Winchester Christmas Market is going into its third week and Allegra, our resident sales fairy, is selling fairies like they are hot cakes! She has discovered that the magic boots that all the large fairies are wearing stick to each other so they are performing amazing acrobatics in the chalet. You are guaranteed a smile and a chat if you pop along to see Allegra, or Ben at the weekends.
Fairy Dust is leaving a magic glittery trail all over the office building and creating Christmas havoc everywhere. We posted 120 parcels on Monday of all sorts of lovely gifts for our marvellous customers so we are very busy here in Fairyglass Towers.
Other news from Fairyglass Towers : all the fairies are boxed, all 6500 of them!, 5 models are completely sold out already, we are using a lot of heaters to try and keep the building above freezing, and all the elves and fairies enjoyed yummy shared Christmas lunch on Weds. Three of us brought sausage rolls, so they are obviously a popular fairy food!!
On Thursday Winchester Christmas Market opened with great pomp and circumstance. Ice dancers from Dancing On Ice, Japanese drummers and a speech by the Dean all added to the excitement. And of course, Fairygoodies was there with our new range of fairies in our chalet. We are in the cathedral buttresses and if the sun shines, we can bask in its glow. I will be there myself on Saturday afternoon so please come and say hello. I can show you our little Wishing Fairies, Worry Dolls and Fairy Doors too.
Other news from Fairyglass Towers; it is getting colder outside than inside!, we are eating lots of cake from home and enjoying our food van’s lunches. Apothecary’s Magic Dust and Neon Fairy Dust are keeping all the glitter elves very busy and poor Ben has had his last day off before Christmas.
The Fairies are really excited this week as the new Fairy Dust products are finally ready. We have waited many weeks for the component parts to be ready and yesterday they all arrived and we have begun production of Apothecary’s Magic Dust and Neon Fairy Dust. Both sets are really lovely. The Apothecary’s Magic Dust is aimed at boys who like to make magic and potions etc. The Neon Fairy Dust will suit the clubbing crowd. But both are, of course, for everyone as well. I hope they sell well as we think they are great products and will make perfect stocking fillers.
Over on edible-glitter.co.uk we have some new sprinkles this week too. I particularly like the Spicy Orange Crunch which will be amazing on cakes. They are a Christmassy spicy orange flavour as well as being very pretty. Coupled with an icing tree or Santa, they will perk up any cupcake. Perfect for school cake sales and Christmas parties!
Other news from Fairyglass Towers: the fairy family had a lovely half term break with their cousins in Cornwall. I played a lot with beach and shadow art, making lovely pictures on the sand. The boys dammed streams and got wet. Forest improved his surfing with his 18th birthday surfing trip and the dogs ran themselves into the ground. A good time was had by all. Our glitter elves are very happy and sparkly, the food van is going from strength to strength and Moggie has fixed his motorbike but is choosing to cycle to work while it is dry. Either way some of the glitter will blow off him as he goes so fast!
There was no blog last Friday as the fairies spent most of the day stuck on motorways but in between visited Audley End miniature railway. We had a lovely time showing off the next season’s fairies, selecting which would go on the Magical Fairy Walk, and then walking around the Walk. There are little wooden houses for the fairies and all sorts of pretty things to see and discover. And of course, in season, the trains to ride around on. It is going to be lovely and I’m already looking forward to the opening of the Bluebell Wood on the first May Bank Holiday. Anyone who lives nearby should definitely go. It’s great!
Other news from Fairyglass Towers; we had Helen’s birthday lunch with lots of yummy chocolate cake, the glitter elves are working really hard and getting very sparkly and we are getting organised for Winchester Christmas Market.
We’re honoured to have been asked to join the Sage Business Expert programme. Sage (in case you’re not aware) are the market leading supplier of accounts and customer relationship management software, used by businesses of all sizes. The Business Experts programme is a small group (only 15 currently) of businesses selected by Sage for their specialist knowledge, and have been brought together to share the information gained through running their own businesses with the latest generation of start-ups. As we’ve been lucky enough to see Fairyglass grow from its roots in our garage to our current 15,000 square feet of warehousing, I hope we’ll be able to pass on some gems which will help prevent the next generation of entrepreneurs making some of the mistakes we made!
Not only do we have 3 new Rainbow Dust coloured glitters in this week, and some new Hallowe’en coloured sprinkles, we also have some wonderful Special Offers on www.edible-glitter.co.uk . I really like the little birdies to sit on cupcakes and the Gold and Silver cupcake cases would be lovely at Christmas. Time to start being efficient and ordering now, I think. There are a couple of lovely cookie cutter sets as well which would make excellent presents for kids or even stocking fillers at this price! And just look at these lovely cake stands for beautifying any tea party or birthday. It’s amazing how much a fancy cake stand does for impressing friends and improving the style of your cake. Suddenly the cake looks extra special, which is what I want!
