Friday, 25 October 2013


I'm just packing goods for this Mondays pop up shop. Bargains too be had along with ex display and old stock including handmade Christmas decorations, if I can find them!

To give you an idea Oranges & Lemons tea cups and saucers are normally £25 heck not for the shop - £15, side plates down to £10 and teapots £60 (usual price £90) its a really good opportunity to stock up for Christmas or to treat yourself. The Animal Kingdom cushions will have their first outing and for a limited time will be £45.


Monday 1-8pm
Tuesday 1-8pm
Wednesday 1-7pm
Thursday 12-7pm
Friday 4-9pm
Saturday 1-6pm

If you do want to come, whoever you are, out of hours please feel free to email me as I will be about.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Now he is 6....

Toby's birthday also means the start of Tobyboo so what's the year been like for the the real Toby boo?
Well, Toby has mostly been making lego creations, reading Rainbow Fairy books and carrying on with his Carole Vorderman style maths head. The cake for birthday number 6...? well he gave me a choice one of which was a maths cake with heaps of sums each equalled 6, a London one or the Eiffel Tower... in case you can't tell I went for the Eiffel Tower. He was happy.

Children's parties end up like weddings, the guest list causes as many problems. The location, the entertainment, the cake - you get wedding headache from it!

Siblings are like the plus ones that your friends insist that "they're the one" so please squeeze them in and then they split up at the wedding - you feel you have to invite them. Toby's obviously friends with some "plus ones" but not all and when you're on a tight budget you can't exactly invite everyone especially when it doesn't go 2 ways as he's an only child.  There were 17 at his Stuff a Bear party (Dave said about 6 or 8)

Things I have learnt for next year:
1) don't have a party
2) if number 1 has been forgotten then don't have more than 8 children (just like daddy did say) 
3) think of your own child not others.
4) don't do an Empire State building cake even if he begs.
5) so long as he enjoys his day nothing else matters.

Things Build a Bear Workshop need to do:
1) when you start the party can you let the adults know so they don't just think they're kids have gone off.
2) make sure the children and the big people understand about the whole "what bear can they have"
3) when you decide to play hide and seek could you please a) tell the kids not to go out of the shop and b) have a member of staff on the door in case they don't listen to (a)

Happy Birthday miracle boy Boy - 7 years in the making and 6 years of being here.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Fair Trading?

So if you read a story about someone that worked as many hours most days up to 3 in the morning, supporting a family with a young child, the person had a talent that made their work unique and desirable and couldn't do any other job, that same person was paid well under minimum wage and with some outlets they ended up in loosing so much to meet the prices buyers demanded they were actually paying them ..... no it's not someone in a (ahem lets just say nice supermarket) add promoting Fair Trade it's me.

There is nothing at all to protect small businesses or sole traders here to anything thats vaguely fair, yes some people can walk away and have the choice of doing something else but not always. More and more everyone now doesn't just desire British Made they expect it but they want it at made in China prices. You'd expect certain high street shops to support the little person working their heart out over here producing original work that in turn makes the shop look great wouldn't you? The truth is it's one thing buyers battling you to take your prices down to pretty much the price you end up in paying or they can't get their margins right - they have to have big margins - high street shops have huge overheads I get that but not to the point of selling something for half the price it should be.

You may have read that John Lewis now have a rebate scheme for suppliers - the more you sell the more you have to pay them, this isn't the profit you make its how much they sell. The BBC news article on it is here but please someone tell me how on earth this is fair trade? I don't pile up my basket, get to the till and expect them to give me money rather than pay for it but thats exactly what's happening here. All I would like is to earn a living by what I do best and not be in debt, sadly the more I sell the more debt I'll be in.

Customers need to start paying the right price and if they can't afford it then shop elsewhere not tut and moan about the price of things, you pay for what you get. At this rate the high street is going to turn into one great big hole of generic gift shop products and pound shops - oh yes most of them have .....

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Pillow Talk

Oh those boys from Ohh Deer are very clever, not only have they built up one heck of an illustrative brand they know how to use it. The Pillow Fight (the sequel) follows the rather successful first - where any Tom, Dick and Harry can enter, upload your cushion idea et voila you get to see it as a cushion and whats more its for sale straight away...clever.... its addictive to take part and great to look through the varied entrants.

They're on the hunt for a new contributor - its a fantastic opportunity so if you are an artist/designer there's not much of a reason not to enter you've got till the beginning of November.

Was going to put some of my favourites up but didn't want to get a slap for not asking permission,  so I highly recommend that you just look for yourself.

Ere's my contributions....

Badger Balloons

Heavy Load

Mr Crabby
Images from Ohh (ta)

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Animal Magic

Am very excited about the new designs and pieces in the pipeline.... 

Stanley linen cushion

Victoria linen cushion

Willow linen cushion