Thursday, November 20, 2008

Postcards from the Age of Innocence

A question to ponder: If, like the scientists who recently figured out how to bring wooly mammoths back from extinction, we could manufacture a product line that embodied all the qualities we loved in our storybook characters, what would these include? The irrepressible optimism of Christopher Robin? The gumption of Curious George? The adventurous spirit of Beatrix Potter’s loveable woodland protagonists? Fortunately, there are certain artists and artisans of exceptional talent who are already in the business of such engineering, a wonderful example being Mandy Sutcliffe of Belle and Boo. Belle, a lively, charming little brown-eyed girl, and her bunny friend, Boo, are oft-appearing subjects in the prints, cards, tags, and other items sold at this delightful shop, but it’s really a community of children in general who inhabit the fluid landscapes of these images, and especially girls.

Consequently, just about anyone who’s held on to any part of the “little girl” in her will instinctively gravitate toward the likes of Serenity Pink and I Like Your Bow, the Belle and Blue Fly a Kite print, or Little Belle Hugs Boo Pink. The object that sends you back to that special place might be something as simple yet precious as a Boo Tag for the birthday party gift you’ve been wrapping, or something as transcendent as My Favorite Place in Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn. Whatever memory you care to recover, you can be sure the art of Belle and Boo will send you there with a touch as personal as the cup of tea Mandy offers on her Etsy page to anyone who cares to drop by the flat. And to get your collection started, Mandy and Kate of Belle and Boo are offering a set of Meet Me at Mike’s Badges to the lucky winner of today’s giveaway. To qualify, visit Belle and Boo, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/28/08.

Visit www.belleandboo.com to view the full collection.

**We have a winner! windycindy who said, "Hi, I love her site. The "Ella and the Now Dove" Tags are adorable!The "My Favourite Spot in Autumn" Picture is also a favorite of mine!"**

125 comments:

Jingle said...

Beautiful artwork! I love the Elle and the Snow Dove Tags!!! They are just perfect!
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Jingle said...

I'm a subscriber!

Jenn S. said...

The "Release" print is my favorite. So sweet.

Jennielee said...

My favorite is the Patience Brown Print. It reminds me so much of my own little girl.

cltgrace said...

How charming! I was lost trying to choose a favorite. Let's see - the Walk With Me print is darling. I love the Lost Dress dress & the Belle Hugs Boo Tote Bag. Thanks so much for hosting!!!

cltgrace said...

I'm a subscriber!

Just Another Hofeling said...

Love the tree hugger magnets, especially since thats what my husband always calls me.

Whimsical Creations said...

beautiful artwork! My favorite is release.

=) melanie
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melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a subscriber

=) melanie
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melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Digital Misfit said...

What absolutely beautiful illustrations! It is hard to choose a favorite, but the "My Favorite Spot In " season prints are so wonderful. I especially love the Autumn and Winter prints, but each one is purely delightful.

Digital Misfit said...

I am a happy subscriber:)

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Shannon said...

I like the happy thanksgiving print and gift tags.

Keyomi said...

i love the 'Lets Hug Postcard'. its simple and sweet!

thanks

Keyomi said...

i ofcourse also subscribe :)

Oh, So Sassy Michelle said...

I love, love, love the "Elle and the Snow Dove". I want to decorate my little girls room in all of these beautiful prints (when I get a girl). How fun, fresh and lovely!

michelle said...

I'm a subscriber!

Carolyn said...

Ahhh, love these, they are very vintage looking, remind me of Dick and Jane ( showing my age) I loved the My favorite Spot prints along with Rosies Red Flower. That one just spoke to me..

thanks for sharing

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Carolyn said...

I am subscribed.

thanks again

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carolyn s

windycindy said...

Hi, I love her site. The "Ella and the Now Dove" Tags are adorable!
The "My Favourite Spot in Autumn" Picture is also a favorite of mine!
Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am a subscriber! Cindi
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Minxy Mimi said...

How Cute!
I like the Meet Me At Mikes Tags.
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Minxy Mimi said...

I am a subscriber
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Dorothy Cheng said...

