Throughout August we are having a Sale on lots of lovely products – up to 20% off.
Check online for some wonderful bargains www.flossieandbumble.co.uk.
Any order over £30 will also get a free set of our summery ‘Garden Posy’ Notecards.
As Bumble is getting a little brother or sister in October, my thoughts have turned towards the nursery and decorating it. I’m suddenly drawn towards pretty nostalgic prints and pastel colours which remind me of my own childhood.
With babies in mind, one such new design is our Initial Doorstop, made here in Clarke & Clarke’s Rosebud fabric. These make wonderful presents for any new baby or child’s bedroom. As seen on the wonderful blog http://www.princessandthepram.co.uk.
We sniffed out this vintage Laura Ashley ‘Dancing Bunnies’ fabric at an Antiques fair which is incredibly charming and fun. Clients have been choosing what colour letter they want on the front so each order is personalised and a one off. Prices start from £24.50.
Another product is our Initial Cushion, seen here in Blue Elephant with smart yellow linen piping cord which is proving popular for boy’s bedrooms and playrooms.
Samples of these will be at the Wimbledon Village Fete next Saturday 21st, 10.30am – 5.30pm. Enjoy the Horse and Dog Show, 200 stalls and live jazz in a pretty corner of Wimbledon. I’m located in Marquee 3 by the Farmers Market and Dog Show arena – bliss!
Wimbledon Village Fete – Saturday 21st June. 10.30am – 5.30pm. Enjoy the Horse and Dog Show, 200 stalls and live jazz in a pretty corner of Wimbledon.
Finton House Fun Day – Sunday 22nd June, 3-6pm on Trinity Fields in Wandsworth.
Northcote Road Summer Fete – Sunday 6th July. 11am – 5pm. This popular road in South West London is packed with stalls and entertainment for the day.
Barnes Summer Fair – Saturday 12th July. 10am – 4pm. Now in it’s 40th year with 15,000 visitors and 300 unique stalls.
Bellevue Road Fair – Saturday 13th September. 10am – 6pm. With many stalls and a dog show on Wandsworth Common, this fair is a lovely local event.
At last after a wet and blustery Winter, Spring is in the air – snowdrops and blossom are emerging all over London, brightening up every street and park. Bumble can now go on a proper walk instead of a soggy swim on Wandsworth Common.
To celebrate this we have bought out the Garden Posy Mug, Note Cards and Laundry Bag. This print is inspired by my wedding flowers of peonies, lilly of the valley and cabbage roses. The pale green floral print with pink spots is a fresh yet nostalgic design.
Many of my Home Wares are inspired by a ‘Country Cottage’ lifestyle but this isn’t very realistic living in London so trips down to my parents house in beautiful Wiltshire are needed to boost my creative ideas and it encourages me to make our new little home in South West London feel as country and rustic as possible.
Our new framed Phrase Pictures using Cabbages and Roses paper and blue stamped letters, give any town house or flat a little ‘Sniff of the Countryside’.
Off to Ardingly Antiques fair next week in Sussex http://www.iacf.co.uk/ardingly/ to pick up some vintage bargains and gain some inspiration for a new range of Accessories so watch this space.
Tsungiriai Charity Autumn Fair. Christ Church Hall, Wimbledon. Saturday 9th November 10am – 3.30pm.
Kings College Christmas Fair, Wimbledon. Saturday 30th November. 11am – 4pm.
Cavalry & Guards Club Fair, Piccadilly, Wednesday 4th December, 11.30am – 8pm
Allfarthing Primary School Christmas Fair – Friday 6th December, 3.30 – 5pm
Last but not least – The Fulham Christmas Fair organised by us!
If you can’t make it to any of these lovely events, we wish you a very happy build up to Christmas.
Inspired by the seasonal activity in my parents beautiful garden in the Wiltshire countryside, I started sketching out all the birds and animals I saw.
It is so rewarding seeing the journey from the initial rough drawings to the Photoshop version on the computer to the final print on the bone china mugs and natural cotton Tea Towels.
