Valentine’s Day Whimsical Gift Ideas!

Here are a few Valentine’s themed pieces of my jewellery I’d like to share with you. Not long left now to get your gifts, so don’t delay- get something completely unique, handmade and beautiful! See my Etsy shop Cat-a-Cake Creations for more and full details >

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Jammie Dodger

Daisy the Deer

Daisy the Deer

Ruby the Rabbit

Ruby the Rabbit

Betty the Buuterfly

Betty the Buuterfly

Cute Mice earrings

Cute Mice earrings

Ruby the Rabbit

Ruby the Rabbit

Cute as a Cupcake!

Cute as a Cupcake!

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Jammie Dodger Brooch

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hello everyone- sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently! I’m very busy setting up a new website to replace this and my current site which is very exciting! Please be patient and all will be revealed soon!

I am also currently planning the next Fairy Tale Fair which is Saturday the 9th March in Brighton, all details here.

I will do a post about this soon as well. Also not long until Valentine’s day- see my Etsy shop for lots of cute gift ideas!

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Etsy Shop Launch

Hope you all had a fab Christmas and New Year! I have been busy finally setting up my Etsy shop! You can now buy my jewellery, cards and bags online, which is very exciting! More items are being added each week, so keep checking back! And as a launch special there is 10% OFF EVERYTHING! But be quick it is on for one week only!! It is also the launch of my new brand name Cat-a-Cake Creations (I hope you all like it)!

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Why not spend your Christmas money on something handmade this year, or buy yourself a New Year treat! It would be lovely if you could have a look: Cat-a-Cake Creations Etsy Shop.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Handmade Christmas Decorations!

Thought I’d share with you a few handmade decorations that have found their way onto the tree this year…

My tree- full of sparkle and pretty things!

My tree- full of sparkle and pretty things!

White Dove by Calico & Cotton, bought at The Fairy Tale Fair

White Dove by Calico & Cotton, bought at The Fairy Tale Fair

Ceramic Snowman, kindly sent as a gift from Flossy Teacake.

Ceramic Snowman, kindly sent as a gift from Flossy Teacake.

Polymer Clay bird by Clair Letton, of the Cake House.

Polymer Clay bird by Clair Letton, of the Cake House.

My wooden tree decoration and a hand made fairtrade basket bought at a charity fair.

My wooden tree decoration and a hand made fairtrade basket bought at a charity fair.

Peg doll by Trish Palmer, bought at The Fairy Tale Fair.

Peg doll by Trish Palmer, bought at The Fairy Tale Fair.

Hand Knitted sheep from one of the little huts outside churchill Sq, Brighton

Hand Knitted sheep from one of the little huts outside churchill Sq, Brighton

Patterned handmade ceramic heart, bought at Makers Boutique, Brighton.

Patterned handmade ceramic heart, bought at Makers Boutique, Brighton.

Polymer Clay handmade heart by Clair Letton of The Cake House.

Polymer Clay handmade heart by Clair Letton of The Cake House.

Happy Christmas everyone- hope you all have a super time! Hope there is lots of handmade, crafty gift giving also! Can’t wait for more fairs and new ranges in 2013- thanks to all those that have supported, visited and purchased during 2012- it really means a lot!

Happy Holidays!!…. xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cake House Christmas 2012!

Well the Brighton Open Houses for Christmas 2012 are officially over! It has been a lot of hard work for those involved but all worth it and a wonderful atmosphere in each house. Thanks to Clair of the Cake House (Cleveland Road) and Nick of Art @73 Stanmer Villas for having me again and I hope to be back again in May! Today I was sitting in at the Cake House which was full of festivities, cake, mulled wine and friendly faces, here are some pics of the house…

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My Jewellery

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My Cards

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Helen’s Colars

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Helen’s peg dolls, Clair’s Clay bangles, my badges & mirrors, Michelle’s pin cushions

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My earrings, Clair’s tea towels, Helen’s collars

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Clair Letton’s mixed media painting

Yummy and pretty cakes!

Yummy and pretty cakes!

