Saturday, 11 October 2014

Guest Blogger ~ MushyP



My name is Perrine. 
 (myself in the Hitchin Lavender)

I am French, a scientist, married to a Kiwi (from Auckland). 
We have a 2 year-old daughter: my little muse who provides me with endless of inspiration and energy. 
It was when I was expecting our daughter that I retrieved my needles to knit, sew, and crochet.  

(my first cardigan knitted for my daughter)

I particularly love what is simple and yet unique, and I love playing with colours. 
It was when I was in my maternity leave 
– the first time I had a break in my career – 
that I thought I could turn my passion for design into a brand… and that led to ‘MushyP’.

 

The name – MushyP – derives from the Japanese “Moshi Moshi “ 
which means ‘Allo’ when answering the phone. 
I wanted to give the name a British touch though, given that my business was created in Hitchin. 
And I immediately thought of Mushy Pea, but shortened it to simply ‘MushyP’. 
The logo represents a pixie, 
which is to refer to the little trinket I used to find on my “bûche de Noel” (Christmas log). 
So in brief, MushyP is a colourful cocktail of Japanese inspiration with a pinch of British 
and French nostalgia.
The first item I designed was a fabric toy – MushyP’s little bunny.
 

Then I created pillows – I started with a Mushroom pillow and then an apple pillow.

In May 2013, I had my first stall at the Hitchin Farmers & Crafts market.


Selling on crafts market helped me to know which products were the most successful 
and also provided me with much feedback. 
In addition many of my customers asked me if I had a shop. 
Since May 2014 you can find some of my items 
(bunny toys, Japanese style bunny bags and a large selection of pillows) 
in two shops, both based in Hertfordshire: 
- HUMANITAS in Hitchin (http://www.humanitasshop.co.uk)
- MIA CARO in Royston (http://www.facebook.com/MiaCaro51



I also re-opened my Etsy shop in May this year (2014) in order to make my items available worldwide. It is always so exciting to know that some of my items made in Hitchin are now in the United States, Ireland, France, Austria, Sweden and New Zealand.

My last “creation” is a mini shopping bag with a selection of vegetables all made in crochet and also a special pillow for Halloween

 


You can find more information on
My Website: www.mushyp.com

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