Sunday, 23 November 2008


I woke up to snow this morning, it's still one of those lovely things that I get childishly excited about. I also extracted some of my decorations from the cellar, for a small photos shoot, so its feeling very Christmasy round here today.

I am very excited to share with you a new illustration that has been on the back burner for over a year now! A lovely man named Jonathan bought some Belle & Boo goodies when the store first opened and we started emailing about his charity Edurelief.

Edurelief was founded in 2006 in response to an issue that is affecting thousands of Mongolian children and their families. Due to economic decline in the country, a lack of funding in the education system is forcing families to either purchase textbooks required for their children’s education or have their children drop out of school. Because of low wages and high unemployment rates, the cost of these textbooks, often the equivalent of a month’s salary per child, is simply out of reach for many families. edurelief works with local school systems across Mongolia to provide these textbooks to the neediest families ensuring that every child receives their right to education and a brighter future.

It was a cause I felt very strongly about & I suggested offering my services as an illustrator. Jonathan & his wife Marielle have been very, very patient (as Belle & Boo has been all consuming for the past year) but at last I had some time and I drew their new Christmas card. Packs of 10 are now available to buy from the Edurelief website here. Why not pop over and a buy a pack x

I have been updating the etsy shop today, we now have some lovely stocking filler offers.

Buy either of our 2 Belle & Boo Bag's and receive a pack of Patience Brown Postcards (worth £20) for free

Buy 2 packs of postcards and receive a third pack of your choice for free

Buy any pocket mirror and choose a single button (worth $4) for free

Also AT LAST we now offer Gift Vouchers (do you call them Gift Certificates in the US?)

They are printed on beautiful paper and come with a hand stamped kraft envelope, I am really pleased with them. We have 3 amounts available in the shop, but I can make a special listing for any amount required. Happy Shopping...under 3 weeks now left for International post !

Monday, 17 November 2008

Thank you so much for all your festive comments, I have a stinking cold that just wont go away, so your funny, clever, generous, loving messages cheered me up no end.....and with out further ado the winner is........

Congratulations Catherine & for those of you who have never seen Catherine's Beautiful Bumpkin Bears (that are waiting to be adopted) I highly recommend you take a peek.

More Christmas giveaways to come, so watch this space

(FYI I entered 106 comments into the number generator as a couple of people left more than one message)

We have a new stocking filler offer in the Etsy shop today, buy 2 postcards & get a third free.

& Thank you to Jen that emailed me photos of her lovely daughter in her Lost Dress

I am sorry this post is so short & to the point, but I have not stopped today, getting the weekends orders to the post office on time & I need a little lie down!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

This weekend I revisted an old illustration. The original drawing was done for a friends wedding invite & although everyone involved was very happy, the image never sat comfortably within the Belle & Boo range. I have been going back to it, on and off for months now & getting frustrated, but then this weekend, within a couple of hours it seemed to come together. Funny how that happens isn't it, one of the many weird & wonderful mysteries of being an artist!

Now available here & here to buy.

So Kate & I sat down yesterday and went through our diaries and realised with utter shock that there is only 4 weeks left until the Royal Post's last recommended date for International Christmas shipping. So, we have decided to start the festivities early & between now and the 10th Dec there will be LOTS of exciting Special Offers.
The first starts today (11th Nov) in our Etsy shop & will run until the 17th Nov midday GMT. The details are as follows

Buy any mounted or framed print and recieve a 9" by 7" mounted print (worth $38) for *FREE. Now for the special bit, we normally only sell 4, 9" by 7" designs, but for the limited time of this offer you can pick from any of these prints shown here (click on image to enlarge)

Thats a choice of 33 designs
*Limited edition prints are not included.
*Only one free print per transaction
*Discount offer is only redeemable at
*Discount offer not open to wholesale orders

Watch this space for more offers coming soon !

& Last but definitely not least, Belle & Boo were featured in the lovely Pregnancy & Baby Junior Magazine.

To celebrate & get the festivities started I am giving away a mounted 'My Favourite Spot In Winter' To enter just leave a festive message on my blog & I will pick a winner using a random number generator on Monday 17th Nov, 9am GMT