New Beginnings

With the beginning of winter we are seeing shorter days and cooler nights. And although it is easier to work in the cooler weather there are most definitely times that our home fire is calling and we would both prefer relaxing on the sofa.. However work is waiting so while I stay huddled in my studio by the heater, Dave is in the workshop braving the cold, with a beanie on his head and layers upon layers of clothes. However finding work-life balance is our main concern at the moment and something we are working hard to achieve.

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We had a big learning curve a year so far, a crucible of sorts, Dave injuring himself very badly in the workshop late one night. And what then became weeks of craziness as we battled to fill orders and maintain our market stall with Dave injured, then myself becoming ill with another fibromyalgia flare.

Once we got over the worst of it we looked at each and said, what are we doing?? We had been working 7 days a week, most days well into the early hours of the morning for almost 2 years. Our little business had grown to beyond what we had ever imagined and we were forced to have a real look at what our intentions were. Were we entrepreneurs or artisans? And what is it that we want from life and our little toy business?

Getting back to basics.

Getting back to basics.

We were at the stage that decisions needed to be made. We either had to employ extra hands and keep growing or apply the breaks and slow down. For Dave and I and our family we decided to slow down.

We truly love making our toys and both Dave and I are the same level of crazy, obsessive workaholics, so it was very easy to fall into the mayhem of mass making. As we move through 2019 you might not see us at as many of the markets we have previously been attending. And some of our designs will only be available in small releases. However we will still be making, just returning more to our roots of being artisan toymakers and away from what is best described as “toy manufacturers”.

The soft winter light in my studio.

The soft winter light in my studio.

I’m really looking forward to sharing our next toymaking chapter with you all. We truly feel so blessed to have so much support and love for our work. I think we have learnt a lot from the last couple of years, both in business and creativity. However our heart is in being makers not mass producers and now is the time find that elusive balance.

Mel xx