Friday, 14 December 2012


I am sorry I have neglected my blog recently, but I have been overwhelmed with paper cuts I have been commissioned to do.  If you don't all ready, you can get more frequent updates about my work via my page on facebook.

I am however taking 5 mins out from cutting to let you know that I am giving away one of my beautiful Family Tree papercuts.  I have had a good year, and I just wanted to share the love and thank all those people that have shared my work and helped make 2012 successful for me.

This link will take you to the image seen below, and all you need to do is share it and write a comment (please do feel free like my page too!!).  If you do have a browse around my photos, please do feel free to click like on anything you like and help me spread the Loula Belle At Home love :-)

I'm not sure whether I will have time to post again before Christmas, so just incase I don't, I wish you all a fabulous Christmas xxx

Monday, 29 October 2012

Paper cut letters

Since I cut the number eight for my daughters birthday, I have also been cutting letters.  

These will be available to buy in my shops later on in the month, however, I am happy to consider commissions, so if you are interested in having one done, please do feel free to get in touch.

Monday, 22 October 2012

'I'll always be with you' paper cut

I've just been sorting some of my products ready for the 'A Woodland Tale' exhibition at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  While I was doing this, I realized that I hadn't shown you this paper cut I was commissioned to complete a month (or so!) ago, so thought I would share it with you now!

As I am so busy at the moment, I am not able to blog quite as much as I would like.  If you would like to see more up dates of my work, including work in progress pics, you are quite welcome to join me over on facebook as I do use this more frequently.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Blackberry and Apple Cake

As I have been so rubbish with my blog just recently, I thought I would apologize and share this fabulous cake with you.  We have made it a couple of times this year, and love the fact that we can go collecting blackberries before we make it!  It is a BBC Good Food recipe and I tried to find a link for it but was unable to so I took a photo from the booklet.  

So, get your wellies on (you will need them), and get yourselves out there before the blackberries disappear!

Yum yum!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Creepy Crawlies... insect workshop

 I thought I would share with you a few of the insects that a year 5 group make with me this afternoon in a sculpture workshop.  We used pieces of driftwood, wire and old screws and nails.

 I was really pleased with how it went, and the insects they created were fabulous.  I'm looking forward to next weeks session with another group.

What do you think?

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Have your cake... and eat it!

I haven't had much time this summer for baking (which is a good thing because if it's there you eat it!!!), but after catching some of The Great British Bake Off earlier in the week, I thought I would share some of this summers bakes with you.

On went one of my lovely halterneck pinnies, you need a pinny when you are baking, especially if it is with children!

I had a couple of birthday cakes to make.  The Fairy's at the beginning of the summer...

... and The Tinkers at the end!

Sails for the Pirate Galleon, courtesy of my hubby, oh and he did the weapon and pirate positioning too!!!

Baking with the children included this very scrummy apple and blackberry pie, made with blackberries the children had collected.  

And a delicious tart I made with The Fairy to take as a pudding to my mum and dads.

Yum, yum, yum!

Have you made anything good?

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tick tock, tick tock... I'm sure the clock is ticking faster than it should be!!!

I can't believe it is the end of the summer holidays, can you?  One week today, and the children will be back at school and everyone will be settling back into their daily routines... well, not quite for us as we are going to have a sneaky trip to Cornwall at the end of next week for a few days!!!

I feel so out of touch with my blog at the moment, which is a real shame as I do like revisiting my posts as time goes on... it's like a record of what I have been up to... my diary :-).  I post more frequently on my facebook page, so if you would like more frequent updates on what I am up to, please do feel free to pop over and like my page so that you are included in the news feeds.

Soooo, what have I been doing all summer?  Let's have a brief look back.

We started the summer holidays with a trip to stay with my brother and his family.  The weather was glorious while we were there, and most of the pictures are similar to this one.  It was fabulous being able to sit in the garden and watch the children play whilst relaxing and experiencing various 'o'clocks' ('Pimms o'clock', G&T o'clock and 'Wine o'clock'!!!)

We also had a few family days out.  This was Skipton castle, which was okay, but a few too many signs saying we weren't allowed to do things (e.g. stand on the grass which was mown so that it had perfect stripes across it... aghhhh!)

I've also done a bit of paper cutting (more than I thought actually!!)...

 ... a Family Tree Commission (which you can find more details about here)...

... a Baby Name Memory Tree (click here for more details)...

... and a few of my new Wedding Day Memory Trees (these have been really popular and there will be more to share with you once they have been given... click here for more details!)

I also did a little bit of doodling... 

... and shared my 5th wedding anniversary with my hubby.

And then we (me and the children) visited my sister in her New Castle (as the Tinker says), where we had a lovely time with her and the children...

... eating ice-cream...

...having a trip to Whitley Bay to eat fish and chips, before climbing a multitude of steps (with an 8 year old and 3 children under 4!?!?) to the top of St. Mary's lighthouse. 

