mybeardedpigeon

Map pillows, hangry cushions and wall decor. Ethically produced, environmentally friendly home decor.

Bellingen, Australia · 6022 Sales

mybeardedpigeon

Map pillows, hangry cushions and wall decor. Ethically produced, environmentally friendly home decor.

Bellingen, Australia 6022 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(1289)

Announcement   HELLO!! We make map cushions, wall decor and our very popular hangry cushion, All pillow /cushion covers are made from certified organic cotton, handmade in Australia. My Bearded Pigeon is a family run business located in a little town in the forest in Australia. All fabric is exclusive to us, we design it and have it printed just for us.

My Bearded Pigeon donates regularly to kiva.org & the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Cath is also the co leader of the Bellingen Days for Girls group- we make feminine hygiene packs for girls so they don't have to miss school when they have their period.

We love seeing your wares in your house! please show us on Instagram @mybeardedpigeon #mybeardedpigeon

Cath and Neil

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Last updated on Mar 24, 2016

HELLO!! We make map cushions, wall decor and our very popular hangry cushion, All pillow /cushion covers are made from certified organic cotton, handmade in Australia. My Bearded Pigeon is a family run business located in a little town in the forest in Australia. All fabric is exclusive to us, we design it and have it printed just for us.

My Bearded Pigeon donates regularly to kiva.org & the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Cath is also the co leader of the Bellingen Days for Girls group- we make feminine hygiene packs for girls so they don't have to miss school when they have their period.

We love seeing your wares in your house! please show us on Instagram @mybeardedpigeon #mybeardedpigeon

Cath and Neil

Cath and Neil

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This is an image which was originally a photo of a cross stitch.
Sun shining on Australia today- well this bit anyway.
Getting the ironing done while my office assistant is occupied.
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About

It all started with a map...

One night in 2010 I woke Neil up at 4am exclaiming: "Wouldn't it be good to put maps on cushions?!!! Men would like them too and there are no home wares for men!" he muttered something like "great idea babe", (code for if I just agree I get to go back to sleep) but I couldn't get back to sleep! I just had to work out how to do it! Several months passed, a lot of prototypes were made, a lot of blood sweat and tears and then we had cushions with maps on them!

We have been incredible lucky in that our wares were featured on some big blogs and in some great magazines quite early on. This meant we were forced to see it as a business, rather than a hobby quite quickly.

I think we work really well together -as long as Neil agrees with all my ideas- ha!! Neil does a lot of behind the scenes stuff like book work, (my eyes glaze over with anything involving accounting) post office trips, cutting fabric and packing orders. He also works as a Chef and most importantly is a very hands on Dad to our 2 young girls. He leaves all the design-y ideas stuff to me. I think I initially underestimated how much admin is involved in running a business and Neil is great with putting systems in place for this. We were thrilled to be featured sellers https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-seller-my-bearded-pigeon/

We live in the forest amongst the trees, we collect all our own water, we have solar power, a composting toilet, we grow a lot of our food. We try to tread lightly on the earth so it is important to us that our business is eco friendly. We use certified organic cotton whenever we can, and packaging is kept to an absolute minimum. You can see and read more about how we live here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/get-the-look-decor-its-easy-being-green/

We donate on a regular basis to Kiva.org and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, based in Australia. Cath is also the co-leader of Bellingen Days for Girls, an organisation that sews and distributes hygiene packs for girls so they don't have to miss school when they have their period. We feel strongly about being part of our community, both locally and globally. Cath was also thrilled to have been a mentor in the Etsy Creative Courage Challenge with Etsy Australia in September/ Oct 2015. https://www.etsy.com/creativecourage

Cath is also the captain of the Etsy Parents Australia and New Zealand team!If that sounds like you- please come and say hi! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1483122221981985/

Cath is excited to be part of the Etsy Sellers Advisory Board https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/introducing-etsys-2016-seller-advisory/37704589529
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Thanks for stopping by,
Cath and Neil.

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  • Cath

    Owner

    Hello! My name is Cath and I run My Bearded Pigeon with my husband Neil. I do the creative stuff and he does all the "other".

  • Neil

    Owner, Co- Owner

    Neil does a lot of behind the scenes stuff and has started doing a lot more since our second daughter was born in Oct 2012.

  • Janine

    Sewer

    Janine helps us with sewing some of the cushions when it gets a bit crazy busy for us - she lives just down the road which is very handy.

  • Baxter

    Mascot

    Baxter is our Irish wolfhound cross big puppy. He lays under our feet when we are working and goes running in the forest with Cath to protect her from sticks that look like snakes.

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  • A printing service.

    United States

    I chose this company to work with as they are committed to supporting small creative businesses. They print on certified organic cotton and they have an excellent reputation for producing high quality fabric.

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