Wednesday, 21 July 2010

New Badges

You may or may not have noticed our diminished selection of badges and magnets in our shops. This was due to a delivery of parts (which are hugely heavy and therefor hugely expensive) getting lost somewhere between the USA & the UK. They are now safely at the Bristol studio and Suzie is busy making them again. We have decided meanwhile to concentrate on a smaller selection & introduce limited ranges throughout the year. Some of the old designs have changed slightly & we have 2 new boy badges, Yyyyeeyyyyyy I hear you shout.

NEW Muddy Morning

NEW Pirate Party

OLD FAV'S Belle Hugs Boo

My Favourite Spot

Hello Chick

Cowboys & Indians


Joy Aqua

Ava & The Carousel


Thanks to Clare for such beautiful photos & letting us show off our badges on her beautiful children.

All badges are now available to purchase here & here.

Great press this month, Easy Living featured our Boo Pinafore

Maggie who is the Style Editor of Time Out has started her own childrens blog called Chic Little Baby & has written a wonderful piece about Belle & Boo I strongly recommend you hop on over there, not only does she feature very, very cool stuff she has a fabulous Belle & Boo competition running right now.

Our mugs were featured in a WGSN tableware analysis on Kid's fine china and pottery, along side some other stunning products, these are a few of my favourites.

Me..... well I have been having lots of fun. A picnic with friends on Hampstead Heath, during the Kenwood concerts it's brilliant they provide a free shuttle bus from just around the corner from where I live up to the Heath, saving us a 20 min walk. I actually enjoy the walk ususally, I just like using free stuff!

A magical night at Somerset House listening to Gil Scott Heron

& I just had a fabulous weekend away in Devon. We were meant to be camping, but due to unforseen circumstancses we didn't, instead we were very well looked after by our friends in their comfy home. They have just got a puppy he is a doodle called Travis. Russ & I were immediately smitten, even when he barked each morning at 5am!

There was a bit of surfing going on (Wendy this photo is for you!)

a bit of beach football

& as usual a LOT of eating, if you get the chance I highly recommend Sunday lunch at The Rock in Georgeham, it's SO delicious.

Russ & I stopped off in Bristol on the way home to see the first run being printed of the first ever Belle & Boo book, a BIG moment I think you'd agree. However when we arrived there were slight colour issues & every one agreed a few little tweaks had to be made before we could press go! So instead of exciting photos of the pages zipping through the printers I just have a few pictures of Tracy, Aniz & I scratching our heads & looking thoughtful!

Bare with us it will be here soon and it will be as perfect as we can possibly make it...promise.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

A Busy Week

The problem with having so much fun is it catches up with you. This week has been manic, 2 tight deadlines and the masses of day to day stuff that comes with running your own business. However I am NOT complaining I can not stress just how much I love what I do, I switch my computer off in the evening excited about the next morning when I can switch it back on, sad I know!

So only sneaky peeks of the stuff I have been working on I am afraid as they are due to be released later this year and next (I have been working on mothers day cards for next March!) but before I show you those here is a little something I did whilst waiting for drawings to scan and print etc.

I am not sure which version I prefer I suspect I will use both. The reason it came about was whilst searching for inspiration for my cards, I discovered the illustrator Gladys Peto.

I get SO excited when I discover a new artist that I love and always make Russ (who is usually deep in concentration in his own work) come and take a look. I am not sure he shares my excitment for vintage illustrations of children! Anyway you can see lots of examples of her work here, but it was this one that caught my attention the most and I knew I had to draw my own Belle & Boo version. I know I am not half as good as Gladys but I aim to be one day.

Sneaky peeks of the cards

Sneaky peek of an illustration I did for the front cover of Famillies North magazine, out Set/Oct

Another sneaky peek has already happened over on our face book site, Suzie who brilliantly looks after that & Belle & Boo's Twitter site has shared some photos from the Autumn/Winter 2010 collection of B&B clothes. Here are a few, hop over there to see more.

ssshhhh don't tell anyone but that bottom outfit is reversible! who had a C&A reversible jumper in the 80's hands up? I have a sunshine yellow snoopy one & Loved it!

One last thing before I go and enjoy some of this glorious sunshine that we have been blessed with for an astonishingly long time now, at Bubble Tracy & I were lucky enough to meet 2 sensational sisters Rebekka and Carla. They are soon opening their own online boutique we can't wait to see what lovely items they stock, for now you can read about their adventures here.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Best Week Ever

I have just had such a fun week, not only making the above bunting for an art project in West Bromich but all this other stuff too.
It started Monday night at Hyde Park, I am not & have never been a big festival goer, so when Russ and I discovered the Serpentine Sessions we were sold. Picnic benches, deck chairs, waitress service, posh loos & amazing weather (ok they can't guarantee that bit)

Tuesday, a sneaky afternoon beer & award winning pork pie, at a pub near us that we have been meaning to go to for ages.

Wednesday, a perfect day out in London with my mum, visiting both the Grace Kelly & the Quilts exhibitions at the V&A followed by tea and scones at Fortnum & Masons (you are right mum my blog is just full of pictures of what I eat!)

Thursday, a meeting about a possible licensing deal with Britian's leading Tin & Melamine manufactuter, they hold the licensees for Flower Fairies and Peter Rabbit...eek!

Friday night drinks on the terrace at the very swanky Aqua Bar Regents Street followed by dinner at The Salt Yard (these aren't my pics, it was much busier as you can imagin a sunny Fri night in London!)

Saturday was my birthday, lots of lovely presies, including cupcakes through the post from Russ's sister and one of my favourite illustartions ever on a card from my mum and dad.

My lovely Swiss auntie always sends me a home made card.

& my mum & dad gave me a mini starter kit so I can make my own quilt.

The afternoon was spent sipping tea & munching on sandwiches, scones & cakes at Claridges.

Followed by the BEST film I have seen in ages 'Heartbreaker' the Telegraph says 'Heartbreaker recalls a time in film history when rom-coms were amusing and glamorous as well as romantic.' I was hooked from the moment it started, I think being a big Dirty Dancing fan helped! you can see a trailor here

& finally Sunday was spent on the Heath with lovely friends eating & drinking whilst the boys played football.

Boooooooo does that mean I have to actually do some work today ?!