Ramona and Pip have been friends for 30 years. Between them they have two husbands, 5 children, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 free-range rabbit and a pond of goldfish. They both share a love of colour and both adore the Pacific Islands.
Ramona is the sewer and Pip is not, but between them they have created a range of pacifica products that they are really proud of.
Their cushion “idea” came from a holiday at Riversdale Beach Wairarapa. Over a wine or two, and a discussion on cushions made of beautiful vintage wool, the idea evolved.
They started with a more simple idea and a more beachy cushion. Success was instant and cushions were sold on the front of the property. This inspired them to continue and rather than treat it as just a hobby, they decided that Wellington designers might be interested in having a look at what they were doing, especially the more handworked appliquéd cushions. (That was scary stuff) Again, the reaction was encouraging, in fact more than that, Wellington designers were really interested in their work and it is now in some pretty special shops and homes in NZ. That was really cool. Shops just loved the work. They now knew they had something special.
Each work is hand-stitched (very like tivaevae work), and each product is completely unique. Many hours are spent on every cushion and appliqué work.
Ramona and Pip have worked very hard to make sure their work is to a very high standard and are very excited to offer their range of “all things pacifica” to just that special person who likes something different.
They really hope you like their work, and can’t wait for your feedback on facebook/their website/and TradeMe. And of course they can’t wait to sell their lovely products too.
They are more than happy to take orders for special made to order works. Please enjoy.
Why "Blue Bell Club?"
The name Blue Bell Club has nothing to do with blue bells but dates back to Pip’s youth in Johnsonville when she and her cousin started a club called the Blue Bell Club.
This was a secret club, run by two very bossy cousins, and neighbourhood children had to do many jobs to be allowed access into their sacred Club. Lots of fun things happened in this Club but Pip and her cousin Mark also got into heaps of trouble. As a result members of this Club to this day call themselves “Bell”.
Ramona and Pip thought what a great name – lets call our “All Things Pacifica” website the "Blue Bell Club."