Say Hello to… Shiny Pigeon

Today we are super exited to welcome back the lovely Rebecca of Shiny Pigeon, she was very popular at our last fair and we’ll sure she will be again!…

Tell us/ remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

Hello! I’m Rebecca and I create whimsical woodland creatures and gifts from fabric, felt and yarn. I work out of the back bedroom of our Nest, normally with our woof, Chekhov laid around my feet and my husband on a very important conference call on the desk next to mine. My creations are inspired by the books I read as a child and I hope to invoke the nostalgia of Enid Blyton, Kenneth Grahame and Richard Adams for the young…or at least the young at heart.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t making something, I am quite lucky to have been encouraged to ‘be quiet and find something to do’ from an early age. I taught myself to crochet around 3 years ago and I have been sewing since I was allowed to use a needle. I opened the digital doors of The Pigeon’s Nest in 2012 as an outlet for my creativity, and I haven’t looked back.

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

This year, my rabbits have really done well…. I think I have a certain Christmas ad from John Lewis to thank for that. They make fabulous gifts for children and newborns too…I love getting bunny snuggle photos!

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love to respond to what customers want. I’ve added so many new colour ways recently after getting commissions and then falling in love with the result! The biggest head over heels moment I have had recently has to be for my bunny in a lemon yellow, requested by a customer. I want to make a whole warren full of those beauties!

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Will you have some special Spring time Easter creations for sale?

For spring and summer my Love Birds shed their Christmassy colours for pastels and there are chicks galore! Of course, my rabbits will be making an appearance….what is Easter without the Easter bunny?

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I am very excited to be part of Cowpie this year. Having moved from Dorking, it will now be held at Blue Anchor Farm in Lingfield on the 11th of May. Looks like it should be a brilliant day for all the family!

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I have so many plans for The Pigeon’s Nest! I have recently put some of my makes into a lovely brick and mortar shop in Horsham, and this year I hope to find another lovely little boutique, perhaps in Brighton who would stock me too.

Describe what Easter means to you in 5 words or less:

Spring has finally sprung. HOORAY!

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You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I honestly had SO much fun at the last Fairy Tale Fair. I was quite poorly and was slurping Lemsips under my table, but that didn’t put a dampener on my day at all! Everyone was so friendly (and SUPER talented!) and it really felt like a buzzing community of fabulous makers. It was a great way to spend my Saturday!

Any other comments you wish to make:

The Pigeon’s Nest has made the leap on to Etsy, and I am very pleased we have. Not all my wonderful things are listed yet, but I am just very pleased to be part of such a wonderful online community…. You can find me at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ThePigeonsNestUK .

I can’t wait to be back at The Fairy Tale Fair! 😀

Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

http://www.thepigeonsnest.com

http://twitter.com/shinypigeon

https://www.facebook.com/ThePigeonsNest

http://shinypigeon.wordpress.com 

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Say hello to…… The Pigeon’s Nest

We are looking forward to welcoming The Pigeon’s Nest to The Fairy Tale Fair! We know she has followed and been a fan of the fair for a long time now, so its great to have her as one of our lovely stall holders! Find out all about her creations…

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

I’m Rebecca and I crochet and sew my little fingers off making lots of lovely creatures  and gifts for others to love and treasure. I live in my little nest with my husband and dog, Chekhov. My shop name has come out of a college nickname (due to wearing a lot of grey and picking at anything that resembles food) and it made sense to focus my hooks and needles on creating birds and beasts!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I am currently in my 2nd year of crocheting. I taught myself through Youtube! I have been sewing on and off since I hit my teens. My dad is great with a needle and thread.

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My Robin Red-Breasts always do very well at Christmas, and their cousins the Love Birds do really well all year round. I have quite a few festive bits and bobs this year, including crochet Christmas baubles and Christmas Puds!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love the fact it is portable. I do it on my lunch hour at ‘The Real Job’, I’ve taken it on flights, on long car journeys, to friend’s houses….  I have even taken it to the pub when I was overrun with Christmas orders last year!

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I do! I have 8 or 9 fairs booked up for the Christmas season in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. I will be popping a post up on my blog soon detailing them all!

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

My dream would be to run The Pigeon’s Nest as a full time job. Every purchase is a small step towards that goal and I truly appreciate every person who has bought from me since I opened.

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

The perfect excuse for more puddings!

