Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Tea Pony Time

At last I can share with you one of our VERY exciting projects.
I am not sure now, who approached who first, but when Belle & Boo discovered Tea Pony & vice versa, a love affair started !
Esa the creative genius behind Tea Pony whooed us with retro style dresses,

nostalgic materials

and adorable knickers!

We soon decided on a collaboration and here it is.....

So you have seen the front....

& here is the back!

Not available in our shop just yet (the dresses are making the long trip to us from Australia) but I will let you know as soon as they arrive they come in sizes: 3-6mths, 6-12mths, 1-2yrs, 2-3yrs, 3-4yrs

I ADORE Esa's designs, here are a few more of my favourites.

Thanks so much Esa, we are huge fans x

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.......

Monday, 1 September 2008

2 perfect weekends

I have just had 2 very different, very lovely weekends.
The first was a long over due trip to Lisbon, which was equisite. If you haven't been you MUST & you must stay here Zuzabed, it couldn't have been more perfect. This was the view from our room.

The whole city is like a painting, from the pristine curtains in the shaddy chic doors. to the graffiti, which is everywhere, it is creative, vibrant, sunny & friendly.

We visited this 16th century real life sand castle, which was built as a look out for can you not LOVE this city!!

& had warm pasteis from a cafe in Belem where the original receipe is a highly guared secret.

Peeped into wall gardens & generally soaked up the filmic scenery.

Then this weekend just gone, I hunkered down in my studio. The rain poured down and the skies growled with thunder (my favourite kind of weather for creating) & I made my doll for the 'doll project' that I was kindly asked to be part of. You can read about it here but in a nut shell, there are 10 of us involved, we have all made a doll and then every month we pass it on and add to the new doll. I LOVE my little doll, but unfortunately I can't show all of her as we have decided to reveal the dolls slowly, so it is a surprise when we receive them, but here are a few sneaky pics.

I also got around to adding these new Meet Me at Mikes badges to the shop, available here & here