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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

Welcome to our house...

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!

 

 

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

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.

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.

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!

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!!!!!!

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!

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

St Johns Christmas Fair Sat 3rd Dec!

 Please come along and visit St John’s Christmas fair that I will be part of. Come along and support a local charity and artists! All details above, address is StJohn Ambulance, Rear of Churchill House, Hangleton Road BN3 7SG. Hope to see you there!

Also I will be in the Cake House (37 Cleveland Road, Brighton) all day this Sunday, the 4th Dec, if you’d like to come along and say hi. The house is open all weekend 11am-5pm this weekend and next. Number 73 Stanmer villas is also open both weekends 11am-6pm, please visit if you haven’t yet. Flyers for both houses are on previous posts so scroll down to see more!

That’s all for now!

The Cake House Artist House- Now Open!

  My frame and badges.

 Table of bits and bobs with my pocket mirrors.

 My cards, mirrors and sticker sheets

 Cards Hanging and one of the stockings.

 The upstairs room of lovely things!

 My goody bags, badges, mirrors, stickers…

Stockings hanging from shelf.

 T-shirts and bags hanging down the stairs

 T-shirts and babysuits.

If you haven’t already done so please visit the Cake house at the weekend! All details on flyers in previous posts. Number 37 Cleveland Road Brighton.

 

Burgess Hill Christmas Market

  My stall set up at the market. Babygrows, bags, mirrors, stickers, prints, t-shirts, cards, badges, goody bags, stockings etc…

 Christmas memory bags- fill with festive moments and keep forever! Baby’s 1st Christmas keepsakes, little bags of luck and make a wish bags…

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Thanks to those who came and bought stuff!

 

Latest ‘Christmas Is…’ Card Series

New ‘Christmas Is…’ photographic card designs…

  ‘Santa’s sub-team’ card

  ‘Pets dressed in stupid outfits’ card

  ‘Running out of gift wrap on Christmas Eve’ card

  Tree card

 

‘Walking like penguins’ card

 Santa elf auditions card

 Not really listening Queen’s card

    The pet not being impressed with it’s present cards

  Happy New Year 2012 card!

  Forgetting the goldfish card

  Fairy lights card

All designs available now in 73 Stanmer Villas and 37 Cleveland Road, Brighton Christmas Artists houses. They will also be in the Handmade shop in st. James street soon. Or you can email me to order some at sayhello@clairemontgomerydesign.com. Cards are £1.90 each or 4 for the price of 3 (plus p&p if needed). They are A6 size, with white envelopes, sealed and full colour, four sided print. Happy Christmas!

The Cake House

I will be in the cake house all day today if anyone would like to pop by. Open 11-5, 37 Cleveland Road Brighton. Lots of beautiful Christmas gifts and festive treats!

Typographic ‘Christmas Is…’ Card Series

Latest Christmas card designs. Part of my ‘Christmas is…’ series. Designs available now!

  Christmas is cancelled card design.

  Christmas has no calories card.

  ‘Leaving the sprouts on the plate’ card

  ‘3 for 2’ card

  ‘Bah Humbug’ card

  ‘Chocolate Coins’ card

More designs to be posted soon!

The Cake House Opens Tomorrow!

The Cake house artists house (37 Cleveland Road, Brighton, fiveways area), opens tomorrow (November 26th) from 11am-5pm. It will be open weekends for the next three until the 11th of December. I have spent the day there setting up lots of lovely crafty bits! Please come along if you can, there is Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, paintings, prints, cards, children’s t-shirts, bags and more. Yummy festive food and drink also! Hope to see you there- I will be sitting in this Sunday ( the 27th November) and next Sunday (the 3rd of December) if you’d like to pop by while I’m there.

 My work is also on show in number 73 Stanmer Villas, Brighton as well!

‘Little things I make’ by Lucy Ashworth

 Have a look at the wonderful creations of Lucy Ashworth’s ‘little things I make’, a fellow open house artist. Click here to view her blog, with her latest post from the Number 73 Artists open house!

 I love her foxes! I may have to invest in one! Pop along to Number 73 stanmer Villas to see her (and my) work now! Open next three weekends!

Christmas Artists Open House Listings 2011

 Take a look at the AOH website for full listings of all the artists houses exhibiting in this years Christmas houses. Just click here! You can also pick up a brochure around Brighton and Hove!