So we finally took the plunge and have escaped London to the picturesque and quintessentially English countryside village of Crondall near the historic market town of Farnham.
We have a little river in the garden so get woken up by chatty quacking ducks in the morning, I pick fresh roses every day for the kitchen table and buy delicious homemade bread from the wonderful village shop. It’s all rather heavenly and we feel like we are in an episode of the Vicar of Dibley!
Obviously the first thing I did was to make some new country cushions for the day bed using gorgeous farm animal fabric.
The second thing I did was to make a (slightly wonky) wigwam so Wilf and Bumble have some shade in the garden by the apple tree.
And the third thing I did was to sign up for the Crondall Village Fete on Sunday 19th June and the Odiham Fete in Saturday 9th July. We hope to see you then!
We have had great fun with some Hot Paws and Trogg fabric, ‘When Harry Met Ted’. The two little cheeky dogs trot about on ivory linen causing mischief and the print was just too tempting not to use, especially as their scruffy hairstyles matched Bumbles! The Cushion is available to buy online and more products will be added soon.
We have also been very busy with Wedding Present commissions such as Doorstops with the date of the special day embriodered on the front. Using specific fabric to suit the newly married couple makes the present even more tailored and unique. The one below was made with some Harris Tweed commissioned by the Groom to match his family tartan.
There is a discount with 10% off our Dachshund Products in August when ordering through the wonderful website Devoted to Dachshunds http://www.devotedtodachshunds.co.uk
And for all bespoke commissions please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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!