3 Days to go! Join us and Take Part in a Workshop!

Reason 3 to visit our fair this Saturday the 10th August: Take part in one of our workshops!

We will have a craft workshop room full of delights to take part in, suitable for all ages!

Joining us in the workshop room we have:

Show Me Shiny things– beaded jewellery workshop. Make your own jewellery to take away, lots of fun to be had with big selection of wonderful beads!

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Karen Rao Felt Artist– wet felt workshop- create a 2D cute animal character, gift a felted rock or make a felt ice lolly- the possibilities are endless and this workshop is always popular with all ages!

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Mini Patissierre– Polymer clay jewellery workshop. Learn the art of making miniture creations from polymer clay, then take home to bake youself. Make a mini clay cake, or doughnut or anything you wish!

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AnneMarie Hughes: Fused Glass workshop. Learn the art of how fused glass jewellery and creations are made. Annie is bringing a mini kiln to show you the process from start to finish. Demonstrations throughout the day.

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Emily Makes– Make a wonderful sweetie butterfly. One for the kids to enjoy making the cute and colourful character to store a few yummy sweeties!

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Also in the workshop room will be I Do Brighton Beauty who will be providing a range of beauty treatments at special prices for the fair. Including manicures, pedicures, massage and more. Find out more in her interview post here.

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Can’t wait to see you all take part in a workshop on Saturday! It’s going to be magical!!

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4 days to go! Keep the Kids Amused!

Just 4 days to go!! Reason 4 to visit our fair…keep the kids amused!

Kids getting bored already during the summer holidays? Don’t know where to take them to keep them entertained?  Don’t want to pay an entrance fee? Then join us at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday!

As well as all the craft stalls there will also be face painting, craft workshops including beaded jewellery and sweetie butterflies, Flipper Clown who makes amazing balloon characters, lots of yummy cake and a special charity raffle with the RSPCA in attendance!

Join us from 10.30am – 4.30pm for a great day out for all the family! FREE parking also, and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop less than a minute away.

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Show me Shiny Things bead workshop

Calico and Cotton

Calico and Cotton

Sparkles face painting

Sparkles face painting

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Karen Rao- Felt workshop

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

Lottie Leo

Lottie Leo

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Let them eat CAKE!! 5 days to go!!

Mayflower events and their super yummy cakes will be joining us once again to help celebrate our 1st Birthday! Just 5 days to go until our fair now and here is one of the top 5 reasons to visit…

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At each fair they have almost, if not completely, sell out as their yummy cakes and treats are always so popular, and look so pretty too.

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They will be running our vintage tearoom, serving tea, coffee, cake and other delicatable delights on beautiful vintage china. So you can sit and relax in between browsing the stalls and taking part in the craft workshops!

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Mayflower Events specialises in organising, styling and catering for tea parties and supplying beautiful vintage crockery, vintage china, cakes and catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties, stag parties, birthday parties and christenings in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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See photos of their yummy cakes at our previous fairs…

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mmmm…find out more about Mayflower Events here.

Say Hello To…Cat a Cake Creations

Today we say hello to Claire of Cat-a-Cake Creations, who is also our fair organsier! Claire creates whimsical themed laser cut jewellery, greeting cards and accessories which fit perfectly with the fairs theme…

“Visitors to our fair seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day!”– Claire

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

As well as organising this fair and working full time at a design studio, I also regularly sell at craft markets across Sussex. I sell a range of whimsical & animal themed laser cut jewellery, greetings cards, pocket mirrors, badges, cotton bags and more! All of my work is hand designed by myself. I started designing the laser cut jewellery just over a year ago and since then it has had great feedback and features!

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

My ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklace is always popular. He is based on my own pet Buddy the cat, who is a big fluffy black cat who likes lots of cuddles! The best thing about having him as a necklace is he can be any colour I want him to be! Other than Buddy then my earrings are always popular- at two pairs for £8 they are very good value and come in various cute animals, colours and all have silver plated findings and come in a little pouch to keep them warm! During the summer my ice cream necklaces from my new Carousel collection have also been popular- The Fairy Tale Fair will be my last fair of the summer months so get one quick before they melt!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy translating a design that starts in my head, to a sketch, then to a visual, then to a piece of jewellery, then selling it, seeing peoples reactions and hearing their feedback on it is always good. It’s a great feeling to see someone wearing a piece of your jewellery- its nice to know that it is appreciated. I recently sold an item from my Etsy shop to a lady in America, so Dot the Dalmatian necklace was wrapped up and sent off to sunny Florida- alright for some! I think Etsy is great to get your work known further afield and its a great feeling knowing a little item you had an idea about is now sitting as a lovely necklace in a house half way around the world! Dot the dalmatian will also be available at the fair!

