A Festive Welcome Back to….. Pomelo Crafts

We are excited to welcome back Pomelo Crafts, again another Fairy Tale Fair regular, and Patcham based too! We love Lynn’s wonderful sewn creations, especially the cute little purses and i-pad cases!…

Remind us about you and what you create?

I’m Lynn and I live in Brighton with my family. I love making useful creations in the form of different types of bags and purses – make-up bags, toiletry bags, phone sleeves, glasses cases, coin purses, kindle cases, iPad sleeves.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

Not as such, but all my creations make great Christmas presents. I’ll have some fabric gift bags with me and they really are a nice way to present smaller gifts.

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

Yes, The Fairy Tale Fair is the first one of the season, but I’m also taking part in the BIG Brighton Christmas Fair at the Sallis Benney Theatre on 8th Dec and I’m excited about the Jessie Jumbles Marvellous Christmas Market in Billingshurst on 14th Dec. I’ll also be taking part in an Open House over the weekend of 8/9 Dec.

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

Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to take part in all of The Fairy Tale Fairs and they’ve all been amazing. There’s such a lovely atmosphere and it brings a bit of glam to Patcham (I actually live in Patcham).

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

Just to carry on doing what I’m doing. I started Pomelo Crafts because I love sewing and that’s how I want to keep it. I’m still determined to open an Etsy shop though!

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

Controlled festive chaos! (wow, managed that in 3)

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I can’t wait!!

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

www.facebook.com/pomelocrafts

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A Festive Welcome Back to….Jelly Roos

On this gloomy Sunday we bring a bit of cheer your way and welcome back the lovely Natasha of Jelly Roos…

Remind us about about you and what you create?

I’m a mum of three, who happily creates a range of tiny houses perfectly magical and useful aswell with hidden space inside accessed via the opening roof.

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Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I will have some specially created little gingerbread houses

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

I’m at The Big fab Christmas Boutique in worthing on 7th December, We Made This on 21st December in the Friends Meeting House Brighton and Made My Monday every Monday up until Christmas in Seaford The Clinton Centre

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

I always enjoy the day, it has such a warm atmosphere..its my first Christmas fairy tale fair though and I can’t wait!

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

Being able to continue creating items that are special to me but are loved by others too.

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

Sparkly, magical family time!

Find out more:

www.jellyroos.com

www.etsy.com/shop/JellyRoos

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Say Hello To… Trish Palmer

Today we welcome back Trish Palmer- her knitted cati were very popular at the last fair, in fact we are still getting messages about them now! They will be back for summer along with lots of other lovely creations…

“It’s fabulous to be with craft lovers – sellers and buyers, plus cake and tea. What’s not to love?” – Trish Palmer

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

I taught Textiles at the local secondary school for over 30 years. During those years I taught students how to hand sew and use a sewing machine. I also promoted embroidery, knitting, quilting, French knitting, tie/dye and patchwork within the lessons or short courses at the end of terms. Now I have retired I am enjoying experimenting with different crafts and combining them in different ways.

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How would you describe your style?

I like to work quite small but always take care to make everything detailed. I love colour, decoration and embroidery. My creations, I hope, show lots of skill but are still practical. I always try to incorporate a little something to make you smile.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have always made bits and pieces for friends and relatives but have only sold my items for the last year or so.

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

My knitted cacti seem very popular as they look real but are not vicious and you cannot kill them – practical but fun. People like my Super Star peg dollies as they are very detailed with lots of ribbon, lace and glitz – modeled on Lady Gaga. I have made up some kits for the next fair so everyone can make their own individual Super Star.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I never make exactly the same thing twice. Everything is different from the last one. So I still get a kick when I find a new pot for a cacti or a really nice piece of fabric for a peg dolly. I love trying new ideas.

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

I only work with The Fairy Fair and have been lucky enough to have done 3 fairs to date. I am really looking forward to the Fairy Fairs 1st birthday fair.

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

I enjoy crafting and if people continue to like my work I will continue to sell. If not, then my friends and relatives will receive more gifts! I cannot imagine not doing some sort of craft work. I am painting a farm yard mural for my new granddaughter at the moment!

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

It’s fabulous to be with craft lovers – sellers and buyers, plus cake and tea. What’s not to love?

Any other comments you wish to make:

I cannot praise Claire enough for her professional but friendly organization of the Fairy Fair. It always looks fantastic.

Say Hello To…Polka Dot Cloud

Today we welcome back George of Polka Dot Cloud. We love her quirky, colourful characters! Find out more…

“The Fairy Tale Fair was such a lovely experience, everyone is so friendly and what is particularly nice is that everyone share the same love and passion for craft and making, its simply a wonderful experience to share that with others…”– George, Polka Dot Cloud

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

My names George, I teach Fashion, textiles and costume during the day, and make magical characters in the evenings, Polka Dot Cloud was created from an accumulation of daydreams and make believe stories. The characters are quirky and celebrate their usual naive appearances. Made up from remnants of fabrics, I like to think of them supporting sustainability within the land of fabrics as well…

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky, odd, magical, whimsical, make-believe coming to life with a huge imagination.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About a year and a half properly now, I began when my little girl ruby was first born, but went into teaching so that kind of got slightly railroaded with paperwork! But now the dust has settled a bit, I’ve had more time to give my little make believe land the time and attention it deserves!

