Thursday, 5 June 2008

I am smiling from ear 2 ear!

This week just keeps on getting better & better......

Firstly (& I can't quite believe it) our very own Belle & Boo website went live. OOoohhhhh its hard work creating a website, there have been LOTS of ups and downs along the way, but we now LOVE the way it looks and most importantly it WORKS!!!
I squealed when I first saw the animation & jumped around the studio shouting "she's alive, she's alive" please click here www.belleandboo.com for a leisurely mooch around.

Kate and I have spent months of market research, collected customer feedback (Thank you to everyone that participated) and had a long hard think at where we want to be in the market place. We have had some fantastic success in America and Australia thanks to Etsy and Frankie Magazine and we really hope now to introduce Belle & Boo to its birth place in the UK in the coming months.

As you will see on our Belle & Boo website (he he, Soooooo exciting!!) & in our Etsy shop we have changed the way we offer the prints. They are now presented in a lovely soft white mount (with backing board) or in a beautiful bespoke white wooden frame. This is something I have wanted to do since starting my first Etsy shop millymollymandy way back in 2006. I have always struggled with the fact that frustratingly paper sizes are NOT universal & the solution of offering them in universal sized mounts was SO appealing. Now (hopefully) any customer, any where in the world can pop their mounted print quickly & easily into their choice of frame.


Or of course we can now frame it for you.


I have spent along time creating new packaging solutions - belly wraps, certificates of authenticity, custom made postal boxes that are SO unbelievably strong & secure (Kate and I had lots of fun daring each other to throw them further and higher around the studio, which developed into a game of football with Russ !) & you'll be pleased to know, no frames were harmed during the process, not even a little bit!

Now for the second piece of wonderful news this week.
We had a phone call from the council saying our garden studio has been approved & our neighbor has withdrawn their complaint. OOOOOooooooohhhhhhhh my goodness you do not know how many sleepless nights I have had, stressing about the whole situation.
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, I feel positively floaty!
Here are some photos of my, now... sanctuary.


I haven't really spent time decorating inside, because it didn't feel permanent, but you just wait, I am going to cover my walls with art. If you peek you can see prints by 2 of my favourite artists yumiyumi and eveline tarunadjaja

oh & guess what its sunny, have a great weekend everyone, I am grinning from ear to ear.

51 comments:

  1. wow the new website looks gorgeous. so do your illustrations.

    xx fanny

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  2. Well done girls, the website looks amazing!
    a

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  3. Sorry, I got cut off - the studio looks exciting too!

    Allison x

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  4. Well that makes up for the sad illegal copying story!! Your website is wonderful! Belle has a lovely swing! It’s all so fresh and cheerful. You’ve inspired me to have a make-over for my professional website!
    Good luck with the new studio stuff!!

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  5. Congratulations Girls!!!!!!
    The new web is absolutely fantastic...She is alive!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your feelings and be always a wonderful font of inspiration.
    Arrivederci,
    Cata

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  6. Congratulations! The website and everything is beautiful.

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  7. Lovely new website. The "Swinging Belle" animation is fabulous! Congrats to you...from a very recent & most happy customer! :)

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  8. congratulation.. the website looks fantastic.
    so is that pic in your studio :P

    x ev

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  9. Congratulations! Glad to see things are looking up now! The website looks fabulous!
    Your work is just wonderful!

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  10. oh congrats!!! the website is pure sweetness. no wonder you're so thrilled. i can imagine the hours of love and hard work that went into it + it's paid off big time. good luck with the new shop. the framed prints are wonderful. plus the great studio news. good things come to good people like you...enjoy the rewards! xxx

    ps. i managed to get a copy of frankie a while ago in borders...i think i let out a squeal of delight as i realised it was "your" edition...it was worth the funny looks i got from surrounding shoppers!

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  11. Oh, I am so, so happy for you guys! The site looks stunning! And the studio - skylights and a garden.... I'm so jealous! ;)

    So glad the week has gotten better and better!

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  12. congrats!!! i'm happy to read that things are moving along so wonderfully.

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  13. you have a website!!! I love it! I love the girl swinging too. CAn't wait to see more!

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  14. The site looks SO great! And I love the new prints!

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  15. sweet animation intro- adds alot to an already adorable website! That make me want to rework mine!!
    Melissa

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  16. your website is just lovely - just like all your work. Congratulations. I look forward to having a closer look and purchasing some more prints.

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  17. Hi Mandy! Thanks for your comment on my blog - I always feel like a celebrity has visited my blog when you leave a comment! :) Congratulations on your website - it's absolutely beautiful!

