Wednesday, 16 September 2009

TOP DRAWER 09

I remember thinking "phew, Thank goodness it's a whole year till I have to do that again" after finishing Top Drawer 08..... I blinked & what do you know, it's a year later & Top Drawer 09 !
It's been a mental few weeks of designing, planning, ordering, printing, cutting, gluing, lots of late nights and early mornings, lots of nervous energy & bitten finger nails (no blogging what so ever, so Thank you, thank you for all your lovely, yummy soap comments) but it was worth it, 110%, we had such a fabulous show.

Inspiration, the scale model & design layout




Display boxes


Prop House


Packed van


Unpacking at Olympia (Kate & I felt like Thelma & Louise driving into the exhibition centre, we wanted to drive round at high speed, doing handbrake turns!)


Patrick, Kate's VERY patient partner putting up our Belle & Boo logo (we were there till 9.30 the evening before the show started)


The result





What a fun few days, Kate, Tracy & I met so many lovely people & the feedback was amazing. We showed lots of samples of new products, cushions,



Little madam angels (Ok not exactly new, but missing for a while !)



a toiletries range, shampoo, bubble bath and hand wash for children.


& book plates (which will be available in the shop in next few days)


We are hoping to have the fabric products ready for early Nov, the bubble bath early next year, so watch this space.

This year when the show finished I felt slightly sad, especially leaving this little fella behind :(


'hello' to all our new friends & thanks for reading.

30 comments:

  1. Oh, I wish I could have poked around your precious shop!

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  2. Wow! how amazing - I too wished I could have been there. Cheers to your growing success!

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  3. WOW! This all looks extreeemly gorgeous! Love love love the cushions :-)

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  4. Judging by your photos, it looked amazing, wish I could have been there! x

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  5. Wow, your stand looked amazing, I could have curled up on that bed. Hope it was fruitful for you guys. Excited about the cushions...x

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  6. Oh how gorgeous!! I wish I could have had poke around in your shop too :)

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  7. A Whimsical Wonderland. So lovely. Y'all did such a great job!

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  8. Also, do you think you'll ever make boy angels? with blondish hair ...hint...hint.

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  9. wow it looks absolutely spectacular!!

    renee xx

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  10. Wow! These are gorgeous! The time spent away from the blog was worth it. My best wishes to you! :-)

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  11. Hi Mandy, your stand looks wonderful, I was sad not to be able to visit this year but we are busy opening our little shop. Hoe many exciting new goodies do you have??

    Allison xx

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  12. Great set up =) Keep up the wonderful work!

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  13. oo your stand was soooo pretty!!

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  14. Oh my goodness - it looks amazing - hat a beautiful and inviting set up you had! It must have been so exciting for you seeing it all come together! What an achievement!

    I'm excited just to have got my first set of illustrations for cards etc ready and off to the printers today! I can't imagine how wonderful it must feel for everything to come together well after so much hard work!

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  15. Wowzers Mandy - looks totally amazing. So grown up and proper and everything. You go girls!
    Glad it was worth all the hard work x

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  16. wow, your booth looked amazing! i love all your work!

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  17. Amazing!!!

    Thank you to you for your work

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  18. Gorgeous stand - everything looks adorable! Love the cushion.

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  19. I look forward to those book plates, they are gorgeous!
    My daughter loves her Ava and the Carousel print.

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  20. Please, Please, Please can you produce some wall stickers for childrens rooms like the enlarged pictures on your BEAUTIFUL stand? They would FLY out the window I'm sure. I have just re-done both my daughters bedrooms making them a little more 'grown up' and have your framed pictures everywhere. Your beautiful illustrations have made 2 little girls very happy indead as they lie in their beds looking at them....Now if you were to do wall stickers.......I'd be first in line!!!!

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  21. Did I really just say; 'Fly out the WINDOW'?!!! gosh it really has been a long day!! I meant, of course, fly out the door!!!! Gosh, now I feel really stupid! Note to self..preview comments first!!!
    Jane. x

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  22. Oh my! Mandy, I am 37 years of age but whenever I catch a glimpse of your work I squeal in child like delight! I have just purchased a stash of your framed prints for my 2 year old daughter's room, along with some magnets & tote bags & paper dolls...oh, it's so easy to get carried away - & now I can see that I'll need to come back in November for cushions & angels & book plates &, ooh, did I see some books? (more squealing!) My daughter has worn her Lost/Teapony dress to death this past year & it's the most commented on item of clothing that she owns.
    Congratulations on your success, you have such talent!

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  23. oh my goodness i am in belle & boo heaven with that post. I want everything, especially that wall decal/painting?! that you left behind!!! WOW

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  24. how amazing..! So lovely and precious shop ^^

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  25. Missed you - mind you missed everyone who wasn't on the loo run!
    Glad you had a great show - me too.
    Must get together for a drink next time
    J x

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  26. I know that sadness after a show! You work so hard and to see all your work hanging there like a real life portfolio- there is this feeling of accomplishment! Then you break it all down and there is a bit of sadness- until the next year! All your hard work showed off- simply stunning!!

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  27. how totally completely stunning mandy. wow! wish i could've seen it in person. i'm sure you got fabulous feedback and lots of new opportunities. x

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  28. Hi mandy
    congratulations on such an awesome (oh no the American is wearing off on me-too much blog Reading!)stand it's just SO belle&boo...good to know we will get to buy those fab cushions! Luv kat xx (frm secrets of a B)

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  29. mandy, your stand looks absolutely amazing from the pictures...
    you and your friends most have worked so very hard to pull it off.
    i truly am so inspired to see how far you have come since the early days on etsy, and i wish you nothing but 'good things' for the future.

    Tif :)

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  30. As everyone else pretty much already said, your stand was gorgeous - I wish I could have seen it in person!!! I am particularly interested (after studying the images a little closer) in the little blue dress and various other things. Very exciting!!!

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