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

The lollipop heads are quite popular, Bunny and the peculiar creatures are very popular and Cecil and Cecilia the story telling cats {finger puppets} have grown to be very popular amongst mini people with huge imaginations!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love being able to create the ideas that op into my head, since my MA , my style of creativity always veered here and there and everything in everyday life intrigued and inspired me. But it has matured well and been fine-tuned. I find the most exhilarating elements for me, are sketching the idea, creating the character in 2D designs, and then bringing them to life. Pattern cutting as an absolute first love for me, so this is an aspect I really enjoy about my creative process.

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

I do local fetes and fairs at Ruby’s school, and Makers Boutique, I also do stalls at The Sallis Benny theatre in Brighton Uni and art Junky

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

Oooh I have so many plans, they are scribbled down in sketchbooks and notebooks scattered all over my house! My main plans for the future are to really grow Polka Dot cloud with lots of love and inspiration form everyday life, I have some big plans and developments that are being worked on at the moment in time for Autumn and Christmas, but they are still at prototype stage, so I won’t jinx myself just yet!

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

Yes I have and yes I certainly did! It was such a lovely experience, everyone is so friendly and what is particularly nice is that everyone share the same love and passion for craft and making, its simply a wonderful experience to share that with others. The face painting was incredible as well; my only regret was not having time to get my face painted!

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Find out more:

http://www.thewhimsicaldaydreamer.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Polka-Dot-Cloud/249474715173763

Say Hello to Calico & Cotton

We first met Calico and Cotton at our spring Fairy Tale Fair, and we are lucky enough to have the mother and daughter team back again. Find out more about them…

“We Absolutley loved The Fairy Tale Fair! Such a great atmosphere, amazing stallholders and the workshops were great…”Becky, Calico & Cotton

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

We are a Mother and Daughter team who have a passion for the Arts and Crafts. Our items include Beautiful, unique Rag Dolls, Knitted Cats ( full of character! ), Childrens Felt Pictures, Vintage Inspired Jewelry and many more!

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

We have a few… The Fairy Castle Picture, Rag Doll and the Brooches seem to be a favourite to!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

We love coming up with new ideas and being able to create them and seeing the end result!

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

At the moment we have just been with The Fairy Tale Fair.

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

Absolutley loved it! Such a great atmosphere, amazing stallholders and the workshops were great ( epecially for the kids! )

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

We hope that one day we will be able to sell through shops and just to be able to continue what we are doing!

Any other comments you wish to make:

We cant wait to see everybody there! It’s going to be fantastic!

View and buy online: www.etsy.com/shop/calicoandcotton

We look forward to welcoming Calico & Cotton back on Saturday 10th August! 3 weeks today!

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!

Say Hello To…Vera Jane

Say Hello To Lucy of Vera Jane. Lucy is pretty new to the craft fair scene but we think her creations will go down wonderfully, especially for our Fairy Tale Fair- we have our eye on one of her beautiful teddy bears!

“I’d like to imagine all my items in this sort of fairy-tale forest imagination land where you can eat the trees and the clouds are candyfloss!”– Lucy, Vera Jane 

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

Hello! My name is Lucy I’m a very enthusiastic seamstress and the maker behind Vera Jane. I mostly make one of a kind item’s from lovely materials such as imported Japanese fabrics, vintage pass me downs and other cute finds I’ve been collecting for a while now!

How would you describe your style?

Some words I would use to describe it are – whimsical, sickly sweet, magical, cute! I think it’s a sort of fantasy style… Think of dreams you have when you are young or the magical stories you get told…I’d like to imagine all my items in this sort of fairy-tale forest imagination land where you can eat the trees and the clouds are candyfloss!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been sewing on and off for a good few years but started Vera Jane recently which is named after my lovely Nana who was also a seamstress. She always encouraged my creativity and gave me some good advice along with her button tin 🙂 So it felt very appropriate and inspiring to name this after her!

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

Not yet! There seems to be a lot of love for the Teddy Bears and more recently the Alice in Wonderland Skirt made from amazing Fabric by Kokka!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I do enjoy each stage in its own way but the creative part is definitely a great bit… This is where I choose the fabrics and decide what to make from it… Then experimenting with different colour combinations and other materials is really exciting to me! Although I can spend ages doing this so maybe not the most productive! It’s also such a nice feeling when people appreciate your work and love their item 🙂

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

My first fair was with my sister in Alton but it was a rainy day and not many people showed up. Other than that I did the Brighton craft fair at the friends meeting house in June which was lovely but I still feel pretty new to it all!

