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We’re joining in too…

black-friday14You are probably well aware of Black Friday, that day of the year when a lot of people receive their last pay packet before Christmas and thoughts turn towards buying gifts for Christmas…that is unless you are super organised and have started or done all your shopping already…HOW? Christmas organisational tips always happily received here!

The internet shopping land goes crazy on Black Friday offering all sorts of wonderful discounts and you have probably received a ton of promotional emails advertising so…ours too I hope. So, Bonbi fans, I don’t want you to miss out here and if you are in the market for some BF goodies for gift giving or self treating purposes you can have a sweet 30% off* your order until midnight on Sunday!

Enter the code BLACK14 at checkout and that lil discount is all yours…

*Please be aware that this doesn’t apply to original artwork or any items that are already in the sale section of the shop and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer…

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Let it Snow…

There’s no denying it, now Halloween is out of the way Christmas is coming. Personally I love Christmas, even more so now I have a nearly 2 year old daughter to enjoy it with! For me it’s a time to catch up with family and friends, rest and eat too much. I also love buying those I love their gifts, picking things I know they need and choosing something I know they will love. It’s so much FUN!

I couldn’t let the season pass by without having some fun with some festive pieces. A white Christmas is sadly for most of us a pipe dream these days but it’s still nice to wish for that Christmas of old perfection so I went with the lovely phrase ‘Let it Snow’ on a banner surrounded by little flecks of snow and of course, a crescent moon!letitsnow1The new design is available either hand screen printed on one of our super comfy slouch sweaters or on an illustrated locket where it is accompanied by a scattering of snowy and sparkly Swarovski Crystals and brass snowflake charms.lislocketsThe lockets have been garnering quite a lot if interest from the press lately too, featured here in The Wealdon Times and Essentials Magazine…Do let me know if you spot them anywhere else!There are also a couple of Christmas cards available, one with a robin amongst a pattern of holly, berries and little golden flecks and another of a wintery swanChristmas cards

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Short and sweet!

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It’s been a while coming but I have finally organised for the illustrated lockets to be made available on shorter chains for you!

A few people have asked in the past for chains to be shortened which got me to thinking that while the lockets are lovely on their looong chains, sometimes an outfit just needs a hit of something shiny at the neckline doesn’t it? So now you can nab your favourite design on a 46cm chain as well as the original 68cm chain…(except for sale items)

Have a lookie at them all in the necklaces section of the shop HERE!

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Marine Life

I have been meaning to post about the new Girls Who Draw Marine Life postcard book for AGES but as usual life has made sure this little blog gets seen to last on the list…right now though I have a moment so I would like to give them a post of their own because frankly, they are awesome.

marinebooksIf you aren’t familiar with the Girls Who Draw postcard books this paragraph is for you, if you are then skip on! Girls Who Draw are an all female group of illustrators and artists who produce a limited edition postcard book once a year along a certain theme. I have been involved in the last three years, Mythical Creatures, Masquerade and now Marine Life…we each get two postcard books each to illustrate and being an interchangeable line up 12 of us that makes a whole 24 postcards per book!

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marinecards1 marinecards2I loved this years theme of Marine Life, what with living by the coast, undersea worlds and boat/ sea vistas often find their way into my work so it was a nice excuse to paint more on this theme!

As well as my Seahorse and Octopus, this year’s book features the work of Alexandra Snowdon, Alys paterson, Anke Weckmann, Belinda Chen, Caroline Pratt, Jane McGuinness, Karoline Rerrie, Kristyna Baczynski, Laura-Kate Chapman, Ruth Green and Yee Ting Kuit.

Seahorse:marineseahorseOctopus:marineoctopusYou can find the books for sale HERE and be sure to check out the last couple of years books too of which I have a few left in the paper goods section of the shop…Pull the postcards out to send to friends, frame, prop on the mantlepiece or keep the book intact, the choice is yours!

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Cornwall Design Fair

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 13.08.57Next weekend, once again we will be showcasing the Bonbi Forest wares at the annual Cornwall Design Fair at the beautiful Trereife House near Penzance.

I always enjoy this show and often see the same customers coming back year on year. As we don’t tend to take Bonbi Forest to many fairs it’s always nice to catch up with some designer friends too (friends who are designers rather, I don’t require my friends to be designer by trend!) and see what everyone has been up to over the past year.

This year I also have some work in the curated design part of the show which is a showcase of a handful of exhibitors from the fair showing work that has been made in response to the house and it’s surroundings. I was delighted to be picked and have been working on some pieces that are a bit different for me! More on that next week but seeing as the Le Grice family who own Trereife are breeders of horses, it’s fair to say the work features a few of our four legged friends…

The fair runs from 11am til 5pm on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th, and from 11am til 4pm on Sunday 17th August. So if you are in Cornwall next weekend please do come by and say hello!

