Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Top Drawer & More

"Ola" to all you lovely Portuguese bloggers out there & Thank you, thank you everyone for all the paper doll love. After much cajoling & tugging at heart strings, yes, I will make some Belle & Boo paper dolls for the shop & yes, hopefully before Christmas although I have a 'To Do' list as long as a giraffes neck & a particularly tall giraffe at that !

Meanwhile maybe this little lady will soften the wait. Not exactly a paper doll with a change of clothes, but you do get to have fun with a pair of scissors and sticky tape. She is available to buy here & here





She was designed to entice prospective buyers to Belle & Boo's first trade show, Top Drawer at Olympia. I was SSoooooooo nervous I really didn't know what to expect, Belle & Boo ( until a few days ago was relatively unknown here in the UK ) but it seems the Brits like it just as much as our overseas customers. Hence the VERY long 'To Do' list

There were a few VERY exciting opportunities discussed at the show and as and when they develop I will reveal all :)
So having never set up an exhibition stand before, I constructed this little 20 cm high model


& luckily ( I think ) it scaled up well.



Boo (who you can just see peeking round the stool) 's ear fell off & a very sweet little boy pushed Belle rather vigorously on the swing, but she managed to hang on. We have learnt a lot...for example a table for taking orders at would be great and you are allowed to park your van outside to unload & don't have to park it miles away & lug everything back & forth!!

A BIG Thank you to all the Etsy & blog readers, that stopped by and introduced them selves it was lovely meeting such like minded people.
Coincidentally Alison from Lark & Angela from Sew Your Own had flown over from Melbourne for the show and had a stand exactly opposite us, I couldn't have asked for nicer people to hang out with.

So after 5 days of being entrenched at Olmpia it was a relief to get back to my little studio & catch up on my emails. I was blown away by this photo, the first ( to my knowledge ) Belle & Boo tattoo, note the little key in her hand, I think it is amazing.


We have been getting great press recently......Junior featured our Halloween tags and Mother & Baby wrote the sweetest byline.



We were also featured in the gorgeous online magazine LMNOP, the Australian Sunday Telegraph and in Frankie......




...Which leads me on to our framed prints being exhibited at Bob Boutique, Bendigo, Victoria, Austrlia, Sonia has done such a lovely job of displaying my work, look at the row of cut out ducks, adorable.






There is also an interview with me & lots of my favorite illustrators here in this great on line magazine.

Ok better get on and start ticking things off my list.......

41 comments:

  1. YAY! your stand looked ace
    don't forget you are our front cover for issue 6
    I will send it to you tonight, it has come up a TREAT!

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  2. I am so in love with everything in the post! The girl with the ducky are sooo adorable!

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  3. Awwww I didn't know you were going to be there at all, otherwise I would've come along and said hello!

    Next time tell us in advance ;-)

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  4. As a Brit, I can happily confirm that I love your work! Wow - I wish I'd gotten the chance to have visited Olympia to see your space. Considering you'd not previously designed your own exhibit, you did a fantastic job! :)

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  5. Your work is beautiful and original! We love the print we ordered and received a few weeks ago. You know, that display you made would make an awesome children's room mural. Maybe you could reproduce it on vinyl, you know, in your spare time? :-)

    You know you're famous when someone has a tattoo of your characters on their arm!

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  6. Oh!!!
    I'm so excited for you!
    I love, love, love everything you do.
    I'm happy to see big things happening for Belle and Boo.

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  7. holy cow girl! That is all just wonderful!!! COntgrats! your display is AWESOME!! what a busy month you have had:)

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  8. Congratulations on all your successes! Your trade show booth is exquisite! It would make for an amazing child's room. Did you bring in the hardwood floor? Lovely!!!

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  9. Aww i'd have popped by to see you too if i'd known. The stand looked fabulous. So pleased everything is going so well for you.

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  10. : ] i'm so glad you like my tattoo. it's about 3 months old, and i am more in love with it every day!!

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  11. your stand looks fantastic... just had to stop by to say that and your work is beautiful.
    x

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  12. What can I say? You just blow me away.....Jen

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  13. love the tree display!
    what a stunning way to present your work :)

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  14. Wow all your stuff is so beautiful. That tattoo is amazing!

