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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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.

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

Picture 369Lots of festive gifts off to new homes! Although this market was my last event of the year, I am also in The Cake House open house today (37 Cleveland Road, Fiveways, Brighton). We are open until 5pm and it is the last day so don’t miss out on this final opportunity to get some wonderful handmade gifts!

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!

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

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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My Jewellery Range

For those that haven’t already seen I have recently launched my own laser cut jewellery range. The items are made from acrylic, mirror or wood and are all designed by me. A couple of weeks ago I did a photo shoot with some of my jewellery items, which are now ready to view! See a selection below, and the full range on Facebook. Also see details of ordering via facebook or you can email sayhello@clairemontgomerydesign.com to ask any questions!

Photography: JenniWren, make up and location: Powder Beauty Brighton.

Jammie Dodger, Buddy the golden cat, Betty the Butterfly brooches

Earrings- available in various designs and colours. Cat and bird shown here.

Daisy the Deer- with engraved detail hearts. Also available in mirror and acrylic (various colours)- however these are limited!

Oli the Owl wooden brooch- perfect halloween gift! £7
Hayely the horse wooden brooch

Ruby the Rabbit necklace, charm bracelet with four charms, hand glittered greetings cards- all available now!

Buddy the cat glitter gold necklace.
Tilly the teapot wooden brooch with charms from spout

Jammie Dodger acrylic necklace on ribbon with hand glittered and diamontee detail. Almost good enough to eat!

Hayley the horse in pink mirror

Daisy the Deer- part of the whimsical winterland range. Limited edition!

Fay the Fox wooden necklace

Buddy the cat and Betty the butterfly wooden necklaces

For the full range, details and prices see my Facebook page. Etsy shop coming soon!

Full Whimsical Winterland range launch next week- keep an eye out!

Find all of my items for sale next week at The Brighton Craft Alliance, The Brunswick, Hove, Sunday 28th from 12pm. I will also be at The Fairy Tale Fair in November, and Makers Boutique, Brighton Craftaganza and two Artists Open Houses in Brighton for December- so plenty of places to find me! See the events page for details.

The Fairy Tale Fair

After the success of our 1st fair in August this year we are back for a festive special this winter (if you haven’t already heard)! Next fair is Saturday 24th November 2012- save the date, its going to be magical! For more information visit the About page.

We are in the process of designing new flyers, posters etc. This is an ad just sent of to Nostalgic Union magazine for their November edition! We also sent an ad off to Inside Magazine yesterday- so hopefully you might see us around!

We can’t wait for our next fair- we have a new bigger venue and even more crafty stall holders this time! As well as a vintage tearoom with festive treats and a workshop room with a range of craft workshops for all ages! Hope to see you there! A full updated list of stall holders will be up soon!

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The Fairy Tale Fair

Today we hear from Claire Montgomery Design- who is also our fair organiser. Find about more about her…

“I am most happy under a pile of paper cuttings, pens & glitter!”- Claire Montgomery

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I am an illustrator and designer based in Brighton. I specialise in hand crafted collage illustrations, and create unique and often surreal work with a personal touch. I make a range of items including greeting cards, badges, cotton bags, pocket mirrors and most recently jewellery.

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as quirky, cute, creative and colourful! I like to combine traditional paper craft processes with unusual imagery and digital enhancements, to acquire a modern twist.

How long have you been making your craft items?
I graduated from uni last summer and started making my craft items just after that- so about…

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A Summer of Celebration

Well the Olympics are finally here (in case you haven’t heard!) The Olympic ceremony is over, complete with Mr.Bean (where was teddy!?), James Bond, The Queen and Corgis! To celebrate this very special summer and as a keepsake to remember see my London 2012 designs below. They are available now as greeting cards, and also come hand glittered if desired!

 

Patcham Infants School Summer Fair

I will be at the Patcham Infants School Summer Fair tomorrow from 2pm- 5pm. Come along for lots of fun- crafts, jewellery, BBQ, children’s entainment, cakes and more! See map of where the school is here. Lots of stalls inside so you can avoid the rain!

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This is the first ‘Say Hello To…’ Post from The Fairy Tale Fair- take a look!

The Fairy Tale Fair

In the first of our ‘Say Hello To…’ posts we say hello to the wonderful and unique Quaintrelle Anarchist!
“When someone from a far off country buys something from my shop because I find it surreal and amazing that someone on the other side of the world is wearing something I’ve created”– Quaintrelle Anarchist 

 
Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
I hand-make accessories and clothing, re-work vintage items and customise antique dolls. 

How would you describe your style?
Creepy but cute! Inspired mainly by dolls, Alice in Wonderland and Halloween. 

How long have you been making your craft items?
I’ve been crafting/sewing etc since I was a child and I opened my shop just under a year ago.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? 
Any of the peter-pan collars I make- they go with any garment and are…

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Take a look at this amazing photography!

The Fairy Tale Fair

I saw Kirsty Mitchell’s wonderful photography on the south news the other evening and think it is just beautiful and deserves a post on our blog!

These photos are from a shoot titled ‘Wonderland’ and took 3 years to produce.

What I like the most about the photos is that there are no digital enhancements what so ever- they are all real people, real sets, real bluebells, real costumes…Amazing!

On Kirsty’s website she describes the story behind wonderland: ‘Wonderland’ began in the summer of 2009 and has now been running for almost 3 years. It was started in memory of my mother Maureen who died 7 months before in November 2008, and has since become a turning point in my approach to photography and consequently my entire life….’

Kirsty was born in 1976 in Kent and went onto study at the London College of Fashion. She also completed internships at Alexander…

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Helter Skelter

 This design is part of my ‘Oh I do like to be Beside the Seaside’ Brighton range. It features a photo I took of Brighton’s helter skelter which I have illustrated over and a rainbow background. This is part of a series of six Brighton designs, which will be available at Brighton craftaganza, Brighton Artists Open houses and various retail outlets. See the events page for more details.

Paperchase 2012

My 2012 diary that I had printed….

 Still couldn’t resist a Paperchase one though! Here is a pic of my 2011 and 2012 diaries. I love basically all of Paperchase and would buy the whole shop if I could!

 Also bought when I was in Paperchase this cute penguin hot water bottle (reduced to £2.50- bargin!) and a pass holder.

 Also really like this new range with birds on, it has an illustrative, vintage feel yet with a modern twist in the colour scheme.  You can view this range, and all of the Paperchase products on their website now, just click here!

My Exhibition

Children's Nursery Rhyme scene

 

The cupcakes as I was making them!

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Cupcakes with my design on the icing

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Cupcake stand at exhibition

Close up of the teddy bears picnic

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