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Bird mixed media painting by Clair Letton

Clair's Rainbow staris!

Clair’s Rainbow staris!

Bird Painting by Clair Letton

Bird Painting by Clair Letton

Wonderful Mirror by Fiona Edwards!

Wonderful Mirror by Fiona Edwards!

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Welcome to our house…

Christmas tree with all handmade decorations for sale!

Christmas tree with all handmade decorations for sale!

Thanks to all those who visited during December. We hope lots of you can visit again in May and we look forward to seeing you! We also have some exciting plans for a blog, facebook and twitter for the house- so keep an eye out for these!

 

 

Brighton Centre Christmas Market

Here are a few photos from the Christmas Market at The Brighton Centre yesterday. It was a fab event organised by Kelly of Belle’s Events. It had a nice range of stalls including crafts, jewellery, yummy cakes, beauty and more. There was also live singers all day including Brighton Rock choir who were super!
This was my last fair for Christmas 2012, so thanks to those who came along.

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Brighton Rock Choir

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Retro Violet Jewellery

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Super yummy & pretty cakes!

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Cheap Frills lovely jewellery

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My Stall

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Art @73 Christmas Artists House Brighton

This weekend is the LAST WEEKEND of the Brighton Artists open houses for Christmas 2012! Don’t miss this final chance to get some wonderful handmade gifts, stocking fillers or simply a treat for yourself. There is also cake, mulled wine and more available at most houses to get you feeling festive!

Here are a few photos from Art @73 Stanmer Villas house I am part of, which is Nick Orsborn’s house. I visited last weekend and the house was looking lovely as always! There is over 16 artists exhibiting so there is plenty of work to see- including paintings, jewellery, tree decorations, glass creations, pottery, prints, foxy friends, bags, badges and much more!

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Nick’s Paintings

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Houses are open 11am- 5pm , and close their doors this Sunday. My work is part of the above house 73 Stanmer Villas and also The Cake House  (37 Cleveland Road, opposite Blakers park). Both houses are near Fiveways area.

Brighton Christmas Boutique Market

This Saturday I will be taking part in Belle’s Events Christmas Boutique Market at The Brighton Centre, which I am super excited about as it looks like its going to be a great event full of festive cheer!

About the market:
Brighton is full of festive fun throughout December so we thought we better join in and let the city shoppers have a chance to vere away from the high street and find some unusual gifts and festive treats. Located just behind Churchill Square on the back of the Brighton Centre you will find a Christmas Bonanza! The venue is the former EAST WING of the Brighton Centre and still has this sign above the door. Simply walk down West Street and take a right just before the seafront and we’ll be there on the left.

With over 30 unique and some vintage inspired stalls under one roof we challenge you not to find something for under the Christmas Tree, be it vintage wrapping paper, fairy lights or a present for your quirky Aunt Mabel, we have it all.

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And not only do we have all that but we are very proud to present Brighton’s very own Rock Choir, they will be belting out some festive and some not so festive songs to carry you on your merry way. Fancy a hot toddy, a mince pie, a cuppa, a glass of wine, well then this is the fair for you.

Buggies welcome, as are jolly people who fancy a change.

Is it expensive to get in? Ofcourse not! It’s one whole earth pound! You can also enter a charity raffle which could win you a hamper of goodies donated by the stall holders and the money will go to The Rocking Horse Appeal.

Nuff said I reckon, see you there shoppers of Brighton! Find out more and join the Facebook event here!

Brighton Craftaganza Christmas 2012

I had a lovely day yesterday selling at the Brighton Craftaganza. This event always has such a nice atmosphere- particularly at Christmas! There was such wonderful handmade gifts to be found at the fair, and visitors certainly seemed impressed with the quality of work!

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The lovely Kat from Snorkers Imaginarium

The lovely Kat from Snorkers Imaginarium

Sarah from the wonderful Shark Alley busy making her otters!

Sarah from the wonderful Shark Alley busy making her otters!

