Monday, 29 August 2011


Apologies for scarcity of postings recently - summer holidays and all that.  Very few spare seconds, absolutely no illustration or design achieved but quite a few trips to the beach, legoland survival story, some post-riot fun in London,  several visits to our latest favourite cafe at the Staverton Bridge Nursery (you can see the choo choos and Sam has discovered a liking for loose-leaf tea) one barbeque on a glorious evening, and one barbeque in the pouring rain.

All that apart, I have also decided that I'm going to build myself a proper website and have been trawling through 'Dreamweaver for Dummies' attempting to work out how to go about it. A complete beginner, I now at least know what HTML and CSS stand for. There are many mind-numbing chapters ahead though... I thought I might document progress here. So far all I've done is very rough sketches of how I'd like my homepage to look. I was about to scan in these sketches when I carelessly left my sketchbook within reach of the crayola crowd and you might find it hard to see but basically I'd like my homepage to be a picture of me, sat on the sofa with a book, a cat and a cuppa with little icons that change shape as you hover over them indicating where to go for portfolio/blog/contact stuff etc...

What I'm interested in finding out is, can you add cut out images onto a webpage? So what I'd like to do is have some wallpaper as a background and, for example, put a phone on the coffee table which will sit over it and 'ring' when I hover over it. Is this beyond me? Impossible? I have no idea. I drift off every time I start reading the book.... here are some summer pics to make up for boringness...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Books we love (No.9) - Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackhall

I've just discovered Sophie Blackhall (blog here) and am totally in love with her new book, Are You Awake? It strikes a chord to any parent who, bleary eyed in the middle of the night, has been bombarded with question after question from a wide awake toddler and it reminds me so much of Sam when we first moved to New York, jet-lagged and wide awake at 3am, looking in amazement out of the window at all the lights.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

My boys, by Amy Chudley

I'm so excited. Today, my talented friend Amy Chudley delivered the portrait she has painted of my boys. I can't stop looking at it - she's really captured their characters. Check out her website here and her facebook page here. Thankyou so much Amy!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Enormouse and Missed Connections

Sorry so quiet recently... we've all been poorly - you know how it goes with kids - one after the other and then just as they start to get better - you come down. Anyway, I've not been doing anything much more creative than picking up tissues and dishing out antibiotics but I have discovered that a friend who I worked with many moons ago has just had her first picture book published! I'm so excited for her and my copy is en-route from Amazon. It looks great! Check it out here. Congratulations Becs!!!

Something else I've recently discovered is Sophie Blackall, Brooklyn illustrator's blog, Missed Connections. Having over 3000 (!) followers I'm obviously discovering her pretty late in the day but I'm really enjoying catching up. I think her new book is being published in September.