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

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!

Craft Fairs

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