Thanks to Zoe at Craftaganza for organising the whole thing and a really enjoyable day! If you visited thank you, and there are lots of festive handmade gifts off to new homes! :)

Festive Pamper & Shopping Night!

I am looking forward to taking part in Woodingdean Festive Pamper and Shopping night this Tuesday the 11th December! Held in Woodingdean Community Centre (Brighton) from 7-9pm there will be a range of items available including handmade crafts, jewellery, kids clothes, beauty treatments, mini manicures, wine tasting, MAC consultant and more. There will also be a raffle and all proceeds go to help the nursery so please try and pop along if you can!

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Hope to see you there! You can find out more and join the Facebook event here.

Smash It- The Sussex Beacon

This is a flyer, logo and poster design I was asked to create for Smash It- a fundraising concert for the Sussex Beacon. The concert is tomorrow at The Old Market (TOM) Hove, and all proceeds go to the charity.

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See the event for it here: http://www.facebook.com/events/468811236485688/?fref=ts

Competition Time- Win Daisy the Deer!

The Fairy Tale Fair Facebook Competition is only on for one more week! Don’t miss this opportunity to enter and win a special hand designed Daisy the Deer necklace handmade by myself. She is laser cut in a cherry wood veneer and has three beautiful hearts engraved.

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To enter simply head over to The Fairy Tale Fair’s Facebook page now and LIKE our page, and comment/ tag yourself on our post about the competition at the top of the page so we can keep track of you! You can also enter by entering your email here.

Good luck- competition closes next Friday!

Brighton Craftaganza Christmas 2012!

You don’t want to miss this! On Saturday (8th December) I will be selling at the fabulous Brighton Craftaganza, Fabrica Gallery, Duke Street/ Ship Street. It is open from 10.30am to 5pm, and is based in central Brighton’s lanes- so why not pop by while out doing your christmas shopping!?

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Purchase handmade Christmas gifts this year and give one-off, unique presents that will be made with love locally! See more on the Craftaganza facebook page here.

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I will be selling a range of my laser cut jewellery, Christmas cards, cotton bags, pocket mirrors, badges and more! Perfect stocking fillers and presents for all ages!

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Laser Cut Brooches

Here are some photos of my laser cut brooches, which are available now. They are all hand designed by me and laser cut locally in Brighton. They are then hand finished. They are made from acrylic or wood and available in various designs including Buddy the Cat, Hayley the Horse and Rosie the Robin.

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These brooches are available now and will be on sale next Saturday the 8th December at Craftaganza (Duke Street, central Brighton). Some designs are also available at both artists houses I am part of, and also on Saturday the 15th December at Belle’s Christmas Market, The Brighton Centre. There is just one available of each so don’t delay! You can also email me at sayhello@clairemontgomerydesign.com to order one!

December Makers Boutique

A few pics from the Makers Boutique on Saturday. There were lots of lovely handmade gifts to be found for Christmas gifts from the Brighton crafters…

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Rosie the Robin wooden necklace and earring set, boxed: £15. Laser cut, hand designed and finished. Available now!

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Laser cut, hand finished tree decorations with diamontees. Frosted acrylic and wood. £5 each! Available now!

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Hand designed, laser cut earrings. Several designs and colours available including deers, robins, cats, dogs, mice, horses, penguins, birds and more! Silver plated findings. Available now but designs selling fast!

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Art @73 Stanmer Villas Brighton

Well the first weekend of the artists houses are over and we had a great weekend at The Cake House in Cleveland Road with yummy cake, mulled wine and festive gifts off to loving homes!

Don’t forget I am also showing at Art @number 73, which is in Stanmer Villas Brighton (near Fiveways). The houses will open again next weekend from 11am-5pm and there are lots of unique gifts, handmade with love to be found! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get them!

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View my page on Nick’s site here.

Makers Boutique This Sat!

Just to let you all know I will be taking part in the Makers Boutique this Saturday in New Road Brighton. It is open 11am-5pm and is conveniently located in central town. Makers Boutique is Brighton’s most popular regular craft market and don’t miss this months festive special!

