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Christmas is Coming! My Upcoming Festive Craft Fairs.

I’m very excited to share with you the festive craft fair events I’ll be attending this year. It’s a super busy time for most makers, so I’ve started planning early!

I’m looking forward to showcasing some great new pieces of jewellery along with my usual favourite designs.  I really enjoy meeting my customers face to face, so I’d love it if you’re able to visit any of my Christmas Fairs!

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 Here’s a list of my upcoming Christmas craft fairs:

13th November – 20th November: Kentish Made, Aysgarth, High Street, Staplehurst, Kent TN12 0AU opening times to be confirmed

Saturday 25th November: Dandelion Time Festive Gift Fair, Branden Farm, Staplehurst Road, Marden, Kent, TN12 9BT  10am-2pm

Saturday 2nd December: Poppinghole Farm Christmas Fair, Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5BN  10 – 4pm

Saturday 9th December: Kitsch and Stitch Christmas Fair, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent  10am – 3pm

Saturday 16th December: Meadows School Barnados Christmas Fair 20-22 London Rd, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0RJ 11am-2pm

Sunday 17th December: I Heart Whitstable, The Umbrella Centre, Oxford Street, Whitstable, CT5 2BQ  11am-4pm

Don’t forget that you can browse my jewellery designs from my Folksy shop

Do come and say hello, I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

Whitefriars – New Food and Craft Market in Canterbury

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I’m so pleased to be stocking a range of my handmade jewellery in the new Whitefriars Food and Craft Market in the beautiful city of Canterbury!

This vibrant pop up shop in the retail centre of Canterbury, is packed full of gorgeous handmade goods, gifts and produce, all from Kentish Makers and local businesses.

Whitefriars Food and Craft Market was launched during the ‘Whitefriars in Bloom’ festival in the city of Canterbury and the lovely floral themed window display reflected this.

I love visiting Canterbury, as it’s such a beautiful vibrant city and I’m so pleased with how my jewellery has been received.

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I really recommend a visit to the Whitefriars Food and Craft Market, if you’re visiting Kent. I guarantee you won’t come away empty handed!

Take a look at the Whitefriars facebook page, for more information about the shop, designers and their products.

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

Kentish Made – Celebrating Local and Handmade

Last November, I was lucky enough to be involved in an exciting pop- up shop held in the village where I live. Katie, the owner of luxury handmade accessories brand Marmaduke Scarlet lives in a beautiful beamed house situated right at the top of the hill. This lovely old house used to be a grocery shop decades ago ( I still remember it from my childhood!) So once again, for a few weeks in November, Katie’s front room was converted back into a shop, albeit this time the groceries were exchanged for gorgeous handmade goodies!

I was excited to be showcasing my handmade jewellery, alongside a selection of talented local makers, including Polly had a Dolly; Ginkgo Floristry; tatty tess and Ddesignmakebake. The shop and Starlight shopping evening event were a runaway success and lots of fun was had and friendships made as a result.

When I heard that Katie was opening Kentish Made this winter for a special Starlight Shopping event, I was thrilled to be invited along! I will be selling a lovely selection of handmade silver and copper jewellery which will make perfect Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

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This year the Starlight Shopping event will feature some familiar faces and new people too, including local home-roasted coffee company StApple Hurst Roast and gorgeous handmade candle company The Hazel Tree. I’m really looking forward to buying some Christmas gifts myself!

If you’re local to Staplehurst, please do pop in and enjoy Kentish Made’s Starlight Shopping event, this Thursday 1st December,  7pm-10pm or if you can’t make the evening, why not drop into our open morning the following day Friday 9.30am -2.30pm

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Why not check out the Kentish Made Facebook page for updates on the event and lots of information about the makers, and their lovely products!

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

A Wedding Fayre in Staplehurst

Last Saturday I attended a Wedding Fayre in my home village of Staplehurst. The fayre was organised by Donna from Bombalicious who makes gorgeous bath bombs and soaps that make perfect wedding favours!

Staplehurst has a beautiful Norman church and it was a lovely idea for the wedding fayre to be held there.

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All Saints Church, Staplehurst

 

It was really inspiring to be in such a beautiful setting (which also happens to be the church we got married in!)

I make a range of freshwater pearl, Swarovski crystal and Sterling silver jewellery, all of which are suitable for bridal wear. I made sure to have available images of my previous commissions, as many of these pieces were personalised bridesmaid pendants. Please take a look at the commissions photo album on my Facebook page for ideas.

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A selection of commissioned pieces of jewellery

As well as my handmade silver and copper jewellery, there were a good variety of stalls, all selling different items and services essential to prospective brides (and grooms!) Most were local business too.

Bombalicious and Dippydesign, both based in Staplehurst.

