Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Last Christmas Sparkles of the year

I hope you all had a lovely cosy Christmas. I thought during these quiet moments after Christmas that you would enjoy these photos I took on my recent trip to Bruges. It was very magical with snow all around, even a Christmas Story Parade including the cutest fjord ponies with their santa hats on! If you want to see larger images just click on them.

Thanks for popping by, see you again soon. Catherine x

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Sparkling Christmas

It's been busy here with a lovely visit from my family over the weekend. Despite the crazy snow storms we made the most of it all and soaked up the Christmas atmosphere in Antwerp and Bruges. Luckily they eventually managed to get home to London on the Eurostar trains safe and sound. So I send you these photos of a Sparkling Antwerp with wishes for a Cosy and Magical Christmas wherever you are.

Christmas Bear Hugs Catherine xx

Friday, December 10, 2010

OH MY what a Giveaway!

I'm delighted to say that I am taking part in a HUGE Giveaway over at Oh My Handmade. . Over 30 businesses from all over the globe have taken part in it. It is a wonderful Giveaway that really captures the spirit of giving at this time of year. Not only can you enter your own name, but you can also suggest your charities of choice to be entered too. There are 2 beautiful packed gift basket prizes filled with handmade goodness and valued at around $950!" I have donated a delightful Friends for Tea badge set, Summer Hill Bunny Birthday Cards and Gift Tag set.

Hop on over to the OH MY site to join in the fun, good luck to you all! Ho, Ho, Ho, I feel like Father Christmas now ;) See you soon, Catherine xx

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Feathered Friends

Our snow has now been washed away and replaced by a white sparkly layer of ice, with possibly more snow on the way again! We have got off lightly compared to many, especially in Scotland. In Antwerp they are starting to get their decorations up and I saw the huge Fir Tree arrive and being prepared to fit into it's stand! I'll be sure to take lots of photos of Christmas in the city.

Back here at home I love to keep my garden birds fed and the other day in the Snow I sat outside all wrapped up with my camera waiting for my friendly Robin to hop by for some bread! I do love this little chap, always makes me feel all Christmasy!

I also put some hot water onto the bird bath and was thrilled by little Blue Tits immediately going in to splash about, it must have been like a delightful hot tub!!

Looks nice and cosy in there!
I'm busy busy behind the scenes working on some Custom Bears so had better get back to them. See you back soon, Catherine xx

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oh My, what a Wonderland!

We woke up to the sight of our garden all dusted in snow, with many of my plants having little white hats balancing on them!

This winter wonderland came just in time for my latest article over at the lovely Oh My Handmade Blog I hope you enjoy reading a little of my inspiration from childhood and seeing all the Bumpkin friends having fun! Welcome to any new readers here from Oh My, it's always nice to meet new friends.
There is also a special offer over there for readers, carrying on my 20% SALE at my Bumpkin store all the way to December 5th! Don't forget last recommended postal dates for Christmas are Dec 13th for Europe, Dec 6th for Australia, Dec 10th for North America and rest of world, so time is whizzing by like a snowball down a hill!

I was just recently asked if I could personalise this "Our Winter Wonderland" Print with a little boy's name. I love to customize Prints as you can see in THIS section of my store. So I had great fun creating it, giving Bunny a balloon to carry the name and it is now available HERE for all to enjoy.

Right, back to packaging orders, it feels like I could do with Santa and his Reindeers to fly by to take some with them on their travels around the world! I'll be sharing lots more photos soon, I took a few in Antwerp city getting ready for Christmas.

Keep Warm, Hugs, Catherine x

Friday, November 26, 2010

Place Cards!

My imagination never seems to give me a break, even in my busiest of times, not that I am complaining! Just recently I remembered how I made Place Cards for all my family at Christmas time to make the table setting extra special. So it made me think what fun it would be to create these with all my Bumpkin friends for all my friends around the world for you to enjoy at Christmas and special times like Tea Parties.

So somehow I have found the time to make 3 sets - Christmas Friends, Friends for Tea and a lovely vintage style - All Dressed Up. You can choose your favourite set or if you would like more of them or your own selection just send me a note.

They will come flat, all you need to do is fold them and add your guest's names. You can either just write them directly or you could cut carefully little slits to insert a card, making them re-usable.
They are now available in my Etsy Shop and the great news is that until Dec 5th they are also included along with everything else in my 20% Happy Holidays SALE, read THIS post with all the fun details.
Must dash, have a lovely weekend, Catherine x

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Holidays Sale!

HAPPY Thanksgiving to all my friends that are celebrating today, I hope you are having a wonderful day with your families. As a way of saying how grateful I am to you all for your support and friendship I am holding a Happy Holidays SALE with 20% of ALL the delights in my Etsy Shop from today until Dec 5th. There is a lovely new feature on Etsy where you can enter a discount coupon code when you check out. When you get to choosing the payment option, there is a box underneath that says "shop coupon code--Apply" in there just enter BL2511 and it will automatically take off 20% from your price (not inc.shipping).

Also as an extra big Christmas Treat there is a Bumpkin Teddy Bear looking for a loving home and he is being offered with a very special 25% discount on his adoption just for my Mailing List and Blog friends, so hop on over to meet Beau at my website and take 25% off his price!

Pop the kettle on and enjoy some time with my Bumpkin friends with a nice cup of tea.

Lots of Hugs, Catherine, Beau the Bear & Friends xx

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Flying By!

Just flying by to say hello, I wish I had some Santa Helpers right now! It's all busy busy sending out orders and working on some Custom Bears & Party Invitations. If you are wanting to order from my Etsy shopfor Christmas time the last postal dates for the USA & Canada are December 10, W.Europe Dec 13 and rest of the world December 6! So whilst I'm busy here the birds out in my garden are keeping busy eating all the food I'm giving them! It's turning very chilly here with a light snow forecast already at the end of the week! Here are a few photos I took from my kitchen window.

See you back soon, Hugs, Catherine xx

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Party Time!

Just flying in quickly to let you know I just launched some brand new Cupcake Toppers into my Etsy shop. I had such fun making these and they now make up a lovely range of Party Products including Invites, Gift Tags & Birthday Cards. They would also be lovely for a baby or even bridal shower or just a fun Tea Party for friends, any excuse for a party!

Also my fabric ornaments have arrived at my UK stockist, Cottontails. They are a shop exclusive so if you want to get hold of any before they run out hop on by to Cottontails. It is a wonderful world to get lost in with a cup of tea!

It's all go here, with some new custom Bear orders coming in, so must dash. See you soon, Catherine x

Sunday, November 14, 2010


My thoughts on this Remembrance Sunday are with my dearest Grandfather, Paddy Coote and my Great Uncles, that sadly lost their lives whilst serving for the RAF in World War II. I hope now that they are all re-united with my Granny, Mum and Aunt and can again be a family all together. I love you all. My heart too goes out to all those that are bravely putting their lives on the line still this day and for all those families left behind broken hearted.

My Grandfather bottom right after winning The Sword of Honour, beating Douglas Bader into 2nd place. You can read more of my Grandfather here.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Catherine x