I will be selling a range of my laser cut jewellery including my winter range of animals. Also I will be selling Christmas cards, cotton bags, pocket mirrors, badges and more!

Hope to see you there!

The Cake House Christmas 2012!

Well it’s nearly that time again, and the Brighton Christmas Open Houses open this weekend from Sat 1st December! I will be part of two houses again for Christmas 2012- they are The Cake House (37 Cleveland Road, Brighton) and Art @ number 73 (Stanmer Villas, Brighton). Both near Fiveways area and have free parking outside!

Here is the flyer for The Cake House- as those of you who have already visited will know it is one not to be missed. Famous for its quirky rainbow stairs and beautiful yummy cake Clair Letton’s house is full of festive crafty creations and a warm welcome! Come along and find jewelley, mixed media paintings, cushions, kids clothes, accessories, hair pieces, cotton bags, greeting cards, stockings, lampshades, bags and much more!

We hope you can make it- we are open 11am-5pm Every weekend from Sat 1st Dec- Sun 16th Dec, find us at 37 Cleveland Road, Brighton (opposite Blakers Park, Fiveways Trial).

See the full Artists House details on the AOH website here. And view the brochure here

 

I will be selling a range of laser cut jewelley, earrings, tree decorations, phone charms. As well as greeting cards, cotton bags, small stockings, pocket mirrors, badges and much more. Please don’t miss us this Christmas- its a one off opportunity to get some wonderful handmade gifts you won’t find on the high street! I will be sitting in on Sunday 2nd Dec (this weekend) and Sunday 16th December- hope to see you there!

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Our day at The Fairy Tale Fair- more pics soon!

Originally posted on The Fairy Tale Fair:

Well what a day we had yesterday- lots of lovely customers through the door who braved the miserable weather to step inside and brighten up their day at The Fairy Tale Fair! Thanks to all those who visited and came away with some lovely handmade gifts and took part in our workshops (which we certainly popular!). We heard such nice comments about the fair, the atmosphere and the quality of the talented stall holders work. Many people also commented on how nice it was to have a local event and not have to worry about paying for parking and go into town.

 

Our craft workshops were very popular with lots of children sat around every table- what better to do with the kids on a rainy weekend then to make some wonderful crafts and learn a new skill! Thanks to all the stall holders who turned up with such…

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The Fairy Tale Fair is this Weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, the time has come and The Fairy Tale Fair is back this Saturday, the 24th November!! I am busy organising and preparing the whole thing so this week mainly consists of flyering thousands of houses, writing blog posts, sending e-shots, facebook competitions, tweeting and general preparations! That’s without even thinking about my stall! Think this week is going to have some late nights in store!

There is going to be over 35 craft stalls, jewellery, craft workshops, face painting, beauty, a vintage tearoom and much more!

Hope lots of you can visit us! We’ll be at a new venue, Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8TA. Open from 10.30am- 4.30pm.

 

Also don’t miss this Competition on The Fairy Tale Fair Facebook where you can win one of my very special Daisy the Deer necklaces. Daisy has been hand designed and then laser cut in wood. She has 3 beautiful hearts engraved and is looking for a loving home! Help her find one by entering our competition! Simply LIKE our Facebook page & share to enter! Good luck!

 

 

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IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!!!!!!

Covent Garden Market

Here are a few photos of my stall at Covent Garden. The stall holders there were lovely and welcoming. Unfortunately the weather meant it was a quiet day but it was a good experience all the same and I am pleased I have been accepted into such a prestigious venue.

 

 

 

 

 

My Jewellery in Powder Beauty

A few photos of my jewellery in the window of Powder Beauty, Brighton. Powder is a beautiful, vintage inspired beauty salon in the prestigious lanes Brighton (Duke Street). Many of my necklaces are available there now including Buddy the cat, Betty the Butterfly and Tilly the Teapot. You can also find a selection of my cards and mini badges inside!

Find out more about Powder on their website here: www.powderbeauty.co.uk/

They will also be joining us for The Fairy Tale Fair on Saturday 24th November!