Gorgeous and imaginative. I love the colors; I have been trying to cultivate a wardrobe composed solely of those colors paired with black/gray tights.

My favorite was the My Favorite Place buttons.

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Dorothy Cheng said...

subscriber!

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Peggy said...

So pretty ,the work is fabulous. I like the My Favourite, Spot in Series ,so pretty and different. I am redoing my bathroom and they would look perfect there.

MaggieM said...

I love the giclee prints, "Meet Me at Mike's", AVA and Little Belle Hugs Boo Pink (7x9) giclee print. I would love to get all of these and mount them in my granddaughters' bedroom but I can't afford to. I also LOVE the "Lost Dress", darling.

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

And, of course, I'm a subscriber!

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Samara said...

I love the release one!

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Sandy said...

tree hugger magnets mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Sandy said...

subscriber

Kelly F said...

These are so classic and beautiful. My favorite is the Elle and The Snow Dove Postcard.

Kelly F said...

I am a subscriber.

Hanna said...

The Windy day button is really cute!

Hanna said...

I'm a subscriber.

Anna Lloyd said...

I love the new Happy Thanksgiving print and gift tags. The colours are beautiful!

Anna Lloyd said...

I'm a subscriber.

mverno said...

lets hug post card

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Ashley said...

Great Seller she is. My Favorite- Walk With Me.

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Ashley said...

I am a blogger follower

dowhatyoulove said...

Oh my gosh, beautiful!! I can not pick a favorite, because I love all of them. I think 'my favorite spot in winter' and 'chance encounter' are cute, but there are so many beautiful ones I would write them all down if I chose a favorite.
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One Night Off said...

I like walk with me"

Thank you!
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One Night Off said...

I'm a subscriber!

gretablau said...

these are magical!
Elle & The Snow Dove Postcard is my favorite although i like the first one in your post too!

Suzi said...

I love the Belle and Boo fly a kite print. It is just lovely and reminds me of the illustration style from my childhood. I love the motion seen in her skirt, the bunny ears, the grass and the kite. I can almost feel the wind on my face!

Suzi said...
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Suzi said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Anonymous said...

Giddy up 3 inch pocket mirror....swthndr@yahoo.com

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

So delicate and charming! I love the Journey Mirror.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Also, I subscribe. Thanks!

jenny said...

oh my realy cute and well i love them all but the 4 i like the most are happt thanksgiveing windy day and meet me at mikes and walk with me i realy love to win one of them thanks

idahomom said...

Absolutely beautiful - I love Walk with Me.

Tasha Lehman said...

I adore the Happ Thanksgiving one. So sweet.

Tasha Lehman said...

I'm a subscriber

Deb said...

My gosh, these are all adorable!! The buttons are really cute. But I think I like "Chance Encounter" the most. It just stirs up childhood creative imaginings in my head. :)

Deb said...

I'm also a subscriber

Christina said...

What a pretty shop. I like Friendship Green.

Christina said...

I'm a subscriber!

littlelatina said...

Walk with me!

Jeanne said...

I love the "My Favorite Spot" series.

Jeanne said...

I'm a subscriber.

The Jackson Family said...

I am in love with the Belle and Boo Fly a Kite!

The Jackson Family said...

I'm also a subscriber~

Jenny said...

This is total cute overload! That little Lost Dress is darling. I added this shop to my favorites and think I'll be back to nab some buttons sometime.
Thanks for the giveaway!
-Jenny-

Jenny said...

I also subscribe!

JENNIE! said...

so beautiful!

vboackle said...

i like the release print.

Lisa said...

I love Elle and the Snow Dove. Thanks. angel_2417@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

I'm a subscriber.

Shelley said...

Happy Thanksgiving Print and Gift Tags is my pick. Thanks for a great giveaway.

tskrush AT cox DOT net

Petite Ace of Spades said...

So my favourites (I couldn't stick with one) are the "Boo tags" because I'm SO into bunnies ! And find these very delicate.
And the "Sleepwalker" because of the etheral and surreal light in the picture ...

All the Best from Paris,
x x x
___m___

ladyshalott[!at]jubii[!dot]fr

Petite Ace of Spades said...

