Monday, November 28, 2011

Feeling Crafty?

I always love to create gifts at Christmas and as a child (well I still do!) loved to get presents where I could get creative.  My Dress Me Up Bunny Kits  have been hopping out of the Shop for Christmas presents, I think they would be really cute in a stocking and would keep little hands busy, which is always a good thing!

My PDF Mini Bunting would also make a fun stocking filler, delivered straight to your email, easy to print and give as a gift with some pretty twine, cut out and put together.  Available in 4 different hand illustrated designs in the Party section.  What fun to decorate a bedroom or office, they look so cute hanging over mirrors or frames and great for cake bunting!

For those that love sewing how about trying my Embroidery Patterns, again delivered as a pdf to your email, so print out and either wrap sweetly as a gift set of patterns or make a cup of tea and relax stitching some yourself.  Just imagine all the lovely items you could embroider, pillows, stockings, quilts, framed pictures, little outfits .... 

If you ever have any photos of items you've embroidered with my Bumpkin patterns I always love to see them.

Time is dashing past as fast as Rudolph flying through the air, so don't forget -

Last Postal Dates for Christmas (but the sooner they are sent out the better!)
5 December: Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Far East..
9 December Eastern Europe, USA & Canada
12 December Western Europe

See you back soon, Catherine x 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Love of Books Gift Guide

Firstly Happy Thanksgiving to all you that are celebrating today, have a fabulous time.

I just adore books, especially vintage ones with beautiful illustrations in them, where you can just loose yourself into their worlds.  For sometime I have been wanting to design bookplates from my illustrations and I'm excited to share a range of 3 designs ready to hop into your favourite books.  If you are treating those you love to a book or two at Christmas these friends would love to join them.

They make lovely sets with my illustrated Bookmarks -

Do you have a favourite place in your home for reading, then how about sharing it with these friends?
They couldn't choose just one book at the woodland library!

For the Love of Books Print
Every Print that is purchased before Dec 5th receives a free Christmas Card & Gift Tag.

See you back soon in a few days time for some fun Gift Guides for those that love Crafts & Gardens!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pretty in Pink Gift Guide

This Gift Guide is for all those little girls that when asked what their favourite colour is, they answer pink!  My niece does this and watching many of the little girls in my family they always light up when they wear a pretty dress with matching shoes and always feel very proud when they have a bracelet on or a pretty Badge/Pinback Button.  I have designed some sweet "Best Outfits" Gift Sets that would be a real treat as presents for their little friends or popped in a stocking and at less than 3.50 euros they will not last long (I only have a limited stock of my Buttons & Magnets before Christmas).

"Best Outfits" Gift Sets - Rose Bunny or Primrose Bunny - A Pinback Button on chintz or polka dot display cards & set of 6 scalloped Stickers to put on Cards to friends or to decorate their Notebooks.

When I illustrated these Pinback Buttons I imagined them pinned to little outfits, so here is a selection of the sweetest designs I found on Etsy, all British Hand Made.  How about making up a gift of an outfit with a pretty Bumpkin Button?

From top left across each row:

Make their room a haven of happiness & full of the pretty colours & animals that will inspire their imagination (this counts for anyone that is still young at heart!)

From top left across each row:
Many available as Prints, Cards & Party delights!

I hope you've enjoyed todays Gift Guide, in a few days will be a new one - what will it be?
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs, Catherine

Monday, November 21, 2011

Imagination Gift Guide

I remember as a child that I would look at the pictures on my walls and animals on my curtains and make up all sorts of adventures for them.  Each night before I would go to sleep I would make up a new story.  If you are on the look out for an original gift for a child this Christmas how about inspiring their imagination and bringing a magical world into their room through Art?

All my Prints come beautifully presented in a hard backed box envelope with cute stamped address section and a bakers twine bow, all ready to hop into a frame.  From now until December 5th each Print that is ordered from my shop will receive a free Christmas Card & Gift Tag making it even sweeter for gift giving. If you would like any gift orders sent directly to friends or family with your own message, I offer this service for free, just let me know the details when you check out.

Here is a selection of my Prints with tones of blue, many that can be personalised, I felt would inspire the imagination of any child, especially boys. Tomorrow I'll be sharing an Imagination Gift Guide for little girls that like pink!

From top left across each row:
My Winter Wonderland
Off We Go!
New Dawn
Mother's Love
Come Fly with Me
Snow circus
Wish Upon a Star
The Butterfly Chase
Favourite Moments - Summer

Last Postal Dates for Christmas (but the sooner they are sent out the better!)

5 December: Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Far East..
9 December Eastern Europe, USA & Canada
12 December Western Europe

See you tomorrow, Hugs, Catherine x

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Buttons & Magnets

I'm excited to finally share a whole new range of Pinback Buttons (also known as Badges) & Magnets.  I have created really sweet illustrated display cards for them and the bags they will arrive in will have a sweet To and From label on the back, making them perfect for gift giving.  They'd love to hop into a Stocking this Christmas or would be perfect for sending in the post.

I only have a limited stock of each design.  You can see them all in my Etsy Shop.  See you back soon, Catherine x

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Getting in the Christmas Spirit with Country Living

Last weekend we went back home to the UK starting with a day out in London to visit the Country Living Christmas Fair and a day of Remembrance being Nov 11th. I had always wanted to visit this Fair and I knew that some of you too would have loved to be there so I took a few photos to share with you. I didn't know where to look there were so many beautiful and creative items, from hand made pottery, embroidery, cards & decorations to name just a few.

We also visited a beautiful National Trust property in Kent on our last day, so more photos on their way!

Now I'm back I've got a list as long as a giraffe to get through, firstly today I'm going to be launching a new range of pin back Buttons (Badges) & Magnets so do come back soon to take a peek.

For now, just sit back and let me whisk you away into a magical world of Christmas delights!

Catherine x

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Join in their adventures next year?

I am not sure where the last year has gone but as we are heading to Christmas and New Years I thought it time to get the Bumpkin Friends organised and make them decide which months they wanted to be on for my 2012 Calendar!  After many discussions they made up their minds and it is ready to share with you all! So if you would like to share in their adventures throughout next year then you can find them HERE. All new illustrations, so if you have collected or given a Bumpkin Calendar in previous years these will be all new for you.

New Badges (pin back buttons) & Magnets are on their way to my shop soon too, I've been busily illustrating backing cards for them and taking photos. Thanks for visiting, Catherine x