I wanted to come up with a classic Toile du Jouy meets Beatrix Potter print, so fresh yet nostalgic and included my ‘With a Sniff of the Countryside’ tag.
The print comes in pale blue as I already have green and pink designs and clients are always asking for something in blue. Hopefully next year if the design proves popular, I will bring out more colours.
My good friend, the talented Will Clarkson, helped me with some stock photos http://willclarkson.co.uk and the results are so much better than anything I’ve taken before – it really pays off getting a professional to help.
These new products will be launched at the lovely Christmas Fair in the pretty village of Dummer in Hampshire so tell your friends and do pop along if you live nearby.
It’s been a busy summer for myself and Bumble – making enough stock for all the lovely Fairs we took part in and then keeping up with the orders from some recent Press. The Spotty Dachshund Tea Towels sold out so more are on their way next week, and we will be bringing out a new ‘Garden Wildlife’ tea towel in October and here is a sneeky peek of some of the animals and birds in the design…….
The Yorkshire Post , June – Dashing Dachshund Mugs
The Stylist, June – Spotty Dachshund Tea Towel
Beautiful Kitchens, June – Spotty Dachshund Tea Towel & Dashing Dachshund Mugs
Deco Magazine, August – Blue Toile Doorstop
Scotland on Sunday – Style Bible, August – Labrador Pin Board
Flossie & Bumble products are also now available to buy on these wonderful and inspiring British websites:
After months of designing and going back and forth with the workshop, my exclusive ‘Garden Posy’ print is now ready online in Tea Towels, Lavender Bags and Cushions.
Inspired by my wedding flowers of peonies, lilly of the valley and cabbage roses, the pale green and pink spotty print on organic natural cotton has a nostalgic yet fresh appeal.
The beautiful little lavender bags are a perfect size for your bedside table or chest of drawers and are filled with aromatic hand picked lavender from Wiltshire.
The Tea Towels would look lovely in any country cottage or town house kitchen and have a handy hanging loop on the back.
Lots of friends and clients have asked why I don’t get everything mass produced abroad but I am passionate about all things handmade and British so I am still making all the designs myself in my little studio in South West London with Bumble, my little dachshund on hand to help, and try to include ‘a sniff of the countryside’ with each product.
With the Parsons Green Village Fair and Barnes Summer Fair coming up, I am frantically sewing away to make enough stock and hope to see some of you there.
UPCOMING EVENTS THIS SUMMER
Saturday 22nd June – Wimbledon Village Fete, SW19, 10.30 – 5.30pm.
Over 200 stalls plus a fantastic dog show. http://www.wimbledonvisitor.com/wimbledon_village_fair.html
Saturday 6th July – Fair on the Green, Parsons Green, SW6, 11.30 – 5.30pm.
Now in it’s 22nd year with over 100 stalls. A great event in a pretty corner of Fulham.
Saturday 13th July – Barnes Fair, SW13, 10.30 – 5.30pm.
First held in 1975, the Fair has grown steadily and now attracts an average of 15,000 visitors throughout the day. http://www.barnesfair.com/
Hope to see you there for some sunny summery shopping!
Flossie & Bumble have had a fantastic 1st year – it’s been hectic and daunting but we have loved every minute. One of the best sellers was definitely the Spotty Dachshund Tea Towel.
Getting so much positive feedback after a busy Christmas and with Spring now round the corner, my thoughts turn to expanding the business and coming up with new designs and products. With so many friends and clients getting married, having a baby and even buying their own little dachshund! I wanted to create more items to appeal to them all.
Painting initials on or adding fabrics to some of the products means I won’t now make some of the items myself, but will still ‘Flossie it’ – add a personal touch instead, like the Breakfast Trays, which provide useful bespoke commission ideas for wedding presents.
Dates for your shopping diary will come out next month with many wonderful Summer Fairs and unique Pop – Up Sales in and around London.
We hope to see you then!