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Makers at the Easter craft fair at Sudbury this Saturday

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Monday 15th April 2019

Jadwiga Zaleski – designer and maker of bespoke jewellery

Jadwiga Zaleski

“In 2013, I embarked on finding a way on how to crown that unique look women seek with bespoke statement pieces of jewellery. Jewellery made with large multi-colour semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, sea shell pearls as well as natural materials such as crystals, lava, felt and wood. So, if you are creating a new look for yourself, aiming to be bold and different in your choice of jewellery, or simply look for that one off necklace, which will match all your holiday wardrobe, please visit my website. There you will find a number of different bespoke designs to choose from. You may come across my work in some art galleries of East Anglia as well as at craft fairs, where you would experience my designs first hand.

Born in Poland, I am a qualified primary school teacher of arts and crafts. On arriving in the UK, I had to abandon teaching in favour of the English language followed by business and finance, which filled my working life. However, on retirement, I have revived my passion for arts and crafts by attending numerous courses, workshops and exhibitions. These allowed me to profile my reborn interest in arts and crafts. Whilst the training is ongoing, I have set up a small workshop at home, where I design and make my bespoke necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I seek inspiration from the constantly evolving world around me using only natural materials.”

Bracelets:  £10 – £25
Necklaces:  £10 – £135
Earrings:  £8.50 – £15

Made by Steffie B…

“My name is Stephanie and I am 40 something.  Madebysteffieb was started to help us fundraise for fertility treatment for me with the help of my little Cutie Owls.  Over 1000 of my owls were adopted and we achieve our target but sadly the treatment failed.
Health reasons have prevented me from trying again, however, I decided to do this full time and carry on with my passion for handmade and to make people smile.
I am very focused on reducing waste and using sustainable materials for my crafts.  As much as possible, my items are made with eco friendly materials and all my packaging is recyclable/ compostable. As you can see I make a lot of different crafts, lots of gift ideas, they are all in my Etsy shop.”

Cutie Owls, these are £10 and I have lots of them, all unique and all up for “adoption”.  These come in a box with a small certificate for the new owner on how to look after them.

Greeting cards and their prices vary from £2 to £3.

Wish Bracelets, these are all £2.80, at fairs, they are 2 for £5.

Soap Savers, these can be used for small bits of soaps and also shampoo bars, they are £4 each and made from recycled cotton.  Their aim is to reduce waste and they are environmentally friendly.
I make big ones for full soap bars and I also make face scrubbies to remove make up or to wash your face with to reduce the use of wipes.

“Self care box” part of my collection of “Tiny Care Boxes” I usually only take a couple of them with me at fairs as they can be personalised online and sent directly to the person they are for.  These are £8.80 and I have a few to offer.  Self care, Birthday, Best friend, Mum, Loss, Thank you, Special teachers.  My collections is always growing.

Crochet storage baskets, small and big so prices vary.

My website is


Featured crafters at the Easter craft fair at Sudbury

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Kay Lacey Watercolours & Harriet Lacey Art…

“Harriet has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Creating artwork using Watercolour paint with Polychromos Pencil detailing, Harriet uses her central passion to channel her pieces: Wildlife.  For fear of turning painting into a chore, Harriet chose to follow a different career path. Having completed a BSc in Bio-veterinary Science and an MSc in Clinical Microbiology, she now works as a Scientific Copy Editor in London. Her artwork, therefore, became a means of escape from the medical world, with all her down-time being focussed towards this and her two dogs, Pippa the Miniature Dachshund and Luca the Eurasier.

Harriet’s hobby took a more serious turn around 3 years ago when she branched into pet portraits, and she began to paint pet cats, dogs, and more, from all around the world. She now relishes the notion that her passion can bring joy into another person’s world. 

Harriet’s Mother, Kay Lacey, is also a Watercolour Artist, originally from the Midlands but has lived in Suffolk since 1989. She has run her own Garden Landscaping business with her husband, Richard, for the last 15 years following a career based mainly in Local Government.  Kay began painting after a brief holiday workshop in the Mediterranean in 2011. She paints a variety of subjects, which are mostly inspired by nature and feels that her love of plants and flowers has inspired her painting and strives to interpret both colour and texture in her art.  The two quickly became an artistic duo and now exhibit at various events together across Suffolk and Essex. Harriet and Kay took this opportunity to expand their portfolio with new gift items, such as cushions, bookmarks, and coasters, to name a few, upon which their art appears.”

