Thanks to all our readers

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Photo 28-08-2016, 10 09 11Master Griffin’s account of his visit to Big Pit has now gained 309 views.

It has been retweeted a dozen times, shared by seasoned communications professionals, elected representatives, and at least one hard-bitten real newspaper editor.  It’s also been replied to by the lovely comms team at Big Pit.

Thank you to you all, you sentimental, lovely people.  You are soft.

We now have a little boy who understands why writing is great, why one word after another word after another word is one of the most powerful weapons in the world, and most of all is proud of his hard work.  He’s beaten his Dad in page views, which to a little boy who’s shorter than his friends and trying to make his mark in the world is gold. He’s also a young man who wants to be a writer.

But most importantly of all, he sees in a…

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The World’s Most Expensive Card


Materials + Labour + Expenses + Profit = Wholesale x 2 = Retail

The above seller’s formula is what most craft business owners are told to use when working out how to price their items.  It’s what isfair.  I mean, let’s face it, as much as we crafters, artists and other creatives do what we do because we love it, if we’ve taken the leap into selling our makes, it’s because we want to see a return for the time, money and passion we’ve invested.

And rightly so.

But, see, there is a fundamental flaw in using the above formula which most if not all crafters have to also take into consideration; what consumers will actually pay.  Most of the time the two figures don’t even come close to each other.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a popular item and work it through: The featured image on this…

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Emergency Basket Tutorial


Last night I finally finished my ‘Emergency Basket’ tutorial and you can find it here and it’s free!

Here is the original basket that I gifted at the weekend:


And here is v3 – two more being required to perfect the pattern for the tutorial:


I wanted the basket base to be decorative in its own right, that way, there’s no need to feel that it has to be filled.

I hope you enjoy it.

Meanwhile…I am in the middle of a new project we’ll code name ‘flowers’ and it’s beginning to look a little like this:

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And that’s what I need to be getting back to right now.

Enjoy your Tuesday folks and I will be back soon!







New Year, New Look


It’s been a while hasn’t it?

December passed in a blur and I am sure I am not the only one feeling like that. I’ve taken the first few days of January as an opportunity to reflect on what is next for T&T and this blog.

Truth be told, I love crafting but I sometimes find writing about it a drag. Other times, I have far too much to say! So…this year, I am planning to mix it up a bit. I have even written a blogging schedule! I hope you like the new look.

I can’t believe that the last time that I blogged was 25 November. That means that I haven’t shared anything of Christmas at T&T HQ. So, just before 12th night ends, here it is (or was!):



I’ve included a few pics of the T&T crew because, really, the children were what Christmas was all about. I hope you laughed at our attempt at a gingerbread house! It completely fell apart. Oops!!

Today has been my first day back at the T&T desk (well, actually, the sofa as my desk is covered in Christmas decorations that still need boxing!) and it feels good. I have been furiously planning and preparing.

And, just before I go, I thought that you might like to see the inspiration for T&T for 2016:

Happy New Year!

Much love,

Lou xx


I’m a guest blogger!

  Just swinging by to share some exciting news that I have been keeping secret since September (and I really can’t keep this kind of secret!) 

Today I am guest blogging with Mrs Crafty B in the relaunch of her ‘Meet the Maker’ spot and as part of #craftychristmas.

I’m so excited!

Here is the link to my contribution (click on the blue words!) 

Tiny & Toad with Mrs Crafty B

It features a personal favourite of mine, you might be familiar with it!

Happy Tuesday everyone, what does it hold for you?

I have an order of Santa hats to get to work on!

Enjoy your day, however you are spending it.


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