One Week to Go!!!

Well time is flying quicker than the fairies and our fair is now just one week away!

This time next week our fair will be in full swing with over 35 craft, jewellery and vintage stalls, our craft workshop room (polymer clay jewellery making, sweetie butterflies, make a felted animal or gift a felt soap, beaded jewellery making and more), vintage tearoom, RSPCA charity raffle, face painting and much more!

So make sure you don’t miss out! We’ve plenty to keep the kids entertained so bring the whole family along. There is free parking and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop just a minute away (ask for Patcham Clock Tower stop).

Hope to see you there!

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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.

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…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…Show Me Shiny Things

Today we welcome back Fliss from Show Me Shiny Things, who will be in charge of a bead jewellery workshop for us- which was very popular at our spring fair! Find out more about her…
“I really loved the last fair, it was an excellent day.  The hall looked great with the decorations, live music playing and all the beautiful handmade goodies to buy.” – Fliss, Show Me Shiny Things
Please introduce yourself and remind what you create…
Hi, I’m Fliss, maker of show me shiny things – jewellery.  I use silver, glass and ceramic, in a range of beads and charms.   My jewellery is modern, bright and, well, shiny! I will be bringing to the fair necklaces, bracelets, earrings and safety pin style brooches.

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How long have you been making your creations and how did you get into it?
This is my first year of making jewellery, although I have enjoyed bead work since GCSE textiles.  Fortunately, my magpie collecting habits meant that I had quite a collection of beads when I started making bracelets in 2012.  A friend gave me a bracelet she had made and I thought I would have a go (so big thanks to her!)

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
The best thing about making jewellery is seeing people wearing and enjoying something that I have made.  Excellent feeling!  Also, it does give me an excuse to collect lots and lots of shiny things…!
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You will be taking part in a craft workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair- what will yours involve?
My workshop will be making wrap-around beaded bracelets.  I’ve added to my collection of beads since the last fair so there will be lots to select from.  I will have some of my bracelets there for ideas, although last time there was no shortage of creative designs!
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You took part in our Spring Fairy Tale Fair- did you enjoy it?
I really loved the last fair, it was an excellent day.  The hall looked great with the decorations, live music playing and all the beautiful handmade goodies to buy.  Not to mention the cakes..!  It was great fun holding the workshop and I’m really looking forward to doing it again this time.
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How can we find out more about you?

The best place to find me is on facebook: www.facebook.com/showmeshinythings

Anyone visiting Hove can also find some of my jewellery on sale in the lovely Sunshine Books, Art & Coffee cafe on Hove Street.

Say Hello To…Bets and Bobs

Today we meet a Fairy Tale Fair newcomer- Bets and Bobs. We are excited to welcome her and her unique, quirky creations. Find out what shes all about…

“I love nothing more than to see people smiling when they read my cards. Some of them are quite cheeky so there’s often an element of surprise!” – Emma, Bets and Bobs

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

I work in PR 4 days a week after taking the decision in January to go part time and focus on my creative ventures one day a week. I started making cards and gifts for friends and family and they always commented on how nice they were but I just thought they were being kind. It was amazing when I did my first market a couple of years ago and strangers bought my creations! It has given me a lot of confidence and I love meeting new people at fairs, markets and crafty get-togethers. I mostly produce greeting cards with stamps and stenciled, using typography to make people smile. I also make pictures using sheet music and decoupage that I love as they are all one of a kind. I also enjoy event styling so I have spent the last few summers making weddings look pretty too.

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How would you describe your style?

Fun and quirky. I love nothing more than to see people smiling when they read my cards. Some of them are quite cheeky so there’s often an element of surprise!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I did my first market a year and a half ago and since then I have been doing as many as I can – I’m really excited to be joining the Fairy Tale fair in August, as it’s a great opportunity to meet other clever crafty Sussex folk!

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

It depends where I am selling. If I’m at fairs and people can see my work then the pictures always go down well and it’s always nice to be able to have a bespoke gift made. My cards always get a laugh though too!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love talking to people that come and see my stall as it’s the best way to find out what makes your potential customers tick. It’s a massive help for the whole creative process too. I keep a little notebook with me to take note of any weird and wonderful things that pop into my head so I love it when I create a card based on my ramdom thoughts and observations and them somebody else appreciates the humour as much as I do!

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

I have been building up my fair and market presence recently, so it’s really interesting to see the different types of people that go to all the different events in Sussex. I’m working on having some of my pictures and cards at my first open house this Christmas – which is very exciting!

