Tuesday, July 28, 2009

On holiday

Just a quick post to say I'm away on holiday but that the Boulie Blog will be back up and running when I return later this summer.

Enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tiny Dimples

I wanted to share the final version of a logo I've been working on with Cicily of August Afternoon. I had the pleasure of doing the illustration for her client's new logo and design. It was a lot of fun working with both of them to get to a final product and I was so pleased when I saw how Cicily used the image I provided for the end logo.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fancy Frances

...the Fieldmouse, of course! And July's free embroidery download.

Frances has been mulling around in my head for the past few days, but I couldn't seem to find time to get to her. I'm glad she stuck around and waited patiently though for me to put her in colour.

As you can see, she's been keeping herself busy in the meantime, frolicking in the fields and picking summer flowers.

If you'd like a 4x4 image to embroider, you can click on the link over on the right. I'd love to see your finished products if you do!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer's Here

No, this isn't someone's overzealous interpretation of lawn ornaments. Those are real storks. And only just a few of the ones we saw in the response to my late whinging. I'll explain....

I've been whinging for about a week or two now. Mainly because the weather has been fabulous (a rarity in these parts), school was winding up and is now done and you could just feel summer all around. Except at our house. In our house, besides sweltering in overheated bedrooms and trying to calm over-excited children, it was business as usual. I so wanted to be living summer, but felt like it was just one big continuation of the winter and spring despite the warmer, sunny days.

And so I whinged. Until I finally got my way. I didn't want anything fancy mind you, just a barbeque and Pimms in the garden, a long, laid-back summer feeling evening is all. But instead, I got a wonderful weekend.

It started with a trip to Ghent for shopping. It's the summer sales after all. And Ghent is such a lovely city with a fabulous feel to it, it's always a pleasure to go. Especially when it's not below freezing winter temperatures. The shopping trip was followed by dinner out just the two of us at a bistro in Ypres (Belgium again). It was just what I needed. Not too fancy. Not pretentious. Just very nice. We sat outside on the terrace overlooking the water and enjoyed the summer air.

Sunday was meant to be a laid-back day at home getting things done, but the unusually fabulous weather got the best of us again and so we packed a picnic and headed off to the coast, Knokke to be exact, the pre-eminent resort on the North Sea coast in Belgium. We'd heard lots about it, but had yet to go. I'll admit we were slightly turned off. Not because it's not gorgeous. It is. The architecture is beautiful and if you want shopping, this is the place. It's the hot spot to see and be seen. But since this isn't among my life priorities, it wasn't exactly the spot we were looking to spend the day with our family picnic.

Fortunately we didn't give up and instead continued a couple of kilometers further north and found Het Zwin or 't Zwin, a nature reserve on the coast just on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. It was heaven. I think I could have moved in. That's if, in fact it wasn't a nature reserve and there were houses there. But there aren't. Simply dunes and sand, ocean and lots and lots of storks. Lots!

The kids had a blast in the tide water and we had a blast sitting in the sun watching them. We'll definitely be heading back soon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

They're off to Paris!

My latest project is complete and now Annabelle la Coccinelle, Igor l'Alligator, LĂ©onard le Canard and Bilbouille la Grenouille are off for a trip to Paris.

I was hired by Onifit France to create designs to illustrate their products and decorate their stand at the Playtime tradeshow in Paris this weekend. It's been great fun putting the Polliwalks shoes and their kids in different environments adapted to the shoes as well as illustrating the shoes that are in the shape of animals.

So the posters are printed and just waiting to go. I can't wait to see them 'in action'!