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Pre-loved wedding dresses for sale-one careful owner!
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Lorna Green’s beautiful handmade tiaras
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Eco silver pendants, earrings and silver stacking rings from The Little Red Hen Jewellery
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Freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal drop earrings, perfect for brides!
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Adjustable hand – knitted  wire bracelets with pearls and Swarovski crystals
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Me and my stall; photograph courtesy of Stephen Barker Photography
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Sterling silver personalised bridesmaid’s pendants by The Little Red Hen

It was a really good day and I met lots of lovely new people too! Thank you to Donna for arranging the Fayre.

If you’re interested in ordering a bespoke item of jewellery for your wedding, please feel free to email me: redhenjewellery@gmail.com

 

 

Craft Fairs · Out & About in Kent

A Visit to The Wealden Times Midsummer Fair

A fortnight ago, I paid a visit to the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair. This annual summer fair showcases lots of lovely businesses, many of them local.  All exhibitors are hand-picked for their high quality, craftmanship and design.

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The Midsummer fair was held at the beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent. This rural Kent village is just a stone’s throw from where I live, so it’s an ideal trip out for me while The Little Chick is at playgroup.

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I arrived fairly early and before it got busy, enjoyed a stroll around the beautiful gardens, which were open during the fair to ticket holders.

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Then it was time for tea…

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Of course I couldn’t resist a cake from Cocolicious‘ beautiful cake stall. Luckily, they always have a range of delicious gluten-free cakes on offer!

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Cocolicious – always a beautiful stall!
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Cream teas and pink fizz…what more could you want!

Then it was time for a look around the marquees.

Here’s a selection of my favourite stalls.

Tatty Tess  unique, handmade, lovely clothes for little girls. It’s always lovely to see Tessa and her gorgeous vintage inspired creations. As usual, her stall looked lovely! I’m particularly fond of her miniature sewing machine and till (which she always explains are definitely not for sale!)

I really love the colourful, original jewellery of  Victorious Bee   Their stall looked really striking to compliment their bold jewellery. (I’m a big fan of the bee logo too!)

Champions of British made goodies Happy and Glorious  had some lovely new products for sale. Ceramic button earrings and brooches in shades of blue were one of my favourite items.

Other stalls which caught my eye were The Indoor Botanist with their original mini-terrariums and bottle gardens.

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Salt and Pamper’s stall looked good too, with modern styling and simple packaging.

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The Wealden Times Midsummer Fair is truly a feast for the eyes! I can definitely recommend visiting next year; I’m looking forward to it already.

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Springtime at the Kitsch and Stitch Fair

 

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The Historic Vestry Hall

Last Saturday was the first Kitsch and Stitch fair of the year. This lovely craft and vintage fair is held quarterly, in the Kent market town of Cranbrook, at the beautiful Vestry Hall. It’s always a friendly affair, organised by the lovely Joy from Crafted by Joy

 

 

The Vestry Hall is always beautifully decorated with lots of handmade bunting.  A pop-up cafe kept us all supplied with yummy homemade cakes and lunches, with all proceeds going to Hospice in the Weald, a favourite local charity.

It’s great to set up a stall in a room with lots of natural light, especially good for helping silver jewellery to look its sparkling best!

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Me (wearing my new Aye Aye skirt) and my stall of lovely silver jewellery!

 

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Catching up on some knitting…
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Such a beautiful building with lots of light.

With such a great mix of vintage and handmade, I came home with a few handcrafted Easter gifts!

The next fair is on the 11th June, so please contact Joy for more details. Wishing everyone a very happy Easter holiday!

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My Craft Fair Survival Kit

I’m due to have a stall at a lovely, local craft fair this Saturday. It’s called Kitsch and Stitch and is a great mixture of vintage and handmade goods. I’ve been a regular stall holder at this event, it’s really well organised and has a pop up cafe, serving delicious lunches and cakes, with proceeds going to Hospice in the Weald.

To any craft fair, I always take with me a small kit of essential items: my survival kit!

  • Dressmaking pins and drawing pins – so useful for pinning up anything including wonky bunting or stray necklaces.
  • Sellotape- no survival kit is complete without it!
  • Calculator
  • Pens, pencils and notebook. I like to keep a record of everything sold and although I could use my mobile phone, I still like to have a paper copy!
  • Silver polishing cloth, for last-minute polishing to give my jewellery an added sparkle on the day.
  • Business cards, definitely an essential item as I want people to find out more about The Little Red Hen Jewellery once they’re at home.
  • Spare labels –  there’s always something that has missed the labelling process at home.
  • Flask of coffee –  most fairs are really kind and provide a cup or two of tea and coffee for the stall holders, but I always seem to need more!
  • Baby wipes – for when I inevitably spill my coffee….

 

What’s in your craft fair survival kit? Please tell me in the comments, I’d love to know! x