Both artists also use social media to display and sell their work and may be found at:




Tip Top by Lou…

“I started Tip Top by Lou because of my love of Art and fabrics inspired me to produce a range of handmade bags and accessories. Tip Top by Lou sells handmade bags made from the best quality fabric. I try and find fun and bold patterns to create an exciting range of unique and one of a kind bags. Our main range is a selection of reversible items and offering a personalised service giving the customer a tailored Tip Tip experience. “
Reversible Purple Floral Bag with pocket – £18
Beautiful 2 in 1 Purple floral print bag with purple inside lining & pocket or a wonderfully vibrant purple bag with outside pocket and floral inside. This beautiful floral fabric has touches or silver and is a lovely pattern. This is a lovely size and shape for any use!
Matching accessories available, size 43 x 38cm, 100% Cotton, accessories prices in the picture – mini zipped pouch – £6, zipped pouch standard  – £7
Reversible Woodland print bag with pocket – £16
Perfect for Spring.  This Lovely 2 in 1 Woodland print with a daffodil yellow lining & pocket or a bag vibrant Yellow bag with outside pocket, contrast straps and patterned lining.  An excellent Easter gift this bag is a great size for day to day use or as a shopper. 
Matching accessories available, Size 38x43cm, 100% Cotton
Accessories prices  in the picture – mini zipped pouch – £6
Reversible Comic text & Stars Bag.  £18
This Fantastic bag is fully reversible with two bold prints giving you two bags in 1.  One side as a lovely canvas comic book print with bold Pink Star straps, the other a bright pink stars bag with a bold lining.  This bag can tailor to you and your mood. Is it a stars day or a BAM, POW! Day?  This is a lovely size and shape for any use!
Matching accessories available, Size 43x38cm, 100% Cotton
Accessories prices  in picture – Mini tote bag – £12, large zipped pouch – £8, standard zipped pouch – £7
Reversible Mini Tote Bag – £12
Yo – Ho me’ Harties!!   This lovely mini tote bag is fully reversible to give you two bags in One! This bag can be a Bright Bold red bag with patterned straps or a fun pirate print bag with red lining!
This fabulous print is excellent for any age.  To match your mood!
Very durable bag with matching accessories available, 100% Cotton, Size 24×35
Accessories prices in the picture – zipped pouch standard £7
Reversible Beach Hut print bag with pocket – £18
This Lovely Two in One Beach Hut print with a bold red lining & pocket. Or a bag vibrant Red bag with outside pocket, contrast straps and patterned lining.   An excellent Summer bag is a great size for day to day use or as a shopper. 
Matching accessories available, 100% Cotton, Size 38x43cm
Accessories prices in picture – Coin Purses – £5 each
Camper van pattern tote style handbag with front pockets – £20
Lovely flat base bag with large front pockets for all your essentials!  This lovely bag has a fantastic camper van pattern front pocket with a vibrant orange inside and back.  This bag is perfect as a handbag or shopper.  Lovely size!
The perfect gift or treat for yourself, 100% Cotton, Size 38x43cm
Camper van Handbag with front pockets. £22
This beautiful handmade handbag is fantastic, with two large decorated front pockets for all your essentials and an inside pocket, this bag is great for everyday!
100% Cotton (Prices may vary), 36x40cm
Terry Saunders…
My music is mainly traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland and England played on mandolin.  
My Auntie Made It…
We are three Aunties ( myself, my daughter and my sister) and we make all sorts of textile items , we also make customised quilts and cushions as well as memory quilts and cushions.  I try and use recycled fabric and repurpose a lots of my bags from vintage mateial and recycled clothes and cushion covers.
The photos I have sent are just a small selection of our range, The glasses cases are £5 the handbags range from £9 to £25, this particular one is £15. The quilts range from Buggy blankets at £20 to cot quilts and up to bed size quilts.

Next event…the Easter craft fair at St. Peters Church, Sudbury

Posted by Kylie Sparkes on Wednesday 3rd April 2019