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Saturday 3oth of November and Sunday 1st of December I took part in selling my wares on a stall at the fabulous Craftaganza.

Here I am ready to sell after the longest stall set-up ever on day one,

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I’m so glad I arrived with plenty of time as my new christmas tree Earring display, which I was so happy to find, was the fiddliest thing ever to set up when you are shaking with excitement and nerves about a fair! As you can see to my left I also found space to display my dads hand made GIANT knitting needles!

I was sharing a stall with the hilarious and lovely Lisa from Stoats & Weasels who was doing her first craft fair ever:

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Her designs are simply fabulous and every potential punter that came along to look was laughing away to themselves after a few seconds of browsing- proof that if you want to give someone a laugh this christmas then Lisa’s designs are a must have! I have to add that for a first fair Lisa’s stall looked amazing, handmade badges, books cards and magnets, beautifully branded, Lisa had even brought a matching table cloth and wore a matching dress!

To my right for the two days was Cherie and her beautiful fused glass work (My Three Trees)

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It was wonderful to meet Cherie, she was such a lovely craft fair companion, offering lots of advice, ideas and compliments to me and my work. Her coasters sold like hot-cakes! (It’s no wonder why, check out the close-up photo of the hare design above, so beautiful!) she was even wondering whether to try and make some more when going home to Portsmouth in between the two days!

Opposite to us on day one was the best view you could wish for at a craft fair; grumpy bears!!! (and plenty of them). Pygmy Cloud are a London based Duo Diana and Dave who make fabulous felt cushion mountains, plushie and cushion bears, woodsmen, cloud coasters and other scrumptious designs. Their stall looked amazing, and was a very pleasant view for us, the subtle earthy tones they use for their felt designs are just a delight. I love the fact that all their bears/woodsmen faces are hand painted and would some day like to purchase a few of their items (when I have a new abode!).

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My only (tiny) criticism is that I think they should include a woodswomen to the range, to prove that women can be woodsy too!

I get itchy feet at craft fairs and kindly Lisa and Cherie looked after my stall while I went wondering probably a few too many times, I always want to check out the other stalls to then share them on my blog so I’ve taken some pics of some of my favourites:

Day one:

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Claire who runs The Fairy Tale Fair was there with her Cat-a-cake creations stall, I don’t know how Claire has the time to run a fair, do craft fair stalls, make quirky fabulous designs for laser cut jewellery and cards, help out with Brighton Etsy team website etc and have another job too! She is an inspiration in time and creativity management!

I came across Sugacandipop who make cute little cloth dolls that have fully customisable everything, you can either buy a ‘ready-made’ one or have them made up to your specifications, the selection of materials was fantastic and these dolls would make any little boy or girl very happy this christmas.

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Next is Kate Rowland Illustration, her illustrated laser cut wooden badges, earrings, rings and necklaces feature fantastic designs stemming from popular culture, television shows and movies such as Breaking Bad, Ghost World, Twin Peaks and more…

I absolutely love the way you can see how the laser has cut the wood, it creates tiny little lines which to me make the designs look like they have been coloured in using fancy felt tips (brown felt tips!) each piece is different from the next depending on the grain in the wood, Fab! Apologies to Kate for the fact your eyes are closed in this shot, I was rushing to get back to my stall and it was the only shot I got!

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Rockcakes was present rocking her ‘mazin laser cuts and highly original and very fun silver jewellery designs:

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Day Two:

Two lovely women came over to say hello to me in the morning introducing their knitwear stall, we planned to each publicise the other during the day with the ‘knitting’ theme in common, I love their designs, the pom pom hats look fab and those geometric designs beautiful. I’m said to say I only got the name of the dinosaur pom pom hat designer which was Kate Morris of Bedroom factory knits, if someone could tell me the name of the lady on the right in this pic below who made the geometric knits I will happily add a link!

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My next amazing stall was that of Lou Taylor Illustration, I’ve been stalking her designs on facebook for some time and I absolutely love the way she has transformed from paper cut extrodinaire into a papercut inspired jewellery designer!

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It was lovely to meet her in person, I absolutely fell completely in love with one particular piece of hers that was having it’s first reveal to the world at craftaganza and somehow I ended up coming away from Craftaganza owning one, look at these brooches below, aren’t they just a knitters/crafters dream!!!

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More fab people and their designs:

Charm and Laundry‘s beautiful undies:

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Gorgeous designs from Laura Dumbrell:

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I love Kate Holden of ‘Oh Someday‘s jewellery every time I see it, one day I will own some, I’ve asked Santa so we’ll see!:

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I finally got myself a Hello Dodo screen print!!! can you guess which design I got from this photo below? (I’ll give you a hint, my name gives it away a little!) Was lovely to see them, always bright and cheerful, I’m waiting til we get our new flat to put my print on the wall, it will make a lovely moving in gift to ourselves!