More info can be found here: www.cornwalldesignfair.co.uk

Last years stand…colour pops a plenty!d1f7384a067d11e3a84e22000a9e5ad6_7

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An Autumnal Invite…

It’s a little known fact that I LOVE designing and making wedding invitations so I was over the moon to be asked by my lovely mother-in-law, Gail to make the invites for her upcoming nuptials to her beau, Paul!

The wedding is in October and is going to be a gorgeous Autumn affair in rustic surroundings with flower arrangements woven through with beautiful scented herbs. Knowing this set the scene for the invitations and we went with a theme of herbs and foliage in green with a hit of berry pink. It is scattered with little heart details and the leaves under the banner are secured with a a tiny love knot! For the envelopes we chose a fun bright orange that has a hint of Autumn flavour to it…I love how alternative they look and Gail and Paul were thrilled with them.

It’s going to be fun: Far flung relatives arriving from the other side of the world, family time with everyone far and near, outfits to buy (I’m more excited about Ruby’s outfit than my own…) and of course seeing the happy couple tie the knot!

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I have done a few wedding invitations now and they are always so much fun, liaising with the couple about themes and choosing colours…if you are ever in the market for some invitations, be sure to hit me up!

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Paris

The sun has been shining so brightly the last couple of weeks, hasn’t it been amazing?!

There have of course been the obligatory trips to the beach and afternoons with Ruby and her paddling pool (what a great excuse to catch some sunshine she is) but alongside the summer fun, busy busy busy about sums up the Bonbi studio at the moment. I have been working on a few work and non work related bits and pieces – wedding invitations, paintings and new things – and in a couple of days time our annual seconds and samples sale is launching along with some other discontinued items…it’s time to nab a bargain!

More on that very soon. In the meantime check out this track by Little Dragon which has been soundtracking my summer so far…it’s tooo good!

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Flowery, arty, goofing…

I am a bit late in blogging these but there are a few new jewellery pieces in the shop! Two new lockets have been added to the clan: There’s the bouquet locket which is a take on a vintage style floral cameo and is teamed with a bunch of vintage Lucite and Swarovski flowers and a vintage brass leaf, and the artist locket with it’s painterly smudges and tiny little paintbrush…

bouquetartistSee them in the shop.

lightningearrings1The lightning earrings were an old Bonbi Forest staple and have always been so popular but for a while I couldn’t find a decent supply of the large brass lightning bolts integral to their asymmetric design…the good old internet came up trumps though and they are back in stock, hurrah! Only £10.50 too and available HERE! I have also made a new pouch for the scarves, hand printed with a little gradient of navy and fluorescent pink, so all scarves now come packaged in one of these, pictured below with a scattering of the tiny Artist Locket paintbrushes which are just too sweet not to mention!

paintbrushesbagsTalking of jewellery meet Morwenna, my wonderful sister-in-law and the new Bonbi Forest jewellery assistant! She’s pretty nifty with a pair of pliers and helps me out making a good deal of the Bonbi Forest pieces these days, you guys are certainly keeping her hands far from idle. Here we are goofing around modelling for a video promo for our friend Gemma’s new vintage hire company, Box & Cox (check them out!) Naturals, I think you will agree!

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Pretty printy!

When I made the little lovers scarves earlier in the year I LOVED how the big painty smudges came out with the little scattered hearts with eyes and I’ve been playing with painty smudges again, this time in a new paint spots design.

When I started painting the spots I knew I wanted to incorporate some Bonbi style foliage into the design but wasn’t sure whether it should be part of the paint spots or separate. I had a couple of experiments (One pictured here which I may just yet use…) but settled on the plain spots which I worked some leaves into when I made the final design in that ever trusty tool, Photoshop.

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It was nice to get back to basics with the paints and splatting the swishing the paint around to make this design. It is available on a scarf which is printed in a lovely dark blue with coral (who doesn’t love a bit of blue and coral?!) and reminiscent of a camp fire burning in the darkening night…It’s the the perfect shoulder wrap for those chillier summer evenings. That’s how I’ll be wearing mine!

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I have also developed new tea towels for the shop…just in time to make doing the drying a bit less dull when you would rather be out running around taking in the fresh air and the sunshine!

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All available in the shop…

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Birds, birds, birds…

There are a couple of new birds cards in the shop. They were painted at the same time as I painted the Jackdaw and Blue Bird that have been adorning Bonbi Forest cards for a couple of years now but for some reason I printed some cards that I took to fairs but never got around to putting them in the shop…until now!

new bird cardsAutumn Bird and Golden Bird are in the same format as Jackdaw and Blue Bird and make a nice little set I think. I may just add to it too seeing as there are so many real birds to paint and even more to dream up…

bdf0e318d28b11e19d0222000a1cdb16_7The paper goods section of the shop has had quite the spruce up this week and there is more to come! Take a look at all of the cards and prints HERE.

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