Over on Fairygoodies.co.uk we have a fantastic Autumn Sale. There are even some wings in it. I have all of these pretty key or scissor or small item hooks in my home. I love them all. The Metal Lovebird Hooks make perfect little wedding gifts and at £2.50 are a real bargain. There are some lovely card sets in decorative tins at half their original price which makes each card less than 50p each with fancy envelopes too. Most of my friends have received one of these cards at least once for their birthdays as I love them all.
Other news from Fairyglass Towers; our wonderful catering van cooks all sorts to order. The boys have been loving their sausage and bacon rolls and fish pie. Next week, Thursday will become curry day and Terri will make several for us to choose from. Today’s special is slow roasted pork. She does veggie stuff for me too. Now it is getting cold, hot food is a real necessity. Anyone working in the Corsham area should definitely check them out. Mog had his birthday this week so we had special birthday lunch with chocolate cake for pudding. Ben even left his desk to join us!!! Next it will be Helen’s birthday and then things will calm down before the mad Christmas rush begins. You won’t see us for (Fairy) dust!
As it gets darker in the mornings and much colder, I start to think about Hallowe’en. I really liked the spider ginger biscuits I made last year so I think we will have those again. I gave them glittery eyes with icing and edible glitter. Not very spooky but quite fun! We also have Hallowe’en Sprinkles that would look good on cupcakes, but they contain peanut oil so you must check for allergies first. There is a star cookie cutter in the Kid’s Cookie Cutter Set which would also make great Hallowe’en cookies covered with icing and glitter. I love it when I have time to bake!
Other news from Fairyglass Towers; we will soon be launching some new Fairy Dust products which is very exciting. As they will be a surprise, I’m not saying any more now, but keep your eyes open for glitter for boys. Our new food van is working out very well for all of us and the people are very friendly. We are all glad the festival season is over as it is so cold now. And we still have an office space for rent….
Finally we have a new completely edible glitter mainly made of sugar. It is fairly sparkly and very fine. I have tested some of it over on our facebook page where the photos don’t really do it justice but you can get some idea of how it looks.
Now that the children are settled back in school and we are catching up with our Fairy Dust orders, I have had time to do some weekend baking this morning. So Kevin Brown‘s birthday tea with friends will be very tasty and fun this weekend!
Other news from Fairyglass Towers: Tom is going to his nursing job covered in glitter. Luckily this makes his patients smile. Ben enjoyed his first weekend off for 2 months by relaxing with the Saturday Guardian on Saturday and doing all the backlog of DIY that has built up while he has been working away on Sunday!! Our tenant moved out so we have a 3x4m office to rent if anyone knows anyone who might be interested. Contact us via any of the websites. We have a new lunch van coming every lunchtime with homemade fresh sandwiches, tea ,coffee and cakes. It is painted all over with flowers and is really pretty.
This week I collected 20,000 plastic bottle stoppers for Fairy Dust. On the first day we filled and stoppered 1000 bottles to be sent out. We kept Moggie running up and down stairs all day with parcels to be posted all over the UK. Tiring for him but very exciting for the business!
On Monday I escaped Fairyglass Towers for a few hours to help a friend dress our school theatre for a production of The Magic Flute. Ben very kindly donated all the butterflies with slightly damaged packaging and I collected lots of fabric from the Scrap Store and we sparkled and spruced up the theatre no end!
Today I managed to start the reinstatement of Baking Friday, and have produced a few cakes. Some can be seen over on our Facebook page and here are the little American fancy cakes, covered with edible glitter. They are so dainty, just one mouthful and they’re gone. Several mouthfuls and suddenly the plate is empty!
Just in time the for the last festival of our season, the weather is looking lovely. We will be at Swanage Folk Festival this weekend with the Fairy Goodies stall. The sun will be shining, the famous Swanage breezes will be mellow and the sea will sparkle in the sunlight. There will be lots of Morris sides on the seafront, music all around the town and free shows in the stalls area. Only some the concerts are ticketed, lots of the event is free. Ben will welcome anyone who pops in to say hello, particularly if they bring him a cup of tea (one sugar, please)!!
This week we have been at Autumn Fair wowing the customers with Fairy Dust, wings, tutus, wands, and boas. It was a very good show for us, so the glitter elves are bottling as fast they can. I found a lovely mindbending model making set and Sylvan and I spent at lot of Sunday making crazy creatures. Zolo is top our Christmas lists this year!