Spring Fair 2017

We had a lovely time at Spring Fair this week and met lots of great new people.  We welcome all our new customers and look forward to spreading the Little Fingy’s across the nation and further afield in 2017.

ABOUT SPRING FAIR

Spring Fair is the UK’s No.1 trade show for gift and home, welcoming more than 60,000 visitors through the doors of Birmingham NEC over five days.

Connecting wonderful people and products (across 14 curated show sectors) for more than 40 years, it’s an explosion of newness, trend-led design, expert-led seminars, industry insights and more.

It attracts a purchasing power of £2.4 billion, making it a must-do event for 2,500+ exhibitors a must-see for buyers across independents, multiples, e-Commerce and department stores.

Officially opened by the Queen in 1976.

We had a great time at Top Drawer 2017 in London and made some great contacts

Top Drawer London:

Be part of London’s international event for creative retailers

Whether you are an independent retailer, multiple, department store, an exclusively online retailer or contract buyer, Top Drawer will inspire you to dial up your creative instincts and business insights; source wonderful new products at a range of price points from names you know, and names you’ll be thrilled to discover; find exciting new collaborations; stimulate your senses; access new trends; inject new impetus into your business and challenge your thinking.

Design-led, carefully curated, commercially appealing products
Immerse yourself in  beautifully curated worlds: Home | Gift | Fashion | Craft. They all feature a cherry picked edit of design-led products, many of them exclusive and revealed for the first time at Top Drawer. You’ll find covetable collections chosen for their serious commercial appeal and great design credentials.

Ethical and Sustainable approach
We champion British and ethically sustainable products through our link with the Product GB initiative and via our Eco Trail.

Supporting Emerging Talent
We support new talents and emerging designers in our Spotted area.

Knowledge Exchange
The Academy, our online content platform, deepens your retail know-how and stimulates your curiosity, exposing you to new ideas and approaches. We take the Academy LIVE at the show: come and hear pioneering voices, and knowledgeable experts to keep your business fit for the future.

Come and see us at York Christmas market

If you’ve not already spotted us, come and say hello at the York St Nicolas Christmas market.
We have a little wooden chalet just outside Brown’s department store. We’ll be there every day until 23rd December.

St Nicholas Fair lines the streets with snug wooden chalets and twinkling lights from 17 November right up to 23 December. Stallholders will be selling unique gifts including jewellery, homewares, crafts and local wines and cheeses. To add the festive atmosphere, scents of hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts will fill the air.

Shambles Market is open daily so don’t miss the chance to buy local Yorkshire produce for your Christmas feast! And with the historic Minster as the breath-taking backdrop to the festive activities, offering carols and services for all, York is the ideal destination for your Christmas adventure.

Next Stop.. Shambala Festival

We are really looking forward to letting our hair down at this one as we’ve heard such good reviews.

Shambala starts tomorrow and finishes Sunday and is apparently located at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The variety and quality of entertainment on offer is apparently staggering for a festival of its size. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully decorated venues.

Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas and an award winning green event.

Next Stop.. Wilderness Festival

We are really looking forward to this festival as we’ve heard amazing reviews. We will be there with our knitted van selling puppets and hope to see you there too!

Here’s a snippet from their website:
ABOUT WILDERNESS
Busyness is everywhere, in your morning, at your desk, in your home and even in your thoughts. We’re always doing and always planning: ‘more forwards’ as the saying goes. Come summer time, we feel a little time in the wilderness helps correct the balance of the busyness. Four days in a nature reserve to meet new people, meet new ideas and new experiences. If Wilderness had a saying, it would probably be ‘meet the world’: a world of creativity and culture, of festival and flora, of ideas and identity. Wilderness aims to slip off your shoes, settle you down and then showcase the best of who we are, where we belong and what we create. As our unofficial saying goes, come to the wilderness to meet the world.

Before Wilderness, festivals’ didn’t offer forests or feasts. No one knew of a festival where you woke early to swim, or stayed late to learn. The story of wilderness is one of gently rolling back the steel fences and quietly asking people of all ages to live together for one weekend; a story of exploring the widest lens of cultural ambition and inviting the outdoors back into the heart of the artistic experience. It’s a story of nudging the festival experience both into the past and towards the future…

In 2011 Wilderness was born, with five thousand people celebrating the arts and outdoors in an ancient landscape. Brought to you by the creators of some of the UK’s finest and most celebrated events, its inception was one of bringing together reciprocal talents: passion to build transformative experiences with a deep love of artistry and artisans.

The following years have been a journey in the cultural wonders that can be transported to and translated in the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Wilderness is founded on creative exploration. A celebration of the arts and delights, we create world for flaneurs, for the curious, we invite you to open your eyes, minds, hearts and enjoy the thrilling bricolage of artisty and culture collected in our beautiful Wilderness.

We strike a balance between relaxation and revelry, artistic refinement and simple pleasures. The sixth season awaits. We’ve opened up more acres to camp on, invited more artists to the stages than ever before and intend, dear reader, to quietly blow you away. Many festivals may now have spas, some may have feasts and one or two may even have a place for a dip: but none will have a private nature reserve in which to roam free, none will have spring-fed lakes that are balm for the soul, and none will have an ancient landscape in which to reinvent, reimagine and reignite the arts.

