Monday, 1 September 2014

The End of Summer


We have had such a lovely long hot summer here in the UK, endless days in the park, bbq suppers, salt water sandals and far too many ice creams.... so I think we were all a bit surprised when a couple of weeks ago it just stopped. The temperature dropped the heavens opened and quite frankly I wasn't ready. So it was a poignant day yesterday spent at our friends beach hut in Hastings, the weather was mixed, scorching one minute, chilly the next, we ate salad and bbq lamb kofta in the day and huddled over bags of chips in the evening. I reflected on how much the boys have grown up this summer and how we are starting a new chapter in our lives (2 mornings a week at nursery) The beach hut holds so many memories for me, both good and bad.....there was a long time when I thought I would never be a mother, it reminded me of good/Great friends that have moved far, far away and who I miss hugely even after all this time, but yesterday being with wonderful friends and seeing my boys fly a kite, wear wet suits for the first time and make friendships of their own, well it was wonderful and a fitting way to say good bye to a lovely summer.









Love
Mandy 
x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Edinburgh Book Festival


I have just got back from 3 gorgeous days in Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to be asked to host 2 events at the Book Festival for 3-6 year olds it was such a treat. My highlights were when a little girl gave me a stick as a present, we had fun decorating it with stars and pipe cleaners and when another little girl decided instead of decorating the bunny ears that were provided made a really cool bunny out of Belle and Boo tape, goggly eyes and cotton wool. Thank you to everyone that came and made the events so lovely.



I haven't visited Edinburgh for years and have never been at festival time, so when my publishers asked if I would like to take part I jumped at the chance. It was a little too far to travel with the twins, so Russ stayed home and looked after them and my lovely mum came with me. We saw the Military Tattoo on the Saturday night which was fun but freezing, note to self take a blanket and woolly hat next time. 



I finally managed to visit the fabulous Red Door Gallery (they were the first boutique to stock my prints when I first started out on Etsy all those years ago and I have been saying I must visit for years) I spent a small fortune on their yummy products, which I must now reluctantly part with as they are gifts. 




We attended a really interesting fun talk by Samantha Ellis and Rebecca Mead about female Heroines in Literature, had a yummy afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria 


But the best thing of all was sitting for a while in the sun on a deck chair reading my book, sipping a coffee and watching the world go by....bliss.

Mandy
x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A real life Belle & Boo parade


We were sent the below photos from the Johnson family, who were inspired by Mandy's Royal Party Parade print for this photo shoot!



(Image Credits: Nicola Johnson)

Aren't they just gorgeous?! Thank you so much to Nicola, for sharing them with us.

Love,  Clare

Friday, 15 August 2014

Be Inspired By Fabric // Ava's Home



Larissa, from the blog Stitching Notes, has made a wonderful "Take Along Play Set" featuring Ava from our Ava & Friends Fabric
The inspiration was to create a home for a little 'Ava' doll, who already had a tiny bed and blankets. 

From that she has made this little bag, that opens up to be Ava's home, featuring little pocket "Bedrooms", and a darling little "garden".  


 To read more about Larissa's project, head over to her blog.

Love, Clare


Monday, 11 August 2014

Be Inspired By Tape // Making Movies with Tante Jojo!



One of our stockists, Tante Jojo, emailed us this video. 
Joelle runs  the shop Tante Jojo in Belgium and her husband is a film maker, and he made this very funny video featuring our tape! 

Have a watch over on their Facebook page

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Room Tour - Cecily's Room



We bring a bright and dreamy nursery to you this week! Little Ceily's nursery has a pretty hot air balloons theme, featuring our Hot Air Balloons wall stickers along side some lovely balloon blinds and light shade. 
The mobile hanging above Ceily's cot was hand-made for her by her mum, Penny.  The instructions to make your own hot air balloon mobile can be found in The Belle & Boo Book of Craft.

(Image Credits: Penny Eggerton)


If you have a Belle and Boo inspired room in your home, then we would love to see it. Send us your photos to hello@belleandboo.com

Love, 
Clare


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Boo Money Box


It is always exciting when a new product arrives, but when I can take it home for my boys it's even more special. Here they are examining their new Boo money boxes. 



Love
Mandy
x