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  18. Oh Mandy, I am so pleased for you! I am smiling from ear to ear as well... you have inspired me so much since I was so lucky to find you in the fall! I wish you so much joy and happiness in your new space & in the future.

    much love.
    jbxo

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  19. Congratulations, the new site is really beautiful. A few more things to add to my wish list now :)
    The studio looks very exciting too, have fun!

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  20. Hi Mandy

    What a gorgeous website, the girl swinging in the tree is such a clever and sweet touch.

    I wish you lots of creative, fun times in your new studio and much success.

    Love
    Elise

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  21. Oh I love it! I looked at your new site and new prints and they're fabulous. I'm going to start saving my pennies now so I can get a put together a tryptic of your work for a nursery!

    So beautiful. I especially love the swinging action.

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  22. Congratulations on your new website!
    Your studio looks so cool. I will keep checking back. I am a big fan of your work. Still want to purchase the shy little boy print....

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS - that is mega exciting - I love love love it, the studio and the site!

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  24. Aawwwww! Well done!

    She's lovely!

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  25. your new site is so pretty Mandy! congratulations! parabéns!!

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  26. oh wow! I just found you from mummysam, and I just LOVE your work.
    talk about inspiring!

    and if at all possible, do you know how to get in touch with the house that your family rented for your sisters wedding? I've been looking for houses to rent...thanks!

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  27. Congrats on your new site Mandy!!

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  28. Oooooh, wonderful! I check your blog frequently and am in love with the little blonde girl jumping on the bed, and standing on the carousel. I must have both of them! Congratulations on the new website. May I have your permission to link you in my blog? I am a total newbie and have no idea how this stuff works, but I love Belle and Boo! Check me out sometime.
    http://whowouldvethoughtit.blogspot.com/

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  29. Omg! your website is absolutely gorgeous. Congrats! Good luck mandy- not that you need it! x

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  30. love the website, its so easy to get around & looks amazing. and congrats on the studio & finally being able to emjoy it

    jess xx

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  31. I love your blog and I love your prints!!! I just did a little shout out to you on my blog. You can check it out if you would like!

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  32. Yay! Website looks FAB ... and congrats on the studio :)

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  33. I simply love your new website - boo is so cute hiding behind that tree ... I have my eye on some Boo Tags too! Congratulations again.

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  34. The new site is wonderful. Love that swing!

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  35. Congratulation on a wonderful website!! :)

    I'm amazed, just want to buy everything you make :)

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  36. Love the new website. I have to know who developed the ecommerce for you?

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  37. Congrats on your website and your booming business! I love everything you create!

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  38. This is such exciting news!!! And I'm so glad to hear your neighbor isn't bothering you anymore! Do they know how lucky they are to live next to you???! You are one of my very favorite illustrators! I wish you MUCH success!

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  39. Yeah for a good week.
    Many more to come.
    Keep smiling
    Kristen

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  40. Congratulations on your website; I have been enjoying your blog and etsy shop for months now so I am happy to have even more to look at!
    I just wrote a post on my blog and included one of your prints(wonderful new frame option!)with a link to your etsy shop. You can take a look if you like at:
    www.artfordailylife.com

    all the best,
    ~Barb

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  41. Mandy, your new site is wonderful. It must be great to see one of your drawing's actually come to life..Belle on the swing & Boo...awesome! Makes me wish I could step into the drawing...very Mary Poppins I wish to be.

    Love it.

    You should sell your books on there, too.

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  42. love the new site - so spectacular, congrats.

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  43. how exciting! Can't wait to see what goodies you end up w/in the clothing & housewares sections on the new site!

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  44. Congratulations on the website! I love how the little bunny keeps wriggling his ear! So cute.

    And I'm so happy that your neighbour decided to drop the complaint. That must be a great relief.

    Tania

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  45. Aahhh congratulations, the website looks soooo cute, well done you.
    I know exactly how much time and effort goes into websites and it can be disheartening at times but isn't it just the most wonderful thing too!
    Congratulations again on a beautiful website.
    love Alison x

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  46. fantastic website - welldone looks fabulous, I am going to link it to my blog if you don't mind

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  47. Your work is so gorgeous and your website is amazing. I have bookmarked your website as one of my favourite websites of illustrators who inspire me.
    :-) Amanda

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  48. i love that they are animated! how fun! i am a big fan of your work. congratulations on this new success.

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  49. i have always loved and admired your work but this is my first visit to your blog! i love it! it is very quaint and inspiring! i especially love your banner! congrats on the new website, im off to discover that now as well! :)

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  50. I adore your artwork so much. I found you on etsy and am so happy to see that you have a blog. The little boy with the bird reminds me of my oldest son!

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  51. I LOVE your web site. That little girl is just darling, as are all of your drawings - just beautiful!
    Dawn

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