The Boo-tique section of the website is now live, I hope you agree it looks lovely, the only visual bit I can take credit for is the banner. Clare and Suna did an amazing job of designing everything else and the difficult bit.......... making it work!
We are selling a slightly different version of the illustartion in the shop, called 'Lets' Play Shop' available as a 16" by 20" print. I have wanted to draw a Belle & Boo and woodland creatures illustration ever since seeing this beautiful Jen Corace's illustartion that she did for an online shop (that is sadly no more) Mahar Dried Goods. It always makes me feel cosy when I look at her illustration and reminds me of a lovely evening watching 'Where the Wild Things Are' in a woods in Auckland (& then again in a park in Sydney, I love that story!)
'Let's Play Shop'
On a personal note the boys are loving their new Anorak ponchos as is their moma!
A long, long ,long time ago I mentioned to Kate I was hankering back to my early Etsy days, don't get me wrong I am immensely proud of what we have achieved with Belle & Boo, sometimes I have to pinch myself, but I was missing that handmade, limited edition, crafted-ness!
So after a long, long, long, long, long time, a lot of chats, cups of tea and internet browsing, we have set up Belle & Boo Boo-tique, due to be launched next Friday.
I approached artists, designers & friends that I admire and asked them if they would like to be involved in the Boo-tique and the response was wonderful, they range from full time professional creatives to friends that I think have a wonderful eye for vintage finds or have hidden craft talents that need to be shared.
Here are a few photos to tease you, I will be blogging about each designer in more detail along the way but for now I hope you are a little bit excited, I am a lot excited!
We recently ran a little competition amongst our wholesale customers for the "Best Belle & Boo Shop Display". We are proud to announce that the winner was Buttercup, a boutique in Whitstable!
Be sure to pop in to Buttercup if you're ever in
Whitstable. Mary-Jane stocks so many beautiful products, you're really
in for a treat!
Mary-Jane, the shop proprietor, was delighted to hear the news of her win and sent us a very touching email, which I hope she doesn't mind me sharing here.
"That's the best and most wonderful news we could have had at Buttercup - we are totally thrilled and delighted !!!!
Thank you all, at Belle and Boo, sooooo very, very much.
We really didn't expect to win - but we love Belle and Boo at Buttercup and love the fact that it fits so well in an independent store - something very dear to our hearts.
Today, we have been painting the inside of the store - to give it a freshen up - so I hadn't looked at my e-mails. It was a brilliant surprise to come back to - after a long and wearying day …we had just put the Belle and Boo wall stickers up on the newly painted walls and decided it was time to go home for supper..!!
Can't wait to place my order and have lots more Belle and Boo treats, at Buttercup, to sell to our lovely customers.
I just wanted to add that it is all the more poignant for me, as it has been a difficult few months for me personally - as I have lost both my mother and my father - who both loved Buttercup and who believed wholeheartedly in what I am doing, in running Buttercup. They always loved all the beautiful products, which I frequently took to their home to show them - my mum was housebound - 'though I did bring her to the shop in her wheelchair sometimes - just to show her the lovely products that we talked about and to see them in store.
I had read The Goodnight Kiss to her - she was partially sighted, as I had told her that my niece loved it - so she wanted to hear it. She loved it…
My daughter Sophie helped with the photographs - she sometimes works in the shop. I have the best assistants ever - Oywah - my other assistant, is brilliant at merchandising - they have been a true lifeline, through all the ups and downs - and fully supportive of promoting and merchandising Belle and Boo and all the products that I buy, sell and love. I couldn't have done it without them both. "
Congratulations Mary-Jane and the Buttercup team. We're so glad that lovely shops like yours love Belle & Boo!
We are getting very excited for National Stationery Week, which is celebrated in the UK 31st March- 6th April.
The aim of National Stationery Week is "to get people talking about stationery and pens. And, of course, to encourage more people to write by hand".
We are all for writing and creating by hand here at Belle & Boo so to help get you involved in National Stationery Week we are offering 15% off our entire stationery rangefrom now until Friday 4th April.
The National Stationery Week website says "If you have children, tell them why writing by hand is important and encourage them to write a card or letter to their grandparents or a friend. "
We think this is a lovely idea!
Did you know our stationery range now includes a brand new sticker set? You can see our full range of stationery at our website.
Some of you may remember Dianne who is very crafty and clever and has
helped us a lot with our cross stitch patterns. She has made her grand
daughter a quilt from our Belle Hugs Boo Quilting Panel and made her future grand child (arriving in June!) a gorgeous Boo cushion from our 'Hello Boo' fabric.
Gorgeous homemade Belle & Boo goodness.
If you've made anything lovely with our any of our fabrics, we'd love to see. Email us the photos or tag the photos on instagram with the hashtag #belleandboo!