Thursday, 10 April 2014

It's Fabric Party Time!


I have dreamt of designing Fabric for a long time and I have been studying The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design with this goal in mind (amongst a zillion others).  So I'm super excited to share that my very first Fabric Collection is now available!

I am working in collaboration with Spoonflower that print the most beautiful fabrics.  So please join the Party and welcome "Friends for Tea" - a sweet hand illustrated collection of Bunnies enjoying Tea Time together.  Available on a range of fabrics and in 4 different colour ways.

Just to add to my celebration these designs are also available as Wallpaper and Gift Wrap!




When the Samples arrived in the post I had to take these photos to show you!

So make a Cup of Tea and hop on over to - www.spoonflower.com/profiles/bumpkin

These Fabrics are also designed to go with my Embroidery Patterns available here .


I can't wait to see what everyone will make. I'm imagining the cutest outfits, quilts, cushions... oh my!
Hugs,
Catherine
x







Monday, 7 April 2014

Painting Joy


"Sing me a Song" Art Postcards & Prints available here





At this time of year every time I step into my garden I discover a new little flower that makes my heart skip a beat!  The Bluebells are just starting to open, the pale yellow Primroses are still going (they have flowered all Winter!), the wild Geraniums are filling the air with their beautiful scent.  The tiniest but most perfect little flowers are the Forget Me Nots.  I get such a thrill to pick a tiny bunch of flowers from my own space to enjoy in my Studio.  They looked so beautiful I have pressed a few (I've done this since I was a child) and felt pulled to painting them.  

I love that absorbed feeling when I paint and hours flutter past as fast as the blink of an eye.  Today has been like that, painting without an end goal because I just felt I needed to for my soul when I looked at these flowers.

I have had such pleasure painting today that I would love you too to share in this Joy, so I think I will turn them into something fun.... another day.

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the world.
I always love to read your comments, what are you enjoying most in your little patch?
Catherine
x



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

New life & new patterns

We have had the most wonderfully warm sunny days lately, a real treat for the soul and the garden!  It finally feels that Spring has sprung here in my garden with Blue Tits nesting, Butterflies waking and I even saw this wee little Lamb enter the world and take its first wobbly steps in the field backing onto my garden!



I am busily working on a new website design and drawings for a Picture Book but today I have finished stitching a new Embroidery Pattern.  I find Embroidery so relaxing, I even managed to stitch some sat outside in the sunshine listening to the birds singing.




The Giraffe Ride is now available for instant download as a PDF file in my Etsy Shop

Created from my Watercolor Painting, available as a Print here

Hugs,
Catherine
x






Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Story Tree





Today is World Book Day so it seems like the perfect day to introduce you to some new friends. 
Join them in "The Story Tree"!
Available as a Print here

What are your favourite Children's Books, nowadays or in the past? 
I am always drawn to the illustrations and then the Story.  Black Beauty for me combined both.
Talking of books I am busily working on some new Picture Book ideas which I'm very excited about.
Maybe one day you too can read them in your own Story Tree.
Hugs
Catherine
x

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Peek

Busily working away on some Picture Book ideas and new illustrations for my Shop.  These animals can't wait for me to finish painting their scene!  



The weather is swinging between sunny days full of Spring promise and cold wintery days with wind that stings your face!  Those kind of days are great for painting and stitching new embroidery patterns in the warmth.



My daffodils are out early this year, it's my Birthday tomorrow and normally they are not out by now. This year they are all in full bloom, I picked some this morning to bring them in out of the rain and enjoy them indoors too.

Hugs,
Catherine
x


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Spring Memories

This post is especially for all of those feeling that Spring may never arrive, with snow storms in America and flooding in the UK.  Just last week the Sun encouraged me to wander around my little garden and to my delight I discovered all these sweet treasures!  Even a lone Snowdrop that I had not planted myself!  The birds are busily making nests up high in the Oak Trees, just amazing watching them building it all day long with twigs from the garden that I like to leave for them.







When I was a child we had the most beautiful Cherry Tree full of gorgeous pink blossom in our garden. I would climb right up to the top and sit up there surrounded by flowers, pure heaven!  

