The Fairy Tale Fair!

If you haven’t heard about The Fairy Tale Fair by now then where have you been!?… The first one was in the summer and it is back for a festive special on Saturday the 24th November 2012! I am the organiser of the fair, and had great feedback on the last fair. It is a lot of work planning it all but hopefully it will all be worth it and lots of you will turn up on the day! I will also have a stall there selling my usual range as well as some special edition items just for the fair! Read on to find out more about the fair…

The fair is a real community event, which welcomes families and all ages to come along and enjoy the festive creations and treats! All the stall holders are local Brighton or Sussex makers and we hope that you can come along to support them and their wonderful creations. It is also a unique chance to purchase handmade, one off Christmas gifts that you certainly won’t find on the high street! Avoid the stress and hustle and bustle of town and have a great day out with us instead! You can even enjoy tea and festive cake on vintage china while you are there!

The fair will comprise of 30-35 stalls selling a range of handmade crafts. These include jewellery, knitted items, cute characters, cushions, cards, prints, candles, children’s clothes, accessories, vintage style items, hair pieces, bags, decorations, beads and much more. There will also be face painting, beauty, and Alice in Wonderland themed cakes, festive treats with tea and coffee served in the vintage tearoom. Perfect Christmas gifts for all!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone- from Buddy the black cat!

 

Buddy is available as a necklace, brooch (laser cut acrylic or wood), a print, greeting card, mirror, mini badge and more. Email sayhello@clairemontgomerydesign.com if you’d like to order any or find out more!

Brighton Craft Alliance Photos

Here are a few photos from the first Brighton Craft Alliance which was yesterday at The Brunswick in Hove. The organisers Sam and Nigel are lovely people and we even got a little present and personalised bunting! There were lots of lovely stall holders and I also launched my new winter jewellery range which I got some nice comments about!

Thanks to those who came along. See the Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/BrightonCraftAlliance

Under the Sea!

What do you all think of this? I was asked by the lovely Ilona Drew, of I Drew This, to take part in her flick ‘n’ mix blog- where three illustrators take part to create the head, body and legs then Ilona puts them together and we see what weird and wonderful creations we get. This weeks theme is under the sea and this is what we got….

 

Taking part also this week was Ilona (tail) herself and Nicky Ovitt (head). I created the body. I think this is a fab idea for a blog and am proud to of been asked to be part of it!

See the blog and previous illustrations here: http://flicknmix.blogspot.co.uk

See our under the sea post here: http://flicknmix.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/under-sea

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.

Brighton Craft Alliance

I will be taking part in the Brighton Craft Alliance on Sunday October 28th at The Brunswick pub in Hove.

 

This is the first Brighton Craft Alliance and is is set to be a great craft fair with lots of lovely stall holders. Why not pop along and see for yourself. Find us at The Brunswick, 1 Holland Road, Hove from 12-5pm.

I will be selling my new jewellery range, including Oli the owl for Halloween and introducing my winter range all set for Christmas. I will also be selling greeting cards (including Christmas cards), pocket mirrors, cotton bags, badges and more!

Jewellery Shoot Sneak Peek

Here are a couple of behind the scenes pics of a photo shoot we did yesterday for my jewellery. The make up was done by Kate at Powder Beauty and the finished photos should be ready in about a week, so keep an eye out for these!

With thanks to Powder Beauty, a fabulous vintage inspired salon in Brighton,  visit their site here: http://powderbeauty.co.uk

Cat Nails!

A couple of quick pictures of my black cat nails I had done at Powder Beauty in Brighton!

 

 

The nail art was done by Lucy at Powder Beauty and the cats on thumbs have necklaces on! Visit Powder’s site here: http://powderbeauty.co.uk and more photos will follow soon from a photo shoot we did for my jewellery yesterday!

The Lantern Fayre Brighton

I will be at The Lantern Fayre at The Level in Brighton this Saturday (October 6th) midday to 10pm. Join us on this fab free 2 day event which features crafts, music, art, workshops, World cinema, food & drink and more! Sky Dome from Same Sky will also be there, this is how they are described: “Created by the Arts Charity Same Sky (The Children’s Parade, Burning of the Clocks), The Sky Dome is an innovative new show that combines digital arts, live performances, shadow puppets, light sequences, and a specially composed audio score in a futuristic story, where real and virtual images combine seamlessly.”