Any other comments you wish to make:

So excited to be taking part in FairyTale Fair this November.  I will have to keep my hands in my pockets as not to spend all my cash on others fabulous crafts!

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Find out more:

http://www.thepigeonsnest.com

http://twitter.com/shinypigeon

https://www.facebook.com/ThePigeonsNest

http://shinypigeon.wordpress.com 

 

Say Hello To…Sugaglass

Hello my name is Lotus and I make hand crocheted little goodies and other jewelry. All of my products are my own patterns and the characters are thought up by your truly!
They are one of a kind and unique!

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I also take commissions on dolls. Anything you can imagine up, I will make into reality!

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I’m very looking forward to the show, it has been a really fun show to do and I’ve met so many lovely people!

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See you there! (I’ll be the one dressed as a pink unicorn)

Find Sugaglass on Etsy >

Say Hello To…Sugargalss

Today we introduce the super cute Sugarglass, who make the most adorable crocheted items. Lotus will also be conducting a crochet workshop, which is a great introduction to learn the basics of crochet.

“I enjoy the fact that I make a living out of creating something from nothing. Its very fulfilling as a human being…”– Lotus

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Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….
We make hand crocheted accessories, like, cute animal face brooches, hats, scarves and snoods. We are currently adding amigurumi (the Japanese art of crocheted dolls) to our range.
In in the summer i also have a jewelry line with quirky necklaces, hand sewn bows and bow ties as well as bracelets and rings.

Our cutesy accessories are for both young and young at heart! If it doesn’t make you go awwww! its not a Sugarglass product!

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?
The animal face brooches is always a big seller, we currently do bunny, bear, monkey, elephant, chicken, chick and cthulhu (the mythical creature from the novels by H.P. Lovecraft) in all sorts of colours.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?
The fact that i can work in my pjs! And that i make a living out of creating something from nothing. its very fulfilling as a human being.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?
We partake in a lot of Anime, Manga and sci-fi conventions up and down the country.
The biggest one is MCM London Expo where there are 35,000 people through the doors over the weekend.

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You will be providing a workshop for The Fairy Tale Fair- what will your workshop involve?
We will be doing crochet workshops, from beginners to the advanced.
Helping with any questions and advice on where to get the right materials for making amigurumi (the japanese art of crocheted dolls)

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?
Having quit the day job for this, I feel I am already quite blessed. However, being able to rely on more online sales would be great, so I could spend more time at home with my doggie (and Sugarglass mascot) Clover.

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View on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/sugarglass

5 Days To Go Until The Fairy Tale Fair!

The Fairy Tale Fair is now just 5 days away! How time is flying! Still so much to do this week including thousands of flyers in homes in the local area, posters, a newsletter, more stall holder interviews on here and much more!

Over the next 5 days we will be posting ‘5 reasons to visit’ blogs, the first of which is today…

Reason 5 to visit our fair: Take part in a workshop & learn something new!

This applies to all ages- we have 5 workshops including:

– Karen Rao Felt Artist- make your own gifted felt items. Gift a Brighton rock or soap, or make your own felt Easter chick. Learn to felt with a simple technique using only water. This is a great workshop for all ages and Karen will be on hand to teach you step by step.
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– MiniPatisserie- Learn to make cute cake themed jewellery from polymer clay and take home to bake yourself! Much fun for all ages!

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-The Beauty Artist- vintage beauty parlour stall- Hayley will be providing a range of beauty services for special prices at our fair including nails, vintage hair styling, make up and glitter tattoos for the younger girls! This makes the perfect Mother’s day treat or pre-Saturday night pamper! See the price list below for details…

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– Show Me Shiny Things- a bead workshop, kids and big kids can come along and make some lovely jewellery from a great range of beads. Perfect to keep the family amused or as a unique Mum’s day gift!

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-Sugarglass- a crochet workshop for all ages. Learn the basics of crochet, watch it demonstrated and follow simple patterns.

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Don’t miss these workshops at The Fairy Tale Fair this Saturday the 9th of March! Open 10.30am- 4.30pm.

You can also find face painting and balloon modeling in the main hall plus lots more!

Need help finding us?- Click here for details.

