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Posted by Kylie on Tuesday 5th November 2013

I’ve been to Lavenham today promoting the Christmas craft fair, it was a very wet, chilly visit albeit productive.  Hundreds of flyers were posted through doors, posters had already been placed and road signage has been displayed. I must say I was pleased to get home rather wet and cold!!  Advertising has gone into the ‘Sudbury and Long Melford Community news’ and also the ‘Villages Editions’ which covers Lavenham and the surrounding villages (below).

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‘Gedgrave Flock’ at Christmas craft fair

Posted by Kylie on Friday 1st November 2013

We are very pleased to have the ‘Gedgrave Flock’ showing at the Christmas craft fair at Lavenham, here’s a little about them…

‘Gedgrave Flock’

“I live at Gedgrave which is situated just outside Orford on the east Suffolk coast.  My husband and I have lived here since 1999 and enjoy it immensely.  We have a small holding where we keep, not only our flock of Wensleydale sheep, but also Golden Guernsey goats, various chickens, ducks and cats.  I am also a keen beekeeper and a member of Leiston & District Beekeepers.We have been keeping Wensleydales now for 4 years and adore our flock.  I show them at various local, and not so local, shows – we use their wool in all sorts of ways and we occasionally have lamb available for sale. If you are interested in handspinning, we have black & white fleeces available.We offer 100% pure Wensleydale wool, both natural and hand dyed along with rovings and Wensley locks.  We also have the odd sheepskin for sale.”










Aspen Press at Lavenham craft fair

Posted by Kylie on Friday 25th October 2013

Aspen Press is going to be attending the Christmas craft fair at Lavenham, here’s a little about them…


Letterpress & Stationery

 “I discovered Letterpress in 2011 and when I did, felt it was something that I had always wanted to do. I have a great passion for anything relating to lettering or paper and love the fact that printing with movable lead type was first used by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid 15th century.  I stared by attending a Letterpress printing course  at St Martin’s School of Art in London and have since enjoyed  several one day courses.   I am a member of the British Printing Society and the Oxford Printer Group.

My print shop is in the heart of the lovely village of Orford on the beautiful Suffolk coast where I have 2 presses an Adana 8X5 and a 5×3 as well as a print shop full of a miscellany of printer’s equipment.

Wherever I can I reuse or source my materials from the UK.   Mostly I use paper from English mills, either Somerset Textured from St Cuthbert’s Mill in Wells which is made from 100% cotton or a paper made by James Cropper in the Lake District.   James Cropper has a commitment to sustainability and the pulp they use is chlorine free.  My inspiration is all around me, anything with words and letters. I am often found with my nose in fount catalogues and I love the fact there are enthusiasts all around the world still casting beautiful movable lead type and ornaments. 

I also work with paper using old recycled paper.   The music paper bunting is made from my late mother-in-law’s sheet music which I inherited along with her piano stool. Knowing how much she loved playing the piano, I really couldn’t bring myself to throw it away so I made it into bunting.  I am sure she would approve. “



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The Christmas craft fair at Lavenham

Posted by Kylie on Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Our next event is the Christmas craft fair at Lavenham on the 9th November, which is fast approaching and is fully booked with over 45 stalls spread over two floors.  This fair is full of festive creations ranging from decorations, chocolates, textiles, ceramics, handmade cards, beauty products, fused glass and jewellery, thats just for starters!

‘The peony paint  pot’ is one of our crafters exhibiting at the fair, and here’s alittle about them…

“I am a professional decorator working from my studio in the heart of Suffolk. I specialise in the ‘shabby chic’ style, the spirit of which is something that has been painted, aged and distressed giving the impression of an authentic, well worn object.
In addition to ‘up-cycled’ furniture I hand-paint a variety of gift items and bespoke house signs.
I also offer a refinishing service. This is a tailored, personalised service whereby I work closely with my client to transform their own pieces of furniture. I help to choose styles, colours and finishes.

My name is Sam and my love for transforming the look of furniture stems from childhood when I watched and occasionally ‘helped’ my mother to paint bits and pieces of furniture at home.
During my school years I was more drawn to the creative and historical subjects which resulted in taking a course in Conservation and Restoration after I left sixth form college.
My obsession with furniture make-overs continued throughout my working life, updating pieces for myself or my friends and it was only after having been made redundant earlier in 2013 that I decided to take the plunge and turn my passion into a way of making a living.
I adore the ‘shabby-chic,’ ‘vintage’ style and whilst I tend to be more inspired by muted, natural colour tones, very occasionally I might throw in a splash of colour here and there.

My vision is to make a living doing something that makes me happy and that I am passionate about. To help the environment in some small way by rescuing, re-painting, re-homing and therefore re-cycling pieces of furniture. To treat all my clients as individuals with unfailing courtesy, respect, loyalty and quality of workmanship.”