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Do you take part in other craft events and exhibitions?

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses as part of Brighton Festival in May and December each year.

Excitingly my jewellery was also part of the catwalk collection at High Street Fashion Week in London in April this year which got great feedback and lots of features on fashion blogs. I also managed to speak to Charlotte Church at Brighton fashion week, and she wore my silver bird earrings for the event, which she was photographed in the Daily Mail the next day.

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I also have lots of events booked for Autumn and Christmas already- including Belle’s Vintage wedding fair- which will be my first wedding fair which I am very much looking forward to, Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks- again this will be my first vintage fair so looking forward to that too, and starting to book up for Christmas fairs too! Better get my festive hat on!

What items and summer creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling pieces from my new Carousel collection- including ice creams, doughnuts, seagulls, cake, teddy bears, carousel horses and more- all hand designed and laser cut locally. As well as my usual favorites- Buddy the cat, Nigel the sausage dog, my earrings in various animals, badges, pocket mirrors and more! Lots of little bits for kids and nice gifts for presents or just a treat for yourself!

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

Yes I took part, and organised it!  It was great to see it all come together on the day and see the happy faces of the children and customers who visited! It takes a lot of work to get the crowd in we did- thousands of flyers through doors, adverts, lots of posts on this blog, keeping up with social accounts, sending emails, contacting press and much more- but I think it is all worth it in the end. Visitors seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day! I hope this Summer fair that marks our first Birthday will be just as magical, we have so much to offer and come such a long way in a year, so please don’t miss it!

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

I hope to continue to organise The Fairy Tale Fair, and help it grow. I have plans to make it bigger and expand, but I’d always like to keep its local roots as it has a real community feel! I’d also like to organise more events, such as charity events, weddings and other fairs/ markets across Sussex.

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I’d also like to continue to develop my design career and one day aim to have my own greeting card range and exhibit at a big trade show in London. I also have a keen interest in Children’s books. For my final project when I was at university I created a book of nursery rhymes- I’d like to continue to develop this and one day write my own children’s book too! Oh and I’d like to own a cute little cake and craft shop in Brighton by the seaside- everything would sparkle and be lovely!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to this Saturday the 10th August, and hope lots of you can visit our lovely fair on the day. We are open from 10.30am, and you can see full location details here. It’s a great day out for all the family and there really is something for everyone.

Find out more:
Web: www.catacakecreations.co.uk
Facebook : www.facebook.com/catacakecreations
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CataCakeCreations

Say Hello To…Flipper Clown

Need something to amuse the kids in the holidays? Well as well as the super stalls, workshops, cake and face painting we also have Flipper Clown joining us for some extra fun!

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“Flipper, Clowns, juggling, balloon artist…a mixture of fantasy and color, always ready to have a new adventure somewhere in the world is joining us in our fair…he will create funny sculptures only with the use of colored balloons…are you ready???”

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Find out more: www.facebook.com/FlipperClown

Say Hello To…Sugaglass

Hello my name is Lotus and I make hand crocheted little goodies and other jewelry. All of my products are my own patterns and the characters are thought up by your truly!
They are one of a kind and unique!

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I also take commissions on dolls. Anything you can imagine up, I will make into reality!

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I’m very looking forward to the show, it has been a really fun show to do and I’ve met so many lovely people!

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See you there! (I’ll be the one dressed as a pink unicorn)

Find Sugaglass on Etsy >

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… Pomelo Crafts

Today we catch up with Lynn of Pomelo crafts who has taken part in all of our Fairy Tale Fairs. Find out more about her lovely creations…

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Hello, I’m Lynn from Pomelo Crafts. I live in Brighton with my family and sewing is my favourite thing to do in my spare time. I love to make different types of bags and purses – make-up bags, toiletry bags, coin purses, phone cases, kindle cases, iPad sleeves…… and this is exactly the type of items I will be bringing with me to the Fairy Tale Fair.

