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 

 

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