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Kirstin Stride hiding behind her stall on the right in the photo above, as usual her beautifully illustrated shrink plastic brooches etc were shiny and delightful, Kirstin provided the music for the day in the form of a six hour long christmas playlist that did not repeat a song once, simply lovely for the stall holders not having to listen to the same music all day, the tunes were fab and caused random acts of dancing from the owner of the next stall I wanted to feature whom is Katie from oh squirrel. I met Katie at my first Craftaganza in June and she’s a lovely lady with a gorgeous laugh, her fabric tags were flying off her table at a rapid rate, she was even making more as she ran her stall:

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One stall I’m very sad to have not got a picture of was Dinah Dufton’s, her beautiful silver jewellery complimented with gorgeous semi-precious stones and highly original dog tag designs are amazing, it was absolutely lovely to meet DInah I think she is now officially one of my biggest buyers/fans ever, she was very complimentary about my work and very positive about what I am trying to do.

Here are her chunkilicious rock rings (picture taken from the craftaganza blog):

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Aren’t they amazing!!

One person I also want to mention before I sign off is Zoe the Craftaganza fair organiser, she has just had a baby and how she managed to run the fair both days and will do again next weekend I don’t know, she too is an inspiration. The fair was amazingly well organised, such high quality work, everyone was really friendly and I would not hesitate to do another next time.

Now to relax, blogs take far longer than I think to write, probably because I want to include a million makers!

Claire x

So my lovely new friend Jorrun (of Nnuroj – beautifully fresh woolen items to keep you warm!) very kindly gave me a ticket for myself and a friend to go to the private view of ‘Made Brighton‘ the design and craft fair at the corn exchange. I excitedly accepted as I had never been before and heard lots of good things about it. Despite having a migraine the night before I really wanted to go, and as I had slept for most of the day I was feeling almost human again so I arrived for an early start at 6pm before it got too crowded.

I was astounded by the quality and beauty of many of the exhibitors items but a few things particularly caught my eye.

The first beautiful objects to please me were these ceramic ‘watches’ by Alice Walton Ceramics which you wear as a decorative bracelet rather than a time telling device. Alice herself explained to us that she used printing block punctuation to make the design and that the last detail she added to the watches was the time on the clock on her wall, enabling a sort of romantic ‘time stamp‘ of completion, I love this wonderful idea. Image

Alice also displayed beautiful ceramic cases (like print drawers which are popular for displaying trinkets in your home) with tiny ceramic cotton reels inside, and another with tiny ceramic feathers, such delicately pleasing items.

The next stallholders work to wow me was the gorgeous woodchild from Scotland. Scrummy fair isle design woolen baby blankets with icons such as cars or trains embedded into the patterns. The colours in these blankets drew me straight over to the stall and the stallholder pointed out that once baby is too big for the blanket you can send them back to her and she will transform them into a child’s coat or poncho, such a fabulous upcycling idea!

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Some jewellery that really struck me were the designs of John Moore His metallic coil-like necklaces and bracelets were very appealing to my sensory side and he was very happy to let me see how they felt and moved, I imagine if I wore something like this I just would not be able to stop stroking it, pleasingly tactile. His earrings were pretty amazing too, you could choose which way up to wear them, each way up created a different visual effect to the organic armour type parts, enabling two distinct styles from the one pair of earrings (hard to describe but you can see the difference in the picture below).

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I bought a wonderfully witty birthday card from Teresa Green but I daren’t tell you which one for fear of the recipient finding it here first. Her little screen printed purses are just gorgeous.

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My Lovely friend Jorrun’s stall was looking rather spectacular and was proving very popular (I could hardly get a moment with her between customers!). Her strikingly modern knitwear items proving that you can be warm and stylish are a must have for winter.

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Speaking of woolen things Hattie Startin Handnits’ pleasing display of fair isle type winter accessories also deserve a mention, beautifully displayed like artwork on her wall, I would happily hang my gloves on the wall in a frame at the end of the day if they looked like this! She also had the cutest little tiny christmas stocking decorations for trees you could ever imagine (though I wish they were baby socks, I would definitely buy them for my non religious god-daughter!).

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These gorgeous illustrated vegetable cards by witshop pleased me greatly, each card has a tear off recipe involving the illustrated vegetable, they even had christmas cards with christmas leftover recipes on them!

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One more mention, I greatly admired the graphic illustrations on ceramics and other items by Snowden Flood and may have purchased something for a family members christmas present so I can’t say much (except that it isn’t pictured in this photo so stop looking!) but definitely recommended for christmas gifts!

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Huge apologies for the awful phone photography, I didn’t think to take a proper camera but hopefully you can get an idea of the fabulous talents that are exhibiting at Made Brighton this weekend. You can visit this weekend, opening times are below:

  • Saturday 23rd November  10am – 6.00pm
  • Sunday 24th November  10am – 5.00pm

Thank you to Liz for coming with me!

Oh and I mustn’t forget, I met a lovely little craft stall fella called ‘Mr B’ who was the best behaved ever, sleeping soundly underneath some beautiful garments, if you do go to Made this weekend and you see him- please say hello from me.