Your Wilderness Awaits….

ABOUT CORNBURY PARK
The real jewel in Wilderness’ crown is Cornbury Park itself: the estate has an enduring beauty and a sense of untouched grandeur. World-class, 800-year old deer park encircled by a ribbon of ornamental lakes. The immediate festival site is surrounded by 1,700 acres of the most ancient forest in Britain today and is a protected environment for native wildlife, creating a unique habitat in one of the few private forests in England.

And whilst the lakes and forests provide the perfect backdrop to while away the daytime, so open fires and candle light provide a perfect accompaniment to an evening of outdoor dining and live music. This summer, come explore a different Wilderness with us…

Next stop.. Camp Bestival

We are very excited about going to Camp Bestival with our yarn-bombed van this week!

Camp Bestival is a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday.
The sister festival of the Isle of Wight’s Bestival, in its first year Camp Bestival was awarded Best New Festival in 2008 at the UK Festival Awards and has since won Best Family Festival four times at the awards in 2014, 2013, 2010 & 2009.

Set in the majestic grounds of Lulworth Castle, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, Camp Bestival is jam-packed with entertainment, from stellar musical morsels and cultural delights to stunning sideshow attractions and lashings of family fun.

Featuring a truly enormous kids’ area, the little’uns will be utterly spoilt for choice. With a host of thrilling activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter, there’s plenty of excitement for kids of all ages. Plus, there are kids’ shows and performances on the Castle Stage and in the Big Top, daring antics to be had at the Freesports Park, and fairytale escapism in the Dingly Dell.

Camp Bestival’s amazing music line-up is curated by renowned music specialist Rob da Bank whose penchant for eclecticism has seen the legendary likes of Chuck Berry, Basement Jaxx, Madness & Blondie playing alongside hordes of up and coming acts that we’ve given a nurturing nudge on their way to stardom, including Florence & the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, London Grammar, Clean Bandit and Gabrielle Aplin, amongst many others. From folk and dub to drumstep and jazz jungle, there’s guaranteed to be something to get you and the kids throwing shapes long into the summer evenings.

With a consummate arts programme that offers the best in contemporary theatre, performance, spoken word and discussions, there is a wealth of entertaining wonder and intellectual nourishment for all ages to get stuck into. Add to that amazing street eats and gourmet treats, fantastic campsite facilities, all sprinkled liberally with Camp Bestival’s own inimitable brand of magic and you have a unique start to the summer holidays and the ultimate family festival experience.

The wonderful world of Bestival was born out of ten fun years of pioneering music events and record releases from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best empire. The BBC broadcaster had a dream to one day create his vision of how the modern day festival should be. Along with Creative Director and wife Josie da Bank and co founders / partners John and Ziggy from Get Involved that dream was realised with Bestival and then further fulfilled with Camp Bestival.

We really hope to see you there..

The knitted Little Fingy van

Little Fingy Tour 2016

The Little Fingy tour is underway!  Last year we yarn-bombed a former ice-cream van and took it to a few festivals to sell our hand knitted finger puppets out of it.  Everyone loved our van so we decided to take it on a full tour this summer with over 12 festivals/events along the way.

The tour dates are as follows:

25th – 26th June – Leeds Waterfront Festival

9th July – Kirkstall Festival

10th July – Roundhay Park Charity Fundraiser

15th July – Ralph Butterfield School Fun Day

16th – 17th July – Beverley Puppet Festival

22nd – 24th July – Deershed Festival

28th – 31st July – Camp Bestival

4th – 7th August – Wilderness Festival

19th – 21st August – Just So Festival

25th – 28th August – Shambala Festival

24th – 25th September – Yarndale Festival

The Little Fingy knitted van story lowRes

Animal finger puppets | Jungle animal hand puppets

Puppetry is a great art form used to entertain children and convey relevant message to mass audience. Puppetry is believed to have originated 3000 years BC. Puppets were primarily used for entertainment but later developed as an information broadcasting medium. They look very appealing and catch attention of every age group. Puppets were also religiously significant. They were used in many rituals and ceremonies of tribal people and also in carnivals.

Click Below to Buy these cute finger puppets:-

JUNGLE PUPPETS | FARM PUPPETS | DINOSAUR PUPPETS | SAFARI PUPPETS

Today, many different types of puppets are available in the market. These puppets are beautifully made of different figures and shapes. Jungle puppets are one of the most selling puppet figures. They are made of different materials like paper, cardboard, plastic sheets and wool. They are used in many schools for story telling purposes. With the use of these jungle puppets, children are more capable of learning poems and repeating them instantly.  Jungle puppets are also used in many animal rights organisations and animal protection programmes as mascots.

Puppets have always been a great source of entertainment and when these entertainment units are paired with education, they make a great combination. Amongst many selling puppet figures in the market, the bestselling animal puppets of all time are lion puppet, cow puppet, owl puppet, pig puppet, rabbit puppet, monkey puppet and elephant puppet. They can be played on fingers or arms depending upon the shape and size.

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