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

Once I have my website up to scratch I’m looking forward to putting some of my PR knowledge into practice and spreading the word about Bets & Bobs. My ultimate dream would be to have my own shop that sells my creations and other designer/makers in Brighton/ Sussex – it’s nice to be ambitious!

 

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Find out more: http://betsandbobs.bigcartel.com

Say Hello To… Karen Rao Felt Artist

Today we welcome back the lovely Karen Rao and her super and very popular felt making workshop! She took part in our Christmas and Spring fairs and the workshops saw those of all ages take part all day! Don’t miss it! Find out more about Karen…

“I really love showing people the wet felting process and seeing their fascination as their pile of wool transforms into a felted work of art.”– Karen Rao

Please introduce yourself and remind what you create…

I am a Felt Artist who creates hand felted wall art and accessories, from doggy eared hats to dainty corsages, felted pebbles to cheeky monkey wall art for kids. My source of inspiration is constantly evolving with new surprises always in store! Look out for my Summer Ice Lolly Collection!

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How long have you been felt making and how did you get into it?

I created my first wall hanging five years ago. After stumbling across felt making at a children’s art day in The Brighton Museum, I was inspired. I needed a picture for my living room. I created one with my kids, then made another one and another …..
I take part in Craft Fairs and hold workshops at events, schools and privately, so hopefully I too, am helping to inspire all ages new to felt making.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Felt is so versatile. This medium is perfect for creating the highly tactile and vivid coloured qualities that I love. Further texture can be created by blending plant and animal fibres during the wet felting stage and also after this by needle felting. I can create two dimensional and three dimensional art. The uses of felt are endless, it means I am constantly learning and experimenting …. and changing direction.

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You will be taking part in a craft workshop at The Fairy Tale Fair- what will yours involve?

Mouthwatering Lolly Art! We will be wet felting our own Ice Lollies and Ice Cream Cones inspired by the Great British Summer! This involves using just wool, soap and water to create our very own works of art!

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You took part in our Spring Fairy Tale Fair- did you enjoy it?

I really love showing people the wet felting process and seeing their fascination as their pile of wool transforms into a felted work of art. It’s also very relaxing and therapeutic – no rushing around at this table! At other fairs now people often come up and say they’ve taken part in one of my Fairy Tale Workshops!

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How can we find out more about you?

my website: http://karenrao.com/

http://karenrao.etsy.com
https://www.facebook.com/karen.rao2
https://twitter.com/KarenFeltArtist

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Say Hello To…Shark Alley

Today we say hello to Sarah of Shark Alley and her wonderful resin jewellery creations and cute otters! We look forward to welcoming her back to the Fairy Tale Fair. Find out more about her…

“I put a lot of care into each piece and make sure they are finished to a high standard.  I love selling to lovely customers too – the positive feedback makes it all worth while.” -Sarah, Shark Alley

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

I make jewellery from recycled materials, Japanese papers, resin and sterling silver. I really enjoy sewing too, so I also make purses decorated with original animal designs as well as some very popular hand-sewn otters!

I trained as an illustrator, but eventually grew tired of working digitally on things I didn’t enjoy.  I am so much happier working with my hands and creating beautiful things.

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How would you describe your style?

My style is inspired by colour, pattern and, most importantly, animals.  I have loved nature and natural forms since I was a child and they continue to fascinate and inspire me.  I also like a good graphic shape, so all of these ideas get thrown into the Shark Alley pot.

How long have you been making your craft items?

Since January 2010, but I have been crafting since childhood.

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

It really depends on the event, but the little mixed-media hare brooches are very popular.  The leaping hare & star necklaces and the fox print (which appears on my purses as well as being available as a large print) are also big favourites.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I have gone from being an under-confident, struggling illustrator to a happy designer-maker.  I have so many ideas to make and get out there! Once the initial designing and trial-runs are done, I love the making process the best.  I put a lot of care into each piece and make sure they are finished to a high standard.  I love selling to lovely customers too – the positive feedback makes it all worth while.

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

I take part in lots of different craft fairs and markets, mostly in London and the South.  If I can get to it easily on public transport with my heavy suitcase (‘The Beast’) then I’ll give it a go! I also exhibit in the Brighton Festival Open Houses.

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

I’d like to be able to devote myself purely to Shark Alley, get more media coverage and make my living entirely from it.  I’d also like to get into products that feature my designs, but that I don’t have to make entirely by hand.

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

I enjoyed the day very much.  Claire had put in such an admirable amount of hard work and there were lots of lovely little touches to welcome stallholders on the day.

