Friday, 11 April 2014

On The Road

I do so enjoy taking Maygreen Fairies on the road... Over the past few years I have attended many Fairs and Shows, from The Wealden Times Mid-Summer and Mid-Winter Fairs, to local Vintage Fairs such as Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks, Penshurst Vintage Fair, The Fairy Tale Fair and of course the Kitsch and Stitch Fairs, as well as the fabulous Selvedge Fair in Chelsea, London.
There are so many aspects I love when exhibiting at the Shows, the wonderful new friends you meet and make through fellow exhibitors, you all end up feeling like one big family, especially during the Fairs that take place over several days.  Arriving at the event, when nothing has been set up and then watching the stands grow around you turning an empty hall into a treasure trove of loveliness, is a joy to see.
As the customers start to arrive it is always wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new alike. I love hearing the comments people make about my creations, especially when they find the humour in some of my pieces.  And I love to people watch!!  I have had some very colourful customers peruse my work in the past, just look at this lovely lady below....
I have recently just finished two local Fairs and am not due to attend any others until later this year, but please return when you can to find out where Maygreen Fairies will be in the future, or sign up to follow my Facebook page for updates.
If you are a Fair / Event organiser and would be interested in having Maygreen Fairies at your Event please drop me an email, I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

In Haberdashery Heaven

I am often asked where I find some of my vintage lace, fabric and ephemera that I use in my artwork.  I am very fortunate to have a good friend who is an antiques dealer and he is always on the lookout for pieces for me.  But one of my best friends, Sarah, has lived in East Sussex all her life and knows many hidden gems where I can find pieces that will inspire me.  She is always surprising me by taking me out to visit a shop that she has known for years and that she thinks I might like and our latest outing was one of those surprise visits and it did not dissapoint.... Just take a look......
Waywards, is a vintage haberdashery in St Leonards, it carries a huge selection of bolts of vintage furnishing fabrics, heavy linens, ticking, hand loomed cottons and retro prints.  It is packed full of the most wonderful old vintage draws that are home to hundreds of old cottons, silk and satin ribbons, lace trim and thousands of buttons.
I was like a kid in a candy store when I visited Waywards, it was a scrumptious feast for the eyes! And of course I did make several purchases.
Waywards is located in the trendy Norman Road, St Leonards, which has a number of unique and fascinating shops that are well worth a visit.  When I made my visit Sarah also took me to SHOP, a beautiful gift shop that also sells mouth watering cakes, where we took a well earned rest from our excitement at Waywards and had Cappuccinos and Coffee, Almond & Amaretto Cake.
The Owner of Waywards regularly has a stall in London's Portobello Road Market selling many of his haberdashery finds, so if you are not local to Sussex you can pay him a visit in London.
Just take a look at the shelves below packed with vintage buttons!!  What I love is that alot of the items in the shop also come in their original packaging, many from the thirties and forties.
And for me, one of the highlights of visiting was getting the opportunity to look through these old fabric sample books below, they were wonderful, so inspiring, and were also for sale!!
 Waywards is definitely going to be a regular destination on my vintage ephemera address book!!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Selvedge Sneek Peek

I have just returned from a wonderful weekend in London at the Selvedge Winter Fair.  Thank you to my lovely Mum (pictured above next to the Maygreen Fairies Stand) for all your help on the Friday, and for putting me up over the two days.  And to my lovely Dad and Brother in Law for helping to get me there and back with all my stock intact!
The quality and amazing talent at the Fair was all around, I felt like a child in Santa's Grotto!! Here is a sneek peek of some of my favourite things.......
 Gorgeous pieces from GENTLEWORK

 My lovely friends work at HOMEFRONT VINTAGE (above)
 Beautiful purse designs from the very talented Viv of HENS TEETH ART
 Brooches from the super talented JESSIE CHORLEY
And my absolute favourite stall at the Fair (and I have to confess I purchased the little rabbit pictured top right) A THREADBEAR PRODUCTION

It was a pleasure to be involved in this event, I had lots of fun, enjoyed a glass or two of Champagne and had the pleasure of watching a super Fashion Show with the models parading around the aisles of the stalls and of course met lots of lovely customers both old and new!  So thank you to anyone who stopped by to say hello and those of you who purchased from Maygreen Fairies!

Sunday, 10 November 2013


I am thrilled to be having a stand at this years Selvedge Winter Fair at the Chelsea Town Hall in the Kings Road, London on 29th & 30th November.  The Fair gathers together an array of stall holders selling beautiful textiles and fine crafts, it is a MUST GO event if you are a lover of handcrafted Fairs.  I have listed a small selection of images to give you a flavour of the type of goods available, but for more information please visit the Selvedge Website where you can read more about the event, see a listing of all the stall holders and purchase tickets!


Monday, 23 September 2013

Maygreen Fairies on the Road - Vintage Christmas Fair

I know we are still only just in September but the Christmas Fairs are coming up fast and the first one Maygreen Fairies is involved in this year is at the lovely Penshurst Village Hall in the pretty village of Penshurst in Kent on Saturday 2nd November.  There is a fabulous line up of Handmade and Vintage Stalls and if the Spring Fair was anything to go by visitors will be in for a real treat... Check out some of the line up....
"Rescued & Revived Beauties from Home Front Vintage"
Little Pretties from Running Kitsch
Vintage Gorgeousness from Faded Rose Vintage
Paper Delights from Booksy
For links to the above sites and all the Exhibitors at the Penshurst Fair please visit the organisers website here!
Of course Maygreen Fairies will be there with an array of Christmas loveliness, so if you are in the area pop on by, not only will you have the chance to get in some early Christmas Shopping but you can also enjoy the culinary delights and hospitality of Mrs Tea's cakes and refreshments as well as Live entertainment, it's a Festive Fair not to be missed!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Recycled Art Journal

After spending several weeks collecting Cereal Boxes, Asprin Boxes, odd bits of card and also raiding my fabric scraps bag, I have finally put together the cover and inside signatures for my handmade, recycled Art Journal.
The cover was created out of a Cereal Box and then covered in a scrap of wallpaper, I have raised the centre image onto thick cardstock and punched holes and sewn into the top.  The design for the front is created using fabric, vintage images and inks.  The signatures (pages) inside the journal are all made from cereal boxes and painted in acrylic craft paints ready to adorn with more art.  The binding for the journal is a simple piece of wool which has then been dressed up with tied scraps of fabric. I am planning to fill this journal with pieces of my art and the finished book will be thick and sumptuous, full of my arty creations.  Have a go yourself at creating one of these, one off, journals, make them as a gift for a loved one, you don't have to make the inside signatures from boxes, you could just add lined or watercolour paper inside!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

My Home - In Period Ideas Magazine

Back in October last year my home was featured in Your Home Magazine, and to my surprise I was told by a friend recently that it is currently in the September issue of Period Ideas, which is fab!
Here are some snaps of how it looks, it is a lovely thick glossy mag and the pictures of my
home look so lovely in this mag, they've even used my book sculpture to advertise
Maygreen Fairies.

It was a really fun experience when the photographer and journalist came to my home last year to take the pictures, it's great to see what goes on "behind the scenes" so to speak, in one of these
home photo shoots, it was not at all intrusive or disruptive to my home, infact I really
enjoyed having them here, and of course, it was a great excuse to give the
house a good spring clean!

It's also really interesting to watch how they photograph the rooms, using their special wide angle and fish eye lenses to capture every corner of each room.
If you wish to purchase Period Ideas you can find the link to it on the left hand side of this blog.