Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I'm delighted to announce the arrival of this little Bear, her name is Sugar and comes with the cutest vintage crochet jacket. She is available for adoption from my website where you can see lots more photos. Sugar loves tea parties and dressing up so it was a fun photoshoot! **28 July- Sugar has now been lovingly ADOPTED**

I have lots and lots of new projects I am working on behind the scenes including some vintage bunny illustrations, so back to work for me! In the meantime don't forget you have until this Friday for my Etsy Sale. Thank you for all your comments with the photos of Luxembourg, a few more to follow so I'll see you soon. Bear Hugs, Catherine & Sugar xx

Monday, July 26, 2010

Luxembourg 2 - Vianden Castle

Today I hope to have a full day making and finishing my new Bear, so watch this space! In the meantime follow me back in time for another castle from our trip to Luxembourg, this is Vianden Castle. They had all the old armour, can you imagine trying to walk with that on! Follow THIS link to find out more about the history of Vianden.

New Bear and I will see you back here soon, Catherine x

Friday, July 23, 2010

Luxembourg - Valley of the Castles

Last weekend we spent a few days in Luxembourg, which borders on Belgium. It is a small but very beautiful country, with wide open landscapes, forests with sparkling rivers through them and lots of Castles. I'll start our journey with Ansembourg Chateau, privately owned so you can't visit the inside of the Chateau but the gardens are open for free. It was rather run down in places and a lot more could have been made of the gardens. However I was captivated by the little turreted buildings and dreamt of having one as a little craft studio! There was one strip in the garden that had been planted up that was so pretty with roses and sweet peas. I hope you enjoy escaping into this magical place.

More photos of the rest of the trip to follow. Behind the scenes my new Bear can now see and smell, she just needs some ears, so I hope to have her all ready to show some time next week! In the meantime don't forget my SALE over at Etsy. Have a lovely weekend, Catherine x

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Christmas in July Sale

We've been away for a long weekend in Luxembourg, it is a beautiful country with wide open views, forests with clear rivers and lots of castles. So as ever I took lots of photos to share with you all over the coming days. In the meantime there's lots of fun to be had over at my Etsy Store. I'm joining in with the Christmas in July SALE that lots of folk are doing over there, not really Christmas, just a fun way of bargain shopping in the Summer.

*****CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE - BUY any 2 items, Get 1 FREE*****
Here's how the fun works:

* Take a stroll over to HERE
* Order 2 items that would make you happy and place them in your ETSY cart
* MENTION the 3rd item you would like for free in the “Message to seller” box.
* Make sure that the 3rd free item is less than or equal to the least expensive item in your cart.
* Place your order, and I'll send all your delights to you, beautifully presented.
* SALE ends Friday July 31st. Enjoy ♥

Any questions send me an email.. If you would like to help spread the word then feel free to take the button from my side bar advertising the sale to put on your Blog. Back to working on my new mohair Bear, she may even have a little vintage jacket! Hugs, Catherine x

Friday, July 16, 2010

Isn't he a handsome fella!

Whilst I'm busy making a new Bear and working on some gorgeous new illustrations for some vintage dressed Bunnies I thought you would enjoy a peek into my garden. My Sweet Peas are rambling well, the lambs are growing well in the farmer's field and look at this little chap, isn't he growing into a handsome fella! Do you remember him from THIS post.

See you back soon, Catherine x

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tall Ships go sailing by..

Last weekend we went to Antwerp to see The Tall Ships Race, it is organised by Sail Training International. The UK based organisation is a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation) with worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background through the sail training experience. Can you just imagine the adventures they must have during this race, there were boats from all over the world including Indonesia! So put on your pirate hats and join me out on the open seas... well the waterfront of Antwerp!

I've just started cutting out the pattern for a new bear, a glorious ivory white silky soft mohair with a wonderful 1930's like wave in it! I think this one could well be a girl bear. So back to work for me! See you soon, Catherine x

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Join me for Tea?

I'm so excited to say that the article I wrote for OH MY HANDMADE GOODNESS is live. So if you love Tea Parties, do pop along to see all the wonderful treasures I found. It would be lovely if you could let me know if you like it and support me by leaving a comment there too, thank you kindly :)

As you see from my previous posts I've been a busy bee with lots of new introductions to my Etsy store. Next on my list is to start on a new Mohair Bear, with this hot weather we've been having I think a Bear will be very warm! I think I'll choose a polar white mohair to help him or her to keep cool! In the meantime lots more to share from here so I'll see you back soon, Hugs, Catherine x

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Overflow of New Delights!

I've got so many new delights to share I'm not sure where to begin! Let's start with my new Invitations. I was recently asked to create some custom Teddy Bear's Picnic invitations for Becky's little girls 1st Birthday Party. As you can imagine this was just my kind of theme and my mind started buzzing with ideas. So I created a woodland picnic, with table cloth over an old tree stump, tea and cupcakes (of course!), fun toadstools, wild flowers, bunting flying in the breeze being held by birds.... oh the list goes on. I added her name into the Bunting which turned out to be the same colours of Bunting she has in her Nursery!! Thank you Becky for giving me the inspiration for this. I so enjoyed creating these characters that I have made some for everyone to enjoy in my Etsy store. The back is just as delightful with embroidered letters and friends having fun! So anyone for a Teddy Bear's Picnic?

(You may well recognise Beau The Bear in the Photos, he is available for adoption here.

ok, next on the list are Bookmarks, I've worked on some designs improving them and taking new photos and others are brand new, so lots of friends to share your stories with.

You may also see Bunny with her Butterfly. I had so much lovely feedback about my new The Butterfly Chase Print that I felt it
would be nice to create a design with Bunny for folks to treat themsleves to have in their craft spaces & home to help inspire. So there is now a Chase Your Dreams Bookmark, Notecard and soon to be launched Print. All to be found at Etsy. What do you think?

Are you still with me?!! Next up is a delightful Nostalgic Print of the Bumpkin Bears heading off to the Beach complete with surfboard, bucket and spade all in stripey bathing suits! I remember those long Summer days making sand castles on the Beach in Cornwall, England and waiting for the tide to come in to fill the moat! What are your favourite Summer Moments? This Print is part of a set of 4 Favourite Moments Prints and is available on it's own as "Favourite Summer Moment" here

I have just created a charming set of 4 Notecards of all the Favourite Moment illustrations, perfect for sending notes to special folk. Isn't it even more precious nowadays to receive real mail, that someone took the time and thought to really write to you.

I think I've overloaded you all enough for now ;) Later today I will have a Tea Party themed article coming out at Oh My Handmade Goodness. So excited, so I'll tell you all about it when it's live :) bye for now, Catherine xx

Monday, July 5, 2010

My very first Stockist!

I'm over the moon to announce that my Bumpkin Bears & Friends illustrations have been selected to be stocked by the fabulous UK company Cottontails.

If you have never visited them before you must hop by, they are a much loved retailer of some of the finest toys in Europe as well as stocking work from some wonderful UK Designers. I am pinching myself when I see my work listed alongside such talented folk, as Mandy of Belle & Boo, Jane of Snapdragon and Claire of Made in Pixieland,I'm thrilled!

It is a business with a personal touch, run by the lovely Charlotte and her assistant, Humphrey the rabbit! My Bumpkin friends fit in nicely with their countryside style and I'm delighted to say orders have already come in to them for my work. Charlotte's Blog is a delight to follow, she recently made this adroable video of the shop Bunnies making Elderflower Cordial!

If anyone reading this would be interested in also becoming a stockist of my work, then feel free to send me an email.

Lots more fun and new delights to share this week, so I'll look forward to seeing you again soon, Hugs, Catherine x