Happy memories inspiring my new Painting available as Art Print & Notecard


 As a Special Valentines Treat from my heart to yours I am offering a 
Buy one Print, get One Print as a Free Gift.
Simply climb up to
Make your purchase and let me know at check out which Print you would like as your Gift.
Valid until Saturday 15th Feb Midnight GMT

Hugs,
Catherine
x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Samuel

20 hours of hand work and love later and Samuel is here to meet you and look for adoption.  Samuel enjoys listening to piano music and writing poetry about flowers, honey and bees!  However most of all he loves having a hug and listening to your thoughts and dreams.  He will be a dear friend for life.




One of a Kind 18" Artist Bear
Made of the most gorgeous, silky soft Schulte Mohair
Unique hand dyed Teal colour
Soft velvet hand dyed Paw Pads
Black glass eyes with hand shading
Hand Embroidered nose and mouth
5 way Cotter Pin jointed
Filled with polyfibre & plastic pellets for a wonderfully cuddly Bear
Not suitable for young children due to small parts

Adoption details:
185 euros plus registered postage for his journey:
20 euros for UK/Europe & USA/Canada
27 euros for Australia
Payment via Paypal

If you would like to adopt Samuel and make him a part of your family or have any questions then send me an email at catherine@bumpkinbears.com






Big Bear Hugs
Catherine & Samuel
xx





Friday, 24 January 2014

Painting A Love Song

I have had such fun painting & creating this new range called "Sing Me A Love Song". You can choose your favourite colours (Sunshine, Heather or Cinnamon) & with text or not.
Now available as Art Prints & a Set of Postcards 

I created these as part of the E-Course The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design that I'm studying. I plan on creating designs to match for Notebooks, Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper.  
I'll add them onto my page on The MOYO Directory, fly along there to visit a wonderfully vibrant exciting place full of inspiring designers.  


Some colours are appearing strangely on my Blog lately (my top Banner should have a white background but is shows up as grey and the central Print here is a warmer yellow rather than green!)
Has anyone else had trouble with their Google Blog lately?




Which would be your favourite colour?

Thanks for letting me Sing you a Song :)
Catherine
xox


Friday, 17 January 2014

Light

Painting with flowers picked from my garden, they have been flowering all winter so far!



Busy hands and a busy mind as I work on lots of new exciting projects. A new Bear being brought to life in gorgeously silky soft Mohair in a wonderful shade of Teal.  Lots of paintings as part of my Course I'm taking for The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and drawings for a new range of Art Prints.  This week has been so dark and rainy, instead of getting down I took inspiration and this wee little mouse came to life with his candle to brighten my days, may he brighten your days too.


Hugs
Catherine
x


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Take Flight

May all your Hopes & Dreams take Flight this year.
I started my New Year painting freely with some beautiful new Paint Brushes.



Catherine
xox

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Magic


Wishing you a Magical Christmas, wishing on Stars.
Hugs
Catherine
xxx

Friday, 20 December 2013

Hope

Meet Hope, a one of a kind Mohair Bunny I designed and brought to life.  She loves to swirl and twirl to any music, but especially loves Christmas Carols.  She is wearing her pretty Party outfit made of Vintage Lace and finished with a french pearlescent flower on her fluffy head.  Her favourite time of year is Winter when the frost sparkles, but she always forgets to put a warm jacket on, so maybe her new family could remember this!



Standing at just 4" tall hundreds of tiny stitches of love were used to bring her to life.  Made of sweet antique style Mohair which I hand dyed in pastel sugar pink.  Ultra suede paw pads in a soft cream.  Cotter pin jointed in her head and strongly thread jointed in her limbs. Glass Bead eyes.  Not suitable for small children due to small parts.  She is sweetly lopeared with delicate hand shading on her pink nose and blushed cheeks.  

Available for adoption.  If you would like to welcome her into your life then send me an email.  
60 euros plus postage for her journey 
(8.60 euros to Europe & USA. 13 euros to rest of the world).