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I have a serious addiction to fabric and this is my way to fund the habit! I love mixing and matching different material together to make unique items which are also very useful. Pretty much everything I make is born out of a personal need so all the different products are tried and tested…. (although I’m still waiting for someone to buy me an iPad so I can make a pretty case for it).

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I’ve taken part in all 3 Fairy Tale Fairs and I have absolutely loved them all. There’s such a lovely atmosphere and so many wonderful things to see and do. My daughter LOVES it and is always one of the first in the queue to get her face painted. I can’t wait!

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Find out more: Pomelo Crafts on Facebook

Say Hello To…I Do Beauty

I started I Do Beauty four years ago, previously I was a freelance massage therapist, reflexologist and aromatherapist for ten years, but the move into beauty therapy came about because a friend of mine used me as her model for eyelash extensions when she trained, then she moved back to the USA and I realised that I couldn’t live without them in my life, so I trained up in them and beauty therapy….

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To start my business off with a bang I did a Groupon deal and sold (and did) 254 sets of eyelash extensions. In normal beauty salons it may take a therapist up to 3 years to get the same experienced I gained in 3 months! Of course at the same time I was doing a lot of the regular beauty services, such as facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, massages and so forth.

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A lot of my initial clients were brides as it coincided with Bridal season, so I launched a package product just for brides, and recently did a fabulous press launch for this, which is where I met you 🙂 I truly love what I do, I love helping people and so often there is a theraputic value to working with people over and beyond making them feel good about themselves. That’s why most of my clients return time and time again!

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On the day I would be delighted to do a mini selection of my therapies, both beauty and holistic..OPI manicures, Shellac gel polish manicures, OPI Pedicure file and paint, Indian Head massage, Japanese Chair Massage, Reiki Healing, and Reflexology. Also if you make a booking for the future of a package, you will recieve a discount when you come in.

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Treatment time is 30 minutes, I would advise pre booking so you are not kept waiting on the day. If you could come at the start, add yourself to the time you want, and pay a £5 deposit for your slot and then you are guarenteed to get your treatment.

www.idobeautybrighton.co.uk
07878 367831

Anyone for Face painting!?

We are pleased to announce Carol, of Sparkles Face Painting, will be joining us once again for The Fairy Tale Fair. At each of our fairs she has impressed children and parents alike with her amazing, detailed, colourful face painting full of sparkle.

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We hear so many great comments about her face painting- often ‘the best face painting we’ve ever seen’! She usually has a que all day so arrive with plenty of time, take a ticket, then have a browse of the craft stalls while you wait!

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Carol really helps bring the fairy tales to life and makes the day extra magical! It’s not just for kids either, many of the stall holders and parents also get involved!

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Find out more on her website: www.sparklesfacepainting.co.uk

All photos are from our Spring fair and taken by https://www.facebook.com/JennyRutterfordPhotography

Say Hello to…Retro Violet

Today we welcome Emily, of Retro Violet, who makes the most beautiful vintage inspired jewellery. This is her first Fairy Tale Fair and we look forward to welcoming her!

“I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved.”– Emily, Retro Violet

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

At University I studied Fine Art then went into Photography and Digital Design. I’m fascinated by the world in miniature and I’ve always wondered how I could turn my photos into jewellery. This gave me the idea to turn my digital collages into jewellery. I am keen to create something unique and make it affordable for everyone. I love images from different eras and digitally layer old postcards, textures and other ephemera to make my designs. I also have a penchant for France and all things French so this creeps in too!

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How would you describe your style?

My style is best described as modern vintage inspired, I guess!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I had the idea for Retro Violet in 2010 but only really started selling in Spring 2012.

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

I would say my best seller is the lovely little dove brooch.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Most of all I enjoy the design stage – it’s fun coming up with new ideas. I also love doing the stalls: meeting interesting and talented people and soaking up the atmosphere.

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

Yes. Pop Up Vintage, Hassocks / Vintage and Very Nice, Chichester / Big Brighton Fringe Fair / Johnny Loves June Vintage Fair, Shoreham-by-Sea / Floral Fringe Fair, Knepp Castle. I’m always looking for new fairs to try out.

