Saturday 6 December 2008

Happy Sinterklaas!

What a busy week it's been in the Bumpkin Bears studio, many of my Christmas card packs have been flying out to their new homes whilst other bear's have been wanting my attention! My new mohair bear is coming along well and I hope to have him ready to show you over the next few days. I've also been sketching a lot of ideas of adventures for my bears in the illustrations and I have one on the way to show you soon which I'm rather excited about.

Today Sinterklaas is celebrated in Belgium and many other countries around the globe. It is not a tradition that I am used to back in England but it is big business here, with children getting as many if not more presents now than at Christmas time. The Sint comes over on a Steam boat from Spain and delivers all his presents with his white horse! Click here to see a photoof him from my post about this last year.

In the meantime I'm delighted to say that I have been mentioned on the Belle and Boo blog, I just love Mandy's work so I felt very excited that she talked about my Bumpkin Bears, thanks Mandy :)

Phoebe, one of my 2 cats has been helping read a recipe this evening! A quiet evening watching Stuart Little on the tele for me and the cats tonight! They might like seeing mice on the tv!! My other cat Ollie is always fascinated when there are animals on the tv, but humans are so not interesting! Pop back over the next few days when I'll have some new delights to show you. Have a great weekend, beary hugs, Catherine x


Kay Dennison said...


Debra said...


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a nice comment! I am so glad that it led me here to your beautiful site. Your bears are just delicious and your illustrations are lovely! I will be back to see more.

I honestly have never heard of Sinterklaas even though I am originally from New York City! Thanks for the interesting description.

Have a happy Sinterklaas!


Sarah said...

Your illustrations are super cute!

Yes, my cats love wildlife programmes!

Sinterklass sounds so different to anything in the UK. I like the sound of the white horse, but I do like our reindeer!

Hugs, Sarah x

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Sinterklaas Catherine.
I enjoyed reading about this special day.

I love your new cards and wish you all the very best with your Etsy shop.


The Victorian Parlor said...

Love the picture of your cat! My mother's Siamese cat used to love to watch dog shows on TV-nothing else, just dog shows. She actually has a picture of the cat sitting at the foot of the bed watching the TV. Can't wait to see your newest bear!

Unknown said...

Happy Sinterklaas to you, too! Your kitty cat is adorable! I need to get me one! :)

Tracy said...

Happy Sinterklaas...belated! ;o) It's been fun learning about this holiday tradition. Here in Norway Sinterklaas is not such a big deal, surprisingly, and sadly, for these old traditions are lovely. Your Phoebe is a sweetheart...such pretty markings she has. I'm feeling better with the migraines...the slow, quiet weekend really helped. Thanks for your care, my friend. Have a great week ahead! ((HUGS))

Unknown said...

i love your new prints and christmas cards! the illustrations are so adorable! sorry i missed the giveaway! i would have loved to win! hope you are very well! huggs!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Thanks for visiting my blogspot! I had to leave a comment in response to your comment about your cat Ollie. Our cat Kramer also plays ball! If we throw a toy (or anything really-socks, hand towels, crumpled paper, etc) Kramer jumps up and hits it back to us! He has actually done back flips trying to hit his toys:)

Dave said...

My, you pussy cat looks a big one! Or is that just the angle of the shot? Its funny how some cats will watch TV. I have photos of kittens we have had that do that. - Dave