Friday 3 September 2010

* Welcome to Summer Hill + a Giveaway *

The Day we are introduced to Summer Hill

Follow along the winding country lane, under the archway of trees with the sun peeking through. There on the corner is a wooden sign and up ahead The White House with pale yellow roses clambering around the windows. Take a peek over the little gate and then turn around to face The Old Oak Tree on the other side of the lane, where when the sun sets you can hear Owl’s lullabies!
Look up as high as you can behind Owl’s home and you will see a velvet green Hill with sheep dotted across it. At first glance you may wonder what is so special about this Hill. Well, if you keep as quiet as a mouse you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some very well dressed Bumpkin Bunnies and their friends. This is their home and they call it Summer Hill, so let’s climb quietly over the rickety gate and tip toe up into their world.


(Set of 4 Our Very Best Outfits Postcards, charming if you framed them, - part of the Giveaway)

I have had such bringing these new friends to life to share with you all. I have been delighted by the precious clothes worn by children in the 1930's & 40's, taking inspiration from storybook illustrations passed to me from my Granny & Mum and the most precious photos of my Mum as a little girl riding out bare back on horses in the sweetest of dresses. There is a full range of Paper Goods for boys and girls (of any age from 0-100!). Prints that can be personalised, Postcard sets, Gift Tags, Party Invitations, Birthday Cards and the cutest Dress Me Up Paper Bunnies kit. All available in my Etsy store.

(Dress Me Up Kit - part of the Giveaway)

I have to say that I had such fun cutting them out and dressing the Bunnies in their different outfits! This kit comes with a page of fun ideas for your paper Bunnies, such as making a mobile & Table Place Cards for your special guests!

(Party Invitations, Gift Tags for Party Bags & Dress Me Up Bunny)

(Set of 4 Gift Tags, hop them onto your gifts for a sweet vintage touch - part of the Giveaway)

(Party Invitations, Gift Tags for Party Bags & Dress Me Up Bunny)

(Print "Dream Balloon"- can be personalised with a number to celebrate a child's birthday)

(Print "Off We Go" - can be personalised with a child's name if you wish)

(Birthday Card)
(Birthday Card - Off We Go!)

If you are still with me and have not yet got lost in the world of Summer Hill then I would love to reward you with a GIVEAWAY! I will be giving away to one lucky winner all these Summer Hill Goodies - 1 x Dress Me Up Bunny Kit, 1 x set of 4 Postcards & 1 x set of 4 Gift Tags.

How to enter (3 chances) :
1. Leave your comment here on my Blog.

2. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post (leave another comment with the link).

3. Tweet about this giveaway or post to your Facebook page (leave another comment here to let me know).

This giveaway will close at 8pm (CET) on Friday 10th September. One Winner will be chosen randomly from all of the comments. The winner will be notified by email, do check back to see the winner. This giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone for entering. Congratulations to Nina. Bunny Hugs, Catherine x


Julie said...

what a sweet collection, Catherine and what a generous giveaway! My girls would just love your bunnies.

Unknown said...

Oh my Catherine how busy you've been in Summerhill!
These are gorgeous bunnies and so beautifully dressed!
Please do enter me in your giveaway and I shall see what I can do when I'm online later about fb and such.
These will make many a little one very happy I just know it!
Kat xx

Vicki Boster said...

Catherine - these are absolutely the sweetest and most adorable bunnies! I could get totally lost in the world of Summer Hill! My little grand daughter (4 months old Kerri Beth) has a beautiful nursery - all done in sweet bunnies - these would be so perfect for her room and her later activities. So count me in for the giveaway - I would be doing the happy dance if I won!

I will come back later tonight and leave another comment when I post this on my blog!


PoetessWug said...

I can't believe I had never seen your Etsy shop before! It's absolutely adorable! I don't have any children, but I'm always on the look-out for gifts for friends. But I'm loving this print tremendously... ...
FOR ME! ^_^ (A Poet's prerogative!)

...Nina Nixon... said...

What a wonderful, magical, enchanting world - I could get lost with my girls bouncing along in Summerhill - the bunnies are absolutely adorable...very handsome indeed.

Have a fabulous weekend,

Nina xxx

Janice said...

What a fabulous giveaway, I am just in awe at your amazing talent.

Georgianna said...

Amazing creations, Catherine! Oh, my, you have been busy. And such beautiful, magical pieces, each one. I love the vintage outfits and the soft colors. Congratulations, Summer Hill is brilliant! xo – g

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Beautiful work as always, Catherine!
The fact that you love your work so much shines through,
Susan x

Kristy Mc Court said...

Oh Catherine these are just soo sweet... you have done a fabulous job at creating this series. I would love to say please pick me, please pick me! But the comments vicki has posted about her 4 month old grand daughter's nursery, and that happy dance... I'll be sad if they don't come my way but, i think she deserves them? I can just see her clickin those heels together now!


The Dutchess said...

Simply beautiful...You are allready on my facebook page..I'd love to enter your give away..Check out mine on The Dutchess..I will make a link to your blog 'in my garden...'!
Happy weekend

T.D and Company

All things nice... said...

Oh your Summerhill collection is so pretty and elegant too. How talented you are. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

All things nice...

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you! How cute all the bunnies are.

Tracy said...

