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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Just this morning I finished bringing to life my new Bumpkin Bear, please meet Harry. He is a Bumpkin Bear that stole my heart with his cuddly coat and eyes that look straight to your Soul. He is a Teddy Bear that will be always be by your side, with a paw to hold through difficult times and a sparkle in his eyes to brighten your days. He is available for adoption and you can see all his photos and info from my website.**UPDATE - Harry has now been lovingly adopted to a home in England**

I have also re-released my Dress Me Up Christmas Bunny Kit into my Etsy store, great for a stocking filler to keep little hands busy & this coming holiday season.

Time is flying with only around 6 weeks until Christmas, I love to purchase unique handmade items and support fellow sellers and it's so much more relaxing than fighting with crowds in the shops! Thanks SO much for visiting today, Bear Hugs, Catherine & Harry xx

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Flying High!

Yipeeeee just this morning I reached 200 sales in my Etsy Store! I have to say a huge thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement, flying along this journey with me.

It is your kindness and enthusiasm for my creations that keeps me going and pushes me up into the clouds to keep searching my imagination for new delights to bring to you. I just love how much pleasure my work brings to their new families.

I'm currently working on some new custom pieces, Prints & Party sets, including creating my very first Cupcake Toppers. I am thinking that this could be so cute I'll be designing some for my shop. I'm also busy bringing my new Bear to life, he can see, smell the honey and hear so he'll be ready to give you all a cuddle next week!

To celebrate this exciting day I thought I would share these gorgeous cottages in Lulworth, Dorset. It is 'just' over the hill from Durdle Door, a tiring walk that rewards you with these spectacular views of the Cove and cottages nestled against the velvet green hills. Couldn't you just imagine yourselves snuggled up by a cosy little fire in these places, I know I could!

See you back soon, Hugs, Catherine xx