Monday, May 23, 2016

New tasty pdf's available on etsy

I have some exciting news!!! Since the beginning of this year I've been brainstorming on ways that I can expand this little crochet business of mine into just more than crochet taxidermy heads. Now that I'm officially an Author I figured why stop there?!? Why not just keep on designing more patterns and make them even more accessible to the crochet community. Well, you've seen just some of the examples of my new guys that I'm offering in my kits which will be released along with the unveiling of my re-vamped logo, website and book release party in early September... just in time for the holiday's! I'm super excited and thrilled that everything is all "coming together" nicely. I feel like I've put so much time and effort into creating these designs that I'm really looking forward to enjoying all my hard work. Here's some fun new delicious treats that I have designed and am offering as instant PDF downloads on etsy. I've always loved cute little amigurumi toys and these are super cute and way easy for beginners.




There will be more "sweet treats" to come later on. Be on the lookout for my cute little animal amigurumi kits that are being designed by the lovely Lauren Cooke of Little Skunk Co. They will be available in early September along with he unveiling of my new website and book. 

Shop Nothing but a Pigeon on etsy here.
Pre-order "Crochet Taxidermy" on Amazon here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 maker awards

It's time again for this years Maker Awards.


Paper Cranes by Joshua Davis

It’s Pop Shop America’s annual Maker Awards back for it’s third year of honoring the most talented, unique, and interesting handmade makers of fine products, vintage collectors, and visual artists. You can nominate any maker – they do not have to be from Houston and heck – they do not have to be from Texas. They do have to be from the USA. We are looking for the best of the best and coolest of the cool. Nominations are open from May 3rd to May 15th. Nominees are announced May 16th. Voting is open from May 16th to June 1st. Winners are announced at Pop Shop Houston Summer Festival June 11th & 12th at Silver Street Studios.
Makers Win:
-Inclusion in the Maker Award Winners Blog Post
-An Individual Profile Blog Post about Your Work
-A Trophy
-Potential for a Discounted Space/Exhibitor Fee Reduction
-Handmade Goodies Picked Up at Pop Shop Houston Modern Crafts & Art Festival
Can’t See the Nomination Form Below? Login to Google to Continue.
More Info about Previous Winners and Additional Ways to Win After the Quiz 
Rules:
  1. You Must Be Logged into Google to Vote
  2. One Vote per Person
  3. Need More than One Vote? Share this with Your Friends and Get Them to Vote!
  4. Vote based on Personal Preference, Popularity, or Pure Talent. It’s Your Vote!
  5. You can’t vote for Pop Shop America or anyone that works for Pop Shop since we host the contest.
  6. Nominees are Notified and Announced May 16th
  7. Winners are Announced June 11th
  8. Winners can Pick Up their Prize Pack + Trophies in Person or Have them Mailed June 14th

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My first workshop...


Last month I held my very first crochet 101 workshop ever at the Paper Craft + Pantry. I was both nervous and excited for the day. I had a full class of nine ladies and one gentleman,  two of whom are my close friends that decided to support me and sign up for the class. The hour flew by so quickly and by the time we were deep in to crocheting in the round it was time to start wrapping things up. Each participant got a special little gift at the end of the class as well as all the materials needed to make their set of four coasters. Here's some images that Pei and Allie of The Paper Craft + Pantry captured for me.








If you're interested in learning the basics of crochet and are in the Austin area I'll be offering more classes in the near future. You should check out The Paper + Craft Pantry's website for listings of available classes and dates. There are a bunch of fun workshops that Pei offers hosted by very talented artists. 

xoxo
Taylor

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

new designs and talking bout' kits....


Hi there! It's been awhile but I'm still alive. Ha ha! I've actually been hard at work on other ventures for my little crochet company Nothing but a Pigeon. Now that all the hard work for my upcoming book has cooled down, which by the way is available to pre-order on Amazon right here... I've been able to design and create new and oh so adorable sea creatures. I feel like it's been years since I've been able to have time to myself to be creative and I'm loving every moment of it. I've managed to make three successful designs for some cool little amigurumi kits that I'm planning on introducing to my shop and the world this Fall. Squeee!


It's actually really hard as well as time consuming to come up with patterns and test them out as you're writing them down/typing them out. You run into a lot of mistakes and bumps in the road along the way... but I can't tell you how excited I am to offer kits. There's only so many faux taxidermy heads I can make on my own until my hands and thumbs feel like they are bout' to drop off. This makes it possible for me to sell the "how to kits" on a lower price scale (which people will love) and spares my delicate little money makers... aka hands! I can order supplies in bulk and assemble them in my studio and sell them online, in stores and at craft fairs. They are super gift-able and are way more affordable. I've insisted the help of a friend Lauren Cooke of Little Skunk Co. (whom is super talented) to re-vamp my whole brand (which is in the works as we speak) and also to design my kits/labels as well as logo. Basically Nothing but a Pigeon is getting a full overhaul or makeover.





Lauren does amazing work and has made two gorgeous felted signs for my shop in the past so she knows my taste and what I like. I've already seen my new Logo but we both decided to wait to share it with the world till everything is closer to being finished but it looks amazing!


I'll be offering this Baby Octopus pattern in one of my kits along with the Baby Sea Turtle and Crabby pattern. The sea creatures have always been my best sellers and they are super wee and are easy enough for beginners - intermediate crocheters to get.


If you've following along on IG I've been creating some adorable little video's with my new creations. It's been fun being able to play around with ideas and experiment with new creatures. I still want to design and create a few more nautical guys like a sea horse and maybe a lobster and then I think I'll move onto garden bugs. I've got some fun designs already a brewing in my head. More on that later....