What I will be selling:

Pebble Paperweight/Ornaments
A variety of sizes and colours of hand-painted stone paperweight/ornaments.
Prices range from £2.00 – £5.00



Gift/Trinket Boxes
A variety of colours and sizes of hand-painted, light, wooden, gift/trinket boxes.
Prices range from £3.00- £5.00



Vintage Hand-painted Frames
A variety of colours and styles of hand-painted frames and content
Price £10.00—£12.00 (each)


Autumn craft fair…a big thank you!!

Posted by Kylie on Wednesday 16th October 2013

I would like to send a big thank you to all the crafters and visitors that attended the ‘Autumn craft fair’ on Saturday at the Town Hall in Hadleigh.  The day was filled with a wonderful array of crafts and crafters that gave a fantastic atmosphere to the hall.  There was so much positive feedback from the visitors commenting on the high standard of craftsmanship,  I’m really looking forward to the ‘Christmas craft fair’ at Lavenham now and looking forward to seeing you all again and some new faces!!

Here’s a selection of a few of the photo’s that were taken at the fair…


















Beautiful fused glass at Hadleigh this Saturday.

Posted by Kylie on Wednesday 9th October 2013

Carola Smedjebacka Design will be showing their fused and slumped/draped glassware at Hadleigh on Saturday, here’s alittle about Carola and her designs.

“Born and brought up in Finland, Carola moved to the UK in October 2002. 10 years later in October 2012 she graduated with a degree in Art and Design from Colchester School of Art and is now establishing herself as a Glass Artist making hand crafted Kiln Formed Glass pieces. Originally from Finland, the land of the four seasons, the midnight sun and the northern lights, with thousands of lakes and endless forests. Now living in the beautiful East Anglian market town Bury St Edmunds with it’s old history and architecture. My evolving journey, has not only given me a new home, but has changed my lifestyle, my future, my aspirations and my goals. Inspired by most things around me, nature and architecture, colour and texture, shapes and lines, history and cultures, especially from my Finnish background, I create unique hand crafted products in glass using kiln formed and cast glass techniques. Linear functionality and simplicity are characteristics in my work. Having experienced working with glass It didn’t take me long to bond with the material. Glass is a fascinating and very beautiful medium. When light catches the glass it is transformed. It can transmit, reflect, refract and diffuse colour and light. Glass never stops surprising me. Though I still want to explore and use other mediums, my passion is glass.”






Visited Hadleigh today…

Posted by Kylie on Tuesday 8th October 2013

I’ve been over to Hadleigh again this morning putting up more signage for the fair mainly on the outside roads coming into Hadleigh. I’ve been busy booking new dates for next year and nearly have them all confirmed, if you would like to be the first to know these dates make sure you ‘signup’ on the website. All’s in place now for the ‘Autumn craft fair’ at the weekend, I’ve had great feedback and everyone is really looking forward to it!!

Cyndra Arts

Posted by Kylie on Monday 7th October 2013

“Wearable art to make you smile :)”




Rocky Beach Baking

Posted by Kylie on Monday 7th October 2013

About Rocky Beach Baking…

“I’m pretty new to baking, my husband has always been a far better cook than me.  But on our 4th wedding anniversary he bought me the Primrose Bakery Book, and well, I have never looked back.
So if like me you thought that baking was a lot of faff and a bit of a chore then these ingredients jars are for you.  Or even if you are an experienced baker, these jars make a great store cupboard standby as well as being beautiful gifts.  They are great fun for baking with children too.  The weighing of all the dry ingredients has been done for you, and all that needs to be added is either melted butter or oil, egg and for the muffins some milk.  It couldn’t be simpler.  The baking method accompanying your jar consists of just a few steps involving, putting on the oven, doing a bit of mixing and voila!  Your very own delicious creation.
So next time you think you can’t bake, you can ! “

‘Haidees’ at the Autumn craft fair

Posted by Kylie on Monday 7th October 2013

“Haidees” will be showing their fantastic sock monkeys, baby shoes, onesies and taggie toys at the Autumn craft fair this coming weekend.


“These cute sock monkeys are made from a pair of normal socks and sewn together with felt and stuffing to create little monkey characters. I have had fun creating larger characters with more detail in order to look like their human or SUPER HUMAN counterparts. Ever wanted your own Captain America? Well now you can have him in all his sock monkey glory!  They are surprising of soft and tactile. I think that children and adults will appreciate a thoughtfully unique and hand made present.  Also available are some small but perfectly formed sock pigs made from pink baby socks. I am willing to do requests for people if they have a colour scheme, a particular pair of socks or a character they would like brought to life let me know by contacting me.”