Monday, 29 June 2009

Freedom Fun Festival

I set off with my youngest fairy in tow on Thursday afternoon to set up for the Freedom Fun Festival. We stopped on route to collect my mum, after a refreshing cup of tea we all got loaded back in the fairy machine only to find it wouldn't start!! After calling out the breakdown service it was confirmed my battery had died so we due to time delays of getting and fitting a new one, we didn't actually get to the festival site that day. Friday morning we set off bright and early and soon arrived and got the stall set out. However there didn't appear to be anyone there apart from people working at the festival so we deceided to leave early.

Saturday was spent at a Fairy Birthday Party, and Dan went down to the festival. He reported back that although fairly quiet, people loved our fairy goodies so all was not lost. I set off once again for the festival Sunday morning with all my fairy clan in tow but was a little amazed to find them taking down the stage when we got there. After milling around we eventually discovered due to poor attendance they had had to make the sad decision to close early. This was a little dissapointing as we had been all set for another day and in the end it felt a bit of a waste of time but still the sun was shining and my two little ones had a great time. Someone inventive had pegged out a large tarpaulin and given the kids a large bucket of water, they then amused themselves for hours.

I am now back to preparing for this weeks 3 Foot High Festival and then the Fling at the weekend. I am going to be a busy fairy and feeling a little frazzled in the heat although it is beautiful out there.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Freedom Fun Festival This Weekend

The fairies are flying off in their grotto once again this weekend to the Freedom Fun Festival at Knockhatch in Sussex. This is a new event so not sure what to expect but the website promises;
Freedom Fun Festival is a new three day event set in fields and woodland of the Sussex Downs just outside Brighton, which takes place from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th June.
An intimate gathering for people of all ages, the fun family festival aims to be a celebration of music, dance, song, healing and friendship within a safe, fun and magical space. As well as an array of talented musicians, festival goers get the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops, breathe in the country air, have a massage, drink cold beer, lick an ice-cream, watch a show, or even be in one! There's a chance to have a dance, do some yoga, be immersed in the healing sounds of a gong bath, wander the fields and natter with fellow festies. Or find our hobgoblin area with its tiny wine bar and have a tarot reading.
Children can find traditional story-telling in the kids tipi tent, take part in street dancing or circus skills, stroke a shetland pony and munch on mini pancakes.
Saturday day sees an Art Auction being opened by mezzo soprano Victoria Gray, followed by a magnificent fire show on Saturday night courtesy of Poi Passion.

Friday, 19 June 2009

The Fairy Girlies Collection

Let us introduce you to the fairy girlies. They are a bunch of fairy friends who cute, sassy and most of all out to have fun with their fairy frolics.

Designed by Olive O'Keefe exclusively for Fairy Finesse. Olive is a very talented lady who is amazingly creative. To find out more about Olive and see examples of her work please check out her blog on the links on the right.

The Fairy Girlies are currently available on both children's and adult's white cotton t-shirts. They also come on canvas shoppers and canvas backpack totes. For pricing and sizing please check out our website So now all you have to do is decide which fairy girlie is you?......

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Mooch With The Fairies 2009

Well last weekend was spent mooching with the fairies at Groombridge Place nr Tunbridge Wells. This was the second year we had attended and once again we were impressed with how beautiful the place was.

The sun shone down for the whole weekend and everywhere you looked there was a fairy walking by. Unfortunately the event was not as busy as last year but we still had fun catching up with old fairy friends.

The fairies are resting next weekend (well working in their grotto anyway). I am planning a workshop for the 3Foot High Festival in Chelmsford, which is an annual event for pre-schoolers and their carers. This is an extremely popular event which always sells out. The children's charity Kids Inspire (find out more in the links on the right) have asked me to run a workshop for them, so I am hoping to have an Enchanted Forest, where the children can paint,colour and glitter lots of recycled itmes to hang on trees I have made. I have spent this morning painting tree branches, loads more still to go.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Wychwood Festival 2009

Well this was our first trip to Wychwood and one we really enjoyed. The festival is based on Cheltenham racecourse so admittedly parts of the site looked a bit ugly but the main arena was predominantly grassed and was lovely.

Luckily for us fairies my in-laws live just near the site so I was able to drop the little people there for the afternoon while Sapphire and myself set up the stall. There were the usual delays with getting our pitch sorted but it was worth the wait as I felt we had a good spot with loads of room for our massive tent behind (always a problem!) After collecting the little people again and get them settled we plodded on with set up until it got dark, when we discovered our lights had packed up again!! After a late night dash to collect our lovely new festival nanny Gina from the station, and then a lovely cup of tea and a natter, I was more than ready for my sleeping bag.

Friday dawned hot and sunny so we ploughed on with the stall only to later discover the festival didn't start till 5pm not lunchtime as we had been told. The kids were also frustrated as the kidszone didn't start till then either. However it was too hot to get cross, the was nothing for it but to enjoy the sunshine. When the festival did eventually start, trade was steady with tutus our most popular item. Dan arrived around 10pm as my knight in shining armour as he had come armed with new fuses for my stall lights, finally there was light.

Saturday was another hot and sunny day (very rare in the festival world) and trade was steady all day. The kids and Gina enjoyed the kidszone which I thought was really good. My little fairy absolutely loved the willow wigwam and spents ages weaving ribbons onto it.

Sunday was again hot but was a slow day for us and quite a few other traders. People were there but not really looking round the stalls which was a shame. There were lots more chairs in the main areana (never a good sign) I think maybe everyone was just hot and tired by then.

I didn't take many photos this time, I was being too lazy to dig my camera out for most of the festival but did manage to capture a few of our customers, I think the heat got to me.