Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Packing Up

Booooooo so today is the last time I get to work in my lovely studio :(
Russ and I had it built 4 years ago (wow thats gone quickly) and it has been wonderful. Before that we were both working in our 1 bed flat and as from Monday we will both be working in our new little rented house in Bristol. Me in the attic room and Russ in the room that will eventually become the twins nursery, I know we are going to miss this place tremendously, it's where Belle & Boo really got going.
This is how it looks today, don't even ask what our flat looks like!

On a yummier note Belle & Boo have made friends with the team at Little Dish (Who make delicious, fresh food for toddlers) we are hoping to work together this year to bring you some exciting events…watch this space.

They have asked us to mention that Little Dish are searching for 3 mums to become their new WOMS (wonderfully outstanding mothers). This involves getting paid to taste test new recipes, holding tea parties and spending time with little ones at nurseries. To find out more go click here........... Sounds like alot of fun to me :)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Our Belle & Boo Party Range

One exciting blog post followed by another, I am on a roll!

Firstly thank you for all your lovely messages, it was wonderful reading them all with my morning cup of 'decaf' coffee!

OK more exciting news, this time last year we approached the amazing Talkin Tables and asked them if they would consider developing with us a Belle & Boo party range, luckily they said yes. I drew a parade of Belle & Boo characters on their way to a party and Clare our very patient designer spent many, many months getting them to fit existing tableware templates and designing a few new ones along the way.

So now a whole year later it is in our shops here and here and we are very proud, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and it inspires you to throw a Belle & Boo party.

Here is the range

Invites & Thank you cards £10
"Brush up your whiskers, Boo." said Belle. "We're going to a party!"
A beautiful Belle & Boo stationery set. Includes 10 party invitations, 10 thank you cards, 20 envelopes and 20 address stickers.

Belle & Boo Bunting £7.00
Boo was so excited he jumped as high as the banner!
3 mtr in length

Party Cups £3
"Achoo!" sneezed Boo as the bubbles tickled his nose.
8 x 210ml paper party cups with Belle & Boo

Paper Plates £3.85
"Please Belle, can I have some more?" asked Boo
8 x 23cm paper plates in 2 designs

Table Cloth £3.85
Size: 180 x 120cm

Cake Frill and Toppers £6.50
1 adjustable cake frill and 16 card cake toppers in 4 designs.

Party Bags £4
Belle and Boo couldn't wait to see what was in their party bag. Boo hoped for carrot cake!
8 paper Belle & Boo party bags with name stickers.

Party Napkins £3
"Now wipe your sticky paws, Boo!" said Belle.
30 x 3 ply party napkins

24 Cup Cake Wrappers £4.50
"If i am really good, please may I have two cakes?" asked Boo.
24 x printed cupcake wraps with 3 designs, 8 of each design.

Party Platters £4.50
Boo jumped onto the table to catch a glimpse of the yummy platters of food.
4 food platters in 2 designs

Pin the Tail on the Donkey Game £6
"If I win, can I have an extra slice of cake?" asked Boo.
A traditional game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. The game pack includes a beautifully illustrated, A2 poster with a choice of boy or girl rider for the donkey, 2 sheets of tail and name stickers.

Treat Time Donkey and Cart £10
"Oh please let the cart be full of carrots," Boo gasped "Oh please!"
A cute and quirky, card donkey and cart with waterproof lining.

It goes with out saying PLEASE, please please send us any photos of your parties.

Friday, 13 January 2012

A Very Happy New Year

Hello everyone and a belated Happy New year, I promise I do have LOTS of very good excuses for my absence from the blog, the question is which one should I share first?!

The best of course.... tonight I get to write a blog post that I have hoped to be able to write for, well for a very long time, before I even had a blog and before Belle & Boo. Tonight I get to share with you that I am 27 weeks pregnant with not 1 but 2 little babies, all being well and no nasty surprises along the way they should be with me and Russ the beginning of April. We cannot wait to meet them and thank them for picking us to be their parents and for anyone reading this that thinks 'great another soppy blog post about some one else lucky enough to be pregnant' I just want to say I understand, I get it I really do and sometimes just sometimes mini miracles do happen.

I have bought precisely 4 things for the babies.

Can anyone guess what we are having?!!!!!!
I have had my eye on these gorgeous cushions for ages and they were the first things I bought when we found out the amazing news.

So that is excuse or maybe I should say reason no.1 :)

Reason no.2 is with twins on the way our 1 bed flat in London just isn't going to be big enough anymore, so we are moving. We have sold up and are moving this Friday eek! To a sweet 3 bedroom terraced house in Bishopston, Bristol that we have rented for the next year. It has been a HUGE and hard decision to leave London as we both still love it here, but economically and business wise Bristol makes sense and not forgetting I have lots of lovely friends there to help me with all my baby questions!

Reason no.3 I have had precisely 12 days to sketch out all the compositions for a new book!!!!!!!!!!! Final art work has to be completed by mid Feb so it can go to the Bologna book fair, to say the deadline is a little tight is putting it mildly.

So as you can see what with working, house hunting, packing and trying really, really hard to relax and rest I think we can all agree writing this post just 13 days late is actually quite an achievement.