A day in the life…

I try to split my day in to home life in the morning and TWOO in the afternoons. That way there’s always dinner on the table and clean socks in the drawer. Otherwise, I’d happily spend all day sewing, making and creating, and not get much else done.

A little secret: About Secret Santa

Everyone gathered round and pulled out their wee slips of paper, faces giving nothing away. It came to my turn and I pulled out the last slip of paper. It had my name on it. As in, my own actual name. I had pulled ‘me’ out of the hat! My face gave nothing away.

Christmas Gift Wrap

Good news! My supplies of Christmas gift wrap for 2021 have arrived and I’m so pleased with this year’s choices. Each Christmas gift purchase will come tied up in ribbon and string and will come with a sweet little wooden bauble. The bauble can be decorated and hung from your tree at home. I can’tContinue reading “Christmas Gift Wrap”

Can’t find what you’re looking for….?

I love receiving bespoke orders. It’s wonderful to know that I can help someone find their ideal item or gift. I’ve been asked to make lots of different items from drawstring bags in a particular print, cushion covers to co-ordinate with an interior decor, clutch purses to compliment a tote bag, bunting for a child’s bedroom. I even made some of those cotton carrier bag holders (but the less said about those the better….!) Some of the items that you see listed in my shop have come from bespoke orders – the peg bag, the squashy hottie covers are just two examples of how my range has been influenced by customer requests.

A week in the life of TWOO

There really is no such thing as a typical week in a small business. Every week is different to the previous one, and indeed every day is different too. I always start out the week with a rough plan of what I’m going to achieve and when. Social media takes up a large chunk of the week. It’s a great way to get my product out there and to advertise what I do. But social media requires nurturing and constant attention, always trying to reach people and beat the algorithms.


Or a fun Facebook challenge… Throughout the year creatives and artisans take part in Instagram and Facebook monthly challenges. These usually take the form of daily prompts and a hashtag to compile all of the participants. I’ve tried a few of these before, sometimes making it to the end of the month, other times runningContinue reading “#aprilandtheartisan”

The Wise Old Owl wins Small Business Sunday!

I’m really excited to announce that The Wise Old Owl received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis on 2nd November 2020. I tweeted Theo about my business during ‘Small Business Sunday’ and was one of six weekly winners to gain recognition and a retweet by Theo to his 500,000 Twitter followers.  The weekly initiative, set upContinue reading “The Wise Old Owl wins Small Business Sunday!”

It’s all in the name

Or, how The Wise Old Owl came to be… So, long story short… the very first thing that I made was a felt garland to take to my sister Fiona back in autumn 2018, who lives in Somerset. It was a garland made up of motifs of where they live, so it had an appleContinue reading “It’s all in the name”