ENCHANTING, Catherine... simple enchanting... I just love them all! :o) The paper dolls are especially wonderful, and love that a print/card can be personalised... You've done an excellent job bringing all this sweetness to life! Can't help be smiling and keep smiling over these--well done, my friend :o) Happy Weekend ((BIG HUGS))

Debora Hoffmann said...

Catherine, what a lovely collection! I love the vintage inspired style you have used for the bunnies' clothing. They are all so cute and so well done. Bravo!


Debora Hoffmann said...

Oh, and I just retweeted your announcement about your giveaway. So generous of you...such a darling collection!

toni said...

Welcome back Catherine! What a lovely story, I was almost disappointed when it ended!Oh my gosh, these new friends are divine, sooo cute, well done they are fab and you are so talented.xox

Pom Pom said...

I adore the shape of the bunnies' faces. Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

thanks for your kind comment over at my blog, we are still feeling sad but completely understand it's just nature and we are happy we knew her in her short life.

Beautiful illustrations as always, one day I hope to see some of my bears recreated in print, need to practise my drawing skills first though!

hanmade said...

beautiful creations as always :0) very cute new collection catherine! xx

Swift Jan said...

What a great collection!!!

Off to blog about it now :D

Swift Jan said...

there's my post catherine! I am now off to face book about it! I'm not on twitter sorry...

Swift Jan said...

Ok so have posted on both my personal Facebook page and my For Fun and Fancy page!

Hope I win LOL

sarah said...

adorable. i was just thinking that my little girl needed some paper dolls to dress. this would be perfect.

also, anyway you are up for tweeting about my one year and discount through my blog.....really tweeting is still beyond me.

have a wonderful start to the new week.

Elanor Clare Andrews said...

Hiya Catherine,
Would you please include my name in the giveaway twice, your work is simply stunning! I have blogged about it here

Elanor x

Guizito said...

Thanks for giving me the chance to win :))

Katy Cameron said...

Such a beautiful collection. I've blogged at and it's updated my Facebook page too :o)



Waynestonbears said...

What a lovely collection, please enter me for this giveaway.

I have also link your giveaway on my blog:


Tinys and Tea said...

love this! These are so adorable! Your bunnies are too cute and the outfits are so sweet! Mel :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Catherine,

Your new bunny collection is just so precious and cute.
Such a generous and sweet giveaway and would make little ones so happy.

Enjoy your week

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for stopping my blog!

You are one talented lady! Love the bunnies, and sense we raise bunnies, my daughter would love this! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Catherine thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog. You are so talented with your drawings cards and tags very clever. The bunnies are a lovely theme.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Catherine,
I just adore your bunnies! I love whimsy and anything like akin to Beatrix Potter! I used to do some drawing in my day too. Your bunnies are simply charming and I would just love to win your Giveaway! Please enter my name.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Catherine,
I'm back to let you know that I have posted your Giveaway on my sidebar. Thanks for stopping by for tea and introducing yourself. Have a delightful day.


GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh I love your sweet new items (love all of your designs in fact) and would love to be entered in your giveaway!! I collect paperdolls, so those would be very special to me. When my children were born, the nursery was decorated in a sweet bunny rabbit pattern. These remind me so much of that time.

The Charm of Home said...

What beautiful drawings. I love all things sweet and childlike and I loved the 30's and 40's children's ware. How cute these are!

Carolyn said...

Summerhill is lovely and so are your creations!


Nan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and yours is certainly fun with lots of crreative things. You are one talented lady. Yes enter me in your giveaway.

My Cozy Corner said...

Thank you visiting My Cozy Corner. Your blog is precious. I would love to win your giveaway.

suzyq said...

Catherine, thanks so much for stopping by - lovely to see you here in Australia!
Your giveaway is just devine...please count me in.

Susan said...

Your bunnies are absolutely adorable! Susan

Valerie said...

Such a delightful collection of bunnies on Summer Hill! Love the dress up part a lot. I used to draw my own little paper dolls and play dress up when I was in elementary school.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your style is the sweetest, Catherine. Do enJOY your gorgeous giveaway. That little giant in your previous post is awesome!
Have a happy and sweet creative Thursday. xxx

Elise said...

How could I have not come across your Etsty store before?!?!?

Your collection is adorable and I think it is so sweet that you were inspired by your family for your "very best outfits" postcards - "beauty full".

I would love to be included in your generous and oh so delightful giveaway.

LissyLou said...

a lovely giveaway, thank you for letting me know about it x

Unknown said...

these new bunnies are so sweet! i do love the clothes! and a paperdoll bunny! i love them all! so whimsical! big huggs catherine!

Unknown said...

These are absolutely lovely! I love the colors too.

Annie said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I have just been reading your previous posts and they are fascinating. Please can I be entered in to your giveaway.
Ann x

Claire @ Cheshire Mum said...

Beautiful bunnies, every little girls favourite I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by and for letting me know about this GORGEOUS giveaway. I just love your illustrations and my little girl and I both sat here "ooohing" and ahhhing" over them. Please enter me too!

First House on the Right said...

Hi Catherine, thanks so much for dropping by my blog and your compliments on the store. Thought to pop over and see your blog, just lovely. Your Bumpkin Bunnies are adorable, hard to choose a favourite :) Nicolex

First House on the Right said...

Have just tweeted this too :)

Pop over to this blog for a sweet Bumpkin Bunny Giveway here
4 minutes ago via web


vintage mum said...

Thanks for hopping over to my blog, your collection is lovely so nice to get lost in another world.


Anonymous said...

I would love to win these sweet little cards!