And I do suscribe ... Lucky me !
>> ladyshalott[!at]jubii[dot!]fr

x x x
___m___

Karen said...

Love the release print.

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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I have fallen in love with the release print too! It is fresh and innocent perfect for any little girls' room!

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Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe!

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N. said...

I adore the winter wooly!

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Jenna said...

"Elle and the snow dove" is nice - classic and cute! The little "boo" tages are sweet as well.

Meg said...

The "Lets Hug" postcard is awesome!! I LOVE this style, thanks!
gomeggo[at]gmail[dot]com

Marigold said...

What an adorably anachronistic style! I really like the Mia's Poppies print. It's gorgeous!

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Marigold said...

I'm a subscriber!

boldnessbe(at)gmail(dot)com

mommyjen99 said...

Patience Brown Postcard is super cute and sweet.
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mommyjen99 said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Alli said...

I really like the Belle Boo and the one inch horseman

Jamaise said...

Wow - chosing one thing is so hard! I love this collection. I think my favorite is "My Favourite Spot in Winter", or "Under the Mistletoe" the list could go on & on.

Jamaise said...

I'm a subscriber!

Vital said...

it's too hard to pick a favorite, they are all great! but right now I think I'm liking the winter woolly... but I'm sure that will change in a second.

confiance2087 said...

it was impossible to pick just one: walk with me, little lost, my favorite spot in winter, shy, and joy white.

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confiance2087 said...

also, i'm a subscriber :)

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

Being the bunny lover that I am, I adore the Boo button!

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cathyhall said...

I love Elle and the Snow Dove - this site is so artsy!

cathyhall said...

I am an email subscriber

Loopy said...

This is just lovely! I would have to choose the Cowboys and indians Buttons, but I would never take them off the card! Great packaging!

Loopy said...

I subscribe!

Tonya said...

Happ Thanksgiving one is really nice

Naomi said...

Oh my, the Lost Dress would be so sweet on my Roo.

Erin, maker of chimes said...

the dress with the drawing is precious, like the bags too... love the idea of being able to "use" the art more than just framed on the wall

dinnertimechimes at aol.com

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Belle Hugs Boo Tote Bag is great

Elsie B. said...

The "Walk with Me" print is so enchanting and that's a favorite saying of mine...how inviting and warm to be together on a path going somewhere...

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rosannepm said...

I subscribe
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rosannepm said...

I like the Snow Dove postcard

yellowlabs said...

I love the My Favourite Spot in Series prints!

SeahorseLady said...

She is very talented. Fantastic looking artwork. My Favourite Spot in Summer is one of my favorites.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Kerrie said...

I love love love the Belle and Boo series of prints! I'm a bunny owner...the prints remind me of my bunny and me! =) Too cute!

Kerrie said...

And I'm a subscriber! =)

bonobo said...

I love the Under the Mistletoe.

bonobo said...

I'm a subscriber

Christina said...

My favorite is the Winter Woolly Postcard!

Christina said...

I'm a subscriber!

klp1965 said...

i love the My Favourite Spot in Series

idahomom said...

I like Friendship Green.

vboackle said...

i like the let's hug postcard.

Stacie said...

I like the Release print- very cute.

Carol Rene' said...

I love vintage beautiful children books and their illustrators!!
Mandy Sutcliffe's Art is simply Adorable! Capital C for Charming!
I especially adore the print "Evies Flowers" So very PRECIOUS!!!
The buttons are simple a must for "Children of all Ages!" What a wonder-filled giveaway! Crossing my fingers and wishing brightest Star in the Sky tonight! cbrown(at)audex-elect(dot)com

yellowlabs said...

I like the My Favourite Spot in Series.

Jenn S. said...

The "Friendship Green" print is my favorite.

blueviolet said...

I love Elle and the Snow Dove!
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blueviolet said...

I'm subscribed too!
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Anonymous said...

I like the Lost dress.

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Helen said...

I adore the Evies Flowers print.

donna444444 said...

I like Walk with Me.
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donna444444 said...

I subscribed.
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purango said...

The Walk With Me print is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

lilyk said...

I love the Belle Hugs Boo Tote Bag!

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your blog.