Friday, March 28, 2008

Time for someone else....


















...to do the colouring in. ChichiBoulie colouring books!

I've been thinking of doing this for a while and so I finally sat down and did it. I have to admit that the first actually took me quite a while, mainly just thinking it through and then layout. But I think it was worth it and I'm pretty happy with the result.

So far, I've only set up 2 books: one with fairies and one with cupcakes and flowers (and why not). But I have more ideas in mind and so hopefully more on the way.

Then I thought that these little colouring books would make cute little gifts for the wee girls in our lives. And what do wee girls like as much as colouring? Bags! That's right, that terrible accessory addiction. It starts young I'm afraid and only gets more expensive with age.

So putting 2 and 2 together, I got to try out something else I've been wanting to do for ages and I came up with this little bag to coordinate with and organise the colouring books. I'm thinking of making some more designs of this as well as it was such fun to do!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Pia Pearlywhites

Introducing the newest fairy of the batch.... Pia Pearlywhites.

Okay, the name on my end is still to be set in stone, but I'm giving this one a try for the moment.

Pia was commissioned by Lori Trent, designer and seamstress extraordinaire as well as owner of Toothlessgrin where you can find absolutely gorgeous keepsake Tooth Fairy Pillows for your little girls and boys. Have a peek of her shop at www.toothlessgrin.etsy.com. You won't be disappointed!

I've seen lots of Tooth Fairy pillows on the market, but I honestly think that Lori's take the cake in terms of design, style and whimsy. I was delighted that she asked me to design a fairy for her and it was such fun working with Lori to come up with a design.

Hopefully Pia will have a friend or two in the future, but for the moment, here she is just waiting for a wee wobbly tooth to pick up and trade for a coin or two.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Les Fleurs de Printemps


Don't ask why, I just needed to put that title in French. It seemed better that way.

I've been working on all sorts of different projects lately and haven't really had any time to do something just for me. Until I decided to steal a few minutes today to have a play with paint and paper.

Friday I bought an amazing book of plants (mainly flowers) and have spent literally hours going through the pages and wanting to sketch/paint so many of them. Then yesterday we loaded everyone in the car and took a drive across the border to Belgium (where some things are open on Sundays unlike here in France) to check out a pepinière (garden center) that was recommended to me. I love garden centers and came home with a few geraniums to replace those that didn't make it through our move, some grape hyacinth, lavender (again as a replacement), rosemary (for cooking, can't be without it), 2 other random flowering plants the girls selected and a lemon tree that I've been wanting for ages. At the moment, they are cluttered on my kitchen table waiting until I find homes for them or dare risk putting them outside. I have to admit though, I quite like them on my table.

And so here is my inspiration. I still have a few more sketches to paint and I hope to squeeze that in tomorrow among everything else. But I'm pleased with the first results. Now if only the new computer would arrive so I could post something on Etsy....

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tagged - Again

I thought I had ducked this one, but Sian seems to have gotten me. Thank you Sian, by the way.

I've been tagged. As such I'm meant to share 7 random or weird facts about myself with all of you. I know I already did this once and I believe it was when the illustrious Charlotte tagged me, so I'm going to try to come up with 7 more little known facts about me. This is going to be much more difficult that it first appears.

Here are the rules of the game:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


Here are my 7 random facts:
1) I'm an NPR addict (National Public Radio for those who may not be acquainted with it) and I've been in withdrawal ever since moving to Europe. I miss NPR desperately.
2) I applied to and received a full 4 year scholarship to university in Paris when I was 17. All without ever telling my parents. They didn't let me go.
3) I'm a self-professed name nerd. I don't just like names. I obsess over them. Thankfully, I have a support group for this. Thank you support group!
4) At one point in my adolescence I had over 30 penpals throughout the world. I always wanted to travel and it was my way of doing so when I was still too young to actually pack my bags and go.
5) I still write to one of those penpals and I'm going to her wedding in August. We've been writing for 24 years and have only ever met once.
6) I still sometimes wonder who these little people who follow me around everywhere and call me mum are.
7) I still feel like when you're older you should be taller. I'm not tall so I don't ever feel like I'm grown up. My children don't think I'm grown up either.

And now, following those fascinating facts about me, I am passing on the tag to the following:

1) mercrediprochain
2) mooseandbearcraft
3) tiddlyinks
4) cribchronicles
5) kookyboutique
6) feltmeup
7) hippyofdoom

Have fun!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Wonderful Wallies

Following in the footsteps of Stupendous Stamps, I couldn't help but have a bit of fun with alliteration again. Thus the introduction of ChichiBoulie Wonderful Wallies - or Wall stickers if you prefer.

Of course, most of us know that wall stickers are quite the rage at the moment and I've been thinking about doing them for sometime. Then I went to the Maison & Décors exposition in Paris and January and became decided after seeing some repositionnable stickers there.

That said, being determined to make something and actually being able to make it don't always go hand and hand and I've had a very difficult time actually finding the material or a manufacturer to print up my designs. I literally spent hours searching the web for just the exact product. And sad to say, came up trumps.

Trumps that is, until I found Bealoo on Etsy. Thanks to this wonderfully helpful seller, Bealoo (whose shop is truly adorable) I was finally able to find what I needed to make my wall stickers.

I have finished my first set of 3 coordinating stickers based on my Whimsical Fairy watercolours and am currently working on more designs. These stickers are, in my opinion, better than your average stickers as they are printed not on vinyl but on fabric. They are backed with a low-tack adhesive so they can be peeled off your wall and restuck many times (I've already done mine about 20 times) in case you change your mind on location. The front is coated and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if need be. Perfect for children's rooms.

I've listed my first design at http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/chichiboulie/product/whimsical_fairies_wall_stickers.