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

I would love to expand my range to include textiles and cards. I’m a very creative person and would love to have more time to put into the business (currently I juggle it around a full-time job). I’ve also been taking part in the Etsy Mentor Month (the Brighton Sellers Team are fabulous!) This will hopefully boost my online sales – it’s been very worthwhile and have a brilliant mentor.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved. I already have some cute things for little ones but I’m excited to create some fairy inspired items too.

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Link to website & social accounts:

Website: www.retroviolet.co.uk

Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RetroVioletDesign

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RetroViolet

Twitter: twitter.com/_RetroViolet

Say Hello To…Emily Makes

Today we warmly welcome a Fairy Tale Fair newcommer- Emily of Emily Makes, who will be providing a lovely sweetie butterfly workshop, as well as selling her creations. Find out more…
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Please introduce yourself and tell us about your work?
Hello! My name is Emily and my stall is called Emily makes! I create hand embroidered unique gifts, including framed pictures, hooped pictures, bunting, clothing, bags, aprons, bibs and more! My inspiration comes from my family, whether that be in the form of a quote from my mum, or my children’s favourite characters! My family trees are my most popular item at the moment and makegreat presents!
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How would you describe your style of work?
My work is completely unique and individual. Its a little bit quirky and kitsch, but wants to be pretty and elegant!
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You are providing a workshop stall at The Fairy Tale Fair- what can we find and make at your workshop?
At the workshop we will be making sweetie butterflies! A cute way to store your sweets, that can be completely decorated and personalised by you!
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Do you take part in other craft fairs or events? 
I can often be found at Sharnfold Farm in Eastbourne, where I regularly attend events and pop by at the weekends to have a stall!
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This is your first Fairy Tale Fair, are you looking forward to it? 
This is my first fairy tale fair and I’m very, very excited!
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How can we find out more about you?
If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my facebook page at www.facebook.com/emilymakes

Say Hello To… I Like Cats!

Today we are excited to welcome back Toby of I Like CATS with a big MEOOOOW! Find out more about his super cute and quirky cat creations!

“I love that I get to go to fairs like The Fairy Tale Fair and meet lots of lovely people – both crafters and other stall holders!”– Toby, I Like CATS.

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

My name is Toby and I like CATS. I make cute things for other people that like cats too! From knitted cat face brooches, hand drawn jewellery and handmade purses and pencil cases to illustrated greetings cards and other paper goods! My newest items are hand painted wooden brooches.

How would you describe your style?

Cute, fun, colourful and happy

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been making as I like CATS for just over a year now, but I’ve been a crafter since forever.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I get to look at lots of pictures of cats and not feel guilty about procrastinating. Plus I love that I get to go to fairs like The Fairy Tale Fair and meet lots of lovely people – both crafters and other stall holders!

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

I love doing fairs and have had stalls at a couple of local ones including Craftaganza. This year I am hoping to travel outside of Brighton for some, and perhaps take part in an Open House at some point too.

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

I’ve got lots more products in the pipe line which I can’t wait to get into production, I just have to sell some more things to be able to buy the materials!

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

This will be my third time at The Fairy Tale Fair and each one has been super fun with lots going on. I can’t wait to have more cake and I know I will come home having spent most of my profit at other stalls!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:
i-like-cats.co.uk


ilikeCATSshop.etsy.com


@TobyilikeCATS

facebook.com/ilikeCATSshop


instagram.com/meowtobycat

Say Hello to…Beautiful & Useful

We are excited to announce another Fairy Tale Fair newbie- Beautiful and Useful and their unique and quirky memo boards! Find out more…

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

I have a degree in 3D Design and after retirement finally had the time to put it to a use! We design and make stylish box framed Memo Boards, with upcycled Tea Towels, vintage fabics and embroidery and also print onto Irish Linen.

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How would you describe your style?

Bold and modern.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About 3 years.

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

The ‘Vintage Brighton Poster, board is very popular especially in this area!

Also our dog lead hangers are a great success.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

We love buying fabric!

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

Yes, Brighton Open Houses, Vintage Fairs around Sussex, Lancing College Craft Fairs ,and Kew ,Burford and Dulwich College

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

To improve our website sales so we have enough money to make more boards and buy more fabric!

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Any other comments you wish to make:
The Fairy Tale Fair has given us an opportunity to try out some cute designs

Link to website & social accounts:
www.beautifulanduseful.co.uk
facebook: Beautiful and Useful Memo Boards
Twitter: Beautiful and Useful

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!

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