Meet the Pixies!
Pippa ... The Craft Pixie
I don't know why I craft? It's something I've always done. I can't remember not sewing or painting or cutting. My Granny taught me to knit when I was seven and I subsequently taught myself to crochet. I'm never without some work in progress!
My family has had a strong influence on what I do. They have all been very creative. My Grandfather had a drapery shop in London and would make dolls house furniture and clothes. My parents both painted and made things. It was inevitable I'd end up with a house full of craft!
By profession I'm a Business Analyst - a bit removed from the crafting world. Having said that, the way in which data is presented, especially graphically, can be very creative.
Latterly I've been creating downloadable digital pieces for sale in the shop. This has included planners, games and packaging. I also have sewing and crochet patterns for sale. Since my daughter decided to become Baby Pixie, we also have some handmade finished items for sale as well.
Holly ... Baby Pixie
Holly is my daughter. Although she's at University in London, she insisted on taking my spare sewing machine, some fabric, cord and findings with her. I think crafting is an antedote to the testing degree she is following.
I don't know why the crafting gene has suddenly kicked in! I could never get her to sit down and do any craft when she was a child. She did GCSE Art at school and hated it, so this new found love of creating is a bit of a pleasant surprise!
Holly loves macrame and sewing. She has made some lovely items for the shop. Please take a look. She is like me - everything comes out of her head and not from a pattern. I'm hoping she remains interested in craft and Craft Pixie, as it will be my legacy to her in the future!
Ann ... our inspiration
Mum came from the era when make-do-and-mend was the idiom of the day. My Mum and Dad both made her first ball gown.
She taught me how to sew and create and had endless patience. In her later years she discovered the world of reproduction porcelain doll making. Dad would pour the slip, fire the greenware and string the dolls while Mum would prepare the greenware, paint the faces and dress them. They taught at a night schools and had their own doll club. At one point they had a shop in a local craft centre. I thought nothing of coming home to find a tray full of dolls heads in the porch.
Mum discovered she had Alzheimer's Disease about the same time as Dad was told he had Parkinson's. They struggled on, but Dad has since passed away. Mum remains in a care home being pampered by the staff. Although she can't really speak or do very much, she is very happy.
I take my latest makes to the care home to show her. She looks and seems interested. It's such a shame she doesn't really understand. She would have loved it!
Sadly, Mum died at the start of 2019. However, I continue to craft in her name and know she will be watching over my latest makes, trying to give me advice on what I should do next!