Say Hello To…Maygreen Fairies

Today we welcome another new stall holder to The Fairy Tale Fair for Spring 2013- Amanda of Maygreen Fairies. It is as if her creations were made for our fair- all her items are fairy themed and of a whimsical nature! Find out more about these magical creations below…

“I love attending Fairs and having all my hard work on display, meeting people and chatting about my creations and seeing clients faces when they come across my Fairy Jars for the first time, or read one of my cheeky Fairy Cards, it’s great to make people smile through my Art.”– Amanda, Maygreen Fairies.

fairy cage handmade

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

I am a self taught Mixed Media & Altered Artist who enjoys creating whimsical art using vintage photos, materials and findings. I live in the Sussex Countryside with my husband and young twin boys.

My creations include Bottled & Caged Fairies and Mermaids, unique Greetings Cards, Luxury Gift Tags, Whimsical Bookmarks and Cute Fairy Magnets, Magical Jewellery pieces, Home décor items, Decorative Collages, and Altered Books.

How would you describe your style?

In two words – Vintage Whimsy

story book brooch

How long have you been making your craft items?

I began creating whimsical Artist Trading Cards when my twin boys were babies, some seven years ago now, the rest of my creations evolved over those seven years to where I am now.

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

I have several popular items, but the pieces that get the most attention, particularly at Fairs I attend are my Fairy Jars, each Fairy is suspended inside the Jar on an invisible thread which means that the Fairies appear to flutter and move inside the Jar. I also offer a Bespoke Service where you can have a loved one bottled as a Fairy or Mermaid, these make lovely gifts and are also popular as Bridesmaids Gifts at Weddings.

Alice in Wonderland brooch

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love attending Fairs and having all my hard work on display, meeting people and chatting about my creations and seeing clients faces when they come across my Fairy Jars for the first time, or read one of my cheeky Fairy Cards, it’s great to make people smile through my Art.

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

For the past three years I have taken part in the Wealden Times Mid Winter & Mid Summer Fairs, I also attend the Kitsch & Stitch Vintage & Makers Fair in Cranbrook, The Pop-Up Vintage Fair in Hassocks & Lewes and have my Art on display in the village of Firle for Artwave, the Lewes Open House & Studio Event. In addition I have Open Studio Events that I run myself at The Little White Studio in Horam where I teach workshops with my Artist friend Karen.

bottled mermaid

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

Greetings Cards, Luxury Gift Tags, Whimsical Bookmarks, Fairy & Storybook Jewellery, Fairy Magnets, Pretty Whimsical Needle cases, Home Décor Items to include: Vintage Ruler Covered Picture Frames, Vintage & Fairytale Cushions and Lavender Cushions, as well as my popular Fairy & Mermaid Jars and Cages.
The Needle cases & Jewellery make lovely Mother’s Day & Easter Gifts!

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

In the future I would like to have my art in more small boutiques across the South East and into London as well as promote my Fairy Jars through Not On The High Street. I also want to have regular clients attending workshops at The Little White Studio, a workshop venue that I have set up with my good friend and water colour artist Karen.

6. Vintage Ruler Photo Frames

Any other comments you wish to make:

My work has been published in Somerset Life, Somerset Studio Gallery, Doll Magazine, Piddlestix Zine, Flapperology Zine and more recently in the 2012 April issue of Wedding Magazine. I also have my work in the fabulous Whimsical Art Book by Lisa Kettell; Art Circus, available on Amazon! I was also voted Froudian Artist of the month back in July 2004 and my work has been exhibited at the Arison Gallery in Manchester.

You can find out more about Maygreen Fairies via the following sites:
www.maygreen-fairies.co.uk | www.maygreen-fairies.blogspot.com | www.facebook.com/maygreenfairies | www.thelittlewhitestudio.blogspot.com

fairy greeting cards

A Guest Post From…Bunting Boutique

Today we have a special post from Bunting Boutique, who will kindly be supplying some of their beautiful bunting for the fair. Bunting Boutique is Brighton based and uses vintage fabrics to hand make lovely and unique bunting. Find out more…

“I love vintage goodies so working in the textile field using vintage materials is like a dream come true for me. Its great being inspired by the fabric itself and knowing you can breath new life into it.”- Sue, Bunting Boutique

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

I am the maker and designer behind the company Bunting Boutique.
Bunting Boutique can be found down on the sunny south coast, tucked away on a side street a stone’s throw from the beach. In our studio surrounded by an array of fabrics, trinkets and knickknacks we lovingly make every strand of bunting by hand.
The vintage ranges are our signature and are little works of art in their own right as each piece is totally unique. By incorporating things like a crocheted doily, a gorgeous trim detail or an area of hand embroidery, every piece has its own story, its own history and we hope a wonderful future.

How would you describe your style?
Classic with a vintage edge.

How long have you been making your craft items?

Bunting Boutique has been up and running since 2009 but I have been working in the textile field for 12 years

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love vintage goodies so working in the textile field using vintage materials is like a dream come true for me. Its great being inspired by the fabric itself and knowing you can breath new life into it.
I also love working on bespoke orders – helping brides to personalise their special day, mums to create bunting to fit in with their child’s bedroom colours or simply working with clients on our personalised lettering service using appliqué or hand embroidery.

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

This year for the first time we have taken part in a few Vintage Wedding Fairs that has been great.
I have always been involved in the open houses and this December the Boutique will be showing at Cross Street Workshop in Hove. We will also be at the Designer and Maker Fair in Lewes Town Hall on 1st December.

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
I have lots of plans for Bunting Boutique, now that our new website has gone live I hope to have an online shop put on there soon. Plans to expand our wedding ranges will take place in the spring of next year, to offer brides more inspirational ideas for their big day.

I am always expanding our existing ranges, brand new this autumn is our Christmas Advent Bunting and we have just developed a paper range using vintage children’s books. Long term I would like to continue using vintage materials and develop a home ware range.

Any other comments you wish to make:
This Christmas the Boutique is offering lots of festive treats. We have bunting and stockings made from some lovely Scandinavian style printed fabric. Lots of new Vintage doily pieces for those of you who are planning a vintage style Christmas. Brand new Advent bunting which is a great handmade ornament that can be looked forward to being pulled out every year and filled with your own choice of treats. Please check out my Etsy store to see all the new Christmas ranges.

Find out more:
www.buntingboutique.co.uk
www.dandelionandolive.co.uk

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