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I’m The Crafty Pixy, And I’m here to help you?

That’s me, I’m here to help you make your Christmas special…

It’s the crazy season, you know the time of the year when no one knows what they are doing, but they do it twice as fast as usual. And everyone gets that aggressive tone in their voice and look in their eye, and,  all anyone really wants to do is sit down with a nice fresh cuppa, stretch out their toes, take a deep and contented sigh and be left alone for a few moments (or hours)……
It’s been like that at TheCraftyPixy HQ; messages, emails, texts, calls; can you, have you, will you, why don’t you, but you must have, seriously.

Quilt’s and cushions and calendars  have been in and out of packaging, measured, remeasured, repacked, pressed, put away, taken out again.  Bags have been walked up and down, posed with in mirrors and windows, opened, closed, packed, refilled, swung over shoulders and wrists, stuffed into other bags and shook out again!

I make things that you don’t find in shops, they don’t come of a production line, each one is individual, some may look the same, or similar, but every single one is hand crafted, hand finished and had at least one last ‘once over’ before it goes from me to you.   It’s been Exhausting!   Fascinating and I wouldn’t have missed or changed a moment!

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Still, that’s what we do, we try to help, to accommodate, so if there is anything that takes your fancy, that fills your boots or that you just can’t live without and it’s here at TCP, I promise to do my best to make it ‘your hearts desire’ at this festive, holiday season, or at anytime.  Gifts aren’t only for Christmas, they are for Birthdays, Weddings, Engagements, for driving tests, exams, for commiserations and cancellations, sometimes they are ‘just because’ and that can be the best gift of all.
Just ask, price, colour, wrapping, posting, delivery whatever.
You see, I love sewing, creating, making things and funding my hobby is for me, like my cycle of life, something has to go out the door before something new can come in; figuratively speaking of course, but you get the drift.  So the more I make people’ happy’, the ‘happier’  I can be.
Let’s spread a little happiness and joy around……. please…

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Have a wonderful Christmas, time is not elastic, you can’t stretch it, come December 25th, that’s end game for most of the shopping until 2017.  But….. it never is….
Scary, isn’t it.

On Boxing Day, December 26th, I have no intention of hitting the sales, I have kids who work in retail so it’s a matter of principle, I would love for them to have another day with their family to enjoy the season so for me, for us… I foresee time to recharge batteries, to plan and scheme and dream for 2017.

There are several quilt blocks that are teasing me and piquing my interest. Loads of new techniques that I have to play with and conquer and my stash needs busted!  I am a fabricaholic. I need to get it under control.

I’m thinking of sewing cards to compliment the gifts that I make.  I also want to stray into new product lines and tempt different markets, I really enjoy working with smaller blocks, smaller quilts, so babies and small children may be an area that I explore.    I know my imagination will be getting a well planned  work out so watch this space for new projects, new themes and new roads to travel.

Some of my recent close encounters; some of this years quilting masterpieces are destined to be heirlooms, other works will start new family traditions and the rest are hopefully being enjoyed doing exactly what they were designed to do!

And these are very new, only sneaky peeks, you probably haven’t a clue what they are… because I don’t wish to spoil anyone’s surprise…..  Right new they are under a Christmas trees 🌲 Somewhere, wrapped 🎁 for the big day on  25th  –  after that I will reveal whatever you need to know  😘

For me TCP, this year has been amazing, I hope it’s had its highs for you too.  Next year is planned, well bits of it are.  I’m moving into new areas of craft and developing further those that I love.

I hope you will join me and help me along, i’d love to hear your suggestions and your criticisms, you rarely can have one without the other.

Whatever your tipple, Cheers, Here’s to 2017, x 💋

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Christmas is coming and …..

Dobby my ‘Elf on the Shelf’ has returned home after spending the “weekend at the Museum” otherwise known as….. Bangor Heritage Centre.
He is in great form and watching everything!   No sneaking any naughty treats for me. Think his weekend at the museum has given him a whole new lease of life – he even has a big smile on his face.

He is available for sale or on loan. No reasonable offers refused!!! I have no little ones that  Santa  needs a running commentary on, we have grandchildren, they have elves at home…….

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We had a fabulous time at Bangor Christmas Market, starting on Friday evening we  set up and had a quick look at what our fellow crafters brought for sale, over 20 stalls were opened all around the museum, throughout the exhibits and walkways, inside, outside, upstairs and downstairs.

Once the doors opened on Saturday, it was all go!  Crafters really are a lovely bunch, friendly and willing to help each other.  We looked after each others stalls, brought coffee, picked up fallen stock and commented on all the lush handmade items and crafty products available for our wonderful customers.   There was so much choice, hand made wooden turned goods, handmade chainmail  jewellery, chutneys and jams, keyring, knitted hats, aprons, blankets, dolls, bags, christmas decorations, Santa’s, Snowmen, pincushions, and a partridge in a pear tree!  Honestly the choices were wide and varied and the standard of the products very high.  we also had henna tattoo artists and wildlife volunteers showing children how to look after hedgehogs and plant trees.  it was such a diverse group of like minded people it was a privilege to spend time with them.

I enjoyed the preparation, making all those items, quilts and bags, angels and fairies, scottie dog cushions, lavender bags, bracelets and keyrings and then some!

 

So if you have a spare moment, try and visit a craft fair.  And if you can, buy something you fancy from a crafter.  All the thought, love and care that crafters put into their handmade products rubs off onto the buyers and everyone shares the warm fuzzy feeling…. honestly!

 

 

 

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‘That’ season is fast approaching & craft fairs are aplenty

Christmas is looming and there are plenty of craft fairs being advertised and Facebook Pinterest and Etsy are going crazy with all things christmas.

So not wanting to  sit on the fence, I’ve been topping up my own  supplies for the craft fairs that I am going to be selling at.

Thinking back to last year, it was definite that folks are keen to look at want we as crafters make, they love to comment on the colours, the quality of the crafting and the price. Craft Fairs are often mistaken for jumble sales and folks want to buy hand crafted items for pennies, to buy one and get one free, and ask ‘will you take XX for it’  and HOW MUCH?

I read a post on Facebook recently and it went something like this; lady was at a craft fair and was interested in a particular item.  she talked to the crafter and said ‘I will offer you £10 pounds, that takes account of the fabric, the wadding, the thread, the buttons; I think that’s a fair price.  The crafter thought for a moment and said, for that, Yes it is a fair price.  So having chosen her fabric and given her exact specifications, the lady agreed to buy and left her address and paid the £10.    About 2 weeks later the parcel arrived and the lady opened it eagerly.  She was appalled to find fabric, buttons, wadding and thread.  There  also was a card that said; ‘Hope you enjoy; all the items you wanted are included, what is missing is the time and care and expertise the I put into every thing that I make, you hadn’t included it when you decided what was a fair price and I have not included it in the finished product.  Hope you enjoy, best wishes, x’

As the first craft fair draws nearer, its time to take my ‘don’t be so sensitive pills’ and forget all the work, the thought, the time and the creativity  that goes into making every one of my own hand crafted products and I will enjoy the craic and the new friends that come  with every fair.

Hopefully I can empty the boxes of goodies that I have made during the past 12 months, well at least some of them……..

Here are a few pics of current works, ongoing, in progress and ready for sale….