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Find out More:

Web: www.sharkalley.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SharkAlley

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shark_alley

Say Hello to Lubilou Ceramics

Today we speak to Lisa of Lubilou Ceramics, who we welcome back again along with her cute and quirky ceramic sheep! Find out more about her…

“I enjoy time out from daily life, excitement and anticipation when I open the kiln, making up the names and likes for the sheep and seeing other people smile…” – Lisa, Lubilou

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

Hello, i’m Lisa the maker behind Lubilou Ceramics. I play with clay and make sheep, chickens, harebbits (a cross between a rabbit and a hare) brooches and other things that take my fancy.

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How would you describe your style?

Quirky, ceramic textured happiness.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I started to play with clay a few years back, I made a bull and he was very serious! I started Lubilou about 18 months ago and now have much more fun.

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

My hanging hearts and butterflies are pretty popular.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Time out from daily life, excitement and anticipation when I open the kiln, making up the names and likes for the sheep and seeing other people smile.

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

Yes, I take part in Makers Boutique and also in the exhibitions that they run at the Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery. This year I am taking part in Handmade with Love @Trinity an AppleDucks event.

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

I’d still really like to be able to spend more time making and i’d love to get to a point where I have enough stock to do lots of different art & craft fairs and to keep my online shop full too.

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?
I absolutely loved it. I was very impressed with the organisation, the fantastic atmosphere and the variety and standard of the sellers . I am very excited to be returning.
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Find out more:

www.lubilou.com

www.facebook.com/lubilouceramic

www.twitter.com/lubilouceramics

www.folksy.com/shops/Lubilou

Say Hello To…Jelly Roos

Today we welcome back Jelly Roos and her cute and quirky creations! Find out more about her below…

“Nothing pleases me more than creating a unique personal item from scratch”– Natasha, Jelly Roos.

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

I’m a mum of three who loves creating, my children are my inspiration daily and my support with regular comments of ‘can you make one for me?!’ From a fairly formal art education at GCSE and Foundation level, my creativity has since taken a more organic path. Making things for my children, using my creativity in my jobs and now finally releasing some of the ideas filling up my head into the world of Jelly Roos.

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I like to make beautiful, useful objects and this forms the bases of my designs. Nothing pleases me more than creating a unique personal item from scratch and so many of my items have individual details that I don’t reproduce.

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How would you describe your style?

Unique, cute and colourful.

How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been working under the guise of Jelly Roos for about a year now.

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

Its changing all the time, but blankets and book bugs are popular commissions.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the design process from that spark of an idea, making a pattern and finally creating and adding those impulsive details. I enjoy that nothing is static and I can be making different items every day.

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

I’m trying out different fairs all around Sussex, I’ve exhibited at Brighton craft fair and others outside of Brighton. I will be in Seaford 24th-26th August.

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

To continue pleasing people with my creations and to broaden my online presence.

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

It was such a good atmosphere with great fellow stall holders, lots of visitors through the doors and such brilliant organization.

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View more: www.facebook.com/jelly.roos

Say Hello To…Fairy Letters

We are super excited to welcome back Fairy Letters to our fair for summer! They attended our Christmas fair and visitors adored their personalised letters from the fairies, fairy wish jars and other cute gifts full of sparkle and love! Find out more about them and how you can pre-order your personalised fairy letter to be ready and waiting at the fair!

“We enjoy making friends with all fairy followers around the world and getting letters back to fairies from all around the world.” – Emily, Fairy letters

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

We make fairy items that we personalize and send all around the world! We have also started making adjustable leather and Swarovski rings for adults and gifts for the home.

How would you describe your style?

Crafty with a touch of magic!!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

A year and a half now but expanding slowly!

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

Our best sellers are our miniature fairy wish jars and personalized fairy letters.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Making friends with all fairy followers around the world and getting letters back to fairies from all around the world.

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

Only a few but the Fairy Fair is our favourite by far!!

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

We are expanding our gift range to make some more products for the home and our founder is also releasing her own blog … will update you all soon!! We are also starting some arts and crafts workshops for children and adults please let us know if you would be interested!

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

We loved the last Fairy Tale Fair it was truly magical and can’t wait to come again!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

Can’t wait to see you all there. If you would like any personalized letters doing we can either make in advance or on the day! If you would like any doing specifically please email: fairyletters@strawbug.co.uk

Find out more:

http://strawbug.moonfruit.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Strawbug

Say Hello To…I Drew This

We are excited to welcome back a Fairy Tale Fair regular, Ilona Drew and her fabulous illustrated greeting cards! After recently exhibiting at Progresive Greetings live in London she has had great feedback and success on her designs, but she has still made time to fit out fair in! Find out more…

“I enjoy the  freedom to create what I want and then get amazing feedback.”– Ilona, I Drew This

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

I design and illustrate greeting cards. I have now designed for the high street for 10 years and am currently concentrating on my card work although many other exciting projects in the pipe line.