This little guy is a Dumbo Octopus. I'm not sure if he's cute enough to make the cut for one of my kits but we'll see...


These are some baby cacti plants that I was considering offering but the other sea creatures were just too cute to not use. I'm thinking pattern design may be more in my future. I'd love to offer all sorts of PDF patterns on Etsy and on Ravelry etc...


I've decided to pass up all Spring Shows to have some down time to create and make so you won't be seeing me at The Renegade or Pop Shop Houston this Season. Come Fall I hope to be able to offer kits and my book and will also be starting to teach workshops and I'm pretty excited about that! That's about it on the creative side of life. I'd love to hear suggestions or feedback on these kits. What would you all like to see offered as a DIY amigurumi kit?
xoxo
Taylor

Friday, March 18, 2016

Behind the scenes of my photoshoot with Storey Publishing....


The scariest and most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life thus far was venturing out to North Adams, Massachusetts for my photo shoot with Storey Publishing. I wouldn't call myself "independent" by any means but this last year I have grown leaps and bounds partly due to pushing/challenging myself and living out of my comfort zone. My trip to North Adams was one of those moments in my life that I realized that I'm a lot stronger and braver than I give myself credit for. I learned a lot about myself during the "book writing process". One of the biggest hurdles I have had to overcome within myself is "self doubt". I also learned to not be afraid to ask for what I want and learned to say "no". These may be little things in the eyes of others but to me they are steps to becoming a more confident and independent women... a woman that I didn't know was within me all along.


Here's the beautiful Inn that Storey Pub set me up in. It's called Porches and is beyond the most adorable place I've stayed in. Storey really rolled out the red carpet for me. They set up my plane flight and driver to pick me up at the airport. The hour drive from the Airport to the Inn was breathtakingly beautiful. We drove through little towns, hills and mountains. Gwen Steege (whom I've worked closely with throughout this last year) met me and took me out to a wonderful dinner. 




This is my excited face upon arriving and checking into Porches. The room was amazing and was so luxurious. I felt like a Queen.




I settled in nicely in front of the fire place with this cat and a glass of Malbec. The Inn was so warm and inviting and the staff was beyond accommodating. Even though I missed Matt and wished he could share my experience with me and see everything I was seeing I knew it was something that I was to experience alone and that way okay. 







The next morning I woke up ready to take on the world and met the staff of Storey Pub that have been working so hard with me on my book. I was beyond nervous but excited to meet everyone and to get the photo shoot started. 


Storey Publishing is located in an old textile factory that has been rehabbed into local business's and restaurants and also has a museum as well. It's called Mass MoCa.



Books as far as the eye can see....


After meeting Alethea and Mars (the creative director and photographer) for my photo shoot, we dived right into setting up the images and taking pictures for the "how to" portion of my book. It was really exciting to be able to see Alethea and Mars working as a team to make this book come together. There were moment's throughout the day when I thought to myself, "this can't be all for me, can it?" or "is this really happening?". I had to pinch myself a few times to make sure I wasn't dreaming.


I also became a hand model....


This is the look of utter happiness.....




Alethea doing her thang'.


Gwen, Alethea and Mars. 


As the sun went down we wrapped up the last of the images. It was a full days of work; I have never felt so fulfilled in my life. Writing this book has been an adventure I'll never forget. From the moment I met my Agent Martha (who whipped me into shape) to meeting with Deborah (Publisher for Storey), and working closely with Gwen, Alethea and Mars in North Adams. I still can't believe that I have written a book and that I'll be able to add "Author" to my list of accomplishments. Three years ago if you told me that I would have done all this I wouldn't have believed it. It's amazing how much hard work and dedication truly does pay off. My book "Crochet Taxidermy 30 Quirky Animal Projects, from Mouse to Moose" should be out this Fall in August. 

xoxo 






Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My first crochet workshop


Hey ya'll,  Ive got some exciting news! This Spring I'll be teaching my first crochet workshop at 
Here's all the details below and a link to sign up. I hope to see you there!

THE D.I.Y. SERIES: CROCHET 101

25.00
Led by: Taylor Hart with Nothing but a Pigeon
Date: Saturday, April 16th
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Come learn the basics of how to crochet with Taylor! This class is a beginner class for anyone who has ever wanted to try their hand at crocheting.
Taylor will start with the proper techniques to hold your hook and yarn. She will then guide you through single crochet and crocheting in the round. With these basic techniques, we will then work on crocheting your own set of cute coasters!
These same techniques can be then applied to making an array of other projects like crochet critters and amigurumi (Japanese plushie toys).
All materials for the workshop will be provided and you'll get to take home your crochet hook and enough yard to make four handmade coasters.
What you'll get:
  • 1 hr of fun!
  • Crochet hook + yarn
  • Sips
  • 10% off The Paper + Craft Pantry retail
All workshop sales are final- no refunds or exchanges. Ticket sales will end 24 hours prior to workshop.
Please be sure to read our Workshops FAQ and become familiar with our policies and procedures! If you have any questions, please email workshops@thepapercraftpantry.com
Once you have successfully purchased the workshop, you should receive a confirmation for your seat. If you do not receive a confirmation, that means that we do not have record of you for this workshop. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

backyard studio photo shoot


Hi there! It's been a hot minute since I actually sat down to write a proper blog post.
 This photo shoot featuring my backyard studio taken by the very sweet and talented Chelsea Laine Francis actually happened a few months ago but I haven't had a free moment to share it with anyone.... so here it is in all it's glory and oh yeah, I have long hair!!














 





I hope you enjoyed my little studio tour and a glimpse into my work space and life as a crochet taxidermist. Some of these images may sneak into my upcoming book that I've been working on. Look for it to drop August, 2016!

xoxo