Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Teacup Tuesday....a look back over a busy year

Well we were at the last Godalming Independent Market and for us that was the last public appearance of the year. It's been a busy year!!

This year we've increased the number of craft fayres we attend; because both Anna and I feel it's important to meet those people who buy our lovely gifts (well the makers lovely gifts) and receive feedback from those who come back for more!

We've met some lovely people along the way:

There was Ben, who wanted to be a Geologist just like me - he walked away with this lovely picture of a dinosaur!

There was Bump (who became a Tom) who was bought a Tiger Frog... he visited us a year on and fell in love with the bunny!

There was the family that bought snappy crocodile for their child minder (age not disclosed)

The lovely Rebecca that had her breakfast board for 30years and wanted one for each of her little ones (Naive and Harrison).

There was the grandparents to the boy that happened to be moving in around the corner from Sarah (you just can't make this stuff up) who fell in love with this train

The lovely Jan who needed something special for a young lady who liked reptiles - a special frog & snake memory box headed her way with a bossy panda hidden inside

The guys who know what they want - those that post Mibos to someone on the same day every year, and the fella who is collecting every animal of the breakfast boards (we'll let you know when the Hippos are back in!). We'll not mention any names but we'll keep sending you our offer emails!

We've sold out of most of our breakfast boards, pull along toys, mibo characters & memory boxes.
I've hung up my knitting needles and have moved on to some new projects... something for little hands & bigger hands to play with!
We've wrapped & posted over 100 gifts and sent them to over 10 different countries worldwide.
We've welcomed back old friends and gladly met new ones.

We're proud to still have received 100% positive customer feedback!

Beautiful. Practical. Handmade

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Teacup Tuesday... Small Business Admin

Well it's that time of year again, busy season and both HMRC and Companies House deadlines on the horizon!

Yep we have to hand in a balance sheet and P&L accounts to Companies House (via paper as LLPs can't yet do this online). Since we're small we're exempt from the auditors report... but don't forget to declare this on your balance sheet!! We recently had our accounts rejected because I'd included a cover letter to accompany the account sheets (oh and forgot to print my name next to my signature).

HMRC uses the same accounting information but they want it on their own form (why these two institutions can't share the information I don't know!!).

All of these need to be complete before the end of the year, well since we fill in our HMRC return online we have until the end of the year!! So while wrapping up orders to be delivered before Christmas, we're also writing down numbers, doing our sums & posting off our accounts to the powers that be! It truly is a very busy time of the year.

So with this in mind, my thoughts turn to our next big seasonal push... Easter!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Monday Maker.... A look back at the year

Well, we've had a whole year of Monday Makers, featuring some of our old and some of our new makers.

We've learnt a little about the people, a little about their creative journeys and a little about their lovely creations.

Here's a homage to some of my favourite pieces that we've featured this year!

Moose head coatrack

Loopy Larry!

Teddy memory box

Fill and Ted Best Book About Me

Forrest Friends from Mibo

Winnie's Pinnies

Rabbit breakfast board

Shuktara blankets in indigo blue

Bashful squirrel from Beetroot Press

This Shuktara blanket in particular is a big favourite of mine!

And like Maria from the Sound of Music... these all come gift wrapped, and then like one of her favourite things... 
they would be parcelled up in brown paper & tied up with string 

'And these are a few of my favourite things'

(I couldn't add ALL my favourite things as the blog would be too long)

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday
7th December 2013

We'll be participating in Small Business Saturday this weekend?
Are you?

Click here to read more.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Festive cheer... AGAIN

To get me into the Festive spirit, I am enjoying a Christmas tune with my friends...
Piper Penguin
Delores the Donkey
Blixen the Reindeer
Timothy the Turkey
Santa Paws the Cat

And my little naughty Sam

Quite possibly the BEST festive tune ever!
Don't forget to wiggle with your little ones.

Take a peek at our festive homepage too.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Perfect to post!

Meet some of our  cute paper friends.
Spotted by Alex from Mother & Baby Magazine, Daisy from The Telegraph and quite possibly the most perfect post-able gift!

Perfect for little ones just a little bit too far away to send a large gift to in the post. These 2-D flat pack paper friends fit perfectly into an A4 envelope!
With just scissors and glue they transform into 3-d friends that can be played with, used to decorate a bedroom, a perfect table setting and the perfect place to hide treats inside.

Great for Christmas but perfect all year round!

Visit to see the vast array of paper animals available.
Pssstttt!!! The grown ups love them too!
Meet all the little paper animals here.