If you’re the type to kill a living plant in a matter of weeks but also yearn to have a green thumb, perhaps consider a crocheted cactus! We chatted with crafty human and maker of such plants, Peekay Plumier! If you’re a fledgling creator, thinking of selling at a Rummage, Peekay has been incredibly generous with her advice to first timers. Do read on!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Peekay Plumeier, the owner and artisan of Peekay’s Gift. I have a passion for crochet and my signature pieces include delicate dream catchers and fun crochet cacti. Everything I create is made with intention and hooked with love.
Why do you do what you do? I love making! Crocheting allows me to express my creativity. I do everything with the intention of sharing a sense of fun and joy. And everything I create is always made with a lot of heart.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? There are so many creative people that I love, but one that always inspires and encourages me with my creative journey is Lauren Wright from Molly and Mama.
What excites you? I love knowing that there are no limitations to being creative and sharing my gift. I can create anything my heart desires and I love being challenged by my customers to make and create new and exciting pieces. I love seeing the joy on my customers’ faces when they smile at my fairy toadstools, flower crowns, and delicate jewellery.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront. How do you make your rummage stall your own? I really enjoy the process of finding and repurposing old and loved pieces to become the backdrop for my shopfront. I might use an old suitcase, a wooden palette or a cute crate. You can often find me with a drill and a paintbrush, creating quirky shelves and unique displays for my hand crocheted and specially crafted goods. I like my stall to showcase what Peekay’s Gift is all about; colour, whimsy and fun.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
- Create your own unique display. Find yourself some vintage suitcases and get creative. Use paint to help make your display your own. Be inventive and think outside the box.
- I feel most comfortable sitting on the ground to work so I always have a comfy cushion to sit on. Make sure you look after your own comfort as well as making sure your shopfront looks terrific!
- I always have my yarns and crochet hook with me because I find it hard to put them down and I like to always be productive. It’s a lot of fun being able to demonstrate how I work and to share that with the friendly faces at markets.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? The atmosphere at the Suitcase Rummage is so full of fun. All the staller holders and shoppers are so friendly and everyone is there to enjoy the day. I love the simplicity of it all too. There’s no need to take my tent or tables, which makes for an easy day!
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I am in a process of expanding my creative business, so stay tuned for some exciting news in the future. No matter what changes lay ahead though, I will always be crocheting and exploring my craft from a heart-centred place.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? While there are so many fun places to visit and things to see in Brisbane, my favourite place is my own backyard. I love the inspiration that comes from working in my vegetable garden, growing fruits and flowers. But it doesn’t really matter where I am. As long as I spend time with my friends and family, I’m always happy and inspired.
Where can we find and follow you? www.facebook.com/peekaysgift
Peekay will also be joining us at the next Jumpers & Jazz in July, in Warwick!