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

I will be selling a range of mostly one of a kind items including – Home wares and Teddy’s and also accessories and a few things to wear. They are a combination of festive colours and my usual brightly coloured treasures.

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

I have lots of plans and ambitions for the future! I’ve had a colourful start and would like to continue improving my skills and also learn new ones. I plan to work on new collections and make more wearable pieces. I also hope to have a website next year where I can showcase my work and also have online shopping there too.

Any other comments you wish to make:

Thanks for having me at the fair, I am very excited!

We look forward to welcoming Lucy and her beautiful creations on the 24th! Find out more on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/verajanes. Also view her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/VeraJanes

Say Hello To…Shark Alley

We are excited to announce our ‘Say hello to…’ posts are back! We have lots of new and lovely stall holders to introduce to you, as well as some special Christmas gift posts from our regular stall holders!

The first of our posts is a special one! Today we introduce to you Shark Alley, who makes beautiful animal themed jewellery and otter characters. We think their creations are wonderful and look forward to seeing them at the fair!

Find out more below…

“My style is massively inspired by animals, particularly birds and British wildlife….I just love actually being able to create something real, rather than working digitally all the time.” – Sarah, Shark Alley

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

My name is Sarah Kelly and Shark Alley is an anagram that I’ve long wanted to use!  I trained as an illustrator, but often made detours into craft until I finally decided enough was enough and I became a fully-fledged designer-maker.  I make jewellery from papier mâché & resin and resin & sterling silver as well as hand-sewn otters and birds and I have recently started making otter and fox motif coin purses.

How would you describe your style?

My style is massively inspired by animals, particularly birds and British wildlife.  I also love colour and pattern.  Working with paper is fab, as I can use so many gorgeous examples – I’m particularly loving Japanese Chiyogami paper at the moment.  I also like to recycle wherever I can.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started Shark Alley in January 2010, but I’ve been crafting since childhood.

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

I think it would have to be a tie between the papier mâché brooches and the little otters.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I just love actually being able to create something real, rather than working digitally all the time.  I enjoy trying to figure out how to make the pieces work and then seeing them finished gives me such pleasure.  I like to prop them up by the bed so I can look at them and have a think about them before I go to sleep.

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

I exhibit in an Open House in Fiveways and take part in craft fairs in London, Surrey and Brighton, particularly with We Make London and Craftaganza.  I also have work in Bellis Gallery in Brighton and Oak Studio in Hampstead.

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

I’ll be selling my full range of jewellery, otters, purses (including the Scampi Moo otter range), prints, cards and some gorgeous new Christmas decorations with a twist – quite literally!

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

I want Shark Alley to be a brand that embraces many forms and disciplines, although the animal theme will remain constant.  I feel that as an artist I can’t just constantly make the same thing over and over again, and as soon as it becomes a chore, I want to move on to something new.  I would also like to create printed products based on an initial design so I don’t have to make everything by hand all the time. I also need to get on top of publicity and media next year. Onwards and upwards!

Web: http://www.sharkalley.co.uk Blog: http://sharkalleyjewellery.blogspot.co.uk

Blog: http://buzzywithfuzzy.blogspot.co.uk/

We are looking forward to having Shark Alley and her otters at The Fairy Tale Fair- hope you are too!

Say Hello To…The Cotton Elephant

This is The Cotton Elephant’s first craft fair and we think their creations are going to be very popular! Find out more about her below…

“A bit vintage, a bit shabby. A little bit quirky and eclectic; but completely happy and smiley.”– The Cotton Elephant

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

I am Siobhan from lovely, sunny Hove. I make anything and everything that I can from cotton; baby blankets and play mats, home decorations, soft furnishings and gifts.

How would you describe your style?

A bit vintage, a bit shabby. A little bit quirky and eclectic; but completely happy and smiley.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been sewing for years, but only in the last 18 months have I started selling my items and taking commissions.

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

My baby blankets are my best selling items – they make fantastic, personal gifts for little people. My beach hut door stops are also proving popular; I’ve even sold some to America!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love spending time with my radio, a cup of tea and my sewing machine. Making my cotton creations is the way I like to relax. I get so much satisfaction when vague ideas in my brain turn to reality.

Do you take part in other craft events?

The Fairy Tale Fair will be my first fair (the first of many I hope!).

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling a variety of my products including: gift items (eye masks, scented hearts), baby blankets and play-mats, soft furnishings (cushions and quilts) and home decorations (hanging decorations, door stops and bunting).

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

Long term, my goal is to live in a cottage with chickens and a herd of micro pigs, spending my days sewing and listening to radio 2. In the meantime, I am very happy living in my little flat in Hove and sewing in my spare time.

Any other comments you wish to make

You can see examples of my work at www.facebook.com/thecottonelephant. Get in touch if you would like to know more.

We are excited that The Fairy Tale Fair will be The Cotton Elephants debut fair- we are sure it will be the first of many! Take a look at the facebook page via the link above to see all the latest from The Cotton Elephant.

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