Monday, 27 June 2011

Books we love (No.8) - Pip and Posy stories

Two lovely new books from Nosy Crow, illustrated by the fantastic Axel Scheffler. Appealing stories about the big events in in a toddler's life -  such as the difficulties of sharing a scooter, how sometimes accidents happen, and how friends look after each other.  The text is beautifully simple with just the right smattering of 'Oh no!'s and 'Oh dear!'s and 'Hooray!''s to join in with, and the illustrations are good enough to eat. For Laurie, who's nearly two now (where did that time go?), theres a perfect balance between a simple story which is easy to follow and pictures with plenty going on so he can point out lots of things.  BTW If this sounds a bit more 'reviewy' than normal, that's because I'm going to put this up on Amazon too, and thought I'd write it only once as I really should be getting on with my Peppa Pig and Little Kingdom books... procrastinating as usual!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Tigerprint entry

Hi, here's my entry for the latest Tigerprint competition. The brief is for a 'yummy mummy' mother's day card...

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Mysterious project...

Well, I guess I'm allowed to blog about it now because it's appeared in the bookseller. This is the project that kept me up working until the wee hours for six weeks. I'm a teeny bit miffed that my name is missing from the article (bearing in mind the massive effort required for illustrating two 24pp books in six weeks) but that's the lot of an unknown illustrator I guess. I'm hoping that when they're published in September, I'll be a little bit less unknown, and that it might bring a little more work my way!
I know this is it bit dated, but i'm of the age where Peter Andre will always be synonymous with Mysterious Girl. This was the year I met my husband, and he had curtains like this!!

Friday, 10 June 2011

I love a good craft fair...

...and I've just come back from the Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair which is on all weekend.
Despite not having much of a budget I did manage to buy some lovely ceramic coasters from Chris Barnes which at 4 for £10 I think is pretty good. And I spent a good while lusting after a curvaceous Penwith side table made by Sam Walsh. That one's going to have to wait until I've won the lottery though.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


My dad is a bit of a 'keen' photographer and whilst we all roll our eyeballs at family events when he starts clicking away, I am always appreciative of the flood of nice photos that come my way afterwards. He's also been scanning a lot of photos from my childhood and a project I'm chewing over at the moment is using some of these as inspiration for a series of illustrations, using some great fabrics and textures from the 70s. Here are a few samples of the inspiration...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Books we love (No.7) - What The Ladybird Heard

Just lovely! Farm animal noises, baddies stepping in cowpats, and a nee-nah. My one-year-old asks for it every night.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Happy Fish

Here's my latest aquisition from the talented screens of Jane Foster. I'm addicted to her prints - they make me happy, like these fish, which are going to look great in my new very green bathroom. You can buy them here...