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Brilliant blog by Elizabeth Anne Norris gathering info about the mentor month I did in July and the sale which is on at the moment (10% off everything in many mentor month participants etsy stores, including my own!).

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Have I got a BIG BIG treat for you !

I captain the Brighton Etsy Team and we’ve been busy all July. EtsyUK asked us to pilot their Mentor Month program helping newbies to improve their online shops. It’s been intense but so worth it.

Read all about it here:

To celebrate everyone taking part is having a shop SALE. That’s 35 SHOPS selling handmade and vintage goodies. Absolutely everything is 10% off till 14 August.

YOU CAN’T MISS THIS ! 

Use discount code MMSALE at the paypal checkout to get 10% off.

Click here to visit MY SHOP – Silver and Enamel Jewellery and Cufflinks
Click here for my Mentee Anna’s Shop – Aromatherapy,Textiles and Embroidery
and
Click the links below to see what other SALE items the talented Brighton Creatives have for you:

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Brighton Craft Alliance blogged this today for their upcoming market this Saturday at The Shoreham Centre, I’ll be there selling my wares!

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We are very excited to list current exhibitors at our next Arts and Craft Fair this Saturday. This is our first event at The Shoreham Centre, and we look forward to not only showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary art / craft / design and vintage purveyors in Brighton, but also live entertainment by our in-house buskers ‘Fiddle Sparks’, and not forgetting our pop-up cafe ‘Hello Treacle’ serving delicious teas, cake and savouries throughout the day.

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So yesterday I took my first steps into the world of selling at craft markets and it was a great experience, I wanted to write a blog entry describing my day to you and so here goes:

I nervously turned up at Fabrica at 9.30am with my carefully packed, bus friendly stall, to be warmly welcomed by Zoe; Craftaganza’s organiser, she introduced me to my stall sharing buddy Jorunn from Nnuroj who happened to be the perfect buddy for a yellow bear selling her wares (I will explain later).

I set about arranging my carefully planned display to find that time flies when you are worrying about un-ironed tablecloths (I don’t own an iron!), coping with shaking hands because of nerves and having a non-caffeine start to the day. But Jorunn and the lovely Katie from Oh Squirrel who was setting her stall up on the other side of me soon made me feel comfortable and at ease with the experience, so thank you to you both!

Jorunn and her scrumptiously textured knitted baby blanket ‘socks’ and gorgeous scarves and snoods :

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Katie and her beautiful hand-made stationary, badges, cards and letter tags all with vintage and hilarious themes.

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The layout of my own stall:

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The doors opened to the public at 10.30am and it was a bit slow going in the morning, but things picked up after lunch.

My rings were my most popular item and I’m thinking I may have to make it easier for people to try on my pairs of bracelets (currently you have to take lots off of the stand to get to the one you want to try and I think people might be a little reluctant to do this, maybe I’ll put some pairs out balanced on cotton reels like my rings).

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The market became packed out at certain points during the day and I think there was a pretty good footfall, I found it hard to leave my stall for long and have a look round but kindly my partner Jorge came in to give me a bit of a lunch break/wonder break.

I finally met Ruth and Brendan of i am acrylic whose stall blew me away:

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I didn’t get a wide enough shot to show the funky layout and the two massive felt trees which hold up this string of necklaces, but check this miniature version out:

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Their stall was full of vibrant fun jewellery made with acrylic that is hand cut using a fret saw (no laser cutting here!) they are lovely people have been/are very supportive of me and my venture, and have been willing to share tips with me such as types of glue to use and jewellery finding suppliers. Ruth gave me some valuable feedback that the photos of my knitting needle necklaces on my Etsy may need something added to them to show scale as she thought they were pretty chunky from the pics but in actuality they are small delicate items. Thank you Ruth!

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The lovely Rockcakes was also rockin her craftaganza stall:

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She designs and makes gorgeously quirky jewellery of which I am an avid collector, I especially love her new ‘medals’ series and am trying to think of someone that deserves a medal in my life (ha they all do!).

Late in the afternoon I had a craft stall disaster! My hand knitted sign (which you can see below) fell off it’s needles meaning that it could have slowly unraveled and all that work I put into it the night before would have been for nothing however the lovely Jorunn came to the rescue with her knitting know-how and easily picked up the stitches in order to rescue my sign.

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In all it was a good day; I got my name out there, I made back the cost of the stall and then some and I have been commissioned to make a necklace. I had my wares spotted by the ‘crafts institute’, many people took my cards and said they’d be in touch about commissions and I met some lovely fellow crafters, some of whom I am going to try and socialise more with through the Brighton Etsy group/Craftaganza talks etc as if felt good and inspiring to be around other maker types. Thank you to those people I met that helped make my day a success!

Love this, thankyou TheBigForest for making me smile.

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DancingSimplicityDespite our best efforts we can’t get this wonderful gif to post.Its worth clicking here (X) to savour the silliness. It made us grin and we hope it makes you laugh too.

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