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Eden Crafts Fair 2012

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Find Something Different This Christmas

Eden Crafts Fair has brought Christmas Shopping to Kingston. The marquee on All Saints Church Lawn is full of fantastic stalls to get your teeth into (literally when it comes to the cheeses and Mediterranean delights).

It might have been a cold, wet, and dreary day, but I was determined to make my traditional annual festive frolic of Kingston's town centre. Eden Crafts always have lots on offer, but this year, as well as the usual stall I see, there were some new and quirky ones too.

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Amber Jewellery

The first place I came across was the familiar amber jewellery stall, which had some truly beautiful items, including wooden and amber pendants, and silver necklaces.

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This gorgeous picture is made entirely of amber.

Amber is so beautiful to work with and makes for wonderful jewellery because of its vivid colour and the ability to mould it. But this year, I found a woman who had done something completely original - she made paintings with it. Her artwork was truly spectacular, I was blown away at the skill and time that must have gone into making it.

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Perfect gift for children

Further down there was a toy stall that really disappointed me. Why? Because I had no children to buy for. The guy was selling handmade wooden dangling figures, that I know as a child, I would have adored.

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A mathematician Kids would love in their bedroom.

I was particularly taken with a dangly Albert Einstein, and could imagine a child swatting it about like a cat for hours. At 8, I thought these were a real steal.

Next door was another fun, but less impressive squidgy toy for 5.

If you want to decorate your home with something unique, then these two lamp stalls are something to look at. First there was one with ambient low lights that give a relaxing and atmospheric glow to a dark room.

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Put a bit of nature into your living room.

Then further on there were some magical creations. You felt like you were walking into a woodland. The tallest lamp was about 365. Considering that is about the price of many mass produced lamps, I think these one-of-a-kind lamps were very well price.

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Gingerbread snowmen to hang on the tree.

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Glasses made in Jerusalem

Other decorations included bronze resin statues, Christmas tree decorations, and Jerusalem glassware.

For fashion fanatics with little wardrobes, you should visit the clothes stall. When you first saw the tops she was showing off, you would have thought they were made for dolls. The tiny crimp tops were about the size of your hand. She then, however, went on to demonstrate by putting one on. The stretchy material expanded out to fit her with ease. The way they were made means that they can be worn by anyone - child or adult - and they will fit like a glove.

Peckish snackers won't want to miss out on the Mediterranean deli, which had a variety of olives, sun dried tomatoes, dried fruit, Turkish Delight and baklavas.

Cheese hampers were also available with different flavours, such as chilli, apple and beer.

This year's fair has been one of the best yet, and I highly recommend making the trip. Eden Crafts Fair will be in Kingston until 24th December.
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Why? Get the Christmas shopping done
When: 15th Nov - 24th Dec
Phone: 020 8547 1221
Where: Kingston
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