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Blue Bouquet LitI have been so excited about this new limited edition collection of lampshades for so long now and they are finally here and in the shop!

I collaborated with Jane Warren of The Lampshade Loft to bring you these and I am so happy with the outcome. Her attention to detail and neatness is amazing and they look so good! They are a classic drum style in a size which suits table and floor lamps as well as ceiling lamps in smaller rooms or hallways and I hand printed each one with a gradient ombré effect in colours reminiscent of a low summers sunset or lights glowing on the horizon on a summers night…They are available in two designs, our paint spots design and a new bouquet botanical design (look out for that one on more pieces this summer too)

They are very limited edition and I only have a handful available, so if you have a lamp in need of some colour and pattern head THIS WAY and you might find a shade to suit!LAMPSHADESJUNE15Blue Paintspots Close

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Excellent Fruit

There’s a new collection in the shop! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with pineapples lately, I think they have been my craving during this pregnancy – juicy, sweet and oh so tasty! They look so good too so I’ve been painting them and making prints from them and thus, the new collection…

There is a new scarf design available in two colours, a t-shirt (I’ve not made a t-shirt design in forever!) a brand new locket, a card and a print…these pineapples have gone onto everything. The fabric prints have been printed in a shimmering gold which gives them a bit of a 70’s golden pineapple vibe and the locket is teamed with a vintage golden ball and glitter perspex mini disc furthering the look.

I hope you like them!excellentfruitblogexcellent fruit close up print blog Excellent Fruit Pineapple Tee Print blogSee and shop them HERE!

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A catch up…

pile of pendantsThe new pendants are selling like hotcakes, thank you to everyone who has bought one! I have noticed a sudden increase in June birthstone personalisation…are you a June baby? Perhaps one of them is for you!

If you would like to read a bit more about what it is to live and work in Cornwall, about how my work has developed since becoming a mother and other Bonbi things then head on over to the Nomads Clothing website. They were kind enough to feature an interview with me on their blog!

There have also been a couple of lovely blog features elsewhere…the Know Thyself Pendants were featured on Style Cartel over the weekend (lovely aside from the misspelling of my name, we’ll forgive them though…) and my paintings and prints had some big ups on the amazing art blog Artistic Moods which is filled to the brim with inspiring treats for your eyes…

Bonbi Forest instagram followers will be aware that I have new things brewing again…one of them being a new Bonbino baby who is due in August (exciting times ahead!!) and the rest being new prints of stars, florals and pineapples and other bits and pieces. I also have Christmas on the brain but no one wants to hear about the festive season in June, so you’ll have to wait for that…


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Lionhearts and Self Knowledge…

If you have been following goings on over on the Bonbi Forest Instagram or Facebook feeds you may well have seen that there has been some rumblings and mutterings of new enamel pieces in the works…Well, they are now here and available to buy in the shop!


‘Be Brave’ and ‘Know Thyself’ are designed to be for those at the start of something new, or about to take a leap into the unknown. They are kind of like a modern talisman to remind the wearer of their inner Lionheart and to stay true to yourself no matter what comes your way. They can be personalised too making them great gifts for milestone birthdays or exam, ‘see you soon’ and good luck presents…To make them extra special you can also add a little initial charm, a Swarovski Crystal birthstone or both!

I like the idea of having the courage to follow your heart and creating your own luck so these have been a dear design to make for me, I hope you like them too! See them in the jewellery section of the shop…

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Mirror Mirror…

I have been adding some original artwork to the shop this week. These pieces aren’t brand new as I made most of them in the last couple of years, but I have been meaning to get them up for sale for a while. They have been enjoyed around our house and I will be sad to see them go but I need to make space for more pieces that are coming through!

itshardyoThese Mirrors are the oldest of the new pieces (does that make sense?!) I made them a while ago and LOVE them and really want to make more. They have proved to be a beast to photograph though which is why I have been sitting on them for so long!! How do you photograph an etched mirror without being in the picture yourself and showing all of the detail clearly? Lots of it is reflected in the mirror backing so unless you picture it head on the design comes out all doubled up, which is super pretty in real life but doesn’t look so good in the pictures…anyway, I have done my best which doesn’t really do them justice but I could hide them away no longer! They can all be seen in the shop HERE.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 20.11.06Among the new painted pieces are the sketches I made for the three limited edition horse screen prints that I have for sale. I painted them in gouache to work out the layout and colours for the screen prints, which areas would need to be solid colours and which I would have to render in halftone for the prints. It was also a good excuse to get the paints out and step away from the computer for a bit and I think they stand up nicely on their own as individual paintings. I hope you like them as much as I do.

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I have also added the two paintings I made for last years Girls Who Draw Postcard Book which are really detailed little paintings on paper. All of the spots and dots and details of the seahorse and octopus made them interesting subjects for sure…and painting underwater plant life, OH! So much fun. These cuties and the rest of the paintings can also be seen in more detail in the originals section of the shop!seahorseoctopus

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May Day

Happiest of Mays to you all..This month of my name and my birth will always be my favourite. The flowers are in bloom and Spring is turning to Summer, a good time of the year indeed!

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Of the Sky!

StarnecklacemannequinThere is a new mini collection in the shop – Of the Sky. I am endlessly drawn to that great, infinite, ever changing expanse above us. Light or dark, day or night, still or angry it’s a wonderful source of inspiration and the new collection is another small reflection of that.

Tiny raw brass stars, moons and lightning bolts have been paired with unusual matte black and shimmering pearl white perspex geometric triangles and diamond shapes to make up the collection. Each piece is designed to be small, lightweight and easy to wear. A little bit of the sky’s wonder for everyday wherever you may go…

See them all in the shop HERE!

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A Southern Roadtrip

Thank you to everyone who placed orders over the Easter break, we are back from our travels and they are on their way to you as I type.

I am back from a week away with my beau and my lil girl of visiting gorgeous friends, being tourists and seeing places we have always said we should see. Although we live right on the coast here in Cornwall it is still a treat to see coastal landscapes of a different variety. As well as seeing old friends near Cambridge and then Saltdean we also took in quite a lot of the Dorset coast from the seaside town of Weymouth, the amazing views of Chesil beach from above, a foggy Portland Bill Lighthouse doing it’s job fog horning and warning and the spectacular cliffs of Lulworth rising out of the sea mist. A beautiful part of the world!

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Have a sweet easter!


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Waiting for the garden to bloom…

Bouquet-PaintingsSketchessketches2Spring is upon us and it is my favourite time of year! All that growth budding and all of that colour waiting to emerge…I’ve been painting and dreaming up some new springtime ideas lately and while I wait for the garden to bloom I’ve been seeking inspiration from some brilliant florists over on Instagram. If you like your flowers check these guys out. Such beauty!

1: amandataffinderflowers  –  2: saipua  –  3: nicamille  –  4: the_blue_carrotFloral-Inspiration

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