Tuesday, 24 June 2008

I never get too old to be excited when I hear.....

....the faint chimes of the ice cream van

99'ers mmmmmmmmmm made with Mr Whippy icecream & raspberry sauce!

A beautiful gocco print from Denise Simon arrived today, I am a sucker for packaging & Denise's is just gorgeous, she even included a little limited edition book about called 'Things I've Done this Winter to make it better and failed' Russ and I chuckled over it drinking our morning coffee.

I found this vintage frame a couple of weeks ago in Manchester

& I think you'll agree the little girl looks right at home in it. Thanks Denise.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Things that made me smile this morning

Pretty yellow flowers from Russ

sending out my first gift wrapped framed print

all these bunnies

these 30 limited edition gocco bunnies

& at last these little packets of my "you've got mail" swing tags

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Lovely Sunny Devon

Thank you SO, so, so much to everyone for all the wonderful messages & feedback about the new website. It was pretty scary letting it go live last week, but so far touch wood everything seems to be working perfectly (oh we did have one little blip, when we exceeded our allocated band width & it temporarily stopped working, which was VERY scary ...but at least it means people are looking & the problem is now solved)

Then after all that excitment Russ and I drove down to our favourite spot in Devon for a
weekend of caravaning...........

picnics on the beach

surfing & surf watching!

Stunning costal walks

Messing about on the water

admiring my friends garden & dreaming of living in Devon one day

& most IMPORTANTLy lots of cream tea eating, 4 to be precise!!!!!

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.

Monday, 2 June 2008

What a Cheek

Now I know they say that copying is the highest form of flattery, but Kate and I were non too happy when we received a tip off from lovely fellow Etsy seller Joosweetie. Whilst searching on the web she discovered a website selling t-shirts featuring Belle & Boo !
We were quick to complain and in fairness both companies involved removed the products straight away, but it makes me wonder how many they had already sold, whether they are still selling them locally & whether they are ripping off other artists in this way?
I have been alerted to people using Belle & Boo with out permission 3 times now, the wider world should know when you are part of a caring, crafting community like Etsy, there is no where to hide, you will soon be outed & severely told off !!!