part in other events?
Yes, we will attend any event that looks like fun, and of course will earn money, from corporate to charity, to festivals and weddings. This year we’ve already flossed at the official afterparty to the Brit awards, nightclub launches, Secret Garden Party, office parties, kids events, Glynde village fair, local Brighton fetes….we’ve just been booked for the Zombie walk afterparty in October.

What flavours/ toppings of candy floss will be available at the fair?
At the Fairytale Fair we will have delicious pink Vanilla, blue raspberry, banana and possibly coconut, with edible glitter topping – sparkly! As some of our Queens will be flossing at a wedding that day we are dividing our forces so only 1 Queen will be in attendance.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Oh we have so many plans! Keep your eyes peeled on our ‘News’ page for developments…

Any other comments you wish to make:
I would just like to thank Claire and the Fairytale Fair for inviting us along!

We are way too excited about Candy Queen’s attendance at The Fairy Tale Fair and we can’t wait to have them! We’d like to thank Carola and the Queens for making the time in their busy schedule to attend our fair and we look forward to trying the super yummy & sparkly candy floss!

Want to know more? See their website | Facebook for more yumminess!

Say Hello To…Jessie Jumbles

We are super excited to introduce Jessie Jumbles to you!…

I hope to make Jessie Jumbles a quirky but known brand of accessories such as Tatty Devine. -Jessie Jumbles

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I cover buttons in vintage and retro fabrics and make them into original acessories with a vintage feel. This now includes hairclips, bracelets, earrings,cufflinks and brooches with the odd catnip mouse,bunting and cushion thrown in for luck. I also sell vintage china, books and wares.
 How would you describe your style?
Nostalgic, I wanted to use my love of old fabrics and patterns. I am a vintage girl at heart but as I’m also a mummy. I introduced a childrens range but it still has an old fashioned style mixed with modern fabrics.
How long have you been making your craft items?
Just coming up to a year!
Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? 
Yes, at the moment my best sellers are my rockabilly cherry earrings and my ladybird clips.
 
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
The fact that I can fit it around being a mum and the excitment I get of finding sections of fabrics that would look completely different once folded around a button.
 Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
Did my first open house this year as part of Makers Boutique Seaside Open House but I was a last minute addition so only made a small range of nautical buttons. Hope to get more involved next year. I am a regular stall holder at Makers Boutique which is on the first Saturday of every month at the Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton. I also have a regular pitch at The Yard vintage and makers market which is on the second and fourth Sunday of every month at Diplocks Yard, North Road, Brighton. I usually sell my vintage ware there once a month. I have done a few other fairs such as Saltdean Lido funday and hope Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks is going to be a regular thing as I loved it.
 What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair? 
Button hairclips, earrings, cufflinks bracelets and if I finish designing them in time my new range of button necklaces.
What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I hope to make Jessie Jumbles a quirky but known brand of accessories such as Tatty Devine.

We can’t wait to welcome the very popular Jessie Jumbles and her lovely vintage style work to our The Fairy Tale Fair!

Find her via these links: Website | Etsy | Facebook | Twitter

Say Hello To…Mayflower Events

We are super excited to announce Mayflower Events will be at The Fairy Tale Fair serving magical cakes and teas and coffees on beautiful vintage china. Find out more about them below…

Every event we do is unique and we enjoy every moment from the first consultation to the final cake crumb! – Mayflower Events 

Describe Mayflower Events and what it does?
Mayflower Events specialises in organising, styling and catering for tea parties, supplying beautiful vintage crockery, cakes and catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties and lots of other events plus we host pop-up tea rooms at various fairs throughout the South East. We are passionate about serving delicious, fresh, high quality food and providing each of our customers with a special, individual service.

How long has Mayflower events been formed?
Mayflower Events came into existence a couple of years ago after Lucy, Robyn and Harriet catered for one of their own weddings and had such a fabulous feedback, and so many requests to cater for family and friends, that they decided to set up a business doing the thing that they loved most – creating beautiful food.

What do you enjoy most about creating your events?
We enjoy taking on a concept and making it a reality. That may be a bride telling us what her dream wedding would involve and us helping make that happen, or fair organiser asking that we produce a pop-up vintage tea room and us brainstorming, researching and producing a fabulous tea room that exceeds everyone’s expectations. Every event we do is unique and we enjoy every moment from the first consultation to the final cake crumb!

Is there a part of your events that seems to be most popular with your clients/customers?
Our vintage china is always really popular with our clients – people love that we have such a wide range of beautiful, delicate china and other vintage accessories. We have the usual pretty vintage teacups & saucers, teapots, milk jugs and sugar bowls but also fabulous old fashioned vintage champagne glasses, stunning antique lace tablecloths, silver sugar tongs and the most amazing three-tier cake stands.

You make some wonderful cakes- have you always liked baking yummy things?
We have all been baking from a young age, having been taught the tricks of the trade by our grandmother who was a fabulous cook – her Bakewell tart was out of this world. Many a Saturday afternoon was spent in our grandmother’s kitchen stood on stalls so we could reach the work surface making anything from sweet pastry to fairy cakes to apple pie.

Do you have a favourite/ best selling cake that you make? If so, what is it?
Our traditional lemon drizzle cake is always a winner – we often have people coming back for second and even thirds! It’s light, zesty, moist and very moorish. However, we like to do some alternatives like our chocolate and raspberry death by chocolate brownies, our caramel & pear cake or our gluten free venetian carrot cake. Each time we do another fair we are amazed (and pleased) by how quickly we sell out.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
We are very proud of our most recent pop-up tea room at Lace & Tweed in Guildford ~ everyone loved the set-up of the tea room with little details such a beautiful vintage lace tablecloths, bunting, kilner jars with wildflowers, vintage teacups and saucers, tea & coffee served from teapots and we had a delicious range of homemade classic cakes and bakes such as Granny’s Victoria sponge, coffee & walnut cake, lemon drizzle, afternoon tea with homemade scones, flapjacks and much more.

Do you take part in other fairs/ markets/ events?
Yes, Mayflower Events is taking part in a number of other fairs and markets over the Summer including The Vintage Wedding Fair in Brighton and a few others to be announced over the next few weeks.

What will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?
There will be a wonderful selection of homemade cakes, other sweet treats and refreshments including yummy cupcakes (vanilla & strawberry, chocolate & raspberry, banana & white chocolate – we may even do some unusual combinations like Earl grey & lemon or green tea!), sticky chocolate brownies, chewy flapjacks and crunchy biscuit cake.

What are your ambitions/ goals for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
We are always working on new reciepes (or tweaking and improving existing ones!) and coming up with new menu ideas to provide our customers with exciting, tasty and wholesome food. When we aren’t working on that we are adding to our collection of beautiful china and sourcing new vintage accessories to compliment the china. Our goal is to continue to make out customers happy by what we do, and to continue to get as much enjoyment out of what we to too!

If anyone would like more information about Mayflower Events, please visit our website www.mayflowerevents.co.uk or drop us an email on mayflowerevents@live.co.uk

Also find them on Facebook here

We can’t wait to try some of Mayflower’s beautiful and yummy cakes at the fair, and we think they will bring a touch of magic with them!

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