How would you describe your style?

Uplifting and happy!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I have been working on my cards for just over a year.

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

certain designs are coming up as most popular, my umami heart, little tweets balloons and my mischief dino boy!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

The freedom to create what I want and then get amazing feedback.

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

I have just got back from my first trade show PG Live in London which was a huge success.

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

I have so many, to expand my card range and work on lots more exciting projects designing many other items/maybe a book. I have made whales in the past and there are some more of these on the way too.

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

I have been lucky enough to have taken part in 3 Fairy Tale fairs now and I just love them, claire works her A** off doing tons of fab promoting and there is always a great buzz.

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Find out more about Ilona:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ilonadrewthis
Blog: www.ilonadrewthis.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ilonadrewthis

Say Hello To…Maygreen Fairies

Today we welcome back the lovely Maygreen Fairies, who also took part in our spring fair. Her creations couldn’t be more suited to our fairy tale theme so we can’t wait to see her wonderful fairy items again! If you missed her last time you can find out more about her…

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.

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How would you describe your style?

In two words – Vintage Whimsy

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.

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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.

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

I am currently working on a range of “Printed” Art Greetings Cards that I plan to promote to small Gift Boutique Shops and Art Galleries in the hope that they will stock and sell the Range. I am also hoping to sell some of my Bespoke Items, such as my Fairy Jars through Not On The High Street.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed the Spring Fair earlier this year, it was a fantastic atmosphere, and a joy to be a part of a Fair that so aptly fits what I do.

Find out more:
www.maygreen-fairies.co.uk | www.maygreen-fairies.blogspot.com | www.facebook.com/maygreenfairies |
www.thelittlewhitestudio.blogspot.com

Say Hello To…Lottie Leo

In the first of our summer 2013 fair stall holder posts we meet a new seller to The Fairy Tale Fair. We fell in love with these cute little needle-felted characters, and can’t wait to see them at the fair on the 10th August! Find out more…

“I love the process of turning an idea into a reality. I try and do that in many areas of my life, but with craft, it’s a great feeling, to see something come to life from just a few materials and imagination!”– Lottie Leo

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

I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I make crafty things, I sing and write songs and every now and then I like to get the oil and canvas out and paint! A few of years ago I was working in a beautiful gift shop, which sold lots of lovely handmade gifts. So I started making cards to sell in the shop. I based all the cards around two characters who I named ‘Lottie’ and ‘Leo’. I was so excited when people bought them that I was inspired to sell more of the things I make. At the start of this year I decided to start a small online blog/ shop named ‘Lottie Leo’ and I’m just beginning to get the ball rolling!

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How would you describe your style?

I make a variety of gifts, from needle-felted animals to wooden hanging signs. My favourite materials to use are paint, felt and wood. The wooden signs and wooden fridge magnets have quotes written on them, all of which I have painted completely by hand. No two of my items are the same. I love everything to be unique. My Needle- felted animals are created entirely from wool and then I make them little clothes and give them accessories! I think I’d describe my style as ‘Sweet’, ‘quirky’ and ‘Shabby Chic’.

wooden hand painted signs

How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been making craft items since I was about 10! I used to make cards, scrapbooks, bags, pencil cases and other handy things, but always just for me or friends and family.

Apart from the cards I used to sell in a local gift shop, I have only recently started to sell my items.

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

I don’t think I’ve sold enough yet to have a best seller, but I’ve had lots of lovely feedback and encouragement and I’m looking forward to seeing what my best seller is when I do this craft fair in August!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the process of turning an idea into a reality. I try and do that in many areas of my life, but with craft, it’s a great feeling, to see something come to life from just a few materials and imagination!

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

I plan to take part in more fairs and markets in the future.

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

I’m very excited about the future! I plan to take part in fairs, markets and open houses as well as developing my online blog and facebook page. I’m thinking about possibly starting a needle-felting workshop for people who want to learn, and so, maybe, if I get enough interest, that could be on the horizon too! Lots of exciting ideas!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I will be donating 10% of everything I make at this fair to ‘Cruelty Free International’ to help try and put an end to animal testing for cosmetics.

Find out more about Lottie Leo:

http://lottieleo.blogspot.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/lottieleogifts

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