I will have two stalls at this fair and lets pray for sunshine and no wind please! I don’t want to loose any of my little earrings! Hope to see you all there! 🙂

 

Join their Facebook event & find out more here: http://www.facebook.com/events/424518234267053/ 

My Stall at Hassocks Pamper Night

Here are a few pics of my stall at Hassocks Pamper night. Lots of ladies came along to enjoy pamper treatments including massages, nails, hair styling, crafts, jewellery, cosmetics, drinks and a yummy chocolate fountain complete with marshmallows and strawberries (which was very yummy)!

 

Hassocks Craft & Pamper Night

This evening I will have a stall at Hassocks infant school Ladies Pampers Night. There will be crafts, jewellery, beauty, treats and more! Open from 7pm- 10.30pm. Looking forward to being part of the fun!

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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Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair

Had a little look around Belle’s vintage wedding fair in Hove today. We mainly went to get some inspiration for our next fair and see the lovely local vintage sellers.

 

There was lots of wonderful bunting, decorations, cakes, jewellery and more!

 

 

Pom poms seem to be a big trend at the moment. We got lots of comments about the ones  at our fair as well. They really do brighten up the room and are a simple, yet pretty addition to any event!

 

Yummy rainbow cake on vintage china from Vintage Events! Yum yum!

Cats With Thumbs Advert

This advert makes me smile! Following on with the ‘cats with thumbs’ slogan of the last Cravendale ad, this advert focuses on the cats trying to take over the world and basically ‘catnap’ all the milkmen!

If you haven’t seen the advert yet, watch it here at milkmatters.co.uk.

 I also really like the branding and style of the Cravendale Milk Matters site. The scrapbook college style works well…

I even got a reply from Bertrum the cat himself on Twitter (via my Fairy Tale Fair account)! I sent a pic of my cat Buddy, who of course wants to be part of the cats with thumbs gang- and according to Bertrum he is in the gang! And yes I am excited about talking to a fictional cat on Twitter!

Bertrum the Cat replies to me on Twitter!

My Stall at The Fairy Tale Fair

Well this time last week it was a lovely sunny Saturday and we were busy setting up The Fairy Tale Fair! If you haven’t already seen here are a few pics of my stall at the fair. Also see the full gallery of photos on The Fairy Tale Fair Gallery. All photos taken by JenniWren Photography. 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed The Fairy Tale Fair, and I had a lot of fun organising it! We are planning another one for November which will be our Christmas fair- so keep an eye out for this!

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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Twitter & Facebook Competition!

Today I am launching an exciting competition in conjunction with The Fairy Tale Fair, which is this Saturday the 18th Aug!

The Fairy Tale Fair would love to make 1,000 Twitter followers before the day of the fair and to help them get there I am giving away one of my special edition ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklaces! The necklace is hand designed by me, then laser cut in mirror. It has an 18″ silver plated chain and comes complete in a purple velvet pouch!

If The Fairy Tale Fair make 1,000 followers on their Twitter by 8pm this Friday the 17th August 2012 one lucky winner will win Buddy! To enter simply Follow The Fairy Tale Fair on Twitter, become a Fan on Facebook or if you are already a follower/fan just share or RT one of our competition status’!

For full details and T&C’s view The Fairy Tale Fair blog >
Follow The Fairy Tale Fair on Twitter>
Become a Fan on Facebook>

Good luck, and be quick, remember competition closes this Friday!! 

Champions!

Woohoo- go team GB! Not usually into sports but think we all will agree that really was a super Saturday! We want to be in the olympic stadium- it looks fab! Victory is ours!

 

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!

 

Made in Brighton Market Day 2

Today was day 2 of the Made in Brighton and it was another sunny, yet very windy day! Thanks to those who came along and for everyones kind words about my new jewellery range. The earrings and cat theme certainly seem popular and it was great to get some feedback on my designs. I hope to launch it fully soon and will also finally be setting up an etsy shop!

My Stall

My Stall

New Jewelley Range- Necklaces and Wooden Brooches

New Jewelley Range- Necklaces and Wooden Brooches

Acrylic Earrings

Also gave out lots of flyers for The Fairy Tale Fair craft fair which I am organising. Please take a look at it’s blog if you have not yet done so.

Made in Brighton Market- Day 1

Here are a few pics from the Made in Brighton Market at the Marina from today…

My Stall all set up

My new jewellery range- Launched Today!

My new jewellery range- Launched Today!

Necklaces and Badges

Necklaces and Badges

Charms and Mobile/Bag charms

Charms and Mobile/Bag charms

Necklaces- Wood, Acrylic and Mirror

It was a great day today- lots of sunshine, crafts, jewellery, live music, food and more- if you missed it today be sure to pop by tomorrow. Open 11am to 5pm at Brighton Marina square. Hope to see you there!