Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sydney Here We Come

Oh my gosh I am SO excited, the taxi is arriving in half an hour to take us to the airport, first stop Singapore for a friends wedding & then onto Sydney for a 3 month house exchange.
What about Belle & Boo I hear you ask?
Well I am leaving it in the very safe & capable hands of Kate & the girls in Bristol.
Whilst they are dealing with the day to day running of the business, I am taking a bit of time out for me & I am going to be working on the first Belle & Boo book.
Did I mention I am VERY excited !

PS Also very excited to have had our Lovely Day bag chosen to feature in this years Red Direct Christmas Catalogue.

See you on the other side of the world x

Friday, 2 October 2009

Trick or Treat

I can't quite believe it's October, where did this year go. I have always loved October, the colours, the weather, the holidays, Halloween & Bonfire Night (Ok that's in November, but only just!) This year I love it even more as October this year is the month Russ & I leave for our 3 month jaunt to Australia, in just over 3 weeks time we fly to Singapore for a wedding and then on too Sydney where we are house swapping until the end of January. I am SO excited BUT there is plenty to do before then. I have just finished this new Belle & Boo illustration.

Trick Or Treat

It is available both here & here as a mounted or framed print, it is also available as a postcard & look 2 extra little characters snuck on the end !

Also the doll project I have been involved in for the past year ended this month

& here is my Belle,

isn't she divine, I squealed when I unwrapped her, her glasses, stripy scarf, leather gloves and exquisite cloak, what fun.

Lots, lots, lots more exciting things happening, but that's all for now, have a lovely weekend everyone x

Thursday, 1 October 2009


Isn't it funny how sometimes you think, talk, wish something & then out of no where it just happens. About a month ago Kate & I were saying how lovely it would be to have a section of a shop dedicated to our products & yesterday these photos arrived from the lovely Allison of Lark. She has just opened a shop in her home town of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia & it looks GORGEOUS, just the place I would love to shop & hopefully soon I will be able to, but more about that later.
Here is some info about the shop

It is open 10.30 to 4.00 each day

the address is

4a Duke Street

(if you can't find it, it is tucked away in the lane behind the MS op shop, look for the big Lark sign on an old warehouse building!).

The shop has cute homewares, yummy stationery, cool kid's stuff and all the fresh goodness you would expect from Lark - and some of our lovely friends including Victoria Mason, Betty Jo, Beci Orpin, Arthur's Circus, Genki, Able & Game, Twiglet, Little Shop of... and Rice! It's also a great place to discover local makers, we have some great crafters here in spa country! Oh and zines and mags including Thaw, Peppermint, Mixtapezine, MadeIt. Japanese things too. Lots of ace stuff, really, and very friendly service.

& here is what it looks like

The magazine style picture rack is such a clever idea, I will have to show it to some stores here in London as inspiration for displaying all the lovely art you can buy these days.
I really hope some of you reading this will be able to stop by and see it for real and say "Hi" to Allison from me.

Whilst blog hopping the other day I spotted this sweet illustration by Catherine from Bumpkin Bears, I asked her if I could show it on my blog and she has kindly offered 10% off to any one that buys it during the next 2 weeks from her Etsy shop (offer ends 15th Oct 09) just put a message in the 'note to seller' section about seeing it on Belle & Boo's blog & she will send you a revised invoice.

I also came across this extraordinary cushion / dolls house/ bed on a blog and I feel dreadful as I can't remember where, but I had to show it, it makes me smile. aaarhhhhh........ it was made by Rubyellen from the delightful blog cakies, thanks everyone.