Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Well, Autumn has definitely arrived. The air is chilly, the leaves are turning, which can only mean one thing. Halloween is fast approaching!

This Halloween we've designed some spooky fabric to go alongside the rest of our range! We think it would be perfect to make some costumes, bunting, trick or treat bags but the possibilities are endless. What will you be making? We've already been told by a customer that she'll be making her daughter a blanket and pillow with the fabric for her to go to bed with on All Hallows' Eve! So cute.

The fabric will be sold by the meter (£18) and the half meter (£9). There is a limited amount of it too, so get in quick while stocks last.

The very clever Robin at Belle & Boo HQ made this tutu skirt and bunting with the fabric. (And it is beautifully modelled by Kate & Patrick's Robyn!)

Our "classic" Halloween products are all still available (2x art prints, party invitations, and cupcake wraps) and we've created a special section on the website for them all so check them out.

And as a special treat we've got 2 downloadable Dress Up Dolls outfits - a witching Belle for the small Dress Up Belle and a lucky black cat outfit for Belle for the Large Dress Up Doll. Both of these are available to download from the "Play" section of the website.

Love, Clare

Monday, 24 September 2012

Top Drawer Autumn 2012

Well another year of Top Drawer has come and gone! All the hard work the team put into designing and then setting up the stand definitely paid off as I think it looked just gorgeous.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello! Kate, Patrick, Jules and I loved meeting you all.

Here's some photos from the day of set up. Can you spy some new products? I'll give you a hint, they're of the wall sticker variety! There's also some new tape in there which we've now added to the webshop... It's themed as a Carousel to go with our Christmas products, but I think it's pretty enough to use all year round.

(The view from the "Bedroom" through to "Outside". How cute is that mini blind?! It was a functioning blind too!)

 (Details of our little signs for our licensing partners)

Love, Clare

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Goodnight Kiss

We're very proud to announce the arrival of the second Belle & Boo picture book!

It's bedtime for Belle and Boo. Time for a bath, time for milk and cookies, time for a story. But when Boo decides it's time to hide, he almost misses the most important part of bedtime.

Belle & Boo and the Goodnight Kiss officially gets launched on October 4th, but has an exclusive early launch of the hardcover! Yay! So get in quick and be the first to get your copy.

It's 32 full colour pages and, as you can imagine, the illustrations are beautiful (as always!).

It's non stop for Mandy as she's been busy working on the 3rd book too! Some of you may have already spied this around the internet, but here's a sneaky peek at the cover!

Love, Clare


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Ellis and Easy

We get asked all the time for more boys prints, so now that I have 2 of my own how could I refuse! Meet Ellis and his little horse Easy, they will be appearing in lots of new illustrations as I slowly get back into drawing but first I need to do one called Sam!



 Both prints are available mounted or framed in a 10"x 10" size.

And they're also available as greetings cards and postcards in our new "Playtime" Collection!


Monday, 10 September 2012

Cross Stitch!

Crafters! We have some exciting news! Belle and Boo have teamed up with the lovely folk at Cross Stitcher magazine to bring you some Belle & Boo cross stitching goodness.

In this month's issue of Cross Stitcher (issue 257) they've got a pattern for you to cross stitch your very own Windy Day picture. It's on sale now, so what are you waiting for?!
 Watch out for the upcoming issues too too because in November's issue they'll have Release, January's issue will have Poppy's Puddles and March's issue will have Belle & Boo Feed the Chicks (just in time for Easter, yay!)

I love cross stitch. It reminds me of summer holidays as a kid as my mum was always keen to have little crafty projects for me and my sisters. I think this project is just the push I need to resurrect my needles and thread and get stitching again!

Love, Clare

Friday, 7 September 2012

Wow Wee

Your first solo art exhibition is always exciting, but imagine if it was in New York and you were just 7 years old! well that is exactly what has happened for my friends little boy. We saw his drawings when we visited last year and were blown away by them, the detail, the scale, the content -  so I am not surprised one little bit. I love this quote in their local newspaper.....

"Zephyr Hawk, 7, likes to play soccer, skateboard and feed his pet rabbit. But when you visit his Web site, it’s clear his true passion is drawing" 

Well done Zephyr we are very proud of you
Mandy & Russ x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Autumn Winter Clothing Collection 2012

 We're so thrilled to launch our new clothing range! It's absolutely adorable and has 4 dresses, a reversible skirt and new this year instead of a coat there is a cape which is too cute for words.




 I had such a nice day in the studio getting these photos with Emma Tunbridge Photography and Grace from Dinky Vintage (who styled the shoot for us). Aren't those little vintage shoes are to die for...
I think it's also a safe bet to say our little models had quite a lovely day at the shoot too!

Love Clare