Monday, 28 February 2011


Russ and I are very lucky to have extremely generous friends that trust us with their beautiful home and cute, cute dog when they go on holiday, allowing Russ and I to have many comfortable & free holidays in Devon. We have just returned form a week of windy surf beaches, delicious home cooked food and good company with some other dear friends that joined us. These 2 below are pretty much my favourite folk to hang out with at the moment,

& this little chap we met at The Big Sheep is pretty cute also.

I love Devon, the fresh air, the sea, the calmness, Russ and I are forever talking about moving there, however I love what London has to offer also. Russ and I spent Sunday out and about, a walk across Hampstead Heath followed by flat whites and sausage with home made brown sauce baps at my new favourite cafe in Hampstead. Then a mooch around the South bank, we saw the British Art Show, I really enjoyed The Clock by Christian Marclay and then a quick dash into the Tate Modern to see the sunflower seeds followed by dim sum, yum, a perfect London day.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Spring is in the Air

Happy Valentines day everyone, it's a lovely day for it here in london, the sky is bright blue & my little garden is showing the first signs of spring.

We have added a new product to the shops today 'First Meet' invites, perfect for those spring parties.

I don't enter many blog give aways, so I was amazed and very excited when I won this illustration by Sarah Fritzler.

Isn't it sweet. It was a really fun giveaway, which you can read about here
& thanks also to Closer Magazine that featured our Valentines Cards

Saturday, 5 February 2011

This Weekend

Oooohhh just had a lovely weekend. First a trip to the the kinetic Art Fair where my friend Madi Boyd was a guest exhibitor. Then a quick night away at the stunning Rushton Hall. It was so good to get away for the night, London has felt very grey this past month, Northamptonshire was a blend of my favouite hues.

Our shops have had a spring clean, Christmas stock has been safely put a way till next year. Our 'Love' prints have a romantic 25% off and I EVENTUALLY had time to wrestle with the last roll of silky material! It has been sat in my studio for yonks. I have cut it into approx 90 x 1 meter lengths.

It is made for lining, so it is very, very silky and difficult to keep still, however look at what these incredibly talented folk did with theirs. Get yours now, only £3 a length, this really is the last of it (no more of Esa's lovely Lets Hug pockets left, so sorry)

Almost forgot the mistake with that sketch that made me giggle was, as Sarah spotted...

"Is the mistake that Bella is about four feet high while Boo is one foot high, yet their heads are level and Boo must be floating? (or sitting on Bella's shoulder)"

I originally drew Belle sitting down, then changed her quickly to standing (and yes her feet are a little odd!) anyway this meant that Boo most be an amazing hovering rabbit, although Russ also thought Boo must be sat on Belle's shoulder!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Book - Week 2

So what was that I saying about it being a smooth and successful journey!

Week 2 and I guess 3 on the book went like this. I was sent the layouts, they were lovely, beautiful font, lovely pacing of the text. I worked hard getting sketches and ideas together for each spread, some were better than others. The outdoor scenes come a lot easier to me, than the indoor. It was a challenge suddenly having to imagine where Belle and Boo live. I have always known there would be no grown ups featured in the books but I have to consider if there are grown ups in the house or if it is a Belle & Boo size house, so everything is child size and do they actually live in a house at all!?
Anyway I sent the spreads off and crossed everything whilst I joined Kate and Tracy at Bubble. Then the news came..........da da da!

Everyone is loving everything, so much so they have decided the story needs a little more attention before I am let loose on the illustrations. Which means it is all on hold whilst a few writers are approached and they each submit a section of story (originally it was written in house) I know that is all great in the long run and it means the book will be more wonderful than ever, but I was really getting into just drawing again. Kate had informed the rest of the team on strict instruction "don't bother Mandy" and although I love them all dearly it was incredibly creative just drawing. Running a small business like Belle & Boo means you have to do a little of a lot of everything! Don't get me wrong I love what I do, but I did enjoy the calmness of just working on the book.

So unfortunately there will be no more updates about the book for a little while, but rest assured there will be plenty of other exciting stuff going on, meanwhile can anyone spot the mistake in this sketch?

Bubble was lots of fun, it is such a friendly atmosphere, as well as selling it's great to talk to like minded people, share the highs and lows, get contacts, advice & feedback.

We were lucky enough to be featured along side our favourites Hucklebones on Juniors round up and took orders from 2 of our favourite shops Their Nibs and Avavore. Our family tree flew out and we had lots of orders of our new spring 2011 clothing range, which will be available in the shop in a few months. Also can you spot our new packaging? We LOVE our new packaging, the idea is that shops wont necessarily have to display our prints hung on the wall they can simple prop them on the shelves in front of the box, making it a complete gift, no more bubble wrap needed. We will also be sending our prints out like this to our customers, which will make life lots easer and they look so cute. I will take some better pictures of them next week.

I have blurred a few new things as I don't want to completely ruin the surprise of new pieces that will be added to the shops over the next few months.

Thanks to Chopsy Baby who wrote this beautiful review of our Bubbles Before bed book.

"There is a dreamy, innocent 1950s feel to the book without it feeling old fashioned or nostalgic. It perfectly captures that time of childhood where everything is a magical adventure, a time a parent desperately wants their own child to experience and relish in. It is untainted by the crash bang of computer games, witty 3D animation but manages to steer well clear of baby blue and pink insipidness"

Thanks to Belinda for emailing us photos of her Found tattoo, how cute is that.