Friday, 27 March 2015

An Easter Gift From Belle & Boo

Hello,

I'm really excited to introduce you to a new blog contributor, Jules, who will be blogging alongside Mandy and myself. Jules has been working behind the scenes to help us bring the world of Belle and Boo to you for many years. This is her first blog post below, everyone please make her very welcome!!
Love, Clare
x



We love Easter and all it brings with it -  bright beautiful daffodils, pretty blossom, blue skies (fingers crossed), delicious easter treats and lots of family fun.

I am looking forward to an eggciting (sorry couldn't help myself) Easter Weekend with friends and family. So to prepare my children and I will be filling the first week of the easter holidays having fun making and baking lots of bunny inspired delights.

We are not the most talented family of crafters and so we will be using the lovely Belle & Boo papercraft range is to help us design pretty cards and decorations.  I have my eye on the lovely paper flowers, wooden shapes, paper bunting and printed papers.  We will also be making the magical Belle & Boo easter egg hunt kit which is available to download from the website and easy to cut out and stick together.  It comes with a map, clue markers and clue cards ensuring the children will have a fun run-around before finding and eating all the chocolate.

My real passion is baking.  So what better time to use the Boo rabbit cookie cutter to make delicious biscuits.  We will decorate our brownies in a dusting of Boo shaped sugar using the nifty Boo rabbit template - free to download here.


But what has really got me hopping around with eggcitement is the beautiful new 'cut out and stick' Boo cupcake wrappers which are also free to download from our website!
An Easter gift from all the team at Belle & Boo to you.

 Happy Easter!  

Jules x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Room Tour // Grace's Room


There's not much that makes our hearts flutter more than seeing a Belle and Boo themed room. Little Grace's room certainly doesn't disappoint. From the lovely homemade bunting to the darling new dandelion duvet, I just love everything about this room.  I'm sure Grace has very sweet dreams!


(Image Credits: Barbara Bailey)


Here's a list of all the lovely Belle and Boo products featured in this room:
Classic Belle and Boo Fabric for homemade bunting

Love, Clare

(ps. I've you've got a Belle and Boo themed room we'd love to see. Email us photos at hello@belleandboo.com or use the #belleandboo hashtag on Instagram)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Foyles In Store Event

 
This is a very special invitation to all of our little Belle & Boo fans!

After the success of previous book events at various literary festivals, we are delighted to announce that Mandy will be doing an instore event at Foyles, Bristol!

Mandy would love you to join her, for a whimsical hour of storytelling, games and craft activities at Foyle’s Book Store in Bristol on Thursday the 2nd of April.

There will be a delightful programme of activities, including an interactive storytelling of two cherished Belle & Boo tales, fun games of 'Boo Says' and 'Sleeping Bunnies'. There will also be the chance to create your very own pair of Boo bunny ears. 


Tickets for this fun filled event are free, however booking is recommended. So to reserve your place and join in the fun please email bristolevents@foyles.co.uk. When emailing be sure to state which time you would like to attend - either 11am or 2pm. 

The storytelling is suitable for children of all ages, the craft activities and games are suitable for children aged 3+.)

We hope to see you there!


Monday, 9 March 2015

World Book Day

I hope you all had fun with the littlies for World Book Day.

As we are all obviously be lovers of books here at Belle & Boo HQ we think it's a wonderful initiative.

Book Day was always my favourite day at school as I used to love dressing up as characters from my favourite books. My mum was such a good sewer too my costumes were always quite wonderful for my little primary school self!

It was for this reason I was so so so excited to see these gorgeous little girls dressed up as Belle and Boo for their Book Day celebrations.

(Image credit: threadthelove)
 (Image credit: summerlp)

And while we are speaking of books. Did you know Mandy is working on a BEAUTIFUL new book, due out in October? It's why she has been a bit quiet on here of late as she has been drawing the most lovely spreads.
The book is called 'Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed' and it is a magical bedtime adventure.
The moon peeps bright through the window,
The stars razzle-dazzle on high.
Boo, can you hear someone singing?
Belle's singing a lullaby!

Here's  a sneak peek of some of the spreads that she's got finished and are pinned up next to her desk.
It's just so very enchanting!

Love from, 
Clare
 

Monday, 2 March 2015

Happy March!

It's hard to believe it's already March. But I'm certainly not complaining as March signals the hope of warmer weather and longer nights. I always get a pang of excitement when I look onto my patio and see the bulbs peaking their heads out of the soil in my pots! I always manage to forget how many bulbs I have planted so it's a pleasant surprise year after year when they arrive.


Another way to celebrate the start of Spring is the arrival of our Dandelion Duvet Cover! The long wait for it is finally over and it has arrived in all of it's crisp and lovely glory.
It went online late last week and, to our astonishment, the first shipment sold out within hours.  We have quickly managed to get lots more in stock though, so it's available now!


It's a single duvet cover and the set comes with a matching pillow case and it's 180 thread count.
Unfortunately it does only come in single bed, and there won't be any cot, double or king sizes made for now. 


Don't forget there's a lovely matching dandelion wall sticker available too!

Love, Clare
x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Get your paper craft on!

Crafters and scrapbookers, you may want to sit down as I have some pretty exciting news.

We have a brand new craft range made for us by the delightful Nottingham based craft company, Trimcraft.
We've all enjoyed oogling over the samples and designs of these new products for the last few months so I'm  so happy to finally be able to share them with you.

There are a variety of products to choose from including stamps, paper packs (that are so lovely I would have some issues allowing myself to cut into them!) and decoupage sets and and coordinating embellishments perfect for inspiring crafters of all ages to get crafty. Mum's of little boys will be glad to know that the range isn't specifically for girls and there are lots of boys designs amongst the collection!

You can view the whole range on our website here.

I can't wait to see the creativity this range inspires. If you post to social media, remember to tag us #belleandboo so we can see. In addition to this, Trimcraft have a project gallery on their website where you are invited to share your works with their community, it's also an amazing place to find inspiration for your projects, so be sure to check it out. 

Ps. We have 15% off at www.belleandboo.com  until midnight gmt tonight, so make the most of that while you can! 

Yours in craft,
Clare


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Fancy Cake!


There's few things I like more than cake so when I see a Belle and Boo cake I get pretty excited. And when I saw this cake by Cotton Tail Cake Studio, based in the Philippines, it definitely did not fail to disappoint my inner sweet tooth.

All of the details across the 3 tiers are incredible. Let your eyes feast on the the sugary sweetness!

This really puts definition to the phrase "Too good to eat".
They've also got more images and details over on their website.
Love, Clare

All images © Cotton Tail Cake Studio