New Forest Fairy Festival 2022

Hi! Just a little post to let you know that sadly I’m not going to be having a stall at the New Forest Fairy Festival this weekend. I was very tempted to; especially considering it is the tenth anniversary of the festival, and I think I was the only stall-holder left last year, who has been there since the very beginning. It was little more than a small stage on a caravan; entertainment from the Gypsy Pyksies,  and a small cluster of fairy-themed sellers battling with our gazebos against the wind and the rain.

I made more profit that first year than in 2021. Due to the price of the stall increasing more than ten times over; confusion over whether tickets needed to be bought in advance or not; the confusion over ticket refunds after the storm in 2019 closed the festival for a day, and subsequently Covid happened… well I could surmise various reasons why I did so badly last year, but the crux of the matter is that it is no longer financially viable to have a stall there.

If you have been a regular visitor to the festival and to my stall, I’m so sorry not to see you again. Honestly, it was the interactions with the lovely fairy folk like yourselves that made it all worth it. Please go to my online shop instead. Thank you!

Unique Halloween costume ideas

Halloween costumes in America can be about anything you like – it doesn’t have to be ghostly, witchy or zombie-y! And this trend is naturally starting toblack dress and cloak come over to the UK as well. So if you’re looking for a sustainable handmade costume, please take a look at the Threads of a Fairytale shop as there’ll be loads of outfits to choose from. However, if you prefer to go down the traditional route and are looking for something with a scary edge, then I’ve picked out a few ideas for you….

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How I make the fairytale clothing

I began my YouTube channel about five years ago with the purpose of sharing everything behind-the-scenes of running my small handmade clothing business, Threads of a Fairytale. Over the years I have shared everything from how I make the clothing, to how I organise my sewing studio, to our trips out for the photoshoots for the shop and Instagram. And along with that I’ve shared my personal life too….

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We have a roadmap out of lockdown. What are you wearing?

So we’re into March now, and at last there are signs of this third lockdown being over in the coming months, but I have a feeling working from home will still be the norm for many people for the first half of 2021 at least. Are you still enjoying wearing pyjamas all day? Or lounge pants and a nice-ish top suitable for zoom? I don’t want you to miss this opportunity…

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Behind the scenes: Photographing sheer maxi dresses in snow and ice!

see through maxi dressI’ve been prancing around and feeling silly for photographs for Threads of a Fairytale for several years now, but this particular photoshoot sticks in my mind. I wonder if you’ve ever been to New England in winter? Or does where you live always mean it snows every year and the lakes freeze over enough to play games of ice hockey? I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Connecticut and New York state a couple of times in January and February and managed to squeeze a couple of the goddess dresses in my suitcase to photograph whilst there…

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Why the New Forest Fairy Festival was cancelled

I’m always intrigued about behind the scenes of anything I don’t know about. It’s so easy to think we know what’s going on, or to makeNew Forest Fairy Festival assumptions over what we’re not being told; or just guess at what it’s like to do something we don’t do ourselves. We can go about our life and meet people along the way, and I always want to know what is really going on with what they do…

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