We also had a trip to a farm to pick some strawberries (they turned out to be the most expensive strawberries we had ever eaten!).

In the evenings when the little monkeys were in bed, we had a good natter whilst drinking wine and doing a spot of sewing (my sisters first sewing project!).

 Fabulous times and ones to be treasured.
Hope you had a good summer too :-).

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Giveaway winner - Part 2!!!

As some of you may well know, the person picked from the dusty jar last week didn't claim their prize.  Sooo, I thought I would pick another.  Luckily I still had the names in the jar... and there they will stay until the prize is claimed!!!

The winner is...

... Carol Forbes, please do contact me and claim your prize at If you would like a reminder of the prizes available click on this link.

I am thinking another giveaway at 650 likes on my facebook page.  The more you lovely people share my page and my work, the quicker I'll get there.  Please help share the love :-)

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Giveaway winner

Let me thank you all once again, my lovely facebook 'likers' for your support, your comments spur me on when I'm sat in the clouds (in my workspace in the attic... although I do find my head there quite frequently too!!)

Okay, so here we have it.  The name that was pulled out of this dusty jar was....

Well done Helen :-)  If you would like to message me and let me know what prize you would like I'll get it sorted for you.  You can message me at

Everyone else can enjoy 15% off the products in my shop until the end of August using discount code GIVEAWAY0812.  Simply add the code at checkout :-)

I've messed up... again! Grrrrr!!!

Once again I am having to move a giveaway from facebook over here.  I am really annoyed at myself (and have given myself a bit of a headache because of it) for not remembering last time I had a giveaway (I moved it over here!).  All I wanted to do was thank people for their support, but I am not allowed to have a giveaway on FB... they could shut my page down. :-/

I'll have to write 'NO GIVEAWAYS ON FACEBOOK' on post-it notes and stick them around the house until it sinks in!!!

All those who entered, I would like to thank you, your names are written down and will go into the hat in a little while.  I'll announce it on here later.

In future all giveaways will be done here.  

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The Owl and The Pussy Cat Commission

This is a recent paper cut commission that I have been working on this summer, finally framed. 

I love the Owl and The Pussy Cat by Edward Lear and find myself singing it quite frequently!  
It was a pleasure working on it and I am really pleased with the outcome. 

If you are interested in having one of these created for you, or you would like something else done as a paper cut, please do not hesitate to contact me.  You can find more of my work in my shop and can follow my progress more frequently on Facebook.

p.s don't forget my giveaway on Facebook!  It finishes this Sunday evening (GMT).  Pop over and tell us what your favourite pudding is!!!  If you like what you see, hit the like button for my page, and please help spread the Loula Belle love by sharing it with your friends and family by hitting the share button (this is really important as FB has changed and less people are seeing posts... they want us to pay for advertising... small business need all the help they can get so please share things you like.  Thanks x).

Sunday, 29 July 2012

It's time for a GIVEAWAY :-)

I have reached over 500 likes on my Facebook page, and to thank people for their support and kind words, I am having a giveaway... and of course I will say thank you too!

THANK YOU everyone (I shouted that from the roof top!), it's lovely to have met so many lovely people and I hope I continue to do so, and it's lovely that so many people think me work is lovely too :-D.

I will be announcing the winner round about this time next week, and the winner will be able to 'choose from one of the following options' ;-)

One of my cosmetic bags, chosen from this collection...

... or a £10 discount voucher to spend in my Etsy shop...

... or alternatively, £20 discount off one of my paper cut trees.  A Memory Tree (perfect for a new baby gift, a Christening or Baby Naming gift, a first birthday, a wedding or other occasion you would like to remember), or a Family Tree.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get yourself over to my page.  If you don't already 'like' my page, then please do so, and then leave me details of your favourite pudding (?!!) under the giveaway post.  Oh, and please do be very lovely and like it and share it with your friends.

Yey.... have a lovely Sunday evening.  Here's to week two of the summer holidays *raising glass*.  Have a lovely week :-)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Cut, cut, cut...

Since my last post, my time has been spent creating paper cuts!  My 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' resulted in a number of commissions, so I have been a very busy lady (and still have work to complete)!

The first was using the same art work I had used for "The First Time', but using different lyrics.  Someone else's special song :-)

And then there was 'The Owl and The Pussy Cat'.  It was lovely doing this.  I love the song, and I am really pleased with my water!

I've not had chance to take any decent images, but will share them with you as soon as I do!

It has also been the Fairy's birthday, and although I felt her party was a bit of a cop out (she'd decided she wanted a film party, so not much organising to do!) ...

... but I did make her a very beautiful card.

A bit of an improvement in my cutting since her card from last year!

Oh, and we also managed to spend a few days with my brother and his family... 

... enjoying the sun (something we are still struggling to find up north) whilst partaking in various o'clocks (one day we had Pimms o'clock, G&T o'clock AND wine o'clock)!  Fab!