A festive gift from…Snorkers Imaginarium

We are pleased to welcome back Kat from Snorkers Imaginarium who took part in our last fair. Kat’s crochet items were certainly popular, and we can’t wait to see all her new creations…

“I absolutely loved the last Fairy Tale Fair – the atmosphere was just lovely, I met some fantastic people…”- Kat, Snorkers Imaginarium

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

I mainly crochet – anything from sea creatures to unicorns to Poirot :0) I also make crochet cushion covers and am dabbling in fabric and patchwork.

What festive gifts and creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

My main items for sale will be sea creatures (my little crochet octopus is my best seller and very popular especially with kids, so I will have plenty of those! Also cuttlefish, jellyfish and squid). I will also have plenty of other woolly beasts such as unicorns and piggies, and a selection of crochet hair clips and cushions for sale. In addition, I will be testing out a couple of new items – keyrings and a Stormtrooper teething rattle for babies. I will also of course have Hercule Poirot on display (although I have so many orders for him at the moment that he is currently available on a made-to-order basis).

You took part in our last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it and did you find your creations were popular with visitors?

I absolutely loved the last Fairy Tale Fair – the atmosphere was just lovely, I met some fantastic people (customers and stall holders) and had a very good day! It was my first time selling my little octopuses and I was really pleased with how well they sold.

 

Will you be taking part in other events over the festive period (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

I will be selling at Craftaganza on Saturday 8th December. Aside from that I have lots of private commissions to complete by Christmas so won’t be doing any other craft fairs until 2013 – check my website or facebook page for updates! I’m hoping to be involved in an Artists Open House next year but details for that are as yet unconfirmed.

 

Want to know more?… www.snorkersimaginarium.com / www.facebook.com/snorkersimaginarium

Say Hello To…Stiff Stitches

As we near ever closer to our fair we still have lots to tell you about our stall holders! Today we speak to Stiff Stitches – Crochet Emporium. Find out more about her lovely wooly creations…

“I love taking a load of wool, buttons and so on, and creating something with it’s own personality. When it goes right, there is a magic moment where any doubt disappears and you fall a little bit in love with what you are making.”– Stiff Stitches

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

I learned to crochet last November and to say I became instantly hooked is an understatement (as well as a bad pun). Now I am never happier than when crocheting with a cup of tea, maybe with an episode of Poirot or Gardener’s World for company (I may be 35 but I’m not above falling asleep on the sofa while listening to the wireless). I have dabbled in various things – baby blankets & booties, hats, bags etc, but my main products are cushions and Amigurumi – small crochet characters ranging from sea creatures to Stormtroopers.

How would you describe your style?

Colourful and wooly.

How long have you been making your craft items?

About nine months. A friend of mine showed me how to crochet a flower and I literally couldn’t stop from then on…it felt like a language I already knew but had forgotten!! Crochet makes perfect sense to me and so far it seems that there is no limit to what can be made with yarn and a crochet hook!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

Poirot, the Belgian detective, definitely. I made the first one as a birthday present for my Poirot-loving friend, in April. Since then I have had loads of requests from family and friends, and have had orders via facebook and Etsy from all over the place – Scotland, Illinois…bizarre but brilliant to discover a worldwide network of Poirot admirers!! And I love making him – each one is different to the last but every time, he is unmistakeably Hercule Poirot :0)

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love taking a load of wool, buttons and so on, and creating something with it’s own personality. When it goes right, there is a magic moment where any doubt disappears and you fall a little bit in love with what you are making. I actually felt quite sad putting the most recent Poirot in a jiffy bag to send away!! But I love knowing that my little creations are going to someone who will enjoy them.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

My main source for commissions is via my Etsy shop (Stiff Stitches) and my facebook page (Snorkers Imaginarium, just to confuse you), but I will definitely be looking into more events following on from the Fairytale Fair.

What products/ items will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

A big pile of squodgy cushions and a selection of amigurumi characters. Lots of octopii 🙂

What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am working on an idea for a book of patterns (top secret!) and would like to set up my own online shop at some point. Other than this, it’s all about new ideas – crochet being a somewhat slow process, I have a list of ideas that I haven’t got around to trying yet – my next new project is going to be a Penguin Classics inspired book-style Kindle cover – watch my website www.stiffstitches.com or check my facebook page for first glimpse!

Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – the other stalls look so colourful and vibrant – it will be great to see what everyone is up to and hopefully try some of that famous glittery candy floss I keep hearing about!!

We can’t wait to welcome Stiff Stitches and her colourful wooly creations at The Fairy Tale Fair!

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