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  15. It was just fabulous to meet you on Sunday, i'm just so crazy for Belle & Boo and popped onto your gorgeous website and placed an order the other day. Missed seeing the lovely new item for hanging cards and pictures, that will have to be another purchase.
    I'm so very pleased for you that the show was a success the stand looked amazing.
    Hope to hear from you soon sweetie.
    Take care and many hugs,
    Catherine x

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  16. Your exhibition stand looked so beautiful! Really nice!
    Love your work!
    Here is a photo of one of your pictures I bought from you, framed and hanged on the wall in my daughter’s room:http://hummmlan.blogspot.com/2008/09/corner-of-mayas-room.html

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  17. Poor Boo's ear!! Your booth looks magical!

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  18. I love the exhibition stand you made and your little paper doll looks great! Undoubtedly the UK will make sure that you will be even more busy (especially with Christmas nearing). I think that giraffe will just keep on growing and growing...

    Love,
    Tania

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  19. oh wow it looked gorgeous! well done you! xxx

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  20. Fantastic stand! Can't wait to see Allison's photoes too!
    I love that a little boy got to do what probably all the adults were wanting to try! Just to see if they could... t.x

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  21. aaaw...everything is just so cute in your blog!!

    And I loved that tattoo, supercute! Can totaly understand why somebody would get that on their arm.

    Have a nice weekend :)

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  22. Hi there,

    Really glad that things are going so well for you. Love the tattoo idea!

    W.
    x

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  23. WOW you are flying !!
    Your work is classy and beautiful and I wish you continued successes.
    I receive so many comments on the seasonal prints that I bought last year, and I have now seen Belle and Boo in Wellington !

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  24. hooray for the dolls-to-be!!!!!!!! I know somehow you will get it all worked out =)
    ~Your booth is fantastic!! I ma glad it survived.

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  25. Looks like you kicked some massive goals. Great work. Glad to see you are achieving wonderfulness.

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  26. YIPEEeee such exciting times for you Mandy, your stand looks fabulous and well done for all your mag features :) Hugs, Catherine x

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  27. I love your exhibition stand. It looks marvelous! I'm in the process of redesigning mine, so I'm quite energized by seeing yours.

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  28. Im not surprised by all this press! You have THE most wondeful sweet lovely art around:)
    Makes me what to pick up my watercolors again!!

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  29. Just wanted to say thanks, I received a postcard from your shop in the mail and I love it, even the envelope was incredible!

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  30. Your booth display looks awesome!! I have told so many people about your tree and your little girl swinging from the swing- leaves me speechless! I hope you did great- creativity like that is what usually draws them into your booth! I would love to know where you got your display boxes with your business name printed on it- those are great! Best wishes to you and your growing business.
    Melissa

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  31. Omigoodness, such exciting news about all your great press and exhibition stand. Please be sure to email me with any new products, won't you? Would love to do a big Belle & Boo post soon. xx

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  32. Wow! Well done at Top Drawer - know it can be very scary your first time, having done it with Miss Lucy...

    And well done on all the recent promo (and a tattoo too!) Congrats Congrats Congrats!

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  33. I LOVE your stand and congrats on all of your press! You deserve it!! I still have my Halloween tags from last year because they are so cute. Maybe this year I'll use them for my kids! Your paper doll is adorable too... I used to glue them onto sheets of magnetic paper for my daughter when she was very little. That way she didn't have to fiddle with tabs.
    (btw, I noticed this blog and shop using one of your tags for their own illustration: http://meetmeatmikes.bigcartel.com/ . Did you know about that?)

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  34. I hardly know where to start! You've been so, so busy. I feel exhausted looking at everything! I'm so impressed :)

    CONGRATULATIONS :)

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  35. I love your work. your frankie poster is in prime posishion in my room. you are my insperation.
    =D

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  36. I just found you blog, and OH MY! I completely fell in love!

    Your work is sooooo beatifull! =)

    Trully!

    Many kisses from Brazil!

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  37. Hi Mandy,
    congratulations on the top drawer event, the stand you set up is amazing, such a good idea to have the swing with belle. its also fantastic to see the little girls clothing range.
    great to catch up on your news, looking forward to seeing any christmassy designs from you too,
    love kat x

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  38. It's so funny - seeing the tattoo, that is the exact picture I had thought about getting tattooed on my body. My mother passed away resently and in some small way I still feel like the little girl w/ a bowl hair cut... I wanted her to symbolize my sadness, my child like ways (even at age 32) as well as hope tomorrow and the beauty of my mom in the flower. It's one of my favorite pictures!!! :)

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