Saturday, 26 July 2014

Summer in the City

The summer holidays are upon us and so is the need to find as many free things to do as possible, this weeks spot was Archikids Festival more than anything its not that easy to say but what a find! Dotted around London (main spots being 30 St Mary's Axe, Broadgate, St Paul's and Leadenhall were fantastic creative activities for kids (half the adults were getting in on the act!). It was like Open House but for children.

Our first stop was the top of One New Change where drawing the skyline on transparent was the aim... hmmm I think I know this one.....!

(no, not like this!)

More like this

Next stop was the Gherkin, they had a Lego Gherkin being built and a sculpture to create! For the sculpture, the kids each had a windowed piece of card with slots and acetate to draw on, there were no pens when we got there so Toby decided to draw with the blue tape they had - genius! He did it all by himself and it stood out over the sea of faint drawn ones.

Yes, he was impressed!

It's like "Say Anything" (can't you just hear Peter Gabriel playing)

It's the Gherkin, see?

We also got a chance to spot the book benches with a cry of "where's the Harry Potter one?" each time and "What?! there isn't one!" I know I witter on about London a lot but they do so much for families (to be honest you really didn't need a kid to enjoy this one) how could I not?! Too many parents harp on about going to the coast and the country but they're missing so much that's happening half the time. Thank you London, you are rather marvellous and so much more entertaining than than pebbles! 

Friday, 11 July 2014


Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to meet Clem from Save Britain's Heritage she explained how their rather small but dedicated charity fought to - well ... what it says! One of the missions was trying to rescue London's Smithfield market from a (hideous) redevelopment. This beautiful but neglected Victorian building is one so many pass by but when you look at the details, the windows the shapes - it's just stunning and I was only to honoured to design a mug as a fundraiser for them.

(photo urban space management)

I look forward to the sympathetic evolution of this glorious building. To read all the details have a look at the SAVE site.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Big Red Bus A Big Red Bus....

And you thought it was the year of the horse, nope - more wheels than hooves - its the year of the bus. 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the London Routemaster. I salute Tatty Devine yet again for a marvellous collaboration with the LTM and this stunning collection but here be some other red goodies you might want to get on the bus for....

above: all Tatty Devine

baby grow from: Scamp

wooden bus from: the Little White Company

Robots on Bus canvas bag from: Tobyboo 

Monday, 16 June 2014

Dress you up

Ok so Im a creature of habit when it comes to clothes shopping and tend a) never to buy online unless I've tried it and b) never to buy a dress that's new and under £50 because without a doubt it will fall apart, which leads on to c) make sure it lasts so if you do get bored you can ebay it.

On the hunt for yet another 50's style dress I was lead to of all places Amazon, and found some real pretties most of which were from Lindy Bop so obviously went straight to their site - I loved pretty much all of dresses on the site but the most expensive being £38 I figured, cheap fabric, badly made blah blah blah but it was pretty and well I really didn't have the debt available for the Bernie Dexter dress that I loved....

Two days later my parcel arrived - the dress! heavy fabric, really well sewn this was not guilt ridden disposable fashion. That evening by sheer coincidence I was wearing it and met the designer for Lindy Bop he told me that they're looking to have a premium made in the UK range but the prices will be affordable and the quality high. I'm now slightly hooked, the petite range is perfect for the Hobbit that I am too.

I've seen so many bad cheap reproduction dresses or 50's style it's depressing - but I've now happily met a brand that to be honest the site does not do the the products justice.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

A Spoonful of Sugar

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins and some of you might have noticed it couldn't help but play a part in my latest designs for St Paul's Cathedral. Yes, yes I know the 'Feed The Birds' tableware is out there already but they now stock an exclusive PVC print in book bags and make up bags (or general purse if your me).

Look see - an umbrella and yes two smaller people! 

The full range is available at the St Paul's Cathedral shop, just don't feed any birds on the way.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

South Bank Holiday

This Bank Holiday Monday was a bit of weather treat and yes we spent it on the beach - Thames Beach but the beach all the same.

Couldn't resist mixing a bit of work with fun so first stop the Globe to see the Shakespeare mugs on show.

Next - one of my favourite places, St Paul's Cathedral....

was a bit over the moon to see the new tea towels in ...

'Feed the Birds' collection at St Paul's practically perfect I say.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Quidditch , Quidditch, Quidditch - "shut up woman"

After much preparation the long awaited Quidditch game finally played out today. Flying on brooms? no, big teams? no, one boy one dad and a hoop in a tree? yes

yes the garden had Gryffindor and Slytherin banners made by the boy

 what every father wants, a Firebolt (in this case 42) for his birthday made from the inner of a fabric roll

Yes Gryffindor won fairly about 600 to 150 but smiles all round in the end (well sort of - there were small voices wanting another hour of it)

Ohh My...

The rather clever lovelies at Ohh Deer are at it again - submit your designs as a competition to be a pencil in there pencil case (or an illustrator contributor).
As ever the idea is fantastic, showcasing work that you can see what it looks like on a t shirt, vest or sweatshirt, the chance for it to be on sale and obviously the opportunity to be part of the deer family.

Here's my three - two of which were the husbands birthday present - Hoorah!

Yes yes I know I've only put mine there but there were way too many to choose anyone else's so go click for yourself. Not only that there be 15% off Ohh Deer this Easter - go shop!

Friday, 11 April 2014

As You Like It

Shakespeare fine bone china mug available from The Globe, Bankside, London or online at there shop here - and they're selling fast so better three hours too soon than a minute too late!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

William's Wish

A couple of years ago I met Sarah, strangely at a networking event in central London and it turned out we lived 5 minutes away from each other. She told me at the time that her son, William had health problems but little did I know how much.

Six year old William had a bowel transplant that saved his life when he was a baby. His mum, Sarah set up William's Wishes to support families of children who have intestinal failure and are dependent on TPN and who are waiting for small bowel transplants. Alongside awareness of these almost hidden conditions Sarah also does her best to provide treats for the children and their families.

As adults no one likes to talk about bowel problems and conditions so it's hard to imagine what it's like being so small and and in need of a 'new tummy' (as William calls it) let alone be a parent and have to watch your child suffer so much.

If you think you can help at all with raising awareness, fundraising or just a hello of support please contact Sarah

The Tobyboo designed logo is available on t shirts, hoodies and baby grows - to shop contact Sarah

Monday, 31 March 2014

Six of the Best

I can't remember the last time I went to Hever Castle, but one of my new products is incredibly fitting so of course I had to go. If you haven't been - it's a really beautiful place, the gardens are stunning and the castle itself oozes with story.

So... here be the new design (goes without saying ©Tobyboo but I'll say it just in case!) Henry's Wives has the six wives with the school rhyme Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.

it's an interesting way to walk round a maze I'll admit it

look big fish! no no - don't fall in the water!!

getting to the heart of the maze makes you wanna.... jump jump